Tuesday, May 9, 2017


In Music History

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2014Michael Jackson's second posthumous album, Xscape, is released.
2014Hunter Hayes breaks the record for most concerts performed in different cities in a single day when he plays 10 shows in 24 hours.
2013Rocker Sixto "Sugar Man" Rodriguez receives an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from his alma mater, Wayne State University, Detroit.
2010Cyndi Lauper is the ninth contestant booted off season 9 of The Celebrity Apprentice.
2005The music video for Stevie Wonder's "So What The Fuss" is issued with a descriptive audio track by Busta Rhymes for the visually-impaired.
2005Kenny Chesney and Renee Zellweger get married. The union last just 4 months, but provides inspiration for Chesney's song "I'm Alive."
2000Bad Religion release their 11th full-length studio album The New America. This is the band's final release on Atlantic Records and their final recording with drummer Bobby Schayer, who had been a member of Bad Religion since 1991. On The New America, guitarist Brett Gurewitz (who left Bad Religion in 1994, but eventually rejoined the band in the next year) co-wrote the song "Believe It" with frontman Greg Graffin.
1998Brian Wilson plays his first ever solo concert (no Beach Boys) at a show in St. Charles, Illinois.
1998Blues musician Lester Butler dies of a heroin and cocaine overdose at age 38. 
1992Bruce Springsteen performs live on network TV for the first time when he's the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, hosted that week by Joe Pesci.
1987The Grateful Dead shoot the video for "Touch Of Grey" after a concert in Monterey, California. After the show, the shoot is set up and the audience brought back in to watch two different performances of the song: one by the band and another by their skeleton likenesses - the "Dead Ringers." It's the first music video by the band, and it goes into rotation on MTV, giving the group their first hit single.
1986The Rolling Stones release "One Hit (To The Body)."
1979Pierre Bouvier (lead singer, guitarist for Simple Plan) is born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1979Jazz singer Eddie Jefferson dies at age 60 when a dancer he once hired and fired shoots him outside of Baker's Keyboard Lounge in Detroit.
1971Oasis bass player Paul McGuigan is born in Manchester, England.
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FDA Approves The Pill, So Does Loretta Lynn

The birth control pill is introduced in the US, inspiring Loretta Lynn to sing a songabout it.
By the time the birth control pill hits the US market in 1960, 28-year-old Loretta Lynn has already given birth to four of her six children. She's just beginning her professional music career, signing her first recording contract with Zero Records and recording a collection of original songs that will soon land her on the Grand Ole Opry stage. Still, the honky-tonk girl from rural Kentucky has no idea that a pill has been invented that will give her reproductive freedom (when she does find out about it, she can't afford to take it), leading her to give birth yet again in 1964 to a set of twins. 

A decade later, contraception is still a hot-button issue as Supreme Court cases like Eisenstadt vs. Baird challenge laws that prevent unmarried women and teenagers from having access to the pill (some states even outlawed the pill for married couples). In the midst of all this, Lynn releases "The Pill," a comedic song about a woman who takes a stand against her husband for getting her pregnant year after year and finds freedom when she goes on the pill. Aside from a little-known French tune by The Singing Nun, there has never been a song about contraception before, let alone one that celebrates it. Lynn, who is still riding high on her win as the Country Music Association's first female Entertainer of the Year, is a regular fixture at the top of the country charts, but this new bit of blasphemy is too much for staunch conservatives. Radio stations pull the song from the air, and outraged preachers forbid parishioners from listening to it, lest they run out and not get pregnant.

Of course, all of this only calls more attention to the song. It peaks at #5 on the country chart and #70 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Lynn's highest-charting single on the pop chart – and the most controversial song of her career. Lynn, who once told Playgirl Magazine that she would've taken the pill "like popcorn" if she had the choice, still doesn't understand why a song about real life can give rise to such a furor. She tells Songfacts: "I didn't understand that, because everybody was taking the pill. I didn't have the money to take it when they put it out, but I couldn't understand why they were raising such a fuss over taking the pill."

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