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1955 . .
After complaints from his neighbours, Rock 'n' Roll fan Sidney Adams
was fined £3 and 10 shillings, ($9.80) by a London Court after
playing Bill Haley's 'Shake Rattle and Roll' all day at full volume.
1956 . . Elvis Presley shared his success with
his family by purchasing his mother a pink Cadillac.
1967 . . Boz Scaggs joins Steve Miller Band
1972 . . Rolling Stones sue their former manager
Alan Klein for 'falsely representing the group with intent to deceive'.
1976 . . Lou Adler, Ode Records boss, is kidnapped
at gunpoint from his Malibu home. His release costs $25,000
1983 . . Mick Jones was fired from the Clash by
Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer.
1986 . . Madness announced they were splitting
up. The band achieved over 20 Top 40 UK hits including the No.1 'House
Of Fun', (they re-formed in 1992 and again in 1999).
1989 . .
A judge in Dublin, Ireland, decided not to convict
U2's Adam Clayton of marijuana possession, even though he had admitted
to the crime. Clayton agreed to contribute money to a women's center
1990 . . The Cure broadcast a four-hour
pirate radio show from a secret London location, to premiere their latest
album, 'Mixed Up'.
2002 . . Former Libertines frontman Pete
Doherty was given a suspended four month jail sentence after admitting
possession of a flick knife. The singer was found with the weapon by
police as he drove to his home in London on 18 June.
1924 . . The operetta "Rose Marie",
by Rudolf Friml, opened on Broadway.
1931 . . The radio show, "15 Minutes with
Bing Crosby", debuted on CBS.
1965 . . The Beatles received a gold record for
the song "Help!"
1970 . . An ad was run in "Melody Maker"
by Genesis. Phil Collins answered the ad and eventually joined the group.
1971 . . The Grateful Dead's former manager was
arrested after disappearing with over $70,000 of the bands money.
1976 . . The first issue of Musician magazine
1982 . . Keith Richards' home, Redlands,
is seriously damaged by fire. Another fire had caused extensive damage
nine years earlier
1988 . . The Human Rights Now!' world tour
kicked off at Wembley Stadium London with Sting, Bruce Springsteen,
Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssu n'Dour. Taking in five continents
and claiming to be the most ambitious rock tour in history
1989 . . Ozzy Osbourne was charged with
threatening to kill his wife Sharon. Ozzy was released on the condition
that he immediately went into detox, the case was latter dropped when
the couple decide to reconcile.
1995 . . The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame
opens in Cleveland with a concert that featured, among others, Bruce
Springsteen and Chuck Berry.
2002 . . Burglars raided the London home
of Icelandic singer Bjork. Thieves broke into Bjork's luxury flat in
Maida Vale London and stole valuable recording equipment. The 36-year-old
singer was asleep in the flat at the time.
1942 . . Frank Sinatra started his solo singing
1955 . . Bill Haley & the Comets refused their
first offer to tour outside the U.S. because of a fear of flying.
1965 . . A Rolling Stones gig in Dublin
ended in a riot after 30 fans jumped onto the stage. Jagger was knocked
to the floor as the rest of the band fled the stage.
1966 . . Hollies debut on US chart with
1970 . . It was reported that the Bob Dylan bootleg
album 'Great White Wonder' had sold over 350,000 copies in nearly a
year of sales.
1982 . . Police, Cars, B52s and Tom Petty
are among the acts featured at three-day US music festival at San Bernadino
in California. 400,000 people attend
1991 . . Ike Turner was released from prison having
served 18 months of a four-year prison term. In an interview with 'Variety'
he claimed to have spent over $11 million on cocaine. Ike
had been arrested 10 other times.
1992 . . David Bowie appeared on the cover
of "Architectural Digest." He was the first human on the cover
in 4 years.
1994 . . Prince/The Artist appeared on
"Soul Train" as the bass player for Nona Gaye on the song
2004 . . Sir Cliff Richard astounded the
music industry by ending his contract with EMI records and signing with
Eminem's label Universal Music. Cliff had sold over 250 million records
with EMI during his 46 year career.
1952 . . Gladys Knight & the Pips were formed
after a birthday party for Bubba Knight.
1962 . . The Beatles first proper recording session
at London's Abbey Road Studios took place with the recording of 'Love
Me Do'. The Beatles had to return the next day to re-record the track
using session drummer Andy White.
1964 . . Joe Cocker releases his first
single, a Beatle song 'I'll Cry Instead' and the Indonesian government
bans Beatle-style haircuts.
1965 . . The Who had their equipment van
stolen while purchasing a guard dog at Battersea Dog's Home in England.
They get van back but lose £5,000 worth of equipment.
1969 . . The film 'Easy Rider' starring
Jack Nicholson Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper opened at The Classic London.
1976 . . The Sex Pistols made their television
debut when they appeared on the Manchester based Granada TV programme
'So It Goes'.
1987 . . Mike Joyce drummer with The Smiths,
quit the band saying that 'his present role within the group had been
1996 . . Oasis created outrage at the MTV
awards held at New York's Radio City Hall. During the bands performance
of 'Champagne Supernova' singer Liam spat on stage and threw a beer
into the crowd.
1996 . . Yusaf Islam, formerly known as
Cat Stevens, emerged from seclusion in London to sign copies of his
first album in 18 years; not much music, mainly talk.
2002 . . Singer Kelly Clarkson was voted
the first "American Idol" on the Fox TV
1965 . . The Rolling Stones recorded "Get
Off My Cloud" in Los Angeles.
. . Herbert Khaury, known
better as Tiny Tim, sued Bouguet Records for $1 million in damages when
the record label released early recordings of Khaury without his permission.
1969 . .
Iggy Pop and The Stooges made their New York debut at The Pavilion supporting
1976 . . Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary
Rossington was seriously injured in a car crash in Florida.
1987 . . Huey Lewis and the News become
only the second group to score five Top 10 hits with tracks from same
LP .. "Fore!"
1990 . . B.B. King receives a star on the
Hollywood Walk Of Fame
1991 . . R.E.M. wins 5 MTV Video Music
awards, including video of the year for "Losing My Religion."
1993 . . Dave Navarro, guitarist, joins
the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
2001 . . "Junichiro Koizumi Presents:
My Favorite Elvis Songs" was released exclusively in Japan. The
collection of Elvis Presley songs were picked by Japan's prime minister.
2002 . . Sir
Paul McCartney's second wife, Heather Mills,
accepted £50,000 libel damages over an article in the Sunday Mirror.
The paper had suggested that Mills acted dishonestly over cash collected
for an earthquake appeal.
1957 . . The first flexi-disc record was produced
and used in a promotion for a Nestle chocolate bar. It featured Franklyn
Boyd, Ray Edwards and Mary Rose.
1961 . . Bob Dylan debuted at the Gaslight Cafe
in New York City.
1963 . . Brian Epstein signs a management contract
with Priscilla White, Ringo Starr's mother's hairdresser and cloakroom
girl at the Cavern. She changes her name to Cilla Black after a printing
1968 . . Eric Clapton recorded his guitar solo
on The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
1970 . . Jimi Hendrix made his final live appearance
with his band when he appeared at the Isle Of Fehmarn in Germany. He
joined Eric Burdon on stage at Ronnie Scotts in London September
16th: 1970 for what would become his last
1974 . . The 101 All Stars, featuring Joe
Strummer, made their debut at The Telegraph, Brixton Hill, London.
1980 . . Rock drummer of Cream fame Ginger
quits recently re-formed Atomic Rooster to join Hawkwind.
1988 . . 2,000 items of Elton John's personal
memorabilia including his boa feathers, 'Pinball Wizard' boots and hundreds
of pairs of spectacles were auctioned at Sotheby's in London amounting
to $6.2 million.
1989 . . The Pittsburgh Steelers were banned
from practicing on their own field, Three Rivers Stadium, because The
Rolling Stones were rehearsing for their upcoming concert.
1997 . . Elton John recorded a new version
of 'Candle In The Wind' after performing the song live at Diana Princess
of Wales funeral. A record 31.5 million across Britain watched Elton
play the special tribute to Diana.
1968 . . A world-record time for smashing a piano
is set by a six-man Irish team taking two minutes, 26 seconds
1969 . . The half hour Saturday morning cartoon
"The Beatles" aired its last show. The show had debuted on
September 25, 1965.
1975 . . Steve Anderson set a record for picking
a guitar. Anderson, at age 22, picked for 114 hours, 7 minutes. He broke
the old record by more than four hours.
1976 . . After
Paul McCartney acquired publishing rights to all Holly's songs, the
first Buddy Holly week was held by UK fans in London.
1978 . . Keith Moon, drummer for The Who, died
in London after overdosing on 36 Hemenephirin tablets. He was taking
the prescription drug to help him with alcohol. Kenney Jones of the
Faces replaced him as the Who's drummer.
1984 . . Janet Jackson announced that she had
married James Debarge
1991 . . Motley Crue signed a record deal for
which they were guaranteed $22.5 million.
1991 . . Gloria Estefan was awarded damages
of $5 million for the injuries she sustained when her tour bus was involved
in an accident.
1996 . . Tupac Shakur and Marion "Suge"
Knight are shot in Las Vegas following a Mike Tyson fight. Tupac died
6 days later.
2001 . . Michael Jackson was reunited onstage
with the Jackson Five at his 30th Anniversary Celebration in New York
City's Madison Square Garden. He was joined by Eminem, Whitney Houston,
Gladys Knight, Britney Spears and Destiny's Child to celebrate the 30th
anniversary of his singing career.
1957 . . 'Reet Petite' by Jackie Wilson, co-written
by Berry Gordy, was released for the first time, it became a No. 1 in
the UK singles charts 29 years later after it featured on a TV levi
1964 . . Pete Townsend of The Who first publically
smashed a guitar to smithereens,
his 1964 'Rickenbacker Rose Morris 1998' after he accidently snapped
off its neck against the ceiling of the Railway Hotel, Harrow &
1965 . . An ad appears in Los Angeles 'Daily Variety':
'Madness! Running parts for four Insane Boys age 17-21'. 437 youngsters,
among them Stephen Stills audition for parts in TV series 'The Monkees'.
Paul Williams, Danny Hutton and Charles Manson also audition. Micky
Dolenz, Davey Jones, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith get the parts.
1972 . . Ann Arbor Jazz and Blues Festival was
held in memory of Otis Spann, featuring Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Junior
Walker, Bobby Bland and Bonnie Raitt
1977 . . Jimmy McCulloch quit Paul McCartney &
Wings to join a reformed lineup for the Small Faces
1984 . . 18 years
after Stevie Wonder's chart debut in 1966, Stevie
had his first UK No.1 with 'I Just Called To Say I Love You'. Taken
from the film 'Lady In Red',
it stayed at No.1 for six weeks.
1993 . . Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love
appeared on stage together at a show in Hollywood. They performed a
song they wrote together 'Penny Royal Tea'.
1997 . . 29 years after the band first
formed, Led Zeppelin released their
first ever single in the UK, 'Whole Lotta
Love'. The track was recorded in 1969 featured on the bands second album.
2002 . . Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson
started his new job as an airline pilot. The heavy metal singer qualified
as a £35,000 - a year first officer with Gatwick based airline
Astraeus who took holidaymakers to Portugal and Egypt.
1956 . . Elvis Presley made his first appearance
on the Ed Sullivan show "Toast of the Town." performing 'Don't
Be Cruel', 'Love Me Tender' and 'Ready Teddy'. He was shot from the
waist up during the performance, so not to show his gyrating hips.
1963 . . The first night of a 30 date tour
with The Everly Brothers, Bo Diddley and The Rolling Stones. Little
Richard was later added to the bill to boost poor tickets sales.
1972 . . Bob Harris begins the presentation of
BBC 2 TV show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'
1977 . . David Bowie appeared on Marc Bolan's
ITV show, 'Marc', singing a duet with Bolan. The two perform a duet
called 'Standing Next to You'. After the show they recorded demo's together
which were never finished as Bolan was killed in a car crash one week
1978 . . U2 opened for the Stranglers in
Dublin at the Top Hat Ballroom.
1981 . . Sting and Phil Collins both played their first solo sets at
Amnesty's International's "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball."
1992 . . Nirvana's Chris Novoselic knocked
himself unconscious during the MTV music and video awards after being
hit on the head with his own guitar after throwing it up in the air.
1999 . . Fatboy Slim scored a hat trick
at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York when he won best direction,
breakthrough and choreography awards.
1999 . . Kid Rock joined Run-D.M.C. and
Aerosmith for an updated rendition of "Walk This Way" at the
1999 MTV Video Music Awards.
2005 . . Terry Howard a studio engineer
who had been accused of stealing recordings belonging to late soul singer
Ray Charles was cleared of all charges in a Los Angeles court. Howard
had worked for Charles for over 20 years.
1962 . . The BBC banned Bobby 'Boris' Pickett
and the Crypt Kickers single 'Monster Mash' saying it was offensive.
1964 . . The Kinks third single 'You Really Got
Me', reached No.1 on the UK singles chart. Future Led Zeppelin founder
and guitarist Jimmy Page played tambourine on the track.
1964 . . Rod Stewart recorded his first
single "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." Future
Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones played on the session.
1966 . . The Supremes started a two week
run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Can't Hurry Love', the
groups sixth US No.1. It made No.3 in the UK and gave Phil Collins a
UK No.1 in 1982.
1974 . . The New York Dolls spit up. The
influential American band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, 'New
York Dolls' and 'Too Much Too Soon'.
1990 . . Will Smith, (DJ Jazzy Jeff and
the Fresh Prince) makes his TV debut in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
1996 . . Wal-Mart bans Sheryl Crow's 2nd
album The song,"Love Is A Good Thing" mentions children killing
each other with "a gun they bought at the Wal-Mart discount stores."
1997 . . An electric chair, which was used
in Alcatraz and once owned by Andy Warhol, sold for £4,800 at
an auction in Bristol. Warhol used to sit in the chair and watch horror
2002 . . Chris Cowey the man behind the
UK's longest running music TV show Top Of The Pops, accused record bosses
of controlling the singles chart with marketing scams and as a result
the chart lacked credibility and was 'full of crap records.'
1964 . . A 16-year-old youth won a Mick Jagger
impersonation contest at The Town Hall Greenwich. The winner turned
out to be Mick's younger brother Chris Jagger.
1967 . . The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour"
bus began cruising the English countryside.
1968 . . Larry
Graham, of Sly and the Family Stone, was arrested for possession of
cannabis. The groups TV appearance and hotel reservations were canceled
as a result.
1969 . . The first-ever bootleg LP - 'Great
White Wonder' - appears in record shops; it is a two-album compilation
of never previously released Bob Dylan songs
1971 . .
"The Jackson Five" TV series debuted on ABC.
1977 . . David Bowie recorded a guest appearance
on 'Bing Crosby's 'Merrie Olde Christmas' TV show duetting with Crosby
on 'Peace On Earth - Little Drummer Boy. The track became a UK No.3
hit five years later in 1982.
1987 . . Level 42's 'It's Over', became UK's first
CD video single to go on sale. It contained twenty minutes of music
and five minutes of video, which remained unseen until CDV players went
1987 . . Peter Gabriel cleaned up at this year's
MTV Awards, winning best video, best male video, best concept video,
best special effects & five other awards for the track 'Sledgehammer'.
1996 . . Noel Gallagher walked out on the
rest of Oasis just half way through their American tour after a fight
with his brother Liam in a hotel in Charlotte North Carolina. Noel flew
back to London the following day.
2003 . . Because
of media frenzy Jennifer Lopez and Ben
Affleck postponed their wedding event. They had tried to keep the location
of their wedding secret but after a series of leaks the media had found
the private estate in the Santa Barbara Hills just north of Los Angeles
where the wedding would have taken place.
1953 . . Luigi Vena sang "Ave Maria"
at the wedding of U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.
1954 . . A survey by US ballroom operators reports
a 50 per cent loss of business to 'record hops' in last twelve months
1966 . . N.B.C. aired the first episode of The
Monkees TV show in the US.
1986 . . Public Image Ltd guitarist John
McGeoch needed 40 stitches in his face after a two-litre wine bottle
was thrown at the stage during a gig in Vienna.
1986 . . Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues
was hospitalised after collapsing from exhaustion in Los Angeles.
1987 . . The BBC filmed the first Top Of
The Pops to be sold in America.
1988 . . Pogues singer Shane Macgowan was
admitted to a Dublin hospital suffering from nervous exhaustion.
1990 . . Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie
both announced that they would no longer perform with Fleetwood Mac
1995 . . INXS's Michael Hutchence pleaded
guilty to punching photographer Jim Bennett outside a London hotel.
He was fined £400 & ordered to pay £1,875 costs.
2002 . . The house that Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
lived in as a child, from 11-15, was sold on eBay for $210,000. The
house had been valued at $52,660 in 2000.
2010 . . At the MTV Video Music Awards,
accepting her award for 'Video of the Year', Lady Gaga wore a dress
made entirely from cuts of raw meat. Along with the dress, her hat,
shoes, and purse were all made from raw meat as well. Lady Gaga later
explained that the outfit exhibited her disapproval with the United
States military's 'Don't ask, don't tell policy'.
1958 . . Produced
by Jack Good, television pop show "Oh Boy" was first aired
on ITV. Making his TV debut Cliff
Richard performed his hit 'Move It'.
1963 . . Graham Nash fell out of The Hollies
van after a gig in Scotland. Nash checked to see if the door was locked,
it wasn't and he fell out as it travelled at 40 m.p.h.
1960 . . The Federal Communications act
in the USA was amended to outlaw payments of cash or gifts in exchange
for airplay of records.
1974 . . Stevie Wonder returns to live
performance a year after his serious road crash
1980 . . Dave Knopfler leaves
1982 . . RCA Records announced that David Bowie had left for
the South Seas where the filming of "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"
was to begin.
1996 . . CMT (Country Music Television)
was allowed to resume broadcasting in Canada. The network had been taken
off the air over a broadcasting rights dispute.
1998 . . Mel B (Spice Girls) and Jimmy
Gulzarof were married.
2000 . . Elton John threw a tantrum when
he was set to appear at a sell-out show at the Estoril Casino near Lisbon.
Elton was unhappy after the audience were slow in leaving a VIP dinner
before the concert, Elton left the building and flew home on his private
jet without playing a note.
1814 . . Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to
the "Star-Spangled Banner." The song became the official U.S.
national anthem on March 3, 1931.
1952 . . Bob Crosby replaced Phil Harris as the
bandleader on The Jack Benny Program, remaining until Benny retired
the radio show in 1955 after 23 years.
1968 . . The first episode of 'The Archies' was
aired on US TV. The following year The Archies started a eight-week
run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sugar Sugar', becoming the
longest running one hit wonder in the UK.
1969 . . Genesis played their first gig for money
in Surrey, England, at a cottage owned by a Sunday school teacher.
1979 . . Kenny Rogers received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
1981 . . Pink Floyd's movie "The Wall"
1985 . . The MTV Awards are held for the first
time. Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the show.
1994 . . US singer Steve Earle was sentenced to
1 year in jail after being found guilty of possession of crack cocaine.
1997 . . Over 2000 fans watched Pete Townshend
unveil a English Heritage Blue Plaque at 23 Brook Street, Mayfair London,
to mark where Jimi Hendrix had lived in 1968-69. Hendrix was the first
pop star to be awarded with the plaque.
2005 . . HMV stores in Canada removed Bob
Dylan CDs from their shelves in protest at the singer's deal to only
sell his new album in Starbucks after he signed an exclusive contract
with the coffee giant.
1930 . . Hoagy Carmichael recorded "Georgia
on My Mind." The song has been the official state song of Georgia
1962 . . The Beatles were called "a nothing
group" after an interview with Peter Jones of the "London
1968 . . The TV musical series "Soul"
premiered on NBC
1974 . . During Gary Thain's last tour with Uriah
Heep, he suffered an electric shock at the Moody Coliseum in Dallas,
and was seriously injured.
1977 . . Fifteen top record executives meet with
Jimmy Carter at the White House - the first time the music industry
has been officially recognised by a President
1980 . . "The Elephant Man" made its
debut on Broadway, with David Bowie making his acting debut.
1988 . . Mark Knopfler announced the official
end of Dire Straits, (they reformed in 1991)
1990 . . New Kids On The Block's business
manager had his briefcase containing $100000 stolen from a hotel in
1997 . . A 34 year old man was awarded
more than £20,000 by a French court after he lost his hearing
when he stood too close to loudspeakers at a U2 concert in 1993.
2006 . . Trudy Pritts was the first jazz
artist to play a concert on Philadelphia's Kimmel Center's 7,000 pipe
organ, "taking the medium to a whole new level".
1964 . . "Shindig!" premiered on ABC.
The first show opened with Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, The Wellingtons,
The Righteous Brothers, Bobby Sherman and Alan Sues.
1965 . . The Grace Cathedral in San Francisco
was the site of Duke Ellington's first concert.
1970 . . Jimi Hendrix made his final public appearance.
He appeared with Eric Burdon and War at Ronnie Scotts club in London.
The opening performance was Samuel Barber's "Antony and Cleopatra."
Jimi was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot's Hospital London
two days later on 18th Sept after choking on his own vomit
1978 . . Grateful Dead become first western rock
band to headline a concert in Cairo when they play their famous 'Pyramids'
1979 . . The first single, The Sugar Hill Gang's
"Rapper's Delight" by was released.
1988 . . Former Clash drummer Topper Headon was
released from jail after serving 10 months of a 15-month sentence on
a narcotics charge.
1991 . . Willie Nelson and makeup artist Ann-Marie
D'Angelo got married.
1996 . . 21 year-old Ricardo Lopez was found dead
in his Hollywood apartment after committing suicide. Before his death
Ricardo had mailed an acid bomb to singer Bjork's London management.
The bomb was found (Sept 17) at a South London sorting office addressed
to singer Bjork when US police had alerted the post office after finding
the body of Ricardo Lopez who had made a video of himself making the
bomb and then killing himself.
1998 . . The members of Mott The Hoople
played together for the first time in 24 years at the Virgin Megastore
on London's Oxford Street
1931 . . The first 33 and a third LP players were
launched by RCA victor at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York.
1955 . . Les Paul's 'Magic Melody Part 2' is released
in US, the shortest single ever, with only two notes.
1967 . . The Who appeared on The Smothers Brothers
Comedy Hour. An incident occurred with flash explosions that damaged
Pete Townsend's ears.
1976 . . The Sex Pistols played a gig for the
inmates at Chelmsford Prison, Essex.
1983 . . As Miss
New York, Vanessa Williams, became the
first black woman to be crowned Miss America.
1991 . . Over 4 million copies of Guns N' Roses
album, 'Use Your Illusion I' and 'Use Your Illusion II' were simultaneously
released for retail sale, making it the largest ship-out in pop history
in the US. They debut at number 1 and number 2 on the UK album chart.
Both albums make No.1 & No.2 in the US.
1998 . . Terri Clark had her shoulder dislocated
when she was pulled from a moving car at the New Mexico State Fair.
A male fan had pulled her from the open car.
1999 . . Eminem had a $10 million lawsuit filed
against him. The suit, brought by his mother, claimed that he had made
defamatory remarks in several interviews.
2003 . . David Lee Roth injured himself while
doing a very fast, complicated 15th-century samurai move onstage when
the staff he was using hit him in the face. Roth needed 21 stitches,
and the rest of his tour was cancelled
1957 . . "The Big Record" premiered
on CBS-TV. The show only lasted one season.
1969 . . Tiny Tim announced on "The Tonight
Show" to Johnny Carson his engagement to Miss Vicki Budinger. Carson
asked the two to be married on the show. They made TV history with the
wedding on December 17, 1969.
1969 . . Police arrested Graham Bond when he was
rehearsing in London on a contempt of court charge from 1967.
1980 . . Two-day Hendrix Festival begins
at Paradiso Club, Amsterdam. 1,100 people turn up to see old films and
videos and performances by Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell
1981 . . Gary Numan starts a round the
world trip in a single engine Cessna plane. The attempt ended after
he was forced to land in India, where local police arrested him.
1983 . . The members of Kiss appeared without
their 'make-up' for the first time during an interview on MTV.
1984 . . David Bowie won Video of the Year for
'China Girl' at the 1st MTV Video awards.
1999 . . It was reported that bassist D'Arcy Wretzky
2002 . . Bon Jovi performed at the Shepherd's
Bush Empire in London. More than 375,000 people viewed the live Web
cast of the show.
1956 . . Tommy Steele was discovered playing in
the 2 I's coffee bar in Old Compton Street, Soho, London. He recorded
'Rock with the Cavemen' soon after.
1958 . . Elvis Presley left a Brooklyn naval base
on troop ship USS 'Randall' to sail to Germany, where he joined his
1968 . . Steppenwolf won its first gold record
for "Born to be Wild."
1974 . . Max Weinberg made his debut as the drummer
for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
1975 . . Queen signed a management deal with Elton
John's manager John Reid.
1981 . . Simon and Garfunkel are reunited
for the first time in eleven years on stage in Central Park, New York.
Over 400,000 fans attend the show.
1995 . . P.M. Dawn's DJ JC Eternal was arrested
on charges of sexual assault and child abuse after an alleged affair
with his 14 year-old cousin. He was released on $10,000 bail.
1997 . . VH1 aired "Storytellers" live
for the first time. The show was a 90 minute special featuring Elton
John from the House of Blues in New Orleans, LA.
2005 . . Research published by Guinness World
Records showed that Status Quo had scored more hit singles than any
other band in UK chart history. The band had scored 61 chart successes,
dating from 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' in 1968 to 'You'll Come Around'
in 2004. Queen came second with 52 hits, The Rolling Stones and UB40
both had 51 hits each.
1969 . . UK music paper Melody Maker readers poll
results were published. Winners included Eric Clapton who won best musician,
Bob Dylan best male singer and best album for 'Nashville Skyline'. Best
group went to The Beatles, Best single went to Simon and Garfunkel for
'The Boxer' and Janis Joplin won Best female singer.
1970 . . Jim Morrison was found guilty, in Miami,
FL, of indecent exposure and profanity. He was acquitted on charges
of "lewd and lascivious" behavior. The charges were related
to a performance by the Doors
1971 . . Peter Frampton quit Humble Pie
to follow a solo career.
1972 . . Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for the second time
in four weeks for possession of cannabis, this time at their Scottish
farmhouse in Campbeltown.
1973 . . The Roxy Theatre,
Hollywood, opened. The opening acts were Elton John, Carole King and
1983 . . The ARMS Benefit concert was held
at the Royal Albert Hall in London, featuring Rommie Lane, Jimmy Page,
Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, James Hooker and Bill Wyman. The concert was
to raise money for research of Multiple Sclerosis.
1993 . . The Charlatans keyboard player
Rob Collins was sentenced to eight months imprisonment for his part
in a robbery on a shop
1995 . . The Daily Mirror ran a front page
story 'ban this sick stunt' referring to the new single from Pulp 'Sorted
For E's & Wizz.' The artwork showed how to fold a 'speed' wrap,
the sleeve was changed, the single entered the UK chart at No.8.
1998 . . The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
was paying tribute to Robert Johnson with a eight days of activities.
Johnson only recorded 29 songs before dying in August of 1938.
1965 . . Great Society, featuring Grace Slick,
makes stage debut at Coffee Gallery in North Beach, California
1971 . . the first edition of the new BBC TV music
show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' was aired on UK TV. Presented by Bob
Harris, the show included; film clips of Jimi Hendrix from Monterey
Festival playing 'Wild Thing', Bob Dylan playing 'Maggies Farm', plus
America and singer songwriter Lesley Duncan who played live in the studio.
1974 . . Jeff "Skunk" Baxter joined
the Doobie Brothers.
1980 . . Elton John signed a long-term exclusive
contract with Geffen Records.
1980 . . Bob Marley collapsed while jogging
in New York's Central Park. After hospital tests he was diagnosed as
1986 . . The National Inquirer Magazine featured
a picture of Michael Jackson in an oxygen chamber with a story claiming
that Jackson had a bizarre plan to live until he was 150 years old.
1989 . . The Bangles issued a press statement
confirming that the group were splitting. The all girl group reformed
1991 . . Status Quo Status Quo put themselves
in the Guinness Book Of Records by appearing four venues in one day,
Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, performing all four in a
1996 . . Hank Williams III, at 23 years old, made
his Grand Ole Opry debut.
1943 . . Kate Smith finished her War Bond radio
appeal. She had stayed on the air 13 continuous hours and collected
$39 million in bond pledges.
1964 . . "Fiddler on the Roof" opened
on Broadway. It was the beginning of a run of 3,242 performances.
1969 . . A new weekly TV show 'The Music Scene'
aired on ABC in the US for the first time. Stevie Wonder Crosby Stills
Nash & Young, Tom Jones, Cass Elliot, James Brown, Janis Joplin
and Sly and the Family Stone were all booked to appear on the show.
1972 . . David Bowie began his first U.S. tour
with the Spiders from Mars.
1979 . . Jackson Browne, Chaka Khan, Bruce Springsteen,
Bonnie Raitt and Tom Petty, appeared at Madison Square Garden, New York
for two anti-nuclear benefit shows.
1989 . . Bruce Springsteen joins Jimmy Cliff onstage
and they sang "Trapped." The song was recorded by Springsteen
for the "We Are The World" album.
1991 . . Bryan Adams made chart history when '(Everything
I Do) I Do It For You', had its twelfth consecutive week as the UK No.1
1992 . . Def Leppard were forced to cancel two
US shows after their sound-equipment truck was found abandoned, after
one of the bands driver's had attempted to rob a store. The driver was
later charged of possessing drugs and criminal damage.
1999 . . Diana Ross was arrested on Concorde
after an incident at Heathrow Airport. The singer claimed that a female
security guard had touched her breasts when being frisked; Ross retaliated
by rubbing her hands down the security guard.
2005 . . Jimmy Page was made an honorary citizen
of Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro for his work helping its street children.
The Led Zeppelin guitarist had opened Casa Jimmy (Jimmy's House) in
1998 which had so far supported more than 300 children.
1956 . . Mickey Dolenz began his television career
in NBC's "Circus Boy" series. He later became a member of
1966 . . Rolling Stones play the Royal Albert
Hall, supported by Ike and Tina Turner and The Yardbirds
1967 . . Making their UK live debut, Frank Zappa's
The Mothers Of Invention appeared at the Royal Albert Hall London.
1969 . . The Northern Star newspaper of Northern
Illinois University ran a story claiming that Paul McCartney had been
killed in a car crash in 1966 and had been replaced by a look-a-like.
Russell Gibb of WKNR-FM in Detroit picked up on the claim and the story
1970 . . Mick Jagger met Bianca Macias for the
first time after a Stones concert at the Paris Olympia. The couple later
1980 . . Philip Anglim was replaced by David Bowie
in the play "The Elephant Man" in New York City, NY.
1986 . . An anti-crack rally was headlined by
James Brown, Freddie Jackson, and Melba Moore at New York's Plaza Hotel.
1991 . . Izzy Stradlin left Guns N' Roses. Gilby
Clarke replaced him.
2004 . . Bodyguard Suif Jackson, for rapper Lil'
Kim was sentenced to 12 years in prison after admitting firing at least
20 times in a shoot-out with a rival gang. The shooting took place when
the entourages of Lil' Kim and Capone-N-Noreaga crossed at a New York
1942 . . Glenn Miller ended his broadcasts for
Chesterfield Cigarettes so he could go to World War II.
1955 . . Judy Garland made her TV debut on the
"Ford Star Jubilee" on CBS.
1957 . . Film of the Alan Freed story, 'Mr. Rock
and Roll', opens at the Paramount, New York
1966 . . Jimi Hendrix arrived in London with his
manager Chas chandler on a flight from New York. With only the clothes
he was wearing, Hendrix had sold his other belongings to pay a hotel
bill in New York City.
1977 . . 2,500 people attend first Elvis
convention held in Cincinnatti. Presley singles sell for as much as
1988 - James Brown was arrested in Georgia
after a two state car chase.
Prince made an appearance on the 15-year anniversary of Saturday Night
1995 . . The Charlatans were arrested by
24-armed police after a flight to New York. The band were accused of
trying to disrupt the planes flight path, passengers complained of the
group being drunk, spitting and interfering with in flight TV sets.
1997 . . Barry Loukaitis was convicted
of shooting and killing two pupils and a teacher at a school in Washington.
His defence team claimed he had copied scenes from Pearl Jam's video
1998 . . Steven Adler was sentenced to 150 days
in jail for two counts of battery and probation violation (from a 1997
1953 . . Liberace made his debut at Carnegie Hall
for a sellout crowd.
1954 . . Elvis
Presley appeared live on "Grand Ole Opry" and performed "Blue
Moon of Kentucky."
1964 . . Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager,
turned down an offer of 3 & 1/2 million pound offer to sell his
1965 . . The Beatles cartoon series premiered
on ABC TV in the US. The first story was titled 'I Want To Hold Your
Hand' and had the group exploring the ocean floor in a diving bell where
they met a lovesick octopus.
1969 . . John Lennon recorded "Cold Turkey."
The backing band included Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Klaus
1975 . . 41 years old Jackie Wilson collapsed
while performing "Lonely Teardrops" at the Latino Casino in
Cherry Hill, NJ. He had suffered a heart attack, collapsed into a coma
suffering severe brain damage. He died in 1984 after spending the rest
of his life in hospitals.
1979 . . The musical "Evita" opened
on Broadway. The work was the third collaboration of Tim Rice and Andre
1990 . . Dave Grohl, formerly with Washington
DC's Scream, joined Nirvana.
1993 . . George Harrison and David Crosby make
guest appearances on "The Simpsons."
1995 . . Courtney Love was given a one-year
prison sentence, suspended for two years, fined $1000 and ordered to
attend a anger management course after being found guilty of assaulting
Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Nanna.
1955 . . Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher were
married. In 1959 they were divorced.
1957 . . The musical "West Side Story"
opened at the Winter Garden Theatre.
1968 . . Rolling Stone rocker, Brian Jones,
was fined £50 with 100 guineas cost after being found guilty of
possession of cannabis.
1970 . . Tamla-Motown Records announced
that the Jackson 5 had sold 10 million singles world wide in nine months.
1980 . . Status Quo fan Glen Burton paid
a fee of £20 to officially change his name to Francis Rossi
1981 . . Bruce Dickinson joined Iron Maiden,
Bruce had been the vocalist with Samson.
1987 . . Whitney Houston scores her fifth
consecutive No. 1 single in US with 'Didn't We Almost Have it All'
1991 . . "It's Been A Long Time"
was filmed by Southside Johnny at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ.
1998 . . Prince slipped and pulled a ligament
while onstage in Atlantic City, NJ. The remainder of the U.S. tour was
1999 . . The Times (UK) published the most
powerful people in the UK pop business, No.1 Ken Berry, President EMI
Music; No.2 Edger Bronfman, chairman. Seagram, No.3 Paul Berger, chairman,
Sony Music; No.4 The UK Top 40 chart; No.5 Jim Moir, the controller
of Radio Two.
1942 . . Glenn Miller and his Orchestra performed
together for the last time. Miller volunteered for the U.S. Army and
disappeared December 15, 1944 over the English Channel.
1964 . . The Beach Boys made their TV debut on
'The Ed Sullivan Show' on US TV.
1973 . . Rolling Stone magazine reported that
Carlos Santana had changed his name to Devadip now that he was a disciple
of Sri Chinmoy.
1978 . . Eric Clapton sponsored a West Bromwich
Albion UEFA cup-tie against Galatasarey of Turkey. After the game, Eric
presented each player with a gold copy of his latest album 'Slowhand'
1987 . . Dolly Parton's TV show "DOLLY"
was shown for the first time on American network ABC.
1990 . . Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones was arrested
for possessing marijuana during a drug bust in New York's Greenwich
2000 . . While the ex Mrs Jagger was on stage
appearing in the West End Show, The Graduate, thieves broke into Jerry
Hall's Richmond home and stole jewellery worth £7000 and a laptop
computer. Two of Jerry's children were asleep at the time.
2003 . . Kylie Minogue called in police to investigate
a series of threatening letters. The singer became concerned after receiving
700 aggressive letters at her home and office.
2008 . . Million
Dollar Quartet opened at
Chicago's Goodman Theatre, a musical based on the recording session
Tuesday December 4th 1956 in the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
The recordings were of an impromptu jam session between Elvis Presley,
Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash.
1968 . . Janis Joplin's manager announced that
she has left Big Brother and the Holding Company.
1970 . . Joe Cocker's 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen'
film soundtrack/live album hits UK LP chart
1974 . . King Crimson disband after five years
1975 . . Jerry Garcia and Friends and Jefferson
Starship gave a free show to 40,000 fans in San Francisco's Lindley
1976 . . A&M Records sued George Harrison
for $6 million over non-delivery of a new album after he missed the
deadline by two months.
1991 . . The Garth Brooks album "Ropin' the
Wind" became the first country album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard
1991 . . Bryan Adams was awarded the Order
of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.
1995 . . Bobby Brown's car was riddled with bullets
in Boston's Roxbury section. The gun battle killed his sister's fiancé.
2002 . . Madonna was voted the greatest female
singer of all-time by 75,0000 music fans in a VH1 poll. But critics
and music fans were unhappy with the position of Kylie Minogue who was
voted into second place beating Diana Ross, (12th) and Annie Lennox,
(14th). The highest placed UK act was Kate Bush who was voted No. 10.
2004 . . Phil Spector was charged with the murder
of actress Lana Clarkson in an unsealed indictment. Spector was in attendance
at a Los Angeles court as the indictment about the slaying of 40-year-old
Clarkson was read. He remained free on $1 million bail.
1956 . . Bill Haley had five songs in the UK Top
30; 'See You Later Alligator', 'Rock Around The Clock', 'Rockin Through
The Rye', 'Saints Rock n' Roll', 'Razzle Dazzle'.
1971 . . Gilbert O'Sullivan made his live debut
at London's Royal Albert Hall. Also on the bill, Sweet, Dave Edmunds
Rockpile and Ashton Gardner & Dyke.
1975 . . Jackie Wilson's career ends when he is
struck by a massive heart attack while performing in Philadelphia
1976 . . Jerry Lee Lewis was charged with shooting
a firearm within the city limits. He hit his bass player, Norman Owens,
twice in the chest while attempting to shoot a soda bottle, during
his birthday celebrations. Norman Owens
sued his boss J.L. Lewis
1976 . . Boy George got expelled from school
1977 . . Claiming
they were underpaid, James Brown's band
walk out on him before the show in Halendale, Flordia.
1989 . . Bruce Springsteen stopped in a
small salon in Prescott, AZ, and played a few songs with the band. He
overheard a woman talking about financial problems concerning her medical
bills. A week later she received a check for $100,000 from Springsteen.
1997 . . Bobby Sheehan (Blues Traveler)
was arrested for cocaine possession in Winnipeg. He was later released
on $5,000 bond.
1999 . . The Manic Street Preachers were
given a bill for £28.000 after smashing up equipment during their
show at Scotland's T In The Park festival.
2004 . . Keith Moon's five-piece drum kit,
custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968, sold for £120,000 pounds
($215,772) in London to an American collector, setting a world auction
record for a set of drums.
1954 . . "The
Boy Friend." opens on Broadway with
Julie Andrews making her debut
1961 . . Bob
Dylan played harmonica for the recording of Caroline Hester's first
1965 . . Donovan made his U.S. television
debut on the show "Shindig!"
1967 . . Radio 1, the new national BBC pop station,
went on the air
1972 . . Columbia Records announced that they
were closing down four Hollywood studios.
1974 . . Police were called to a Lynyrd Skynyrd
and Blue Oyster Cult concert after a fight broke out between two sound
engineers. The Skynyrd roadie claimed that the sound had been deliberately
turned off during the bands set.
1984 . . Capital Radio in London launches 'Network
Chart' hosted by David 'Kid' Jenson.
1997 . . Bono appealed for the release of Mordecha
Vanunu during a show in Tel Aviv, Israel. Vanunu had been imprisoned
for being a nuclear secrets traitor.
1999 . . Chris de Burgh's web site was
closed down after countless obscene messages were posted on the guestbook.
One message consisted entirely of two four-letter words repeated 3500
2002 . . The
winners of the Popstars TV talent show "Hear'say"
band announced they had split up. They
didn't last 2 years.
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