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12th August 1927, born on this day, Porter Wagoner, Country singer known for his flashy Nudie and Manuel suits and blond pompadour. In 1967, he introduced a then little known Dolly Parton on his long-running television show. Also known as Mr. Grand Ole Opry, Wagoner scored over 80 US Country singles from 1954–1983. He died […]

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The Prodigy singer Keith Flint has died aged 49. He was found dead at his home in Dunmow, Essex this morning. In 1996, they gained worldwide acclaim with their signature track 'Firestarter'. Their second album, Music For The Jilted Generation, was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize and the band's third album, Fat of The […]

12th February 1967, 15 police officers raided Redlands the West Sussex home of The Rolling Stone Keith Richards during a weekend party. The police who were armed with a warrant issued under the dangerous drugs act took away various substances for forensic tests. George and Pattie Harrison had been at the house, but it was […]

10th December 1999, Rick Danko died in his sleep at his home near Woodstock, New York. The Canadian guitarist and singer joined The Hawks in 1963 who went on to work as Bob Dylan's backing band, (with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson). Renamed The Band who released their 1968 debut Music from Big […]

When the new Billboard Charts came out on Oct. 26th of 1974, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" was now at #8. That was as high as it would get. It spent a total of 17 weeks on the chart. What you might find surprising is that that was the first and would be the only […]

During the morning of Aug. 16, 1977, while at his home, Elvis Presley grabbed the book he’d been reading, Frank Adams’ The Scientific Search For The Face Of Jesus, and went into his bathroom. His then girfriend Ginger Alden said to him “Don’t fall asleep in there,” because she knew he did occasionally tend to […]

0n July 12, 1979, The Chicago White Sox played a home double-header against the Detroit Tigers. Well it was suppose to be a double-header. Then owner of the White Sox, Bill Veeck, was always doing fun promotions to try to increase attendance at home games. The top Rock and Roll radio station at the time […]

After long consideration, on May 5, 1986, Cleveland was announced to be the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cleveland beat out New York, New Orleans, and Memphis. Cleveland was chosen because it was where DJ Alan Freed first started playing the music that he started calling ‘Rock and Roll’. Freed also […]

1st April 1984, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father at his parent’s home in Los Angeles, California. The argument started after his parents squabbled over misplaced business documents, Gaye attempted to intervene, and was killed by his father using a gun he had given him four months before. Marvin Sr. was sentenced to […]


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