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 – Already battling an injured knee, Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme collapses after a show in Hamburg, forcing the cancellation of the next evening’s concert in Stuttgart. According to QOTSA’s Web site, Homme “was diagnosed with exhaustion and ordered to bed by a local doctor.
2003 – Veteran pop artist Joe Jackson comes out against New York’s ban on smoking in public places. In an Op/Ed piece in the New York Times titled “Want to Smoke? Go to Hamburg,” the U.K. born, New York City resident says, “Smokers are being demonized and victimized all out of proportion,” and suggests that […]
1998 – Van Halen is forced to cancel a concert at the Docks club in Hamburg, Germany, after a chunk of ceiling plaster falls on drummer Alex Van Halen’s arm during the band’s soundcheck. Alex’s arm is merely bruised in the incident.
1998 – The Beatles and Yoko Ono win their suit against a label that was going to release a live album of the group performing at Hamburg’s Star Club in the early ’60s. The group is awarded custody of the original tape, as well as damages and legal costs.
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.
1966 – In the midst of a German tour, the Beatles make a long-awaited return to Hamburg, the city where they got their start performing in local clubs. This time they come back in an eight-car motorcade and play to 7,000 people at Ernst Mercky Halle.
1962 – Having just released their first single in England, the Beatles return to their Star-Club stomping grounds in Hamburg for a two-week residency. In 1977, a bootleg of their concerts there was released as Live! At the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany 1962.
1962 – The Star Club opens in Hamburg, with the Beatles as its house band. The association between the group and venue would later make the Star Club world famous.
1961 – At a recording session in Hamburg, the Beatles lay down “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Cry for a Shadow,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Why,” “Nobody’s Child,” and “My Bonnie.”