Saturday, July 1, 2017


In Music History

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201630-year-old Lady Gaga finally gets her driver's license.
2009Following Michael Jackson's death the previous week, he becomes the first act to sell more than 1 million song downloads in a week.
2008Crüe Fest kicks off in West Palm Beach, Florida. The tour features Mötley CrüeBuckcherryPapa Roach, Sixx:A.M., and Trapt; it earns about $40 million.
2008Mel Galley (former Whitesnakeguitarist) dies of esophageal cancer at age 60.
2008Gym Class Heroes' lead singer Travie McCoy assaults a fan who shouts out a racial slur just as their set finishes during the Warped Tour in St. Louis.
2007In memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, a concert is held at the newly built Wembley Stadium in London. Acts include friends of the Princess Duran Duran and Elton John as well as artists she enjoyed such as Nelly FurtadoTom Jones and Kanye West.
2005Luther Vandross dies at age 54 after suffering a stroke two years earlier that left him in a wheelchair.
2003Jazz flautist Herbie Mann, known for the popular dance hit "Hijack" (1975), dies of prostate cancer at age 73.
1999Guy Mitchell, '50s pop singer and TV host, dies of complications from cancer surgery at age 72.
1999Jennifer Lopez releases her debut album, On The 6.
1996Lynyrd Skynyrd releases their third live album, Southern Knights
1995Legendary DJ Wolfman Jack, who famously spun rock and roll records from a border blaster station in Mexico throughout the '60s, dies of a heart attack at age 57.
1982Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five release the early rap classic "The Message."
1981Rushton Moreve (original bass guitarist for Steppenwolf) dies in an automobile accident at age 32.
1978The Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, with AerosmithVan HalenJourney and Ted Nugent performing. 80,000 fans brave the 100 degree heat, cooled down by fire hoses brought in by the organizers. For Aerosmith, it marks a low point in their career as drug use and infighting are about to break up the band, and their performance suffers.
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Sony Introduces The Walkman

The Sony Walkman debuts in Japan, making music portable.
Sony's co-founder Masaru Ibuka liked to listen to music on his business trips and was underwhelmed by the company's array of bulky electronics. He wondered whether a sleeker, more compact model of a cassette player could be designed for music lovers on the go. Enter the Sony Walkman TPS-L2, a lightweight blue-and-silver portable tape deck with two headphone jacks that allow two people to listen at once, plus a built-in microphone with a "hotline" button for speaking over the music. All for the retail price of around $150.00. Japanese consumers go crazy for the little stereo, buying over 50,000 units in two months, way beyond Sony's 5,000 per-month estimate. 

The Walkman (also marketed as the Soundabout and the Stowaway) is welcomed with equal fanfare when it's introduced in June 1980 to the US, where customers are eager to design their own soundtracks to enliven mundane daily tasks like commuting, shopping, and exercising (the '80s are also the height of the aerobics craze). For the younger generation, the device is not only a status symbol, but makes it easier to share homemade tapes, the '80s answer to bootlegs. 

With record prices on the rise, cassettes are fast becoming the cheaper and more convenient alternative to spinning vinyl at home. Within the next three years, the sale of cassette tapes outranks that of vinyl for the first time, with Sony and its competitors scrambling to release new models with new features, including waterproofing and AM/FM capability, to meet the demand.

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