Hozier and Annie Lennox Put a Spell On Us

First they took us to church and then they put a spell on us. Hozier, the “Take Me to Church” singer performed his big hit at the 2015 Grammy Awards. But his own material was out-done by Annie Lennox, who joined him for a cover of “I Put a Spell On you.”

This Day in Music History — December 25

1954 : Annie Lennox is born in Aberdeen, Scotland.

1959 : An apprentice engineer from Liverpool named Richard Starkey, then already eighteen, gets his first real set of drums for Christmas (the young Starkey’s family couldn’t afford a proper set when he was a child). Later, he would become known as Ringo Starr.

1981 : Michael Jackson calls Paul McCartney to wish him Merry Christmas and suggests they write and record together. The result is the hit duet “The Girl Is Mine,” the first single off of the landmark album Thriller.

1982 : David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth,” an unlikely duet broadcast five years earlier on Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas TV special, becomes an even more unlikely hit, reaching #1 in the UK.

1994 : Green Day play Madison Square Garden in New York City. It’s quite a leap for the band, which had been playing small clubs at the beginning of the year. During the show, lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong performs wearing only socks and a strategically placed guitar.

1995 : Dean Martin, also suffering from lung cancer, dies from acute respiratory failure due to emphysema at age 78. Las Vegas honors the legend by dimming the lights along the city’s famous Strip.

2008 : Eartha Kitt dies of colon cancer in Weston, Connecticut, at age 81.

New Music Tuesday — October 21

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Tough Love Paperwork Sings the Great Diva Classics
Jessie Ware T.I. Aretha Franklin
Tough Love Paperwork Sings the Great Diva Classics
Pain Killer Nostalgia Sound of a Woman
Little Big Town Annie Lennox Kiesza
Pain Killer Nostalgia Sound of a Woman
 Kings & Queens of the Underground  Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble  Man on the Run [Deluxe Edition]
Billy Idol Primus Bush
Kings & Queens of the Underground Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble Man on the Run
 Hold My Home  I Forget Where We Were  The Best Day
Cold War Kids Ben Howard Thurston Moore
Hold My Home I Forget Where We Were The Best Day