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 […]
2004 – The third time is the charm for Rod Stewart, who with his third collection of standards sits at No. 1 on The Chart Toppers 200 for the first time in more than 25 years. The artist’s J Records release, “Stardust…The Great American Songbook, Vol. 3,” opened with first-week sales of 240,000 copies in […]
2003 – He’s gay. He’s bald. He was blonde. And now Rob Halford announces he’s dusting off the leather pants to rejoin Judas Priest for a new album and tour – their first together in 13 years.
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 […]
1990 – Leaving us in no doubt that grunge had better hurry up and take over, blond twins Nelson top the charts with “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.”
Tim Curry in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” 1973 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Tim Curry, opens at a London theater,. Also, making his first time ever appearance is Meatloaf. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy film that parodies science fiction and horror films. With a screenplay written by […]
1967 – Bob Dylan releases his long-awaited follow-up to Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding. Rolling Stone declares, “Without a doubt this is another major musical step for Bob Dylan. The predominance of country blues, white and black, from Hank Williams to Leadbelly is unprecedented in the new electric music.”
1965 – Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde LP released in the US.
1909 – Leo Fender, founder of Fender Guitars, is born. Clarence Leonidas Fender (August 10, 1909 – March 21, 1991), also known as Leo Fender, was an American inventor who founded Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, now known as Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, and later founded MusicMan and G&L Musical Products (G&L Guitars). His guitar, […]