6 September

Pick a Day


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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Elton John Sings A New "Candle In The Wind" At Princess Diana's Funeral


Elton John sings a new version of "Candle In The Wind" at Princess Diana's funeral. This rendition, which replaces "Goodbye Norma Jean" with "Goodbye England's Rose," becomes the best-selling single of all time in the UK.

Diana, Princess of Wales, in line to be the next Queen of England before her divorce from Prince Charles, was one of the biggest celebrities in the world when she lost her life along with her partner Dodi Fayed in a car crash following a paparazzi pursuit through the streets of Paris. Her split from Prince Charles drove a wedge between her and the British royal family, but she remained immensely popular with the pubic and is granted a lavish ceremonial funeral in Westminster Abbey. Elton John, a longtime friend, is asked to sing at the event - just a month earlier, he and Diana attended the funeral of their mutual friend, the fashion designer Gianni Versace. John has asked his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin to revise the lyrics to his 1973 hit "Candle In The Wind," and when he begins to sing the first line, "Goodbye England's Rose," his voice cracks with emotion. The song was originally written as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, another icon that passed before her time. This new version strikes a chord with the 2.5 billion who are watching the funeral live on television across the world. When it is released as a single a week later it sells over 600,000 copies on the first day in the UK and quickly becomes the biggest selling single of all time in Britain. With over 30 million copies sold worldwide, it ranks #2 all time to "White Christmas." Proceeds, which are over £38 million, go to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. Elton John refuses to ever play the song again after the funeral, and radio stations cease playing it after four weeks as a mark of respect. He remains close to the royals, and the following year is awarded a knighthood for his charity work.



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