Today in Music History: The Jam Play Their Final Gig


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History Highlight:

Thirty years ago today in 1982, The Jam played their last ever gig as a band when they appeared in Brighton, England (frontman Paul Weller went on to form The Style Council). The Jam shared the "angry young men" outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, but wore smartly-tailored suits rather than ripped clothes (and they incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock and R&B influences rather than rejecting them), placing them at the forefront of the "mod revival" movement of the day.

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1957 - 22-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis secretly wed his third wife, 13-year-old third cousin Myra Brown, in Tennessee. It would not be a good career move.

1960 - Aretha Franklin made her New York stage debut performing blues and standards at the Village Vanguard.

1964 - One-time Gospel singer and highly popular and influential R&B/pop singer Sam Cooke died under sordid and mysterious circumstances.

1971 - The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, released his 32nd album, Revolution Of The Mind. Its opening track had a title only J.B. could have concocted: "It's A Brand New Day So Open Up The Door And Let A Man Come In To Do The Popcorn." He was surpassed years later with the never-to-be topped 90-word title of Fiona Apple's second album.

2002 - Moby was assulted after a show at Boston's Paradise Club. He was attacked by three assailants with mace and beaten for reasons unknown.

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