1998 – The “Gift To The Nation” concert, a combination of two separate events in Johannesburg, and Durban, South Africa, begins. The concerts are to celebrate President Nelson Mandela’s 80th Birthdays. Artists who appear include Stevie Wonder, LL Cool J, Dru Hill, Skunk Anansie, Salif Keita, Ismael Lo, Najee, Chaka Khan, Kenny Lattimore, James Ingram, […]
1997 – Bob Dylan releases Time Out of Mind. Critics call it a masterpiece this day in rock history! Time Out of Mind is Bob Dylan’s 30th studio album, released in 1997 by Columbia Records. For fans and critics, the album marked Dylan’s artistic comeback after he struggled with his musical identity throughout the 1980s, […]
1993 – Tireless “Weird Al” Yankovic records “Bohemian Polka” and “Harvey the Wonder Hamster” for his album Alapalooza.
1989 – Dion, the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1988 – Keith Richards releases his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap, as people wonder if the Rolling Stones will ever get back together again. We needn’t have worried.
1987 – Mick Jagger shoots the video for “Let’s Work” in New York. If you’re scratching your head wondering which Stones album this tune is from, it’s one of Mick’s ill-fated stabs at solo stardom.
1987 – Classical guitarist Andres Segovia dies of a heart attack. Age 94. He receives a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986. In the ceremony he is cited as the most brilliant and influential of all classical guitar players. Andrés Torres Segovia, 1st Marquess of Salobreña (21 February 1893–2 June 1987) was a Spanish classical […]
1985 – Stevie Wonder’s “Part-Time Lover ” reaches the No. 1 spot in The Chart Toppers Hot
1985 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Part-Time Lover,” Stevie Wonder. The song hits No. 1 22 years and three months after Wonder’s first No. 1, the longest span to date.
1984 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” Stevie Wonder. The song from the Gene Wilder film “The Woman in Red” wins an Academy Award.
1984 – Ray Parker JR. started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘Ghostbusters’. Parker who had been a session guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye was accused of plagiarizing the melody from Huey Lewis and the News song ‘I Want a New Drug’, […]
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.