1955 – Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is born in Chicago. Michael Anthony Sobolewski (born June 20, 1954) is an American musician. He is best known as the former bassist and a founding member of the hard rock band Van Halen. Anthony joined the band in 1974 and was their official recording and performing bassist […]
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 […]
2008 – Alton Kelley, one of the founding members of the ’60s San Francisco rock scene, died Sunday June 1st, 2008 at his home in Petaluma after a long illness. He was 67. Mr. Kelley will be remembered as the creator (with his artistic partner, Stanley Mouse) of hundreds of classic psychedelic rock posters, such […]
2005 – Pink Floyd, the Kinks and the Eurythmics are among the honorees inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. The second annual show, which takes place in a ceremony at London’s Alexandra Palace, features some momentous reunions, including the gathering of the original Kinks and a performance by the classic line-up of Black […]
2005 – Madonna tops the U.K. singles chart with “Hung Up.” The No. 1 album in Britain is Ancora, by classical music heart-throbs Il Divo.
2005 – Playing with its classic lineup for the first time in more than 20 years, Pink Floyd dazzles the crowd of approximately 200,000 people at the London edition of Live 8. The group performs “Breathe,” “Money,” “Wish You Were Here” and “Comfortably Numb.”
2004 – Actor William Shatner’s infamous 1968 album “The Transformed Man,” which finds the venerable Capt. Kirk reading poetry over ultra-serious musical accompaniment and covering such contemporary classics as Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” is reissued by Geffen.
2004 – Legendary rap duo Eric B & Rakim sue Russell Simmons and Def Jam Records, alleging they were never paid royalties from their classic 1987 LP, Paid in Full.
2003 – Making a clear indication that nothing is beneath them, Aerosmith perform the Hank Williams Jr. classic theme song “Are You Ready For Some Football?” live on Monday Night Football.
2002 – Radiohead treats fans to a Webcast featuring songs from the group’s forthcoming, as-yet-untitled sixth Capitol album. Frontman Thom Yorke and bassist Colin Greenwood host the session, in which the band DJs and plays three new songs plus a cover of Dick Smith and Felix Bernard’s yuletide classic “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.
2002 – Fifteen years after his Death, the remains of master classical guitarist Andres Segovia are exhumed from a cemetery in Madrid and brought back to his hometown of Linares, Spain to be re-interred in accordance with his final wishes.
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 […]