1978 The Police release their debut album, Outlandos d'Amour. The working title, "Police Brutality," is changed to make is sound more romantic. The title loosely translates as "Outlaws of Love" but the term "Outlandos" is actually a mix of the words for "Outlaws" and "Commandos."
1974 George Harrison begins his Dark Horse tour with Ravi Shankar in Vancouver, BC. It's the first solo tour for any Beatle, and a drag on Harrison, who doesn't travel well. It's the last time he tours until 1991, when he joins Eric Clapton on some dates in Japan.
1968 Jose Feliciano's unique rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner," which he performed on acoustic guitar before Game 5 of the World Series on October 7, enters the Hot 100 at #89, making it the first version of the US National Anthem to chart (it peaks at #50). Many singers start adding their own flavor to the song; the next version to chart is Whitney Houston's Super Bowl performance in 1991, which hits #20.
1961 k.d. lang is born Kathryn Dawn Lang in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
1920 KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. They are not the first station on the air, but the first to get the broadcast license. With consumers unsure of the benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.
2015 80-year-old Johnny Mathis returns home from an Ohio concert to find his iconic Hollywood Hills mansion, built by billionaire Howard Hughes in 1946, engulfed in flames. The fire consumes nearly all of the singer's possessions, save for a few mementos.
2014 English clarinetist Acker Bilk, known for the 1962 instrumental hit "Stranger On The Shore," dies at age 85 after years of health issues that included throat cancer, bladder cancer, and a stroke.
2013 'N Sync reunites for Chris Kirkpatrick's wedding, as his four bandmates serve as groomsmen for his nuptials to Karly Skladany.
2012 Brian Eno's new album LUX is previewed for travelers at Tokyo International Airport, a fitting move for a composer whose 1978 album Ambient 1: Music for Airports was designed for such purpose.
2007 In Glasgow, a reunited Verve play their first show since 1998. The band part ways again in 2009.
2007 A right of passage for any up-and-coming British musical act, Laura Marling makes her debut on Later…with Jools Holland, performing the songs "Ghosts" and "New Romantic" before a live studio audience. The former Squeeze founder's late night music variety show has become an institution in the UK, and many other networks rebroadcast it around the world.
2006 Surprising no one, Shakira is the big winner at the seventh annual Latin Grammy Awards, taking home four statues during the ceremony at Madison Square Garden. The Colombian pop star wins song and record of the year awards for "La Tortura," a duet with Spaniard Alejandro Sanz. She also receives trophies for female pop vocal album and album of the year for her Spanish-language Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1.
2005 Depeche Mode is forced to cancel their tour opener in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after Hurricane Wilma devastates the area.
2003 David Cassidy guest stars on FOX's Malcolm in the Middle, where he plays aging teen idol Boon Vincent. Of the character, Cassidy says: "I drew from my experiences meeting the most egotistical, egocentric human beings who have ever dawned on a stage."
2001 Country singer Buddy Starcher, known for the 1965 spoken-word recording "History Repeats Itself," dies at age 95.
1999 Lil Wayne's debut studio album, Tha Block Is Hot, shoots to #1 on the Billboard albums chart and goes on to sell 1.4 million copies worldwide.
1998 President Clinton gives his first in-depth interview since the White House sex scandal to Black Entertainment Television talk show host and political commentator Tavis Smiley on the network's BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley.
British singer-songwriter Kate Bush releases her seventh studio album, The Red Shoes. Inspired by the 1948 ballet film of the same name, the album features a number of famous guests, including Eric Clapton, Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, Prince, and comedian Lenny Henry. It's also Bush's last release before a 12-year hiatus.
"It started off as a bit of a laugh, a game that turned into reality," Bush tells Rolling Stone of the luminaries who appear on The Red Shoes. One of the most notable guests is Prince, who not only provided instrumental and vocal backing on the album's penultimate track, "Why Should I Love You," but entirely revamped the song… without being asked. Bush was a big fan of the Purple One and met him backstage at one of his London shows, where she asked him to contribute vocals to a new ballad she'd just recorded. He obliged but also rearranged the track into an uptempo, disco-style number with guitar solos, keyboards, and bass. Comedian Lenny Henry, trying to shake out a side career as a soul singer, also contributed backing vocals to the track. Eric Clapton and Gary Brooker aren't as presumptuous as Prince with their roles on the bluesy, end-of-the-affair song "And So Is Love," with Slow Hand on guitar and the Procol Harum frontman on the Hammond organ. The single peaks at #26 UK. Clapton isn't the only famous guitar player to show up on the album. His Yardbirds successor, Jeff Beck, brought his Stratocaster to the ballad "You're The One." Bush plans to embark on a tour to support The Red Shoes, which peaks at #2 in the UK, but a series of personal sorrows, including the death of her mother, derails the plan. Instead, she enters a 12-year hiatus from the music industry until the release of her 2005 album, Aerial.
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