2003 – Ja Rule becomes the first high-profile international artist to tour South Africa. Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule, is an American rapper and actor signed to The Inc. and Universal Records formerly of Def Jam Recordings. A Hollis, New York native best-known for hits such […]
1987 – After the religious sect expresses much disapproval over his behavior, Michael Jackson officially severs his ties with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. So don’t expect to see him knocking on your door.
1980 – George Harrison publishes his first book, I Me Mine. The collection of song lyrics and reflections on his religious beliefs is currently out of print.
1974 – Al Green’s ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson pours a pot of boiling grits on the soul singer in the bathroom of his Memphis home. She then shoots herself. Green suffered second-degree burns on his back, neck, and arms, and later underwent a religious conversion.
1967 – Cliff Richard told the music paper the NME that he was retiring from show business to teach religious education in schools.
1961 – Runaround Sue (Dion) was a hit on this day in rock history! Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known as Dion, is an American singer-songwriter who blended elements of doo-wop, pop, and R&B styles. Early years Dion was born to an Italian-American family in the Bronx. As a child, he used […]
1956 – Today’s issue of Billboard reviews James Brown’s debut single, a little song called “Please, Please, Please.” “A dynamic, religious fervor runs through the pleading solo here,” the magazine raves. “Brown and his group let off plenty of steam.”
1939 – Singer Dion (Dion DiMucci) is born in the Bronx, N.Y. He records with the Belmonts until 1960. They have two top five hits: “A Teenager in Love” and “Where or When.” His biggest solo hit is “Runaround Sue,” a No. 1 song for two weeks in 1961. Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, […]