THIS DAY :-
1928 - 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
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.
1974 - 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
1961 - BBC banned
'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
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.
He had committed suicide three days
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,
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
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
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).
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
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', 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
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.
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.
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 over a month
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.
2006 - 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.
2012 - 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 animation.
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.
1969 . . 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
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
1971 . . The Rolling Stones release Brown Sugar,
which is the first single out on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.
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
1976 . . Eric Faulkner of The Bay City Rollers
took a pill overdose but luckily he recovered in hospital.
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
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 honor.
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.'
1970 . . 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
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
1993 . . Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles marries
screenwriter Jay Roach in Los Angeles.
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.
2007 . . Arcturus officially announces
they are splitting up.
1796 . . "The Archers" by Benjamin Carr
was performed in New York City. It was the first opera written by an
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
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 Bill
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.
1987 . . 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
1988 . . 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
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.
1962 . . Jackie Wilson debuts at the Copacabana
in New York.
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
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
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
1980 . . Brian Johnson 32 year old singer
with Geordie joined AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott, who died after a drinking
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.
2000 . . 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.
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 1974
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.
1949 - 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 headstone.
1959 - Dolly Parton,
at 13 years old releases Puppy Love in the US, her first single.
1968 - Deep Purple
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
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, 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
1999 - Rapper Mase,
21, announces that he is retiring from music in order to follow
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.
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
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.
2013 - 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
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
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 London.
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
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.
1977 . . Elvis Presley begins his last concert
tour in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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.
1993 . . 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..
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
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.
2004 . . 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.
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.
1964 . . The President of England's National Federation
of Hairdressers makes headlines when he offers a free haircut to the
next rock group to reach No.1.
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".
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.
1979 . . 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
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 Catholic group.
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 born.
1960 . . 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
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
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 LP.
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
2012 . . Neil Diamond aged 71 marries his manager
42 year old Katie McNeil.
1934 - The pipeless organ was patented by Laurens
1944 - Ivor Novello is convicted at Bow
Street, London, of conspiracy to misuse petrol coupons; he is given
an eight week gaol sentence.
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.
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
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.
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.
1977 - Talking Heads begin their first European
tour, supporting The Ramones.
1979 - Ray Charles sings "Georgia On My Mind"
at the ceremony where the song is named the official state song of Georgia.
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
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
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 71-point performance.
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, 'Beautiful.'
2005 . . 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
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 later.
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
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 overdose.
1974 . . Rolling Stone Mag reports that both Yes
and Greg Allman concerts have been interrupted by "streakers"
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
1977 . . Elvis Presley records three tracks live
(subsequently released on the Moody Blue LP) at Michigan Civic Centre
-which were his his last ever recordings.
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.
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 later wins a Tony as Best Musical.
1990 . . Sotheby's
house 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?"
2000 . . 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.
2008 . . Phil Collins announces his retirement
from releasing albums and touring.
. . 13 year old Mary Phagan is found murdered
in the basement of a pencil factory at Atlanta, Georgia. Her death inspires
the song "Little Mary Phagan".
. . 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 operation.
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
. . 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
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
. . Multi-award winning, country singer Kellie
Pickler gets voted off Season Five of American Idol, she ended up in
2008 . . Leona Lewis became the first British
woman to go straight to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart with
a debut album...
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 Brothers.
1957 . . Elvis Presley made his second and last
appearance outside of the USofA, wearing his classic gold lame suit
for the last time as he performed at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, in
1964 . . John Lennon's first book of prose and
poetry, 'In His Own Write', is published in the US.
1967 . . 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.
1970 . . 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 "C-Jam Blues".
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 Hottest Ticket".
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 knife.
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
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.
2009 . . Jeff
bass player with Pearl Jam was robbed outside the Atlanta studio where
the band was recording. The thieves stole cash and equipment.
2012 . . 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.
2014 . . 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 The Mothers-In-Law.
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 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.
1975 - John Lennon is the guest on NBC-TV's
1975 - 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.
1987 - 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.
1991 - Bonnie Raitt and Michael O'Keefe
were married in N.Y.C., it lasted 8 years.
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
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 2010.
2006 - ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus is accused by the
Swedish government of owing $12 million of back taxes.
1936 - First television interview took place when
actress Peggy O'Neill interviewed at the Ideal Home Exhibition, London.
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 home.
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.
1985 - 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
1992 - Paula Abdul marries actor Emilio Estevez
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.
1996 - Producer Phil
Spector cancels a recording project with Celine Dion over the lack of
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 together.
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
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
1965 - Bob Dylan begins the tour immortalized
in the documentary Don't Look Back, performing at the City Hall in Sheffield,
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
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 Rally held in
Victoria Park, featuring Clash and Tom Robinson
1980 - The crime drama .film 'McVicar'
with The Who's Roger Daltrey in his first major acting role, indeed
the title role, premiered in London.
1983 - London's
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.
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 were hurt. Brake failure was suspected.
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.
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).
2006 - 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.
2008 - Mariah Carey marries rapper-actor
Nick Cannon in a secret ceremony at Careys house in Eleuthera,
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