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Updated: Aug 22, 2019

Music History for Tuesday, 8/20/19

2013 - John Mayer released his sixth album, Paradise Valley. It debuted at No. 2 on the charts.

2013 - Jimmy Buffett released his 20th album, Songs from St. Somewhere. It debuted at No. 4 on the charts.

2013 - Odd Future’s Earl Sweatshirt released his debut album, Doris. It debuted at No. 5 on the charts.

2013 - Rapper ASAP Ferg released his debut album, Trap Lord. It debuted at No. 9 on the charts.

2012 - Rovio Entertainment, creator of the Angry Birds app and video game franchise, announced that they have teamed up with Green Day to create a special episode of Angry Birds Friends. The episode featured 10 new levels and included the band’s single "Oh Love," as well as an exclusive song, "Troublemaker." The episode also featured new “bad pig” characters inspired by Green Day band members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool.

2011 - Ross Barbour of The Four Freshman quartet died of cancer. He was 82.

2010 - After expressing interest in running, former Fugees member Wyclef Jean discovered he was not on the list of candidates approved by Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council.

2007 - Kenny Chesney's single "Don't Blink" went to radio.

2005 - Iron Maiden was pelted with eggs, lighters and ice during their final performance on the Ozzfest tour in Devore, California.  The band’s stint on the Ozzfest tour had been marred by technical problems, verbal sparring between Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson and tour organizer Sharon Osbourne, and dueling online messages between both camps.

2003 - In Rhode Island, OSHA fined Derco LLC, which operated The Station club, 85 thousand, 200 dollars for one “willful” violation and six serious violations related to the February 20th fire that killed a hundred people and injured almost two hundred during a Great White concert.  Great White, whose pyrotechnics sparked the blaze, was fined seven thousand dollars for failing to protect employees from fire hazards.

2001 - Foo Fighters canceled the remaining three dates of their UK and European tour after drummer Taylor Hawkins was hospitalized.  Hawkins "apparently overindulged during festivities" after the band performed at a British music festival.

2000 - Bon Jovi performed the final concert at London's legendary Wembley Stadium before it was torn down.  The stadium had been the top music venue in England for 28 years.

1999 - Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan was found dead in his bed in New Orleans.  He was 31.

1998 - Rape charges against rapper DMX were dropped after test results revealed the DNA from his blood didn’t match that of the semen found at the crime scene.

1997 - A 50-mile stretch of Interstate 65 in Alabama was dedicated to the memory of country great Hank Williams Sr.  It's now known as the "Hank Williams Lost Highway."

1996 - Rapper Snoop Dogg settled a wrongful death suit that the Woldemariam family had brought against him three years earlier.  Phillip Woldemariam had been shot and killed by Snoop's bodyguard from the back of a car driven by the rapper. Snoop and the bodyguard claimed the shooting was in self-defense.

1992 - Sting married his longtime girlfriend, Trudie Styler.

1991 - Collin Raye's debut album, All I Can Be, was released.

1988 - Restless Heart went to number one with "The Bluest Eyes in Texas."

1985 - Ricky Skaggs was the lead nominee for the CMA Awards with six nods.

1985 - Huey Lewis And The News had the number one pop hit with “The Power of Love.”

1977 - “Best of My Love” by The Emotions topped the Billboard pop chart.

1974 - Paul Anka topped the charts with “You’re Having My Baby.”  His last number one was in 1959, making it, at that time, the longest gap between number ones for an artist.

1974 - David Allan Coe recorded "You Never Even Called Me By My Name" in Nashville.

1969 - Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers Of Invention after a tour of Canada.


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