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 […]
1998 – Olivia Newton-John previews a song from her forthcoming MCA album, “Back With A Heart,” at New York’s Bottom Line. She joins Victoria Shaw onstage to sing Love Is A Gift.
1980 – Having left his longtime label MCA, Elton John signs a contract with David Geffen’s new label Geffen Records, which gains exclusive rights to release his recordings worldwide. The six-year relationship is not a happy one, with Elton enjoying only two top 10 hits during this period.
1979 – Tom Petty files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing is partly the result of a dispute with Petty’s record label, which had been purchased by MCA.
1974 – Elton John re-signs with MCA. Elton will receive $8 million for delivering his next five albums to the record label, including Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
1973 – Drummer Gene Krupa dies of leukemia at the age of 64. Gene Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was an influential American jazz and big band drummer, known for his highly energetic and flamboyant style. Biography Eugene Bertram Krupa was born to Polish parents in Chicago, Illinois. He began playing professionally […]
1953 – Tom Petty is born in Gainesville, Fla. He wins a Grammy Award as part of the Traveling Wilburys for the 1989 album “Traveling Wilburys Volume One.” Thomas Earl “Tom” Petty (born October 20, 1950) is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and a […]
1953 – Born this day in history, Ed Ulibarri. 1-24-1953 Ed is originally from Denver Colorado where he started performing as a professional musician at the age of 15 years old, playing keyboards and singing in local rock bands. In 1976, Ed and his band Alexis received a recording contract with MCA records and moved […]
1950 – “Bad to the Bone” bluesman George Thorogood is born in Wilmington, Del. George Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is a blues-rock performer from Wilmington, Delaware. He was raised on Clearview Avenue in Naamans Gardens, a suburb of Wilmington. Career Thorogood’s demo Better Than the Rest was recorded in 1974 and released in 1979. […]
1950 – Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is born in Boston. Anthony Joseph “Joe” Perry (Born September 10, 1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts) is the lead guitarist, backing and occasional lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. He was ranked 48th in the Rolling Stone‘s list – The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. […]
1947 – Keith Moon of the Who is born in Wembley, England. He dies on Sept. 7, 1978 at age 32, from an overdose of the sedative Heminevrin. Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. He gained notoriety for exuberant drumming and his […]