6 July

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2020 On his 85th birthday, The Dalai Lama releases the album Inner World, a collection of Buddhist mantras and prayers set to music.

2020 Charlie Daniels dies at 83 after suffering a stroke.

2019 With 13 weeks at #1, "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X breaks the record for longest-running hip-hop song on the Hot 100. "Lose Yourself," "Boom Boom Pow" and "See You Again" all had runs of 12 weeks.

2016 In a small ceremony at Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, England, Ciara marries Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.

2009 Alanis Morissette begins an eight-episode stint on the Showtime drama Weeds, playing obstetrician Audra Kitson.

2009 Guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker announce they are leaving Panic At The Disco. That leaves vocalist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith to continue the band.

2003 Skip Battin (bassist for The Byrds, NRPS, Flying Burrito Brothers) dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at age 69.

1999 Folk singer Richie Havens publishes his autobiography, They Can't Hide Us Anymore.

1998 Roy Rogers, star of many Western films in which he sang, dies of heart failure at 86. The other singing cowboy of his era, Gene Autry, dies a few months later.

1994 The light-hearted drama Forrest Gump hits theaters. Aside from becoming the top-grossing film of the year in North America and winning multiple Academy Awards, the movie spawns a hit soundtrack with songs from Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night, The Doors, The Byrds, The Mamas & the Papas, Buffalo Springfield, and more.More

1991 Grunge music takes baby steps into the mainstream as the Alice in Chains album Facelift peaks at #42 in the US, and "Man In The Box" goes to #18 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

1987 Neil Young & Crazy Horse release Life, their last album under the Geffen label. With the exceptions of studio recordings "Cryin' Eyes" and "We Never Danced," the tracks are all taken from live performances.

1985 Phil Collins' "Sussudio" - a song about a girl with a funny name - hits #1. It holds the position for one week.

1979 Van McCoy, known for the 1975 disco hit "The Hustle," dies of a heart attack at age 39.

1979 The B-52s release their self-titled debut album, featuring one of their signature songs in "Rock Lobster."

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Ziggy Stardust Is Televised


David Bowie performs "Starman" on Top Of The Pops, causing an uproar among the conservative British audience by singing with his arm coquettishly draped around the shoulder of guitarist Mick Ronson – a move that makes him as a household name overnight.

Bowie had appeared on the popular music show before, doing "Space Oddity" in 1969 and playing piano on Peter Noone's performance of a song Bowie wrote, "Oh! You Pretty Things," in 1971. But this time is different. Bowie had spent lots of time curating his Ziggy Stardust character, who makes quite a fashion statement with an array of colorful patterns set against Bowie's pale complexion. In June, Ziggy is ready to go and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars is released. His TOTP performance is for most the first look at the character, and it leaves an impression. When Bowie sings, "I had to phone someone so I picked on you," he looks right at the camera and points. A rock star move if there ever was one.



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