THIS DAY :-
1928 - Paul Whiteman &
his Concert Orchestra recorded "Ol' Man River" with Paul Robeson on
vocals; it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006.
The world's first FM Radio station opened in Nashville,
1957 - The Everly Brothers sign with
1958 - Buddy
Holly and the Crickets began their only UK tour, opening
in London, a twice- nightly package with Des O'Connor, Gary Miller, The Tanner
Sisters and Ronnie Keene and his Orchestra.
1958 - Elvis
Presley begins filming his 4th movie, King Creole, in New Orleans. It was released
on July 2nd 1958.
1963 - Elvis Presley begins
filming his 13th film, 'Fun In Acapulco'
in Hollywood. It was released on November
27th 1963 .
1965 - Petula Clark's Downtown is
1966 - Gene Clark of The Byrds
announced he was leaving the group due to his fear of flying.
- When Eric Burdon & The "New" Animals cancelled their Ottawa,
Canada gig at the last minute due to a pay dispute, the fans riot at the Ottawa
1967 - The Beatles started recording
the John Lennon song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'. The song was inspired by
a drawing his 3 year-old son Julian drew at Nursery school. The picture, was of
a little girl with lots of stars, which was his classmate - Lucy ODonnell.
1968 - Elton John's first single 'I've Been Loving
You Too Long' was released on the Phillips label, but it didn't chart.
- Johnny Cash and June Carter were married.
- Wendy Carlos's album Switched-On Bach, notable for being the first successful
album to remix classical music compositions on the newly-invented Moog synthesizer,
enters the Billboard album charts and stays in the Top-40 for 17 weeks
- Jim Morrison of The Doors was charged with lewd and lascivious behaviour
after showing his old man to the audience during a show in Miami. He was found
guilty and sentenced to eight months hard labour, but sadly died in Paris while
the sentence was on appeal.
1970 - The Beatles
made their last appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show when music videos for their
songs "Let It Be" and "Two Of Us" are aired.
- The Charles Manson album "Lie" was released. The profits went
to Manson's defense.
1972 - John Lennon was granted
an extension on his American work visa. Lennon then began recording "Sometime
in New York City."
1973 - The Joffrey Ballet
dance company debuts the Deuce Coupe Ballet
in New York, which is set
to the music of The Beach Boys. It is considered to be the first crossover ballet.
1973 - Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker,
sold all of Elvis' back catalog recordings to RCA for a lump sum of $5.4 million,
forgoing all future royalties, in an apparent attempt to garner the King some
quick, much-needed cash and renegotiates Elvis into a 50-50 split on new royalties,
and lands another seven-year, fourteen-album deal with RCA for $3.5 million.
1973 - Pink Floyd releases The Dark Side of the Moon,
which goes on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time.
- Chris Difford placed an advert in a shop window saying: 'lyricist seeks
musician for co-writing'. Glen Tillbrook answered the ad and the pair went on
to form Squeeze.
1974 - Queen begin their first
headling UK tour in Blackpool at the Winter Garden..
- Elvis Presley wins a Grammy for Best Inspirational Performance for his
live version of "How Great Thou Art".
- Bob Dylan's wife, Sara Lowndes -- subject of Lay Lady Lay and Sad Eyed
Lady Of The Lowlands, among other songs -- files for divorce in Santa Monica,
1980 - Patti Smith married Fred "Sonic"
1981 - NBC-TV airs Elvis And The Beauty
Queen, the story of his final years and his relationship with girlfriend Linda
Thompson; future star Don Johnson as Elvis Presley.
- Gary Glitter was admitted to hospital, suffering from an accidental overdose
of sleeping pills.
1989 - Madonna started a
$5 million, (£2.9m) sponsorship deal with Pepsi Cola.
- "The Doors" movie debuted. Val
Kilmer played the role of Jim Morrison.
Frank Sinatra receives a Living Legends Award and Aretha Franklin is given a Lifetime
Achievement Award at the Grammys.
1994 - Nirvana
played their final ever concert at
an Airport Hanger, The
Terminal Einz in Munich, Germany, infront
The power went off during the show so they played an impromptu acoustic set including
a version of The Cars 'My Best Friend's Girl'.
- Bruce Springsteen's Streets of Philadelphia won three Grammys for Song
of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.
- R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry collapsed on stage during an R.E.M. show at
the Patinoire Auditorium in Lausanne, Switzerland, from a ruptured brain aneurysm.
He recovered and rejoined the band, but left in October 1997
- A Motley Crue fan, Clifford
Goldberg, claimed his hearing
had been irreparably damaged after a show in New Jersey had his lawsuit thrown
out of court. The judge told him he
knew the risk he was taking, sitting
near the front of the stage.
'Bowie Bonds' were issued on the US Stock Exchange. Linked to David Bowie's
back catalogue albums with money earned on the bonds via interest from royalties,
The bonds paid an interest rate of 7.9% and had an average life of ten years.
1999 - Sony Music Distribution raised their wholesale
prices on audio CDs by 8 cents
2001 - In
a New York court, Sean 'Puffy'
Combs was the star witness of his own defence claiming he didn't have a gun during
a shooting in a New York club, claiming he thought he was being shot at.
- Shirley Jones of the Partridge Family filed for divorce from her husband,
actor Marty Ingalls, but she later withdraws the petition.
- Warner Music Group leaves parent company Time Warner for the first time,
bought out as a separate entity by investors led by former Universal Music head
Edgar Bronfman Jr.
2008 - The X Factor finalist
Andy Abraham's song "Even If" wins the BBC's Eurovision: Your Decision
2008 show, and is thus chosen to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
2008 final in Belgrade, Serbia.
2012 - Justin
Bieber's manager presented Justin with a Fisker
Karma luxury electric car worth about $100,000 for his 18th
birthday, when he appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
1957 - Patsy Cline hits American country
chart for first time with Walkin' After Midnight.
1960 - After
completing his national service and flying back to America, Elvis Presley stepped
on British soil for the first and only time in his life when the plane
carrying him stopped for refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland.
1963 - The Four Seasons became the first group to
have 3 consecutive No.1's in the US when 'Walk Like A man', started a three week
run at the top.
1964 - The Beatles began filming
their first feature film 'A Hard Days Night' at Marylebone train station, London.
Wonder won four awards at
this year's Grammys: Album of the year for 'Innervisions', Best R&B song and
Best vocal for 'Superstition' and Pop vocal performance for 'You Are The Sunshine
Of My Life'.
1975 - Linda
was arrested for marijuana
possession when a policeman
stopped a Lincoln Continental after running a red light in Los Angeles
and detected a smell of marijuana, on searching the car found eight ounces of
the drug. Paul was driving
1978 - A pair of opportunistic mechanics
dug up Charlie Chaplin's grave and stole his coffin. After stashing the body in
a nearby cornfield, they called Chaplins widow, Oona, and made their demands:
the equivalent of £400,000 in cash. The theives were soon caught, Chaplin
was returned to his grave this time, with a heavy concrete lid.
- Havana Jam the first jointly sponsored US-Cuban Music Festival begins
for three days. Fans see Billy Joel, Stephen Stills, Kris Kristofferson, Rita
Coolidge and Tom Scott.
1983 - A new digital
audio system, a five-inch compact disc containing up to 1 hour of music was launched
by Sony, Philips and Polygram.
1984 - Jerry
Hall, the wife of Mick Jagger, gave
birth to their baby Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger.
- Madonna started a £2.9 million ($5 million) sponsorship deal with
Right Now', by Free made No.2 in the UK singles
years after it's first release; it was re-issued to coincide with its use in a
Wrigleys Chewing gum TV advert.
2000 - DMX was
arrested for driving without a license and marijuana possession in Cheektowaga,
2009 - Elton John announces his latest tour
with Billy Joel. The duo's previous tour, in 2003, grossed $USD 45.8 million from
only 24 sellouts.
2015 - ITV broadcast the nation's
favourite 70's No 1's and today released a 3 CD box set to tie in with the show.
Bizarrely they included a No.2 hit
"Brown Girl In The Ring" - Boney M, originally it was the b-side to
Rivers Of Babylon in the 70s, and
an 80's No 1, Brass In Pocket - Pretenders.
1931 - The
first jazz album to sell a million copies was recorded. It was "Minnie The
Moocher" by Cab Calloway.
1957 - Samuel
Cardinal Stritch banned rock 'n' roll from Chicago archdiocese Roman Catholic
1966 - Neil Young, Stephen Stills and
Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles.
Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC Radio 1 'Top Gear' session.
- Roberta Flack won Song of the year and Record of the year with 'The First
Time Ever I Saw Your Face'
at this years Grammy Awards.
- Linda McCartney was arrested for personal possession of
marijuana. Paul was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident but was not
While in Italy, Kurt
Cobain of Nirvana lapsed into a coma after taking a combination of Valium and
1985 - Michael
Jackson visited Madame Tussauds Waxworks in London to
unveil his waxwork look-alike.
1994 - The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing
on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops', due to the content of their lyrics to 'Disarm'.
This single was this weeks highest chart new entry.
Berry, R.E.M.'s drummer, underwent
surgery to halt bleeding from a brain aneurysm.
- Oasis agreed to pay their former drummer Tony McCarroll a one-off sum
of £550,000 ($935,000) after he sued the Manchester band for millions in
unpaid royalties. McCarroll had been sacked from the band in 1995.
- Penguin Group announced that Madonna had written five illustrated story
books for readers aged 6 and above. Publication was scheduled to begin in September
1955 -Jazz great Charlie Bird Parker played
at Birdland in what would be his last public performance.
1959 - The
winners of the first Grammy Awards were announced. Domenico Modugno's 'Volare'
was Record of the Year; Henry Mancini's 'Peter Gunn' was Album of the Year and
The Champs 'Tequila' won best R&B performance.
- John Lennon's statement that The Beatles were 'more
popular than Jesus Christ' was published in The London Evening Standard. Christianity
will go. It will vanish and shrink. Were more popular then Jesus now; I
dont know which will go first, rock n roll or Christianity.
Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. Lennon later
1967 - Steve Winwood and his brother
announced that they were
leaving the Spencer Davis Group after their April 2 show.
- Janis Joplin was fined $200 for using obscene language onstage in Tampa,
Jerry Lee Lewis's home was raided
at dawn by The US Internal Revenue Service, they removed cars worth over £100,000
to pay off his tax debts.
Randy Jackson of The Jackson Five was seriously injured in a car crash breaking
both legs, he almost died in the emergency room when a nurse inadvertently injects
him with methadone.
1982 - Rolling Stone reported
that Dweezil and Moon Unit Zappa had formed a new band called Fred Zeppelin.
1993 - Patti LaBelle received a star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame.
1994 - Kurt Cobain was rushed to
hospital after overdosing on
50-60 pills of Rohypnol
in a Rome hotel during a Nirvana European tour.
- 23 year-old Sian Davies was banned from playing her music and had her
stereo system impounded, after she had played Cliff Richard music too loudly.
Davies was fined £1,000 ($1,700) plus court costs after environmental protection
officers raided her flat in Porth, Rhondda, Wales. The disc found in her CD player
was the Cliff Richard single, 'Peace in Our Time'.
2016 - Elvis
Presley proves he is still King of Rck n' Roll, as his latest album, If I Can
Dream, passes one million sales in the UK more than 38 years after his death.
1955 - Elvis Presley made his TV debut
when he appeared on the weekend show 'Louisiana Hayride' on KWKH TV
1963 - Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hankshaw Hawkins were
killed when their single-engine plane crashed in Tennessee. They were returning
from Kansas to Nashville to do a benefit for the widow of DJ Cactus Jack Call,
who had been killed in a car crash.
1968 - Jerry
Lee Lewis opened in the rock musical adaptation of "Othello" in Hollywood,
1969 - Dusty Springfield collapsed while
taping a TV appearance.
1973 - The former US
manager of Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jeffrey was one of 68 people killed in a plane
crash in France. Jeffery was en-route to a court appearance in London related
1975 . .
Rod Stewart met Swedish actress, Britt Ekland at a party in Los Angeles, the couple
went on to have a high profile love affair.
1979 - ABC Records of US announces
declining profits and
goes out of business.
Two new 'Mamas' appear
in the reformed Mamas and the Papas as they performed for the first time at Princeton
1984 - CBS
announced that Michael Jackson's Thriller album has sold 30.9 million copies worldwide.
1999 - Sir Elton John won a court case against The Daily
Star, after they had published long-lens photographs of Spice Girl Victoria Adams
and footballer David Beckham while they were staying at his home.
- The first episode of 'The Osbournes' TV show was aired
on MTV in the US. Focusing on the daily activities of rock musician Ozzy Osbourne
and his family.
2009 - Marianne Faithfull received
the World Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2009 Women's World Awards.
"Marianne's contribution to the arts over a 45-year career including 18 studio
albums as a singer, songwriter and interpreter, and numerous appearances on stage
and screen is now being acknowledged with this special award".
- Not Fade Away / I
Wanna Be Your Man by The Rolling Stones was released in the USA and became the
bands first US Billboard hit peaking at No.48.
- The Temptations went to No.1 in US singles chart
with the Smokey Robinson penned song 'My Girl', making the group the first male
act to have a No.1 for Motown, The single only reached No.43 in the UK but made
No.2 when re-issued
1968 - Sandie Shaw marries
fashion designer Jeff Banks.
1970 - Awareness
records released the Charles Manson album 'Lie' in the US. Manson was unable to
promote the LP due to the fact he was serving a life sentence for the Sharon Tate
1973 - Attempts
to bring Elvis Presley to the UK for shows at London's Earl's Court failed. They
were told that Elvis now had US tour and filming commitments.
- Two golds are won .. Led Zeppelin win a gold record for
and Average White Band win their gold record for 'Pick Up the Pieces'.
1976 - EMI Records reissues all 22 previously released British
Beatles singles, plus a new single of "Yesterday". All 23 singles hit
the UK charts at the same time.
1977 - "An
Evening With Diana Ross" aired on NBC-TV.
Smokey Robinson's autobiography "Inside My Life" was released.
1998 - Oasis' Liam Gallagher
was released on $10,000 bail from an Australian
court in Brisbane after being charged for headbutting a fan, breaking the fan's
1999 - George Jones
was severely injured in a car accident
2001 - A
man who hid for 24 hours in the rafters of a Cathedral and secretly filmed the
Christening of Madonna's baby appeared in court. Security staff discovered the
man after the ceremony when he made a noise climbing down from the rafters.
2004 - Diane Richie, the estranged wife of singer Lionel
Richie, went to court seeking $300,000 (£176,500) a month in maintenance
support. Dianes monthly costs included: $20,000 (£11,800) a year on
plastic surgery; $15,000 (£8,824) a month for clothing, shoes and accessories;
$5,000 (£2,940) on jewellery; $3,000 (£1,765) on dermatology; $1,000
(£588) for laser hair removal and $600 (£353) on massages.
- The first jazz record is released in US, recorded
by Nick La Rocca's original Dixieland Jazz Band, it is called The Dixie Jazz Band
1918 - Lena Guilbert Ford was killed
in a zeppelin raid on her London home, inspiring the song "Keep The Home
- Prior to the chart days, the first issue of the NME was published after
the "Accordion Times and Musical Express" was bought by music promoter
Maurice Kinn, for £1,000, just 15 minutes before it was due to be officially
closed. It was relaunched as the New Musical Express, and was initially published
in a non-glossy tabloid format on standard newsprint.
- Circuit Judge Vincent M. Brennan sings "April Showers"
to prove he is musically qualified after giving his decision in a contract suit.
1958 - The first
US DJ convention was held in Kansas. Broadcasters voted against Top 40 formatting
recently adopted by American stations.
Beatles recorded their first radio appearance, at the Playhouse Theatre, Hulme,
Manchester, for the BBC radio program Teenager's Turn - Here We Go', also
marking the band's first full live performance caught on tape, and the
first performance in what would become their trademark collarless suits designed
by Beno Dorn.
- For the first time the UK Top Ten
Singles Chart was made up entirely of British acts. Cilla Black was in the No.1
spot with 'Anyone Who Had A Heart.'; 2 Dave Clark Five: Bits and Pieces; 3 Bachelors:
Diane; 4 Merseybeats: I Think of You; 5 Searchers: Needles and Pins; 6 Rolling
Stones: Not Fade Away; 7 Billy J. Kramer: Little Children; 8 Gerry and the Pacemakers:
I'm the One; 9 Brian Poole: Candy Man and at No.10 Eden Kane, with Boys Cry.
1965 - At a Rolling
Stones gig at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, a teenager fell from the circle,
luckily she just broke a few teeth, the crowd below broke her fall.
- Brian Wilson released 'Caroline No' the first solo single by a Beach
Boy. Before it evolved into the final song we know today, the song was originally
written as 'Carol I Know'.
1967 - Sandra Dee
received her divorce from Bobby Darin.
1969 - Led Zeppelin appeared at the
Bluesville 69 Club at the Hornsey Wood Tavern, Finsbury Park, London, England.
The venue was a function room at the back of the pub, and was so small that the
stage was only just big enough for John Bonham's drums, and the rest of the group
had to stand on the floor at the same level as the crowd.
- Simon & Garfunkel's album Bridge Over Troubled Water hits No.1. It
stayed there for a total of 10 weeks, longer than any other LP in 1970.
Star' took Lee
Marvin to the No.1 spot in the UK singles chart, a song he sang in the film 'Paint
1973 - A song from the movie Deliverance
called 'Dueling Banjos' by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandel became one of the few
1970s instrumentals to be awarded a Gold record.
- CBS records held a concert at Max's Kansas City in New York to celebrate
signing Bruce Springsteen, where boss John Hammond suffered a non-fatal heart
1976 - Elton John becomes the first
rock star since The Beatles to be immortalised in wax and put on display in London's
Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
1985 - The charity
single "We are the World" to help battle famine in Africa is released.
The song, written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, is recorded by the supergroup
USA for Africa which includes on the solos - Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul
Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Diana
Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins,
Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Bob Dylan, Ray
Charles and 29 other super stars in the chorus and band, with Quincy Jones as
1980 - The film Coal Miner's Daughter,
the biography of Loretta Lynn and starring Sissy Spacek opened. Spacek won the
Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Lynn; Tommy Lee Jones and
Beverly D'Angelo also play leading roles in the film.
- The Beastie Boys became the first rap act
to have a No.1 album in the US with their debut album, 'Licensed To Ill.'
- The first Beatles albums are released on compact disc: Please Please
Me, With The Beatles, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles For Sale, and Help!. This marks
the first time the band's official UK albums have been available as standard Beatles
albums in the USA.
1983 - Neil
Sedaka and Stevie Wonder were
inducted into The Songwriter's Hall of Fame during their annual New York ceremony.
1991 - Rolling Stone
voted George Michael
the best male singer and sexiest male artist.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies that poke fun at an original work can
be considered "fair use" that does not require permission from the copyright
holder. The rap group 2 Live Crew is cleared in a case brought by the publisher
of Roy Orbison's music over their parody of Orbison's "(Oh) Pretty Woman".
The publisher denied the group permission to sample the song, so they did the
parody instead, which stood up in court.
1998 - Archbishop
Franc Rode organizes a special mass to forgive the blasphemers who wrote and recorded
1999 - Boyzone scored
their fifth UK No. 1 single with 'When The Going Gets Tough'. It was recorded
for the Comic Relief charity and had been a No.1 single for Billy Ocean in 1986.
2000 - Oasis
singer Liam Gallagher won the Best Dressed Man Award from fashion magazine GQ.
2001 - Ed Townshend, singer/songwriter
of the 1957 hit "For Your Love," sued the R&B group K-Ci and JoJo,
claiming they used his song in their recent hit "Just For Your Love".
- The man who discovered Blur, David Balfe won a high court
battle to earn £250,000 in back royalties. Balfe had waged a legal battle
for over two years to regain the royalties after selling his Food Records label
to EMI in 1994.
- The National Endowment for the Arts, in conjunction
with the RIAA, announces its Top Twenty songs of the 20th century. 1
"Over the Rainbow" Judy Garland 1939; 2 "White Christmas"
Bing Crosby 1942; 3 "This Land Is Your Land" Woody Guthrie 1940; 4 "Respect"
Aretha Franklin 1967; 5 "American Pie" Don McLean 1972; 6 "Boogie
Woogie Bugle Boy" The Andrews Sisters 1941; 7 West Side Story (Album) Leonard
Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim 1957; **8 "Take
Me Out to the Ball Game" Billy Murray 1908; 9 "You've Lost That Lovin'
Feelin'" The Righteous Brothers 1964; 10 "The Entertainer" Scott
Joplin 1902; 11 "In the Mood" Glenn Miller Orchestra 1940; 12 "Rock
Around the Clock" Bill Haley & His Comets 1954; 13 "When the Saints
Go Marching In" Louis Armstrong 1938; 14 "You Are My Sunshine"
Jimmie Davis 1939; 15 "Mack the Knife" Bobby Darin 1959; 16 "(I
Can't Get No) Satisfaction" The Rolling Stones 1965; 17 "Take the "A"
Train" Duke Ellington Orchestra 1941; 18 "Blueberry Hill" Fats
Domino 1956; 19 "God Bless America " Kate Smith 1938; 20 "The Stars
and Stripes Forever" Sousa's Band 1897
** No.8 .. the tin-pan alley song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" was
never sung by Billy Murray, it was Edward Meeker, who recorded the famous song
2001 - Former Trammps member Jerry Collins
is convicted of attempted murder after being found guilty of bashing his wife's
head into a sink and also pistol-whipping her. He is sentenced to a maximum of
2002 - Former Visage singer Steve Stange
hit over the head resulting in him needing 18 stitches
and robbed of a bracelet given to him by Kylie Minogue;
he had been on his way to a party in West London.
- Broadway musicians went on strike due to a contractual
dispute. The walkout lasted four days.
2004 . . David
Crosby was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, illegal
possession of a hunting knife, illegal possession of ammunition, and illegal possession
of about one ounce of marijuana. Crosby left said items behind in his hotel room.
Authorities said a "hotel employee searched the suitcase for identification
and found about an ounce of marijuana, rolling papers, two knives and a .45-caliber
pistol. He was arrested when he returned to the hotel to pick up his bag".
After spending 12 hours in jail, he was released on $3,500 bail.
- The Smiths song 'I Know It's Over' topped a poll
of tunes, which people turn to when they are miserable in 'The Songs That Saved
Your Life' poll by BBC radio station 6 Music. Others are: 2. Bowling For Soup
- Girl All The Bad Guys Want; 3. REM - Everybody Hurts; 4. The Cure - Pictures
Of You; 5. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees; 6. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us
Apart; 7. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb; 8. Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel - Don't
Give Up; 9. Blur - This Is A Low; 10. The Beatles - Good Day Sunshine.
- Rod Stewart is ordered to pay $3 million to Harrah's in
Las Vegas after defaulting on a show in 2000.
2007 - Rhett
Hutchence the brother of INXS singer Michael Hutchence defended his decision to
sell some of the late star's belongings online saying he needed money to set up
home with his new girlfriend. Items in the auction included lyrics, T-shirts and
a fax his brother had sent to his then girlfriend Kylie Minogue.
- Rapper Coolio was charged with drug possession after being
arrested at Los Angeles International Airport. He was later released on $10,000
2012 - Following
the death of singer Davy Jones
sales of albums by The Monkees soared . 'Best Of The Monkees' re-entered the Billboard
album chart at No.20 with sales of over 17,000 units.
- After completing treatment for an eating disorder, Ke$ha
drops the $ from her stage name and changes her Twitter handle from @Ke$haSuxx
to @KeshaRose. Rose is Kesha's middle name.
. . Drake places an astounding 14 songs in the Hot
100, thanks to the release of his mixtape 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late'.
The Beatles are the only other act to accomplish this, with 14 songs on the tally
for a week in April, 1964.
1941 - Willie Dixon was jailed for refusing
induction into the armed forces. Military personnel escorted him from the stage
of Chicago's Pink Poodle club. "I told them I was a conscientious objector
and wasn't gonna fight for anybody," said Dixon.
1955 - Elvis
had bought his first Cadillac. It was a pink and white 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood
Series 60 Special Sedan and provided transportation for Elvis and the Blue Moon
Boys for about 3 months, before the car went up in smoke when a brake lining caught
fire, on the road between Hope and Texarkana, Ark.
1962 - The
Beatles performed for the first time on the BBC in Great Britain. The show was
on the 5 p.m. "Teenager's Turn".
1963 - The
Four Tops get a $400 advance to sign with Motown, but spend the rest of the year
singing backup for other acts.
David Bowie made his TV debut with The Manish Boys on UK programme called 'Gadzooks!
It's All Happening' performing their current single 'I Pity The Fool.'
- Lulu became the first British female singer to appear behind the Iron
curtain, when she toured Poland with The Hollies.
Bill Graham opened his Fillmore
East rock venue on Second Avenue in the East Village neighborhood of the borough
of Manhattan of New York City. It quickly became known as "The Church of
Rock and Roll," with two-show, triple-bill concerts several nights a week.
1969 - The Small Faces split up after singer
Steve Marriott announced he was leaving the band. Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and
Kenny Jones linked up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart and formed The Faces.
1973 - Paul McCartney was fined $170 (£100)
for growing cannabis at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. He claimed some fans
gave him the seeds, and that he didn't know what they would grow in to.
- WPAX Hanoi goes on the air for the first time,
opening with Jimi Hendrix's Star-Spangled Banner.
Abbie Hoffman and many others make tapes in a loft in New York, the tapes were
then broadcasted to US troops.
1974 - Bad Company
gave their debut performance in England.
1990 - In
the Rolling Stone Magazine's awards, Donny Osmond won the most unwelcome comeback
award while Cher won the worst dressed female, and worst video for 'If I Could
Turn Back Time'.
- MTV debuts "Beavis and Butt-Head," an
original animated series starring two suburban misfits. The show is the first
spin-ff from the MTV's award-winner animated variety series, "Liquid Television."
2004 - Westlife singer Bryan McFadden announced he was quiting
the group to spend more time with he wife and two children. He launched his solo
career later on that year.
Whilst watching a football match and relaxing in a local pub, Ant McPartlin, one
half of the pop music duo PJ & Duncan, was
the subject of an unprovoked attack by an unknown assailant who then fled the
1957 - Calypso
hits the UK with
the chart entry of
Banana Boat Song by Terriers.
1972 - Allen Klein presents UNICEF with the first cheque
from the proceeds of George Harrison's Concert For Bangladesh $1.2 million. Nearly
$9 million more will be held up until 1982, due to legal problems.
1972 - Barbra Streisand, Carole King, James Taylor, Carly
Simon, Quincy Jones and others give a fund-riasing concert at LA Forum for George
1974 - Queen debut on UK singles chart
with their Seven Seas of Rye.
1975 - Elvis Presley
began his final recording session at RCA's Hollywood studios.
- The Who's Keith Moon collapses on stage ten minutes into
a performance at their Boston Garden concert.
1977 - The
Jacksons CBS show was aired for the last time on US TV finishing at the bottom
of the ratings.
1981 - Robert Plant played a
secret gig at Keele University, England with his new band The Honey Drippers.
1996 - Oasis guitarist
Noel Gallagher walked off stage during a gig at the Vernon Valley Gorge ski resort
in New Jersey because his hands were too cold to play.
1997 - The Notorious B.I.G. is shot to death after a "Soul
Train Awards" party.
2004 - Tom Jones was
banned from wearing tight leather pants by his own son and manager Mark Jones.
His son said it was time to "dress his age" as he was in danger of becoming
a laughing stock at 63.
2005 - Stefan Wohl, the
tour bus driver for The Dave Matthews Band pleads guilty to dumping sewage into
the Chicago River, which hit a group of tourists cruising on an architectural
2011 - Phil Collins he is retiring...
quote: "So I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis".
- British chart history was made as the
first ever home-grown British country act, The Shires, shot into the top ten with
a debut album 'Brave'.
1940 - "I
Pagliacci" by Ruggiero Leoncavallo became the first opera to be broadcast
1955 - Ruth Brown presented with
special award to mark sales of five million records, by Atlantic bosses Ahmet
Urtegun and Jerry Wexler at Apollo theatre in Harlem.
1960 - UK
trade paper Record Retailer published the UK's first ever EP (extended player)
chart and LP chart. The No. 1 EP was 'Expresso Bongo' by Cliff Richard & The
Shadows and the
LP No.1 was Freddy's 'The Explosive Freddy Cannon.'
1977 - At 7am in the morning
on a trestle table set up out-side Buckingham Palace, London, The Sex Pistols
signed to A&M Records. The contract lasted for only six days as a result of
the band vandalizing property and verbally abusing employees during a visit to
the record company's office..
1984 - Ian
Gillan leaves Black Sabbath.
1992 - At the Soul
Train Awards, Prince wins a lifetime achievement award
- Stone Roses' former
Gareth Evans' £10 m lawsuit with the band was settled out of court over
alleged wrongful dismissal, for an undisclosed sum.
- Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde was arrested for leading an animal rights
protest against the clothing firm Gap, who were accused of using leather from
cows slaughtered 'illegally and cruelly'. The protest took place in a store in
2005 - Michael Jackson arrived in
court an hour late dressed in his pyjamas after being treated for a back injury.
Jackson was attending the Santa Moria court for his child abuse trial.
2006 . . David Gilmour begins his first world tour since
Pink Floyd's 1994 world tour, in support of his On an Island album.
2008 - Little
earned a place in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
for his revolutionary harmonica technique, his
virtuosity and musical innovations reached heights of expression never previously
imagined on blues harmonica,
making him the only artist ever to be inducted specifically for his work as a
1958 - Following a performance in Birmingham, England, a
review reads: "Buddy Holly, leader of the group, is a studious-looking young
man who totes his electric guitar like a sawn-off shot-gun and carries around
a giant-sized amplifier which even made the Town Hall organ pipes flinch. Mr.
Holly is 70 per cent of the act. He plays and sings with brash exuberance, and
adds a few Presley-like wiggles which had the teenage audience squealing with
delight. The rest of the group consists of a bass player whose ability was lost
in the noise and a drummer who plays with sledge-hammer precision".
1963 - The Mann Hugg Blues Brothers (later to become Manfred
Mann) played at London's Marquee Club.
1964 - Elvis
Presley's 14th movie, "Kissin' Cousins," was released.
- Wilson Pickett performs at the Flamingo Club in London
- Motown bought the Jackson 5 out of their contract with Steeltown.
1971 - Jim Morrison of The Doors arrived in Paris booking
into The Hotel George's, the following week he moved into an apartment at 17 Rue
Beautreillis in Paris. Jim lived in Paris until his death in July.
1978 - French singer Claude Francois was fatally
electrocuted changing a light bulb while standing in his bath tub at his apartment
in Paris. A few months previously he had a 1977 UK hit, 'Tears On The Telephone'.
1978 - Kate Bush becomes the first female solo
artist to reach number one in the UK charts with a self-written song, "Wuthering
1982 - Jimmy Sohns of the Shadows
of Knight is arrested for dealing cocaine.
- For one week only Janet Jackson holds the record for the
largest record deal ever until Michael Jackson signs with Sony a week later. Janet's
deal with Virgin Records is worth $30 million.
1996 - Jarvis
singer walked free from Kensington
police station after police failed to charge him with any criminal offence following
his 'stage invasion', during Michael Jackson's performance at the Brit Awards
3 weeks earlier.
1997 - Paul
McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
2002 - Connie
Francis sues her record label for over $10 million for back royalties and "inappropriate"
licensing of her recordings.
2005 - The front
door of Ozzy Osbourne's childhood home in Birmingham went up for sale on eBay
because the current owner was fed up with fans defacing it.
. . James Blunt, with his single "You're Beautiful", becomes
the first British artist to top the US Billboard Hot 100 chart since Elton John
with "Candle In The Wind 1997".
1939 - Artie Shaw and his band recorded
- The Dave Brubeck Quartet made their
debute at Carnegie Hall in New York.
1958 - In
Hilversum, Netherlands, "Dors, mon amour" sung by André Claveau
wins the third annual Eurovision Song Contest for France. Domenico Modugno places
third for Italy with "Nel blu, dipinto di blu", retitled "Volare",
went on to reach No. 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100, and won two Grammy Awards
and was Record of the Year and Song of the Year for 1958.
- A Philadelphia
court sentenced jazz singer Billie Holiday to a year's probation after a guilty
plea to narcotics possession.
1969 - Paul McCartney
marries Linda Eastman at Marylebone Registry office.
1969 - George
Harrison and wife Patti were arrested in Esher, Surrey, charged with cannabis
resin possession after police found 120 joints in their house.
- Harry Nilsson and
John Lennon caused a disturbance at LA Troubador
Club. Lennon hurled insults at the performing Smothers Brothers & punched
their manager before being forcibly removed & charged with hitting a photographer
in the eye.
1981 - Bow
Wow Wow were forced to cancel the first dates of a
UK tour after Greater
London Council stated that singer Annabella Lwin aged 15
would be guilty
1996 - Her
boots were made for walking .. Nancy Sinatra gives her famous white boots, to
the Beverly Hills Hard Rock Cafe.
1998 - Liam
Gallagher of Oasis was banned
from flying with Cathay Pacific Airways after an incident on a flight from Hong
Kong to Australia.
2001 - Judy
Garland's 'Over The Rainbow' was voted the Song Of The Century in a poll published
in America; musicians, critics and fans compiled the list by the RIA.
2003 - The Chinese government ordered the Rolling Stones
to cut four songs from their performances in Shanghai and Beijing. The banned
songs were "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women," "Beast
of Burden," & "Let's Spend the Night Together."
1958 - The Recording Industry Association
of America introduced its awards for record sales, (RIAA).
Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds, dissatisfied with the group's
'too commercial' direction.
Wynette and George Jones divorced after six years of marriage.
1977 - Iggy Pop and David Bowie kicked off a 22 date tour
at Le Plateau Theatre, Montreal, Canada, support act was Blondie.
- Marvin Gaye sang the U.S. national anthem at the NBA All-Star
- MTV premired its weekly "Top 20 Video Countdown"
1985 - Bob
Geldof and Midge Ure received 'the best selling a side' award at the 30th Ivor
Novello Awards for 'Do They Know It's Christmas.'
1987 - Bob
Seger & Silver Bullet Band got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Michael Jackson bought a ranch in Santa Ynez, California
that he called "Neverland."
1990 - MTV available in the Middle East with the launch
of MTV Europe in Israel.
1996 - Several people
are hurt when angry fans riot in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They have been waiting
all night for Ramones tickets and find out they are all gone.
- Black Sabbath is inducted into the American Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame, but The Sex Pistols refuse to attend the ceremony and turn down
2014 - Ant McPartlin, one half
of the pop music duo PJ & Duncan, and his mother Christine had to call police
after being attacked by a group of youths as they enjoyed a meal together at the
Old Station House in Chiswick.
1956 - The
movie "Rock Around the Clock" (with Bill Haley) made its premier in
1960 - Sam Cooke began his first
tour of the West Indies.
1963 - Gerry Marsden
(Gerry & the Pacemakers) was fined 60 pounds at Uxbridge Magistrates court
for evading British customs with a German guitar.
1965 - Petula
Clark made her American TV debut when she
appeared on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show. She sang "Downtown" and "I
Know A Place"
1972 - "Steppenwolf
Day" was declared in Los Angeles as they announced thier break-up.
- "Grease" opened off-Broadway, where it ran for the next decade
for a total of 3,388 performances.
1973 - Singers
Stephen Stills and Véronique Sanson are married nr. Guildford, UK
- David Bowie collapsed at the end of his Valentines Day Show at New York's
Radio City Music Hall reportedly due to total exhaustion.
1975 - Flea
and Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers were arrested for sexually harassing
a woman on Daytona beach; they were each fined $1,000.
- Eric Clapton was admitted to United Hospital in St. Paul, MN, after a
serious attack of bleeding ulcers. Clapton cancelled a 60-date tour of the U.S.
1985 - Tina Turner plays Wembley Arena.
1986 - Frank Zappa appeared on 'Miami Vice' as a
crime boss named "Mr. Frankie."
1990 - Michael
Jackson was voted artist of the decade at the annual 'Soul Train Awards.'
1998 - Ray Charles made his first solo performance
in 53 years on the television shopping network QVC.
- U2 topped Rolling Stone magazine's annual list of the year's biggest
money earners from 2005 with £78m;The Rolling Stones second with £47m;
The Eagles third with £32m; Paul McCartney was in fourth place with £28m
and Elton John in fifth with £24.8m.
2008 - Peter
MacBeth ex-Foundations bassist, was sentenced to six years on sexual assault and
Can't Get Enough" - The Saturdays, reached No.2 in the charts making it the
first official Comic Relief single not to reach No.1 in 14 years
1956 - Colonel Tom Parker officially became
Elvis Presley's manager.
1958 - "The Dick
Clark Show" debuted on ABC-TV. Connie Francis, Pat Boone and Jerry Lee Lewis
were the first performers to appear on the show.
- South African singer
Makeba aka Mama Africa, became
the first African woman to win a Grammy. She and Harry Belafonte
recieved the Best Folk Recording award for their album 'An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba'.
1968 - "LIFE"
magazine called Jimi Hendrix "the most spectacular guitarist in the world."
1969 - Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan's first
book of poetry 'The Warlock Of Love' was published, priced at 12 and 6.
- Radio station KHJ in Los Angeles is raided at 7 a.m. Police were called
by the station's fans who thought there must be something amiss as Robert W. Morgan
played Donny Osmond's Puppy Love over and over again from 6 a.m.
- The Emerson, Lake and Palmer movie
"Pictures at an Exhibition" premiered in Los Angeles, CA.
- Bette Midler bailed seven members of her entourage out of jail. They
were arrested on cocaine and marijuana possession charges.
- After a long wait, Bob Dylan is at last inducted into The Songwriters
Hall Of Fame, which was formed in 1969.
1989 - The
Rolling Stones signed a 70m dollar contract; to play 50 North American dates.
It was the largest contract in rock history.
The Tokyo area phone system went down due to high activity attributable
to people trying to reserve tickets for an upcoming Glay concert.
- Relatives of Buddy Holly filed a suit against MCA Records
for allegedly hoarding royalty payments, forging contracts and illegally producing
albums without the consent of the family.
2000 - Mick
Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana
Morad from £3,235 a month to £5,888
Mick was asked to confirm that he was the father of her child by the court, while
Ms Morad was seeking a
2002 . . Liverpool
Airport is rechristened Liverpool John Lennon Airport in an official ceremony.
Fats Waller recorded "The Jitterbug Waltz" in New York.
1959 - Plans are announced for the first American rock-and-roll
package tour to hit Europe. Performers including Bobby Darin, Conway Twitty, Duane
Eddy and Pony Tails are contracted, along with UK star Cliff Richard.
- DJ Alan Freed is charged with income-tax evasion by federal
grand jury probing into radio and record company payola, less than two years after
he admits guilt in the same investigation.
1964 - The
Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of
their latest single 'Can't Buy Me Love.'
1969 - The
musical "1776" opened on Broadway.
1971 - Simon
and Garfunkel win
Three Grammy Awards; "Record of the Year"; "Song of the Year"
and "Album of the Year" for 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.
1972 - Ricky Nelson began his first British tour.
1974 - The new $15 million
Opry House holds its inaugural show in Nashville, opened by Richard Nixon.
1977 - The
Sex Pistols are sacked from A&M Records. Their contract had only lasted for
six days as a result of the band vandalizing property and verbally abusing employees
during a visit to the record company's office..
1989 - Bez from The Happy Mondays was arrested at Manchester
Airport moments before boarding a flight to Belfast for a gig and charged for
trying to leave the country, breaking bail conditions set after a previous arrest.
1992 - Trouble
broke out during a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena when fans dangled an usher by
his ankles from the balcony. The band was charged $38,000 (£22,353) for
repairs and cleaning after the audience trashed the building.
2002 . . Liza Minnelli
takes her fourth trip down the aisle when she marries her producer boyfriend David
1950 - WDIA Memphis becomes the first on-air
black station in the southern states
Ray Charles started
his own record label,
1967 - The Stax Package tour opened
in London with Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave and Booker
T And The MG's.
. . John Lennon purchased the 19-acre island of Dorinsh
off the west coast of Ireland in Clew Bay for £1,550 and
planned to build a holiday home there. The home was never built and a group of
hippies, led by Sid Rawle, were given permission to live on the island.
1968 - The Bee Gees made their U.S. television debut on
the "Ed Sullivan Show." They performed "To Love Somebody"
1981 - Blues Project,
with Al Kooper, Steve Katz and Roy Blumenfeld, reunite for one-off concert at
Bonds in New York.
1982 - Samuel George Jr. of
the Capitols was stabbed to death during a family argument. He was 39 years old.
1990 - Whitney
Houston headlines an AIDS benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York
City. The concert, dubbed "That's What Friends Are For," also celebrates
the 15th anniversary of Arista Records.
1995 - Madonna premiered the "Bedtime Stories"
video. All the 1,500 guests wore pajamas and had teddy bears.
- The RIAA announced that the Eagles' "Greatest Hits"
album had tied Michael Jackson's "Thriller" as the all-time best-selling
album in the U.S.
2004 - The Kinks singer Ray
Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services
to the music industry.
1902 - Enrico Caruso recorded 10 arias for the
Gramophone Company. He was the first well-known performer to make a record.
1959 - EMI announces that it has now stopped all production
of 78 rpm discs
1965 - Mick Jagger, Keith Richards,
and Bill Wyman were arrested for "insulting behavior" in London. The
act was urinating on the wall of the Francis Garage. They were
- Pink Floyd signed to EMI Records in the UK.
1973 - Wings played a benefit concert for a drug-counselling
agency 'Release' at The Hard Rock, UK.
1976 - The
Film 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' featuring David Bowie premiered in London.
1977 - Marc Bolan & T.Rex played at the Rainbow, along
with The Damned as thier support. This was part of the band's Dandy in the Underworld
tour, which ended up as their final tour.
1982 - Driving
home from a basketball game in Philadelphia, soul singer Teddy Pendergrass crashed
his Rolls Royce severely injuring his spinal cord, resulting in him being paralyzed
from the waist down.
1989 - A radio station in
California arranged to have all it's Cat Stevens Records destroyed by having a
steamroller run over them in protest of the singer's support of Ayatollah Khomeni.
1994 - Three weeks before his suicide, four
guns and 25 boxes of ammo were confiscated from Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) after his
wife, Courtney Love, called police fearing he was going to commit suicide.
1998 - Michael Jackson
was dressed as an Arab woman when and
his son went shopping at a toy store in Munich, Germany.
2004 - Courtney
Love exposed her breasts during an appearance on David Letterman's TV talk show.
The singer who had her back to the audience flashed at the presenter while singing
the song Danny Boy.
1957 - Elvis Presley buys the Memphis
mansion Graceland from Mrs. Ruth Brown-Moore
1957 - The
Crickets which included Buddy Holly as their singer and lead guitarist, sign a
contract with Bob Thiele in which Coral, a subsidiary of Decca, agrees to purchase
masters for "That'll Be The Day" and "I'm Looking For Someone To
Love." This was the working contract for The Crickets, and their songs to
be released under the Brunswick label.
Big Records released 'Our Song' by a teenage duo
from Queens, New York, Tom and Jerry. The duo become famous in the '60s under
their real names, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
1965 - Tailor And Cutter Magazine ran an article asking
The Rolling Stones to start wearing ties, with the current fashion tie-makers
were facing financial disaster.
1966 - Gary Leeds
(Walker Brothers) was abducted by British students trying to raise money for charity.
1970 - Rolling Stone magazine reveals that opening
lyrics to John Lennon's 'Come Together' were written by Chuck Berry for 'You Can't
Catch Me' - 'Here come old flat top, he come groovin' up slowly
- The Jefferson Airplane began their first tour under their
new name Jefferson Starship.
1978 - Billy Joel
made his UK debut
at London's Dury Lane Theatre.
1982 - Randy
Rhoads died at the age of 25 in a plane crash. The plane was buzzing Ozzy Osbourne's
tour bus when it crashed. The pilot and another female passenger were also killed.
1985 - "Spin Magazine" began publishing.
1992 - Jet Harris from The Shadows was banned
from driving for three years and fined £120 for drunk driving.
2005 - Former Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell's London home was
broken into. The burgular left obscene notes on the walls, stole
a necklace that used to belong to Liz Taylor
among other things and had thrown milk and Ribena fruit drink on the walls.
1959 - Bobby
Rydell made his first TV appearance, on "American Bandstand."
1965 - The first ever Motown package tour arrives in
London, with Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas, Temptations and the Supremes.
1968 - Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Richie Furay
and Jim Mesina, were arrested in Los Angeles for 'being at a place where it is
suspected marijuana is being used.' Clapton is later found innocent, the others
pay small fines.
1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married in Gibraltar.
1971 - Janis Joplin started a two week run at No.1 on the
US singles chart with the Kris Kristofferson's 'Me And Bobby McGee'. Joplin had
died the year before on 4th October, aged 27.
Lou Reed was banned from appearing The London Palladium because of his punk image.
1980 - Radio Caroline, the original North Sea
pirate radio station, sinks.
1980 - 28
year- old Joseph Riviera held up the Asylum Records office in New York demanding
to see either Jackson Browne or The Eagles. Riviera wanted to talk to them to
see if they would finance his trucking operation.
1990 - Gloria Estefan broke
several bones in her back when her tour
bus is involved in an accident
1991 - Conor,
Eric Clapton's 4 year old son, falls to his death from a 53rd story New York City
apartment window. Clapton later writes the song "Tears in Heaven."
2002 - The papers report that Robbie Williams had
become a priest: ordained via the Internet by the non-denominational Universal
Ministries and officiated the wedding of Billy Morrison from rock band The Cult
and Jennifer Holliday.
1941 - Singer Paula Kelly joined Glenn Miller's band.
1952 - Alan Freed hosts Moondog Coronation Ball in Cleveland
Ohio, this was the first sign that black R&B has a large white following.
Freed promoted the show from WJW Radio, selling 18,000 tickets in advance for
the show which featured Charles Brown, Moonglows, and Clyde McPhatter.
- The BBC banned all teenybopper acts appearing on UK TV show, 'Top Of
The Pops' after a riot following a David Cassidy performance.
- Iggy Pop and David Bowie were involved in a drug bust at their hotel
room in Rochester, New York.
1982 - Donny Osmond
starred in the title role on Broadway of "Little Johnny Jones."
1984 - Strawberry Fields, an area in Central Park
bought by Yoko Ono in memory of her late husband was opened.
- The Beatles had a revival in America as the group holds down the 4
slots on US CD chart:
1. Hard Day's Night;
Please Please Me; 3. Beatles for Sale; 4. With the Beatles.
1989 - Dick Clark announced that he would no longer
be hosting the show "American Bandstand." He had been the host for 33
1991 - The inventor of The Telecaster
and Stratocaster guitars Leo Fender, sadly died from Parkinson's disease.
1997 - Snoop Doggy Dog was sentenced to three years probation
and fined $1,000 for a firearms violation after a handgun was found in his car
when he was stopped for a traffic violation.
2001 - Michael
Jackson's interior decorator told The Times newspaper that the singer kept 17
life size dolls, adult and child sizes, all fully dressed in his bedroom for 'company.'
2005 - MTV aired the final episode of 'The Osbournes'
the American reality TV programme featuring the domestic life of heavy metal singer
Ozzy Osbourne and his family. It ran for 3 years.
1956 - Sammy Davis, Jr. starred in the
play, "Mr. Wonderful," in New York City.
1958 - Hank
Williams Jr. made his stage debut in Swainsboro, GA, aged eight.
- Bob Dylan's first electric album "Bring it All Back
Home" was released.
1970 - Electric Circus
club in New York, is damaged by a bomb.
1971 - US police arrested all the members from The Allman
Brothers Band for heroin and marijuana possession.
1974 - Ten
Years After play their last gig - at the Rainbow Theatre, London,
- The Shadows represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm,
Sweden. They come second.
1977 - John Denver's
TV special "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" was aired on ABC.
1989 - Dick
Clark announces he'll be leaving
1997 - Shock-rock
band Marilyn Manson is forced to cut short a show at the Nimitz Concert Hall in
Honolulu, Hawaii, after lead singer Manson injures his hand during the performance.
Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, falls onstage and cuts an artery in his
2000 - Yusuf Islam the former singer Cat Stevens
joined the campaign to save the Section 28 ban on the promotion of homosexuality
in UK schools. He praised peers for fighting the government's plans to scrap Section
2004 - Ozzy Osbourne was voted the nation's
favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet Earth. The 55 year old singer
topped a Yahoo poll as the face people wanted to represent them to alien life.
1961 - Elvis
Presley sets a new UK chart record - three consecutive No. 1 singles: It's Now
or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight and Wooden Heart
1969 - 30,000 people attend 'The Rally for Decency' at the
Orange Bowl in Miami in response to Jim Morrison's 'indecent' pants-dropping incident
a few weeks earlier.
The film of The Concert For Bangla Desh featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and
Eric Clapton premiered in New York.
1978 - The
Police signed with A&M Records.
1980 - A
gunman holds up Elektra Records in New York demanding to speak to Eagles or Jackson
Browne. He gives up and leaves when told they live in California!
Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty went to No.1 on the US album
chart with 'Centerfield.'
1987 - The
Soul Train Music Awards debuted. It was the first televised awards ceremony to
pay exclusive homage to black producers, songwriters and recording artists in
the music industry.
1988 - Mick
Jagger makes his first onstage solo appearance in Japan
in front of a audience of 46,000 . The Rolling Stones had previously been banned
from the country by Japanese authorities.
1992 - Janet Jackson signed with Virgin Records for $16,000,000.
1999 - Michael Jackson announced that he would
donate the proceeds from his next two concerts to the Nelson Mandela Children's
Fund and the Red Cross.
2011 - Marianne Faithfull was awarded the Commandeur
of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, one of France's highest cultural honours.
1941 - Glenn
Miller began work on his first motion picture for 20th Century Fox. The film was
"Sun Valley Serenade."
1945 - The
Billboard published the first American LP chart. Nat King Cole was at the No.1
spot with 'A Collection Of Favourites.'
1958 - Elvis
Presley becomes Private 53310761
as he is sworn into the U.S. Army in Memphis, Tenn. US.
1965 - Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious by an electrical
shock from a microphone stand. It was the first date of the Rolling Stones anniversary
1973 - During a Lou Reed show in Buffalo,
New York, a fan jumped on stage and bit Lou on his bottom. The man was thrown
out of the theatre and Reed completed the show.
1976 - Transvestite
singer Wayne County appeared in court charged with assault after an incident at
New York club CBGB's. County had attacked Dictators singer Handsome Dick Manitobe
with a mike stand fracturing his collarbone.
1978 - The
British courts granted British record companies the rights to seize bootleg and
1991 - The Black Crowes were
dropped as the opening act on ZZ Top's tour for repeatedly criticizing Miller
Beer. Miller Beer was sponsoring the tour.
1998 - UK
singer Mark Morrison was jailed for a year after trying to con his way out of
doing community service. He sent his minder Gabriel Mafereka who wore sunglasses
and hid his hair under a hat so he looked like the star.
At 17 years and 255 days old, Gareth
Gates became the youngest male solo artist to score a UK No.1 with his debut release
'Unchained Melody'. He had won second place on TV's 'Pop Idol' show.
1958 . . At Capitol Tower, Gene Vincent was
joined unofficially by an un-credited Eddie Cochran on bass backing vocals, on
25th to 29th March recording sessions (except the 28th, when Eddie was at Goldstar
Studios cutting Summertime Blues) 16 superb masters were produced.
1958 . . Before the second show scheduled in Hammersmith,
London, the last performance of the English tour, Joe Mauldin knocks the caps
off of Buddy Holly's two front teeth during a scuffle. Buddy repairs the damage
with chewing gum and performs the second show with the gum spread over his front
1961 - Elvis Presley performed his last
live show for the next eight years at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The show raised $62,000
for the U.S.S. Arizona memorial fund.
1967 - The
Who made its U.S. concert debut at RKO 58th Street Theatre, N.Y City.
1968 -The 58th & final episode of The Monkees Television
series was broadcast in the USA.
1969 - John
and Yoko started their 1st 'Bed-In for Peace' at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel for
a week between March 25th and 31st, inviting the world's press into their hotel
room every day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
1972 - The
17th Eurovision Song Contest is held in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland. The
only time (to date 2011) Scotland hosted the contest.
1976 - While
working on his 4th album "Pretender", US singer songwriter Jackson Browne's
wife Phyllis Major committed suicide.
Prince wins an Oscar for Best Original Score for the film "Purple Rain."
1990 - Motley Crue's Tommy Lee was arrested for mooning
at the audience during a gig in Augusta. Lee was charged with indecent exposure.
1995 - Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder was
rescued after a riptide carried him 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.
- NSYNC set a new world record after selling a million tickets in one day
for the group's forthcoming tour, netting them over £25 million ($42.5 million).
2002 - The seven-year mystery of missing
the Richey Edwards, Manic
Street Preachers guitarist when human feet were found near where he vanished in
2007 - Elton John
plays Madison Square Garden for the 60th time, to celebrate his 60th birthday.
The concert sets the record for most performances by an artist at the venue. Longtime
songwriting partner Bernie Taupin made an appearance, as well as Whoopi Goldberg
and Robin Williams and former President Bill Clinton.
2015 . . British
boy band, One Direction, released a statement announcing
departure from the group.
1965 - It
was announced that Jeff Beck would take Eric Clapton's place in the Yardbirds.
1964 - "Funny Girl" opened on Broadway starring
1965 - Mick Jagger, Brian
Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on
stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious
for several minutes.
1965 - The Walker Brothers
made their UK TV debut on 'Ready Steady Go!'
1970 - Peter
Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary pleads guilty at a Washington district court to
taking immoral liberties with a fourteen-year-old girl. The group had just won
a Grammy award for best children's recording
1975 - The
film "Tommy" premiered in London. The movie was based on the rock opera
by The Who.
1976 - Anita Pallenberg the girlfriend
of Rolling Stone Keith Richards gave birth to a baby boy, Tara, sadly he died
at ten weeks old from pneumonia.
1980 - The
Police became the first Western pop group to play in Bombay, India for over ten
years when they played a one off gig in the city.
- Guns N' Roses was signed to Geffen Records.
1988 - Man in the Mirror gives Michael Jackson his fourth
consecutive Hot 100 No. 1 from his LP Bad, setting a record.
An opera based on the life of tennis player Martina Navratilova
premiered at New York's Carnegie Hall.
2006 - Total
Guitar magazine readers
the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' as the greatest
guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen,
Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles by its UK readers
1950 - Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner, writer
the song "Misty", became
one of the first jazz instrumentalists to give a solo concert.
- Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton in Yardbirds
1966 - Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike while
scrambling at Hawkstone Park, Birmingham, UK, fracturing his foot. He had to play
the remaining tour dates sat on a stool and walking on crutches.
1967 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney were awarded the Ivor
Novello award for 'Michelle', the most performed song in the UK in 1966.
1971 - WNBC,
the New York radio station banned
Brewer & Shipley's song
'One Toke Over the Line' because of its alleged drug references. Other stations
around the country followed.
1973 - Jerry
Garcia was stopped for speeding on the New Jersey turnpike, but he on bail
$2,000 when the police find pot, cocaine and LSD in his car.
1979 - Bruce Springsteen's first video, "Rosalita,"
premiered on BBC-TV.
1979 - Eric Clapton marries
Patti Boyd, ex-wife of his friend George Harrison.
1987 - U2
filmed their video "Where the Streets Have No Name" on a rooftop in
1991 - Donnie Wahlberg of The New Kids
on the Block was arrested in Louisville, KY, for first-degree arson. He allegedly
poured vodka on a hotel carpet and set it on fire.
Construction work began on Alice Cooper's new Coopers'town Restaurant in Phoenix,
2004 - Local council officials planned to
have a street named after The Darkness in their hometown Lowestoft, Norfolk in
honour of their recent world-wide success.
2012 - The
Songwriters Hall of Fame announced that "Stand By Me" would receive
its 2012 Towering Song Award and that Ben E King would be honored with the 2012
Towering Performance Award for his recording of the song.
1957 - Elvis Presley appeared live at The Chicago International
1964 - Pirate station
Radio Caroline begins broadcasting, from the high seas just outside British territorial
waters. The first voice heard is Simon Dee with the immortal words 'Good Morning
Everybody. This is Radio Caroline on 199 metres, your all day music station."
1969 - Joe Cocker played his first American concert.
1976 - Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt and Alan Lancaster from
Status Quo were arrested after an incident at Vienna Airport, all three were released
1979 - Eric Clapton
Patti "Layla" Boyd, (George Harrison's ex-wife), while in Tucson, Arizona
1982 - David Crosby was arrested
in Los Angeles,
driving under the influence of cocaine,
possession of quaaludes and drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed .45-caliber
1986 - More than
6,000 radio stations of all format varieties played "We are the World"
simultaneously at 10:15 a.m. EST.
1987 - Aretha
Franklin becomes most successful female chartmaker in US singles history when
'I Knew You Were Waiting for Me' - her duet with George Michael - becomes her
seventeenth Top 10 hit, surpassing Connie Francis, who scored hits between 1958
and 1962. (Diana Ross has had 80 Top 10 hits, but only twelve solo)
1992 - Over a £58,800
worth of damage was caused at The Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, California, when
Ozzy Osbourne invited the first two rows of the audience up on stage. Many more
of the fans took advantage of the offer and the band was forced to exit the stage.
1996 - Phil Collins leaves
Genesis to follow a solo career.
2000 - Jimmy
Page wins a lawsuit filed against Ministry magazine, which claimed that Page had
contributed to the death of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham by wearing a Satanic
robe and chanting spells while Bonham was dying. The magazine apologizes and offers
to pay Page's legal bills. Page donates the money received from the case to the
Action for Brazil's Children Trust.
2001 - It
was reported that singer songwriter James Taylor and his new wife Caroline Smedvig
were expecting twin boys, carried by a surrogate mother, Grace Bradberry, who
was a friend
of the family.
2006 - Whitney
Houston's sister-in-law Tina
Brown sold pictures taken in Whitney's bathroom to the National Enquirer. She
claimed Whitney Houston had been taking crack cocaine. The pictures showed drug
paraphernalia including a crack-smoking pipe, rolling papers, cocaine-caked spoons
and cigarette ends strewn across the surface tops of the bathroom.
1871 - The Royal Albert Hall, premier concert venue, is
declared open by Queen Victoria. (Named after the prince Consort, who died had
ten years earlier.)
1964 - Mods and Rockers clash
for the first time on Clacton beach, England
Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles after a fan threw a
chair at the stage, he required eight stitches in the cut.
- The band Southside Fuzz, four policemen from Chicago, perform their first
gig before 2,000 fans. Their aim is to 'show teens have something in common with
1973 - Dr. Hook & the Medicine
Show appeared on the cover of "Rolling Stone."
1975 - Led
Zeppelin had all their six albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week.
1976 - Bruce Springsteen jumped a fence at Graceland in
an attempt to see his idol, Elvis Presley.
1980 - Chicago
Bee Gees for plagiarism of the song "How Deep Is Your Love." The BeeGees
won the case on appeal.
1988 - Madonna debuted on Broadway in "Speed The Plow."
1999 - The David Bowie Internet Radio Network
broadcast its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show was Bowie's favourite
songs with Bowie introducing each track.
2000 - Phil
Collins took out a high court action against two former members of Earth, Wind
And Fire claiming his company had overpaid the musicians by £50,000 in royalties
on tracks including
'Easy Lover' and
year old Neil
Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York. The aneurysm
was discovered when his vision became blurred after the induction ceremony for
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.
2007 - U2
singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. He not entitled
to be called "Sir" because he is not a British citizen. Bono's new title
is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).
- Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock 'n' Roll
era to write his own No.1 hit with Party Doll when it topped the US
1962 - The film "It's Trad,
Dad!" starring Craig Douglas and Helen Shapiro is released in cinemas around
1963 - Leslie Gore first appeared on
ABC's "American Bandstand."
1966 - 85
people were arrested for rioting after a Rolling Stones concert in Paris.
1967 - During an appearance by Jimi Hendrix on 'Top
Of The Pops', a technician put on the backing track of Alan Price's 'Simon Smith
and His Amazing Dancing Bear', to which Hendrix responded 'I don't know the words
to this one man.'
1967 - The cover of the Beatles'
"Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was staged and photographed by
Michael Cooper at Chelsea Manor studios.
1973 - "Hommy",
the American version of Tommy opens at Carnegie Hall, New York, stars included
the legendary salsa queen, Celia Cruz
1978 - Four
police cars and a helicopter were required to arrest Clash
rockers Paul Simonon and Nicky Headon in Camden Town, London after they shot down
racing pigeons with air rifles from the roof of Chalk Farm Studios. They were
fined £800 ($1,360).
1978 - U2 won £500
and a chance to audition for CBS Ireland in a talent contest held in Dublin that
was sponsored by Guinness.
1984 - David Gilmour
appeared on the Tyne Tees TV show "The Tube", broadcast live from Newcastle
1989 - For
the first time since grammar school, Gladys
Knight performs without The Pips at Bally's in Las Vegas
- KISS cancelled three concert dates in Russia due to anti-American sentiment
over the U.N. bombing of Yugoslavia.
- Castle music sold to the Sanctuary Music group for £40
million. Castle owned the rights to all The Kinks back catalogue.
2001 - LeAnn Rimes reached an out of court settlement with
her father and her former manager. The country star filed a lawsuit claiming the
pair had stolen £7 million from her.
2007 - A
man was arrested by police and detained under the Mental Health Act after trying
to force his way into Paul McCartneys mansion, screaming: I must get
to him. The middle-aged man burst through security patrols into McCartneys
isolated Sussex estate.
1943 - "Oklahoma!"
by Rodgers and Hammerstein debuted on Broadway. The original title was "Away
1954 - Gee
by Crows, said by many to be first genuine rock-and-roll hit, peaks at No. 6 on
US R&B chart
1958 - Chuck Berry's rock 'n'
roll classic 'Johnny B. Goode' single was released.
1967 - Jimi
Hendrix set fire to his guitar on stage for first time at The Astoria London,
the start of a 24 date UK tour with Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert
1972 - The Beatles Official Fan
1973 - Pink Floyd's Dark Side of
the Moon entered the UK LP chart
1979 - In the
Eurovision Song Contest, UK representatives Black Lace finish 7th.
1980 - EMI Records report twelve months' trading loss of
1982 - The Doobie Brothers
announced their break-up.
1995 - Jimmy Page
escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn
Hills, Michigan. He knifes the two security guards, who intervened. He told police
that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing..
1995 - Selena, the Latin superstar is shot and
killed by her former personal assistant and former president of her fan club,
who had earlier been dismissed for embezzlement.
1998 - The
first Celebration of Female Artists Awards took place at The Grosvenor House in
2002 - French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier
filed a $10 million lawsuit against Eminem and Dr. Dre, claiming that the beat
for "Kill You" was from his instrumental "Pulsion". Loussier
demanded that sales of The Marshall Mathers LP be halted, and any remaining copies
destroyed. A trial date was set for June 2004, and the case was later settled.
2001 - Whitney Houston and husband Bobby Brown were banned
for life from Hollywood's Bel Air hotel after wrecking their room. The suite was
so badly damaged it had to be shut for five days for repairs.
- A new world record for the longest non-stop concert was
set by hundreds of musicians in
the city of Omi, Japan. The performance began on the evening of March 23rd with
musicians aged between 6 and 96 taking turns with over 2,000 tunes being performed
over 182 hours.
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