Category: 2000’s

Born on this day: October 13, 1941 – Singer, songwriter and musician Paul Simon (born Paul Fredric Simon in Newark, NJ). Happy 78th Birthday, Paul!!

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Damon Albarn and Ike Turner at the Mojo Awards in 2007

Albarn presented Turner with the Legend Award. They collaborated on the song 

“Every Planet We Reach Is Dead” from the 2005 Gorillaz album Demon Days.

On this day in music history: October 10, 2007 – “In Rainbows”, the seventh album by Radiohead is released. Produced by Nigel Godrich, it is recorded at Canned Applause in Didcot, Oxfordshire, UK, Tottenham House in Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK, Halswell House in Taunton, Somerset, UK and Hospital Studios in Covent Garden, Westminster, UK in from February 2005 – June 2007. Fulfilling their contract with EMI Records in 2003 with “Hail To The Thief”, Radiohead follow it with a world tour. The band then take an extended hiatus. Re-grouping in early 2005, it is without their long time producer Nigel Godrich who is busy at the time working with Beck. The band then hire producer Mark “Spike” Stent, best known for his work with U2 and Björk. After a year in the studio, the producer goes over the material, and bluntly tells them the songs “aren’t good enough”. They break ties with Stent, then embark on their first tour in over two years, also using the shows to test new material written during this time. In October of 2006, the band reconnect with Godrich and work resumes on their seventh album, quickly putting them back on the right path. Feeling that “Hail To The Thief” was over long, they pare the work in progress down to the best ten songs. When recording wraps in the late Spring of 2007, there comes the task of how to release their new album. Titled “In Rainbows”, Radiohead take the unprecedented step of issuing it as a “pay what your want” MP3 digital download for exactly two months prior to the physical release. Though receiving some criticism for the move, it is enthusiastically received by the public, selling over 1.2 million digital downloads. Along side the standard single CD and vinyl LP release, it’s made available as a mail order only limited box set that contains the standard ten song CD, a bonus CD with eight additional tracks, and enhanced content with artwork, photos and song lyrics. The lavish “discbox” package also includes a double vinyl LP set mastered at 45 RPM. Issued in the UK through XL Recordings and in the US on TBD Records through Red Distribution in early December of 2007, It enters the UK and US album charts at #1, making it only the tenth indie distributed album to top the charts in the US. It receives seven Grammy nominations in 2009, winning two awards for Best Alternative Album and Best Special Limited Edition Package for the limited release. It makes history and proves to be a game changer, showing an album can be successfully marketed and promoted without major record label support. The Eagles also follow suit, issuing their album “Long Road Out Of Eden” through mass market retailer Wal-Mart, rather than through a major label with similar success. “In Rainbows” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Average White Band tenor saxophonist Malcolm “Molly” Duncan (born in Montrose, Angus, Scotland) – August 24, 1945 – October 8, 2019, RIP

Actress and singer Diahann Carroll (born Carol Diahann Johnson in New York, NY) – July 17, 1935 – October 4, 2019, RIP

Born on this day: October 3, 1969 – No Doubt lead vocalist Gwen Stefani (born Gwen Renée Stefani in Fullerton, CA). Happy 50th Birthday, Gwen!!

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Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter (born Robert Burns in Arroyo Grande, CA) – June 23, 1941 – September 23, 2019, RIP

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Aaliyah and her brother Rashad Haughton at the 4th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival and preview of Kimora Lee Simmon’s new lingerie line ‘Baby Phat’ at Sony Atrium on August 4, 2000 in New York City.

Emmy Award winning actress Valerie Harper (born Valerie Kathryn Harper in Suffern, NY) – August 22, 1939 – August 30, 2019, RIP

Artist Pedro Bell (Funkadelic, George Clinton), RIP