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 […]
2007 – Quiet Riot Singer Kevin DuBrow Died Of Cocaine Overdose: Report Coroner said toxicology results, which were released Monday, show that musician died of accidental drug overdose. Two weeks after news of his death first made headlines, the autopsy results on late Quiet Riot frontman Kevin DuBrow — who was found in his Las […]
2006 – American Idol contestant Derrell Brittenum surrenders to the Georgia police. Along with his twin brother Terrell, Brittenum performed on the hit show while being wanted on theft and forgery charges. Terrell and Derrell Brittenum caught in new ‘American Idol’ controversy By Christopher Rocchio, 01/17/2008 One American Idol mini-controversy apparently wasn’t enough for Terrell […]
2005 – Veteran rock group INXS emerges from the land down under with a new record deal and a very public search for a new singer. The band launches their reality show, Rock Star: INXS, to replace late frontman Michael Hutchence, who committed suicide in 1997.
2004 – Eminem and satellite radio provider Sirius launch their uncensored hip-hop channel with a live broadcast from New York. Shade 45’s debut stems from the city’s Roseland Ballroom, where the superstar rapper stages the Shady National Convention to hype the venture and his album, “Encore.”
2004 – John Peel, an English DJ whose eclectic taste and patronage was instrumental in launching the careers of T. Rex, Rod Stewart, The Smiths, The Undertones, The Fall, and countless others, dies of a heart attack in Peru. He was 65.
2004 – Liverpool band The Bandits announce they have split. The group were most famous for organizing the Bandwagon club night, which launched the careers of Scouse psychdelicists The Coral and The Zutons.
2004 – Record executive Clive Calder, whose Zomba label launched the careers of Britney Spears and ‘N Sync, is named Britain’s wealthiest music millionaire by The Sunday Times. Calder is said to be worth $2.28 billion. No. 2 on the list is Paul McCartney.
2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]
2003 – The Doors announce they’ve settled a lawsuit launched by Stewart Copeland. Copeland filed a breach of contract lawsuit after the reunited group replaced him with drummer Ty Dennis.
2001 – The voice of Bob Marley ushers satellite radio onto the air, promising listeners greater variety on the dial _ for a price _ with the launch of XM Satellite Radio.
2000 – The Beatles sanction their first official Web site, www.thebeatles.com. The site launches in conjunction with the U.K. release of “1,” a compilation of 27 British and U.S. No. 1 tracks.