2013 – “The Godfather of Soul” gets his own YouTube channel on This Day in Rock History! James Brown is getting his own official YouTube channel along with his own official website. Included on the channel and website, Brown’s 1968 Boston concert follwing the assassination of Dr. King “We launched these YouTube, online and mobile […]
2004 – Imprisoned rapper Shyne (“Jimmie Choo”) sends a fax to MTV protesting his prison’s “Taliban phone rules.” The Clinton Correctional Facility denied Shyne phone privileges after it discovered he was using them to promote a new album, Godfather Buried Alive.
2004 – Electronica godfathers Orbital – brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll – announce they’re splitting. “Orbital has run its course,” says Paul. “We’re both pursuing different avenues with our music. And we’ve been sat, as brothers, in the same room for 15 years now – and studios are always confined spaces – I think it’s […]
1997 – Michael Jackson film ‘Captain EO’ shows for the last time at Disneyland. The scandal and molestation charges Michael faced prompted Disney to remove the attraction. Nice family ride… way to go Disney! After Michael’s death, Disney reinstated the attraction replacing ‘Honey I shrunk the Audience’. Michael Jackson Starred what Disney hoped would be […]
1995 – Godfather of grunge Neil Young and godchildren of grunge Pearl Jam release their collaborative album Mirror Ball. It peaks at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.
1991 – James Brown is released from a South Carolina prison after serving two years of a six-year sentence.
1954 – Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, widely ranked up there with Hendrix, is born in Dallas. Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American blues-rock guitarist, whose broad appeal made him an influential electric blues guitarist. and Classic Rock Magazine ranked him #3 in their list of the […]
1946 – Freddie Mercury of Queen is born in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; September 5, 1946 – November 24, 1991) was a Zanzibar-born British musician, best known as the lead singer and co-founder of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). He was noted […]
1945 – Detroit rock godfather Mitch Ryder, who with his Detroit Wheels went to No. 4 in 1966 with “Devil With a Blue Dress On,” is born William Levise Jr. in Hamtramck, Mich.
1928 – Soul singer James Brown is born in Augusta, Ga. Chart Toppers ranks Brown as the most successful R&B performer of all time with 17 No. 1 songs on the magazine’s R&B singles chart by 1988. His top pop hit is “I Got You (I Feel Good),” which reaches No. 3 in 1963. He […]