Tuesday, August 1, 2017


In Music History

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2016Justin Timberlake accepts the Decade Award at the Teen Choice Awards, the first time the award is given out. He says, "As a former teen, a while ago, show's made a few choices along the way, I'm here to tell you that you and your choices matter."
2010Switchfoot perform at the 2010 Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree final arena show in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.
2010Alicia Keys marries the producer Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) at a ceremony on the island of Corsica. Keys is pregnant with their first child, Egypt.
2009With Adam Yauch (MCA) diagnosed with cancer, Beastie Boys cancel their appearance at the All Points West festival at Liberty State Park in New Jersey. In tribute, Jay-Z opens his set with a cover of "No Sleep Till Brooklyn."
2004It's "Mac Davis Day" in Lubbock, Texas, home of the songwriter who composed such classics as "In The Ghetto" and "A Little Less Conversation."
1995Jamaica issues a commemorative series of postage stamps honoring local native and reggae legend Bob Marley.
1980The Mamas & The Papas founder and vocalist "Papa" John Phillips is arrested for possession of cocaine and running a phony prescription scam with a local pharmacy and eventually sentenced to eight years in prison (though this sentence would later be reduced to 30 days in jail and community service).
1979Donny Osmond's wife, Debra Glenn, gives birth to their first child, Donny Jr.
1978Will Champion (drummer for Coldplay) is born in Southampton, Hampshire, England.
1977The Starland Vocal Band of "Afternoon Delight" infamy debut their own summer replacement variety series on CBS.
1976George Benson's Breezin' LP hits #1.
1976Orleans release "Still The One."
1971After being denied entrance to a Whoconcert in New York City's Forest Hills Stadium, an ex-convict stabs and kills the security guard.
1971Guitarist John William Lowery is born in Grosse Point, Michigan. Better known by his stage name "John 5," he goes on to contribute to acts such as Marilyn MansonRob Zombie, and Lynyrd Skynyrd
1964Country singer Jim Reeves dies at age 40 when he crashes his private plane while flying over Brentwood, Tennessee, in the midst of a violent thunderstorm. He will continue to chart after his death, with "Distant Drums" fighting the Beatles' double-sided "Yellow Submarine" and "Eleanor Rigby" for the #1 spot in the UK.
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America Reaches Peak Singer-Songwriter As "You've Got A Friend" Hits #1

The singer-songwriter era reaches its apex as James Taylor's "You've Got A Friend" hits #1 in the US.
The song was written by Carole King and included on her landmark album Tapestry in February 1971. James Taylor played guitar on the track and decided to record his own version, which he released as a single in April. He has a friend in King, who encourages him to cover the song; the pair are touring together with King opening for Taylor, who is the much bigger star.

When "You've Got A Friend" hits the top spot, the Tapestry album is the #1 album in America, enjoying its seventh week at the top. The single drops off the top the following week, but Tapestry keeps going, spending a total of 15 weeks at #1 as King becomes a household name and an inspiration to many young women who decide to pick up guitars and write songs.

Taylor's version wins a Grammy for Song of the Year, but King gets the trophy because she wrote it. She also wins the award for Album of the Year for Tapestry.

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