2006 – Led Zeppelin and conductor/artistic director Valery Gergiev are awarded the 15th annual Polar Music Prize on by His Majesty King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden. The prestigious prize is presented during a nationally televised ceremony from Konserthuset, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert hall, where the annual Nobel Prize ceremony is held.
2000 – Sweden’s King Carl XVI presents Isaac Stern and Bob Dylan each with the Polar Music Prize at Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen venue. The prize consists of Skr 1 million ($110,968). The Prize Ceremony Otto Lindblad: The Royal Anthem Welcoming address by Åke Holmquist, Chairman of the Board of the Stig Andersson Music Award Foundation. John […]
2000 – It’s announced that Bob Dylan will receive Sweden’s Polar Music Award.
1997 – After he is awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, Bruce Springsteen gives the cash portion of the award to a Swedish school program that keeps teenagers off the streets.
1995 – Rod Stewart’s jet is forced to land at Landvetter Gothenburg International Airport in Sweden after it collides with a bird. Stewart melodramatically declares, “I almost crashed.” Aviation officials describe the event as “undramatic.”
1995 – This year’s Polar Music Prize winner is Elton John and Mstislav Rostropovich. The balladeer and the legendary cellist share Sweden’s most prestigious music award.
1993 – At the Stockholm Opera House, ABBA’s Frida Lyngstad sings an a cappella version of “Dancing Queen” for the Queen of Sweden on her 50th birthday.
1993 – George Harrison and David Crosby make guest appearances on the fifth season premiere of the Fox animated comedy series “The Simpsons.” “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet” is the first episode of The Simpsons’ fifth season. It features the Be-Sharps, a fictional barbershop quartet founded by Homer, whose story roughly parallels that of The Beatles. The […]
1980 – Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. The groups third US No.1, it went on to sell over 8 million copies. The Wall is a rock opera presented as a double album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in late 1979. It […]
1976 – Abba stages a command performance for the king of Sweden.
1971 – In Sweden, Bjorn Ulvaeus marries Agnetha Faltskog in Verum, Sweden. The duo would achieve success as half of Abba. Future group member Benny Andersson works the organ at the ceremony.
1970 – Jimi Hendrix is found dead from barbiturate overdose. The Jimi Hendrix Experience is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 and Hendrix is posthumously voted a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992. Jimi Hendrix Jimi HendrixAKA Johnny Allen Hendrix Born: 27-Nov-1942 Birthplace: Seattle, WA Died: 18-Sep-1970 Location of death: […]