THIS DAY :-
1786 . . The Mozart opera "The Marriage of
Figaro" premiered in Vienna.
1869 . . The Folies Bergère opens
1955 . . Elvis
Presley played three shows at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans,
on tour with Hank Snow's All Star Jamboree.
1964 . . The Beatles were paid $140,000
for the rights to have Beatles trading cards included in packages of
bubble gum in the USA. The trading cards were issued by Topps and the
first series of 60 cards featured one or more of the Beatles on each,
in black and white, along with a blue facsimile autograph.
1967 . . Elvis Presley marries Priscilla
Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. The wedding cake cost $3,500.
1970 . . Elton John and lyricist Bernie
Taupin combined for the first time on Elton's first American album "Elton
1973 . .
It was proclaimed a 'Marvin Gaye Day', in
Washington DC, USA
1974 . . At
President Nixon's request, the Carpenters performed at the White House
for a May Day special. Their opening track was "Close To You".
They did 7 numbers containing 8 songs, ending with "We've only
1979 . .
Elton John became the first pop music star to perform in Israel.
. . Mick Fleetwood filed
for bankruptcy in the U.S.
1997 . . Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt
had a quadruple heart by-pass operation.
1999 . . The Paintings
of Paul McCartney exhibit opened at the Lyz Art Forum, Siegen, Germany.
The exhibit featured 70 paintings by the former Beatle, including a
piece called 'Bowie Spewing'.
2005 . . Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas
went to No.1 on the US album chart with his first solo album 'Something
To Be.' This marked the first time a male artist from a rock group had
debuted at number one with his first solo album since the Billboard
Top 200 was introduced 50 years ago.
1957 . . Elvis Presley recorded 'Jailhouse Rock'
Leiber and Stoller, which featured in his third movie of the same name.
In the movie, Mike Stoller had a small role as a piano player.
1965 . . Ed Sullivan announced he would
never have Mick
Jagger and the Rolling Stoneson his CBS-TV
Sunday night show again. In time, he did invite them back.
1967 . . The Beach
Boys, Helen Shapiro, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound and Terry Reid with
Peter Jay's Jaywalkers all appeared at The Adelphi Theatre, Dublin.
1969 . . The Who
gave a press preview of their new rock opera 'Tommy' at Ronnie Scott's
in London, England.
1970 . .
One hit wonder Norman
In The Sky.' was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. 'Spirit In The Sky
'was also a No.1 hit for Doctor and the Medics in 1986 and Gareth Gates
1989 . . Employees
called police to a jewellery store in California to report a suspicious
person. He turned out to be Michael Jackson shopping in disguise.
1991 . . The video
for the R.E.M. song 'Losing My Religion', was banned in Ireland because
its religious imagery was seen as unfit for broadcast.
1992 . .
UK duo called Nirvana filed a suit against the American band of the
same name claiming that they had been using the name since 1968. The
dispute was settled out of court in the British bands favour.
1999 . . St Vincent
and the Grenadines issued a NSYNC postage stamp in honour of the boy
2003 . . Kings Of
Leon played their first ever UK date when they appeared at The Empress
Ballroom in Blackpool.
2004 . . Guns N'
Roses' anthem 'Sweet Child O'Mine' is voted
by Total Guitar readers the
greatest guitar riff ever, ahead of Led
Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love',
Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' and
'Smells Like Teen Spirit'.
2005 . .
members, Eric Clapton, drummer Ginger Baker and bass player Jack Bruce
reunited 36 years after they had split up for the first of 4 nights
at London's Royal Albert Hall. Eric Clapton agreed to are union because
of the failing health of the other members.
2006 . .
Stones guitarist was released from hospital in New Zealand after suffering
a "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree while
on holiday in Fiji.
2009 . . Kenny
Burrell, of Fife, Scotland, put his unreleased 1965 single 'Do I Love
You (Indeed I Do)' by Frank Wilson up for auction; this
rare Motown seven-inch single sold for £25,742 / $38,378, setting
a new world record. The single was one of only two in the world, Motown
boss Berry Gordy had all other copies destroyed after Wilson moved into
songwriting and producing.
1957 . . The movie "The Tommy Steele
Story" (Anglo Amalgamated Film Distributors Ltd). premiered in
London. It took less than 2 months to produce.
1969 . . Jimi Hendrix
was arrested when Canadian customs officials found heroin in his bag.
. . New York
City's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center announced that it would begin
presenting rock, pop and jazz concerts as well as classical.
1972 . . Stone The
Crows' guitarist Les Harvey tragically died after being electrocuted
on stage during a gig at Swansea University, Wales.
1976 . . David Bowie
played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, his first UK gig
in three years.
1977 . . Paul Simon
and Phoebe Snow performed at a benefit concert for the New York Public
1986 . . Dollywood
(Dolly Parton's theme park) opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
1997 . . Katrina
& The Waves won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with 'Love
Shine A Light', making them the first UK winners since Bucks Fizz in
2001 . . London based
bank Coutts And Co. turned down applications from members of Oasis to
open accounts on the grounds of the bands bad behaviour.
2004 . . The US Supreme
Court rejected an appeal by bassist Robert Daisley & drummer Lee
Kerslake who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. Since
1997 they have been claiming they were entitled to money from the albums
'Blizzard of Ozz' & 'Diary of a Madman'. Sharon Osbourne, said their
contributions were removed from the albums because of their "abusive
and unjust behaviour".
2006 . . Bob
Dylan aired his
first radio program on XM Satellite Radio. Tracks he played included
Blur, Prince, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Mary Gauthier, L.L. Cool J and The
2008 . . Rapper Sean
'Diddy' Combs was honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame,
which he dedicated to his father, who was shot dead in 1972.
1886 . . Gramophone patent awarded to Chichester
Bell and Charles Sumner Tainter.
1956 . . Lonnie Donegan quit Chris Barber's Jazz
Band to form his own skiffle group.
1959 . . The first Grammy Award winners were announced...
Domenico Modugno beat Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee for the Record of
the Year, with "Volare". Other winners included
the Champs with "Tequila"
the Kingston Trio
with "Tom Dooley".
1967 . . The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared
on UK TV's 'Top Of The Pops'.
1968 . . Mary Hopkin won her heat on ITV's talent
show 'Opportunity Knocks'. She signed with Apple Records, Paul McCartney
produced her UK No.1 single 'Those Were The Days', which also made No.
2 in US.
1970 . . Four students at Kent University
were killed and eleven wounded by National Guard troops at a campus
demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War. The incident
inspired Neil Young to compose 'Ohio' which became a hit for Crosby
Stills Nash & Young.
1975 . . Elvis Presley
started a 31 date North American tour, starting with two shows at the
Civic Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
1989 . . Shaun
Happy Mondays was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine in
Jersey, he was released on £5,000 bail.
1991 . . Phil Collins
and Al Jarreau received Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees from Berklee
College of Music during cermonies in Boston.
1997 . . Courtney
Love placed an advert in The Seattle Times selling the house she had
shared with Kurt Cobain. The five bedroom, four bathroom house was on
the market for $3m. The carriage house where Kurt Cobain died had been
knocked down during refurbishment.
2008 . . Thieves
broke into the childhood home of Motown star Martha Reeves and stole
about $1 million worth of uninsured recording equipment, including speakers,
microphones and karaoke machines. Later
that same day a suspect was
arrested after he tried to sell the stolen goods to a pawnshop for $400.
1891 . . The Music Hall (later Carnegie Hall)
had its grand opening with its first public performance. The first performer
was Pyotr Llych Tchaikovsky.
1963 . . Recommended by George Harrison, Dick
Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, went to see The Rolling Stones
play at Crawdaddy Club, London. The band were signed to the label within
a week. (Dick
Rowe, who turned down The Beatles)
1965 . . The Grateful Dead's first show at Magoo's
Pizza located at 639 Santa Cruz Avenue in suburban Menlo Park, California.
They were still known as the Warlocks although the Velvet Underground
was also using that name on the east coast.
1987 . . Over 130 Girls fainted during a gig by
Curiosity Killed The Cat in Liverpool.
1990 . . The John Lennon tribute concert
was held at the Pier Head Arena in Merseyside, featuring Lenny Kravitz,
Al Green, Joe Cocker, The Christians, Kylie Minogue, Ringo Starr, Jeff
Lynne, Tom Petty, Deacon Blue, Lou Reed, Joe Walsh and Wet Wet Wet.
1995 . . Rock
n Roll naughty boy Steven Adler was answering
a felony count of possession of heroin, as well as 2 misdemeanor drug
1999 . . Garth Brooks
was named artist of the decade at the 34 annual Academy of Country Music
1965 . . In a Clearwater, Florida hotel room,
Keith Richards starts writing for the Stones, he and Jagger worked out
the opening riff of the song Satisfaction, following Richard's purchase
of a Gibson fuzz-box that day.
1973 . . Paul Simon set out on his first tour
without partner Art Garfunkel, using The Jesse Dixon Singers as a back-
up group on stage.
1977 . . While
Dolly Parton made her New York singing debut on this date,
a new record for the largest audience at a single-act concert
in Pontiac, MI., in
front of 76,229 people, breaking
their own world attendance record which was at Silverdome in Michigan,
1982 . . Former manager of The Bay City Rollers
Tam Paton, was convicted on a charge of gross indecency with boys and
was sentenced to three years in jail.
2002 . . Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen was
voted No.1 in a poll by the Guinness Hit Singles book Top 100 British
Singles, 'Imagine' by John Lennon was No.2 and 'Hey Jude', The Beatles
2004 . . Beatles memorabilia sold at Christie's
in London for a record £788,643. The auction included a leather
collar worn by John Lennon which sold for £117,250. A signed copy
of a management deal with The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sold
for £122,850. A Vox Kensington guitar used by Lennon and Harrison
went for £100,000.
1941 . . Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded
"Chattanooga Choo Choo."
1967 . . Ringo Starr, Brian Jones and members
of The Beach Boys and The Moody Blues were in the audience to watch
Jimi Hendrix who played two shows at London's Saville Theatre.
1972 . . Reginald Dwight changed his name by Deed
poll to Elton Hercules John. Elton
comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long
John Baldry, British R&B singer and founder of Blues Inc.. Hercules
was the name of the horse in the British comedy series Steptoe and Son,
which he enjoyed.
1978 . . Bob Dylan sold 90,000 tickets in less
than eight hours for upcoming concerts at London's Wembley Empire Pool.
1982 . . Diana Ross received a star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame lines both sides of Hollywood
Boulevard from Gower to La Brea, and both sides of Vine Street, from
Yucca to Sunset. Diana's location is 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
2003 . . Pete Townshend
was cleared of possessing pornographic images of children. He was placed
on a national register of sex offenders for five years. Police determined
that he did not possess images of child abuse but that he was guilty
of accessing a child pornography Internet site in 1999.
1954 . . The BBC banned "Such a Night"
by Johnny Ray after listeners complained about its 'suggestiveness'.
1965 . . There were NINE British records
in US Top 10: 1. Hermans' Hermits: Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely
Daughter. 3. Beatles: Ticket to Ride. 4. Wayne Fontana:
Game of Love 5. Petula Clarke: I Know a Place. 6. Seekers:
I'll Never Find Another You. 7. Herman's Hermits: Silhouettes.
8. Freddie and the Dreamers: I'm Telling You Now 9. Rolling
Stones: The Last Time. 10. Sounds Orchestral: Cast Your Fate
to the Wind. (No
2. was Gary Lewis & the Playboys: Count Me In)
1967 . . Gerry And The Pacemakers announced
they were splitting up, recognising they could no longer keep pace with
the rapidly changing UK rock scene. They were the second Liverpool band
to chart [after the Beatles], but first to reach No1. and the first
act ever to top UK chart with their initial 3 singles.
1988 . . Prince's 10th album was released
entitled "Lovesexy." Some stores refused to sell the album
due to the nude portrait that was on the cover.
1990 . . Tom Waits won $2.5 million when
a Los Angeles court ruled that Frito-Lay unlawfully used a Waits sound
alike in its Doritos ads
1996 . . A Los Angeles judge ruled against
Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson in their bid to keep Penthouse magazine
from publishing still photos from an X-rated home movie that was stolen
from their home
1998 . . The Smashing Pumpkins filed a
suit against Westwood One. The claim was that the radio syndicator had
breached an oral and implied agreement when they licensed a 1991 interview
with the band.
1955 . . Marvin Rainwater won first place on the
Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout's Show giving him his first big brake
in the music business.
1959 . . The UK music paper Melody Maker introduced
a Juke Box Top 20 Chart compiled from 200 Juke Boxes around the UK
During a concert at London's Albert Hall, Paul McCartney met future
girlfriend 17 year-old Jane Asher for the first time
1973 . .
Mick Jagger makes official donation of $350,000 to aid victims of Nicaraguan
earthquake, adding £150,000 of his money to the receipts of Stones
benefit concert at La Forum - brill I wish more did this. god they can
1974 . . Bruce Springsteen's performance
at Boston's Harvard Square Theatre prompts Jon Landau to say: 'I have
seen the future of rock and roll and his name is Bruce Springsteen.'
1988 . . Several Department stores in Minnesota
refuse to stock the newly released Prince album, "Lovesexy"
because the cover photo features a nude photo of him.
1998 . . Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page were
musical guests on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." They performed
their collaboration "Come To Me."
2000 . . A U.S. federal appeals court upheld
a $5.4 million jury decision that Michael Bolton had plagiarized parts
of the song "Love is a Wonderful Thing." The original song,
of the same name, was released in 1966 by the Isley Brothers.
1964 . . Dusty Springfield made her U.S. television
debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
1969 . . The Turtles and the Temptations played at the White
House upon the request of Tricia Nixon. Allegedly
they had been snorting cocaine off Abraham Lincoln's desk, and Mark
Volman fell off the stage 5 times.
1969 . . Frank Sinatra's version of 'My
Way' made the British Top ten for the first time. Over the next three
years it re-entered the Top 50 singles chart eight times.
1975 . . Stevie Wonder and his band Wonderlove
played for 125,000 people at the Washington Monument as part of Human
1994 . . Rapper Tupac Shakur began serving
a 15-day county jail term for attacking director Allen Hughes on a video
1999 . . Marti Pellow announced that he
had quit Wet Wet Wet and had signed a solo deal with Sir Elton John's
former manager John Reid.
2003 . . Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) was given
an honorary doctorate degree in music by the Berklee College of Music.
1928 . . First scheduled TV service started by
GEC station WLY in New York
1964 . . The rock band Rolling Stones were refused
lunch at The Grand Hotel, Bristol, where they were staying while
on a UK tour because
they were not wearing jackets and ties.
1967 . . The ABC-TV special "Rodgers &
Hart Today" aired. It starred Bobby Darin, the Supremes, Petula
Clark and the Mamas & the Papas.
1968 . . Linda
McCartney, then Eastman, became the first woman to have a photo featured
on the front cover
of Rolling Stone magazine, with
her photograph of Eric Clapton taken at Fillmore East concert hall,
where she was house photographer.
1970 . . The triple soundtrack album 'Woodstock'
was released in the US, going gold within two weeks.
1974 . . Robert
Plant and his idol Elvis Presley did an impromptu version of "Love
Me" when they met at Gracelands after a Presley concert. Plant
fed his Elvis Presley infatuation on his 1984's The Honeydrippers, Vol.
1995 . . Jimmy Vaughn, Eric Clapton, B.B.
King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunited for a tribute to Stevie Ray
Vaughn. All five had played with Vaughan at his last show on August
26, 1990, before he was killed in a helicopter crash.
2009 . . Boy George was released from prison
at HMP Edmunds Hill in Newmarket, Suffolk, four months into a fifteen-month
sentence for the assault and false imprisonment of a male escort in
his East London flat. He will wear an ankle monitor and be placed on
a curfew for the balance of the sentence.
1963 . . Bob Dylan walked out of rehearsals for
the US TV Ed Sullivan show after being told he couldn't perform 'Talking
John Birch Society Blues' due to it mocking the US military.
1967 . .'Are
You Experienced', the debut album by Jimi Hendrix was released in the
UK. Sadly 36 years later, on this very same date in 2003, Noel Redding
aged 57, bass player for Jimi Hendrix Experience was reunited with Jimi.
(He died of natural causes)
1971 . . Rolling
Stone Mick Jagger married Bianca Macias at St Tropez Town Hall. The
couple separated in 1977.
1977 . . At
the second Ivor Novello Awards,
Led Zeppelin received the Outstanding Contribution to British Music
1977 . . After being dropped by EMI and
A&M records in less than 6 months, Virgin records announced they
had signed The Sex Pistols.
1983 . . Meat Loaf
filed for bankruptcy with debts of over $1 million.
1981 . . Deborah Harry of Blondie announced
that she would be making a solo album.
2001 . . The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of
Appeals ordered Napster to stop its users from trading copyrighted material
1938 . . "When the Saints Go Marching In"
was recorded by Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra.
1971 . . Grace Slick smashed her Mercedes into
a concrete wall near San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
1971 . . On
his twenty- first birthday Stevie Wonder received all his childhood
earnings. His contract with Motown expired this day and the royalties
set aside for him in a trust fund became available. Despite having earned
$30 million so far, he received only $1 million.
. . Forty-three people were arrested and more than fifty were
injured after youths started throwing bottles outside a Jackson Five
concert at RFK stadium in Washington DC.
. . David
Lee Roth from Van Halen collapsed on stage during a concert in Spokane,
1993 . . The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bette
Midler and Barry White were guest voices on the season finale of the
"The Simpsons." The episode was entitled "Krusty Gets
2000 . . Happy Mondays singer, Shaun Ryder's
Volkswagen Corrado was found abandoned after being used as the getaway
car. The car was used in an armed robbery on Harry Ramsden's fish and
chip restaurant in Manchester. £7,000 cash was taken in the robbery
1956 . . Buddy
Holly got a prescription for contact lenses. He couldn't get used to
wearing them so he continued to use his trademark glasses.
1959 . . Cliff Richard's first movie, "Serious
1976 . . Keith Relf (Yardbirds) was electrocuted
by his son's electric guitar. He was 33 years old.
1985 . . Michael Jackson received a humanitarian
award from U.S. President Ronald Reagan at the White House.
1988 . . Led Zeppelin reunited for the
Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party in New York, appearing with
the son of John Bonham, Jason on drums.
1993 . . Four 'Super Hero', Costumes worn
by the group Kiss, sold
in a sale at Christies, London, for £20,000.
1998 . . In
Hills Municipal court, George Michael was convicted and fined £500/$810
for a "lewd act" in a .Los Angeles lavatory. He was also ordered
to undergo psychological counselling and carry out 80 hours community
Brown's Band from Dixieland opened up at Lamb's Cafe at Clark &
Randolph Streets in Chicago, with Ray Lopez, cornet and manager; Tom
Brown, trombone and leader; Gussie Mueller clarinet, Arnold Loyacano
piano and string bass; and Billy Lambert on drums. (In Chicago Gussie
Mueller was hired by bandleader Bert Kelly, and his place was taken
by young New Orleans clarinetist Larry Shields).
1957. . Elvis Presley inhaled a cap on one of
his teeth. He had to be taken to a Los Angeles hospital to have it removed
from his lung.
1970 . . Pink Floyd perform two-and-a-half-hour
set at Crystal Palace, complete with fireworks and fifty-foot inflatable
octopus. The concert is so loud that fish die in the lake
1970 . . Pirate
Station, Radio North Sea International was bombed by commando frogmen
hired by a director of the rival pirate station, Radio Veronica.
1974 . . Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) released
his first solo album, "Monkey Grip." It was the first solo
effort by a member of the Rolling Stones.
1984 . . Nils Lofgren replaced "Miami"
Steve Van Zandt in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
1991 . . Manic Street Preacher guitarist
Richey Edwards carved '4 real' into his arm with a razor blade while
being interviewed by music paper The NME.
2002 . . Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay suffered
facial injuries after an incident with a photographer at the premiere
of 'Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones' in London.
1946 . . The
Irving Berlin musical, "Annie Get Your Gun," opened at New
York's Imperial Theatre for the first of 1,147 performances.
1966 . .Bruce
Springsteen's four-piece high school group The Castiles, (named after
a soap brand), recorded two original songs Thats What You
Get and Baby I at the Bricktown Studio in New Jersey.
Both were co-written by Bruce Springsteen & lead singer George Theissat,
only five copies of the record were pressed.
1969 . . Pete Townshend spent the night
in a US jail for assaulting a man at The Fillmore East. What Townshend
didn't know was the man who jumped onto the stage was a plainclothes
policeman trying to warn the audience that a fire had broken out. The
Who guitarist was later fined $30 for the offence.
1974 . . Queen's rock guitarist Brian May
collapses onstage in New York while the band were on tour. Suffering
with hepatitis, he
was flown back to the UK.
1983 . . The television special "Motown
25: Yesterday, Today and Forever" aired. It was a taping of the
first time that Michael Jackson performed the moonwalk for a live audience.
Non of the Funk Brothers were invited or given any credit.
1997 . . Daily Mail name Victoria Adams
aka Posh Spice this year's "Top of The Poppets"; she had been
wowing audiences since the age of eight .. but at school.
2000 . . The Artist announced that he was
reclaiming the name "Prince" since his contract with Warner-Chappell
had expired. The contract officially ended on December 31, 1999.
1960 . . Billboard reports that Berry Gordy is
forming his own record label, to become Tamla Motown
1963 . . The first Monterey Folk Festival was
held featuring Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Peter Paul and
1969 . . It was reported that for the first time
ever album sales had overtaken single sales in the UK. 49,184,000 albums
were produced during 1968 compared with 49,161,000 singles.
1980 . . Drummer Peter Criss left Kiss and was
replaced by Eric Carr.
1980 . . Dr. George Nickopoulas is indicted on
fourteen counts of over-prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee
Lewis and nine others
1986 . .
Whitney Houston becomes the first-ever female singer to hit top of Billboard
singles chart with three consecutive singles when Greatest Love of All
reaches No. 1
1999 . . No Doubt sued the clothing manufacturer
No Fear with the claim that the companies clothing items that had the
"No Doubt" name on them infringe on the bands copyrighted
. . The Eagles
filed suit against the "Hotel California" restaurant in Dallas,
TX, alleging trademark violations.
1963 . . The Beatles began their first headlining
tour at the Grenada Theatre in Slough, England.
1967 . . John
Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backing vocals on The Rolling Stones
track 'We Love You' during a session at Olympic Studios, London.
1968 . . Tiny Tim's "Tiptoe through
the Tulips" was released. It was originally a number one hit for
Nick Lucas in 1929.
1978 . . "The Buddy Holly Story"
had its world premiere in Dallas, TX.
1999 . . 25-year-old Robbie O'Neil was
found dead from a heroin overdose at Shane MacGowan's London flat.
2002 . . Madonna's boyfriend Guy Ritchie
was arrested after attacking a fan outside the superstar's London home.
Ritchie was said to have kicked and punched a male fan after the couple
returned home from a night out.
2004 . . It was announced that the Country
Cow Creamery would be producing the ice cream flavors Ozzy's Carnivorous
Carrot Cake and Death by Sharon in honor of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.
1958 . . Bobby Darin's single, "Splish Splash,"
was released as the first eight-track master recording pressed to a
plastic 45-RPM disc.
1960 . . DJ
Alan Freed and eight others were charged by federal grand jury for commercial
bribery, better known as payola. Alan Freed refused to testify and became
the scapegoat for the others.
1965 . . FBI agents visited Wand Records investigating
the lyrics to the song "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen.
1976 . . Rolling Stone Keith Richards crashed
his car near Newport Pagnell, Bucks, after falling asleep at the wheel;
marijuana and cocaine were found by the police resulting in another
fine for the guitarist.
1979 . . Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo
Starr reunite for an impromptu jam at a Welcome Home party for Eric
and Patti Clapton. They had a same stage and played all the Little Richard
and Eddie Cochran songs they knew.
1980 . . Ringo Starr and his future wife were
involved in a car crash less than half a mile from where Marc Bolan
was killed, the car was a write-off but Starr and Bach were not seriously
1989 . . Alison Moyet was granted a divorce from
husband Malcolm Lee
1954 . . Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock
Around the Clock" was released. It was not successful until it
was released in 1955 on the soundtrack to "Blackboard Jungle."
1961 . . Cliff Richard made his debut on
ITV's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.'
1967 . . BBC Ban Beatles' Day in the Life, on
the grounds that it might encourage drug-taking.
1971 . . Pete
Cetera, bass player and singer with Chicago, undergoes five hours of
emergency surgery after losing four teeth in a fight at a Dodgers-cubs
baseball game. Four rednecks objected to the length of his hair.
1978 . . The Buddy Holly Story, starring Gary
Busey, has its premiere in Lubbock, Texas
1997 . . U2 caused traffic chaos in Kansas City,
Missouri after they paid for traffic control to close down five lanes
to shoot the video for 'Last Night On Earth'. The following day a Cadillac
crashed into a plate glass window to avoid a cameraman.
1998 . . Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) started serving
a 6-month sentence for felony spousal abuse
2005 . . Kylie Minogue had a cancerous lump removed
from her breast at St Frances Xavier Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne,
Australia. The singer had been due to begin the 20-date Australian leg
of her current worldwide Showgirl tour in Sydney
1968 . . Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) was arrested
for a second time for possession of cannabis in his London apartment.
1971 . . "What's Going On" the eleventh
studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye is released, the first album
on which Motown Records' main studio band, the group of session musicians
known as the Funk Brothers, received an official credit.
1975 . . Elton John performs the first of eight
concerts in the USSR - The first Western rock star to play there. 4,000
people see the show
1980 . .
Joe Strummer of The Clash was arrested at a much troubled gig in Hamburg,
Germany, after smashing his guitar over the head of a member of the
audience, he was released after an alcohol test proved negative.
1980 . . Five Jimi Hendrix Gold discs were stolen
from The Electric Ladyland Studios, California.
1982 . . the world famous Hacienda Club was opened
in Manchester, England. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when
C4 music show The Tube was broadcast live.
1994 . . Manchester United Football Club scored
an UK No.1 single with 'Come On You Reds'.
1994 . . The Wonder Stuff announced that they
were splitting up, the bands Phoenix Festival show in July would be
1954 . . Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) celebrated
his bar mitzvah.
1955 . .
In Bridgeport, CT, a Fats Domino concert was canceled because policed
feared a rock 'n' roll riot would occur.
1958 . . Jerry Lee
Lewis arrives at Heathrow for start of UK tour, accompanied by his fourteen-year-old
wife (and third cousin), Myra.
1966 . . Bruce Springsteen and his first band,
the Castilles, recorded their first and only record, "That's What
You Get" backed with "Baby I." It was never released.
1975 . . First-ever army Rock Festival is held
at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, when 40,000 GIs rock to Joe Cocker and Pure
1981 . . Bob Marley's funeral takes place in Jamaica
1992 . . Michael Jackson financed the funeral
of a 9-year-old boy that had been killed in a drive-by shooting.
1997 . .
It was declared "Eddie Bo Day"
in New Orleans by mayor Marc Morial while Bo was playing in Karachi,
Pakistan. Eddie Bo was also named New Orleans' music ambassador to Pakistan.
2000 . . Steely Dan received the Founders Award
for a lifetime of songwriting at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards
1964 . . Ella Fitzgerald's cover of the Beatles'
"Can't Buy Me Love" hit #34 in the U.K. She was the first
artist to chart in the U.K. with a Beatles cover.
1970 . . The Grateful Dead their
first show outside of the U.S. at a
British concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival.
1979 . . Due to a record company dispute, Tom
Petty was forced to file for bankruptcy owing $575,000 (£338,235).
A long-running battle with his record company followed.
1982 . . The UK Musicians Union moved a resolution
to ban synthesizers and drum rhythm machines from sessions and live
concerts fearing that their use would put musicians out of work.
1992 . . A statement
issued by Freddie Mercury's attorneys, stated that the Queen singer
had bequeathed the majority of his estate (£10 million) to his
long time friend Mary Austin.
2000 . . Noel Gallagher walked out on his band
Oasis during a European tour. The move was put down to a series of burst-
ups with his brother Liam. The band drafted in replacement guitarist
Matt Deighton for the rest of the European dates.
2002 . . Cliff Richard announced plans to launch
a new wine "Vida Nova". 27,000 bottles of the Portuguese red
from the grapes of his 25 acre estate would go on sale at £8.99
($15.28) a bottle.
1956 . . The first
Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland. The event was
the brainchild of Marcel Baisoncon of the European Broadcasting Union.
Seven countries participated and they were each allowed two songs. Both
Luxembourg and the winner Switzerland used the same singer for both.
Switzerland won with 'Refrain' by Lys Assia.
1969 . . BBC television aired the first
'33 & A Third Revolutions Per Monkee', guests included Fats Domino,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Julie Driscoll.
1970 . .
Peter Green (guitar virtuoso) played his last gig with Fleetwood Mac
when they played at the Bath Festival, Somerset, England.
1971 . . Bob Dylan visits Wailing Wall
in Jerusalem on his 30th birthday
1983 . . Vince Clarke and Alison Moyet
broke up the band Yaz.
1984 . . US backed pirate station Laser
558, started broadcasting in the UK. Within a few months the station
claimed to have over 10 million listeners.
1990 . . Axl Rose and Erin Everly filed
for divorce. They had been married for less than a month.
1999 . . David Bowie wrote and recorded
the song "What's Really Happening" during a live Webcast.
The song appeared on the album "hours."
1965 . . Dave Davies (Kinks) was knocked unconscious
when he careened into drummer Mick Avory's cymbal during a London concert.
1967 . .
John Lennon of The Beatles took delivery of his psychedelic painted
1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V. Chassis 5VD73. John had commissioned artist
"The Fool" to paint the car for him.
1968 . . The 1968 Monterey Pop Festival
1969 . .
recorded "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" with Elton John
. . Carole King's concert in Central Park draws 100,000 people
- the biggest crowd there up to this point.
1995 . . The earliest known recording of
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, from 1961, was sold at Christies in
London for £50,250 ($85,425).
2003 . . Jemini, the UK entry for the Eurovision
Song Contest, failed to get a single point, the first time a UK entry
had ended up with NO points.
1932 . .
Frankie Laine (and partner Ruth Smith) sets the
all-time marathon dancing record lasting 3,501 hours (145 consecutive
days) until 18 October 1932, earning him $600
1969 . . To
promote world peace, John
Lennon and Yoko Ono began their 2nd "Bed-In For Peace", in
room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada.
1978 . . In the Irish
television guide; at 4.00 'Top Cat', 4.30 'Skippy' and at 5.30 'Youngline'
(a series for young people highlighting their interests) featuring a
new pop group U2 (alias Hype).
1988 . . Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Cats"
opened in Moscow with a British and American cast.
1990 . . For the first time ever the Top five
positions in the US singles chart were held by female artists; Madonna
was at No.1 with 'Vogue', Heart were at No.2, Sinead O'Connor No.3,
Wilson Phillips at No.4 and Janet Jackson was at No.5
1994 . . Michael Jackson marries Lisa-Marie Presley
in the Dominican Republic. They were divorced in January of 1996.
1996 . . Eric Clapton was fighting the flames to save his collection
of guitars as the firemen arrived at the blaze at his house, which caused
over one and a half million pounds worth of damage.
2002 . . The first episode of 'At Home With The
Osbournes' was shown on MTV in the UK.
1964 . . Eleven boys were suspended at a Coventry,
England, school for having a hair style like Mick Jagger.
1964 . . Pirate radio station 'Sutch' was
started by Screaming Lord Sutch, broadcasting from former army fort
'Shivering Sands', in The Thames Estuary.
1967 . . Columbia
and RCA Victor announced that they would raise the list price of mono
albums by a dollar on June 1. It was the first increase since 1953.
1977 . .
The Sex Pistols
single 'God Save The Queen' was released in the UK. Banned by TV and
radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle
the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on
the UK charts.
1987 . .
a show in Rome's Flaminio Stadio, U2's sound system set off earthquake
alarms in two neighborhoods.
1989 . . Cliff Richard released his one
hundredth single, 'The Best Of Me', which became his 26th Top 3 UK hit.
1997 . . Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was
left with cuts and bruises after a scuffle with a youth at the Tower
Thistle Hotel in east London. Members of the band had been drinking
at the bar when the fight broke out.
2005 . . Robbie Williams was voted by a
UK nation-wide survey of 5,000 people into first place beating Elvis
Presley, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie to be named the best live solo
1941 . . Frank Sinatra joined Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra
in recording "This Love of Mine."
1955 . . "Billboard"
reported that "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was the most popular
song in the U.S.
1957 . . The National Academy of Recording
Arts and Sciences (NARAS) was established. The NARAS is known for organizing
the Grammy Awards
1964 . .
The BBC received over 8,000
postal applications for tickets for The Rolling Stones appearance on
Juke Box Dury.
1976 . . The Allman Brothers
Band broke up after Gregg Allman testified against his personal road
manager in a drug case. The band reformed in 1978.
1977 . . Bruce Springsteen reaches a settlement
against manager Mike Appel in which Bruce gets control of his music
publishing. Appel receives a million dollars
1982 . . Promoter Bill Graham staged a
special Vietnam Veterans benefit concert in San Francisco starring The
Jefferson Starship, The Grateful Dead and Country Joe.
1990 . .
Mitch Mitchell former drummer with Jimi Hendrix
took out a High Court action against Private Eye magazine over an allegedly
1942 . . The
Irving Berlin song "White Christmas", was recorded by Bing
Crosby, the Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter Orchestra for Decca
Records. The song was written for the film "Holiday Inn".
More than 30-million copies of Crosby's most famous, hit song have been
sold and a total of around 70-million copies, including all versions
of the standard, have been sold.
1959 . . One of rock's first outdoor events
takes place (in the rain) at Herndon Stadium in Atlanta. Ray Charles,
B.B. King, Ruth Brown and Drifters are on the bill.
1970 . . Cliff Richard releases his 50th
single -Goodbye Sam Hello Samantha.
1977 . . In
Baltimore, Elvis Presley left the stage in the middle of a concert and
did not return. It was the first time he terminated a show in this manner.
. . Prince performed in Europe
for the first time.
1997 . . Singer songwriter Jeff Buckley
disappeared after talking a swim in the Mississippi River, his body
was found on 4th June 1997 after being spotted by a passenger on a tourist
2002 . . Australian actress and singer
Natalie Imbruglia became the new face of L'Oreal when she signed a deal
worth £100,000 ($170,000) with the French cosmetics manufacturer.
1962 . . During the
days of Stalin, "The King of Swing" Benny Goodman with clarinet
in hand, led the first American jazz band to play in the Soviet Union.
1966 . . Dolly Parton and Carl Dean were
1974 . . Bernadette Whelan a 14 year- old
David Cassidy fan died of heart failure four days after attending a
concert of his. Over 1,000 other fans had to be given first aid during
the White City Stadium show.
1987 . . Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys) arrested
in Liverpool on UK tour after allegedly hitting a girl fan during a
riot at the Royal Court
1987 . . Irish acts held No. 1 and No.
3 on Hot 100 with U2's 'With or Without You' and Chris de Burgh's 'Lady
1990 . . Midnight Oil closed down 6th Avenue
in New York City as they played a protest concert in front of Exxon's
offices. The protest was in reaction to the Exxon Valdez disaster.
2004 . . Madonna was forced to pay out
£250,000 in a lawsuit after copying ideas by the late French erotic
photographer Guy Burton. Madonna had admitted that the video for her
song 'Hollywood' was inspired by Burton.
1917 . . The first jazz record, "Dark Town
Strutters Ball," by Brooks Shelton. was released. Columbia had
interviewed the the band earlier that year, Jan 30 1917.
1961 . . Chuck Berry opens Berry Park, an outdoor
amusement park in Wentzville (near St. Louis)
1971 . . 36 Grateful Dead fans were medically
treated after unknowingly drinking L.S.D. laced cider, at US gig.
1976 . . The Who perform loudest concert ever
at Charlton Athletic football ground, at 120 decibels, using 76,000-watt
PA system, beating Deep Purple's record.
1977 . .The BBC announced
a ban on the Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' saying it is, 'in
gross bad taste'. And the IBA issued a warning to all radio stations
saying the playing the single would be in breach of Section 4:1:A of
the Broadcasting act. It reached No.2 on the UK chart.
1982 . . R.E.M. signed a five-album deal
with I.R.S. Records, an independent label based in California.
1998 . . Geri Halliwell announced she had
quit The Spice Girls saying "This is because of differences between
us. I am sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them
all the best."
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