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In Music History

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2019 After being reissued for its 50th anniversary, The Beatles' Abbey Road album returns to #1 in the UK, where it spent 17 weeks in the top spot in 1969 and 1970.

2019 The blockbuster film Joker becomes the first film to use "Rock And Roll Part 2" since Gary Glitter's 2015 conviction for pedophilia. Many in the UK, where Glitter's crimes are well-known, are outraged because it earns the disgraced glam rocker substantial royalties.

2017 In San Francisco, T-Pain kicks off an acoustic tour, performing his hits without his famous Auto-Tune.

2014 Paul Revere of Paul Revere & the Raiders dies at age 76.

2012 Loudon Wainwright III guest stars as a Texas sheriff on the "Bad Code" episode of the CBS crime drama Person of Interest.

2007 Pitchfork gives Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, a positive review (8.1) leading to huge record label interest.

2006 Barbra Streisand's tour-opening performance at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center is the highest single event gross in the 10-year history of the arena. Streisand grosses $5,265,600 from 16,510 attendants.

2005 Exodus releases their seventh studio album, Shovel Headed Kill Machine.

2005 Michael Gibbins (drummer for Badfinger) dies in his sleep in Florida, at age 56.

2005 Nickelback release their fifth album, All The Right Reasons, with the hits "Photograph," "Far Away" and "Rockstar." It goes to #1 in their native Canada and also in the US, where it sells over 10 million copies.

2001 Usher and So Solid Crew each take home two honors at the sixth annual MOBO Awards.

2000 Teenage UK R&B vocalist Craig David wins a record three MasterCard Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards at London's Alexandra Palace. He is named Best UK Newcomer and wins awards for Best R&B Act and Best UK Single for "Fill Me In."

1999 Jimi Hendrix's half-sister Janie announces her plans to exhume the body of her famous brother and move it to a mausoleum where curious onlookers can view it for a price. The public outcry forces her to shelve the idea.

1999 Jazz trumpeter Art Farmer dies of a heart attack in Manhattan, New York, at age 71.

1999 15-year-old country music singer Jessica Andrews is honored in her native Carroll County, Tennessee, where she receives the first-ever Youth Achievement Award.

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That Thing You Do! Debuts


That Thing You Do!, a musical film starring its writer/director Tom Hanks, who plays the manager of fictional '60s band The Wonders, is released to US cinemas. The title track to the film was written by Adam Schlesinger, bass player for Fountains of Wayne.

The studio put out a contest to find the eponymous tune, and Schlesinger went for it, never thinking his song would be picked out of 300 entries. "I was just starting out," he told Songfacts. "I had a publishing deal as a writer and they told me about this movie - they said that they were looking for something that sounds like early Beatles. And they knew that that was an era that I liked a lot. So I just took a shot at it and got very lucky and they used the song." Although their performances were dubbed by professional musicians, the actors playing The Wonders got together for daily band practices to learn songs and build chemistry as a group. After months of lessons, they grew to hate the title song. Tom Everett Scott, who played drummer Guy, recalled: "It got to the point where it was totally appropriate to punch another person from the cast or crew if they were humming it off set." "That Thing You Do!" didn't mimic its fictional success but still fared well on several charts, peaking at #41 on the Hot 100 and #22 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to "You Must Love Me" from Evita.



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