27 September

Pick a Day


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2016 Bruce Springsteen publishes his autobiography, Born To Run. He started working on it after his 2009 performance at the Super Bowl halftime show.

2011 Johnnie Wright (of Johnnie & Jack and the Tennessee Mountain Boys) dies in Madison, Wisconsin, at age 97.

2007 Dale Houston (of Dale & Grace) dies of heart failure at age 67.

2006 Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, pulls his legislation reforming the nation's music licensing laws from the congressional agenda, saying he doesn't see how it could get through Congress.

2003 Carly Simon sues the owners of New York's famous Dakota apartment complex, claiming they kept her $59,000 down payment after rejecting her rental application.

2001 Singer Jonathan King, best known for his 1965 hit "Everyone's Gone To The Moon," is found guilty of molesting several young boys and sentenced to seven years in prison.

2000 Quincy Jones' Listen Up Foundation donates $25,000 to five South Central Los Angeles youth organizations. The endowments, made in the names of the five teens who make up Listen Up's From South Central To South Africa youth delegation, are presented during a reception at the Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills. The five teens - Martha Gonzalez, JeJuana Johnson, Megan Yaleh Meaway, Hector Sanchez, and Omari Trice - traveled to the Orange Farm Township, outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, one of the country's most disadvantaged communities, to build homes for three South African families.

1994 Egyptian-Canadian singer-songwriter Raffi releases Bananaphone, an album of children's music. Nothing very notable at the time seems apparent; however, the title song becomes a viral Internet craze in 2004 when a Flash animation featuring the song is posted on the website Newgrounds. After this, Raffi becomes internationally famous, and "Bananaphone" makes it onto the radio and later radio and TV shows including The Opie & Anthony Show, The Colbert Report, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

1990 Marvin Gaye receives a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.

1987 Austin Carlile is born in Pensacola, Florida. He fronts the metal groups Attack! Attack!, and later, Of Mice & Men, leaving in 2016 when his genetic condition called Marfan syndrome becomes too much to bear.

1984 Avril Lavigne is born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. She is raised in Napanee, Ontario.

1984 Alphaville releases "Forever Young."

1982 Rapper Lil Wayne is born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. in New Orleans, Louisiana. At age 9, he becomes the youngest member of Cash Money Records.

1981 Gracie Fields dies on the island of Capri aged 81.

1979 While onstage at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California, Elton John collapses from "exhaustion." The song he'd been performing, ominously, was entitled "Better Off Dead."

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Dylan Plays For Pope


Bob Dylan plays "Knocking On Heaven's Door" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" for Pope John Paul II and an audience of 300,000 at the World Eucharist Congress in Bologna, Italy. For the 77-year-old Pope, it's a chance to connect with young people, and the pontiff does so by invoking Dylan's song "Blowin' In The Wind" during his sermon. Dylan's invite is not without controversy, as the future Pope Benedict fears the "rock prophet" and his music are at odds with the Roman Catholic faith.

Dylan joins a number of Italian pop musicians at the concert mass but is the main attraction for fans eager to watch him perform. He's also the object of ire for Cardinal Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, who will be better known as Pope Benedict XVI when he takes up the post in 2005. Although Dylan became a born-again Christian in 1979, even releasing two albums of religious music, Benedict brands his work - along with that of other rock and pop musicians - "anti-Christian," and labels him a false prophet. Benedict later recalls his misgivings about the event: "They had a completely different message from the one which the Pope had... There was reason to be skeptical - I was, and in some ways I still am - over whether it was really right to allow this type of 'prophet' to appear."

He does his best to stop the concert but the current pontiff obviously sees the value in Dylan's repertoire. "On the road of music this evening, Jesus met you. A representative of yours has just said on your behalf that the answer to the questions of your life is 'blowing in the wind,'" the frail Pope John Paul II tells the crowd. "It is true! But not in the wind which blows everything away in empty whirls, but the wind which is the breath and voice of the Spirit, a voice that calls and says: 'come!'"

The Dylan-infused sermon is a success and boosts the Pope's popularity with young Catholics, but it does nothing for Pope Benedict. During his nearly 8-year tenure, he'll ban guitars from Mass and cancel the Vatican's traditional Christmas concert that typically invited a range of pop stars.



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