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 […]
2000 – Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks reform as Genesis for a one-off performance at the London Hilton during the British Music Roll of Honour gala, organized by the Music Managers Forum. The act’s manager, Tony Smith receives the Peter Grant Award for outstanding achievement at the event.
1977 – Elvis Costello is arrested for playing outside the London Hilton. The new wave songwriter was hoping to interest record executives into giving him an American record deal, as a CBS Records conference was being held inside. He’s fined 5 pounds, but CBS invites him to play a proper audition. That’s so kewl… why […]
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their “Bed-in” at the Amsterdam Hilton.
1967 – The Beatles have their first meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Park Lane Hilton. The bandmates were convinced they should meet the guru by George’s wife, Patti. Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull tag along. John Lennon later says the experience was akin to “going somewhere without your trousers,” a […]
1965 – New York is hit by a citywide blackout. At the New York Hilton, Bob Dylan, Band guitarist Robbie Robertson, and pal Bob Neuwirth brave it with Brian Jones and a lot of candles.
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 […]
1943 – Hilton Valentine (Animals) is born this day in rock history.
1940 – John Lennon is born in Liverpool, England. One of the founding members of the Beatles. This great day in rock history! John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English rock musician, singer, writer, songwriter, artist, actor and peace activist who gained worldwide […]