Sunday, October 14, 2018

Today in Music History...October 14, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: October 14th:

2017 Kacey Musgraves marries Ruston Kelly (also a country singer) in Tennessee.

2016 JoJo releases her third album, Mad Love., her first since 2006, as legal issues have kept her from issuing new material.

2014 David Bowie debuts his new single "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)," a jazzy seven-and-a-half-minute song, on BBC Radio 6 to promote his upcoming compilation album Nothing Has Changed.

2012 B. B. Cunningham Jr., aged 70, finishes one of the most unusual lives in music history when he dies of a gunshot wound inflicted while working as a security guard at an apartment complex in Memphis, Tennessee. We mainly know Cunningham through his work with the band Hombres, who had a #12 Billboard-charting hit in 1967 with "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)." Cunningham was lead singer of Hombres and not to be confused with his brother Bill Cunningham, who was a member of The Box Tops. Cunningham rounded off his music career with work as a studio engineer, even returning to Memphis to launch his own studio. How he ended up as a 70-year-old security guard is anybody's guess.

2011 The remake of Footloose opens in US theaters. The new film is energetic and sexy and earns better critical acclaim than its forebear. Starring Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, the film also resurrects the title-theme song with a cover by Blake Shelton.

2011 Chuck Ruff (drummer for Edgar Winter Group and Sammy Hagar) dies in San Francisco, California, after a lengthy illness at age 60.

2010 Alicia Keys gives birth to a baby boy named Egypt, and is inspired to write the song "Speechless." The father is her producer husband Swizz Beatz.

2007 The Tom Petty documentary film, Running Down A Dream, debuts at the New York Film Festival.

2006 Country/rock singer and guitarist Freddy Fender dies of lung cancer in Corpus Christi, Texas, at age 69.

2005 Wyclef Jean and Norah Jones release "Any Other Day."

2004 Ludacris and Public Enemy play the "Race to the Polls" concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom to raise voter awareness for the upcoming US presidential election.

2003 Barbra Streisand releases The Movie Album.

2003 Celine Dion releases 1 Fille & 4 Types.

2003 Former Temptation (and Dramatic, and Lakeside member) Barrington Henderson sues the band and the Motown label for wrongful termination and millions of dollars in alleged unpaid royalties.

2000 Five Pearl Jambootlegs released from their European tour make the Billboard 200 albums chart, setting a record for most entries on the chart in a single week.

1998 B.B. King picks up a lifetime achievement award at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London

1997 Max Steiner's acclaimed score to 1942's legendary film Casablanca is finally released, including selected dialogue and the vocal hit "As Time Goes By."

1997 Sir Paul McCartney's symphonic poem "Standing Stone" gets its world debut by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. The piece earns the former Beatle six curtain calls. Critics, however, call it dull and forgettable.

1994 Pulp Fiction opens, reviving classic '60s songs such as "Misirlou," "Son Of A Preacher Man" and "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon."

1990 Composer Leonard Bernstein dies of a heart attack at age 72. Known for his music in Broadway hits like West Side Story, Peter Pan and On The Town.

1978 The KISS solo LPs Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Crissall enter the charts.

1978 R&B performer Usher is born Usher Raymond IV in Dallas, Texas.

1977 KISS releases Alive II.

1977Bing Crosby dies of a heart attack after finishing a round of golf in Spain, at age 74.

1975 R&B singer Shaznay Lewis (of All Saints) is born in Islington, London, England.

1974 Natalie Maines (lead singer for Dixie Chicks) is born in Lubbock, Texas.

1972 Joe Cocker and six members of his touring band are arrested after a concert in Adelaide, Australia, when police allegedly discover marijuana and heroin in their hotel rooms. The group are not charged but instead given four hours to leave the country.

1971 Little Richard's publisher sues Creedence Clearwater Revival, claiming "Travelin' Band" is too similar to Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly." A settlement is eventually reached.

1971 John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on ABC-TV's The Dick Cavett Show to promote John's new album Imagine, Yoko's new book, and their upcoming art exhibition.

1970 Leading up to his "War On Drugs" initiative, US President Richard Nixon encourages radio stations to work with him in stopping drug abuse. "If you can make a contribution here, I believe you will be serving the national interest," he says at the White House Conference on Drug Abuse.

1969 The University of Michigan student newspaper publishes a satirical story called "McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light," which adds to the rumors that Paul McCartney is dead.

1968 The Beatles record "Savoy Truffle."

1967 After 15 weeks at #1, The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is knocked out of the top spot by Bobbie Gentry's Ode To Billie Joe.

1966 Grace Slick makes her first stage appearance with the band Jefferson Airplane at their Fillmore West gig in San Francisco.

1965 R&B singer Karyn White is born in Los Angeles, California.

1964 The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts marries Shirley Ann Shepherd, and in a remarkable display of fidelity, remains married to her the rest of his life.

1959 A.J. Pero (drummer for Twisted Sister) is born Anthony Jude Pero in Staten Island, New York.

1958 New wave/synthpop singer Thomas Dolby is born Thomas Morgan Robertson in London, England.

1957 The Everly Brothers score their first #1 hit with "Wake Up Little Susie."

1948 R&B singer Marcia Barrett (of Boney M.) is born in St Catherine, Jamaica.

1947 Al Atkins - the first frontman for Judas Priest - is born at West Bromwich, England.

1946 Justin Hayward (guitarist for The Moody Blues) is born Swindon, Wiltshire, England.

1946 Dan McCafferty (lead singer for Nazareth) is born in Dunfermline, Scotland.

1945 Barbara "Sandi" Robison is born in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1945 Colin Hodgkinson (bassist for Whitesnake) is born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.

1944 "I'll Walk Alone" by Dinah Shore goes to #1 in America.

1942 Billy Harrison (guitarist/vocalist for Them) is born in Belfast, Ireland.

1940 Pop singer Cliff Richard is born Harold Rodger Webb in Imperial India.

1938 Country singer Melba Montgomery is born Iron City, Tennessee, but would be raised in Florence, Alabama. Known for her duets with George Jones and her 1974 solo hit, "No Charge."

1938 Bob Crosby and the Bob Cats record "Big Noise From Winnetka."

1930 R&B singer Robert Parker is born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Known for the 1966 hit "Barefootin'."

1930 Ethel Merman becomes a star overnight with her rendition of "I Got Rhythm," featured in the new Broadway hit Girl Crazy.

1926 Bill Justis, rock and roll musician, composer, and arranger, is born in Birmingham, Alabama, but would grow up in Memphis, Tennessee.

1907 Singer/actor Allan Jones, the father of pop singer Jack Jones, is born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania.

Michael Jackson Goes To #1 With A Song About A Rat
Michael Jackson's "Ben," a song about a boy and his love for a pet rat, hits #1 in the US.

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2014 Pop singer Keshafiles a civil lawsuit against her longtime producer, Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), in a bid to be released from her contract. She cites years of physical, verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of the producer, who denies all charges.

2011 After 27 years of marriage, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youthannounce they are breaking up.

2006 Opening for Rascal Flatts at Madison Square Garden, Eric Church goes off-kilter, playing a little "Crazy Train" and staying on stage past his allotted time. He is kicked off the tour and replaced by a talented newcomer named Taylor Swift.

2003 Ozzy Osbourne seeks treatment for Parkinson's Disease-like tremors and postpones a fall European tour. The veteran rock artist says in a statement, "I have been in Boston for the last three weeks, having medical tests for a tremor which has become markedly worse over the last two years."

2000 The Beatles' official autobiography Anthology hits #1 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list.

1996 Madonna gives birth to her first child, a daughter named Lourdes. The father is her personal trainer, Carlos Leon.

1974 Nashville veterans worry about the sanctity of country music when Olivia Newton-John wins Female Vocalist of the Year at the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.

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