12 June

Pick a Day


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2022 Jennifer Hudson goes EGOT with a Tony win for A Strange Loop. She's a producer on the show, which takes the award for Best New Musical. Hudson got her Oscar in 2007 (Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls), her Grammy in 2008 (Best R&B Album), and her Emmy in 2021 (Interactive Achievement for work on Baba Yaga).

2013 BTS release their debut album, 2 Cool 4 Skool. In later years, the date is celebrated with releases targeted to their fan club, ARMY.

2012 Rush release a concept album titled Clockwork Angels, their 20th (and last) studio effort. On the album Neil Peart uses a new method in which producer Nick Raskulinecz "conducts" Peart's drumming during recordings.

2011 Coasters lead singer Carl Gardner ("Charlie Brown," "Yakety Yak"), dies of heart failure at age 83.

2007 Canada issues postage stamps honoring Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and Paul Anka.

2004 Adrian Belew joins Primus on stage during their set at Bonnaroo 2004 for three songs: Primus' "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers," Belew's own "The Lone Rhinoceros," and King Crimson's "Thela Hun Ginjeet."

2003 Little Richard, Van Morrison, Queen, and Phil Collins are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

1994 Cab Calloway suffers a stroke that leads to his death a few months later.

1992 Jordan and Danny of New Kids on the Block are acquitted in copyright-infringement charges stemming from their song "I'll Be Your Everything," which the estate of Percy Sledge claimed borrowed heavily from Sledge's 1975 song of the same name.

1989 The Elvis Presley Autoland Museum, a section of Graceland devoted to twenty of the King's vintage cars, opens to the public.

1989 Italian American singer Lou Monte dies of emphysema at age 72.

1987 The Los Angeles Coroner's Office rules that blues legend Paul Butterfield died from a heart attack caused by decades of drug and alcohol abuse.

1984 Howard Jones' debut album, Human's Lib, is released in the US.

1979 Electropop singer Robyn is born Robin Miriam Carlsson in Stockholm, Sweden.

1978 Country singer Johnny Bond, known for the 1965 hit "10 Little Bottles," dies of a stroke at age 63.

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Blink-182's Take Off Your Pants And Jacket Is The First Punk-Rock Album To Debut At #1


After launching their mainstream career with Enema Of The State, pop-punk hitmakers blink-182 return with a masturbatory pun: Take Off Your Pants And Jacket. The band's resentment over being expected to write catchy radio singles ironically results in two catchy hits, leading to the album's milestone chart debut.

When Blink played Take Off Your Pants And Jacket for their manager, Rick DeVoe, he thought it was missing a catchy summertime anthem in the vein of their earlier hits like "What's My Age Again?" and "All The Small Things." Mark Hoppus (bass) and Tom DeLonge (guitar) were incensed by DeVoe's criticism and responded with a bit of petty revenge that turned profitable. Hoppus recalled their response in the album's liner notes: "'You want a f--king single? I'll write you the cheesiest, catchiest, throwaway f--king summertime single you've ever heard!' I drove home, grabbed my guitar, sat on the floor, and wrote 'The Rock Show' in 10 minutes. Tom drove home, grabbed his guitar, and wrote 'First Date.'" "The Rock Show," Hoppus' mid-tempo punk number about falling in love at a club, peaks at #2 on the Modern Rock chart, while "First Date," DeLonge's feel-good reminiscence about first-date jitters with his future wife, peaks at #6 on the tally. The success of the first single, in particular, drives interest in the album. It debuts at #1 on the genre-spanning Billboard 200 chart, making it the first punk-rock record to open at the apex.



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