1996 – Neil Young premieres his album, “Broken Arrow” via the Internet. The album is slated for release on July 2, two days after its technologically advanced premiere.
1996 – Record producer George Martin received a Knighthood, also music promoter Harvey Goldsmith became an MBE and Van Morrison an OBE.
1996 – Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg of their 133-date Slang world tour at The Blossom Music Centre, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
1996 – Burt Bacharach appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London. Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher joined him on-stage for a version of ‘This Guy’s In Love With You.’
1996 – This year’s Olympic torch is carried through Nashville by none other than Billy Ray Cyrus.
1996 – Bryan Adams went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ’18-Till I Die’. Metallica went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Load’.
1996 – Composer Vivian Ellis dies at the age of 92.
1996 – Beck’s fourth full-length album, “Odelay,” is released.
1996 – Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul and Richie Havens all appeared at the two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: A sell-out crowd of over 100,000 made it the largest US benefit concert […]
1996 – Metallica went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their album ‘Load’.
1996 – Musician Helen Sinclair Glatz dies at the age of 88.
1996 – Legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald dies at the age of 79. US jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald died in Beverly Hills, California, aged 79. Already blinded by the effects of diabetes, Fitzgerald had both her legs amputated in 1993. Winner of 13 Grammy Awards, the 1956 ‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook’ was the […]