Thursday, August 3, 2017


In Music History

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2016Days after performing at Portland's Moda Center, Modest Mouse singer Isaac Brock causes a 5-vehicle accident when he falls asleep at the wheel and crashes into a pickup truck. No serious injuries are reported.
2016Ricci Martin, youngest son of Dean Martin, is found dead in his Utah home at age 62.
2014Rosetta Hightower (lead singer of The Orlons) dies at age 70.
2012Stevie Wonder announces that he will be divorcing Kai Millard Morris, his second wife of eleven years. The couple reveal that they've been living separately for two years and cite the boring "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split.
2010Madonna launches her "Material Girl" line of clothing, shoes, jewelry and handbags at Macy's. The line is targeted to teenage girls and based in part on some of Madonna's various looks. Assisting the 51-year-old singer with the project is her 13-year-old daughter, Lourdes.
2006Arthur Lee (frontman for Love) dies of acute myeloid leukemia at age 61.
1999Country legend Patsy Cline is awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996The Bayside Boys remix of "Macarena," originally a Spanish-language dance song from Los Del Rio, hits #1 on the Hot 100, where it stays for 14 weeks.
1993Boston Ventures, the group to whom Berry Gordy had sold Motown in 1988 for $61 million, sells the label and its holdings to Dutch conglomerate Polygram for $325 million.
1985Holly Blake-Arnstein (of the girl group Dream) is born in Tarzana, California.
1974Guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter leaves Steely Dan to join The Doobie Brothers.
1974Bad Company's Bad Company LP hits #1.
1971Ringo Starr's "It Don't Come Easy" is certified Gold.
1968The Doors hit #1 in America for the second (and last) time when "Hello, I Love You" reaches the top for the first of two weeks. Their first #1 was "Light My Fire" in 1967.
1966Dean Sams (keyboardist for Lonestar) is born in Garland, Texas.
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Def Leppard Unleashes Hysteria

After years of delays, Def Leppard's Hysteria album is released in the US.

Thanks in large part to producer Mutt Lange, Def Leppard hit it big with their 1983 album Pyromania. The follow-up, however, proves a struggle. Lange is exhausted after working on The CarsHeartbreak City album, so the Leppers bring in Jim Steinman - the guy responsible for Meat Loaf's hits - to produce. This pairing doesn't pan out, and in late 1984, Steinman is dismissed and the work is scrapped.

The new year is marked by tragedy when on December 31, 1984, drummer Rick Allen loses an arm after crashing his Corvette. As Allen recovers and learns to play with one arm (using a modified drum kit with electronic foot pedals), Mutt Lange returns to the fold and they basically start over. Two years later, Hysteria is finally done. It shoots to #1 in the UK its first week of release and makes a slow climb to the top in America, where it tops the chart in July 1988 after the hot, sticky-sweet "Pour Some Sugar On Me" becomes a breakout hit.

It's another Mutt Lange masterpiece, and a massive seller, eventually shifting over 25 million copies worldwide. Seven singles from the album make the Hot 100, including "Love Bites," which goes to #1.

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