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 – 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. […]
2002 – Oasis is forced to postpone its remaining two German tour dates when frontman Liam Gallagher sustains injuries to his mouth and teeth in a Munich hotel brawl.
2000 – Ricky Martin and Cher are named most successful international male and female artists, respectively, at the year’s Echo Awards, the German equivalent of the Grammys.
1999 – German schlager artist Rex Gildo dies from injuries he sustained three days earlier when he jumped from the second floor of his Munich flat.
1999 – Marcel Avram, the 61-year-old German concert promoter jailed for three and a half years in December 1997 after being convicted on charges of tax evasion, is unexpectedly freed. He had been in poor health since being incarcerated.
1995 – Michael Jackson premieres his new single “Earth Song” on the German celebrity game show “Wanna Bet?”
1987 – Classical guitarist Andres Segovia dies of a heart attack. Age 94. He receives a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986. In the ceremony he is cited as the most brilliant and influential of all classical guitar players. Andrés Torres Segovia, 1st Marquess of Salobreña (21 February 1893–2 June 1987) was a Spanish classical […]
1980 – Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. The groups third US No.1, it went on to sell over 8 million copies. The Wall is a rock opera presented as a double album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in late 1979. It […]
1979 – Hamburg’s Star Club re-opens. The German venue is best known as one of the early haunts of the Beatles in their pre-stardom days.
1974 – The Carpenters perform at President Nixon’s request at a White House dinner for West German Chancellor Willy Brandt.