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This Month: October

The music scene has lost a number of successful, talented and influential musicians this year. Two of them are spotlighted here for this month's Challenge.

Singer Glen Campbell, also known as the Rhinestone Cowboy, died on August 8th. He was 81. Campbell was a country music sensation who came onto the music scene in the late 1950s. He formed a band with his uncle before moving to Los Angeles, where he found a daytime job as a session musician for the label American Music. He played with greats like Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Phil Spector. In 1962 he got his own record deal, and released several unsuccessful singles. Then, in 1967, he released "Gentle On My Mind" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," two bona fide hits at the time. He received a short-lived CBS series, starred in several TV movies, and even was nominated for an Academy Award for his song "True Grit." His biggest hit, though, came in 1974 with "Rhinestone Cowboy," which some say bridged the gap between pop and country. He had a steady career throughout the 1980s and '90s, and in 2005 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 2011 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and announced his retirement. Shortly before his death in 2017, he released a final album titled Adios.

Singer Tom Petty died on October 2nd after going into massive cardiac arrest. He was 66. With two other musicians, Petty formed a band called Mudcrutch, and when the band dissolved, Petty went off to start a solo career. He reunited with his two old friends, who were performing under the name, the Heartbreakers, and the new band became Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in 1976. The group released several albums and hits before briefly disbanding again in 1988 to work on solo projects. Petty played with George Harrison's band the Traveling Wilburys - which also featured Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison - and released several solo albums, most notably "Free Fallin'" and "I Won't Back Down." The band reformed and continued recording and touring right until Petty's death.

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Last Month: September

Labor Day, a national U.S. holiday observed on the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the United States.

Credit for the holiday was almost always given to the New York carpenter Peter McGuire, one of the founders of the American Federation of Labor and general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. He suggested naming a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." But his place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged.

The other side of the story is that New Jersey machinist Matthew Maguire, head of the Central Labor Union in New York and the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, New Jersey, was the name everyone knew for having organized the very first time the annual holiday honored the nation’s skilled and manual laborers.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, following the plans of the Central Labor Union. The second Labor Day holiday was commemorated a year later on September 5, 1883. In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Congratulations to User:GayelKnott who wins challenge for Peter McGuire and User:Sorghumgrass who wins the challenge for Matthew Maguire. User:DataAnalyst also contributed multiple edits and thereby earns the Player Badge for September's challenge.