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 […]
2006 – Gnarls Barkley remain atop the U.K. singles chart for a sixth straight week with “Crazy.” Irish Coldplay imitators Snow Patrol top the album charts with Eyes Open.
2006 – Bob Geldof is honored with a special achievement accolade at the German industry’s annual Echo Awards in Berlin. The veteran Irish musician and humanitarian is lauded for masterminding the historic Live 8 concerts, and for his distinguished career both as frontman of the Boomtown Rats and as a solo artist.
2006 – Guitarist Charlotte Hatherley leaves Northern Irish punk-poppers Ash after ten (!) years with the band. The group describe the split as “completely amicable.”
2005 – Irish vocalist Sinead O’Connor makes a rare live appearance at the fifth annual Jammy Awards in New York. O’Connor’s performance with reggae legend Burning Spear constitutes her first on-stage appearance in New York in more than five years.
2004 – James Lawrence, guitarist with Hope of the States, is found hanged at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios near Bath, where the UK art rockers were finishing work on their debut album. He was 26. HOPE OF the States, for whom James Lawrence played guitar, was one of a new generation of British bands […]
2003 – “With or Without You” rockers U2 donate $46,000 to the Irish branch of One in Four, a sex abuse charity facing closure due to lack of funds.
2000 – Sony Music U.K. launches its first free Internet download of a complete song. Irish singer/songwriter Paddy Casey’s “Whatever Gets You True” is available as a download in the Windows Media format for one month at www.paddycasey.com.
1999 – Van Morrison becomes the first inductee to the Hot Press Irish Music Hall of Fame (IMHF) at a ceremony in Dublin.
1999 – Sinead O’Connor, the Irish singer and talker, advises the U.S. Senate to stop wasting money… in a starving world on the trial of Bill Clinton. In a letter in the Irish Times, she asks: “Does impeachment mean they’re gonna turn him into a peach? If so, can I eat him?”
1993 – George Harrison and David Crosby make guest appearances on the fifth season premiere of the Fox animated comedy series “The Simpsons.” “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” is the first episode of The Simpsons’ fifth season. It features the Be-Sharps, a fictional barbershop quartet founded by Homer, whose story roughly parallels that of The Beatles. The […]
1990 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Nothing Compares 2 U,” Sinead O’Connor. The millionselling single is the Irish rocker’s only top 40 hit. It is written by Prince. Prince… YOU ROCK!