How Did Sarah McLachlan’s Song “Angel” Come To Be?

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This week in music history, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jonathan Melvoin[/lastfm] keyboard player of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Smashing Pumpkins[/lastfm] died in 1996.  Several songs were inspired by his death, including [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Sarah McLachlan[/lastfm]‘s hit single ‘Angel.’  Click “more” to learn other interesting facts, this week in music history.

This Week in Music Over the Years (July 10 – July 16)

July 10, 2008 - The drum skin used on the cover of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles[/lastfm]‘ Sgt Pepper album sold for $1 Million at Christie’s Memorabilia auction in London. Other items sold included [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Lennon[/lastfm]‘s lyrics for ‘Give Peace a Chance’ which sold for $832,257 and a pair of tinted prescription sunglasses belonging to Lennon, which he wore for the cover of the single ‘Mind Games’, sold for $79,000. A rare 1/4 inch reel to-reel master tape recording of the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm] Experience performing at the Woburn Music Festival in 1968 went for $95,000, a Marshall amplifier used by Hendrix in concert fetched $50,000 and a pair of his stripy flared trousers made $49,000.

July 11, 1996Jonathan Melvoin keyboard player with the Smashing Pumpkins died from a drug overdose in New York City aged 34. Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin who was with Melvoin tried but failed to revive him after Chamberlin was allegedly advised by 911 operators to put Melvoin’s head in the shower. Several songs were inspired by his death, including Sarah McLachlan’s hit single ‘Angel.’ He was the brother of Susannah and Wendy Melvoin of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Prince and the Revolution[/lastfm]. Melvoin had also been a member of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Dickies[/lastfm].

July 12, 1954 – 19 year old [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elvis Presley[/lastfm] signed a recording contract with Sun Records. He also gave in his notice at his day job at The Crown Electric Company. Sam Phillips from Sun Records originally wanted to use the 19 year old to make demos of songs meant for other artists, but soon realized that here was the man who could bridge the gap between white and black performances.

July 13, 1997 – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Red Hot Chili Peppers[/lastfm] singer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Anthony Kiedis[/lastfm] underwent five hours of hospital surgery after being involved in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles.

July 14, 1988 -  [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Michael Jackson[/lastfm] gave himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for setting a new attendance record, when he played the first of seven nights at Wembley Stadium in London. The shows on his Bad World Tour were attended by a total of 504,000 fans beating the record previously held by Genesis, with four sold out nights.

July 15, 1985 – Nude photos of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Madonna[/lastfm] taken in 1977 appeared in this months Playboy and Penthouse Magazines.

July 16, 2003 -Japanese publisher Tokyopop announced plans to start work on a comic based on the life of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Courtney Love[/lastfm].

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