ON THIS DAY :-
1949 - RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention
of this size record made jukeboxes possible.
1963 - Neil Young, at age 17, performed
his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg.
1965 - 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.
1975 - Lisa Marie Presley met her favorite
singer, Elton John, for her seventh birthday. The event was arranged
by Elvis Presley.
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.
1985 - Glenn Frey (Eagles) appeared on
an episode of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV.
1988 - The Cars announced they were breaking
up after 12 years of working together.
1995 - Manic
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
The Ministry Of Sound in London after
he tried to jump the queue where George had been a guest DJ.
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photos on display at a museum in Atlanta, US, were withdrawn.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.
1956 - The Coasters signed with Atlantic Records.
1957 - Fats Domino appears on The Perry Como Show
singing Blue Monday and Blueberry Hill.
Buddy Holly, Richard (Ritchie) Valens and The
Big Bopper made, what would be their last ever appearances,
at Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa.
1963 - The Beatles began their first British tour
supporting Helen Shapiro
1973 - NBC-TV debuted "Midnight Special."
1973 - Keith Emerson injures his hands when a
rigged piano prematurely explodes during a concert in San Francisco.
1978 - Van Halen signed with Warner Brothers
1979 - Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious died
of a heroin overdose in New York. There had been a party in the flat
to celebrate Vicious' release on $50,000 bail pending his trial for
the murder of his former girlfriend, Nancy Spungen
1989 - 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.
1993 - 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.
2001 - Bad Manners singer Buster Bloodvessel
collapsed on stage during a show in Ital. 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
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"
1959 - Buddy Holly aged 22, the
Big Bopper aged 28, and Ritchie
Valens aged only 17 died
in a plane crash in Iowa.
1961 - Bob Dylan made his first recording
in New York,"San Francisco
Bay Blues" and Jesus Met the Woman at the Well.
1969 - Three of Beatles, John. George and
Ringo hire Allen Klein as business manager of Apple.
1977 - Elton John resumed live performing in Sweeden
15 months after he had announced that he would not perform live anymore.
1978 - American singer, songwriter, humanitarian
and founder of the organization
World Hunger Year, Harry Chapin, met with U.S. President Carter to discuss
1991 - 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."
1993 - Gloria Estefan received the 1,974th star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996 - Singer Queen Latifah was stopped by police
for speeding who found a concealed weapon and marijuana, she was given
two years probation.
1999 - Country music singer Trace Adkins
his ankle while trying to
get his truck out of mud.
1957 - NME published a one-off magazine entitled
Rock-and-Roll Personality Parade, thought to be first UK pop magazine.
1959 - Frankie Avalon and Jimmy Clanton took over
headlining the Winter Dance Party after the death of Buddy Holly.
1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono donated their
hair for an auction in aid of the Black Power movement.
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.
1989 - Guns N'Roses become the first act
for fiteen years to place two LPs in US Top 5 - Appetite for Destruction
in at No.2 and Guns N'Roses Lies at No 5.
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 - Freddy Fender received a star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was the 2,129th star to be dedicated.
2002 - Britney Spears performed the national
anthem at Super Bowl XXXVI. A Pepsi commercial featuring Britney Spears
was premiered during the game.
2004 - 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 line.
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.
1965 - Screaming Jay Hawkins arrives in
UK for tour. Stage props include a coffin.
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.
1977 - Iggy Pop signs to RCA.
1998 - Elton John and Stevie Wonder played
at the White House.
2001 - 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.
1943 - Frank Sinatra made his debut as vocalist
on radio's "Your Hit Parade."
1971 - Richard Thompson leaves Fairport Convention.
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.
1987 - Sonny Bono declared his candidacy
for mayor of Palm Springs.
1988 - Dusty Springfield returns
to US Hot 100 Top 10 with
Pet Shop Boys, singing
"What Have I Done To Deserve This", nineteen
years after her last Top 10 hit, Son of a Preacher Man. (released late
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.
1959 . . Buddy Holly's funeral was held in Lubbock,
. . 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.
1967 . . Robin, Maurice and Barry Gibb of The
Bee Gees returned to the UK after living in Australia for nine years.
1979 . . Stephen Stills became the first
rock performer to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles' Record
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
1969 . . George Harrison's tonsils were removed
at London's University College Hospital. The tonsils were destroyed
so they could not be sold.
1980 . . In London, David Bowie and his wife Angie
were divorced after nearly ten years of marriage. David gets custody
of their nine-year old son, Zowie.
1998 . . Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon threw
a plastic bucket full of cold water over UK Deputy Prime Minister John
Prescott during the Brit Awards, London.
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 appears live for
first time with Wings at Nottingham University.
1975 - 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."
1998 - 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."
- Orchestra leader Ben Selvin recorded the first
known million-seller, and it was also a two sided hit, featuring "I'm
Forever Blowing Bubbles" and "Darandella".
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 company.
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.
1977 - 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 Jackson said
that he had had very little plastic surgerywhen 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.
1994 - 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 on bail.
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 singles.
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 - Film The Magic Christian starring Peter
Sellers and Ringo Starr and featuring Badfinger Come and Get It premieres
in New York.
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.
1985 - 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
1998 - The hand-written lyrics to Candle
in the Wind by Bernie Taupin's were auctioned off at Christie's
in LA for £278,512.
1956 - Dean Martin was at No.1 on the UK singles
chart with 'Memories Are Made Of This.
1965 - Pye Records
announced that they'd signed 'the British Bob Dylan', when they added
Donovan to the label.
1967 - 15 police officers raided 'Redlands' the
home of Rolling Stone Keith Richards and took away various substances
for forensic tests.
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
1970 - For
the first 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 Studios, London.
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 without charge.
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.
1961 - 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 day before.
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.
1972 - Led Zeppelin was forced to cancel a concert
in Singapore, because
of their long hair, the
officials wouldn't let them off the plane
1978 - "Al Green Day" was declared in
Los Angeles, CA.
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
1982 - The 300 pound gravestone on the grave of
Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was stolen from an Orange Park,
FL, cemetery. Police found it two weeks later in a dry river bed.
1983 - Marvin Gaye sang the U.S. national
anthem at the NBA All-Star game.
1988 - Michael Jackson bought a ranch in
Santa Ynez, California that he called "Neverland."
1992 - Vince
that he will be leaving Motley Crue, he wanted to get more involved
with racing cars.
1996 - At
the world's press at The Hilton in Manchester, UK,
Take That announce their split up; the band had achieved 7 No.1 singles
& 2 No.1 albums. They released one more single and a Greatest Hits
1997 - Michael Jackson became a father when Debbie
Rowe gave birth to a baby boy, Prince Michael Jackson Jr.
1958 - On CBS television Walter Cronkite reported
that the Iranian government has banned rock & roll becausee it is
against the concepts of Islam and also a hazard to health.
1959 - Cliff Richard was voted the best new singer
in the annual NME awards.
1969 - 300 plus fans were injured at
an ice rink in Glasgow, Scotland, during a concert by Love Affair and
1970 - The Who taped a concert at Leeds University
in Leeds, England, for their album, "Live at Leeds."
1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono started a week
long run as co-hosts on 'Mike Douglas' US TV show.
1977 - The B-52's
made their first live performance appearing in a Greenhouse at a Valentines
day party in Athens.
1984 - Elton
John and Renata Blauel were married. The marriage lasted for four years.
1986 - Frank Zappa appeared on "Miami Vice"
playing a crime boss named "Mr. Frankie."
1998 - Madonna performed her first club performance
in more than 10 years at the Roxy in New York.
2000 - KISS announced that they were going to
do a farewell tour in makeup and then sell off the stage props in an
2004 - Dave Holland, former drummer with Judas
Priest was jailed for eight 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.
2007 - 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.
1954 - Big Joe Turner recorded the original "Shake,
Rattle & Roll".
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 left with a stomach wound
after Juanita Jones a female fan went to his New York apartment demanding
to see him. Jone's gun went off as he tried to disarm her.
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 back.
1965 - Nat "King" Cole died of complications
following surgery for lung cancer at the age of 48.
1971 - The Who first perform Lifehouse Pete, their
new rock opera. It failed, although some songs were recorded for The
Who's next LP.
1972 - Anti-bootlegging law comes into effect
1976 - Bette Midler bailed seven members of her
entourage out of jail. They were arrested on cocaine and marijuana possession
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
1968 - In Detroit, MI, Aretha Franklin day was
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 officials.
1975 - Cher started her own weekly hour
of a music and comedy show on CBS-TV. Her new show featured a female
guest each week.
1984 - Jerry Lee Lewis surrendered
to federal authorities to answer income tax evasion charges. He was
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 be disrupted.
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
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.
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 home.
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
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
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.
1976 - Bette Midler was awarded the "Woman
of the Year" award from Harvard's University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical
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.
1996 - 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
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.
2005 - Jimi
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.
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 Gimour 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
1978 - Britain's first punk magazine,
Sniffin' Glue, ceases
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 in Newcastle.
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.
1998 - Rob Smith of The Cure did battle with the
forces of musical evil, Barbara Streisand, on the TV show South Park.
1998 - 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 1 million people at
1968 - Gerry Marsden (Gerry & the Pacemakers)
began a 3-1/2 year run in the London stage production of "Charlie's
1970 - Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart guest starred
onn ABC-TV's "Bewitched".
1972 - Paul McCartney's 'Give Ireland Back
to the Irish' was banned by the BBC.
1974 - KISS made thier TV debut on "Don
Kirshner's Rock Concert."
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.
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
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.
1960 - 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 26, 1968 farewell concert 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
1976 - Four sets
of Kiss footprints are placed in the sidewalk outside of Grauman's Chinese
Theatre in Hollywood.
1982 - Singer Pat Benatar married musician-producer
Neil Geraldo in Hawaii. It was Benatar's second marriage.
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.
1958 - The very first
Gibson model Flying V
guitar is shipped from a factory in Kalamazoo, Mich. USA
1964 - The
Echoes, a band from
New York recruited a new young unknown piano player, named Billy Joel.
1968 - 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 126
1970 - The Jackson 5 made their TV debut
on "American Bandstand."
1980 - Bon Scott (AC/DC) fell unconscious
and died in a friend's car after a drinking bout that lasted all night.
1987 - Sly Stone was jailed on drug charges.
1995 - 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
2001 - 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 clinic.
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'.
1957 - Film Don't Knock The Rock opens at Paramount
Theatre in New York.
1963 - The Beatles formed their Northern Music
Publishing Company. Michael Jackson eventually purchased it.
1965 - The Beatles begin filming their second
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.
1980 - 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
1992 - 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
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.
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 Halliday.
1970 - Ringo Starr guest starred on "Laugh-In."
It was his first solo TV appearance.
1972 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley seperated.
1978 - 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
1989 - 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
1998 - 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
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. The
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.
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.
1969 - 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.
1976 - 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
1988 - Alice Cooper announced he would
run for Governor of Arizona as a member of the "Wild Party".
1990 - 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.
1993 - Eric Clapton
wins six Grammy's
1998 - Tommy Lee
(Motley Crue) was arrested and charged with hitting his wife Pamela
2005 - Former Orange
Juice singer, guitarist and producer Edwyn Collins was rushed to hospital
after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
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
1965 - Filming begins
on the Beatles' film "Help!" in the Bahamas.
up with Polydor
1983 - Peter, Paul and Mary reunite
after sixteen years for a European
1987 - Frank Sinatra guest starred on CBS-TV's
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 song downloads.
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,
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
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
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.
1967 - Pink Floyd recorded their first single,
1970 - Jefferson
Airplane is fined for using profanity during a show in Oklahoma City.
The fine is $1,000.
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.
1990 - 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 new Elvis."
1997 - James Brown asked talk show hostess Rolanda
White to marry him during the taping of one of her shows, but she didn't
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.
1966 - 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 as "The Nobs"
in Denmark after the family of Ferdinand von Zeppelin threatened a lawsuit.
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 hospital.
1970 - Matthew Fisher leaves Procol Harum.
1972 - George and Patti Harrison were injured
in a car crash; Patti was unconscious for several days.
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
Jackson won a record seven Grammy awards 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
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
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.
1980 - 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.
1996 - 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 their playlist.
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 Santana.
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