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 […]
2008 – Starry Night Gala To Honor Sir George Martin The Grammy Foundation announced… The GRAMMY Foundation will honor Sir George Martin, a GRAMMY Trustees Award recipient, six-time GRAMMY Award winner and one of music’s most successful and influential producers, at its annual signature gala Starry Night on July 12 at the University of Southern […]
2008 – Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce. The hearing in the Family Division, which was taking place in private, was expected to last five days. The couple, who had a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice, announced the end […]
2004 – Sir Paul McCartney tells Uncut magazine that he tried heroin without realising. “I was just handed something, smoked it, then found out what it was,” he says. “It didn’t do anything for me.”
2004 – Sir Elton John calls American Idol voters “incredibly racist” after black singer Jennifer Hudson is knocked out of the competition.
2003 – School of Rock, starring Tenacious D’s Jack Black, opens in theatres around the country. Black plays a would-be rock god who tries to make a living as a substitute teacher. Sort of like To Sir With Love crossed with The Song Remains the Same.
2003 – Sir Elton John tops the U.K. singles charts with “Are You Ready for Love.” Nothing unusual about that, except the song is actually an outtake from 1977.
2000 – Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that him and former model Heather Mills had become ‘an item’. The couple had met after working on the same charity project.
1999 – Sir Elton John, 52, collapses. Tests show that he has an irregular heartbeat. John soon has a pacemaker fitted at a London hospital.
1998 – Sir Paul McCartney personally chose and arranged the 45,000 flowers that decorate Manhattan’s Riverside Church where the friends and family of Linda McCartney gather to say a candlelit good-bye to the wife of the former Beatle.
1998 – Surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, Sting, Pete Townshend and Sir Elton John are among the mourners at a private service for McCartney’s late wife, Linda, at St. Martins-in-the-Fields church in London. The crowd sings a version of McCartney’s Beatle-era classic “Let It Be,” and the Brodsky Quartet performs […]
1998 – Sir Elton John confirms that his representation by John Reid has ended after 28 years. John announces that he has set up his own management company, Elton John Management Ltd., to be headed by London Records U.K. managing director Colin Bell.