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 […]
2005 – Dashboard Confessional donates proceeds from its Toronto show to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
2005 – Onstage in Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen takes a stand against hunger by donating all of the proceeds from a tour rehearsal show to World Hunger Year (WHY), which was co-founded in 1975 by late singer/songwriter Harry Chapin and Bill Ayres.
2004 – American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken donates $20,000 to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and performs during halftime at a men’s basketball game there.
2003 – Madonna donates 100,000 copies of her children’s book Mr. Peabody’s Apple to schoolteachers across the U.S.
2003 – Santana wraps up his Supernatural tour and donates $2 million to help conquer the AIDS crisis in South Africa.
2000 – Trisha Yearwood donates a Starlight Fun Center to Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital. The mobile entertainment center includes a TV monitor, VCR and Nintendo 64 game unit, and can be rolled up next to a child’s bed.
2000 – To launch Creed singer Scott Stapp’s With Arms Wide Open Foundation, the band and Wind-Up Records release a limited edition single of Creed’s hit song “With Arms Wide Open.” A donation of $3 from the sale of each single, which is limited to 65,000 copies, goes directly to With Arms Wide Open.
1999 – The family of late steel guitar great Shot Jackson donates his signature black Dobro guitar to the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dobro is a trade name now owned by Gibson Guitar Corporation and used for a particular design of resonator guitar. 1928 Dobro style 37 tenor guitar from Lowell Levinger’s collection 1928 […]
1999 – Babyface is honored by the state of Indiana, which renames a 25-mile stretch of federal highway (Interstate Route 65) as “Kenneth Babyface Edmonds Highway.” In conjunction with the honor, the Indianapolis native donates $50,000 to establish VH1’s Save The Music campaign in the state.
1999 – Eric Clapton parts with 100 of his guitars and generates over $5 million for his Crossroads Centre at Antigua, and alcohol and drug-dependency treatment center in the West Indies. Among the stringed beauties auctioned off is “Brownie,” a 1956 sunburst Fender upon which he recorded his hit “Layla”; the instrument goes for a […]