2 October

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2019 Kim Shattuck of The Muffs dies at 56 after a battle with ALS. Her bandmates remember her as "a brilliant songwriter, rocking guitarist and singer/screamer extraordinaire."

2018 Geoff Emerick, the engineer on most Beatles' recordings, dies of a heart attack at 72.

2017 MTV revives TRL, the iconic music video countdown that ran from 1998 to 2008, with some pretty significant changes. First, there's no countdown. Second, there's no music. Well, there's some music, but it's part of a mixed bag of pop culture topics presented by five hosts, including Vine star DC Young Fly, dubbed the "TRL Squad." Where's Carson Daly when you need him?

2014 Rita Coolidge's sister Priscilla Coolidge is found dead in her Thousand Oaks, California, home. She is the victim of a murder-suicide perpetrated by her husband, Michael Seibert. Priscilla, who was once married to Booker T. of Booker T. & the MG's, performed with her daughter - Laura Satterfield - and Rita in the Native American music trio Walela.

2012 The Mumford & Sons single "Babel" becomes the highest-selling debut single of the year, officially, with 600,000 copies sold.

2010 On Season 7 of The X Factor (UK), One Direction perform as a group for the first time, singing a cover of "Torn" for judge Simon Cowell at his villa in Marbella, Spain. The guys had been eliminated as soloists and tried their luck as a group. They finish the competition in third place.

2009 Esquire announces Kate Beckinsale as their Sexiest Woman Alive with a video of the actress set to the song "Goodbye Hollywood" by Jet.More

2004 55-year-old Billy Joel marries Katie Lee, his third wife. She becomes a writer and TV personality while married to Joel, a union that lasts five years.

2003 Despite trashing Radiohead's latest album Hail to the Thief, Q magazine gives them the award for Best Act In The World Today for the third consecutive year at their annual Q Awards in London. The band doesn't appear.

2003 The Del McCoury Band wins top honors at the 14th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards in Louisville, Kentucky. The group takes home the Entertainer of the Year award for the eighth time. Band members Mike Bub and Jason Carter win in the instrumentalist categories for Bassist and Fiddler of the Year, respectively.

2002 At the 2002 Jammy Awards, Trey Anastasio picks up two awards; his band Phish wins one.

2001 Jazz baritone saxophonist Manny Albam, also a composer, arranger and conductor, dies of cancer in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, at age 79.

2000 Coldplay embark on their first headline tour, kicking it off with a show at Cambridge Junction in England.

2000 Radiohead release Kid A, the highly anticipated follow-up to their acclaimed 1997 album OK Computer. Issued with no videos or singles, it baffles many listeners but still goes to #1 in many territories, including the US and UK.

2000 Paul Anka files to divorce his wife of 37 years: former fashion model Anne de Zogheb.

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Tom Petty Dies


Tom Petty, 66, goes into cardiac arrest at his Malibu home. He is taken to UCLA medical center, but cannot be revived. Later that night, after his friends and family gather, he is taken off life support.

Just a week earlier, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers wrapped up their 40th Anniversary tour, a successful 53-date trek that found the band in top form and Petty in good spirits. In January 2018, when the medical examiner's report is complete, Petty's family issues a statement explaining that he was in inconsiderable pain throughout the tour, with knee problems and a fractured hip. His death was the result of an accidental overdose of prescription medications - the same thing that killed Prince in 2016. "On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication," the statement reads. According to the coroner, fentanyl, oxycodone, and five other drugs were found in his system. "As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives," the statement continues. "Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications. On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed."



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