31 May

Pick a Day

31 MAY

In Music History

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2019 Psychedelic-music legend and frontman for the 13th Floor Elevators, Roger Kynard "Roky" Erickson passes away at 71 years old in his home in Austin, Texas.

2007 Rob Grill, lead singer of The Grass Roots, is arrested for illegal possession of prescription painkillers at his home in Mount Dora, Florida.

2005 Strawberry Field (no s), the Liverpool orphanage which inspired The Beatles' famous song, is closed by the Salvation Army after almost seventy years.

2004 Rock guitarist Robert Quine, known for collaborations with Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, and Tom Waits, commits suicide by heroin overdose at age 61.

2003 50 Cent's second single, "21 Questions," tops the chart for the first of four weeks. Featuring Nate Dogg on the chorus, the song explores 50's romantic side, as he asks a girl if she would be there for him through thick and thin.

2000 Soul singer Johnnie Taylor dies of a heart attack at age 66.

1998 Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) announces that she is leaving Spice Girls, releasing a statement saying: "Sadly I would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls. This is because of differences between us. I'm sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best... PS, I'll be back." Halliwell was planning to leave the group in September at the end of their world tour, but grows frustrated and leaves early. The group continues as a quartet, but splits up in 2000. In 2007, they reunite with Halliwell back on board.

1996 Bass singer Elsbeary Hobbs (of The Drifters) dies from throat and lung cancer in Manhattan, New York at age 59.

1993 Jon Bon Jovi's wife, Dorothea Hurley, gives birth to their first child, a daughter named Stephanie Rose.

1991 Azealia Banks is born in New York City.

1985 The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) sends its first letter to the RIAA requesting a ratings system for albums and concerts. The group is led by Tipper Gore, the wife of Senator Al Gore, so the record industry takes it seriously, and cuts back on their metal budgets. The end result is warning stickers on albums containing offensive lyrics.

1983 After a break in which David Byrne and Jerry Harrison release solo albums and Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth form Tom Tom Club, Talking Heads return with their fifth album, Speaking In Tongues. It contains their biggest hit, "Burning Down The House."

1980 Fall Out Boy drummer Andy Hurley is born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

1980 The disco group Lipps, Inc. goes to #1 in America with "Funkytown," a tribute to New York City.

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Alicia Keys Stops Wearing Makeup


Alicia Keys announces that she will no longer wear makeup.

After the photographer Paola convinces Keys that her fresh-from-the-gym look is perfect for the "raw and real" sound of her album Here, she agrees to forgo makeup for the photo shoot, and a shot is chosen as the artwork for her song "In Common." The shot becomes a favorite of the #nomakeup movement, where women post selfies without makeup. In the Lenny Letter, Keys announces that this is how she'll be appearing from now on. "I hope to God it's a revolution," she writes. "'Cause I don't want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing." Another song from the album, "When a Girl Can't Be Herself," deals with this issue: Who says I must conceal what I'm made of? Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem On August 28, she sports this natural look at the MTV Video Music Awards, where she is a presenter. The next day, she tweets: "Y'all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn't mean I'm anti-makeup. Do you!," and includes a natural selfie. She also keeps the makeup off on The Voice, where she is a judge. Keys is thrilled when the movement catches on, but feels there are more pressing issues than her makeup habits. "The press is more interested in me not wearing makeup than the fact that 65 million girls worldwide don't have access to education," she tells Rolling Stone. "But what's interesting is this insane standard of perfection women are held to."



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