Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Fiona Apple

Fiona Apple
Fiona Apple (n)

History Highlights:

Fiona Apple was born on this day in 1977, making her 44 today. A classically trained pianist, who was creating her own song by eight years old. Fiona is best known for her solo career and five albums which have earned her three Grammy awards. Two fun facts for you: 1. Her debut album, Tidal, was written when Apple was just 17 years old. 2. Her second album, often shortened to When the Pawn... is actually titled When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He Thinks like a King What He Knows Throws the Blows When He Goes to the Fight and He'll Win the Whole Thing 'fore He Enters the Ring There's No Body to Batter When Your Mind Is Your Might so When You Go Solo, You Hold Your Own Hand and Remember That Depth Is the Greatest of Heights and If You Know Where You Stand, Then You Know Where to Land and If You Fall It Won't Matter, Cuz You'll Know That You're Right.

Also, Today In:

1960 - The FCC bans "payola," the controversial practice of paying DJs for playing songs.

1965 - It was another first for The Beatles as the band won a Grammy for Best Group and one for Best Album for A Hard Day's Night. Meanwhile, their single, "Yesterday" (b/w "Act Naturally") was released in the US.

1974 - At the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, Stevie Wonder launched his first tour since a serious car accident.

1975 - The legend was cast in stone as Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run hit the album charts. Considered one of the greatest albums in the history of rock (ranked at number 18 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time), Born To Run's songs focused on the coming of age of average teenagers and young adults in New Jersey and New York City.

1976 - Bob Dylan released Hard Rain.

1979 - ABBA started their first and only tour of North America with a show at the Edmonton Sports Arena.

1985 - "We Are The World" won Best Group Video and the Viewer's Choice at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York.

1989 - Sting made his onstage acting debut in a Washington, D.C., production of The Three Penny Opera. The critics were not kind.

1991 - Geffen Records threw a party to launch Nirvana's single 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. The band ended up being thrown out of their own party after starting a food fight.

1994 - The Notorious B.I.G. releases his debut solo album, Ready to Die.

1993 - Max Weinberg, drummer with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, begins his new job as bandleader for NBC-TV's new show Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

1996 - Tupac Amaru Shakur died after being shot six days earlier when he was driving through Las Vegas.

1998 - Lauryn Hill started a five-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." Hill's debut solo album touches upon Hill's pregnancy with Jamaican entrepreneur Rohan Marley and the turmoil within the Fugees, along with themes of love and God. The album yielded three major hits - "Doo Wop (That Thing)", "Ex-Factor", and "Everything Is Everything" and launched Hill into international fame. At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill earned 10 nominations and won five awards, making Hill the first woman to receive that many nominations and awards in one night.

2000 - Almost Famous is released in theatres. The movie is a semi-autobiographical account of director Cameron Crowe's time spent working for Rolling Stone Magazine.

2005 - The home where Jimi Hendrix grew up in Seattle was saved from demolition after a new location was agreed at the last minute. The James Marshall Hendrix Foundation and the City of Seattle agreed to renovate the building into a community centre opposite the cemetery where the guitarist was buried in 1970.

2009 - When Taylor Swift won for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye West came on stage and commandeered the microphone, explaining that Beyonce deserved the award for her "Single Ladies" video. When Beyonce won for Video of the Year later that night, she brought Taylor on stage to finish her speech.

2010 - John Mayer shuts down his twitter account. He does return to the platform eventually.

2015 - Gary Richrath, guitarist and songwriter for REO Speedwagon, died at the age of 65. Richrath recorded 12 albums with the band before leaving in 1989 and released his own solo album in 1992.

2017 - Grant Hart, the prolific songwriter and Husker Du founder, passed away.


American Bluegrass pioneer and legend Bill Monroe was born today in 1911. He passed in 1996.

Jazz singer Mel Torme, aka The Velvet Fog, was born today in 1925. He composed the music for "The Christmas Song" ("Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") and co-wrote the lyrics with Bob Wells. He passed in 1999.

Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Metallica is 60.

Don Was, bass player and Grammy award winning Record Producer (Bonnie Raitt, Rolling Stones, Paul Westerberg), is 69.

English drummer (and son of Ringo Starr) Zak Starkey is 56.

Nial Horan is 28.

Fiona Apple is 44.

Alice Merton is 28.

Joni Sledge was born today in 1956. She passed in 2017

Tim Owens of Judas Priest is 54.

Steve Perkins drummer for Jane's Addiction is 54.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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