15 September

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2020 Sotheby's holds the first-ever auction of hip-hop memorabilia, which includes a set of Tupac Shakur's love letters ($75,600), Slick Rick's eye patch ($25,200), and Salt-N-Pepa's jackets ($23,940). The marquee item is the plastic crown Notorious B.I.G. wore on his last photo shoot, which sells for $594,750.

2019 The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek dies at 75.

2013 Jackie Lomax (hand-picked by The Beatles to be Apple Records' first big vocal star, but that never happened) dies of cancer while visiting near Liverpool, England, at age 69. Known for the 1968 single "Sour Milk Sea."

2013 Doo-wopper Bobby Mansfield (lead singer of The Wrens) dies in The Bronx, New York, at age 76. Known for the 1955 hit "Come Back My Love."

2012 TobyMac's sixth album, Eye On It, debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200, becoming just the third contemporary Christian album to top that tally. The previous chart-toppers were both in 1997: Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle and You Light Up My Life – Inspirational Songs by LeAnn Rimes.

2010 Calypso/soca musician Alphonsus "Arrow" Cassell dies at age 60 in Montserrat, West Indies, after a two-year battle with cerebral cancer.

2008 Rick Wright (keyboardist for Pink Floyd) dies of cancer in London, England, at age 65.

2004 Guitarist/songwriter Johnny Ramone (of The Ramones) dies of prostate cancer at his home in Los Angeles, California, at age 55.

2003 The rapper Eve's sitcom Eve debuts on the UPN network, where it runs for three seasons.

2003 Madonna's first children's book is published in 42 languages in more than 100 countries. The release of The English Roses by Callaway Editions and Penguin Group, in association with various publishers around the world, is touted as the largest simultaneous worldwide release of a book in history.

2000 For the first time since learning he has Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), country singer Chris LeDoux returns to the stage while he awaits the necessary liver transplant.

1998 Coolio is arrested in Lawndale, California, and cited for driving on the wrong side of the road with an expired license. He is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. His trouble with the law doesn't hurt his TV career, as he makes frequent appearances on shows like Fear Factor and Hollywood Squares.

1998 Reba McEntire gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Johnny Grant Building at 7018 Hollywood Boulevard.

1993 Steamboat Springs, Colorado, names their "James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge" after the singer.

1988 Mark Knopfler announces that Dire Straits has disbanded. He re-forms the group in 1991.

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Roger Waters Rebuilds The Wall


In Toronto, Roger Waters begins his The Wall Live tour, a new production of the show he made famous with Pink Floyd in 1980.

Like the original production, he plays the entire album from beginning to end as a giant wall is constructed on stage and later demolished. But unlike the 1980 version, this one doesn't focus on the character Pink; instead, it takes a look at current events in an effort to "address some fundamental universal philosophical and political issues." The giant inflatables (including the pig) are still there, but the animations projected on the wall in many cases honor the victims of wars and terrorism, including two Iraqi reporters killed by American forces. Waters is particularly vexed by drone stikes ordered by US President Barack Obama, which he feels results in capricious killing from afar. "I don't think it's too much of a stretch to start wondering if the veneer of democracy that we spread thinly over what we call freedom may be a very thin veneer indeed," he says. "And that the amount of influence that we the people actually have on what happens can be remarkably thin." Waters' last activity with Pink Floyd was in 1983, recording the album The Final Cut. David Gilmour and Nick Mason kept the band going without him, releasing A Momentary Lapse of Reason in 1987 - they got the rights to the Pink Floyd name and Waters got the intellectual property related to The Wall. In 1990, Waters revived The Wall for a one-off performance in Berlin eight months after the fall of the Berlin Wall.



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