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 – Gospel singer Helen Berhane is released after spending two years in a metal shipping container. Berhane was arrested and put into detention in Eritrea for belonging to the banned Rema Church. Helen Berhane (born c. 1975) is a Christian Gospel singer who was a prisoner in Eritrea. Berhane is a member of the […]
2004 – UK R&B singer Jamelia and Kanye West each win three awards at the Music of Black Origin Awards in London. A protest is held outside the venue in support of Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, who were banned from the awards for their homophobic lyrics.
2004 – as the third season of American Idol was aired on US TV a memo was leaked showing a list of songs banned from being performed at this year’s auditions that included, Elton John’s ‘Candle In The Wind’ and ‘Fallin’ by Alicia Keys. Also all songs by Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, No Doubt, R. […]
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 – Officials at Six Flags in Darien Lakes, N.Y., ban Marilyn Manson’s Ozzfest appearance in August. The amusement park invoked a contract clause that allows them to restrict artists from performing.
2003 – Veteran pop artist Joe Jackson comes out against New York’s ban on smoking in public places. In an Op/Ed piece in the New York Times titled “Want to Smoke? Go to Hamburg,” the U.K. born, New York City resident says, “Smokers are being demonized and victimized all out of proportion,” and suggests that […]
2001 – Insisting the imagery the band uses _ specifically its skeleton mascot “Vic Rattlehead” _ is unsuitable for the nation’s youth, Malaysian authorities ban veteran metal act Megadeth from performing in the country. The band planned to perform Aug. 2 at the Warp Club in the country’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur, in support of […]
2000 – Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks reform as Genesis for a one-off performance at the London Hilton during the British Music Roll of Honour gala, organized by the Music Managers Forum. The act’s manager, Tony Smith receives the Peter Grant Award for outstanding achievement at the event.
2000 – The MP3-swapping Web site Napster bans 317,377 users from using their very popular file-sharing site. The list is determined by Metallica’s allegations that the users have pirated the metal giant’s recordings.
2000 – tourism chiefs in Liverpool were banned from putting up motorway signs saying ‘Liverpool, the Birthplace Of The Beatles’, because the Highways Agency thought the signs would distract motorists.
1998 – A federal judge in St. Louis rules that the Fort Zumwalt High School marching band will not be allowed to play Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” in its ’60s medley. The song had been banned by the high school superintendent on the grounds it promoted drug use. Come to think of it, a brass-heavy […]