THIS DAY :-
1894 . . The magazine
Billboard began publication, devoting itself at the time to the "interests
of advertisers, poster printers, bill posters, advertising agents and secretaries
of fairs." It evolved from a 19th-century trade paper covering current issues
to an international newsweekly of music & home entertainment.
. . The Famous Flames, a band featuring James Brown, records "Please,
Please, Please" at a radio station in Macon, Georgia.
. . The Dave Clark Five performed "Glad All Over" on "The
Ed Sullivan Show."
. . George Harrison
released his LP "Wonderwall." He was the first Beatle to release a solo
. . 'Oz' magazine publishes its last issue
. . Virgin Records was floated on the British Stock Market.
. . the first of 3 shows at the Hammersmith Odeon featuring; LL Cool J,
Eric B & Rankin and Public Enemy. Each night was marred by violence and crime.
1996 . . U2 set up a video link to an internet
site from their recording studio in Dublin so fans could watch them record their
. . All Saints came
top of a poll to find the sexiest female act. 12,000 UK television viewers voted
for the group, The Spice Girls came second and Atomic Kitten third. The 50's group
The Beverley Sisters were voted into 11th place beating TLC.
2003 . . Organisers of the MTV Europe Awards 2003
recruited 500 'screamers' to attend this year's event. The music lovers were selected
at an audition held in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens.
1962 . . The Elvis
Presley film "Girls! Girls! Girls!" premiered.
1964 . .
Dion stormed out of a recording of the UK TV show "Ready Steady Go!".
He complained that the go-go dancers and the audience dancing around him were
irritating and distracting him from his performance.
1968 . . Cream awarded platinum
disc for sales of over $2 million for 'Wheels of Fire' LP, during concert at Madison
1974 . . George Harrison became
the first Beatle to undertake a solo world tour when he played the first show
of a 30-night tour in Vancouver, Canada.
1979 . . Mick
and Bianca Jagger were divorced.
1985 . . The
TV soundtrack from Miami Vice went to No.1 on the US album chart. It spent a total
of 11 weeks at No.1.
1986 . . Billy Bragg was
arrested outside a US Air Base in Norfolk after cutting through perimeter fencing.
1993 . . P J & Duncan made their live debut
at the Birmingham Dome, England.
1998 . . Atlantic
Records launched an online music video service, Instavid.
. . Armed police arrested an international gang who
were planning to kidnap former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and her two young children.
The gang had planned to ransom Victoria for £5m.
1957 . . Elvis Presley
has a record eight singles on UK Top 30 singles chart: 'Party' (3), 'Teddy Bear'
(11), 'All Shook Up' (17), 'Got a Lot of Livin' to Do' (19), 'Trying to Get to
You' (21), 'Loving You' (24), 'Paralyzed' (26) and 'Lawdy Miss Clawdy' (30)
1961 . . The late Jimmie Rodgers is unanimously elected
the first member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1964 . . A 17 year-old Rolling
Stones fan fell from the balcony during a gig in Cleveland, Ohio.
1972 . . Singers Carly Simon and James Taylor were
married in Carly's Manhattan apartment. The couple was said to be the highest-paid
couple in the world, next to Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Carly and 'Sweet
Baby' James divorced in 1982.
1977 . . During
a concert at Wembley's Empire Pool, London, Elton John announced that he was retiring
from live performances. He resumed touring on February 3, 1979 in Sweden.
1988 . . The U2 concert movie "Rattle And Hum"
1992 . . Breaking a very long standing
Dead Head tradition, The Grateful Dead announces that they will not play a New
Year's Eve concert in San Francisco this year.
. . An out of court settlement was reached by Hootie and the Blowfish and
Bob Dylan concerning the group's unauthorized use of Dylan's lyrics in their song
"Only Want To Be With You."
1997 . . Metallica
came to a out of court agreement with a fan who claimed he lost his sense of smell
after being dropped on his head by fans at one of their shows four years earlier.
1999 . . Britain's first museum of pop music
'The National Centre for Popular Music' was saved from bankruptcy after creditors
agreed on a deal. The museum based in Sheffield had run up debts of over a million.
1922 . . The Rainbow
Theatre opens. (London, UK)
1957 . . Jackie Wilson
made his US chart debut with Reet Petite,
29 years later in 1986, it
made No.1 in the UK.
1961 . . Bob Dylan made
his concert hall debut at Carnegie Hall, New York City. 50 people attended, who
paid two dollars each.
1963 . . Beatles appear
on the Royal Variety Show, John Lennon makes his famous 'rattle your jewellery'
1968 . . Cream played their final US
show in Providence, Rhode Island.
1973 . . Pink
Floyd and Soft
Machine held a benefit concert at Rainbow Theatre for Robert Wyatt who had been
paralyzed earlier in the year.
1978 . . Greg
Reeves, sues his former band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for $1 million in
unpaid back royalties.
1980 . . Bob Marley was
baptised at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Kingston, converting to a Christian
Rastafarian and taking on the new name Berhane Selassie.
. . The musical "Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story" opened.
1991 . . Jimi Hendrix, Booker T. & The M.G.'s,
The Yardbirds, Johnny Cash, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave, and Bobby "Blue"
Bland are elected to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
1992 . . Elton John and his Bernie Taupin sign a $39 million
publishing contract with Warner-Chappell music
1998 . . Amazon.com
formed "Advantage For Music",
which allows independent
labels and unsigned
artists to sell music online.
1956 . . Tommy Steele
made his live debut at the Empire Theatre, Sunderland.
1967 . . Robin
the Bee Gees was a passenger
on a train, which crashed in South East London killing 49 people and injuring
78, Robin was treated for shock.
1973 . . At
Newcastle City Hall, a performance
of 'Quadrophenia' by the Who is halted after Pete Townshend attacks group sound
man Bobby Pridden, who plays a taped section fifteen seconds out of sequence
1977 . . The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingaham
was arrested for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album,
'Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols'. High street stores banned
the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 indecent advertising
1979 . . George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley
(later known as Wham!), played their first live gig together, as The Executives.
1982 . . UK's Channel 4, broadcasts their first
edition of the television pop show 'The Tube'. It was presented by Paula Yates
and Jools Holland, the show featured The Jam and an interview with Mick Jagger.
First live act on the show was local band Toy Dolls.
1983 . . Topper
Headon of The Clash was arrested for walking his dog while drunk on London's Fulham
1998 . . Liam Gallagher of Oasis was arrested
for allegedly attacking a photographer and damaging his camera equipment. Same
day, Ex Smiths singer Morrissey lost an appeal ruling that
all band profits should have been split equally and faced a backdated payout to
former Smiths member Mike Joyce estimated at £1million.
2001 . . The Times newspaper's
"Rich List" showed
Madonna being the highest earning woman in Britain grossing £30m, all the
Spice Girls except
for Victoria Beckham had
dropped out of the listings . Paul McCartney had earned £20.5m during the
2002 . . The funeral took place of Jam
Master Jay aka Jason Mizell from Run-DMC who was murdered by a single bullet on
30th October 2002. A $30,000 reward was offered in connection with the murder.
1964 . . The
Beach Boys appeared live on ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!' on
their first promotional visit to the UK.
. . The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane played at the
opening night of San Francisco's Fillmore West. Promoter, Bill Graham's first
1966 . . Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium
opened in San Francisco, CA.
1972 . . Bill Wyman
lost his driving licence and was fined £20 by Chelmsford Magistrates court
after being caught speeding in his Mercedes on the A12.
. . Singer Gram Parsons' manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin was fined
$300 for stealing Parsons' body from the Los Angeles International Airport. Kaufman
claimed that it was Parson's wish to be cremated in the desert.
. . Soft Cell's 'Tainted Love' achieved the longest unbroken
run on the UK charts when it logged it's 43rd week in the Top 100.
1983 . . The TV mini-series Princess Daisy, with Ringo Starr
and his wife Barbara. , began.
1999 . . It
was reported that guitarist Gem
(ex Heavy Stereo),
the latest member of Oasis would only receive £600 a week working with the
band which would increase to £1,200 when touring.
. . Madonna played her first show in eight years when she performed a short
20 minute set at New York's Roseland Ballroom.
. . A few of streets in Frankfurt,
Germany were temporarily renamed after pop stars to mark the MTV Europe Music
Awards. Madonna, Robbie Williams and Janet Jackson were among the avenues named
2005 . . Irish boys band, Westlife,
scored their fifth UK No.1 album when 'Face To Face' went to the top of the charts.
1958 . . Eddie Cochran
debuts on UK chart with 'Summertime Blues'. It reached No.18 in the UK & No.8
in the US.
1967 . . Reg Dwight, later to become
Elton John and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin signed to DJM publishing.
Their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because they were both under
21 years of age.
1974 . . Ted
Nugent won a National Squirrel-shooting contest after picking off a squirrel at
150 yards. The heavy metal guitarist also shot dead 27 other mammals during the
three day event.
1975 . . Steve Anderson becomes
new World Guitar Champion with continuous string plucking for 114 hours 17 mins
1986 . . Willie Nelson made a guest appearance the series
"Miami Vice" as a corrupt policeman.
1987 . . Tiffany
becomes youngest act to top US chart with
'I Think We're Alone Now', since Michael Jackson (aged fourteen) went top with
'Ben' in 1972
1988 . . John
Fogerty won his self-plagiarism court battle with Fantasy Records. The label claimed
Fogerty copied his own song, "Run Through The Jungle" when he wrote
"The Old Man Down The Road".
1991 . . Frank
Zappa was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
1995 . .
Dragon and Toni Tennille aka The Captain
and Tennille renewed their wedding vows on their 20th anniversary.
. . The Spice Girls sacked their manager Simon Fuller and his 19 management
. . Garth Brooks filed
for a divorce from his wife Sandy.
1952 . . The
first ever UK pop chart was published by the New Musical Express after staff asked
53 record shops to divulge their sales returns. 'Here In My Heart' by Al Martino
was the first No.1. The song stayed at No.1 for nine weeks.
. First-ever British LP chart published, in NME. 'South
Pacific' film soundtrack is at No. 1 for 70 weeks continuously, and 115 in all.
1964 . . Judy Garland and her daughter, Liza Minnelli appeared
together at the London Palladium.
1968 . . Jean
Terrell replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes.
. Elton John was named Godfather to John and Yoko Lennon's son Sean.
1980 . . Human League split in two; Phil Oakey continues
Human League. Martin Ware and Ian Craig Marsh go on to form Heaven 17
. . ITV's 'The South Bank Show' aired a documentary on the making of the
Elvis Costello country album 'Almost Blue.'
. Michael Jackson and Sony Corp. of America combined forces and created
the world's third-largest music publishing company with more than 100,000 titles.
1997 . . Johnny Paycheck officially joined the
Grand Ole Opry. He was the 72nd member of the radio show's cast.
. . Spice Girl Mel C made a foul-mouthed attack on Westlife, calling them
'a useless bunch of talentless tossers' and 'as hyped-up shit'. Mel made the attack
during The Spice Girls party to launch their new album Forever.
. . The Everly Brothers made their first studio recordings
cuttting 4 tracks in 22 minutes, at Nashville's Old Tulane Hotel studios.
1961 . . Brian Epstein saw The Beatles playing live for
the first time during a lunchtime gig at The Cavern Liverpool. Brian Epstein went
on to be the groups manager.
1965 . . Wilson
Pickett made his UK live debut at the Scotch of St James Club in London.
1967 . . The first issue of Rolling Stone was published
in San Francisco. John Lennon was on the cover and David Crosby (replaced by Gene
Clark) left the Byrds. The next year Crosby, Stills, and Nash was formed.
1973 . . Cat Stevens made his national TV debut on ABC's
1975 . . David Bowie
appeared on Cher's CBS TV show, singing 'Fame'
1990 . . The
internal revenue seized all of US country singers Willie Nelson's bank accounts
and real estate holdings in connection with a $16million tax debt.
1991 . . Richard Marx played in five city's in 1 day, during
a Rush-In Rush-Out, Street Tour, appearing in Baltimore , New York city , Cleveland
, Chicago and Burbank Airport.
1998 . . Singer
Billy Preston, his manager Merle Otis Greene and Greene's wife Sandra were indicted
on 22 charges of fraud in collecting $1 million in insurance claims.
. . Gary Glitter appeared at Bristol Crown Court charged with seducing
and sexually humiliating a 14 year-old girl. The charges related back to 1980.
1956 . . Billie
Holiday returned to the New York City stage at Carnegie Hall after a three-year
absence. The concert was a high point in jazz history.
. . Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls were injured in an auto accident near Marion,
AR. which sadly killed Sam Cooke's driver.
1967 . .
The Beatles made the promotional film for 'Hello, Goodbye' at London's
1969 . . "Rudolph the
Red-Nosed Reindeer" by Gene Autry received a gold record. The song had been
released 20 years earlier.
1972 . . Alice Cooper
appeared live at Glasgow's Playhouse, Scotland, Alice Cooper.
. . Frankie
Goes To Hollywood made their debut TV appearance on Saturday Night Live performing
'Two Tribes' and 'Born To Run'. Also on this day after
setting a new record for advanced orders, 1,099,500 copies, Frankie Goes To Hollywood
went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP 'Welcome To The Pleasure
1992 . . Axl Rose was found guilty of
assault and property damage at a 1991 Guns N' Roses concert in Maryland Heights,
MO. He was given two years probation and ordered to pay $50,000 to community groups.
1999 . . Eighties promotion team Stock, Aitken
and Waterman went to court fighting over song rights. Stock and Aitken claimed
Waterman owed them hundreds of thousands of pounds as musicians and songwriters.
2002 . . UK
music channel VH1 viewers voted 'I
Will Always Love You' by Whitney Houston as the number 1 most romantic song ever,
2nd place was Elvis Presley, 'You Were Always On My Mind' and 3rd place went to
'My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion.
1939 . . The
American public heard Irving Berlin's God Bless America for the first time when
Kate Smith sang it on her Armistice Day radio broadcast. The song was written
22 years earlier, but was never used, in a World War I (WWI) soldier show by Berlin.
1955 . . Elvis Presley was voted the most promising
new C&W artist by Billboard magazine.
1969 . . Doors
singer, Jim Morrison was arrested
on an air flight. He was on his way to a Rolling Stones concert with actor Tom
Baker, they had been drinking and annoying the stewardesses. The pair spent the
night in jail and were released on $2,500 bail. The charges were eventually dropped.
1970 . . Bob Dylan's book "Tarantula"
was published by Bantam Books.
1971 . . BBC
TV's Top Of The Pops celebrated its 400th show. The UK chart show was presented
by Tony Blackburn with guests; Tom Jones, Dana, John Kongos, Cher, Slade, Cilla
Black, The Piglets, Clodagh Rodgers and The Newbeats.
1973 . . Thirty
US radio stations broadcasted what was said to be a 'live' Mott The Hoople concert.
In reality it was the band recording in the studio with the applause dubbed in.
1976 . . The
Birmingham Odeon, sees US
singer Linda Ronstadt made her UK live debut.
1990 . . A
21 year-old AC/DC fan was attacked and died outside the Brendan Byrne Arena in
New Jersey where the band were playing a gig that night.
1999 . .
Singer Brandy was admitted into a hospital in Southern California
due to dehydration from overwork.
2004 . . Liza
Minnelli's former bodyguard
M'hammed Soumayah was suing Minnelli for $100m damages, accusing
the singer of forcing him to have sex with her in order to keep his job, court
documents revealed. After "many repeated attempts" to compel him into
sex, he "eventually succumbed".
1965 . . Having
changed his name from Toby Tyler, Marc Bolan performed his first single 'The Wizzard'
on the UK TV show Ready Steady Go!.
Also on this day
Velvet Underground made their live debut when they played at Summit High School,
New Jersey, the band were paid $75 for the gig.
1968 . . UK
book and record chain W.H. Smiths refused to display The Jimi Hendrix Experience
album 'Electric Ladyland' due to the naked girls featured on the sleeve. The album
was then made available as two albums with changed artwork after the complaints.
1970 . . The Doors made their last appearance with Jim Morrison
in New Orleans.
. Sly Stone is arrested for nonpayment of child support when he arrives
an hour late for his "comeback" concert in LA.
. . Rolling Stone Ron Wood broke both his legs after his car crashed on
the M4 motorway near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. Wood was trying to wave
other cars past his when he was run over.
. . Frank Farian confessed
to reporters that Milli
Morvan and Rob Pilatus
did not actually sing on their records, they were miming to session singers. As
a result Milli Vanilli's 1990 Grammy Award
for Best New Artist
was withdrawn, although their three American Music Awards were never withdrawn,
but Arista Records dropped the act from its roster and deleted their album and
its masters from their catalog, taking "Girl You Know It's True" out
. Michael Jackson canceled a world tour, saying that he had a dependence
1997 . . US singer, keyboard
player Billy Preston was jailed for three years for possessing cocaine.
. . Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker made an appearance as a DJ at Pentonville
Prison, North London as part of his club night 'Desperate.'
2002 . . Beatles fans were
enraged after Paul McCartney altered the song writing credits on his 'Back In
The US 2002' album, changing them to McCartney and Lennon from Lennon and McCartney.
1937 . . NBC formed
the first full-sized symphony orchestra exclusively for radio broadcasting. The
conductor for its first 17 years was Arturo Toscanini.
1968 . . Rolling
Stone Brian Jones bought 'Cotchford Farm' in Sussex. The author AA Milne who wrote
Winnie The Pooh had owned the house.
1973 . . Jerry
Lee Lewis Jr was killed in a car accident near Hernando, Mississippi. Lewis had
been working as the drummer in his father's band.
1974 . . An
impostor posing as Ritchie Blackmore borrowed a Porshe in Iowa City, and wrecked
it, having already conned food and shelter out of several Deep Purple fans. The
impostor was arrested and charged.
1985 . .
At New York's Whitney Museum, an exhibition opened celebrating Bob Dylan's 25
years in the music industry.
1990 . . Patricia
Boughton filed a lawsuit against Rod Stewart claiming that a football he kicked
into the crowd during a concert at Pine Knob Music Theatre had ruptured a tendon
in her middle finger; and as a result, the injury had made sex between her and
her husband difficult.
1997 . . Celine Dion released
her first single in Japanese. The song, "Be The Man," was released in
Japan only and is the theme to the Japanese TV drama "Eve".
Also on this day Ray Charles conducted his first-ever online chat at www.rhino.com.
2004 . .
member of the Wu-Tang Clan, rapper
Ol' Dirty Bastard, (Russell Jones), collapsed and died after
complaining of chest pains, at
a Manhattan recording studio in New York aged 35. but was dead by the time paramedics
. . The first ever UK pop chart was published by the New
Musical Express after staff asked 53 record shops to divulge their sales returns.
'Here In My Heart' by Al Martino was the first No.1.
1961 . . The
Elvis Presley film "Blue Hawaii" premiered.
. . A tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice and Amen Corner
kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Each act played two shows per night.
1970 . . Santana
released their rendition
of Fleetwood Mac's "Black
1987 . . Janet
Jackson became the first woman in UK chart history to have six hit singles off
one LP; the LP being 'Control'
1990 . . The Who's
Pete Townshend confessed his bisexuality to Newsweek.
. . Blur brought chaos to traffic in central London, England when over
3,000 fans turned up for a signing at 'Book's Etc' in Charring Cross Road.
2000 . . Marilyn Manson's "Holy Wood (In The
Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)."
is released. The
cover of the album was banned by several retail chains due to the cover art, depicting
Manson on a crucifix.
The banning chains released an alternate cover.
2004 . . The
Rolling Stones were refused permission to pursue a claim against their former
record company Decca for unpaid royalties through the courts. A High Court judge
in London said the dispute would go to arbitration. The dispute was over their
Forty Licks compilation CD, which was released in 2002, the first collection to
span their entire career.
1957 . . Jackie
Wilson hits UK chart with 'Reet Petite' for the first time.
. The Rolling Stones performed
"Get Off My Cloud." at
their debut on NBC-TV's "Hullabaloo" television show.
. . Janis Joplin was
arrested in Tampa, FL on charges of using "vulgar and indecent language"
after badmouthing a policeman at her concert. She was released on $504 bail, eventually
the charges were dropped.
. . The Star Club in
Hamburg announces it's closure.
. . ABBA performed
"S.O.S." and "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do." when
they were guests on "American Bandstand".
1986 . . Pop history was made when the Top 5 UK singles
were all by female vocalists, Corinne Drewery from Swing Out Sister, Mel &
Kim, Susannah Hoffs from The Bangles, Kim Wilde and Terri Nunn from Berlin.
1987 . . Dire Straits' LP 'Brothers in Arms' makes history
by becoming the first LP to sell three million copies in Britain alone.
1992 . . Ozzy Osbourne announced his retirement from touring
after a gig in California, saying "Who wants to be touring at 46." He
did return to perform at live shows.
2002 . . The
UK music industry made the decision to include computer downloads as part of the
pop singles chart to try to restore credibility to the Top 40. OD2, the online
music distributor would compile the new chart with the official chart company.
2005 . . Robbie Williams snubbed a 'Take That'
reunion when he decided to stay at his Los Angeles home. A behind the scenes TV
documentary had arranged for all five members to reunite to coincide with the
release of a greatest hits CD and DVD.
. The BBC TV rock-and-roll show '6.5
Special', debuts at the 2 Is coffee bar in Soho
1959 . . Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical "The Sound
of Music" opened on Broadway, with Mary Martin starring as the governess
1965 . . CBS-TV airs the Frank Sinatra documentary
Sinatra: An American Original, hosted by Walter Cronkite.
. . The Jimi Hendrix Experience gets a gold disc as 'Electric Ladyland'
went to No.1 on the US album chart.
1970 . . Anne
Murray received a gold disc for Snowbird, making her the first Canadian recording
artist to receive a gold record.
1971 . . Frank
Zappa appeared on UK TV music show the 'Old Grey Whistle Test', playing live and
showing clips from his '200 Motels' film.
1973 . .
David Bowie appeared in his first TV special, "1980 Floor Show," broadcast
on NBC's "Midnight Special."
1987 . .
Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet were married. They separated in 1990 and
divorce in 1993.
1988 . . Former Beach Boys manager
Stan Love, and the brother of singer Mike Love, was sentenced to 5 years probation
for embezzling more than $300,000 from the band.
1998 . . Roland
Alphonso of the Skatalites slips into a coma, he had suffered
a seizure while performing in Hollywood a few weeks earlier.
. . It was announced that Spice Girl Emma Bunting "Baby Spice"
will appear in a new musical version of "The Sleeping Beauty" for the
2002 . . Texan multi-billionaire David
Bonderman hired The Rolling Stones to play at his 60th birthday party held at
the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The bands fee was £4.4m.
. . Queen's Greatest Hits is declared the most popular album
of all time in Britain, with more than five-and-a-half million units sold. At
Number Two: the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper.
. . Poland's premier and premier pianist, Ignace Jan Paderewski,
made his American debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He played only Steinway
grand pianos custom-built to his specifications. In all, five were made just for
1936 . . Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy
become overnight success on radio
A Surrey Grammar School
Headmaster , John
Weightman, banned all his pupils from
having Beatle haircuts saying, "this ridiculous style brings out the worst
in boys physically. It makes them look like morons."
. . Beatles Ltd and Apple Music Ltd swap names
1980 . . John Lennon's Grammy-winning "Double Fantasy"
two-record set is released.
1984 . . Ten weeks
after its first appearance in the Hot 100 at number 80, Wham!'s single, "Wake
Me Up Before You Go-Go" reaches the No.1 spot, where it stayed for three
1990 . . Crosby
Stills Nash & Young's David
Crosby was admitted to hospital after breaking his
shoulder, a leg, and ankle after crashing
his Harley Davidson motorbike.
1991 . . Drummer
of Stone Roses
appeared in court
on a charge of obstruction, he was fined £50. He complained that police
beat him up after his arrest.
1992 . . Jimmy
Merchant and Herman Santiago, former members of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers,
received an estimated $4 million in back payments from the song 'Why Do Fools
Fall In Love', after they
won their claim for royalties
. . George Michael signed a new contract with the record
he took to court in 1993 and a
21 year-old Britney Spears became the youngest singer to get a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
. . Fats Domino appeared on the US TV Ed Sullivan Show performing
1975 . . Bruce Springsteen
made his live debut in the UK when he performed at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
1983 . . R.E.M. made their debut appearance outside the
US when they appeared on
a UK TV show
on Channel 4. The following night they
made their live UK debut when they played at Dingwalls in London.
1985 . . Howard Stern radio show returns to NYC radio WXRK
1992 . . Black Sabbath got
their star on the Rock Walk in Hollywood.
1993 . .
At Sony Studios, New York, Nirvana
1993 . . After
a fight broke out in a New
Orleans' bar, Eddie
Vedder, the singer of Pearl Jam was
arrested in for disturbing the peace.
. It was reported that Madonna had saved over £100,000
when buying a new South Kensington home after making a private sale and cutting
out any estate agents.
2007 . . The
Arctic Monkeys' British
the fastest selling debut album was broken
by 22-year-old X Factor winner Leona Lewis who
set a new British record for the fastest-selling debut album with Spirit. She
sold more than 375,000 copies in seven days, 12,000 more than the
. . Sammy Davis, Jr. suffered a shattered face and the loss
of his left eye in a car accident while driving in the California desert. After
a long stay in hospital, he considered retiring from show business, but re-emerged
as an even greater entertainer.
1970 . . Soul singer James Brown married Deidre Jenkins
in South Carolina.
1968 . . The Supremes performed
at a Royal Variety Show with Queen Elizabeth 2nd in attendance.
. . B.B. King opens
his European tour in London to mark
his 25th anniversary in music.
. . After serving two-thirds
of a four-month sentence for income tax evasion, Chuck Berry was released from
Lompoc Prison, CA.
1988 . . Robin Beck reaches
No.1 with his one hit wonder 'First Time.'on the UK singles chart. The song was
from a TV advertisement for Coca-Cola.
. . The band Milli Vanilli was stripped of their Grammy
Award because other singers had lent their voices to the "Girl You Know It's
1993 . . Nirvana recorded
an MTV unplugged concert in New York.
2001 . . Scott
Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots was arrested for fighting with his wife at a Hard
Rock hotel, Las Vegas. He was booked on domestic battery, but released 12 hours
later. The band had performed at the club that night.
. . Bo Diddley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, where he
infuriated the host. "I did two songs and he got mad," Bo Diddley later
recalled. "Ed Sullivan said that I was one of the first colored boys to ever
double-cross him. Said that I wouldn't last six months". The show had requested
that he sing the Merle Travis penned, Tennessee Ernie Ford hit "Sixteen Tons",
but when he appeared on stage, he sang "Bo Diddley" instead. This substitution
resulted in his being banned from further appearances.
1955 . . Music
and culture changing 'Rock Around The Clock' by Bill Haley & His Comets went
to No.1 on the UK singles chart.
1968 . . The
Monkees film 'Head' opened in six US cities.
1970 . . Ray
Davies flies to London for the
second time in a year, to record one word in a Kinks new
single. The first time was to
change 'Coca-Cola' to 'cherry
cola' in 'Lola'; this time was to change 'The air pollution is a-fucking up my
mind' to 'foggin' up my mind' in their new single
1974 . . Who drummer Keith Moon collapsed during a concert
in San Francisco, after his drink was spiked with horse tranquilliser, 19-year-old
Scott Halpin, from the audience, volunteered to replace him on drums for the remaining
1976 . . Bert
Golden Guitar Greats" went to No.1 on the UK album chart.
. . Randy Jackson was sentenced in Los Angeles to a month in jail for violating
probation related to charges of beating his wife.
. . David Crosby got a liver transplant.
. . Kenny G. received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
. . Robbie Williams smashed a Guinness World Record by selling
more than 1.6 million tickets for his 2006 World Tour in one day, at an estimated
value of £80
. . RCA Records purchased Elvis Presley's recording contract
from Sam Phillips at Sun Records for a sum of $35,000
1959 . . Alan
Freed was dropped by WABC New York because he refused to sign an affidavit stating
he never took money to play records.
1974 . . Wilson
Pickett was arrested in New York for possession of a dangerous weapon after he
pulled a gun during an argument.
- Elton John received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
1980 . . Eagle's Don Henley was arrested after a naked 16
year old girl was found at his home in Los Angeles suffering from a drug overdose,
he received a $2,000 fine with two years probation.
1980 . . A
one-hour documentary film, "Van Morrison in Ireland," premiered at London's
National Film Theatre.
1983 . . Michael
Jackson's "Thriller" video
premiered at movie theatres in
1990 . . Mick
Jagger and Jerry Hall were married.
1991 . . Aerosmith
made a special guest appearance on an episode of The Simpsons called "Flaming
1995 . . Billie
Joe Armstrong, Green Day's singer was
at their concert in Milwaukee, WI.
and fined $141 for dropping his pants
1997 - Coolio
and seven members of his band 40 Thevz were arrested and charged with theft and
assault in a boutique in the town of Boblingen, Germany. The eight were charged
with assaulting a female clerk in a clothing store and stealing clothing worth
2003 . . Record producer Phil Spector
appeared before a California court and was formally charged with the murder of
B-movie actress Lana Clarkson, who had been found at his mansion in February of
this year with a fatal gunshot wound to her face.
. . The Miles Davis Quintet debuted by giving a jazz concert
at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1965 . . Bob
Dylan and Sara Lowndes were married. He wrote & recorded "Sara",
a haunting, little known song which was dedicated to her. They
1969 . . Singer, songwriter,
pianist, Sandy Denny, a founder of the British folk rock movement leaves Fairport
1976 . . Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested
for drunk driving after driving his rolls Royce into a ditch.
. . The British rock group Japan announced it was breaking
1987 . . Singer
of Jesus and Mary Chain, Jim
Reid, was arrested in Canada after being accused of assaulting members of the
audience with his microphone stand, he was released on $2,000 bail.
1990 . . Bill Wyman announced that his 17-month marriage
to model Mandy Smith was over.
1991 . . Alice
Cooper helped two fans Patrick and Dee Ann Kelly, whose California home was about
to be re- possessed. Patrick had painted Coopers face on the house to help sell
the house. Alice Cooper signed autographs to help raise money for the couple.
2002 . . The surviving members of The Doors,
Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, announced they would record and tour again with
a new line up including ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer
2004 . . Ozzy Osbourne struggled
with a burglar who escaped with £2m
worth of jewellery from his Buckinghamshire
mansion. The burglar escaped from Ozzy's headlock and jumped 30ft to freedom from
a first floor window.
. . Installed by Pacific Phonograph
Co., the worldsfirst jukebox made its debut at the
Palais Royale Saloon,
in San Francisco.
. . Louis Balint, a sheet
metal worker was arrested after punching
Elvis Presley while at a Hotel in Toledo. He said his wife's love for Elvis had
caused his marriage to break up. He was fined $19.60 but couldn't afford the fine
so ended up in jail.
1964 . . The
are banned from performing on BBC radio for showing
up late for the BBC radio shows "Top Gear" and "Saturday Club".
1974 . . Singer, Gary Wright leaves the group Spooky
Tooth for a solo career.
1976 . . Police arrested
Jerry Lee Lewis outside the gates of Graceland after he showed up for the second
time that night making a scene by shouting, waving a pistol and demanding to see
1979 . . Marianne Faithful was
arrested at Oslo Airport, Norway for possession of marijuana,
. . Singer Jimmy Somerville was given a conditional discharge at Bow St
Magistrates when found guilty of obstructing the highway during an aids demonstration
outside the Australian Commission in London.
. Donald Bohana was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the drowning
of Delores "DeeDee" Jackson, the ex-wife of Jackson
5's Tito Jackson.
2005 . . Toronto
MP, Dan McTeague tried to have
50 Cent barred from entering Canada to perform a series of concerts. McTeague
sent a letter to Immigration Minister claiming that the rapper shouldn't be permitted
to cross the border because he promotes gun violence.
US singer was released on bail after spending the night
in jail charged with accosting and soliciting.
1961 . . Blues
singer Howlin' Wolf arrives in London for
his debut UK tour
1964. . Radio
Manx, the first commercial radio
station in the UK, based on The Isle of Man started broadcasting.
1973 . . Ringo
to No.1 on the US singles chart, his first of two US chart toppers as a solo artist.
1983 . . Irish group The
Undertones split up. Lead singer Feargal Sharkey followed a solo career.
1991 . . Freddie Mercury, frontman of Queen died of AIDS at the age of
45. Also this same day Eric Carr drummer with Kiss, died of cancer at 41. Carr
had joined Kiss in 1982 when founding drummer, Peter Criss, left the group.
1992 . . Bill Wyman's divorce was finalised with
the high court awarding his ex wife Mandy Smith £580,000.
. . At a Bonhams of London rock auction,
a copy of The Beatles 'White Album' numbered 00000001, sold for £9,775,
Holly's first driving licence sold for £3,795;
. . Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey announced they were
to separate after three years of marriage.
1957 . . Gene
Vincent with his Blue Caps appeared on Ed Sullivan, it was their first national
. . The Everly Brothers were inducted into the U.S. Marine
Corps Reserves at Camp Pendleton in California.
. . The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its London debut at
the Bag O' Nails Club.
1965 . . Harrods
store in London,
UK, was closed to the public so The Beatles could
do their Christmas shopping.
1969 . . John
Lennon returns his MBE in protest at UK involvement in the Nigeria Biafra war,
America in Vietnam.
1976 . . Bob Dylans former
band, The Band made their final performance at
'The Last Waltz'the show which also featured Neil
Young, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil
Diamond, Eric Clapton and others. Martin Scorsese filmed the event.
1984 . . 36 top members of the British pop world gathered
at S.A.R.M. Studios, London to record the historic 'Do They Know It's Christmas?',
written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, It sold over three million copies in the
UK alone, becoming the bestselling record ever at the time, raising over £8
million ($13.6 million) worldwide for charity.
1995 . . Thom
Yorke, singer of Radiohead blacked out halfway through
their show in Munich, Germany, he was suffering from exhaustion.
1997 . . The original five members of the Zombies Rod Argent,
Paul Atkinson, Colin Blunstone, Chris White and Hugh Grundy played onstage for
the first time in 30 years at the Jazz Cafe in Camden Town, London. They performed
just 2 tracks, "She's Not There" and "Time of the Season"
2000 . . A burglar broke into Alice Cooper's
home in Paradise
Valley, stealing over $6000 worth of clothes, shoes
& cameras belonging to his daughter, along with four of the star's gold discs.
2003 . . Meat Loaf underwent
heart surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that
causes an irregular heartbeat.
1967 . . 'Hello,
promotional film of The Beatles was
aired on The Ed Sullivan show in the US. It was not shown at that time in the
UK due to a musician's union ban on miming.
1968 . . Cream
gave its last concert (in 20th century) at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It
was recorded and released as "Goodbye Cream" February 20, 1969. They
were supported by Yes and Taste
1973 . . The
New York Dolls played their first UK show at Biba's Rainbow Room, London
Also on this day .. Lol Crème and Kevin Godley left 10cc to work
as a duo.
1982 . . Jazz trumpeter,
Miles Davis married his third wife, Cicely Tyson in New York.
. . UK music weekly the New Musical Express ran a competition
to win a 1959 Black Gibson Les Paul belonging to New Orders Bernard Sumner.
1991 . . US Country singer Garth Brooks asked fans to bring
10 cans of food to a grocery store in exchange for a lottery envelope, some of
which contained tickets to see Garth at a forthcoming show. Over 10,000 cans were
donated to charity.
1994 . . Boyz II Men started
their 14th and final week at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'll Make Love
To You' giving them the longest run in chart history along with 'I Will Always
Love You' by Whitney Houston.
2000 . . The Manchester
club "The Hacienda" was auctioned off raising £18,000 for charity.
Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The Tube was broadcast
live from the venue.
. . Cliff Richard's second film (featuring, among other
songs, 'A Voice in the Wilderness') has its UK premiere. The title is 'Expresso
1965 . . Writer Ken Kesey (One Flew Over
the Cuckoo's Nest) and his band 'Merry Pranksters' hold their first 'Acid Test'
party in San Francisco, where spiked fruit juice, called 'Electric Kool Aid',
is on sale.
1973 . . Hank Snow's guitarist,
Jimmy Widener was shot dead, his body was dumped in an alleyway.
. . Rod Stewart played the first night of a UK tour at Manchester's
Belle Vue, Kings Hall.
1981 . . the British
Phonographic industry placed notices in the press claiming that 'home taping was
wiping out music'. The Boomtown Rats, 10CC, Elton John and Cliff Richard all backed
1996 . . 200
fans turned out to see former Stones Roses guitarist
John Squires new band The Seahorses made their live debut, at The Buckley Tivoli,
1997 . . A disturbed
rock fan brought the funeral of Michael Hutchence to a standstill when he tried
to launch himself
with a cord around his neck from a
20ft high balcony. He was removed by police and taken away to a psychiatric unit.
Also on this day Bjork was admitted to the hospital
in Reykjavik, Iceland, with a high fever. The singer was forced to cancel many
upcoming dates due to a kidney infection.
2005 . . Multimillionaire
defence contractor David H. Brooks threw a $10million party at New York's Rainbow
Rooms for his daughter Elizabeth's 'bat
mitzvah' coming-of-age celebration.The stars who appeared included 50 Cent, Tom
Petty, Aerosmith, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Stevie Nicks. 50 Cent who was paid
$500,000 to appear performed only four songs but he did work in the lyric, "Go
shorty, it's your bat miztvah, we gonna party like it's your bat mitzvah".
1964 . . Willie Nelson
made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
. . Elton John was joined on stage by John Lennon at Elton's
Madison Square Garden concert. They performed three numbers together, Whatever
Gets You Through the Night, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, and I Saw Her Standing
There. Lennon had promised Elton that he would make an appearance with him if
his 'What Gets You Through the Night' became a No.1 hit. This was John Lennons
last live stage appearance. Following the concert that same night, Lennon and
estranged wife Yoko Ono reconciled backstage after being separated for one year.
1977 . . 'Elvis the Musical' opens in London, starring Shakin'
1979 . . Beatle
drummer, Ringo Starr's home in Los Angeles, CA, burned
1992 . . Whitney
Houston started a record breaking fourteen-week run at No.1 in the US with 'I
Will Always Love You', a song taken from the 'Bodyguard' soundtrack and written
by Dolly Parton.
Also on this day .. The HBO
cable channel debuted "Neil Diamond's Christmas Special."
1993 . . Sadly, Steppenwolf drummer, Jerry Edmonton was
killed in a car crash.
2000 . . Over nine million
people watched a Madonna concert over the Internet. The six-song event was performed
at London's Brixton Acedemy in front of about 2,800 people, lasted 29
. Britney Spears ended her partnership in the restaurant
at the Dylan Hotel, New York after it was plagued by lousy reviews and slow business.
. . The musical "Bells Are Ringing" opened on
1959 . . The Grammy Awards were shown
on network television for the first time. (It was actually the second year of
the Grammy Awards.) Mack the Knife won Record of the Year; Bobby Darin, who sang
it, was Best New Artist of the Year.
1969 . . John
Lennon was convicted of possession of cannabis and fined $360 in London. Yoko
Ono, who was arrested with Lennon on October 18, was cleared of any charges.
1976 . . Jerry Lee Lewis was
charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits; he shot
his bass player, Norman "Butch" Owens, twice in the chest while trying
to hit a soda bottle. Also on this Day the
local council cancelled the Sex Pistols gig at Lancaster Poly, England, a spokesman
said: 'We don't want that sort of filth in the town limits'.
. . Keith Richard's former common law wife, Anita
Pallenburg was cleared of murder charges in the shooting death of her young male
. The original four members of KISS performed their last
show together until 1996 when they reunited for a makeup tour.
. . Metallica played their first headlining show. They played
the song "Whiplash" for the first time. Exodus was their warm up act.
1995 . . Van Halen singer, Sammy Hagar and model
Kari Karte were married.
1997 . . The Lou Reed
song 'Perfect Day' performed by various artists including Bono,
David Bowie, Elton John & Tom
Jones went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. The single
raised over £2 million for the Children In Need Charity.
2005 . . Creator of
Pop Idol Simon Fuller, dropped his £100m copyright case against the X Factor's
Simon Cowell after Fuller settled the case out of court in a deal which made him
a joint partner in the X Factor show. Mr Cowell agreed to appear in at least five
more series of American Idol as
part of the settlement.
1954 . . Nat King
Cole played the first of six nights at Harlem's Apollo in New York.
. . First showing by Beatles in NME 'Favourite Group' readers' poll
1969 . . The Monkees made what would be their last
live appearance for 15 years, when they played at The Oakland Coliseum, California.
1977 . . David Bowie Joins Bing Crosby on Crosby's
42nd annual Christmas special. They sing 'Little Drummer Boy'
. . Metallica played their final concert with Ron McGovney.
. . LL Cool J performed the first rap concert to be held in Africa.
1994 . . Tupac Shakur was shot five times during
a robbery outside a New York City recording studio. He survived the shooting,
but was killed two years later in Las Vegas.
. Chumbawamba's Danbert Nobacon was arrested by Italian police for wearing a skirt
and was detained in police cells overnight.
1999 . . Elton John was criticize
by the Boy Scout Association after he appeared on stage at London's Albert Hall
performing 'It's A Sin' with six male dancers dressed as Boy Scouts. The dancers
had peeled of their uniforms during the performance.
. . High Court probate records showed that George
Harrison left his fortune of £99m in a trust to his wife Oliva and his son
Dhani, depriving the taxman of £40m. His English mansion near Henley-on-Thames
was said to be worth £15m.
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