Tuesday, June 27, 2017


In Music History

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1993Ariana Grande is born in Boca Raton, Florida. After starring on the Nickelodeon TV show Victorious, she becomes a popular singer with a huge social media presence, garnering over 35 million Twitter followers.
1979Nathan Followill (drummer for Kings of Leon) is born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to a family that will later include younger brothers - and future bandmates - Caleb and Jared.
1979Two years after his son's death, Vernon Presley dies of heart failure at age 63.
1976Peter Frampton releases "Baby, I Love Your Way."
1973Country singer Gretchen Wilson is born in Pocahontas, Illinois.
1973A model files an unsuccessful paternity suit against Mick Jagger.
1969Mark Decloedt (drummer for EMF) is born in Gloucester, England.
1969Colin Greenwood (bassist for Radiohead) is born in Oxford, England. Brother and future bandmate Jonny Greenwood is born two years later.
1965The Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man" goes to #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1961Terri Nunn (lead singer of Berlin) is born in Los Angeles, California.
1961Elvis Presley records "His Latest Flame" and "Little Sister."
1959Stef Burns, who replaces Chris Hayes as guitarist for Huey Lewis and the News, is born in Oakland, California. 
1956Chris Isaak is born in Stockton, California.
1955Mick Jones (lead guitarist, vocalist of The Clash) is born in Wandsworth, London, England.
1946Motown singer-songwriter Brenda Holloway is born in Atascadero, California.
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Obama Sings "Amazing Grace"

President Barack Obama sings "Amazing Grace" at the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed along with eight others when a gunman opened fire during a Bible study at his church in Charleston, South Carolina.

"Grace" is a theme in Obama's eulogy, where he says:

I've been reflecting on this idea of grace. The grace of the families who lost loved ones. The grace that Reverend Pinckney would preach about in his sermons. The grace described in one of my favorite hymnals - the one we all know: Amazing grace.

Obama closes the eulogy by singing a portion of the song and then listing those killed at the church, ending with this statement:

May we find ourselves worthy of that precious and extraordinary gift, as long as our lives endure. May grace now lead them home. May God continue to shed His grace on the United States of America.

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