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 […]
1975 – Mick Jagger announces that guitarist-singer Ron Wood will assist the Rolling Stones on their forthcoming tour of North and South America.
2008 – Grammys still on. While the writers’ strike put a damper on the Golden Globes, the Writers Guild of America announced Tuesday (January 22) that the striking union will not protest the upcoming Grammy Awards, as had been expected. The unresolved writers’ strike already resulted in a scaled-back Golden Globes and was looming over […]
2006 – Milking the publicity for all its worth, Madonna tells NBC’s Dateline that she thinks all the hoopla around her adoption of a Malawian infant is “racist.” “A lot of people have a problem with the fact that I’ve adopted an African child,” she says. Outside, it’s America.
2005 – British pop group Busted confirm they are splitting. The trio was the subject of an MTV series chronicling their failed attempt to break America with the single “What I Went to School For.”
2004 – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder plays a surprise five-song solo set at Seattle’s Showbox club, as part of a benefit concert that raised approximately $16,000 for the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
2004 – James Lawrence, guitarist with Hope of the States, is found hanged at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios near Bath, where the UK art rockers were finishing work on their debut album. He was 26. HOPE OF the States, for whom James Lawrence played guitar, was one of a new generation of British bands […]
2003 – The RIAA certifies AC/DC’s Back In Black as the world’s second-best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Back in black I hit the sack It’s been too long I’m glad to be back Yes, I’m let loose From the noose That’s kept me hanging around I’ve been looking at the sky […]
2003 – In an interview with CNN’s Tucker Carlson, a gum-chewing Britney Spears says she wouldn’t kiss another woman unless it was Madonna, and that “we should just trust our president in every decision that he makes.” God bless America.
2003 – A black out hits the North East of America. Among those cancelling shows as a result are KISS and Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Tori Amos.
2003 – Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck, America’s hottest couple, are interviewed by NBC’s Dateline. When asked if they actually realize how famous they are, Lopez replied, “We don’t sit around here and think about that.”
2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]