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 […]
1965 – Elvis Presley’s latest film, Girl Happy, opens nationwide.
2006 – Kurt Cobain tops Forbes’ list of the top-earning dead rock stars. No. 2 is Courtney Love. Sorry, that should read “Elvis Presley.” The Nirvana singer’s corpse earned $50 million over the past year.
2006 – a collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia bought by a council worker who embezzled nearly £600,000 was set to be sold to compensate the local authority. Julie Wall, 46, from Rippon Drive in Sleaford, was jailed for three years for the offence last October. The collection – which included rare recordings and foreign pressings […]
2005 – The Guinness Book of Records names Elvis Presley as the most successful artist of all time on This Day in Rock
2005 – The Guinness Book of Records names Elvis Presley as the most successful artist of all time on This Day in Rock. Oddly, it is based on total number of weeks Elvis spent on the UK singles and album charts… not US or worldwide. Does that make it a real record?
2005 – Australian pop star Kylie Minogue begins treatment for breast cancer in Melbourne. Australian prime minister John Howard sends the “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” singer his best wishes.
2005 – Elvis Presley’s single ‘One Night’ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK number one. Elvis, who led last week’s chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock’, had now scored more number one UK hits than any other artist with 20 number 1’s, beating The Beatles’ 17 chart toppers. Lyrics: (words & music by D. Bartholomew […]
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 […]
2005 – No. 1 Chart Topper ‘Jailhouse Rock’ – Elvis Presley (The 1,000 UK No.1 single) is number 1 in the UK. Lryics: (words & music by jerry leiber – mike stoller) The warden threw a party in the county jail. The prison band was there and they began to wail. The band was jumpin […]
2004 – Hank Garland, a guitarist who played with Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Patsy Cline among others, dies from a staph infection in Florida. He was 74. Garland enjoyed his own million-selling single with “Sugar Foot Rag” when he was 19.
2004 – Forbes Magazine names Elvis Presley the highest-earning dead celebrity. Presley’s estate pulls in around $40 million a year in merchandise sales. John Lennon, George Harrison and Bob Marley also make the Top 10 list.
2003 – Scotty Moore, the guitarist who with Elvis Presley concocted the sound of rock ‘n’ roll on “That’s All Right, Mama,” is said to be serious but stable condition following brain surgery. Moore was treated for a subdural hematoma.