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 […]
2000 – The man who nearly a year earlier broke into the home of and stabbed former Beatle George Harrison is found not guilty by reason of insanity in the U.K.’s Oxford Crown Court. Michael Abram is ordered confined to a mental hospital indefinitely for his attack on Harrison and his wife, which left the […]
1998 – Members of ’70s British rock outfit Mott The Hoople play together for the first time in some 24 years at a one-off performance at the Virgin Megastore on London’s Oxford Street.
1997 – Bob Dylan releases Time Out of Mind. Critics call it a masterpiece this day in rock history! Time Out of Mind is Bob Dylan’s 30th studio album, released in 1997 by Columbia Records. For fans and critics, the album marked Dylan’s artistic comeback after he struggled with his musical identity throughout the 1980s, […]
1988 – A movement to ban Grateful Dead concerts in the town of Oxford, Maine, crumbles after the protestors learn that they would have to ban concerts at the county fair, too.
1988 – Singer Andy Gibb dies of an inflammatory heart virus in Oxford, England. His first three singles, all million-sellers, topped Chart Toppers’s Hot 100: “I Just Want to Be Your Everything” (four weeks), “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” (two weeks) and “Shadow Dancing” (seven weeks). He also starred on hit TV series “Solid Gold”. […]
1970 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer give their debut performance in Plymouth, England. Progressive rock can be a very disreputable subject. No other musical style has been so vilified by the critics and became a synonym for ‘pompous’ and ‘bombastic.’ Almost every music critic in the early ’70’s had something unflattering to write about it. […]
1967 – Tonight at the Oxford New Theatre in England, the Lindsay Kemp Mime Troupe performs Pierrot in Turquoise. Among the cast is the young David Bowie.
1955 – James Dean, whose iconic stance in films like Rebel Without a Cause influenced countless rockers, dies in an automobile accident. He was 24. James Dean: one of the most influential actors on rock n roll who was not famous as a musician… Rather, a great actor with the right ‘tude. James Byron Dean […]
1955 – Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) is born in London. His biggest hit is the top 20 song “Veronica” in 1989, which he writes with Paul McCartney. Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus 25 August 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, with Irish ancestry. Costello came to prominence as an early participant in London’s […]
1941 – Operatic powerhouse Placido Domingo is born in Madrid. Mustv’e influenced Jeff Tate from Queensryche José Plácido Domingo Embil KBE (born 21 January 1941), He is also admired for his acting ability, his musicality and musical intellect, and the number and variety of opera roles that he has mastered. In addition to his singing […]
1940 – John Lennon is born in Liverpool, England. One of the founding members of the Beatles. This great day in rock history! John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English rock musician, singer, writer, songwriter, artist, actor and peace activist who gained worldwide […]