On This Day September 5
1981 – Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks finds solo success, soaring to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with “Bella Donna.” The album features the tracks “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (the Tom Petty duet), “Leather and Lace” (a duet with Don Henley) and “Edge of Seventeen.”
1975 – An assassination attempt against President Gerald Ford in Sacramento, CA is thwarted by a Secret Service agent who wrests a semi-automatic .45-caliber pistol from Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a follower of incarcerated cult leader Charles Manson.
2006 – Katie Couric debuts as the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast, the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric,” and draws an audience of 13.6 million viewers. Couric, who served as co-host of NBC’s “Today” show from 1991 to 2006, succeeded longtime anchor Dan Rather.
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The Best of The Animals
One of the most important bands originating from England’s R&B scene during the early ’60s, the Animals were second only to the Rolling Stones in influence among R&B-based bands in the first wave of the British Invasion.
Bella Donna / Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks’ solo career was off to an impressive start with “Bella Donna,” which left no doubt that she could thrive without input from her colleagues in Fleetwood Mac. The album yielded a number of hits that seemed omnipresent in the ’80s, including the moving “Leather and Lace” (duet with Don Henley), the poetic “Edge of Seventeen,” and her rootsy duet with Tom Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”
King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis
Author/film critic Shawn Levy interviews comedian Jerry Lewis and many of his contemporaries, friends and enemies to paint a realistic portrait of a complicated genius. Levy tells the story of Lewis’s meteoric rise to stardom, his legendary but tumultuous partnership with Dean Martin, his acting and directing hits and misses, and the demons that haunted the funnyman’s personal relationships.
One Day in September
Based on years of exhaustive research, this book contains the definitive account of one of the most devastating and politically explosive tragedies of the late 20th century — the murderous 1972 attack on the Summer Olympics in Munich — one that set the tone for nearly 30 years of renewed conflict in the Middle East.
For more than a decade, Peter Hince worked alongside one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, Queen, touring the world and heading up their road crew as they performed at some of the best and biggest music venues in the world. Here he recalls the highlights of those years with the band.