29 June

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2020 Benny Mardones of "Into The Night" fame dies at 73 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

2007 George McCorkle, guitarist for The Marshall Tucker Band and composer of their hit "Fire On The Mountain," dies at age 59 shortly after being diagnosed with cancer.

2004 Rick James performs "Fire And Desire" with Teena Marie at the BET Awards. It's his last performance, as James dies five weeks later at 56.

2004 Rush release their 18th studio album, Feedback, comprised of eight cover songs selected from tunes that influenced each band member in their younger years.

2002 Rosemary Clooney dies of lung cancer at age 74.

2001 Dream A Little Dream: The Almost-True Story of the Mamas & the Papas, a stage musical penned by former Papas member Denny Doherty, premieres in Toronto.

2000 The casket holding Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt is stolen from its mausoleum in Jacksonville, Florida, but left after vandals are unable to open it. The ashes of Steve Gaines, the band's guitarist who died in the same plane crash that killed Van Zandt, are spilled from his urn, which is also stolen.

1999 Former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett is arrested in Los Angeles for possession of cocaine.

1998 German pianist Horst Jankowski dies of lung cancer at age 62.

1998 George Harrison announces that he is undergoing chemotherapy for throat cancer, with assurances that, "I'm not going to die on you folks just yet." He succumbs to the disease three years later.

1995 Ringo Starr's first-ever TV commercial, for Pizza Hut, debuts in the US, as does a similar spot by the newly re-formed Monkees.

1994 Barbra Streisand sets a new record after grossing $16 million for a series of Madison Square Garden comeback shows.

1992 Spurred by controversy over the song "Cop Killer," President George H. W. Bush speaks out against "those who use films or records or television or video games to glorify killing law enforcement officers."

1989 Three years after landing their first hit, the Pet Shop Boys, notoriously averse to live performance, launch their first tour with a show at Hong Kong Coliseum.

1988 Lionel Richie's wife Brenda is arrested for assaulting her husband after finding him at the apartment of another woman, Diane Alexander. The couple divorce in 1993, and in 1995, Richie marries Alexander.

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Apple Releases The iPhone


Apple's new device, the iPhone, is released, integrating music into a phone for the first time.

When Apple introduced the iPod in 2001, it made digital music portable, but also added another device to the pockets of the tech-savvy. The iPhone does everything the iPod can do, but it also takes pictures, accesses the internet, and does everything a phone can do - no more lugging around a cell phone, PDA, MP3 player and camera. The breakthrough here is the touch screen, which eliminates the keyboard. This allows for a huge screen (320 x 480 pixels) that you can use to surf the internet and text right on the glass. It also knows when you rotate the screen, shifting accordingly to portrait or landscape mode, courtesy of something called an accelerometer. The 8GB model costs $599, which is lowered to $399 in September. In only works on the AT&T network and comes in a choice of one color: black. Still, there are huge lines at Apple Stores across America as early adopters clamor for the device. Since Apple has never been in the phone business, it seems unlikely that they could blast past the likes of Nokia and BlackBerry on the first try, but the iPhone is a hit - Apple claims to sell a million phones in the first 74 days. In terms of music, this thing is huge. Listeners can not only use it to store their music libraries, they can listen online with streaming services or YouTube. And with a handy browser, they can check out what the song is about by calling up Songfacts on the same device. For music makers, it opens the door to a raft of new distribution platforms and products within the music industry - including recording software, educational programs, and even guitar and vocal effects processing which can be used in a live setting. It also turbocharges band promotion, as artists can now interact with their fans via social networks any time.



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