2014"The Heart Of Man Is Like A Mine," a lost song from German composer Felix Mendelssohn, is performed for the first time in over a century and a half by alto Amy Williamson and pianist Christopher Glynn on BBC's Today.
2013Lauryn Hill is sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion. She begins serving the sentence in July.
2009Donald "Ean" Evans (longtime bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd) dies of lung cancer at age 48 in Columbus, Mississippi.
2008Cher begins her "Cher at the Colosseum" shows at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, planning to play 200 concerts over three years. The run ends in February, 2011 with 192 performances, since eight were canceled.
2008In Central London, Mark Saunders, a barrister, Oxford-educated, very secure financially, and married to an equally successful woman, takes a shotgun and fires at random from his kitchen window. Police arrive promptly, and after a siege lasting more than five hours, marksmen open fire on him, and he is shot dead. At the inquest in October 2010, it is ruled he was killed lawfully, and one of the firearms officers involved in the siege is accused of inserting song titles into his evidence.
The officer concerned is known only as AZ8, and the songs concerned include "Enough Is Enough" by Barbara Streisand and Donna Summer, "Line Of Fire" by Journey, and "F--k My Old Boots (Robo Cop And Seacombe)" by The Membranes. AZ8 is cleared in March 2011 of doing this with intent. Obviously he had Faith in the British system of Law And Order, the police having to Shoot Shoot a man who was Ticking until he went off Like A Hurricane.
At a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones can't sleep because there's a guitar riff running through his head. He rolls a tape, falls asleep and wakes up the next morning to find he's recorded the riff to "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
Richards rolls out of bed with a three-note riff in his head. Fortuitously, the guitarist has taken to sleeping with a tape recorder beside the bed, and manages to capture the melody as a series of grunts followed by the words "I can't get no satisfaction." The tape ends with the sound of snoring, as Richards rolled back over to sleep immediately afterwards.
Unsure at first whether he has simply hummed the tune to Martha and the Vandella's "Dancing in the Street," he nevertheless takes it to the band, who record it as the foundation of a new song: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Richards lays down the signature opening riff using a new guitar effect from Gibson - The Maestro FZ-1 Fuzz-Tone - to emulate the sound of horns, which are intended to be overdubbed later.
The band and their producer Andrew Loog Oldham love the distinctive sound of the fuzz-tone so much that it stays on the record, marking the first high-profile use of a distortion pedal in a pop song (although a similar fuzzy sound had been briefly popular after appearing on the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" the year earlier, thanks to Ray Davies taking a razor blade to his speaker cones). "Satisfaction" becomes their fourth #1 in the UK, and their first chart-toppper in America, where it dominates the airwaves in the summer of 1965. The record drives sales of the Gibson Fuzz-Tone, with all available stock selling out by the end of the year.
It's not the only 1965 hit from a British band to be written while sleeping: While "Satisfaction" is riding high in the charts, Paul McCartney of The Beatles - The Stones' biggest rivals - also dreams the melody of a song. His composition has the working title "Scrambled Eggs," but it is released three months later on Help (1965) under the revised title: "Yesterday." Like "Satisfaction," it stays at #1 in the US for four weeks, longer than any other singles in 1965.