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 […]
FEATURED: Yaayo Gak! 1960 – Steve Vai: Widdlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddly-SCREECH! Yes, it’s happy birthday to Steve Vai, born today in Long Island, N.Y. this day in rock Guitar God History! Steven “Steve” Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. After starting his professional […]
2006 – Libertines/Babyshambles drug casualty Pete Doherty is arrested in London after photos appear in UK tabloid The Sun of him allegedly injecting an unconscious girl with drugs. Oh dear.
2004 – Guitarist Pete Doherty tells The Sun tabloid he is leaving UK rock band the Libertines and going to France to try and kick drugs. “I’m out of the band,” he says. “Surely no one wants to see me trapped in this cage that is only making me miserable.”
2004 – UK solo star Robbie Williams denies he will reform with old boy band Take That for a one-off event. “I’m afraid there’s more chance of Hell freezing over,” he tells the Sun tabloid.
2003 – Pioneering producer and indie-label operator Sam Phillips dies in Memphis of respiratory failure. He is 80. In the early ’50s, Phillips’ Memphis Recording Service (later known as Sun Studio) cut and leased major blues and R&B recordings by Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Ike Turner and others.
2003 – Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies of heart failure. He was 52. Erik Brann aka Erik Braunn aka Erik Braun (born August 11, 1950 – died July 25, 2003), American musician, was a guitarist with the 1960s heavy metal band Iron Butterfly. He is featured on the band’s greatest hit, the legendary 17-minute […]
2003 – The New York Post reports that it’s all over for Kid Rock and Pam Anderson. The actress tells the Las Vegas Sun, “We remain good friends, but we have two different lives right now. I am with my kids and I couldn’t be happier.”
2003 – Dave Rowberry, keyboardist with ’60s hitmakers the Animals (“House of the Rising Sun”), is found dead in his East London flat. He was 62.
2003 – Mickie Most, one of the top U.K. producers in the ’60s and ’70s, dies in London of cancer. He is 64. Most produced such hits as the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun” and We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Herman’s Hermits’ “I’m Into Something Good,” Donovan’s “Mellow Yellow,” and Lulu’s “To […]
2002 – Lonnie Donegan, known as the “king of skiffle’ dies in his sleep in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He is 71. Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is […]
2002 – New Jersey-based act Seven & the Sun appear on the NBC daytime drama Passions to debut its single, “Walk With Me.”