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 – Starry Night Gala To Honor Sir George Martin The Grammy Foundation announced… The GRAMMY Foundation will honor Sir George Martin, a GRAMMY Trustees Award recipient, six-time GRAMMY Award winner and one of music’s most successful and influential producers, at its annual signature gala Starry Night on July 12 at the University of Southern […]
2006 – Tom Noonan, the father of The Chart Toppers Hot 100, dies in Los Angeles at the age of 78. Noonan started at Chart Toppers in 1949, and in the November 12, 1955 issue of the magazine introduced the Top 100, a chart that merged sales and radio data.
2005 – Bob Moog, inventor of his namesake range of synthesizers and one of the most significant figures in the evolution of electronic music, dies at his home in Asheville, N.C. He is 71. A native of N.Y., Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer in late April and had since undergone radiation treatment and chemotherapy. […]
2005 – Brian Wilson issues a desperate plea for any information on the whereabouts of Markus Sandlund, a cellist from the Stockholm Strings & Horns who played on his recently released recreation of the lost Beach Boys album “SMiLE.” Sandlund had been vacationing in Thailand when the area was battered by a tsunami following a […]
2004 – The Isley Brothers’ Ron Isley (a.ka. Mr. Biggs) is indicted by the IRS for tax evasion. He’s alleged to have deposited royalty checks for his own use that were issued to his dead brother O’Kelly.
2004 – Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott Phillips tell MTV that the band broke up have split after personal issues arose with singer Scott Stapp. Among the rock group’s hits were “One” and “Higher”.
2004 – Green Day issue a statement to counter a widespread rumor that frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has died . “Despite what you may have heard rumored on the Internet,” the band say, “Billie Joe did not recently die in a car accident.”
2004 – A bench warrant is issued for Courtney Love after she fails to appear at a hearing on felony drug possession charges in Los Angeles. Her attorney says her no-show was due to “security reasons.”
2004 – The NFL turn down Bono’s (U2) request to perform a new song, “An American Prayer,” with Jennifer Lopez during the Super Bowl halftime show. The U2 singer hoped to raise awareness of AIDS in Africa with the tune. The NFL say, “We don’t believe it’s appropriate to focus on a single issue.”
2003 – A warrant is issued for Michael Jackson’s arrest on suspicion of molesting a 12-year-old Los Angeles boy.
2003 – Aussie rockers Silverchair issue a statement denying that they’ve split up. Their management adds, “the band currently has no recording or touring plans but that certainly doesn’t mean that they won’t ever record or tour again.”