Monday, May 15, 2017

15 MAY

In Music History

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2014Rapper Evan Plunkett, who performed as Hollywood Will, is shot dead at a Las Vegas casino.
2011Rock star Meat Loaf and rapper Lil Jon are eliminated one week before the Season 11 finale of Donald Trump's show The Celebrity Apprentice.
2011Jazz vocalist Bob Flanigan (of The Four Freshmen) dies at age 84 of congestive heart failure.
2009Green Day releases 21st Century Breakdown.
2008Shania Twain and producer Robert "Mutt" Lange announce they are separating after 14 years of marriage. Lange's affair with Twain's best friend, Marie-Anne Thiébaud, triggered the split. Twain later marries Thiébaud's ex-husband, Frédéric.
2007Ike Turner spends a day in a Los Angeles jail over a mistaken warrant.
2006Dubstep artist Burial releases his debut album, Burial, the first full-length album released through Kode9's Hyperdub Records. It's an attempt to capture the feeling of 2000s London late at night, and the album cover features an aerial view of South London. The logo, which later becomes Burial's signature, represents a pirate radio signal.More
2003June Carter Cash dies after undergoing heart-valve replacement surgery at age 73.
2003t.A.T.u.'s manager Ivan Shapovalov is arrested for disturbing the peace after staging a video shoot in Moscow's Red Square for the duo's song "Show Me Love." Playing up the act's image as teenage lesbian lovers, Shapovalov had arranged for about 200 young girls to dress like t.A.T.u. and kiss each other, which causes a disturbance. By the end of the year, t.A.T.u. will abandon the ruse and admit that they only acted like lovers for the sake of scandalous publicity.
2001Weezer releases Weezer (aka The Green Album).
1995Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland is arrested for heroin and cocaine possession outside a motel in Pasadena. It's the first of his high-profile drug arrests.
1992'60s singer Barbara Lee (of The Chiffons) dies of a heart attack the day before her 45th birthday.
1984Nils Lofgren joins Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
1976The Rolling Stones album Black and Blue goes to #1 in America.
1974Bill Wyman releases Monkey Grip.
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Paul McCartney And Stevie Wonder 

Are Together In Perfect Harmony

The racial-harmony anthem "Ebony And Ivory," by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, hits #1 in the US.
If black and white keys can get along on a piano, why can't people? That's what Paul McCartney wondered when he wrote the song. Originally a solo effort, it became a superstar collaboration when Wonder joined.

Included on McCartney's Tug Of War album, the single shoots to #1, where it stays for seven weeks, tying Joan Jett's version of "I Love Rock And Roll" for most weeks at the top during the year. But unlike that song and other upbeat chart-toppers of 1982 like "Eye of the Tiger" and "Centerfold," after listeners spend months subjected to "Ebony And Ivory," they have no desire to hear it again. The song is rather cloying and a little preachy. The sentiment is strong, but once you hear a line like, "We all know that people are the same where ever you go," you get the message.

It is right in line with Wonder's efforts to uplift and unify; he has been crusading to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a national holiday in America, a goal that is realized in 1983. Wonder also fights against apartheid in South Africa, leading the charge to free Nelson Mandela.

In 1983, McCartney again scores a #1 hit with a superstar duet, this time with Michael Jackson on "Say Say Say."

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