Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Liz Phair

Liz Phair
Longtime indie goddess turned pop star Liz Phair. (Courtesy of the artist)

History Highlight:

Singer/songwriter Liz Phair is 51 today. She began her career in the early '90s by self-releasing cassettes under the name Girly Sound, and her 1993 debut studio album Exile in Guyville was ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. "Liz Phair: Girly Sound to Guyville" will be coming to the Turf Club on June 14th with opener Soccer Mommy.

Also, Today In:

1970 - Paul McCartney released his debut solo album, McCartney (the black cover with the cherries). The "self-interview" included with the advance-press copies of the album essentially confirmed that The Beatles had indeed broken up. McCartney did very well on the charts (debuting at No. 2), but was not well received by critics — nor by any of the other Beatles, who harshly criticized the album's quality.

1971 - All four Beatles had solo singles in the U.K. charts: Paul McCartney with "Another Day," John Lennon, "Power To The People," George Harrison, "My Sweet Lord," and Ringo Starr, "It Don't Come Easy."

1973 - Pink Floyd were awarded a Gold album for Dark Side of The Moon, one of the most innovative and memorable albums in the history of rock. The disc would stay on the charts for more than 10 years, the longest-charting rock album of all time.

1974 - Vinnie Taylor (lead guitarist for Sha Na Na) died of an accidental heroin overdose at age 24.

1980 - Bob Marley & The Wailers performed at and were official guests of state at Zimbabwe's Independence festival. Marley described the occasion as the "greatest honor of my life."

1983 - Joe Strummer of The Clash ran the London Marathon, finishing with a time of 4 hours 13 minutes. He claimed that his training included 10 pints of beer the night before.

1998 - Linda McCartney died after a long battle against cancer. She married Paul McCartney in 1969 after meeting him while she was working as a photographer. As well as a being a member of Wings, Linda became an animal-rights campaigner and launched her own brand of vegetarian food.

2003 - Blues musician Earl King, composer of the standards "I Hear You Knocking" and "One Night," died at age 69 of diabetes-related complications.

2006 - A big-budget Coke commercial with a song by Jack White called "Love Is The Truth" hit YouTube, then quickly went away.

2008 - With Spirit, Leona Lewis became the first British woman to go straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with a debut album.

2009 - Morrissey walked off stage during his set at the Coachella festival in California after declaring he could "smell burning flesh". A strict vegetarian, Morrissey was reacting to the smoke coming from nearby barbecues.

2016 - Singer Joss Stone postponed shows in the Caribbean to be with her sick dog, which she said was "the closest thing I have to a child". She said her pet had made it through the night but she had to "go back and make sure she was ok".

Birthdays:

Pete Shelley, songwriter and guitarist for the Buzzcocks, is 63.

Redman is 48.

Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) is 44.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.


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