15 May

Pick a Day

15 MAY

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2014 Rapper Evan Plunkett, who performed as Hollywood Will, is shot dead at a Las Vegas casino.

2011 Rock star Meat Loaf and rapper Lil Jon are eliminated one week before the Season 11 finale of Donald Trump's show The Celebrity Apprentice.

2011 Jazz vocalist Bob Flanigan (of The Four Freshmen) dies at age 84 of congestive heart failure.

2009 Green Day releases 21st Century Breakdown.

2008 Shania Twain and producer Robert "Mutt" Lange announce they are separating after 14 years of marriage. Lange's affair with Twain's best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud, triggered the split. Twain later marries Thiébaud's ex-husband, Frédéric.

2007 Ike Turner spends a day in a Los Angeles jail over a mistaken warrant.

2006 Dubstep artist Burial releases his debut album, Burial, the first full-length album released through Kode9's Hyperdub Records. It's an attempt to capture the feeling of 2000s London late at night, and the album cover features an aerial view of South London. The logo, which later becomes Burial's signature, represents a pirate radio signal.More

2003 June Carter Cash dies after undergoing heart-valve replacement surgery at age 73.

2003 t.A.T.u.'s manager Ivan Shapovalov is arrested for disturbing the peace after staging a video shoot in Moscow's Red Square for the duo's song "Show Me Love." Playing up the act's image as teenage lesbian lovers, Shapovalov had arranged for about 200 young girls to dress like t.A.T.u. and kiss each other, which causes a disturbance. By the end of the year, t.A.T.u. will abandon the ruse and admit that they only acted like lovers for the sake of scandalous publicity.

2001 God Bless the Go-Go's, the Go-Go's fourth album, is released. It is the band's first studio album in 17 years.

2001 Weezer releases Weezer (aka The Green Album).

1995 Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland is arrested for heroin and cocaine possession outside a motel in Pasadena. It's the first of his high-profile drug arrests.

1992 '60s singer Barbara Lee (of The Chiffons) dies of a heart attack the day before her 45th birthday.

1984 Nils Lofgren joins Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.

1976 The Rolling Stones album Black and Blue goes to #1 in America.

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Brian Eno Is Born

1948

Ambient composer Brian Eno is born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England.


Eno studies painting and experimental music at Winchester School of Art. It is a lecture held at the school by The Who's Pete Townshend on the use of tape machines that first inspires him to make music.

Despite later contributing to the occasional album on vocals or guitar, Eno distances himself from traditional instrumentalists by calling himself a "non-musician." Rather, he sees the studio and his own innovative recording techniques as a way to make his mark. By the mid-'70s his methods are well established, and he garners a credit for "Enossification" on Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway album, and one for "Eno" on John Cale's Island.

In 1971, he joins the rock band Roxy Music, led by Bryan Ferry. As a self-professed "non-musician," Eno initially joins as a technical advisor, operating a synthesizer and reel-to-reel tape machine. He doesn't perform on stage, remaining behind the mixing desk.

After two years with Roxy Music, Eno's music career was largely as a solo musician, though this includes various collaborations with such artists as Robert Fripp and Harold Budd, and work as a producer on numerous albums over the decades.

He is largely credited with coining the term "ambient music," and pioneering the genre. He describes it as music that can be "actively listened to with attention or as easily ignored," and sees it, rather than music, as a surrounding atmosphere designed to alter the listener's state of mind.

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