16 September

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2014 At a pop-up shop in New York City that re-creates the Central Perk coffee shop from the TV show Friends, Danny Wilde and Phil Solem of The Rembrandts reunite to perform the show's theme song. The event marks the 20th anniversary of the show's first episode.

2011 Bluesman Willie "Big Eyes" Smith dies following a stroke at age 75.

2010 Country singer Justin Townes Earle is arrested in Indianapolis after storming offstage and trashing a green room. Reports say Earle was also intoxicated and he allegedly punched a woman backstage. Earle is forced to pay $200 in damages to the venue but is released from jail on a $150 bond.

2009 Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) dies of leukemia in Danbury, Connecticut, at age 72.

2008 Motown songwriter/producer Norman Whitfield dies from diabetic complications in Los Angeles, California, at age 68. Co-wrote the hits "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," among many others.

2006 After their triumph with "Hard Rock Hallelujah" at Eurovision, Finland's leading monster Rock band Lordi record a live concert DVD Bringing Back The Balls To Stockholm in neighboring Sweden. Naturally, the band perform in (and are cheered in) English.

2003 Sheb Wooley (known for the 1958 novelty song "Purple People Eater") dies of leukemia in Nashville, Tennessee, at age 82.

1998 Lou Reed plays at a White House reception for Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel.

1994 Producer/singer/songwriter Thomas Kaye (composer for Jay and the Americans, Three Dog Night) dies of an overdose of painkillers in Warwick, New York.

1992 Nick Jonas of Jonas Brothers is born in Dallas, Texas.

1988 Phil Collins lands his first leading role in a film, playing real-life criminal Buster Edwards in the box-office bomb Buster. Musically, the movie isn't a bust, with two #1 hits on the soundtrack: "A Groovy Kind Of Love" and "Two Hearts."

1979 Flo Rida is born Tramar Lacel Dillard in, you guessed it, Florida (Carol City, to be exact).

1978 The Stranglers headline an open-air gig at Battersea Park, over Peter Gabriel, who is one of the day's special guests. During a rendition of their early classic "Nice and Sleazy," a group of strippers join The Stranglers on stage.

1978 Boston's second album, Don't Look Back, hits #1 in America. Their self-titled debut sold over 17 million, but never hit the top spot.

1977 Marc Bolan of T. Rex dies in a car accident at age 29.

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Janet Jackson poses topless for Rolling Stone


Janet Jackson appears shirtless on the cover of Rolling Stone. Her arms are in the air, with her boobs supported by a pair of hands that belong to her husband, Rene Elizondo.

Jackson got the idea for the pose while she was working on the film Poetic Justice, where she wore long braids. When she saw herself in the mirror with the braids covering her chest, inspiration struck. Photographer Patrick Demarchelier took the famous photo, which becomes a sensation - and fodder for many comedy bits ("Can you imagine being offered that gig? Yes, your job is to stand behind Janet and hold up her boobs..."). For Jackson, the photo is a stylistic shift away from her Rhythm Nation look of big, military-type outfits. She didn't put all that much thought into it. "I just thought it was a cool shot," she said.



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