13 March

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2015 Daevid Allen, Australian jazz-rock guitarist (of Gong, Soft Machine), dies of cancer at age 77.

2013 Ken Casey of Dropkick Murphys takes out a skinhead fan after seeing him raise a Nazi salute. A crowd had gathered onstage for the encore and, seeing the fan across the stage, Casey hits him to the floor and lays into him. Calmly returning to his bass, Casey proclaims: "Nazis are not welcome at a Dropkick Murphys show."

2008 South By Southwest features a rare performance from R.E.M. and scorching set from My Morning Jacket.

2004 Luciano Pavarotti makes his 379th and last performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, playing the painter Mario Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini's Tosca. He receives a 12-minute standing ovation.

2002 Danny Bonaduce of The Partridge Family wins his bout against Barry Williams (Greg from The Brady Bunch) on the Fox TV special Celebrity Boxing. In another bout, Todd Bridges from Diff'rent Strokes whoops up on Vanilla Ice.

1998 Reggae and ska musician Judge Dread (real name: Alexander Minto Hughes) dies of a heart attack at age 52 shortly after giving a performance in Canterbury, England.

1993 "Informer," a reggae-rap song with inscrutable verses by the Canadian artist Snow (named for his whiteness), hits #1 in America and stays on top for seven weeks. Snow enjoys it all from a prison cell in Toronto, where he's serving an eight-month sentence for assault.

1992 Bad Religion release their sixth full-length studio album, Generator. This is the band's debut album with drummer Bobby Schayer, who remains in the band until 2000's The New America.

1988 Bob Seger receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1977 David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Blondie begin a North American tour.

1976 #1 Billboard Album: Eagles' Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)

1973 Ed Sloan (frontman for Crossfade) is born in South Carolina.

1972 Rapper Common is born Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. in Chicago, Illinois.

1968 The Byrds' Greatest Hits is certified gold.

1965 The Beatles land their seventh #1 hit in America with "Eight Days A Week."

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Isaac Hayes Quits South Park After Scientology Episode


Isaac Hayes quits the TV series South Park after an episode airs mocking his religion, Scientology.

The smooth soul singer is the voice of Chef since the show's first season in 1997. His character works in the school cafeteria, where he helps the children understand adult concepts, like prostitution ("you don't pay for her to stay, you pay for her to leave afterward"). He often gets distracted and starts singing about making sweet love to a woman - his musical interludes become a popular feature on the show, and in 1998 his song "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)" is released as a single and hits #1 in the UK. Every episode of South Park begins with a disclaimer, warning, "The following program contains coarse language and due to its content it should not be viewed by anyone." With vicious satire, it takes aim at celebrities, culture and religion. The episode focused on Scientology is called "Trapped in the Closet" and airs on November 16, 2005. Early in 2006, Hayes suffers a stroke, and his statement quitting the show is issued in a press release a short time later. "There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins," Hayes states. "As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices." Matt Stone, one of the show's creators, issues a rebuke. "This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem - and he's cashed plenty of checks - with our show making fun of Christians." In 2016, Hayes' son Isaac Hayes III says that the stroke left his father incapacitated, and someone else issued the press release, quitting the show on his behalf. "My father was not that big of a hypocrite to be part of a show that would constantly poke fun at African-American people, Jewish people, gay people — and only quit when it comes to Scientology," he says.



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