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Music History for Wednesday, 8/14/19

2018 - Jill Janus, frontwoman for the metal bands like Huntress and Chelsea Girls, died from suicide. She was 42.

2016 - Former Nine Inch Nails keyboardist James Wooley died at age 49 after falling from a ladder in his studio.

2015 - Bob Johnston, who produced hits for artists like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Simon & Garfunkel, died at 83.

2015 - President Barack Obama released his first music playlist, one for day and one for night.  Artists include Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Florence + the Machine, John Coltrane, Leonard Cohen, Lauryn Hilland many others.

2013 - Allen Lanier, co-founding member of Blue Öyster Cult, died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The condition is caused by smoking. He was 67.

2013 - Aerosmith returned to Japan for the first time since 2011 to play three dates. On Aug. 14, the band played in Osaka after initially performing in Tokyo days earlier.

2012 - Rapper 2 Chainz released his debut album, Based on a T.R.U. Story. The album debuted at No. 1 and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 55th Grammy Awards, but lost to Take Care by Drake.

2010 - Hilary Duff married retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre Mike Comrie. The two later split.

2010 - Abbey Lincoln, jazz singer, songwriter, actor and activist, died in New York City at age 80.

2010 - Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward died of lung disease, while also struggling with liver cancer. He was 64.

2009 - George Michael was arrested and held on suspicion of driving under the influence after his Land Rover collided with another vehicle in southern England.  He was later released without being charged.

2008 - British singer Lita Roza died at the age of 82.  Roza wrote the 1953 hit single “(How Much Is) That Doggie In the Window?”. 

2007 - Luke Bryan's debut album, I'll Stay Me, was released.

2006 - Culture Club frontman Boy George was sweeping streets in New York for the Department of Sanitation as part of a five-day community service sentence, but was moved into a fenced-off area after 30 minutes because he was mobbed by the media.  The singer pleaded guilty in March to falsely reporting a burglary at his lower Manhattan apartment.  The officers who responded found cocaine instead.

2005 - Faith Hill had the number one album in the country with Fireflies, her third consecutive album to reach the top spot on both the country and Billboard album charts.

2004 - About six thousand fans turned out in Rick James’ hometown of Buffalo, New York to pay tribute.  The “Super Freak” singer died August 6th.

2004 - Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was being treated for throat cancer in a London hospital.

2002 - Dave Williams, singer for the band Drowning Pool, was found dead on the band’s tour bus during the Ozzfest tour in Manassas, Virginia.  He was 30.  The autopsy concluded that he suffered from a form of heart disease.

2001 - The Red Hot Chili Peppers canceled a concert planned in Israel.  The concert had been planned for August 28th, but was canceled due to security concerns.  The U.S. State Department had issued an advisory the recommended that U.S. citizens not travel to Israel.

2001 - Michelle Branch released her debut album, The Spirit Room.  It featured the hit singles “Everywhere,” “All You Wanted” and “Goodbye to You.”

2000 - Police in Los Angeles fired pepper spray and rubber bullets to clear a crowd of nine thousand people when a free concert by Rage Against The Machine turned violent.

1999 - The Backstreet Boys sold all 765 thousand tickets for their North American tour in just one day, bringing in over 30 million dollars. All the tickets for the 11-week, 39-city tour went in an hour.

1999 - Red Hot Chili Peppers performed with local Russian musicians during a free music festival in Moscow's Red Square.

1999 - In Los Angeles, Leif Garrett pleaded guilty to drug possession to get into a rehabilitation program. He had been arrested on June 29th, 1999.

1998 - A judge in Virginia issued three arrest warrants for Wu Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard, sometimes known as Big Baby Jesus.  The three warrants were for each of the scheduled court dates the rapper didn't show up to.  All of this was related to a charge of shoplifting.

1998 - PBS premiered a documentary on Robbie Robertson's Indian heritage. Robbie Robertson: Making A Noise - A Native American Musical Journey.

1995 - Surviving members of The Grateful Dead decided to cancel their fall tour after the death of Jerry Garcia.

1993 - Kid ‘n’ Play’s Christopher Martin married Shari Beadley. The couple split two years later.

1992 - Tony Williams, the former lead singer of The Platters, died in Manhattan.

1992 - Entertainer Wayne Newton filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Newton is one of the highest-paid attractions on the Las Vegas strip.

1991 - Singer Tony Orlando and his wife Francine welcomed their first child, Jenny Rose, in Los Angeles.

1989 - Bon Jovi's album, New Jersey became the first U.S. album to be legally released in the now-former Soviet Union.

1988 - Roy Buchanan died after hanging himself in a jail in Fairfax, Virginia.

1985 - Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono for the rights to 250 songs written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney.  The winning bid was 47.5 million dollars.

1976 - Nick Lowe released his debut single in the U.K., So It Goes.  It was the first release on the Stiff Records label.  Nick played all the instruments himself.

1976 - The Steve Miller Band’s “Rock ‘N Me” was released.

1974 - Paul Anka’s number one single, “You’re Having My Baby,” went gold.

1971 - Rod Stewart released “Maggie May.”

1970 - Stephen Stills was arrested on cocaine possession charges at a motel in La Jolla, California. He was released on two thousand, 500 dollars bail.

1967 - The Beatles had the number one single with “All You Need Is Love.”  The same week, Beatles manager Brian Epstein died of an accidental drug overdose.

1965 - The McCoys released “Hang On, Sloopy.”

1962 - The Beatles and Brian Epstein decided to fire drummer Pete Best.  He played his last gig as a Beatle the following night at The Cavern.

1958 - Elvis Presley’s mother Gladys died of a heart attack at age 42.  Elvis was so overcome with grief at her funeral that he could not stand up and had to be supported.

1957 - Buddy Holly and the Crickets broke into the charts with “That’ll be the Day (That I Die).”  It was the first of seven major hits in a one-and-a-half year period which ended with Buddy's tragic death in a plane crash with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson,The Big Bopper.”

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