2006 – Gary Glitter stands trial on charges that he molested two girls aged 11 and 12 at his Vietnam home. The fallen glam rock star pleads not guilty, saying he was in fact teaching them English.
1987 – Here’s a sticky situation. Kris Kristofferson was given a plaque by a Vietnam veterans’ group after playing a benefit concert for it on July 4. Later the award was found in Kristofferson’s trashcan. He apologizes for the apparent disrespect today and later donates $1,000 to the Vietnamese Veterans Association.
1969 – John Lennon returns his MBE to the queen. The attached note reads, “Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against ‘Cold Turkey’ slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag.” Queen Elizabeth’s response is […]
1968 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Tighten Up,” Archie Bell & the Drells. Archie Bell was hospitalized from wounds suffered in Vietnam when the song hit the top.
1967 – Country Joe & the Fish perform at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on the eve on a Vietnam War protest march. The next day 100,000 people would march to Kezar Stadium to hear Vietnam vet David Duncan speak.
1965 – Queen Elizabeth II awards the Beatles the Order of the British Empire. John Lennon later returns his to protest poor sales of “Cold Turkey,” Vietnam, and whatever else was bugging him that morning.
1949 – Bruce Springsteen is born in Freehold, N.J., which last time we looked was indeed still in the U.S.A. Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American songwriter, singer and guitarist. He has recorded and toured with the E Street Band. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock […]
1949 – Rick Springfield (Richard Springthorpe) is born in Sydney, Australia. His biggest hit is the million-selling No. 1 single “Jessie’s Girl” in 1981. He wins a Grammy for the song as Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney) is an Australian-American songwriter, musician and […]
1938 – Paul Revere of the Raiders is born in Boise, Idaho. Paul Revere and the Raiders is an American rock band that saw enormous mainstream success in the second half of the 1960s and earlier 1970s, best-known for hits like “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian)” (1971), “Steppin’ Out” & “Just […]
1940 – John Lennon is born in Liverpool, England. One of the founding members of the Beatles. This great day in rock history! John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English rock musician, singer, writer, songwriter, artist, actor and peace activist who gained worldwide […]
1900 – Although jazz legend Louis Armstrong always claimed to have been born on this date, later scholarship established that his birthday was on August 4, 1901. Louis Armstrong (4 August 1901 – July 6, 1971), nicknamed Satchmo or Sachimo and Pops, was an American jazz trumpeter and singer. Coming to prominence in the 20s […]