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 […]
2007 – The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making $150.6m (£76.2m) in 2006. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were second in the poll with a combined fortune of $132m (£67.2m) and American country band Rascal Flatts appeared third, having earnt $110.5m (£56.2m) in the past year.
2003 – 50 Cent scores three awards at the inaugural Vibe Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Receiving statuettes for artist of the year, dopest album (“Get Rich or Die Tryin’”) and hottest hook (“In Da Club”), the rapper heads a winners’ circle that includes double honorees BeyoncT and Jay-Z.
2003 – Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson’s new band Hookah Brown call it quits a mere six months after their first show. Sighs Robinson, “Sometimes life gets in the way of people being able to make music together.”
2003 – Madonna tops the album charts with her 11th album American Life. Sniffing at the Material Madame’s heels is 50 Cent, whose Get Rich or Die Tryin’ leaps back up to No. 2.
1984 – Tina Turner struck it rich in 1984 when “What’s Love Got to Do With It” became a gold record while making its climb to the top. Her Private Dancer album would sell over 5 million copies in the U.S. alone, over the next 3 years.
1970 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer give their debut performance in Plymouth, England. Progressive rock can be a very disreputable subject. No other musical style has been so vilified by the critics and became a synonym for ‘pompous’ and ‘bombastic.’ Almost every music critic in the early ’70’s had something unflattering to write about it. […]
1967 – The Beatles cut “Baby You’re a Rich Man” at Olympia Studios. It’s the first time they’ve recorded outside of Abbey Road.
1966 – The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Rubber Soul’ the groups seventh US chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. The group also started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Can Work It […]
1958 – Rock siren Lita Ford (“Kiss Me Deadly”) is born in London this day in rock! Just kiss me once…maybe twice…. ok… bring it on. Lita Ford (born September 23, 1958) is an American rock musician and singer who was the lead guitarist for The Runaways and achieved popularity for her solo career during […]
1955 – James Dean, whose iconic stance in films like Rebel Without a Cause influenced countless rockers, dies in an automobile accident. He was 24. James Dean: one of the most influential actors on rock n roll who was not famous as a musician… Rather, a great actor with the right ‘tude. James Byron Dean […]