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 – Green Day unveil their new rock opera, American Idiot, on the first date of their national tour in Hollywood, Calif.
2004 – Pete Doherty enters drug rehab on This Day in Rock. Doherty recently scored a Top 10 UK hit, “For Lovers”.
1998 – President Clinton announces that Fats Domino, folk singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and opera singer Roberta Peters are to be among the dozen 1998 winners of the National Medal of Arts.
1998 – Following the warm reception to Aretha Franklin’s impromptu performance of Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” at 1998’s Grammy Awards, Arista Records releases her version of the opera song as the B-side to her current single, “Here We Go Again.” IN 1998 Luciano Pavarotti canceled an appearance at the Grammy Awards at the last minute, and […]
1993 – At the Stockholm Opera House, ABBA’s Frida Lyngstad sings an a cappella version of “Dancing Queen” for the Queen of Sweden on her 50th birthday.
1990 – Former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters stages a production of his rock opera, The Wall, in Berlin. Among the performers taking part in the benefit are Sinead O’Connor, Cyndi Lauper, Bryan Adams and Phil Collins. On pay-per-view you could watch Roger Waters’ production of The Wall. The concert at the Berlin Wall featured […]
1989 – At the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., the Who perform their rock opera Tommy with an all-star cast that includes Elton John, Billy Idol, and Patti LaBelle. The Who’s Tommy premiered in the West End at the Queen’s Theatre on February 6, 1979, running for 119 performances. In the 1990s, Pete Townshend […]
1989 – The Who perform their rock opera Tommy at Radio City Music Hall in New York to benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a children’s charity.
1979 – The Who play their first gig since the death of Keith Moon at Rainbow Theatre, with Kenny Jones on drums. Simultainously: The Film Quadrophenia opens in London. Quadrophenia is a double album released by The Who on October 19, 1973, the second of the group’s two full-scale rock operas. Its story involves social, […]
1978 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton, George Burns, and the Bee Gees, opens in New York. As I recall, the general consensus of the times… everyone thought it was the end of Peter’s career as it had been… doing a commercial sellout like this. Maybe he thought it would be […]