Saturday, May 20, 2017

20 MAY

In Music History

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2016Barenaked Ladies release the live album BNL Rocks Red Rocks, which was recorded on June 10, 2015, at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, during the band's Last Summer On Earth tour. Guests include former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay and Violent Femmes sax player Blaise Garza, who join BNL for a rendition of Hay's 1982 hit "Who Can It Be Now?"
2016The National release an anthology album of 59 Grateful Dead covers called Day of the Dead, with appearances by Lucinda WilliamsBruce HornsbyCourtney Barnett and Wayne Coyne. Proceeds go to the Red Hot Organization, which helps fight AIDS.
2013Ray Manzarek (keyboardist for The Doors) dies at age 74 in Rosenheim, Germany, while receiving treatment for a rare form of cancer (Cholangiocarcinoma or bile duct cancer).
2012Robin Gibb (Bee Gees) dies from colorectal cancer-related kidney and liver failure at age 62.
2012Lady Gaga appears on The Simpsons, where she tries to help Lisa improve her social standing in the episode "Lisa Goes Gaga."
2006Hawthorne, California, dedicates a monument to their famous hometown sons: the three Wilson brothers of The Beach Boys.
2003South Carolina's parole board pardons James Brown of all past offenses committed in the state, even the felonies, spurring James to spontaneously sing "God Bless America" at the conclusion of the hearing.
2003Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Vicious Cycle, their twelfth studio album. It's the last to feature work by bassist Leon Wilkeson, who passed away during recording. Kid Rock appears on the album in a remake of "Gimme Back My Bullets."
1998Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is sentenced to six months in jail and three years' probation stemming from an incident three months earlier when he got in a fight with his wife, Pamela Anderson Lee. Goes to jail that evening and serves three months before he is released.
1998Frank Sinatra's funeral takes place in Beverly Hills, which draws 400 invited guests and a slew of onlookers. Tony Bennett, Angie Dickinson, Joey Bishop (the only surviving member of the Rat Pack), Liza Minnelli, Jack Nicholson, Tony Danza and Tom Selleck all show up to pay their respects.
1995The Eagles' Don Henley marries his first and only wife, model Sharon Summerall, in Malibu, with Glenn FreyJoe WalshRandy NewmanJackson BrowneDavid CrosbyJimmy BuffettSheryl Crow, and other celebs attending. At the reception, live music is provided by Tony BennettBruce SpringsteenBilly Joel, and Sting.
1991The first album from an MTV Unpluggedperformance is released when Paul McCartney issues Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) in the UK. It is released in America in June.
1989Paula Abdul notches her second #1 US hit with "Forever Your Girl," the title track to her debut album. The song is written by Oliver Leiber, son of Jerry Leiber of the Leiber & Stoller songwriting team.
1989Eazy-E's solo debut album, Eazy-Duz-It, which was released eight months earlier, debuts at #41 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1985Hall & Oates perform with TemptationsEddie Kendrick and David Ruffin at the reopened Apollo Theatre in Harlem. The concert is later released as Live At The Apollo.
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Metal Band Lordi Wins Eurovision

The Finnish band Lordi wins the Eurovision Song Contest - the first heavy metal band ever to do so.
The annual Eurovision Song Contest is the world's longest running televised songwriting competition. First broadcast in 1956, it is contested between the members of the European Broadcasting Union, which also includes several non-European countries such as Turkey and Israel. The 2006 event is held in Athens and hosted by Greek Singer Sakis Rouvas and Access Hollywood's Maria Menounos. 

A camp and glitzy affair, Eurovision has built up an enormous cult following around the globe, with its dedicated followers holding parties to celebrate the broadcast of the live show. The highlight for fans is the last quarter of the lavish four-hour spectacular, which features representatives of each country awarding scores of up to 12 points to their nation's favourite entries - the voting often following strict geographic and political lines. Since 2003 the results have been entirely based on audience telephone voting, rather than the previous jury system, which has opened up an opportunity for a shock result. 

Costumed Finnish shock rockers Lordi are an unexpected entry into the contest, which has historically focused on glam pop, ethnic music and power ballads (Celine Dion was a winner for Switzerland in 1988). Their appearance and sound is more akin to Slipknot and Kiss than the slick bubblegum pop of their more mainstream competitors. In a knowing nod to their hard-rock heritage, the band is joined on stage by a backing singer who wears a mask painted with Gene Simmons' iconic Kiss make-up. 

The masked quintet's pyrotechnic-packed performance of "Hard Rock Hallelujah" is a surprise hit with viewers, leading to it achieving a score of 292 points - the highest scoring winner to date. Pre-contest favourites Belgium, with their entry "Je T'Adore" performed by Kate Ryan, are only able to manage a lowly 12th place. 

Following the historic win, an area in the lead singer's home town of Rovaniemi, Finland is renamed to Lordi's Square in his honor.

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