2009 – The official Roadrunner Records web site has been updated with top-album picks for 2008 from a number of artists that are signed to the label, including members of MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH, DEVILDRIVER, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and TRIVIUM. A few of the selections follow below. The entire list can be found at this location. Shawn […]
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 – Led Zeppelin and conductor/artistic director Valery Gergiev are awarded the 15th annual Polar Music Prize on by His Majesty King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden. The prestigious prize is presented during a nationally televised ceremony from Konserthuset, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert hall, where the annual Nobel Prize ceremony is held.
2005 – Clifford Antone, who ran Austin’s famous music club Antone’s, dies aged 56. Since opening in 1975, Antone’s played host to blues stars like B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Clifford Jamal Antone, known to his lifelong friends as C.J., passed away May 23, 2006 at his home in Austin, Texas. Antone […]
2005 – A Neverland Ranch security guard testifies that he saw Michael Jackson perform oral sex on a young boy in the 1990s. The witness appeared at the King of Pop’s child molestation trial in Santa Maria, Calif.
2005 – Elvis Presley’s single ‘One Night’ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK number one. Elvis, who led last week’s chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock’, had now scored more number one UK hits than any other artist with 20 number 1’s, beating The Beatles’ 17 chart toppers. Lyrics: (words & music by D. Bartholomew […]
2004 – Ray Charles’ funeral is held at the First AME Church in Los Angeles. Among the performers at the service are Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, and B.B. King. Also in attendance are Little Richard, Berry Gordy Jr. and Jesse Jackson.
2004 – Los Angeles police drop an investigation into child abuse claims dating back to the late 1980s made against Michael Jackson. The King of Pop still faces molestation allegations in Santa Barbara, Calif.
2004 – “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” takes home the awards in both musical categories of the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Composer Howard Shore wins the best original score honor for his work on the film. He also shares the best original song award with collaborators Fran Walsh […]
2003 – Michael Jackson’s chief spokesman quits after the King of Pop gives an interview about child abuse charges to CBS. Stuart Backerman says, “I resigned… over strategic differences with the way things are going.”
2003 – Michael Jackson announces he will open his Neverland Ranch for one day only in December. Lucky invitees will have to pay $5000 to see where the King of Pop’s baboons frolic.