16 June

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2022 Eight years after signing a "cessation of touring agreement," Mötley Crüe kick off a co-headlining tour with Def Leppard in Atlanta.

2018 The Carters (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) release their first single, "Apes--t," with an opulent video shot at the Louvre in Paris.More

2014 Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony divorce. They married in 2004 and welcomed twins Maximilian and Emme in 2008.

2007 61-year-old Rod Stewart marries his third wife, 35-year-old model Penny Lancaster, on board the yacht Lady Ann Magee in Portofino, Italy.

2007 Muse become the first band to sell out the rebuilt Wembley Stadium in London, when about 90,000 fans see them perform.

2006 The White Stripes win a lawsuit brought on by Ghetto Recorders studio owner Jim Diamond. Diamond claimed he produced the band's first two albums and that the band owed him royalties for his work. In reality, Jack White was the sole producer of those records and Diamond wasn't entitled to any more money as the band had already given him credit as engineer.

2004 The three surviving original members of the New York Dolls perform together for the first time since 1975 at the first of two shows at London Royal Festival Hall. The concerts are spearheaded by The Smiths' frontman, Morrissey, who was once the president of the Dolls' UK fan club. The band continues to record and perform in various incarnations after the reunion.

2001 Cardigans singer Nina Persson marries songwriter/author Nathan Larson.

1999 Phil Collins gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1997 John Wolters (drummer for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) dies of cancer at age 52.

1994 Kristen Pfaff (bassist for Hole) dies of acute opiate intoxication at age 27.

1993 The US Postal Service issues a booklet of commemorative rock and roll stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, and Dinah Washington.

1990 The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," re-released in the Netherlands as a single, climbs to the top of the charts 24 years after its initial release.

1990 The Swedish pop duo Roxette earn their third chart-topper when their breakup ballad "It Must Have Been Love" from the Pretty Woman soundtrack hits #1.

1989 Cliff Richard plays Wembley Stadium in London for the first time in a show that marks his 30th year in the business. Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers also appear.

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The Verve Release Hit Single, But Success Is Bittersweet


In the UK, The Verve release "Bitter Sweet Symphony," which lives up to it's title: the song is a huge hit, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end up getting credits and royalties.

Released months ahead their third album Urban Hymns, the song is built around a six-second string sample taken from a 1966 orchestral version of the Rolling Stones song "The Last Time" performed by The Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra. The song takes off, going to #2 in the UK on June 28. It's a breakthrough hit for The Verse, whose highest previous placing was #24 with "History," a track from their previous album. But there's a problem: the band cleared the sample with Decca Records, which owned the Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra recording, but they didn't bother with the publishing rights, which are owned by former Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein's company. When The Verve try to obtain those publishing rights, Klein demands 100% of the publishing royalties, an outrageous request, but one he's in a position to make because without his approval, the song can't be included on the album. Instead of holding up Urban Hymns in a protracted legal battle, the band gives Klein his pound of flesh, signing over the rights. This also means that even though they had no part in writing it, Jagger and Richards earn royalties and are credited as writers on "Bitter Sweet Symphony" along with Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft, who actually wrote the song. It's not a total bust: Urban Hymns climbs to #1 in the UK, where their next single, "The Drugs Don't Work," also hits the top spot. In America, where The Verve are unknown, Nike commissions a commercial using the song, which begins airing in January 1998. The group wants nothing to do with it, but consents because they don't own the publishing rights - Nike could have just re-recorded it with studio musicians. Radio stations jump on it and MTV starts spinning the video, which shows Ashcroft bumping aside anyone who impedes his path as he walks the streets of London. The song isn't released Stateside until March 10, 1998. It debuts at #13 and hangs around the chart for 20 weeks, peaking at #12. The group never has another American hit, and in 1999, they split, with Ashcroft launching a similarly bifurcated solo career: very successful in the UK but hardly heard in America. Ashcroft remains justifiably embittered over losing the publishing rights to the song, but loves the song itself, making it a regular feature at his concerts. In interviews, he is prone to rants about the screwjob and often talks about bringing legal action to get his royalties back, which he finally does in 2019, when he announces that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have signed over all their future publishing royalties to the song. He makes it clear that his dispute was always with Klein, telling the BBC: "I never had a personal beef with the Stones. They've always have been the greatest rock and roll band in the world."



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