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 […]
2003 – Bruce Springsteen and bandmate Nils Lofgren attend the funeral of their friend, eccentric Wall St. tycoon John Mulheren. Springsteen leads the assembly in Christmas carols, while Lofgren sings “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
1999 – Goo Goo Dolls narrowly avoid serious injury when the military plane they are aboard skids off the runway at a U.S. Naval Air Station in Sicily, Italy. The group is on its way back from Bosnia, where they had just performed for soldiers at Tuzla army base. The plane attempts two landing approaches […]
1998 – Linda McCartney, the rock photographer wife of Sir Paul McCartney and onetime member of the band Wings, dies of breast cancer in Santa Barbara, Calif. She is 56. McCartney, a keen vegetarian who marketed her own range of meat-free dishes, had been battling the disease for three years.
1985 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Broken Wings,” Mr. Mister. The song is written in 20 minutes by band members Richard Page and Steve George and their friend John Lang.
1984 – Paul McCartney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pipes Of Peace.’ McCartney made history by becoming the first artist to have a No.1 in a group, (The Beatles), in a duo, (with Stevie Wonder), in a trio, (with Wings) and as a solo artist.
1981 – Wings break up after Denny Laine leaves the band. Paul McCartney says he will carry on as a solo artist.
1980 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Coming Up (Live at Glasgow),” Paul McCartney & Wings.
1977 – “Mull of Kintyre” by Wings, led by Paul McCartney, becomes McCartney’s first post-Beatles No. 1 single in Britain. The bagpipe-accompanied song becomes Britain’s best selling single, eclipsing The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”
1977 – Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd are killed when their rented plane crashes in a swamp near Gillsburg, Miss. 20 October 1977, 6:55 pm. While flying from Greenville, South Carolina to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered Convair 240 aircraft crashed in a Mississippi swamp. The plane […]
1977 – Jimmy McCulloch quits Wings. The former Thunderclap Newman guitarist goes on to assist the Small Faces with their reunion tour.
1977 – Wings went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wings Over America’, Paul McCartney’s sixth US No.1 after The Beatles.