1996 – Paul McCartney is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
1996 – Famed French singer and songwriter Mireille dies at the age of 90 after a lengthy illness.
1996 – Tony Bennett is rushed to a hospital for an emergency operation for an erupted hernia. Bennett is just arriving at the White House for a holiday dinner with President and Mrs. Clinton when he falls ill.
1996 – Two of Charlie Daniels’ band members show real dedication to the road by scheduling outpatient surgical procedures to coincide with a procedure Daniels is having. Bass player Charlie Hayward (tonsillectomy) and drummer Jack Gavin (shoulder surgery), wanting to avoid missed concert dates, join Daniels (realignment of both knees) on the same day, in […]
1996 – Irish singer, Ruby Murray, who had five hit records in the top 20 in the ’50s, dies.
1996 – At a press conference, Celine Dion admits that a hectic recording and touring schedule has kept her from her ultimate goal of becoming a mother. The Canadian diva says she will take a break and concentrate on starting a family with her husband and manager Rene Angelil.
1996 – Reggae vocalist Garnett Silk dies when a gas tank explodes during his shooting practice session with a friend. Two of Silk’s brothers are also badly burnt.
1996 – Alanis Morissette makes the final stop of her highly successful 1996 tour at Richardson Field in Honolulu. After her last song, the diminutive singer decides to celebrate the end of the tour by throwing whipped cream pies at her four band members.
1996 – Jerry Maguire opens in the theatres. This romantic saga of the lives and loves of a sports agent played by Tom Cruise is directed by former music journalist Cameron Crowe and features celeb pals like the Eagles’ Glenn Frey.
1996 – Country star Clint Black gets a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. He joins Garth Brooks, Gene Autry and his pal and debut partner Roy Rogers as the only country artists ever to receive stars in the venerable Tinsel Town thoroughfare.
1996 – “MTV’s Unplugged” presents George Michael… but with some plugs. Taped in London in October, Michael performs songs from all three of his solo albums on this day in rock history!
1996 – Johnny Marr and Morrissey were left with a £300,000 legal bill after loosing a case over unpaid royalties with former Smiths members Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce.