FEATURED: Yaayo Gak! 1960 – Steve Vai: Widdlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddly-SCREECH! Yes, it’s happy birthday to Steve Vai, born today in Long Island, N.Y. this day in rock Guitar God History! Steven “Steve” Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. After starting his professional […]
2006 – Pearl Jam plays a secret show outdoors at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, as part of the opening festivities for the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational surfing competition. Surf’s up!
2004 – Sir Elton John calls American Idol voters “incredibly racist” after black singer Jennifer Hudson is knocked out of the competition.
2004 – “American Idol” semi-finalist Donnie Williams is arrested in Danville, Calif. for DUI, forcing producers of the latest competition to pull him from the show.
2000 – The Secure Digital Music Initiative announces that two of its proposed technologies did not survive being attacked as part of the “Hack SDMI” challenge. The competition invited all comers to attempt removal of copyright protection from particular files, based on a specific set of criteria.
1986 – After Lisa Barber wins an MTV competition, Prince’s film Under the Cherry Moon receives its world premiere in her hometown of Sheridan, Wyo. Prince also performs a few songs for Barber and 200 of her new best friends.
1967 – The Jackson 5 win an amateur-night competition at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre.
1963 – Beatles: Lunch with the winners (Karen, Anne, Vicky, Susan) of competition in the teen magazine ‘Boyfriend’ at the restaurant Old Vienna. Studio 2. 2.30-5.30pm, 7.00-10.00pm. Recording: ‘The Beatles’ Christmas Record’ (unnumbered takes); ‘You Really Got A Hold On Me’ (take 12); ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ (takes 1-17); ‘This Boy’ (takes 1-17). […]
1952 – On American TV tonight, a nationwide audience watches as an 8-year-old Gladys Knight wins the talent competition on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour. Knight takes home $2,000 and a gold cup.
1947 – David Bowie (David Robert Jones) is born in London. He first records with the King Bees, Lower Third and the Mannish Boys in 1963 before going solo. His two No. 1 songs are “Fame” and “Let’s Dance.” David Bowie (IPA: Although he released an album and numerous singles earlier, David Bowie first caught […]
1941 – Operatic powerhouse Placido Domingo is born in Madrid. Mustv’e influenced Jeff Tate from Queensryche José Plácido Domingo Embil KBE (born 21 January 1941), He is also admired for his acting ability, his musicality and musical intellect, and the number and variety of opera roles that he has mastered. In addition to his singing […]
1935 – Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) is born in Macon, Ga., the son of a minister. He has 14 top 10 hits on Chart Toppers’s R&B singles chart. His biggest pop hit is “Long Tall Sally,” a No. 6 song in 1956. Rev. Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), better known by the […]