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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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Sting Is Born


Sting is born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in Wallsend, Northumberland, England. He earns his nickname when a fellow musician says he looks like a bee in his yellow-and-black striped sweater. He is working as a schoolteacher when his band The Police hit the big time.

The Police hit #6 in the UK with the release of their debut album, Outlandos d'Amour, in 1978 and follow up with four consecutive #1 albums, stacked with hits like "Roxanne," "Message in a Bottle," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," and "Every Breath You Take," until Sting decides to go solo after their first US chart-topping album, Synchronicity, in 1983. Two years later, he releases his first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, a jazz-inflected collection that sets the charts abuzz with the singles "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," "Fortress Around Your Heart," and the paranoia-tinged "Russians." The album peaks at #3 in the UK and #2 in the US, setting the bar high for a successful body of work apart from his former bandmates, encompassing 12 studio albums - most landing in the Top 10 - across three decades. He also contributes to several soundtracks, including The Emperor's New Groove, with the tune "My Funny Friend and Me" earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. In 2003, he's inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame… as a member of The Police.



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