2000 – Mounds of pending litigation against it notwithstanding, embattled music fileswapping service Napster continues to expand with the release of a Macintosh-friendly version available for download. The new Mac version comes complete with exclusive features such as file search logs, “drag and drop” capability, and a color scheme that matches the hues on Apple’s […]
1999 – To promote Apple/EMI’s Sept. 14 release of the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” album, a Eurostar cross-Channel train custom-designed with artwork from the animated film leaves London’s Waterloo Station at 11:57 a.m. GMT for Paris.
1999 – Eric Clapton parts with 100 of his guitars and generates over $5 million for his Crossroads Centre at Antigua, and alcohol and drug-dependency treatment center in the West Indies. Among the stringed beauties auctioned off is “Brownie,” a 1956 sunburst Fender upon which he recorded his hit “Layla”; the instrument goes for a […]
1998 – Acclaimed cowboy singer and actor Roy Rogers, 86, dies in his sleep at his home in the desert community of Apple Valley, Calif. The “King of the Cowboys” had been ill with congestive heart failure for some time.
1997 – One of the few bright notes on the summer’s commercially disappointing festival slate, the Lilith Fair, has its last show. The one-of-a-kind all-female slate includes Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Fiona Apple, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman and others.
1994 – The historic Fillmore club reopens in San Francisco. The opening acts include Smashing Pumpkins, Ry Cooder & David Lindley and American Music Club. The Fillmore (also known as Fillmore Auditorium, or in error as Fillmore West) is a historic music venue in San Francisco, California made famous by Bill Graham. Named for its […]
1986 – The producers of Broadway’s Beatlemania are ordered to pay $10 million to the Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. because the show is deemed too much like the Beatles. Beatlemania was a Broadway musical revue focused on the life and music of The Beatles. Advertised as “Not the Beatles, But an Incredible Simulation,” it ran […]
1982 – The three day US Festival in San Bernardino, California, was held in 1982. Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, The Police, The Cars, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Eddie Money, Talking Heads, Tom Petty and others performed at the event organized by Apple Computers. It was attended by over 400000 people, and even though $10 million […]
1982 – The three-day US Festival, sponsored by Apple Computer’s Steve Wozniak, kicks off today in San Bernardino, Calif. Among those performing are Fleetwood Mac, the Police, Talking Heads, Pat Benatar, and perhaps most unusually, Marxist punks Gang of Four. Some 400,000 people are treated to songs like “Capital (It Fails Us Now).”
1971 – At San Francisco’s Winterland Auditorium, 36 Deadheads have to be treated for hallucinations after ingesting apple drink at the venue. Not surprisingly, the drink was spiked with LSD.
1970 – The Let It Be album was released in 1970. Paul McCartney had also just put his first solo album out on Apple Records. Let It Be was the last album of original studio material released by The Fab Four, although it was recorded before Abbey Road. Unfortunately, Phil Spector re-produced the tracks, adding […]
1969 – The Beatles, with Billy Preston on organ, perform four songs on a London on Saville Road rooftop for the film “Let It Be.” Billy wrote and performed the Rhodes solo on “Get Back”. The set is halted after 42 minutes because an accountant at the nearby Royal Bank of Scotland complains about the […]