ON THIS DAY :-
. . Benny Goodman and his band recorded the "King Porter Stomp".
1956 . . Elvis Presley appears on US Steve Allen
Show in black-tailed suit singing "Hound Dog" to a basset hound. Presley
is instructed not to dance, and cameras shoot him from the waist up only, following
complaints about his 'suggestiveness'. TV critic John Crosby attacked Elvis' performance,
calling him an 'unspeakable, untalented and vulgar young entertainer'.
. . Gene Vincent plus up and coming local group The Beatles appeared at
The Cavern Club, Liverpool.
1963 . . Del Shannon's
version of the Beatles' "From Me to You," which he'd learned while touring
with them in England, becomes the first Lennon-McCartney song to make the U.S.
singles chart, reaching No.77.
1967 . . The Beatles
started a 15 week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band', their 10th US No.1 album.
. Following the group's backing of Bob Dylan on his 1966 tour as The Hawks,
The Band released their debut album 'Music From Big Pink', which features their
first hit single The Weight.
1969 . . Sam Phillips
sells Sun Records for undisclosed sum to Nashville mogul Shelby Singleton
1969 . . John Lennon, Yoko Ono and family were involved
in a car accident in Golspie, Scotland. Both John and Yoko needed hospital treatment.
Lennon, later had the car crushed into a cube and exhibited it on his lawn at
1973 . . Special 'Slade' trains
were running form Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester to take fans to
see Slade and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band at Earl's Court London, tickets
1975 . . Ringo
Starr divorces his first wife, Maureen.
1975 . . 10cc
topped the UK singles chart with 'I'm Not In Love'. The instrumental break featured
the repeated spoken phrase: "Be quiet, big boys don't cry...", which
was spoken by Kathy Warren, the receptionist at Strawberry Studios, Stockport,
Cheshire where the band recorded the track.
1976 . .
Paul McCartney purchased Buddy Holly's entire publishing catalog from Norman
1977 . . Liv Tyler was born. Her mother
is the notorious groupie Bebe Buell, and her father is Aerosmith frontman Steven
Tyler. By the time Liv is born, Bebe had gone back to her previous boyfriend,
Todd Rundgren, and Rundgren raised her as his own. Liv was 11 years old when she
found out Steve Tyler was her real dad.
1978 . . The
Texxas Jam kicks off at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, with Aerosmith, Van
Halen, Journey and Ted Nugent performing. 80,000 fans brave the 100 degree heat,
cooled down by fire hoses brought in by the organizers.
. . Bon Jovi signed to Phonogram's Mercury records. They had also been
considering the name Johnny Electric.
1989 . . Elvis
Costello, Lou Reed, Joe Jackson, The Robert Cray Band, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds,
Pixies, R.E.M., Tanita Tikaram, and Texas all appeared at the Rock Torhout Festival,
1989 . . The video for "If
I Could Turn Back Time" takes place on board the battleship USS Missouri,
where Cher, in her memorable, very revealing one peice black bathing suit, sings
to a large group of sailors, while the ship was stationed at the former Long Beach
Naval Shipyard at Pier D along with the crew.
. . R.E.M., The Cure, Therapy, Offspring, PJ Harvey, dEUS, Senser, Bodycount,
Channel Zero, Jeff Buckley, Spearhead, Belly, Morphine and The Cranberries all
appeared at this years Rock Torhout Festival, Torhout, Belgium.
. . Kylie Minogue topped the UK singles chart with 'Spinning Around', the
singers 5th No 1 single. 'Spinning Around' gave Minogue the honor of being one
of three artiststo have a No.1 in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The others being
Madonna and U2.
2001 . . Rolling Stone Ron Wood
was commissioned to paint a group portrait of diners who are regulars at the West
End London restaurant The Ivy. Elton John and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant were two
pop stars to be included in the portrait.
2002 . .
Six postage stamps designed by Sir Paul McCartney went on sale in The Isle
Of Man. With proceeds from their sale going to the Adopt-A- Minefield charity.
2004 . . Glen Campbell began serving 10 nights
in jail along with two years probation for a November 2003 drink-driving, hit-and-run
collision. The 68 year old musician was also sentenced to 75 hours of community
service and fined $900.
2006 . . The Who, Roger
Waters, Primal Scream, Texas, Starsailor, and Razorlight all appeared at the two
day Hyde Park Calling festival in London.
2007 . . Concert
for Diana takes place at Wembley Stadium in London. Performers include Duran Duran,
Elton John, Fergie, Joss Stone, Kanye West, Nelly Furtado, Rod Stewart, and Tom
2008 . . American entertainment company,
Live Nation, continue their pursuit of music industry domination by preparing
to roll out their own ticketing venture.
2008 . . Gym
Class Heroes' lead singer Travie McCoy assaults a fan who shouts out a racial
slur just as their set finishes during the Warped Tour in St. Louis.
. . Crüe Fest starts off in West Palm Beach, Florida. The tour features
Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Sixx:A.M., and Trapt. The tour
earnt $40 million.
2009 . . Sir Cliff Richard
was ordered to demolish a £30,000 conservatory at his home in Surrey after
the local council ruled that the conservatory should never have been built. The
planning committee said the building contravened policy on green belt areas because
it added more than 30% extra floor space.
2009 . . Michael
Jackson dominated the Top Ten of Billboard's album chart, with 'Number Ones' at
the top, 'The Essential Michael Jackson' at No.2, Thriller was No.3, 'Off The
Wall' was No.4, 'The Jackson 5's Ultimate Collectio'n held the No.5 spot, 'Bad'
was at No.6, 'Dangerous' was No.7, 'Greatest Hits - HIStory - Vol. 1' was in at
No.8 and Michael's 'Ultimate Collection' occupied the No.9 position!!
. . Micheal Jackson became the 1st act to sell more than 1 million song
downloads in just a week, it was the week after his death.
1951 . . English
language programmes on Radio Luxembourg move from long wave to 208 metres on medium
1955 . . ABC Television premiered "The
Lawrence Welk Show" .
1956 . . John Burnette Trio begin sessions at Owen Bradley's Barn Studios
in Nashville, recording Oh Baby Babe and Long Train Kept a'Rollin'
. . Buddy Holly released his first single, "Blue Days, Black Nights"/"Love
1956 . . Elvis Presley recorded 'Hound
Dog' at RCA Studios, New York. Take 31 being the version they released. This was
the first time The Jordanaires worked with Presley.
. . Jimi Hendrix was honourably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers,
after breaking his ankle during his 26th and final parachute jump.
. . UK record companies increased the price of records, making singles
6 shillings and 8pence ($0.93) and albums £1.12 shillings, ($4.48).
1966 . . David Bowie and The Lower Third appeared
at The Lion Hotel in Warrington, UK, (they were paid £30). The Powerhouse
which featured Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood and Paul Jones also performed.
1969 . . Bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchel
quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience after completing the three-day Denver Pop Festival.
1971 . . Queen appeared at Surrey College, England.
This was the group's first gig with the line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May,
Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
1973 . . Roxy Music's
synthesiser player Brian Eno quit after personality clashes with the bands singer
1976 . . Benjamin Britten is created
Baron Britten of Aldeburgh in the County of Suffolk, less than six months before
1976 . . Brian Wilson joined the Beach
Boys on stage for the first time in 12 years. On the next night, the show was
recorded for an NBC Beach Boys special.
1979 . . Sony
introduced the Walkman, the first portable audio cassette player. Over the next
30 years they sold over 385 million Walkmans in cassette, CD, mini-disc and digital
file versions, and were the market leaders until the arrival of Apple's iPod and
other new digital devices.
1980 . . Bob Weir
and Mickey Hart from The Grateful Dead were arrested on suspicion of starting
a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena after they tried to interfere in a drugs
1981 . . Bruce Springsteen played the first
show ever at the 21,000 seat Brendan Byrne Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey.
1982 . . Nicky Headon of The Clash was remanded on
bail; he had been charged with stealing a bus stop worth £30 from London's
1984 . . Epic Records set a record
as two million copies of the Jacksons "Victory" were shipped to
stores. It was the first time that such a large initial shipment had been made.
1986 . . Prince's 2nd movie, a musical drama
"Under The Cherry Moon" was released.
. . Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five No.1 singles from
one album when Dirty Diana went to the top of the US charts. The other
4 chart-toppers from the LP Bad were the title track 'Bad', I
Just Can't Stop Loving You, The Way You Make Me Feel and Man
in the Mirror.
1990 . . Representatives
of the Italian Catholic Church, angry about Madonna's alleged inappropiate use
of crucifixes and sacred symbols,succeed in their attempt to halt her concerts
1991 . . Guns 'n' Roses' Axl Rose, sparked
a riot during a concert outside of St. Louis when he jumped off the stage and
attacked a fan who was videotaping the concert. Around 60 people were hurt and
15 fans were arrested.
1996 . . AC/DC played
the first of two nights at Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain on their Ballbreaker
1999 . . R.E.M. Skunk Anansie, Barenaked
Ladies, Blur, Blondie, Built To Spill, The Chemical Brothers, Marilyn Manson,
Metallica, Placebo, Suede and Wilco all appeared at this years Oskilde Festival,
2001 . . Liverpool Airport,
UK, was renamed John Lennon Airport. Yoko Ono was there to unveil a new logo that
included the late Beatle's famous self- portrait and the words, 'Above Us Only
Sky' taken from his 'Imagine' album.
2005 . . MTV
and VH1 aired the 8 hours of the Live 8 concerts. More than 1,000 musicians performed
at the concerts, including U2, Coldplay, Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z and
Destiny's Child among many others, were held in 10 cities around the world, London,
Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris and Barrie in Canada,
to raise awareness
of poverty in Africa.
which were broadcast on 182 television networks and
2,000 radio networks
2008 . . Arriving from Miami,
DMX is arrested at Phoenixs Sky Harbor Airport for failing to appear in
court for the charges leveled on May 9 including animal cruelty, drugs and weapon
2008 . . The gravestone of former Joy
Division frontman Ian Curtis was stolen from his grave in Macclesfield Cemetery.
It had the inscription Ian Curtis 18 - 5 - 80 and the words Love
Will Tear Us Apart.
2009 . .
Rod Stewart performed at Plymouths Home Park which was his only UK
show in his 5 month world tour.
1950 . . West
Indian jazz and classical pianist Hazel Scott
premiered with her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show, on the DuMont Television
Network which made her the first coloured lady in the US to have her own TV show.
1956 . . Elvis Presley
meets Gene Vincent at Grand Central Station in New York City.
. . Ray Charles's first LP, Ray Charles, is released on Atlantic.
. . A private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, UK for the
Monkees. Guests included: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty
Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu and all the members from Manfred Mann, The Who
and Procol Harum.
1968 . . David Crosby, Stephen
Stills and Graham Nash played together for the very first time at an impromptu
gathering at Joni Mitchell's house in Lookout Mountain, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles.
1969 . . Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones drowned
in his swimming pool under mysterious circumstances at his home, Cotchford Farm,
Hartfield, East Sussex.
1969 . . The 4 day US
Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island kicks off. Performers include James Brown,
Led Zeppelin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jeff Beck, Savoy Brown, Johnny Winter,
Jethro Tull, Buddy Guy Blues Band, Mothers Of Invention and Ten Years After.
1970 . . The 3 day Atlanta Pop Festival kicks off,
featuring The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Mountain, Procol Harum
and Rare Earth. Over 200,000 music fans attended the festival.
. . Doors' singer Jim Morrison was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, the
cause of death was given as a heart attack. On the 25th anniversary of his death
an estimated 15, 000 fans gathered at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris to pay their
1973 . . David Bowie 'retires' his
stage persona Ziggy Stardust in front of a shocked audience at the Hammersmith
Odeon at the end of his 60-date British tour.
. Chuck Negron, the lead singer from Three Dog Night was arrested at his
Louisville hotel room on the opening night of the bands tour and charged with
possession of cocaine.
. . British TV music
show "So It Goes" first aired on Granada TV; the 'Opportunity Rocks'
spot featured to The Jeff Raven Band, seen performing "I Just Can't Get Next
To You" live in concert. Traditional Irish music group The Chieftains were
live in the studio performing "Mná na hÉireann" and "Traditional
Song". Peter Blake and his wife, Jann Howarth, discussed the design of the
Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, as well as how the original
idea was conceived and produced.
. . Brian Wilson returns to stage for first time in twelve years at a Beach
Boys concert in front of 74,000 people at Anaheim.
. . Remaining Doors join hundreds of fans in a graveside tribute to Jim
Morrison at Pere Lachaire Cemetery, Paris.
1982 . .
After a record breaking jump from No.33 on the UK charts, Damned's guitarist
Captain Sensible started a 2 week run at No.1 with his version of a Rodgers and
Hammerstein song 'Happy Talk' from the 1949 musical South Pacific.
. . Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of three sold
out shows at Wembley Stadium, London, England.
. . Greg Carroll, a U2 crew member was killed in a motorcycle accident
in Dublin while running an errand for Bono. The song 'One Tree Hill' on the bands
Joshua Tree album is dedicated to Carroll.
1995 . .
Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland was sentenced to one year's probation.
after being convicted of buying crack cocaine.
. . Jewel makes her debut TV gig on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, where
she is spotted by actor Sean Penn. The two would begin dating shortly after.
1995 . . Courtney Love's request to spread the ashes
of late husband Kurt Cobain is turned down by Lake View Cemetery in Seattle.
1995 . . The members of R&B group TLC file for
bankrupcy despite continued success. The group claims their money was mismanaged
by Perri "Pebbles" Reid and her production company Pebbitone Inc. Reid
denies the claim and said she was trying to get TLC a better deal with their record
label, LaFace Records, but things weren't working out.
. . Harvard professor Ronald Ferguson accused the culture of hip-hop and
rap music of stalling academic progress among young American blacks. He claimed
time spent learning intricate rhyming lyrics detracted from reading.
. . Sharon Osbourne, the wife of Ozzy Osbourne, underwent an emergency
operation after being diagnosed with cancer.
. Session violinist Bobby Valentino serenaded a High Court judge during
a copyright battle worth an estimated £100,000. The case was over the rights
to The Bluebells version of 'Young At Heart.' Bobby Valentino won his case as
joint owner of the song.
2002 . . Three diners
at a newly opened Britney Spears owned restaurant suffered food poisoning. The
three students who had eaten wild striped bass at the New York restaurant made
2002 . . Sony/ATV Publishing
announced it would buy a country music catalog from Gaylord Entertainment for
2002 . . Sir Elton John became
the first person to be made an honorary doctorate from the Royal Academy Of Music.
2003 . . Libertines' singer Pete Doherty was
arrested after breaking into band member Carl Barat's flat and stealing a laptop
computer and a guitar.
2004 . . Glenn Danzig
gets in a fight backstage after a Danzig show when a member of support band North
Side Kings confronts him because they were bumped from the bill and didn't play
that night. Danzig pushes the guy but gets punched in the face in retaliation.
2004 . . David Crosby was fined $5,000 by a US court
after admitting attempted criminal possession of a weapon. It followed his arrest
in New York in March when a gun, knife and marijuana were found in his luggage.
2007 . . Pete Doherty escaped jail after a judge
decided to defer sentencing him for drugs offences on condition he went into rehab.
Doherty pleaded guilty to possessing crack cocaine and heroin at West London Magistrates'
Court. He was warned by Judge Davinder Lachhar that he would go into custody if
he failed to take up a place he was offered on a detox programme.
. . Opening of the O2 Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London, UK.
. . Algerian music star Cheb Mami is sentenced by a French court to 5 years
in prison for abducting his ex-girlfriend and trying to force her to have an abortion.
Mami is best known for his collaboration with Sting on the song Desert Rose.
2011 . . Unable to walk since a botched operation
two years earlier, Little Richard is wheeled in with a piano to perform at the
"A Capitol Fourth" concert at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
It's his first performance since the operation.
. "Hail to the Chief" is performed by the United
States Marine Band for President John Quincy Adams at the opening of the Chesapeake
and Ohio Canal.
1832 . . The song "America" was sung
in public for the first time at the Park Street Church in Boston, MA.
. . The song "America
the Beautiful" was published.
. . The Irving Berlin
musical, "This is the Army", opened at New Yorks Broadway Theatre.
1952 . . Vera Lynn scores first British No. 1 in
the US with Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart.
1955 . .
Gene Vincent's leg is crushed when his motorcycle is struck by a car in Franklin,
1958 . . Buddy Holly played three
shows at the Buck Lake Ranch, Angola, Indiana Frankie Avalon was also on the bill.
1964 . . All 5 members of The Rolling Stones appeared
as judges on 'Juke Box Dury', this was the only time the show ever had five panellists
rather than four.
1966 . . The Beatles accidentally
snub Phillipine first lady Imelda Marcos, and her husband pulls their police protection.
A mob then attacks the Fab Four.
1967 . . Tom
Jones appeared on the first telecast of CBS-TV's "Spotlight"
. . Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce to a Hollywood women's charity,
which raised $35,000.
1969 . . The Doors appeared
at the Willingdon Juvenile Detention Home For Girls in Vancouver, Canada.
1969 . . The 2 day Atlanta International Pop Festival
kicked off at the Atlanta International Raceway in Hampton, GA; it featured 22
acts including Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie,
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears,
Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield .
. . Their performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival landed Grand Funk Railroad
a record deal.
1970 . . Cliff Richard released
his 50th single 'Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha' it peaked at No.6 on the UK chart.
1970 . . Casey Kasem hosted radios "American
Top 40" for the first time.
1973 . . Don
Powell, drummer with Slade, was badly hurt in the car crash that killed his girlfriend
1974 . . Barry White married
Glodean James of Love Unlimited.
1974 . . Steely
Dan give up live performing after a show in Santa Monica so they could focus on
studio work. They didn't tour again until 1993.
. . The Tony Orlando & Dawn TV show debuts on CBS.
. . Paul Revere got married onstage during the intermission of his concert
at King's Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati on America's bicentennial.
. . The Clash made their live debut supporting The Sex Pistols at the Black
Swan, Sheffield, UK.
1977 . . Bass player Gary
Valentine quit Blondie, citing 'artistic integrity', as the cause of his departure.
1980 . . Beach Boys give a free concert to half
a million people in Washington DC, the first of a series of Independence Day concerts.
1982 . . Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon
1982 . . Diana Ross began her first solo
world tour at Giant Stadium in the Meadowlands.
. . Ringo Starr sits in on drums with The Beach Boys during their Miami
1985 . . The Beach Boys were joined
on stage by Mr. T on drums, in Philadelphia.
. The second Farm Aid benefit concert kicks off at Manor Downs Racetrack,
Manor, Texas. Held to raise money for family farmers in the US, the concerts were
organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young.
. . Paul Stanley from Kiss was involved in a car crash in New Jersey sustaining
neck and back injuries.
1992 . . John Phillips,
ex-member of Mamas And The Papas received a liver transplant at the Los Angeles
1993 . . The Smashing Pumpkins
played an acoustic show at the strip club Raymond's Revue Bar, London.
. . On the first day of Lollapalooza music festival in George, WA, Courtney
Love hit Kathleen Hanna lead singer of Bikini Kill. Courtney received a suspended
one-year sentence and was required to take courses in anger management.
. . Victoria Adams, aka Posh Spice marries the soccer star David Beckham.
2000 . . A man fell 80 feet to his death during
a Metallica concert at Raven Stadium, Baltimore.
. . Madonna played the first of six sold out nights at Earls Court Exhibition
Centre in London, England as part of her Drowned World Tour.
. . George Michael took part in a live phone interview on US news channel
CNN, defending his new single 'Shoot The Dog'. Americans were upset by the controversial
video, which had President Bush in bed with Tony Blair.
. . Michael Abram, the man who attacked and nearly murdered George Harrison,
is given a conditional release by a Mental Health Review Tribunal, to the anger
of George's widow, Olivia.
2002 . . Tony Bennett
had to abandon a show at London's Royal Albert Hall after a fire broke out in
2004 . . David Crosby pleaded guilty
to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, was fined $5,000 and given no jail
time. Prosecutors did not seek a more severe penalty on the weapons charge because
the pistol was registered in California and was stowed safely in his luggage when
it was found. A charge of unlawful possession of marijuana was dismissed. Crosby
was discharged by the court on condition that he pay his fine and not get arrested
2004 . . Ja Rule was arrested for driving
while his licence was suspended and being in possession of marijuana. He was stopped
by police after changing lanes without signalling, he later pleaded guilty to
driving with a suspended licence but the possession charge was dropped.
. . U2 won their court case for the return of items of memorabilia, including
a Stetson hat and earrings which they accused a former stylist of stealing. Judge
Matthew Deery at Dublin's Circuit Court ordered Lola Cashman to return the items.
2007 . . Former laboratory worker Devon Townsend
admitted to a court in Albuquerque, New Mexico of stalking Chester Bennington
lead singer with Linkin Park. Townsend used US government computers to obtain
his personal information, accessing Bennington's e-mail account and mobile phone
2008 . . The movie Mamma Mia!, featuring
the music of ABBA and based on the musical, opens in Sweden where the group attends
2010 . . George Michael was arrested
"on suspicion of being unfit to drive" after police received reports
of a car that had crashed into a building in north London. On September 14th he
was sentenced to eight weeks in jail.
2012 . . Bonhams
of London announced that Freddie Mercury's black and white harlequin stage costume
had sold for £22,500 at their Entertainment Memorabilia sale. Also a pair
of Freddies ballet pumps exceeded the pre-sale estimate of £1,500
- 2,000, selling for £4,000 to an overseas internet bidder.
. . UK sing and "Britian's Got Talent" judge, Alesha Dixon, got
critizised for her performance of the National Anthem at The British Grand Prix.
Social media sites ridiculed the singer after she sang the British national anthem
in an 'American Accent' and 'Wrong Words'.
1954 . . Working together
for the first time in a recording studio with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, Elvis
Presley fools around during a break with an up-tempo version of 'That's All Right'.
Producer Sam Phillips had them repeat the jam and records it. It became Presley's
first release on Sun Records.
1955 . . Chuck
Berry's song "Maybellene" is copyrighted in Berry's name alone, but
Alan Freed's name is added as a form of payola.
. . Billie Holliday's autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues, published by
Doubleday in New York
1963 . . The Beatles played
at the Plaza Ballroom in Dudley in the West Midlands. Appearing with The Beatles
- Denny and the Diplomats, led by Denny Laine, who went on to join the Moody Blues
and eventually, Paul McCartney's group Wings.
. The Four Seasons play at the White House at the invitation of U.S. President
1965 . . Dick Clark launches
the musical variety show "Where The Action Is", with Paul Revere &
the Raiders as the house band. The show lasts 3 seasons on ABC.
. . Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve
into the Jefferson Airplane over the 6 weeks.
. . Berry Gordy Jr, Motown's president appeared on the TV show 'To Tell
The Truth; the Supremes performed after his identity is revealed.
. . Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers had an operation in a Los Angeles
hospital to remove nodes on his vocal cords.
. On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards girlfriend, Chas
Chandler of The Animals went to see Jimi Hendrix play at The Cafe Wha in New York.
Chandler suggests that Hendrix should come to England.
. . Bill Graham officially converts Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco
to Fillmore West.
1969 . . Chuck Berry, The Who,
and Bodast all played two shows, 5.30 and 8.30pm, at The Royal Albert Hall. 5/-
to 30 shillings per ticket.
1969 . . Jerry Butler
and The Impressions appeared on ABC-TV's American Bandstand, but they sang separately.
1969 . . Rolling Stones give free concert in London's
Hyde Park to an estimated 250,000 fans as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died
two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley's 'Adonais'
and released 3,500 butterflies; it was also guitarist's Mick Taylor's debut with
the Stones, King Crimson, Family, The Third Ear Band, Screw and Alexis Korner's
New Church also appeared on the day.
1975 . . Pink
Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Steve Miller and Roy Harper all appeared at The Knebworth
Festival, England, tickets cost £3.50. Pink Floyd premiered their new album
'Wish You Were Here' with the help of Spitfires, pyrotechnics and an exploding
plane which flies into the stage.
1978 . . The
EMI record pressing plant in Britain stopped printing the Rolling Stones album
cover for "Some Girls" due to complaints from celebrities, including
Lucille Ball who were featured in mock advertisements on the album sleeve.
1983 . . Bauhaus' farewell concert took place Hammersmith
1984 . . The Everly Brothers
launch their first tour together in eleven years, in Cincinnati.
. . Whitney Houston's 115 date world tour kicked of as played the first
of three nights at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida.
. . Hootie & the Blowfish released their debut album, Cracked Rear
View; it eventually became the best-selling album in the history of Atlantic Records.
1995 . . More than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt
when a wooden deck collapsed at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds
of Deadheads were on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain.
. . The U.S. Justice Department decided not to take antitrust action against
1999 . . The Eurythmics announced
there first world tour for more than 10 years and that all profits would be given
to charity. The duo made the announcement from the Greenpeace boat 'Rainbow Warrior'
moored on the Thames.
2000 . . Suede's management
company sacked their accountants after becoming concerned about financial irregularities.
A court order was issued to seize the group's accounts from the last eight years.
2001 . . A pair of Sir Elton John's Salvatore
Ferragamo diamond-encrusted sandals went under the hammer for charity. The sandals
were auctioned to raise funds for Elton's Aid Trust and were snapped up for £13,000
by singer Ronan Keating as a present for his wife.
. . It was reported that Dr Dre had become the richest music star after
earning £62m in the last year, £37m from his own earnings plus £25m
from his record label Aftermath.
2002 . .
Jimi Hendrix's family won an injuntion against a New York-based music production
company from releasing recordings that Hendrix had performed.
. . The Daily Star ran a front-page story claiming that the body of Manic
Street Preachers guitarist Richey Edwards had been found. Fishermen in an angling
contest discovered bones half buried in mud on the riverbank near Avonmouth. Edwards
disappeared in Feb 1995, his car was found at a service station at the Seven Bridge
a well-known suicide spot.
2005 . . Pink Floyd's
David Gilmour said artists who had seen album sales soar after the Live 8 concerts
should donate their profits to charity, saying: "This is money that should
be used to save lives". UK sales figures released two days after the London
concert showed Pink Floyds Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd had risen by 1343%,
The Whos - Then and Now by 863% and Annie Lennox - Eurythmics Greatest Hits
2007 . . A 3 day rock festival headlined
by the Manic Street Preachers, Keane and Placebo in Swansea, Wales was postponed
due to bad weather. More than 50 bands were due to play The Fflam Festival at
2012 . . For the second year
in a row, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was honoured in two categories
at the annual Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards. The 65-year-old won the specialist
programme of the year award for his Absolute Radio show, and saw his weekly guest
slot named best feature. Absolute also took the station of the year award.
2015 . . Nicki Minaj misses her Wireless Festival
slot, the US rapper blamed travel issues, after she failed to appear
for her scheduled time on stage in Finsbury Park,London; she eventually arrived
two and a half hours late.
1937 . . Benny
Goodman and his band recorded "Sing,
1954 . . WHBQ in Memphis becomes
the first radio station to play an Elvis Presley record when they played "That's
1957 . . John Lennon and Paul McCartney
were introduced to each other at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry
Men were appearing.
1961 . . The Liverpool 'Mersey
Beat' newspaper was founded.
1964 . . The Beatles'
first film, "A Hard Day's Night," premiered at The Pavilion in London.
1966 . . Mike D'abo replaces Paul Jones as lead singer
of Manfred Mann.
1966 . . Elvis Presley's Paradise
Hawaiian Style movie opens nationwide.
1967 . . Pink
Floyd appear on the British TV show Top Of The Pops for the first time, performing
"See Emily Play".
1968 . . Woburn Music
Festival, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire kicked off; a two-day fest featuring The
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Donovan, Taste, Fleetwood Mac, John
Mayalls Bluesbreakers, Family, Pentangle, Alexis Korner, Tim Rose, and Duster
1971 . . Karen and Richard Carpenter
hosted "Make Your Own Kind of Music" on NBC-TV.
. . Legendary jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader, Louis Armstrong died.
1973 . . Rock band Queen released their debut
single, 'Keep Yourself Alive' in the UK. The music & lyrics were by Brian
May and Barry Mitchell.
1975 . . Rolling Stone
Keith Richards was arrested by the highway patrol in Arkansas on charges of reckless
driving and possessing an offensive weapon, a seven-inch hunting knife.
. . The Damned made their London debut supporting The Sex Pistols at the
1977 . . During a Pink Floyd concert
before a crowd of 80,000 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Bassist Roger Waters
having become increasingly irritated by a fan until he exerts his frustration
by spitting on him. The incident becomes the catalyst for the group's next album,
1978 . . US rock guitarist Eddie Mahoney
changed his name to Eddie Money.
1984 . . The
Jacksons began their 55 concert, Victory Tour in Kansas City, Missouri. They grossed
over $75 million. Michael Jackson donated $5 million to charities.
. . David Gates from Gateshead, UK was given one year's probation for stealing
guitars from the back of a van belonging to The Bay City Rollers.
. . The official song of The England Football team, "Three Lions"
by comedians Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds was at No.1 on the UK
1999 . . East 17 were dropped
by their record company after the bands last album had sold less than 20,000 copies.
2002 . . George Harrison's widow Olivia put
the couple's home up for sale for £20m saying she couldn't bear to live
with the memories of the attack by schizophrenic Michael Abram who broke into
the house in 1999.
2003 . . The Dixie Chicks
performed a concert at Dallas' American Airlines Center despite an anonymous threat
that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage, because of the controversy
regarding her comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war. She had
a police escort to and from the show and then directly to the airport.
. . The 40th anniversary of the world premiere of 'A Hard Day's Night',
was celebrated with a private reunion of the cast and crew, hosted in London by
DVD producer Martin Lewis.
2005 . . Grammy award
winning Rap star Lil' Kim was sentenced to a year in jail for lying to a grand
jury to protect friends. (She had been convicted of perjury and conspiracy in
March 2005) Kim told the court "I testified falsely to the grand jury and
during the trial. At the time I thought it was the right thing to do. Now I know
it was wrong". Lil' Kim was also fined £28,000.
. . Avril Lavigne was facing legal action by members of 1970s rock band
The Rubinoos, who claimed she had copied one of their songs. Songwriters Tommy
Dunbar and James Gangwer alleged Lavigne's hit Girlfriend was lifted
from their 1979 song 'I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend'.
. . Britney Spears apologised for attacking a photographer's car with an
umbrella earlier this year. In a message on her website, she said: "I apologise
to the pap for a stunt that was done four months ago." She said she got "carried
away" preparing for a film part but added that she did not get the role.
2009 . . Guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon
Walker announce they are leaving Panic At The Disco.
. . Pete Doherty was facing another prison sentence after breaking into
a shop in Regensburg, Germany earlier this year. The owners of the music shop,
from which The Libertines singer allegedly stole a guitar and record, were said
to be pressing charges against him. Doherty admitted to The Sun Newspaper he smashed
the shop window, but said he didn't remember stealing anything, as he was drunk
at the time. Doherty was currently serving 6 months in a UK jail for cocaine possession.
2012 . . Carol Hawkins, the former personal
assistant of U2 bassist Adam Clayton was jailed for seven years for embezzling
£2.2m of his money to fund a lavish lifestyle. She was convicted on 181
counts of theft from the bassist's bank accounts over a four-year period. The
judge said Hawkins' crimes were "rooted in greed and nothing else".
2015 . . Blur's Damon Albarn was removed from
stage at the Roskilde festival in Denmark after a mammoth five-hour set. He was
headlining the event with his Africa Express project and was joined on stage by
artists like Laura Mvula and Nick Zinner. After playing The Clash's Should I Stay
Or Should I Go, he encouraged the crowd to protest at the plug being pulled.
1927 . . First British DJ, Christopher
Stone, begins broadcasting his record show from BBC Studio, Savoy Hall.
. . Elvis purchased a new Cadillac Fleetwood Series 60 in blue with a black
roof. Elvis had the car repainted by Art, a neighbour on Lamar Street. Art designed
a customised pink color for Elvis which he named "Elvis Rose," but the
car kept its black roof. Once the car was finished Elvis gave it to his mother
Gladys as a gift.
1956 . . Johnny Cash made his
first appearance on "Grand Ole Opry."
. . The Monkees started a national tour with Jimi Hendrix as the opening
act. Hendrix was dropped after eight shows after being told his act was not suitable
for their teenybopper audience.
1968 . . The
Yardbirds played their last gig before splitting up straight after they appeared
1971 . . Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha
Faltskog of Abba were married.
1975 . . Keith
Richards was arrested and charged with possession of an offensive weapon and reckless
driving in Arkansas.
1979 . . The Boomtown Rats
made a personal appearance at the opening of the new Virgin Megastore in London.
1980 . . The original lineup of Led Zeppelin
played their last-ever concert when they appeared in West Berlin at the end of
a European tour. The set included 'Black Dog', 'Rock and Roll', 'Kashmir', 'Trampled
Underfoot' and 'Stairway To Heaven'. They finished the show with 'Whole Lotta
1984 . . The song "Relax" by
Frankie Goes To Hollywood, became the biggest selling single of all time in Britain.
1989 . . It was announced that for the first time
compact discs were out selling vinyl albums.
. Mia Zapata of Gits was found strangled in Seattle at the age of 27.
1998 . . Michael Jackson and his financial partner
Don Barden announced their intentions to build an entertainment Neverneverland
called "Majestic Kingdom" in Detroit.
. . It was reported that to attract young people to their mobile vans UK
ice cream sellers would start to play pop hits as music instead of the traditional
chimes. Spice Girls and Oasis hits would be the first to be played.
. . Coolio was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 40 hours of community service
and two years probation after he pled guilty to a charge of illegal gun possession.
2000 . . Eminem's wife, Kimberly Mathers, was
hospitalised after she slit her wrists after her husband's show as part of the
'Up in Smoke Tour' at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and later sued Eminem for defamation
after he described her violent death in "Kim".
. . Bobby Brown was released from a Florida jail after serving 26 days
for violating probation. The probation stemmed from a 1996 drunk driving incident
in Hollywood, FL.
. . Patsy Kensit confirmed her separation from Oasis singer Liam Gallagher.
2000 . . The BBC imposed an early-evening ban
on Robbie Williams' newest video entitled "Rock DJ."
. .Live Earth took place. The 24-hour, 7 continent series of concerts featured
more than 100 music artists.
2007 . . Melissa
Etheridge performed at the Giants Stadium on the American leg of Live Earth. She
performed the songs "Imagine That", "What Happens Tomorrow"
and "I Need To Wake Up" before introducing Al Gore.
. . Michael Jackson's funeral was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Andrae Crouch Choir, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jennifer
Hudson, Britain's Got Talent 2009 finalist Shaheen Jafargholi, Magic Johnson,
John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Brooke Shields, Usher and the legendary
Stevie Wonder all participated.
1946 . . Ava Gardner
divorced bandleader Artie Shaw after one year of marriage. She went on to marry
Frank Sinatra in 1951.
1958 . . During a performance
at Electric Park in Waterloo, Iowa, a photographer asks Buddy Holly to remove
his glasses for a picture. Holly replies: "I never have pictures made without
1958 . . The first gold record album was presented
by the Recording Industry Association of America /RIAA. The award went to the
1965 . . The
Dave Clark Five movie, "Catch Us If You Can", premiere in London, but
it was renamed to "Having a Wild Weekend" for its US release.
. . UK's Melody Maker weekly ran a front-page comment condemning the 3-month
jail sentence given to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for possession of Benzedrine
tablets. He was later given a conditional discharge.
. . Marianne Faithfull, at the time, girlfriend of Mick Jagger, took an
overdose of barbiturates on the set of the movie "Ned Kelly." She was
admitted to a Sydney Hospital, and was later dropped from the movie.
. . The Everly Brothers begin a run of two and a half months on ABC TV
(US) as hosts of The Everly Brothers Variety Show
. . A minor riot occurred during a Mott The Hoople gig at the Royal Albert
Hall, London. Some fans were injured and two boxes were damaged causing a temporary
ban on rock gigs. The group paid £1,467 for damages to property.
. . David Bowie performs as Ziggy Stardust for the first time at a "Save
The Whales" benefit concert in London. He announces on stage, "I'm Ziggy".
1972 . . The Concert 10 Festival was held at Pocono
International Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Top acts included Edgar Winter,
The Faces with Rod Stewart, Humble Pie, Claire Hamill, Emerson, Lake & Palmer,
Three Dog Night, The J. Geils Band and The Groundhogs.
. . David Bowie's album 'David Live', was recorded at Tower Theater, Philadelphia.
This was Bowie's first official live album and released in Oct '74.
. . Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon from The Clash were arrested for being
drunk and disorderly after a gig at the Apollo, Glasgow, they both recieved a
1979 . . The B-52's made their UK live
debut at the Lyceum Ballroom, in London; they were supported by The Tourists.
1981 . . Jerry Lee Lewis was seriously ill following
1984 . . Bob Dylans European
tour finish at Slane Castle, County Meath in Ireland. He was joined on stage by
Van Morrison when they duetted on Its All Over Now Baby Blue. U2s
Bono, (who went to interview Dylan) duetted with him on Blowin In The Wind
and Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat. Carlos Santana also joined Dylan on stage and played
guitar on the last seven songs.
1985 . . "Playboy"
and "Penthouse" magazines went on sale with nude pictures of Madonna.
1997 . . Weezer fan club founders Mykel Allan and
Carli along with their sister Trysta, were killed in a car accident in Colorado
on the way back from one of the band's shows. All three were in thier 20s.
1998 . . The Roy Orbison Estate filed a $12 million
royalty suit against Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
. . Two armed men broke into Foxy Brown's home, she and her mother were
both in the apartment at the time, but suffered no injuries.
. . The Daily Mail hailed Billie Piper one of their "Top of the Poppets"
as the unknown pop star hit the headlines when she went straight to No. 1 in the
charts with "Because We Want To" at just 15 years old. It made Billie
the youngest female star to reach the top spot since Helen Shapiro managed the
same feat in 1961 with Walkin' Back To Happiness.
1998 . . It was agreed that the music and film archives
of Frank Sinatra would be to housed at The Smithsonian and Library of Congress.
1999 . . Take That's ex-manager Nigel Martin
Smith decided to make a career change, as an undertaker. It was reported that
he was unhappy after a recent bereavement so he decided to buy a local funeral
firm in Manchester.
2002 . . Michael Jackson
spoke out against the music industry's treatment of artists, alleging that the
business was rife with racism. Speaking at a civil rights meeting in New York,
Jackson claimed there was a 'conspiracy' among record companies, especially towards
black artists, saying Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola was a "devil"
and a "racist" who did not support his African-American artists. A spokesman
for his record label, Sony, said the remarks were 'ludicrous, spiteful and hurtful'.
2003 . . A tooth from the mouth of Elvis Presley,
once the property of his former girlfriend Linda Thompson, went up for auction
on eBay. Along with a lock of his hair and a gold record, it fetches over $100,000.
2004 . . Mark Purseglove known as the world's biggest
bootlegger was sentenced to 3 years 6 months jail by Blackfriars Crown Court.
He had built up a £15 million pirate CD empire by bootlegging live concerts
of some of the world's biggest stars including The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink
2006 . . Queen guitarist Brian May made
a "substantial" donation to save hedgehogs from slaughter in the Outer
Hebrides. The exact amount is not known, but was enough to pay for the rescue
of hundreds of hedgehogs from the Uists, where Scottish Natural Heritage has been
culling the animals for the past four years.
. Prince was forced off stage by police halfway through his set at the
First Avenue nightclub during a late-night gig in his home town of Minneapolis.
The club was only allowed to stay open until 3.am but Prince didn't take to the
stage until 2.45am. Prince had already played two concerts in Minneapolis before
his late-night club appearance.
2011 . . Troubadours:
The Rise Of The Singer-Songwriter, Morgan Neville's full-length documentary was
aired by the BBC, in which James Taylor and Carole King's first-hand account of
the genesis and blossoming of the 1970s singer-songwriter culture in LA
. . Robbie Williams won his bitter planning battle with guitar legend Jimmy
Page after winning permission to refurbish his London mansion. (his 3rd application)
The 41-year-old singer has been in an ongoing dispute with his rock star next
door neighbour since buying Michael Winner's former home for £17.5million
1954 . . Frank Sinatra
makes solo debut on UK chart with 'Young at Heart'
. . Dick Clark made his debut as host of "Bandstand" on a Philadelphia
TV station. The name of the show was changed to "American Bandstand"
when it went to ABC-TV
1958 . . Johnny Cash signed
with Columbia Records.
1966 . . Rod Allen bass
player with The Fortunes was taken to hospital after being injured when fans pulled
him from the stage during a gig at The Starlight Rooms in Lincoln.
. . John Lennon makes solo debut on UK chart with 'Give Peace a Chance'
1977 . . Elvis Costello quit his day job as a computer
operator at Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics factory to become a full time musician.
1989 . . New Edition's production manager was
charged with criminal homicide after allegedly shooting the support acts security
man after they ran over their stage time.
1995 . .
The Grateful Dead give their last concert with leader Jerry Garcia at Chicago's
1998 . . MTV Networks Europe
announced in London the launch of freeform music channel M2 Europe. It was the
first TV station to be launched on the internet.
. . Elton John had a pacemaker fitted in an operation at a London hospital
following reports about his ill health. Sir Elton was forced to cancel a series
2004 . . David Bowie was forced
to cancel a string of European shows after emergency heart surgery. The 57 year-old
singer had an operation last month in Germany, where he was on tour, to treat
"an acutely blocked artery".
. . 'His Master's Voice', was registered with the U.S. Patent Office. The
logo of the Victor Recording Company, and later, RCA Victor, shows the dog, Nipper,
looking into the horn of a gramophone machine.
. . 200,000 Liverpudlians took to the streets to celebrate The Beatles
return to Liverpool for the northern premiere of the groups film 'A Hard Days
1968 . . The band Nice are banned from
the Royal Albert Hall after burning the American flag on stage, in an anti war
1968 . . Eric Clapton announced that
Cream would break up following a farewell tour.
. . The funeral of Rolling Stone Brian Jones took place at Hatherley Road
Parish Church, Cheltenham. Canon Hugh Evan Hopkins read Jones' own epitaph, 'Please
don't judge me too harshly'.
1975 . . Cher filed
for divorce from Greg Allman, just ten days after the couple had married.
1978 . . Rocker Bill Wyman, of the Rolling Stones
was knocked unconscious after falling from the stage during a Stones concert in
1979 . . Chuck Berry was sentenced to
four months in prison for income tax evasion.
. . David F Pearsall age 18 from Manchester, New Jersey was charged with
theft after stealing a guitar at a concert in Riverfront Park belonging to Richie
Sambora of Bon Jovi.
1991 . . U.S. President
George Bush presented a National Medal of Art to Roy Acuff.
. . Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and Lucho Brieva were married.
2002 . . A Scottish group who said they had the name
'Blue' first, took UK boy band Blue to court. Scottish group Blue who had a UK
No. 18 hit in 1977 had issued the band with a writ over who had the rights to
1959 . . Joan Baez makes her
first recording, a duet with Bob Gibson, at the Newport Folk Festival
. . First transatlantic TV broadcast made via Telstar Satellite. Raymond
Baxter commentates from UK. The event is celebrated with a No. 1 for the Tornadoes
some months later.
1967 . . Kenny Rogers forms
First Edition after leaving the New Christy Minstrels.
. . Andy Gibb married his girlfriend Kim. The couple divorced in 1978
1977 . . The opening night of The Vortex Club, Wardour
Street, London with Siouxise, Adam And The Ants, The Slits and Sham 69.
. . Queen headline at Wembley Arena
1992 . .
A range of eight 'ties', designed by Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead
went on sale in the US. President Bill Clinton bought a set. The collection grossed
a million in the US by the end of the year.
. Mike Mills (R.E.M.) underwent emergency intestinal surgery in Germany.
Seven shows of R.E.M.'s European tour had to be cancelled.
. . Lars Ulrich (Metallica) was the first witness to testify at a U.S.
Senate hearing over copyright law issues concerning free sharing of music files
on Web sites such as Napster and MP3.com.
2000 . . After
being sacked 'out of the blue' last year, Richard Ashcroft's ex- manger Jazz Summers
issued a writ citing breach of contract for an undisclosed sum said to be 'in
excess of £50,000'.
2002 . . The funeral
of The Who's bass player John Entwistle took place at a church in The Cotswolds.
More than 200 mourners filed into the 12th century church of St Edward in Stow-on-the-
2010 . . Little Feat's drummer, Richie
Hayward's liver cancer seemed in remission and while waiting for a liver transplant,
Little Feat played at Vancouver Island Music Festival. Richie was slated to play
just a couple of tunes, but once he was sat behind his kit, he bravely finished
out the night, played fantastically, filling out that Little Feat sound. He sadly
died a month later on Aug 12th.
1954 . . 19 year old Elvis
Presley gave in his notice at his day job at The Crown Electric Company and signed
a recording contract with Sun Records.
1959 . . Alan
Freed began a 13 week Rock & Roll show on ABC-TV.
. . Pat Boone began a 10-day tour of South Africa.
. . The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club,
London, with Dick Taylor on bass and Mick Avory on drums. The band was billed
as Mick Jagger and The Rollin' Stones. They were paid £20 for the gig.
1969 . . Half of America's Top 40 AM stations ban
the Beatles' new single 'The Ballad of John and Yoko' because of the line 'Christ,
you know it ain't easy'
1970 . . Janis Joplin
makes concert debut with new group Full Tilt Boogie Band in Louisville, Kentucky
1972 . . First performance of Peter Maxwell Davies's
opera Taverner at the Royal Opera House.
1980 . . Ian
Paice joins Whitesnake
1986 . . Boy George and
singer Marilyn were arrested in London for possession of drugs.
. . Michael Jackson arrived in the UK for his first ever-solo appearances.
He performed a total of eight nights to 794,000 people.
. . Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) was arrested at New York's JFK airport on
a warrant from St. Louis, MO. Rose was wanted on charges stemming from a 1991
Guns N' Roses concert.
1996 . . Smashing Pumpkins
drummer Jimmy Chamberlain was charged with drug possession after the death of
the bands keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin in his New York Hotel room.
. . Trombonist Rico
awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.
1939 . . Frank Sinatra made
his recording debut with the Harry James band with the songs "Melancholy
Mood" and "From the Bottom of My Heart."
. . Gene Vincent enters UK chart with 'Be Bop A Lula'
. . The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig outside London appearing
at The Alcove Club, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire supporting The Hollies.
. . Paul McCartney was presented with five Ivor Novello Awards at a lunch
party at The Savoy, London. John Lennon refused to attend; Paul was 40 minutes
late after he had forgotten about the engagement.
. . Queen released their debut album "Queen".
. . 'The Everly Brothers died ten years ago', says Don Everly on the stage
of the John Wayne Theatre, Buena Park, California. Just afterwards, brother Phil
smashes his guitar and walks off, ending the career of the duo
. . The first issue of UK punk fanzine Sniffin' Glue was published, with
features on The Stranglers, Ramones and Blue Oyster Cult. Former bank clerk Mark
Perry edited the fanzine.
1990 . . Curtis Mayfield
was badly injured after a strong gust of wind blew a lighting rig on him during
a outside concert in Brooklyn, New York.
1991 . . Bryan
Adams's '(Everything I Do) I Do It For You' begins record-breaking sixteen-week
run at top of UK chart
1991 . . The Everly Brothers
foundation bought 80 acres of land in the brother's hometown, planning to build
a theme park and museum in honour of the duo.
. . RealNetworks Inc. rolled out a test version of RealSystem G2. G2 is
a streaming video and audio delivery system.
. Oasis played a version of "My Generation" during their set
at T in the Park as a tribute to John Entwistle.
. . English
actress and singer Betty Driver's show "A Date with Betty", was first
broadcast live from the People's Palace in London's East End.
1967 . . The Who begin their first US tour as support band to Herman's
1969 . . Bob Dylan made a surprise
appearance with The Band at the Mississippi River Rock Festival. He performed
1973 . . During a concert at the
John Wayne Theatre in Hollywood, California, Phil Everly smashed his guitar and
stormed of stage, Don finished the set by himself and announced that The Everly
Brothers had split.
1973 . . Ray Davies of The
Kinks makes an emotional outburst during a performance at White City Stadium,
announcing he is quitting the group. He later withdraws the statement.
. . Allen Klein ex manager of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones began
serving a two-month prison sentence for falsifying tax returns.
. . Bryan Ferry collapsed in his hotel room in France and was flown to
London suffering from a kidney infection.
1982 . .
Pink Floyd's 'The Wall', had it's movie premier in London.
. . Steve Miller got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
. . At The Peach Festival, South Carolina, 432 guitarists broke the world
record for the most guitar players appearing in unison for the longest period
of time, when they performed 'Louie Louie' for 30 minutes.
. . Cyndi Lauper released the first closed-captioned video. The video was
for the song "My First Night Without You."
. . George Michael announces he's settled his long running dispute with
Sony and has been released from his contract. He signed a contract with Dreamworks
SKG label who allegedly pays Sony $40 million.
. . Walkers Spice Girls Crisps went on sale in the UK, over 16 million
bags were sold by the end of the year.
2006 . . Jimi
Jamison left rock band Survivor once again. Former McAuley Schenker Group singer
Robin McAuley replaced him on lead vocals.
. . An eight year old Gladys Knight appeared on the TV show
talent show Ted Mack's Amateur Hour. She won the top prize of $2,000 for her performance
of Nat King Cole's "Too Young".
1952 . . Country
singer Patti Page started her summer replacement series on CBS, in Perry Como's
usual timeslot three times a week for 15 minutes.
1958 . . John
Lennon's mother Julia was killed when she was knocked down by a car.
. . Percy Sledge earns a gold disc in the US for 'When a Man Loves a Woman'
1968 . . The Beatles' new enterprise, Apple, moved into its new corporate HQ on
3 Savile Row, London, later the site of their famous "rooftop concert."
1973 . . At the 'The Great Western Express' fest,
White City, London, Ray Davies, newly separated from his wife, announced that
he was leaving The Kinks, saying he was absolutely sick of everything and was
retiring. After which he walked into the local hospital and collapsed. Ray was
suffering from exhaustion and he returned to the group within the week.
. . Bob Dylan performed before the largest open-air concert audience in
history for a single artist at Blackbushe Airport in England, when over 200,000
fans turned out.
1980 . . Linda Ronstadt made
her dramatic debut in Joseph Papp's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The
Pirates Of Penzance" at the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park.
1986 . . Columbia Records dropped singer, Johnny
Cashfrom their books; he had been with Colombia for 28 years.
. . Pink Floyd play to more than 200,000 people in Venice at a free concert.
1998 . . Aerosmith were forced to cancel a forthcoming
US tour after Joey Kramer was involved in a freak accident. The drummer's car
set on fire and was completely destroyed as he was filling up with petrol. He
was admitted to hospital with second-degree burns.
. . The Rolling Stones report income of $337 million in the last two years,
a result of 147 concerts in front of nearly six million fans.
. . Bob Seger's 62 foot boat Lightning won its division in the 78th annual
sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island, MI.
. . a Manchester judge reprimanded Happy Mondays singer Shaun Ryder after
he turned up a day late in court to give evidence. Ryder told the court he had
been on a bender. A man was cleared of dangerous driving and assaulting Ryder.
2002 . . A boat captained by Bob Segar won its division
in the 78th annual Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race.
. . Victor Edward Willis, the original policeman in the Village People,
was arrested after police found a gun and drugs in his convertible in Daly City,
south of San Francisco. Willis also had an outstanding $15,000 felony warrant
for possession of narcotics.
2006 . . Deryck
Whibley Sum 41 front man, married Avril Lavigne in Montecito, California. The
marriage lasted just over three years.
2007 . . Bret
Michaels, lead singer of the band Poison, launches the VH1 reality TV show Rock
of Love. In it, dozens of women compete in a voting competition to get engaged
to Bret Michaels, who never takes off his head rag or cowboy hat the entire time.
The show ran for three seasons, during each of which, twenty-some women got eliminated
and one woman gets the right to be Bret Michaels' girlfriend, but breaks it off
with him shortly after the end of each season!!
. . 45 years after he played at the Ed Sullivan Theatre with The Beatles,
Paul McCartney returned to the venue to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman.
Earlier in the day, he played from the theater's marquee, surprising the people
2009 . . According to Billboard,
since Michael Jackson's death which occurred on June 25th 2009, American consumers
have purchased more than 2.3 million of his albums.
. . To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Adult Contemporary chart,
which had various names over the years, including Easy Listening, Billboard published
its list of the top 100 Adult Contemporary songs of all time, with Savage Garden's
"Truly Madly Deeply" at No.1, followed by "Lead Me On" by
Maxine Nightingale and "Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker.
. . "Gangnam Style" performed by K-Pop singer PSY, is unleashed
upon the world. The song debuts on YouTube and went on to become the most-watched
video ever in history, surpassing even Justin Bieber's hit "Baby" !
1934 . . The NBC Red
radio network premiered the musical drama, "Dreams Come True."
1957 . . Bob Thiele notifies Buddy Holly that "That'll
Be The Day" has sold 50,000 records, and an additional 28,000 have been pressed.
That evening, Holly goes to see Little Richard perform at Lubbock's Cotton Club.
1960 . . Hank Ballard and the Midnighters become
the first group to place three records at the same time on Hot 100 - 'Poppin'
Time, Let's Go Let's Go' and 'The Twist'
1962 . .
The Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records in the US.
. . Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker formed the band Cream.
1970 . . Janis Joplin joined Ron "Pigpen"
Mckernan onstage at the Euphoria Ballroom in San Rafael with the Grateful Dead
to sing his signature "Turn On Your Lovelight".
. . Smokey Robinson made his last appearance with The Miracles at a concert
in Washington DC.
1976 . . Allman Brothers go
thier seperate ways
1980 . . 'No Nukes' concert
film with Bruce Springsteen and Doobie Brothers premieres in New York
. . 'Dollywood', Dolly Parton's theme park opens in Tennessee
. . Rap singer Queen Latifah was the victim of a car-jacking attempt that
went wrong, leaving her bodyguard shot and wounded.
. . Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries accepted an undisclosed settlement
after a London newspaper reported that she appeared on stage without panties.
2000 . . The Corrs presented a petition to the
European Commission demanding legislation to end piracy on the Internet.
2013 . . Irish singer-songwriter, Danny O'Donoghue
announced he was leaving the BBC talent show, The Voice UK, to concentrate on
his band The Script. He was replaced for the 3rd series by Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky
1946 . . Child star Petula
Clark made her first appearance on British TV, aged 13.
. . The first Newport Jazz Festival was held at the Newport Casino, in
1961 . . Motown Records released
The Supremes' first single, "Buttered Popcorn."
. . A bomb placed under a ramp at the Montreal Forum blows out cones of
30 speakers stored inside one of Rolling Stones' equipment trucks. No one knows
who did it or why. 'Why didn't that cat leave a note?' says Mick Jagger
. . Moody Blues open their recording studio in West Hampstead, the first
quadraphonic studio in the UK
1979 . . Lead guistist,
Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy during a US tour and was replaced by ex Slick &
Rich Kids guitarist Midge Ure.
1986 . . Tower
Records open their first major UK store, at Piccadilly, London.
. . Rolling Stone, Keith Richards signed a solo deal with Virgin Records.
1995 . . Robbie Williams left Take That. The
group had scored six UK No.1 singles with Robbie in the group.
. . Several of Hong Kong's biggest music stars and industry figures were
arrested as part of an investigation into corruption in the music industry after
allegations that chart positions and music awards had been rigged.
. . Paul McCartney performs 3 sold-out concerts (17 July, 18 & 21)
at Citi Field to open the stadium with The Script. Also Billy Joel joined them
on the first night.
1953 . . As a gift for
his mother, Elvis Presley recorded "My Happiness" and 'That's When Your
Heartaches Begin'. It was his first recording, and cost him $4.
. . Hank Ballard and the Midnighters released "The Twist." The
song didn't become a hit until later in the year when Chubby Checker covered it.
1970 . . UK's BBC Radio 1 DJ, Kenny Everett,
was sacked after he joked on air that the wife of the conservative transport minister
Mary Peyton had 'crammed a fiver into the examiner's hand', when taking her driving
1972 . . During a US tour, members from
Sly and the Family Stone were arrested after police found two pounds of marijuana
in the group's motor home
1974 . . The U.S. Justice
Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10. The Immigration
and Naturalization Service denied him an extension of his non-immigrant visa because
of his guilty plea in England to a 1968 marijuana possession charge.
. . Def Leppard made their live debut at Westfield School, Sheffield, England
in front of 150 students.
1988 . . A California
appeals court upheld a lower courts' decision to dismiss a case against Ozzy Osbourne
and CBS Records. In 1984 a teenager allegedly killed himself after listening to
Ozzy's "Suicide Solution."
1992 . . Bobby
Brown and Whitney Houston were married.
1993 . . Rage
Against the Machine protested against the PMRC at Lollapalooza III by standing
naked onstage with duct tape covering their mouths and the letters PMRC on their
chests. The band used up their 14-minute performance time without playing any
songs. The only sound emitted was audio feedback from Tom Morello and Tim Commerford's
guitars. The band later played a free show for disappointed fans.
. . The oldest known musical instrument in the world was found in the Indrijca
River Valley in Slovenia. The 45,000 year-old relic was a bear bone with four
artificial holes along its length.
2000 . . Metallica
played in Los Angeles at the House of Blues, CA. The crowd was made up of 1,000
contest winners of the "Blind Date" competition organized by Miller
1949 . . Harry
Belafonte began recording his first sessions for Capitol Records. They included
the songs "They Didn't Believe Me" and "Close Your Eyes."
1958 . . The manager of The Drifters, George
Treadwell, sacked the entire group and hired the unknown Ben E King and The Five
Crowns as their replacements.
1966 . . Frank
Sinatra, at the age of 50, married the 20-year-old actress Mia Farrow.
. . The first Knebworth Concert is held, headling The Allman Brothers
1976 . . Deep Purple announce they are
1980 . . Billy Joel earned his first
gold record with "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me."
. . The
flamboyant American female impersonator, Divine, sang his hit You Think
Youre A Man on well-known UK music show Top Of The Pops, resulting
in a barrage of complaints to the BBC.
. . Bruce Springsteen held a concert in East Germany attracting 300,000
spectators. Erik Kirschbaum called the concert "the most important rock concert
ever, anywhere", and in his 2013 book "Rocking the Wall. Bruce Springsteen:
The Berlin Concert That Changed the World"..
. . After large amounts of money were found in his cell, James Brown was
moved from a minimum- security prison to a medium security jail.
. . Steven Adler ex drummer with Guns N' Roses, filed a suit in Los Angeles
county court alleging that he was fraudulently removed from the group and that
the band introduced him to hard drugs.
1995 . . Dr.
George Nichopoulous, Elvis Presley's former doctor, loses his medical licence
for being "too liberal" in prescribing addicitive drugs.
. . Wu Tang Clan rapper ODB, (Russell Jones), was sentenced to spend between
two and four years behind bars after being found guilty of drug possession. He
was arrested in July 1999 when police found cocaine and marijuana in his car after
he was pulled over for driving through a red light.
. . DMX is arrested at MetroCenter Mall in Phoenix for presenting the Mayo
Clinic with false information to allegedly avoid paying medical bills.
1940 - Billboard
magazine publishes its first regular combined 'music chart' based on record sales
1967 . . Jerry Lee Lewis returns to the UK for
the first time since 1958.
1968 . . Jane Asher
announces that her engagement to Paul McCartney is off.
. . Joey Ramone became the lead vocalist for the Ramones.
. . Guitarist Steve Van Zandt performed for the first time in concert as
a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
. . Prince Charles and Princess Diana attend Mencap charity concert at
Dominion Theatre, London. Duran Duran top the bill.
. . Premiere of 'Sid and Nancy', the film about the life of Sex Pistol
Sid Vicious, is held at Limelight Club in London
. . Public Enemy member Flavor Flav broke both his arms when he was involved
in a motorcycle accident in Milan.
1999 . .
Church groups in middle America claimed that pictures of Britney Spears printed
in Rolling Stone magazine encouraged child pornography. The shots showed Britney
with not many clothes on in her bedroom
2003 . .
A tooth said to have been pulled out of Elvis Presley's mouth after an injury,
failed to sell on the auction site eBay. The tooth had been put on a 10-day sale
with a reserve price of £64,100. The tooth was also accompanied by some
of the singer's hair.
1958 . . Pittsburgh radio station
WAMP drops 'all rock and roll discs and other raucous tunes' in the 'so-called
Top- 40 charts' as part of the anti-Top 40 backlash that also includes KSEL in
1963 . . First real hint of Beatlemania:
4,000 ticketless fans try to gain entry to the band's gig at the Queen's Theatre,
Blackpool. The crush is so deep that Beatles are forced to enter via the roof
1983 . . Diana Ross plays free concert in Central
Park. Heavy rain forces her off stage early in the set and concert is re-staged
the following night.
1990 . . Roger Waters 'The
Wall' took place at the Berlin Wall in Potzdamer Platz, Berlin. Over 200.000 people
attended and the event was broadcast live throughout the world, Van Morrison,
Bryan Adams, Joni Mitchell and others took part.
. . BBC's Radio One apologized to listeners after Madonna repeatedly cursed
during a live concert broadcast.
1994 . . Oasis
played their first ever American gig as part of the New Music Seminar at Wetlands
in New York.
1996 . . The tour bus carrying members
of Terrorvision inadvertently ran over sleeping festival fan Daniel Duffy as he
lay in his tent breaking his hip.
1999 . . Charley
Pride received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was the 2,140th star to
2003 . . Coldplay singer Chris
Martin was charged with malicious damage in Australia after he allegedly attacked
a photographer's car after he had taken pictures of him surfing at Seven Mile
Beach. Martin admitted he had lost his temper due to the constant harassment by
that journalist, and consequently smashed his windscreen and let the air out of
2011 . . The Songbird of the South
aka Kate Smith's version of "God Bless America" was played as NASA's
final wake-up call for the space shuttle Atlantis, ending the 30-year shuttle
1933 . . Caterina Jarboro became
the first black prima donna of an opera company. She sang "Aida" at
the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.
. . UK crooner Michael Holliday made his first TV appearance on The Centre
Show, which led him to be signed as a solo artist to EMI's Columbia label.
1956 . . Buddy Holly, Curtis, Guess, and J.I. Allison
are in Nashville for a second Decca recording session at Bradley's Barn. The song
list from the session includes "I'm Changing All Those Changes", "Girl
On My Mind", "Rock Around With Ollie Vee", "Ting-A-Ling"
and "That'll Be The Day".
1958 . . The
Crickets' Jerry Allison and Peggy Sue Gerron get married in Honey Grove, Lubbock.
1965 . . Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman
from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court,
London after being found guilty of insulting behaviour at a Romford Road service
station. The three had all urinated against a wall.
. . Vanilla Fudge made its concert debut in New York.
. . Aretha Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct after creating
a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot.
1972 . . Paul
and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs.
. . Tony Orlando announced his retirement from show business.
. . The BBC Proms is broadcast by BBC Radio 3 for the first time in quadraphonic
1979 . . Little Richard, also known as
Reverend Richard Penniman, spoke at a revival meeting in North Richmond, CA. He
warned the congregation about the evils of rock & roll music, declaring 'If
God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.'
. . Country singer Dolly Parton announced plans to open a 400 acre theme
park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The name for this new amusement park will be
1996 . . The parents of a
teen-age murder victim sued the band Slayer contending that the band's lyrics
were "satanic" and inspired 3 teen-age boys to rape, torture and stab
the girl to death.
1997 . . Elton John and Sting
are among the mourners at designer Gianni Versace's funeral in Milan. Elton and
Sting sang an arrangement of Psalm 23.
1950 . . "The Gene Autry
Show" premiered on CBS-TV
1957 . . Bob Thiele
sends a registered letter to inform The Crickets, which included Buddy as vocalist
and lead guitarist, that Coral will renew their recording contract.
. . The Jackson 5 audition at Motowns Detroit headquarters for a
number of label executives. Berry Gordy was not present, but he this time he signed
them after viewing the audition tape.
1977 . .
Carly Simon hits US chart with James Bond film theme 'Nobody Does It Better',
her fourth Top 10 single.
1977 . . Led Zeppelin
drummer John Bonham and group manager, Peter Grant were charged with assault after
a fight broke out backstage during a US concert with employees of the promoter
Bill Graham. Judas Priest was the support act.
. . Cliff Richard received his OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
1988 . . After forty-nine weeks on the US album
chart, 'Hysteria' by Def Leppard went to the No.1 position.
. . Chicago received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
. . A gunman fired into the New York club Danceteria. Eric Tallman (Erotic
Exotic) was injured when the bullet grazed his skull.
. . Two R.E.M. fans died during the bands Dublin's Slane Castle gig. One
drowned in the River Boyne and the other was allegedly pushed from a bridge.
1998 . . It was announced that Iron Maiden would
have to cancel the remainder of its U.S. tour. The doctor of Blaze Bailey advised
him to not sing for one month.
2003 . . The Sun
Records studio in Memphis was designated a national historic landmark.
. . Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass gave their final public performance
at the Colonnade in Ringgold, GA. Danny was eighty years old at the time. The
group performed two shows and received standing ovations for each
1849 . . Georgetown University
in Washington, DC. presented its first Doctor of Music Degree. It was given to
Professor Henry Dielman.
1938 . . Artie Shaw
recorded "Begin the Beguine."
1967 . . All
four Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein signed a petition printed in The
Times newspaper calling for the legalisation of marijuana.
. . Robert Stigwood's film of 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band',
starring Bee Gees and Peter Frampton, opens in New York. It flops
. . Police gave Oasis singer Liam Gallagher a formal caution after admitting
criminal damage following an incident with a cyclist in Camden, London. Gallagher
had grabbed the rider from the window of his chauffeur driven car and broke his
1998 . . Tanya Tucker filed a $300,000
lawsuit against Capitol Records Nashville. The charge was that the label has willfully
neglected her career.
1998 . . Aerosmith announced
that they were postponing the first 13 dates of their U.S. tour. Drummer Joey
Krammer had received second-degree burns in a gas station fire.
. . A garden centre was sued over claims it killed a collection of the
late singer Freddie Mercury's prized koi fish. Mercury's former partner, Mary
Austin who inherited the Japanese koi collection claimed 84 fish, one of the best
collections of the fish in the UK, died when the electricity powering a temporary
pond was accidentally turned off by a worker from Clifton Nurseries, of Maida
Vale, West London. One koi can be worth £250,000.
1963 . . Cilla Black
made a recording test for EMI Records after George Martin had spotted her while
at a Gerry And The Pacemakers gig in Liverpool.
. . Bob Dylan went 'electric' at The Newport folk Festival and was booed
off stage after three songs. It was his first ever non-acoustic set.
. . Neil Young made his first appearance with Crosby, Stills and Nash at
a concert at New York's Fillmore East. .
1975 . .
"A Chorus Line" debuted on Broadway. The show closed in 1990 after 6,137
1980 . . KISS introduced their
new drummer, Eric Carr, at a concert at the Paladium in New York City.
. . Rosanne Barr sang the National Anthem in San Diego before a Padres
baseball game. She was booed for her performance.
. . Bruce Springsteen became a father when Patti Sciafa gave birth to a
baby boy, Evan James.
1995 . . Nina Simone was
put on 18 months probation and ordered to seek psychological counseling. She fired
a gun at a pair of noisy teenagers playing next door to her home in southern France.
1999 . . Woodstock Festival 2 ended with riots
resulting in 120 people being arrested. Three people died during the 3-day festival
in separate incidents and many were hospitalised after drinking polluted water.
2010 . . Emerson, Lake and Palmer played a one-off
40th anniversary concert, headlining the High Voltage Festival event in Victoria
Park, London. The entire concert was later released as the double-CD live album
1939 . . Kay Starr recorded
"Baby Me" with Glenn Miller and his orchestra.
. . Led Zeppelin US tour ends early, with sad news of the death of Robert
Plant's six year old son, Karac.
1977 . . Elvis
Costello was arrested as he performed outside a CBS Records sales conference at
The London Hilton Hotel and was fined £5.
. . Led Zeppelin cancels the last seven dates of their American tour after
lead singer Robert Plant learns that his six-year-old son Karac has died of a
respiratory virus. The show two days before in Oakland proves to be the band's
last ever in the United States.
1969 . . Elvis
Presley opened his first live engagement in almost eight years, a four week run
at the Las Vegas International Hotel. He reportedly netted $1.5m for the shows.
1980 . . Police headline at Milton Keynes Bowl
1984 . . Prince's movie "Purple Rain" premiered
in Hollywood, CA.
2000 . . A U.S. federal judge
issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, Inc. The injunction had been
requested by the Recording Industry of Association of America (RIAA). The website
was ordered to cease trade in music covered by RIAA member copyrights by midnight
July 28, 2000.
2000 . . Oasis were booed off
stage during a show at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland after singer Liam Gallagher
had insulted the 35,000 strong audience.
2000 . . The
celebrity management company Cassandra left dozens of acts out of pocket when
it was rocked by fraud charges, filing for bankruptcy at the Manhattan Bankruptcy
Court. Clients included Alanis Morissette, Pish and Afghan Wiggs.
1927 . . BBC
broadcaster Christopher Stone, Britain's
first ever disc jockey
started playing records on air.
1946 - The
UK Music Publishers' Association begin issuing their own 'music charts' for the
trade, based on sheet music sales.
1958 . . fan's of rock &
roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio can cost you more
money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll
can cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.
1968 . . Bee Gee Robin Gibb collapsed, as the group
were about to set out on their first US tour, suffering from nervous exhaustion.
1976 . . John Lennon finally had his request
for permanent residency in the United States approved.
. . Bruce Springsteen sued his manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach
of trust. The case dragged on for a year halting Springsteens career. An out of
court settlement was reached the following year.
. . Alice Cooper's Indian art store in Scottsdale, Arizona was hit by a
1986 . . Rock band Queen became the
first act since Louis Armstrong to play in Budapest, Hungary. The gig was filmed
and released as 'Queen Magic in Budapest'.
1987 . .
U2 filmed their video 'Where the Streets Have No Name' the rooftop of a
building L.A. causing traffic chaos below.
1989 . .
Michael Jackson sued the Daily Mirror for libel after they printed a less
than flattering colour photo of the ever-changing singer on the front page.
2002 . . Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed
hospital suffering from "extreme exhaustion." The singer cancelled all
public appearances, including her headlining appearance at MTV's 20th birthday
1954 . . The first press interview with 19-year-old
Elvis Presley was published in the 'Memphis Press- Scimitar'.
. . Gene Vincent appeared on the Perry Como TV show in the US.
. . First-ever
British LP chart was published in the New Musical Express magazien. Frank
Sinatra was the first No. 1 with his long playing 33 1/3 rpm vinyl album "Songs
For Swingin' Lovers"
1969 . . Police in Moscow reported that thousands
of public phone booths had been vandalised after thieves stole the parts of the
phones to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. A feature in a Russian youth
magazine had shown details on how to do this.
. 'Ned Kelly' film, starring Mick Jagger, premieres in Australia
. . The world's biggest-ever rock festival audience gathers at Watkins
Glen Festival in New York State. Over 600,000 attend to see The Band, Allman Brothers
and Grateful Dead
1991 . . Around 100 arrests
were made after an estimated 2,000 Youths rioted after a MC Hammer concert in
1993 . . 10,000 Maniacs play
their last show with lead singer Natalie Merchant. Merchant leaves the group to
pursue a solo career
1995 . . Jimi Hendrix's
father, James Al Hendrix, wins back the rights to his son's name, likeness, image
2003 . . The wine Sir Cliff Richard
made from his Algarve estate started a UK supermarket battle. Fans were asking
all the stores when the wine would go on sale with the Tesco chain saying they
would be the first, but the Waitrose shops had been selling the £8.49 a
bottle red for the last week.
1946 . . Charlie
Parker fell asleep while smoking and set his hotel bed on fire. He was arrested
wandering through the hotel lobby wearing only his socks. This led to a stay at
the mental institution
in Camarillo State Hospital, which inspires his song "Relaxin' at Camarillo".
1962 . . Bob Dylan makes his first radio
appearance on WRUR-FM in New York as part of a 21-hour Hootenany Saturday special.
1963 . . With the US charts full of Hot Rod songs,
Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote
The Beach Boys latest release Little Deuce Coupe.
. . Dick Clark premiered his summer stage show, the Dick Clark Caravan
of Stars, at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.
. . The Beatles second feature film 'Help!' had its UK premiere at The
Pavilion in London. The Beatles later said the film was shot in a "haze of
1966 . . Bob Dylan was seriously
injured when he crashed his motorcycle near Woodstock, NY.
. . Datebook published Maureen Cleaves interview with John Lennon
in which he said We're more popular than Jesus now
. . Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton, made their live debut as
Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England.
. . The International Love-In Festival took place at Alexandra Palace London
with Pink Floyd, Brian Auger Trinity with Julie Driscoll, The Animals, Crazy World
Of Arthur Brown, Tomorrow, Blossom Toes, Creation, The Nervous System and Apostolic
1968 . . The Byrds left on their
tour of South Africa without Gram Parsons. He had refused to set foot in a country
where apartheid was official policy.
1971 . . A
security guard was stabbed to death at a Who concert in Forest Hills, NY.
1972 . . Screaming Lord Sutch was arrested in London
after jumping from a bus in Downing Street with four nude women to publicise forthcoming
1973 . . $180,000 was stolen from Led Zeppelin's
deposit box at the Drake Hotel in New York City, NY.
. . Elvis loaned his friend and personal physician, Dr. George C. Nichopoulos,
$200,000 to build a dream home in Memphis.
1978 . .
The film soundtrack to Grease featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
went to No.1 on the US album chart.
1980 . . David
Bowie opened in the title role of the stage play "Elephant Man" in Denver,
1982 . . Duran Duran's Andy Taylor
married Tracie Wilson.
1982 . . The Asgard Hotel
in Dublin owned by Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott was completely destroyed by fire.
1986 . . Soft-rocker Paul Davis is shot in the
stomach during an attempted robbery at a Nashville hotel. He eventually recovers.
1987 . . David Bowie played the first show of his
North American "Glass Spider" tour in Philadelphia, PA.
. . Ben and Jerry's introduces a new flavor: Cherry Garcia, named after
the Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.
1987 . . Michigan's
governor announced an annual "Four Tops Day" honouring the group for
its contribution to American music.
1990 . .
Elton John checks into hospital in Chicago, for bulimia and substance abuse.
1991 . . The Metallica single "Enter Sandman"
1998 . . Miramax Films announced
that they had purchased the rights to the Beatle's movie "A Hard Day's Night"
with the intention of releasing a remastered version on the movie's 35th anniversary.
2011 . . Chuck Berry throws out the first pitch at
the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.
2011 . . Chuck
Berry's statue is unveiled on Delmar Boulevard in the city of St. Louis
. Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill left the stage at a Dallas concert,
after complaining about the heat. He didn't return, and the band cancels the rest
of their tour. It was officially blamed on "dehydration," but Caleb's
brother, bassist Jared later Tweets: "There are problems in our band bigger
than not drinking enough Gatorade."
1792 . . The French
national anthem "La Marseillaise" by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle,
was first sung in Paris.
1942 . . Frank Sinatra
recorded the last of 90 recordings with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra on Victor Records.
His last side was 'There are Such Things', which became number one in January
of 1943. Sinatra moved on to Columbia Records as a solo singing sensation.
1954 . . Slim Whitman, Billy Walker, Sugarfoot Collins,
Sonny Harvelle, Tinker Fry, Curly Harris and a young Elvis Presley, appeared at
the Hillbilly Hoedown, Overton Park Shell, Memphis. Elvis was so nervous he stood
up on the balls of his feet and shook his leg in time with the music which created
a wild gyrating effect.
1957 . . Buddy Holly
signs a contract for a 67-day tour package beginning in Sept.
. . The Beatles closed their Apple Boutique in London, giving away all
the stock to passers by. The last thing left was a naked female dummy labelled
'For the attention of John Lennon'
1970 . . The
Rolling Stones' contract with Decca expires; they fired their manager Allen Klein
and delivered one more song to the label to fulfill their obligation, the famous
unreleasable "C********* Blues" (aka Schoolboy Blues).
. . Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played The Troubadour in Los
Angeles, California on a double bill with Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.
. . Thin Lizzy officially announces that Gary Moore has replaced Brian
Robertson on guitar.
1986 . . RCA releases John
Denver from his contract, possibly over his new single, "What Are We Making
Weapons For?", which he recorded with the Russian singer Alexandre Gradsky.
RCA had recently been acquired by General Electric, which was a top military contractor.
1986 . . Boy George was fined £250 by a London
court for possession of heroin.
1987 . . David
Bowie played the first show of his "Glass Spider" tour in Philadelphia,
1991 . . A police officer was forced to tear up a
traffic ticket given to the limousine that Axl Rose was travelling in after it
made an illegal turn. Rose threatened to pull that nights Guns N' Roses gig if
the ticket was issued.
1992 . . Many Motown stars
gathered for a memorial service for Mary Wells, who died of cancer at the age
of 49. Smokey Robinson sang a medley of Wells' hits.
. . Street Preachers, Rage Against The Machine, Bjork, Blur, Manic Del
Amitri, Primal Scream, Crowded House, Oasis and Aimee Mann all appeared at this
year's two-day T In The Park festival in Scotland.
. . R.E.M. Sleeper, The Cranberries and Radiohead all appeared at the National
Bowl, Milton Keynes, UK.
1997 . . A judge in
LA ruled that Michael Jackson and members of his family were not liable for losses
incurred by the producers of the failed 1994 Jackson Family Honors TV special.
The show was delayed for several weeks because Jackson was ill and could not perform
solo as expected.
2000 . . Nine Pearl Jam fans
were killed at this years Roskolde festival in Denmark during the bands set. The
victims, all men and aged between 17 and 28, were trampled to death close to the
2003 . . When SARS spread to Toronto,
it frightened people away. To get people back, the city put on a huge open-air
concert featuring The Rolling Stones, The Guess Who, Rush, The Isley Brothers,
The Flaming Lips and Justin Timberlake, who was jeered and had muffins thrown
at him by the 450,000 people who attended.
2004 . .
Isley Brothers' Ronald Isley suffers a minor stroke while on walk-a-bout
around London, UK and was admitted to a local hospital. He made a full recovery
in just a few weeks.
2005 . . A new book published
to mark the 35th anniversary of the death of Jimi Hendrix claimed the guitarist
pretended to be gay so he would be discharged from the army. "Room Full of
Mirrors" by Charles Cross said army records showed Hendrix was discharged
from the 101st Airborne Division aged 19 in 1962 for "homosexual tendencies."
2006 . . The last ever weekly edition of the
British television chart show, Top of the Pops, is broadcast.
. . British gay magazine "Attitude" listed the Top 10 Gay
Albums of all time. No.1) Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters; 2) Arrival
- Abba; 3) Vauxhall and I - Morrissey; 4) Light Years - Kylie Minogue; 5) Older
- George Michael; 6) Welcome To The Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes To Hollywood;
7) Erotica - Madonna; 8) I Am a Bird Now - Antony and the Johnsons; 9) Bad Girls
- Donna Summer and No. 10) The Man Who Sold The World - David Bowie.
. . Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won his long battle to be recognised
as co-writer of the band's hit Whiter Shade of Pale. Law Lords ruled
that Fisher, who claimed he wrote the song's organ melody, was entitled to a share
of future royalties. In 2006, the High Court ruled he was entitled to 40% of the
copyright, but the Court Of Appeal overturned the ruling in 2008 saying he waited
too long, 38 years, to bring the case to court.
. . A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales
was reversed after a campaign including Billy Bragg, David Gilmour, Guy Garvey
and Johnny Marr. Billy Bragg founded Jail Guitar Doors, a scheme that has sent
around 350 guitars to prisons since 2007.
1845 . . The French Army introduced
the saxophone to its military band. The musical instrument was the invention of
Adolphe Sax of Belgium.
1951 . . Ray Charles
married Eileen Williams, a beautician from Chicago. Their marrage lasted one year.
1955 . . Elvis Presley performed three shows at Fort
Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida, 2 in the day and 1 evening. When Elvis
announced to the 14,000 strong audience, "Girls, I'll see you backstage",
a riot broke out after the show, as fans chased Elvis into his dressing room ripping
off his clothes and shoes.
1957 . . Richard
Starkey, later known as Ringo Starr, i made his debut at the Cavern Club, playing
drums with the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group.
. Cliff Richard got his first of 14 No.1 hits on the UK singles chart with
1964 . . Rolling Stones play
Belfast. The concert is stopped after only twelve minutes because of rioting fans.
1967 . . Mick Jagger was sentenced to three months'
imprisonment for possession of four amphetamine tablets; Keith Richards was found
guilty of allowing cannabis to be smoked on his property and sentenced to one
year in prison. Both Jagger and Richards were imprisoned at that point, but were
released on bail the next day pending appeal.
. . Elvis Presley made his first live concert since 1961, playing the Las
Vegas International Hotel at the start of a four week run, he reportedly netted
$1.5million for the shows. An Elvis special was on the menu, polk salad with corn
muffins and honey.
1971 . . A security guard
was stabbed to death at a The Who concert at New York's Forest Hill Stadium. An
ex-convict stabbed and killed the security guard after he was denied entrance
to the show.
1973 . . The Rolling Stones' plan
to tour the Orient was halted when Mick Jagger was refused a Japanese visa because
of a 1969 drug bust.
1975 . . Irish pop group,
Miami Showband, are ambushed and murdered by Protestant gunmen.
. . Donny and Debra Osmond welcome their first baby, Donny Jr.
. . James Taylor played a free concert in New York's Central Park to help
the city's campaign to restore the park's Sheep Meadow.
. . Jon Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas was apprehended by FBI narcotics
agents for possession of cocaine, he was later sentenced to 250 hours community
service giving anti-drug lectures.
1980 . . During
the Eagles concert at Long Beach, California, Don Felder and Glen Frey spent the
entire show bickering to each other, "Only three more songs until I kick
your ass, pal," Frey told Felder. The groups next album was mixed by
Frey and Felder on opposite coasts after the two decided they couldn't even bear
to be in the same state as each other.
1981 . . Jerry
Dammers and Terry Hall of the Specials were fined in London for inciting violence
at a concert the previous fall.
1985 . . The
Eurythmics topped the UK singles chart with 'There Must Be An Angel, (Playing
With My Heart), which features a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder.
. . Sting made a guest appearance on the series "The Simpsons"
in the episode "Radio Bart."
1992 . . Michael
Jackson made an unscheduled appearance on his hotel balcony in London when a man
threatened to jump from a building across the street. 28 year old Eric Herminie
told police he would leap to his death if he didn't see Michael Jackson. Jackson
spent a couple of minutes waving to Herminie, who then climbed back into the building.
1994 . . R. Kelly and Aaliyah secretly got married
at the Sheraton Gateway Suites, Rosemont, IL. Unfortunately, she was only 15 at
the time, so the marriage was later annulled.
. Jamaica issues a commemorative series of postage stamps honoring local
native and reggae legend Bob Marley.
1999 . . Wu-Tang
Clan member Ol Dirty Bastard was arrested for crack and marijuana possession in
New York after being stopped by police during a routine traffic offence.
. . Gang Star's rapper Guru was robbed outside a small recording studio
in Woohaven, Queens. The three masked men stole $10,000 in jewelry.
. . Eighties pop maestro Mike Stock was declared bankrupt. Mike who was
one third of 80's hit factory Stock, Aitken and Waterman had been involved in
several court battles over copyright issues.
. Bryan Ferry's son, Otis, was arrested by armed police outside the UK
prime minister, Mr Blair's County Durham home as he tried to place posters supporting
animal hunts on the walls of Blair's home and stage a demonstration.
. . Mark Morrison was arrested after a brawl at Leicester's After Dark
night-club in which his platinum and diamond medallion was stolen. Morrison complained
of wrongful arrest, unlawful imprisonment and police assault. A £20,000
reward for the return of the pendant was offered by the singer's record label.
2004 . . Mac Davis is honored in his hometown of
Lubbock, Texas, as they name today "Mac Davis Day". He wrote many hit
songs including "In The Ghetto" and "A Little Less Conversation"
2006 . . Boy George was ordered to do community
service by picking up trash on New York City streets after pleading guilty last
March to false reporting of an incident. He called police with a bogus report
of a burglary at his Manhattan apartment in October and the responding officers
found cocaine inside.
2012 . . Sheryl Crow was
granted a restraining order against a man accused of threatening to shoot her.
It stated that Phillip Gordon Sparks had to stay 90 metres away from Crow and
must not contact her, her family or anyone who works with her.
. . Bruce Springsteen played his longest show ever, 4 hours and 6 minutes
and 33 songs at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Finland, at the end of his European
tour. Not included in this total time is a thirty-minute, five-song, solo acoustical
set he did about two hours prior to the beginning of the show..
. . Meceo McEaddy was sentenced to between 5 and 10 years in prison for
stealing millions of dollars from concert promoters by posing as a booking agent.
McEaddy who pretended to be in charge of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and several other
celebrities, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of grand larceny and fraud.
2015 . . British boy band One
Direction released "Drag Me Down", the first single released by the
group after Zayn Malik's departure.
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