1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
2006 – Alternative rock act Mew and veterans TV-2 each grab four trophies at the 18th annual Danish Music Awards, held at Copenhagen’s KB Hall.
2004 – The Pixies unleash a 27-song set at Minneapolis’ Fine Line Music Cafe in what is the pioneering alternative rock act’s first show in 12 years.
2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]
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 […]
1997 – Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, original guitarist for Canned Heat, is found dead in his hotel room in France. The cause of Deaths is undetermined. Henry Charles Vestine (December 25, 1944 – October 20, 1997) a.k.a. “The Sunflower”, was an American guitar player known mainly as a member of the band Canned Heat. He […]
1993 – US alternative group The Pixies announced that they had split. (They re-formed in 2004).
1992 – “Sex,” a book of erotic photographs of Madonna, is released. Sex is a highly-designed coffee table book written by Madonna with photographs by Steven Meisel and film frames taken from film shot by Fabien Baron. Sex was released on October 21, 1992 by Warner Books. The book was released by Madonna as an […]
1978 – Billy Joel scores debut UK hit with Just the Way You Are. No. 1 Chart Topper. “Just the Way You Are” is a love song from Billy Joel’s 1977 pop rock album, The Stranger. It was written as a birthday gift to Joel’s first wife Elizabeth Weber. After they divorced, Joel said that […]
1975 – Led Zeppelin play “Kashmir” live for the first time during a gig at the Ahoy in Rotterdam. “Kashmir” is considered to be one of Led Zeppelin’s most successful songs, and all four band members agreed that this was one of their best musical achievements. John Paul Jones suggested that it showcases all of […]
1970 – Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist known by the stage name Beck. With his pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and postmodern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics and […]
1956 – Joseph “Satch” Satriani (born July 15, 1956 in Westbury, New York, U.S.) is an American guitarist and former guitar instructor. He is heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. He also has a signature series amplifier, the Peavey JSX. In 1988, Satriani was recruited by the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger […]