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 […]
1999 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with local Russian artists during a free music festival in Moscow’s Red Square. The “MTV Live With the Red Hot Chili Peppers” event marks the first time the band has performed in Russia.
1999 – Infuriated by a scathing review of a concert he gave in Moscow in December, Mstislav Rostropovich declares he will never play in Russia again. “I will give concerts only where people want to hear me and find pleasure in this, not where they say that I am a `has been’.”
1998 – The Rolling Stones perform their first concert in Russia, playing through a driving rain before an appreciative crowd estimated at 70,000.
1995 – Rapper M.C. Hammer plays a benefit in Moscow for Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin’s political party, Our Home Is Russia.
1963 – Yngwie Malmsteen is born in Stockholm Sweden this day in rock history! Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader. Malmsteen became notable in the mid-1980s for his technical fluency and neo-classical metal compositions. Four of his albums, […]
1949 – Ronnie James Dio is born in Portsmouth, N.H. Dio is a heavy metal band led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who formed it in October 1982 after leaving Black Sabbath. In an interview, available on the special edition re-release of Holy Diver, Dio states that he never intended to begin a solo career. […]
1944 – Keyboardist Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer is born in the U.K. The group’s biggest album is the live triple album “Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends; Ladies and Gentlemen … Emerson Lake and Palmer.” It sells more than 1 million copies and reaches No. 4. Keith Noel […]
1934 – Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ future manager, is born in Liverpool, England. Brian Samuel Epstein (IPA: /?bra??n ?epsta?n/) (19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was the manager of The Beatles. Through his family’s company, NEMS (North End Music Stores) he also managed several other musical artists such as Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy […]
1932 – Pop singer Matt Munro, who waxed on the theme to From Russia With Love, is born in London.