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This day in music On this Day August 23, 1980

David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ashes To Ashes’ his second UK No.1. Taken from the Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) album, the song continued the story of Major Tom from Bowie’s
‘Space Oddity’. The video for ‘Ashes to Ashes’ was one of the most iconic of the 1980s and costing £250,000, it was at the time the most expensive music video ever made.

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This day in music On this Day August 22, 2007

Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes was arrested on suspicion of racially abusing a member of staff at a Thai restaurant in Soho, London. Hayes was released on bail pending further inquiries.

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This day in music On this Day August 21, 2005

Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser died aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer. Dr Moog built his first electronic instrument, a theremin – aged 14 and made the MiniMoog, “the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser” in 1970. He won the Polar prize, Sweden’s “music Nobel prize”, in 2001. Wendy Carlos’ 1968 Grammy award-winning album, Switched-On Bach, brought Dr Moog to prominence.

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This day in music On this Day August 20, 2007

The funeral of Manchester music mogul and broadcaster, Tony Wilson was held at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Manchester. Peter Hook and Stephen Morris – two members of first Factory signing
Joy Division and later incarnation, New Order attended along with Happy Mondays front man, Shaun Ryder.

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This day in music On this Day August 19, 2016

American record producer and fraudster Lou Pearlman died aged 62 from cardiac arrest. He was the manager of successful 1990s boy bands such as Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. In 2006, he was accused of running one of the largest and longest-running Ponzi schemes in history, leaving more than $300 million in debts. After being apprehended, he pled guilty to conspiracy, money laundering, and making false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding. In 2008, Pearlman was convicted and sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.

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This day in music On this Day August 18, 2010

French beauty brand Etat Libre D’Orange announced that they have teamed up with
the Sex Pistols to bottle the scent of the Punk era by launching the band’s first fragrance. Company executives said “to wear this scent, you must resist tradition, fight conformity, and disregard aromatic conventions.”

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This day in music On this Day August 17, 2009

A thief in New Zealand took the unusual step of leaving his contact details at the site of his crime. The man reserved a copy of Pink Floyd’s
The Wall at a record shop in Christchurch, leaving his name and phone number, before robbing the till. He was a regular customer at the shop and already had several records on order.

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This day in music On this Day August 16, 2007

A fan of the 1980s pop band Wham! was silenced after becoming the first noise nuisance to be prosecuted by Newcastle city council’s night watch team. Brian Turner had tormented neighbours by playing their hit song ‘Last Christmas’ all night at full volume from 1am onwards. Magistrates fined Turner, of Sandyford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, £200 and ordered him to pay £215 costs.

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This day in music On this Day August 15, 2008

US record producer Jerry Wexler, who influenced the careers of singers including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and
Bob Dylan died at his home in Sarasota, Florida aged 91. Wexler produced the Aretha Franklin hit Respect, the Wilson Pickett song, In the Midnight Hour and helped Bob Dylan win his first Grammy award by producing the 1979 album, Slow Train Coming. He also coined the term rhythm and blues while writing for Billboard magazine in the late 1940s.

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