Monday, September 30, 2019


In Music History

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2012Faith Hill becomes the first country artist to debut a song on Twitter when she posts "American Heart."
2011Pearl Jam wrap up a week-long tribute to Pink Floyd on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with a performance of "Mother."
2011Marv Tarplin (of The Miracles) dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, at age 70.
2010After 10 years, the first ever John Lennon museum closes. Located outside of Tokyo, it shuts down because Yoko Ono wants Lennon's spirit to remain in motion, saying, "If the Museum which houses his spirit never moved, it would be a grave, not a Museum."
2008Hot on the heels of the mega-successful Evolution of Robin ThickeRobin Thicke's third solo album, Something Else, debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200. The album moves 140,000 copies in the first week.
2008Disney releases Nightmare Revisited, a cover album of songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas. The new album commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the film's original 1993 release and features new arrangements by KoRn, Amy Lee of Evanescence, and Marilyn Manson.
2006Shine OnJet's sophomore album, is released to mixed reviews. Most notably the indie music website Pitchfork's review is nothing but a video of a chimpanzee urinating into its own mouth. The title track and third single from the record, "Shine On," is a tribute to Nic and Chris Chester's dad, who died from cancer in 2004.
2006Farm Aid co-founders Willie NelsonJohn Mellencamp and Neil Young are joined by Dave Matthews (The Dave Matthews Band), Steel Pulse, Gov't MuleJerry Lee LewisSteve Earle and Allison Moorer for the organization's 21st anniversary concert at the Tweeter Center in Camden, New Jersey.
2003Rockabilly performer Ronnie Dawson dies of throat cancer in Dallas, Texas, at age 64.
2002Faith Hill releases "Cry," the title track from her latest country pop album. It's another crossover success for the country singer, landing at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and giving her a second win for Best Female Country Vocal Performance (the first being for "Breathe").
2002Pianist Ellis Larkins dies of pneumonia at age 79.
2002Pat Boone guests on the TV series Seventh Heaven.
2002The Rolling Stones release Forty Licks.
1997U2 cause controversy during its show in Tel Aviv, Israel, with frontman Bono appealing for the release from imprisonment of nuclear secrets traitor Mordechai Vanunu.
1997Patty Loveless releases Long Stretch of Lonesome.
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James Dean Dies While Rock Is Born

James Dean is killed in a car accident at age 24. Dean dies around the same time rock and roll comes alive (the #1 song the day he dies: Pat Boone's cover of "Ain't That A Shame" - clearly America is at a crossroads).

Over the next 10 years, songs about cars, teenagers and tragedy became commonplace, with Dean the template for the romantic lead. You can make a pretty good case for Dean giving rise to rock and roll, as his death adds an authenticity to the form.

In the '70s, rock matures and Dean is viewed though the lens of nostalgia. While Buddy Holly is the impetus for Don McLean's "American Pie," Dean of course gets a mention:

The jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean

The Eagles even include a song called "James Dean" on their 1974 album On The Border:

James Dean, you said it all so clean
And I know my life would look all right
If I could see it on the silver screen

And while Dean did live life in the fast lane, evidence indicates that he was not driving in a reckless manner when his Porsche Spyder 550 crashes into an oncoming car on a highway in California. Prior to the accident, Dean made an appeal for safety when he appeared on the TV show Warner Brothers Presents to promote his upcoming film Giant. At the end of the video, Dean says, "Take it easy driving, the life you might save might be mine."

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