Wednesday, May 10, 2017

10 MAY

In Music History

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2016Justin Timberlake performs his new single "Can't Stop the Feeling" in the interval of the Eurovision Song Contest as the show is broadcast in America for the first time. His appearance in Stockholm, Sweden, leads to speculation that the USA will be invited to enter the song competition, following the successful addition of Australia to the line-up in 2015.
2011Norma Zimmer, The Lawrence Welk Show's longtime "Champagne Lady," dies at age 87.
2010In tribute to the recently deceased Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, Jose Feliciano performs the US national anthembefore the Tigers/Yankees game at Tiger Stadium. In 1968, Harwell had Feliciano sing the anthem before a Tigers World Series game, and the 23-year-old blind Puerto Rican singer responded by playing the first non-traditional rendition of the song at a major sporting event. He and Harwell took a lot of heat, but in later years, it became common for singers to put their own spin on the song.
2006T.I. is arrested and jailed in Georgia for failing to fulfill the conditions of his probation. In 2003, the rapper was involved in an altercation with security officers at a Florida mall. He was taken into custody for striking an officer. After pleading guilty to battery, T.I. was sentenced to complete community service. Three years later, the rapper was taken back into custody for not completing the required number of hours set by his parole agreement.
2005British soul and R&B singer Seal marries celebrity model Heidi Klum. The couple had been dating since 2004, when Klum gave birth to her daughter Leni, sired by her previous boyfriend; Seal was present at the birth and Klum announced that Seal would adopt Leni as her father. The couple have three biological children together before their divorce in 2012.
2003#1 Billboard Album: Madonna's American Life
2003Matthew West marries his long term girlfriend, Emily.
1994Serial killer John Gacy, the subject of songs by Sufjan Stevens and Jane's Addiction, is executed for the murders of 33 young men and boys.
1992Jazz singer Sylvia Syms (not to be confused with the actress Sylvia Syms) dies from a heart attack onstage at the Algonquin Hotel in New York. 
1989On his 29th birthday, U2 frontman Bono welcomes his first child when wife Ali gives birth to a daughter named Jordan.
1988Prince releases his 10th album, Lovesexy, which becomes his first chart-topper in the UK.
1986"West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys hits #1 on the Hot 100.
1986Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe marries actress Heather Locklear. They divorce seven years later.
1985Pop singer Ashley Poole (of Dream) is born in Blythe, California.
1985The Go-Go's announce their breakup, which lasts until a reunion in 1990. Girl Power is strong as they work together sporadically into the '10s.
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Shel Silverstein Dies

Shel Silverstein, the prolific author of beloved children's books who was also a top songwriter, dies of a massive heart attack at age 68. He wrote "A Boy Named Sue" for Johnny Cash.

Chicago-born Silverstein rose to prominence during the mid-'50s as a cartoonist for Playboymagazine, traveling around the world and illustrating his exploits in the popular feature "Shel Silverstein visits..." A self-taught artist and poet, he developed a quirky style that amused adults and delighted children. With the whimsy of Dr. Seuss and a touch of Edward Lear-like macabre, Silverstein's collections of children's poems, notably Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) and A Light In The Attic (1981), became beloved classics, along with his picture book The Giving Tree (1964), about a tree that sacrifices itself for the comfort and care of a growing boy. As a playwright, he also added over 100 one-act plays to his resume.

All the while, he was channeling his offbeat sensibilities into another art form: music. Working mostly in the country genre as a singer-songwriter, he penned tunes for Loretta Lynn ("One's On The Way"), Bobby Bare ("The Mermaid"), Johnny Cash, and the Southern rock band Dr. Hook ("The Cover of 'Rolling Stone'"). The crossover Cash hit "A Boy Named Sue" earned the songwriter a Grammy Award for Best Country Song in 1970 - a bright spot in a tragic decade for Silverstein. His first wife, Susan Taylor Hastings, died in 1975 and their daughter, 11-year-old Shoshanna, died of a cerebral aneurysm in 1982. 

At the time of his death from a heart attack, he is survived by his second wife, Sarah Spencer, and their son, Matthew. In 2002, Silverstein is remembered for his contribution to music when he's inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. (photo: Larry Moyer)

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