23 November

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2020 Country singer-songwriter Hal Ketchum dies at 67 from complications of dementia.

2015 Cynthia Robinson, trumpet player and founding member of Sly & the Family Stone, dies at age 71. That's her saying, "Get on up and dance!" in "Dance To The Music."

2014 Clive Palmer (of The Incredible String Band) dies at age 71.

2011 In Austria, George Michael is hospitalized mid-tour due to a serious bout with pneumonia. All remaining tour dates are postponed as the singer is placed in intensive care.

2011 Lady Gaga's 90 minute A Very Gaga Thanksgiving special airs on ABC. Gaga directed the program, which features her singing, eating, visiting her old school, and being interviewed by Katie Couric.

2009 Little Richard has hip replacement surgery, which does not go well. The rocker will never walk again and remains in constant pain.

2006 Jazz singer Anita O'Day dies of a cardiac arrest at age 87.

2004 Robert Downey, Jr. releases his debut studio album, The Futurist.

2001 Juan Hinojosa (drummer for Los Fabulosos Cuatro), along with his 28-year-old son, dies in a car crash in Texas.

2001 O.C. Smith, known for the 1968 hit "Little Green Apples," dies of a heart attack at age 69.

2000 Jonathan King is arrested for sexual abuse of minors in the '80s (one year later he receives a seven-year jail sentence).

2000 Twelve-year-old Billy Gilman sings "One Voice" during festivities at the Dallas Cowboys-Minnesota Vikings football game. Gilman is joined by Jessica Simpson for the halftime show.

1998 A businessman convicted of second-degree murder in the drowning of the ex-wife of Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson is sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Donald Bohana, 61, listens as Jackson family members urge a lengthy prison sentence for the boyfriend convicted of killing Delores "DeeDee" Jackson.

1995 Michael Jackson is crowned best male artist and Björk best female artist at the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards in Paris.

1995 Junior Walker (of Junior Walker & the All-Stars) dies of cancer at age 64.

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In The Works For 14 Years, Chinese Democracy Finally Released


Fourteen years after Axl Rose started working on it, the Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy is released.

Following the 1993 release of The Spaghetti Incident? members of the band drop off one by one, leaving Axl as the only core member by 1997. With a new team, he continues work on the album, encouraged by his label, Geffen Records, which offers a $1 million if he can deliver it by March 1999. That date comes and goes, as do the producers and musicians working on the project. A summer 2000 target date passes quietly, but in 2001, things are looking good for a release as the band plays some shows and Axl previews tracks for Rolling Stone. In 2002, the band goes on the Chinese Democracy tour, even though there is no album. The delays continue, and in 2004, guitarist Buckethead, a key player in this drama, leaves the band. In 2006, three tracks from the album are leaked online, with one of them, "I.R.S.," making the Rock Radio Airplay chart in America. Axl posts an open letter to fans, setting the new release date at March 6, 2007. He is off by about 16 months. By the time the album arrives, at least six different producers have worked on it, and upwards of $13 million has been sunk into the project. The album is met with tepid reviews and modest sales, but is remembered as the greatest musical boondoggle in the history of rock.



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