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 – Guitar legend Johnny Jenkins, who worked with Otis Redding in the early days, dies today.
2006 – An album of jazz standards Diana Ross recorded more than 30 years earlier finally sees the light of day. “Blue” was intended as a companion to the hit 1972 soundtrack to “Lady Sings the Blues,” in which Ross portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday. However, Ross instead followed up the project with the pop […]
2005 – Graying rock legend Iggy Pop is fined by the Swiss city of Lucerne for performing his music too loud at the Blue Balls festival in July. Pop and The Stooges were clocked at 102.5 decibels.
2005 – Country legend George Strait enters the album chart at No. 1 with Somewhere Down in Texas.
2005 – Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley undergoes a five-hour triple-bypass procedure in a hospital near his Southwestern Virginia home. The surgery is described in a statement as uneventful. The 78-year-old artist’s doctors recommend the procedure after a routine checkup the week before.
2005 – Seven years after his Deaths, rap legend TuPac has the first U.K. No. 1 single of his career, as “Ghetto Gospel” featuring Elton John debuts at the top.
2005 – Irish vocalist Sinead O’Connor makes a rare live appearance at the fifth annual Jammy Awards in New York. O’Connor’s performance with reggae legend Burning Spear constitutes her first on-stage appearance in New York in more than five years.
2005 – Aberdeen, Wash., adds the legend “Come As You Are” to their “Welcome to Aberdeen” sign on the 11th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.
2005 – former Happy Mondays dancer Bez, won the £50,000 Celebrity Big Brother prize, after gaining 54% of the final viewer vote. The “Madchester” pop legend danced his way to becoming the sixth member of the indie-dance band in the late-1980s after playing maracas with them.
2004 – Guitar legend Eric Clapton is made a CBE at Buckingham Palace on this day in rock history! Way to go Eric!
2004 – Funk legend Rick James is found dead of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He is 56. An autopsy shows that he had methamphetamine, cocaine, Vicodin, and Xanax in his system at the time of Death.