2012-1980 – John Lennon is shot to Deaths outside of his New York City home by Mark David Chapman. His biggest hit is “(Just Like) Starting Over,” which was released the month before his Deaths and becomes a million-selling No. 1 song. As part of the Beatles he is inducted into the Rock and Roll […]
2008 – Gilmour’s tribute to Floyd star Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Richard Wright Gilmour said Wright (right) was “gentle, unassuming and private”. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has praised late bandmate Richard Wright for his “vitality, spark and humour”. Writing on his website, Gilmour said he had “never played with anyone quite […]
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 – Panama: A Millennium Tribute to Van Halen Release date: 2006-11-21 Tracks: Title Composer Time 1 Eruption 2:14 2 Finish What Ya Started Varone, Pukkila, Hautamki, Hurme 3:59 3 Hot for Teacher Anthony, Roth, VanHalen 4:40 4 Panama Anthony, Roth, VanHalen, VanHalen 3:23 5 Why Can’t This Be Love Anthony, Hagar, VanHalen […]
2004 – Usher, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Jamie Cullum and Reba McEntire perform at a Los Angeles tribute to the late Ray Charles hosted by actor/comedian Jamie Foxx.
2004 – The Strokes, Blondie, Sonic Youth, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Joan Jett perform at a charity tribute to the Ramones in New York.
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 – The Who’s John Entwistle is found dead in his hotel room in Las Vegas. He has cocaine in his system, and the Deaths is ruled accidental. He is 57. John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, and horn player, who was best known […]
1999 – Eric Clapton parts with 100 of his guitars and generates over $5 million for his Crossroads Centre at Antigua, and alcohol and drug-dependency treatment center in the West Indies. Among the stringed beauties auctioned off is “Brownie,” a 1956 sunburst Fender upon which he recorded his hit “Layla”; the instrument goes for a […]
1999 – Latin music sensation Ricky Martin is named international breakthrough artist of the year at the inaugural MTV-CCTV Music Honors, an awards show that pays tribute to international artists who have made significant contributions to China’s music industry.
1999 – George Michael, Sinead O’Connor, Chrissie Hynde, and Paul McCartney all perform at Here There and Everywhere: A Concert for Linda, a charity tribute to Linda McCartney held at London’s Royal Albert Hall.