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On this day in music history: September 2, 1978 - George Harrison marries Olivia Trinidad Arias in a civil ceremony at the Henley-On-Thames Register Office in South Oxfordshire, UK. It is the second marriage for the former Beatles guitarist, having been married previously to model and actress Pattie Boyd from 1966 to 1974. Harrison will meet Arias in 1974 while she is working as a secretary for his then label A&M Records. Shortly after, the two will become friends and begin dating. The couple will marry one month and a day after the birth of their only son Dhani (born on August 1, 1978). They will remain happily married for 23 years until Harrison's death in November of 2001.
On this day in music history: September 2, 1981 - "Controversy" by Prince is released. Written and produced by Prince, it is the eighth single release for the Minneapolis-born musician. Issued as the first single and title track to his fourth album, the song is a bold statement from the normally reclusive and media shy artist. Normally very private about his personal life, the song's lyrics will address the media and fans obsession with his sexuality, and religious and political beliefs. The long album version of the track will feature Prince quoting The Lord's Prayer, but instead of ending the scripture with "amen," he will complete his recitation with the song's title. That it in itself will lead some to label the song blasphemous. "Controversy" will peak at #3 on the Billboard R&B singles chart, topping the Club Play chart for six weeks (from November 14 - December 19, 1981 c/w "Let's Work"), and peaking at #70 on the Hot 100 (on November 21, 1981). "Controversy" will be re-released in the UK (as a 2 CD EP set and 7" picture disc) in 1993 to promote the compilation album The Hits/The B-Sides.
On this day in music history: September 2, 1995 - "You Are Not Alone" by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, also topping the R&B singles chart for three weeks. Written by R. Kelly, it is the 13th solo chart-topping single for The King of Pop. In 1994, while working on material for his next album, Michael Jackson will personally phone R&B superstar R. Kelly (born Robert Sylvester Kelly), and ask him if he will write a song for him. Excited at the prospect of working with one of his idols, he will immediately go to work on the song. Kelly will be inspired to write "You Are Not Alone" after experiencing the loss of several people in his life. Jackson will love and instantly identify with the song, relating to the lyrics through the many personal trials and tribulations he has been through. The track is recorded in November of 1994 at The Chicago Recording Company in Chicago with Jackson traveling to the city to work with Kelly. It will take the duo four days to complete work on the track. Released as the second single from HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I on August 15, 1995, it will quickly follow the previous single "Scream/Childhood" (#5 Pop, #2 R&B) to the top of the chart. "Alone" will earn a place in the Guinness World Book Of Records as the first song in US chart history to enter the Billboard Hot 100 at #1, shattering the previous chart record he had set on June 17, 1995 when "Scream/Childhood" debuts in the top five on the pop and R&B charts. "You Are Not Alone" is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA, and is the final chart-topping single Michael Jackson will have during his lifetime.
On this day in music history: September 2, 1995 - The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has its official grand opening. Established in April of 1983 by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, Rolling Stone magazine editor and publisher Jann Wenner, and a group of music industry executives, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation is created to honor important and influential musicians. The foundation will begin inducting artists in 1986, the same year that the city of Cleveland is selected to be the home of the future museum. Cleveland is selected, as it is the city where pioneering radio DJ Alan Freed first coins the term "rock & roll" on his radio show The Moondog House on WJW in 1951. Several more years will pass before enough funding is raised and a site is chosen for the building. Groundbreaking will finally take place on June 7, 1993, with construction beginning shortly afterward. Located on the shore of Lake Erie, the museum is designed by famed architect I.M. Pei, stands 162 feet tall, and the inside features 55,000 feet of floor space. The building's seven floors house exhibits and memorabilia of all of the hall's inductees, as well as a cafe, gift shop, and administrative offices. To date, over 200 artists and other important figures in the music industry have been inducted.