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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Slipknot Release Debut Album


Slipknot release their self-titled debut album. Metal Hammer magazine calls it the "best debut of the last 25 years."

Each of the nine members of this explosive Iowa band are assigned a number and mask, which they wear onstage along with jumpsuits. They don't fit the format of many radio stations, but they quickly gain a devoted following as word gets out in the metal community and on the internet. Their fans become affectionately known as "maggots." Standout tracks from the album include "Wait and Bleed," about a man bleeding to death in a bathtub, and "Spit It Out," which retaliates against a Des Moines radio station that trashed the band. The album sells over a million copies in America and is a hit in a number of other territories, including the UK, which has a surprising number of maggots.



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