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 […]
2006 – Turn it on, turn it on again, turn it on, turn it on again. We’re singing because Genesis–Phil Collins, Mike “+ the Mechanics” Rutherford and the other fella–have announced they are reforming for an upcoming world tour.
2006 – An album of jazz standards Diana Ross recorded more than 30 years earlier finally sees the light of day. “Blue” was intended as a companion to the hit 1972 soundtrack to “Lady Sings the Blues,” in which Ross portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday. However, Ross instead followed up the project with the pop […]
2005 – Singing squaddie James Blunt tops both the U.K. album and singles chart with his debut Back to Bedlam and “You’re Beautiful.”
2005 – Green Day’s American Idiot returns to the top of the U.S. album charts, knocking Eminem’s Encore down to No. 2. The highest new entry is the Beyond the Sea soundtrack, featuring actor Kevin Spacey singing Bobby Darin songs.
2005 – No. 1 Chart Topper ‘Jailhouse Rock’ – Elvis Presley (The 1,000 UK No.1 single) is number 1 in the UK. Lryics: (words & music by jerry leiber – mike stoller) The warden threw a party in the county jail. The prison band was there and they began to wail. The band was jumpin […]
2004 – Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead performers on the “Alfie” soundtrack, released on Virgin. Jagger sings lead on about one-third of the songs, including first single “Old Habits Die Hard.” Another version with Jagger, Stewart and Sheryl Crow is included as a bonus track.
2004 – John Whitehead, one half of Phillie soul hitmakers Mcfadden & Whitehead (“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”), is shot dead by an unknown assailant while fixing his car. He was 55. b. 10th July 1948, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. d, 11th May 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. John Whitehead was shot dead, whilst working on a […]
2004 – Rascal Flatts kicks off its tour in Kalamazoo, Mich., without Chris Cagle. Cagle is pulled off of the bill due to “extreme vocal rest” ordered by his doctor. The country artist is ordered to refrain from singing and speaking through June 1, 2004 after being diagnosed as having a polyp, an unspecified lesion, […]
2003 – Bruce Springsteen and bandmate Nils Lofgren attend the funeral of their friend, eccentric Wall St. tycoon John Mulheren. Springsteen leads the assembly in Christmas carols, while Lofgren sings “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
2003 – Britney Spears performs a surprise show at Las Vegas’ Palms hotel/casino, singing three songs from a forthcoming album.
2003 – Robbie Williams reunites with his old Take That bandmate Mark Owen to sing their hit “Back for Good” at a show in Knebworth, England.