THIS DAY :-
1928 - The first
auto-change gramophone is introduced by HMV, price
1956 - Elvis Presley was given a screen test at
Paramount Studios in Hollywood, acting the role of Jimmy Curry in a
scene from 'The Rainmaker.'
1961 - The Beatles began a three- month residency
at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg. They played for seven hours a night on
weekdays and eight hours at weekends with a fifteen-minute break every
1969 -The Beach Boys announced that they were
suing their record company for over $2 million in royalties. They also
announced that they were starting a new record label called Brothers
- The "Woodstock"
movie premiered in Hollywood.
- The Who sold out of all 80,000 seats in 60 hours
for Madison Square Garden - a record of the time.
1975 - The Bay City Rollers TV series 'Shang-A-
Lang' premiered on ITV in the UK.
1984 - Marvin Gaye is shot to death by his father
during an argument, one day before his 45th birthday.
1985 - Tom Bailey singer with The Thompson Twins
collapsed from exhaustion while staying at The Holiday Inn, Chelsea.
1990 - Willie Nelson's tour bus crashed
into a car in Riverdale, Canada, killing the car driver.
1992 - Billy Idol is fined $2,000 by a Beverly
Hills, Calif., judge after pleading no contest to charges he hit a woman
in the face as they left a restaurant together the previous October.
2001 - It was reported that Spice Girl Mel B had
been advised to sell her £3.5m Buckinghamshire mansion because
she couldn't afford to run it. The singer told friends she had to take
out a £500.000 bank loan.
1965 - The first edition of new music show 'Ready
Steady Goes Live!' was shown on UK TV.
1966 - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass have
four LP's in US Top 10, a chart feat never equalled. 'What Now My Love',
'Going Places', 'Whipped Cream', and 'South Of The Border'
1967 - Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group
to form Traffic & The
Beatles finished recording the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts
Club Band." the biggest selling album of the 60's in the UK.
1977 - Frank Sinatra scored his first ever
UK No.1 album with 'Portrait Of Sinatra', his 46th album release.
1981 - A bottle-shaped children's book,
based on the lyrics of Sting's Message In A Bottle, is published
- CBS records launched the 'Nice Price'
series of back catalogue albums in the UK. The first batch priced at
£2.99 included early albums by Bob Dylan, Santana, Billy Joel,
Abba, Janis Joplin and Simon and Garfunkel.
1990 - Eric Clapton was fined £300 with
£10 costs by Walton-on- Thames Magistrates court, after being
booked for speeding at 105mph; Clapton was also banned from driving
for three months.
1997 - Singer Joni Mitchell is reunited with Kilauren
Gibb, the daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
2002 - Lee Anderson Minnelli sued her stepdaughter
Liza Minnelli for elder abuse and breach of contract. The claim was
filed based on the will of Vincente Minnelli.
2004 - Coldplay singer Chris Martin was accused
of attacking a photographer after leaving a London restaurant with his
wife Gwyneth Paltrow.
1960 - Everly Brothers begin first ever UK tour
1964 - Bob Dylan made his first entry into the
UK charts with his single 'The Times They Are A-Changin'.
1969 - Jim Morrison
turns himself over to the FBI in Los Angeles. Charged with an inter-state
flight to avoid prosection on six charges of lewd behaviour and public
exposure at a concert in Miami on 2 March 1969, he is later released
on $2000 bail.
1975 - Steve Miller is charged with setting fire
to the clothes of a friend, Benita Diorio. When police arrived at Steve's
house, Di Orio was putting out the flames. Miller then get's into a
fight with some of the policemen and is charged with resisting arrest.
Charges were dropped the following day.
1976 - Britain wins Eurovision Song Contest with
Save All Your Kisses for Me by Brotherhood of Man.
1989 - Pepsi dismissed Madonna as a spokesperson
after her "Like a Prayer" video was called "blasphemous"
by the Vatican.
1991 - Paul McCartney recorded his unplugged session
1993 - 10 years after It's first release, The
Bluebells had a UK No.1 single with 'Young At Heart' after the track
was featured on a Volkswagen TV commercial
1998 - Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Michael
Katherine Jackson was born.
2001 - Robbie Williams won the award for
the most radio plays in the UK for the third year running. The singer
picked up the award at the Radio Academy awards in London.
1858 - Daniel
Emmett introduced "I Wish I was in Dixies Land." About
two years later the song became the Civil War song of the Confederacy.
1959 - BBC airs pilot of Juke Box Jury TV show,
hosted by David Jacobs
1964 - The Beatles held the top five places in
the US singles chart, at No. 5 'Please Please Me', No.4 'I Want To Hold
Your Hand', No.3, 'Roll Over Beethoven', No.2 'Love Me Do' and at No.1
'Can't Buy Me Love'.
1967 - Jimi Hendrix was the special guest on the
first edition of the UK BBC- TV's 'Dee Time', along with Kiki Dee and
1968 - Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King and Buddy Guy met
up for an all night blues session at a club in the US, after hearing
the news of Martin Luther King's assassination.
- Brinsley Schwartz launched by a £120,000
hype that involves flying a 133 London journalists to the New York Fillmore
East for one performance, then back again.
The band was supporting Van Morrison.
Management company, Flamepushers, folded with huge debts.
1981 - The documentary film "This is Elvis"
premiered at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, TX.
1987 - U2 rocket into US LP chart, making it the
highest debut of any studio act since Stevie Wonder in 1980, as The
Joshua Tree debuts on Chart at No. 7.
1990 - Gloria Estefan, who had been severely injured
when her tour bus had an accident. returns to Miami after undergoing
1996 - Jerry Garcia's
widow, Deborah, and guitarist Bob Weir scatter part of Jerry's ashes
in the Ganges River in India. A
on April 15th, the rest of Jerry Garcia's
ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
2003 - 50 Cent became the best selling
artist in the US so far this year when his latest album 'Get Rich or
Die Tryin'' sold more than four million copies in two months.
1958 - Irving Feld's Greatest Show of Stars, with
Sam Cooke headlining, begins eight-day tour. Also featured are the Everly
Brothers, Royal Teens and Clyde McPhatter.
1967 - Monkees fans walked from London's Marble
Arch to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square to protest Davy Jone's planned
call-up. (Jones was exempted because he was deemed responsible for supporting
1967 - Paul McCartney flies to US for Jane Asher's
21st birthday party in Denver, Colorado, carrying a large diamond ring
which she later lost.
1969 - The first International Festival
of Country Music takes place at Wembley
1977 - Music for the Deep! 115 American
musicians and environmentalists take part in four concerts in Tokyo
as Japan Celebrates the Whale and Dolphin.
1978 - Duran Duran made their live debut
at The Lecture Theatre, Birmingham Polytechnic.
1979 - North London Avengers change their
name to Madness.
1983 - Beach Boys and Grass Roots were banned
by Interior Secretary James Watt from performing at annual Fourth of
July celebration in Washington, but two days later
President Reagan overturns James Watts's decision
and invites Beach Boys to perform.
1984 - Marvin Gaye's funeral took place at The
Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles; Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy
Jones, Berry Gordy and other Motown singers, writers and producers,
attended the service.
1985 - 3:50 p.m.
GMT, an estimated 5,000 radio stations around the globe simultaneously
play "We Are the World." The song is recorded by a collection
of recording artists, USA for Africa, to raise money to feed starving
people in Africa and the United States.
1999 - Three of Tammy Wynette's daughters filed
a $50 million lawsuit that blamed Wynette's death on negligence by her
husband and her doctor.
2000 - Jose Feliciano and salsa musician
Willie Colon are among 34 new inductees to the International Latin Music
Hall Of Fame at a ceremony in New York. Harry Belafonte and guitarist
Ry Cooder receive Special Recognition Awards.
2003 - Paul McCartney kicked off the UK
leg of his 'Back In The World Tour' at Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, a
year after it began in America. The set included 22 Beatles songs.
Presley signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.
1963 - ABC Paramount record label signs Fats Domino,
who has been with Imperial since the start of his career.
1968 - Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett
had officially left the group. Barrett was suffering from psychiatric
disorders compounded by drug use.
1969 - Pete Quaife leaves the Kinks, and
is by replaced by John 'Nobby' Dalton
1971 - Carly Simon was introduced to James
Taylor after her show at the Troubadour, Los Angeles. The couple married
on 3rd November 1972.
1971 - The Rolling Stones launched their own record
label, 'Rolling Stones Records', with a million deal with Atlantic Records.
1973 - Trident and
EMI signed a contract for a recording deal for Queen, and July of that
year saw the release of QUEEN, their debut album. They had signed recording,
publishing and management contracts with Trident in 1972. (During that
year they were paid just £60 a week! (£15 each!)
1979 - Rod Stewart marries Alana Hamilton.
1985 - UK singer, songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan
won a lawsuit against his manager Gordon Mills for unpaid royalties
and was awarded $2 million.
1999 - An All Star tribute to singer, Johnny Cash
took place in New York, Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak and U2 all performed
for the TV special.
2000 - Eighties pop star Steve Strange lead singer
of Visage, was arrested after stealing a £10.99 Teletubbies doll
in Bridgend, south Wales. He was given a suspended jail sentence after
being caught on a shoplifting spree stealing cosmetics and clothes from
High Street stores.
1943 - LSD synthesised by Albert Hofman
1956 - Columbia Records announce that all
future pop releases to the public will be on 45 rpm. 1954 was the year
that most major record companies begin delivering 7-inch 45 rpm record
singles to radio stations instead of 78s. This and the rising popularity
of the 33 1/3 format for full albums results in the beginning of the
end for the 78 RPM format.
1956 - American CBS begin broadcasting the first
national R&B show - Rock and Roll Dance Party, with Alan Freed.
1962 - Mick
Jagger and Keith Richards met Brian Jones for the first time,
at Ealing Jazz Club, Brian was calling himself Elmo Lewis & playing
guitar with Paul Jones.
1967 - San
Francisco DJ, Tom
Donahue, starts to programme 'progressive' music on KPMX. The format
embraces the best of the day's rock and roll, folk, traditional and
city blues, reggae, electronic music and some jazz and classical selections.
1975 - Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple
to form his own band Rainbow. Tommy Bolin replaced Blackmore.
1979 - Siouxsie And The Banshees played a charity
gig for MENCAP, but after crowd trouble mencap were faced with a £2,000
bill for seat damage.
1984 - A record 40 British acts appeared on the
US top 100 singles chart.
1985 - Wham! became the first western pop
group to perform live in China, when they played at the workers gymnasium
1988 - During a European tour, Alice Cooper accidentally
hung himself in a rehearsal when a safety rope snapped; he dangled some
seconds before a roadie saved him.
- Elton John dedicates "Candle in the Wind"
to AIDS patient Ryan White during his performance at Farm Aid IV. White
dies later that night.
1997 - Liam Gallagher marries Patsy Kensit
2001 - Paul McCartney bought the four- bedroom
Beverly Hills home of Courtney Love for $3.995m.
1961 - BBC banned
song '100 Pounds of Clay'
because it had reference to woman being created from building materials,
considered to be blasphemous. The
song reached No. 9 in the UK charts by April 20th.
1967 - Sandie Shaw won the Eurovision Song Contest
held in Vienna representing Britain with the song 'Puppet On A String'.
She became the first UK female artist to win the contest.
1967 - Otis
Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley and Booker T And
The MG's appeared live
at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
1970 - The London premiere of the movie 'Woodstock'
1977 - Damned are the first UK punk band to play
1982 - New Order's bass player Peter Hook was
knocked unconscious during a riot at a gig in Rotterdam.
1994 - Electrician Gary Smith who was working
at Kurt Cobain's house in Seattle discovered Cobain's body lying on
the floor in the greenhouse. Local radio station KXRX broke the news
at 9.40am that Kurt is dead. A shotgun was found next to Cobain's body.
had committed suicide three days before.
1991 - Virgin Records are involved in a lawsuit
claiming that Paula Abdul did not do all the singing on her hit album,
"Forever Your Girl." . Virgin eventually win.
- Tommy Lee of Motley Crue was jailed (for 6 months)
after breaking a probation order incurred on him for an assault on a
photographer some months previously.
2000 - Sean "Puffy" Combs cancels a
sold-out appearance at London's Wembley stadium. The show is the planned
finale of the rapper's European tour. Fans are not offered an explanation
for the cancellation, according to the BBC, and are told only that refunds
would be available at the point of purchase.
1956 - Gene Vincent recorded the classic rock
'n roll song 'Bebop-A-Lula.
1965 - Bruce Johnston joined the Beach Boys as
the permanent replacement for Brian Wilson & the Rolling Stones'
dress sense was attacked by E.M. Roberts, a Welsh headmaster, who was
particularly critical of corduroy trousers. He said it was a 'disservice
to the young if adults interpret freedom as a complete disregard of
1966 - Jeff Beck collapsed on stage during
a Yardbirds gig in Marseilles, France.
1969 - David Bowie met future wife Angie
Barnett for the first time at The Speakeasy Club, London.
1973 - Queen, newly signed to EMI played
their debut performance at the Marquee Club in London.
1989 - 37 years after his US chart debut
with 3 O'Clock Blues, B.B. King finally enjoys UK success, entering
chart at No. 12 with U2 on When Love Comes to Town.
1989 - 53 yr old
Rolling Stone rocker, Bill Wyman announced his forthcoming marriage
to 19 year old Mandy Smith. He revealed the couple had been dating for
six years. The marraige lasted only 17months. (Bill's
30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46)
1989 - 37 years after his US chart debut with
3 O'Clock Blues, B.B. King finally enjoys UK success, entering chart
at No. 12 with U2 on When Love Comes to Town.
1997 - Soundgarden announce that they are to disband
- Eminem agreed to pay $100,000 minus attorney's
fees to a man who had filed a civil lawsuit against him for allegedly
hitting him in the head and face with an unloaded handgun. The man,
John Guerra, had kissed Eminem's wife Kim.
2003 - Paul McCartney played his first Manchester
show in 24 years when he appeared at the MEN Arena as part of the UK
leg on the 'Back In The World Tour 2003.'
1956 - Nat King Cole was attacked on stage and
badly beaten up
by racial segregationists during a show
in Birmingham, Alabama.
1965 - A School in Wrexham, Wales, asked
parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to send them
to school in 'corduroy trousers', like the ones worn by The Rolling
1968 - On his 41st single release Cliff
Richard had his ninth UK No.1 with 'Congratulations' the British entry
in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest.
1970 - Doors singer Jim Morrison is dragged
offstage by keyboardist Ray Manzerak during a concert in Boston, when
Morrison screams to the audience, 'Would you like to see my genitals',
the management switched of the power.
1970 - 27
year old Paul McCartney announces he's quit the Beatles with no future
plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music
with John Lennon. He also added he is forming 'McCartney Productions',
and that he's bought the film rights to 'Rupert the Bear'.
1976 - Peter Frampton went to No.1 on the US album
chart with 'Frampton Comes Alive', the biggest selling 'live' album
in rock history.
1976 - UK music weekly The Melody Maker reviewed
a Sex Pistols gig with the words, 'I hope we shall hear no more of them.'
1978 - Cher appeared on the cover of "People"
with her boyfriend Gene Simmons
1990 -Tom Waits took Doritos Chips to court for
using a 'Waites', sound-alike on radio ads. The jury awarded him $2.475
million in punitive damages.
1994 - Over 5,000 fans attended a public memorial
service for Kurt Cobain at Seattle Flag Pavilion.
2001 - Bruce Springsteen
was awarded more than £2m damages after winning
a court battle to keep the rights to his early songs. Ronald Winter
of Masquerade Music had released the album 'Before The Fame' was found
to be in breach of copyright.
1956 - Travelling
from Amarillo to Nashville, the plane that Elvis Presley was flying
on developed engine trouble and was forced to make an emergency landing.
The incident created a fear of flying for Presley.
1961 - Bob Dylan plays his first 'professional'
gig at Gerde's Folk City. He opened forJohn Lee Hooker. He sings 'House
of the Rising Sun' and 'Song to Woody'. Joan Baez supported
him from the audience.
1964 - Beatles occupy
a record-breaking fourteen positions on US Hot 100 chart - Can't Buy
Me Love (1), Twist and Shout (2), She Loves You (4), I Want to Hold
Your Hand (7), Please Please Me (9), Do You Want to Know a Secret (14),
I Saw Her Standing There (38), You Can't Do That (48), All My Loving
(50), From Me to You (52), Thank You Girl (61), There's a Place (74),
Roll Over Beethoven (78) and Love Me Do (81)
1970 - Peter Green
quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany, to avoid breach of contract
he agreed to finish the current tour.
1977 - Alice Cooper
played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd
to attend a rock concert in the country's history.
1981 - Eddie Van
Halen marries Valerie Bertinelli
1986 - Dave Clark's
musical 'Time' opened at London's Dominion Theatre, starring Cliff Richard.
1991 - Paula Abdul
held a press conference in Hollywood to deny allegations that backing
vocalist Yvete Marine had sung un-credited lead parts on Paula's 'Forever
Your Girl' LP.
2001 - Robbie Williams
raised £165,000 at a charity auction with the money going to his
old school in Stoke to build a performing arts block. Items included
his personal possessions, including a toilet from a stage show, a Union
Jack bikini, Tiger's head briefs, a Millennium jet pack and the hand
written lyrics to 'Angels' which sold for £27,000.
1954 - Bill Haley and the Comets record Rock Around
the Clock at Pythian Temple on West Wide of New City. Song first released
as R&B number by Sonny Dae
1957 - The 'King of Skiffle' Lonnie Donegan was
at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Cumberland Gap.'
1967 - US Greyhound bus company begins a guided
tour service of 'Hippyland' in San Francisco.
1966 - Tom Jones went into hospital to have his
tonsils removed, (or was it maybe a nose job).
Jan Berry suffers the car crash that ends his career, when
driving his white Corvette in Los Angeles following news that he's been
1973 - That'll Be the Day, starring David
Essex and Ringo Starr, premieres at ABC Shaftesbury Avenue.
1975 - David Bowie announced his second career
retirement, saying, 'I've rocked my roll. It's a boring dead end, there
will be no more rock 'n' roll records from me.'
1989 - Two DJ's on Los Angeles station KLOS asked
what ever happened to David Cassidy' The singer called the station up
and the presenters invited him onto the show. David played three songs
live on air and was subsequently signed by a new record label.
1993 - Actress Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from
1997 - The Fugees play the first of two Charity
gigs in Haiti . The gigs, to raise money for Haitian refugees, end up
costing more than they raised.
2000 - The members of Metallica filed a suit against
Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California and
Indiana University for copyright infringement.
1967 - Rolling Stones perform behind Iron Curtain
for the first time at the Palace of Culture, Warsaw. Police use tear
gas to subdue 2,000 fans.
1969 - Diana Ross appeared solo on Dinah Shore's
NBC-TV special "Like Hep".
- Led Zeppelin became the
first band to sell out the Montreal Forum.
1973 -The Who's frontman,
rocker Roger Daltrey releases his first solo LP. The album entitled
"Daltrey" is produced by 60's pop star Adam Faith.
1979 - Five days into Van Halen's latest tour,
David Lee Roth collapsed from exhaustion on stage in Spokane, Washington.
1980 - The musical Grease closed after 3,388 performances
in New York, having grossed over $8 million. It
was nominated for seven Tony Awards but won none.
December 1979, Grease broke Broadways
long-run record. The show also ran for over two years in Mexico under
the title Vaselina, becoming the longest-running musical there too.
1982 - David Crosby was arrested when police
found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a
show in Dallas.
1985 - "The Grand Ole Opry" debuted
on US television. "The
Grand Ole Opry" is
the oldest continuous radio program in the United States, having been
broadcast on WSM since October 5, 1925.
1993 - The first 'Aerosmith Day' was observed
in the State of Massachusetts after the band were given their very own
holiday by then-Governor William Weld .
2002 - Thieves broke in to a house in Bexhill,
Sussex and stole a hi- fi system and the
owners entire Showaddywaddy record collection,
but left albums by Madonna, Robbie Williams and Oasis.
2003 - The Beatles Apple Corp company was listed
as Britain's fastest profit-growth firm with an annual profit growth
1922 - Jeanette
Vreeland sang the first radio concert from an airplane as she flew over
New York City.
1956 - Little Richard's Long Tall Sally hits top
of US R&B chart.
1967 - With hype stating them to be 'the most
significant talent since the Beatles', Polydor releases Bee Gees' New
York Mining Disaster'.
1968 - During a performance at the Royal Festival
Hall in London, Pink Floyd demonstate 'Azimuth co-ordinator', a device
for projecting sound from anywhere in the concert hall, called 'more
furious madness from the massed gadgets of Auzimenes's.
1969 - The recording of The
Beatles first stereo single'The
Ballad Of John and Yoko' took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney
and John Lennon, Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars.
1971 - The Illinois Crime Commission issued a
list of 'drug-oriented records' including Jefferson Aiplanes 'White
Rabbit', Procol Harums 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' and The Beatles 'Lucy
In The Sky With Diamonds.'
1976 - Motown Records and Stevie Wonder held a
news conference to announce he had signed a "$13 million-plus"
contract with the label.
1975 - A
Rolling Stones press release confirmed that Ron Wood would be joining
the band for their American tour;
there had been many rumour's that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck
or Chris Spedding may replace Mick Taylor as guitarist.
1984 - Michael Jackson's Thriller LP logs 37th
week at No. 1 in US - the longest run in pop history.
- Successful British
urban R&B singer Mark Morrison was convicted with threatening a
police officer with an illegal 23,000-volt electric stun gun. The singer
left Maryebone Magistrates' Court in tears after being warned he was
likely to be sent to prison.
2001 - P.
Diddy, Sean Puffy Combs,
was arrested in Miami for riding a scooter in South Beach on a suspended
driver's license. He was released 20 minutes later after signing a promise
to appear in court.
1958 - Buddy Holly's Fender Stratocaster guitar
was stolen at a St. Louis concert.
- Buffalo Springfield performed
for the first time as the support act for the Byrds in San Bernadino,
1967 - Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra
started a 4 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Somethin'
Stupid', The only father and daughter act ever to score a No.1 single.
1978 - Television were forced to postpone
their gig at Bristol's Colston Hall after the 40 foot truck carrying
their equipment was involved in a crash killing the driver.
- Billy Joel broke his left wrist when
his motorbike hit a car in.
Long Island, New York.
He spent a month in hospital.
1989 - 'You Got It' takes Roy Orbison into the
American Top 10 for the first time since Pretty Woman in 1964 - a gap
of 24 and a half years. His Top 10 success has thus spanned over 28
1989 - Tone Loc's Loc-ed After Dark becomes first
black rap LP to hit No. 1 in US.
1996 - Milli Vanilli singer Rob Pilatus
was jailed for 90 days by a Los Angeles judge for three violent attacks
and parole violation.
1996 - The rest of Jerry Garcia's ashes
were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A small
portion had been scattered in the Ganges River in India 11 days earlier.
2003 - Beyonce was sued by the Wilhemina Artist
Agency who claimed she hadn't paid them the commission for her L'Oral
ads. The agency claimed the singer refused to pass on the 10 percent
of the $1m (£640,000), deal that was brokered by the agency.
1969 . . Desmond Dekker and the Aces went to No.1
on the UK singles chart with 'The Israelites', making Dekker the first
Jamaican artist to have an UK No.1 single.
1969 . . MC5 were dropped by Elektra after
the group paid for ad in paper slamming a record store for not carrying
1974 . . Queen held its first U.S. concert
at Regis College in Denver, CO.
1993 - Billy Burnette announces he's leaving Fleetwood
Mac. He wants to concentrate on recording country music
1976 . . Eric Faulkner (Bay City Rollers) takes
pill overdose but recovers in hospital
1999 . . Shania Twain became the first woman to
be named as songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters
2003 . . Jerry Lee Lewis filed for divorce from
his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver Lewis. The 67-year-old singer married
Kerrie in 1984 who was the president of Lewis Enterprises Inc. fan club.
1960 . . Eddie Cochran dies, Gene Vincent &
Sharon Sheely are
seriously injured when their car blows a tyre and crashes on the A4
at Chippenham. UK.
Eddie Cochran died from severe brain injuries, caused by the
1970 . . Johnny Cash played at the White house
for President Nixon, who requested that he played 'A Boy Named Sue.'
1971 . . All four Beatles have solo singles
in UKcharts: Paul McCartney: Another Day, Ringo Starr: It Don't come
Baby, John Lennon, Power To The People and George Harrison: My Sweet
1980 . . Bob Marley plays at Rhodesia Independence
Day celebrations as the official guests of State at Zimbabwe's Independence
2004 . . Kurt Cobain's Mark IV-style Mosrite
Gospel guitar sold for $100,000 at the Icons of 20th Century Music auction
held in Dallas, Texas. Other items sold included Elton John and Bernie
Taupin's song writing piano which sold for $140,000 and a 1966 Rickenbacker
guitar owned by The Byrds Roger McGuinn's sold for $99,000.
1796 . . "The Archers" by Benjamin Carr
was performed in New York City. It was the first opera written by an
1973 . . The Neil Young movie "Journey Through
the Past" debuted at the Dallas Film Festival.
1975 . . Four Bay City Rollers fans were taken
to hospital and 35 others required on site treatment after they attempted
to swim across a lake to meet their heroes at a BBC Radio 1 fun day
at Mallory Park.
1985 . . Liberace grossed more than $2,000,000
for his engagement at
New York City's Radio City Music Hall. He broke his own record of $1.6
1988 . . Holland-Dozier-Holland are inducted
into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
2005 . . Reebok
(sports firm) pulled a UK TV ad featuring
50 Cent after Lucy
Cope, a mother whose son was shot dead
complained it glamorised gun crime. The ASA were investigating 54 other
veiwer complaints over a reference to the rapper having been shot nine
1924 . . "The Chicago Barn Dance" debuted
on WLS Radio in Chicago.
The show, later renamed "The National Barn Dance." was one
the longest running programs on radio. The show blended music, comedy
and down-home theatrical skits that lasted well over five decades.
1965 . . The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music
International) Show opened in London under the title Teenage Command
Performance. Partly financed by Phil Spector, it featured The Rolling
Stones, Supremes, Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey
Robinson & The Miracles
1978 . . More than forty musicians, including
Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and John Hall, petition Jimmy
Carter to halt USA's commitment to nuclear power
1980 . . Brian Johnson 32 year old singer
with Geordie joined AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott, who died after a drinking
2000 . . Phil Collins won £250,000
in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band.
The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the
two musicians had no other income they would not have to pay it back.
- 'Your Hit Parade' was first broadcast on radio.
Sponsered by the Lucky
cigarette company, it aired for 20 years on radio, and from '50 to '59
on TV. "Your Hit Parade survey checks the best sellers of sheet
music and phonograph records - the songs most heard on the air and most
played on the automatic coin machines - an accurate, authentic tabulation
of America's taste in popular music.
1959 - Dolly
Parton at 13
years old releases Puppy Love in the US, her first single.
1968 - Deep Purple
live show in Denmark at Tastrup
1970 - The New York
Times reported that Catholic and Protestant youth groups had adopted
the Yellow Submarine as a religious symbol.
1979 - Lighting
director Billy Duffy was killed in a accident during a Kate Bush concert
in Southampton, England. 21-year old Duffy fell twenty feet through
an open trap door on the stage. Kate Bush held a benefit concert on
12th May with Peter Gabriel and Steve Harley at London's Hammersmith
Odeon for his family.
1981 - John Phillips of The Mamas and the
Papas was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to drug possession
charges; the sentence was suspended after 30 days. Phillips started
touring the US lecturing against the dangers of taking drugs.
1985 - The charity
record 'We Are The World' by USA For Africa went to No.1 on the UK singles
chart. The all-star cast included Bruce
Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Tina
Turner, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan plus the composer's writers of the track,
Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
1990 - It
is the start of 'Janet Jackson week' in Los Angeles and Janet
Jackson was bestowed with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1992 - 'A Concert
For Life' took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Freddie Mercury
and for aids awareness. A host of mega stars appeared, including Extreme,
Bob Geldof, U2, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses, George Michael with Queen,
Elton John, Annie Lennox and David Bowie.
2000 - Robert Plant
appeared at Disney's Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida to leave
his handprints outside the theatre.
2002 - In the dispute
over who owned the rights to Nirvana's recordings Dave Grohl and Kirst
Novoselic asked a Seattle Court to prove that Courtney Love was mentally
stable. They told the court that Love was 'irrational, mercurial, self-centred,
unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable.' They also claimed a contract
was invalid because Love was 'stoned' at the time.
2011 - After 42 years
as lead guitarist with British heavy metal band Judas Priest, it was
announced founder member K.K. Downing had retired from the band and
would not complete the Epitaph World Tour. K.K. cited differences with
the band and management and a breakdown in their relationship. Sadly
that left his life long friend, bassist Ian Hill, as the only remaining
founding member of the band.
1963 . . The Beatles and the Rolling Stones met
for the first time at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England. The Rolling
Stones opened show.
1969 . . Janis Joplin, accompanied by her newly
formed band made her first London concert appearance at Royal Albert
Hall. Janis Joplin & Her Kozmic Blues Band, which contained a horn
section had a southern soul leaning and feeling. This performance was
considered one of the best of her (sadly short) career.
1977 . . "Annie" opened on Broadway.
Natalie Cole and John Denver were guests on Frank Sinatra's ABC-TV special
"Sinatra & Friends".
. . Jesse Winchester performs in US for the first
time in ten years following a move to Canada to avoid the draft.
1993 . . Bill Wyman marries ££ year
old Suzanne Accosta.
2004 . . Former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan
was attacked in a London pub. The singer was assaulted at the Joiner's
Arms pub in central London and suffered a fractured cheekbone after
being kicked, punched and hit with a metal bar.
1961 . . First annual Country Music Festival held
in US, at the 13,000-seater Coliseum in Jacksonville, with Faron Young
and Earl Scrubbs.
1969 . . The Who gave their first complete live
performance of the rock opera "Tommy" at a show in Dolton,
England, and exactly 5 years later ~
1974: Tina Turner started filming
in the role of Acid Queen in the Who's film "Tommy."
1978 . . John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their
first ever appearance as The Blues Brothers when they appeared on US
TV's 'Saturday Night Live'. (NBS)
1981 . . Eric Clapton was hospitalised
with injuries from a car crash
in Seattle, WA. . He suffered bruised ribs
and a lacerated chin.
1993 . . The Who's 'Tommy' opened on Broadway
at the St James Theatre.
1969 . . The Ash Grove, 8162 Melrose Avenue
in West Los Angeles burns to the ground. Founded by Ed Pearl in 1959
it grew - almost by accident - from a typical folk coffee house into
a major musical power centre which dominated the alternative musical
environment, first of Los Angeles, then the entire West Coast during
the next decade.
1978 . . Sid Vicious filmed his rendition of Paul
Anka's "My Way" for the Sex Pistols' film "The Great
Rock n' Roll Swindle."
1987 . . Carole King sued record company owner
Lou Adler for breach of contract. King asked $400,000 in royalties the
rights to her old recordings.
1988 . . Whitney Houston becomes first artist
to hit No. 1 on US Hot 100 with seven consecutive singles as 'Where
Do Broken Hearts Go' hits the top. Previous record holders (with six
each) were Beatles and Bee Gees. She becomes the second only
artist to release four No.
1s from the same LP.
1997 . . The Four Tops received a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1934 - The pipeless organ was patented by Laurens
1957 - Ricky Nelson's first record, "Teenager's
Romance," was released.
the Saturday night pop-music show,
Your Hit Parade, that's been running since April 1935, has its last
US radio broadcast.
1961 - Bob Dylan makes his recording debut, playing
harmonica on the title track of Harry Belafonte's LP Midnight Special.
He is paid $50.
1965 - Brian Epstein won the 'star prize'
of an album when he had his letter published in music weekly 'Melody
Maker' informing it's readers that Paul McCartney played lead guitar
on 'Ticket To Ride.'
1968 - Apple Records refused to sign David Bowie.
1968 - Enjoying a wild birthday party Keith Moon
drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming
1976 - Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening
with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday
Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer
on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play 3 songs live. Lennon and
McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they
were too tired. This we the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.
1984 - R.E.M. kicked off a 7-date UK tour at the
Tin Can Club, Birmingham, England, the bands first UK tour.
1990 - While constructing the set for Pink
Floyd's "The Wall" concert in
Potsdamer Platz, Germany, Roger Waters road crew discovers an unexploded
World War II bomb.
1992 - David Bowie marries fashion model Iman
in a secret ceremony in Switzerland.
1994 - Madonna visited the San Antonio Spurs locker
room to congratulate David Robinson on his 71-point performance.
2003 . . The first official UK download
chart was compiled after the big five record companies- EMI, Warners,
Sony, BMG and Universal combined for a Digital Download day. Over 150,000
computer users had downloaded 1.1m tracks.
The Net Parade Top 3: No.3, Tatu, 'All The Things She Said', No.2, Coldplay,
'Clocks' and No.1 Christina Aguilera, 'Beautiful.'
1968 . . The Beatles refused to perform for the
Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show because "Our
decision would be the same no matter what the cause. We don't do benefits."
1977 . . Elvis Presley records three tracks live
(subsequently released on the Moody Blue LP) at Michigan Civic Centre
- his last recordings.
1978 . . The final punk performance was
staged at London's 100 Club given by Alternative TV
1981 . . The band 'Wings' disband when guitarist
Denny Laine quits.
1985 . . "Big River," a musical
by Roger Miller & William Hauptman, opens on Broadway at the Eugene
O'Neill Theatre. It ran for 1,005 performances, and laters wins a Tony
as Best Musical.
1975 . . B.J. Thomas had the longest title of
a number one song at the top of the "Billboard" popular music
chart. The song was "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done
Somebody Wrong Song."
1977 . . "Studio 54" at 254 West
54th Street, the dream of Steve Rubell & Ian Schrager, opens for
business. The club grossed an estimated 7 million after one year of
1978 . . Ringo Starr stars in his first TV special
in America - an updated version of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper.
1980 . . "Studio 54" at 254 West
. . Joe
Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in The Clash cancelling
a tour. He was found living rough in Paris.
1982 . . Rod Stewart was mugged in Los Angeles
in broad daylight. He was robbed of his $50,000 Porsche by a gunman
on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles. He
was not hurt in the incident.
1998 . . The Simpsons' season nine episode "Trash
of the Titans", was aired, it was dedicated to memory of Linda
1967 . . Bee Gees debut on UK chart with "New
York Mining Disaster" and Traffic debut
on US charts with their LP "Mr. Fantasy".
1975 . . Pink Floyd played the last of a four
night run at Los Angeles' Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested
over the four nights for possession of marijuana.
1976 . . Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish
Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes were found
in his luggage.
1981 . . Ringo Starr marries Barbara Bach
at Marylebone Registry Office.
1990 . . Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses marries Don
Everly's daughter, Erin. The marriage lasts 27 days.
1994 . . A man was arrested after breaking
into Ace Of Base singer Jenny Berggren's home. Jenny was asleep at the
time and woke up to find the man above her holding a hunting knife.
1955 - Alan Freed and Coral invalidate his contract
as label A&R man only a month after he signed. Freed says he does
not have the time to do the job properly.
1965 - Barbara Streisand's first TV special aired
on CBS. It was titled "My Name is Barbara".
1968 - The musical 'Hair' opened at the Baltimore
Theatre, New York. The first rock- musical, it went on to give 1,729
performances on Broadway and was made into a movie in 1979.
1973 - Pink Floyd's album 'Dark
Side Of The Moon' went to No.1 on the US chart, seeing a record breaking
741 weeks, selling over 20 million copies world-wide.
1987 - On a plane that was returning to
Boston, from Miami, Ozzy Osbourne bought three rounds of drinks and
sang "Crazy Train" over the PA system.
1987 - For the first time, a compact disc
of an album was released before its vinyl version. The album was "The
Art of Excellence" by Tony Bennett.
1989 - High
school sweethearts, Jon Bon Jovi
and Dorothea Hurley were married.
1991 - Bonnie Raitt and Michael O'Keefe
1999 - Marilyn Manson walked off stage
during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa, when he realized that someone
had put a large yellow "smiley face" on a stage prop. 23 arrests
were made in the aftermath.
2000 - Paul
Atkinson was jailed for three years after being found guilty of stealing
more than £25,000 from Rolling Stone drummer, Charlie Watts. Atkinson
had been the manager of an Arabian stud farm owned by Mr. Watts.
2002 - Vince Neil allegedly attacked a record
producer outside the Rainbow Room in West Hollywood. (9.
27.02. Neil pleaded guilty to
the misdemeanor charge of battery)
1936 - First television interview takes place
with actress Peggy O'Neill interviewed at the Ideal Home Exhibition,
1960 - Warner Brothers launched its own record
label in Britain with the release of The Everly Brothers 'Cathy's Clown.'
1967 - a fourteen-hour Technicolour Dream
event is held in London at Alexandra Palace with Pink Floyd, Soft Machine,
Pretty Things and Arthur Brown.
1976 - Bruce Springsteen climbed the wall
of Graceland to meet Elvis Presley. Elvis wasn't home.
1980 - Black Sabbath began their first tour with
Ronnie James Dio as singer.
1988 - Eric Clapton filed for a divorce from Patti
1993 - Barry White, an
animated version, was a guest
on "The Simpsons."
- Tupac Shakur married Keisha
Morris inside the Clinton Correctional Facility. He was serving a 4
1/2 year jail term for sex abuse.
1997 - Boy
George was accused of being a 'professional liar' by musician singer
Kirk Brandon during a London court hearing. Brandon was in court suing
the singer over claims in George's autobiography that pair had slept
2001 - Rod Stewart asked for a change in wedding
vows bringing them up to-date and to be treated like a dog licence.
Stewart said "a change is needed because they've been in existence
for 600 years when people used to live until they were only 35".
1954 - The Metropolitan Disc Jockey Club and Association
of Broadcasting is launched in the US with a New York press party
1965 - Bob Dylan opens his UK tour in Sheffield
1968 - BBC TV launched The Cilla Black Show, making
Cilla the first British female performer to have her own TV show. The
theme song, Step Inside Love, was written by Paul McCartney.
1968 - The Kaleidoscope Ballroom opens
on Sunset Strip, Los Angeles with Jefferson Airplane and Canned Heat.
1970 - Twiggs Lyndon, Allmann Brothers' road manager
is arrested for murder. He stabbed a club manager for breach of contract.
1976 - The Who's drummer, Keith Moon, so it is
said, paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street
so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.
1978 - Rock against Racism Rally held in
Victoria Park, featuring Clash and Tom Robinson
1980 - The film 'McVicar' with The Who's
Roger Daltrey in the title role premiered in London.
1992 - While Los Angeles is gripped by
rioting and looting, following the Rodney King verdict, Madonna's bustier
was stolen from Fredrick's Of Hollywood. A $1,000 reward was offered
for its return.
1998 - The Oak Ridge Boys performed in
Washington, DC, at the 50th anniversary ceremony of the American Red
Cross' blood services.
2001 - A light aircraft carrying Sting
went off the runway as it landed in Florence. None of the four aboard,
Sting a friend and two pilots was hurt. Brake failure was suspected.
2005 - The Dave Matthews Band agreed to
pay $200,000 (£105,000) after their tour bus dumped human waste
on a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August 2004. Bus driver Stefan
Wohl who was alone on board the bus at the time the sewage was dumped
was fined $10,000 (£5,200).
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