2012-1980 – John Lennon is shot to Deaths outside of his New York City home by Mark David Chapman. His biggest hit is “(Just Like) Starting Over,” which was released the month before his Deaths and becomes a million-selling No. 1 song. As part of the Beatles he is inducted into the Rock and Roll […]
2008 – Waters Announces Final Dark Side Tour… Roger Waters will perform his last two performances of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The moon’ in the UK later this Spring. As with similar performances which have taken place across the world, Waters will play the album in its entirety, as well as playing a mixture […]
2007 – Stu Sweatman begins prototyping the idea for “THIS DAY IN ROCK” website, where you can find many facts about musicians and what happend on a given day in history! He joined forces with John Myer’s to create the information base you see. Although the site contains facts from all genres, we tried to […]
2006 – CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering Patti Smith and The Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself. Blondie and Talking Heads also found fame after performing at the club, which helped launch US punk music. The venue first opened in December 1973, its full name CBGB OMFUG […]
2006 – Madonna makes her festival debut at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., performing six songs in front of one of the largest crowds ever to witness an artist at the event.
2004 – The L.A. recording studios of Ray Charles _ RPM International _ are designated as a historic landmark at a public ceremony. “Thank you all from my heart,” Charles tells the audience gathered at the studios.
2003 – Rockabilly singer/guitarist Ronnie Dawson dies at his East Dallas home after a yearlong fight with throat cancer. He is 64. Ronald F. “Ronnie” Dawson (born August 11, 1939 in Dallas, Texas — September 23, 2003, Dallas) was an American rockabilly musician, although he was more popular in the United Kingdom than the United […]
2000 – it was announced that after 74 years the UK rock weekly Melody Maker was to close down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.
2000 – DirecTV broadcasts the 1939 film “The Wizard Of Oz,” with Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” in sync on the alternate Second Audio Program (SAP). While no one involved with Pink Floyd has ever admitted to any link between the bands seminal 1973 album and the classic film, urban legend purports that […]
1999 – Van Halen Box: 1986-1993 is released this day in rock. Release date: 1999-03-16 Track List: * 1. Good Enough * 2. Why Can’t This Be Love?… * 3. Get Up * 4. Dreams * 5. Summer Nights * 6. Best of Both Worlds * 7. Love Walks In * 8. 5150 * 9. […]
1999 – The original lineup of ’80s chart regulars Madness enter a London studio to start recording their first new album since 1984’s “Keep Moving.” Among the group’s more well-known singles from the ’80s are “One Step Beyond…,” “Our House,” and “It Must Be Love.”
1998 – Bruce Springsteen is in court today – a British court. He’s trying to prevent Masquerade Music from selling a CD called Before the Fame. As the title implies, the album contains recordings made before Bruce signed to Columbia Records. He later wins the case.