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 […]
2001 – James Taylor ties the knot with longtime girlfriend Caroline “Kim” Smedvig. The two marry at a Boston church during a small ceremony attended by about 50 family and friends. Smedvig, an executive with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, is given away by John Williams, the Hollywood film composer and Boston Pops conductor laureate. Andre […]
2000 – announces details of its planned 24-date “Back To Basics” tour. Kicking off July 4 and ending Aug. 6, the tour _ with rappers Cypress Hill in tow _ is to play multiple night stands in 3-5,000-capacity venues in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.
1999 – Trisha Yearwood is the featured performer for the Boston Pops’ annual Independence Day concert, Pops Goes the 4th.
1997 – Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine, original guitarist for Canned Heat, is found dead in his hotel room in France. The cause of Deaths is undetermined. Henry Charles Vestine (December 25, 1944 – October 20, 1997) a.k.a. “The Sunflower”, was an American guitar player known mainly as a member of the band Canned Heat. He […]
1996 – Tim Collins, manager of Aerosmith since 1984, is fired after a brief meeting with the band in Boston. The band claims that they are tired of being urged to represent Collins’ many social causes.
1994 – Singers Sting and Nancy Wilson receive honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. The former lead singer of the Police called music a priceless gift and told graduates it has the power to heal souls. His diploma was inscribed with his real name: Gordon Sumner.
1992 – Bonnie Raitt receives an honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music during commencement ceremonies in Boston. The principal speaker at the commencement is Capitol Records boss Joe Smith.
1987 – Boston appear at the 10th annual Texas Jam for their first live performance in eight years.
1981 – The inmates of Norfolk Correctional Center outside of Boston are treated to a Christmas concert by the J. Geils Band. Peter Wolf tells the cons, “We wanna be the first to buy you all a free drink on the outside.”
1978 – Boston plays in the city of Boston for the first time, a sold-out show at the Boston Garden.