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 […]
2005 – The Strokes unveil new songs from their horribly titled third album First Impressions of the Earth during a concert at Rio de Janeiro’s Museum of Modern Art.
2005 – The White Stripes’ Jack White marries Karen Elson, a redhaired model who appeared in the duo’s “Blue Orchid,” video. The pair were wed in a canoe standing at the confluence of the Rio Negro, the Solimones and the Amazon rivers.
2004 – Guns N’ Roses pull out of the Rock in Rio – Lisbon festival following the sudden departure of guitarist Buckethead. An optimistic Axl Rose promises “this unfortunate set of circumstances may have given us the opportunity to take our recording that one extra step further.”
1998 – It is reported that a boat carrying Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood burst into flames just days before the Brazilian leg of the band’s Bridges to Babylon tour. Wood is aboard a small pleasure craft exploring islands south of Rio de Janeiro when one of the boat’s engines catches fire. Nearby journalists rescue […]
1996 – Veteran California Highway Patrol Officer, Ruben Rios, 53, is struck and killed by a motorist leaving Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozz Fest ’96. Rios had been directing the heavy post-show traffic when a motorist quickly changed lanes and struck him.
1996 – Rock ‘n’ roll singer Rio Reiser dies. Rio Reiser (January 9, 1950 – August 20, 1996), was a German rock musician and singer of the famous rock group Ton Steine Scherben. He was born Ralph Christian Möbius in Berlin and died at the age of 46 in the little German town of Fresenhagen. […]
1988 – Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist.
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 […]
1968 – In the London Sunday Express, it’s reported that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are planning an expedition to Rio de Janeiro to see a magician. Keith Richards reveals, “We have become very interested in magic and we are very serious about this trip. We are hoping to see this magician practice both white […]
1946 – Freddie Mercury of Queen is born in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; September 5, 1946 – November 24, 1991) was a Zanzibar-born British musician, best known as the lead singer and co-founder of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). He was noted […]