2012 Adam Yauch (aka MCA of the Beastie Boys) dies of cancer at age 47 in New York City.
1999 Former In Living Color Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez issues her first single, "If You Had My Love." The song lands at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Lopez the first artist to top the chart with a debut single since Britney Spears did the same with "...Baby One More Time" four months earlier.More
1990 David Bowie's ex-wife Angela goes on The Joan Rivers Show and says that she once walked in on Bowie and Mick Jagger naked in bed. Angela signed a gag order when she divorced Bowie that kept her from talking for 10 years, and was taking advantage of the opportunity.
1982 Under the leadership of chairman Elton John, who has invested heavily in the team, the Watford Football Club is promoted to the First Division of English football with a win over Wrexham. The team was in the lowly Fourth Division when Elton took over as chairman in 1976.
1974 Grand Funk's cover of "The Loco-Motion" hits #1 in America. It's the second time the song has topped the chart: Little Eva's original went to #1 in 1962.
1959 The very first Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles, with Record of the Year going to Domenico Modugno's "Nel Blu, Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" and Henry Mancini's The Music From Peter Gunn soundtrack winning Album of the Year. The Champs' "Tequila," for some reason, takes home Best Rhythm and Blues Performance.
1937 Surf rock guitarist Dick Dale is born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston, Massachusetts.
2020 Grimes has a baby boy she names X Æ A-12. The father is entrepreneur Elon Musk.
2017 Implying that they will soon be voted out of office, Democrats sing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" to taunt Republicans in the House of Representatives after a Republican-sponsored bill replacing the Affordable Care Act passes.
2016 After Donald Trump's campaign plays "Start Me Up" following his victory speech celebrating his path to the Republican nomination, The Rolling Stones ask him to stop, joining several other artists in decrying his use of their songs.More
2013 James Righton of Klaxons marries the actress Keira Knightley. He proves useful when he gives ger guitar lessons for her role as a musician in the 2014 movie Begin Again.
2010 Olivia Newton-John gets "Physical" in a duet with Jane Lynch on the Glee episode "Bad Reputation."
2008 Martha Reeves' (of Martha & the Vandellas) home in Detroit is burglarized and one million dollars' worth of recording equipment is stolen. In just a few hours, the perpetrator is caught while attempting to hock the merchandise for $400.
2000 Letters to Cleo play their last concert in Boston; they disband the following month.
1993 PJ Harvey, fronted by British alt rocker Polly Jean Harvey, release their second and last album as a trio, Rid Of Me. The album is later hailed as one of the defining albums of the decade, but at the time, critics are split over Steve Albini's aggressive production.More
1992 Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu (percussionist for Johnny Clegg & Juluka) is killed in a hail of gunfire in South Africa at age 33.
1991 Punk rocker Simon Wilde (bassist for D.O.A.) dies of a brain tumor at age 33.
1991 Governor Ann Richards declares "ZZ Top Day" in Texas, honoring the group for "bringing the powerful beat of Texas boogie to enthusiastic audiences across the globe."
1987 Paul Butterfield (of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band) dies of a heroin overdose at age 44.
Later memorialized in the Neil Young song "Ohio," the United States National Guard fires on protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students, two of whom weren't even protesting. This shameful event in American history leads to the formation of Devo, as Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale are both on campus and horrified by the events.
About 3,500 protestors gather at the university to protest the United States incursion into Cambodia as part of the Vietnam War. Unbeknownst to them, Ohio governor Jim Rhodes has stationed a National Guard unit inside a heating plant at the school and has declared martial law, superseding First Amendment rights and making any assembly illegal. The National Guardsmen emerge and fire tear gas at the protesters. Then they do the unthinkable, raising their rifles and firing into the crowd, killing four students. One of the protesters is Jerry Casale. "Nobody believed that the guns were actually loaded with live ammo," he says in a Songfacts interview. "The bullets just went everywhere, it was like a scatter-gun approach, like shooting geese." Ten days later, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release "Ohio," a song Neil Young wrote about the tragedy: Tin soldiers and Nixon coming We're finally on our own This summer I hear the drumming Four dead in Ohio Casale forms the band Devo with Mark Mothersbaugh, who works in the art department at Kent State. Their ideology is informed by the shooting: Devo stands for "De-Evolution," the concept that humankind is regressing. They embrace the absurd, wearing haz-mat suits on stage and moving in robotic choreography. On the surface, it's quirky new-wave fun, but their songs and visual elements get at the pathology that leads to horrors like the one Casale witnessed. They build a fervent fanbase and lead the way in video production; when MTV goes on the air, the video for "Whip It," made a year earlier, goes in hot rotation and becomes a classic of the genre. Another student at Kent State during the shootings in a freshman named Chrissie Hynde. She drops out of school, becomes a waitress for a while, then heads to England, where she forms the Pretenders. Many songs are inspired by the incident, including the 1970 Genesis track "The Knife" and the 1972 Joe Walsh song "Turn to Stone." In the Yes song "Long Distance Runaround," Jon Anderson sings about the event in the second verse: Cold summer listening Hot color melting the anger to stone It's an expression of one of his fears: "Government cracking down on young people because they were trying to tell the truth about the war in Vietnam." Chris Butler is also at Kent State during the shootings, where his good friend Jeffrey Miller is one of those killed. He forms the group The Waitresses, known for "I Know What Boys Like" and the holiday classic "Christmas Wrapping." "Kent is completely what influenced my whole life and career," he says. "When you have that kind of event happen to you, it spins you off in a direction where you can't abide by the existing system, because it tried to f--king kill you. And you're going to have to make your own way if you're at all true to any of the creative parts of yourself." In 2014, Butler creates an entire album filled with narration and songs about the shootings called Easy Life. Photo: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives, https://omeka.library.kent.edu/special-collections/items/show/1420.
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