This Day in Music, July 16: The Police, Harry Chapin, Jack White, and Madonna

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Born on this day in 1952, Stewart Copeland (aka Klark Kent), drummer, with Curved Air who had the 1971 UK No.4 single "Back Street Luv". With the Police had the 1983 UK & US No.1 single "Every Breath You Take" plus four other UK No.1 singles. Also became a member of the re-formed Doors.

In 1981, US singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, who had success in the ‘70s with "Taxi", "W-O-L-D" and a No. 1 "Cat’s In The Cradle", is killed at age 38 suffering a cardiac arrest while driving on a New York expressway. His car is hit from behind by a tractor-trailer, causing the gas tank to explode.

The first of the three-day Phoenix festival in England was held on this day in 1993, featuring Sonic Youth, Faith No More, The Black Crowes, Julian Cope, Pop Will Eat Itself, Radiohead, Living Colour, Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, tickets £49.

In 2007, The White Stripes played their 'shortest live show ever' at George Street, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Jack White played a single C# note accompanied by a bass drum/crash cymbal hit from Meg. At the end of the show, Jack announced, "We have now officially played in every province and territory in Canada." They then left the stage and performed a full show later that night in St John's.

In 2009, a stage being built in France for a concert by Madonna collapsed, killing two workers and injuring six others. Technicians had been setting up the stage at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille when the partially-built roof fell in, bringing down a crane. Madonna was performing on her Sticky and Sweet tour in Udine, Italy, when she received news of the incident and was said to be "devastated" by the news.

 

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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