Saturday, May 12, 2018

Today in Music History...May 12, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: May 12th:

2017 To commemorate the 30th anniversary of their acclaimed 1987 album, The Joshua Tree, U2 embarks upon The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, with an opener in Vancouver, Canada. The band plays through the entire album, including rare treats "Exit" and "Trip Through Your Wires," which haven't been performed since the '80s, and a live first for "Red Hill Mining Town."

2015 Twenty One Pilots release "Ride."

2011 The Monkees, minus Mike Nesmith, embark on a 45th Anniversary Tour with a date at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. It's the group's fourth and final reunion tour, as Davy Jones dies in 2012.

2011 Jamaican drummer Lloyd Knibb (of The Skatalites) dies of liver cancer at age 80.

2008 4AD Records release Bon Iver's debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago, in the UK.

2001 Perry Como dies in his sleep less than week before his 89th birthday.

1998 Lenny Kravitz releases his fifth studio album, aptly titled 5.

1997 Married country singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill release their first duet, "It's Your Love."

1994 Garth Brooks guest stars on the "Up All Night" episode of the sitcom Mad About You.

1983 Meat Loaf files for bankruptcy.

1981 Debbie Harry branches off from Blondie, announcing her solo career. She continues working with the band, which proves more successful.

1978 Alex Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, is born in Los Angeles. His mother is the actress Lisa Richards, who had a regular role on the soap opera Dark Shadows and appeared on episodes of Fantasy Island and Chips.

1975 Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell, each performing in the Sydney production of Jesus Christ Superstar, meet on the first day of rehearsals. Later in the year, they form Air Supply.

1973 Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy goes to #1 in America.

1971 Mick Jagger marries his first wife, Bianca Perez-Mora, who is four months pregnant with their daughter, Jade, in St. Tropez, France. The couple divorce in 1978.

1971 Jerry Lee Lewis is granted a divorce from Myra Gale Brown, who was the daughter of his bass-player cousin. She was just 13 when they wed.

1969 Martin Lamble, drummer for Fairport Convention, dies at age 19 when the band's van crashes on the way home from a gig in Birmingham, England. Bandmate Richard Thompson's girlfriend, Jeannie Franklyn, is also killed.

1967 Archie Bell is drafted into the US Army.

1967 Procol Harum release "A Whiter Shade Of Pale."

1967 Pink Floyd stages the first-ever rock concert with quadraphonic sound at Queen Elizabeth Hall in England.

1962 Brett Gurewitz (original guitarist for Bad Religion) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1961 Billy Duffy (guitarist for The Cult) is born in Hulme, Manchester, England.

1960 On Frank Sinatra's TV variety show, it's the Welcome Home Elvis special to honor The King, who was recently discharged from the US Army. The famous singers perform a medley of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" together.

1959 Ray Gillen (of Black Sabbath, Badlands) is born in New York City, but raised in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

1959 Eddie Fisher marries actress Elizabeth Taylor. They get divorced in 1964.

1958 The Everly Brothers' "All I Have to Do Is Dream" hits #1 for the first of five weeks.

1958 The movie Let's Rock, with Paul Anka, Danny & the Juniors and The Royal Teens, opens.

1955 Kix Brooks (of Brooks & Dunn) is born Leon Eric Brooks in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1950 Rocker Billy Squier is born in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

1950 John "Jocko" Marcellino (of Sha Na Na) is born in Quincy, Massachusetts.

1948 Steve Winwood (of Traffic, Blind Faith and The Spencer Davis Group) is born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England.

1945 Ian McLagan (keyboardist for The Small Faces, The Faces) is born in Hounslow, Middlesex, England.

1944 R&B singer James Purify (of James & Bobby Purify) is born in Pensacola, Florida.

1942 Country singer Billy Swan is born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

1942 Ian Dury (Kilburn and the High-Roads, Ian Dury & the Blockheads) is born in England.

1940 Motown songwriter Norman Whitfield is born in Harlem, New York City.

1929 Burt Bacharach is born in Kansas City, Missouri.

1884 Czech composer Bedrich Smetana dies at age 60.

Chuck D And Lars Ulrich Debate Napster

2000Following the launch of Metallica's legal case against the popular online file-sharing service Napster, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Lars Ulrich of Metallica appear on The Charlie Rose Show, where they debate whether MP3 downloading is a vehicle for piracy or a return of power to the people.

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2013 After the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield records the David Bowie song "Space Oddity" on board the International Space Station, his sublime rendition is posted to YouTube, quickly garnering millions of views.More

2001 File this under strange but true: After 27 years as a fugitive from a New Jersey prison, convicted child-killer Edward Solly is arrested in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he has been masquerading as long-dead Sha Na Na guitarist Vinnie Taylor, complete with a website and nightclub act. More

1984 Lionel Richie's "Hello," a song inspired by his younger years when he was too shy to talk to the ladies, goes to #1 in America.

1977 The Sex Pistols sign with Virgin Records for £15,000 after being dropped by both EMI and A&M. This one takes, and Virgin issues their landmark album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols. "I've always liked Richard Branson because, pompous rich t--t that he is, he has a great sense of rebelliousness," lead singer Johnny Rotten says.

1972 The Rolling Stones release Exile On Main Street, a landmark double album recorded primarily at a villa in France, where the group is living to avoid British taxes (they are "tax exiles," thus the album name).

1967 The first Jimi Hendrix album, Are You Experienced?, is released. Songs include "Foxy Lady," "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze."

1963 Bob Dylan refuses to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show when they won't let him play "Talkin' John Birch Society Blues."

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