ON THIS DAY :-
1935 . . 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'.
1962 . . 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.
1968 . . 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
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 . . 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,
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 Petty.
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.
1983 . . 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, Torhout,
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.
1995 . . 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.
2000 . . 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 Jones.
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.
2008 . . 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!!
2009 . . 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.
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'
1956 . . Buddy Holly released his first single,
"Blue Days, Black Nights"/"Love Me".
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.
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).
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 Bryan Ferry.
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 bust.
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 Fulham Road.
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
1986 . . Prince's 2nd movie, a musical drama
"Under The Cherry Moon" was released.
1988 . . 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 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. 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 world tour.
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, Roskilde, Denmark.
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.
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
1956 . . Elvis Presley meets Gene Vincent at Grand
Central Station in New York City.
1957 . . Ray Charles's first LP, Ray Charles, is released on Atlantic.
1967 . . 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.
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 . . 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.
1975 . . 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.
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,
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.
1985 . . Bruce Springsteen and the E Street
Band played the first of three sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, London,
1986 . . 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
1995 . . Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland
was sentenced to one year's probation. after being convicted of buying
1995 . . 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
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
2000 . . 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.
2002 . . Sharon Osbourne, the wife of Ozzy
Osbourne, underwent an emergency operation after being diagnosed with
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 . . 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 official complaints.
2002 . . Sony/ATV Publishing announced it
would buy a country music catalog from Gaylord Entertainment for $157
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.
2008 . . Opening of the O2 Wireless Festival
in Hyde Park, London, UK.
2009 . . 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.
1828 . . "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.
1895 . . The
song "America the Beautiful" was published.
1942 . . The
Irving Berlin musical, "This is the Army", opened at New Yorks
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, Virginia.
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"
1968 . . 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
1969 . . 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 Angela Morris.
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.
1974 . . The Tony Orlando & Dawn TV show
debuts on CBS.
1976 . . Paul Revere got married onstage
during the intermission of his concert at King's Island Amusement Park
in Cincinnati on America's bicentennial.
1976 . . 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
1982 . . Ozzy Osbourne married his manager,
1982 . . Diana Ross began her first solo
world tour at Giant Stadium in the Meadowlands.
1984 . . Ringo Starr sits in on drums with
The Beach Boys during their Miami concert.
1985 . . The Beach Boys were joined on stage
by Mr. T on drums, in Philadelphia.
1986 . . 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.
1990 . . 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 Medical Centre.
1993 . . The Smashing Pumpkins played an
acoustic show at the strip club Raymond's Revue Bar, London.
1995 . . 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.
1999 . . 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.
2001 . . Madonna played the first of six
sold out nights at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, England as
part of her Drowned World Tour.
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.
2002 . . 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 the building.
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 again.
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.
2005 . . 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 voicemail.
2008 . . The movie Mamma Mia!, featuring
the music of ABBA and based on the musical, opens in Sweden where the
group attends the screening.
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.
2015 . . 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.
1956 . . 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.
1964 . . The Four Seasons play at the White
House at the invitation of U.S. President Lyndon Johnson.
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.
1965 . . Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed
a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane over the
1965 . . Berry Gordy Jr, Motown's president
appeared on the TV show 'To Tell The Truth; the Supremes performed after
his identity is revealed.
1966 . . Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers
had an operation in a Los Angeles hospital to remove nodes on his vocal
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.
1968 . . 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 Palais, London.
1984 . . The Everly Brothers launch their
first tour together in eleven years, in Cincinnati.
1993 . . 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.
1994 . . 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
1995 . . The U.S. Justice Department decided
not to take antitrust action against Ticketmaster.
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
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
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.
2003 . . 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 by 500%.
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 Singleton Park.
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, Sing, 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
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
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 Bennett.
1971 . . Karen and Richard Carpenter hosted
"Make Your Own Kind of Music" on NBC-TV.
1971 . . Legendary jazz trumpeter, singer
and bandleader, Louis Armstrong died.
1973 . . Rock band Queen released their debut
single, 'Keep Yourself Alive' in the UK. ( music & lyrics by their
guitarist, Brian May and Barry Mitchell, was the bassist of Queen at this
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.
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, The Wall.
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.
1992 . . 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.
1996 . . 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 singles chart.
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
2004 . . 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.
2007 . . 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'.
2007 . . 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.
2011 . . 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
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
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.
1955 . . 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
1956 . . Johnny Cash made his first appearance
on "Grand Ole Opry."
1967 . . 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
1968 . . The Yardbirds played their last
gig before splitting up straight after they appeared in Luton.
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
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 Love'.
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.
1993 . . 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.
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.
1999 . . 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".
2000 . . 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
2000 . . The BBC imposed an early-evening
ban on Robbie Williams' newest video entitled "Rock DJ."
2007 . .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.
2009 . . 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 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 . . The first gold record album was presented by the Recording
Industry Association of America /RIAA. The award went to the soundtrack
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.
1967 . . 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
1969 . . 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.
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.
1972 . . 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.
1974 . . 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.
1978 . . 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 fine.
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 stomach operation
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.
1998 . . Two armed men broke into Foxy Brown's
home, she and her mother were both in the apartment at the time, but suffered
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.
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 Floyd.
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.
2007 . . 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
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
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 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.
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.
2007 . . 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."
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 . . Queen releases their debut album "Queen".
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.
2002 . . Oasis played a version of "My
Generation" during their set at T in the Park as a tribute to John
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.
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.
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.
2006 . . Jimi Jamison left rock band Survivor
once again. Former McAuley Schenker Group singer Robin McAuley replaced
him on lead vocals.
1952 . . 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
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.
1966 . . 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
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
1978 . . 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
1986 . . Columbia Records dropped singer,
Johnny Cashfrom their books; he had been with Colombia for 28 years.
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.
1999 . . 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.
2000 . . Bob Seger's 62 foot boat Lightning
won its division in the 78th annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac
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.
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!!
2009 . . 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 in Manhattan.
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.
2011 . . 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.
2012 . . "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."
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.
2009 . . 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.
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
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.
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
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.
1974 . . The first Knebworth Concert is
held, headling The Allman Brothers Band.
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.
2008 . . DMX is arrested at MetroCenter Mall
in Phoenix for presenting the Mayo Clinic with false information to allegedly
avoid paying medical bills.
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.
1977 . . The BBC Proms is broadcast by BBC
Radio 3 for the first time in quadraphonic sound.
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
Bill Graham. 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.
1977 . . 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
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.
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
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.
1961 . . Dick Clark premiered his summer
stage show, the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars, at the Steel Pier in Atlantic
1965 . . 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 marijuana".
1966 . . Bob Dylan was seriously injured
when he crashed his motorcycle near Woodstock, NY.
1966 . . Datebook published Maureen Cleaves
interview with John Lennon in which he said We're more popular than
1966 . . Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric
Clapton, made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester,
1967 . . 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 Intervention.
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 gigs.
1973 . . $180,000 was stolen from Led Zeppelin's
deposit box at the Drake Hotel in New York City, NY.
1975 . . Elvis loaned his friend and personal
physician, Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, $200,000 to build a dream home in
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, Colorado.
1982 . . Duran Duran's Andy Taylor married
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
1987 . . David Bowie played the first show
of his North American "Glass Spider" tour in Philadelphia, PA.
1987 . . 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" was released.
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
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
2011. . 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
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.
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'
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).
1974 . . Bruce Springsteen and the E Street
Band played The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California on a double bill
with Roger McGuinn from The Byrds.
1978 . . 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
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.
1994 . . 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.
1995 . . 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
2006 . . The last ever weekly edition of
the British television chart show, Top of the Pops, is broadcast.
2006 . . 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.
2009 . . 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.
2014 . . 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
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.
1959 . . Cliff Richard got his first of 14
No.1 hits on the UK singles chart with 'Living Doll.'
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.
1969 . . 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
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.
1979 . . Donny and Debra Osmond welcome their
first baby, Donny Jr.
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
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
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.
1992 . . 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
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.
1995 . . 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.
1999 . . Gang Star's rapper Guru was robbed
outside a small recording studio in Woohaven, Queens. The three masked
men stole $10,000 in jewelry.
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
2002 . . 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.
2004 . . 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
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.
2012 . . Bruce Springsteen played his longest
show ever, 4 hours and 6 minutes at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Finland,
at the end of his European tour.
2014 . . 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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