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 […]
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 […]
2008 – Heath Ledger dies from suspected drug use. Reported by MTV news. Appearing at a news conference at the Venice Film Festival in September to promote the Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There,” Heath Ledger, who died on Tuesday, spoke of his “obsession with an artist by the name of Nick Drake,” an English-born […]
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. […]
2005 – With four awards, pop artist M is the big winner at the 20th edition of France’s Victoires de la Musique, held at the Zenith concert hall in Paris. The Delabel/EMI-signed artist wins the categories for best male, album for “Qui De Nous Deux”, performance and DVD.
2004 – The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry report that global music sales fell 7.6 percent over the last year. They blame the slump on piracy, poor economic performance, and the rise in DVD and video game sales.
2003 – “Coldplay Live 2003,” a forthcoming DVD release from Coldplay, receives big screen premieres across the U.S. Coldplay’s Chris Martin is among the celebs in attendance as Oklahoma weirdos the Flaming Lips play their biggest show EVER at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
2003 – Coldplay perform the second show of a two-night stand in Sydney, Australia. The gigs are later released as their live CD/DVD.
2003 – Coldplay perform the first of a two-night stand in Sydney, Australia. The shows are later released as their live CD/DVD.
2002 – Lonnie Donegan, known as the “king of skiffle’ dies in his sleep in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He is 71. Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is […]
2001 – “Touring Band 2000,” the first full-length DVD featuring Pearl Jam, is released. The three-hour disc features 28 live songs filmed in various cities during the band’s 2000 U.S. tour.
2000 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers film their show in Portland, Ore., tonight for inclusion on a DVD.