1996 – MTV premieres “MTV Unplugged” with Oasis. The band’s lead vocalists, Liam Gallagher, does not perform. The show was taped in London in August.
1996 – Neil Young premieres his album, “Broken Arrow” via the Internet. The album is slated for release on July 2, two days after its technologically advanced premiere.
1995 – Michael Jackson premieres his new single “Earth Song” on the German celebrity game show “Wanna Bet?”
1995 – Courtney Love and her band Hole perform for the sixth season premiere of MTV’s Unplugged.
1993 – George Harrison and David Crosby make guest appearances on the fifth season premiere of the Fox animated comedy series “The Simpsons.” “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” is the first episode of The Simpsons’ fifth season. It features the Be-Sharps, a fictional barbershop quartet founded by Homer, whose story roughly parallels that of The Beatles. The […]
1989 – Cyndi Lauper’s video for “My First Night Without You” premieres. It’s the first closed-captioned clip.
1987 – Classical guitarist Andres Segovia dies of a heart attack. Age 94. He receives a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986. In the ceremony he is cited as the most brilliant and influential of all classical guitar players. Andrés Torres Segovia, 1st Marquess of Salobreña (21 February 1893–2 June 1987) was a Spanish classical […]
1986 – After Lisa Barber wins an MTV competition, Prince’s film Under the Cherry Moon receives its world premiere in her hometown of Sheridan, Wyo. Prince also performs a few songs for Barber and 200 of her new best friends.
1985 – On TV tonight, you can watch the premiere of The Motown Review, hosted by Smokey Robinson.
1984 – The Prince film “Purple Rain” premieres. Purple Rain is a 1984 feature film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. Prince stars in this movie, which was developed to showcase his particular talents. The film was very successful earning nearly US$100 million at the box office. A sequel titled […]
1982 – Alan Parker’s film Pink Floyd’s The Wall premieres at the Leicester Square Empire in London. According to Sight and Sound, “Roger Waters flounders in woman-hating self-pity; Gerald Scarfe turns up particularly weedy examples of his animated savagery; and Alan Parker revels in the chance to make a feature-length TV commercial.”
1980 – At London’s National Film Theater, the documentary Van Morrison in Ireland premieres.