2005 – The Salvation Army close Strawberry Field, a Liverpool children’s home which inspired the Beatles’ song, “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
2001 – Jazz tenor saxophonist Harold Land dies in Los Angeles after a stroke. He is 73. Land gained prominence in 1954 when he joined a quintet led by trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach. For many performers, working with a string section is a long-held dream. The lush backdrop warmly supports an instrumentalist […]
2001 – James Myers, whose 2-minute, 8-second tune “Rock Around the Clock” is considered the granddaddy of all rock’n’roll songs, dies of leukemia. He is 81. Myers wrote the song with Max Freedman in 1953. 1919-2001 JAMES E. MYERS a.k.a. JIMMY DeKNIGHT Posted May 11th – From the Associated Press: Songwriter James Myers dies; co-wrote […]
1999 – Goo Goo Dolls narrowly avoid serious injury when the military plane they are aboard skids off the runway at a U.S. Naval Air Station in Sicily, Italy. The group is on its way back from Bosnia, where they had just performed for soldiers at Tuzla army base. The plane attempts two landing approaches […]
1998 – Mariah Carey uses her celebrity status to try to help police find a missing 13-yearold girl. The Grammy award-winning singer joins the family of Christina Williams at a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel to tape a public service announcement about the girl who disappeared a month earlier while walking her dog. Carey volunteered her […]
1997 – Reba McEntire joins the Dallas Cowboys at the team’s Thanksgiving Day Game to benefit the Salvation Army. McEntire debuts her single “What If” for the annual fundraising drive. Proceeds from the song’s release go to the Salvation Army.
1990 – Bob Dylan plays the U.S. Army academy West Point in upstate New York, breaking out his old chestnut “Masters of War.” Hey, we didn’t book him.
1984 – Madonna releases her sophomore album, “Like A Virgin.” It becomes the Material Girl’s biggest album. The title track spends six weeks at No. 1 on Chart Toppers singles chart and spawns the top 5 singles “Material Girl,” “Angel” and “Dress You Up.” It also launches an army of lingerie-clad pre-teen Madonna wannabes.
1970 – Jimi Hendrix is found dead from barbiturate overdose. The Jimi Hendrix Experience is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and Hendrix is posthumously voted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992. Jimi Hendrix Jimi HendrixAKA Johnny Allen Hendrix Born: 27-Nov-1942 Birthplace: Seattle, WA Died: 18-Sep-1970 Location of death: […]
1967 – As the Beatles continue to record “A Day in the Life,” they’re visited in the studio by Pattie Harrison, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith, and Donovan. The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of ‘A Day in the Life’. At the Beatles’ request, the orchestra members […]
1967 – Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys refuses to be sworn in after receiving a U.S. Army draft notice, saying he is a conscientious objector.
1966 – UK music press announces there’ll be no new Beatles film for the time being. Producer Walter Shenson says, ‘We’ve turned down everything from The Beatles in the Army to The Beatles Meet Elvis’.