9 October

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2018 Mondo Scripto, the first-ever lyrics and drawing exhibition by Bob Dylan, opens at the Halcyon Gallery in London.

2009 Bruce Springsteen plays the last concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Part of his set includes an early version of "Wrecking Ball" that he wrote for the occasion.

2006 The Bad Brains kick off a three-night residency at CBGB's, during the famed music venue's last week of operation. Celebrities spotted in the crowd include Ric Ocasek, Paulina Porizkova, Richard Hell, and Elijah Wood.

2000 Dennis DeYoung of Styx, unable to tour because of debilitating fatigue, sues the band for touring without him. The suit is eventually settled, but DeYoung never returns to the fold. Styx carries on without him, but leaves most of his songs out of the setlists.

2000 Barry White gives a speech to the debate squad at Oxford University.

2000 On what would have been John Lennon's 60th birthday, the book Lennon Remembers, The Complete Rolling Stone Interviews is released, containing material too controversial to publish years earlier.

2000 The John Lennon museum opens in Japan on what would have been his 60th birthday. Yoko Ono allows it to operate for 10 years before terminating the agreement, as she feels Lennon's spirit should stay in motion.

1999 Jazz vibraphonist Milt "Bags" Jackson dies in Teaneck, New Jersey, at age 76. Jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie discovered him in 1946 when he hired him for his sextet.

1997 Bernhard Mikulski, founder of the German record label ZYX Music, dies at age 68.

1996 Maxwell sells out the Roxy Theater in a show that was moved from the smaller Cotton Club to meet demand.

1990 West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein, 72, retires from conducting due to emphysema. He dies five days later.

1988 Electric guitarist Cliff Gallup (of Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps) dies of a heart attack at age 58.

1985 With Steve Barron as their director, a-ha begin filming their music video for "The Sun Always Shines on T.V." at Saint Alban the Martyr Church and Udney Hall Gardens in Teddington, Middlesex, England.

1980 Despite years of hits in the UK, Gary Glitter declares bankruptcy.

1979 Styx releases "Babe."

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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.

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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