THIS DAY :-
The first auto-change gramophone is introduced by HMV, price £125.
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 hour.
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 Records.
- 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.
Shakur became the first artist ever to have an album top
the Billboard 200 while serving a prison sentence when
Against the World' went to number one. [April01]
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.
1960 - Highlander Folk Schools 7th annual college
workshop took place on the first weekend in April, with 83 students from 20 colleges
attending. As part of a talent show and dance, Guy Carawan taught the students
the song "We Shall Overcome".
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'
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.
- Frank Sinatra scored his first ever UK No.1 album with 'Portrait Of Sinatra',
his 46th album release.
1979 - 2 April - Kate Bush begins her first and,
to date, her only live tour.
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
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.
- 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 in London
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 - Brotherhood
of Man win the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK with the song "Save Your
Kisses For Me". It goes on to be the biggest-selling Eurovision winner ever.
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 for MTV.
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.
- 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.
2007 - American rock band Survivor performed "Eye
of the Tiger" on ABC's Dancing with the Stars
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
- The Beatles
made history as the only act ever to simultaneously occupy the Billboard Hot 100
chart's entire top five positions.No. 1, "Can't Buy Me Love", No. 2,
"Twist and Shout", No. 3, "She Loves You", No. 4, "I
Want to Hold Your Hand", No. 5, "Please Please Me"..
1967 - Jimi Hendrix was the special guest on the first edition
of the UK BBC- TV's 'Dee Time', along with Kiki Dee and Cat Stevens.
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.
1970 - 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 back surgery.
1995 - While
serving a prison sentence, Tupac
Shakur married his long-time girlfriend, Keisha
Morris; the couple divorced in 1996.
- Jerry Garcia's widow, Deborah, and guitarist Bob
Weir scatter part of Jerry's ashes in the Ganges River in India. A
days later on April 15th, the rest of Jerry Garcia's ashes were scattered near
the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
2000 . . Mick
Jagger attends the opening of an arts center named after him at Dartford Grammar
School in southeast England.
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 2 months.
- Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney perform together, for the first time since
2002, at the Radio City Music Hall for the David Lynch Foundation.
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 his father).
1967 - Paul McCartney flies to US for Jane Asher's 21st
birthday party in Denver, Colorado, carrying a large diamond ring which she later
1969 - The
first International Festival of Country Music takes place at Wembley
- The 19th Eurovision Song Contest is staged at The Dome in Brighton. The
winning Swedish group ABBA, go on to be the top-selling act of the decade.
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.
- 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
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.
1956 - Elvis
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.
- 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
1971 - The Rolling Stones launched their
own record label, 'Rolling Stones Records', with a million deal with Atlantic
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.
2002 . .
Sarah McLachlan and drummer Ashwin Sood, welcome their baby
daughter, India Ann Sushil Sood .
1943 - LSD synthesised by Albert Hofman
- 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.
1973 - Cliff
Richard takes part in the 18th Eurovision Song Contest. He finishes in 3rd place
for the UK with the song "Power to All Our Friends".
- The Shadows represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
in Stockholm, Sweden. They come second.. 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
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 in Beijing.
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.
1990 - 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.
2007 - Joss Stone's third studio album Introducing Joss
Stone enters the U.S. Billboard 200 at No.2, the highest début entry by
a British female solo artist on the U.S. chart; the record was previously held
by Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, which had come in at No.7 the previous week.
1961 - BBC
banned the 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' took
1977 - Damned are the first UK punk band
to play US.
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. He 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.
1998 - 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.
.. Angelina Jolie 'demands DNA test'; the actress has reportedly
ordered husband Brad Pitt to prove that he has not fathered the children of musician
Melissa Etheridge. Etheridge was once a close friend of the couple and she recently
revealed on an Australian talk show that she considered asking Pitt to donate
his sperm to her and then-partner Julie Cypher.
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 the rules'.
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,
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
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.'
2013 - Keith
Richards announced on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that Mick Taylor would be performing
with the band for shows on the 50 & Counting... tour.
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
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.
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
1994 - Over 5,000 fans attended a public
memorial service for Kurt Cobain at Seattle Flag Pavilion.
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.
That's What I Call Music! 63" aka "Now 63" was released on audio
cassette, digital download, and Compact Disc. This 63th edition of the Now! series
in the United Kingdom was the last of the series to be released on audio
That's What I Call Music! 63" was released; "You
Got The Love" by The Source ft. Candi Staton became the first track ever
to appear 3 times on the UK series "Now
That's What I Call Music!". It also appeared on No's 19
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.
- 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.
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.
2006 - Proof aka Deshaun Holton, was fatally shot
in the head and chest by club bouncer Mario Etheridge at the CCC Club on 8 Mile
Road in Detroit after Proof shot Keith Bender, Jr. (Etheridge's cousin) to death.
2009 - Susan Boyle's version of the song "I
Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Misérables on Britain's Got
Talent becomes a worldwide sensation, as it is seen over 200 million times on
YouTube and other video outlets.
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
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
1966 - Jan Berry
suffers the car crash that ends his career, when
driving his white Corvette in Los Angeles following news that he's been drafted.
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 Lenny Kravitz.
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.
The members of Metallica filed a suit against Napster, Yale
University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright
2007 . . Pete Doherty and Carl
Barât played 13 songs together at the second of Doherty's "An Evening
with Pete Doherty" gigs at the Hackney Empire, London.
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
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.
Who's frontman, rocker Roger Daltrey releases his first solo LP. The album entitled
"Daltrey" is produced by 60's pop star Adam Faith.
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
1982 - David Crosby was arrested when
police found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a show
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
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 of 194%
2010 - Legendary
Sir Cliff Richard performed "Congratulations" at the 70th birthday celebrations
of Queen Margrethe II in Denmark.
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', Puff The Magic
Dragon by Peter, Paul and Mary 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.
1997 - 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.
1927 - 15 inches of rain fell on New Orleans in just
18 hours,; this event later inspired the Randy Newman song "Louisiana 1927".
1958 - Buddy Holly's Fender Stratocaster guitar was stolen
at a St. Louis concert.
1960 - 200 students assembled
in Raleigh, NC, for a three-day conference at Shaw University. Called by the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to develop a youth wing, the students instead
organized the independent Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). They
invited Guy Carawan to lead the singing, and he closed this first evening with
"We Shall Overcome"
- Buffalo Springfield performed for
the first time as the support act for the Byrds in San Bernadino, CA.
- 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.
1969 - Archie Bell of The
Drells completes his tour of duty in Vietnam and is discharged from the US Army.
1971 - The Beatles win their only Oscar, taking Best
Original Song Score for their movie Let It Be.
- 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
- Billy Joel broke his left wrist when his motorbike
hit a car in Long Island, New York. He spent over 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 years.
1989 - Tone
Loc's Loc-ed After Dark becomes first black rap LP to hit No. 1 in US.
- 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
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.
- Elton John cleans out his closet and raises over $700,000
for his AIDS Foundation when he sells over 10,000 articles of clothing in his
Elton's Closet sale in New York.
2007 - The
rock band Cluster reunite for their first concert since 1996.
- A virtual Tupac Shakur performs at the Coachella festival,
rapping "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" before
disappearing in a flash. Often reported as a hologram, the technology used to
bring Tupac to life later revealed to be a system of mirrors, glass and computer
2014 - the Rolling Stones announced
that they had rescheduled their Australian tour to start at the newly revamped
Adelaide Oval on 25 October.
1957 . . 77 Sunset Strip debuts as
an episode of ABC-TV's Conflict series.
1966 . .
Percy Sledge released his international hit "When A Man Loves A Woman"
on Atlantic Records, it became the first gold record released by Atlantic Records.
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.
. . Elektra drops the MC5 after the retailer Hudson's pulls all Elektra
album in retaliation for an ad MC5 put in an underground paper that said "F--k
Hudson's." The band was upset because they refused to stock their Kick Out
The Jams album.
1974 . . Queen kick off their
first U.S. concert at Regis College in Denver, CO. on
their first USA tour, supporting Mott The Hoople.
1993 . . Billy
Burnette announces he's leaving Fleetwood Mac. He wants to concentrate on recording
1971 . . The Rolling Stones release
Brown Sugar, which is the first single out on their own label, Rolling Stones
1972 . . Electric Light Orchestra make
their live debut at the Fox and Greyhound pub in Park Lane, Croydon, England.
1973 . . Paul McCartney's first
television special, James Paul McCartney, aired on ABC, featuring some Beatles
songs, new Wings tracks, sketches, and a performance of a song called "Gotta
Sing, Gotta Dance," originally written for Twiggy.
1976 . . Eric
Faulkner of The Bay City Rollers took a pill overdose but luckily he recovered
1976 . . Boz Scaggs goes to visit
friend Bobby "Blue" Bland backstage at the famed Antone's in Austin,
TX, and is beaten unconscious by two bouncers.
1992 . . Nirvana
appears on the cover of Rolling Stone with Kurt Cobain wearing a T-shirt that
says, "Corporate Magazines Still Suck".
1999 . . Shania
Twain became the first woman to be named as songwriter/artist of the year by the
Nashville Songwriters Association International.
1996 . . Kiss
perform at the Grammys in full makeup and fabulous costumes. It's olny the second
time since 1980 (following their 1995 MTV Unplugged taping) that all four original
members have been on stage together.
1996 . . Judy
Collins marries her second husband, designer Louis Nelson.
1997 . .
Elton John is awarded an honorary membership to his old
alma mater, Britain's Royal Academy of Music.
2003 . . After
suffering a stroke in his Manhattan apartment, Luther Vandross is admitted to
a local hospital.
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.
2007 . . Ornette Coleman wins the Pulitzer Prize
for music for his 2006 album, Sound Grammar, the first jazz work to receive the
2008 . . Barbra Streisand donates $5 million
to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for a women's heart education
and research program.
1960 . . Eddie
Cochran dies, and Gene Vincent &
Sharon Sheely are seriously injured when their car blows a tyre and crashes on
the A4 at Chippenham in England. Eddie died from severe brain injuries, he was
only just 21..
. . Van Morrison's band 'Them', made their
first concert appearance, at Belfast's Maritime Hotel.
1969 . . The first
solo concert by The Band is held, in San Francisco, CA.
1970 . . Johnny Cash played at the White house for President
Nixon, who requested that he played 'A Boy Named Sue.'
. . Paul McCartney released his first solo album, 'McCartney', it reached
the No.2 spot in the UK and topped the Billboard 200 chart in America
. . 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 Lord.
1975 . . Queen arrived
in Tokyo to begin their fisrt tour of Japan. They were overwhelmed to discover
over 1.200 screaming fans had gathered to welcome them.
. . Bob Marley plays at Rhodesia Independence Day celebrations as the official
guests of State at Zimbabwe's Independence festival.
. . Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles marries screenwriter Jay Roach in Los
1995 . . American singer-songwriter
Judy Collins gets married 18 years to the day after meeting her husband-to-be,
designer and fellow activist Louis Nelson.
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.
2005 . . Digital downloads are included in the
chart for the first time, but only for sales of a record with an equivalent physical
2007 . . Arcturus officially announces
they are splitting up.
2010 . . The Rolling
Stones released a limited edition 7-inch vinyl single of the previously unreleased
track "Plundered My Soul" in honour of Record Store Day.
1796 . . "The Archers" by
Benjamin Carr was performed in New York City. It was the first opera written by
an American composer.
1960 . . Bobby Rydell guests as "The Singing Delinquent"
on an episode of Make Room For Daddy on CBS-TV.
1963 . .
Beatles' Paul McCartney meets actress and TV personality
backstage at a Royal
Albert Hall performance in London for the radio show Swingin' Sound '63. She became
his fiancee but never his wife.
. . American Bandstand airs a taped telephone interview
with The Beatles.
1980 . . Another Brick In The Wall (part II) became Pink
Floyd's only No. 1 single in the USofA.
. . The Diana Ross television musical special Diana, featuring guest stars
Cosby, Danny Thomas
Jackson 5 aired on ABC.
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 million.
. . Aretha Franklin scores a No.1 US hit with "I Knew You Were Waiting
For Me," a duet with George Michael of Wham!. Her first No. 1 in 19 years
and 10 months, it breaks the record for the longest span between #1 hits.
1988 . . Motown's songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland
are inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
. . Dennis
the accused murderer of reggae legend Peter Tosh, goes on trial in Jamaica.
2003 . . Etta James gets a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
2005 . . Sports
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 times.
2008 . . Foxy Brown is released
from Riker's Island jail after serving an eight month sentence for battery.
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.
1937 . . Life magazine publishes a 3 page article
headlined: Lead Belly - Bad Nigger Makes Good Minstrel.
. . Jackie Wilson debuts at the Copacabana in New York.
. . 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
1968 . . George
Harrison and John Lennon bail out of their meditation lessons with Maharishi Mahesh
Yogi two weeks early; later, all four Beatles publicly distance themselves from
. With the release
of their 'L.A. Woman' album which went platinum,
The Doors became the first American band to accumulate 7 consecutive platinum
1978 . . More than 40 musicians,
including Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and John Hall, petition Jimmy
Carter to halt USA's commitment to nuclear power
. . Brian Johnson 32 year old singer with Geordie joined AC/DC, replacing
Bon Scott, who died after a drinking binge.
1975 . .
The Raspberries split up.
1982 . . Simon
& Garfunkel reunite for a world tour, but split up again in the midst of it.
1988 . . Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) is inaugurated
as mayor of Palm Springs, CA.
1990 . . The TV
movie, Summer Dreams: The Story Of The Beach Boys airs on ABC.
. . Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties
with 2 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.
2004 . . A stage musical version
of the film, Jailhouse Rock opened in London.
. Eminem, D12, 50 Cent and thousands of others attended Proof's funeral
at the Fellowship Chapel in Detroit.
2008 . .
With I'm A Fire, Donna Summer becomes the first artist to have a song reach No.
1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in every decade since the charts
2009 . . The Flaming Lips celebrate
Earth Day with a performance on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
1935 - 'Your Hit Parade' was
first broadcast on radio. Sponsered by the Lucky Strike 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.
- Phil Spector's father commits suicide when Phil
is just 9 years old. The title of the song 'To Know Him Is To Love Him', which
Phil Spector wrote for the Teddy Bears, comes from the inscription on his father's
1959 - Dolly
Parton, at 13 years old releases Puppy Love in the US, her first single.
1968 - Deep Purple play
their first live show in Denmark at at the Vestpoppen, in Kastrup.
1970 - The New York Times reported
that Catholic and Protestant youth groups had adopted the Yellow Submarine as
a religious symbol.
1976 - George
Harrison, a good friend of Eric Idle, joins Monty Python on stage at the comedy
troupe's show at New York's City Center. Dressed as a Canadian Mountie, Harrison
joins the chorus for "The Lumberjack Song." No mention is made of Harrison's
appearance, and few in the audience recognize him. The next night, Nilsson shows
up to perform the same feat, but with disastrous results, as he falls into the
audience and breaks his arm.
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.
- 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
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, David Bowie
and so many more.
1999 - During
his concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, Billy Joel announces his retirement
from touring and recording pop music. (but he eventually returned to the stage.)
1999 - Rapper Mase, 21, announces
that he is retiring from music in order to follow God.
2000 - Robert Plant appeared
at Disney's Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida to leave his handprints outside
Alabama, held their very first annual Neighbor Day Festival, which head lined
the legendary country music singer and songwriter Sonny James.
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.
2010 - The
stage adaptation of Green Day's American Idiot rock opera officially opened on
Broadway, a year after its debut at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
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.
- Five days after three people were killed in bombings
at the Boston Marathon, Neil Diamond made a surprise appearance at Fenway Park,
where he performed "Sweet Caroline" at the Red Sox game against the
Kansas City Royals.
1945 . . One of the world's first great
R&B labels, Modern Records, is formed by Saul and Jules Bihari in Los Angeles.
1961 . . The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club
in Liverpool, England.
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.
1969 . . Mick
Jagger sent a letter to Andy Warhol, who had agreed to design the artwork for
the Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers. He writes: "In my short sweet experience,
the more complicated the format of the album... the more f--ked up the reproduction
and agonising delays". Warhol
eventually delivered the design with a working zipper, which became one of the
most memorable album covers ever made.
1970 . . Elton John makes his stage debut as a solo act
when he opens for T. Rex, Spooky Tooth, and Jackie Lomax at the Roundhouse in
1976 . . A night after George Harrison
joined Monty Python in their performance of "The Lumberjack Song" at
a New York show, Harry Nilsson tried it. While Harrison blended in as a member
of the chorus, dressed as a Mountie, Nilsson wore dark glasses and made a spectacle
of himself. When he went to the front of the stage to shake hands with audience
members, he fell into the crowd and broke his arm.
1977 . . "Annie"
opened on Broadway. Same day
Natalie Cole and John Denver were guests on Frank Sinatra's ABC-TV special "Sinatra
. . Jesse Winchester performs in US for the first time in
ten years following a move to Canada to avoid the draft.
1977 . .
Elvis Presley begins his last concert tour in Greensboro,
1990 . . Paul McCartney sets
a new world record for attendance at a concert by a single artist when his tour-ending
concert at the Maracana Stadium in Rio draws 184,000 people.
. Bill Kreutzmann, drummer for Grateful Dead, spots a 17-year-old
surfer foundering in a riptide near Mendocino, CA and dives in, saving his life.
1993 . . Bill Wyman marries 33year old Suzanne Accosta,
in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France..
. . Harvey
Danger played a "final" show in Portland seven years to the day
after their very first show, and quietly disbanded for a 2 year hiatus.
2001 . . Peter Buck of R.E.M.
was arrested after he got unruly on a British Airways flight. He was accused of
drinking 15 glasses of wine, overturning a service cart and engaging in other
bad behavior, but charges are eventually dropped. He claimed that ingesting both
a sleeping pill and wine caused him to lose it.
2003 . . British pop group S Club 7 announces it is splitting
up after five years.
2003 . . EMI and Universal
Music sue the file-sharing service Napster for copyright violations.
. . Today
saw both the 10th anniversary of rock band Harvey Danger and their first show
since 2001, to the day! With Nada Surf opening, the band played Seattle's Crocodile
Cafe to a rapturous audience.
. Michael Jackson is officially charged with child molestation
after a California grand jury determines there is enough evidence to proceed with
allegations made against him for time spent at his Neverland Ranch.
2004 . . Future Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson gets voted
off Season 3 of American Idol, where she finishes in seventh place.
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.
2014 . . Big Sean becomes
the first rapper to perform at the White House when he duets with Ariana Grande
on "Right There" at the annual Easter Egg Roll.
2015 . . Ed
Sheeran became first British artist to hit 2 billion streams on Spotify, the music
service has confirmed; two billion streams on just
two albums is a phenomenal achievement.
1959 . . The Alan Freed rock and roll
movie "Go, Johnny, Go" premieres in New York, featuring Chuck Berry,
Jackie Wilson, Ritchie Valens, Eddie Cochran, The Cadillacs, and The Flamingos.
1961 . . First annual Country Music Festival held in US,
at the 13,000-seater Coliseum in Jacksonville, with Faron Young and Earl Scrubbs.
1962 . . Jerry Lee Lewis loses his first son,
Steve Allen, in a tragic drowning accident at the age of three.
. . The President of England's National Federation of Hairdressers
makes headlines when he offers a free haircut to the next rock group to reach
1967 . . Elvis Presley's 23rd film, Easy
Come, Easy Go, premieres in Hollywood
1968 . . Herb
"This Guy's in Love With You" to his wife on the TV special 'The Beat
of the Brass', after which it became a huge hit.
1969 . . John
Lennon has his name legally changed from John Winston Lennon to John Ono Lennon,
on the roof
of Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row, London,
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 ~ Tina Turner
started filming in the role of Acid Queen in the Who's film "Tommy".
1971 . . Groundhog's
single "Cherry Red", was featured on BBC's Top of the Pops.
1972 . . A crowd of 25,000
attends "Roberta Flack Human Kindness Day" at the Washington Mall in
honor of the singer. There would be 3 more Human Kindness Days - the last one
in 1975 turned violent.
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)
1978 . . Bob Marley headlines
the historic One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica, the singer's first appearance
in his home country since an assassination attempt 2 years earlier. At the concert,
Marley manages to unite Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley with rival Edward
Seaga, who had both been using local warlords to battle for power.
. . Keith Richards starts to serve his punishment for a Toronto arrest
on heroin charges when The Rolling Stones play the first of two concerts in Ontario
to raise money for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, which is his
court-ordered community service!
1981 . .Two
days after being released from a hospital for treatment of ulcers, Eric
Clapton was hospitalised once again with injuries from a car crash in Seattle,
WA. when he suffered bruised ribs and a lacerated chin.
1993 . . The
Who's 'Tommy' opened on Broadway at the St James Theatre.
1998 . .
Rock band Faith No More announce that they have split.
1999 . . Sinead O'Connor is ordained in Lourdes,
France as the first woman priest in the Latin Tridentine Church, a dissident Roman
2009 . . Jeff Beck is joined
onstage by Rod Stewart for the first time in over 25 years at the El Rey Theatre
in Los Angeles, CA.
2011 . . At age 51, Bryan
Adams became a father for the first time when his baby girl Mirabella Bunny is
. . Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform as "the
Nerk Twins" at the Fox and Hounds pub, a
pub is owned by McCartney's cousin and her husband, in
1963 . . Bob
Dylan performs his first major solo concert, at New York Citys Town Hall.
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.
1971 . . The
Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers is released.
1974 . . Mama
Cass collapsed from exhaustion, just
before being scheduled to appear as guest host on NBC-TV's Tonight Show.
1975 . . Badfinger's
lead singer and main songwriter,
Pete Ham, depressed over business dealings that saw the bands album Wish You Were
Here pulled from stores and his income cut off, hangs himself in his London home.
1978 . . Sid Vicious filmed his rendition of Paul Anka's
"My Way" for the Sex Pistols' film "The Great Rock n' Roll Swindle".
1981 . . Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, who
were appearing at
different festivals in Germany, went to join Johnny Cash on stage in Stuttgart
for a performance that was recorded and released as the album The Survivors. The
trio toured together back in 1957.
1985 . . Liberace guest-stars as himself on today's episode
of NBC-TV's long-running soap Another World.
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 . . Roy
Orbison celebrates his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert in Los Angeles,
where Bruce brings him onstage so the crowd could sing him Happy Birthday.
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
1995 . . The Sunday Times reports the story
that a welder in Liverpool named Peter Hodgson found a reel of Beatles material
in his attic. After hearing the recordings, Paul McCartney bought the reel and
used some of it on the Anthology collection. Songs included the Lennon/McCartney
original "Hello Little Girl" and the Ray Charles cover "Hallelujah,
I Love Her So".
1997 . . The Four Tops received
a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2007 . . Bevan
Davies replaces Will Hunt as drummer for Static-X.
2012 . . Neil
Diamond aged 71 marries his manager 42 year old Katie McNeil.
1934 - The
pipeless organ was patented by Laurens Hammond.
- Ivor Novello is convicted at Bow Street, London, of conspiracy to misuse
petrol coupons; he is given an eight week gaol sentence.
- 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.
1963 - 18 year old Brenda Lee marries 19 year old
Ronnie Shacklett in Nashville.
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 pool.
1974 - David Bowie releases
Diamond Dogs. The cover is a painting of Bowie as half-dog, half-man creature
created by the Dutch artist Guy Peellaert.
1975 - Pete
Ham, founder of the group Badfinger, is found hanged in his London garage. His
death is ruled a suicide.
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.
- Talking Heads begin their first European tour, supporting
1979 - Ray Charles sings "Georgia
On My Mind" at the ceremony where the song is named the official state song
1984 - R.E.M. kicked off a 7-date
UK tour at the Tin Can Club, Birmingham, England, the bands first UK tour.
1984 - Jerry Lee Lewis gets married, this time to the 22-year-old
Kerrie McCarver, the president
of his fan club. The marriage lasted 21 years.
1990 - While
constructing the set for Pink Floyd's "The Wall" concert in Potsdamer
Platz, Germany, Roger Waters road crew discovers an unexploded WW II bomb.
1992 - The Cleveland Orchestra sued Michael Jackson for
$7 million after they discovered Michael had used part of their recording of Beethoven's
Ninth Symphony on his hit album.
1992 - R&B
singer Wilson Pickett side-swipped
a pedestrian, 86-year-old Pepe Ruiz, with his car. Wilson had been drinking and
police found open beer and vodka bottles in his car. He had double the legal amount
of alcohol in his system and he was charged with aggrivated assault..
1992 - David Bowie marries again, this time to fashion super
model Iman in a secret ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland.
1994 - Madonna
visited the San Antonio Spurs locker room to congratulate David Robinson on his
1996 - Stone
Temple Pilots were
forced to cancel shows; they issued a statement saying that lead singer Scott
Weiland had "become unable to rehearse or appear for these shows due to his
dependency on drugs. He is currently under a doctor's care in a medical facility".
2002 - Pop singer Jewel broke her collarbone and one of
her ribs when she was thrown from a horse at the Texas ranch of her boyfriend,
rodeo star Ty Murray.
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,
. . The
Broadway musical and Beach Boys tribute 'Good Vibrations' closes after
2007 - American President George W. Bush is denied the luxury
suite at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna when Mick Jagger, who was in town with The
Rolling Stones on a tour, booked it first.
2008 - Jane's
Addiction reunite to rock the NME Awards.
2009 - Robin
Thicke performs his smash-hit Lost Without U after The Oprah Show
on the Oprah Fridays Live segment. So many viewers complain about missing
the performance that Oprah brings Robin back for a repeat performance a month
- The 90-minute documentary feature film co-produced by the BBC Arena team,
"Produced by George Martin", aired to critical acclaim for the first
time in the UK.
2011 - American Idiot, the punk rock band Green Day's rock
opera, based on
their 2004 album, American Idiot, closes
after 422 performances at St. James Theatre on Broadway.
1955 . . The UN's commission on narcotics
releases a report stating "a definite connection between increased marijuana
smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebop and rebop".
1961 . . Elvis Presley makes his last stage appearance for
nearly eight years, at Bloch Arena in Hawaii.
1967 . . The
Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour was released
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."
. . Pamela Courson, Jim Morrison's girlfriend who found
him dead in a bathtub on July 3rd 1971 in Paris, France, dies herself of a heroin
1974 . . Rolling Stone Mag reports that both Yes and Greg
Allman concerts have been interrupted by "streakers" running around.
1975 . . A forerunner to Michael Jackson's Thriller video,
the Alice Cooper horror / music special Alice Cooper: The Nightmare (ft Vincent
Price) airs on ABC.
. . The original New York Dolls break up after Jerry Nolan
and Johnny Thunders leave the band in the middle of a tour in Florida.
1977 . . Elvis Presley records three tracks live (subsequently
released on the Moody Blue LP) at Michigan Civic Centre -which were his his last
1978 . . The final punk performance
was staged at London's 100 Club given by Alternative TV
1978 . . Queen's
"We Are The Champions" is certified gold.
1981 . . The
UK band 'Wings' disbanded when guitarist Denny Laine quits.
. "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 later wins a Tony as Best
in London sold the White Fender Stratocaster on which Jimi Hendrix played the
US national anthem at Woodstock, it sold for £198,000 a record in
1990, when 'celebrity' guitars were a new phenomena.
1993 . . Legendary album artist Stanley "Mouse"
Miller, designer of Grateful Dead's "skull and roses" logo, has his
upcoming liver transplant financed by the band.
1994 . . A
judge finds Michael Bolton's 1991 hit "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" plagiarizes
The Isley Brothers' 1966 song of the same name, despite Bolton's protests that
he's never heard the song.
1999 . . It's Joe
DiMaggio Day at Yankee Stadium, and Paul Simon performs Mrs. Robinson, which contains
the famous line, "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?"
. . Eric Clapton is reunited with his former Derek and the
Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock for their first performance together in
29 years. The setting is the London-based BBC TV series Later With Jools Holland.
2003 . . The parents of the late Doors frontman Jim Morrison
sue the remaining members for touring with a new singer as "The Doors 21st
Century" using the band's image and logo.
2004 . . Billy
Joel, is in yet another car accident - his third in two years.
. . Phil Collins announces his retirement from releasing
albums and touring.
2008 . . An exhibition of
Pete Doherty's paintings titled, "Art of the Albion", took place at
the Gallerie Chappe in Paris from 25 April to 25 May. It caused controversy due
to artworks made with Doherty's own blood. According to newspapers, anti-drug
campaigners were enraged, accusing him of glamourising illegal substance abuse.
. . 13 year old Mary Phagan is found murdered in the basement
of a pencil factory at Atlanta, Georgia. Her death inspires the song "Little
. . The Beatles attend Roy Orbison's belated 28th birthday
party in London.
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 . . Jim
Steinman's play Neverland opened at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Three
of the songs he wrote for the production appear on Meat Loaf's album Bat Out Of
Hell, which would become one of the 10 best-selling albums of all time.
1977 . . The world famous disco club "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 . . The Carpenters' Music, Music, Music TV special
airs on ABC.
1980 . . "Studio
54" at 254 West 54th Street,
. . Joe
Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in The Clash cancelling a
tour. He was found living rough in Paris.
. . 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 McCartney.
2003 . . The Morgan Creek Bridge in Chapel Hill, Nth Carolina
is renamed the James Taylor Bridge in honor of the singer, who mentioned it in
his song "Copperline".
2003 . . David Cassidy guests on CBS-TV's The Agency.
. . Multi-award winning, country singer Kellie Pickler gets
voted off Season Five of American Idol, she ended up in 6th place.
2008 . . Leona Lewis became the first British woman
to go straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with a debut album...
2014 . . Police officers responded to a call at Paul Simon
and his wife Edie Brickell, Connecticut home to investigate a "family dispute"
after Brickell's mother called 911 and hung up. Brickell and Simon were subsequently
arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. The charges were subsequently dropped.
1940 . . Hoots
Mon! starring Max Miller, Florence Desmond and Hal Walters opens in the UK. It
was the ninth and final film that the music hall star Max Miller made for Warner
1964 . . John Lennon's first book of
prose and poetry, 'In His Own Write', is published in the US.
. . Bee Gees debut on UK chart with "New York Mining
Disaster" and Traffic debut
on US charts with their LP "Mr. Fantasy".
. . Joe Cocker makes his TV debut, singing Feelin' Alright
on The Ed Sullivan Show.
. John Lennon's famously explicit "Bag One" lithographs
are returned to the London Arts Gallery exhibition after a High Court judge rules
them "unlikely to deprave or corrupt".
They were a suite of lithographs all by John Lennon which he had given to Yoko
Ono as a wedding gift in 1969.
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. David claims he was researching a film on Joseph Goebbels, and is released
after a few hours.
1979 . . Stevie Wonder makes
a surprise appearance at a Duke Ellington tribute concert held at Royce Hall on
the UCLA campus. He performs his Ellington encomium Sir Duke along with Ellington's
1981 . . Ringo Starr
marries Barbara Bach at Marylebone Registry Office.
1987 . . The
Irish rock band U2 appear on the cover of Time magazine with the headline "Rock's
1992 . . Go-Gos singer
Belinda Carlisle and husband Morgan Mason have their first child. They name the
boy after his grandfather, actor James Mason.
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
1994 . . San Francisco's
legendary rock venue the Fillmore Auditorium reopens, with performances by The
Smashing Pumpkins and American Music Club.
1999 . . The
Lollapalooza festival tour is cancelled for the second consecutive year.
2003 . . Iggy Pop reunites with The Stooges for the first
time in 30 years to close the Coachella festival.
2004 . . Elton
John publicly responds to American Idol's snub of Jennifer Hudson by declaring
the voters "incredibly racist".
2006 . . Rolling
Richards, at the age of 62 years, of falls out of a palm tree while holidaying
in Fiji and goes to the hospital with a concussion.
2008 . . Prince makes the crowd go crazy by covering for
Radiohead during an epic headlining set after being a last-minute addition to
the Coachella Festival.
2008 . . The Good, the
Bad & the Queen, Jerry Dammers, Jay Sean, Poly Styrene and many others appeared
at the free "Love Music Hate Racism Carnival", in Victoria Park, London,
2009 . . Jeff
Ament bass player
with Pearl Jam was robbed outside the Atlanta studio where the band was recording.
The thieves stole cash and equipment.
. Bob Dylan receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from
US president Barack Obama, which is the highest honor awarded to a United States
civilian citizen. He is the 29th musician to receive the award.
. . Radio Devon DJ, David Lowe, played an early version
of "The Sun Has Got His Hat On"
by the UK dance band Ambrose and his Orchestra, on
his golden oldies program, which resulted in him being fired. Mr Lowe, a broadcaster
for 32 years, said it was an "innocent mistake". The second verse of
the song, features the line: "He's been tanning [n-word] out in Timbuktu,
now he's coming back to do the same to you". More modern versions of the
song omit the banned word.
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, "My Name is Barbara".
1963 - 19 year old Andrew Loog Oldham, who did some PR work
for The Beatles, went to see The Rollin' Stones at a show in Richmond, UK. He
ended up as their manager and makes them add the "g" to thier band name.
1967 - "Mama"
of The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to her only child, a little girl, named
Owen Vanessa. The father was never made public.
1968 - The Seeds guest star as "The Warts" on
tonight's "How Not To Manage A Rock Group" episode of the NBC-TV sitcom
1968 - The musical 'Hair'
opened at the Baltimore Theatre, Broadway, New York. The first rock- musical,
it went on to give 1,729 performances on Broadway and was made into a movie in
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.
- John Lennon is the guest on NBC-TV's Tonight Show.
- Ringo Starr appears on NBC's Smothers Brothers Show to sing his latest
hit, "No No Song."
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.
- Ray Charles appears before Congress for more funding for hearing research,
stating "My eyes are my handicap, but my ears are my opportunity".
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.
1990 - Axl
Rose of Guns N' Roses marries Don Everly's daughter Erin, who inspired the song
"Sweet Child O' Mine". The marrage lasted nine months.
- Bonnie Raitt and Michael O'Keefe were married in N.Y.C., it lasted 8
1999 - Members of The Verve release a
statement announcing their breakup.
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.
2000 - James Brown Enterprises, which handles tours for
The Godfather Of Soul, has its offices destroyed by fire, destroying music and
memorabilia. An employee is later charged with arson.
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)
2005 - Country artist Eddie Montgomery seriously injures
his left wrist during a show in Asheville, N.C., as he falls to the arena floor
off a speaker cabinet onstage.
2003 - Apple launches
the iTunes Music Store, which becomes the first widely-successful legal music
download site. It has been the largest music vendor in the world since February
2006 - ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus is accused
by the Swedish government of owing $12 million of back taxes.
- Bob Geldof marries Jeanne Marine, his partner of 18 years,
in a lavish ceremony in the South of France. Bob's daughters Pixie and Fifi Trixibelle
and their sister Tiger Lily - who Bob adopted after the death of their mother
Paula Yates - united for the event. The music went
on until around 5am and Bob got up and sang a few songs.
1936 - First television interview
took place when 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 hoping to get a glimpse of Elvis Presley.
He was escorted off the premises by security guards and told Elvis was not at
1980 - Black
Sabbath began their first tour with former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio as
singer. With Ronnie James on vocals the band released the classic Heaven
And Hell album 4 days prior to the start of the tour.
Queen singer Freddie Mercury releases his first solo album
Mr. Bad Guy.
In contrast to Queen rock influences, this has influences ranging from disco to
dance music. It peaked at No.6 in the UK, but in the US it only reach to No.157.
1982 - Adam Ant and Marco Pirroni are named Songwriters
of the Year at the Ivor Novello Awards, and their "Stand And Deliver"
is named the best selling single.
1988 - Eric
Clapton filed for a divorce from Patti Boyd.
1992 - Paula
Abdul marries actor Emilio Estevez
1993 - Barry
White, an animated
version, was a guest on "The Simpsons."
1995 - Tupac
Shakur married Keisha Morris inside the Clinton Correctional Facility. He was
serving a 4 1/2 year jail term for sex abuse.
- Producer Phil Spector cancels a recording project
with Celine Dion over the lack of a contract.
- 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
1998 - While performing "Mama
Kin" at a show in Anchorage, Alaska, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith lost control
of his microphone stand, it came crashing
into his knee, he fell, tearing ligament in the proccess. This forced the band
to postpone the rest of their tour while Tyler recovers from surgery.
1999 - After re-uniting with Pamela Anderson Lee, Tommy
Lee quit Mötley Crüe to devote time to his new band, Methods of Mayhem,
and his family.
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".
2005 - Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary underwent a
bone marrow transplant to battle leukemia.
2007 - Rage
Against The Machine played thier first show in seven years when they closed the
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA.
- The musical "On
With The Dance" opens at the London Pavilion.
1954 - The Metropolitan Disc Jockey Club and Association
of Broadcasting is launched in the US with a New York press party
- Bob Dylan begins the tour immortalized in the documentary
Don't Look Back, performing at the City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1965 - Herman's Hermits make their American stage debut,
with The Zombies as their opening act.
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 Canned
Heat and Jefferson Airplane performing.
1970 - Twiggs Lyndon, Allmann Brothers' road manager is
arrested for murder. He stabbed a club manager to death for breach of contract.
Astonishingly Lyndon got off by pleading temporary insanity caused by being the
tour manager for The Allman Brothers Band!
1976 - The
Who's drummer, Keith Moon, so it is said, paid nine cab drivers $100 each to block-off
both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room
out of the window.
1977 - Led Zeppelin played
to 76,229 fans at the Pontiac Silverdome, which set a new record for largest attendance
for a single act concert.
1978 - Rock
Against Racism / The Anti Nazi League Rally
was held in Victoria Park, featuring The Clash, The Tom Robinson Band, Patrick
Fitzgerald, X-Ray-Spex , Steel Pulse and many others.
- The crime drama .film 'McVicar' with The Who's Roger Daltrey in his first
major acting role, indeed the title role, premiered in London.
legendary Marquee Club celebrated its 25th
anniversary with Manfred Mann who reformed in their original Sixties incarnation
to perform at the venue they started it.
1988 - For
the first time since its release 11 years earlier, Pink Floyd's landmark LP Dark
Side Of The Moon leaves the Billboard charts, only to return a few months later.
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.
- The Oak Ridge Boys performed in Washington, DC, at the 50th anniversary
ceremony of the American Red Cross' blood services.
- 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 were hurt. Brake failure
2002 - Roger Daltrey of The Who
stars as a music teacher on the "That '70s Musical" episode of That
2004 - Ray Charles appears at his
Los Angeles recording studio to attend a ceremony marking it as a national historic
landmark. Sadly it was be the last public appearance he ever makes.
- 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).
Madonna plays a festival for the first time when she appears at Coachella.
2008 - At the Coachella festival, Roger Waters's
giant inflatable pig escapes, and floated away into the countryside and ultimately
deflated. A reward
of $10,000 was
offered a for its return.
- Mariah Carey marries rapper-actor Nick Cannon in a secret ceremony at
Careys house in Eleuthera, Bahamas.
- Tom Robinson, Alabama 3 and others play the Hope Not Hate
2008 concert at Brixton Academy, London, UK.
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