- Country's greatest songwriter Hank Williams
dies in the back seat of a Cadillac en route to a concert in West Virginia.
He was only 29, but through drink and drugs, he looked a lot older.
1964 -The very first Top Of The Pops, broadcast
at 6.36pm, was introduced by DJ Jimmy Saville. The opening band was
The Rolling Stones, who had just made No.13 in the chart with 'I Wanna
Be Your Man'.
1965 - Nashville
Teens and the Zombies arrive
in New York but the US Government denies them visas forcing the groups
to cancel their tours.
1967 - Because
of their support of the Sunset Strip rioters, Sonny
and Cher were barred from the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, CA,
1967 -The Grateful Dead and Big Brother
& the Holding Company perform at the New Year's Wail/Whale in San
Francisco. Hell's Angels hosts the bash to thank Haight-Ashbury
hippies for bailing Angel Chocolate George from jail.
1968 - The Blue Velvets changed the name of their band to Creedence
- Radio Luxembourg played over seven hours of
continuous Beatles music, from their
singles & LPs, plus tracks from solo albums, to
celebrate the group's tenth year in the music business.
1972 - Marc Bolan signed a deal with EMI
to release records in the UK on his own T Rex Wax co. label.
- Abba made their final live appearance as a group
when they played in Stockholm, Sweden.
- VH-1 premiered as an adult contemporary music video channel
with Marvin Gaye's "Star Spangled Banner" video.
1988 - Prince played an after midnight
New Years Eve charity gig in aid of the homeless in Minnesota. Miles
Davis joined him on stage.
1990 - New radio station WKRL in Florida
played the Led Zeppelin track 'Stairway To Heaven' for 24 hours, as
a prelude to an all Zeppelin format
1998 - A mystery buyer paid £31,000
($52,700) for the car number plate 'OAS 15', at auction in Cheltenham.
It was rumoured that a member from Oasis had bought the plate.
2002 - Welsh singer Shakin' Stevens spent
several hours in police custody after being arrested for drink driving.
The 80's singer was charged and released to appear before magistrates
on January 16th.
1926 - The first issue of The Melody Maker went
on sale priced at 3d. The monthly magazine was for 'all who are interested
in the production of popular music'. In the first issue, Dance Band
news, about Ukuleles and how to read music by sight.
1955 - Five thousand people attend Johnny
Ace's funeral in Memphis. The R&B star accidentally killed himself
in a game of Russian roulette. His pallbearers include Little Junior
Parker, and Roscoe Gordon.
1965 - The first Dutch Top 40 is launched. Most
poopular single, Zorba's Dance by Trio Hellenique, spends 37 consecutive
weeks on chart.
1969 - Led Zeppelin played the first of four nights
at the Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles during the bands first US tour, with
Alice Cooper band as support.
1971 - BBC TV aired the first of a 13-week series,
'Its Cliff Richard' featuring resident guests singer and actress Una
Stubbs and Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin.
1975 - In efforts to defend himself from deportation,
John Lennon and his lawyers are granted access to Department of Immigration
files. The pop star wants to find out if he's been barred from the U.S.
because of drug use, or his remarks about President Richard Nixon.
1978 - Ozzy Osbourne rejoins Black Sabbath.
1979 - The trial of ex-Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious
for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen
(October 1978), opened in
New York City. Vicious had died of a heroin overdose before the trial
1983 - The musical "Annie" closed on
Broadway at the Uris Theatre after 2,377 performances.
1988 - Michael Jackson and U2's Bono shared first
place in an American poll of 'The Most Beautiful Lips.'
Anderson said in a Melody Maker interview 'I honestly think lack of
sex is vital to my writing process. I don't know if the same goes for
2003 - 50 Cent was arrested by police in New York
after a .25-calibre handgun and a .45-calibre pistol were found in his
vehicle, officers said both guns were loaded.
1960 - Bobby Darin and Connie Francis performed
together on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
1964 - Beatles appear on US TV for the first time
in a short clip on the Jack Parr Show.
1967 - Beach
Boy, Carl Wilson refused
to be sworn in after receiving a U.S. Army draft notice. He said he
was a conscientious objector.
1969 - 30,000 copies of the John Lennon/Yoko Ono
album Two Virgins, were confiscated by police in Newark, New Jersey.
The nude photo of John and Yoko on the cover violated pornography laws
1970 - Davy Jones announced he was leaving
1973 - Two thousand international fashion
editors and experts voted Mick and Bianca Jagger two of the top dozen
best-dressed men and women of 1972.
1974 - Bob Dylan and The Band started a
39 date US tour, Bob Dylan's first live appearance for over 7 years.
There were more than 5 million applications for the 660,000 tickets
1981 - David Bowie made his final appearance
as the Elephant Man in the Broadway show.
1987 - Aretha Franklin was inducted into
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Bill Haley and 14 others.
Franklin was the first woman to be inducted.
1997 - Spirit guitarist Randy California
saved his 12-year-old son's life from the undertow
off the coast of Hawaii's Molokai Island, sadly Randy drowned
in the process. He was 45.
2000 - Luciano Pavarotti agreed to pay the Italian
authorities £1.6 million ($2.72 million) after losing an appeal
against tax evasion charges. It was reported that the singer was worth
£300 million ($510 million) at the time.
2002 - Readers
of Your Home magazine voted the Gallagher
brothers from Oasis as 'Neighbours From
40% of the vote, Liam and Noel topped a
poll of celebrities you would least like to live next to.
1935 - All-around entertainer Bob Hope ("Thanks
for the Memories") makes his first network radio appearance.
1936 - The first pop music chart based on national
sales was published by "Billboard" magazine.
1957 - "Tonight on The Steve Allen Show",
boxer Joe Louis introduces soul singer Solomon Burke, who performs one
of Louis' own compositions "You Can Run, But You Can't Hide."
1965 - Leo Fender sold the Fender Guitar Company
to CBS for $13 million.
1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the
first of what would be over 240 gigs in this year when they appeared
at the Bromel Club, Bromley. Many of the concerts were 2 shows per night.
1976 - A
former roadie and bodyguard of the Beatles, Mal Evans was shot
to death by police at his Los Angeles apartment. Evans alledgedly pointed
a loaded rifle at officers forcing them to fire upon him.
1977 - The Sex Pistols shocked passengers and
airline staff at Heathrow Airport when they spat and vomited boarding
a plane to Amsterdam.
1979 - Star Club in Hamburg reopens amid a resurgence
of interest in Beatle's early history.
1993 - Paul Simon became a father, his wife Edie
Brickell gave birth to a son.
2004 - Britney Spears had her surprise marriage
annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot at the Little White
Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas with childhood friend Jason Alexander.
2006 - Bee
Gees singer, Barry Gibb bought
the house where Johnny Cash lived
for 35 years, near Nashville, Tennessee, with an asking price of $2.9m
(£1.7m). Gibb said he planned to preserve the house to honour
the Cash memory.
1963 . . Bob
Dylan flies from London to Rome in pursuit of his girlfriend Suze Rotolo.
He's accompanied by the folksinger Odetta. Once in Italy, Dylan discovers
that Rotolo has returned to the United States. He scores a gig at a
folk club in Rome and writes both "Girl from the North Country"
and "Boots of Spanish Leather."
1966 . . The Beatles record overdubs onto
the film The Beatles at Shea Stadium. That night, John Lennon goes nightclubbing
with '50s rocker P.J. Proby.
2004 . . Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the
leg while on holiday in New Orleans. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter
was shot when running after two men who stole his girlfriend's purse
1956 - Lonnie Donegan debuts on UK chart
with Rock Island Line.
1958 - Gibson patents its Flying V guitar.
1966 - Duke Ellington's
concert recorded at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City,
was broadcast on CBS-TV.
1973 - Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain', with Mick
Jagger on backing vocals, started a three week run at No.1 on the US
1975 - Around a thousand Led Zeppelin fans,
who had been waiting for tickets to go on sale at the Boston Gardens
for a February show, riot and cause $30,000 worth of damage to the venue's
lobby. Mayor Kevin White canceled the concert.
1977 - EMI terminated its contract with the Sex
Pistols only 3 months after signing it. No reason was given, but EMI
gave the band £40,000 ($68,000) to release them from their contract.
1987 - Elton John had to cancel all his live performances
for a year after having throat surgery.
1987 - Eric Clapton started what became an annual
event by playing six shows at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
1993 - It was reported that David Bowie had lost
over £2.5 million ($4.25 million) in unpaid royalties to an Italian
Mafia-linked bootleg fraud.
1997 - Thieves
had climbed a 10- foot-wall
and stole two bronze busts worth £50,000 from a garden at George
Harrison's estate in Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire; they cut the figures
of two monks from their stone plinths.
1999 - Alanis Morissette spends the day
working at an Ottawa soup kitchen. Her peeling of hardboiled eggs attracts
the needy and the press.
2006 - Ms Dynamite was charged with assaulting
a police officer and disorderly conduct. The singer allegedly punched
a female officer in the face, bruising her nose, while in custody. She
had been arrested after allegedly kicking the door to the Paragon Lounge
night-club in London and was said to have been abusive towards officers
who questioned her.
1950 - Ernest Tubb made his debut appearance
at "The Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville, TN.
1954 - Muddy Waters records I'm Your Hoochie Coochie
Man, to become his fourth consecutive Top 10 R&B hit, for Chess.
1963 - Twister-in-chief Chubby Checker is sued
by soul singer Gary "U.S." Bonds, who alleges that Checker's
"Dancin' Party" is a theft of Bonds' own song "Quarter
to Three." They later settle out of court.
1963 - Gary "U.S." Bonds filed a $100,000
suit against Chubby Checker. The charge was that Checker "stole"
"Quarter to Three" and turned it into the song "Dancin'
Party." The case was settled out of court.
- Long John Baldry formed Hoochie Coochie Men. 10 years to the
day Muddy Waters recorded I'm
Your Hoochie Coochie Mann
1968 . . San Francisco's underground FM
station KMPX holds a ballot among its listeners to find out who would
be the best candidate on a pro-grass ticket. The people say they want
Bob Dylan for president, Paul Butterfield for vice-president, George
Harrison as U.N. ambassador, Jefferson Airplane as the Secretary of
Transportation, and the Grateful Dead as attorney general.
1970 - Max Yasgur was sued for $35,000 in property
damages by neighboring farmers. It was Yasgur's on which the August
1969 Woodstock Festival was held.
1976 - Record company executive Kenneth
Moss is sentenced to 120 days in jail after pleading guilty to the involuntary
manslaughter of Robbie McIntosh, drummer with the Average White Band.
McIntosh overdosed on drugs in 1974.
1980 - High Cornwall of Stranglers sentenced to
eight weeks in jail for possession of pot.
1989 - Melody Maker featured
a list of artists favourite singles from
1988, Wendy James picked 'Orinoco Flow' by Enya; Sinead O'Connor picked
'Birthday' by The Sugarcubes;Tanita Tikaram had 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'
by Bobby McFerrin.
1993 - R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show
at the 40 watt Club, Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded
on a solar powered mobile recording studio.
2006 - Gary Glitter was formally charged with
committing obscene acts with two girls aged 11 and 12 in Vietnam - had
been held since November as he tried to flee the country over child
1960 . . Eddie Cochran's last recording session
was held in Hollywood.
1981 . . "Elvis Presley Day" was declared
in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North & South Carolina,
Pennsylvania and Virginia.
1993 . . An Elvis Presley commemorative stamp
was debuted by the U.S. Postal Service. The 29-cent stamp showed the
likeness of the 1950's era Elvis.
1996 . . A Los Angeles court found Robert Hoskins
guilty of five counts of stalking, assault and making terrorist threats
1963 . . Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling
Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated.
1973 . . Mick Jagger was refused a Japanese
visa because of a 1969 drug bust. This unfortunatly halted the Rolling
Stones' plan to tour the Orient.
1992 . . Sting made a guest appearance
on the series "The Simpsons," in the episode "Radio Bart."
2006 . . "Phantom
of the Opera" became the longest-running show in Broadway history
this Monday night with a gala 7,486th performance of the hit musical.
1949 . . Vinyl records were introduced by RCA
(45 rpm) and Columbia (33.3 rpm).
1956 . . Elvis Presley recorded his first songs
as an RCA Victor artist in Nashville. Elvis recorded "Heartbreak
Hotel," "I Was the One," "Im Counting On You,"
"I Got a Woman" and "Money Honey."
1976 . . Deep Purple split up at the end of thier
UK tour. David Coverdale went on to form Whitesnake.
2003 . . George Strait was inducted into
the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, TX.
2006 . . An Australian (Northam, nr. Perth) woman
will face court today charged with repeatedly stabbing her partner with
a pair of scissors in the back, shoulder and thigh because he played
Elvis Presley's song "Burning Love" over and over again.
1963 . . The Whiskey-a-Go-G0 nightclub opened
in Los Angeles, CA. It is recognized as the first disco in the U.S.
1968 . . The Daily Mirror of London reported that
Jimi Hendrix had moved into the London townhouse where George Frederick
Handel was believed to have composed "Water Music" and "Messiah."
1985 . . A Brazilian rock Festival held in Rio,
claimed to be the biggest ever staged. The festival featured featuring;
Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes and Iron Maiden.
1959 . . Berry Gordy borrowed $800 to found the
Motown record empire.
1968 . . The Supremes appeared in an episode of
"Tarzan" on NBC-TV. The ladies played a group of nuns.
1981 . . It was reported that the White House
had expanded its record library by including albums by Bob Dylan, Kiss
and The Sex Pistols.
2005 . . Bob Marley's widow announced her
plans to exhume his remains in Jamaica and rebury them in his "spiritual
resting place" in Ethiopia.
1854 . . Anthony Faas of Philadelphia, PA, patented
1962 . . Chubby Checker went back to No.1 on the
US singles chart with 'The Twist'. The song first went to No.1 in Sept
1960 and became the only record in American chart history to top the
charts on two separate occasions.
1968 . . Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University
of Florida audio lab reported that tests found that the noise levels
at rock & roll concerts was harmful to teenage ears.
1993 . . Bobby Brown was arrested in Augusta,
GA, for simulating a sex act onstage. It was the second time that he
had been arrested by the Augusta police department for the same offense.
1966 . . David Jones changed his last name to
Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees.
1970 . . Diana Ross made her last appearance with
The Supremes at The Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas.
2002 . . Adam Ant was taken to the Royal Free
Hospital by police. He was taken under the Mental Health Act which allows
doctors to hold Ant for up to 28 days while they assessed his condition.
On January 12th Adam had been arrested on firearms offenses.
1965 . . The Who released their first single 'I
Can't Explain', with Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing
vocals, it went on to reach No.8 on the UK chart.
1967 . . The movie "The Fastest Guitar
Alive," with Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley, premiered in New York
1972 . . Elvis Presley reportedly drew
the largest audience for a single TV show to that time when he presented
a live, worldwide concert from Honolulu, HI.
1991 . . Sean Lennon's remake of his father's
"Give Peace A Chance" was released to coincide with the United
Nation's midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics
were updated to reflect concerns of the 1990's.
1970 . . John Lennon's London Art gallery exhibit
of erotic lithographs, Bag One, was closed by Scotland Yard and eight
prints were confiscated as evidence of pornography.
1980 . . Paul McCartney was jailed in Tokyo
for possession of a half pound of marijuana. He spent ten days behind
bars before being kicked-out of the country by Japanese authorities.
The remainder of his tour was canceled.
1987 . . The Beastie Boys
became the first act censored on "American Bandstand."
1988 . . Tina
Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in
front of 182,000 people, the largest audience ever for a single artist,
in Rio De Janerio.
1966 - NBC TV bought The Monkees series, placing
it on their 1966 autumn schedule.
1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a
session for Radio Luxembourg's Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a
bar Bill of £2/5/0d, £2. 5/-, £2.25 or $6.21 , which
they were unable to pay.
1969 - Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones' book,
Ode to a High Flying Bird was published. The book was a tribute to Charlie
1970 - Billy Stewart and three of his band
members were killed when their car went out of control and off a bridge
over the River Neuse in North Carolina.
1971 - Marvin Gaye sang the U.S. national anthem
at SuperBowl V in Miami, FL.
1974 - Dean Martin's son Dino Martin was arrested
after attempting to sell two AK-47 machine guns to an undercover agent.
1994 - Donny Osmond took part in a charity boxing
match held in Chicago against former Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce,
Donny lost 2-1.
1996 - Pink Floyd was officially inducted
into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame
- Metallica's video "King Nothing" premiered
2003 - A long- lost recording featuring John Lennon
and Mick Jagger was set to spark a biding war at a London auction. The
acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song
'Too Many Cooks' and Lennon playing guitar. The track had never been
release because the two artists were both signed to different record
1939 - Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded
1944 -The first jazz music concert at the New
York City Metropolitan Opera House was performed on this date. Appearing
on the program were Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Lionel
1965 - Bobby Darin and Barbra Streisand sang at
the presidential inauguration for Lyndon Johnson.
1969 - Pete Best won his defamation suit against
the Beatles, but won considerably less than the 8 million dollars was
1973 - The Rolling Stones' benefit concert raised
$200,000 for Nicaraguan earthquake relief and Mick Jagger donated $150,000
more from his own money..
1974 - Ex members from Free, Paul Rodgers &
Simon Kirke; Mott The Hoople's Mick Ralphs and Boz
Burrell of King Crimson, formed
1978 - Neil Sedaka received a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1987 - Steve Winwood married Eugenia Grafton.
1991 - Three fans were killed during a
crush in a crowd during an AC/DC gig in Salt Lake City.
1993 - Elton John resigned his directorship of
Watford Football Club.
1996 - Lisa Marie Presley divorced Michael Jackson;
they had been married for less than two years.
2001 - Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was granted
a quick divorce from Meg Matthews at the High Court in London. The couple
had split eight months after the birth of their daughter, Anias.
2004 - Jennifer Lopez's divorce from her second
husband Cris Judd became final. Lopez and Judd married in 2001. He was
expected to get a £8.8 million settlement from the divorce.
1853 - Verdi's opera "Il Trovatore"
premiered in Rome.
1957 - Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance,
on CBS' "Jackie Gleason Show."
1957 - Pat Boone sang at Dwight Eisenhower's presidential
1967 - Pink Floyd and Marmalade played at The
Marquee Club, London.
1970 - The soundtrack of the film, Easy Rider,
the movie that made a star of Peter Fonda, became a gold record. It
was the first pop-culture, film soundtrack to earn the gold award.
1971 - The Beatles White Album was played in the
courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could
have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder. At
the scene of one of his gruesome murders, the words "helter skelter"
were written on a mirror.
1978 - Johnny Rotten was fired from The
Sex Pistols for 'not being weird enough anymore.
1988 - Bon Jovi's and Motley Crue's manager
Doc McGheep pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000lb of marijuana
into the US.
1993 - Fleetwood Mac reunited to perform
at Bill Clinton's inauguration. The band's "Don't Stop" was
used as the theme for his campaign.
1994 - The Band, Rod Stewart,The Animals,
The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Duane Eddy
are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
1997 - Madonna won the Best Actress award for
'Evita' at the Golden Globe Awards.
1958 - Elvis Presley got his orders to report
to duty from the U.S. Army. He was allowed a 60-day deferment so he
could finish the film "King Creole".
1965 - The Rolling Stones and the Kinks made their
first appearance on ABC-TV's "Shindig!"
1967 - The Monkees TV show was shown for the first
time in the UK.
1973 - Jerry Lee Lewis made his first ever appearance
at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry.
1974 - Stevie Wonder played his first show
after an auto accident that almost took his life five months earlier.
1982 - During an Ozzy Osbourne concert
in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the audience threw an unconscious bat
onto the stage. Thinking it was one of his rubber fakes, Ozzy picked
it up and bit off its head. The singer was taken to hospital to
be given a rabies injection.
1986 - Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and other
greats appeared at a concert to celebrate the first Martin Luther King
Day in the US. President Reagan had granted the request of Stevie Wonder
and his fellow campaigners to have Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday
celebrated as a national holiday.
1996 - Bobby Brown was fined £560
sentenced to two years probation and ordered to attend anger management
classes after assaulting a security guard.
1999 - Stone
Temple Pilot/Velvet Revolver's Scott
was arrested for failing to provide a urine sample to his live-in drug
treatment center, while still on
probation for a 1997 heroin case.
2003 - 8 Mile, starring Eminem, the story
of a Detroit rapper took £4,440,334 at 423 cinemas in the UK and
Ireland. It knocked
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers from its four-week position at
the top of the UK box office.
1955 - Four versions of one song - Mr. Sandman
by Chordettes, Max Bygraves, Dickie Valentine and Four Aces dominate
the UK singles chart.
1965 - Over 3,000 screaming fans met Roy Orbison
and The Rolling Stones at Sydney Airport when they arrived for a tour
1966 - George Harrison and Patricia Anne Boyd
were married at Epsom Registry Office. Patty eventually left George
Harrison for Eric Clapton.
1970 - Elvis Presley's last film 'Change Of Habit'
1982 - Blues guitarist B.B. King donates his entire
record collection, including 7,000 rare blues records (which he played
on air when he was a Mississippi DJ in the 40s) to the University of
Mississippi's Centre for Study of Southern Culture.
1987 - Bruce Springsteen inducted Roy Orbison
into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and The Coasters, became the first
vocal group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1989 - Guns N'Roses become first act for
six years to have two Top 10 American LPs, with Appetite for Destruction
at No. 2 and Guns N'Roses Lies at No. 10
1992 - Billy Idol pleaded guilty to assault
and battery charges after an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant.
He was fined $2,700 (£1,588) and ordered to appear in a series
of anti-drug commercials.
1991 - The Manic Street Preachers made
their UK TV debut on BBC 2's Rapido.
1997 - Dick Griffey files a $6 million
lawsuit against Dr. Dre for an alleged breach of contract concerning
a business deal in 1991 which would have seen Griffey earning 25% of
2003 - David Palmer, former keyboard player
for Jethro Tull changed his name to Dee Palmer after a successful sex
change operation. Palmer was the keyboard player for Jethro Tull between
1969 and 1980.
1959 - Buddy Holly made his last recordings alone
with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder.
1960 - Sam Cooke signed a deal with RCA Records.
1962 - Gene Chandler made his TV debut on "American
1965 - The Rolling Stones began a 16-date tour
of Australia and New Zealand at the Manufactures' Auditorium in Sydney
with Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus & the Invaders
1967 - The Monkees performed live for the very
first time at The Cow Palace, San Francisco to a sell-out crowd.
1967 - Rolling Stones refused to go on to revolving
stage which characterised the finale of UK TV show Sunday Night at the
1971 - The Joe Cocker film "Mad Dogs and
Englishmen" debuted in London.
1972 - David Bowie 'came out' as bisexual during
a Melody Maker interview with reporter Michael Watts
1981 - A picture of John Lennon naked appeared
in his obituary issue of Rolling Stone.
1983 - The new 24-hour music video network MTV
started broadcasting to the West Coast of America after being picked
up by Group W Cable, Los Angeles.
1990 - Viewers complained by the 100's
to the ABC-TV after Guns N'Roses guitarist Slash swore numerous times
on live television while accepting an American Music Award. The network
1992 - Mariah Carey's stepfather went to
court seeking damages, claiming that he had paid for her Manhattan apartment,
a car and dental work in her early years on the understanding that she
would repay him when she became successful.
2003 - Ryan Adams broke a wrist after falling
during a gig at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool. Adam's fell from
the stage and suffered a fractured wrist.
1956 - Rock 'n' Roll fans under the age
of 18 in Cleveland,
Ohio, were banned from dancing in public
unless they were accompanied by an adult, after Ohio Police introduced
a law dating back to 1931.
1964 - Manfred Mann debut on UK chart with 5-4-3-2-1,
the theme tune to TV show Ready Steady Go.
1971 - George Harrison became the first solo Beatle
to have a No.1 when 'My Sweet Lord' went to the top of the UK single
charts. The song stayed at No.1 for five weeks.
1974 - Alvin Stardust made his first live appearance
since changing his name from Shane Fenton.
1977 - Patti Smith broke her vertebra when she
fell off the stage at a gig in Tampa, Florida.
1979 - Beach Boys Brian Wilson and his wife Marilyn
1988 - Tiffany becomes first teenager to top USA
LP chart since thirteen-year old Stevie Wonder hit No. 1 in 1963.
1995 - Courtney Love appeared in Australian
court on charges of abusing a flight attendant. She admitted to responding
with an obscenity when a Quantas flight attendant told her to take her
feet down from the airplane cabin wall. Love's sentence was one month
of good behavior.
1996 - After several town residents had
complained that the band advocated Satan worship, White Zombie were
refused permission to stage a show in Johnson City, Tennessee.
2001 - An English coroner criticised the
rap singer Eminem's lyrics as depressing at an inquest into the death
of a schoolboy who threw himself in front of a train. The 17-year old
boy had printed out the lyrics to 'Rock Bottom' before his death.
2005 - One of the biggest charity concerts
since Live Aid raised £1.25 million ($2 million) for victims of
the tsunami disaster in Asia. The concert held at The Millennium Stadium,
Cardiff featured Eric Clapton, Manic Street Preachers, Keane, Charlotte
Church, Snow Patrol, Embrace, Feeder, Craig David and Liberty X,
1962 - Brian Epstein signed a management deal
with The Beatles. Epstein was to recieve 25% of the bands gross earnings,
when the normal management deal then, was 10%.
1969 - Jethro Tull played its first U.S.
concert in New York City as the opening act for Led Zeppelin.
1970 - James "Shep" Sheppard
of the The Heartbeats and Shep and the Limelites, was found murdered
in his car on the Long Island Expressway.
- Workers at EMI's record pressing plant refused
to press copies of The Buzzcocks forthcoming release 'What Do I Get'
because of the title on the B- side 'Oh Shit'
1981 - Steve Tyler, lead vocals of rock band Aerosmith
was hospitalised after being involved in a crash on his motorbike.
1982 - Diana Ross sang the U.S. national anthem
at Super Bowl XVI.
1989 - James Brown was sentenced to 6 years in
jail for drug and and assault charges.
1992 - The producer of the New Kids on the Block
LP "Hangin' Tough"sues for a few million dollars for creative
contributions and royalties. claiming that they only sang about 20%
of the lyrics. The claim is eventually dropped.
1992 - Nirvana played their first ever
show in Australia at the Phoenician Club in Sydney; Tumbleweed and The
Meanies were their support band.
2002 - Freddy Fender underwent a kidney
transplant. He was released from hospital on January 30th.
1963 - Cilla Black debuted as a vocalist at the
Cavern Club in Liverpool.
1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono completely shave
their heads and declare 1970 as 'Year One'. Their hair is donated to
'Black House', an interracial community centre in North London for auction.
1971 - Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane
gave birth to a daughter, naming her God, she was later re-named China.
1973 - David Bowie leaves for a world cruise
on the QE2.
1980 - Paul McCartney was released from
a Tokyo jail where he had been imprisoned for nine days after trying
to carry a half pound of marijuana through customs at the Tokyo airport.
1984 - Yoko One donated £250,000
( $375,000) to Liverpool's Strawberry Fields retirement home.
1986 - Norwegian group A-Ha were at No.1
in the UK with 'The Sun Always Shines On TV.' ; becoming the first ever
Norwegian act to have a UK No.1.
1987 - Neil
Diamond sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXI.
1989 - Bobby Brown was arrested for an
overtly sexually suggestive performance at his show in Columbus; he
was fined $652 under the anti-lewdness ordinance law.
1994 - A woman in Portland, Oregon, sues
Markey Mark, claiming that she was trampled during one of his shows
after he stripped down to his underwear and invited the crowd to rush
2001 - Millionaire pop impresario Jonathan
King was charged with a further ten offences of sexually abusing children.
The charges dated back to the 1970's, King was granted bail.
1966 - Eric Burdon stands in for an ill Paul Jones
at a Manfred Mann gig at Marquee Club in London UK.
1970 - Australia's first rock festival "Pilgrimage
for Pop" was held at Ourimbah, NSW, with a lineup including Billy
Thorpe and The Aztecs and Tully. More than 11,000 attended over the
weekend, with 26 arrested for misbehaviour.
1975 - BBC TV's 'Omnibus' shows "Cracked
Actor" a film about David Bowie.
1977 - Patti Smith fell off the stage and had
to have 22 stitches to her head. She temporarily retired from stage
1977 - Guitar
virtuoso Peter Green, Fleetwood
Mac's first lead guitar player, was committed to a mental hospital in
England. He had fired a pistol in the general direction of a delivery
boy. The depressive, Peter had left the band in May of 1970.
1979 - Bob Dylan forms his own record label, Accomplice.
1991 - Cher made a special video for the
troops involved in Desert Storm during the gulf war. Cher's Video Canteen,
featured Janet Jackson, Paul Simon, Van Halen and Bonnie Raitt.
1997 - ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues
Brothers performed at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show.
1999 - The National Transportation Safety
Board concluded that John Denver died in a 1997 airplane crash because
he took off with too little fuel in one tank, had trouble switching
to his backup tank and inadvertently put his plane into a roll while
his attention was diverted.
2003 - Billy Joel was hospitalized over
night after crashing his car into a tree in Sag Harbor, NY.
1958 - Little Richard entered Oakwood College
in Huntsville, AL. This was after he announced that he was giving up
rock & roll so he could serve God.
1964 - The Rolling Stones appeared as judges on
the British TV pop show "Juke Box Jury."
1968 - The Bee Gees play their first American
gig at California's Anaheim Convention Center, making $50,000.
1971 - David Bowie arrived for his first visit
to the U.S. He did not perform, but received a lot of publicity for
wearing dresses in Texas and Louisiana.
1976 - David Bowie sues his former attorney, alleging
that Michael Lippan took a 15 percent agent's fee instead of the customary
10 percent. Bowie's suit also claims that after his dismissal, Lippan
withheld $475,000 in earnings from the singer.
1984 - Michael Jackson injured while filming for
1984 - Madonna made her first appearance in the
UK when she appeared on C4 TV music programme The Tube performing 'Holiday'.
1993 - After controversy over Ice-T's song, "Cop
Killer.", Warner Brothers Records announces that it is releasing
him from his contract due to "creative differences".
1998 - James Brown was charged with possession
of marijuana and unlawful use of a firearm after police were called
to his South Carolina home. Brown later clamed the drugs were used to
help his 'eyesight.'
2003 - Former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens
signed a £1m solo deal with Polydor records.
2005 - R.E.M. are forced to cancel a gig
for the first time since 1995 when their crew and gear is held at the
Estonian/Russia border. The band were due to play St. Petersburg.
1954 . . The film "The Glenn Miller Story"
, starring James Stewart as Glenn, opens in London.
1965 . . The Who made their first appearance
on the British TV, on the rock show "Ready Steady Go!"
1967 - Brian Poole leaves the Tremeloes.
1968 - The Who are escorted from a plane
for misbehaving and 'making the hostesses cry' on tour in Australia.
1978 - At the request of a fan, Ted Nugent
autographed a man's arm with a bowie knife.
1980 - The original Ants split up with
1988 - Eleven years after it was released,
The Sex Pistols album 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols'
went Gold in the US with sales over 500,000.
1990 - Aaron Neville sang the U.S. national
anthem at Super Bowl XXIV.
1995 - Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page
turned up at a Black Crowes show in London. Page plays with the band
in Paris on February 4 and in 1999 they both embark on a world tour
that ends when Page put out his back.
1996 - Chris Isaak made a guest appearance
on the NBC TV show "Friends."
1999 - Pat Boone formed the Gold Records
label, which only signed artists 45 years old and up. The first perfomer
signed was Jack Jones.
2004 - Elvis Presley fans expressed their
anger at plans to cut up a rare tape of the Elvis's early songs and
sell the snippets at auction. The tape featured a recording made by
Presley during the early 1950s and too fragile to play. US firm Master
Tape Collection said the tape would be cut into two-inch snippets and
sold for £270 /$460 each.
1962 - Peter, Paul and Mary sign with Warner Brothers
1965 - P.J. Proby split his trousers on stage
performing in London. Proby was
quick to incorporate the unexpected exposure into his stage routine,
but he was later banned from the ABC Theatre chain.
1967 - At the British variety TV show, comedians
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore appear with paper cut-outs of the Rolling
Stones to wave at the audience from the revolving stage of the
Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
The gag referred to the Rolling Stones refusal to take part in the traditional
farewell during their appearance the week before.
1967 - The Who and Jimi Hendrix play tribute concert
to Brian Epstein at Marquee Club.
1967 - The Grateful Deads earliest major
performances at the Mantra-Rock Dance at the Avalon Ballroom by the
San Francisco Hare Krishna temple. The Grateful Dead performed at the
event along with the Hare Krishna founder Bhaktivedanta Swami, poet
Allen Ginsberg, bands Moby Grape and Big Brother and the Holding Company
with Janis Joplin, donating proceeds to the Krishna temple.
1969 - The "Glen Campbell Goodtime
Hour" debuted on CBS-TV.
1978 - David
1979 - Emerson, Lake and Palmer disband
following financially disastrous tour of America.
1982 - Gary
Numan made a forced landing
at an RAF base outside Southampton
after running low on fuel; he was flying
back from Cannes, France. The press ran stories that he had in fact
crash landed on the A3057.
1989 - Billy Joel sang the U.S. national
anthem at Super Bowl XXIII.
1994 - Mary Wilson, formerly with the Supremes,
was injured when her jeep hit a freeway median and flipped over while
driving outside of Los Angeles. Tragically her 14-year old son was killed
in the accident.
1999 - Hole are among the performers at
the Big Day Out festival in Adelaide, Australia. However, their set
is cut short when Courtney Love shouted, "An Australian bug just
bit me really hard. I'm not joking. I'm gonna die. What f*cking bug
was that? Oh my God, it was a bug and it was this big. What kind of
bugs do you have here? I'm scared. If I die, you guys have our last
2002 - Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes,
went to the opening of an exhibition by fashion photographer Mario Testino
at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
1956 - Jerry Lee Lewis played piano for Billy
Lee Riley's recording of "Red Hot."
1961 - Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,
who have penned hits like "Spanish Harlem" for the Drifters,
announce they are forming their own independent production company.
1969 - Beatles film and record 'Get Back' on the
roof of the Apple Building in Baker Street, London. It
lasted for just over 40 minutes and was the last time The Beatles as
a band performed live together.
1972 - Paul McCartney wrote and recorded his protest
song 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' within 24 hours of Bloody Sunday,
when 13 Catholics were killed by British paratroopers.
1974 - Greg Lake arrested for swimming nude in
a Salt Lake City hotel pool, clearly visible from the street.
1988 - During a court case involving Holly
Johnson and ZTT Records it was revealed that Frankie Goes To Hollywood
had not played on their hits 'Relax' and 'Two Tribes'. The court was
told that top session musicians were used to make the records.
1990 - Bob Dylan is honoured in France
and becomes a commander in the Order of Arts and Letters.
1994 - Natalie Cole sang the U.S. national
anthem at Super Bowl XXVIII.
2002 - The musical "Taboo" opened
at London's Leicester Square. The musical follows the life of Boy George.
2004 - In the U.K., Virgin Megastores report
that John Lydon's role on the TV game show I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me
Out of Here has bumped sales of the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks
album up 20%.
1957 - Decca Records announced that Bill Haley
& His Comets, 'Rock Around The Clock' had sold over a million copies
in the UK, mostly on 10inch 78's.
1969 - Bobby Darin walked off the set of the "Jackie
Gleason Show" when he was not allowed to sing "Long Line Rider."
1970 - the Greatful Dead were busted in
New Orleans, LA, when the local police raided their hotel on Bourbon
Street in the French Quarter, and arrested and charged 19 people with
possession of various drugs.for possession of LSD and barbituates. This
event is alleged to be the inspiration for their song "Truckin."
1971 - Aretha Franklin sings memorial song
at the funeral of Mahalia Jackson.
1972 - Joan Baez awarded gold record for
three-year-old LP Any Day Now, an LP of Bob Dylan songs.
- Linda McCartney became
the only person to have both taken a photo, and to have been photographed,
for the front cover of the Rolling Stone magazine, when
today Linda and Paul McCartney appeared on the cover of the magazine.
A few years earlier an Eric Clapton photo of Linda's had been used for
the R.S. cover.
1976 - UK Music weekly Sounds readers Poll
Winners voted; best album 'A Night At The Opera', Queen; Best single
'Bohemian Rhapsody', Queen; and best band Queen.
1986 - "Down and Out in Beverly Hills"
opened co-starring Little Richard.
1988 - Herb Alpert performed
the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXII.
1990 - The
Stone Roses were granted conditional bail by Wolverhampton Magistrates
court after the band had trashed their record company's offices.
1998 - The "Come Together" benefit
concert was held in New Jersey. The benefit was for the family of Sgt.
Patrick King, a police officer in Long Branch, NJ, who was killed in
the line of duty in 1997.
1999 - Cher sang the U.S. national anthem
at Super Bowl XXXIII.
2003 - Robbie Williams topped a chart based
on UK album sales from the past 5 years. The ex Take That singer had
sold 9.7 million albums in Britain, an average of more than 5,000 every
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