Artist Countdown: Cat Stevens (Yusuf) Top 30 Hits 6pm ET @YusufCatStevens

June 24, 2014
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Cat StevensYusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou; 21 July 1948), commonly known by his former stage name Cat Stevens, is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, humanitarian, and education philanthropist. He is a prominent convert to Islam. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Stevens’ albums Tea for the Tillerman (1970) and Teaser and the Firecat (1971) were both certified triple platinum in the US by the RIAA. His 1972 album Catch Bull at Four sold half a million copies in the first two weeks of release alone and was Billboard’s number-one LP for three consecutive weeks. He also earned two ASCAP songwriting awards in consecutive years for “The First Cut Is the Deepest”; the song has been a hit single for four different artists. Some of his other hit songs are “Father and Son”, “Wild World”, “Peace Train”, “Moonshadow”, and “Morning Has Broken”. In December 1977, Stevens converted to Islam and adopted the name Yusuf Islam the following year. In 1979, he auctioned all his guitars for charity and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He has received several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including the 2003 World Award, the 2004 Man of Peace Award, and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace. Known professionally by the single name Yusuf, in 2006 he returned to pop music with his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, entitled An Other Cup. On 5 May 2009, he released the album Roadsinger. – Wikipedia

1 Morning Has Broken
2 Another Saturday Night
3 Father and Son Ronan Keating with Yusuf Islam
4 Moonshadow
5 (Remember The Days of the) Old School Yard
6 Peace Train
7 Oh Very Young
8 Sitting
9 The Hurt
10 Banapple Gas
11 Two Fine People
12 Wild World
13 Lady D’Arbanville
14 Matthew and Son
15 I Love My Dog
16 I’m Gonna Get Me a Gun
17 Can’t Keep It In
18 A Bad Night
19 Father and Son
20 Ready
21 Was Dog a Doughnut?
22 Sweet Jamaica
23 I Want To Live in a Wigwam
24 Kitty
25 Bad Brakes
26 Lovely City (When Do You Laugh)
27 Just Another Night
28 Thinking ‘Bout You
29 Roadsinger (To Warm You Through the Night)
30 Honey Man  (with Elton John)

Artist Countdown: The O’Jays Top 35 Hits 1pm ET

June 8, 2014
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O'jaysThe O’Jays are an American R&B group from Canton, Ohio, formed in 1958 and originally consisting of Eddie Levert (born June 16, 1942), Walter Williams (born August 25, 1943), William Powell (January 20, 1942 – May 26, 1977), Bobby Massey and Bill Isles. The O’Jays made their first chart appearance with “Lonely Drifter” in 1963, but reached their greatest level of success once Gamble & Huff, a team of producers and songwriters, signed them to their Philadelphia International label in 1972. With Gamble & Huff, the O’Jays (now a trio after the departure of Isles and Massey) emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with “Back Stabbers” (1972), and topped the Billboard Hot 100 the following year with “Love Train”. Numerous other hits followed through the 1970s and into the 80s and 90s, and The O’Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. – Wikipedia

1 I Love Music
2 Love Train
3 Use ta Be My Girl
4 Back Stabbers
5 Livin’ for the Weekend 
6 Message in Our Music
7 Put Our Heads Together
8 Lipstick Traces (On a Cigarette)
9 Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby (Sweet, Tender, Love)
10 Brandy
11 Put Your Hands Together
12 For the Love of Money
13 Forever Mine
14 Time to Get Down
15 Sing a Happy Song
16 Give the People What They Want
17 Girl, Don’t Let It Get You Down
18 Look Over Your Shoulder
19 Sunshine
20 992 Arguments
21 One Night Affair
22 Deeper (In Love with You)
23 Let Me Make Love to You 
24 Lovin’ You
25 What’s Stopping You
26 Stairway to Heaven (with Pure Soul)
27 Stand in for Love
28 Baby You Know
29 Have You Had Your Love Today
30 Don’t Let Me Down
31 Extraordinary Girl
32 Keep on Lovin’ Me
33 Looky Looky (Look at Me Girl)
34 Let Me Touch You
35 Family Reunion

Feature LP: Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977) 9p ET

May 1, 2014
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FMacRumoursRumours is the eleventh studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Largely recorded in California during 1976, it was produced by the band with Ken Caillat and Richard Dashut and was released on 4 February 1977 by Warner Bros. Records. The record peaked at the top of both the United States Billboard chart and the United Kingdom Albums Chart. The songs “Go Your Own Way”, “Don’t Stop”, “Dreams”, and “You Make Loving Fun” were released as singles. Rumours is Fleetwood Mac’s most successful release; along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the record has sold over 45 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Rumours has received diamond certifications in several countries, including the US, Canada and Australia.

The band wanted to expand on the commercial success of the 1975 record Fleetwood Mac, but struggled with relationship breakups before recording started. The Rumours studio sessions were marked by hedonistic behaviour and interpersonal strife between Fleetwood Mac members; these experiences shaped the album’s lyrics. Influenced by pop music, the record’s tracks were recorded using a combination of acoustic and electric instruments. The mixing process delayed the completion of Rumours, but was finished by the end of 1976. Following the album’s release in 1977, Fleetwood Mac undertook worldwide promotional tours.

Rumours garnered widespread critical acclaim. Praise centred on its production quality and harmonies, which frequently relied on the interplay among three vocalists. The record has inspired the work of musical acts in different genres. Often considered Fleetwood Mac’s best release, it has featured in several publications’ lists of the best albums of the 1970s and the best albums of all time. In 2004, Rumours was remastered and reissued with the addition of an extra track and a bonus CD of outtakes from the recording sessions. A three-CD reissue of the album was released by Warner Brothers on 29 January 2013. The set included outtakes of songs and concert tracks the band played while on tour in 1977. – Wikipedia

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Second Hand News”   Lindsey Buckingham 2:44
2. Dreams”   Stevie Nicks 4:14
3. “Never Going Back Again”   Lindsey Buckingham 2:15
4. Don’t Stop”   Christine McVie 3:12
5. Go Your Own Way”   Lindsey Buckingham 3:38
6. Songbird”   Christine McVie 3:21
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. The Chain”   L. Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, C. McVie, John McVie, S. Nicks 4:16
8. You Make Loving Fun”   Christine McVie 3:31
9. “I Don’t Want to Know”   Stevie Nicks 3:15
10. “Oh Daddy”   Christine McVie 3:58
11. Gold Dust Woman”   Stevie Nicks 5:02

Artist Countdown: Marvin Gaye Top 70 Hits 12p ET @MarvinGayeMusic

April 5, 2014
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marvin gayeMarvin Gaye (April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984), born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr., was an American singer-songwriter and musician.

Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records in the 1960s with a string of hits, including “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”, and duet recordings with Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell, later earning the titles “Prince of Motown” and “Prince of Soul”. During the 1970s, he recorded the concept albums What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On and became one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of its production company. Gaye’s later recordings influenced several R&B subgenres, such as quiet storm and neo-soul.

Following a period in Europe as a tax exile in the early 1980s, Gaye released the 1982 Grammy Award-winning hit “Sexual Healing” and the Midnight Love album. Since his death in 1984, Gaye has been posthumously honored by many institutions, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

At around 11:38 am on April 1, 1984, as Marvin was seated on his bed talking to his mother, Gaye’s father shot at Marvin twice. The first shot, which entered the right side of Gaye’s chest, was fatal, having perforated his vital organs. Gaye was taken to the emergency room of the California Hospital Medical Center and was pronounced dead on arrival at 1:01 pm. Gaye died a day before turning 45.  The gun with which Marvin Gaye, Sr. shot his son was given to him by Marvin as a Christmas present.

Following his funeral, Marvin was cremated with part of his ashes spread near the Pacific Ocean. Gaye did not leave behind a will or an insurance policy at the time of his death. Gaye’s father pleaded no contest to a voluntary manslaughter charge and was sentenced to probation. He later died of pneumonia in 1998.  Marvin’s fans have held vigils for the singer at the final residence to celebrate the day of his birth.  -Wikipedia

1 I Heard It Through the Grapevine
2 Sexual Healing
3 Got to Give It Up
4 Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
5 You’re All I Need to Get By  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
6 Let’s Get It On
7 It Takes Two  (w/ Kim Weston)
8 Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
9 If I Could Build My Whole World Around You  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
10 How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
11 Good Lovin’ Ain’t Easy to Come By  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
12 Once Upon a Time  (w/ Mary Wells)
13 Come Get to This
14 The Onion Song  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
15 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
16 Little Darling (I Need You)
17 What’s Going On
18 Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
19 Your Precious Love  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
20 I’ll Be Doggone
21 Ain’t That Peculiar
22 That’s the Way Love Is
23 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
24 Trouble Man
25 Pride and Joy
26 You’re a Special Part of Me  (w/ Diana Ross)
27 I Want You
28 You’re a Wonderful One
29 What’s the Matter with You Baby  (w/ Mary Wells)
30 Try It Baby
31 Can I Get a Witness
32 One More Heartache
33 My Mistake (Was to Love You)  (w/ Diana Ross)
34 Sanctified Lady
35 Keep On Lovin’ Me Honey  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
36 Your Unchanging Love
37 Chained
38 Distant Lover (Live)
39 Baby Don’t You Do It
40 Pretty Little Baby
41 You
42 Hitch Hike
43 The End of Our Road
44 Stubborn Kind of Fellow
45 What You Gave Me  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
46 You’re the Man
47 How Can I Forget
48 Take This Heart of Mine
49 You Sure Love to Ball
50 Don’t Knock My Love  (w/ Diana Ross)
51 After the Dance
52 What Good Am I Without You  (w/ Kim Weston)
53 Gonna Give Her All the Love I’ve Got
54 If This World Were Mine  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
55 Praise
56 You Are Everything  (w/ Diana Ross)
57 Abraham, Martin and John
58 My Last Chance
59 Ego Tripping Out
60 You Ain’t Livin’ till You’re Lovin’  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
61 Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)  (w/ Diana Ross)
62 Joy
63 My Love Is Waiting
64 Save the Children
65 It’s Madness
66 California Soul  (w/ Tammi Terrell)
67 Heavy Love Affair
68 Lucky, Lucky Me
69 I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby
70 ‘Til Tomorrow

Artist Countdown: Yes Top 30 6p ET @yesofficial

March 6, 2014
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YesYes are an English rock band who achieved success with their progressive, art, and symphonic style of rock music. They are distinguished by their use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, live stage sets and lengthy compositions, often with complex instrumental and vocal arrangements. The band’s current line-up since February 2012 consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, bass guitarist Chris Squire, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Alan White.

Squire formed Yes in 1968 with singer Jon Anderson. Squire and guitarist Peter Banks had played together in The Syn and then Mabel Greer’s Toyshop. Anderson and later drummer Bill Bruford joined a later line-up of Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, which evolved into Yes. Keyboardist Tony Kaye completed the first Yes line-up. Their early sets were a mix of original material and cover versions by other artists. In the 1970s, Yes reached their creative peak in the progressive genre when most notably Anderson, Squire, Howe, Kaye, Bruford, drummer Alan White, and keyboardists Rick Wakeman and Patrick Moraz were part of the band’s line-ups, and produced what many critics consider their finest works: The Yes Album, Fragile (both in 1971), Close to the Edge (1972), Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973), Relayer (1974) and Going for the One (1977). The rise of punk rock at the end of the decade led to a decline in creativity and sales; in 1980, Anderson and Wakeman left the band and the album Drama featuring Downes and new vocalist Trevor Horn was released. The band disbanded at the beginning of 1981, with Howe and Downes subsequently creating Asia.

Source: Wikipedia

1 Owner of a Lonely Heart 
2 Leave It 
3 Love Will Find a Way 
4 Roundabout 
5 Rhythm of Love 
6 It Can Happen 
7 Lift Me Up
8 The Calling 
9 Changes
10 Wonderous Stories
11 Saving My Heart 
12 Shoot High, Aim Low 
13 Final Eyes
14 Going for the One 
15 Walls 
16 Hold On
17 Our Song 
18 Open Your Eyes
19 Don’t Kill The Whale 
20 Make It Easy
21 I’ve Seen All Good People
22 And You and I 
23 America 
24 Into the Lens 
25 Sweetness
26 Looking Around 
27 Time and a Word 
28 Sweet Dreams
29 Soon 
30 Homeworld (The Ladder)

Artist Countdown: Bobby Womack Top 35 6p ET @RealBobbyWomack

March 5, 2014
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bobby-womackRobert Dwayne “Bobby” Womack (born March 4, 1944) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. An active recording artist since the early 1960s where he started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group The Valentinos and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist, Womack’s career has spanned more than 50 years and has spanned a repertoire in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country.

Womack wrote and originally recorded The Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now” and New Birth’s “I Can Understand It” among other songs. As a singer he is most notable for the hits “Lookin’ For a Love”, “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha”, “Woman’s Gotta Have It”, “Harry Hippie”, “Across 110th Street” and his 1980s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”.

In 2009, Womack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

(Source: Wikipedia)

1 Lookin’ For a Love
2 That’s The Way I Feel About Cha
3 Nobody Wants You When You’re Down And Out
4 Harry Hippie
5 Woman’s Gotta Have It
6 California Dreamin’
7 You’re Welcome, Stop on By
8 I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much
9 Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)
10 Fly Me to the Moon
11 Across 110th Street
12 Love Has Finally Come at Last (with Patti LaBelle)
13 Check It Out
14 If You Think You’re Lonely Now
15 Daylight
16 How I Miss You Baby
17 More Than I Can Stand
18 Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way
19 Tell Me Why
20 Where Do We Go From Here
21 I’m Back For More (with Lulu)
22 I’m Gonna Forget About You
23 What Is This
24 The Preacher /More Than I Can Stand
25 Communication
26 How Could You Break My Heart
27 It’s Gonna Rain
28 Home Is Where The Heart Is
29 I Left My Heart in San Francisco
30 (I Wanna) Make Love to You
31 It’s All Over Now (with Bill Withers)
32 Living in a Box
33 It Takes a Lot of Strength to Say Goodbye
34 I’m Through Trying To Prove My Love To You
35 Copper Kettle

Feature Year: 1997 (Part 1 – 9a) (Part 2 – 9p) #1997 @RadioMax

February 2, 2014
Editor In Chief

1997Both segments of this program will feature the music of 1997.

January 1 – Townes Van Zandt dies
January 9 – David Bowie performs his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA with guests Frank Black, The Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, with the opening act Placebo. Proceeds from the concert went to the Save the Children fund.
January 10 – James Brown receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, USA.
January 19 – Madonna wins Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy, for her part in Evita, at the 54th annual Golden Globe Awards in the USA.
January 20 – Daft Punk’s debut album Homework is released.
January 28 – The Virginia Senate votes to retire “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny” as the official state song, and begins looking for a replacement.
February 2 – Rich Mullins’ musical The Canticle of the Plains receives its première in Wichita, Kansas.
February 10 – Blur release their self-titled album, with a shift in sound from Britpop to a more lo-fi sound, to a critical and commercial success.
February 12 – David Bowie receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, USA.
February 13 – Michael Jackson’s first son Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. is born. The Spice Girls knock Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart” off the top spot in the US singles chart. They are the first female British group to have a US number one with their debut single.
February 20 – Ben and Jerry’s introduce “Phish Food”, a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. The ingredients are chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.
February 24 – The Spice Girls win Best Video for “Say You’ll Be There” and Best Single for “Wannabe” at the BRIT Awards. Geri Halliwell’s Union Jack dress from the girls’ live performance hogs the headlines the next day.
February 28 – Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight is sentenced to nine years in prison for violating his probation. He would be released in August 2001. Pianist David Helfgott performs at the Boston Symphony Hall, in Boston, USA, during his world tour. The Boston Globe describes his performance as “without phrasing, form, harmonic understanding, differentiation of style and often basic accuracy; worst of all, it was without emotional content.”
March 1 – The jam band Phish records “Slip Stitch and Pass” live at Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany.
March 3 – U2 release the opinion-dividing Pop album. Along with the Oasis album Be Here Now, it becomes a major release that fails to sell to industry expectations, particularly in the US, despite many strong initial reviews.
March 9 – The Notorious B.I.G. is shot dead while sitting in the passenger seat of a car after a Soul Train Awards party in the USA. The Spice Girls become the first act in the history of the UK Top 40 singles charts to have four consecutive number one hits with Mama/Who Do You Think You Are. Profits from the single go to Comic Relief and provide the biggest individual contribution of 1997.
March 10 – A Marilyn Manson concert in Columbia, South Carolina is canceled in response to pressure from religious and civic groups.
March 11 – Paul McCartney is knighted by Elizabeth II.
March 17 – Whirlwind Heat play their first show.
March 18 – Aerosmith releases Nine Lives, their 12th studio album.
March 19 – March 20 – The reunited Monkees perform two sold-out concerts at Wembley Arena in London, UK.
March 30 – The Spice Girls launch Britain’s new television channel, Channel 5.
April 2 – Joni Mitchell is reunited with her daughter, Kilauren Gibb, whom she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
April 7 – Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz artist to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
April 10 – Nigel Kennedy, now calling himself simply Kennedy, returns to the stage at the Royal Festival Hall after a five-year absence from the concert stage resulting from neck surgery.[5]
April 14 – Depeche Mode come back with their 9th album Ultra
April 15 – Hanson releases MMMBop, one of the most successful debut singles of all time, reaching number one in 27 countries.
April 25 – April 27 – The first Terrastock festival is held in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
May 1 – 5ive’s musical career begins after auditions are held in London, UK to find potential band members, with over 3,000 hopefuls showing up to audition. The Spice Girls attend the Cannes Film Festival to announce their plans to hit the big screen with Spiceworld: The Movie. A photo call on top of the Hotel Martinez entrance brings the area to a standstill.
May 3 – At the 42nd Eurovision Song Contest, held in Dublin’s Point Theatre, the UK win with “Love Shine a Light”, sung by Katrina and the Waves. The Notorious B.I.G. single Hypnotize is #1 for three weeks.
May 6 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in Cleveland at the site of the hall itself for the first time. Prior to this year, the ceremony had only been held in New York City.
May 11 – The Spice Girls perform their first British live gig for the Prince’s Trust 21st anniversary concert at the Manchester Opera House They break royal protocol by kissing The Prince of Wales on the cheeks and even pinching his bottom.
May 15 – The Spice Girls’ album Spice reaches number one on the US charts, making them the first British act to top the charts with a debut album. May 20 – Foo Fighters release their album The Colour and the Shape. Michael Jackson releases Blood on the Dance Floor: History in the Mix which became the best seller remix album with 15 million copies sold.
May 23 – Brainiac frontman Tim Taylor is killed in a car crash driving to his Dayton, Ohio home. He was 29. The band soon announces they will not continue.
May 24 – The first proper Ozzfest tour kicks off at the Nissan Pavilion in Washington, D.C, featuring Pantera and a reconstituted Black Sabbath with three of the four original members.
June 14 – Puff Daddy and The Family’s “I’ll Be Missing You” single is #1 on the Hot 100 charts for the next eleven weeks, only to be replaced by The Notorious B.I.G. posthumous single “Mo Money Mo Problems”, also featuring Puff Daddy.
June 16 – Radiohead release OK Computer to huge critical acclaim.
June 17 – Blink-182 release their second studio album Dude Ranch (album) which gains small mainstream success. This is the last album that drummer Scott Raynor contributes to. He is replaced by Travis Barker in 1998.
June 24 – Disney-owned Hollywood Records drops Insane Clown Posse from their roster and pulls the album The Great Milenko after only six hours of release, in an attempt to placate the Southern Baptist Church who were threatening to boycott the company for straying from its family-friendly image. The controversy generates tremendous publicity for the band, who soon sign with Island Records.
June 29 – Missy Elliott releases single “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” from her debut album Supa Dupa Fly.
July 5 – The first Lillith Fair tour kicks off at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. Sarah McLachlan, Tracy Chapman anir last show with Johnny Colt and Marc Ford.
August 4 – Nigerian afrobeat pioneer and dissident pop star Fela Anikulapo-Kuti dies in Lagos, Nigeria, of HIV-related illness.
August 7 – Garth Brooks performs to an estimated 800,000 to one million people during a free concert given in Central Park, New York City.
August 16 – August 17 – Phish perform at the two day music festival, The Great Went, at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine, USA. They play 500 minutes of music, six sets and two encores. There was an estimated attendance of between 65,000–70,000 and it was the top grossing concert of the season making over $4,000,000 in box office receipts.
August 19 – The reunited Fleetwood Mac release The Dance and begin a concert tour in the United States.
August 21 – Oasis’ third album, Be Here Now, is released. It becomes the fastest selling music album of all time, moving 695,761 copies in the first week in the UK.
August 30 – “Mo Money Mo Problems” reaches #1 on the Hot 100 singles chart, making Notorious B.I.G. the first artist to achieve two posthumous #1 singles.
September 6 – Elton John performs “Candle in the Wind” at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales; John Tavener’s Song for Athene is performed at the same ceremony, with soprano Lynne Dawson singing the solo part.
September 16 -Aaliyah released “Hot Like Fire”/”The One I Gave My Heart To” single
September 17 – The KLF return for 23 minutes with their performance of “Fuck the Millennium”.
September 19 – While on his way to a benefit concert in Kansas, USA, Rich Mullins loses control of his Jeep, flipping the automobile and throwing both Mullins and passenger Mitch McVicker out onto the road. A tractor-trailer approaching the scene swerves to miss McVicker, striking and killing Mullins instantly. McVicker survives, but suffers major injuries.
September 23 – Björk releases Homogenic, moving towards a darker sound and away from her ‘pixie’ image. U2 perform a concert in Sarajevo during their PopMart Tour.
September 27 – Bob Dylan performs for Pope John Paul II at a Catholic youth event in Bologna, Italy.
September 29 – The Rolling Stones release Bridges to Babylon. The Verve release Urban Hymns. Ironically, in a controversial legal dispute, the majority of their royalties and songwriting credit for their single “Bittersweet Symphony” go to The Rolling Stones.
October 7 – Everclear release their multi-platinum third album So Much for the Afterglow, containing “Father of Mine” and “I Will Buy You a New Life”.
October 13 – The “Prince Igor” single, jointly performed by The Rhapsody, Warren G and Sissel Kyrkjebø is released.
October 15 – Michael Jackson ends the History World Tour,which included an attendance record of 4,500,000 fans.
October 23 – R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announces his departure from the group.
November 3 – The Spice Girls release Spiceworld, their second number one album, making the group the first British band since The Beatles to have two albums in the US chart at the same time. Spice and Spiceworld have amassed enough sales for one out of every two people in Britain to own a Spice Girls album.
November 4 – Shania Twain releases her album Come on Over which goes on to sell over 34 million copies worldwide[8] and later became the biggest selling album in country music history and the biggest selling album by a female music artist.
November 6 – The Spice Girls make the decision to take over the running of the group and drop Simon Fuller as their manager.
November 18 – American Indie Rock band Modest Mouse release their second full-length album, The Lonesome Crowded West.
November 19 – Gary Glitter is arrested after images of child pornography are found on a laptop computer that he had taken in for repairs.
November 22 – INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence is found dead of hanging in a Sydney, Australia hotel room. He was 37.
November 26 – In a performance billed as the “highest” gig on Earth, Spiritualized play in the deck of the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada for an audience of 150 people.
December 4 and 5 – Black Sabbath perform a pair of reunion shows in their hometown of Birmingham, England. They are the first full-length concerts by the original lineup of the band since 1978.
December 26 – The Spice Girls release their big screen debut Spiceworld: The Movie, starring Richard E. Grant, Roger Moore, Elton John and Stephen Fry. The movie makes £6.8m in its first week of release.
December 31 – The Home of Country Music, the Opryland USA theme park, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA closes and is subsequently demolished.

Also in 1997
Mikael Åkerfeldt & Peter Lindgren Fires Johan De Farfalla from Opeth. Then, Anders Nordin Quits The Band. To Replace the Ex-Members, Mike & Pete Hire Martin Lopez & Martin Mendez.
The companies Memorex, Maxell, and TDK introduce blank recordable CDs.
The first John Lennon Songwriting Contest is held.
Rob Gommerman leaves Finger Eleven due to extensive touring.
Derrick Green replaces Max Cavalera in Sepultura.
Glenn Ljungström & Johan Larsson leaves In Flames.
Big Audio Dynamite’s final album Entering a New Ride, which features Ranking Roger from The Beat, gets rejected for release by their record label, so was released independently as one of the first ever well known musical downloads, for free on their website.

Source: Wikipedia

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