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 – Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger is arrested for drunk driving after being stopped swerving in Surrey, British Columbia.
2005 – Bob Moog, inventor of his namesake range of synthesizers and one of the most significant figures in the evolution of electronic music, dies at his home in Asheville, N.C. He is 71. A native of N.Y., Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer in late April and had since undergone radiation treatment and chemotherapy. […]
2003 – Barbra Streisand releases her 60th album on Columbia Records. The set finds the chanteuse covering 12 songs made popular in movies from 1935-1988. “The Movie Album” comprises all-new recordings personally selected by Streisand and recorded with a full band and a 75-piece orchestra.
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 […]
2000 – A family emergency forces Sonic Youth’s husband-and-wife tandem Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon to scrap the band’s opening set for Pearl Jam at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md.
1998 – Columbia finally releases Bob Dylan’s historic 1966 “Judas” concert from Manchester, England’s Free Trade Hall as The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall Concert.”
1998 – Bruce Springsteen is in court today – a British court. He’s trying to prevent Masquerade Music from selling a CD called Before the Fame. As the title implies, the album contains recordings made before Bruce signed to Columbia Records. He later wins the case.
1998 – It is announced that after 12 years and six albums, the members of Columbia Records act Toad The Wet Sprocket will go their own ways. Of the split, the band’s singer/guitarist Glen Phillips says, “We came together as kids but have grown in different directions as adults.”
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 – David Bowie launches a six-week tour of North America in Vancouver, British Columbia. The tour hits clubs, ballrooms, and theaters.
1987 – Pink Floyd release A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The comeback album is the band’s first since the departure of Roger Waters and the subsequent lawsuit over the use of the band name. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is Pink Floyd’s 1987 album, the band’s first release after the departure of Roger Waters from […]