2009 – The official Roadrunner Records web site has been updated with top-album picks for 2008 from a number of artists that are signed to the label, including members of MACHINE HEAD, MEGADETH, DEVILDRIVER, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and TRIVIUM. A few of the selections follow below. The entire list can be found at this location. Shawn […]
2008 – Unreleased material Jimi Hendrix wrote and recorded with twin brothers Arthur and Albert Allen — a.k.a. the Ghetto Fighters — may finally be released through software/multimedia company we-R-you. The Allen brothers, who now go under the names TaharQa and Tunde Ra Aleem, first met Jimi in the mid-60s and worked with Hendrix on […]
2005 – E.Y. “Yip” Harburg _ writer of such well known songs as “Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz” and (with Jay Gorney) “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” _ is immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp during a ceremony in New York.
2004 – “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” tops the American Film Institute’s (AFI) list of top movie songs. The honor for the song, famously sung by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz,” is revealed at the conclusion of a three-hour “100 Years … 100 Songs” special on CBS TV.
2002 – Lonnie Donegan, known as the “king of skiffle’ dies in his sleep in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He is 71. Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is […]
1999 – Eric Clapton parts with 100 of his guitars and generates over $5 million for his Crossroads Centre at Antigua, and alcohol and drug-dependency treatment center in the West Indies. Among the stringed beauties auctioned off is “Brownie,” a 1956 sunburst Fender upon which he recorded his hit “Layla”; the instrument goes for a […]
1997 – Burton Lane, who composed the music for “Finian’s Rainbow,” “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” and other stage and movie musicals dies of a stroke at the age of
1982 – Rainbow hits #40 with “Stone Cold” this day in rock history!
1981 – Director Alan Parker begins production on Pink Floyd the Wall. The film was originally to interpolate live footage of the band performing at Earls Court, but instead tells the story of a confused rocker portrayed by Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof. Roger Waters was so unhappy with the experience he sings on The Final […]
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, […]
1975 – Sean Lennon is born this day in rock history! Sean Taro Ono Lennon (aka Sean Ono Lennon, born 9 October 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He is the son of musicians and peace activists John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Biography Early life and education Sean Lennon was born in […]