18 September

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2013 Roger Pope (frequent drummer for Elton John) dies of cancer in Southampton, England, at age 66, just hours after marrying his longtime companion, Sue Tresidder.

2012 Annie Lennox, formerly of the bands The Tourists and Eurythmics, gets hitched to her third husband, a London doctor named Mitch Besser.

2008 The Village People get a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6529 Hollywood Blvd.

2006 Willie Nelson's tour bus is stopped near Lafayette, Louisiana, and Nelson, along with four members of his band, are arrested for possession of marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.

2005 Dashboard Confessional donates proceeds from its Toronto show to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

2004 The Fugees reunite for a concert hosted by the comedian Dave Chappelle on a corner in Brooklyn. Other performers at the show, which is later released as the film Dave Chappelle's Block Party, include Kanye West, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and The Roots.

2001 Tori Amos releases Strange Little Girls, a concept album where she sings from the perspective of the female characters in songs written by males, including Eminem's "'97 Bonnie And Clyde," Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold," The Beatles' "Happiness Is A Warm Gun," and The Stranglers' "Strange Little Girl."

2000 Papa Roach release their breakthrough single, "Last Resort." The track goes on to top the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.

1998 On the Grand Ole Opry, Jett Williams pays tribute to her late father, Hank Williams, who would have been 75 the day before. Daughter salutes father by performing "Your Cheatin' Heart," a song released after his death on New Year's Eve, 1952. "He never sang the song on the Opry. He never sang it live," Williams tells the audience.

1997 Jump blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon dies of throat cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 77.

1992 Earl Van Dyke, keyboardist for Funk Brothers, Motown's in-house band, dies of prostate cancer at age 62.

1985 The Gladys Knight/Flip Wilson sitcom Charlie And Company premieres on CBS.

1981 Genesis release their "abstract" album, Abacab, in the UK.More

1981 The Doors Greatest Hits album is certified Platinum.

1980 The tenth anniversary of Jimi Hendrix' untimely death is marked by a multimedia event, featuring Experience members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, held at the Paradise Club in Amsterdam.

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KISS Members Release Simultaneous Solo Albums


The albums Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss all hit stores on the same day.

Riding a wave of incredible commercial success that includes over $10 million dollars made in 1977 (the year of Love Gun), KISS pushes things even further. Sparking up drama with news of divisions forming within the band, all four members release solo albums. It's the first time in history that all standing members of a band release solo albums concurrently. The news that interpersonal tensions were the catalyst for this move is almost surely exaggerated, if not wholly fabricated, as KISS' 1976 contract with Casablanca Records included demands for four solo albums. Casablanca spends $2.5 million in promotion. The effort pays off. Gene Simmons sells best of all the albums, but each of them does well and attains platinum status. It's a far better fate than that had by the band's other 1978 promotional effort, the abysmally cheesy Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park TV movie released on October 28, 1978. 1979's Dynasty follows the solo efforts. It is the last KISS album to feature Peter Criss on every song.


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Stacy from OhioThese men are amazing

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