5 October

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In Music History

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2014 Leonard Delaney (drummer for The Tornadoes) dies at age 71 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

2011 Steve Jobs, Apple founder and music industry visionary, passes away at age 56 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

2011 The Martin Scorsese documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World premieres on HBO. Ringo Starr says in the film: "He had the bag of love-beads personality and the bag of anger."

2011 Scottish Folk-Guitar master Bert Jansch dies at age 67. He was a big influence on Led Zeppelin and Neil Young.

2008 After 17 years living as a couple, Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night finally tie the knot. Blackmore is formerly of the bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. Night and Blackmore were brought together through a shared love of Renaissance music and together form the band Blackmore's Night, which enjoys nominal success as a British traditional folk / Renaissance music project.

2007 A federal jury finds a Minnesota woman guilty of online music file sharing through the public service KaZaa, fining her $220,000.

2006 Jeffrey Borer, owner of the company that sold Michael Jackson his private Gulfstream jet, is sentenced to six months in prison for ordering employee Arvel Jett Reeves to install two video cameras in it in order to catch Jackson saying something for which he could be blackmailed.

2003 Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice collects the third annual Shortlist Music Prize, climaxing a four-and-a-half hour concert, featuring Rice and seven of the nine nominees at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles. Styled as a US equivalent to Britain's Mercury Prize, the Shortlist Prize honors cutting-edge performers whose latest albums have sold less than 500,000 copies at the time of their nomination.

2002 Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" goes from #52 to #1 on the Hot 100, breaking the record for biggest leap to the top spot. The previous record was held by The Beatles, whose "Can't Buy Me Love" went from #27 to #1. Maroon 5 beat Clarkson's record in 2007 when "It Makes Me Wonder" rose to the summit from #64.

2001 After months of wrangling over child support, rapper Eminem's divorce becomes official.

2001 Reba McEntire's TV show Reba premieres on the WB network. The show runs for 6 seasons.

1999 Paul McCartney releases Run Devil Run in the US.

1999 After breaking up in 1983, The Who reform when Roger Daltrey announces that they will play a concert in Las Vegas.

1999 The Corrs perform live on MTV's Unplugged at Ardmore Studios in Wicklow, Ireland. The resulting CD and DVD have sold well over 2 million copies.

1998 HBO is the home of the world premiere of Janet Jackson's new music video "Every Time." The premiere takes place just before the 8 p.m. showing of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet and serves as a prelude to HBO's premiere of the live concert special from Madison Square Garden, Janet: The Velvet Rope.

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Springsteen Releases Born in the U.S.A. Follow-up Tunnel Of Love


Bruce Springsteen releases his album Tunnel Of Love. He got married for the first time two years earlier, but there are few signs of domestic bliss in the songs. [The release date is often listed as October 9, but news clips from the time show that October 5 is correct.]

Marriage doesn't change Springsteen's approach to songwriting: instead of writing about himself, he uses characters to tell his stories. And many of these characters are struggling with their relationships, especially the guy in "Cautious Man" who looks at his marriage with more than a hint of regret. The album goes to #1 in many territories, including the US and UK, but in terms of sales or adulation, it doesn't come close to its predecessor, Born in the U.S.A. The biggest hits from the set are the first single, "Brilliant Disguise," and the "title track. Those are the only US Top 10 hits from the album; Born in the U.S.A. had seven. In February 1988, the Tunnel Of Love tour begins. On that trek, Springsteen takes up with band member Patti Scialfa. The following year, he and Phillips divorce; in 1991 he marries Scialfa.



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