16 May

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16 MAY

In Music History

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2012 Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go-Go," dies at age 75.

2010 Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio succumbs to stomach cancer at age 68.

2007 Parma, Italy, names streets after Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

2003 Hoboken, New Jersey, names its post office after its favorite son, Frank Sinatra.

2002 Cher appears on the TV show Will & Grace for the second time. This episode is titled "A.I.: Artificial Insemination."

2001 Brian Pendleton (rhythm guitarist for Pretty Things) dies of lung cancer at age 57.

2000 With his Warner Bros. contract terminated, Prince starts using that name again. He changed it to an unpronounceable symbol in 1993 after a dispute with the label.

1999 Diana Ross and Brandy star as mother and daughter in the made-for-TV movie Double Platinum.

1998 Keith Richards injures his ribs and chest when he falls from a chair at his Connecticut home; The Rolling Stones are forced to reschedule the first four dates of their upcoming tour while he recovers.

1993 R&B singer Marv Johnson, Motown's earliest performer, dies of a stroke at age 54.

1990 Sammy Davis Jr. dies of complications from throat cancer at age 64.

1990 Muppets creator Jim Henson dies of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome at 53. Henson made music a key component of The Muppet Show, which featured a gnarly house band (The Electric Mayhem) and welcomed many superstars eager to interact with his creatures. Elton John, Julie Andrews, John Denver and Loretta Lynn all appeared on the show.

1987 David Crosby marries his longtime girlfriend Jan Dance in Los Angeles, with bandmate Stephen Stills giving away the bride and Graham Nash renewing his vows with wife Susan.

1986 Caitlin O'Riordan of The Pogues marries Elvis Costello in Dublin, Ireland. They divorce in 2002.

1981 Kim Carnes' version of "Bette Davis Eyes," written and originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1975, hits #1 in America.

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"Torn" Dominates American Radio And MTV


Five years after it was first released (in Danish), "Torn" goes to #1 on the US Airplay chart with a version by the Australian actress Natalie Imbruglia.

The song was written by Anne Preven, Scott Cutler and Phil Thornalley in 1991, and first released (in Danish) by the Danish singer Lis Sørensen in 1993. Preven and Cutler released the first English version with their band Ednaswap in 1995, but it was Imbruglia's 1997 version that got noticed. Imbruglia made her mark on the Australian soap opera Neighbours, in which she starred from 1992-1994. When she launched her singing career with the album Left Of The Middle, Thornalley was brought in as a producer, and he introduced her to the song. Released as a UK single in October 1997, "Torn" debuted at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, and held that position for three weeks, with only "Barbie Girl" in the way. In America, it took a while for Imbruglia's record company to realize the song's potential, but when they finally gave it a push, the song became a huge hit on radio and MTV. After reaching the top of the Billboard Airplay chart, it stays there for 11 weeks, becoming one of the biggest songs of the summer.



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