THIS DAY :-
. . Aretha Franklin made her first recordings for CBS Records,
'Right Now, Today I Sing the Blues, Love Is the Only Thing and Over the Rainbow'
with John Hammond producing
1963 . . The first
'Beatles Monthly' was published. A magazine devoted to the group, it continued
until 1969, at it's peak was selling 350,000 copies a month
. George Harrison & friends, concert for Bangladesh
featuring , Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan
and other greats was held at Madison Square Garden. N.Y.
. . "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" was debuted on CBS-TV.
1977 . . The book "Elvis: What Happened?"
went on sale. The book was written by two of Elvis' ex-bodyguards.
. . Def Leppard made their US live debut when they appeared at the New
York City concert opening for AC/DC. It was also Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott's
1987 . . Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama)
and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) were married.
. . UB40 were deported from the Seychelles after
police discovered marijuana in their hotel rooms.
. . MTV launches another channel, M2.
2002 . . A new book 'Show the
Girl the Door' written by a former tour manager disclosed some strange demands
by female acts. It revealed that Jennifer
Lopez liked her dressing room to be all white, including carpets flowers and furniture.
Shania Twain would travel with a sniffer dog in case
of bombs. Cher would have high security rooms for her wigs, loads more.
1957 . . Buddy
Holly and The Crickets begin their first major tour at the Howard Theater in Washington,
D.C., where "That'll Be The Day" is No. 2 on the charts. Others featured
on the tour include Otis
Rush, Clyde McPhatter, The Cadillacs, Edna
McGriff, Lee Andrews and The Hearts, and Oscar and Oscar.
1958 . . Australian pop singer Johnny O'Keefe married
Marianne Renate Willimzik, a 23-year-old hairdresser, at St Therese's Catholic
Church, Dover Heights. They had 3 children, but their relationship concluded due
to the pressure of O'Keefe's career demands and they were divorced in 1966.
1962 . . Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob
1963 . . Eric Clapton quits The Roosters
to form Casey Jones and the Engineers.
1969 . . 'Wet
Dream', by Max Romeo entered the UK singles chart with a ban on the title by the
BBC it made No.10 without any airplay.
1973 . . John
Phillips sues ABC records for £9 million on behalf of Mamas and the Papas,
claiming label cheated group out of royalties
. Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious was fined £125 by a London court. Vicious
had been found carrying a knife at the 100 Club Punk Festival last September.
1991 . . Rick James was arrested in Los Angeles,
CA, and charged with the sex torture of a 24-year-old woman. James was released
on $1 million bail.
1998 . . Mojo Magazine published
the results from a nation-wide survey asking 'Who is your favourite recording
artist of all time: 5th place was Elton John 4th, Queen, 3rd, Frank Sinatra, 2nd,
Elvis Presley and in 1st place, The Beatles.
. New Orleans International Airport was re-named Louis Armstrong Airport
in honour of the New Orleans born trumpet player, singer and bandleader.
2004 . . Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings
to save the historic gentleman's outfitters from closure. The store, based in
London since 1839 had run into financial difficulties. The guitarist said he had
been fond of the shop since a window display caught his eye when he was 16, and
had become a regular shopper their.
. . Death metal band Obituary, launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of
raising $10,000; the money raised was promised to allow Obituary to record and
release their ninth album independently.
1963 . . Beatles
make their 294th and last appearance at the Liverpool Cavern Club
They have been playing there since 1961.
. . Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) was indicted for failure to
report for civilian duty in lieu of serving two years in the army.
. . Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new group Wings with
his wife Linda and ex Moody Blues member Denny Laine
. . Jeff Baxter quit Steely Dan and joined the Doobie Brothers.
. . 'Drive' by The Cars was re-released following it's dramatic use on
TV during the Live Aid concert. All the royalties from the record went to the
Band Aid trust.
1986 . . The News Of The World
printed an exclusive interview with 16 year old model Mandy Smith, who revealed
she has been having an affair with Rolling Stone Bill Wyman for the past 2 and
a half years
1991 . . Cities In The Park took
place in Heaton Park Manchester. A two day event with O.M.D. The Buzzcocks, The
Fall, Wonder Stuff, The Soup Dragons, Happy Mondays, Electronic and The Railway
1997 . . Diamond Rio hosted a 30th
anniversary party at the Kennedy Space Center at the request of NASA.
. . Patsy Cline received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
. . Queen guitarist Brian May has handed in his astronomy PhD thesis called
Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, to Imperial's head of astrophysics
Professor Paul Nandra - 36 years after abandoning it to join the band. Brian has
recently carried out observational work in Tenerife, where he had made his first
astronomical observations for his thesis at the Observatorio del Teide in Tenerife
back in 1971.
1958 . . Billboard magazine launches its "Hot
100" singles chart, with Ricky Nelson's "Poor Little Fool" as the
1966 . . A ban of the broadcast
of any and all Beatles records on most U.S. radio stations went into effect. The
ban was in response to John Lennon stating that the band was now more popular
than Jesus Christ.
1967 . . A female Monkee's
fan stowed away on the bands plane between shows in Minneapolis and St Louis.
The girl's father threatened to bring charges for transporting a minor across
1975 . . Robert Plant and his
wife Maureen are seriously injured in a car accident while vacationing on the
Greek island of Rhodes. The immediate future of Led Zeppelin was cast into doubt,
as Plant did not recover for quite some time.
. Tribute concert to Lowell George, featuring Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt
and Bonnie Raitt, is held at Los Angeles Forum
. . Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman were married.
. . during a New Kids On The Block concert in Montreal. Canada, three armed
robbers stole souvenir sales proceeds valued at $260.000
. . Janet Jackson collapsed on stage during a show in St Louis, suffering
from an inner ear infection
1998 . . MTV switched
off its channel feed to 500,000 homes in Amsterdam after network provider A2000
demanded that MTV share its previously separate channel with two other operators
and pay for distribution.
2001 . . The News
Of The World reported that Mariah Carey had hired a private eye to spy on her
ex husband, record boss Tommy Mottola. Investigator Jack Palladino told the paper
that Mariah believed her ex husband was conducting a smear campaign against the
2005 . . Bruce Springsteen kicked off
on a tour known as Vote For Change Tour which supported the American
2015 . . Both Fresh Kid Ice
and Luther Campbell of The 2 Live Crew, have written biographies about their careers
and the group, both biographies were released on this day.
1957 . . American Bandstand made its network
debut on ABC-TV. The show was hosted by Dick Clark.
1972 . . Aerosmith
signed to CBS Records for $125000 after record company boss Clive Davis saw them
play at Max's Kansas City Club New York.
1975 . . Stevie
Wonder re-signs to Motown for $13 million. The contract was the largest contract
in the recording industry at the time. .
1975 . . Kim
Fowley formed the first ever all female heavy rock band, The Runaways. Joan Jett
was one of the members.
1979 . . Def Leppard
signed to Phonogram records with an advance of £120,000 pounds ($180,000)
giving them a 10% royalty on 100% of sales for the first two years.
. . Olivia Newton-John received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
1992 . . Jeff Porcaro (Toto) died
of cardiac arrest at age 38. He was spraying insecticide in his yard and developed
an allergic reaction that triggered the heart attack.
. . The UK TV music show 'Top Of The Pops' hit rock bottom with it's lowest
audience ever only two and a half million viewers. In its heyday the show attracted
1999 . . Music written by Johann
Sebastian Bach was found in the Ukraine. The music was thought to have been destroyed
over 50 years ago during World War II. The material was found in the musical estate
of Carl Phillipp Emanuel Bach, who was on of J.S. Bach's children.
. . Bob Dylan's song 'Like a Rolling Stone' topped a poll of rock and film
stars to find the music, movies, TV shows and books that changed the world. The
1965 single beat Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel' into second place in a survey
for Uncut magazine.
1964 . . Rod Stewart made his television debut on the British
show "The Beat Room." as a member of The Hoochie Coochie Men.
1973 . . Stevie Wonder was in a serious automobile accident
while on tour in North Carolina, when a car in which he was riding hit the back
of a truck. This left him in a coma for four days and resulted in a partial loss
of his sense of smell and a temporary loss of sense of taste.
. . US film premiere of 'The Wall' in New York. Written
by Roger Waters. Waters initially considered himself for the title role, the film
ultimately starred Bob Geldof, whose character Pink was loosely based on the biographies
of both Waters and Pink Floyd vocalist and guitarist Syd Barrett.
. . The Beastie Boys sued the city of Jacksonville, FL for including the
phrase "mature audience" on their concert tickets and ads.
. . 'Appetite For Destruction' Guns N' Roses debut album went to No.1 in
the US, after spending 57 weeks on the chart and selling over 5 million copies.
1989 . . Adam Clayton of U2 was arrested in The Blue
Light Inn car park in Dublin for marijuana possession and intent to supply the
drug to another person. His conviction was waived in exchange for paying £25,000
to the Dublin Woman's Aid Centre.
1994 . . Manic
Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards booked into a private clinic to be treated
for nervous exhaustion.
1996 . . Vince Neil
attempted to play a show at an Indiana club. The show, starting more than four
hours late, ended after only three songs. Neil claimed that he wasn't feeling
well, and that the audience of "rednecks" didn't appreciate his talent.
1998 . . The last new episode of Magic Johnson's
talk show, "The Magic Hour," aired. The musical guests on the show were
Boys II Men, Simply Red, Mary J. Blige and Hanson.
. . Whitney Houston became one of the highest-paid musicians in the world
after signing a new deal with Arista records, said to be worth more than $100m.
2010 . . Prince Albert II, the Principality
of Monaco's Head of State, and his fiancée Charlene Wittstock, on a vacation
tour of the United States, toured the late Elvis Presley's Graceland.
1963 . . The
original beach movie 'Beach
Party', staring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello
- premieres in the US
. . 'Time' magazine headline reads: 'Beatles Blow It'. Their
review of a 'A Hard Days' Night' reads: 'Avoid film at all costs!'
1965 . . Mike Smith (Dave Clark Five) had two ribs broken
when he was pulled off the stage by a fan in Chicago.
. . A
tombstone was erected on the
grave of "The Empress of the Blues," singer Betty Smith, paid
for by Janis Joplin and Juanita Green. The grave had been left unmarked since
. . Peter Wolf (ex-J. Geils Band) marries Faye Dunaway
. . UK music weekly Melody Maker gave The Sex Pistols their first front
1979 . . Led Zeppelin played their last
ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth Park.
. . Charges of assault and property damage are filed against Axl Rose (Guns
'N' Roses) in connection with a riot during a show in St. Louis, MO.
. . LL Cool J and Simone Johnson were married.
. . Former Boyzone Keith Duffy made his acting debut in UK TV soap Coronation
Street playing the role of Peter Barlow's old Navy mate Ciaran McCarthy.
2002 . . Three members of Oasis were injured when
the taxi they were travelling in was involved in a crash during a US tour in Indianapolis.
Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell and Jay Darlington were all taken to hospital and treated
for cuts and bruises.
1923 . . Benny Goodman, at the age of 14, took a job
as a clarinet player on a Chicago-based excursion boat on Lake Michigan.
. . Cliff Richard signs with Columbia Records/EMI in UK
1960 . . The English Decca label destroyed 25,000 copies
of Ray Peterson's 'Tell Laura I Love Her' as "Too tasteless and vulgar for
the English sensibilities"
1970 . . Janis
Joplin bought a headstone for the grave of blues singer Bessie Smith at the Mont
Lawn Cemetery, Philadelphia. Bessie was Janis's idol and main influence.
. . After, two
years of surgeries Hank Williams, Jr.
returned to his music. He fell 500 feet down a mountain
1980 . . The Greater London Council
banned The Plasmatics from blowing a car up on stage during their UK live debut
at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
1983 . . Harold
Melvin and members from The Bluenotes were arrested in Atlantic City on charges
of cocaine possession.
1992 . . James Hetfield of Metallica
was injured by a stage explosion at a concert in Montreal, then a riot occurred
when Axl Rose cut Guns 'N' Roses' set short because of a sore throat.
. . Oasis walked
off stage for the second time in two weeks when drummer
Alan White was hit by a rock at a concert in
2002 . . The
UK's biggest undertakers Co-Op funeral services reported that bereaved families
preferred pop songs to hymns at funerals. Tops is 'Wind Beneath My Wings' by Bette
Midler. Other songs included 'Angels' by Robbie Williams, 'My Heart Will Go On'
by Celine Dion, and unusual choices including 'Another One Bites The Dust' by
Queen and 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go' by Wham!
1932 . . Helen Morgan joined the Victor
Young orchestra to record "Bill," from Broadway's "Showboat."
1957 . . Buddy Holly & The Crickets start
six nights performing at the Royal Theater in Baltimore, Md.
. Cliff Richard started a four- week residency at Butlins
Holiday Camp in Clacton-On-Sea, Essex as Cliff Richard and the Drifters.
1963 . . The first edition of 'Ready Steady Go! was shown
on UK TV. Introduced by Keith Fordyce and 19 year old Cathy McGowan. The first
show featured Billy
Fury, Pat Boone, Jet Harris, The Searchers, and Brian
Poole & The Tremeloes. The series ran for 175 episodes, finishing
Dec 23rd 1966.
1964 . . Bob Dylan and Joan Baez
performed on stage together for the first time, at Forest Hills, New York.
. . British power trio, Cream's third album, Wheels of Fire, is released
in the UK. It went on to become the world's first platinum-selling double album.
It was released a month earlier in the USA.
1968 . . The British rock band Cream, released a double
album 'Wheels of Fire' in the UK. It reached No.3 in the UK and No.1 in the US
(where it was released a month earlier), and became the world's first platinum-selling
1969 . . In
part as a result of a gross misinterpretation of such Beatles songs as "Helter
Skelter," a group led by Charles Manson carried out the murders of
actress Sharon Tate and four others were the victims of the tragic bizarre night
when Charles Manson and friends ran amok.
1975 . . The
first Annual Rock Music Awards aired, hosted by Elton John and Diana Ross. Who
frontman Roger Daltrey and Ann-Margret were set to recieve an award for the movie
"Tommy", however The
Who drummer Keith Moon ran ape-like onto the stage ahead of them and took the
1977 . .
EMI Records sign Tom Robinson band, the label's first venture
into New Wave since Sex Pistols
1978 . . Muddy
Waters performed at a White House picnic for U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
1986 . . Demanding
more airtime for their favourite pop star, 250 Gary
Numan fans picketed BBC Radio 1 in London.
1986 . .
Queen gave their final performance with iconic frontman Freddie Mercury
at the U.K.s Knebworth Park
1994 . . Noel
Gallagher was hit in the face by a man who had jumped on the stage
during an Oasis gig at The Riverside in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Noel refused to carry on appearing and a mob of 300 people attacked the bands
bus as they were leaving.
1995 . . In the early
morning, Grateful Dead guitarist and singer Jerry Garcia was found dead in his
room at a rehab clinic. He had had along struggled with drug addiction and other
1900 . . Scott Joplin signs a contract for a
royalty of 1c per copy.
1959 . . Tony Williams,
David Lynch, Alex Hodge and Paul Robbi (male members of Platters) were arrested
in a Cincinnati hotel room and charged with aiding and abetting prostitution.
In December all four, plus the four women involved, were acquitted but scandal
almost ruins Platters' career.
1961 . . Helen
the youngest act ever to score a No.1 on
the UK singles chart with 'You Don't Know', at the age of 14.
. . 13 year-old Little Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on
the US singles chart with 'Fingertips part II', it became the first live recording
to hit No.1 in the US, and made Stevie the youngest singer to top the charts.
1963 . . The 100th edition of 'Thank Your Lucky
Stars' was aired on UK TV, starring Cliff Richard, Billy
J. Kramer and
the Dakotas, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes,
The Shadows, The Searchers and Alma Cogan.
1963 . . The
third Richmond Jazz Festival, held over two days in Richmond, England, kicked
off. It starred, among others, Acker Bilk,
Chris Barber, Ronnie Ross, Cyril Davies, Long John Baldry and The Rolling Stones
and a weekend ticket cost 20 shillings/£1.
. . The Beatles had four singles re-released in the US: Do You Want
To Know A Secret, Please, Please Me, Love Me Do
and 'Twist And Shout.
1964 . . Mick Jagger
was fined £32 in Liverpool for driving without insurance and breaking the
speed limit. He was on his way to visit two injured fans in Liverpool who had
been in a car crash.
1969 . . Led Zeppelin appeared
at the San Diego Sports Arena, with Jethro Tull as their support act, during
a North American tour,
. . Simon and Garfunkels album 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' topped the
UK album chart.
1970 . . Jim Morrison's trial
for exposing himself onstage in Miami, FL, began.
. . Elvis Presley played the first of a four-week engagement, playing 2
shows most nights at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
. . Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for drug possession after a
concert in Gothenburg Sweden. Paul was fined $1,000 and Linda $200.
. . Jazz band Manhattan Transfer premiered
summer variety show, on CBS-TV.
. . Elton John begins a historic record-breaking ten-night run of concerts
at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
1979 . .
"Dim All the Lights" by Donna Summer peaked at No.2 on the Billboard
Hot 100 today; she wrote it originally
with Rod Stewart in mind to record the song,
but changed her mind and recorded it herself..
. . Southside Johnny Lyon of Asbury Jukes married Jill Glassner in Astbury
Park. Bruce Springsteen played at their reception.
. . Queen appeared at the Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut, during
a North American tour.
. . Kajagoogoo sacked their lead singer Limahl; he took up a solo career.
1985 . . Madonna's "Like A Virgin"
became the first album by a female to be certified for 5 millions sales.
1985 . . Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran was air lifted
to safety when his boat 'Drum' overturned while racing of the English coast.
. . From 15 June to 10 August 1985, all seven of Bruce Springsteen's albums
featured on the UK Albums Chart: the first time an artist had charted their entire
back catalogue simultaneously..
. . 'Money for Nothing' by Dire Straits peaked at No.4 on the UK singles
chart. Notable for its groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting
singing the song's falsetto introduction and backing chorus, "I want my MTV".
The video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started
on 1 August 1987.
1987 . . A Chorus Line, the
Broadway smash which became the longest-running show on Broadway four years earlier,
celebrates a historic 5,000th performance.
1987 . .
Wilson Pickett was found guilty of threatening patrons at a New Jersey
bar with a loaded shotgun after a brawl inside the club. He recived two years'
probation and fined $1000.
1991 . . The 5th Dimension
received a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
. . Jimmy Buffett led a birthday celebration for President Clinton's birthday
at the White House.
1999 . . It was announced
that Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs was leaving UK rock band, Oasis.
. . Lisa Marie Presley married actor Nicolas Cage at a resort in Hawaii,
filed for divorce just four months later.
It was her third marriage, she was previously
married to musician Danny Keough and pop star
2004 . . Rolling Stones' drummer
Charlie Watts confirms he is undergoing treatment for throat cancer,
. . The iTunes Music Store became the first store to have a catalog of
more than one million songs.
2007. . The
first ever Underage Festival in Victoria Park, London, kicks off; Laura
Marling shares the stage with other Indie artists like Crystal Castles and Mystery
Jets. A fest for 13-17 year oldsno one outside that age limit is permitted
inside the gates.
2007 . . Switchfoot's
Jon Foreman, announced the band have left Columbia Records. The band went on to
create their own record label, lowercase people records.
. . Spice Girl Emma Bunton gave birth to a baby boy called Beau at London's
private Portland Hospital. She and her partner Jade Jones, had been together for
2010 . . Hip Hop artist Flavor Flav
guest hosted the wrestling show WWE Raw
2012 . . Insane
Clown Posse takes exception to the FBI naming their fans, collectively known as
'Juggalos,' as a criminal gang in the FBI's "2011 National Gang Threat Assessment
Report." At the annual Gathering of the Juggalos event in Illinois, they
announce intentions to sue the FBI. The FBI continue to list Juggalos as an organized
2012 . . Kiss and Motley Crue donate $100,000
to the families of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado "Dark Knight"
shooting. The massacre occurred Friday, July 20th, at a movie theater showing
of The Dark Knight Rises when James Eagan Holmes burst into the theatre with guns
blazing, killing 12 and wounding 58.
1952 . . Hank Williams was dismissed from
the Grand Ole Opry for habitual drunkenness.
1958 . . Lubbock
property records list "Charles Buddy Holley" in an agreement with his
father, L.O. Holley, for a six-room, four-bath, brick-veneer house to be built
on Buddy's property in Bobalet Heights.
1962 . . Booker
T. and the MG's instrumental song, "Green Onions," was released.
1963 . . The first annual Richmond Jazz and Blues Festival
opens with Rolling Stones
1969 . . Diana Ross
invited 350 guests to The Daisy Club in Beverly Hills to see the newest Motown
act, The Jackson 5.
1972 . . Elvis and Pricilla
Presley filed for divorce after 5 years of marriage.
1973 . . Bill
Aucion offered to manager rock band
KISS and promised them a record deal, after
seeing them play at a New York hotel.
. . Led Zeppelin play their last ever British concert at
Knebworth in Hertfordshire. [Aug 11]
1985 . . Simon LeBon's (Duran Duran) boat capsized off the
English coast during a race. The Royal Navy rescued him after he spent 40 minutes
trapped in an underwater air pocket.
1989 . . Three
members of L.L. Cool J crew were arrested and charged with raping a 15 year-old
girl. The incident took place after a concert when the girl had won a backstage
pass on a radio contest.
1999 . . Kiss unveil
their star on The Walk Of Fame
on Hollywood Boulevard. The band had released over
30 albums to date.
2000 . . Madonna gave birth
to a baby boy Rocco Ritchie at The Cedars-Sinai Hospital Beverly Hills.
1877 . . Thomas
Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.
1956 . . Jacques
Braunstein promoted the first official jazz
concert in Venezuela at Caracas National Theatre inviting the clarinetist and
saxophonist John LaPorta to play.
1967 . . Fleetwood Mac made their stage debut in Great Britain
at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival.
1968 . . Jimmy
Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first
time when they rehearsed at a studio in Lisle Street in London's West End. The
first song they played was a version of 'Train Kept A-Rollin.'
. Guitarist Henri Padovani quit the group The
Police after nine months, he was replaced by Andy
1986 . . Prince started a run of five
nights at Wembley Arena, London, his first UK shows for five years.
1994 . . A
Canadian postage stamp with a portrait of French Canadian singer, Madame Bolduc
/ Mary Rose-Anna Travers, who, during the peak of her popularity in the 1930s,
was known as the Queen of Canadian Folk was released in her honour
1994 . . "Woodstock '94" was held in Saugerties,
New York. About 350,000 attended the show. The featured artists included Green
Day, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
. . Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots) pled guilty to felony heroin possession
and was sentenced to three months in a drug treatment facility.
. . Lee Ryan from Blue was arrested whilst driving a Porsche
around central London and was charged with drink driving. Ryan had spent the night
knocking back drinks at Browns night-club in Covent Garden
. . The Comedy Central roast of Flavor Flav aired on American TV. Guests
appearing at the roast were Snoop Dogg, Brigitte Nielsen, Jimmy Kimmel, Carrot
Top, Lisa Lampanelli, Ice-T, Jeff Ross, Katt Williams, Patton Oswalt, Greg Giraldo,
1938 . . Delta Blues musician, Robert Johnson played a show
at a roadhouse outside Greenwood, MS, where Johnson was poisoned after drinking
whiskey laced with strychnine. They say he recovered from the initial poisoning
only to contract pneumonia, whatever, he died 3 days later on 16 August.
1952 . . Big Mama Thornton records original version of 'Hound
1956 . . Washington DJ Bob Rickman forms
the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis Presley, following national
press criticism of the idol
1965 . . Lead singer,
Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five was pulled of stage by fans at a concert in
Chicago breaking two ribs.
1967 ... The initial
incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, including Pete Green, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie
performed its first gig at the 7th annual Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival, playing
a Chicago-style blues.
1967 . . After the Jackson
5 won the talent contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater, singer Gladys Knight sent
a tape of the boys' demo to Motown Records, hoping to get them to sign, only to
have their tape rejected and sent back.
1971 . . John
Lennon flew from Heathrow Airport to New York, he never set foot on British soil
1975 . . Bruce Springsteen
and the E Street Band began a five-night, 10-show stand at New York's The Bottom
Line club. The gig attracted major media attention and was broadcast live on WNEW-FM.
Decades on, Rolling Stone magazine named this event as one of the 50 Moments That
Changed Rock and Roll.
1979 . . Bachman Turnover Overdrive disband
1980 . . Todd Rundgren's home in Woodstock,
New York was invaded by four masked men. Rundgren, his girlfriend and three houseguests
were bound and gagged while the masked men strip the house of valuables. It was
reported that one of the intruders had been humming 'I Saw The Light'.
. . Ex Guns N' Roses member Slash was arrested accused of assaulting his
girlfriend at his Sunset Boulevard recording studio. He was released on bail.
2002 . . Adam Ant pleaded guilty to threatening
drinkers at The Prince Of Wales Pub in London in January of this year. The former
80's star had returned to the bar with a starting pistol after being refused entry.
He had also thrown a car alternator through the window of the pub.
1959 . . Bobby Darin signs a six-year film
contract with Paramount, which is expected to earn him $1 million
. . Unhappy with drummer Pete Best's role in The Beatles, Brian Epstein
and the other three members decide to sack him, after he had been with the group
for 2 and a 1/2 years. Best played his last gig the following night at The Cavern,
1964 . . After the massive success
of The Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night, United Artists rushed to sign
up The Dave Clark Five to a film project entitled Catch Us If You Can (released
in the US as Having A Wild Weekend).
1967 . . All
UK offshore pirate radio stations were closed down when the marine broadcasting
act came into force, but Radio Caroline continued to broadcast until March '68.
1970 . . Stephen Stills was arrested on suspected
drugs charges while staying at a San Diego Hotel after being found crawling along
a corridor in an incoherent state. Still's was later freed on $2,500 bail.
1976 . . Funded by a loan
of £400 'So It Goes' by Nick Lowe became the
first record released on Stiff Records. Lowe played all the instruments, the single
cost £45 to record.
1979 . . Led Zeppelin
releases their eighth studio album In Through The Out Door. It was the last album
released by the band while John Bonham was still alive.
. . Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono for the ATV music-publishing
catalog. Jackson paid $47.5 million for the rights to more than 250 songs written
by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
1990 . . The
N.W.A. EP 100 Miles and Runnin', their first record without Ice Cube is released
and reached at No.27 on the Billboard 200 chart and No.10 on the R&B Albums
. . 765,000 tickets to a Backstreet Boys North American tour were sold
in one day.
2001 . . The Red Hot Chili Peppers
canceled a concert planned in Israel. The concert had been planned for August
28th, but was canceled due to security concerns.
. . Babyshambles frontman, Pete Doherty, was forced to endure an all-body
strip search at Gardermoen Airport in Norway after being held by customs officers
for three hours while they ensured he was carrying no drugs.
1939 . . "The Wizard of Oz"
premiered in Hollywood, CA. Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere
Over the Rainbow".
1956 . . The Dutch immigrant who played at being
a Southern aristocrat, "Colonel" Tom Parker, became "special adviser"
to Elvis Presley, taking over some management duties from Bob Neal.
1958 . . Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Santiago are married
at the Holley home in Lubbock. Parents L.O. and Ella Holley, brothers Larry and
Travis, sister Patricia and the spouses of his brothers and sister are in attendance
along with J.I. and Peggy Sue Allison and Mauldin. Holly's record, "Now We're
One," is played at the ceremony. The Hollys and the Allisons honeymoon for
two weeks in Acapulco, Mexico.
1965 . . The Beatles
played Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, home of The Mets, to a record audience
of 55,600. It was also the first concert to be held at a major stadium. The
attendance record stood until 1973 when it was broken by Led Zeppelin with 56,800
fans at Tampa Stadium.
1966 . . During a US tour The Beatles appeared at the D.C.
Stadium in Washington DC to over 32,000 fans. Five members of the Ku Klux Klan,
led by the Imperial Wizard of Maryland, picketed the concert.
. . Jimi Hendrix Experience played a one night only show
at The Fifth Dimension club, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1969 . . Woodstock
Music and Arts Fayre kicks off on Max Yasgur's dairy farm near Bethel, New York.
1969 . . During a North American
tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio. Jethro Tull
and Sweet Smoke were also on the bill. During the show Zeppelin received abuse
from locals due to the length of their hair.
"Cass Elliot Day" is declared in
Baltimore, Maryland, in honor of the native singer for The Mamas & The Papas.
1979 . . The futuristic satire film 'Americathon'
premiered in Los Angeles featuring Meat Loaf. The soundtrack included songs by
The Beach Boys, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.
. . George Harrison became the first Beatle to release an autobiography
when his book I Me Mine is published.
1987 . . On
the tenth anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley thousands of people marched
past his grave in Memphis, TN.
1987 . . Michael
Jackson had his third UK No.1 with the single 'I Just Can't Stop Loving You',
a duet with Siedah Garrett. It was originally intended to be a duet between Jackson
and either Barbra Streisand or Whitney Houston. Session singer Siedah Garrett
also worked with Madonna.
1991 . . Paul Simon
played a free concert at New York's Central Park in front of an estimated 750,000
1991 . . Nirvana plays a concert at
The Roxy Theater in Los Angeles, where they invite fans to attend the shoot for
their first video, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," which they are filming
two days later. The response was overwhelming and hundreds of fans had to be turned
1992 . . Boyz II Men started a 13 week
run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'End Of The Road' the group's first US
No.1. Taken from the Eddie Murphy film 'Boomerang', it broke the 36-year-old record
held by Elvis for the longest run at No.1
. . Spanish Latin-pop duo Los del Rio release the single "Macarena"
in the US. The song inspired a dance craze and huge cult following, staying at
#1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks in 1996.
1995 . . The hotel owned by U2 'The Clarence' was
damaged by a fire which took over three hours to control. Also 'The Kitchen' nightclub
in the same building was affected and was evacuated.
. . A woman's shelter on Long Island, New York refused to accept money
from a benefit concert featuring James Brown. Brown's wife had accused him of
assaulting her in the past.
1997 . . Tony Nicole
Tony Records filed suit against Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS for alleged
intentional interference with KISS drummer Peter Criss' contract with the label.
The suit maintained that Simmons and Stanley convinced Criss to break his contract
with the label.
2000 . . David Bowie and his
wife Iman celebrated the birth of their first child a baby girl named Alexandria
2000 . . The estate of Jimi Hendrix
acquires jimihendrix.com, which was registered in 1996 by a domainer who was using
it to sell email addresses (email@example.com). This is one of many cases
that ruled against registrants who were squatting names of famous people.
2004 . . Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was
being treated for throat cancer after being diagnosed with the disease in June.
2005 . . Sly Stone comes out of a long seclusion
to visit the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, where his little sister Vet headlines
with the latest version of the Family Stone.
. Leonard Cohen files a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging
that his former manager, Kelley Lynch, mismanaged his retirement funds to the
tune of at least $5 million. The fraudulent activities purportedly began during
the five years Leonard spent away from his career in seclusion at the Mt. Baldy
2006 . . Deana Martin's album "Memories
Are Made of This" was released on CD. The album featured her versions of
many of her father's hits and other hits by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr..
2007 . . The Osmonds reunite for the first time in
over two decades to perform their 50th anniversary concert for PBS.
2007 . . Sixteen
solo John Lennon albums were made available to download on iTunes for the first
time. A deal was approved by the late Beatle's widow Yoko Ono following a lengthy
legal battle between the band's label Apple Corps and Apple Inc, which owned Tunes.
2009 . . Leslie West
married his fiancée Jenni Maurer on stage after Mountain's performance
at the Woodstock 40th anniversary concert in Bethel,
New York. Over 15,000 people were present and the couple walked through a bridge
of guitars held by Levon Helm, Larry Taylor and Corky Laing among others.
2009 . . On the first UK gig of their world tour,
U2 breaks the Wembley Stadium Attendance record when 88,000 show up. Their "claw"
set design allows more fans to fit in the stadium and break Rod Stewart's record
of 83,000 set in 1995.
2013 . . It was announced
Marianne Faithfull has been forced to cancel several concerts in the US and Lebanon
after an accident in which she broke a bone in her back. The 66-year-old singer
had spent four weeks in hospital after fracturing her sacrum while on holiday
in California, in July.
. Buddy Holly & The Crickets play the first show of
a six-night engagement at Harlem's Apollo Theatre. They were booked due to confusion
with a black group, led by Dean Barlow, that was also called The Crickets. Holly
and his band win over the crowd.
1962 . . Little
Stevie Wonder, released his first single, 'I Call It Pretty Music, (But The Old
People Call It The Blues)', the single featured Marvin Gaye on drums.
. . Brian Epstein told Pete Best that the other Beatles wanted him out
of the group, and that he was being replaced. Epstein then asked Best to perform
with The Beatles that night at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester, Cheshire. Pete
Best did not show up, drummer Johnny Hutchinson of The Big Three filled in the
1968 . . Bruce Springsteens
new band Earth made their live debut at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red
Bank, New Jersey, admission was 75c.
1968 . . The
Jackson Five made their formal debut with Diana Ross and The Supremes at the Great
Western Forum, California.
1968 . . The Beatles
recorded 14 takes of the new George Harrison song 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps',
at Abbey Road studios, taking the song from
its early acoustic version into an electric version.
. . Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young supported by Joni Mitchell appeared
at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
. . Led Zeppelin appeared at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park with Joe
Cocker as support. Zeppelin had been asked to perform at Woodstock but due to
US tour commitments were unable to attend. And down the road Bruce Springsteen's
band Child played the first of two shows over two days at the Student Prince,
Ashbury Park. Springsteen was also unable to attend Woodstock due to these gigs.
1969 . . Hippie leader Abbie Hoffman was knocked
offstage by Pete Townshend while attempting to make a political statement during
the Who's set at Woodstock. Townshend later said he didn't know it was Hoffman
at the time.
1970 . . Christine McVie joins Fleetwood
1970 . . The final day of the three day
UK Yorkshire Folk, Blues & Jazz Festival at Krumlin, Yorkshire took place
featuring The Kinks, Mungo Jerry, Yes, Ginger Bakers Air Force and Edgar Winter.
Weekend tickets cast £3.
1974 . . The Ramones
played their first concert at New York's CBGB.
. . Peter Gabriel officially announced that he was leaving the group Genesis.
Phil Collins became the new lead singer after the group auditioned more than 400
1976 . . Cliff Richard
set out on a tour of Russia, starting with a night at the Hall Of The October
Revolution in Leningrad.
1977 . . Elvis Presley
was found dead lying on the floor in his bathroom by his girlfriend Ginger Alden,
he had been seated on the toilet reading 'The Scientific Search For Jesus'.
. . Bing Crosby performed his first show since March when he fell off the
stage into an orchestra pit, this time when the power went out during his performance,
he continued singing without amplification.
1979 . .
The biggest single of the summer in the US, The Knack's 'My Sharona' was
awarded a Gold record for selling one million copies. The Knack's Doug Fieger
wrote the song for his girlfriend, Sharona Alperin, whose picture appeared on
the single's cover.
1980 . . Cozy Powell leaves
Rainbow, Bill Ward leaves Black Sabbath, Jah Wobble leaves Public Image Ltd, and
Jools Holland left Squeeze
1983 . . After
dating for six years, Paul Simon married actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess
Leia in the first Star Wars trilogy. The marriage would last less than two years,
but the two continued to date off and on after they split.
1985 . . Madonna and Sean Penn were married in Malibu, CA.
They were divorced in 1989.
1986 . . Rick Allen of Def Leppard,
played his first concert with his band since losing his left arm in a car accident.
1988 . . Kiss played at the Marquee Club in London,
1995 . . Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys
performs live for the first time with his daughters Carnie and Wendy, recently
famous for their stint in the trio Wilson Phillips.
. . On the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death over 30,000 fans descended
on Memphis Tennessee for a 10-minute mourning circuit circling his grave. A poll
found that almost a third of the fans were keeping an eye out for him in the crowd.
1997 . . Blur, Prodigy, Beck, Kula Shaker, Dodgy,
Foo Fighters, Placebo, James, Ash, Dodgy and Gene all appeared at the two day
V97 UK festival in Chelmsford and Leeds, weekend tickets, £50.
. . 25 years after the death of Elvis Presley, an album containing 30 of
his No.1 hits is released with "A Little Less Conversation" as a bonus
track. The song was remixed in 2002 and went to No.1 in the UK.
. . A U.S. postage stamp featuring Henry Mancini was unveiled. The design
showed Mancini conducting while titles of his works scroll past on a screen behind
2005 . . "Tommy Lee Goes to College"
debuted on NBC-TV. The classes were taken at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
2005 . . Madonna suffered three cracked ribs,
a broken collarbone and a broken hand in a horse-riding accident on her country
estate, when she fell off a new horse in the grounds of her Ashcombe House on
the border of Wiltshire and Dorset on her 47th birthday.
. . P Diddy appeared on the US TV Today Show and announced that he was
altering his stage name again, dropping the "P" and referring to himself
simply as "Diddy." The name change upset Richard "Diddy" Dearlove,
a London based DJ who took out court proceedings against P Diddy over the use
of the name. He won when an out of court settlement of £110,000 was agreed
and as a result, Combs is no longer be able to use the name Diddy in the UK.
2007 . . A fan of the 1980s pop band Wham! became
the first noise nuisance to be prosecuted by Newcastle city council's night watch
team. Brian Turner had tormented neighbours by playing Wham!s
hit song 'Last Christmas' all night at full volume from 1am onwards. Magistrates
fined Turner, of Sandyford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, £200 and ordered him to
pay £215 costs.
1838 . . 138 singing teachers traveled to Boston,
MA, to attend the first music convention.
1915 . . Factory
manager Leo Frank, the rapist and murderer of 13 year old Mary Phagan, was kidnapped
from his prison in Milledgeville, driven to Marietta and lynched. This inspired
the musical "Parade".
1917 . . The
Original Dixieland Jass Band (shortly after changing "Jass" to "Jazz")
makes the first recording of the standard "Tiger Rag."
. . "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in New York.
Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
1955 . . Elvis Presley released his first number
1 hit, 'I Forgot to Remember to Forget / Mystery Train'. It hit the top of the
country charts several months later and stayed there for 5 weeks.
. . The Beatles start a run at the Indra Club in Hamburg,
Germany, with four-hour sets where they play lots of R&B covers and a few
original songs. This was their first engagement away
1962 . . A riot breaks out during
a Gary U.S. Bonds performance at the Boston Arena.
1963 . .
Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, Gus Travis And The Raincoats and Johnny Sandon
And The Remo 4 all appeared at the Royal Lido, Prestatyn, Wales, in a Merseybeat
package show. Tickets 5 shillings.
1964 . . Glasgow
council in Scotland announced that all boys and men with Beatle styled haircuts
would have to wear bathing caps after a committee was told that their hair was
clogging the pools filters.
1965 . . Byrds were
forced to cancel a concert during their UK tour at The Guildhall, Portsmouth when
only 250 of the 4,000 tickets had been sold.
. During a press conference in Toronto (where the group was scheduled to
play that night) The Beatles create more controversy by siding with American "draft
dodgers" who moved to Toronto rather than be sent to Vietnam. John jokes,
"Ah, we've had it in Memphis now," referring to the death threats received
there after his "bigger than Jesus" statement.
. . Christine McVie joined Fleetwood Mac as the group's first female member.
1972 . . Gladys Knight appears as a contestant
on ABC-TV's The Dating Game.
1973 . . Former
Temptations singer Paul Williams was found dead in his car, after shooting himself.
He owed $80,000 in taxes and his celebrity boutique business had failed.
. . Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman in Yes.
. . Florists Transworld Delivery reported that in one day the number of
orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland had surpassed the number for any
other event in the company's history.
1977 . . President
Jimmy Carter releaseda statement saying, in part, "Elvis Presley's death
deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable".
1977 . . The Police played their first gig without
original guitarist Henri Padovani at Rebecca's Club in Birmingham, England.
1979 . . The New York Post reported that Anita Pallenberg,
the wife of Keith Richards, was linked to a witches coven in South Salem, New
York where Richards owned a house. A policeman claimed he was attacked by a flock
of black-hooded, caped people and a local youth claimed he had been invited by
Pallenburg to take part in pot smoking sex orgies. Locals also claimed
they found ritualistic stakes and small animals that had been sacrificed
near the house.
1980 . . ZZ
Top headlines the Toledo Speedway Jam II
in Toledo, Ohio, with AC/DC, Sammy Hagar and Humble Pie on the undercard. This
was the last time AC/DC would be a support act until 2003, when they open for
The Rolling Stones.
1984 . . Motley Crue gave
its performance debut at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England.
1984 . . At the start of his latest world tour, a
tired Elton John announces his upcoming retirement, but, like times before and
after, he didn't.
1986 . . Def Leppard drummer,
Allen, played his first concert with his band
since losing his left arm in a car accident.
. 42 people were beaten or stabbed at a Run D.M.C. concert in Long Beach,
1991 . . Nirvana shoots their video for "Smells
Like Teen Spirit."
1992 . . Wayne Newton
files for bankruptcy, claiming debts of over $20 million.
. While in therapy, the thirteen-year-old son of a Beverly Hills dentist,
Jordan Chandler, alleged that singer Michael Jackson molested him while he visited
Neverland Ranch. The civil suit cost Jackson over $20 million, but no criminal
charges were filed, with Jackson's lawyers claiming the family in question had
previously attempted to extort the singer.
1995 . .
Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre
after an apparent suicide attempt. Police had found him with a two-inch laceration
on his wrist.
1995 . . Security guards carried
Courtney Love offstage after she began fighting with Hole fans because they weren't
cheering loud enough during the last night of the Lollapalooza tour in Mountain
1995 . . Microsoft bought the rights
to The Rolling Stones' 1981 smash "Start Me Up" to use as the theme
for their Windows 95 rollout.
1997 . . Hank Snow
is honoured by the Hank Snow Country Music Centre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, a
museum dedicated to its native country music legend.
1998 . . Carlos
Santana received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1998 . .
Eddie Serrano, a former member of Cannibal and the Headhunters, was injured, while
on a bike, in a hit-and-run accident.
1999 . . Led
Zeppelin topped a chart of Britain's most bootlegged musicians, compiled by the
British Phonographic Industry/BPI, after identifying 384 bootleg titles featuring
Led Zeppelin performances. The bootleg chart was complied from the BPI's archive
of some 10,000 recordings seized over the past 25 years. The Beatles, came in
second with 320 entries, other acts listed included The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan
and Pink Floyd.
1999 . . Derek Longmuir of The
Bay City Rollers is in court on charges of possession of illegal drugs and child
pornography. He is sentenced to 300 hours of community service.
. . Just a few hours before his wife is murdered, Justin
Barber from Jacksonville downloaded the Guns N' Roses song "Used To Love
Her." The song is later played at the trial as evidence, with the lyrics
displayed for the jury ("I used to love her, but I had to kill her...").
Barber was be convicted of first degree murder and given a life sentence.
2004 . . Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg reveals that he
is battling advanced prostate cancer.
2004 . . A
report showed how touts were now using eBay to sell tickets for sold-out concerts.
It showed tickets for Madonna's Wembley gig worth £150 were for sale at
£350 and a pair of tickets to see The White Stripes worth £90 were
currently on eBay for £130.
2004 . . Chevy
officially ends its association with Bob Seger, whose 1986 hit "Like A Rock"
had been used in Silverado ads since 1989. Two years later, General Motors began
using John Mellencamp's "Our Country" as the Silverado theme.
2008 . . Jackson Browne began suing US Republican presidential
candidate John McCain for using his song "Running on Empty" without
permission. Jackson claimed the use of it in an advert was an infringement of
copyright and would lead people to conclude he endorses McCain and was seeking
more than $75,000 in damages.
2009 . . An arrest
warrant was issued for singer Bobby Brown after he failed to appear at a court
hearing involving child maintenance payments. Judge Christina Harms ordered Mr
Brown, to be arrested next time he was in the state of Massachusetts. The singer
had fallen $45,000/£27,500 behind in payments for two teenage children he
had with former girlfriend Kim Ward.
2009 . . A
thief in New Zealand took the unusual step of leaving his contact details at the
site of his crime. The man reserved a copy of Pink Floyd's The Wall at a record
shop in Christchurch, leaving his name and phone number, before robbing the till.
He was a regular customer at the shop and already had several records on order.
2011 . . "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" by Katy
Perry topped the Hot 100 chart, making her the second only artist with five No.1
singles from the same album (Teenage Dream). The other and first ever five-time
chart topper was Michael Jackson's Bad.
2012 . . Three
members of the Russian feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot were sentenced
to two years imprisonment after they had staged a performance on the soleas of
Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior in a protest directed at the Orthodox
Church leader's support for President Putin during his election campaign.
1937 . . The
first FM /frequency modulation radio station in the US, Boston's WGTR (now WAAF),
is granted its construction permit by the FCC.
1955 . . Pete
Seeger testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, where he was
asked if he had performed for communists. Seger replied: "I have sung for
Americans of every political persuasion, and I am proud that I never refuse to
sing to an audience, no matter what religion or color of their skin, or situation
in life. I have sung in hobo jungles, and I have sung for the Rockefellers, and
I am proud that I have never refused to sing for anybody".
. . Having had just two hours rehearsal, drummer Ringo Starr,
made his debut with The Beatles at the horticultural society dance, Birkenhead.
This was the first public appearance of The Beatles as John, Paul, George, and
1964 . . Over 9,000 fans met The Beatles
as they arrived in San Francisco, to begin their US tour. The Beatles were driven
into a protective fence enclosure so that photographers could take pictures. As
the 9,000 fans pressed against the fencing, it gave way, The Beatles managed to
get out just split-seconds before it came crashing down.
1965 . . Tom
Moffat, disc jockey for KPOI in Hawaii, arranged for UK pop band Herman's Hermits
lead singer Peter Noone to interview Elvis Presley live from his bungalow in Honolulu,
where he was relaxing while filming his latest movie, Paradise, Hawaiian Style.
"Who's your favorite group?" Noone asks. "The Boston Pops,"
Elvis replies, laughing.
1966 . . Paul Jones
left Manfred Mann as Pretty Flamingo was climbing the US charts. He
was replaced by singer Mike DAbo, who would take over lead vocals on the
bands next hit, The Mighty Quinn, a Bob Dylan penned song.
1969 . . Jimi Hendrix plays the unofficial last day of Woodstock.
. . The last day of
the Woodstock Festival and Sha Na Na take to the stage, band member Henry Gross
was the youngest person, at age 18, to play on the main stage at the Fest..
1969 . . Mick Jagger was accidentally shot in his hand on
the set of 'Ned Kelly' in Australia.
1973 . . Gene
Krupa played for the final time with the original Benny Goodman Quartet.
1974 . . Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman in Yes.
1976 . . 'Variety' reported that Marvin Gaye faced two consecutive
five day prison terms in Los Angeles county jail for contempt of court after failing
to pay alimony and child support.
1977 . . The
Police's power trio line-up of Copeland, Sting, and Summers performed for the
first time at Rebecca's, a club in Birmingham, UK.
1977 . . Funeral
services for Elvis Presley were held at Graceland.
1977 . . Two
Missouri girls were killed and a third were critically injured when a car driven
by an 18 year old Memphis teen swerved into a crowd of over 2,000 mourners standing
in front of Graceland's music gate at about 4am. The driver was charged with drunk
driving, leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of second degree murder.
1978 . . The Temptations' Melvin Franklin is shot four times
in the hand and leg during an attempted carjacking, but survives.
. . Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter were married in Los Angeles,
1979 . . AC/DC, Nils Lofgren, The Stranglers
and The Who all appeared at Wembley Stadium, London, England.
. . The City of Liverpool named four Streets after the fab
four: John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close and Ringo Starr
1984 . . George Michael was at No.1 on
the UK singles chart with his first solo single 'Careless Whisper.' It made George
the first person to reach No.1 as a solo artist and a member of a band in the
1991 . . Billy Preston was arrested
in Los Angeles, CA after a 16 year old boy reported being sexually attacked.
1991 . . Sweet Jesus appeared at the Boardwalk, Manchester.
Support act was The Rain, later to become Oasis, minus Noel Gallagher who had
yet to join his brothers band.
1992 . . Kurt
Cobain of Nirvana and Courtney Love of Hole, became parents to daughter Frances
2005 . .
Los Angeles city officials rejected an $18m /£9.9m
settlement bid made by the family of murdered rapper Notorious BIG. His family,
who accused two ex-Los Angeles policemen of conspiracy in his 1997 killing, said
the payment would stop them taking further legal action. The rapper's family tried
to sue the Los Angeles Police Department for wrongful death earlier this year.
2005 . . Kanye West called for an end to homophobia
in the hip-hop community during an MTV interview saying hip-hop was always
about speaking your mind and about breaking down barriers, but everyone in hip-hop
discriminates against gay people. Not just hip-hop, but America just discriminates,
I wanna just, to come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, 'Yo,
2006 . . Justin Hawkins the lead
singer of The Darkness checked himself into the Priory rehabilitation clinic suffering
from exhaustion after three years of non-stop work.
2006 . . US
film-maker Adam Muskiewicz set up elviswanted.com as part of a documentary exploring
the myth that the singer was still alive and offered a $3m/£1.59m reward
for anybody who found Elvis Presley alive. The film was due for release in August
2007, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Presley's death.
. . Pete Doherty, Babyshambles front man, appeared at Thames
Magistrates court in London to face 7 charges of drug possession.
. . French beauty brand Etat Libre D'Orange announced that they have teamed
up with The Sex Pistols to bottle the scent of the Punk era by launching the band's
first fragrance. 'Sex Pistols' fragrance is inspired by anarchy and chaos, company
executives said "to wear this scent, you must resist tradition, fight conformity,
and disregard aromatic conventions".
2011 . . During
a severe storm, high wind and heavy rain caused a stage to collapse while Chicago
band Smith Westerns were performing. Four people were killed and over 70 injured.
Organizers decide to cancel the festival, where Eminem, Face to Face and Foo Fighters
were scheduled to perform.
2014 . . Ed Sheeran's
album X notched up eight weeks at No.1 on the UK chart, becoming the joint longest
chart-topper by a male solo artist. The last man to achieve the feat was James
Blunt for his 2005 collection Back to Bedlam.
1918 . . Irving
Berlin's musical "Yip Yip Yaphank" opened in New York City at the Century
1955 . . New York radio station WINS announces
that it will no longer play 'cover' records - this means originals of songs such
as 'Ain't That A Shame' by Fats Domino rather than white copies by Pat Boone,
1967 . . Radio station KNOW in Denver,
US, bans all Beatles tracks because of drug references.
1967 . . The
Beatles scored their 14th US No.1 single with 'All You Need Is Love'. Mick Jagger,
Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Graham Nash, Marianne Faithfull and
Gary Leeds of the Walker Brothers all sang backing vocals on the track.
1968 . . The final Monkees TV show airs on NBC after 58
1969 . . Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell,
David Crosby, and Stephen Stills all appeared on the ABC TV Dick Cavett Show from
Television Center in New York City.
1971 . .
Led Zeppelin kicked off a North American tour at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver,
Canada. The band played to a sold out crowd of over 17,000 fans, while another
3,000 fans outside without tickets started a fight with local police.
1972 . . David Bowie played the first of two nights at the
Rainbow Theatre, UK, on his a 182 date Ziggy Stardust world tour.
. . NBC-TV presented "The Midnight Special" for
the first time with John Denver as the first host.
1973 . . Rita
Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson were married in Malibu, California. . They divorced
1974 . . Prince Charles' favourite group
of the 70's, The Three Degrees were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'When
Will I See You Again.' The girl groups only UK No.1.
. . The Sex Pistols started an undercover UK tour as The Spots, ("Sex
Pistols on tour secretly").
1980 . . 1,400
people riot in Toronto when Alice Cooper cancelled a show due to illness.
1983 . . UK
pirate station Radio Caroline was re-launched from a new ship 'The Ross Revenge'.
1988 . . Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" and "Crazy"
by Patsy Cline, are named the most played song in the first hundred years of the
1990 . . Leonard Bernstein
conducts his final concert at Tanglewood, Massachusetts.
1996 . .
James Brown appeared in Montauk, New York, as part of his
Back at the Ranch tour. Brown who had a history of beating his wife, offered money
that was raised at the event to an anti-violence organization called The Retreat,
but was turned down.
1999 . . A TV advert featuring
Linda McCartney urging a boycott of fishing was banned by the Advertising Clearance
Centre in the UK.
2001 . . Former Metallica bassist
Jason Newsted made his first live appearance with EchoBrain.
. A man was arrested at the V fest at Chelmsford, UK, after
climbing on stage and running towards Kylie Minogue, who was performing. He was
charged with breach of the peace.
2003 . . 41
year-old Steven Hindley, from Nottinghamshire, UK, was jailed for six months,
for sending threatening emails to S Club singer Tina Barrett. He had showered
the singer with roses, chocolates and teddy-bears, but when the messages were
ignored, he began to mention threats to the band, including a potential sniper
attack. One email begged Miss Barrett to visit him at his home, claiming he was
the victim of an incurable brain-tumour and had only three weeks to live.
2005 . . A life-size bronze statue designed by Paul Daly
of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin. The ceremony was attended
by his former Thin Lizzy band members Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham.
2007 . . A concert in honor of Brad Delp named
Come Together, took place at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston. The concert
included, in order of appearance, Ernie and the Automatics, Beatlejuice, Farrenheit,
Extreme, Godsmack, RTZ, and finally the current version of Boston.
1882 . . Pyotr
Il'yich Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" debuts in Moscow.
. . Enrico Caruso married 25-year-old socialite, Dorothy
Park Benjamin, the daughter of a wealthy New York patent lawyer.
. . In Detroit, what will become WWJ (950 AM) became the
first radio station in America to start broadcasting.
1940 . . While
exiled in Mexico, Leon Trotsky was attacked with an ice pick by Stalinist agent
Jaime Ramón Mercader del Río. Leon dies of brain injuries the next
day in a Mexican hospital. His assassination is immortalised in The Stranglers'
song "No More Heroes".
1960 . . Connie
Francis begins working on the film "Where the Boys Are."
1965 . . The Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham
and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate records. Their first release was
The McCoy's 'Hang On Sloopy', Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Nico, later to join
Velvet Underground, all attended the launch party.
1967 . . The
New York Times reported about a noise reduction system for album and tape recording
developed by technicians R. and D.W. Dolby. Elektra Record's subsidiary, Checkmate
Records became the first label to use the new Dolby process in its recordings.
1968 . . The University of Tennessee reported that
a guinea pig subjected to days of rock music played at 120 decibels had suffered
acute hearing damage.
1968 . . Bobby Darin,
traumatized by the recent assassination of his good friend, Senator Robert Kennedy,
sells off his music publishing and production company, TM Music, for one million
. Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers of Invention right after
an eight-day tour in Canada. Zappa said that he was "tired of playing for
people who clap for all the wrong reasons."
1973 . . The
London Symphony Orchestra becomes the first British orchestra to take part in
the Salzburg Festival.
1973 . . Bruce Springsteen played the first of a seven night
run at Oliver's in Boston, Massachusetts playing two 60-minute sets each night.
1980 . . John Lennon began recording his final album, 'Double
Fantasy'. It would be released on November 17th by the newly-formed Geffen Records
and would win the 1982 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
. . Bruce Springsteen begins a special series of concerts
for Vietnam veterans at Los Angeles Arena.
1981 . . Thin
Lizzy's Phil Lynott appears at Kingston Crown Court where he is fined £200
for possessing cocaine.
1983 . . Madness, Joan
Jett, The Police and R.E.M. all appeared at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
1986 . . Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, made his first
live appearance with the band after losing an arm in a car accident, when they
appeared at the Monsters Of Rock Festival, Castle Donington, UK
. Lindsey Buckingham leaves Fleetwood Mac after refusing
to tour behind its latest album, Tango In The Night.
1988 . . At
the Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England, two fans are killed
during a set by Guns N' Roses. Axl Rose had implored the crowd, "Don't f**kin'
kill each other." With the ground wet and a record crowd of 107,000 at the
festival, the surge of bodies during the set caused the two fans to be trampled
or crushed to death.
1990 . . Aerosmith
appeared at the Marquee Club London, guitarist Jimmy Page joined the band on stage
for a blues jam.
1991 . . Nirvana and Sonic
Youth kicked off a joint European tour at Sir Henry's Pub, Cork, Ireland.
1992 . . A US doctor filed a $35m lawsuit against the Southwest
Bell phone company. He alleged that his wife died because he could not reach 911
due to all lines being jammed by demand of Garth Brooks concert tickets.
1996 . . Carlos Santana receives a star on Hollywood's Walk
1997 . . BBC TV aired the documentary
'Oasis; Right Here Right Now', with the group talking about their troublesome
last year, plus performances of three new songs from the Manchester band.
2003 . . Madame
Tussauds in London opened an interactive Pop Idol display with a speaking waxwork
of judge Simon Cowell. The waxwork made comments such as: 'That was extraordinary.
Unfortunately extraordinarily bad.' 'Do you really think that you could become
a Pop Idol' Well then you're deaf.' 'Thank you. Goodbye and That was the worst
performance I've ever seen'.
2004 . . A
man from Stoke-on-Trent, England, named Bryan Adams as the 'other man' in his
divorce papers after years spent trying to cope with his wife's obsession with
the singer. Rob Tinsley said he had to live with a 6ft cut-out of Adams which
stood at the foot of the bed and posters on the bedroom walls.
. . On what would have been Phil Lynott's 56th birthday,
a concert is held in Dublin featuring Thin Lizzy members Brian Downey, Scott Gorham
and Brian Robertson. Eric Bell, the original lead guitarist with Thin Lizzy, and
Gary Moore share the lead on the classic "Whiskey In The Jar".
2007 . . The funeral of Manchester music mogul and broadcaster,
Tony Wilson was held at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Manchester.
2008 . . The daughter of late country star Johnny Cash called
the use of her father's name to endorse a US presidential candidate appalling.
Country star John Rich implied Mr Cash would have backed Republican hopeful John
McCain while appearing at a rally in Florida, according to media reports. Writing
on her website, Roseanne Cash called the remarks presumptuous. Even
I would not presume to say publicly what I 'know' he thought or felt.
2012 . . Green Day partnered with the smash hit video game
"Angry Birds." A special 10-level edition of the game, featuring Billie
Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool as green pigs, is launched by video game
maker Rovio and players can even unlock a new Green Day song from the tenth level
of the game.
2013 . . Lady Gaga asked her fans
to stop sending online threats to her critics. The singer said she would not condone
"hateful or abusive language" directed towards others, adding "this
is not a healthy way to handle your emotions". Some of her fans had tweeted
death threats to dance producer Deadmau5, who criticised Gaga's video collaboration
with artist Marina Abramovic.
2013 . . Beyonce
had spent almost £1,500 at an Essex branch of chicken chain Nando's following
her performance at the V Festival in the UK. The headliner's receipt was posted
on Twitter and Nando's Chelmsford manager confirmed a member of Beyonce's entourage
called in with the order. The order included 48 whole chickens, 24 tubs of coleslaw,
58 chicken wing platters and 48 portions of chips. The receipt showed the meal
was apparently paid for in cash.
2015 . . Cilla
Black's funeral took place at St Mary's Church, Woolton. Tom Williams, the Roman
Catholic Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, led the service.
During the star's funeral Sir Cliff Richard
sang an emotional tribute to his close friend as he performed the gospel song,
Faithful One. She was buried in Allerton Cemetery, Allerton, Liverpool.
1938 . . The classic song "Ain't Misbehavin'"
was recorded by Fats Waller.
1923 . . In Kalamazoo,
Michigan, a local law was passed forbidding dancers from gazing into the eyes
of their partner.
1961 . . Patsy Cline recorded
the Willie Nelson song, Crazy. She was still on crutches after going
through a car windshield in a head-on collision two months earlier and had difficulty
reaching the high notes of the song at first due to her broken ribs.
1966 . . The Beatles performed in two cities due to a cancellation
because of the rain the previous day. They performed first at Crosley Field in
Cincinnati, Ohio, then had to flew to St. Louis, Missouri, for a concert at Busch
Stadium, where they performed under a tarpaulin due to heavy rain. It was this
that convinced Paul McCartney that The Beatles should stop performing live.
1967 . . Columbia Records re-sign Bob Dylan, despite opposition
from MGM, for whom he appeared to have already signed. MGM never countersigned
the contract and subsequently went out of business.
1968 . . Tommy
James and The Shondells returned to the UK No.1 position for the second time with
the single 'Mony Mony'. Funnily in 1987, Billy Idol's version of 'Mony Mony' replaced
another Tommy James hit at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 'I Think We're
Alone Now', covered by Tiffany.
1971 . . Appearing
at the Tregye Festival, Truro, were Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Hawkwind, Duster
Bennett, Brewers Droop, Indian Summer, Graphite and second from the bottom on
the bill, were Queen.
1971 . . Murderer George
Jackson is shot dead in a bizarre escape attempt at San Quentin prison, prompting
the Bob Dylan song "George Jackson".
1972 . . Jack
Casady of Jefferson Airplane was arrested after a fight broke out on stage during
a concert when the police had been called 'pigs'. Grace Slick was 'Maced' and
another group member injured at the show in Akron.
1976 . . It
was announced by RCA Victor records that the sales of Elvis Presley records passed
the 400 million mark.
1976 . . Lynyrd Skynyrd,
Todd Rundgren, 10cc and The Rolling Stones headline the Knebworth Fest, UK.
1979 . . Cliff Richard achieves his tenth UK No.1 and the
first for over 11 years.
1980 . . Linda Ronstadt
made her debut on Broadway in the production of Gilbert & Sullivan's "The
Pirates of Penzance".
1981 . . The first
Monsters of Rock Festival takes place at Donnington Castle.
. U2's Bono married his high
school sweetheart Alison Stewart at the Guinness Church of Ireland.
1983 . . Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone had a four hour
brain surgery operation, after being found unconscious in a New York Street where
he had been involved in a fight.
1986 . . Eric
Clapton's son Conor is born. Four years later, Conor dies in a tragic accident,
prompting Eric to write "Tears In Heaven".
1992 . . Sting
and Trudi Styler were married.
1993 . . Elton
John's longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin marries his third wife, Stephanie Haymes.
1993 . . John Denver fails a breathalyzer when his Porsche
is pulled over in Aspen, Colorado. He pleaded guilty to driving while over the
limit and is sentenced to 28 hours of community service, which included performing
a benefit concert for the Tipsy Taxi service.
1993 . . Michael
Jackson's Neverland Ranch is raided by police after a child who stayed there came
forward with allegations of molestation. Jackson lets police strip search him;
no charges were made.
1994 . . John Denver was
charged with drunken driving after crashing his Porsche into a tree, exactly one
year after a previous arrest for drink driving.
1995 . . Rock
band R.E.M. sued Hershey Foods, claiming the company exploited its name when it
ran a "Kit Kat - R.E.M. Concert" sweepstakes in Hershey candy bars.
The suit was eventually dropped.
1996 . . Rick
James gets out of jail after serving two years of a five-year sentence for holding
a woman hostage during a drug binge.
1996 . . Former
Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne sued to prevent the rest of the group from
touring as "The Heads." The suit was settled out of court.
1997 . . Oasis' 3rd album 'Be Here Now', became one of the
fastest selling albums ever, selling over 350,000 units on the first day of release.
The cover image for the album was shot at Stocks House in Hertfordshire, the former
home of Victor Lownes, the head of the Playboy Clubs in the UK.
. . At a press conference in the San Francisco Hard Rock
Cafe, Carlos Santana unveiled a limited-edition t-shirt bearing his artwork. He
autographed 500 of the shirts for distribution to foreign and domestic markets.
1997 . . Former Stone Roses drummer Alan Wren saw red and
was jailed for seven days after being rude to a Manchester Magistrate. He was
in court for having no car insurance and lost his temper after being quizzed about
2000 . . American rock band Survivor
filed a lawsuit against TVT Records after they released a soundtrack to the TV
show Survivor. Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan said, Its
unfortunate that after 23 years of building, promoting, and protecting the name
of our band, someone can suddenly come along and release a recording that uses
our name and takes away everything we have worked for.
. Atomic Kitten were facing legal action after sacking Andy
McCluskey, the songwriter who wrote the bands first No.1 'Whole Again.' The band
were about to be dropped by Innocent records when they recorded the song that
became a huge hit. The girls then wanted a bigger share of royalties, which McCluskey
had turned down. Under the original deal each girl got 4p from the sale of one
2006 . . German prosecutors announced
that they had decided against opening an investigation into Madonna after she
performed a controversial mock crucifixion scene at a concert on August 20.
2006 . . A man surfing the Internet in America foiled three
men who broke into a Liverpool shop in Liverpool, England. The man who had logged
onto a site streaming live footage of Mathew Street and a forthcoming Beatles
festival saw the men smashing a window of a shop and climb inside. He phoned Merseyside
police who arrested the men.
2012 . . Taylor
Swift's hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" became the single
with the biggest digital sales record ever for a female performing artist. The
sales figures of 623,000 digital copies is reported by Neilson SoundScan.
2008 . . Paedophile and ex-pop star Gary Glitter returned
to Thailand after being refused entry to Hong Kong. Chinese authorities informed
the UK Foreign Office they had barred Glitter from entry. He was earlier deported
from Vietnam after spending almost three years in jail for sexually abusing two
girls. He flew to Hong Kong from Bangkok after refusing to fly to the UK, and
had made a plea for medical treatment after saying he was suffering a heart attack.
1906 . . The
Victor Talking Machine Company of Camden, NJ, began to manufacture the Victrola.
The hand-cranked unit, with horn cabinet, sold for $200.
1938 . .
America's famous dancing partners, Fred Astaire and Ginger
Rogers, appear together on the cover of Life magazine.
1956 . . Elvis
Presley began work on his first movie, "Love Me Tender." The film was
originally entitled "The Reno Brothers."
1962 . . The
first TV appearance of The Beatles was recorded by Granada TV, who filmed a lunchtime
session at The Cavern Club in Liverpool; the performance was shown on 17th October
1963 . . Billy J Kramer And The Dakotas
went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Bad To Me.' A song John Lennon wrote
for them while on holiday in Spain with Brian Epstein. In 1964 the track became
the second LennonMcCartney composition to reach the US Top 40 for an artist
other than the Beatles.
1964 . . The Supremes
started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Where Did Our Love
Go' the group's first No.1. HollandDozierHolland had originally composed
the song for The Marvelettes to record, but they rejected the song, thinking it
1965 . . Awaiting their favorite group
at Granada Television's Manchester, England studios, over 200 screaming Rolling
Stones fans break through security barriers, causing the security guards on duty
to turn the fire hoses on them.
1966 . . Jerry
Lee Lewis was signed to play Iago in "Catch My Soul," a rock version
of Shakespeare's "Othello."
1966 . . New
York teenagers Carol Hopkins and Susan Richmond climbed out onto the ledge on
the second floor of a city hotel and threatened to jump unless they could get
to meet The Beatles who were staying in the city. Police talked the girls down.
1967 . . The Jimi Hendrix Experience,
Kiki Dee and Cat Stevens appeared on the BBC
TV Simon Dee show.
1968 . . Cynthia Powell Lennon
sued John Lennon for divorce on the grounds of adultery.
. . The Beatles met at John Lennon's Tittenhurst Park home in England for
their final ever photo session. Three shots from this session, by Ethan Russell,
formed the front and back covers of the Capitol compilation album Hey Jude. Yoko
Ono and a pregnant Linda McCartney appeared in some photographs with The Beatles.
1970 . . Creedence Clearwater Revival started
a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their album 'Cosmo's Factory'.
The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band rehearsed.
Bandleader John Fogerty was so insistent on practicing, nearly every day, that
drummer Cosmo Clifford began referring to the place as "the factory".
1970 . . Derek and the Dominoes began work on their
only studio album, "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs."
. . Elton John signed with UNI, a division of MCA Records.
. . Sex Pistol Sid Vicious made his last live stage appearance when he
appeared with Rat Scabies Glen Matlock and Nancy Spungen at London's Electric
Ballroom. Also Blondie,
Joan Jett , Elvis Costello, The Slits and
were in the audience.
1979 . .
In Through the Out Door was released in the US, Led Zeppelin's
last album while all four members were alive. 'Fool in the Rain' was released
as a single in the US. In Through The Out Door has now been certified 6 times
Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales
in excess of 6 million copies.
1985 . . Ricky
Nelson and Fats Domino begin filming the PBS-TV special Rockin' With Rick And
Fats, which sadly turned out to be Rick's last television appearance before his
death in a plane crash.
1987 . . Dusty Springfield
returns to UK chart at No. 10 with Pet Shop Boys and 'What Have I Done to Deserve
1987 . . Bon Jovi headlined the Mosters
of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England.
1988 . . The
TV documentary Aretha Franklin: Queen Of Soul, honoring the famed singer, airs
1992 . . Two days after their wedding,
Sting and Trudie Styler held their wedding reception; after The Troggs had played
a set, all three members of The Police got on stage and played a couple of numbers.
1997 . . Tim Weisberg sued former partner Dan Fogelberg
for alleged breach of contract and fraud over the recording of "No Resemblance
1997 . . Mark Wills made his
debut on the Grand Ole Opry and performed his song "Jacob's Ladder".
1998 . . Mark David Chapman said that he did
not want any of the money that would be made from the sale of the signed "Double
Fantasy" album that John Lennon signed for him the same day he was killed.
Chapman was serving sentence for Lennon's murder.
1998 . . Jim
Carrey joins Elton John on stage at a show in Anaheim, California, where the pair
duet on "Rocket Man". After a reasonably straight rendition, Carrey
sits at the piano and smashes his head into the keys. Hugh Grant and Elizabeth
Hurley in the audience.
2001 . . Fleetwood
Mac's Stevie Nicks postponed 2 concerts to undergo treatment for severe bronchitis.
2003 . . The IRS confiscated personal belongings
of Peabo Bryson to pay back taxes.
2003 . . Kjell
Henning Bjoernestad a Norwegian Elvis Presley impersonator set a world record
by singing the rock 'n' roll legend's hits non-stop for over 26 hours. The previous
record was set by British Elvis fan Gary Jay who sang for 25 hours 33 minutes
and 30 seconds.
2004 . . Bandleader Al Dvorin,
who coined the phrase "Elvis has left he building," died in a car accident
near Ivanpah, California, at age 82. He organized Elvis's concerts for 22 years,
starting in 1955.
2005 . . 50 Cent was suing
a US car dealer for allegedly using his name in an advert without permission.
Describing himself in the legal action as a "hugely successful artist known
for his good looks, 'gangsta' image and hard knocks success story". He was
seeking more than £1m (£555,150) from Gary Barbera Enterprises for
a Dodge Magnum advert with the line "Just Like 50 Says" alongside a
photo of him.
2007 . . Former Savage Garden
singer Darren Hayes was arrested on suspicion of racially abusing a member of
staff at a Thai restaurant in Soho, London. He was released on bail pending inquiries.
2012 . . Rap star LL Cool J confronted a burglar, Jonathan
Kirby, in his Los Angeles home. Cool J subdued the intruder giving him a broken
nose, jaw, and rib before the police arrived to take the suspect into custody.
2014 . . The BBC screens The Kate Bush Story:
Running up That Hill.
2014 . . Van Morrison's
former high school Orangefield High School / Orangefield Boys' Secondary School
closed its doors permanently. To mark the school's closure Morrison performed
in the school assembly hall for three nights of concerts from 2224 August.
2015 . . Former Pantera and current Hellyeah drummer Vinnie
Paul Abbott was denied entry to The Rockpool pool hall in Christchurch, New Zealand
because he refused to remove a bandana he was wearing. The
Rockpool owner Peter Whittaker did not comment on the Vinnie Paul incident but
said people with visible facial or neck tattoos were not welcome at his bar.
1947 . . Margaret
Truman, U.S. President Truman's daughter, gave her first public performance as
a singer. The event was at the Hollywood Bowl and had an audience of 15,000.
1962 . . John Lennon and Cynthia Powell marry
at Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool.
Their wedding night was spent at a Beatles gig at the nearby Riverpark Ballroom.The
marraige ended on November 8th 1968.
1963 . . The
Rolling Stones appeared on UK TV show Ready, Steady, Go! for the first time, performing
their debut single 'Come On.' The group made a total of 20 appearances on the
show between '63 - '66.
1964 . . The Beatles
play a concert at the Hollywood Bowl intended for a live album, but the screaming
crowd lowers the sound quality and the album is scrapped.
1965 . .
200 Rolling Stones fans have water hoses turned on them
by security guards outside Manchester TV studios, after they broke down barriers
while waiting for the band to arrive for a performance.
1966 . . The
Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double a sided 'Yellow Submarine
- Eleanor Rigby'. Paul McCartney said he came up with the name Eleanor from actress
Eleanor Bron, who had starred with The Beatles in the film Help! and Rigby came
from the name of a store in Bristol, Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit
1967 . . Joni Mitchell played her first
ever UK show when she opened for The Piccadilly Line at The Marquee Club in London.
1967 . . Keith Moon drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln
car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool. As his birthday party had become out of
control, the police were called. Moon, tried to ecsape and snuck outside, got
into a Lincoln Continental Limousine and attempted to make a getaway, but in his
inebriated state he released the handbrake, and began rolling towards the pool.
He simply sat back and waited, as the car crashed through the fence around the
pool and into the water.
. . Ringo Starr quit The Beatles in the middle of the White Album sessions
when the non stop bickering and tension became too much for him. The news of Ringo's
departure was kept secret, and he rejoined the sessions on September 3rd. After
Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded 'Back In the USSR', with Paul
on drums and John playing bass.
1968 . . The
Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at Singer Bowl, Flushing Meadow Park, New York,
along with Soft Machine and Big Brother and the Holding Company.
. . Ibex, which featured vocalist Freddie Bulsara, later
Freddie Mercury, played a gig at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, Lancashire, UK.
1970 . . Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together
for the last time at the New York Club 'Max's Kansas City'.
. The local papers report that John Lennon, while staying
in mistress' May Pang's New York apartment during his infamous "lost weekend,"
has spotted a UFO. John's next album, Walls and Bridges, contains this notation
in the inner booklet: "On 23 August 1974, I saw a UFO J.L."
1975 . . Peter Gabriel leaves progressive rock group Genesis.
1975 . . Joy Division singer Ian Curtis aged 19, married
18 year old Deborah Woodruff whom he met while still at school. They remained
married until his death when he hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in
Macclesfield, UK at the age of 23.
1980 . . The
Heatwave Festival, Toronto took place with Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The
B-52's, The Pretenders, Rockpile and The Rumour. Tickets $30, with only 50,000
people attending the festival lost over $1 million.
1980 . .
David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ashes To Ashes'. The video
for 'Ashes to Ashes' cost a huge £250,000, and was at the time the most
expensive music video ever made.
1980 . . The
Heatwave Festival in Toronto, Canada kicked off with Talking Heads, Elvis Costello,
The B-52's, The Pretenders, Rockpile and The Rumour. Tickets cost $30, but with
only 50,000 people attending the festival lost over $1 million.
. . At a 20th anniversary "Summer Of Love" celebration
concert in Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angel Camp, California featuring the
Grateful Dead, a man who escaped from a drug treatment facility shot a policeman
and is then shot dead himself.
1991 . . The three
day Reading Festival in England kicks off, with Nirvana, Iggy Pop, Sisters of
Mercy, Sonic Youth, Pop Will Eat Itself, Dinosaur Jr, Chapterhouse, Silverfish,
Babes in Toyland, James, The Fall, De La Soul, Blur, Teenage Fanclub, Flowered
Up, The Fat Lady Sings, Kingmaker, Mercury Rev and Neds Atomic Dustbin appearing
at this years fest.
1993 . . Duran Duran get
a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame
1993 . . The
Los Angeles Police Department formally announced that Michael Jackson was the
subject a criminal investigation.
1995 . . Dwayne
Goettel, keyboardist with Skinny Puppy, was found dead of an apparent heroine
overdose at the home of his parents in Canada.
1995 . . Natalie
Merchant, former lead singer for 10,000 Maniacs, became the first guest in a series
of live chats on the Elektra Entertainment Group's World Wide Web site.
1998 - "Scary Spice" aka Melanie Brown of the
Spice Girls announced that she was pregnant.
1999 . . Phil
Everly marries his third wife, Patti Arnold, at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
2000 . . Kenny Loggins is awarded a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
2002 . . Prodigy, Muse, Sum 41,
The Strokes, Foo Fighters, Offspring, Janes Addiction, Pulp, The Dandy Warhols,
Jimmy Eat World, Incubus, The White Stripes, Feeder, Cornershop and others appeared
at the UK Carling Leeds-Reading Weekend Festival.
2003 . . Lee
Ryan of boy band Blue was banned from driving for 18 months after admitting drink-driving.
Ryan was also ordered to pay a £2250 fine at Tower Bridge magistrate's court
2005 . . Les McKeown the lead singer
of the Bay City Rollers appeared in court charged with drugs offences. He was
accused of conspiring with four other people, including the band's drummer Pat
McGlynn, to supply cocaine. He was arrested in Dalston, east London, in June as
part of a major police operation.
2007 . . Brian
May of UK rock band Queen gets a degree from London's Imperial College, not one
of those honorary degrees - he earned a PhD in astrophysics.
. . Comedy writer Buddy Sheffield, sued Disney alleging that he originally
came up with the idea for Hannah Montana but was never compensated by Disney.
In the lawsuit, Sheffield claimed that he pitched an idea for a TV series with
the name of Rock and Roland to Disney Channel in 2001 with the plot
of a junior high student who lived a secret double life as a rock star.
. . Singer-songwriter Erykah Badu joins My Morning Jacket during their
performance in Dallas to perform her song "Tyrone."
. . Madonna
began her "Sticky & Sweet" tour. When the tour ended, September
2nd 2009, it was the highest grossing tour on record, grossing a total of US $408
million ($448.5 in 2015 dollars and still remains the highest grossing tour by
a female artist and the fifth highest-grossing tour of all time, 2015)
. . A man found in the pool house at Jennifer Lopez's mansion
in the exclusive Hamptons area of New York was charged with stalking. According
to police, the singer had a restraining order against John Dubis, who was a retired
firefighter, was also charged with burglary, criminal contempt and possessing
1956 . . 'Studio 51', London's first rock-and-roll
club, opens. Rory Blackwell is the first to play.
1956 . . Little
Richard played the Cotton Club in Lubbock, Texas; Buddy Holly is in the audience.
. . Bobby Daren recorded "La Mer (Beyond The Sea)" which went
on (in 1960) to be the first UK hit single to have a foreign language title.
1963 . . Stevie Wonder became the first artist ever to
score a US No.1 album and single in the same week. Wonder was at No.1 on the album
chart with 'Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius' and had the No.1 single
'Fingertips part 2'. This was also the first ever live recording to make No.1.
1964 . . Beatles manager Brian Epstein meets
Elvis Presley manager "Colonel" Tom Parker for the first time when they
have lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
1966 . . The
Doors started recording their first album "The Doors" at Sunset Sound
Recording Studios, West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California.
1967 . . A 17-yearold Bruce Springsteen joined a group called
1967 . . Patti Harrison talks husband
George into attending lecture by Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi at the Hilton Hotel, Park
Lane, London. Having sent a note requesting an audience, the Mahareshi invites
them and the other Beatles to University College, Bangor, where he is holding
a Spiritual Regeneration Course.
1968 . . Free,
Traffic, Bonzo Dog Band, Family, The Incredible String Band, Fairport Convention,
Blossom Toes, Pretty things, Deviants, and Blonde On Blonde all appeared over
two nights at The Roundhouse in London, UK.
1969 . . Arlo
Guthrie's film Alice's Restaurant, based on his hit song of the same name, premieres
in both Los Angeles and New York.
1969 . . John
Lennon writes, rehearses, and records a song about his recent heroin withdrawal
entitled "Cold Turkey," where he also puts into practice his recent
introduction to "primal scream" therapy.
1975 . . Queen
started 3 weeks of recording 'Bohemian Rhapsody' at Rockfield studio's in Monmouth,
Wales. Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed
the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts
continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.
1977 . . Singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings was arrested
and charged with possession of cocaine. Jennings had recently been named an honorary
1978 . . Bruce Springsteen appeared
on the cover of "Rolling Stone".
. . The Ramones' movie, Rock & Roll High School was
released to theaters
1979 . . B.B. King celebrates his 30th anniversary
in music with a gig at the Roxy Club in Los Angeles
1979 . . The
Cars performed at New York's Central Park for an audience of a half million people.
1980 . . The 20th National Rock Festival Reading Rock
80 kicks off with Iron Maiden Whitesnake, Def Leppard, UFO, Gillan, Pat Travers
Band and Rory Gallagher all appeariing. Advance tickets £12.50.
1981 . . Mark Chapman is sentenced to twenty years in jail
for the murder of John Lennon
1983 . . Jerry
Lee Lewis' fifth wife, Shawn Michelle Stevens was found dead at their Mississippi
home of a methadone overdose. They had been married less than three months.
1989 . . The Who performed Tommy at the Universal Amphitheatre,
in LA with special guests Elton John, Steve Winwood, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle
and Billy Idol.
1990 . . Sinead O'Connor refused
to perform if the United States National Anthem was played before her show at
the Garden State Arts Plaza in Homdel, NJ, as is custom. A patriotic uproar ensued
which led to several radio stations banning her music.
1990 . . The
first "New York Rock & Soul Revue" is held in Southampton, New York,
it is led by Donald Fagen of Steely Dan and his girlfriend Libby Titus.
1990 . . Judas Priest successfully defended themselves against
a lawsuit, after two fans attempted suicide while listening to the Stained Class
album. Both fans eventually died, one immediately from a shotgun blast, and the
other on a second attempt three years later by a methadone overdose. The prosecution
claimed that there were subliminal messages in the groups music that caused
the two seventeen year olds to carry out the suicide pact in 1985.
1994 . . Dave Abbruzzese quit Pearl Jam. He was replaced
with drummer Jack Irons.
1996 . . Oasis singer
Liam Gallagher failed to turn up for the recording of the bands MTV unplugged
session at London's Royal Festival Hall in front of 400 fans. He later sat in
the audience and watched the show with his brother Noel taking over on vocals.
1996 . . 'Missing' by UK duo Everything But The Girl
broke the all-time US chart stay record previously held by The Four Seasons' 'December,
1963 (Oh What A Night)', when it appeared on the Billboard chart for the 55th
1998 . . Ingrid Pederson claimed to be
the half-sister of John Lennon. She said she waited so long with this information
to spare her adopted mother's feelings.
1998 . . Shania
Twain's concert in Syracuse, NY was halted when lightning hit the ground 40 yards
behind the stage.
2001 . . The Backstreet Boys
resumed their "Black & Blue World Tour 2001" after their tour had
to be halted on July 9th when A.J. McLean entered a treatment centre for depression
and alcohol abuse.
2003 . . Dick Peterson from
The Kingsmen joins 753 other guitarists to perform "Louie Louie" for
a charity fundraiser in Tacoma, Washington.
2004 . .
It was reported that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum had acquired
a Gibson L-5 accoustic guitar that had once been owned by "Mother Maybelle"
2005 . . Justin Timberlake accepted
libel damages for a fabricated story that he had an affair behind girlfriend Cameron
Diaz's back. A News of the World article in July 2004 alleged Mr Timberlake had
sexual relations with model Lucy Clarkson. The singer's solicitor Simon Smith
told London's High Court Ms Clarkson had admitted lying to the newspaper.
2007 . . Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders opens
Mark Lindsay's Rock And Roll Cafe in his native Portland, Oregon. The restaurant
closes the next year.
2007 . . The Maricopa County
Sheriffs office raids DMXs Cave Creek home. They find 12 pitbulls
in bad condition and three others already dead. They also discover a cache of
weapons. DMX is not on the premises during the raid, and is not immediately charged
2008 . . Jimmy Page and Leona
Lewis perform during the closing ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at
the National Stadium. The duo performed a Led Zeppelin classic "Whole Lotta
2009 . . The Los Angeles County Coroner
ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide caused by a mix of drugs meant to treat
2010 . . George Michael pleaded guilty
at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in London to driving under the influence
of drugs. He had been arrested in July when he crashed his car while returning
home from the London Gay Pride parade.
2007 . . During
a routine medical exam in Gainesville, FL, Bo Diddley complains of dizziness and
nausea and is admitted to a local hospital, where he is diagnosed as having had
a heart attack.
2012 . . Country singer Randy
Travis gets arrested, again, for a brawl at a church in Texas where he was fighting
over a woman. The incident leads to him being cited for assault, giving him another
citation to add to his collection.
2014 . . Death
Row Records founder Marion 'Suge' Knight was injured in a shooting at a party
that Chris Brown was hosting in Los Angeles. Another man and a woman, were also
shot at the 1 Oak nightclub, West Hollywood.
2015 . .
Fans went into meltdown when One Direction announce the band will temporarily
go on hiatus in March 2016 for a year to pursue solo careers.
1941 . . Skinnay Ennis and his orchestra recorded
the tune, "Dont Let Julia Fool Ya".
1957 . . Canadian
singer, songwriter Paul Anka was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Diana',
written about his brother's baby-sitter. He was the first teenage solo act to
1961 . . After playing a lunchtime
gig at The Cavern Liverpool, The Beatles played aboard the Merseyside riverboat
"M.V.Royal Iris" supporting Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band.
Tickets cost 8/6.
1962 . . 'The Loco-motion'
went to No.1 on the US singles chart with The Carole King and Gerry Goffin song.
It was offered to Dee Dee Sharp, who turned it down. The writers had their babysitter
'Little Eva' record it, who took it to No.1.
1965 . . Two
females hired a helicopter to fly over the house which The Beatles were renting
in Beverly Hills, California; the fans jumped from the helicopter into the swimming
1967 . . Bobbie Gentry started a four week
run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Ode To Billy Joe'. The song generated
eight Grammy nominations, resulting in three wins for Gentry and one win for arranger
1967 . . Brian Wilson makes rare
appearance on stage with Beach Boys in Hawaii, he had been suffering from stage-fright
for over 2 years.
1970 . . Emerson, Lake &
Palmer performed for the first time at Plymouth Guildhall in England.
1970 . . Elton John plays his first-ever American show at
the Troubador in Los Angeles
1973 . . Allman
Brother, Butch Trucks breaks his leg in a car accident in Macon, Georgia, only
yards from the spot where Duane Allman was killed two years earlier.
. . Frankie Avalon's summer replacement variety series, Easy Does It, debuts
1977 . . California governor Jerry
Brown appointed singer and longtime environmental activist Helen Reddy to the
state's Parks Commission.
1979 . . 25 years after
his first UK No.1 single Cliff Richard had his 10th chart topper with 'We Don't
1980 . . The Broadway musical
"42nd Street" opened.
1981 . . R.E.M.
appeared at The Scorpio, Charlotte, Nth Carolina. The show was billed "Charlotte's
First Gay New Wave Disco and Costume Party", with the $3 tickets benefiting
various gay-lesbian charities.
1989 . . Richard
Michael Daley the mayor of Chicago declared
today "Pops Staples Day" in honor of the leader of The Staple Singers.
1993 . . 22-year-old Philip Woldemariam was shot
in Los Angeles and Snoop Doggy Dogg was charged with first-degree murder as an
accomplice. Dogg's bodyguard, McKinley Lee, was charged with first-degree murder.
Lee and Dogg said the shooting was in self-defense after Woldemariam pulled a
1994 . . Robert Plant and Jimmy Page reunite
in a London studio to record their MTV "Unplugged" show, which they
1994 . . Billy Joel was officially divorced from
Christie Brinkley, after 9 years of marriage.
. Jimmy Buffett swam to safety after crashing his Grumman G-44 Widgeon
seaplane while trying to take off in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
. . A deranged man who had escaped from a mental institution near Helsinki
Finland was arrested. The man had planned to set fire to the stage that Michael
Jackson was performing from was arrested before he was able to light the gasoline
he had put on the stage.
1997 . . Various artists
recorded "Make a Miracle" to help the children of St. Jude Children's
1999 . . Oasis bass player
Paul McGuigan announced he had quit the band just a few days after guitarist Bonehead
had left the band.
2000 . . It was announced
that Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan III would be asking a federal court in
Chicago, for a preliminary injunction against CBS Corp. and TVT Records LLC concerning
the soon to be released soundtrack from the CBS TV series "Survivor".
2000 . . Eminem, Beck, Stereophonics, Oasis, Primal Scream,
Foo Fighters, The Bluetones, Muse, Blink 182, Slipknot, Placebo, Pulp, Rage Against
The Machine, Gomez, Limp Bizkit, Embrace and The Wannadies all appeared at Carling
Weekend Reading and Leeds festival in England.
2001 . . Aaliyah
and eight others were killed when their plane crashed in Marsh Harbor, in the
Abacos islands of the northern Bahamas. The engines failured due to the plane
2005 . . Slash and Duff, two
former members of Guns N' Roses were suing singer Axl Rose for allegedly naming
himself sole administrator of the US rock band's copyrights. They accused Rose
of "arrogance and ego". The legal action claimed the singer "was
no longer willing to acknowledge the contributions of his former partners".
2006 . . Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton misses his first
ever gig in 24 years after being diagnosed with throat cancer.
. . Arthur Brown catches on fire while singing his 1968
hit "Fire" on stage in Lewes, England, when he was wearing his customary
tinfoil hat with a small fire burning in the centre.
2007 . . The
Veronicas' fashion line for Target stores was released in Australia. "It's
a bit punk princess, mixed with rock 'n' roll,'' says Lisa Origliasso.
2009 . . Chris Brown was sentenced to five years probation
and six months hard labor for beating Rihanna when he was arrested for the assault
earlier in February 2009, the night of the Grammy awards. He was also ordered
to stay away from her for the next five years and was ordered to undergo a full
year of domestic violence counseling.
2009 . .
During his weekly radio show broadcast on 6 Music, Bob Dylan revealed , that he
was speaking to a number of car companies about becoming the voice of their satellite
navigation systems. The 68 year-old said he thought it be would be good for drivers
to hear him saying things such as: "Take a left at the next street. No, a
right. You know what, just go straight".
2010 . . A
selection of previously unseen photographs of The Beatles went on display in Liverpool
at the Victoria Gallery and Museum. The images were taken by Astrid Kirchherr
the former girlfriend of original bass player Stuart Sutcliffe, who took pictures
of the band's early years.
2014 . . Led Zeppelin's
'Whole Lotta Love' was voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners
of BBC Radio 2 in the UK. The rock classic came out top from a list of 100 riffs
drawn up by a panel of Radio 2 and 6 Music DJs, critics and record producers.
'Sweet Child O' Mine' by Guns 'N' Roses was second in the poll, with 'Back In
Black' (AC/DC) and 'Smoke On The Water' (Deep Purple) the next most popular.
1936 . . After
playing some Duke Elllington music, Helen McKay sings "Here's Looking At
You," the first song ever broadcast on television in a test broadcast from
London's Alexandra Palace .
1939 . . The
radio program, "Arch Oboler's Plays" presented the NBC Symphony for
the first time.
1957 . . Buddy Holly & The
Crickets perform "That'll Be The Day" on Dick Clark's American Bandstand
1963 . . Cilla Black made her
first major concert appearance at The Odeon Cinema Southport on a bill with The
1965 . . Sonny & Cher were at No.1
on the UK chart with 'I Got You Babe'; Sonny was inspired to write the song to
capitalize on the popularity of the term "babe," as heard in Bob Dylan's
'It Ain't Me Babe'.
1967 . . The Beatles follow
their new lecturer, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to University College in Bangor,
North Wales, along with Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull. After
his lecture the group holds a press conference to announce that they've become
his disciples in the "Spiritual Regeneration Movement" and officially
renounced the use of all drugs.
1967 . . Small
Faces, Move, The Gass, Tomorrow, Denny Laine, Jeff Beck, Eric Burdon and Marmalade
all appeared on the first day of the 3-day non-stop happening 'Festival of the
Flower Children' at Woburn Abbey, England; day tickets cost £1.
1967 . . Jimi Hendrix releases "Purple Haze".
1968 . . The first Beatles single on their own Apple Records
was released in the U.S. ... "Hey Jude" b/w "Revolution."
1969 . . Elvis Presley had written a soprano
part for backup singer Cissy Houston during "Are You Lonesome Tonight",
her actual live performance of it tonight at the International Hotel in Vegas
strikes Elvis as extremely funny, leading to a collector's classic: a performance
where Elvis could not stop laughing. "That's it, man, fourteen years right
down the drain," he jokes as the song ends.
1970 . . Jimi
Hendrix held a party to celebrate the official opening of his 'Electric Ladyland
Studios' in New York City. Patti Smith was there, along with Ronnie Wood, Eric
Clapton and Steve Winwood.
1970 . . The legendary
1970 Isle of Wight festival kicks off at the East Afton Farm, I of W, England.
Some 600,000 people attend the largest rock festival of all time. Artists included
The Doors, The Who, Chicago, Richie Havens, John Sebastian, Joan Baez, Ten Years
After, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull and Jimi Hendrix
topping the bill on the 30th.
1970 . . Duane
Allman started recording as a member of Eric Clapton's new band, Derek & the
1973 . . 10CC made their live debut
at the Palace Lido Isle of Man at the start of an UK tour.
. Bobby Darin performed his final concert, at the Las Vegas
1976 . . Steven Tyler of Aerosmith appears
on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Annie Leibovitz took the photo at 6am,
which shows him haggard and bleary eyed after just 2 hours sleep.
1978 . . The first Canada Jam Festival in Ontario took place.
1980 . . Tom Peterson quit Cheap Trick due to
the 'personal and musical differences'. He was replaced by Pete Comita. He returned
to the group in 1988. He returned after 8 years.
1981 . . The
mayor of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Marion Dewar, declares today "Paul Anka
Day" in honor of its native son.
1983 . . The
film "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence," starring David Bowie, opened in
the United States
1987 . . Sonny Bono announced
that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, CA. He won the election.
1990. . Randy Newman wins an Emmy for his score to the legendary
ABC-TV flop series Cop Rock.
1993 . . A recording
of the Beatles playing "Kansas City" and "Some Other Guy"
at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962 fetches a record of approximately $32,000
at Christie's auction house in London.
1994 . . Scottish
singer/songwriter Frankie Miller suffers a brain hemorrhage while in New York,
lapsing into a five-month coma .
1995 . . Blur
scored their first UK No.1 single with 'Country House' and won a media battle
with Oasis for the No.1 spot. Both acts released their singles on the same day,
'Country House' topped the chart, selling 270,000 copies, compared to 220,000
sold by 'Roll with It', seeing Oasis entering the chart at No.2.
. . Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was admitted
to hospital after crashing on his motorbike while driving down Sunset Boulevard.
1997 . . Boyzone began a tour of Southeast Asia
in Gangalore, India. It was a first-time tour launch for the region by an international
2001 . . Madonna filmed live footage at
The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, MI. The show was released as "Drowned
World Tour 2001" on November 13, 2001.
2002 . . Herman's
Hermits leader Peter Noone files an unsuccessful lawsuit against former Hermits
drummer Barry Whitwam, attempting to block him from touring with new musicians
under the group name.
2003 . . Jimi Hendrix was
voted as the greatest guitarist in rock history, in a list of guitar greats produced
by Rolling Stone magazine. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry,
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Ry Cooder all made it into the top 10.
. . A post office near the LA studio where Ray Charles recorded
much of his music was renamed after the R&B legend. A federal bill was signed
by US President George Bush to rename the post office.
2005 . . A
plaque was unveiled by fellow Quarrymen John Duff Lowe and Colin Hantonat at the
site where the band which was to become The Beatles made their first recordings.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison recorded a version of Buddy Holly's
'That'll Be The Day' and a Lennon-Harrison song, 'In Spite Of All The Danger'
as The Quarrymen at the Percy Philips studio in Liverpool in 1958.
2007 . . Police raided the home of US rap star DMX, they
found 12 neglected pit bull terrier dogs and a number of guns. The bodies of three
more dogs had been buried. No arrests were made and DMX told police he had not
been at the property in Arizona for at least two months.
2014 . .
Kate Bush has made her stage comeback at London's Hammersmith
Apollo, her first live concert for 35 years. She received a standing ovation as
she closed the show with 'Cloudbusting', from her 1985 hit album The Hounds of
Love. The 22 shows had completely sold out in less than fifteen minutes, after
tickets were released in March of this year.
2015 . . Occult-themed
heavy metal band Huntress, played a sold-out show in Los Angeles at Loaded. After
the show, singer Jill Janus had complications from surgery that left her in severe
pain. The band have had to pull out of the Avatar Tour.
2015 . . Black
Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi made an appearance at Birmingham, England's Bullring
Shopping Centre to bring awareness to Macmillan Cancer Support's "Not Alone"
Isolation Box, which highlights the plight of lonely cancer patients in the U.K.
1889 . . Charles G. Conn received a patent for
the metal clarinet.
1931 . . Credited as one
of the world's greatest yodelers, Harry Hopkinson aka Harry Torrani, billed as
the "Yodeling Cowboy from Chesterfield", recorded
his first yodelling song for the Regal Zonophone label, "Honeymoon Yodel"
coupled with "Happy and Free".
1964 . . The Honeycombs were at No.1 on the UK singles chart
with 'Have I The Right', their only UK No.1.
1964 . . Disney
released Mary Poppins, a Sherman Brothers musical starring Julie Andrews.
1965 . . The Beatles met Elvis Presley for the first and
the only time. They went to his rented house in Bel Air California, where they
played together into the early hours jamming along to records.
. . Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, was found dead in his
home from an overdose of sleeping pills.
1970 . . Jimi
Hendrix created his last ever studio recording when he recorded "Slow Blues"
at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.
1977 . . Jimmy
Buffett marries his second wife, Jane Slagsvol, she co-wrote two of his songs,
"Something So Feminine About A Mandolin" and "Kick It In Second
1977 . . Jackson Browne plays the
Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
1983 . . Barry
Manilow appeared at
the British stately home, Blenheim Palace.
1988 . . 'Monkey' gave George Michael his eighth
US No.1 single of the 1980s, a record only beaten by Michael Jackson.
1989 . . Izzy Stradlin from Guns N' Roses was arrested for
making a public disturbance on a US air flight. He had urinated on the floor,
verbally abused a stewardess and smoked in the non-smoking section of the aircraft.
1990 . . Stevie Ray Vaughn and three members of Eric Clapton's
band were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin.
1993 . . UK's
3 day Reading Festival kicked off with headline acts New Order, The The, The Lemonheads,
Rage Against The Machine, Dinosaur JR, plus on the Melody Maker stage, Blur, Radiohead,
The Boo Radleys and Shampoo.
1992 . . John Lennon's
handwritten lyrics to "A Day In The Life" sold for $87,000 at an auction.
1995 . . Neil Young headlined the Reading Festival
with Pearl Jam as his backing band.
1997 . . Steven
Seagal kicked off a North American music tour to promote his film "Fire Down
1999 . . The Charlatans, Blur, Red
Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, Catatonia, Reef, The Chemical Brothers, The
Divine Comedy, Pavement, Silverchair, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion all appeared
at The Carling Reading 3 day festival, England,
. . Janis Ian married her girlfriend, Nashville defense lawyer Patricia
Snyder, in Toronto.
2003 . . P Diddy was being
sued for $5m/£3.20m by a woman who claimed she was assaulted by a bouncer
outside his New York restaurant. Stephanie Grieso, said she was arguing outside
Justin's in August 2002 when a bouncer grabbed her by the neck and pushed her
down on the pavement, causing leg injuries.
2007 . .
Kevin Federline's lawyers asked Britney Spears to pay some of her former husband's
legal expenses in their divorce case. His legal team said Federline had "no
net income" after various expenses, and that Ms Spears was "clearly
the monied party" in the dispute.
2008 . . Melissa
Etheridge performed at the U.S. 2008 Democratic National Convention.
. . Madonna was named the world's top-earning celebrity over the past year.
The 55-year-old made an estimated $125m/£80m with her MDNA tour, clothing
and fragrance lines, according to Forbes.
2013 . .
To celebrate the band's 40th anniversary, Alabama reunites for Alabama
& Friends, a tribute album with some of the group's biggest hits sung with
contemporary country artists like Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Jason Aldean.
2013 . . Miley Cyrus's risque performance at the MTV VMAs
drew complaints from a parenting pressure group in the US. The Parents Television
Council (PTC) issued a complaint against the channel over the 20-year-old's routine,
which saw her dance suggestively in a nude bikini with singer Robin Thicke. It
argued the show should not have been rated as suitable for 14 year olds, adding:
"Heads should roll at MTV".
2015 . . Rock
band Motorhead was forced to cancel its concert in Salt Lake City after playing
only three or four songs due to the fact that the band's frontman, Lemmy Kilmister,
was not feeling well. Various reports indicate that he complained to the crowd
that he couldn't breathe and/or was experiencing severe back pain prior to stopping
the show and leaving the stage.
2015 . . Former
Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach joined the Los Angeles-based all-gay tribute band
GAYC/DC on stage last night at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, California to
perform the AC/DC classic "T.N.T.".
1850 . . Wagners opera, "Lohengrin,"
was performed for the first time.
1931 . . "You
Rascal You" was recorded by Henry "Red" Allen with the Luis Russell
1960 . .
At the age of 17, Barry White completed his four month prison
term for stealing 300 tires from a Cadillac dealership. Having heard Elvis sing
"It's Now Or Never" in prison, he is now determined to become a singer.
1961 . . Motown releases what would be its first No.1
hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes.
1963 . . Bob
Dylan and Joan Baez were prominent in the civil rights movement, singing together
at the March on Washington.
1963 . . Peter, Paul
& Mary performed "Blowin' In The Wind" before Civil Rights marchers
who had gathered in Washington to hear Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous
"I Have A Dream" speech
1964 . . After
playing a show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York The Beatles met up with
Bob Dylan for the first time. It was this day in The Delmorico Hotel in New York
that Dylan introduced the fab four to marijuana.
1964 . . The
Beatles appeared on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.
. The Rolling Stones announced that Allen Klein, who they
had met three days earlier, would co-manage the group along with Andrew Long Oldham.
At the same time, The Stones signed a five-year recording deal with Decca Records.
.1965 . . Bob Dylan plays
"Desolation Row" for the first time at the Forest Hills Music Festival
in Queens, New York.
1965 . . The Beach Boys
'California Girls' was at No.3 on the US singles chart, the single peaked at No.26
in the UK. The music for the song came from Brian Wilson's first LSD experience.
1966 . . The Beatles performed at Dodger Stadium, LA, before
a crowd of 45,000. Their attempt to escape from the stadium in an armored truck
is thwarted when the main gate was found to be locked. The Beatles have to spend
two hours in the back of the truck before they can leave the stadium.
1967 . . In San Francisco, Grateful Dead, along with Janis
Joplin's group Big Brother & the Holding Company, play the funeral of a Hell's
Angel killed after being hit by a car.
1968 . . Tammy
Wynette recorded 'Stand By Your Man' at Epic studios after an idea for a song
came from producer, Billy Sherrill. Wynette and Sherril wrote the song in 15 minutes,
then recorded it. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette's career
and is one of the most covered songs in the history of country music
. . Paul and Linda McCartney have their first child: a daughter, Mary,
named after Paul's mother.
. . The
Jackson 5 released "I'll Be There"; this became The Jackson 5's fourth
No.1 hit in a row, after "I Want You Back", "ABC", and "The
Love You Save", making them the first black male group to achieve four consecutive
No.1 pop hits. "I'll Be There"
also went on to be the most successful single released by
Motown during its "Detroit era" of 195972.
1970 . .
During a four-week engagement at The International Hotel
in Las Vegas, a security guard at the hotel received a phone call in which he
was told Elvis Presley would be shot during his last show. The person demanded
$50,000 to reveal the name of the potential killer. Later that day a menu was
found in Elvis mail at the hotel on which Elvis face was destroyed
and a gun had been drawn pointing to his heart. The threats were taken very seriously.
Elvis played his last show without any incident
1972 . . David
Bowie and the Spiders from Mars made their debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.
1973 . . Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water"
is certified gold.
. . The Sex Pistols made their TV debut on the British TV
on the music show 'So It Goes' performing
'Anarchy in the UK' ... Clive James wrote
about his appearance on the show in The Observer, and in particular expressed
disapproval of the Sex Pistols, referring to Johnny Rotten, whose name he had
evidently forgotten - as "a foul-mouthed ball of acne calling himself something
like Kenny Frightful".
1984 . . The Jacksons' Victory Tour broke the record for
concert ticket sales. The group surpassed the 1.1 million mark in only two months.
1985 . . INXS formed in Sydney in 1977 as Farriss Brothers,
begin their first world tour, starting in Australia
1986 . . Tina
Turner receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
. . The anti-corporate-pollution benefit concert Get Tough On Toxics is
held in Long Beach, California, featuring members of Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and
1988 . . Kylie Minogue set a new
UK record when her debut album 'Kylie' became the biggest selling album by a female
artist in Britain with sales of almost two million.
1993 . . Billy
Joel started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'River Of Dreams.'
The singers second wife, one time model Christie Brinkley, painted the album cover
which was later voted worst album cover of the year.
1995 . .
Oingo Boingo announced they would break up following a series of Halloween shows
1996 . . Isaac Hayes officially
protests the use of Sam and Dave's classic "Soul Man", which he wrote,
by the Bob Dole US Presidential campaign and had renamed it "I'm A Dole Man".
1998 . . Geri Halliwell announced that she was
selling off her Spice Girls clothes in a charity auction. The PVC cat suit she
used to wear was up for £5000 knee high boots for £1200 and the Union
Jack dress she wore to the Brit Awards for £8000.
. . The movie Studio 54, about the legendary New York Disco, opens starring
Ryan Phillippe and Mike Myers as the club's owners.
. . The Frankie Lymon biopic 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love' opens in theaters.
Named after Lymon's famous song, the film stars Larenz Tate, Halle Berry and Vivica
2000 . . The
first "Hole in the Sky"
metal festival kicks off in Poperinge,
Norway. The festival was named after a famous Black Sabbath song, which appears
on their Sabotage album.
2005 . . For the second
time in two years, Art Garfunkel is arrested for marijuana possession.
. . Britney Spears and Madonna share a kiss during the opening performance
of the MTV Video Music Awards. Madonna then kisses Christina Aguilera, the director
cuts the scene short to get a shot of Justin Timberlake in the audience.
. . Lou Rawls was awarded an honorary doctorate in from
Ohio's Wilberforce University in recognition of his charity work with the United
Negro College Fund and his "lifelong service to the education of historically
2004 .. The Rasmus
were booed off stage just one song into their set at this years 3 day Reading
Festival. They were the first of 2 acts to be booed off stage over the weekend;
50 cents followed the next day!
2005 . . Art
Garfunkel was charged by police for possession after a marijuana cigarette was
found in the ashtray of his car. He had pleaded guilty in 2004 to possession of
marijuana in upstate New York.
2005 . . Rap mogul
Marion "Suge" Knight was admitted to hospital after being shot in the
leg at a party hosted by hip hop star Kanye West. The party was held at a club
in Miami, Florida, to celebrate this year's MTV Video Music Awards.
2005 . . Green Day cleaned up at this years MTV awards held
in Miami winning seven awards including, Video of the Year for 'Boulevard of Broken
Dreams' and the Viewer's Choice Award.
2009 . . After
another fight with his brother Liam, Noel Gallagher leaves Oasis. Initial reports
shortly afterwards suggested that Oasis had broken up, but Liam denied this. The
remaining members of Oasis eventually decide to discontinue the band name and
start recording under a new name, Beady Eye.
2009 . . Three
days before the release of their second studio album, The First Days of Spring,
Noah and the Whale lead singer Charlie Fink's brother Doug announces that he will
leave the band to pursue a career in medicine.
. . MTV Video Music Awards are held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles,
California. Beyonce performs her song "Love On Top" and reveals that
she is pregnant.
2015 . . It was reported that
rock guitarist Brian May has promised legal action over the UK Government's decision
to extend the cull of badgers in the face of condemnation from animal rights groups.
Mr May, who founded the Save Me Trust, said: "The Government should quit
now, and save the taxpayer more fruitless expense. This is a tragedy for our farmers,
cattle and wildlife. The scientific advice has been ignored by ministers with
more badgers set to die again this year".
1958 . . George
Harrison joins Paul McCartney and John Lennon in Quarrymen
1958 . .
The first of Alan Freed's Big Beat revues is held at Brooklyn,
New York's Fox Theatre, featuring Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and his Comets, Frankie
Avalon, The Elegants, Bobby Freeman, and Jimmy Clanton.
1959 . . The
Quarry Men, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown, performed
at the Casbah Coffee Club, Hayman's Green, West Derby, Liverpool. They shared
one microphone connected to the house P.A.. This was the opening night of a new
teen club in a large Victorian house that is owned by Mrs. Mona Best and the first
of seven straight Saturdays that The Quarry Men played there.
. . Elvis' tenth movie, Kid Galahad, opened in cinermas
around US, featuring the King as an amateur boxer. Charles Bronson also stars
in the film.
1964 . . A case of rock and roll
being saved by the British Invasion, Billboard magazine notes that guitar sales
are the highest they've been since the advent of Elvis Presley.
. . Roy Orbison's 'Oh, Pretty Woman' was released in the
US. It went on to reach No.1 four weeks later. The title was inspired by Roy's
wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when
Roy asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees said "A pretty
woman never needs any money".
1966 . . The
variety show Hullabaloo airs its final episode, with Lesley Gore, Paul Anka and
Peter and Gordon making appearances.
1966 . . The
Beatles play their last real concert, to a paying audience, wrapping up their
tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco to a sold-out crowd of 25,000. Their
last song is "Long Tall Sally".
1969 . . Bob
Seger divorced his first wife after only ten months of marriage.
. . Led Zeppelin appeared at the Man-Pop Festival, Winnipeg,
Manitoba in Canada.
1976 . . The Sex Pistols
supported by The Clash and The Buzzcocks appeared at The Screen On The Green,
1977 . . Three people were arrested
in Memphis after trying to steal Elvis' body. As a result his body was moved to
. . The two day Rock on the Tyne festival kicks off in Gateshead, UK, featuring
Ian Dury, U2,
Elvis Costello, Rory Gallagher, Doll By Doll,
Wang Chung, Becket, Dr Feelgood, The Gingers Nutters, Trimmer and Jenkins and
1986 . . The former "American
Bandstand" studio was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The studio is in Philadelphia, PA.
1986 . . A
mini dress worn by Kim Wilde was sold at Christie's rock memorabilia auction for
1986 . . The studio in Philadelphia
where American Bandstand was shot is entered into the US National Register of
. . Elton John checked into a rehab centre in Chicago, for
his bulimia, drinking and drug problems.
1992 . . U2
became the second act ever (Billy Joel was the first) to play at The Yankee Stadium
New York, during the sold out Zoo TV tour.
1994 . . Oasis
released their debut album 'Definitely Maybe', which went on to spend 177 weeks
on the UK chart. It also became the fastest selling debut album of all time in
the UK and the album went on to sell over eight million copies worldwide.
1994 . . During the Meat Puppets set opening for Stone Temple
Pilots at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the famous DJ Howard Stern joins
them on stage to jam on "Lake of Fire".
1995 . . The
US Internal Revenue Service places a lien on Aretha Franklin's home for $600,000
in back taxes.
1995 . . While shooting the music
video for Meat Loaf's "I'd Lie for You," a pilot and cameraman were
killed in a helicopter crash in the Sequoia National Forest about 150 miles north
of Los Angeles, CA.
1996 . . Isaac Hayes, who
co-wrote the Stax classic "Soul Man," sent a protest letter to presidential
candidate Bob Dole requesting Dole to stop using his song, which his supporters
had changed to "I'm A Dole Man".
1996 . . Liam
Gallagher was reunited with the rest of Oasis in Chicago after he had walked out
on the band a few days earlier.
2000 . . Slipknot
caused chaos at the Kerrang! Awards, after smashing glasses, setting fire to their
table, throwing a monitor off the stage and destroying a microphone. The band
picked up 3 awards including best single and best live act.
. Jet take home the award for Best Rock Video for Are
You Gonna Be My Girl at the MTV Video Music Awards. The band also performs
the hit song live during an un-hosted awards ceremony at American Airlines Arena
in Miami, Florida.
2004 . . 50 Cent was booed
off stage after being greeted by a rain of bottles thrown at him and his G-Unit
crew at this years UK Carling Weekend in Reading and Leeds, England. He left the
stage after playing for just 25 minutes.
2006 . . The
Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was voted the best No.1
album of all time by the British public. The album released in 1967, topped the
poll to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UK album chart.
. . Organisers of a French music concert threatened legal
action after Amy Winehouse pulled out of her performance. Amy failed to travel
to the three-day Rock En Seine festival in Paris, the 24-year-old singer was said
to have been taken ill at her London home. Organisers said they were given just
two hours notice that Amy, who was headlining the concert, would not be appearing.
2008 . . US rapper DMX pleaded guilty to trying
to buy cocaine and cannabis in Miami. The 37-year-old singer, entered the plea
in a Florida court and was sentenced to time served. He was still in custody awaiting
extradition to the state of Arizona on outstanding drug and animal cruelty charges.
2009 . . The Los Angeles coroner confirmed Michael Jackson's
death was homicide, primarily caused by the powerful anaesthetic Propofol. The
singer suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home in June, aged 50. The
report said Propofol and the sedative Lorazepam were the "primary drugs responsible
for Jackson's death", but four further drugs were also found.
. . Rock band Harvey Danger played its final
the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle, closing
the show with the last song it wrote, "The
Show Must Not Go On" ..
2009 . . American bassist
Frank Watkins aka Bøddel, debuted live with the Norwegian black
metal band Gorgoroth, at the "Hole in the Sky" metal festival in Poperinge,
the stage name "Bøddel", because it is the Norwegian word for
"Executioner", the old name of his former band, Obituary.
2013 . . Fergie and her husband Josh Duhamel have their
first child: a boy named Axl. Fergie says the name came to her in a dream where
she was watching Axl Rose perform.
1922 . . The
New Orleans Rhythm Kings recorded the song "Tiger Rag".
1949 . . Hank Williams recorded 'I'm So Lonesome I Could
Cry', at Herzog Studio in Cincinnati. He had written the song inspired by his
troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard and originally intended that the
words be spoken, rather than sung.
1957 . . The
10 day Alan Freed Holiday Show kicks off at the Paramount Theater in New York
featuring Little Richard, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Del Vikings, The
Diamonds, Mickey & Sylvia, The Five Keys, The Moonglows, Larry Williams, and
1959 . . Dick Clark's first "Caravan
of Stars" show opened in Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA, featuring Frankie
Avalon, Annette Funicello, Anita Bryant, Dody Stevens, Skip & Flip, Strangers,
Duane Eddy, Jan
and Dean, Freddie Cannon, Bobby Rydell, Jack
Scott, Ray Sharpe, Jerry Wallace, and the Young Lions.
1962 . . The
Beatles played at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, at lunchtime and at the Riverpark
Ballroom in Chester at night with Gerry & the Pacemakers
. "Hey Jude" b/w "Revolution" , the
first Beatles single on their own Apple Records was released in the U.K. .
1969 . . Two weeks after the Woodstock festival, the second
Isle of Wight festival kicked off. Over 150,000 turned up over the 2 days to see
Joe Cocker, Aynsley Dunbar, Bob Dylan, The Band, The Moody Blues, The Pretty Things,
Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, Edgar Broughton Band,
Family, Fat Mattress, Julie Felix, Free, Gypsy, Richie Havens, The Nice, Tom Paxton,
Pentangle, Third Ear Band and The Who.
1969 . . Zager
and Evans went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with "In The Year 2525",
putting them on the UK 'one hit wonder' list.
1969 . . The
three day Texas Pop Festival kicked off, featuring Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin,
Sam & Dave, Santana, Johnny Winter, Grand Funk Railroad, Delaney & Bonnie,
Nazz, Spirit, BB King, Canned Heat and Chicago. Over 120,000 fans attended the
1969 . . The Birmingham band Earth
changes its name: Ozzy Osbourne announces onstage that the band's new name is
1970 . . Jimi Hendrix performed
at the Isle of Wight Pop Festival in England
1972 . . John
Lennon and Yoko Ono played Madison Square Gardens to raise money for the One to
One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na and Roberta Flack also appeared at the event.
Lennon personally bought $60,000 worth of tickets which were given to volunteer
1975 . . Rod Stewart had his fifth
UK No.1 album when 'Atlantic Crossing' started a five-week run at the top of the
charts. The title indicated Rod's departure to escape the 83 per cent top rate
of income tax introduced by British Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson for the
jet-set lifestyle in Los Angeles.
1975 . . Paul
Kossoff, guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler, 'died ' for 35 minutes in
hospital after being taken ill. (Paul did die the following year, on March 19th
1976, of heart
failure after a history of drug abuse).
1976 . . The
Notting Hill riots take place in England as black youth clash with police. Members
of The Clash are present, and the event inspires them to write "White Riot"
as a call for white people to protest with the same furor.
. . Cher made an unannounced appearance as vocalist with
Black Rose at a concert in New York's Central Park.
. Beatles fans paid $271,180 for memorabilia at an auction
in London, England.
1984 . . British Rail name
new Intercity train after TV show 'Top of the Pops'
1988 . . Julianne,
Bruce Springsteen's wife filed for a divorce
after newspapers published photos of Springsteen and backing singer Patti Scialfa
1989 . . Billy Joel fired his manager
and former brother-in-law Frank Weber, after an audit revealed discrepancies.
Joel took Weber to court and sued him for $90 million.
1991 . . Jan
Berry of Jan & Dean, married Gertie Filip in Las Vegas, NV. The marriage took
place onstage during a Jan & Dean performance.
1991 . . Dottie
West was critically injured in a car accident while en route to perform at the
Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. Sadly she died 3 days later.
. . This
year was one of the most famous in the Reading Festival's history. Manic Street
Preachers appearing the fest, their bassist
Nicky Wire smashed his guitar in two and hurled it into the crowd, hitting a security
guard who needed 16 stitches. Also Nirvana played what was to become their last
UK concert, and Kurt Cobain took to the Reading stage in a wheelchair pushed by
music journalist Everett True, parodying speculations about his mental health.
1993 . . Billy Joel is the first musical guest on CBS-TV's
"The Late Show with David Letterman".
1994 . . Oasis
performed a selection of new songs at London's Virgin Mega store Marble Arch.
The Lemonheads' Evan Dando joined the band for a new song called 'Whatever'. Also
their first studio album, "Definitely Maybe," was released that day.
1995 . . Carly Simon and ex-husband James Taylor
performed live together in front of 10,000 fans on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
It was the first time they appeared live on the same stage since 1979.
1997 . . Members from The Wu-Tang Clan were arrested after
the alleged assault on a record promotions manager after a show in Chicago.
1998 . . Marilyn Manson changed his appearance from blackened-eyes
for lighter makeup and 70's outfits including platform shoes.
. . The president of Sony Music/Brazil, Roberto Augusto
Miranda Soares, was shot four times when he refused to give up the keys to his
Mercedes to robbers.
2002 . . Bjork's west London
flat was burglarized while she slept. Valuable recording equipment had been stolen.
2003 . . Stella McCartney married publisher Alasdhiar Willis
on Scotland's Isle Of Bute.
2007 . . Rap star
Lil Wayne was sued by a teenager for $1m who claimed she was crushed at one of
his concerts after a large amount of cash was thrown into the audience. Tyrique
Layne, then 17, said she lost consciousness after being trampled by the crowd
at a gig in Maryland in October 2006, and had suffered memory loss and severe
2011 . . Alleging that Elvis Presley
"was unjustly exploited during his lifetime by his record company,"
his estate announced a multimillion dollar lawsuit against Arista Music, formerly
RCA Records, demanding proper payment over new media income such as ringtones,
downloads and entertainment apps.
2013 . . Cinema's
across the UK handed out earplugs to parents taking their children to see One
Directions new film One Direction: This Is Us 3D.
2013 . . A
96-year-old who wrote a song for his late wife made the US iTunes top 10, alongside
Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. Fred Stobaugh, whose wife Lorraine had died in April,
had no previous musical experience and wrote the song 'Oh Sweet Lorraine' on a
whim for a competition.
2013 . . A signed copy
of John Lennons whimsical 1964 book In His Own Write which featured
short stories, poems and drawings, sold for more than $5,600 after a flurry of
47 bids on eBay. It is filled with cheeky quips and kaleidoscopic imagery and
the author note was titled About the Awful
2014 . . Kate
Bush became the first woman to have eight albums in the UK charts at the same
Eight overall in the top 40, with two
in the top 10. It came after she returned for her first live concerts for 35 years.
The only artists ahead of Bush are Elvis Presley, with 12 entries in the top 40
after his death in 1977 and the Beatles who had 11 in 2009..
2014 . . Survivor's Jimi Jamison's performed his last show,
in Morgan Hill, California, at the CANcert benefit event during the ARTTEC Summer
Concert Series . The band played the benefit to raise funds and awareness for
two non-profits supporting cancer patients as well as career training opportunities
for high school students. Jimi died two days later.
1928 . . Kurt Weill's "Die Dreigoschenoper"/"Threepenny
Opera") premiered in Berlin.
1939 . . Frank
Sinatra recorded "All or Nothing at All" with the Harry James Band.
1955 . . A London Judge fines Sidney Adams Turner £3
10s for 'creating an abominable noise'. Sidney threatened his neighbours shouting
'I will drive you mad'. He then played 'Shake, Rattle and Roll' by Bill Haley
at full volume for two and a half hours.
1956 . . The
top 10 songs in the UK singles chart were all by American artists including Elvis
Presley, The Platters, Doris Day, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers and Gogi Grant.
1957 . . Elvis Presley appeared at the Empire Stadium in
Vancouver, Canada. This was only the fifth and the last time Elvis had performed
in concert outside of the U.S.
1968 . . The
first Isle Of Wight Festival kicks off. Headliners over the 2 days were The Move,
The Pretty Things, The Crazy Wolrd Of Aurthur Brown, Orange Bicycle, Jefferson
Airplane, Fairport Convention and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Tickets cost 25 shillings,
1968 . . Danny Kirwan joined Fleetwood
1969 . . Bob Dylan
backed by the Band, plays Isle of Wight Festival,
earning £38,000 in cash for a one-hour set.
. . The Rolling Stones plus the father of Brian Jones, filed a high court
writ against ex managers Oldham and Easton, claiming they made a secret deal with
Decca Records in 1963 to deprive the group of royalties.
. . A security guard was stabbed to death at a Who concert in Forest Hills,
1974 . . In federal court, John Lennon testified
the Nixon administration tried to have him deported because of his involvement
with the anti-war demonstrations at the 1972 Republican convention in Miami.
1974 . . Traffic made their last live performance
at the annual UK Reading Festival.
1974 . .
"The Partridge Family" television show ended.
. . George Harrison was found guilty of 'subconscious plagiarism' of the
Ronnie Mack song 'He's So Fine' when writing 'My Sweet Lord'. Earnings from the
song were awarded to Mack's estate; The Chiffons then recorded their own version
of 'My Sweet Lord'.
1984 . . 'Purple Rain' the
movie-starring Prince opened at cinemas across the UK with special late night
1985 . . 'Brothers In Arms' by Dire
Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album charts. The album also
topped the charts in 25 other countries and went on to sell over 20 million worldwide.
1986 . . After living together for 10 years Bob Geldof
married TV presenter Paula Yates in Las Vegas with Duran Duran singer Simon Le
Bon as the best man. Yates died of a drug overdose on September 17th
1987 . . Michael
Jackson's "Bad" video was televised for the first time on CBS-TV.
1987 . . The largest pre-order of albums in the history
of CBS Records occurred as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson's Bad
album were shipped to record stores in the US.
. . Julianne Phillips filed for divorce from Bruce Springsteen. Same day
Bob Seger and his wife Annette Sinclair filed for a divorce too.
1990 . . Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie
Wonder sang 'Amazing Grace' at a memorial service held for guitarist Stevie Ray
Vaughan who had been killed in a helicopter crash 4 days earlier.
. . James Brown became the first U.S. artist to appear in Lebanon following
the recent lift of the ban on U.S. travel to the country.
. . Madonna filed suit against the YMCA to prevent it from building a high-rise
residential tower near Lincoln Center in New York City, NY.
. . NASA announced that Lance Bass, singer with NSYNC, was to become the
first celebrity astronaut. His £14 million, place on a Russian Soyuz module
would make him the youngest person at 23 years of age to go into orbit. Bass ended
up not taking part in the flight after failing to pay for his £14 million
ticket on the craft.
2004 . . UK medical magazine
Thorax issued a warning to music fans saying that listening to loud music in the
car can give you a collapsed lung. One 19 year-old had been treated in Bristol
after his left lung collapsed as his 1,000-watt bass box boomed out in his Fiat
2006 . . The Times ran a story on the
demands of rock stars when on tour. Ozzy Osbourne insists on an eye, ear, nose
and throat doctor at each venue. The Beach Boys require a licensed masseur, Meat
Loaf a mask and one small tank of oxygen. David Bowie requests that the dressing
room temperature is between 14c and 18c and Paul McCartney must have a large arrangement
of white Casablanca lilies in his dressing room. Mick Jagger must have an onstage
autocue with the lyrics to all the songs, it would also tell him the name of the
city in which they were performing.
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