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 – Jay-Z tops the charts with Kingdom Come, his first post-retirement disc. The second highest new entry is American Idol winner Daughtry, whose self-titled disc bows at No. 2.
2005 – Live 8 concerts are held in locations from London to Philadelphia to Tokyo to raise awareness of African poverty. Among the performers are Madonna, Green Day, Paul McCartney, U2, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, a reunited Pink Floyd with Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, Bjork, Jet, Simple Plan, Neil Young, Maroon 5, Pet Shop Boys, The […]
2004 – The Grey Album, which mixes Jay-Z’s Black Album and the Beatles’ White Album, is made available for free download as part of a “Grey Tuesday” protest. DJ Danger Mouse was barred from releasing the record by EMI, who refused permission to use Beatles samples and threatened legal action.
2003 – 50 Cent scores three awards at the inaugural Vibe Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Receiving statuettes for artist of the year, dopest album (“Get Rich or Die Tryin’”) and hottest hook (“In Da Club”), the rapper heads a winners’ circle that includes double honorees BeyoncT and Jay-Z.
1969 – Born on this day, Jay-Z, (Shawn Carter), 1998 UK No.2 single ‘Hard Knock Life’ 1999 UK No. 10 single with Mariah Carey, ‘Heartbreaker’ 2001 US No.1 album ‘The Blueprint’. Owner of Roc-A-Fella Records, is the second richest Hip-Hop Entertainer (behind Sean “Puffy” Combs), having a net-worth estimate of $340 million.
1955 – James Dean, whose iconic stance in films like Rebel Without a Cause influenced countless rockers, dies in an automobile accident. He was 24. James Dean: one of the most influential actors on rock n roll who was not famous as a musician… Rather, a great actor with the right ‘tude. James Byron Dean […]