6 September

Pick a Day

6 SEPTEMBER

In Music History

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2013 Soul musician/arranger Bobby Martin dies after a sudden illness in San Diego, California, at age 83. Worked with Philadelphia soul songwriters/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.

2011 PJ Harvey becomes the first artist to win the Mercury Prize twice when her album Let England Shake earns the prestigious award. Her first win was in 2001 for Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.

2011 Bandleader/arranger Wardell Quezergue, known as the "Creole Beethoven," dies of congestive heart failure in Metairie, Louisiana, at age 81.

2007 Operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti (of The Three Tenors) dies of pancreatic cancer in Modena, Italy, at age 71.

2005 The Rolling Stones release their album A Bigger Bang. It sells just a million copies in America (modest by Stones standards), but the accompanying tour breaks the record for highest-grossing tour, earning $558 million.

2002 With Ian Astbury on lead vocals and Stewart Copeland on drums, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors perform their first concert as "The Doors of the 21st Century." The show is part of the Harley-Davidson Open Road Tour at the California Speedway in Fontana.

1994 Bad Religion release their eighth full-length studio album, Stranger Than Fiction, their only gold record in the United States and last recording with founding guitarist Brett Gurewitz until his return seven years later.

1990 Tom Fogerty (rhythm guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival) dies from an AIDS-related tuberculosis infection in Scottsdale, Arizona, at age 48. He contracted HIV from blood transfusions.

1989 After initially refusing to play it, MTV gives Neil Young's "This Note's For You" the Video of the Year award at the MTV Video Music Awards.

1988 Elton John cleans house in what amounts to the greatest garage sale ever. A hoard of his belongings - over 2,000 pieces - are auctioned off at Sotheby's in London, bringing in $6.2 million. The giant boots he wore in the film Tommy go for $20,000.

1988 New Kids On The Block release their breakout album, Hangin' Tough. The LP goes to #1 in America and spawns five hit singles, including the chart-topping title track and the #3 entry "You've Got It (The Right Stuff)."

1978 Rapper Foxy Brown is born Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand in New York City, New York.

1974 George Harrison launches his Dark Horse record label.

1974 Nina Persson (lead singer for The Cardigans) is born in Jönköping, Sweden.

1971 Dolores O'Riordan (lead singer for The Cranberries) is born in County Limerick, Ireland.

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Britney Wears A Snake During VMA Performance

2001

Britney Spears dons a snake to debut her new single, "I'm A Slave 4 U," at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The 19-year-old Spears, who arrived at the show with her boyfriend, Justin Timberlake of N' Sync, opens the performance from a cage she shares with a tiger. Moving to the edge of the jungle-themed set, she receives a 7-foot albino python, which is draped over her shoulders as she continues the routine. Debuting a song on live TV is rarely a good idea, but this one has too much talent to miss: Spears is the hottest star on MTV, and a must-see at the MTVs (the previous year, she stripped to a flesh-colored outfit to perform "Satisfaction"; the song is produced by the hit-making team The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo); and the routine is choreographed by Wade Robson, who also diagrams the dance moves for N' Sync. It's one of the more memorable moments in the history of the show. At least one newspaper reports it with the headline, "Hiss Me Baby, One More Time." The big winner at the ceremony is Fatboy Slim, who takes home six awards for his "Weapon Of Choice" video.

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