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Music History for Monday, 8/12/19

2014 - Sinead O’Connor released her 10th album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss.

2013 - Katy Perry released her first single, “Roar,” from the album Prism.

2011 - Rock singer John Mellencamp divorced model Elaine Irwin Mellencamp after 18 years of marriage.

2010 - Carl Perkins was posthumously inducted into the Memphis Beale Street Hall of Fame.

2009 – Pioneering guitarist Les Paul died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 94. Paul is credited with developing one of the first solid-body electric guitars, and contributed to the birth of rock.  He also developed multi-track recording and overdubbing.

2008 - The Minner Station postal center in Oildale, California, was renamed in Buck Owens' honor.

2006 - Former Destiny’s Child singer and founding member LeToya Luckett had the number one album in the country with her first solo album, LeToya.

2006 - Rodney Atkins went to number one for the first time with "If You're Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)."

2003 - Alan Jackson's Greatest Hits Volume Two was released.

2001 - Alicia Keys had the number one single with “Fallin’.”

2001 - Shania Twain gave birth to her son Eja (pr: "Asia") in Switzerland.

2000 - Lonestar went to number one with "What About Now."

1999 - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band ended a record-breaking 15-show run at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  Bruce grossed about 19 million dollars for the concerts.

1999 - The state of Missouri celebrated Porter Wagoner Day, honoring the country singer.

1999 - Representatives from the National Organization for Women’s New York chapter demonstrated outside the office of Woodstock ‘99 promoter/producer John Scher to protest alleged violence against women at the July 23-25 event.

1998 - Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland pleaded guilty to felony heroin possession. He was sentenced to three months in a drug treatment facility.

1997 - Blues great Luther Allison died at age 57.

1997 - Trisha Yearwood was joined on stage by her duet partner and pal, Garth Brooks, at her concert in Lynden, Washington. They married in 2005.

1997 - MTV debuted a Fleetwood Mac reunion concert. The special was taken from two performances at a Warner Brothers soundstage a few months earlier.

1994 - Woodstock ‘94 opened in Saugerties, New York.  The opening was on the 25th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.

1994 - John Michael Montgomery's country version of the pop hit "I Swear" was certified gold.

1993 - Vince Gill picked up eight nominations for the CMA Awards and Alan Jackson's name was mentioned seven times.

1993 - The Red Hot Chili Peppers replaced guitarist Arik Marshall with Jesse Tobias.  Tobias was replaced by Dave Navarro three months later.

1989Richard Marx scored his third number one single with “Right Here Waiting.”

1989 - The two-day Moscow Music Peace Festival was held at The Lenin Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Among the Western acts who appeared included Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Skid Row and The Scorpions.  It was the first time that an audience had been allowed to stand up and dance at a stadium rock concert in the Soviet Union.

1989 - Patty Loveless picked up her first number one hit: "Timber, I'm Falling in Love."

1984 - Lionel Richie performed his hit “All Night Long” for the close of the Olympic Games, televised live from Los Angeles, to an audience of about 2.6 billion people around the world.

1970 - A Woody Guthrie memorial concert was held at the Hollywood Bowl.

1967 - Fleetwood Mac gave their first live performance at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival in England.

1966 - John Lennon apologized at a news conference in Chicago for his remark that The Beatles are more popular than Jesus.

1960 - The Silver Beetles recruited drummer Pete Best.

1958 - Billboard magazine introduced the Hot 100 singles chart.


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