THIS DAY :-
. . First
'New Musical Express' Top 20 singles chart published in UK.
At No. 1 is Frank Sinatra with 'Three
Coins in the Fountain'
1967 . . Traffic
make their stage debut at the Saville Theatre in London
1970 . . Jimi
Hendrix's funeral is held in Seattle,
1971 . . Gene Vincent records last session before
his death, for Radio 1 at BBC Maida Vale studios
1972 . . Jon Mark (Mark Almond Band) lost his
left ring finger. The remainder of the tour was cancelled.
1975 . . Al Jackson (MG's) was shot and
killed by an intruder at the age of 39.
. . Elton
John became the first rock & roller to be honored in New York City's
Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame.
1980 . . The semi-autobiographical film
of Paul Simon, "One Trick Pony," premiered in New York City.
1991 . . Michael Jackson's white crystal-beaded
glove was stolen from the Motown Museum in Detroit. M.C. Hammer offered
a $50,000 reward for its return
1995 . .
Nearly $1 million was raised at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville,
KY. The musicians that performed were Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John
Mellencamp, Hootie and the Blowfish, and The Dave Matthews Band.
1942 . . Bing Crosby entered the US chart
with 'White Christmas', which went on to sell over 50 million copies
1960 . . Maurice Williams's 'Stay' enters
US chart. Lasting only one minute 32 seconds, it goes on to become the
shortest ever No. 1 single
1965 . . Manfred Mann becomes the first
Western band to tour USSR
1967 . . All
six members The Grateful Dead were
arrested for possession of marijuana. They were released six hours later
1976 . . John Belushi came out on stage with Joe
Cocker while he was performing on "Saturday Night Live."
1977 . . The bodies of Elvis Presley and
his grandmother were moved to Graceland.
1981 . . Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and
Neville Staples leave the Specials
1986 . . The Everly Brothers were given
a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1994 . . John Mellencamp announced that
it was true that he had suffered a mild heart attack.
1998 . . Paul McCartney conducted an "incognito"
live Internet Q&A session and "music remix" in the guise
of the Fireman at www.fire-man.com.
1901 . . The Victor Talking Machine Company
was incorporated. After a merger with Radio Corporation of America the
company became RCA-Victor.
1945 . . A io year old Elvis Presley
made his first public appearance
in a talent show. He won 2nd place and $5 singing Old Shep.
1961 . . Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, and
Hank Williams became the first to be inducted into the Country Music
Hall of Fame.
1970 . . The group Lifetime was formed
when Jack Bruce (Cream), John McLaughlin (Miles Davis' group), Larry
Young and Tony Williams joined forces.
1978 . . The members of Aerosmith bailed
30 fans out of jail afterthey were arrested for smoking pot during the
Aerosmith concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum
1981 . . The Kinks played their first show
at Madison Square Garden.
1990 . . A storeowner in Florida was found
guilty and fined
$1,000 for distributing
obscene material. He had sold 2 Live Crew's "As Nasty As They Wanna
1992 . . Sinead O'Connor ripped up a photo
of Pope John Paul 11 on US TV show Saturday Night Live, in protest of
abortion laws. NBC was fined $2. 5 million by the Federal Communications
2000 . . Mark Chapman, who has served 20
years for the
Lennon, was denied
parole after a 50
minute interview with
the parole board.
1957 . . In the annual NME poll results
announcements: Pat Boone is voted world's No. 1 singer, with Elvis Presley
second. The top two UK groups are King Brothers and Stargazers
1963 . . Eric Clapton was asked to join the Yardbirds
to replace Anthony "Top" Topham.
1965 . . Johnny Cash was arrested at the Mexican
border at El Paso, Texas, after custom officials found100s of pills
in his guitar case. He was fined $1000.
1970 . . Janis Joplin was found dead of a heroin
overdose at the age of 27. She had just finished recording her second
solo album "Pearl."
1974 . . Thin Lizzy performed for the first time
with Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson both in the lineup.
1980 . . Original Deep Purple singer Rod Evans
fronts a 'bogus' Deep Purple tour of North America but is prevented
from performing when other members of the group file a court injunction.
1996 . . Van Halen announced that Gary Cherone,
formerly of Extreme, would be the singer that would replace Sammy Hagar.
. . Farm Aid '97 raised over $1 million for U.S.
2002 . . A U.S. District Court judge denied Download
Card's request for a preliminary injunction on the release of Bon Jovi's
album "Bounce." The issue was over a program included on the
album called "American XS."
1930 . . The New York Philharmonic Orchestra was
heard on the air over CBS radio from Carnegie Hall for the first time.
1958 . . Cliff Richard and the
called the Drifters)
played their first gig together at Victoria Hall Hanley, UK.
1962 . . The
their first single, "Love Me Do" , the B side was "P.S.
I Love You", it reached No 17 in the uk charts.
1968 . . Cream begins a farewell tour of US with
concert at Oakland, California and hits US chart for third time with
1970 . . Papa John Creach joins Jefferson Airplane
1974 . . Randy Newman performed with an 87-piece
symphony at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. The orchestra was conducted by
Emil Newman, Randy's uncle.
1976 . . Hall and Oates' LP "Abandoned Luncheonette"
finally wins gold disc three years after its original release
1987 . . X-Smith's guitarist started rehearsals
with The Pretenders, preparing for the band to support U2 on their American
1999 . . Roger Daltrey announced The Who
were reforming & the first performance would be in Las Vagas.
1927 . . The first movie with a sound track, The
Jazz Singer, premiered in New York City, with popular entertainer Al
Jolson singing and dancing in black-face. It was the first full-length
feature film to include spoken dialogue and is regarded as the first
'talkie'. The film was based on the short story The Day of Atonement
by Sampson Raphaelson.
1967 . . The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded
a session for the UK BBC radio show "Top Gear". Stevie Wonder,
who was also appearing, jammed with Hendrix.
1968 . . "The Doors are Open"
was aired on British TV. The show was a documentary about the Doors.
1978 . . Benny Andersson and Frida Lyngstad
of ABBA were married.
1980 . . The Bee Gee's sued their record
company, Polygra, and the band manager, Robert Stigwood for $200m for
1983 . . Barry Manilow plays a concert
for charity at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The show was attended
by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
1994 . . The Eagles' Glenn Frey underwent
1998 . . Alabama received a star
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2002 . . Mick Jagger donated $170,000/£100,000
to his old grammar school in Dartford to help pay for a musical director
and buy some musical instruments.
1954 . . Marian Anderson became the first black
singer to be hired by New York's Metropolitan Opera Company.
1957 . . RCA Victor announced that they
had already received 500,000 advance orders for Elvis' Christmas album.
1967 . . Due to a dispute over a hotel bill Cass
Elliot from The Mamas And The Papas spent the night in a London. Cass
was being charged with stealing two hotel blankets, two keys, and an
unpaid hotel bill. A
TV and concert appearance had to be cancelled.
The charges against Mama Elliot were later dropped.
1975 . . John Lennon wins his four-year
fight to stay in US with ruling by US Court of Appeal
1977 . . After
eight albums with Genesis,
guitarist Steve Hackett, leaves
the band to pursue a solo career.
1980 . . Dusty Springfield appears on stage
in New York for first time in eight years at Grand Finale
1982 . . Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelinwas
given a 12 monthconditional discharge after being found guilty of possessing
1989 . . Jefferson Airplane played a concert
for the San Francisco Food Bank. The cost of admission was just a can
1999 . . It was reported that Lauryn Hill
was being sued by 4 musicians seeking unpaid royalties as co-writers
and producers on her "Miseducation" album.
1964 . . Ringo Starr took
his driving lesson at Enfield, London, passing first time.
1969 . . Humble Pie appeared at The Coventry Theatre,
UK, with David Bowie as their support.
1978 . . Chris Rea debuts on UK single chart with
'Fool (If You think It's Over)'
1980 . . Bob Marley collapsed onstage during
a show in Pittsburgh, PA. It was the last show he would ever perform.
He died seven months later of cancer.
1982 . . The musical "Cats" opened
at the Wintergarden Theatre. In 1997 the show became the longest running
show in Broadway history.
1986 . . Run D.M.C. spoke and performed
for 4,000 children in New York at an anti-crack rally.
1987 . . All 3 members of ZZ Tops made
advance return bookings for seats on the first passenger flight to the
moon. They are still wating for confirmation!
1994 . . Naughty
by Nature's Treach
made his movie debut in "Jason's Lyric."
2003 . . Courtney Love was charged with
a misdemeanor drug count. On October 2, Love had been arrested for investigation
of using illegal drugs after she was found outside a Los Angeles home
where she had allegedly broken windows and tried to enter.
1959 . . Bobby Darin at the age of 21, became
the youngest performer to headline the Sands Hotel's Copa Room in Las
Vegas, NV. Johnny Mathis held the previous record aged 23.
1967 . . Doc Severinsen replaced Skitch
Henderson as musical director of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny
1973 . . Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla
are divorced after six years of marriage. Priscilla was awarded property,
$725,000 cash and $4,200 a month support.
1975 . . On John Lennon's 30th birthday,
he and his wife Yoko celebrate the arrival of their only child, Sean
Ono Lennon . John retired from music for five years to become a house-husband.
1980 . . Gary Glitter declared himself
officially bankrupt, during the 70's he scored 15 UK top 40 singles
including three No.1's.
1984 . . Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends',
narrated by Ringo Starr was shown for the first time on British TV.
1990 . . All four members of The Stone
Roses were each fined £3,000 after being found guilty of criminal
damage at their former record companies offices.
2001 . . A man wrecked a Missy Elliott's
$300,000 Lamborghini Diablo after losing control of the 550-horsepower
vehicle and crashed into a traffic sign and a tree. He was later sentenced
to three years in jail and ordered to pay $170,000 for the car and $1,975
for curb repairs at the site of the accident.
2003 . . Queen Elizabeth II of
Britain made Sting
a CBE (Commander of the British Empire).
1902 . . The Gibson Mandolin guitar company was
formed. Gibson's first electric guitar the ES-150 was produced in 1936.
1965 . . The Supremes made their first appearance
on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
1978 . . Steve Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith
were injured when a cherry bomb was thrown on stage at a show in Philadelphia,
1978 . . 'Smash Hits' magazine publishes
it's first edition
1979 . . Los Angeles declares a Fleetwood
Mac Day and the band gets its own star on Hollywood Boulevard's 'Walk
1980 . . The funeral took place of Led
Zeppelin's drummer John Bonham who died aged 32 after a heavy drinking
1987 . . Wanda Nicholls made an official
complaint that David Bowie raped her and bit her on the legs and back.
Bowie dismissed the alleged incident, claiming Nicholls was 'publicity
1992 . . Slash, lead guitarist of Guns
N' Roses married
1999 . . A charity auction selling Elvis
Presley's belongings was held at The Grand Hotel, Las Vegas. A wristwatch
sold for $32,500, a cigar box $25,000, an autographed baseball sold
for $19,000. And a 1956 Lincoln Continental sold for $250,000.
1948 . . "Where's Charley?" debuted
1960 . . Aretha Franklin makes her stage debut,
at New York Vanguard Club
1963 . . Beatles receive their first gold disc
for 'She Loves You'
1969 . . Muddy Waters was seriously injured and
three people were killed in a car accident near Chicago, IL.
1975 . . The first edition of comedy and
music show 'Saturday Night Live' broadcast on US TV
1978 . . Nancy Spungen was found murdered
in the bathroom of the Greenwich Village apartment she shared with Sid
Vicious. She had several knife wounds to her abdominal area. Vicious
died of a heroin overdose before his murder trial began.
1988 . . Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara
started treatment for alcohol abuse at a clinic in Tucson, Arizona.
1999 . . Deborah Rowe, wife of Michael
Jackson filed for divorce after three years of marriage. They met when
Deborah was working as a nurse at Michael Jackson's plastic surgeon's
2005 . . Rod Stewart received a star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honour a career spanning more than 40
1957 . . Little Richard tossed four diamond rings
into the Hunter River in Sydney, Australia, to prove that he was giving
up rock-n-roll for his faith in God. He returned to music five years
1966 . . The
Moody Blues split up, only to reform again after a few weeks.
1968 . . John Sebastian left the band "Lovin'
Spoonful" to start a solo career.
1969 . . A DJ on Detroit's WKNR radio station
received a phone call telling him that if you play The Beatles 'Strawberry
Fields Forever' backwards, you hear John Lennon say the words 'I buried
Paul'. This started a worldwide rumour that Paul McCartney was dead.
1970 . . Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's
"Jesus Christ Superstar" debuted on Broadway.
1974 . . Phil Spector launches the 'Warner-Spector'
label in UK
1975 . . Rod Stewart and Faces play their
last show together at Long Island's Nassau Colisseum
1980 . . Seven fans were stabbed at a Blood,
Sweat and Tears concert in Los Angeles
1991 . . Simply Reds fourth album 'Stars'
went to No.1 on the UK chart for the first of five times. The album
became the biggest seller of 1991 & 1992 in the UK spending 134
week's on the chart.
1996 . . After 28 years "The Rolling
Stones Rock and Roll Circus", the film documentary, was finally
released. (The work had been filmed in December 1968)
2005 . . Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce
was offered for auction on eBay by his family. The Silver Shadow luxury
vehicle did not reach it's reserve.
1957 . . Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced
the Ford Edsel on an hour long special.
1962 . . Don Everly collapsed during rehearsals
on stage at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London, on their UK tour. Phil
finished the tour on his own.
1965 . . The Who recorded 'My Generation',
at Pye studios, London. When released it reached No.2 on the UK chart
1970 . . Janis Joplin's ashes were scattered
off the coast of California. She had been found dead Oct 4th of a heroin
overdose at the age of 27. She had just finished recording her second
solo album "Pearl."
1975 . . Neil Young underwent an operation
at a Los Angeles hospital to remove an object from his vocal cords.
1998 . . "The Crossroads Centre"
$6.5 million addiction recovery centre
is funded by Eric Clapton.
1999 . . BBC radio DJ Johnny Walker was
convicted of possessing cocaine and fined £2,000. He had been
set up by The News Of The World paper that had filmed Walker with the
2000 . . UK daily newspaper The Mirror
reported that Toni Braxton had pulled out of the US Mobo awards after
one of her breast implants had burst.
2002 . . Rock band Muse took legal action
against Celine Dion after she announced her forthcoming Las Vegas show
would be called 'Muse'. The band Muses didn't want anyone to think they
were Celine Dion's backing band.
1955 . . 19
yr old Buddy
Holly, Larry Welborn, & Bob Montgomery open for Bill Haley &
the Comets in Lubbock, TX. Eddie Crandell sees the show & arranges
for Buddy to record his first demo.
1964 . . Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones
secretly marries Shirley Ann Arnold.
1966 . . Grace Slick makes her first appearance
with Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore West, San Francisco and Pink
Floyd made their debut live performance when they played at All Saints
Hall, Notting Hill, London.
1969 . . Police in New Jersey issued a
warrant for the arrest of Frank Sinatra in relation to his connections
with the Mafia.
1972 . . Joe Cocker was arrested with his
band in Adelaide, Australia. The police claimed to have confiscated
marijuana, heroin and hypodermic syringes.
1976 . . Aerosmith started their first
ever UK tour at Liverpool's Empire Theatre
1988 . . Def Leppard became first act in
chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive LPs, with
'Pyromania' (released in 1983)' and 'Hysteria'.
1996 . . Lourdes
Maria Ciccone Leon, daughter
to Madonna and Carlos Leon was born in Los Angeles, CA.
2004 . . Eric Clapton was banned from driving in France after
being caught speeding at 134mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo near Merceuil.
He was given a £515/750
euro fine and
his UK licence was confiscated.
1956 . . Tommy Steele made his UK TV debut on
'Off the Record' on BBC
1961 . . A charity evening was held raising
funds for St John Ambulance Brigade at Liverpool's Albany Cinema with
Ken Dodd and The Beatles.
1964 . . Screaming Lord Sutch runs for
parliament for the first time
1965 . . Jimi Hendrix signed his first
recording contract, he received $1 and a 1% Royalty on all of his recordings.
1968 . . Led Zeppelin made their live debut
at Surrey University, England.
1971 . . Ricky Nelson was booed when he
performed new material at an oldies show, a rock-and-roll revival show
at Madison Square Garden. He wrote 'Garden Party' as a result.
1973 . . The U.S. Supreme Court refused
to review a 1971 Federal Communications directive that broadcasters
censor from the airwaves songs with drug-oriented lyrics; and Keith
Richards was found guilty of trafficking cannabis by a Court in Nice,
France. He was given a one- year suspended sentence and a 5,000 franc
fine and banned from entering France for two years.
1988 . . Reggae
tops the American charts, for
the first time ever, as UB40 hit No. 1 with their version of the Neil
Diamond song 'Red Red Wine', it was also a No.1 hit in the UK.
1996 . . Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) was charged
with attacking a cameraman that was trying to take pictures of him and
his wife Pamela Anderson Lee.
2003 . . Barrington Henderson,former singer
with the Temptations filed a lawsuit in LA claiming the group and the
Motown label owed him millions of dollars in royalties, saying they
owed him money for the albums 'Awesome' and 'Ear-resistable' as he had
been lead singer at that time.
1951 . . Little Richard made his first recording
for RCA in Atlanta.
1956 . . The Elvis Presley film "Love Me
1962 . . The first night of a two month Motown
Records package tour started in Washington DC, featuring Marvin Gaye,
The Supremes, Mary Wells, The Miracles and 12 year old Stevie Wonder.
1966 . . Joan Baez and 123 other anti-draft
demonstrators were arrested for blocking the entrance to the Armed Forces
Induction Center in Oakland, CA.
1972 . . Creedence Clearwater Revival split
1986 . . Chuck Berry's 60th birthday party (organised by Keith
Richards) takes place at Fox Theatre, St. Louis. The event was featured
in the film 'Hail, Hail! Rock $ Roll'.
1987 . . Dave Robinson, founder of 'Stiff
Records' retired as managing director after 11 years.
1993 . . Aretha Franklin sang the US naional
anthem at a World Series baseball game in Toronto.
2001 . . Two security guards were sacked
when they refused to let Bob Dylan into his own concert. Bob had asked
for his security to be tighter on his 'Love & Theft' tour, he arrived
without his backstage pass,
1958 . . Cliff Richard signs to appear in the
film 'Serious Charge'
1962 . . The Beatles made their first TV appearence
on Granada TV's 'People and Places'. They sang "Love Me Do".
1968 . . As Bob Marley, a faithful Rastafarian,
had his last ever haircut; it was the day his son Ziggy was born.
1969 . . Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane was
busted for marijuana possession and fined £205, while Led Zeppelin
kicked off on their 3rd US tour at Carnegie Hall, New York
1975 . . Maurice Gibb marries Yvonne Spencley
1986 . . The film biography "Sid And Nancy"
1987 . . The Bee Gee's became the first group
to have a UK No 1 hit in each of the 3 decades, 60's, 70's and 80's.
1991 . . Sandie Shaw was arrested for failing
to give a breath test outside her Harley Street flat in London and was
1995 . . Rhino Home Video released 58 episodes
of "The Monkees" on 21 cassettes. It was the largest video
boxed set to be released. While in the
Sting's former financial adviser was sentenced to six years in prison
after being convicted of stealing $9.4 million (£6,000,000) from
the musicians 108 bank accounts.
2001 . . The heirs of Bing Crosby filed a $16
million lawsuit accusing Universal Music Group of underpaying royalties
1925 . . Grand Ole Opry opens
1957 . . Philips newly signed singer, Marty Wilde,
makes his UK TV debut in 'Off the Record'
1961 . . West Side Story starring Natalie Wood,
stepped into US theatres. Natalie's singing was dubbed in the movie
by Marni Nixon, who also sang the songs for Deborah Kerr in The King
& I (1956) and for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady (1964).
1966 . . The Jimi Hendrix Experience opened
for Johnny Halliday at the Olympia Theatre
in Paris, to an audience
of 14,500 people.
1968 . . The Jackson 5, made their national TV
ABC-TV's 'Hollywood Palace'.
1976 . . The Buzzcocks made their first recording
at Revolution Studio, Cheadle, Nr Manchester.
1978 . . The Reggae film 'Rockers', featuring
Mighty Diamonds, Big Youth, Robbie Shakespeare, Peter Tosh and others,
premiered in Kingston, Jamaica
1986 . . Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac
married composer Eduardo DeMendonca.
1992 . . Lynn Anderson was released from jail
after serving two days in jail in Nashville, TN, for a contempt of court
sentence for swearing in front of her children.
1998 . . Frank Sinatra Jr. married Cynthia
McMurrey in Houston, TX.
2000 . . Internet firm DNA Visual Business
Solutions filed a a lawsuit against Britney Spears for failing to pay
for the redesign of her website.
1953 . . Singer Julius LaRosa was fired publicly
on "Arthur Godfrey Time" by Godfrey, because due to a family
emergency, he had missed one of his ballet lessons he had been ordered
to take, to make him move better on stage
. Tommy Facenda, a member of
Gene Vincent's band, scores his only solo hit when 'High School USA'
enters Hot 100 at No. 97. One of the oddest novelty records ever, it
was released in dozens of different versions mentioning different high
schools for different cities of release.
1961 . . Ray Charles
makes the UK chart with 'Hit the Road Jack'
1966 . . The Yardbirds arrive in New York for
their first U.S. tour.
1981 . . Debbie Harry's was
awarded her first post-Blondie gold
disc, for her solo LP, 'Koo
1991 . . Oasis played their first gig with Noel
Gallagher as lead guitar, atThe Boardwalk, Manchester.
1994 . . a section of seating collapsed
at London's Earl's Court during a Pink Floyd concert. Over 1000 fans
escaped serious injury.
1998 . . Mark Nieto filed a lawsuit against
Aerosmith for alleged hearing loss after he attended an Aerosmith concert.
2000 . . A judge ruled that Robbie Williams had
substantially copied lyrics on his song 'Jesus Was A Camper Van' from
the Woody Guthrie song 'I Am The Way'. EMI Records had offered 25% but
the publishers, Ludlow Music, were demanding 50%.
1955 . . "Day-O" was first recorded
by Harry Belafonte.
1962 . . The Irvin Berlin musical "Mr. President"
opened on Broadway.
1964 . . The Rolling Stones played their first-ever
show in France, at the Olympia in Paris. A hundred and fifty people
were arrested, and £1,400 worth of damage was caused.
1967 . .
Monkees, Davey Jones, opened his
own "Zilch" boutique in Greenwiche Village, New York.
1973 . . The Sydney Opera house officially opened.
1976 . . Led Zeppelin's film 'The Song Remains
The Same', premiered in New York, raising $25,000 for the 'Save The
1978 . . The Police made their U.S. performance
debut in New York. They flew to New York on low cost tickets with Laker
Airtrain, carrying their instruments as hand luggage.
1990 . . Three members of 2 Live Crew were
acquitted on obscenity charges in Hollywood, FL.
1991 . . Clint Black and Lisa Hartman were
married near Houston, TX.
1996 . . UK singer Mark Morrison was arrested accused of conspiracy
to rob a West London shop, he was later released on bail
2003 . . Cheryl Tweedy of Girls Aloud was
found guilty of assaulting a night club worker. She was ordered to do
120 hours community service and pay the victim £500.
1957 . . Elvis Presley movie 'Jailhouse Rock'
premieres in US
1958 . . Buddy Holly's last studio session
took place at Pythian Temple Studios in New York. Using strings for
the first time, he recorded : 'Moondreams', 'Raing In My Heart', 'It
Doesn't Matter Any More' and 'True Love Ways'
1961 . . Bob Dylan recorded "Bob Dylan,"
his first album. He was 20 years old when he did the recording for Columbia
Records. The cost to produce the session was $400.
1978 . . The Clash fired their manager Bernie
Rhodes, saying the band and record company 'find him hard to deal with',
Melody Maker journalist Caroline Coon took his place.
1992 . . The erotic photograph book, "Sex,"
was released by Madonna. The first run of 500,000 copies sold out.
1995 . . Green Day singer Billie Joe was
arrested and fined $141 after mooning at the audience during a gig in
1997 . . Elton John's 'Candle In The Wind
97' was declared by the Guinness Book Of Records as the biggest selling
single record of all time, with 31.8 million sales in less than 40 days
and raising more than £20 million for charity.
1998 . . Alice Cooper filed a lawsuit against
KISS members Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick alleging their song "Dreamin'"
sounds too much like the song "Eighteen" by Cooper.
2000 . . Boyzone singer Ronan Keating began
his first UK solo tour at The Liverpool Empire.
1961 . . Chubby Checker appeared on the "Ed
Sullivan Show" and performed "The Twist."
1964 . . EMI Records in Britain rejected the Who
(who were calling themselves the High Numbers at this time) after the
group auditioned for the label.
1966 . . The Supremes had their first US
No.1 album with 'The Supremes a Go Go', knocking The Beatles 'Revolver',
from the top of the charts.
1969 . . Paul McCartney makes an official
denial of persistent rumours stating that he has died!
1973 . . Phonogram Records announced price
increases on albums; standard albums went up from £2.00 to £2.18
and Deluxe albums went from £2.29 to £2.38.
1982 . . Mayor Sara Robertson in Worcester,
MA, declared today Van Halen Day in response to local fans collecting
25,000 signatures requesting the band add a second show to their tour.
1983 . . New York's Metropolitan Opera
celebrated its 100th anniversary.
1979 . . The Pretenders started a run of
four consecutive Monday nights at the Marquee Club in London.
1990 . . Pearl Jam played their first ever
concert when they appeared at the Off Ramp in Seattle.
2000 . . George Michael paid £1.45m for
the Steinway piano on which John Lennon wrote 'Imagine.' The singer
outbid Robbie Williams and The Oasis brothers.
1962 . . A 12 year old Steveland Morris Judkins
aka Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown Records,
'Thank You For Loving Me All The Way.'
1966 . . The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded
their first single 'Hey Joe', at De Lane Lea Studios in London.
1970 . . 'Isn't It a Pity' was announced as the
first George Harrison solo single, but it was withdrawn three days later.
1972 . . David Essex, breaks off from his stage
show 'Godspell', begins filming 'That'll Be the Day'
1976 . . The Jam played an afternoon show
in Soho Market, London.
. . CBS Records raised the price of vinyl their
records by one dollar to $8.98 and Sex
Pistols bassist Sid Vicious attempted to commit suicide while awaiting
trial for killing his 20 year old girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
1987 . . The film 'Who's That Girl'' starring
Madonna opened in London.
1989 . . Nirvana played their first ever
European gig when the appeared at Newcastle's Riverside Club in North
East England. It was the first night of their European tour sharing
the bill with Tad.
1995 . . In Houston, TX, a jury convicted
Yolanda Saldivar of the murder of Selena and Def Leppard gave themselves
a place in the Guinness book Of World Records, by playing three gigs
in three continents in 24 hours. Tangier, London and Vancouver.
2005 . . US rapper Cam'ron was taken to
hospital in Washington DC after a man attempted to steal his sports
car at traffic lights. A single shot passed through both of Cam'ron's
1962 . . US Soul singer James Brown recorded his
legendary 'Live At The Apollo', album.
1967 . . Pink Floyd were forced to cancel
a tour of the US when Syd Barrett refused to move his lips in time to
'Arnold Layne', on ABC TV's American Bandstand.
1972 . . Keith Richards of
the Rolling Stones was
fined £205 after admitting having cannabis, Chinese heroin, mandrax
tablets and a revolver at his Chelsea home,
1974 . . "Stardust" premiered in
London, starring David Essex.
1988 . . The John Fogerty vs. Fantasy Records
case began. Fantasy claimed that Fogerty had plagiarized his own song
"Run Through The Jungle" when he wrote "The Old Man Down
1989 . . At the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame the
new inductees include Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, the Four Seasons, the
Four Tops, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, the
Kinks, the Platters, Simon & Garfunkel and the Who.
1996 . . Berry Gordy, Jr., founder of Motown records, receives
a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1998 . . Former Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown
was jailed for 4 months after being found guilty of disorderly behaviour
during a flight from Paris to Manchester. He had threatened to chop
the hands off an air stewardess during a heated exchange.
2001 . . The cities of Detroit and Auburn Hills
settled lawsuits with Dr. Dre. The lawsuits accused the cities of censorship
by threatening to arrest Dr.
if he aired a sexually explicit video from a concert in July of 2000.
2005 . . Madonna gave a surprise lecture at a
New York university, discussing her career and new film after she arrived
unannounced at City University's Hunter College as part of the MTV series
. . Cliff Richard makes his radio debut on BBC
1964 . . A riot broke out in the studio while
The Rolling Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan show in New York. Sullivan
was quoted as saying 'I promise you they'll never be back on our show
. . Speaking at a US radio conference President
Nixon asked programmers to ban all songs containing drug references.
. . John Lennon files law suit at Manhattan Federal
Court, alleging that wiretaps and surveillance were used against him
and his lawyer Leon Wildes in connection with this application against
1974 . . While Al Green was having a shower at
home in Memphis, his ex girlfriend
Mary Woodson burst in and poured boiling hot grit over the singer, she
then shot herself dead. Al suffered second-degree burns.
1986 . . Dire Straits Mark Knopfler broke his
collarbone after crashing in a celebrity car race before the Australian
. . Chico and Bobby DeBarge were convicted of
trafficking cocaine in Michigan.
. . The Madonna album "Bedtime Stories"
1995 . . Cliff Richard received a knighthood
from Queen Elizabeth II.
1998 . . For the first time in chart history,
all the top 5 songs are new entries; 1) Cher - Believe : 2) George Michael
- Outside : 3) U2 - Sweetest Thing : 4) Culture Club - I Just Wanna
Be Loved : 5) Alanis Morissette - Thank U
1956 . . Tommy Steele brings UK rock 'n' roll
into the charts for the first time with 'Rock with the Cavemen'
1958 . . Bill Haley and his Comets played
the first rock 'n' roll concert in Germany. Over 7,000 rock 'n' roll
fans turned the show into a riot.
1965 . . The Beatles were invested by Queen Elizabeth
II at Buckingham Palace as members of the Most Excellent Order of the
British Empire (MBE) for their service to Britain's export industry.
Critics were upset with the appointments, feeling that the award was
being squandered on mere rock musicians, although the Queen stood firm
on her decision. The 'Fab Four' had become a lucrative public commodity.
1980 . . Paul Kantner of Jefferson Starship suffers
a brain hemorrhage during a recording session. After 15 days in the
hospital he recovers fully.
1981 . . Queen and David Bowie record "Under
Pressure" in Montreaux, Switzerland.
1984 . .
After spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records,
John D. McCollum,
killed himself with a .22 caliber handgun A year later, McCollum's parents
took court action against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song
"Suicide Solution" from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed
to their son's death. The case was eventually thrown out of court.
1991 . . Ozzy Osboune broke his foot after
an accident on stage at a gig in Chicago, causing him to cancel the
remaining dates of a US tour.
1993 . . Catholic churches in San Juan,
Puerto Rico asked residents to tie black ribbons on trees in protest
against Madonna's first live appearance in the country.
2004 . . Elvis Presley came top of a list of the
highest-earning dead celebrities. Forbes.com listed the Top 5 dead music
earners; 1. Elvis Presley $40m (£22m), 2. John Lennon $21m (£11m),
3. George Harrison $7m (£3.8m), 4. Bob Marley $7m, 5. George and
Ira Gershwin $6m.
1960 . . Ben E. King records his first solo songs,
"Spanish Harlem" and "Stand by Me."
1969 . . Muddy Waters was seriously injured
in a car crash in Champagne, Illinois. Three people were killed in the
1970 . . Black Sabbath played their first
ever-live show in the US when they kicked of a 16-date tour at Glassboro
1973 . . Mott
the Hoople appeared
at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, supported by Aerosmith.
1975 . . Bruce Springsteen appears on the
covers of 'Time' and 'Newsweek'
1988 . . U2's film 'Rattle And Hum', received
its world wide premiere in Dublin.
1990 . . Michael Waite from Musical Youth
was jailed for four years for robbery.
1991 . . Lorrie Morgan and Brad Thompson
were married.; also Jimmy
Dean and Donna Meade were married this day too.
1992 . . Bo Diddley took his ex- manager to court
claiming he had taken $75,000 through unauthorised personal expenses.
1995 . . Gloria Estefan becomes the first pop
star to perform for a Pope when she sings for Pope John Paul II as part
of the celebration of his 50th anniversary in the priesthood.
1956 . . Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender"
became the No. 1 Billboard Pop Chart. He became the first artist to
follow himself into the No. 1 position. The song "Don't Be Cruel/Hound
Dog" had been the No. 1 for 11 weeks.
1961 . . Brian Epstein serving in his record shop
in Whitechapel, Liverpoool, is asked for 'My Bonnie' by Beatles. He
discovers that the disc is available only in Germany and sets out to
see the group for himself. Raymond Jones is the customer. He
saw the Beatles perform for the first time 12
a lunchtime session at The Cavern, a Liverpool basement night club which
was the 'in' spot during the early 1960s.
. . The first of two nights billed as the 'Tami
Show', at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, with; Smokey Robinson
& The Miracles, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes
and The Rolling Stones.
1968 . . Cynthia Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce
1972 . . The United States Council for
World Affairs announced it was adopting The Who's 'Join Together' as
it's official theme song.
1982 . . The Jam announced they were splitting
up at the end of their current UK tour.
1997 . . R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announced that
he was leaving the group after 17 years.
2004 . . Courtney Love was ordered to stand
trial on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after Kristin King
told a Los Angeles court Ms Love threw a bottle and a lit candle at
her after turning up at the home of a former boyfriend in the early
1936 . . Hank Snow makes his debut recordings,
. . Maria
Callas made her first appearance in "Norma" with the Metropolitan
1963 . . The Hollies began recording their
first sessions for their first album.
1967 . . The musical "Hair" opened
. . Joan Baez became a member of Bob Dylan's
Rolling Thunder Revue
1977 . . "Bat Out Of Hell" was released
by Meat Loaf.
1983 . . Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon
became the longest listed album in the history of the American charts
when it stayed in the charts for a 491st week.
1990. . The Byrds, LaVern Baker, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson
Pickett, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turner are inducted into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1991 . . Three members of Pink Floyd were
injured in a auto race in Mexico.
1993 . . Oasis signed a six-album deal
with Creation Records for a £40,000 advance.
1996 . . Manchester band The Stone Roses split up. Singer Ian Brown
said 'having spent the last ten years in the filthiest business in the
universe, it's a pleasure to announce the end of The Stone Roses.'
1998 . . Steven Adler, former
Guns n Roses drummer, surrendered to authorities to begin serving a
sentence of 150 days for two counts of battery and violation of probation.
1967 . . Rolling Stone Brian Jones was sentenced
to nine months imprisonment after admitting possessing 'Indian hemp.'
1967 . . Tyrannosaurus Rex recorded a session
for Radio 1s 'Top Gear' show, the first group to do so without a recording
1970 . . Hotlegs, who later become 10CC,
make their live debut at Festival Hall, supporting
The Moody Blues.
1972 . . Elton John becomes the first pop
star since Beatles, nine years before, to appear at a Royal Command
1982 . . Mari Wilson insures her beehive
hairdo for £100,000
1984 . . Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi,
aka The Blues Brothers (Jake and Elwood), hit the two-million-dollar
sales mark with their LP, Briefcase Full of Blues.
. . Kurt Cobain smashed his very first
1990 . . Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose
was released on $10,000 bail, after being arrested for allegedly hitting
a neighbour over the head with a bottle. The incident happened after
a complaint to the police about loud music coming from the singers house.
1998 . . All four original members of Black
Sabbath reunited for
the US TV's David Letterman Show, for a
one off performance to play
2002 . . U.S. President George W. Bush
signed an act that renamed the Oakwood Postal Station in Los Angeles
the Nat King Cole Post Office.
1965 . . Wayne Fontana leaves Mindbenders.
1967 . . Iggy and the Stooges made their live
debut when they played at a Halloween party in Michigan.
1970 . . Mamas
and Papas' Michelle
Phillips and actor Dennis Hopper were married. The two divorced 8 days
1974 . . Led Zeppelin launched their record
label 'Swan Song'. Named after an unreleased Zeppelin instrumental track.
1975 . . The rock
band Queen release the legendary track 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
1986 . . First night of TV's Channel 4's 'The
Jermaine Stewart, Troublefunk and Frankie Goes To Hollywood plus Spandau
Ballett playing live in the studio.
1987 . . Forbes Magazine listed the top 40 American
entertainment earners from 86-87, 8th was Whitney Houston $44 million,
7th Madonna $47 million and third place Bruce Springsteen $56 million.
1988 . . Debbie Gibson held a séance
at her Halloween party to contact the spirits of Liberace and Sid Vicious.
1990 . . Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish
in Faith No More's dressing room, while at
a gig in Seattle, Washington; Faith
No More responded by walking on stage, naked during Idol's set.
1993 . . Tupac Shakur was arrested for
allegedly shooting two off-duty Atlanta policemen.
2004 . . R Kelly was kicked off a tour
with Jay-Z, a day after claiming he was attacked with pepper spray by
a member of the rapper's entourage. Kelly alleged he had been sprayed
by a member of Jay-Z's entourage during a performance in New York.
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