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 – Arctic Monkeys win Best New Band and Best British Band at the NME Awards in London. Best album goes to Kaiser Chief’s Employment. The Cribs singer Ryan Jarman is hospitalized after leaping onto Kaiser Chief’s table. Plastic cups next year, guys.
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 […]
2000 – it was announced that after 74 years the UK rock weekly Melody Maker was to close down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.
1975 – England’s NME reports that the Rolling Stones are trying out guitarist Wayne Perkins as a replacement for Mick Taylor.
1970 – Beck Hansen (born Bek David Campbell, July 8, 1970) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist known by the stage name Beck. With his pop art collage of musical styles, oblique and ironic lyrics, and postmodern arrangements incorporating samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and sound effects, Beck has been hailed by critics and […]
1967 – Cliff Richard told the music paper the NME that he was retiring from show business to teach religious education in schools.
1966 – The Beatles play their last show for a paying audience in Britain at the NME Poll Winners’ Party.
1964 – Phenomenal audience response as Beatles, Rolling Stones, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Brian Poole and Cliff Richard appear at NME poll-winners concert.
1963 – In the British pop paper NME, Richard Green reports on rising combo the Rolling Stones. “The Rolling Stones create a sound so exciting and gripping that few other groups can come within shouting distance of it,” writes Green. “When they really get worked up during a performance, an electric current seems to surge […]
1963 – On the tour bus from York to Shrewsbury, John Lennon and Paul McCartney write From Me to You (based on NME letters column).
1947 – David Bowie (David Robert Jones) is born in London. He first records with the King Bees, Lower Third and the Mannish Boys in 1963 before going solo. His two No. 1 songs are “Fame” and “Let’s Dance.” David Bowie (IPA: Although he released an album and numerous singles earlier, David Bowie first caught […]