6 September

Pick a Day

6 SEPTEMBER

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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 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)."

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.

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

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

1974 George Harrison launches his Dark Horse record label.

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

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Martin & Lewis Mend 20-Year Rift On Live TV

1976

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis reunite after 20 years on Lewis' Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Frank Sinatra surprises Lewis by bringing out Martin.

Sinatra and Lewis are discussing donations when Sinatra says, "I have a friend who loves what you do every year, and who just wanted to come out. Could you send my friend out, please?" Out ambles Martin, wearing an easy grin and holding a smoldering cigarette. Lewis, who hates surprises, swears at Sinatra under his breath and wipes away a tear as he embraces his old partner. Throughout the '50s, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were America's most popular comedy duo, with smooth Martin playing straight man to wacky Lewis in nightclub acts, radio spots, TV appearances, and a string of movies. Martin felt the partnership was unbalanced, with Lewis' zany antics taking center stage while he was relegated to the same old romantic subplot in film after film. His suspicions were confirmed when LOOK magazine cropped Martin out of a cover photo that was supposed to feature both of them. Escalating tensions finally exploded on July 25, 1956, exactly 10 years after the duo's debut, when Martin walked away from both the partnership and the friendship. Their professional careers continued to flourish, with Lewis as a solo comedian and Martin as both a recording star and a popular actor in Westerns and Rat Pack crime capers (Ocean's 11). Sinatra, who concocted the scheme by hiding Martin in telethon co-host Ed MacMahon's dressing room and swearing the event staffers to secrecy, looks like the cat who ate the canary. "I think it's about time, don't you?" he says of the reconciliation. Martin & Lewis fall into their old routine and trade jokes, including Lewis' famous quip, "So, you workin'?," before Sinatra joins Martin in a performance of "I Can't Give You Anything But Love." The duo reunites a few times before Martin's death in 1995, and Lewis publishes the memoir Dean & Me: A Love Story in 2005.

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