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 – Robbie Williams’ manager told The Times newspaper that the singer would refuse to make another album for his record label EMI, saying he was unhappy after the label was taken over by Terra Firma. Tim Clark told the paper Williams would not deliver a new album because he had no idea how the […]
2004 – James Lawrence, guitarist with Hope of the States, is found hanged at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios near Bath, where the UK art rockers were finishing work on their debut album. He was 26. HOPE OF the States, for whom James Lawrence played guitar, was one of a new generation of British bands […]
2003 – The Who’s Pete Townshend tells a London newspaper he contemplated suicide after police arrested him for accessing a kiddie porn Web site. Charges were later dropped.
1996 – The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan settles out of court with a London newspaper that claimed she performed on stage without wearing any underwear.
1986 – The show business newspaper Variety reported that RCA dumped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, “What Are We Making Weapons For”. Variety said the song upset the record company’s new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US. GE sold RCA two months later.
1981 – Bob Dylan gives a press conference in Denmark after having seen an interview with an imposter in a Danish newspaper. He answers questions for two hours. Is it butter or margerine?
1976 – John Lennon receives his “green card” from U.S. immigration authorities. Sometime In New York City (1972) is as outward-looking and blunt as Imagine was, for the most part, soft-focused and otherworldly. As its title suggests, the album reflects Lennon’s immersion in the drama and noise of the city to which he had moved […]
1966 – The English newspapers break the news that there will be no more Beatles tours on this day in rock history!
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 […]
1963 – In the English newspaper Daily Express, a reporter tries to account for Beatlemania by saying it fills empty heads.