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 […]
1976 – Stevie Wonder announces he’s signed a $13 million contract with Motown. He makes good on the deal with commercially triumphant and critically celebrated Songs in the Key of Life shortly afterward.
2005 – A jury rules that Ashanti is guilty of breach of contract and owes producer Genard Parker $630,000. She had promised Parker he could produce two songs on her debut if he released her from an earlier contract, then reneged.
2003 – David Bowie postpones the Atlantic City, N.J start of the North American leg of his A Reality tour after contracting the flu.
2003 – The Rolling Stones are forced to postpone a gig in Benidorm, Spain after 60-year-old Mick Jagger contracts laryngitis.
2003 – Officials at Six Flags in Darien Lakes, N.Y., ban Marilyn Manson’s Ozzfest appearance in August. The amusement park invoked a contract clause that allows them to restrict artists from performing.
2003 – The Doors announce they’ve settled a lawsuit launched by Stewart Copeland. Copeland filed a breach of contract lawsuit after the reunited group replaced him with drummer Ty Dennis.
2003 – Shares in EMI tumble after Robbie Williams’ album Escapology debuts at a disappointing No. 43 in the States. The British music giant signed the solo superstar to a $100 million contract in the hopes he could crack America.
2002 – David Lee Roth sues Van Halen, alleging his old band didn’t include him in a 1996 renegotiation of their contract with Warner Bros. Abuse, Abuse and abuse! Can’t we all just get along!
2001 – Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic file a countersuit against Courtney Love. The case involves the release of material by Nirvana. The suit is in response to an action Love filed earlier that claims Nirvana’s contract with Universal Music Group is void and that all rights pertaining to the band revert to her. What […]
2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]