5 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2005 Shirley Goodman (of Shirley & Lee, Shirley & Company) dies at age 69.

2004 On the 50th anniversary of the day he recorded the song, Elvis Presley's first single, That's Alright, is re-released. In the UK, it's a hit, going to #3.

2003 The Lollapalooza tour returns for the first time since 1997 with a show in Noblesville, Indiana. Original headliner Jane's Addiction is on the bill along with Audioslave and Incubus. The tour limps along, plagued by poor ticket sales and cancelled shows.

2001 R&B singer Ernie K-Doe dies of kidney and liver failure at age 65 due to years of alcohol abuse.

1997 Mrs. (Elva) Miller, who charted with an off-key rendition of "Downtown" in 1966, dies at age 89.

1996 Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, is born. She is named after Dolly Parton because the scientist thought the country star was the person most synonymous with mammary glands.

1992 Helix guitarist Paul Hackman, age 38, is killed after a concert in Vancouver when the band's van rolls down a 40-foot embankment and throws him from the vehicle.

1984 The The Everly Brothers 1984 Reunion Concert Tour kicks off in Cincinnati. After 10 years apart the group reunited in 1983 for a reunion concert, which led to the album Story of Me and the subsequent tour.

1983 Suicidal Tendencies release their self-titled debut album. The album spawns the band's biggest hit to date, "Institutionalized."

1982 Dave Haywood of Lady A is born in Augusta, Georgia.

1981 At the "Rock Werchter" festival in Belgium, The Cure play a 9-minute version of "A Forest" when they are told to hurry off stage so Robert Palmer can begin his set.More

1980 At a concert in Munich, Simon Kirke of Bad Company joins Led Zeppelin to provide a two-drum assault on the song "Whole Lotta Love." Kirke is the last guest musician to perform with the band, as the tour ends two days later and John Bonham dies in September.

1980 Lifehouse frontman Jason Wade is born in Camarillo, California.

1974 Linda Ronstadt records her breakthrough hit "You're No Good" at the Sound Factory in Hollywood with producer Peter Asher.

1973 Bengt Lagerberg (drummer for The Cardigans) is born in Jönköping, Sweden.

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Lilith Fair Kicks Off


Organized by Sarah McLachlan, the all-female Lilith Fair tour kicks off with a show in The Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State. The lineup includes Jewel, Suzanne Vega and Paula Cole, with Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and Fiona Apple joining on subsequent stops.

With Lollapalooza now a male-dominated affair led by metal and techno acts, McLachlan launches Lilith, named after a strong-willed woman in Hebrew folklore who refused to be subservient to Adam, as an estrogen-fueled alternative, offering three stages of female singer-songwriters on each of the 35 stops. It breaks industry convention, which is the point: In 1995, McLachlan faced resistance from promoters when she chose Cole as her opening act; the following year, she tested the Lilith Fair concept with four concerts (in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit and Vancouver), which proved it was viable. Tickets cost about $40, and at each stop, a donation is made to a local women's shelter. Each stop has a different lineup, with 61 artists taking part. It's a huge success, with many of the shows selling out. As for audience demographics, it's about 80% women. Lilith goes on the next year with many of the same artists and a few new ones, including Natalie Merchant, Erykah Badu and Sinéad O'Connor. It returns in 1999, but by this time the female folk singer boom is going bust, as Lilith artists are replaced on the airwaves with the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. "This will be the last year for a good, long while," McLachlan says. "It could be 10 years, it could be forever." It is a good, long while before it comes back, returning in 2010 with artists like Janelle Monáe and Cat Power joining McLachlan.



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