15 March

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2019 Sam Smith says he is nonbinary, telling Jameela Jamil, "I am not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between."

2019 The New York Public Library opens the Lou Reed Archive, with photos, recordings and other media documenting his career.More

2015 Kendrick Lamar releases his third studio album, To Pimp A Butterfly, which debuts at #1.

2014 Scott Asheton (drummer for The Stooges) dies of a heart attack at age 64.

2008 The musical I Am Who I Am, based on the life of singer Teddy Pendergrass, opens in Chicago.

2005 The third offering from Daft Punk, Human After All, is released in the US a day after its launch in the rest of the world. Recorded in just six weeks, it is a critical and commercial disappointment, leading the French duo to retreat into the studio to reconsider their direction and to call up some big-name collaborators for their next effort, Random Access Memories.

2004 The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts Bob Seger, George Harrison, The Dells, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, Prince, and Traffic at their annual ceremony in New York City.

2003 Brad Paisley marries actress Kimberly Williams at Pepperdine University's Stauffer Chapel. They first met when the singer cast her as his female lead in his music video for "I'm Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin' Song)."

2002 Marshall Leib (of The Teddy Bears) dies of a heart attack at age 63.

1999 Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney, The Staple Singers, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Springsteen reunites with the E Street Band to perform at the ceremony.

1988 Talking Heads release their eighth album, Naked, which ends up being their last, as David Bryne breaks up the group three years later. It's produced by Steve Lillywhite, whose wife, Kirsty MacColl, sings on the track "(Nothing But) Flowers."

1986 Starship's "Sara" hits #1 on the Hot 100. It's the second chart-topper (following "We Built This City") for the third iteration of the group, which was previously Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.

1983 Cathy Smith is arrested for second-degree murder for providing the drugs that killed John Belushi.

1982 The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, formed in 1969, finally lets Bob Dylan in.

1979 At a party following a Stephen Stills concert, Elvis Costello gets in an argument with Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, and reportedly refers to Ray Charles as a "blind, ignorant ni--er." Costello pleads inebriation, and says he was just trying to outrage her.

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Dee Snider Is Born


Dee Snider (lead singer of Twisted Sister) is born in Astoria, Queens, New York.

A classically trained vocalist, Snider joins Twisted Sister in 1976. The band had been around for three years, but Snider quickly takes over, becoming their primary songwriter and focal point. They play metal and earn a following in New York and New Jersey before breaking big with their third album, Stay Hungry, in 1984. The album contains two big hits: "I Wanna Rock" and "We're Not Gonna Take It," both of which get gobs of airplay on MTV, exposing the outrageously attired Snider to a wide swath of adolescents in the mood for his band of rock superhero rebellion. Snider writes every song on the album and is the only band member on the cover. A family man who preaches sobriety, Snider bucks the stereotype of the reckless rocker, making him the perfect spokesman when the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) pushes for a ratings system on albums they deem offensive, including those by Twisted Sister. He testifies at a Senate hearing on the issue in full stage garb and makeup. When Twisted Sister's popularity wanes, Snider takes up film, writing the screenplay for the 1998 horror flick Strangeland, in which he stars. From 1999-2001 he has his own morning radio show in Hartford, Connecticut. In the ensuing decades, he reunites Twisted Sister from time to time and also records as a solo artist.



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