THIS DAY :-
1960 . . 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
1971 . . 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
1971 . . "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.
1980 . . 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 21st birthday.
1987 . . Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama) and
Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) were married.
1990 . . UB40
were deported from the Seychelles after police discovered marijuana
in their hotel rooms.
1996 . . 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.
1962 . . Robert Zimmerman legally changed his
name to Bob Dylan.
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
1973 . . John Phillips sues ABC records for £9
million on behalf of Mamas and the Papas, claiming label cheated group
out of royalties
1977 . . 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.
2001 . . 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.
1963 . . Beatles make their 294th and last appearance
at the Liverpool Cavern Club
They have been playing there since 1961.
1969 . . Carl Wilson (Beach Boys) was indicted
for failure to report for civilian duty in lieu of serving two years
in the army.
1971 . . Paul McCartney announced the formation
of his new group Wings with his wife Linda and ex Moody Blues member
1974 . . Jeff Baxter quit Steely Dan and
joined the Doobie Brothers.
1985 . . '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 Children.
1997 . . Diamond Rio hosted a 30th anniversary
party at the Kennedy Space Center at the request of NASA.
1999 . . Patsy Cline received a star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2007 . . 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.
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 state
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.
1979 . . Tribute concert to Lowell George,
featuring Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt, is held at
Los Angeles Forum
1984 . . Phil Collins and Jill Tavelman
1990 . . during a New Kids On The Block
concert in Montreal. Canada, three armed robbers stole souvenir sales
proceeds valued at $260.000
1990 . . 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 singer.
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.
1981 . . 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.
1996 . . 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 17 million.
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
2005 . . 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
1964 . . Rod Stewart made his television debut
on the British show "The Beat Room." as a member of The Hoochie
1973 . . Stevie Wonder was seriously injured in
a car accident. He permanently lost his sense of smell. He was in a
coma for four days.
1982 . . 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.
1987 . . The Beastie Boys sued the city
of Jacksonville, FL for including the phrase "mature audience"
on their concert tickets and ads.
1988 . . '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
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
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.
2001 . . 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.
1963 . . The original beach movie 'Beach
Party', staring Frankie Avalon and Annette
Funicello - premieres in the US
1964 . .
'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.
1970 . . A
tombstone was erected
on the grave of "The Empress of the Blues," singer Betty Smith,
for by Janis Joplin and Juanita Green. The grave had been left unmarked
since September 1937,
1974 . . Peter Wolf (ex-J. Geils Band)
marries Faye Dunaway
1976 . . UK music weekly Melody Maker gave
The Sex Pistols their first front cover.
1979 . . Led Zeppelin played their last
ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth Park.
1991 . . 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.
1995 . . LL Cool J and Simone Johnson were
2002 . . 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
. . Cliff Richard signs with Columbia Records/EMI
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.
1975 . . After,
two years of surgeries Hank Williams, Jr.
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.
2000 . . 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."
1958 . . Cliff Richard started a four- week residency
at Butlins Holiday Camp in Clacton-On-Sea, Essex as Cliff Richard and
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
Dec 23rd 1966.
1964 . . Bob Dylan and Joan Baez performed on
stage together for the first time, at Forest Hills, New York.
1969 . . Actress Sharon Tate and four others are
victims of the tragic bizarre night of murder when Charles Manson and
friends run amok.
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.
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.
1959 . . Tony Williams, David Lynch, Alex Hodge
and Paul Robbi (male members of Platters) arrested in a Cincinnati hotel
room and charged with aiding and abetting prostitution. In December
all four, plus the four women involved, are acquitted but scandal almost
ruins Platters' career.
1963 . . 13 year-old Little Stevie Wonder
started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Fingertips
part II', making him the youngest singer to top the charts.
1964 . . Mick Jagger was fined £32
in Liverpool for driving without insurance and breaking the speed limit.
1972 . . Paul and Linda McCartney were
arrested for drug possession after a concert in Gothenburg Sweden. Paul
was fined $1,000 and Linda $200.
1975 . . "Manhattan Transfer,"
the summer variety show, premiered on CBS-TV.
1982 . . 1982 Southside Johny (Lyon) marries
Jill Glassner in Astbury Park. Bruce Springsteen plays at reception
1985 . . Madonna's "Like A Virgin"
became the first album by a female to be certified for 5 millions sales.
1985 . . Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran
was air lifted to safety when his boat 'Drum' overturned while racing
of the English coast.
1991 . . The 5th Dimension received a star
on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
2010 . . Hip Hop artist Flavor Flav guest
hosted the wrestling show WWE Raw
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
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.
1979 . . Led
Zeppelin play their last ever British concert at Knebworth in Hertfordshire.
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
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.'
1977. . Guitarist Henri Padovani quit the group
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
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
1998 . . Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots)
pled guilty to felony heroin possession and was sentenced to three months
in a drug treatment facility.
2003 . . 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
2007 . . 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, and Sommore.
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 Dog'
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.
1971 . . John Lennon flew from Heathrow
Airport to New York, he never set foot on British soil again.
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'.
1999 . . 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
1962 . . 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, Liverpool.
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.
1985 . . 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.
1999 . . 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.
2005 . . 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."
1958 . . Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Santiago
were married in a private ceremony at his parents home in Lubbock, TX.
1969 . . Woodstock
Music and Arts Fayre begins on Max Yasgur's dairy farm near Bethel,
New York. 450,000 attend
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.
1991 . . Paul Simon played a free concert
at New York's Central Park in front of an estimated 750,000 people.
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.
1996 . . 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.
2000 . . David Bowie and his wife Iman
celebrated the birth of their first child a baby girl named Alexandria
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.
1970 . . Christine McVie joins Fleetwood
1974 . . The Ramones played their first concert
at New York's CBGB.
1975 . . Peter Gabriel announces his departure
from Genesis. Many predict demise of the group, not anticipating the
emergence of Phil Collins as successful replacement singer
1976 . . Cliff Richard set out on a tour
of Russia, starting with a night at the Hall Of The October Revolution
1980 . . Cozy Powell leaves Rainbow, Bill
Ward leaves Black Sabbath, Jah Wobble leaves Public Image Ltd, and Jools
Holland leaves Squeeze
1986 . . Rick Allen (Def Leppard) played his first concert with
his band since losing his left arm in a car accident.
1997 . . 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.
2005 . . "Tommy Lee Goes to College"
debuted on NBC-TV. The classes were taken at the University of Nebraska,
1838 . . 138 singing teachers traveled to Boston,
MA, to attend the first music convention.
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.
1974 . . Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman
1984 . . Motley Crue gave its performance
debut at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England.
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 View, CA.
1998 . . Carlos Santana received a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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.
1962 . . Drummer Ringo Starr, made his debut with
The Beatles at the horticultural society dance, Birkenhead
1969 . . Jimi Hendrix plays the unofficial last
day of Woodstock.
1969 . . Mick Jagger is accidentally shot in his
hand on the set of 'Ned Kelly'
1973 . . Gene Krupa played for the final time
with the original Benny Goodman Quartet.
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.
1979 . . Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter were married
in Los Angeles, CA.
1982 . . The City of Liverpool named four Streets
after the fab four: John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison
Close and Ringo Starr Drive.
1991 . . Billy Preston was arrested in Los Angeles,
CA after a 16 year old boy reported being sexually attacked.
1992 . . Kurt
Cobain (Nirvana) and Courtney Love (Hole) became parents to daughter
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
(LAPD) for wrongful death earlier this year.
1918 . . Irving Berlin's musical "Yip Yip
Yaphank" opened in New York City at the Century Theatre.
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, etc.
1967 . . Radio station KNOW in Denver, US, bans
all Beatles tracks because of drug references.
1973 . . Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson
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.
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
2001 . . Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted
made his first live appearance with EchoBrain.
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.
1960 . . Connie
Francis begins working on the film "Where the Boys Are."
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.
1969 . . 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.
1981 . . Bruce Springsteen begins a special
series of concerts for Vietnam veterans at Los Angeles Arena
1990 . . Aerosmith
appeared at the Marquee Club London, guitarist Jimmy Page joined the
band on stage for a blues jam.
1996 . . Carlos Santana receives a star on Hollywood's
Walk Of Fame.
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.'
1938 . . The classic song "Ain't Misbehavin'"
was recorded by Fats Waller.
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.
1971 . . Appearing at the Tregye Festival, Truro,
Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Hawkwind, Duster Bennett, Brewers Droop,
Indian Summer, Graphite and second from the bottom on the bill, were
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.
1979 . . Cliff Richard achieves his tenth UK No.1
and the first for over 11 years.
1981 . . The first Monsters of Rock Festival takes
place at Donnington Castle
1992 . . Sting and Trudi Styler were married.
1994 . . John Denver was charged with drunken
driving after crashing his Porsche into a tree.
1997 . . 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.
1906 . . The Victor Talking Machine Company of
Camden, NJ, began to manufacture the Victrola. The hand-cranked unit,
with horn cabinet, sold for $200.
1956 . . Elvis Presley began work on his first
movie, "Love Me Tender." The film was originally entitled
"The Reno Brothers."
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.
1978 . . 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. In the audience: Elvis
Costello, Blondie, Joan Jett , The Slits and Captain Sensible.
1987 . . Dusty Springfield returns to UK chart
at No. 10 with Pet Shop Boys and 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?'
1987 . . Bon Jovi headlined the Mosters of Rock
festival at Castle Donington, England.
1997 . . Tim Weisberg sued former partner Dan
Fogelberg for alleged breach of contract and fraud over the recording
of "No Resemblance Whatsoever."
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
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.
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 marries Cynthia Powell at
Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool. Their marraige ended on
November 8, 1968.
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
1968 . . Ringo Starr temporarily quit The Beatles.
1970 . . Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed
together for the last time at the New York Club 'Max's Kansas City'.
1975 . . Peter Gabriel leaves progressive rock
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.
1993 . . Duran Duran get a star on the Hollywood
Walk Of Fame
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.
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.
1956 . . 'Studio 51', London's first rock-and-roll
club, opens. Rory Blackwell is the first to play
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.
1967 . . A 17-yearold Bruce Springsteen joined
a group called Earth.
1967 . . Patti Harrison talks husband George
into attending lecture by Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi at the London Hilton.
Having sent a note requesting an audience, the Mahareshi invites them
and the other Beatles and friends to University College, Bangor where
he is holding a Spiritual Regeneration Course.
1977 . . Singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings was
arrested and charged with possession of cocaine. Jennings had recently
been named an honorary police chief.
... 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
1981 . . Mark Chapman is sentenced to twenty years
in jail for the murder of John Lennon
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.
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.
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.
1967 . . Brian Wilson makes rare appearance on
stage with Beach Boys in Hawaii
1970 . . Elton John plays his first-ever American
show at the Troubador in Los Angeles
1970 . . Jimi
Hendrix held a party to celebrate
the official opening of his 'Electric Ladyland Studios' in New York.
1973 . . Allman Brother, Butch Trucks breaks his
leg in an auto accident in Macon, Georgia, only yards from the spot
where Duane Allman was killed two years earlier
1979 . . 25 years after his first UK No.1
single Cliff Richard had his 10th chart topper with 'We Don't Talk Anymore'.
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 gun.
1994 . . Robert Plant and Jimmy Page reunite
in a London studio to record their MTV "Unplugged" show, which
they call, "Unledded."
1997 . . 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.
1999 . . Oasis bass player Paul McGuigan
announced he had quit the band just a few days after guitarist Bonehead
had left the band.
1963 . . Cilla Black made her first major concert
appearance at The Odeon Cinema Southport on a bill with The Beatles.
1970 . . The legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival
kicks off (26-30 August) 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, Jethro Tull
and Jimi Hendrix topping the bill.
1970 . . Duane Allman started recording as a member
of Eric Clapton's new band, Derek & the Dominoes.
1973 . . 10CC
made their live debut at the Palace Lido Isle of Man at the start of
an UK tour.
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.
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.
1997 . . Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers
was admitted to hospital after crashing on his motorbike while driving
down Sunset Boulevard.
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.
2005 . . A post office near the Los Angeles studio
where Ray Charles recorded much of his music has been renamed after
the R&B legend. A federal bill was signed by US President George
Bush to rename the post office.
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', the groups only UK No.1.
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.
1983 . . Barry Manilow appeared at
the British stately home, Blenheim
1990 . . Stevie Ray Vaughn and three members of
Eric Clapton's band were killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin.
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.
1961 . . Motown releases what would be its first
No.1 hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes.
1964 . . After playing a show at Forest Hills
Tennis Stadium, New York The Beatles met 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.
1963 . . Peter, Paul & Mary performed "Blowin'
In The Wind" before Civil Rights marchers who had gathered in Washington
to hear Martin Luther King Jr. speak.
1972 . . David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars
made their debut at Carnegie Hall in New York.
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
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.
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.
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.
1958 . . George Harrison joins Paul McCartney
and John Lennon in Quarrymen
1970 . . Led
Zeppelin appeared at the Man-Pop Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada.
1977 . . 3 people were arrested in Memphis after
trying to steal Elvis' body. As a result his body was moved to Graceland.
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 £400.
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.
1990 . . Elton
John checked into a rehab center in Chicago, IL, for bulimia, drinking
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."
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.
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 19th March 1976, of heart failure after a history of drug abuse).
1980 . .
Cher made an unannounced appearance as vocalist with Black Rose at a
concert in New York's Central Park.
1984 . . British Rail name new Intercity train
after TV show 'Top of the Pops'
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 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.
1993 . . Billy Joel is the first musical guest
on CBS-TV's "The Late Show with David Letterman."
1997 . . Members from The Wu-Tang Clan were arrested
after the alleged assault on a record promotions manager after a show
2002 . . Bjork's west London flat was burglarized
while she slept. Valuable recording equipment had been stolen.
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.
1968 . . The first Isle Of Wight Festival. 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, ($3.00).
1969 . . Bob Dylan
backed by the Band, plays Isle of Wight
Festival, earning £38,000 in cash for a one-hour set.
1971 . . A security guard was stabbed to
death at a Who concert in Forest Hills, NY.
1974 . . Traffic made their last live performance
at the annual UK Reading Festival.
1987 . . Michael Jackson's "Bad"
video was televised for the first time on CBS-TV.
1988 . . Julianne Phillips filed for divorce
from Bruce Springsteen. Same day Bob Seger and his wife Annette Sinclair
filed for a divorce too.
1997 . . 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.
1998 . . Madonna filed suit against the
YMCA to prevent it from building a high-rise residential tower near
Lincoln Center in New York City, NY.
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 Panda.
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