2001 The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reveal their list of the top 365 "Songs Of The Century" (some of which are not songs, but albums). "Over The Rainbow" is #1, followed by "White Christmas" and "This Land Is Your Land."More
1987 Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys becomes the first rap album to top the US chart. It stays at #1 for seven weeks.
1985 The song "We are the World" is released as a single, soon achieving massive chart success all around the world. The song, written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, is recorded for charity to help battle famine in Africa. The supergroup USA for Africa brought together for the recording features a stunning list of big names in music - everyone from Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan to Ray Charles, Cyndi Lauper and Dionne Warwick.
1980 The Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner's Daughter, directed by Michael Apted, debuts in theaters. Sissy Spacek, who does her own singing, wins an Oscar for her portrayal of the country singer. Beverly D'Angelo costars as Lynn's mentor Patsy Cline.More
2016 Michael White, the British producer whose work includes the films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, dies of heart failure at age 80.
2015 Drake places an astounding 14 songs in the Hot 100, thanks to the release of his mixtape If You're Reading This It's Too Late. The Beatles are the only other act to accomplish this, with 14 songs on the tally for a week in April 1964. Drake goes on to place 27 songs on the chart dated July 14, 2018.
2013 Guitarist Peter Banks, a founding member of Yes, dies at age 65.
2009 Jimmy Boyd, known for introducing the 1953 Christmas tune "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," dies of cancer at age 70.
2001 Ex-Trammps member Jerry Collins is convicted of attempted murder after being found guilty of bashing his wife's head into a sink and also pistol-whipping her. He is sentenced to a maximum of 35 years.
2001 Ed Townshend, singer/songwriter of the 1957 hit "For Your Love," sues the R&B group K-Ci and JoJo, claiming they used his song in their recent hit "Just For Your Love."
2000 Country singer Pee Wee King dies at age 86.
1999 Marv Ingram of The Four Preps dies at age 60.
1998 Archbishop Franc Rode organizes a special mass to forgive the blasphemers who wrote and recorded "Bitchcraft."
1988 The drag queen Divine (Glenn Milstead) dies of a heart attack at age 42.More
1987 The first four Beatles albums are released on compact disc: Please Please Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale. This marks the first time the band's official UK albums have been available as standard Beatles albums in the US, many being presented for the first time in America in their original mono mixes.
1987 The Beastie Boys appear on Soul Train, where they perform "Brass Monkey." They win over host Don Cornelius, who tells them, "You're very chilling, very hip, and we like your music."
1983 New Order release "Blue Monday," which becomes the biggest-selling 12-inch single of all time. The track is reissued twice by the band: in 1988 and 1995. Despite massive success in Europe and on the specialist dance chart, only the 1988 Quincy Jones remix makes it to the mainstream Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #68.
1979 The Police get a badly needed break when they play the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, where the radio station KLBJ has been playing their single "Roxanne," the first station in America to do so. The song starts to catch on, and seven weeks later peaks at #32, giving the band their first hit.
The English new wave duo Tears For Fears release their debut album, The Hurting, featuring the melancholic "Mad World." The album is inspired by the work of American psychologist Arthur Janov, founder of primal therapy.
Janov, who believed adult psychological issues were linked to repressed childhood trauma and could be overcome by grieving painful memories through intense crying and shouting called "primal screaming," gained notoriety when he treated John Lennon in the early '70s. The idea of replacing fears with tears inspired Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, saddled with their own troubled upbringings, to adopt the name Tears For Fears. The Hurting is steeped in Janov's theories. The title track encourages people to get in touch with their deep-rooted pain and cry it out, "Suffer The Children" admonishes parents who are emotionally unavailable for their lonely children, and the standout track "Mad World" – a #3 UK hit – features a detached teen who admits "the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had." (Janov believed nightmares were a therapeutic tool that helped the dreamer overcome the fears they were too scared to deal with in the real world.) Another track, "Ideas As Opiates," literally takes a page from one of Janov's books, being a chapter heading from 1980's Prisoners Of Pain. The Hurting puts Tears For Fears on the map in the UK, peaking at #1 on the albums chart. Two years later, their fame expands worldwide with their follow-up album, Songs From The Big Chair, featuring the hits "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" and "Shout."
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