1904 - The
musical extravaganza Whoop-dee-doo starts
a run of 165 performances at Weber and Fields' Broadway
Music Hall, New York City, USA.
1940 - Frank
Sinatra sang "Too Romantic" and "The Sky Fell Down" in his
first recording session with the Tommy Dorsey Band. Frank replaced Jack Leonard
as lead singer with the band.
1941 - Downbeat
magazine reports that Glenn Miller has signed a new three year contract with RCA
Victor... for the phenomenal sum of $750 per side.
1949 - RCA
Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record
made jukeboxes possible.
1956 - Billed as "the
hottest production ever staged on ice",The Rock and Roll Ice Revue opened
at the Roxy Theater in New York City.
In Australia, a review of Buddy Holly & the Crickets' performance in Newcastle
appears in the local newspaper under the headline, "Rock Show Quiet",
an apparent comparative reference to the wild audience behavior at the Little
Richard concert the year before.
1959 - The fatal
Winter Dance Party is stranded en route to Appleton, Wis., when the bus breaks
down. With temperatures at 30 degrees below zero and no source of heat, the passengers
burn newspapers in the aisles to keep warm. Sheriffs' cars pick up the freezing
entertainers and Carl Bunch is admitted to the hospital suffering from frostbite.
With one performance cancelled, the Winter Dance Party continues and performs
at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay, Wis.
Brian Epstein's managerial contract with The Beatles officially goes into
1963 - Linda Scott appears on Arthur Godfrey's
Sounds Of New York TV special on CBS.
1963 - Neil
Young, at age 17, performed his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg.
1964 - The governor of Indiana declared that
the song "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen was pornographic. He requested
that the state's radio stations not play the song. Eventually, the FBI investigates
and finds the lyrics "unintelligible at any speed."
- While the Beatles were in their suite at the Hotel George V in Paris,
France, their manager Brian Epstein informs then that they have secured their
first No.1 in the USA with "I Want To Hold Your Hand".
Brown recorded 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag', at
the Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina; it reached No.8 on the
Billboard Pop chart and No.1 on the R&B chart the following August and later
won a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.
- Jimi Hendrix performed at The Cedar Club, South Sheilds, UK.
- P.J. Proby split his pants (again) during his first number at the ABC,
Luton, the manager stopped the show and gave everyone in the audience a refund.
The incident caused a ban on Proby's performance in UK halls and TV.
- Today Pink Floyd turned
professional signing a deal with EMI Records and spent
the day recording parts for the Syd Barrett songs 'Arnold Layne' and 'Candy And
A Current Bun' at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London.
- The Who kicked off their third North American tour at the Civic Auditorium
San Jose, CA.
1969 - Eric Clapton revealed in
Melody Maker that he is considering the formation of a group with Steve Winwood.
(which turned out to be Blind Faith)
1969 - Joni
Mitchell made her Carnegie Hall debut.
Spirit performed at the The Lyceum Ballroom, London, supported by Joe Cocker and
the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin attended the show, but
unfortunately received head and face injuries when his Jaguar is involved in a
crash on the way home.
1971 - The Love Story soundtrack
album is certified gold.
1972 - Chuck Berry had
his first UK No.1 single with a live recording of a song he'd been playing live
for over 20 years 'My Ding-a-Ling'. UK public morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse
attempted to have the song banned due to its innuendo laden lyrics. The Average
White Band members guitarist Onnie McIntyre and drummer Robbie McIntosh played
on the single.
1972 - 13 Irish citizens died when
British troops open fire on a march in Dublin protesting about imprisonment without
trial. This event inspired the U2 song Sunday Bloody Sunday.
- Gladys Knight and the Pips leave Motown's Soul label for a new career
1974 - Guitarist Eric Bell leaves Thin
Lizzy due to ill health brought on by alcohol abuse. The band was due to tour
1975 - Lisa Marie Presley met her favorite
singer, Elton John, for her seventh birthday. The event was arranged by Elvis
1977 - The film "Genesis in Concert"
premiered in London.
1978 - Bob Dylan's Renaldo
and Clara, a semi-documentary of his famous Rolling Thunder Revue tour, premieres
in Los Angeles.
1978 - Amstrad were advertising
their new ranges of hi- fi in the UK, the 8000 system complete with 40 watt amp,
speakers and amp, £86 and the executive system with 140 watt amp, record
deck, tuner, tape deck and speakers priced at £365.
- Blondie released 'Call Me', it
peaked at No. 1 for six consecutive weeks. The
main theme song of the film American Gigolo, it became the top-selling single
of 1980 in the US of A in 1980.
1984 - The musical
drama Footloose opens in theaters. Footloose's soundtrack features Kenny Loggins,
Deniece Williams, and Sammy Hagar, among others. Two #1 hits result: "Footloose"
and "Let's Hear it For the Boy."
Glenn Frey of the Eagles appeared on an episode of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV.
- Diana Ross and Arne Naess were married in Geneva, Switzerland
- The Cars announced they were breaking up after 12 years of working together.
1992 - George Michael and Elton John already
a UK No.1, went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down
On Me'. All proceeds from the single went to Aids charities.
Street Preachers' guitarist Richey
James vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The Embassy Hotel
in London at 7am, leaving behind his packed suitcase. His car was found on the
Severn Bridge sixteen days later.
1997 - Two
bouncers beat up Boy George outside
The Ministry Of Sound in London after
he tried to jump the queue where George had been a guest DJ.
- 400 people were injured at an Australian concert by Marilyn Manson when
he stormed off stage after being bombarded with missiles and abuse his show in
Perth. One of Manson's guitar technicians needed treatment for cuts to his head.
- The Lycos Web site began a new search service that offered easy access
to a half-million high quality recordings that use MP3.
- C.C. DeVille announced that he was leaving Poison. The band later convinced
him to come back.
2001 - Sir Elton John's collection
of private photos on display at a museum in Atlanta, US, were withdrawn. The exhibition,
included photos of nude men, which were said to be too explicit, some school trips
to the museum had been cancelled.
2002 - Backstreet
Boys' Nick Carter agreed to enter a
counseling program and perform community service in order to get a charge of resisting/opposing
a law enforcement officer without violence dropped. He had been arrested at a
nightclub a month earlier on January 2nd 2002.
- The father of S Club 7's Paul Cattermole was jailed for nearly 3 years
for sex acts with two 14 year-old girl fans of the group. Gerald Cattermole, aged
50 had been warned by police not to get involved with fans who often visited his
2002 - Winona Ryder was charged with four
felony counts that stemmed from her shoplifting arrest on December 12, 2001. She
was charged with theft, burglary, vandalism and possession of a controlled substance.
- Kirk Hammett of Metallica was the first
recipient of the annual Hall of Fame Award in "Guitar World" magazine.
2005 - Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles
chart with 'It's Now Or Never', the singers 21st No.1; it was first released in
2007 - 60s
pop star Wayne
Fontana, was arrested at his UK home in Glossop, Derbyshire,and charged with arson
with intent to endanger life. The 61 year-old, who was already set to appear in
court in March on traffic offenses, was accused of pouring gasoline over a bailiff's
car and setting it on fire when they came to collect £527.12 of a £1,221.46
debt which spiralled from a disputed parking fine. . The following November, he
was sentenced to 11 months in jail, but was allowed to walk free from court immediately
after already serving the equivalent of his term while held under the Mental Health
2008 - Nasa
announced that The Beatles' "Across
the Universe"was to become the
first song ever to be beamed directly into space. The track would be transmitted
through the Deep Space Network - a network of antennas - on the 40th anniversary
of the song being recorded, being aimed at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light-years
from Earth. In a message to NASA, Paul McCartney said the project was an "amazing"
feat. "Well done, Nasa," he added. "Send my love to the aliens.
All the best, Paul."
2009 - A helicopter
belonging to Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is ordered to land at Los Angeles' Van Nuys
airport after reports claim it is flying erratically. Tommy, who was not at the
controls, was told to land after Los Angeles Police Department alert airport officials.
- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Bridgestone halftime
show during Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh
Steelers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
- More than 80 artists gathered to record the remake of "We Are The
World". The next day Janet Jackson laid down her version of Michael Jackson's
part. The song was premiered at the opening of the Winter Olympics on February
2011 . . Melissa Etheridge performed the
role of St. Jimmy in Green Day's hit Broadway musical, American Idiot from February
2013 - Coldplay's 'Clocks' topped a
list by BBC Radio 6 Music's top 100 tracks of the past 10 years. More than 100,000
votes were cast in the poll which looked back over the 10 years since the station
began in 2002. Arctic Monkeys' 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' was voted
into second place, and Elbow's 'One Day Like This' in third.
- A new report found that about two-thirds of people were left with ringing
in their ears after a night out at a club, gig or pub. Campaign group "Action
on Hearing Loss" said the poll of 1,000 adults also showed a third would
ignore the "safe level" on their music players.
1950 - Frank Sinatra performs "I've
Got A Crush On You", "A
Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes", "What
Is This Thing Called Love?", and "The Very Thought Of You", backed
by the Jeff Alexander Orchestra, on the NBC radio show Light Up Time, sponsored
by Lucky Strike cigarettes in the USA.
1956 - The
Coasters signed with Atlantic Records.
1957 - Fats
Domino appears on The Perry Como Show singing Blue Monday and Blueberry Hill.
Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper made, what
would be their last ever appearances,
at Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa. Due to illnesses
among the musicians Buddy Holly, Tommy Allsup, and Waylon Jennings serve as back-up
band to the other artists.
- The Beatles played their first professionally organised
gig outside of Liverpool at The Oasis Club, Manchester. The groups set started
with their version of 'Hippy Hippy Shake'. [Feb 02]
1963 - The
Beatles began their first British tour supporting Helen Shapiro; they performed
at the Gaumont in Bradford. The Beatles were at the bottom of the 6 act bill playing
four songs, 'Please Please Me, Chains, Keep Your Hands
Off My Baby and A Taste of Honey'
1966 ... The
Rolling Stones released '19th Nervous Breakdown' it peaked at No.2 on the UK singles
1967 ... The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared
at the Blue Pad Club in Darlington, England. The show was advertised as "Don't
miss this man who is Dylan, Clapton, and James Brown all in one". After the
show, as the roadies were loading up a van, one of Hendrix's Fender guitars was
1969 ... Yoko Ono divorced her husband
Tony Cox, Yoko was granted custody of their daughter Kyoko. John Lennon married
Yoko the following month on 30th March.
1971 - The
Point!, an animated fable written by pop star Nilsson, makes its debut on ABC's
Movie of the Week.
1971 - It is announced that
music business entrepreneur Jim Simpson of Birmingham, UK, has won a settlement
of £35,000 in his legal suit against Black Sabbath, which dates back to
1970 when the group was, in Simpson's words, "enticed' away from him by the
management duo of Patrick Meehand and Wilfred Pine.
1973 - NBC
debuts The Midnight Special rock variety show, its response to ABC's popular In
Concert series. The first host: Helen Reddy.
1973 - Elvis Presley meets Muhammed Ali in Las Vegas.
The two exchange gifts, and Ali later says, "I felt sorry for him because
he didn't enjoy life the way he should. He stayed indoors all the time. I told
him he should go out and see people".
1973 - Keith
Emerson injured his hands when a rigged piano prematurely explodes during a concert
in San Francisco.
1976 ... Genesis released 'A
Trick Of The Tail', their seventh studio album and the first to feature drummer
Phil Collins as full-time lead vocalist following the departure of original vocalist
Peter Gabriel. (After auditioning over 400 vocalists, which saw Collins teaching
the potential lead singers the songs, the band decided that Collins should be
the new vocalist).
1978 - Van Halen signed with
Warner Brothers Records.
1979 - Sex Pistols'
bass player Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York. There had been
a party in the flat that night to celebrate Vicious' release on $50,000 bail pending
his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen
- The Specials were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Special A.K.A.
Live E.P'. The lead track 'Too Much Too Young' was the shortest song to reach
No.1 on the UK singles chart in the 1980s at 2'04".
- George Michael received undisclosed damages in excess of £100,000
from The Sun newspaper over articles printed which stated Michael had gate-crashed
a party given by Andrew Lloyd Weber and was drunk and abusive.
- Bob Dylan met Leonard Cohen in a café in the 14th Arrondissment,
Paris, France. During their conversation, Dylan claims to have written the song
"I And I" in fifteen minutes.
Todd Rundgren has his third child, a son named Rebop.
- Willie Nelson and the IRS settle their longstanding tax feud. The U.S.
government kept $3.6 million in assets it had already seized and Willie would
have to pay $5.4 million of the $13.1 million balance.
- Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills & Nash play in a private event, sponsored
by Japans largest brokerage house, Nomura Securities, at the Biltmore Hotel,
1999 - Prince released "1999
New Master." It was a re-release and re-done version of the 1982 version
of the song "1999."
1999 - Freddy Fender
was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Bad Manners singer Buster Bloodvessel collapsed on stage during a show
in Italy. He was was
told he was 'too fat' to survive an urgently needed operation,
doctors thought with his huge 30 stone frame he might not make it through surgery.
- The Phonographic Performance Ltd launched performersmoney.com for artists
to check if they were owed any of the £10 million ($17 million) in unclaimed
money. It showed that Michael Jackson was owed over £100,000 ($170,000)
for 'Say, Say, Say', Stevie Wonder had money owing for 'Ebony And Ivory' and Ray
Davies of The Kinks was owed a six-figure fee for 'You Really Got Me'. Director
Dominic McGonigal said "If anyone has seen Rick Astley please let him know,
he is still earning money for his hits."
Britney Spears was the host and musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night
- Tatu became the first Russian act ever to top the UK singles
chart when the faux-lesbian duo
started a four-week run at No.1 on the w/e
Feb 02 UK
singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'. The song had been a hit on the Russian
charts three years earlier. [w/e
2003 - Phil
Spector left his Alhambra mansion at 7pm to meet a date at The Grill On The Alley
in Beverly Hills. After taking her home, he met a second date and went too Dan
Tana's in West Hollywood. After his driver took her home, Phil continued the night
his third date actress Lana Clarkson.
2004 - CBS
apologised for its TV broadcast of the American Super Bowl after Janet Jackson
was left exposed when Justin Timberlake accidently ripped her top. The pair had
been performing a raunchy half-time duet when one of Jackson's breasts was exposed
as Timberlake pulled at her top. CBS quickly cut from the scene but was still
flooded with calls from angry viewers. Justin insisted it had been an accident
saying "I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during
the half-time performance of the Super Bowl".
- It was announced that Debbie Rowe, the ex-wife of Michael Jackson and
the mother of his children, Prince and Paris, had been added to the list of witnesses
lined up by prosecution lawyers to testify against him in a California court,
where he is on trial on ten charges of child molestation and one charge of conspiracy.
- Pete Doherty was arrested on suspicion of theft and assault. He was held
in custody at a north London police station after an alleged incident at a hotel
in Clerkenwell, central London.
2007 - After
running a red light, DMX is arrested in Yonkers, New York for driving on an expired
license. Hes released on bond but fails to show up for his initial court
2008 - The Spice Girls managment announced
they were cutting short their reunion world tour, blaming "family and personal
commitments". The band said they would end their tour in Toronto on February
26th, and shows in Beijing, Sydney, Cape Town and Buenos Aires were being axed.
2009 - Dolly Parton was inducted into the Gospel
Music Hall of Fame, in a ceremony held at the Richland Country Club in Nashville,
2011 - Leonard Cohen's first grandchild
is born to Lorca Cohen, Rufus Wainwright and "deputy dad" Jorn Weisbrodt.
Little Viva Katherine, named after Wainwright's mother, the folk singer Kate McGarrigle.
2011 - Rapper Juelz Santana is arrested in New
Jersey, USA, on four counts of narcotic and weapon offenses.
- The White Stripes break up. In a statement on the group's website, frontman
Jack White and drummer Meg White write, "The reason is not due to artistic
differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg
and Jack are feeling fine and in good health. It's for a myriad of reasons, but
mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay
2012 - Ericka Lee files a lawsuit
in California federal court against rapper Drake, claiming that she has not received
royalties for the use of her voice on Drake's hit single Marvin's Room.
- A 1960s Beatles Record Player, produced for fans as a commercial
Beatles memorabilia item, fetched $12,100 in an online auction. The Record Player,
which was highly-sought by Beatles collectors worldwide, was manufactured in a
2014 - Skinny Puppy sent the
US government an invoice after finding out their music was used as torture device
in Guantanamo Bay. Despite the band's aggressive sound, they said they had never
envisioned their music being used in such a way.
1956 - Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and
Johnny Cash held a recording session at Sun Studios in Memphis. The sessions were
later named the "Million Dollar Quartet" and released.
1959 - Shortly after their performances in Clear Lake,
Buddy Holly aged 22, J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson aged 28, and
Ritchie Valens aged only 17 board a small aircraft chartered to take them to their
next performance. Soon after take-off, the plane crashes, killing all aboard.
- Reprise Records was formed
by Frank Sinatra in order to allow more artistic freedom for his own recordings.
1961 - Bob Dylan made his first recording
in New York,"San
Francisco Bay Blues" and Jesus Met the Woman at the Well..
- The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" b/w "I Saw Her
Standing There" and their Meet The Beatles! album are both certified gold.
- Producer Joe Meek shot his landlady Violet Shenton and then shot himself
at his flat in London. Meek was interested in spirituality and often attended
séances . At one such meeting in 1958 he was warned that Buddy Holly would
die on February 3rd. Meek tried his best to find Holly when he was in London to
warn him but failed in his mission.
- Three of The Beatles, John, George and Ringo hire Allen
Klein as business manager of Apple.
1976 - David
Bowie opens his US tour with a new persona: The Thin White Duke. He's dressed
in a black-vested suit with slicked-back hair. Bowie later described the persona
as "a nasty character indeed"..
1977 - Elton
John resumed live performing in Sweden just 15 months after he had announced that
he would not perform live anymore.
1978 - "Dead
Man's Curve" premiered on ABC-TV; the first to deal with the tragic Jan &
1978 - American singer, songwriter,
of the organization World Hunger Year, Harry Chapin, met with U.S. President Carter
to discuss hunger.
1979 - 20 years
after the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Del Shannon and The Drifters perform
a tribute show in Clear Lake, Iowa, where Holly's last concert took place.
- New York nightclub, Studio 54 throws one last bash
with A-list regulars Diana Ross, Andy Warhol, Richard Gere, Ryan O'Neal, Jack
Fawcett and Sylvester Stallone before the owners,
Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager go to jail 13 months, for tax evasion. It was the
first time anyone had ever been prosecuted for a one-year tax evasion.
1989 - "Wild Thing" by Tone Loc becomes the first rap single
1990 - For
the first time ever, the UK Top 3 singles featured non-British and non-American
acts. Ireland's Sinead O'Connor, Australia's Kylie Minogue and Belgium's Technotronic.
It was Sinead O'Connor first No.1 single "Nothing Compares To U", written
1990 - Bob Dylan started a six night
residency at London's Hammersmith Odeon, as part of his
- Sinead O'Connor announced that she wouldn't accept any
Grammy Awards or attend the ceremony because the show reflects "false and
destructive materialistic values."
1992 - On
their first Europe tour Pearl Jam played at The Esplanade Club in Southend, England
to 300 people, the bands first ever UK show. The tour also took Pearl Jam to Norway,
Sweden, Holland, France, Spain and Italy.
1993 - Gloria
Estefan received the 1,974th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Harry Connick Jr. entered a plea bargain with New York
authorities stemming from his arrest in December for having a gun in his carry-on
luggage at New York's Kennedy Airport. Under the deal, Connick did not have to
plead guilty to the crime, avoided going to jail and had to make public service
announcements about carrying guns.
1993 - Radiohead
appeared at The Wheatsheaf, Stoke On Trent,
during a UK tour, tickets cost £3.50/$5.95.
- The Ramones claimed to have played their last gig in the
UK, at The Brixton Academy, after being together for 22 years.
- B.B. King guest starred on CBS-TV's "Touched by an
1996 - Singer Queen Latifah was
stopped by police for speeding, they found a concealed weapon and marijuana in
he car; she was given two years probation.
1999 - Country
music singer Trace Adkins dislocated
his ankle while trying to get his truck out
1999 - Ice-T spoke to the students of
the University of Toledo about a life of crime not being all it is cracked up
1999 - Tony Hadley singer with Spandau
Ballet told a High Court in London of his "desperate" financial situation
after his solo career failed. Hadley and band members Steve Norman and drummer
John Keeble, were suing Spandau Ballet songwriter Gary Kemp for hundreds of thousands
of pounds of allegedly unpaid publishing royalties. Hadley earned £120,000
a year during the band's heyday in the early 1980s, but the court heard that when
he fell on hard times he was forced him to sell his home to pay off a £50,000
overdraft in 1993.
2002 - Britney Spears performed
the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVI. A Pepsi commercial featuring Britney
Spears was premiered during the game.
2003 - The
body of actress Lana Clarkson is discovered at Phil Spector's faux castle outside
Los Angeles. Spector is arrested. Prosecutors said Spector shot Clarkson in a
foyer of the residence. Investigators said the body was found in a pool of blood
outside the entrance to the Alhambra mansion.
The exclusive documentary 'Living With Michael Jackson was shown on UK
television. Reporter Martin Bashir had spent eight months with the star, the shows
editor said, 'viewers will not believe what they're seeing'.
- P. Diddy settled
a $3 million court case filed by his former driver after an incident in 1999.
Wardell Fenderson had driven P Diddy and his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez away
from a New York nightclub where 3 people had been wounded in a shooting. Mr Fenderson
said he was traumatized by having guns in the car and being ordered to ignore
police orders to stop, for which he was arrested.
- R. Kelly appeared in the Cook County
Criminal Courthouse pleading not guilty to 21 charges of child pornography. Kelly,
who was free on bond, did not talk during the brief hearing. He had been arrested
in Florida after he was indicted by a grand jury in Chicago on 21 counts of child
pornography, stemming from a videotape that allegedly shows him performing sexual
acts with a 14-year-old girl.
2006 - Former Dynasty
star Heather Locklear filed for divorce from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora
after 11 years of marriage. Locklear who had been previously married to Motley
Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Sambora were married in 1994 and have an eight-year-old
daughter called Ava.
- Daughtry were at No.1 on the US album
chart with their self-titled debut. Lead singer Chris Daughtry was the fourth-place
finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. The album sold over a 1m copies
after just five weeks of release, becoming at that date the fastest selling debut
rock album of all time.
- AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, joined
a growing group of critics of Bob Geldof and U2 singer Bono over their very public
charity work, saying they should stop lecturing audiences about charity work and
instead do their good deeds in private. Johnson said "When I was a working
man I didn't want to go to a concert for some bastard to talk down to me that
I should be thinking of some kid in Africa. I'm sorry mate, do it yourself, spend
some of your own money and get it done. It just makes me angry".
- Former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight was rushed to the hospital after
pleading not guilty in his connection with a fatal hit-and-run just days before.
His friend Terry Carter was killed in the incident and actor Cle Denyale Sloan
was injured during an altercation over hip hop group N.W.A's biopic film "Straight
Outta Compton". Suge Knight faces charges of murder and attempted murder,
along with 2 counts of hit-and-run.
1955 - Elvis Presley played two shows (7.30pm
and 9.30pm) at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hank Snow was also
on the bill.
1957 - NME published a one-off magazine
entitled Rock-and-Roll Personality Parade, thought to be first UK pop magazine.
1956 - Elvis Presley appears again on CBS' Dorsey
Brothers Stage Show, performing Baby, Let's Play House and Tutti Frutti.
1959 - Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Jimmy Clanton took over
headlining the Winter Dance Party in Sioux City, Iowa, the day after the death
of Buddy Holly.
1961 - Johnny Burnette is rushed
to Hollywood's Cedars of Lebanon Hospital to undergo an emergency appendectomy.
The medical crisis forces Burnette, then on the charts with "You're Sixteen,"
to cancel $10,000 worth of domestic engagements and postpone a European tour.
- The Righteous Brothers were at No.1 on the UK singles
chart with the Phil Spector song 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'. Also a US No.1
at the same time. In 1999 the PRS announced that it was the most played song of
the 20th Century.
- The Who play their first show as headliners, at the Astoria
in Finsbury Park, England. Also appearing are The Fortunes and The Merseys..
- Bob Dylan and The Band played at the Convention Center
in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the first date on a world tour which would become
noted as Dylan's first that used electric instruments, after he had gone
electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
1968 - The
Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Winterland in San Francisco as part of
his 'Tour 60
cities in 66 Days'
- US Attorney General John Mitchell receives a secret memo
from Senator Strom Thurmond, in which Thurmond suggests deporting John Lennon
due to his antiwar stance.
1968 - At Abbey Road
studios, The Beatles recorded 'Across The Universe'. John and Paul decided the
song needed some falsetto harmonies so they invited two girl fans into the studio
to sing on the song. The two were Lizzie Bravo, a 16-year-old Brazilian living
near Abbey Road and 17-year-old Londoner Gayleen Pease.
"Carl Perkins Day" was celebrated in Jackson, TN.
In response to the other Beatles hiring Allen Klein as manager
the day before, Paul McCartney hires his father-in-law's firm, Eastman & Eastman,
as general legal counsel for Apple Corps.
1966 - The
Who play their first show as headliners, at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, England.
Also appearing are The Fortunes and The Merseys..
1970 - John
Lennon and Yoko Ono donated their hair for an auction in aid of the Black Power
1971 - Diana Ross guest stars on ABC's
TV show, Make Room For Granddaddy.
1974 - John
Lennon began his "Lost Weekend," which lasted 18 months. Separating
from Yoko, he went on an extended bender, often joined by his friend Nilsson.
1977 - US TV show American Bandstand celebrates its
25th anniversary with a bumper show featuring Chuck Berry, Greg Allman, Booker
T. and the MGs, Pointer Sisters and John Rivers.
- Fleetwood Mac's album Rumours is released; it goes on to become one of
the best-selling albums of all time.
1979 - Save
The Whales organizes a month-long rock memorabilia auction in San Francisco.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off their 114-date 'Couldn't
Stand the Weather tour' at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1989 - Guns N'Roses become the first act for fifteen
years to place two LPs in US Top 5 - Appetite for Destruction in at No.2 and Guns
N'Roses Lies at No 5.
1991 - "Cher at the
Mirage" aired on CBS-TV.
1996 - Rob Pilatus,
formerly of Milli-Vanilli, was hospitalized when he was hit over the head with
a baseball bat in Hollywood. Pilatus was attempting to steal a car. The owner
was the person who hit him.
1998 - Brian
Harvey, the former lead singer of East
17, was fined £1,000,
plus costs of £2,852, after
being convicted of kicking a press photographer who was curled up on the ground
in a ball.
1999 - Rykodisc became the first music
label to give its stamp of approval to MP3, the controversial Internet-based music
1999 - Freddy Fender received
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2000 - Bjorn Ulvaeus confirmed that the members
of ABBA had turned down a $1 billion offer by American and British consortium
to reform the group. "It is a hell of a lot of money to say no to, but we
decided it wasn't for us," band member Benny Andersson told the Swedish newspaper
2001 - Jimmy Buffet was ordered by
NBA referee Joe Forte to give up his courtside seat due to the use of profanity.
After a several-minute delay, the game between the Miami Heat and the visiting
New York Knicks continued.
2002 - On the occasion
of civil-rights activist Rosa Parks' 89th birthday, Stevie Wonder sings his song
"Happy Birthday" to her at the premiere of her TV-movie biography The
Rosa Parks Story. The song had originally been written by Wonder to help bring
about a national Martin Luther King holiday.
Britney Spears performed the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVI. A Pepsi
commercial featuring Britney Spears was premiered during the game.
- Courtney Love was arrested at Heathrow airport for 'endangering an aircraft'
on a transatlantic flight. The singer was said to have hurled abuse at the cabin
crew on the flight from L.A. to London after her nurse who was in an economy seat
was barred access to sit with Love in the upper class cabin.
- Police questioned Noel Gallagher after a photograph of him trespassing
on a railway line appeared in a newspaper. The Oasis guitarist was in a studio
in Cornwall recording the bands new album when he took a walk along the railway
2009 - the Official Charts Company launches
the Specialist Classical Albums Chart, developed in consultation with the British
Phonographic Industry (BPI)
2008 - Phil Lesh,
Bob Weir and Mickey Hart resurrect Grateful Dead for a benefit concert in support
of presidential hopeful Barack Obama in San Francisco.
- John Mellencamp becomes the first of many
artists to accuse soon-to-be-Republican presidential nominee John McCain of using
their music without authorization. McCain also issues the first of many apologies
2007 - A Razorlight's gig
in Lyon was halted mid-set because of an altercation between singer Johnny Borrell
and bassist Carl Dalemo. The pair exchanged insults before they came to blows
onstage, Borrell then stormed off leaving the French crowd amazed and unsure what
was going on. He did come back to finish his set.
- Robert Plant said he felt Led Zeppelin couldn't reunite for a full tour
because the band feels incomplete without drummer John Bonham. In an interview
on Absolute Radio Plant stated, "The reason that it stopped was because we
were incomplete, and we've been incomplete now for 29 years".
- Adele becomes the first female British artist
to have three No.1 songs from the same album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with
"Set Fire to the Rain" from the album '21'.
- About 100 dancers take place in a Soul Train-style line dance in Times
Square as a tribute to the recently deceased founder of the show, Don Cornelius.
1887 - Verdi's
opera "Otello" premiered at La Scala.
1929 - Hal
Blaine, the famous session drummer coined the term "Wrecking Crew".
- Eddie Cantor makes his debut radio appearance, singing
on Rudy Vallees Fleischmann Hour.
1957 - Over
5,000 fans greeted Bill Haley when he arrived from New York on the liner Queen
Elizabeth at Southampton, for his debut UK concert tour. Billy Haley was the first
American rock artist to tour the UK.
1958 - The
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences formed a New York chapter. NARAS
is better known as the Grammy Awards organization.
- The Beatles played two shows, one at The Cavern Club at lunchtime and
in the evening at the Kingsway Club in Southport. This was the first time Ringo
Starr appeared live with the group after drummer Pete Best became ill.
- Screaming Jay Hawkins arrives in UK for tour. Stage props include a coffin.
1966 - Petula Clark had her second No.1 in the US
singles chart with 'My Love', making her the first British female to have two
US No.1 hits. 'My Love' peaked at No. 4 in the UK.
- The News Of The World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the
Moody Blues' home in the UK. Jagger sued the paper for libel in an on-going feud
between The Stones and
the sunday paper, News Of The World.
7 days later police raid Keith Richards' home, busting The Stones on drug charges.
1967 - Due to a Musicians' Union ban, the Rolling
Stones were not allowed to play their hit "Let's Spend the Night Together"
when they appeared on an ITV show.
1967 - The
Beatles filmed part of the promo clip for 'Penny Lane' around the Royal Theatre,
Stratford, London and walking up and down Angel Lane in London. Together with
the video for 'Strawberry Fields Forever', this was one of the first examples
of what later became known as a music video.
David Bowie recorded 4 songs at the BBC Paris Cinema, London, for the John Peel
Sunday Concert radio show. This was guitarists Mick Ronson's first appearance
with Bowie who went on to work with Bowie as one of the Spiders from Mars.
1971 - Black
Sabbath started recording what would be their third album, 'Master Of Reality'
at Island Studios. It is sometimes noted as the first stoner rock album. Guitarist
Tony Iommi, decided to down tune his guitar down three semi-tones, Geezer Butler
also down tuned his bass guitar to match Iommi. The result was a noticeably 'darker'
sound that almost two decades later would prove hugely influential on at least
three of the biggest grunge acts, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, and Nirvana.
1972 - Paul Simon released his first new song
without Art Garfunkel, 'Mother and Child Reunion', which peaked at No.4 in the
US. Simon got the idea for the song's title from a chicken-and-egg dish called
Mother and Child Reunion that he saw on a Chinese restaurant's menu.
- T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Telegram Sam', the group's
third UK No.1 which was taken from their album The Slider. The song is also known
for bringing the term "main man" into popular culture.
- Iggy Pop signed to RCA.
1989 - Metallica's
concert at Reunion Arena in Dallas, TX, was broadcast nationally via the Z-Rock
1991 - Bill Drummond and Jimmy
Cauty of KLF were arrested in Battersea, London after painting a logo on a Sunday
Times billboard ad.
1992 - Nirvana
appeared at the ANU Bar in Canberra, while on tour
in Australia and New Zealand .
1998 - Elton John
and Stevie Wonder performed at the White House.
- Juliet Peters appeared in a London court accused of making death threat's
to singer Billie Piper. Peter's had made threatening telephone calls to the singer
threatening to decapitate her and burn her body.
- Courtney Love blamed her bad language for the alleged air rage incident
that led to her arrest at London's Heathrow Airport. As she left Heathrow's police
station the singer said: "I cussed at a lady, my daughter always said I had
a potty mouth". When asked what it had been like inside the police station,
the singer said: "It was fine. They were wonderful in there. It was like
being on Prime Suspect".
Janet Jackson's right breast became the most searched-for image in net
history, Jackson's breast was seen by millions on TV after Justin Timberlake pulled
at her bodice during a duet. Search engines reported a big jump in searches for
Janet Jackson and Super Bowl, as people turned to the web for images of the event.
2006 - A 29-year-old man
is shot to death near a video shoot for rapper Busta Rhymes in the Greenpoint
section of Brooklyn, New York. The man worked as a bodyguard at Kiss the Cactus
Productions, where the video for Rhymes's "Touch It" was being filmed.
- The Rolling Stones played three songs during the half-time show of The
Super Bowl in Detroit. After the event, the Stones expressed their displeasure
over having Mick Jagger's microphone turned down during the song "Start Me
Up". Also the line "you make a dead man come" was cut short and
a barnyard reference to "cocks" in the new song "Rough Justice"
2007 - Producer Phil Spector
won $900,000 after settling an embezzlement claim. Spector said former assistant
Michelle Blaine removed $425,000 from his pension and did not repay a $635,000
loan. Ms Blaine claimed the loan was a gift, and the pension funds were for a
film aimed at improving Spector's image. As part of the settlement, she dropped
a counter-claim of sexual harassment.
2007 - Apple
Computers settles a long standing legal battle with Apple Records, which is the
label set up by The Beatles. The companies has disputed the rights of the computer
maker to sell music under the Apple name.
2008 - Amy
Winehouse was questioned by police in connection with a video showing her smoking
a crack-cocaine pipe. She was interviewed under caution after the video was posted
online by the Sun newspaper.
2008 - Long before
he was the Democratic Presidential nominee, music stars from across all genres
voice their enthusiastic support of Barack Obama. This Super Tuesday sees a wave
of artists as disparate as Grateful Dead, will.i.am, OK Go and members of Pearl
Jam rallying behind Obama's bid for the presidency. As the year goes on and Obama's
campaign gathers momentum, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, Jay-Z,
Common, Nas, Patti Smith, Young Jeezy, Coldplay, Usher and countless others endorse
or even play concerts in support of the man who would be the 44th US President-elect.
2012 - The Super Bowl
XLVI halftime show becomes the most-watched television event in history, at 118
million views. Performing artists included Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, and Cee
2012 - The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary"
is mashed with Flo Rida's "Good Feeling" for a special Budweiser commercial
that airs during Super Bowl XLVI.
2015 - INXS
guitarist Tim Farriss said he may never play the guitar properly again after severing
his finger in a boating accident. He caught his left hand while operating a winch
on his boat in Sydney, severing his ring finger. He had surgery twice to try to
reattach the finger but has been left with permanent hand damage.
1943 - Frank Sinatra made his debut as
vocalist on radio's "Your Hit Parade".
1958 - George
Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after
Lennon's school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths
and John Lowe.
1960 - 27-year-old Jesse Belvin,
who had a 1956 hit with 'Goodnight, My Love', was killed in a car accident in
Hope, Arkansas. His wife and the car's driver also died of their injuries. The
three were trying to make a fast get-a-way from the first ever mixed race audience
concert in the town of Little Rock, after threats had been made against Belvin's
1962 - Decca Records turn down The Beatles.
- Tickets for the first Beatles appearance on CBS' Ed Sullivan
Show sell out.
1964 - Pan Am flight 101 was greeted
by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport, bringing The
Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched
1967 - Pink Floyd were photographed for
the weekly British girls magazine Jackie. The magazine was the best-selling teen
magazine in Britain for ten years. The best-ever selling issue was the 1972 special
edition to coincide with the UK tour of American singer David Cassidy.
1971 - Guitarist Richard Thompson leaves Fairport Convention.
1971 - Led Zeppelin announced a small UK club
tour which would see the group playing Universities and small venues with ticket
prices at 12 shillings /60p.
1981 - Former Beatles,
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison teamed up to record a musical
tribute to John Lennon. The song "All Those Years Ago" was the result.
1986 - Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey's mother
and sister were held at gunpoint by terrorists in Londonderry.
- Sonny Bono declared his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs.
- Featuring a title song written by Bruce Springsteen, the movie Light
of Day hits theatres. The film stars Joan Jett making her acting debut, and Michael
J. Fox as leaders of a struggling band called The Barbusters.
- Dusty Springfield returns
to US Hot 100 Top 10 with Pet Shop
"What Have I Done To Deserve This", nineteen
years after her last Top 10 hit, Son of a Preacher Man.
- Tiffany started a 2 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '"Could've
Been", a No.4 hit in the UK. Tiffany had recorded the song 5 years ago when
she was 13.
1989 - Jamaican sound engineer and
producer King Tubby was shot dead in the street outside his home.
- Over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry after it was alleged
that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned.
1990 - Billy Idol broke several bones in a serious
motorcycle accident. As a result he could not appear in Oliver Stone's "The
Doors" in a major role.
1996 - Ex Jam members
Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler reached a high court settlement with Paul Weller
after suing him for more than £100,000, claiming they were owed royalties
and group assets.
1998 - The movie Blues Brothers
2000 opens, featuring Wilson Pickett, Jonny Lang and Eddie Floyd.
- Blondie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Maria', giving the
group their 6th UK No.1 single, 20 years after their first. At the age of 54,
lead singer Debbie Harry became the oldest female to make No.1.
- Guitarist Don Felder was fired from The Eagles. He would later launch
a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging
wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then
countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and
attempted to sell the rights to a "tell-all" book. Both parties settled
2003 - ABC's 20/20 airs the British
documentary Living With Michael Jackson, where we see him climb a tree, go shopping,
and talk about sharing his bed with kids.
2004 - American
singer Faith Evans and her husband Todd Russaw agreed to enrol in a rehabilitation
programme after facing drugs charges. Prosecutors said the charges for alleged
possession of cocaine and marijuana would be dropped if they successfully completed
the 13-week rehab scheme.
2007 - An exhibition
of Kylie Minogue's stage costumes, awards and accessories was launched in London
at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The display showed her image changes from 1987
onwards, from the dungarees as Charlene in the Australian soap Neighbours to the
gold hot pants she wore in her Spinning Around video.
2008 - A
Los Angeles judge issued a restraining order against Britney Spears' manager,
after her mother made the request to the court. Lynne Spears claimed Sam Lutfi,
33, had drugged the troubled pop star and interfered with her finances. In a six-page
declaration, Lynne Spears said Mr Lutfi "moved into Britney's home and has
purported to take control of her life, home and finances". Her declaration
focused on the night of 28 January, a few days before the Grammy-winning superstar
was admitted to hospital for a mental evaluation.
Feist won the seventh annual Shortlist Music Prize, American's version of the
Mercury Prize, for her album The Reminder, which included the song 1234 used in
an Apple iPod advert.
2011 - Christina
Aguilera fluffs a line of the US national anthem singing it at the Super Bowl.
Instead of "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming"
Aguilera sang: "What so proudly we watched at the twilights last gleaming".
She later said of the mistake: "I can only hope that everyone could feel
my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through".
iTunes Music Store anounced it has sold 25 billion songs worldwide, since it
opened on April 28th 2003.
2013 - It was announced
that Warner Music was set to buy the record label Parlophone which was formerly
a part of EMI Music from Universal Music for £487m /$765m,
but The Beatles part of Parlophone, was exempted from the sale.
2014 - Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was
named as the greatest song of all time by NME. 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was one
of the last songs written for Nirvana's breakthrough album, 'Nevermind', which
was released in 1991.
1959 . . Buddy
Holly was buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads "Holley", the
correct spelling of his given surname and includes pictures of a guitar.
. . The Beatles released their first U.S. single "Please
Please Me." on Vee-Jay
Records: VJ 498 MONO. The flip side was "Ask Me Why". It flopped and
didn't enter the billboard charts.
. . Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles
fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport at 1:20 pm. bringing The Beatles
to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down.
- George Harrison is admitted to London's University College
Hospital with an infected back molar which has also infected his tonsils, necessitating
their removal. The tonsils are destroyed so that they can't be sold to fans.
- The first "Crawdaddy!", was published by Paul
Williams in NYC, the first magazine dedicated specifically to rock and roll music
in the USA. Preceding both Rolling Stone and Creem, Crawdaddy! was named after
the legendary Crawdaddy Club in the UK where the Rolling Stones played their 1st
gig. [Feb 07]
1967 . . Robin, Maurice and Barry
Gibb of The Bee Gees returned to the UK after living in Australia for nine years.
1967 - The Monkees announce during an appearance
on the British TV show Top of the Pops that they will play on their own records
from now on instead of using session players.
. Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving
with no license in Los Angeles, California.
1969 . .
"This Is Tom Jones" premiered on ABC-TV.
. . The Who recorded 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studio's, London, UK.
. . John Lennon and Yoko Ono were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone
magazine, on sale for 35c. John was named as Rolling Stone's Man Of The Year.
. . Led Zeppelin scored their first UK No.1 album with Led Zeppelin II,
it went on to stay on the UK chart for 136 weeks. Also reaching No. 1 in the US,
the RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 12 million copies
in the US alone.
1979 . . The Clash kick off their
first American tour at the Berkeley Community Theatre outside San Francisco.
1979 . . Stephen Stills became the first rock performer
to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles' Record Plant Studio.
. . AC/DC appear on Top of the Pops, where they perform A Touch Too Much.
It would be lead singer Bon Scott's last appearance with the band.
. . . ABC begins airing the first installment of the mini-series Elvis
and Me, based on ex-wife Priscilla Presley's book of the same name.
. . Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" became the official
anthem of New York City.
1986 . . The Rolling
Stones shot the video for "Harlem Shuffle" in New York City.
. . The TV mini-series "Elvis and Me", based on Priscilla Presley's
bookm began on ABC.
1989 . . Pink Floyd played
the first of seven sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los
1989 . . Georgia state representative
Billy Randall introduced an unsuccessful bill to make Little Richard's 'Tutti
Frutti', the state's official rock song.
1994 . . Shannon
Hoon of the Blind Melon's was ejected from the American Music Awards for loud
and disruptive behavior. He was eventually charged with battery, assault, resisting
arrest and destroying a police station phone.
. Tupac Shakur was sentenced to 1 to 4 1/2 years in jail for first-degree
1997 - Sarah McLachlan marries
her drummer, Ashwin Sood, in Negril, Jamaica.
- U2 played a secret show at London's Astoria. Stars attending the show
included actor John Hurt, Queen's Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Chris
Evans and members of Toploader.
- Courtney Love arrived at a benefit concert at London's Old Vic Theatre
dressed as Donald Duck. Courtney joined Elton John on stage for a version of 'The
Bitch Is Back'.
- Queen's single 'We Will Rock You' topped a poll of music
fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The 1977 song beat the band's
classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' into second place in a survey of 1,000 people carried
out for the UCI cinema chain. The poll was carried out to mark the release of
new Jack Black comedy 'School of Rock'.
- Michael Jackson's Thriller was named the top pop video in a poll of Channel
4 viewers in the UK. The 1983 video, which depicts the singer as a werewolf and
a zombie, beat videos by Madonna and Robbie Williams. Animated videos for Peter
Gabriel's Sledgehammer and A-Ha's Take On Me were in second and third place respectively.
4th was Queen with Bohemian Rhapsody, 5th, Madonna Like a Prayer, 6th, Robbie
Williams, Rock DJ, 7th, Michael Jackson, Billie Jean, 8th, The Verve, Bittersweet
Symphony, 9th, Madonna Vogue and 10th Nirvana,
2008 - Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and the
supergroup Velvet Revolver checked into rehab; he left in early March.
- Amy Winehouse was told she could not perform at this year's Grammy awards
ceremony because her US visa application had been rejected by the embassy in London.
The singer was arrested for marijuana possession in Norway last year. Winehouse
had been nominated for six Grammy awards ahead of the ceremony in Los Angeles
2012 - Alicia Keys and Nas join Jay-Z
at the second of two charity concerts he holds at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The concerts raise $3.5 million for the United Way and the Shawn Carter Scholarship
2013 . . Music venues and fans criticised
"heartless" touts and agencies selling tickets for guitarist Wilko Johnson's
farewell tour at inflated prices. The former Dr Feelgood guitarist, was suffering
from terminal cancer and was playing a series of farewell dates in February and
March. Originally tickets sold for £20, but were now being offered online
at prices of £225.
1956 . . Charles Hardin Holley receives
Decca's contract from Jim Denny of Cedarwood Publishing. Holley's name has been
misspelled, inadvertently dropping the 'e' in Holley. As a result, Holley adopts
the Holly spelling for his last name.
1958 . . The
first Nichigeki Western Carnival kicks off; 45,000 people watch performances of
"rokabiri" music by Japanese singers at the week long festival.
. . The Quarrymen perform at the Wilson Hall in the Garston
section of Liverpool, England. Afterwards, member Paul McCartney introduces his
friend George Harrison to John Lennon.
1960 . . The
House of Representatives Special Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight opened
hearings on disc jockey "payola."
1960 . . Hank
Williams' star was placed at 6400 Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of
1964 . . John Leyton, Mike Berry, The Innocents,
Jet Harris, Don Spencer, The Leroys and The Rolling Stones appeared at the Regal,
Edmonton, on the first night of a UK tour.
1964 . . The
publisher of the song "Louie Louie" offered $1,000 to anyone would could
find suggestive lyrics in the song.
1964 . . On
their first full day in New York, The Beatles,
minus George who had a sore throat, went for a walk around Central Park, where
over 400 girl fans followed The Beatles and extra police were called in to control
them. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed The Beatles for radio.
1967 . . The duo Peter
and Gordon announce their split.
1969 . . Eric
Clapton and Ginger Baker of Cream announce that they are forming a new group with
Steve Winwood of Traffic. Ric Grech later joins on bass, and the group is called
1969 . . George Harrison's tonsils
were removed at London's University College Hospital. The tonsils were destroyed
so they could not be sold.
1971 . . Bob Dylan's
documentary Eat the Document, chronicling his 1966 tour of the UK, premieres at
New York's Academy of Music. The ABC television network went on to buy the rights
to the film, although they refuse to air it after deciding it doesn't contain
enough concert footage.
1972 . . The official
Beatles Fan Club disbanded.
1973 . . Carly Simon's
You're So Vain is certified gold
1973 . . Max
owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the legendary Woodstock Music
and Art Fair was held in 1969, died of a heart attack aged 53.
1980 . . In
London, David Bowie and his wife Angie were divorced after nearly ten years of
marriage. David got custody of their nine-year old son, Zowie.
. . R.E.M. made their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay
Studios Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included 'Gardening At Night', 'Radio Free Europe'
and '(Don't Go Back To) Rockville'.
1982 . . Cher
makes her Broadway debut in "Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean,
1988 . . In
London, The Who performed at the British Phonographic Industry awards ceremony.
They received an award for their "Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
This would be the last time Kenney Jones played with the band.
. . Del Shannon died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
1993 . . Julian
Cope raised over £2,500 for anti-fur campaigners Lynx after selling raffle
tickets to win his trade-mark microphone stand.
1993 . . Tom
Jones guested on Will Smith's TV show The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.
. . Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour
after they were deported from Holland. The band were involved in a drunken brawl
on a cross-channel ferry resulting in members of the band being arrested and locked
in the brig on the ferry.
. . Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon threw a plastic bucket
full of cold water over UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott during the Brit
. . Universal Music, Warner Music, BMG, Sony Music and EMI
unveiled Project Madison. The system was developed by International
Business Machines Corp. to permit fast, secure distribution of full-length, CD-quality
albums on the Internet.
2000 . . It was announced
that Stan "the Man" Lee would create a comic book of the Backstreet
2001 . . Eminem
made his live UK concert debut when he appeared at The Manchester Arena.
. . Pete Doherty was released from jail on bail after four
nights when his manager paid the remaining £100,000 bail to Highbury Corner
Magistrates Court, London. The ex-Libertines star had been charged with robbery
and blackmail after a fracas at a London hotel. His bail arrangements stated he
would not be able to leave his house between 22.00pm and 07.00am every night and
must be accompanied by a security guard or his manager if he goes out at any other
2005 . . Kylie Minogue was voted the world's
sexiest woman in her 30's by UK magazine Good Housekeeping. Sade was voted No.4
in the over 40's with Madonna coming in at No.7 and Jerry Hall at No.8. And Sharon
Osbourne was voted into 3rd place in the over 50's section.
. David Bowie is awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement
2004 . . OutKast became the first hip-hop
act to win a Grammy for 'Album of the Year' when their album "Speakerboxxx/The
Love Below" gets the award.
2009 . . During
the 51st Grammy Awards Blink-182 announced that they
are getting back together, they had been on haitus for about A
4 months after the plane crash that nearly killed their drummer Travis Barker.
2009 . . Chris Brown was arrested at
the 51st Grammy Awards, and held on
suspicion of making criminal threats on his girlfriend Rihanna who suffered visible
injuries and identified him as her attacker. The incident leads Rihanna to postpone
concerts scheduled in Indonesia and in Malaysia. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss,
Lil Wayne and Coldplay are the big winners that night.
. . MTV dropped the "Music Television" moniker from its logo.
2013 . . A report on the the rise of digital
music showed that one in five consumers (19.6%) bought all their music as downloads.
The report said that 27.7% of UK music fans purchased downloads from stores such
as iTunes or Amazon; or streamed songs on services like Spotify or YouTube and
that the streaming market was now worth £49m to record labels.
. . LA Superior Court Judge Charles Palmer threw out a claim by Axl Rose
of fraud and misrepresentation against Guitar Hero 3. He claimed that his deal
with them to license the song 'Welcome to the Jungle' for use in the game included
a promise from Activision that no images of Slash would be used in the game.
2015 . . Sam Smith a quadruple winner at the Grammy
Awards, was honored with the Best New Artist; Record of the Year; Best Pop Vocal
Song of the Year with "Stay With Me".
1966 - Liza Minnelli brought her night
club act to New York City. She opened at the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel.
1968 - Hal Cone former manager of The Monkees
and Head of Jones Records was found guilty of theft, forgery, receiving stolen
property and conspiracy.
1972 - Paul McCartney's
new band, Wings, make their live debut at the University of Nottingham. It is
McCartney's first public concert since The Beatles' 1966 US tour.
- Cher's TV show premiered with guests Elton John and Bette Midler.
1997 - The Simpsons, which has featured such guest
stars as Aerosmith, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Peter Frampton.
becomes the longest-running prime-time animated series. The record was previously
held by "The Flintstones."
Oprah Winfrey announced that Garth Brooks had agreed to donate his earnings from
sales from his album "Sevens" for a seven-day period. The money went
to "Oprah's Angel Network."
1999 - Dave
Grohl (Foo Fighter), his Roswell Records label, EMI Entertainment World and EMI
Virgin Songs filed a suit against Miramax in California, accusing them unauthorized
use of the Foo Fighters' song "Big Me" in trailers for the film "Rounders."
2012 . . Whitney Houston visited singers Brandy
and Monica, together with Clive Davis, at their rehearsals for Davis' pre-Grammy
Awards party at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. That same day, she
2012 . . Whitney Houston made her last public
performance, when she joined Kelly Price on stage in Hollywood, California, and
sang "Jesus Loves Me"
- Orchestra leader Ben Selvin recorded the first known million-seller,
and it was also a two sided hit, featuring "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles"
1942 - Glen Miller became the first person to be awarded
a Gold Disc, for his 'Chattanooga Choo Choo', single.
1956 - Elvis
Presley recorded his 'million-seller' "Heartbreak Hotel" on the RCA
label . The 'flip' side was "I Was the One". The record received two
gold records, one for each side.
1968 - The
Beatles turned all of their business affairs over to the newly formed Apple record
1974 - Producer
Phil Spector was injured in a car crash. He needed extensive plastic surgery that
dramatically altered his looks.
1976 - Elvis
Presley was made a police reserve for the Memphis police.
- The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studio's in London.
1985 - Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings appeared at
the Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1993 - Michael
that he had had very little plastic surgery when he granted
his first interview in 15 years to Oprah Winfrey. In the interview, Jackson claimed
that he has a disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin.
- Snoop Doggy Dog made his UK live debut at London's Leicester Square Equinox
1998 - Axl Rose was charged with disorderly conduct
following a row with a baggage handler at Arizona Airport, Rose was later released
2004 - Diana Ross was sentenced to
two days in jail after pleading 'no contest' to a drink driving charge. She was
allowed to enter her plea over the telephone from New York
1956 - Michael Holliday was at No.1 on
the UK Top Twenty chart with 'The Story Of My Life.'
1963 - In less then ten hours, The Beatles record ten new
songs for their first album plus four other tracks which would be the next two
1964 - The Beatles played their first
U.S. concert at the Collisseum in Washington, DC.
- Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox were
married. They divorced in 1975.
- The Monkees set a new record when their second album,
'More Of The Monkees' jumped from No.122 to the top of the US chart. Staying in
pole position for eighteen weeks.
1970 - The
film The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, is premiered
in New York City. The film's soundtrack album, including Badfinger's "Come
and Get It" written and produced by Paul McCartney, was released on Apple
1970 - John Lennon paid £1,344
in fines for protesting the South African rugby team playing in Scotland.
- David Bowie performed
as "Ziggy Stardust" for the first time.
1973 - A local charity raised over £500 ($850)
selling bedsheets and pillowcases used by the Rolling Stones after a show at Western
Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
- The Police won Outstanding
Contribution to British music at the fourth annual Brit Awards held in London.
British Male Solo Artist was won by Paul Young, British Female Solo Artist, Alison
Moyet and Best British Group went to Wham! Prince won best International Act and
Best Soundtrack for Purple Rain.
- Boy George guest-stared on an episode of "The A-Team."
1989 - 'As Nasty As They Wanna Be', the Miami
bass group 2 Live Crew's 3rd album is released. Federal district judge Jose Gonzalez
ruled that the album was obscene, making it illegal in certain counties of Florida.
1998 - The hand-written lyrics to Candle
in the Wind by Bernie Taupin's were auctioned off at Christie's in LA for
1956 - Dean Martin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart
with 'Memories Are Made Of This.
Pye Records announced that they'd signed 'the British Bob Dylan', when they added
Donovan to the label.
1967 - 15 police officers
raided a party at 'Redlands' the home of Rolling Stone Keith Richards and took
away various substances for forensic tests. The Sussex
police, were tipped off by the News of the World, who in turn were tipped off
by Keith Richards' chauffeur.
1968 - Jimi Hendrix
returned home to Seattle where he received a key to the city and an honorary high
school diploma. He also played for the students of Garfield High School from which
he had dropped out.
1970 - For
the first time
in 4 years, a Beatle appeared
on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' when John
Lennon performed 'Instant Karma'.
1976 - Sal Mineo was murdered.
1977 - The
Police recorded their debut single, Fall Out' for £150 ($255) at Pathway
1981 - Blondie's
Deborah Harry announced that she would
be making a solo album.
1989 - Tiny Tim,
born Herbert B. Khaury, declared himself a New York City mayoral candidate,
but did not win in the election.
- David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- The U.S. 9th Circuit
Court of Appeals ordered Napster to stop its users from trading copyrighted material
2005 - At a ceremony in Bristol,
a train was named after Clash frontman Joe Strummer. The diesel train owned by
Cotswold Rail, was named after the singer, guitarist who died aged 50 in 2002.
2010 - Sarah McLachlan performed her song "Ordinary
Miracle" at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and
Publishers, was formed in New York City.
1940 - Earl
'Fatha' Hines and his orchestra recorded the classic "Boogie Woogie on St.
1955 - Buddy
Holly & Bob Montgomery as "Buddy and Bob" open
for Elvis Presley at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock.
UK's first rock and roll movie, 'Rock You Sinners'
- Frank Sinatra launched his own record label. 'Reprise
Records', later the home of Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman
& The Beach Boys.
1966 - The Rolling Stones
appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show", but the appearance was taped the
1969 - A launch party was held for
Mary Hopkin at the Post Office Tower in London, guests included Jimi Hendrix,
Donovan and Paul McCartney with his new girlfriend Linda Eastman.
- Black Sabbath releases their debut album. The marketers
make sure that it comes out on Friday the 13th. To add mystique to the band's
image, new manager Patrick Meehan asked the band to stop giving interviews.
1972 - Led Zeppelin was forced to cancel a concert in Singapore,
when government officials will not let them off the airplane because of their
long hair. Their is a law men cannot have long hair.
1972 - The
Greasy Truckers concert took place at the Roundhouse in London, featuring
Hawkwind, Man, and Brinsley Schwarz. The eveining was recorded and released as
a double vinyl album, in a limited edition of 20,000 which sold at £1.50.
It rapidly sold out, becoming a collector's item.
- After becoming ill during a concert in Las Vegas Elvis
Presley presented Doctor Sidney Bowers with a Lincoln Continental to show his
appreciation for all his work.
1974 - David Bowie
turned down an offer from the Gay Liberation group to compose 'the world's first
Gay National Anthem'
1975 - The film Slade In
Flame, starring the members of Slade, premieres at the Metropole Theatre in London.
- DP Costello/Elvis Costello performed at The Half Moon,
Putney, London supporting Vivian Stanshall.
- The 101'ers ft. Joe Strummer played at The Town Hall,
1978 - "Al Green Day" was declared in Los Angeles,
1978 - Dire Straits began recording their
first album at Basing Street Studios, London. The whole project cost £12,500/$21,250
to produce. The album which featured their breakthrough single 'Sultans of Swing'
went on to spend a 132 week run on the UK chart.
1980 - Police
raided the home of former Sex Pistol John Lydon who greeted them waving a ceremonial
sword, the only illegal item they found was a canister of tear gas, claimed to
be for defence against intruders.
1981 - At week
number 402 on the Billboard Album charts Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon sets
the record for most consecutive weeks on the chart - if debuted in March 1973
and didn't leave until April 1988, after 724 weeks.
1981 - Island
Records launched 'One Plus One' cassettes, one side had one of their artist's
albums and the other was blank so you could record on it!
1982 - The
gravestone on the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant, weighing 300
ponds was stolen from an Orange Park, FL, cemetery. Police found it two weeks
later in a dry river bed.
1982 - The Jam became
the first band since The Beatles to play two numbers on the same edition of Top
Of The Pops when they performed 'A Town Called Malice', and 'Precious', their
latest double A sided No.1.
1983 - Marvin Gaye
sang the U.S. national anthem at the NBA All-Star game. It was an early example
of an artist putting his own spin on the song, which would become commonplace
in the following years.
1988 - Michael Jackson
bought a ranch in Santa Ynez, California that he called "Neverland"
- The Brit Awards show was hosted by Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood and just
about everything went wrong - lines were fluffed and bands mis-cued onto the stage.
This was the last year the show was broadcast live.
- Michael Jackson fired his manager, Dileo, who reportedly sought a $60
million settlement to prevent him revealing Jackson's lifestyle to the press.
- Motley Crue announces Vince Neil is leaving the heavy metal group,
he wanted to get more involved with racing cars.
- Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" from the soundtrack
to The Bodyguard tops Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for the 13th week.
- Tupac Shakur's All Eyez on Me is released. The first rap double-album
on a major label, it will sell over 10 million copies in the United States.
In front of the world's press at The Hilton Hotel in Manchester,
UK, the group,
Take That, announce their split up; the band, at this date, had achieved 7 No.1
singles & 2 No.1 albums.
1997 - Michael Jackson became
a father when Debbie Rowe gave birth to his first child , a baby boy, Prince Michael
1997 - Aged
30, Michael Menson of Rebel MC died
from burns sustained in a racial attack 16 days previous when he was lost on a
street in North London. He was attacked twice, his tormentors were determined
to burn him alive, throwing fuel at him and setting him on fire; he suffered horrendous
1998 - Police at Manchester Airport arrested
former Stone Roses singer, Ian Brown after an incident during a flight from Paris.
Later that year in August Ian was found guilty of
using threatening behaviour towards an airline stewardess and captain and jailed
for four months; British Airways banned him from flying with their airline.
- Pop singer and songwriter Richard Marx makes a surprise
appearance at the 2000 edition of Joe Diffie's annual "Country Steps in for
First Steps" concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Marx performs
his hit "Don't Mean Nothing."
Rock guitarist Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement
Award, considered the Oscar for the guitar industry. Frampton gets the award during
ceremonies at L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum.
- Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida
after officers find marijuana in their car. Julian and Stephen Marley, also reggae
musicians are released on $500 bail each.
Led Zeppelin was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Grammys.
Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham all attended. Robert Plant did not,
since he was working on a new album and tour.
Ray Charles won eight posthumous Grammy awards for his final album, "Genius
Readers of the UK newspaper The Sun voted George Michaels Careless
Whisper as the greatest British pop single of the past 25 years. Oasis came
second with Wonderwall and Kate Bush third with Wuthering Heights.
The rest of the Top 10: No.4, Robbie Williams, Angels, No.5, The Jam,
Going Underground, in equal 6th, Sex Pistols, God Save The Queen
and Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart, 7th was Queen, We
Are The Champions, 9th, The Stone Roses, Fools Gold and
10th The Undertones Teenage Kicks.
- Rod Stewart was paid $1million when he performed at a billionaire's birthday
bash. Stewart was booked to play a one-hour gig to help Steve Schwarzman celebrate
his 60th birthday held at New York's Park Avenue Armory.
- Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was fined £300 and disqualified
from driving for two months after admitting to two charges of driving without
insurance or a licence at Thames Magistrates Court in London.
- Robbie Williams checked into rehab on his birthday to deal with an addiction
to prescription drugs. The singer, who was 33 today, was admitted into an unnamed
clinic in the US.
2008 - Lee
Ryan, former Blue singer, was charged
with an attack on a taxi driver in Surrey. The 24-year-old was accused of assaulting
the man following a minor traffic accident in Oxted on New Year's Eve
- A fan paid $3,000 for a jewelled bra, which Shakira wore on her Oral
Fixation world tour in 2007, in an auction for the pop star's children's charity.
So far over $60,000 had been raised, with one fan paying $14,100 to meet Shakira.
Other items in the auction included a purple wig and Gibson guitar used in the
video for Las De La Intuicion, a shiny lavender skirt with turquoise and coral
beading that Shakira wore while singing Hips Don't Lie on tour..
- Lady Gaga was forced to postponed her world tour after an injury which
left her unable to walk. She had severe inflammation of the joints, known as synovitis.
1847 - A
saxophone school is created in Paris, France. It is set up at "Gymnase Musical,"
a military band school.
1955 - Ruby Murray went
to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Softly, Softly'. She was the first act to
score five simultaneous Top 20 hits.
- Jazz icon Lionel Hampton debuts "King David,"
his only symphony, at New York's Town Hall.
1958 - The
Iranian government bans rock & roll, claiming that this form of music is against
the concepts of Islam and is a health hazard. Iranian doctors warn of the risk
of injuries to the hips from the "extreme gyrations" of rock & roll
1959 - Cliff Richard was voted the best
new singer in the annual NME awards.
1961 - The
Platters sue Mercury Records for breach of contract in Chicago, citing the record
label's refusal to pay royalties for songs on which leader Tony Williams does
not, in fact, sing lead.
1961 - The earliest video
footage of The Beatles as a band was taken during their performance at the Casanova
Club in Liverpool.
1964 - Chad & Jeremy were
guests on the "Patty Duke Show".
1967 - Pink
Floyd appeared at the Miss Teenage Brighton Contest, Top Rank Suite, Brighton,
England, playing the musical interlude during the contest.
1968 - Frank
Zappa and the Mothers of Invention announce that work has begun on the band's
quasi-documentary Uncle Meat.
1969 - 300 plus
fans were injured at
an ice rink in Glasgow, Scotland, during a concert by Love Affair and Amen Corner
1970 - The
Who taped a concert at Leeds University in Leeds, England, for their album, "Live
- "Grease" opened off-Broadway, where it ran for
the next decade for a total of 3,388 performances.
1972 - Mayor
Sam Yorty declared "Steppenwolf Day" in Los Angeles as sadly they announced
their first break-up that same day.
1972 - John
Lennon and Yoko Ono started a week long run as co-hosts on 'Mike Douglas' US TV
1973 - David Bowie collapsed
toward the end of the encore, at the end of his Valentine's Day
Show at New York's Radio City Music Hall. A bodyguard, dressed all in black rushed
out of the wings and picked Bowie up like a limp broken doll and carrying him
off stage with the lights going black.
1974 - Daryl
Dragon and Toni Tennille married in Virginia City, while on a promotion tour of
1974 - Ringo Starr, Neil Young and
Warren Beatty are in attendance for the last stop on Bob Dylan's tour with The
Band at the
Forum in L.A.
- The B-52's made their first
live performance appearing in a Greenhouse at a Valentines day party in Athens.
1977 - US singer songwriter Janis Ian received
461 Valentine's day cards after indicating in the lyrics of her song 'At Seventeen',
she had never received any.
1978 - Husband and wife, singer-songwriters Kris
Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, appeared on The Muppet Show to perform "Song
I Like to Sing" from their first album of duets, Full Moon.
- Lou Reed married Sylvia Morales at a ceremony in his New York apartment.
- Billy Idol left Generation X for a solo career.
- The Funky 4 plus One More perform their classic hit, That's The
Joint on NBC's Saturday Night Live becoming the first hip hop group to appear
on national television.
1984 - Elton
John and Renata Blauel were married in Darling Point, Sydney, Australia, but the
couple divorced in 1988.
1986 - Frank Zappa
appeared on "Miami Vice" playing a crime boss named "Mr. Frankie"
1990 - The Rolling Stones played the first of
ten nights at the Korakuen Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The shows were seen by over 500,000
fans, making the band $20 million/£11.76 million.
1992 - The
film 'Waynes World', which featured appearances from Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper
premiered in the US. The use of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the film propelled
the song to the top of the UK singles chart for a second time and to No.2 on the
US singles charts nearly 20 years after its first release.
1993 - Huggy
Bear performed "Her Jazz" on the British TV programme, 'The Word'. After
their set, the band stayed in the studio to watch a report on two American models
who called themselves "The Barbi Twins". Huggy Bear and their fans became
upset at this and started shouting at the show's presenter Terry Christian. The
band was ejected from the studio.
1994 - Grateful
Dead's Jerry Garcia married his third wife moviemaker Deborah Koons, in Sausalito,
1995 - Rapper Tupac Shakur was sentenced
to one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half years in prison on a sexual abuse charge.
He was later released on appeal.
1996 - T.A.F.K.A.P.
aka Prince, married Mayte Garcia in a Minneapolis church, he had composed a special
song for his wife, 'Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother, Wife', which she heard for
the first time when they had their first wedding dance.
1997 - Country
artist Ty England and wife Shanna welcome their third child into the world, Levi
1998 - Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
is honored as "Entertainer of the Year" at the 29th NAACP Image Awards,
at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA.
1998 - Madonna
performed her first club performance in more than 10 years at the Roxy in New
- Marilyn Manson began an short book signing tour at Tower
Records in New York. He was supporting his autobiography "It's A Long Hard
Road Out of Hell".
1998 - Celine Dion's
'My Heart Will Go On' set a new record for the most radio plays in the US with
116 million plays in one week.
1998 - Country
crooner T.G. Sheppard was best man for 35 different bridegrooms at a hotel in
Las Vegas, all winners of a national radio promotion for Sheppard's song "She's
Gettin' the Rock".
1999 - The Deftones,
on the final stop of their tour opening for Black Sabbath, find that their truck
have been broken into on the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Dearborn, Michigan.
All of the band's backline equipment and instruments, including several of Chi
Chings' Precision Fender Bass guitars, and Stephen Carpenter's custom-made guitars
and racks had been stolen.
1999 - Elton John appeared
as himself in the "I'm With Cupid" special Valentine's Day episode of
2000 - KISS announced that they
were going to do a farewell tour in makeup and then sell off the stage props in
2001 - Prince
launched a subscription service whereby fans were asked to pay as much as $100
a year for online access to the rock impresario's songs and videos as well as
VIP passes to Prince concerts and after-show parties.
2001 - "Barbra
Streisand: Timeless" aired on FOX. The show was a farewell-tour concert.
2003 - Stolen reel-to-reel studio recordings
by The Beatles were found in Australia. Police recovered the tapes of the bands
1968 The White Album and the Abbey Road album after they were advertised for sale
in a Sydney newspaper. Ozzie police had been tipped off by British detectives
from Operation Acetone, an investigation into thefts of original Beatles music
from Abbey Road studios in London in the 60's.
2004 - Former
drummer with Judas Priest, Dave
Holland, was jailed for 8 years for indecent assault and the attempted rape of
a 17 year old boy. The youth, who had learning difficulties, had been taking drum
lessons from Holland.
2006 - While on a Europen
tour, former Guns 'n' Roses drummer, Steve Adler, dined out at The Cross Keys,
Hoyland, Nr Sheffield
with Beverley Russell
for a Valentines lunch on his last day in the UK.
2005 - Kerrang!
magazine announced the results of its readers poll for the best British
rock albums ever. The Top 10 were: No.1, Black Sabbaths Black Sabbath; No.2,
Iron Maidens Number Of The Beast; No.3 Sex Pistols Never Mind The
Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols; No. 4, Led Zeppelin IV; No.5, Black Sabbaths
Paranoid; No.6, Muses Absolution; No.7, The Clash's London Calling; No.8,
Queens Sheer Heart Attack; No.9, Iron Maidens Iron Maiden and No.10,
Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible.
Universal Pictures announced it was developing a film based on the story of
the pop/dance music project formed by Frank Farian in Germany in 1988, fronted
by Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus...
Milli Vanilli's rise and fall in the music industry.
- Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married his long-term partner, singer Nicole
Appleton at a civil ceremony in London, at Westminster Register Office, where
he married his first wife, Patsy Kensit, in 1997.
- "Everybody Hurts", recorded to help Haiti's earthquake victims
went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The REM cover featured Leona Lewis, Kylie
Minogue, Robbie Williams and Take That sold over 453,000 copies in its first week.
- Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil surrendered to Nevada authorities
to start serving 15 days behind bars for a DUI charge.
- SOCA, a branch of UK law enforcement, closed down the illegal music download
site RnBXclusive.com. Visitors to the page were told that "the individuals
behind this website have been arrested for fraud" and also cautioned those
who may have downloaded music, "you may be liable for prosecution..."
2014 - It was announced that Sam Bailey has
parted ways with Simon Cowell's record label Syco just over a year since winning
The X Factor.
2015 - Lady Gaga became engaged to actor Taylor Kinney.
- Big Joe Turner recorded the original "Shake, Rattle
1958 - "The Dick Clark
Show" debuted on ABC-TV. Connie Francis, Pat Boone and Jerry Lee Lewis were
the first performers to appear on the show.
1961 - Jackie
Wilson was injured in a shooting, when he was shot in the stomach. It was said
that one of his girlfriends, Juanita Jones, shot and wounded him in a jealous
rage when he returned to his Manhattan flat with fashion model Harlean Harris,
an ex-girlfriend of Sam Cooke's. However, in early 1975, in an interview with
author Arnold Shaw, Wilson maintained it was actually
a zealous fan whom he did not know that shot him.
1968 - John Lennon & George Harrison arrived in India
to study meditation with the Maharishi, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr arrived
four days later. Ringo returned before the others comparing the experience to
be like a Butlins holiday camp.
1969 - Singer
Vickie Jones was arrested on fraud charges for impersonating Aretha Franklin in
concert at Fort Myers, Florida, no- one in the audience asked for their money
1965 - Nat "King"
Cole died of complications following surgery for lung cancer at the age of 48.
1971 - The Who first perform "Lifehouse",
their new rock opera. It failed, although some songs were recorded for The Who's
1972 - Anti-bootlegging law comes into
effect in US.
1976 - Bette Midler bailed seven
members of her entourage out of jail. They were arrested on cocaine and marijuana
1977 - Sid Vicious joined
the Sex Pistols replacing bassist Glen Matlock.
1998 - The
Tokyo area phone system went down due to high activity attributable to people
trying to reserve tickets for an upcoming Glay concert.
2002 - Kerrang!
Magazine overtook the New Musical Express for the first time to become the best
selling UK weekly music publication. It claimed new bands such as Limp Bizkit
and Linkin Park had given them a new teenage audience.
1963 - Paul Anka and Marie-Ann DeZogheb
were married in Paris.
1968 - In Detroit, MI,
Aretha Franklin day was declared.
1971 - Alan
David Pasaro sued the Rolling Stones charging them with invasion of privacy. The
charge stemmed from the footage of a stabbing in the film "Gimme Shelter."
Pasaro was tried and acquitted for the stabbing death.
1972 - Charlie
Watt's wife Shirley was arrested at Nice Airport for swearing and hitting custom's
1975 - Cher started her own weekly
hour of a music and comedy show on CBS-TV. Her new show featured a female guest
1984 - Jerry Lee Lewis surrendered
to federal authorities to answer income tax evasion charges. He was later acquitted.
1988 - After singer Jo Elliot had referred to
El Paso as 'the place with all those greasy Mexicans', Def Leppard were forced
to cancel a concert in El Paso, after they received threats that the gig would
1993 - At the Brit Awards in London.
Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Kenny Jones and Bill Wyman (who was filling
in for the sick Ronnie Lane) play together in what turns out to be a Faces reunion.
1999 - Rap star Ol' Dirty Bastard was arrested
in Hollywood for allegedly wearing body armor, a forbidden garment because of
his previous arrests. ODB was initially pulled over for driving eratically.
2000 - The Silver Tassie, an opera by Mark-Anthony Turnage,
receives its première at the London Coliseum, performed by the English
2002 - Thieves broke into George
Michael's London home and stole over £100,000 ($170,000) worth of paintings,
jewellery and designer clothes and drove off in his £80,000 ($136,000) Aston
Martin DB7. They also caused £200,000 ($340,000) worth of damage to his
2005 - Kid Rock was arrested for allegedly
punching a DJ at a strip club in Nashville, Tennessee. Police were called to the
incident but Rock escaped from the club. The star was eventually arrested a few
hours later, taken to the night court and released on $3,000 (£1,600) bail.
1904 - The opera "Madama Butterfly" by Giacomo
Puccini had its world premiere at La Scala in Milan.
1955 . .
Little Richard sent his first audition tape to Specialty Records.
1960 . . The
Everly Brothers signed a million dollar contract with Warner Brothers records.
1960 - Elvis Presley
won his first Gold record for the album 'Elvis.'
1969 - Johnny
Cash and Bob Dylan had a recording session in Nashville, TN. "Girl from the
North Country" was the only duet released from the session. The track appeared
on Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline' album.
1971 - James
Taylor made his TV debut on The Johnny Cash Show. Other guests included Neil Young,
Linda Ronstadt and Tony Joe White.
1972 - Pink
Floyd began a 4-night stand in London. During the stand they premiered "The
Dark Side of the Moon" a full year before it was released.
O'Keefe married for the second time to Maureen Joan Maricic, a 29-year-old fashion
the Masonic Hall, Waverley, Australia.
- Bette Midler was awarded the "Woman of the Year"
award from Harvard's University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society.
1988 - A 12-year old fan of Motley Crue set his legs on
fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the band's "Live Wire" video.
The boy suffered burns over ten percent of his body.
- A Platinum American Express card which once belonged to Bruce Springsteen
was sold for $4,500 (£2,650) at a New York memorabilia sale. The singer
had given the expired card to a waiter in a LA restaurant by mistake and let them
keep it as a souvenir.
2002 . . It was reported
that George Michael's in Hamstead was burglarized. The theft included his $114,000
Aston Martin sports car and $140,000 in paintings, jewelry and clothing.
Fender Stratocaster guitar was sold for £100,000 at an auction in London.
Other Hendrix items sold included a poem written two weeks after his appearance
at the Monterey Festival which went for £10,000.
2013 . . Family Guy devoted the "Chris Cross"
episode to Anne Murray. In the episode, Stewie and Brian become obsessed with
Murray's music. Anne also appears in animated form contributing her voice.
1959 - Elvis Presley appeard after hours at the Lido Club
in Paris while on leave from the U.S. Army.
1962 - The
Everly Brothers appeared on the US Ed Sullivan show,
while on weekend leave from marine training; they were in
full uniform, with regulation cropped hair, singing their new single, 'Crying
In The Rain'.
1968 - David
Gilmour replaces Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd. Barret had checked himself into a
psychiatric hospital and then went into seclusion.
1969 - Maurice
Gibb of the Bee Gees and Lulu
were married in England.
- Captain Beefheart and his
Magic Band made their New York debut at Unganos.
1972 - Opportunity Knocks winner, 12 year-old Neil Reid
started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut album. It
made Reid the youngest person ever to score a UK No.1.
1975 - Paco
de Lucía became the first-ever flamenco performer to perform at the Teatro
Real of Madrid. He played a set with his brother Ramón, in front of a relatively
young audience without the use of effects.
1978 - Britain's
first punk magazine,
Sniffin' Glue, ceases publication.
1980 - During an interview, Bill
Wyman of the Rolling Stones
said that he intended to leave the band in 1982 on the group's 20th anniversary,
but he didn't leave the band until 1993.
1989 - An impostor caused
havoc when he phoned Radio 1 claiming
that he was the Madness vocalist Suggs and asked them to advertise a one-off gig
1992 - Vince
Neil quit as lead singer of Motley Crue. After 11 years with the group he says
he wants to spend more time on his career as a race car driver. The band reunited
on the "American Music Awards" 5 years later.
- Rob Smith of The Cure did battle with the forces of musical
evil, Barbara Streisand, on the TV show South Park.
Oasis' Noel Gallagher's Epiphone Supernova guitar raised £4,600 ($7,820)
in aid of Children In Need at a Bonhams auction held in London, England.
2006 - In Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, the Rolling Stones gave
a free concert before a crowd of over 2 million people at Copacabana Beach.
2012 . . An invitation-only memorial for Whitney Houston
was held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. The service was
scheduled for two hours, but lasted four. Among those who performed at the funeral
were Stevie Wonder, CeCe Winans, Alicia Keys, Kim Burrell and R. Kelly.
1954 - Buddy
Holly & Bob Montgomery
and Larry Welborn perform "Flower Of My Heart," a song written by Bob,
for a contest at Lubbock High School. The song wins the competition and is chosen
as the 1954 Senior Class Song.
- Gerry Marsden (Gerry & the Pacemakers) began a 3-1/2
year run in the London stage production of "Charlie's Girl."
1970 - Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart guest starred onn ABC-TV's
1972 - Paul McCartney's
'Give Ireland Back to the Irish' (which was inspired by the "Bloody Sunday"
massacre in Ireland on 30 January 1972) was banned by the BBC.
- KISS made thier TV debut on "Don Kirshner's Rock
1976 - Former lead singer with
Tower Of Power, Rich Stevens was arrested in connection with the drug related
murders of three men in San Jose, California. Stevens was found guilty of the
charges in November 1976.
1979 - Dire Straits
begin their first American tour, in Boston.
1981 - George
Harrison was ordered to pay ABKCO Music the sum of $587,000 for "subconscious
plagiarism" between his song, "My Sweet Lord" and the Chiffons
"He's So Fine."
1982 - Ozzy Osbourne
was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for pissing on the Alamo. Osbourne was wearing
a dress at the time of his arrest.
1991 - Public
Enemy boycotted the 1991 Grammy Awards because the rap award was not going to
be presented during the live TV ceremony. Sinead O'Connor also boycotted the event.
1995 - "Baywatch's" Pamela Anderson
marries Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on a Cancun beach. The same day Jon
Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea give birth to son Jesse James Louis.
1995 - Roxette performed in Beijing when they played a concert
celebrating the Chinese New Year. It was the first concert for a western artist
in China since 1984 when George Michael performed.
1996 - Bjork
was shown on UK breakfast TV attacking a news reporter as she arrived at Thailand
Airport. The footage showed the singer pulling the female reporter to the floor
and banging her head on the ground. Bjork later apologised for the attack.
1958 - The
Big Gold Records Stars tour, informally known as The Florida Tour takes to the
road. The tour stars the Everly Brothers, Buddy
Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley and The Comets, and The
- Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut when he played a show
at a High School in Seattle.
1969 - "Goodbye
Cream" opened in Baltimore. The film was of Cream's November 26th 1968 farewell
concert performed at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1970 - Timothy
Leary, international laureate of LSD and candidate for governorship for California,
sentenced to ten years' jail for possession of marijuana.
1974 - Yes
sell out Madison Square Gardens, the gig was not advertised, all the tickets sold
in two days by word of mouth.
Four sets of Kiss footprints are placed in the sidewalk outside of Grauman's Chinese
Theatre in Hollywood.
Singer Pat Benatar married musician-producer Neil Geraldo in Hawaii. It was Benatar's
1988 - Nearly seventeen years
after his death, Louis Armstrong has the highest debut US single of the week when
'What a Wonderful World' comes in at No. 67.
1991 - Bob
Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual Grammy' Awards.
1996 - Snoop Doggy Dogg and a bodyguard are found not guilty
of first-degree murder.
1997 - Ben and Jerry's
introduced a new flavour their ice cream, Phish, named after the rock group Phish.
The ice cream treat contains chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped
2003 - In West Warwick, RI, 99 people were killed when fire
destroyed the nightclub The Station. The fire started with sparks from a pyrotechnic
display being used by Great White. Ty Longley, guitarist for Great White, was
one of the victims in the fire.
Foam soundproofing material at the edge of the stage set
alight and the blaze spread quickly in the one-storey wooden building as fans
all tried to escape through the same exit.
2008 - Ozzy,
Sharon, Kelly and Jack Osbourne host
2008 BRIT Awards at Earls Court in London.
1958 - The very
first Gibson model Flying V
guitar is shipped from a factory in Kalamazoo, Mich. USA
Echoes, a band from
New York recruited a new young unknown piano player, named Billy Joel.
- McGraw-Hill, Inc. outbids eight other American publishers for the U.S.
rights to Hunter Davies' authorized biography of the Beatles. They paid $150,000
for the rights.
1970 - Simon and Garfunkel's
Bridge Over Troubled Water LP enters UK chart at No. 1, staying in top 10 for
1970 - The Jackson 5 made their TV
debut on "American Bandstand".
Patti Smith was featured on the front cover of the New Musical Express.
- Bon Scott (AC/DC) fell unconscious and died in a friend's
car after a drinking bout that lasted all night.
- Sly Stone was jailed on drug charges.
1990 - The Academy created
the categories Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance, separating
the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance genres
at the 32nd Grammy Awards.
- Living Colour was the first band to win the Best Hard Rock Performance
Grammy Award for "Cult of Personality". They were also first all African-American
band to win the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance
1990 - Metallica was the 1st band to win the
Best Heavy Metal Performance Grammy Award. Metallica won it the first 3 years
for the song "One"; a cover version of Queen's "Stone Cold Crazy";
and the album Metallica.
- For the first time in seven years, Bruce Springsteen performed live with
the E Street Band. The New York City nightclub appearance was for a video for
Jonathan Demme's film "Murder Incorporated."
- Robbie Williams was attacked and thrown from the stage during a concert
in Stuttgart, Germany after a man got onto the stage and pushed Williams into
the security pit. The attacker was arrested and taken to a secure psychiatric
2002 - Elton John accused the music
industry of exploiting young singers and dumping talented artists for manufactured
groups. He said 'There are too many average and mediocre acts; it damages real
talent getting airplay. It's just fodder.'
1956 - Billboard review debut single
by James Brown, Please Please Please, by describing it as having 'a dynamic religious
fervour running through the pleading solo'.
1963 - The
Beatles formed their Northern Music Publishing Company. Michael Jackson eventually
1965 - The Beatles begin filming
their second movie, Help.
1969 - David Bowie,
performing a one-man mime act, opens for T. Rex as they start UK tour in Manchester.
1977 - The Sex Pistols won 'Turkey Of The Year' in this
years NME readers poll.
1978 - Sid Vicious and
Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York and charged with drug possession.
The original Ants split up with Adam. Malcolm
McLaren fires Adam Ant from the group which goes on to become Bow Wow Wow.
1985 - With
the young frail French pianist, Michel Petrucciani
cradled in his arms, Charles Lloyd
walked onto the stage at Town Hall in New York City and sat him on his piano stool
for what would be an historic evening in jazz history: the filming of One Night
with Blue Note.
1986 - MTV celebrates the
20th anniversary of the Monkees by airing a 22-hour broadcast of Monkees TV episodes.
1986 - A Fine Young Cannibals concert in Boston was delayed
until 2AM because somebody had thrown tear gas into the club.
- The Academy recognized hard rock music artists for the
first time at the 31st Grammy Awards, presented as Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance
Vocal or Instrumental, combining two of the most popular music genres of the 1980s.
Jethro Tull won that award for the album Crest of a Knave. It led to widespread
criticism as journalists suggested Jethro Tull did not belong in the hard rock
or heavy metal genres. So the Academy created the categories Best Hard Rock Performance
and Best Metal Performance, separating the genres in 1990.
- UK music paper the NME printed their writers all time
best debut albums; at No.1, Patti Smith, 'Horses', No.2, Joy Division, 'Unknown
Pleasures', No.3, MC5, 'Kick Out The Jams, No.4, The Jesus and Mary Chain, 'Psychocandy'
and No.5, Television, 'Marquee Moon'.
2002 - Two
middle-aged women spent the first of eight nights sleeping in a car outside Bournemouth
International Centre to make sure they were first in the queue for when tickets
to Cliff Richard's forthcoming concert went on sale.
2006 . . The
one billionth song is downloaded on iTunes; the song is "Speed of Sound"
2008 . . Welsh singing star Duffy
appeared on 'Later with Jools Holland' and performed "Rockferry", "Mercy",
and "Stepping Stone".
1955 - Jimmy
Reed releases debut single, You Don't Have to Go.
1961 - First
French International Rock Festival begins with Bobby Rydell, Emile Ford and Johnny
1970 - Ringo Starr guest starred on
"Laugh-In." It was his first solo TV appearance.
Elvis and Priscilla Presley seperated.
David Coverdale's Whitesnake made their debut at the Sky
Bird Club, Nottingham, England.
1979 - The
first tour of the U.S. and Canada by Dire Straits opens at the Paradise Club in
Boston. The group logs 51 sold-out shows in 38 days.
1985 - Stevie Wonder was arrested
during an antiapartheid demonstration outside the South African Embassy in Washington;
he was released after being questioned by police.
- Isaac Hayes was jailed by an Atlanta judge for owing $346,300 (£203,705)
in child support and alimony.
1993 - Little
Richard received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
- Nine people were killed and more than 40 injured when a truck veered
out of control during the annual carnival in Port-au-Prince. The Haitian band
Ram was performing on the truck. None of the band members were hurt.
2000 - At the Staples Center
in Los Angeles, Carlos Santana received a record-tying eight Grammy's. Michael
Jackson set the record back in 1984 when he won awards for "Thriller."
2003 - An
insider told the The
News Of The World that Jackson
had been anaesthetised on a weekly basis to have his skin peeled and bleached.
that Michael Jackson had undergone scores of painful operations to strip his body
of black skin until he appeared white. The surgeons at a Santa Monica clinic eventually
refused him any more treatment.
Welsh singing star Duffy appeared on BBC Two TV's show 'The
Culture Show' on performing "Mercy".
1956 - In Cleveland, OH, police invoked
a 1931 ordinance barring people under the age of 18 from dancing in public unless
accompanied by an adult.
1957 - Buddy Holly travels
to the Norman Petty Studio in Clovis, N.M., and records "I'm Looking For
Someone To Love" and the hit version of "That'll Be The Day". Holly
sings and plays lead guitar; Larry Welborn plays bass; Allison plays drums; and
Niki Sullivan, Gary Tollett, and Ramona Tollett sing backing vocals on "That'll
Be The Day". Holly is restricted from recording any of the songs that were
done under his contract with Decca. So eventually they come up with the name The
Crickets with Holly, vocals and lead guitar; Allison, drums; Mauldin, bass; and
Sullivan, rhythm guitar.
1969 - Performing at
the Royal Albert Hall, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played its last British concert
before breaking up.
1973 - Byrds play there
farewell concert at Capital Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.
The Eagles' "Greatest Hits" album became the first
album in the U.S. to be certified platinum by the RIAA.
Fire and Ice wins Pat Benatar a Grammy for best rock performance
of 1981 & Kim
Carnes is awarded a Grammy for record of year for Bette Davis Eyes.
1987 - Fats Domino received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
1988 - Alice Cooper announced he would run for
Governor of Arizona as a member of the "Wild Party".
- Bob Dylan unexpectedly joins Roger McGuinn, Chris
Hillman and David Crosby to sing "Mr. Tambourine Man" at a Los Angeles
tribute to the late Roy Orbison. It is the first time in 25 years that the three
former Byrds perform together onstage.
- Eric Clapton wins six Grammy's
- Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) was arrested and charged
with hitting his wife Pamela Anderson Lee.
- Italian motorcycle manufacturing company Aprilia
wins a lawsuit filed against the Spice Girls over a sponsorship deal that fell
apart when Geri Halliwell left the group.
- Former Orange Juice singer, guitarist and producer
Edwyn Collins was rushed to hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
1925 . . Columbia Records began recording
with the new electric recording process licensed from Western Electric. The new
"Viva-tonal" records set a benchmark in tone and clarity unequaled on
commercial discs during the "78-rpm" era.
Cole Porter's "Kiss Me Kate", was today, the
first musical to have its choreography score copyrighted.
1953 - The
musical "Wonderful Town" opened. It ran for 559 performances.
1964 - Cassius Clay becomes world heavyweight boxing champion.
Within months he records cover version of Stand by Me.
- Filming begins on the Beatles' film "Help!"
in the Bahamas.
up with Polydor UK.
1983 - Peter, Paul and Mary reunite
after sixteen years for a European
1987 - Frank Sinatra guest starred on CBS-TV's "Magnum
1995 - Lyle Lovett broke his collarbone
riding a motorcycle in Mexico.
1999 - Prince
filed a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against nine Web sites, with
allegations that included selling bootlegged recordings and offering unauthorized
2000 - An announcement was made
that Britney Spears would be releasing her own brand of bubble gum,
in March of 2000, "Britney Spears
CD Bubble Gum".
2004 - The Rolling Stones
topped a US Rich List of music's biggest money makers. The list was based on earnings
during 2003 when the band played their "Forty Licks" tour, which made
them $212 million, (£124.7m) in ticket, CD, DVD and merchandise sales. Bruce
Springsteen came in second place and The Eagles, third.
1954 - A U.S. Congresswoman, Republican
Ruth Thompson of Michigan introduced a bill to prohibit the distribution of "obscene,
lewd, lascivious or filthy" recordings, a thinly
disguised attempt to stop the growth of R&B.
1955 - Lavern
Baker appeals to Congress in the hope of revising 1909 Copyright Act so that artists
can be protected against note-for-note cover versions of black hits by white acts.
1955 - Billboard reported that the 45rpm single format was
outselling the 78s for the first time.
1965 - Guitarist
Jimmy Page released a solo single called 'She Just Satisfies', but it didn't chart.
1978 - Russian pianist, Vladimir Horowitz marked the
50th anniversary of his U.S. debut with a performance at the White House.
1978 - During a court case between The Sex Pistols and their
manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was
left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned.
Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the
UK offered the band U2 a recording contract after
seeing them play at Dublin's National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people.
1983 - Michael Jackson's Thriller begins 37-week run as
US No. 1 LP.
1990 - Cornell
Gunter, former lead tenor for the Coasters, is murdered in Las Vegas, Nev. He
is 53. "Yakety Yak," the group's only No. 1 hit, was released during
Gunter's four years with the Coasters
1998 - Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was formally charged with
abusing his wife Pamela Anderson Lee, and one of their sons, Dylan.
2005 - Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt's
wife was rushed to hospital after slashing her wrists
in a suicide attempt after a Sunday newspaper ran a story claiming that Rick had
been cheating on his wife.
2008 - The
Return of the Spice Girls tour comes to a close in Toronto.
1967 - Pink Floyd recorded their first
single, "Arnold Layne."
1970 - Jefferson
Airplane is fined for using profanity during a show in Oklahoma City. The fine
1971 - Paul
McCartney debuts with his single solo
'Another Day' on UK chart.
1974 - Cher filed for divorce from Sonny Bono.
1976 - Mick Jagger started a short stay in a New York hospital
with a respiratory infection.
1977 - Keith Richards'
Toronto hotel suite was raided by Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Richards was
arrested and charged possession of heroin with the intent to traffic and possession
of cocaine. He was release on $25,000 bail.
1984 - A
Pepsi commercial featuring the Jackson's premiered on MTV.
Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus shared his perspective on life
with Time magazine. In the interview he said, "Musically, we're more talented
than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger can't produce a sound. I'm the
1997 - James Brown asked talk
show hostess Rolanda White to marry him during the taping of one of her shows,
but she didn't marry him.
1998 - Motley
Crue's Vince Neil announced an agreement
he had made with Internet Entertainment Group and Vivid Video to distribute a
60-minute home video of him having sex with two adult film models in Hawaii.
2004 - A supermarket worker in Aspen, Colorado called the
police after seeing a masked
man shopping. Police arrived on the scene and identified
the man as Michael Jackson who was in town on holiday with his children.
2013 - Stone Temple Pilots announced on their website that
"...they had officially terminated Scott Weiland...". Weiland criticized
the band after they hired Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington as his replacement,
claiming he was still a member and they shouldn't be calling themselves Stone
Temple Pilots without him.
1958 - Six
O'Clock Rock premiered on Australian TV hosted by Ricki Merriman, but after six
episodes the legendary Johnny O'Keefe took over as host.
- The famous Cavern Club, in Liverpool, England,
which, at its peak was known as home to The Beatles, closed from financial difficulties;
police were called after over a 100 music fans had barricaded themselves inside
the club to protest at the clubs closer.
1970 - Led Zeppelin performed under the pseudonym "The
Nobs" in Denmark after the family of Ferdinand von Zeppelin threatened a
1970 - In an interview with the New
Musical Express, Pete Green of
Fleetwood Mac talked of his plans to give all his
money away. The following year Green threatened his accountant with a gun after
he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The virtuoso guitarist went to jail before
being transferred to an asylum and later in 1973 he was committed to a mental
1970 - Matthew
Fisher leaves Procol Harum.
1972 - George and
Patti Harrison were injured in a car crash; Patti was unconscious for several
1977 - Ray Charles was attacked by an
audience member onstage, by a man who tries to strangle him with a rope.
1982 - Guitarist
Scott Gorham of the Thin Lizzy band
collapsed during the bands European tour suffering from heroin withdrawal.
1984 - Michael
Jackson won a record eight Grammy awards most connected to the album "Thriller.";
including: Album of the year for 'Thriller'; Record of the year and Best rock
vocal performance for 'Beat It'; Best pop vocal performance, Best R&B performance
and Best R&B song for 'Billie Jean', and Best Recording For Children for E.T
The Extra Terrestrial.
1886 - George Michael announced that Wham! would officially
split during the summer.
1994 - Eric Clapton
played his 100th performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the 'Children
In Crisis', charity.
1996 - The original members
of Kiss appeared at the Grammy Awards. It was the first time in 17 years that
the band had appeared in full make-up and costumes.
2000 - In
a Los Angeles Superior Court, Celine Dion filed a suit against the "National
Enquirer". The papers claimed an "intentional infliction of emotion
distress, invasion of privacy, and unfair business practices." The headline
that brought the suit was "Celine: I'm Pregnant With Twins".
1932 - Bing
Crosby and the Mills Brothers teamed up to record "Shine."
1964 - Dora Bryan, Jane Asher, Brian Epstein and Gerry Marsden
appear on Uk music show, Juke Box Jury.
1968 - The
Beatles 'Sgt Pepper' won album of the year, best cover and best-engineered and
recorded album at this years Grammy Awards.
1972 - John
Lennon's U.S. immigration visa expired. It was the beginning of a 3 1/2 year fight
for Lennon to stay in the U.S.
1976 - Two members
of Lynyrd Skynyrd were knocked unconscious after a scuffle broke out- between
the band and members of the metropolitan police boxing team, who were holding
a dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
After 21 years, Buddy Holly's glasses and the Big Bopper's wristwatch were found
in old police files by the Mason City Sheriff. The items were worn by the musicians
when their plane crashed, February 3, 1959.
Status Quo sued Radio 1 for £250,000 on the grounds
that the BBC station was breaking the law by not including their new record on
2000 - In Guilford, Surrey, Eric Clapton was
baned from driving for six months and was fined about $570 dollars for speeding.
2000 - Sir Elton John stormed out of the opening
of his new Broadway musical show, 'Aida', after 15 minutes complaining that his
songs had been ruined.
2000 - The city of Autlan
de Navarro, Mexico announced plans to build a public monument to tribute Carlos
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