2008 – With the Chicago Cubs two wins (or Milwaukee Brewers losses) away from clinching a playoff spot, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has penned a song in honor of the baseball team. “All The Way,” which Vedder performed last month at a solo show in Chicago, has already popped up in Chicago sports bars and […]
2008 – Metallica have just premiered the video for their single “The Day That Never Comes” on their MySpace page. The epic clip was directed by Danish director Thomas Vinterberg and filmed this past July in southern California. On working with the acclaimed filmmaker, Hetfield explained to MTV.com, “That’s the beauty, I think, of writing […]
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 […]
2008 – Bo Diddly dies this day in rock history! The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bo Diddley, a founding father of rock ’n’ roll whose distinctive “shave and a haircut, two bits” rhythm and innovative guitar effects inspired legions of other musicians, died Monday after months of ill health. He was 79. Diddley died […]
2005 – John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “All You Need is Love”, gathered from his music stand after The Beatles’ final television appearance in 1967, sold at an auction in London for $1 million to an anonymous bidder.
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 – In the midst of the Halloween season when the 1960s novelty hit “Monster Mash” is annually revived, the song’s singer and co-author rewrites its lyrics to protest President George W. Bush’s environmental policies. Bobby “Boris” Pickett reprises his infamous Boris Karloff imitation on “Monster Slash.”
2004 – U2’s Bono announces that a briefcase of notes and lyrics stolen from him back in 1981 has been returned to him. The briefcase was found in an attic in Tacoma, Wash. … a likely story! LMAO
2004 – The House of Blues cancels a performance by dancehall star Capleton in Hollywood after a gay and lesbian community group complain about his homophobic lyrics.
2004 – UK R&B singer Jamelia and Kanye West each win three awards at the Music of Black Origin Awards in London. A protest is held outside the venue in support of Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, who were banned from the awards for their homophobic lyrics.
2003 – John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to the Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” sell for over $300,000 at a New York auction.
2003 – A Wall Street Journal article notes the similarity between several lyrics on Bob Dylan’s 2001 album Love and Theft and the Japanese book Confessions of a Yakuza. Author Dr. Junichi Saga claims never to have heard of the songwriter.