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 […]
FEATURED: Yaayo Gak! 1960 – Steve Vai: Widdlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddly-SCREECH! Yes, it’s happy birthday to Steve Vai, born today in Long Island, N.Y. this day in rock Guitar God History! Steven “Steve” Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. After starting his professional […]
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 – Pop-rock band Orange Range is named domestic artist of the year at the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan’s 19th annual Gold Disc Awards ceremony, held Thursday in Tokyo.
2003 – The Strokes-mania hits Japan as the New York band arrive for their “comeback” at the Summer Sonic festival. Fans eagerly await hearing the first new material since the acclaimed Is This It debut.
2003 – Mariah Carey embarks on her first tour in more than three years in Osaka, Japan.
1999 – The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 [Japan Bonus Tracks] Release date: 1999-10-05 By trying to give the David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar eras equal space, The Best of Van Halen, Vol. 1 winds up a little uneven. The first eight songs run through several of Diamond Dave’s biggest songs — “Ain’t […]
1999 – Sony Corp. announces plans to begin selling Super Audio CD players and related products in Japan. Sony’s first SACD products are targeted mainly at the high end of the audio market. The SCD-1 SACD player has a suggested retail price of 500,000 Yen ($4,200).
1997 – Celine Dion, best known for singing in English and French, releases her first single in Japanese. The single, “Be The Man,” is released in Japan only and is the theme to the Japanese TV drama “Eve.”
1997 – West Arkeen, who played guitar on Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion albums, dies. West Arkeen (June 18, 1960 – May 30, 1997) was an American musician best-known for co-writing several Guns N’ Roses songs, and was known unofficially as GN’R #6. He died on May 30, 1997 in Los Angeles of a […]
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 […]
1996 – Blues guitarist Johnny “Guitar” Watson dies while touring Japan. b. 3rd February 1935, Houston, Texas, U.S.A. d. 17th May 1996, Yokohama, Japan. Johnny Guitar Watson’s career went back to the early 50’s in Houston. As a teenager, Johnny played with various artists including Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland. His father played piano, which […]