Sunday, July 2, 2017


In Music History

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2017Jay-Z's 4:44 album is released through Roc Nation. The record is initially available only to Sprint and Tidal customers and is the first in a planned series of music exclusives from the Sprint-Tidal partnership.
2009Spinal Tap start (and end) their One Night Only World Tour at Wembley Arena in London.
2008Olivia Newton-John marries Amazon John Easterling, a TV producer and entrepreneur.
2006US president George W. Bush and Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi visit Graceland in Memphis.
2006Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey divorce after three years of marriage.
2001Chet Atkins, a country guitarist and forerunner of the burgeoning Nashville sound of the '50s, dies of cancer at age 77.
2001The Rockabilly Hall of Fame opens in Jackson, Tennessee.
1995Phyllis Hyman commits suicide by drug overdose at age 45. Known for the 1979 hit single "You Know How to Love Me," among others.
1993Six days after falling off a 10-foot platform during rehearsal for a game show, 31-year-old Wong Ka Kui (lead singer of Beyond) dies of his head injuries.
1992KyussBlues for the Red Sun, one of stoner metal's all-time classic albums, is released via Dali Records. It was produced by the band and Chris Goss.
1984Fantasia Barrino, an R&B singer who will win the third season of American Idol, is born in High Point, North Carolina.
1976Police raid Neil Diamond's house and find less than an ounce of marijuana. The arrest is struck from his record when he agrees to attend a drug aversion program.
1975The Jackson 5 announce they will be leaving Motown Records for Epic Records (and changing their name to The Jacksons, because Motown owns the other name).
1973"It was a hot afternoon, the last day of June," Bobby Goldsborosings in "Summer (The First Time)."
1973George Harrison's "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)" dislodges Paul McCartney and Wings' "My Love" from the #1 spot on the US singles charts.
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Kiss Put Blood, Sweat And Tears (Or At Least Blood) Into Their Comic

Marvel Comics publishes a Kisscomic book with a vial of their blood mixed into the ink.

Kiss's appearance in a Marvel comic book is not their first: the band appeared in issues #12 and #13 of Howard the Duckearlier in the year. This is their first appearance as the heroes, and band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss take on their alter egos The Demon, The Starchild, The Spaceman, and The Catman in a storyline that sees them battle against Doctor Doom. It is published in a larger magazine format rather than the regular comic book size.

In their usual inimitable fashion, Kiss seize the marketing opportunity afforded by the comic, and arrange for vials of their own blood to be mixed in with the ink used to produce the comic book. The blood was drawn during a concert at New York's Nassau Coliseum on February 21, 1977. It was then mixed with the production ink, in the presence of a public notary, at the Borden Ink Plant in Depew, New York, on May 26th.

Marvel Comic Super Special #1 becomes Marvel's biggest selling comic, finally knocked off the top spot in 1990 by Todd McFarlane's Spiderman #1. The Super Special series runs until 1985, for 41 issues, and covers subjects as diverse as The Beatles, Star Trek, the Indiana Jones series and Santa Claus: The Movie.

Kiss go on to feature in more comics: A short unlicensed series from Revolutionary comics (1990-1993) is nevertheless endorsed by Gene Simmons and in 1997 Todd McFarlane works with the band on a 31-issue run to tie in with their Psycho Circus world tour. Another 13-episode series follows in 2002, this time from Dark Horse Comics, and the quartet continue their adventures right up to 2013 in conjunction with IDW as "Kiss Kids."

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