1998 MTV debuts Total Request Live, a countdown of the Top 10 fan-requested music videos, hosted by Carson Daly. By the end of its 10-year run, the show is a cultural phenomenon.More
1982 Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, dies the day after suffering a stroke at the wheel and driving her car off a cliff. The 52-year-old former actress garnered acclaim in the 1956 musical comedy High Society alongside Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. She was also one of many stars name-checked in Madonna's "Vogue."
1974 Eric Clapton's "I Shot The Sheriff," a song written by Bob Marley, hits #1 on the Hot 100. It is Clapton's only #1 on that tally, either as a solo artist or with one of his bands (Cream, The Yardbirds, Derek & the Dominos...)
2018 Verve Records throws a launch party at the Rainbow Room in New York City to celebrate the release of Tony Bennett and Diana Krall's album Love Is Here To Stay. After the duo performs their rendition of "Fascinating Rhythm," Guinness World Records adjudicator Alex Angert announces Bennett - who first recorded the tune under the stage name Joe Bari over 68 years earlier - is now the title holder for "the longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single."
2017 Fergie and actor Josh Duhamel announce their separation after eight years of marriage. The pair, who share a 4-year-old son, Axl, secretly split months earlier.
2007 The Beatles-inspired movie Across The Universe opens.
2006 Marianne Faithfull announces she's undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
2005 Tim Foreman, bassist of Switchfoot, speaks out against Copy Protection that Sony have placed on the band's album Nothing Is Sound. Foreman provides fans with a detailed workaround on Switchfoot's message board, although the forum posting is later deleted by Sony.
2005 Britney Spears gives birth to her first child, Sean Federline.
2004 Megadeth return after a two-year hiatus with The System Has Failed. This was originally intended to be a solo album by the band's founder Dave Mustaine, but due to contractual obligations owed to his publishing company, it had to be billed as a Megadeth album.
2004 Arcade Fire release their debut album Funeral.
2004 Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears reunite with the album Everybody Loves A Happy Ending. Their collaboration ended on a sour note in 1989 after the release of their third album, The Seeds Of Love.
2003 Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers undergoes surgery for a triple heart bypass in Liverpool.
2003 Jet releases their debut album, Get Born, on Elektra Records. Leading the Australian invasion of the early 2000's with bands like The Vines, the album would go on to sell well over three million copies. The title is lifted from the lyrics of Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues."
2002 Saxophonist Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams dies in New York City at age 87. Known for the 1949 hit "The Hucklebuck."
1998 Blues/jazz singer Johnny Adams dies at age 66 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Program directors at Clear Channel Communications, the largest owner of radio stations in the United States, begin circulating a list of songs that might be considered offensive in light of the September 11 attacks.
It starts with a disc jockey who sends a memo to some program directors in the mammoth station group, listing some songs that might sound insensitive to a nation in mourning. Many of the recipients hit "reply all," add more suggestions, loop in more Clear Channel employees, and a huge email chain develops.
A few days later, with the list at 162 songs (plus "All Rage Against the Machine Songs"), the memo leaks and Slate.com reports on it. The news quickly circulates around the internet, but the headline is typically "Clear Channel's List Of Banned Songs," suggesting that the memo is a mandate, when it is really an email chain gone awry.
Outrage ensues, as Americans wonder if the terrorists have taken away our freedom to enjoy "On Broadway," "Bennie And The Jets" and "What A Wonderful World." The list is roundly mocked, as many songs that imply tragedy, aviation or New York City show up along with classics like "Imagine" and "Stairway To Heaven."
On September 18, Clear Channel issues a press release stating, "Clear Channel Radio has not banned any songs from any of its radio stations," adding, "We support our radio station programming staff and management team in their responsibility to respond to their local markets."
The "banned songs" story embodies the folly of corporate radio, which has been buying up local stations and homogenizing them, often using disc jockeys from other states to record voice tracks. The idea of fat cats sitting in an office deciding what songs will offend our sensibilities and should not be played is a scary thought, but ultimately, a hoax.
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