ON THIS DAY :-
1935 . . Benny Goodman and his band recorded
the "King Porter Stomp".
1956 . . Elvis Presley appears on US Steve
Allen Shown 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'
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 #77.
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 Tittenhurst Park
1973 . . "Jesus Christ Superstar"
closed in New York City after 720 performances on Broadway.
1983 . . Bon Jovi signed to Phonogram's Mercury
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.
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.
1956 . . John Burnette Trio begin sessions
at Owen Bradley's Barn Studios in Nashville. Oh Baby Babe and Long Train
Kept a'Rollin' result
1962 . . Jimi Hendrix was honourably discharged
from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers, after breaking his ankle during
his 26th and final parachute jump.
1963 . . UK record companies increased the
price of records, making singles 6 shillings and 8pence ($0.93) and albums
£1.12 shillings, ($4.48).
1969 . . Bassist Noel Redding and drummer
Mitch Mitchel quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1973 . . Roxy Music's synthesiser player
Brian Eno quit after personality clashes with the bands singer Bryan Ferry.
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 bust.
1982 . . Nicky Headon of The Clash was remanded
on bail, charged with stealing a bus stop worth £30 from London's
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 in Rome
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. 60 people were hurt.
2005 . . MTV and VH1 aired the eight hours
of the Live 8 concerts. The performances, featuring artists U2, Coldplay,
Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z and Destiny's Child among many others,
were held in eight cities around the world to raise awareness of poverty
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
1957 . . Ray Charles's first LP, Ray Charles, is released on Atlantic.
1969 . . Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones
was found dead in his swimming pool at his home, Cotchford Farm, Hartfield,
1971 . . 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 respects.
1973 . . On the last night of a 60 date tour
David Bowie announced he was retiring his 'Ziggy Stardust' stage persona
from live performing, but not Bowie himself.
1975 . . Lead singer from Three Dog Night
Chuck Negron was arrested at his Louisville hotel room on the opening
night of the bands tour and charged with possession of cocaine.
1976 . . Brian Wilson returns to stage for
first time in twelve years at a Beach Boys concert in front of 74,000
people at Anaheim.
1981 . . Remaining Doors join hundreds of
fans in a graveside tribute to Jim Morrison at Pere Lachaire Cemetery,
1995 . . Courtney Love's request to spread
the ashes of late husband Kurt Cobain is turned down by Lake View Cemetery
2002 . . 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
2002 . . Sony/ATV Publishing announced it
would buy a country music catalog from Gaylord Entertainment for $157
1952 . . Vera Lynn scores first British No.
1 in the US with Auf Wiedersehn Sweetheart
1964 . . The Rolling Stones appeared on 'Juke
Box Dury' the only time the show had five panellists rather than four.
1968 . . Elvis Presley donated a Rolls Royce
to a Hollywood women's charity, which raised $35,000.
1973 . . Don Powell, drummer with Slade,
is badly hurt in the car crash that kills his girlfriend Angela Morris
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
1982 . . Ozzy Osbourne married his manager,
1992 . . John Phillips ex of Mamas And The
Papas received a liver transplant at the Los Angeles Medical Centre
2000 . . A man fell 80 feet to his death
during a Metallica concert at Raven Stadium, Baltimore.
2002 . . 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.
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.
1956 . . Billie Holliday's autobiography,
Lady Sings the Blues, published by Doubleday in New York
1968 . . Bill Graham officially converts
Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco to Fillmore West
1966 . . 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.
1969 . . Rolling Stones give free concert
in London's Hyde Park to an estimated 250,000 fans
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.
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
2002 . . 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
2002 . . Jimi
Hendrix's family won an injuntion against a New York-based music production
company from releasing recordings that Hendrix had performed.
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
1964 . . The Beatles' first film, "A
Hard Day's Night," premiered in London.
1965 . . The Jefferson Airplane band was
formed in San Francisco, CA.
1973 . . Rock band Queen released their debut
single, in the UK. ( music & lyrics by their guitarist, Brian May)
'Keep Yourself Alive' . It has since been covered by Mark Boals, Yngwie
Malmsteen, Rudy Sarzo and Tommy Aldridge. Barry Mitchell, was the bassist
of Queen at this time.
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.
1976 . . The Damned made their London debut
supporting The Sex Pistols at the 100 Club.
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.
1927 . . First British DJ, Christopher Stone,
begins broadcasting his record show from BBC Studio, Savoy Hall
1956 . . Johnny Cash made his first appearance
on "Grand Ole Opry."
1967 . . The Monkees opened 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
1968 . . The Yardbirds played their last
gig before splitting up when they appeared in Luton.
1979 . . The Boomtown Rats made a personal
appearance at the opening of the new Virgin Megastore in London.
1980 . . 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 Love'.
1989 . . It was announced that for the first
time compact discs were out selling vinyl albums.
1999 . . 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.
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.
2000 . . 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."
1958 . . The first gold record album was
presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The
award went to the soundtrack "Oklahoma!"
1969 . . Marianne Faithfull 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.
1970 . . The Everly Brothers begin a run
of two and a half months on ABC TV (US) as hosts of The Everly Brothers
1971 . . 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.
1978 . . Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon from
The Clash were arrested for being drunk and disorderly after a gig at
the Apollo in Glasgow, both were fined.
1981 . . Jerry Lee Lewis seriously ill following
1985 . . "Playboy" and "Penthouse"
magazines went on sale with nude pictures of Madonna.
1998 . . The Roy Orbison Estate filed a $12
million royalty suit against Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
1998 . . 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.
1999 . . Take That's ex manager Nigel Martin
Smith started a new business, as an undertaker. It was reported that he
was unhappy with a service he had used 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.
1954 . . Frank Sinatra makes solo debut on
UK chart with 'Young at Heart'
1956 . . 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
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.
1969 . . 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 Soldier Field.
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.
1999 . . 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 of concerts.
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".
1900 . . '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.
1964 . . 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 Night'.
1968 . . The band Nice are banned from the
Royal Albert Hall after burning the American flag on stage, in an anti
1968 . . Eric Clapton announced that Cream
would break up following a farewell tour.
1969 . . 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 the US.
1979 . . Chuck Berry was sentenced to four
months in prison for income tax evasion.
1989 . . 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.
1997 . . 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 the name.
1959 . . Joan Baez makes her first recording,
a duet with Bob Gibson, at the Newport Folk Festival
1962 . . 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.
1976 . . 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.
1986 . . 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.
1995 . . Mike Mills (R.E.M.) underwent emergency
intestinal surgery in Germany. Seven shows of R.E.M.'s European tour had
to be cancelled.
2000 . . 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
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.
1961 . . Pat Boone began a 10-day tour of
1962 . . 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 Rolling 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
1980 . . Ian Paice joins Whitesnake
1986 . . Boy George and singer Marilyn were
arrested in London for possession of drugs.
1988 . . Michael Jackson arrived in the UK
for his first ever-solo appearances. He performed a total of eight nights
to 794,000 people.
1992 . . 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.
1939 . . Frank Sinatra made his recording
debut with the Harry James band with the songs "Melancholy Mood"
and "From the Bottom of My Heart."
1956 . . Gene Vincent enters UK chart with
'Be Bop A Lula'
1963 . . The Rolling Stones played their
first ever gig outside London appearing at The Alcove Club, Middlesbrough,
Yorkshire supporting The Hollies.
1965 . . 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
1973 . . '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
1976 . . 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
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.
1998 . . RealNetworks Inc. rolled out a test
version of RealSystem G2. G2 is a streaming video and audio delivery system.
1949 . . 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 three
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.
1980 . . Allen Klein ex manager of The Beatles
and The Rolling Stones began serving a two-month prison sentence for falsifying
1980 . . 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.
1987 . . Steve Miller got a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
1989 . . 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.
1989 . . Cyndi Lauper released the first
closed-captioned video. The video was for the song "My First Night
1995 . . 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
1997 . . Walkers Spice Girls Crisps went
on sale in the UK, over 16 million bags were sold by the end of the year.
1958 . . John Lennon's mother Julia was killed
when she was knocked down by a car.
1966 . . Percy Sledge earns gold disc in
the US for 'When a Man Loves a Woman'
1973 . . At the 'The Great Western Express'
festival, White City, London, Ray Davies announced that he was leaving
The Kinks, saying he was sick of the whole thing and was retiring. After
which e walked into the local hospital and collapsed. He returned to the
group within the week.
1978 . . Bob Dylan performed before the largest
open-air concert audience for a single artist (at the time) at Blackbushe
Airport in England. Over 200,000 fans turned out.
1980 . . Linda Ronstadt made her dramatic
debut in "The Pirates Of Penzance" at the New York Shakespeare
Festival in Central Park.
1989 . . 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.
2000 . . 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
2005 . . 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.
1934 . . The NBC Red radio network premiered
the musical drama, "Dreams Come True."
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.
1966 . . 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".
1972 . . Smokey Robinson made his last appearance
with The Miracles at a concert in Washington DC.
1976 . . Allman Brothers go thier seperate
1980 . . 'No Nukes' concert film with Bruce
Springsteen and Doobie Brothers premieres in New York
1986 . . 'Dollywood', Dolly Parton's theme
park opens in Tennessee
1995 . . Rap singer Queen Latifah was the
victim of a car-jacking attempt that went wrong, leaving her bodyguard
shot and wounded.
1996 . . 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.
1946 . . Child star Petula Clark made her
first appearance on British TV, aged 13.
1954 . . The first Newport Jazz Festival
was held at the Newport Casino, in Newport, RI.
1961 . . Motown Records released The Supremes'
first single, "Buttered Popcorn."
1972 . . 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
1974 . . 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
1986 . . Tower Records open their first major
UK store, at Piccadilly, London.
1987 . . 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.
2003 . . 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.
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.
1960 . . 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 test'.
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.
1978 . . 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
1995 . . 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 Genuine
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.
1976 . . Deep Purple announce they are splitting.
1980 . . Billy Joel earned his first gold
record with "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me."
1984 . . 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.
1989 . . After large amounts of money were
found in his cell, James Brown was moved from a minimum- security prison
to a medium security jail.
1991 . . 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
1995 . . Dr. George Nichopoulous, Elvis Presley's
former doctor, loses his medical licence for being "too liberal"
in prescribing addicitive drugs.
2001 . . 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.
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.
1974 . . Joey Ramone became the lead vocalist
for the Ramones.
1975 . . Guitarist Steve Van Zandt performed
for the first time in concert as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street
1983 . . Prince Charles and Princess Diana
attend Mencap charity concert at Dominion Theatre, London. Duran Duran
top the bill.
1986 . . Premiere of 'Sid and Nancy', the
film about the life of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, is held at Limelight Club
1995 . . 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
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 Lubbock, Texas
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.
1990 . . 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 be dedicated.
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 his tyres.
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.
1955 . . 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.
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.
1967 . . Vanilla Fudge made its concert debut
in New York.
1969 . . 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.
1977 . . Tony Orlando announced his retirement
from show business.
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.'
1985 . . 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 named 'Dollywood'.
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
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.
Judas Priest was the support act.
1980 . . 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.
1992 . . Chicago received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
1993 . . A gunman fired into the New York
club Danceteria. Eric Tallman (Erotic Exotic) was injured when the bullet
grazed his skull.
1995 . . 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.
2005 . . 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
1938 . . Artie Shaw recorded "Begin
1967 . . All four Beatles and their manager
Brian Epstein signed a petition printed in The Times newspaper calling
for the legalisation of marijuana.
1978 . . Robert Stigwood's film of 'Sergeant
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', starring Bee Gees and Peter Frampton,
opens in New York. It flops
1997 . . 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 Ray- bans.
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.
2002 . . 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.
1965 . . 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.
1969 . . 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 performances.
1980 . . KISS introduced their new drummer,
Eric Carr, at a concert at the Paladium in New York City.
1990 . . Rosanne Barr sang the National Anthem
in San Diego before a Padres baseball game. She was booed for her performance.
1992 . . 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
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 "High Voltage".
1939 . . Kay Starr recorded "Baby Me"
with Glenn Miller and his orchestra.
1976 . . 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.
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
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
first ever disc jockey
started playing records on air.
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
1976 . . John Lennon finally had his request
for permanent residency in the United States approved.
1976 . . 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
1979 . . Alice Cooper's Indian art store
in Scottsdale, Arizona was hit by a firebomb.
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
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 party.
1954 . . The first press interview with 19-year-old
Elvis Presley was published in the 'Memphis Press- Scimitar'.
1956 . . Gene Vincent appeared on the Perry
Como TV show in the US.
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.
1970 . . 'Ned Kelly' film, starring Mick
Jagger, premieres in Australia
1973 . . 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 Penticon,
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 and music.
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.
1962 . . Bob Dylan makes his first radio
appearance on WRUR-FM in New York as part of a 21-hour Hootenany Saturday
1966 . . Bob Dylan was seriously injured
when he crashed his motorcycle near Woodstock, NY.
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.
1972 . . Screaming Lord Sutch was arrested
in London after jumping from a bus in Downing Street with four nude women
to publicise forthcoming gigs.
1973 . . $180,000 was stolen from Led Zeppelin's
deposit box at the Drake Hotel in New York City, NY.
1980 . . David Bowie opened in the title
role of the stage play "Elephant Man" in Denver, Colorado.
1982 . . The Asgard Hotel in Dublin owned
by Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott was completely destroyed by fire.
1987 . . Michigan's governor announced an
annual "Four Tops Day" honouring the group for its contribution
to American music.
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
1792 . . The French national anthem "La
Marseillaise" by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle, was first sung in
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.
1968 . . 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'
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.
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
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
1845 . . The French Army introduced the saxophone
to its military band. The musical instrument was the invention of Adolphe
Sax of Belgium.
1964 . . Rolling Stones play Belfast. The
concert is stopped after only twelve minutes because of rioting fans.
1969 . . Making his first live concert since
1961, Elvis Presley played the Las Vegas International Hotel at the start
of a four week run, he reportedly netted $1.5million for the shows. On
the menu an Elvis special, polk salad with corn muffins and honey.
1971 . . a security guard was stabbed to
death during a concert by The Who at New York's Forest Hill Stadium.
1975 . . Irish pop group, Miami Showband,
are ambushed and murdered by Protestant gunmen
1979 . . 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.
1980 . . 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
2000 . . 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
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