11 October

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2018 Kanye West, an ardent supporter of Donald Trump, visits the White House, where he delivers a rambling, 10-minute monologue as the President looks on.More

2018 The Music Modernization Act is passed into law, clarifying how artists, songwriters and producers are compensated for music played on streaming services, online radio, and satellite radio. It also grants royalties for songs written before 1972.

2016 Rod Stewart is knighted at Buckingham Palace, becoming Sir Roderick David Stewart.

2013 Lady Gaga makes her movie debut playing shape-shifting assassin La Camaleon in the Robert Rodriguez action-crime flick Machete Kills.

2011 George "Mojo" Buford (harmonica player for Muddy Waters's band) dies after a long illness in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age 81.

2006 Singer Justin Hawkins announces that he has left British band The Darkness to continue his drug rehabilitation.

1999 The City of Miami, under threat of legal action from the American Civil Liberties Union and Havana Caliente Records, allows Cuban dance band Los Van Van to perform at the James L. Knight Center.

1999 Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's second wife, files for divorce. She was a nurse at the office of Jackson's plastic surgeon.

1997 Gregg Allman, Bo Diddley, Keb'Mo', Buddy Guy and John Hiatt are among the musicians who perform at a tribute to Muddy Waters at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

1997 On the UK albums chart, it's battling Britpop as The Verve's Urban Hymns knocks Oasis' Be Here Now out of #1.

1992 Rapper and reality star Cardi B is born Belcalis Almanzar in Edgewater, New Jersey.

1992 Amy Grant and her songwriter husband Gary Chapman have their third child: Sarah Cannon.

1988 Sarah McLachlan releases her debut album, Touch, through Nettwerk Records. The album would be re-mixed and re-released the following year.

1976 Donna Summer's Four Seasons Of Love concept album is released.

1975 Neil Sedaka's "Bad Blood," with backup vocals by Elton John, hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

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Saturday Night Live Debuts With Lots Of Music


Saturday Night - a title later changed to Saturday Night Live - makes its debut on NBC. Music is a big part of the show, and the first episode features two musical guests performing two songs each: Janis Ian doing "At Seventeen" and "In the Winter," and Billy Preston playing "Nothing from Nothing" and "Fancy Lady."

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