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Pick a Day


In Music History

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2013 Singer/bassist Joe Kelley (of Shadows of Knight) dies of lung cancer in Winfield, Illinois, at age 67. Known for the 1966 hit cover of Them's "Gloria."

2012 Lyricist Hal David dies of a stroke in Los Angeles, California, at age 91. Known for collaborations with Burt Bacharach, including "What the World Needs Now is Love" (1965) and "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" (1969).

2012 Geoff Tate, late of the band Queensryche, announces plans to get a "new Queensryche" together. Pledging their support are Rudy Sarzo (formerly of Quiet Riot), Bobby Blotzer (formerly of Ratt), Glen Drover (formerly of Megadeth), Kelly Gray and Randy Gane (formerly of Myth). There's still some question as to whether they'll actually be able to call the band Queensryche, since Tate is still wrapped up in lawsuits with the other three members over his firing in the same year and the use of the name.

2011 While boarding a Southwest flight from Oakland to Burbank, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is forced off the flight after giving some lip to a flight attendant who asked him to pull up his sagging pants. Armstrong doesn't take kindly to the request, and eventually he and his traveling companion are booted from the flight. Armstrong takes to Twitter, writing, "Just got kicked off a southwest flight because my pants sagged too low!" The tweet is quickly re-tweeted by his followers, forcing Southwest to release a statement apologizing for the incident.

2010 Curt Smith of Tears for Fears makes his first of three appearances on the TV series Psych, where the main character, Shawn Spencer, is a huge fan.

2010 T.I. and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle are arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles after police smell marijuana coming from the rapper's car during a routine traffic stop. The vehicle is searched and the couple is taken to jail on drug charges. Both T.I. and Tiny are later released after posting $10,000 bail.

2008 Country singer Jerry Reed dies of complications from emphysema in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 71.

2000 The last remaining original member of The Platters, Herb Reed, is awarded a court injunction against a group using the same name but containing no actual original members.

1992 Alabama releases "I'm in a Hurry (and Don't Know Why)."

1984 Fall Out Boy guitarist Joe Trohman is born in Hollywood, Florida.

1983 Encouraged by his wife, Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits releases Swordfishtrombones, the first album the songwriter produced himself. The album represents a significant break from mainstream norms, both musically and lyrically.

1980 At the Hollywood Bowl, Fleetwood Mac end a 9-month tour. Lindsey Buckingham announces it will be the last Fleetwood Mac show for "a long time." He's right: the band doesn't play live again for over two years.

1979 "You Light Up My Life" singer Debby Boone marries Gabriel Ferrer, son of Rosemary Clooney and actor Jose Ferrer.

1978 Steven Tyler of Aerosmith marries the model Cyrinda Foxe, who is pregnant with his baby (daughter Mia). They divorce in 1987.

1977 Rush release their fifth album, A Farewell to Kings. The album's epic "Xanadu" and "Cygnus X-1 Book I: The Voyage" satisfy Rush's cult following, while the shorter and more radio-friendly "Closer to the Heart" find favor with general audiences in both the US and the UK.

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Tina Turner Completes Her Comeback


Tina Turner completes her comeback as "What's Love Got To Do With It" hits #1 in America.

Turner's last big hit was a cover of "Proud Mary" she did with her husband Ike in 1971. After the couple divorced in 1976, Tina's career floundered - her solo albums Rough (1978) and Love Explosion (1979) failed to chart, as she proved to be no disco singer. In debt and doing shows in places like Yugoslavia and Bahrain, she meets an Australian promoter named Roger Davies, who becomes her manager. Davies sets out to get Turner noticed by the bigwigs in New York City, so he books her at The Ritz, where industry executives can see that she's still got the goods. Turner has left a trail of good tidings in her travels and has earned the respect of British superstars who saw her perform in the '70s. These friends in high places do what they can to help her cause: Rod Stewart brings her on stage during his Saturday Night Live gig to sing "Hot Legs"; The Rolling Stones have her open New Jersey shows on their Steel Wheels tour; David Bowie checks her out at The Ritz, as record executives tag along. Primed for a comeback, Turner signs with Capitol Records, who have her record a cover of "Let's Stay Together" with Heaven 17's production team. It takes off in the UK, reaching #6 at the end of 1983. Capitol ponies up for a whole album, but gives Turner just two weeks to record it. Davies enlists a team of songwriters and producers to work on the project, and insists that Turner record "What's Love Got To Do With It," a song written by his buddies Terry Britten and Graham Lyle. She hates the song, but Davies hasn't steered her wrong, so she gamely records it, delivering the lyrics about a woman only interested in the physical aspect of the relationship with conviction. With the Private Dancer album ready to go, Capitol releases the track as a single, and it starts a slow climb up the charts, pushed along by a music video where Turner goes into maneater mode in New York City. In 1985, she wins three Grammy Awards (including Record of the Year for "What's Love Got To Do With It"), plays Rock In Rio and Live Aid, and stars opposite Mel Gibson in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The following year, Tina reveals details about her abusive relationship with Ike Turner in her autobiography, I, Tina. In 1993, her story is made into a movie starring Angela Bassett. The title: What's Love Got To Do With It.



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