2016 The Rolling Stones play the first night of the Desert Trip festival, which also features Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and the Who. The six-day (split over two weekends) event rakes in $160 million, making it the highest-earning music festival ever.More
2014 The TV series The Wonder Years, which went off the air in 1993, is finally released on DVD. What took so long? The distributor spent years clearing most of the 285 songs that were used on the show, including the theme, Joe Cocker's version of "With A Little Help From My Friends."
1999 Garth Brooks releases an album as "Chris Gaines," a character he created that was intended for a movie. The ruse turns off many fans, and the album is Brooks' first since 1995 that fails to debut at #1, charting behind Creed's Human Clay.
1995 Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill reaches the top of the US Albums chart in its 15th week, giving the Maverick label, founded by Madonna, its first #1. Morissette is the fourth female artist to have a debut album reach #1 in the 1990s, following Paula Abdul, Mariah Carey and Toni Braxton.More
1989 Paula Abdul's first album, Forever Your Girl, hits #1 in America. The album was released on June 13, 1988 and first appeared on the chart July 23 that year. It took 64 more weeks to hit the top spot, a record for the longest climb to the top.
1968 Long before the US National Anthem becomes a performance piece, the Puerto Rican singer Jose Feliciano makes waves when he does a slow, jazzy version of the song before Game 5 of the World Series between the Tigers and Cardinals. Among those joining the uproar are Tigers starting pitcher Mickey Lolich, who complains that the overly long rendition screwed up his pregame routine.More
1963 Pete Seeger copyrights "We Shall Overcome." The song dates to the early 1900s, but Seeger adapted it into the well-known version that became a civil rights anthem. He lists three others as songwriters, including two representatives of the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, where he developed the song. Royalties from the song go to the We Shall Overcome Fund, which supports the school and its outreach efforts.
2016 Sum 41 release 13 Voices, their first album in five years. Much of it deals with lead singer Deryck Whibley's path from alcoholism to sobriety.
2014 Weezer release their ninth studio album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. It's the band's first album on Republic Records.
2009 Film and TV composer Vic Mizzy, who wrote the theme songs to Green Acres and The Addams Family, dies in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, at age 93.
2008 Spotify launches. The most-streamed song for October is "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay; for all of 2008 it's "Human" by The Killers. Ten years later, the company boasts 180 million active users and over 40 million songs.
2000 Chris LeDoux gets his new liver. The cowboy singer, diagnosed two months earlier with primary sclerosing cholangitis, undergoes transplant surgery at the Nebraska Health System hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
2000 Howard Stern is named nationally syndicated personality of the year at the Billboard/Airplay Monitor Radio Awards.
2000 Following the last stop on their 2000 tour, a show in Mountain View, California, Phish go on hiatus, which lasts 815 days. They finally return on New Year's Eve 2002 with a show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1999 Don Henley and Eagles Ltd. file a federal suit against Lovearth, a Sarasota, Florida-based Internet company, alleging that its registration of the domain names don-henley.net, don-henley.org, donhenley.org, theendoftheinnocence.com, and e-a-g-l-e-s.com constitutes copyright infringement.
1998 Backstreet Boys reach an out-of-court settlement with their former manager Lou Pearlman, who they sued in an effort to gain control of their finances.
1998 Charmed debuts on the WB network with the Love Spit Love cover of "How Soon Is Now" as the theme song. Two years earlier, this same cover was used in the movie The Craft, which like Charmed, is about a coven of high school girls.
1996 At a stop in Tunis, Tunisia on his HIStory tour, Michael Jackson plays his first concert in Africa as a solo artist. The tour concludes with a series of shows in South Africa.
1996 The "Rock the Vote" campaign to get young people registered in the United States gets some NFL involvement, with quarterbacks Jeff Blake, Drew Bledsoe, Jim Kelly and Steve Young recording public service announcements.
The Police release their final single, "Don't Stand So Close To Me '86," and then call it a career. They had hoped to reunite and record another album but injury and conflict lead to Stewart Copeland declaring they can no longer work together.
The Police have been on an indefinite hiatus since 1984, when at the peak of their success, Sting decided to pursue a solo career after feeling that their Shea Stadium concert in 1983 was their "Everest." Their record company pressured them not to tell the fans, and so the band never officially announced their split, although since the end of their 1984 Synchronicity tour they have performed only three shows - all for Amnesty International - as part of the A Conspiracy of Hope Tour.
The single stems from a series of sessions in July 1986, immediately following the Amnesty International gigs. The sessions are ostensibly intended to re-record some tracks for a "Best Of" release but the band's manager booked a three-week block, hoping they would take the opportunity to record their sixth album if they gelled again. The plans are scotched at the eleventh hour, as drummer Stewart Copeland breaks his shoulder in a horse riding accident the day before the sessions begin, so the band can't jam together and rebuild their rapport.
Down an arm, Copeland can't play on the record, so he programs his Fairlight CMI drum machine to do the job for him. Sting prefers the way the drums sound on the more difficult-to-program Synclavier, and pushes for that instead. Copeland and Sting joust over successive days, deleting and re-recording each others' drum patterns. Although Copeland wins out, he cites the conflict as "the straw that broke the camel's back" and declares that he can no longer work with the band.
After the split, Copeland uses his experience programming the Fairlight to pursue a career producing movie soundtracks. Andy Summers moves into the world of jazz and also becomes an acclaimed photographer. Sting goes on to achieve massive worldwide success as a solo artist.
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