Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair
Brandi Carlile at the 2019 Minnesota State Fair, from the "Music on a Stick" show at the Grandstand. (Emmet Kowler for MPR)

History Highlight:

Today in 1981, Brandi Carlile was born, making her 39 today. Carlile has released six studio albums, earned eleven Grammy Award nominations (and won three!)and most recently formed a quartet with Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby called The Highwomen. She has said that her music has gone through all sorts of phases from pop to blues to R&B, "but no matter what I do, I just can't get the country and western out of my voice."

Also, Today In:

1966 - During a 12-hour session at Abbey Road studios, the Beatles added overdubs on "Yellow Submarine" with John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water and shouting "Full speed ahead, Mister Captain!" Roadie Mal Evans played on a bass drum strapped to his chest, marching around the studio with the Beatles following behind (conga-line style) singing "We all live in a yellow submarine."

1968 - Simon and Garfunkel went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Mrs. Robinson", which was featured in the film The Graduate. The song, which contains a nod to the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus" ("coo-coo-ca-choo") and a mention of baseball great Joe DiMaggio, went on to win two Grammy Awards in 1969. It became the first rock song to win Record of the Year, and it also was awarded the Grammy for Best Contemporary-Pop Performance - Vocal Duo or Group.

1969 - The Plastic Ono Band recorded "Give Peace a Chance" during a 'bed-in' at the Hotel La Reine in Montreal. Producer Phil Spector, poet Allan Ginsberg and writer Timothy Leary all sang on the song.

1971 - The two-room shack in Tupelo, Miss., where Elvis Presley was born on Jan. 8, 1935, was opened to the public as a tourist attraction.

1975 - The Rolling Stones kicked off their biggest ever U.S. tour at Louisiana State University. The tour would take in 45 shows in 26 cities. Guitarist Ron Wood joined the Stones on tour for the first time, replacing Mick Taylor.

1976 - The Runaways released their self-titled debut album.

1985 - Prince and the Revolution started a three-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with Around the World in a Day.

1991 - American soul singer David Ruffin of the Temptations died of a drug overdose.

2005 - White Stripes singer Jack White married his girlfriend, British model Karen Elson, in a canoe on the Amazon in Brazil. The ceremony was officiated by a shaman. The couple had two kids together but divorced in 2013.

2013 - Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend went to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts.

2017 - Thanks to the song by Eminem, the word "stan" was added to the Oxford American Dictionary, defined as "an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity."


Nelson Riddle was born today in 1921.

Pat Boone is 86.

Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones, The Faces and the Jeff Beck Group is 73.

Depeche Mode keyboardist Alan Wilder is 61.

Simon Gallup of the Cure is 61.

Mike Joyce of the Smiths is 57.

Alanis Morissette is 46.

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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