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 […]
2008 – CHICAGO — As far as political fundraisers go, this one was a decidedly nontraditional affair. There was a go-go dancer gyrating behind a pane of glass, free games of “Frogger” and peanut-butter-and-jelly sushi rolls served on Pringles. The music was loud, the cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon plentiful and the only guy to […]
2005 – Shots are fired by an unknown assailant at Bret Michaels’ tourbus in Chicopee, Mass. The Poison singer, who was on the bus at the time, is hit by falling glass but escapes serious injury.
2002 – A man identifying himself as Kid Rock’s personal assistant is charged with felony and misdemeanor drug possession after a traffic stop on Rock’s tour bus on the Florida Turnpike. Officers find a small amount of cocaine, two marijuana cigarettes, a glass pipe, and rolling papers on Kevin J. McMahon’s person and in his […]
1998 – Pioneering music-industry attorney Harold Orenstein dies in New York. He is 85. Active until his Deaths, Orenstein focused on the songwriter/music publisher phase of the business. He also represented composer Philip Glass and the late Frank Loesser.
1992 – Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin sign to the music publisher Warner/Chappell for an unprecedented $39 million. Now you know how Elton can afford all those pairs of glasses.
1978 – Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital.
1975 – Sean Lennon is born this day in rock history! Sean Taro Ono Lennon (aka Sean Ono Lennon, born 9 October 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He is the son of musicians and peace activists John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Biography Early life and education Sean Lennon was born in […]
1968 – The Beatles record sound effects for use on “Glass Onion,” but never end up using them.
1956 – Buddy Holly’s optometrist has him try contact lenses, but Holly decides he didn’t like them, and sticks with his famous glasses.
1955 – Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) is born in London. His biggest hit is the top 20 song “Veronica” in 1989, which he writes with Paul McCartney. Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus 25 August 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, with Irish ancestry. Costello came to prominence as an early participant in London’s […]
1955 – Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen (born January 26, 1955), is a Dutch guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Van Halen. Biography Childhood Van Halen was a son of saxophonist Jan Van Halen; his mother Eugenia was from Java, Indonesia. At the […]