2003 – The paperback edition of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s “Journals,” bolstered with 14 pages of new material, including an extended narrative about a semifictional serial killer, is released with a front cover reproduction of Cobain’s red Mead notebook bearing his hand-written caveat, “if you read, you’ll judge.”
1999 – Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the bearded half of ABBA, take to the stage in London, 25 years after the band’s debut at the Eurovision Song Contest for the opening of “Mamma Mia!” the comedy/romance musical set to ABBA’s greatest hits. At the Prince Edward Theatre in London, the duo receives a standing […]
1997 – Bob Dylan releases Time Out of Mind. Critics call it a masterpiece this day in rock history! Time Out of Mind is Bob Dylan’s 30th studio album, released in 1997 by Columbia Records. For fans and critics, the album marked Dylan’s artistic comeback after he struggled with his musical identity throughout the 1980s, […]
1997 – Elvis Week begins in Memphis to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death on August 16. Elvis Week 2008 Event Calendar & Ticket Information Saturday, August 9 – Sunday, August 17 Below is the current Elvis Week 2008 calendar of events along with ticket purchase information for each event. Updates to the […]
1968 – The Beatles release “Hey Jude,” their first single to bear the Apple imprint. The single, backed with “Revolution,” goes to No. 1. In England, today marks the start of National Apple Week, named in honor of the Beatles’ fledgling record label.
1960 – Johnny Preston started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Running Bear’, also No.1 in the UK.
1958 – In today’s issue of Billboard, there’s an article on new hit-makers the Teddy Bears. According to the magazine, “18-year-old Phil Spector, who wrote and arranged their hit ‘To Know Him Is to Love Him,’ is studying to be a court reporter.”
1957 – Elvis Presley records “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear,” his 17th top 40 hit and 8th No. 1.
1956 – Little Richard’s “Tutti-Frutti” crosses over from the R&B to the pop chart, rising to #17. Elvis Presley performs “Tutti-Frutti” twice on national TV in February. “Tutti Frutti” is a song by Little Richard, which became his first hit record in 1955. With its opening cry of “Womp-bomp-a-loom-op-a-womp-bam-boom!” (supposedly intended to be a verbal […]
1955 – Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) is born in London. His biggest hit is the top 20 song “Veronica” in 1989, which he writes with Paul McCartney. Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus 25 August 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, with Irish ancestry. Costello came to prominence as an early participant in London’s […]
1947 – Marc Bolan (Marc Feld) of T. Rex is born in London. Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld; 30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977), was an English singer, songwriter and guitarist whose hit singles, fashion sensibilities and stage presence with T.Rex in the early 1970s helped cultivate the glam rock era and made him […]
1947 – Keith Moon of the Who is born in Wembley, England. He dies on Sept. 7, 1978 at age 32, from an overdose of the sedative Heminevrin. Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. He gained notoriety for exuberant drumming and his […]