1955 – Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is born in Chicago. Michael Anthony Sobolewski (born June 20, 1954) is an American musician. He is best known as the former bassist and a founding member of the hard rock band Van Halen. Anthony joined the band in 1974 and was their official recording and performing bassist […]
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 […]
2004 – Gary Jules’ cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” remains atop the British singles chart for a third week. Will Young’s Friday’s Child is the week’s top-selling album.
2003 – Gary Jules and Michael Andrews top of the British singles chart for a second week with their version of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World.”
2002 – Adam Ant, whose self-styled “Ant Music” made him an international star was admitted to a Mental hospital. A statement issued on the singer’s official Web site said: “Due to Adam’s recent arrest that occurred on January 12, 2002, adam-ant.net would like to release the following official statement. “Adam Ant was admitted into hospital […]
2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif. The singer/guitarist began his career in 1949, when his Modern Records single “Boogie Chillen” became a No. 1 R&B hit. Lyrics: Boom boom boom boom I’m gonna shoot you right down, right offa your […]
1999 – The original lineup of ’80s chart regulars Madness enter a London studio to start recording their first new album since 1984’s “Keep Moving.” Among the group’s more well-known singles from the ’80s are “One Step Beyond…,” “Our House,” and “It Must Be Love.”
1995 – Cyndi Lauper won an Emmy award in 1995 for a guest appearance on the Mad About You sitcom. She won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, a few weeks after her first hits package, Twelve Deadly Cyns… and Then Some, was released. A new track, “Hey Now (Girls Just Want to […]
1987 – Pink Floyd release A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The comeback album is the band’s first since the departure of Roger Waters and the subsequent lawsuit over the use of the band name. A Momentary Lapse of Reason is Pink Floyd’s 1987 album, the band’s first release after the departure of Roger Waters from […]
1978 – NBC-TV airs the animated TV movie, “Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park,” in which the band Kiss foils a mad scientist.
Tim Curry in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” 1973 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Tim Curry, opens at a London theater,. Also, making his first time ever appearance is Meatloaf. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy film that parodies science fiction and horror films. With a screenplay written by […]
1965 – “Madness!! Folk and Roll Musicians-Singers for acting roles in new TV series. Running parts for four insane boys, age 17 to 21.” That was part of the ad placed in two American newspapers in 1965, looking for talented individuals to play The Monkees. Both Stephen Stills and Danny Hutton (future Three Dog Night […]