2005 – Alicia Keys hosts and performs at a fundraiser for the AIDS charity Keep a Child Alive at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is joined by fellow music heavyweights Usher, Paul Simon, John Mayer and Common, as well as African acts Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Femi Kuti and the Agape Children’s Choir […]
2005 – U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are among the artists that perform during a live telethon, “Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast.”
2005 – Live 8 concerts are held in locations from London to Philadelphia to Tokyo to raise awareness of African poverty. Among the performers are Madonna, Green Day, Paul McCartney, U2, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, a reunited Pink Floyd with Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, Bjork, Jet, Simple Plan, Neil Young, Maroon 5, Pet Shop Boys, The […]
2005 – Bruce Springsteen’s Devils & Dust tops the U.K. album chart in its first week of release. Crooner Tony Christie’s version of Paul Anka’s “(Is This the Way to) Amarillo” is the No. 1 single for a seventh week.
2005 – A report showed that more songs had been written about Elvis Presley than any other artist. It listed over 220 songs including: ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon, ‘A Room At The Heartbreakhotel’ by U2, ‘Calling Elvis’, Dire Straits, ‘Happy Birthday Elvis’, Loudon Wainwright III, ‘There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s […]
2004 – Band Aid 20’s new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” goes on sale in the UK. The song is performed by, among others, Bono, Paul McCartney, Travis, The Darkness, Coldplay, Robbie Williams and Dido.
2004 – Terry Melcher, the son of Doris Day who produced seminal records by The Byrds, Ry Cooder, Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Beach Boys, dies after battling melanoma. He was 62. He also enjoyed chart success with the Rip Chords, whose “Hey, Little Cobra” was a 1964 hit. Biography Early life Melcher […]
2004 – Paul McCartney, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Robbie Williams, Keane, Snow Patrol, Travis, The Darkness and others take part in the recording of a new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The highlight of the session is U2’s Bono reprising his immortal line, “Tonight thank God it’s them instead of you.”
2004 – In St. Petersburg’s Palace Square, Paul Mccartney plays his 3000 gig since first performing with the Quarrymen. 50,000 Russians turn out to see the ex-Beatle, who predictably plays “Back in the USSR.”
2004 – Ben Shabalala, a former member of South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, is shot to death in Durban, South Africa. Shabala also appeared on Paul Simon’s Graceland album in 1986.
2004 – Sir Paul McCartney tells Uncut magazine that he tried heroin without realising. “I was just handed something, smoked it, then found out what it was,” he says. “It didn’t do anything for me.”
2004 – Electronica godfathers Orbital – brothers Phil and Paul Hartnoll – announce they’re splitting. “Orbital has run its course,” says Paul. “We’re both pursuing different avenues with our music. And we’ve been sat, as brothers, in the same room for 15 years now – and studios are always confined spaces – I think it’s […]