Feature Year: 1987 4pm ET

November 3, 2012
Editor In Chief

This edition of Feature Year, we go back to 1987 hits and tunes.

January 3 – Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
January 5 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan undergoes prostate surgery, causing speculation about his physical fitness to continue in office.
January 15 – Ray Bolger, American actor, singer, and dancer (b. 1904) Died
January 27 – Katy Rose, American singer-songwriter
February 5 – Darren Criss, American singer and actor
February 16 – Ryan Follese, American singer; lead singer of pop-rock band Hot Chelle Rae
March 1 – Kesha, American singer
March 3 – Danny Kaye, American singer, actor, and comedian (b. 1918) Died
March 9 – The Irish rock band U2 releases their studio album The Joshua Tree.
March 9 – Bow Wow, American rapper
April 2 – Buddy Rich, American jazz drummer (b. 1917) Died
April 9 – Jesse McCartney, American singer and actor
April 9 – Jazmine Sullivan, American recording artist
April 11 – Joss Stone, English musician
April 12 – Brendon Urie, American musician
April 19 – The Simpsons cartoon first appears as a series of shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show.
May 4 – Paul Butterfield, American musician (b. 1942) Died
June 2 – Sammy Kaye, American bandleader and songwriter (b. 1910) Died
June 11 – Dappy, English Rapper
June 16 – Diana DeGarmo, American singer and Broadway actress
June 22 – Joseph Meyer, American songwriter (b. 1894) Died
July 10 – John Hammond, American record producer (b. 1910) Died
July 12 – Adam Gregory, Canadian singer
August 31 – Michael Jackson releases his hit album Bad.
September 2 – Spencer Smith, American musician
September 8 – Wiz Khalifa, American rapper
September 11 – Peter Tosh, Jamaican singer and musician (b. 1944) Died
September 15 – Clare Maguire, is a British singer-songwriter
September 21 – Jaco Pastorius, American bassist (b. 1951) Died
September 28 – Star Trek: The Next Generation premieres in syndication.
September 28 – Hilary Duff, American actress and singer
October 29 – Woody Herman, American jazz musician (b. 1913) Died
November 17 – Kat DeLuna, American singer
November 25 – Dolla, American Rapper (d. 2009)
December 2 – Hustler Magazine v. Falwell is argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
December 2 – Teairra Marí, American singer
December 7 – Aaron Carter, American singer and actor

Feature Year: 2004 6pm ET

October 29, 2012
Editor In Chief

On this edition we spotlight 2004.  You’ll notice that there are no listings of births this year.  There were no celebrity births in music yet to spotlight . . .   

March 5 – Priscilla Paris, American singer (b. 1953) Died
March 7 – Paul Winfield, American actor (b. 1941) Died
April 29 – The last Oldsmobile rolls off of the assembly line.
May 6 – The series finale of Friends airs on NBC.
May 24 – North Korea bans mobile phones
June 5 – Ronald Reagan, American politician and actor, 40th President of the United States (b. 1911) Died
June 10 – Ray Charles, American singer and musician (b. 1930) Died
July 6 – Syreeta Wright,American singer,songwriter (b.1946) Died
July 9 – Isabel Sanford, American actress (b. 1917) Died
July 21 – Jerry Goldsmith, American composer (b. 1929) Died
August 6 – Rick James, American musician (b. 1948) Died
August 12 – New Jersey Governor James McGreevey announces that he is “a gay American” and will resign effective November 15, 2004.
August 13 – Julia Child, American chef (b. 1912) Died
August 18 – Elmer Bernstein, American composer (b. 1922) Died
August 26 – Laura Branigan, American singer (b. 1957) Died
September 15 – Johnny Ramone, American guitarist (The Ramones) (b. 1948) Died
September 24 – Major League Baseball announces that the Montreal Expos will move to Washington D.C. in 2005.
October 5 – Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian and actor (b. 1921) Died
October 10 – Christopher Reeve, American actor and activist (b. 1952) Died
November 1 – Mac Dre, American rapper (b. 1970) Died
November 7 – Howard Keel, American singer and actor (b. 1919) Died
November 13 – Ol’ Dirty Bastard, American rapper (b. 1968) Died
December 7 – Frederick Fennell, American conductor (b. 1914) Died
December 8 – Dimebag Darrell, American guitarist (b. 1966) Died
December 26 – One of the worst natural disasters in recorded history hits Southeast Asia, when the strongest earthquake in 40 years hits the entire Indian Ocean region. The massive 9.3 magnitude earthquake, epicentered just off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, generates enormous tsunami waves that crash into the coastal areas of a number of nations including Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The official death toll in the affected countries stands at 186,983 while more than 40,000 people are still missing.
December 27 – Hank Garland, American guitarist (b. 1930) Died
December 30 – Artie Shaw, American musician (b. 1910) Died

Feature Year: 1994 3pm ET

October 27, 2012
Editor In Chief

January 15 – Harry Nilsson, American musician (b. 1941) Died
February 24 – Dinah Shore, American actress and singer (b. 1916) Died
February 26 – Bill Hicks, American comedian (b. 1961) Died
March 1 – Justin Bieber, Canadian pop/R&B singer
March 16 – In Portland, Oregon, Tonya Harding pleads guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for trying to cover-up an attack on figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. She is fined $100,000 and banned from the sport.
April 5 – Kurt Cobain, American singer and songwriter (b. 1967) Died
April 8 – Kurt Cobain, songwriter and frontman for the band Nirvana, is found dead at his Lake Washington home, apparently of a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.
June 12 – Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered outside the Simpson home in Los Angeles, California. O.J. Simpson is later acquitted of the killings, but is held liable in a civil suit.
June 14 – Henry Mancini, American composer and arranger (b. 1924) Died
June 17 – NFL star O.J. Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings flee from police in his white Ford Bronco. The low-speed chase ends at Simpson’s Brentwood, Los Angeles, California mansion, where he surrenders.
August 12 – The 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike is called, ending the 1994 MLB Season
September 1 – Bianca Ryan, American singer
September 1 – Jasmine, American singer
September 13 – President Bill Clinton signs the Assault Weapons Ban, which bans the manufacture of new weapons with certain features for a period of 10 years.
November 4 – Fred “Sonic” Smith, American guitarist (b. 1949) Died
November 5 – A letter by former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, announcing that he has Alzheimer’s disease, is released.
November 8 – Lauren Alaina, American singer
November 10 – Carmen McRae, American jazz singer (b. 1920) Died
November 16 – Dino Valente, American musician (b. 1943) Died
November 16 – Cab Calloway, American jazz singer and bandleader (b. 1908) Died
December 15 – The first version of web browser Netscape Navigator is released.

Feature Year: 1989 6pm ET

October 25, 2012
Editor In Chief

Today on Feature Year – 1989 Hits and Tunes!

January 6 – James Durbin (singer), American Idol contestant
January 10 – Donald Voorhees, American composer and musician (b. 1903) Died
January 11 – President of the United States Ronald Reagan delivers his farewell address to the nation.
January 22 – Jared Smith, American singer
January 24 – Serial killer Ted Bundy is executed in Florida’s electric chair.
January 30 – Khleo Thomas, American actor and rapper
February 14 – Vincent Crane, British musician (Atomic Rooster) (b. 1943) Died
February 26 – Roy Eldridge, American musician (b. 1911) Died
February 27 – Kelly Breeding, American singer
February 27 – Stefano Langone, American singer
March 14 – Colby O’Donis, American singer
March 22 – Karen Rodriguez, American singer
April 26 – Lucille Ball, American entertainer (b. 1911) Died
May 5 – Chris Brown, American singer and actor
May 9 – Keith Whitley, American singer (b. 1955) Died
May 15 – Johnny Green, American songwriter (b. 1908) Died
June 13 – Lisa Tucker, American singer, musical theater and television actress
June 14 – Lucy Hale, American actress and singer
June 17 – Simone Battle, American actress and singer
June 18 – Renee Olstead, American actress and singer
July 2 – Devin Tailes, American singer
July 18 – Actress Rebecca Schaeffer is murdered by an obsessed fan, leading to stricter stalking laws in California.
August 15 – Joe Jonas, American musician actor and singer
August 16–August 17 – Woodstock ’89 festival.
August 19 – Romeo, American rapper and actor
September 5 – U.S. President George H. W. Bush holds up a bag of cocaine purchased across the street at Lafayette Park, in his first televised speech to the nation.
September 8 – Avicii, Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer
September 8 – Barry Sadler, American author and musician (b. 1940) Died
September 21 – Jason Derulo, American singer-songwriter. actor
September 22 – Irving Berlin, American composer (b. 1888) Died
September 30 – Virgil Thomson, American composer (b. 1896) Died
November 24 – Jordan Witzigreuter, American singer/songwriter (The Ready Set)
December 11 – Lindsay Crosby, American singer and actor (b. 1938) Died
December 13 – Taylor Swift, American singer
December 22 – Jordin Sparks, American singer

Feature Year: 1983 6pm ET

October 16, 2012
Editor In Chief

January 4 – Spencer Chamberlain, American musician
January 18 – Samantha Mumba, Irish singer and actress
January 24 – Diane Birch, American singer-songwriter
January 26 – Lotus 1-2-3 is released for IBM-PC compatible computers.
February 1 – Andrew VanWyngarden, American Singer
February 4 – Karen Carpenter, American singer and drummer (b. 1950) Died
February 17 – Kevin Rudolf, American singer-songwriter and record producer
February 28 – The final episode of M*A*S*H is aired and the record of most watched episode is broken.
March 3 – Katie White, English singer (The Ting Tings)
March 8 – IBM releases the IBM PC XT.
March 10 – Carrie Underwood, American singer
March 14 – Taylor Hanson, American musician (Hanson)
March 16 – Arthur Godfrey, American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer (b. 1903)
March 25 – Motown celebrates its 25th anniversary and has the television special Motown 25 during which Michael Jackson performed “Billie Jean” and introduces to the world the moonwalk.
April 22 – Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, American musician (b. 1903)
April 23 – Taio Cruz, British singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional rapper, and entrepreneur
April 30 – Muddy Waters, American musician (b. 1915)
May 6 – Lisa Lavie, Canadian singer-songwriter and Internet celebrity
May 23 – Heidi Range, British singer (Sugababes member)
May 31 – David Hernandez, American singer
June 2 – Stan Rogers, Canadian musician (b. 1949)
June 10 – Larry Hooper, American singer (b. 1917)
June 17 – Lee Ryan, English singer (Blue)
June 17 – Peter Mennin, American composer and teacher (b. 1923)
June 30 – Cheryl Cole, British singer (Girls Aloud) and TV personality
July 2 – Michelle Branch, American singer (The Wreckers)
July 5 – Harry James, American musician and band leader (b. 1916)
July 12 – Chris Wood, British rock musician (b. 1944)
July 17 – Roosevelt “Honeydripper” Sykes, American blues musician (b. 1906)
July 30 – Howard Dietz, American lyricist (b. 1896)
August 2 – James Jamerson, American musician (b. 1938)
September 1 – Flashdance and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi are box-office hits.
September 14 – Amy Winehouse, British singer (d. 2011)
September 16 – Ronald Reagan announces that the Global Positioning System (GPS) would be made available for civilian use.
September 17 – Vanessa Lynn Williams becomes the first African-American to be crowned Miss America, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
September 18 – The rock group Kiss officially appear in public without makeup for the first time on MTV.
September 24 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers launch their first, self-titled, album.
October 4 – Shontelle, Barbadian singer, and songwriter
November 2 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: At the White House Rose Garden, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January to honor American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
November 3 – The Reverend Jesse Jackson announces his candidacy for the 1984 Democratic Party presidential nomination.
November 3 – Alfredo Antonini, American conductor and composer (b. 1901)
November 22 – Tyler Hilton, American singer-songwriter and actor
November 27 – Professor Green, British rapper
December 1 – McDonald’s introduces the McNugget.
December 3 – Andy Grammer, American singer/songwriter
December 12 – Katrina Elam, American singer
December 28 – Dennis Wilson, American musician (The Beach Boys) (b. 1944)

Feature Year: 1981 8pm ET

October 14, 2012
Editor In Chief

January 5 – Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman), Canadian DJ/Producer
January 6 – Mike Jones, American rapper
January 9 – Caroline Lufkin, American singer
January 11 – Jamelia, British singer
January 11 – Tom Meighan, British singer and songwriter, lead vocalist for alternative rock band Kasabian
January 15 – Howie Day, American singer and songwriter
January 15 – Pitbull (rapper), American rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer
January 17 – Ray J, American rapper and singer
January 20 – Iran releases the 52 Americans held for 444 days within minutes of Ronald Reagan succeeding Jimmy Carter as the President of the United States, ending the Iran hostage crisis.
January 22 – Willa Ford, American singer, television hostess, and actress
January 22 – Ben Moody, American guitarist (formerly of Evanescence)
January 23 – Samuel Barber, American composer (b. 1910) Died
January 25 – Alicia Keys, American singer
January 29 – Jonny Lang, American musician
January 31 – Justin Timberlake, American musician (‘N Sync)
January 31 – Cozy Cole, American jazz drummer (b. 1909) Died
February 4 – Matchstik, American rapper, singer and song writer
February 9 – Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan, American drummer (Avenged Sevenfold) (d. 2009)
February 9 – Bill Haley, American musician (b. 1925)
February 10 – Natasha St-Pier, Canadian singer
February 11 – Kelly Rowland, American singer (Destiny’s Child)
February 12 – Lisa Hannigan, Irish singer, songwriter, and musician
February 15 – Olivia, American singer
February 20 – Chris Thile, American mandolinist
February 23 – Paleo, American singer-songwriter
February 26 – Howard Hanson, American composer (b. 1896)
February 27 – Josh Groban, American singer
March 3 – Lil’ Flip, American rapper
March 5 – Yip Harburg, American lyricist (b. 1896)
March 11 – LeToya Luckett, American singer
March 13 – April Matson, American actress and singer
March 15 – Young Buck, American rapper
March 22 – MIMS, American rapper
March 29 – Megan Hilty, American actress, singer, and broadway star
March 30 – Sherman Edwards, American songwriter (b. 1919)
March 30 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr. Two police officers and Press Secretary James Brady are also wounded.
April 1 – Hannah Spearritt, British singer (S Club 7) and actress
April 10 – Laura Bell Bundy, American actress, singer, and broadway star.
April 10 – Liz McClarnon, British singer (Atomic Kitten)
April 15 – Seth Wulsin, American artist
April 18 – The rock band Yes splits up (regrouping in 1983).
May 3 – Farrah Franklin, American singer
May 5 – Craig David, English singer
May 11 – Bob Marley, Jamaican singer and musician (b. 1945) Died
May 13 – Pope John Paul II is shot and nearly killed by Mehmet Ali Ağca, a Turkish gunman, as he enters St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City to address a general audience.
May 18 – Adam Green, American singer-songwriter
May 20 – Sean Conlon, English musician (5ive)
May 25 – Rosa Ponselle, American soprano (b. 1897)
May 28 – Mary Lou Williams, American jazz pianist (b. 1910)
May 30 – Remy Ma, American rapper
June 8 – Alex Band, American musician
June 10 – Hoku Ho, Hawaiian singer and musician
June 15 – Haley Scarnato, American singer
June 16 – Ben Kweller, American musician
June 21 – Brandon Flowers, American singer and keyboardist
June 22 – Chris Urbanowicz, British guitarist
June 23 – Antony Costa, English singer (Blue)
July 1 – Amanda Diva, American actress and rapper
July 2 – Paul Anthony Finn, Irish singer and songwriter (The Flaws)
July 7 – President Ronald Reagan nominates the first woman, Sandra Day O’Connor, to the Supreme Court of the United States.
July 7 – Synyster Gates, American guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold)
July 12 – Rebecca Hunter, English singer (allSTARS*) and actress
July 16 – Harry Chapin, American singer and songwriter (b. 1942) Died
July 19 – Didz Hammond, bassist/backing vocalist (Dirty Pretty Things and The Cooper Temple Clause)
July 23 – Steve Jocz, Canadian drummer (Sum 41)
July 29 – A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watched the Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
July 31 – M. Shadows, American singer (Avenged Sevenfold)
August 1 – MTV (Music Television) is launched on cable television in the United States.
August 4 – Marques Houston, American singer and actor
August 12 – The original Model 5150 IBM PC (with a 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 processor) is released in the United States at a base price of $1,565.
August 24 – Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison, after being convicted of murdering John Lennon in Manhattan 8 months earlier.
September 4 – Beyoncé Knowles, American actress and R&B singer (Destiny’s Child)
September 14 – Ashley Roberts, singer The Pussycat Dolls
September 19 – Simon & Garfunkel perform The Concert in Central Park, a free concert in New York in front of approximately half a million people.
September 22 – Harry Warren, American songwriter (b. 1893) Died
September 23 – Natalie Horler, German singer Cascada
September 25 – The Rolling Stones begin their Tattoo You tour at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
September 25 – Shane Tutmarc, American singer-songwriter and front man of the band, Dolour
September 26 – Christina Milian, American R&B singer and actress
October 2 – Hazel Scott, American jazz singer and pianist (b. 1920)
October 6 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat is assassinated during a parade by army members who belong to the Egyptian Islamic Jihad organization; they opposed his negotiations with Israel.
October 25 – Austin Winkler, American lead vocalist (Hinder)
October 31 – Frank Iero, American guitarist (My Chemical Romance)
November 1 – LaTavia Roberson, American singer (Destiny’s Child)
November 17 – Sarah Harding, British singer (Girls Aloud)
November 18 – COMDEX Fall, IBM introduces the IBM PC. Scientific Solutions announces the first PC add-in cards.
November 20 – Kimberley Walsh, British singer (Girls Aloud)
November 22 – Ben Adams, British singer (A1)
November 26 – Natasha Bedingfield, British singer
December 2 – Britney Spears, American singer and entertainer
December 11 – Zacky Vengeance, American guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold)
December 11 – Boxing: Muhammad Ali loses to Trevor Berbick; this proved to be Ali’s last-ever fight.
December 27 – Hoagy Carmichael, American jazz composer (b. 1899) Died
Summer 1981 – Donkey Kong becomes the first ever Super Mario game.

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