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 […]
2008 – Led Zeppelin ‘To Announce 250Million Pound World Tour’ Whitesnake singer says… by Jason Gregory More Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin will mark their 40th anniversary with a £250million world tour, according to reports. Calls for the band to reform for a full world tour have been relentless since they played a one-off show at […]
2004 – Singer, actor, and all-around Gallic hero Charles Aznavour (“Yesterday When I Was Young”) is named a commander of the French Legion of Honour.
2003 – Following a dispute over songwriting credits with John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney agrees to let “Lennon-McCartney” be. McCartney outraged many Beatles fans by demanding “Yesterday” and other McCartney songs be credited to “McCartney-Lennon.”
2000 – Pete Townshend announces via his Web site that he contacted Eddie Vedder after learning about the deaths of nine people during a Pearl Jam performance at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. In 1979, 11 people were killed before a Who concert in Cincinnati. “I spoke yesterday to Eddie Vedder,” Townshend’s posting reads. “I […]
2000 – Free, one of the U.K.’s best-respected rock bands, is celebrated with the U.K. release of a five-CD box set. “Songs Of Yesterday” is an 80-track compilation of the legacy of the powerhouse rock/R&B act _ both on its own recordings and with other artists.
1997 – West Arkeen, who played guitar on Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion albums, dies. West Arkeen (June 18, 1960 – May 30, 1997) was an American musician best-known for co-writing several Guns N’ Roses songs, and was known unofficially as GN’R #6. He died on May 30, 1997 in Los Angeles of a […]
1983 – Felix Pappalardi dies at age 41 after being shot by his wife in their New York apartment. The producer worked on records by Cream, Hot Tuna, Mountain, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. What a bitch! Rock Star Shot Dead by Peter Mclaughlin and Larry Sutton with Thomas Raftery New York Daily News […]
1980 – Comedian John Belushi celebrates his birthday, which was yesterday, by joining the Dead Boys onstage in Los Angeles for a “jam.”
1970 – In New York, Bob Dylan records with George Harrison. The two mess around on the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” and “Da Doo Ron Ron.”