2020 The music industry recognizes "Blackout Tuesday" in response to the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Using the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused, many record labels and artists cease operations, while broadcasters and streaming services change their programming in support of efforts to address racism and injustice on a wide scale, and more specifically to end police brutality against African Americans.More
2018 BTS become the first K-pop band to top the US albums chart when Love Yourself: Tear debuts at #1.
2002 Eminem's The Eminem Show hits #1 on both the UK and US album charts.
2001 A cover of the chart-topping 1974 Labelle hit "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim takes the song back to the top spot, making Lil' Kim the first female rapper to appear on a Hot 100 #1 hit.
1989 Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman, 52, marries 18-year-old Mandy Smith in a 15-minute civil ceremony held at a registry office in Suffolk, England. The only witnesses are Smith's sister and Wyman's son. A proper celebration takes place three days later.More
1944 Marvin Hamlisch is born in New York City. The composer will not only win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Chorus Line in 1975, but will snag multiple Emmy, Grammy, Tony, and Academy Awards for his work for stage and screen (The Way We Were, The Sting).
2013 Taylor Swift poses for photos with KYGO radio DJ David Mueller before her concert in Denver. She later accuses him of putting his hand up her dress, and Mueller is fired. In 2015, he sues her, but Swift countersues and wins a sexual assault case against him. "He grabbed my bare ass," she says in her testimony.
2011 Pink and her husband, Carey Hart, welcome their first child, a daughter named Willow Sage.
2011 Jazz pianist/composer Ray Bryant (of The Ray Bryant Combo) dies at age 79.
2008 Bo Diddley dies of heart failure at age 79.
2003 A painting of Kylie Minogue wearing gold hot pants causes tempers to fray among drivers in Brighton. Artist Simon Etheridge put up the almost life-size picture in his own Art Asylum gallery as part of a Festival and since then motorists have caused regular traffic hold-ups as they stopped to take a second look.
2002 Rockabilly singer-songwriter Boyd Bennett (of the Rockets), known for the '50s hits "Seventeen" and "My Boy, Flat Top," dies of a lung ailment at age 77.
2002 S Club 7 member Hannah Spearitt announces she is quitting the group two months after her boyfriend and band member Paul Cattermole had left the group.
2002 Pop Idol winner Will Young's version of The Doors' 1967 classic "Light My Fire" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
2002 The wedding ring that Paul McCartney had given his fiancée Heather Mills ends up thrown out of the window of the hotel where the couple is staying in Miami. Hotel staff use metal detectors to find the $25,000 ring the next day. Despite the quarrel, Paul and Heather go ahead with the wedding.
2001 "Lady Marmalade," a #1 US hit for Labelle in 1975, returns to the top spot with a cover featured in the movie Moulin Rouge! This version is produced by Missy Elliott and features Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim.
2000 Western swing bandleader Adolph Hofner dies less than a week before his 84th birthday.
1999 Junior Braithwaite (of Bob Marley's Wailers) is gunned down in front of a fellow musician's home in Kingston, Jamaica. Junior, age 47, is the third Wailer to be murdered, following Peter Tosh and Carlton Barrett's 1987 deaths.
1998 Lynyrd Skynyrd release their fourth live album, Lyve from Steel Town.
Muscle Shoals Sound Studios is added to the National Historic Register.
In recognition of its place in music history, the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios building in Sheffield, Alabama, is named to the National Historic Register. The small stone building at 3614 Jackson Highway attracted an array of legendary musicians after the studio's founding in 1969, including The Staple Singers, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, and The Rolling Stones. Muscle Shoals is one of four small towns that sits near the Tennessee River in northwest Alabama. The area's music roots are deep: It is the birthplace of W.C. Handy, largely considered the father of the blues, and Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records. The bluesy, swampy fusion of rock and roll and R&B indigenous to the area is very distinct. Bono, lead singer of U2, says that the Muscle Shoals brand of music sounds as if it "comes out of the mud." The historic designation comes because the building "is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history." But while the building is historic, those who made it so no longer inhabit it. Muscle Shoals Sound Studios was formed in 1969 when four of the studio musicians from FAME Studios broke off to start their own operation. These guys, known as "The Swampers" and immortalized in the lyrics to "Sweet Home Alabama" ("Muscle Shoals had got the Swampers..."), ran the studio until 1978 when they relocated to a bigger facility nearby. The original building became a music store, then an appliance store, and then an empty building in shambles. It was revived in 1999 when Noel Webster bought it, but the Swampers were not welcomed back. Not much happened there until 2009 when The Black Keys came in search of a vintage analog sound and spent 10 days recording. The resulting album, Brothers, won the Grammy for Album of the Year. The studio itself is the physical representation of the Muscle Shoals sound, but it's the people and the culture that are the spirit. The studio isn't even in Muscle Shoals: when the Swampers left FAME (which really is in the city and has never ceased operations), they named their Sheffield operation "Muscle Shoals Sound Studios" to associate it with the signature sound and also to get under the skin of Rick Hall, FAME's owner. There were hard feelings for a while, but after a few years Hall and The Swampers settled their differences. When Muscle Shoals Sound Studios goes on the Historic Register, many in the area are incredulous, since the guys who made it famous are no longer associated with it. The designation helps revive interest in the area though, and in 2013 the film Muscle Shoals is released, documenting the history of the area. That same year, Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics announces a grant to fund the renovation of both Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and FAME, with the goal of opening them to aspiring musicians and producers who can learn their crafts in these historic spaces.
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