Friday, June 23, 2017


In Music History

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2015On the reality dating show The Bachelorette, Jared and Kaitlyn visit Christchurch Cathedral in Dublin, where they are serenaded by Noel Hogan and Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries, who perform "Linger." The couple dance and make out as O'Riordan sings:

Were you lying all the time?
Was it just a game to you?
2010Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Live from Freedom Hall, their eight live album. It features music performed June 15, 2007 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
2009Blues bassist Nick Holt (of The Teardrops) dies of brain cancer at age 69.
2007Sarah McLachlan gives birth to her second child, daughter Taja Summer Sood.
2004Lynyrd Skynyrd releases Lynyrd Skynyrd Lyve: The Vicious Cycle Tour, their fifth live album. Featuring music from a July 11, 2003 performance at Antioch, Tennessee's Amsouth Amphitheater, it celebrates the band's thirty year anniversary.
1990Doo-wop singer Corinthian "Kripp" Johnson (of The Dell-Vikings) dies of cancer at age 54.
1988Robert Palmer releases "Simply Irresistible" in his native UK, where it peaks at #44. It fares much better in the US, where it lands at #2.
1987Fred Astaire dies of pneumonia at age 88. Shortly before his death, Astaire abdicated his throne as the king of song and dance and welcomed a new royal: Michael Jackson. He said: "I didn't want to leave this world without knowing who my descendant was, thank you Michael."
1977Peter Laughner (guitarist for Pere Ubu) dies of acute pancreatitis at age 24 after years of drug and alcohol abuse.
1970Steven Page (former co-lead of Barenaked Ladies) is born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
1969After a long battle with drug and alcohol abuse, Judy Garland dies of an overdose at age 47.
1968The Jeff Beck Group, with Rod Stewart as lead singer, plays America for the first time at a show in New York.
1968Mason Williams releases "Classical Gas."
1967The Young Rascals records "How Can I Be Sure?"
1964Mike Edwards (lead singer, keyboardist of Jesus Jones) is born in Wiltshire, England.
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Glen Campbell Reveals He Has Alzheimer's Disease

Glen Campbell's wife, Kim Woollen, announces that the singer has Alzheimer's disease.

Campbell had been suffering from memory loss for the past few years, and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011 after undergoing a PET scan. The 75-year-old singer can still perform and remains in good spirits, so the family makes plans to proceed with his tour to promote his new album, Ghost on the Canvas. They test the waters with some small shows and an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where Campbell sings his new song "It's Your Amazing Grace" (at the end of the performance, he joyfully declares, "I got through it!).

Campbell's tour is called The Goodbye Tour, and it's a family affair, with all of his children with Woollen (his fourth wife) in the band: daughter Ashley on keyboards and banjo, son Shannon on guitar, and son Cal on drums. Campbell knows the melodies, but needs teleprompters positioned around the stage to give him the lyrics. The shows go surprisingly well, with Campbell clearly having a good time and the inevitable mistakes laughed off by the audience. And while nothing can reverse Alzheimer's, his doctors agree that his activity has helped slow the progression. They also note that his musical mind is extraordinarily sharp considering his condition - a testament to his talent.

Driving from city to city on the tour bus gives Campbell's family the chance to spend more time with him in his final years, and for fans, it's an opportunity to see him perform one last time. The Goodbye Tour lasts for over a year, stopping in November 2012 when Campbell can no longer perform. Along the way, he is given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and sings "Rhinestone Cowboy" at the ceremony.

Campbell's diagnosis and subsequent tour are documented in the 2014 film Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, an intimate look at the struggles faced by Campbell and his loved ones. His story rallies support for more research into Alzheimer's.

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