THIS DAY :-
1941 - The first FM Radio station opened in Nashville,
1958 - Buddy Holly
and the Crickets began their only UK tour, starting
in London, a twice- nightly package with Des O'Connor, Gary Miller,
The Tanner Sisters and Ronnie Keene and his Orchestra.
1966 - Gene Clark of The Byrds announced
he was leaving the group due to his fear of flying.
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
1968 - Elton John's first single 'I've
Been Loving You Too Long' was released on the Phillips label, but it
1968 - Johnny Cash and June Carter were
1969 - 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.
1973 - Pink Floyd releases The Dark Side
of the Moon, which goes on to become one of the best-selling albums
of all time.
1974 - 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..
1982 - Jimmy Page releases his first solo
LP/album, the soundtrack music for film "Deathwish 2".
1986 - 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.
1991 - "The Doors" movie debuted.
Val Kilmer played the role of Jim Morrison.
1994 - Nirvana played their final ever
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.'
1995 - Bruce Springsteen's Streets of Philadelphia
won three Grammys for Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance
and Best Rock Song.
1995 - R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry has a
brain aneurysm during a concert in Switzerland, and has to to leave
1997 - A Motley Crue fan, Clifford
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.
1997 - '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.
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.
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,
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,
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
possession when a
policeman stopped a Lincoln Continental after running a red light in
and detected a smell of marijuana, on searching the car found eight
ounces of the drug.
Paul was driving the car.
1979 - 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 Pepsi Cola.
1991 - 'All
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, N.Y.
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.
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 schools.
1966 - Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay
formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles.
1969 - Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC
Radio 1 'Top Gear' session.
1973 - 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.
1975 - Linda McCartney was arrested for
personal possession of marijuana. Paul was driving the vehicle at the
time of the incident but was not charged.
While in Italy,
Kurt Cobain of Nirvana lapsed into a coma after
taking a combination of Valium and champagne.
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
1995 - Bill
drummer, underwent surgery to halt bleeding from a brain aneurysm.
1999 - 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.
2003 - Penguin Group announced that Madonna
had written five illustrated story books for readers aged 6 and above.
Publication was scheduled to begin in September 2003.
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.
1966 - 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 apologised.
1967 - Steve Winwood and his brother Muff
announced that they
were leaving the Spencer Davis Group after their April 2 show.
1970 - Janis Joplin was fined $200 for
using obscene language onstage in Tampa, FL.
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.
1979 - 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.
2003 - 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'.
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, CA.
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 to Hendrix.
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 University.
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.
2002 - 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".
1965 - 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
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 murders.
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.
1975 - Two golds are won .. Led Zeppelin win a
gold record for 'Physical Graffiti'
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.
1989 - 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 nose.
1999 - George Jones was severely injured in a
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.
1917 - 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 One Step.
- 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.
1958 - The first US DJ convention was held in
Kansas. Broadcasters voted against Top 40 formatting recently adopted
by American stations.
- 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 - During a Rolling Stones gig
at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, a teenage fan fell from the circle,
the crowd below broke her fall.
1967 - Sandra Dee received a divorce from
took Lee Marvin to the No.1 spot in the UK singles chart, a song he
sang in the film 'Paint Your Wagon.'
1973 - CBS records hold a concert at Max's
Kansas City in New York to celebrate the signing of Bruce Springsteen,
boss John Hammond suffered a heart attack.
1976 - Elton John was immortalised in wax
and put on display in London's Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.
1987 - The Beastie Boys became the first
rap act to have a No.1 album in the US with their debut album, 'Licensed
1991 - Rolling Stone magazine readers
George Michael the best male singer and sexiest male artist.
2000 - Oasis
singer Liam Gallagher won the Best Dressed Man Award from fashion magazine
2002 - Former Visage singer Steve Stange was
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.
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.
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
1963 - The Four Tops get a $400 advance to sign
with Motown, but spend the rest of the year singing backup for other
1965 - 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.'
1966 - Lulu became the first British female
singer to appear behind the Iron curtain, when she toured Poland with
1968 - Promoter
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
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.
1971 - WPAX Hanoi goes on the air for the
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
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
- 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,
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 &
the subject of an unprovoked attack by an unknown assailant who then
fled the scene.
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 McGovern.
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.
1976 - 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 tour.
2011: Phil Collins he is retiring... quote: "So
I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis".
1940 - "I Pagliacci" by Ruggiero Leoncavallo
became the first opera to be broadcast on television.
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
1995 - Stone Roses' former
Gareth Evans' £10 m lawsuit with the band was settled out of court
over alleged wrongful dismissal, for an undisclosed sum.
2000 - 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 Manhattan.
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
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 harmonica player.
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.
1966 - Wilson Pickett performs at the Flamingo
Club in London
1969 - 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 Heights".
1982 - Jimmy Sohns of the Shadows of Knight
is arrested for dealing cocaine.
1991 - 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 Cocker, Pulp
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
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.
2006 . . 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 "Deep
- 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.
1974 - 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
would be guilty of truancy.
1996 - Her boots were made for walking .. Nancy
Sinatra gives her famous white boots, to the Beverly Hills Hard Rock
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).
1965 - Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds, dissatisfied
with the group's
'too commercial' direction.
1975 -Tammy 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 game.
- 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.
1988 - 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.
2006 - 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 their induction.
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 Washington,
1960 - Sam Cooke began his first tour of the West
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.
1972 - "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
1973 - 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.
1981 - 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.
2006 - 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 pedophilia charges.
1956 - Colonel Tom Parker officially became Elvis
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
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.
1972 - 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,
- Bette Midler bailed seven members of her entourage out of jail.
They were arrested on cocaine and marijuana possession charges.
1982 - After a long wait, Bob Dylan is
at last inducted into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, which was formed
1989 - The Rolling Stones signed a 70m
dollar contract; to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest
contract in rock history.
1998 - The Tokyo area phone system went
down due to high activity attributable to people trying to reserve tickets
for an upcoming Glay concert.
1999 - 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.
1942 - 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.
1964 - 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
1971 - Simon
and Garfunkel win
Three Grammy Awards; "Record of the Year"; "Song of the
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
2002 . . Liza Minnelli
takes her fourth trip down the aisle when she marries her producer boyfriend
1950 - WDIA Memphis becomes the first on-air black
station in the southern states
1962 - 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" and "Words."
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.
1997 - 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
1902 - Enrico Caruso recorded 10 arias for the
Gramophone Company. He was the first well-known performer to make a
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
1967 - 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
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.
1958 - 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'
1974 - 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,
a necklace that used to belong to Liz Taylor
among other things and had thrown milk and Ribena fruit drink on the
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
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.
1977 - 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
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.
1973 - The BBC banned all teenybopper acts
appearing on UK TV show, 'Top Of The Pops' after a riot following a
David Cassidy performance.
1976 - 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.
1987 - 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 years.
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.
1965 - 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,
1975 - 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
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 28.
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.
1972 - 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!
1985 - Former
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
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
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 tour
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 pirate recordings.
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
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
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 teeth.
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.
1985 - 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
1995 - Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder
was rescued after a riptide carried him 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.
2000 - 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 1995.
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 Barbara Streisand.
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.
1995 - 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
1950 - Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner, writer
the song "Misty", became
one of the first jazz instrumentalists to give a solo concert.
1965 - 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
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 L.A.
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.
1998 - Construction work began on Alice Cooper's
new Coopers'town Restaurant in Phoenix, AZ.
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
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
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 on bail.
1979 - Eric Clapton
Patti "Layla" Boyd, (George Harrison's ex-wife), while in
1982 - David Crosby was arrested
in Los Angeles,
driving under the influence of cocaine,
possession of quaaludes and drug paraphernalia, and carrying a concealed
1986 - More than 6,000 radio stations of all format
varieties played "We are the World" simultaneously at 10:15
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
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
1966 - 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.
1969 - 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 the police'.
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
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
2005 - 59
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).
1957 - 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 singles chart.
1962 - The film "It's Trad, Dad!" starring
Craig Douglas and Helen Shapiro is released in cinemas around the UK.
1963 - Leslie Gore first appeared on ABC's "American
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 upon-Tyne,
1989 - For
the first time since grammar school, Gladys
Knight performs without The Pips at Bally's in Las Vegas
1999 - KISS cancelled three concert dates
in Russia due to anti-American sentiment over the U.N. bombing of Yugoslavia.
2000 - 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 We Go".
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 Humberdinck.
1972 - The Beatles Official Fan Club closed.
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 £2,800,000.
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 London.
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
2007 - 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.
2008 - theJazz radio station stops broadcasting.
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