Today in music history: Kentucky teacher is fired for playing Pink Floyd's 'The Wall'

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An incident involving Pink Floyd's film "The Wall" is our history highlight for Today in Music History. (Keystone Features/Getty Images, via NPR)

History Highlight:

Today in 1987, a Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court over getting fired for showing Pink Floyd's film "The Wall" to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content. The teacher, Jacqueline Fowler, rented a videotape of the movie and showed it to her students ages 14 to 17 before actually viewing it herself first. The film described the life of a rock star including his childhood, failed marriage, drug abuse and ruined career. Though some might call her the coolest teacher ever, in the end her firing was deemed lawful.

Also, in:

1958 - The Teddy Bears were at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "To Know Him is to Love Him." The title of the Phil Spector song came from words on his father's tombstone.

1973 - The Carpenters went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Top Of The World", their second U.S. No. 1.

1983 - Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label was "not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums."

1990 - Whitney Houston went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "I'm Your Baby Tonight", her 8th U.S. No. 1 and the first for writers and producers Reid and Babyface.

1990 - "Ice Ice Baby" became the No. 1 single on the U.K. Singles Chart. "Ice Ice Baby" was initially released as the B-side to the rapper's cover of "Play That Funky Music", and became the A-side after U.S. DJs started playing it.

1997 - Kenny G set a new world record when he held a note on his saxophone for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. (The record has since been broken by Geovanny Escalante, who held a note for 1 hour, 30 minutes and 45 seconds, using a technique that allows him to blow and breathe at the same time).

Birthdays:

Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult is 76.

John Densmore, drummer from The Doors, is 76.

Singer/actress Bette Midler is 75.

Brad Delson, guitar player from Linkin Park is 43.

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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