2014Jade Castrinos, the female vocalist in Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, updates her Instagram bio to read: "For seven years i sang and wrote music with edward sharpe. they voted me off of tour a week before they left, via email. lol."More
2007During a gig in New York, a fan throws something at Akon during his set. The singer brings the offender on stage, picks him up and hurls him into the crowd.More
1992Bill Clinton, campaigning for US president, makes a whistle stop on The Arsenio Hall Show where he plays the Elvis Presley hit "Heartbreak Hotel" on the saxophone to a cheering, youthful audience. The appearance is later seen by historians as the definitive moment when Clinton captured the trust and support of young voters, and locked the election on charisma points. Amongst many cultural references, the opening theme to the WB Network cartoon Animaniacs includes the line "while Bill Clinton plays the sax" at the start of every episode.
1983Already undergoing psychiatric treatment and suffering from, among other things, voices in his head, Derek and the Dominosdrummer Jim Gordon brutally murders his own mother with a hammer and knife in their home. Gordon, who co-wrote the band's biggest hit, "Layla," is sentenced to life in prison.
1967"It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty delta day," as Billie Joe McAllister jumps off the Tallahatchee Bridge, according to the Bobbie Gentry song "Ode To Billie Joe."
2016After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxing champion and civil rights activist who was the subject of the 1975 hit "Black Superman," dies of respiratory complications at age 74.
2003Barry Manilow suffers a broken nose after he accidentally walks into a wall at his home in Palm Springs, California, and knocks himself unconscious. Although he passed out for four hours, he doesn't endure any lasting effects and doctors determine that surgery is not necessary.
With the BBC refusing to air The Kinks' new single "Lola" because of its reference to "Coca-Cola" (brand names being a no-no for the corporation), lead singer Ray Davies flies all the way from London to New York to re-record the line as "Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola."
After the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) refuse to play the The Kinks' new single, "Lola," singer Ray Davies is forced to interrupt the band's US tour for the second time in two weeks - flying from New York to London and back to re-record a single line of the song to meet their rules.
As the BBC holds the virtual monopoly on public radio and TV broadcasting in the UK, an airplay ban could have significant implications for the single's sales. Surprisingly for the conservative corporation, the reason for the ban is not the song's subject matter - a tale of a tryst between the protagonist and a transsexual who "walked like a woman and talked like a man" - but a breach of their strict rules on advertising and product placement. The offending line, "Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca-Cola" has the beverage changed to "cherry cola" for British audiences.
There are other bans and edits of the track around the world: Australian radio stations refuse to play the song at all due to its controversial narrative, and many America radio stations fade the song out before the hinted reveal of Lola's true gender: "Now I'm not the world's most masculine man, but I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man, and so is Lola."
After initially traveling to London after the Kinks' May 23 gig in Minnesota, Davies failed to capture the performance to his satisfaction, so he makes a second round trip to capture the two-word phrase. This time both he and the BBC are happy with the change, and the single is cleared for airplay.
When the edited version is eventually released in the UK it is a #2 hit and the original version peaks at #9 in the US. Ray Davies' re-recording woes are not over, though, as he soon has to make yet another transatlantic trip when the word "fogging" in the band's next single "Apeman" is mistaken by the US censors for a much stronger curse word.