9 May

Pick a Day

9 MAY

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2020 Rock pioneer Little Richard dies of bone cancer at the age of 87. Over the course of his legendary career he recorded some of America's most recognizable songs, including "Tutti Frutti," "Long Tall Sally," and "Good Golly Miss Molly."

2017 Italian trance DJ Robert Miles dies in Ibiza, Spain, at age 47 after a short illness.

2014 Michael Jackson's second posthumous album, Xscape, is released.

2014 Hunter Hayes breaks the record for most concerts performed in different cities in a single day when he plays 10 shows in 24 hours.

2013 The RIAA starts counting streaming toward its Gold and Platinum awards, with 1,500 album streams equal to one album sale (a "unit"), and 150 song streams counting for one song sale.

2013 Rocker Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater, Wayne State University, Detroit.

2010 Cyndi Lauper is the ninth contestant booted off Season 9 of The Celebrity Apprentice.

2006 The Red Hot Chili Peppers release their ninth album, Stadium Arcadium. Featuring the hit singles "Dani California" and "Snow (Hey Oh)," it's their first album to hit #1 in the US.More

2005 The music video for Stevie Wonder's "So What The Fuss" is issued with a descriptive audio track by Busta Rhymes for the visually-impaired.

2003 The Eagles, trimmed to a four-man lineup (Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit) after parting ways with Don Felder, start their Farewell I tour in Richmond, Virginia, the title a mocking reference to the many "farewell" tours that aren't really. They play 168 dates on the tour over a span of three years.

2000 Bad Religion release their 11th full-length studio album, The New America. It's the band's final release on Atlantic Records and their final recording with drummer Bobby Schayer, who had been a member of Bad Religion since 1991. On The New America, guitarist Brett Gurewitz (who left Bad Religion in 1994, but eventually rejoined the band in the next year) co-wrote the song "Believe It" with frontman Greg Graffin.

1998 Blues musician Lester Butler dies of a heroin and cocaine overdose at age 38.

1998 Brian Wilson plays his first ever solo concert (no Beach Boys) at a show in St. Charles, Illinois.

1979 Pierre Bouvier (lead singer, guitarist for Simple Plan) is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Professor Griff Has A Problem With Jews

1989

In an interview with The Washington Times, Public Enemy's "Minister of Information," Professor Griff, blames Jews for "the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe."


Among the other incendiary claims, Griff says that "Jews finance these experiments on AIDS with black people in South Africa" and they "Have a grip on America." The article is published on May 22, and picked up by The Village Voice on June 14. Jewish groups are quick to condemn the remarks and direct their protests at CBS, the group's distributor. By this time, Public Enemy is one of the biggest acts associated with CBS, and their 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions (To Hold Us Back) has sold over a million copies. The group thrives on inflammatory lyrics and controversial tenets, but this incident threatens their distribution deal, so action is needed. In his post as Minister of Information, Griff is essentially a spokesman for the group, and on June 21, Public Enemy deems him in breach of those duties and fires him, with leader Chuck D announcing, "We are not anti-Jewish, we are not anti-anybody - we are pro-black, pro-black culture, pro-human race." Griff later claims that he was caught off guard by a question about who controls the music industry. Later in June, Public Enemy disbands, possibly to shield Spike Lee from the controversy, as his upcoming film Do The Right Thing features the Public Enemy track "Fight The Power." The disbandment doesn't last long, and the group soon gets back together. Griff forms his own outfit, the Last Asiatic Disciples, and signs with Luke Records, which is run by Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew. Their album Pawns in the Game is released in 1990, and in 1991, Public Enemy returns with Fear of a Black Planet. By this time Griff is back with the group and listed on the credits. He remains a member in good standing.

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