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COUNTRY JOE McDONALD (Vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, leader of the psychedelic San Francisco folk/rock band, Country Joe & the Fish; solo career; one of the leading political voices of the late '60s/early '70s; his performance of "Feel Like I'm Fixing To Die Rag" at the original 1969 Woodstock ["Gimme an 'F'"!] became an anti-Viet Nam war anthem and late night FM classic for the era; he remains involved with social causes and regularly performs benefits for organizations such as Vietnam vets and saving the whales; "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine," "Breakfast For Two") Born in 1942 in El Monte, California.

WILLIAM "BILL" TAPIA (Hawaii's premier ukulee player of the 1920's and 30's, performed for U.S. troops heading off into WW1) Born in 1908 in Honolulu. Died December 2, 2011 in Westminster, Calif. one month shy of his 104th birthday.


In 1953, The "Father Of Modern Country," Hank Williams, Sr., brilliant songwriter and distinctive singer, died in the back of his Cadillac of a heart attack induced by a overload of liquor and morphine. At just 29, he was on his way to a gig in Canton, Ohio.

In 1960, Johnny Cash performed for the inmates at San Quentin Prison north of San Francisco. The performance was later released as an album.

In 1962, The Beatles played their first audition for a major record label, Decca Records. Unimpressed and discerning no potential, executives declined to sign them, instead inking another band that had auditioned that day called The Tremolos.

In 1964, With Dusty Springfield singing "I Only Want To Be With You," the BBC broadcast the inaugural Top Of The Pops TV show.

In 1965, The U.S. government, for undisclosed reasons, suddenly temporarily declined to issue work visas to British rock bands, effectively canceling tours by The Nashville Teens, The Zombies and The Hullabaloos.

In 1966, Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sounds Of Silence" made it to #1 on the U.S. singles chart and stayed there for two weeks.

In 1968, It was reported that Americans had spent over $1 billion on records the previous year, an unprecedented sum.

In 1972, Hippie princess Melanie Safka, better known as just plain Melanie, enjoyed the biggest hit of her career with the double entendre song "Brand New Key." It stayed at #1 for three weeks.

In 1977, The late Joe Strummer and The Clash headlined the grand opening of The Roxy. Formerly a gay disco, it became the venue for punk in London.

In 1979, Bruce Springsteen had a close call when a fan hurled a fire-cracker onstage at a New Year's Eve concert in Cleveland.

In 1984, Alexis Korner died. Korner was a major force behind the early '60s Brit blues and R&B boom.

In 1988, Prince gave an after-midnight New Year's Eve charity concert to benefit the homeless in Minnesota. He was joined onstage by Miles Davis.

In 1990, A radio station in Florida launched a new "All Zeppelin, All The Time" format by playing Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" continuously for 24 hours. The format would prove to be short-lived.

In 1997, Esteemed Texas singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt ("Pancho And Lefty") died. He was a friend and a favorite songwriter of Willie Nelson, among many other country and folk stars.

In 2002, Eric Clapton wed 25-year-old Melia McEnery, the mother of his baby daughter, in Ripley, Surrey, England.


ROGER MILLER (Singer, composer of catchy, clever international hit country/pop novelty '60s songs; "Dang Me," "Chug-A-Lug," "King of The Road" [covered on 2005 Breakback Mountain soundtrack by Rufus Wainwright and Teddy Thompson]) Born in 1936 in Fort Worth, Texas. Died October 25, 1992, from throat cancer.


In 1963, Duke Records released Bobby "Blue" Bland's "That's The Way Love Is," his second R&B #1 and third single to make the Top 40.

In 1971, All Things Must Pass, George Harrison's first solo album (not counting the bizarre, experimental Wonderwall Music and Electronic Sound discs), hit #1 in the U.S, featuring the hit singles, "What Is Life" and "My Sweet Lord."

In 1975, A U.S. District Court judge in New York allowed John Lennon and his attorneys to peruse the Department of Immigration files to determine whether the government's deportation case against him stemmed from his 1968 British drug bust or a Nixon administration vendetta.

In 1979, The trial of one-time Sex Pistol bassist Sid Vicious for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen opened in New York City. Vicious died of a heroin overdose one month later and never heard a verdict.

In 1980, Larry Williams, who had sizeable hit singles with "Dizzy Miss Lizzy" (covered by The Beatles) and "Bony Maroney," was found dead in his Los Angeles home from a gunshot wound. It was never determined if it was murder or suicide.

In 1997, Guitarist Randy California of '60s/'70s band Spirit ("I Got A Line On You"/"Nature's Way") drowned while attempting to rescue his 12 year-old son off the coast of Hawaii.

In 2004, Ex-Meat Puppets ("Backwater") bassist Cris Kirkwood was recovering in FBI custody after being shot in the abdomen outside of the downtown Phoenix, Arizona main post office. He was shot by a security guard after a heated argument with a woman over a parking space. Kirkwood was subsequently charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to do bodily harm - he allegedly beat the guard with his own baton. Kirkwood, who has been arrested previously on drug charges, formed the Meat Puppets in Phoenix in 1980 with his older brother, Curt. Nirvana covered three Meat Puppets songs, "Plateau," "Oh, Me" and "Lake Of Fire" on their 1994 MTV Unplugged album.


STEPHEN STILLS (Legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter, part of Buffalo Springfield for a brief but influential period; best known as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes) Young for over 30 years; formed Manassas with Chris Hillman for two albums; one album with Neil Young as the Stills-Young Band; maker of numerous solo discs; "For What It's Worth," "Bluebird," "suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Carry On," "We Are Not Helpless," "Change Partners," "Love The One You're With," "Sit Yourself Down," "Southern Cross," "Long May You Run," "Just A Song Before I Go," "Dark Star," "Wasted On The Way") Born in 1945 in Dallas.

JOHN PAUL JONES (born John Baldwin) (Founding member of Led Zeppelin; bass player, keyboards; later wrote music for films; produced other artists; two solo albums) Born in 1946 in London.

GEORGE MARTIN (Legendary producer for various artists from Ella Fitzgerald to Peter Gabriel, but forever will be celebrated for having been at the helm of all of The Beatles albums except for Let It Be, which was produced by Phil Spector) Born in 1926 in London.


In 1964, The Beatles appeared on American television for the first time when The Jack Paar Show on NBC aired an excerpt from a concert in Bournemouth, England.

In 1966, Via video tape, the Fab Four performed "Day Tripper" and "We Can Work It Out" on Hullabaloo.

In 1967, Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys received his summons for induction into the U.S. Army, but refused to be sworn in, claiming he was a conscientious objector.

In 1968, 30,000 copies of John & Yoko's Two Virgins album portraying the glory of their full frontal nudity on the cover were seized at New Jersey's Newark airport on the grounds of obscenity.

In 1970, The Beatles played together for the last time, recording what would be their final song, George Harrison's "I Me Mine." The song title was borrowed a decade later for Harrison's autobiography.

In 1973, Some 2,000 fashion experts named Mick Jagger and Bianca two of the dozen best dressed people in the world.

In 1974, Bob Dylan and The Band reunited for a six-week concert tour commencing at Chicago Stadium.

In 1981, David Bowie took his final bow as The Elephant Man on Broadway.

In 1992, Jim Kerr, head man of Simple Minds, took actress Patsy Kensit as his bride. Kerr had previously been married briefly to Chrissie Hynde.

In 2002, In a poll conducted by Your Home magazine, Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis were voted the "Neighbors From Hell," the celebrities one would least like to have living nearby.


MICHAEL STIPE (Lead vocalist and main songwriter for R.E.M., formed in 1980 in Athens, GA; one of America's most important and influential rock bands, heavily influenced by Patti Smith early on; "Radio Free Europe," "So. Central Rain," "Don't Go Back To Rockville," "The Finest Worksong," "Fall On Me," "The One I Love," "Losing My Religion," "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" "Stand," "Shiny Happy People," "Drive," "Everybody Hurts," "Man On The Moon") Born in 1960 in Decatur, Georgia.

BETH GIBBONS (Portishead)

PATTY LOVELESS (born Patty Lee Ramey) (Country/Americana honky-tonk songstress, numerous country hits; "A Little Bit Of Love") Born in 1957 in Pikeville, Kentucky.

DEANA CARTER (Americana/country singer; "Did I Shave My Legs For This?") Born in 1966.

ARTHUR CONLEY ('60s soul singer; a protégé of Otis Redding; "Sweet Soul Music") Born in 1946 in Atlanta. Died in Ruurlo, the Netherlands, on November 16, 2003.


In 1957, Fats Domino recorded "I'm Walking" in New Orleans. The single would eventually make to it to #4 on the pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart.

In 1957, Joe Louis, the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world, made an appearance on The Steve Allen Show to introduce soul great, Solomon Burke, who sang "You Can Run, But You Can't Hide."

In 1964, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles was reviewed by Billboard: "This is the hot British group that has struck gold overseas. Side A is a driving rocker with surf-on-the-Thames sound and strong vocal work from the group."

In 1965, CBS purchased the Fender guitar company, a favorite among rock musicians, for $13 million.

In 1971, Performance, starring Mick Jagger as a jaded and decadent rock star, finally premiered in London two years after the film had been completed.

In 1973, It was announced that Lamar Williams would take the place of the recently deceased Allman Brothers' bass player Berry Oakley.

In 1976, Mal Evans, a former close associate of The Beatles, was shot to death by police at his L.A. apartment. Friends contacted authorities when he refused to put down an unloaded rifle that he was holding. Evans supposedly aimed the weapon at officers upon their arrival, and they opened fire. A former bodyguard and roadie for the Fab Four, he was only 40.

In 1979, The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, where The Beatles enjoyed a lot of their initial success, reopened.

In 1994, Pearl Jam's Vs. was the second best-selling CD in America.

In 2000, Carlos Santana picked up an amazing 10 Grammy nominations, including Album Of The Year, for his comeback 1999 CD, Supernatural.


SAM PHILLIPS (Founder of Sun Records; innovative producer; instrumental in launching the careers of Elvis, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash; with his fusion of country & western with rhythm & blues, he helped launch rock & roll) Born in 1923 in Florence, Alabama. Died in Memphis on July 30, 2003.

IRIS DeMENT (Grammy-winning Americana singer-songwriter, debuted with highly acclaimed Infamous Angel in 1992; "Trouble" [with Mark Knopfler and Delbert McClinton], "In Spite of Ourselves" [with John Prine], "Wasteland of the Free") Born in 1961 in Paragould, Arkansas.

CHRIS STEIN (Guitarist, songwriter and mastermind behind Blondie, although vocalist Debbie Harry got most of the attention)  Born in 1950 in Brooklyn.


In 1959, "It Doesn't Matter Any More" b/w "Raining in My Heart," Buddy Holly's final single before his untimely demise, was released. The former was one of the few he recorded that he didn't write; Paul Anka was the author.

In 1963, Leonard Chess, co-founder of the legendary Chess record label, proclaimed, "As it stands today, there's virtually no difference between rock & roll, pop and rhythm & blues. The music has completely overlapped."

In 1968, Nine months after its release, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits went Gold. The album package contained an award-winning poster by artist Milton Glaser.

In 1975, The Wiz, an overhauled, black/soul version of The Wizard of Oz, opened at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway.

In 1978, The Sex Pistols made their U.S. debut at the Great Southeast Music Hall in Atlanta.

In 1979, The Blues Brothers (Belushi and Aykroyd) annoyed some purists and critics with their slightly tongue-in-cheek renditions of classic soul songs. Ironically, the Brothers' biggest supporters were the artists who had recorded the songs originally. Briefcase Full Of Blues by The Blues Brothers went to #1 and achieved Platinum status on this day.

In 1998, Republican Representative of California and one-time '60s pop star Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident at a South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, resort.


SYD BARRETT (born Roger Keith Barrett) (Original singer, songwriter, guitarist and founder of pioneering psychedelic pop/rock band, Pink Floyd; a legendary, enigmatic recluse who has not performed or recorded since a pair of solo albums circa 1970. The group’s epic "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" on Wish You Were Here is a tribute to Barrett; "Arnold Layne," "See Emily Play," "Interstellar Overdrive")  Born in 1946 in Cambridge, England.

SANDY DENNY (Brit folk-rocker with a powerful alto voice heard with Fairport Convention, on several solo albums, and with Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin on "The Battle Of Evermore"; “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”) Born in 1947 in Wimbledon, England. Died in 1978 from injuries sustained in a tumble down the stairs at a friend's house.

KIM WILSON (Singer and harp player who formed The Fabulous Thunderbirds with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan in the mid '70s, solo; "Wrap It Up," "Stand Back," "Powerful Stuff," "Tuff Enuff" [produced by Dave Edmunds]) Born in 1951 in Detroit.

EARL SCRUGGS (Virtuoso five-string banjo player, singer; partnered with Lester Flatt in the '50s and '60s as The Foggy Mountain Boys, the most well-known band in bluegrass history; he later formed The Earl Scruggs Revue with his two sons; "Foggy Mountain Breakdown") Born in 1924 in Flint Hill, North Carolina.

WILBERT HARRISON (Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, R&B-rocker best known for the classic "Kansas City") Born in 1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Died October 26, 1994, in Spencer, North Carolina.


In 1957, Over 20 minutes were devoted to Elvis Presley on his final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The King performed seven songs: "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Peace In The Valley," "Too Much" and "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again."

In 1966, Two days before it began a three-week run at #1, "We Can Work It Out" by The Beatles was awarded a Gold record. It would remain in the Hot 100 for 12 weeks.

In 1968, Magical Mystery Tour became The Beatles' 11th U.S. album chart-topper when it started an eight-week reign at #1.

In 1968, Gibson Guitars patented their famed "Flying V" electric guitar design, a favorite of many rockers and the trademark axe of bluesman Albert King.

In 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young made their U.K. debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

In 1971, Neil Young returned to his native Canada for his first concert since becoming a star.

In 1975, About 1,000 Led Zeppelin fans wrought havoc and rioted inside the lobby of the Boston Garden while waiting overnight to purchase tickets for an upcoming appearance by the band. Thirty-thousand dollars worth of damage was inflicted and the mayor immediately canceled the concert.

In 1977, Only three months after signing The Sex Pistols to a recording contract, EMI terminated the deal, rumor had it, as a result of the group's "disgraceful, aggressive behavior." The record company more or less paid them approximately $80,000 just to go away.

In 1987, Eric Clapton inaugurated what has become an annual event, a yearly six day gig at the Royal Albert Hall.

In 1993, David Bowie reportedly lost nearly $5 million in royalties due to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud.

In 1997, Two bronze busts of monks worth some $100,000 were chopped off their pillars and purloined from George Harrison's estate in Oxfordshire.

In 2001, Guitarist David Gilmour of Pink Floyd won the right to his own dot com name. A bloke by the name of Andrew Herman had been using the address,, to sell Floyd merchandise.


JOHN ONDRASIK (Singer, songwriter, principal leader and musician in breakout hit pop/rock band Five For Fighting; took their name from a hockey penalty reference; "100 Years," "Superman [It's Not Easy]," "Easy Tonight," "America Town") Born in Los Angeles.

KENNY LOGGINS (Singer, songwriter pop/rock star with Jim Messina (Loggins & Messina) in the '70s and a solo star in the '80s, "House At Pooh Corner," "Angry Eyes," "Your Mama Don't Dance," "Danny's Song," "Celebrate Me Home," "Whenever I Call You Friend," "I'm Alright," "Footloose") Born in 1948 in Everett, Washington.

KATHY VALENTINE (Bass player for the all-chick early '80s punk/pop band The Go-Go's. She has also performed with The Textones and The Delphines (with co-Go-Go Gina Schock); "We Got The Beat". Born Kathryn Valent in 1959 in Austin.

DAVE COUSINS (Vocalist, guitarist, songwriter for acclaimed '70s Brit folk/progressive rock band, The Strawbs—the band that launched the career of Yes keyboard player Rick Wakeman; solo artist; "Down By The Sea," "Lay Down," "Part Of The Union") Born in 1945.

PAUL REVERE (Keyboards, leader of Portland, Oregon's Paul Revere And The Raiders, a band that was once second only to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in record sales in the late '60s; "Kicks") Born in 1938 in Harvard, Nebraska.

MIKE McGEAR (Singer, songwriter and obscure brother of Paul McCartney) Born in 1944.

JANN WENNER (Founder, editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine; he launched the publication in 1967 in San Francisco with John Lennon on the cover) Born in 1946 in New York City.


In 1968, One of the country's pioneering "underground" free-form radio stations, San Francisco's KMPX-FM, held a "grass ballot" vote among its listeners. Of those "elected," Bob Dylan became president, Paul Butterfield vice president, George Harrison was named U.N. Ambassador, Jefferson Airplane, naturally, assumed the mantle of Secretary of Transportation and the Grateful Dead were victorious, elected in a landslide, collectively as... Attorney General.

In 1969, In an issue revolving around relations between blacks and whites, Look magazine ran an article called "Jimi Hendrix Socks It To The White House"; it read in part, "Jimi is not so much the Experience as a menace to public health. Plugged in and zonked, he only has to step across the stage to turn on their [women's] high-pitched passion." He was pictured lounging by a swimming pool surrounded by bikini-clad white women.

In 1970, The genial and generous Max Yasgur, owner of the New York farm where the Woodstock Festival of August 1969 was held, was sued by neighboring farmers for $35,000 in property damages.

In 1974, Carly Simon and James Taylor had their second child, a daughter they named Sarah Martin. Like her brother Ben, she has followed in her parents' musical footsteps.

In 1980, The final Led Zeppelin album released before the death of drummer John Bonham, In Through The Out Door, went Platinum. It was also the final album of all original material by the legendary group.

In 1981, Eagles Live, a two-record set, went Platinum. It turned out to be their last album until the 1994 reunion disc, Hell Freezes Over.

In 1993, R.E.M. performed a Green Peace benefit concert at a small club in Athens, Georgia. Appropriately, the show was recorded on a solar-power mobile recording studio.

In 1999, It was announced that Rod Stewart was separating from his supermodel wife Rachel Hunter after eight years of marriage.

In 1999, Paul McCartney was in attendance at the debut of stepdaughter Heather's first housewares collection in Atlanta. Much of the work was inspired by the art of ancient Mexican Indian tribes.


DAVID BOWIE (born David Robert Jones) (Ever-changing creative and enduring singer/songwriter, '70s/'80s rock star; commercial artist turned musician; he changed his name to Bowie early on to avoid confusion with The Monkees' Davy Jones; Bowie has recorded with Brian Eno and produced Lou Reed's Transformer ["Walk On The Wild Side"], Iggy Pop's Raw Power and wrote and produced the Mott The Hoople hit "All The Young Dudes"; Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor recorded a remix of "I'm Afraid Of Americans; "Man Who Sold the World," "Changes," "Space Oddity," "Ziggy Stardust," "Starman," "Rebel Rebel," "Sound & Vision," "Under Pressure" [with Queen], "Golden Years," "Stay," "Young Americans," "Fame," "Ashes To Ashes," "Let's Dance," "China Girl," "Low," "Heroes," "Never Let Me Down," "This Is Not America" [with Pat Metheny], "Little Wonder") Born in 1947 in London.

ELVIS PRESLEY (born Elvis Aron Presley) ("The King"; highly-influential '50s/'60s pop/country/gospel rocker who sold over one billion records [and counting] worldwide; America's first rock star; the son of a sewing-machine operator and a truck driver; "That's All Right Mama," "Blue Moon Of Kentucky," "Good Rockin' Tonight," "Baby Let's Play House," "Mystery Train," "Return To Sender," "Heartbreak Hotel," "All Shook Up," "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," "It's Now Or Never," "Suspicious Minds")  Born in 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi. Died on August 16, 1977, from drug abuse in Memphis.

ROBBY KRIEGER (Original jazz-oriented guitarist for The Doors who wrote their biggest hit; "Light My Fire"; "Break On Through," "Strange Days," "Love Street," "Touch Me," "Love Me Two Times," "Hello I Love You," "When The Music's Over," "The End," "20th Century Fox," "L.A. Woman," "Riders On The Storm," "Love Her Madly") Born in 1946 in Los Angeles.

TIFT MERRITT (Americana singer-songwriter) Born in 1975 in Houston, TX.


In 1957, On his 22nd birthday, Elvis Presley was inducted into to the army in Memphis.

In 1966, The final episode of Shindig! featuring The Kinks and The Who was broadcast on ABC-TV.

In 1973, Yoko Ono released Approximately Infinite Universe as a double album. She told the press, "I figured if George Harrison can put out a triple album, then I can put out a double album."

In 1975, Three Led Zeppelin concerts at Madison Square Garden sold out in a record four hours.

In 1993, MTV Unplugged by 10,000 Maniacs was #14 on Billboard's album chart.


DAVE MATTHEWS (Singer, songwriter, guitarist; leader of his immensely popular rock/jam/world beat band formed in 1991 in Charlottesville, VA; broke with 1994's massive Under The Table And Dreaming CD thanks to endless college appearances and the H.O.R.D.E. tour; "Tripping Billies," "Jimi Thing," "Ants Marching," "Satellite," "What Would You Say?" "Crash Into Me," "Stay," "Space Between," "I Did It," "Where Are You Going?," "Save Me") Born in 1967 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

JOAN BAEZ (American folk singer and '60s-era icon; internationally known; possesses an exceptional soprano voice; social and political activist heavily involved in humanitarian activities; emerged from the 1959 Newport Folk Festival; early champion of and one-time paramour of Bob Dylan whom she reunited with in 1975 singing duets with Dylan on his Rolling Thunder Revue, she also appeared in Dylan's 1978 film Renaldo And Clara; has recorded with established artists such as Jackson Browne and Paul Simon, and an inspiration to younger artists like the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams; "There But For Fortune," "Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Di Da," "Diamonds And Rust," "Christmas In Washington") Born in 1941 in Staten Island, New York.

JIMMY PAGE (One of the holy trinity of British guitarists who passed through the ranks of The Yardbirds [the other two were Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck]; went on to form the monumentally popular and influential Led Zeppelin; recorded The Honeydrippers cover disc with Robert Plant and went on to form The Firm [with Paul Rodgers] and Coverdale/Page [with David Coverdale]); Page more recently joined The Black Crowes for a tour and 2000's Live At The Greek; "Dazed And Confused," "Whole Lotta Love,"  "Ramble On," "What Is And What Should Never Be," "Tangerine," "That's The Way," "Goin' To California," "Stairway To Heaven," "The Battle Of Evermore," "Kashmir," "Ten Year's Gone," "Down By The Seaside," "The Rain Song," "Fool In The Rain," "All Of My Love") Born in 1944 in Heston, Middlesex, England.

DAVID JOHANSEN (a.k.a. Buster Poindexter) (Member of very influential ‘70s pre-punk glam band, The New York Dolls; reincarnated in the ‘90s as pseudo-lounge hipster Buster Poindexter; "Stranded In The Jungle," "Who Are The Mystery Girls," "Babylon," "Saturday Night Fish Fry," "Hot Hot Hot") Born in 1950 in Staten Island, New York.

STEVE HARWELL (Lead singer of alternative hit band Smash Mouth; emerged in 1997 with "Walkin' On The Sun"; "All Star," "Can't Get Enough Of You Baby") Born in 1967 in San Jose, California.


In 1960, "What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For?" by Emile Ford & The Checkmates became the first single by a homeland black act to reach the top of the U.K. charts. The group consisted of Bahamian immigrants.

In 1963, Charlie Watts left the group Blues Incorporated to join a up and coming band called The Rolling Stones.

In 1965, On this day The Beatles went to #1 on the U.S. album charts with Beatles '65 and stayed there for nine weeks.

In 1971, The American Jaycees named Elvis Presley one of the "10 outstanding young men of America." Elvis made a short speech at the reception of the award. It was recorded and heard on the soundtrack of the This Is Elvis documentary.

In 1973, The Rolling Stones' plan to tour Asia came to a halt when Mick Jagger was denied a Japanese visa as a result of a 1969 drug bust. Jagger responded to the press, "I don't take drugs. I don't approve of drugs and I don't approve of people taking drugs, unless they're very careful."

In 1973, Lou Reed married a cocktail waitress named Betty in New York City.

In 1977, Emmylou Harris wed record producer Brian Ahern.

In 1979, A Gift Of Song, a benefit concert for UNICEF, was held at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Among those performing were Rod Stewart, Rita Coolidge, Kris Kristofferson, John Denver and Earth Wind & Fire. The show, taped for later broadcast on NBC, raised about $500,000 for the world hunger organization.

In 1999, Everlast debuted on the album charts with Whitey Ford Sings The Blues.


ROD STEWART (Soulful rock/pop star, crooner; early vocalist for the powerful Jeff Beck Group and the Faces, and later a monumental solo success on his own; raised in London, but his father was from Scotland; former ditch digger; "I Ain't Superstitious," "Handbags And Gladrags," "Gasoline Alley," "Stay With Me," "Every Picture Tells A Story," "Reason To Believe," "True Blue," "You Wear It Well," "Maggie May," "You're In My Heart," "Young Turks," "Ooh La La") Born in 1945 in London.

SHAWN COLVIN (born Shawna Lee Colvin) (Folk/pop singer/songwriter who emerged out of Greenwich Village in the late '80s; sang backup on Suzanne Vega's "Luka"; Austin resident; "Steady On," "Tennessee," "Window To The World," "Shotgun Down The Avalanche," "Diamond In The Rough," "Round Of Blues," "Sunny Came Home," "Get Out Of This House") Born in 1958 in Vermillion, South Dakota.

DONALD FAGEN (Singer, keyboards, songwriter; along with Walter Becker, Fagen is half of Steely Dan, the heavily jazz-influenced rock band that formed in 1972 [the band took their name from a dildo in the William Burroughs novel Naked Lunch]; Fagen recorded two solo albums [The Nightfly and Kamakiriad] and reunited with Becker in 1993 for the first Steely Dan tour in nearly 20 years, followed by a live album in '95 and their first studio album since 1980, Two Against Nature, in 2000; "Do It Again," "Dirty Work," "Bodhisattva," "Bad Sneakers," "Reelin' In The Years," "My Old School," "The Royal Scam," "Kid Charlemagne," "Pretzel Logic," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Babylon Sisters," "Josie," "Peg," "Aja," "Home At Last," "Black Cow," "Hey Nineteen," "Time Out Of Mind," "FM," "New Frontier," "I.G.Y.," "Cousin Dupree," "Jack Of Speed," "The Last Mall," "Blues Beach") Born in 1948 in Passaic, New Jersey.

BRAD ROBERTS (Quirky baritone lead singer and founder of the Crash Test Dummies from Canada; "Superman's Song," "God Shuffled His Feet," "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm," "Flying Feeling") Born in 1964 in Canada.

AYNSLEY DUNBAR (Versatile and sought-after studio drummer, best known for his work with Frank Zappa and The Mothers, David Bowie, early Journey, Jeff Beck, John Mayall, the Bonzo Dog Band and the Jefferson Starship) Born in 1946 in Liverpool, England.

CYRIL NEVILLE (Youngest of the famed Neville brothers from New Orleans; vocals and percussion; "Yellow Moon," "Iko Iko,"  "Hey Pocky Way," "Fire On The Bayou") Born in 1949 in New Orleans.

PAT BENATAR (born Patricia Andrzejewski) (late-'70s/early-'80s hit pop/rock singer, "Heartbreaker," "I Need A Lover," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot") Born in 1953 in Brooklyn.

JIM CROCE (Early-'70s folk/pop singer, songwriter; father of talented singer/pianist A.J. Croce; "You Don't Mess Around With Jim," "Operator," "I Got A Name," "Time In A Bottle," "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song") Born in 1943 in Philadelphia. Died September 20, 1973, in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana.


In 1956, Elvis cut his first sides for RCA Victor at the Methodist recording studios in Nashville. One of the songs recorded that day was "Heartbreak Hotel."

In 1968, "Chain Of Fools" gained Aretha Franklin her fourth Gold record. It would go on to win a Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Female.

In 1971, Bob Dylan made a rare (at the time) public appearance, backing up banjo master Earl Scruggs on "East Virginia Blues" and "Nashville Skyline Rag" for a segment in a documentary film.

In 1975, Soul great Al Green picked up Gold record #12 for Al Green Explores Your Mind.

In 1976, Blues legend Howlin' Wolf (born Chester Burnett) died in Hines, Illinois, following brain surgery.

In 1977, The incorrigible and indestructible Keith Richards was fined £1,500 after being found guilty of cocaine possession in England.

In 1981, A little over a month after the murder of John Lennon, his album with Yoko, Double Fantasy, went Platinum and stayed at #1 for eight weeks.

In 1981, The versatile Linda Ronstadt opened in a production of Gilbert & Sullivan' famed operetta The Pirates Of Penzance at the Uris Theatre on Broadway. The show later moved to the Minskoff Theatre to complete a run of 772 performances. Ronstadt and onstage co-star Rex Smith would go on to make a movie version.

In 1997, Get down on it! James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, finally got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


CLARENCE CLEMONS (Longtime E Street Band Sax Player for Bruce Springsteen, known as "the big man"; solo albums; "He Was a Friend of Mine" [with Jackson Browne]) Born 1942 in Norfolk, VA.

ROBERT EARL KEEN (Americana/Texas music artist; "Dreadful Selfish Crime," "The Road Goes On Forever," "Over the Waterfall," "What I Really Mean") Born in 1956 in Houston.

DAVE ALVIN (Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and co-founder with his older brother Phil of early-'80s L.A. rockabilly band The Blasters; also in pioneering punk band, X; has produced and recorded with The Derailers, Syd Straw, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys and Tom Russell; once toured with the late Country Dick Montana and Mojo Nixon in the Pleasure Barons; Alvin wrote the 1989 country hit for Dwight Yoakam, "Long White Cadillac"; "American Music," "Border Radio," "4th Of July," "Dry River," "Thirty Dollar Room," "Guilty Man," "King of California," "Blackjack David," "Abilene," "Out in California," "Ashgrove") Born in 1955 in Downey, California.

ANDY PARTRIDGE (Leader of XTC; guitars, vocals and keyboards, well-crafted Brit pop/rock that broke on College radio in America in 1979; "Making Plans For Nigel," "Generals And Majors," "Senses Working Overtime," "The Mayor of Simpleton," "Dear God" [produced by Todd Rundgren]) Born in 1953 on the Island of Malta.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW (Singer, songwriter; portrayed Buddy Holly in the 1987 film La Bamba; acted in Peggy Sue Got Married and played John Lennon in a road show version of Beatlemania; Crenshaw's songs have been featured in many soundtracks and recorded by artists ranging from Bette Midler to the Gin Blossoms, "Something's Gonna Happen," "Someday, Someway," "Rockin' Around NYC," "Cynical Girl," "There She Goes Again") Born in 1953 in Detroit.

CHRIS SMITHER (Distinctive modern acoustic folk/bluesman, slide guitarist and singer; emerged from the late-'60s Boston folk scene; wrote "I Feel The Same" and "Love You Like A Man" for Bonnie Raitt; "Memphis in the Meantime," "Help Me Now," "Already Gone," "Thanks to You," "Small Revelations," "Train Home") Born in 1944 in New Orleans.

JESSE COLIN YOUNG (born Perry Miller) (Leader of late-'60s hit band The Youngbloods; folk/jazz/blues influenced singer/songwriter, guitarist; solo career; has been a figure in the San Francisco music scene since the late '60s via Greenwich Village and Boston folk circuits; currently living in Hawaii; "Darkness Darkness," "Get Together," "Ridgetop," "Mornin' Sun," "Living In Paradise") Born in 1944 in New York.

MOSE ALLISON (Jazz/blues singer and pianist; American icon; his songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"), Van Morrison ("Your Mind Is On Vacationâ%u20AC¦"), The Who ("Young Man's Blues"), John Mayall ("Partridge Farm") and The Yardbirds ("I'm Not Talking"), among others; played piano with early jazzmen Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Zoot Sims; influenced by Louis Jordan; "If You Only Knew," "Look Here," popular cover of "The Seventh Son") Born in 1927 in Tippo, Mississippi.

LAVERN BAKER (born Dolores Williams) (Major jump blues/R&B diva in the '50s; career revival in the late '80s; best known for "Jim Dandy") Born in 1929 in Chicago. Died in 1997 in New York.


In 1957, Buddy Holly's famous recording of "Peggy Sue" was released.

In 1958, The original version of "The Twist" was taped by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters at a Cincinnati studio. Chubby Checker would later have the hit.

In 1965, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground made their debut at a Summit, N.J. high school dance.

In 1969, Jim Morrison and a pal were en route via jet from L.A. to Phoenix to catch The Rolling Stones in concert. During the trip, Morrison "interfered with the flight of an intercontinental aircraft," became highly intoxicated and obnoxious, pestering a flight attendant. He was jailed for the offenses, facing a possible $10,000 fine and 10-year prison sentence. The charges were eventually dropped.

In 1970, Two very different albums, both bearing the title of Plastic Ono Band, were released on this day. One featured John Lennon, the other Yoko Ono.

In 1970, The Bob Dylan book Tarantula was published. It received positive press.

In 1970, Tragedy struck The Allman Brothers Band again when bassist Berry Oakley died as the result of a motorcycle accident just three blocks from where Duane Allman had been killed in a similar mishap.

In 1973, Thirty radio stations across the country broadcast what was purported to be a Mott The Hoople live concert. In actuality, it consisted of studio tracks with pre-recorded applause dubbed in.

In 1989, Melissa Etheridge and Joe Cocker serenaded Germans who were celebrating at the freshly demolished Berlin Wall.

In 1995, The Smashing Pumpkins held down the top album spot on the charts with Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.


MISSISSIPPI FRED McDOWELL (Original blues legend best known for his song "You Got To Move," which was covered by The Rolling Stones on their Sticky Fingers album; wrote "Write Me A Few Of Your Lines" and "Kokomo," which were covered by Bonnie Raitt) Born in 1904 in Rossville, Tennessee. Died of abdominal ulcers on July 3, 1972, in Memphis.

RUTH BROWN ('50s R&B legend on Atlantic Records, has more recently recorded with Bonnie Raitt; "Teardrops in My Eyes," "I'll Wait for You," "I Know," "5-10-15 hours," "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town" [with Bonnie Raitt]) Born in 1928 in Portsmouth, Virginia.

LONG JOHN BALDRY (Veteran British blues/rocker; began as a folkie touring Europe with Ramblin' Jack Elliott in 1957-1961 before he started playing blues; played in earliest Brit blues/rock outfits such as Blues Incorporated with Alexis Korner, recorded with Rod Stewart and Elton John; later dabbled in voiceovers in the '80s and '90s as narrator on The Original Story Of Winnie The Pooh and as the voice of Captain Robotnick in kid's cartoons; "Don't Try To Lay No Boogie-Woogie On The King Of Rock & Roll") Born in 1941 in London.


In 1963, Bob Dylan performed in London in a BBC radio play called The Madhouse of Castle Street. Naturally he played a folk singer.

In 1965, Hullabaloo premiered on NBC-TV.

In 1968, The Supremes appeared in an episode of the popular NBC-TV show Tarzan. The ladies played a group of nuns.

In 1974, "The Joker," by the Steve Miller Band, was the #1 single in the land.

In 1975, A nine-city tour of Europe began for Warner Bros. artists Little Feat, Tower Of Power, The Doobie Brothers, Bonaroo, Montrose and Graham Central Station. Little Feat reportedly stole the show.

In 1991, Johnny Paycheck ("Take This Job And Shove It") was released from an Ohio prison after serving two years of a seven-year sentence for shooting a tavern patron. Before leaving office, Gov. Richard Celeste commuted his sentence.

In 1992, A baby girl was born to Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall. Georgia May Ayeesha was the third child for the couple and the fifth for Jagger.

In 1995, The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green, the late Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Neil Young, The Orioles and the late Frank Zappa were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1998, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies were held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Those inducted: the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Mamas & the Papas, Santana, Lloyd Price, Gene Vincent, Allen Toussaint and Jelly Roll Morton.

In 1998, Billy Joel sold out a record-setting eighth and ninth shows at the Nassau County Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

In 1999, Elton John filed suit in London against PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accountancy firm, and Andrew Haydon, a former managing director of John Reid Enterprises, his former management company, over an alleged missing £20 million from his business empire.

In 2000, Smashing Pumpkins manager Sharon Osbourne broke off with the Chicago rock quartet. In a statement, Osbourne said, "It was with great pride and enthusiasm that I took on management of the Pumpkins back in October, but unfortunately I must resign today due to medical reasons. Billy Corgan was making me sick!"

In 2001, Pioneering Brazilian composer/guitarist Luis Bonfá died of cancer in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 78. Bonfá wrote the bossa nova score for the 1959 film Black Orpheus, which introduced the genre to a broader audience.

In 2002, '80s star Adam Ant was arrested after an alleged incident in a London pub where he was charged with assault and possession of a firearm, and also faced charges of criminal damage and actual bodily harm after the alleged fracas.

In 2003, Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees died at a Miami hospital. He was 53. He had suffered a heart attack three days before prior to undergoing emergency abdominal surgery.


TREVOR RABIN (Guitarist with Yes for a period; solo artist; movie soundtrack composer) Born in 1944 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

GRAHAM "SUGGS" MCPHERSON (Lead vocalist for Brit ska-pop band Madness; "Our House") Born in 1961 in Hastings, E. Sussex, England.


In 1962, Chubby Checker's "The Twist" became the only single in the history of the charts to make it to #1 on two separate occasions. The first time had been in September of 1960.

In 1964, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles was released in the U.S. All hell would break loose shortly thereafter, as in "Beatlemania."

In 1968, The University of Florida audio lab announced that tests indicated that the decibels generated at a typical rock & roll concert were damaging to one's hearing. Say what?

In 1969, For the first time since his early days, Elvis had a recording session in Memphis. One of the results was his 18th #1, "Suspicious Minds."

In 1973, Following a couple years plagued by heroin addiction, Eric Clapton made a triumphant return at London's Rainbow Theatre. Accompanied by an impressive all-star band including Pete Townshend, Steve Winwood and Ron Wood, he sold out two shows and began and ended each one with "Layla." After the concerts, Clapton revealed to a reporter, "I was very nervous, felt sick, the whole bit." Acknowledging the audience he added, "They don't know how much it helped me."

In 1978, Elvis' version of Paul Anka's hideous song of self-aggrandizement and rationalization, "My Way," went gold five months after his death. Better known as Sinatra's theme song, the King did okay with the tune.

In 1978, Work began on the first album by Sting (Gordon Sumner), Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland, known as The Police. The album would be titled Outlandos d'Amour.

In 1979, Donny Hathaway, best known for his duets with Roberta Flack, either fell or leapt to his death from a 15th floor hotel room in N.Y.C. Speculation centered on suicide, as Hathaway had suffered from depression most of his life. He was only 34.

in 1979, The Y.M.C.A., unimpressed and certainly not amused by the flamboyantly gay Village People's song "Y.M.C.A.," sued the group. The action was later dropped.

In 1980, The Grateful Dead, the Beachboys and the Jefferson Starship headlined a benefit concert at the Oakland Coliseum for the people of Kampuchea.


DAVE GROHL (Drummer, guitarist, singer, songwriter with Nirvana and the Foo Fighters; raised in the Washington, DC, area and moved to Seattle in late '80s, joining up with the late Kurt Cobain and Nirvana in 1990; formed the Foo Fighters in 1995; "Come As You Are," "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "About A Girl," "Lithium," "All Apologies," "Heart-Shaped Box," "Marigold," "This Is A Call," "Big Me," "Everlong," "My Hero")  Born in 1969.

T BONE BURNETT (born Joseph Henry Burnett) (Singer, songwriter, guitarist; best known as producer for Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Counting Crows, Delbert McClinton, Los Lobos, Marshall Crenshaw and The BoDeans; grew up in Forth Worth, Texas; joined up with Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue; produced the mega-selling O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, also Down From The Mountain; solo career; married to singer/songwriter Sam Phillips; "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend") Born in 1948 in St. Louis.

ALLEN TOUSSAINT (New Orleans singer, songwriter, pianist, producer, arranger, solo artist; worked with Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, The Meters, The Band, Paul Simon, Little Feat, LaBelle; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998; "Southern Nights," "What Do You Want The Girl To Do" [covered by Boz Scaggs and Bonnie Raitt], "Yes We Can Can," "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley," [covered by Little Feat and Robert Palmer], "Brickyard Blues") Born in 1938 in New Orleans.

CLARENCE CARTER ('60s-era hit soul singer, "Patches") Born in 1936 in Montgomery, Alabama.


In 1955, Legendary deejay Alan Freed held his first Rock & Roll Ball in Harlem. The sold-out shows starred Big Joe Turner, The Clovers, Fats Domino, The Drifters, The Moonglows and The Harptones.

In 1960, Elvis Presley was demoted to sergeant in the U.S. Army. But, heh, he was still The King.

In 1963, Drummer Charlie Watts made his first onstage appearance with The Rolling Stones at the Flamingo Jazz Club in Soho, London.

In 1966, Britain musician David Jones legally changed his last name to Bowie to avoid confusion with The Monkees' Davy Jones. On this same day, Parlophone Records released the single "Can't Help Thinking About Me" b/w "And I Say To Myself" by David Bowie And The Lower Third.

In 1967, The Grateful Dead and the Jefferson Airplane performed at the first "Human Be-In" at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

In 1970, Diana Ross sang with the other two Supremes for the last time at a show in Vegas.

In 1973, Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii, transmitted via satellite, drew the largest worldwide television audience in the history of the medium. Later released as a double album, it became one of Elvis's best selling releases of the '70s.

In 1973, Thunderin' Phil Lesh, bassist for The Grateful Dead, was busted for drug possession in California.

In 1975, Joe Walsh got the Gold for his third solo album, So What. Walsh joined up with the Eagles the next year.

In 1978, The Sex Pistols made their final concert appearance, at Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco, before calling it quits. A reunion tour (naturally, without Sid Vicious) in 1996 was disastrous.

In 1985, "Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band-Aid, an all-star aggregation, became the U.K.'s biggest selling single ever when sales of three million copies was approached just weeks after its release.

In 1989, Paul McCartney released his album Back In The U.S.S.R. only in Russia. Bootleg copies went for as much as $1,000 here in the States.

In 1993, The Pixies announced that they were breaking up.


CAPTAIN BEEFHEART (born Don Van Vliet) (A kind of mad, psychedelic genius of music with his combination of bizarre lyrics, delta blues, free jazz, classical and rock on records bearing titles like Trout Mask Replica, Lick My Decals Off, Baby, Doc At The Radar Station and Ice Cream For Crow; he sounded not unlike Howlin’ Wolf on acid; friend of and worked often with Frank Zappa; retired from music in '82, taking up residence in a trailer in the Southern California desert to concentrate on painting; "Clear Spot") Born in 1941 in Glendale, California.

RONNIE VAN ZANT (Original lead vocalist for Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd; killed in the 1977 plane crash; "Gimme Three Steps," "Simple Man," "Free Bird," "Sweet Home Alabama," "That Smell")  Born in 1948 in Jacksonville, Florida. Died October 20, 1977, in a plane crash near Gillsburg, Mississippi.

MARTHA DAVIS (Lead singer for The Motels; "Danger," "Only The Lonely") Born in 1951 in Berkeley, California.

GENE KRUPA (Legendary, pace-setting '40s-era jazz/swing drummer who brought percussion to the forefront, making the drummer a star for the first time; influenced many rock drummers with his flamboyance and showmanship) Born in 1909 in Chicago. Died in 1973 in Yonkers, New York.


In 1955, “Music with an R&B beat,” reported Billboard magazine, "is no longer regarded as a passing phase by major recording firms." They cited white-breaders Perry Como, The Crewcuts, The Hutton Sisters, and Bill Darnell and Rosemary Clooney covering Gene & Eunice’s #7 R&B hit “Ko Ko Mo.”

In 1961, Berry Gordy and Motown signed The Supremes to a recording contract. Before long, they would become Motown's hottest selling act.

In 1964, Vee Jay Records, the first label to release The Beatles’ recordings in the U.S., filed suit against Capitol and Swan Records to prohibit their manufacturing and distributing Beatles recordings. Capitol was granted an injunction restraining Vee Jay.

In 1965, “I Can’t Explain,” an early Who classic and their first single, was released in the U.K. It featured guest guitarist Jimmy Page.

In 1967, December’s Children, the third album by The Rolling Stones, featuring “Get Off Of My Cloud,” “Route 66,” “As Tears Go By” and ‘‘I’m Free,” earned a Gold record.

In 1967, Pressured by CBS television censors, The Rolling Stones revised one of their songs, singing “Let’s Spend Some Time Together” on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1971, George Harrison released the single “My Sweet Lord,” from All Things Must Pass.

In 1972, Don McLean’s only #1 record, American Pie, began a four-week run in the top spot.

In 1974, Brownsville Station, described by band leader Cub Koda as “Chuck Berry 1973 filtered through three madmen,” scored a Gold record for “Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room,” their only hit.

In 1977, The EaglesHotel California album was #1 on the album chart.

In 1983, The top single in the U.S., “Down Under,” was by an Australian band, Men At Work. It remained in the #1 position for four weeks.

In 1984, Mick Jagger co-starred in a video of Bette Midler’s rendition of "Beast Of Burdon" at the Peppermint Lounge in N.Y.C.

In 1991, Updated to reflect 1990's sensibilities, John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance" was remade by son Sean. It was released to coincide with the United Nation’s midnight deadline for Iraq to vacate Kuwait.

In 1992, New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees included Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. & The MG's, Johnny Cash, Bill Graham, Jimi Hendrix, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave and The Yardbirds. The ceremonies were conducted at New York's Waldorf Astoria.

In 1992, Dee Murray, the longtime bassist for Elton John, succumbed to cancer at the age of 45.

In 1994, At the age of 53, much-loved and respected singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson died of heart disease. He was best known for songs such as "Everybody's Talking," "Without You" and "Coconut."

In 2002, '80s pop star Adam Ant was confined in a mental ward 24 hours after being charged with pulling a gun on employees at a London pub.


SADE (born Helen Folsade Adu) (International hit jazzy soul diva; "Smooth Operator," "The Sweetest Taboo, "No Ordinary Love") Born in 1959 in Ibadan, Nigeria.

JIM STAFFORD (Country-pop singer/songwriter who had several novelty hits in the '70s; "Spiders And Snakes," "My Girl Bill," "Wildwood Weed") Born in 1944 in Eloise, Florida.


In 1957, "Too Much," the first of four chart-toppers for Elvis that year, entered the best-selling singles list.

In 1957, The Cavern Club opened in what had previously been a wine cellar on Matthew Street in Liverpool. It became a landmark, nearly a shrine, after The Beatles became the club's house band in '61 and '62.

In 1970, Bag One, John Lennon's exhibit of erotic lithographs at a London art gallery, was shut down by Scotland Yard on the grounds that it was pornography.

In 1970, The Who performed their rock opera Tommy at the Théâtre Des Champs-Élysées in Paris. It was the launch of their first tour in Europe in four years.

In 1973, Legendary gospel singer Clara Ward died at the age of 48 after suffering a second stroke. Aretha Franklin called Clara one of her greatest inspirations.

In 1975, Paul McCartney & Wings arrived in New Orleans to begin recording sessions for what would be the Venus And Mars album. They worked with musician/producer Allen Toussaint at his Sea-Saint Studio.

In 1976, The best-selling live album of all time, Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive, was released. It would ultimately top the album charts for over two months and attain multi-Platinum status.

In 1980, Paul McCartney was incarcerated in Tokyo after it was discovered that he had half a pound of weed in his possession. He spent 10 days in a Japanese jail before being booted out of Japan with his tour canceled.

In 1984, The Rolling Stones journeyed to Mexico City to film videos for "She Was Hot" and "Too Much Blood," two songs off their Latin America-flavored Undercover album.

In 1987, The Beastie Boys were the first band ever to be censored on American Bandstand.

In 1988, In a bit of a comeback, George Harrison was enjoying a #1 single with "Got My Mind Set On You."

In 1991, The Byrds and Wilson Pickett were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1992, Mick Jagger was in attendance at the premiere of his film Freejack at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

In 1996, Believing it to be piloted by a drug trafficker, Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane. Fortunately, neither Buffett nor his passenger, Bono, were injured.

In 1999, Warren Zevon, Jonny Lang and Delbert McClinton played the inaugural ball of newly elected governor of Minnesota, Jesse "The Body" Ventura, the former wrestler.


STEVE EARLE (Singer/songwriter, guitarist, social activist; son of an air traffic controller; influenced by Jerry Jeff Walker and Townes Van Zandt; never one to conform to a particular style, Earle evolved primarily into a roots rocker with a devoted following; raised near San Antonio, he moved to Nashville in the mid-'70s and became a member of Guy Clark's band; with many songs successfully recorded by other artists, he made his first recordings in the early '80s after a return to Texas; the Guitar Town album in '86 was a great success, but just as his career was taking off, Earle was derailed by substance abuse; he reestablished himself as a major force in the mid-'90s; "Guitar Town," "Copperhead Road," "I Ain't Ever Satisfied," "I Feel Alright," "Transcendental Blues," "John Walker's Blues") Born in 1955 in Fort Monroe, Virginia.

MICK TAYLOR (Guitarist with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers; best known for his six-year stint with The Rolling Stones; worked with the Jack Bruce Band, Little Feat, Bob Dylan; solo artist; "Sway," "Moonlight Mile," "Ventilator Blues," "Time Waits For No One") Born in 1948 in Hereford, Hereford and Worcester, England.

PAUL YOUNG (Late '70s/early '80s-era Brit blue-eyed soul singer; "Everytime You Go Away") Born in 1956 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

JOHN CRAWFORD (Founder of L.A.-based '80s synth-pop group Berlin; "Metro," "Take My Breath Away," "Sex [I'm Aâ%u20AC¦]") Born in 1960.

SUSANNA HOFFS (Lead singer with '80s all-girl L.A.-based jangly pop/rock band The Bangles; solo artist; in September 2003, The Bangles released Doll Revolution, their first album together in 15 years; "Manic Monday," "Walk Like An Egyptian," "Eternal Flame," "Hazy Shade Of Winter," "Tear Off Your Own Head [It's A Doll Revolution]") Born in 1961 in Newport Beach, California.

SHABBA RANKS (born Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon) (Late '80s/'90s Grammy-winning international dancehall reggae star; "Roots and Culture," "Wicked Inna Bed," "Family Affair") Born in 1966 in Sturgetown, Jamaica.


In 1965, Rolling Stones drummer and jazz fan Charlie Watts published his book, Ode To A High Flying Bird, a tribute to jazz immortal Charlie Parker. On this same day, The Stones recorded "The Last Time" and "Play With Fire."

In 1969, The self-titled debut album by Led Zeppelin was released.

In 1970, R&B belter Billy Stewart, best known for his 1966 hit recording of George Gershwin's "Summertime," was killed along with three of his band members when their vehicle went out of control and plunged off a bridge into the Neuse River in North Carolina. He was 32.

In 1970, The Doors began a two-night stand at the Felt Forum in New York City. The show was taped and much of it was used for the Absolutely Live album. Segments from other concerts around the country were used.

In 1972, Highway 51 South in Memphis was re-christened Elvis Presley Blvd.

In 1979, After what Dolly Parton described as "a week-long slumber party," Dolly, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris announced that they would record an album together.

In 1981, Prince entered the soul chart for the fourth time with "Dirty Mind." Evidently, he impressed critics more than record buyers as the single peaked at only #65. Later in '81, the album Controversy and the single bearing that title made a much bigger impact on the general public.

In 1990, New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees included Hank Ballard, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, Simon & Garfunkel, The Platters and The Who in ceremonies conducted at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

In 1993, Hundreds of thousands turned out for a free concert in Washington, DC, part of President Clinton's inauguration celebration. Among the performers was Aretha Franklin.

In 1996, The following artists were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on this day: David Bowie, Tom Donahue (the pioneering free-form/underground deejay), the Jefferson Airplane, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles and The Velvet Underground.


TOM BAILEY (Lead singer for Brit hit '80s band The Thompson Twins; "Hold Me Now," "Lay Your Hands On Me," "King For A Day") Born in 1957 in  Halifax, W. Yorks, England.

DAVID RUFFIN (Lead vocalist with The Temptations; solo artist; he was out of the band by the time they recorded "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" and "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," but Ruffin was in The Temps for many of their biggest hits like "My Girl," "The Way You Do The Things You Do," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "Get Ready," "I Wish It Would Rain") Born in 1941 in Whynot, Mississippi. Died of a heroin overdose in Philadelphia on June 1, 1991.


In 1964, The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" became the fastest-breaking and the fastest-selling single in Capitol Records' history when it entered the singles chart at #45.

In 1972, Pink Floyd began recording their magnum opus, Dark Side Of The Moon. It would go on to spend an unbelievable 742 weeks (more than 14 years) on the album chart.

In 1973, The Rolling Stones benefit concert for Nicaraguan earthquake victims was a big success, raising over $400,000.

In 1977, On the eve of President-elect Jimmy Carter's inauguration, a commemorative concert was televised. Linda Ronstadt and Aretha Franklin were among the performers, while John Lennon and Paul Simon sat in the audience.

In 1978, At the conclusion of The Sex Pistols' U.S. tour, Johnny Rotten sneered at his San Francisco audience, "How does it feel to be swindled?" The following morning he announced that the group was over, blaming manager Malcolm McLaren's exploitative tactics. Later that afternoon, Sid Vicious was rushed to a hospital following an overdose of barbiturates and alcohol.

In 1980, The once-successful Capricorn Records, the home of such legendary Southern rock acts as The Allman Brothers Band and The Marshall Tucker Band, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In 1985, USA Today conducted a poll of its readers as to where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should be located. To the surprise of many, and the consternation of some, Cleveland was elected. After all, Cleveland rocks!

In 1987, Steve Winwood wed Eugenia Grafton.

In 1989, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees on this day: Dion, The Ink Spots, Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones, Bessie Smith, The Soul Stirrers, Phil Spector, the Temptations and Stevie Wonder. Highlights of the ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria included a tribute to Roy Orbison, who had died the previous month, with Bruce Springsteen singing the Orbison classic "Crying."

In 1995, Jerry Garcia crashed his rented BMW into a guard rail near the northern side of the Golden Gate Bridge. He was not hurt.

In 1996, Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson.

In 2000, Spencer Goodman, who had been convicted of kidnapping and killing the wife of ZZ Top manager Bill Ham in Houston in 1991, was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas.


JANIS JOPLIN (Powerful heart-on-her-sleeve '60s blues and rock persona who left Texas to join up with San Francisco-based Big Brother And The Holding Company and later the Kozmic Blues Band and the Full Tilt Boogie Band [for the Pearl album]; made a tremendous impact considering she was only in the limelight between 1967 and 1970; "Piece Of My Heart," "Ball And Chain," "Half Moon," "Get It While You Can," "Combination Of The Two," "Cry Baby," "Buried Alive In The Blues," "Me And Bobby McGee") Born in 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas. Died on October 4, 1970, of a heroin overdose in a Hollywood hotel room.

ROBERT PALMER (Funky and stylish Brit blue-eyed soul singer; grew up on the island of Malta; member of '70s band Vinegar Joe and solo hit with back-up from Little Feat and The Meters before ultimately becoming an '80s MTV star with a string of pop hits; was a member of 1985 band Power Station with Duran Duran members; "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley," "Give Me An Inch," "Every Kinda People," "Addicted To Love," "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On," "Simply Irresistible," "Dr. Zhivago's Train") Born in 1949 in Batley, England. Died of a heart attack in Paris on September 26, 2003.

PHIL EVERLY (Singer, songwriter; along with brother Don was half of The Everly Brothers, one the most influential (The Beatles liked and emulated their harmonies) and popular duos of the '50s into the early '60s; "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bye Bye Love," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Cathy's Clown") Born in 1939 in Chicago.

DOLLY PARTON (Hit Country/Americana soprano who ventures into bluegrass and gospel collaborations; actress, teamed with Porter Wagoner for many years; made Trio albums with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt; "Tennessee Homesick Blues," "Yellow Roses," "Rockin' Years," "After The Gold Rush," "Coat Of Many Colors," "Jolene," "I Will Always Love You") Born in 1946 in Locust Ridge, Tennessee.

DEWEY BUNNELL (Member of the '70s hit pop-folk trio America; "Horse With No Name," "Ventura Highway," "Sister Golden Hair") Born in Yorkshire, England in 1951.


In 1971, The mass murder trial of Charles Manson was under way. Much to the dismay of The Beatles, "Helter Skelter" was played in the courtroom. Manson had reportedly scrawled "helter skelter" on a mirror at the scene of the crime.

In 1974, A nine-mile long traffic jam prevented many fans from entering the Bob Dylan concert with The Band at the Miami Sportsatorium until it was half-over.

In 1976, Promoter Bill Sargent made his first proposal to The Beatles to reunite, offering $30 million for just one concert. As we know, they refused it and all ensuing entreaties.

In 1993, Fleetwood Mac reunited to play "Don't Stop" and other hits at the first inauguration celebration for President William Jefferson Clinton.

In 1993, The Supreme Court refused to lower the amount that a judge awarded Tom Waits for unauthorized usage of a Waits sound- and look-alike in a Frito-Lay commercial. The chip company paid up to the tune of a cool $2.5 million. That's a lot of Chesterfields!

In 1994, Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on this day were The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon (as a solo artist), Bob Marley and Rod Stewart.

In 1998, Carl Perkins, a legendary pioneer of rockabilly, died in Nashville following a series of strokes. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, Perkins' style influenced Elvis, The Beatles and many others. His original version of "Blue Suede Shoes" sold two million copies in 1956 before Presley struck gold with his version.


EDWIN McCAIN (Rootsy Southeastern folk/pop singer/songwriter who emerged in the mid-'90s thanks to support from friends like Hootie & The Blowfish; "I'll Be," "I Want It All") Born in 1972 in Charleston, South Carolina.

LEADBELLY (born Huddie William Ledbetter)  (Influential '20s-'40s acoustic folk/blues legend and American icon; "Goodnight, Irene," "Rock Island Line," "The Midnight Special," "Cotton Fields") Born in 1888 in Mooringsport, Louisiana. Died on December 6, 1949, in New York.

PAUL STANLEY (born Stanley Eisen) (Co-founder of one of the biggest-selling rock bands of the '70s, the campy Kiss; rhythm guitarist and singer; "Rock And Roll All Nite," "Strutter," "Detroit Rock City," "Beth") Born in 1950 in Manhattan.

SLIM WHITMAN (born Otis Dewey Whitman, Jr.) (Unique '50s-era American country/folk singer and yodeler; more popular in Europe than the U.S.; "Cattle Call," "Love Song Of The Waterfall," "Indian Love Call," "Singing Hills") Born in 1924 in Tampa.


In 1958, St. Louis radio station KWK completed a "record breaking week," with station management banning all rock n' roll music from the airwaves. The deejays gave every rock record in the station library a "farewell spin" before smashing it into smithereens. The station manager at KWK, Robert Convey, called the action "a simple weeding out of undesirable music." Ultimately, his plan would be far from successful. Sorry, Bob.

In 1964, The Beatles' debut U.S. album, Meet The Beatles, was released.

In 1965, '50s rock & roll heyday deejay Alan Freed died in Palm Springs, California.

In 1965, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks made their first appearance on ABC-TV's Shindig!.

In 1968, Despite his supposed falling out with the New York-Cambridge folk singer circle, Bob Dylan joined Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Odetta, Richie Havens, Ramblin' Jack Elliot and The Band in commemorating the late Woody Guthrie.

In 1980, Pink Floyd's The Wall began a 15-week run as the #1 album in the land.

In 1988, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Supremes were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1994, Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream was #20 on the Billboard album chart. It would go on to sell four million copies.

In 1998, A multimedia exhibit featuring more than 250 covers from Rolling Stone magazine, along with artifacts from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, began a free tour of U.S. colleges at New York University in New York.


CHARLYN "CHAN" MARSHALL (aka Cat Power; "Chan" is pronounced "Shawn") Born in 1972 in Georgia.

RICHIE HAVENS (Modern folksinger, actor; raised in the tough Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, where he learned to sing for spare change at a young age; played the Newport Folk Festival in 1966, but came into prominence at the 1969 Woodstock festival and with the subsequent soundtrack; has since recorded independent solo albums and been the voice on commercials for companies like Amtrak and McDonalds; "Here Comes The Sun," "Freedom") Born in 1941 in Brooklyn.

EDWIN STARR (born Charles Hatcher) (singer/songwriter; he was bigger in England than in the U.S.; wrote the hit "War," which was covered by Bruce Springsteen in 1985) Born in 1942 in Nashville. Died April 2, 2003, in Nottingham, England.

SNOOKS EAGLIN (born Ford Eaglin, Jr.) (Fine blind blues guitarist and singer; a fixture in New Orleans and in Louisiana) Born in 1936 in New Orleans.

KENNETH KINSEY (Bass playing co-founder of the blues-rockin' The Kinsey Report) Born in 1963 in Gary, Indiana.

WOLFMAN JACK (born Robert Weston Smith) (Popular '60s-era deejay, actor, entertainer; he developed the "Wolfman" persona while howling behind funk and rock hits on high-powered California and Texas/Mexican border AM radio stations like XERF and XERB; immortalized in songs like "Clap For The Wolfman" by The Guess Who and "Wolfman Jack" by Todd Rundgren) Born in 1938 in Brooklyn, New York. Died on July 1, 1995, in Belvidere, North Carolina.


In 1959, The Kingston Trio nabbed their first Gold record for the folk hit "Tom Dooley."

In 1965, The Rolling Stones arrived in Sydney, Australia, for a tour with Roy Orbison.

In 1965, The Byrds recorded "Mr. Tambourine Man" in Los Angeles, produced by Doris Day's son Terry Melcher.

In 1966, George Harrison married his longtime girlfriend, model Patti Boyd. The two met on the set of The Beatles' first movie, A Hard Day's Night. She left Harrison in the mid-'70s for neighbor Eric Clapton, who would write the song "Layla" about her and marry her in May 1979.

In 1974, Then-Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter invited Bob Dylan to a post-concert party at his mansion.

In 1984, Jackie Wilson died after laying in a coma for more than eight years, brought on by a heart attack he'd suffered onstage in September 1975. He was 49 years old.

In 1987, On this day, the following were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame: Leonard Chess, The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Ahmet Ertegun, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Louis Jordan, B.B. King, Leiber & Stoller, Clyde McPhatter, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Jerry Wexler, Hank Williams and Jackie Wilson (on the third anniversary of his death).

In 1990, Squeeze was the debut band on MTV's successful Unplugged program.

In 1997, Col. Tom Parker died. He was the colorful and aggressive manager of Elvis.

In 2002, Jazz/pop legend Peggy Lee ("Fever") died of a heart attack in Los Angeles. She was 81.


MICHAEL HUTCHENCE (Lead vocalist for one of the most popular bands ever to emerge from Australia, '80s/'90s funk/rock sensations INXS; "Original Sin," "What You Need," "Devil Inside," "Need You Tonight," "This Time," "Listen Like Thieves," "New Sensation," "Never Tear Us Apart," "Beautiful Girl") Born in 1960 in Sidney, Australia. Died in Sydney in 1997 in a suicide or an accident.

SAM COOKE (Legendary soul/gospel/pop singer; "You Send Me," "Twistin' The Night Away," "Cupid," "Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha," "Only Sixteen," "What a Wonderful World," "Chain Gang") Born in 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Died in 1964 under sordid circumstances; shot during an illicit tryst at a motel .

STEVE PERRY (King of the arena rock circuit as a member of San Francisco-based Journey and solo with his soaring, dramatic voice; "Oh Sherry," "Don't Stop Believin'," "Lights," "Wheel in the Sky," "Separate Ways [Worlds Apart]") Born in 1949 in Hanford, California.


In 1959, Buddy Holly made his last recordings in his N.Y.C. apartment, alone with an acoustic guitar and tape, he recorded "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," "That's What They Say," "What to Do," "Learning the Game" and "That Makes it Tough." The recordings were embellished and overdubbed, released posthumously by Coral Records.

In 1960, Sam Cooke signed with one of the biggest record labels in the world, RCA Victor.

In 1966, Nancy Sinatra entered the Hot 100 for the second time with what would be her biggest hit," These Boots Are Made for Walkin'." The tune went to #1 the following week and would spend 14 weeks altogether on the singles chart.

In 1968, The comedy/variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In premiered on NBC-TV.

In 1971, One of the finest concert films of its era, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, starring Joe Cocker and featuring Leon Russell and Rita Coolidge, was screened for the first time at London's Festival Palace.

In 1974, Carly Simon copped a gold record for Hotcakes, a Top Five album that featured a big hit single duet with her then husband James Taylor, a fun version of the old "Mockingbird."

In 1999, Singer and pianist Charles Brown ("Drifting Blues"), good friend of Bonnie Raitt, died of heart failure in Oakland, California at 76 years old.


ROBIN ZANDER (Lead vocalist in Cheap Trick; "Ain't That a Shame," "I Want You To Want Me," "California Man," "Surrender," "So Good To See You," "The Dream Police," "The Flame") Born in 1953 in Rockford, Illinois.

PATRICK SIMMONS (Vocalist, guitarist, songwriter with The Doobie Brothers; "Toulouse Street," "Black Water," "South City Midnight Lady," "Dependin' On You," "Echoes Of Love") Born in 1950 in Aberdeen, Washington.

DANNY FEDERICI (Organ player and accordionist with The E Street Band; has also worked with Bill Chinnock, Graham Parker and Joan Armatrading; one solo album) Born in 1950.

ANITA POINTER (The second oldest of the famed Pointer Sisters; "Yes We Can Can," "Fire," "Slow Hand") Born in 1948 in East Oakland, California.

DJANGO REINHARDT (Hugely influential French jazz guitarist (Born in 1910 in Belgium. Died in 1953.


In 1958, Brunswick Records released Buddy Holly and The Crickets' "Maybe Baby."

In 1964, At the conclusion of their triumphant first American tour, The Rolling Stones flew back to England.

In 1965, With her single "Downtown," Petula Clark became the first female U.K. star to have a U.S. #1 since Vera Lynn in 1952.

In 1970, Judy Collins, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Arlo Guthrie and Country Joe McDonald were denied permission by the court to sing as part of their testimony at the trial of the Chicago Seven.

In 1972, Jump blues singer Maybelle Smith, better known as Big Maybelle, died in Cleveland after slipping into a diabetic coma at the age of 47. Her greatest successes came in the late '40s and early '50s with hits like "Candy"; in 1967, she covered ? And The Mysterians' "96 Tears."

In 1973, Neil Young interrupted a New York concert to read a message handed to him regarding the Vietnam war: "Peace has come." The audience went into an ecstatic frenzy of hugging and kissing before Neil launched into a blistering version of "Southern Man."

In 1977, Patti Smith fell off the stage at a show in Tampa, Florida, and broke a vertebrae.

In 1978, Terry Kath, guitarist and vocalist with Chicago, a player whom even Jimi Hendrix admired, died after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a pistol that he had been playing around with. He thought it was unloaded. Kath was only 32.

In 1980, Marvin Gaye played the Liverpool Philharmonic. Edwin Starr opened.

In 1986, The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies were conducted at New York's Waldorf-Astoria. Elvis, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips and deejay Alan Freed were the first to be enshrined in the hallowed halls.

In 1989, After an incident which involved a police chase through two states, James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison in Georgia.

In 1990, Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins, 37, died of complications from pneumonia in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 1990, David Bowie announced that his forthcoming Sound & Vision tour would be the last to take him around the world, and that the set list would be determined by the listeners of radio stations in the cities he would be visiting.

In 1997, Richard Berry, the guy who wrote the song that launched a million garage bands, "Louie, Louie," died in Los Angeles.


WARREN ZEVON (Colorful, dark and witty singer/songwriter who emerged from the 1970s L.A. folk-rock scene; his 1987 Sentimental Hygiene album featured members of R.E.M.; Zevon later joined Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry for the one-off 1990 album Hindu Love Gods; Zevon's final days were well-documented by the rock media as he was joined by guest musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Dwight Yoakam, Ry Cooder and David Lindley on his final studio record; learn more in this week's Artist Of The Week feature; "Poor, Poor Pitiful Me" [a hit for Linda Ronstadt], "Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner," "Carmelita," "Sentimental Hygiene," "Lawyers, Guns And Money," "Werewolves Of London," "Excitable Boy," "A Certain Girl," "Mr. Bad Example," "Keep Me In Your Heart," "Knockin' On Heaven's Door") Born in 1947 in Chicago. Died of lung cancer on September 7, 2003, in Los Angeles.

AARON NEVILLE (Vocals and drums; one of the brothers in the famed New Orleans band The Neville Brothers); "Tell It Like It Is," "Don't Know Much" [a hit duet with Linda Ronstadt], "Everybody Plays The Fool," "Hey Pocky Way," "Fire On The Bayou," "Yellow Moon," "Congo Square") Born in 1941 in New Orleans.

JOOLS HOLLAND (born Julian "Jools" Holland) (Vocals and keyboards in influential Brit rock/pop band Squeeze; he was replaced by Paul Carrack and briefly formed his own band called The Millionaires in 1980; later went on to become a popular Brit TV variety show host and swing jazz musician) "Up The Junction," "Pulling Mussels [From A Shell]," "Black Coffee In Bed," "Tempted") Born in 1954 in London.

DOUG KERSHAW (American hit '70s Cajun country fiddler and sometime actor; "Louisiana Man," "Diggy Diggy Lo") Born in 1936 in Tiel Ridge, Louisiana.

JOHN BELUSHI (Comedian, actor and singer; a.k.a. Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers movie and soundtrack, along with Jake Elwood, a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd, guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn; Belushi worked his way from Chicago's respected Second City Comedy Troupe and the National Lampoon Radio Hour and subsequent recordings to the hit film Animal House and NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live [where he was a hit with his Joe Cocker impersonation, among other hysterical routines]; "Hey Bartender," "Soul Man") Born in 1949 in Chicago. Died March 5, 1982, from a drug overdose, in Hollywood, California.

NEIL DIAMOND (Hit '70s crooner and songwriter; has sold over 92 million of his own records worldwide; "I'm A Believer" [a hit for The Monkees], "Red, Red Wine" [a hit for UB40], "Sweet Caroline," "Kentucky Woman" [a hit for Deep Purple], "Thank The Lord For The Night Time," "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon" [a hit for Urge Overkill on 1994's Pulp Fiction soundtrack]) Born in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York.

RAY STEVENS (born Harold Ray Ragsdale) (Country-pop novelty singer/songwriter; his first Top 40 song in 1961 was "Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green And Purple Pills," but he is perhaps best known for his pair of '70s hits "Everything Is Beautiful" and "The Streak") Born in 1939 in Clarkdale, Georgia .


In 1962, Brian Epstein signed a deal to manage The Beatles.

In 1969, Jethro Tull kicked off their first U.S. tour in New York.

In 1974, The top song in the land was "You're Sixteen" performed by Ringo Starr. The tune featured a barely noticeable solo from his pal and old band mate Paul McCartney.

In 1978, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Randy Newman snagged a Gold record for his unlikely novelty hit "Short People," which actually made it all the way to #2 on the pop chart. ("They got little cars that go beep, beep, beep/They got little voices goin' peep, peep, peep...Don't want no short people 'round here...").

In 1979, The Clash released their first single in the U.S on Epic Records. Their version of Sonny Curtis' "I Fought The Law" was an instant College radio hit.

In 1998, Oasis had a #1 hit single in Britain with "All Around The World." At 9:38, the song enjoyed the distinction of having the longest running time ever for a #1 record. It has since become part of an AT&T ad campaign on TV.

In 2001, New Canadian singer Nelly Furtado won five Juno Award nominations for her debut album, Whoa Nelly!

In 2003, The 1971 Led Zeppelin classic "Stairway To Heaven" and Peter, Paul & Mary's 1963 recording of "Blowin' in the Wind" were among the 21 new additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame.


ETTA JAMES (born Jamesetta Hawkins) (American icon, '50s/'60s soul/blues/jazz singer; discovered by Johnny Otis; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame; she won her first Grammy for 1994's Mystery Lady: The Songs Of Billie Holliday; "Roll With Me Henry," "Good Rockin' Daddy," "Tell Mama," "I Just Want To Make Love To You," "I'd Rather Go Blind") Born in 1938 in Los Angeles.

ANDY COX (Guitarist with late '70s/'80s Brit hit ska/funk bands The English Beat and The Fine Young Cannibals; "Mirror In The Bathroom," "I Confess," "Best Friend," "Can't Get Used To Losing You," "Save It For Later," "Good Thing," "She Drives Me Crazy," "Don't Look Back") Born in 1956 in Birmingham, England.

"SLEEPY" JOHN ESTES (Legendary '30s/'40s-era Memphis and Chicago bluesman; played on Ry Cooder's 1974 Boomer's Story; "Someday, Baby," "Drop Down, Mama," Going To Brownsville" [covered by Joy Of Cooking in 1971]) Born in 189 in Ripley, Tennessee. Died of a stroke on June 5, 1977, in Brownsville, Tennessee.


In 1962, Sam Cooke's "Twistin' The Night Away," successfully remade by Rod Stewart a decade later, was released on RCA and broke the Top Ten on the singles chart.

In 1964, Famed "wall of sound" record producer Phil Spector appeared as a panelist on the British rate-a-record television program Juke Box Jury.

In 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released "Proud Mary."

In 1971, Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane had a daughter who they named God. Reconsidering the ramifications, they later renamed her China.

In 1971, Charles Manson and three female members of his "family" were found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit murder and seven counts of murder in the first degree and were sentenced to life imprisonment. During this trial, one of the most sensational in history, it was revealed that Manson, a mediocre amateur musician himself, had regarded The Beatles as angels who "sent messages to him" via their music. In particular, their songs "Helter Skelter," "Piggies" and "Revolution 9" on "the White Album" purportedly helped compel him to commit his atrocities.

In 1979, The Cars were named Best New Band Of The Year in Rolling Stone magazine's annual readers' poll.

In 1980, Paul McCartney was released from a Tokyo jail where he cooled his heals for ten days after getting busted for trying to get nearly a half pound of weed past customs at the Tokyo airport.

In 1982, Rosanne Cash and her husband Rodney Crowell became the proud parents of a baby girl, Chelsea Jane.

In 1984, Yoko Ono donated $200,000 to Strawberry Fields, a retirement home in Liverpool.

In 1986, Bruce Springsteen's stark and introspective "My Hometown" climbed into the Top Ten.

In 1999, The Rolling Stones launched their first arena tour in more than two decades in Oakland, CA. They dubbed it their No Security tour.

In 2001, Bob Dylan's mother, Beatrice Rutman, died in St. Paul, Minnesota, at age 84.


LUCINDA WILLIAMS (Popular American roots singer/songwriter who, after stints in Nashville, Austin and L.A., broke through with her 1998 album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road with help from Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and the E Street Band's Roy Bittan; influenced by the music of Hank Williams and the writing of Southern novelist Flannery O' Connor; "Passionate Kisses" [a hit for Mary Chapin Carpenter], "Change The Locks" [covered by Tom Petty], "2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten," "Joy," "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road," "Can't Let Go," "Essence," "Get Right With God," "Steal Your Love," "Righteously," "Real Live Bleeding Fingers And Broken Guitar Strings") Born in 1953 in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

HUEY "PIANO" SMITH (Legendary New Orleans pianist, singer, songwriter; "Rockin' Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu," "Don't You Just Know It," "Sea Cruise") Born in New Orleans in 1934.

ASHLEY HUTCHINS (Bass player, singer and one of the founding members of pioneering Brit folk/pop band Fairport Convention) Born in 1945 in Southgate, Middlesex, England.

EDDIE VAN HALEN (Flashy guitarist, leader of the band that bears his name) Born in 1955 in Nijmegan, the Netherlands.


In 1956, Buddy Holly's first recording session for Decca Records took place in Nashville.

In 1962, Bishop Burke of the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Diocese prohibited the dance of the devil, "The Twist." It couldn't be danced, sung about or listened to at any Catholic school, parish or youth event. Later in the year, "The Twist" was also banned from community center dances in Tampa, Florida, as well.

In 1970, John Lennon and Phil Spector collaborated on "Instant Karma." It was released in the early part of February and wound up being one of  Lennon's most successful singles.

In 1970, The Ourimbah Rock Festival, Australia's first major rock fest, was attended by 11,000. Only 26 people were arrested.

In 1977, Peter Green, the original lead guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, was committed to a mental hospital in England after firing a pistol at a delivery boy who was attempting to bring Green a royalties check accrued from Fleetwood Mac record sales. Green had left the band in May 1970 to pursue a life of religious seclusion.

In 1978, Some employees at EMI's record processing plant in England refused to press copies of The Buzzcocks' "Oh, Shit," the flip side of their single "What Do I Get?" The record, of course, eventually was pressed and "What Do I Get?" became a #1 hit in the U.K.

In 1984, In another wacky misadventure, Michael Jackson suffered scalp and neck burns when his hair was set ablaze in an accidental explosion on the set of a Pepsi commercial. The commercial debuted on MTV on February 27, 1984. The scene was cut out of the commercial.

In 1998, Texas-born blues drummer S.P. Leary died at 67 from cancer. He played with top-notch bluesmen like T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker, Magic Sam, Lowell Fulson, Otis Spann and James Cotton.

In 2003, Billy Joel was flown to a Long Island hospital after he lost control of his Mercedes and crashed into a tree in The Hamptons.


MARGO TIMMINS (Sweet and haunting voice of the Cowboy Junkies; "Misguided Angel," "Southern Rain," "Crescent Moon," "The Anniversary Song," "Blue Moon," "Sweet Jane," "A Common Disaster," "Miles From My Home") Born in 1961 in Toronto.

NICK MASON (Original drummer for Pink Floyd, only member of the group to be in the band throughout its existence; "See Emily Play," "Interstellar Overdrive," "Astronomy Domine," "Atom Heart Mother Suite," "One of These Days," "Money," "Us And Them," "Time," "Pigs," "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Wish You Were Here," "Have a Cigar," "Welcome To the Machine," "Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)," "Comfortably Numb," "Run Like Hell," "Learning To Fly") Born in 1945 in Birmingham, England.

BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND (born Robert Calvin Brooks) (Influential Memphis soul/blues giant, an inspiration to Eric Clapton, The Grateful Dead and many others; "Farther Up the Road," "I Pity the Fool," "Turn On Your Love Light") Born in 1930 in Rosemark, Tennessee.

TRICKY (born Adrian Thaws) (Electronica/hip-hop pop/rocker, member of Britain's Massive Attack before he met up with collaborator Martina in the early '90s; he has recorded with and remixed for a wide variety of artists, such as Björk, Luscious Jackson, Alison Moyet, Neneh Cherry, Elvis Costello, Garbage, Yoko Ono, Live's Ed Kowalczyk and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante; "I Be the Prophet," "Overcome," Aftermath," "Ponderosa," "Tricky Kid") Born in 1964 in Bristol, England.

MIKE PATTON (Singer, songwriter, bassist with innovative '80s/'90s post-punk bands Faith No More and Mr. Bungle; "Epic," "We Care A Lot" [a tongue-in-cheek thrash-funk commentary on "We Are The World") Born in 1968 in Eureka, California.

SETH JUSTMAN (Producer, keyboards, songwriter [with Peter Wolf] in the '70s/'80s hit rock/funk J. Geils Band; "Give It To Me," "Must of Got Lost," "Centerfold," "Love Stinks") Born in 1951 in Washington, DC.


In 1756, Mozart, classical composer of what many consider to be some of the most beautiful melodies of all time, was born in Salzburg, Austria. Considered instrumental in changing opera into the form we know today, he created over 600 musical works despite living only to age 35. 

In 1958, Little Richard gave up rock & roll so he could serve God, entering Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, a school for blacks run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. As he explained it, while flying over the Philippines on tour, the wing of his plane caught fire and his prayers that the flames go out were answered. He figured it was payback time.

In 1964, Members of The Rolling Stones appeared as judges on the British rate-a-record TV show Juke Box Jury, exhibiting such impolite behavior on the set that the lads caused a considerable uproar in the British press.

In 1968, Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" was released, six weeks after his death in a plane crash.

In 1968, The Bee Gees made their U.S. debut with two shows at Southern California's Anaheim Convention Center. Following the performances, they banked $50,000 and immediately flew back to England without any further U.S. appearances.

In 1971, David Bowie arrived in the U.S. for the first time, but was not allowed to play anywhere due to work permit restrictions. However, he did turn manage to turn some heads when he wore a dress to a promotional event.

In 1972, The New Seekers received a Gold record for "I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing," a tune that would be better remembered as a Coca-Cola jingle.

In 1972, The great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, who once remarked that she sang "because I was lonely," died of heart problems at the age of 60.

In 1973, Stevie Wonder had his first #1 hit in a decade with "Superstition" from the Talking Book album.

In 1990, It was Tom Petty Day in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida.

In 1994, Oasis made their live debut in London at King's Cross Water Rats.

In 1998, James Brown was charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a firearm when police were called to his North Carolina home.


BRIAN FALLON (The Gaslight Anthem)

(Unique Grammy-winning hit singer/songwriter who emerged in the mid '90s from Canada; career boosted by Lilith Fair, a series of tours she thought up; "Into The Fire," "Possession," "Good Enough," "Adia," "Building A Mystery," "Sweet Surrender," "I Will Remember You," "Fallen") Born in 1968 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

SAM PHILLIPS (born Leslie Phillips) (Folk/pop singer/song writer; married to producer T Bone Burnett; "I Need Love") Born in 1962 in Glendale, California.

ROBERT WYATT ('70s-era Brit progressive rock drummer, singer, songwriter; member of the influential Soft Machine; solo artist; "I'm A Believer") Born in 1945 in Bristol, England.


In 1956, Elvis made his national TV debut on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show on CBS. Among the tunes the King performed were "Shake, Rattle & Roll" and "I Got A Woman." One of the Dorseys was heard to snicker, "He can't last."

In 1965, In front of a packed studio audience, The Who made their first appearance on the British TV rock show Ready Steady Go! Their performance helped spur the single, their first, "I Can't Explain" into the British Top Ten.

In 1965, The Moody Blues had their first hit hit with Denny Laine's (Wings) "Go Now."

In 1978, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K., and would ultimately sell 15 million copies worldwide.

In 1982, Jackson Browne and his second wife, Lynne Sweeney, had their first child, Ryan Daniel Browne.

In 1985, A who's who of rock and pop musicians, such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, showed up at the A&M Studios in Hollywood, "checked their egos at the door," and taped the benefit single, "We Are The World."

In 1996, Chris Isaak made a guest appearance on the popular TV show Friends.


JONNY LANG (born Jon Gordon Langseth) (Young blues/rock sensation, broke on the scene after he moved to Minneapolis at age 16 with his major label debut 1997's Lie To Me; "Hit The Ground Running," "Wander This World," "Breakin' Me," "Red Light") Born in 1981 in Fargo, North Dakota.

TOMMY RAMONE (born Thomas Erdelyi) (Drummer for the famous pioneering '70s/'80s punk band The Ramones; "Rock And Roll High School," "Rockaway Beach," "I Wanna Be Sedated") Born in 1952 in Budapest, Hungary.

LOUIS PEREZ (Longtime guitarist and singer with Los Lobos; "Will The Wolf Survive," "One Time One Night," "La Bamba," "This Train Don't Stop Here Anymore," "Angels With Dirty Faces," "Hearts of Stone") Born in 1953.

RODDY FRAME (Singer, songwriter, leader of influential late '80s hit Brit folk/pop band Aztec Camera; solo artist; "Oblivious") Born in 1964 in East Kilbride, Scotland.


In 1958, Challenge Records released "Tequila"  by The Champs, notable for making it to #1, and for featuring Jim Seals and Dash Crofts, two musicians who would go on to much greater fame as the '70s soft-rocker duo Seals & Crofts.

In 1962, Warner Bros. Records inked a folk trio in the forefront of the "Great Folk Scare" of the early '60s, Peter, Paul & Mary. They went on to have sizable hits with their versions of several Bob Dylan songs, including "Blowin' In The Wind," as well as hit singles with Pete Seeger and John Denver songs.

In 1966, The Bobby Fuller Four hit "I Fought The Law" was released. Fuller later committed suicide or was murdered; it was never known for  certain which.

In 1969, Fleetwood Mac had their first—and last—#1 on the singles charts in the U.K. with the haunting instrumental called "Albatross."

In 1983, Stevie Nicks married Kim Anderson at her Los Angeles home. It was to be a short-lived union. They divorced the following year.

In 1983, The Australian band Men At Work went to the top spots on the U.S. and British album and singles charts simultaneously with Business As Usual and "Down Under." Rod Stewart was the last artist to accomplish this feat in 1971.

In 1992, Blues legend Willie Dixon died of heart failure in Burbank, California. Willie, in addition to being a more-than-capable singer/bassist/multi-instrumentalist and important producer at Chess Records, wrote perhaps more songs that became blues standards than any other artist in the field. "Evil," "Hoochie Koochie Man," "Bring It On Home," "Back Door Man" and "Little Red Rooster" were among his compositions made famous by the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and Koko Taylor, later adopted and emulated (and, on occasion, stolen) by white British musicians. The Rolling Stones, to their credit, always acknowledged him and, in fact, named themselves after a line in one of his songs. Bob Dylan wrote a song influenced by the same line, and a magazine even named itself after that Willie Dixon line.

In 1996, Country mega-superstar Garth Brooks refused to accept his American Music Award for Favorite Overall Artist. Brooks humbly contended that Hootie & The Blowfish had done more for music that year than he had.

In 1998, Paul Simon's musical The Capeman opened in New York.


RUTH BROWN (born Ruth Weston) (American R&B and blues great; early hit artist in the '50s for Atlantic Records; "Miss Rhythm," "Teardrops From My Eyes," "5-10-15 Hours," "[Mama] He Treats Your Daughter Mean" [covered by Susan Tedeschi on her first album], "That Train Don't Stop Here Anymore," "Outskirts Of Town" [duet with Bonnie Raitt]) Born in 1928 in Portsmouth, Virginia.

MARTY BALIN (San Francisco-based lead singer of psychedelic-era Jefferson Airplane ballads and later '80s pop hits with the Starship; solo artist; "Today," "Comin' Back To Me," "Miracles," "With Your Love," "Hearts") Born in 1942 in Cincinnati.

STEVE MARRIOTT (Powerful, wailing blues-rock vocalist with the late '60s-era Small Faces and then Humble Pie in the '70s [a band that would be a big influence on the Black Crowes]; Marriott was planning a comeback with Humble Pie band mate Peter Frampton when he perished in a house fire; a key influence on the Black Crowes; "Itchycoo Park," "30 Days In The Hole," "I Don't Need No Doctor") Born in 1947 in Bow, London, England. Died April 20, 1991, in Essex, England.


In 1956, Elvis began laying down tracks at RCA Victor's New York studios for what would be his first album. One of the memorable tunes waxed on this day was Presley's version of Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes."

In 1956,  Jerry Lee Lewis played his pumping piano for rockabilly singer Billy Lee Riley at Sun Studios in Memphis. They taped "Red Hot," which became Riley's most successful record.

In 1961, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, famed hit-writing duo, composers of "Hound Dog," "Charlie Brown," "Stand By Me," "On Broadway," "Leader Of The Pack" and innumerable others, announced that they were working on forming their own independent production company to make records for other companies. Among the biggies that expressed interest were Atlantic and RCA Victor.

In 1969, The Beatles made their last ever public appearance as a group, performing atop the roof of Apple Studios at 3 Saville Row, London. The performance, filmed for the documentary Let It Be, was eventually halted when police arrived after neighbors complained about the racket.

In 1971, Janis Joplin, the pride of Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas, released her most successful single, "Me And Bobby McGee," which was written by Kris Kristofferson. The single was released posthumously.

In 1971, "My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison went to the top of the U.K., and eventually, U.S., singles chart, making him the first Beatle to have a #1 single as a solo artist.

In 1982, Influential blues guitarist Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins died of cancer in Houston.

In 1988, Australia's INXS had their first #1 single in America with "Need You Tonight."

In 1990, Bob Dylan was named commander in France's Order Of Arts And Letters by the country's Culture Ministry.

In 1990, The Stone Roses, not happy with plans to re-release their single "Sally Cinnamon," trashed the offices of Revolver FM, their London-based record company, and then hurled paint on cars parked outside. They were later arrested and charged.


JOHNNY ROTTEN (born John Lydon) (Endearingly obnoxious lead singer for the legendary Sex Pistols; later formed Public Image Ltd.; godfather of late-'70s Brit punk trailblazers; "God Save The Queen") Born in 1956 in Finsbury Park, London, England.

PHIL COLLINS (Drummer and lead vocalist with Genesis after 1974 departure of Peter Gabriel; solo star; sometime actor; huge star in the '80s into the early '90s; remains one of the all-time biggest-selling solo artists in the world; "That's All," "Invisible Touch," "I Can't Dance," "In The Air Tonight," "I Missed Again," "Sussudio," "One More Night," "Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now)," "Another Day In Paradise") Born in 1951 in Chiswick, London.

TERRY KATH (Original lead guitarist, singer and one of the founders of hit rock/pop band Chicago; appeared on 11 of their albums before his untimely demise in 1978; "Beginnings," "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," "Colour My World," "Make Me Smile," "25 Or 6 To 4") Born in 1946 in Chicago. Died of an accidental gunshot wound to the head on January 23, 1978, in Woodland Hills, California.

PHIL MANZANERA (born Philip Targett-Adams) (Guitarist, keyboards, producer; best known for his work with Roxy Music, 801; "Both Ends Burning," "Out of the Blue," "Love Is The Drug," "More Than This," "Avalon," "Sentimental Fool," "Miss Shapiro," "Amazona") Born in 1951 in London, England.

LLOYD COLE (Vocalist, guitarist, leader of '90s Brit band The Commotions; later relocated to New York City to launch a solo career; "Rattlesnakes," "Perfect Skin," "Love Ruins Everything") Born in 1961 in Buxton, England.

ROOSEVELT SYKES (Early blues man, singer, pianist; prominent in New Orleans music scene; "The Night Time Is The Right Time," "Driving Wheel") Born in 1906 in Elmar, Arkansas. Died July 17, 1983, in New Orleans.

CHUCK WILLIS (born Harold Willis) (R&B/rock singer "I Feel So Bad," "It's Too Late," "C.C. Rider," "Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes") Born in Atlanta in 1928. Died April 10, 1958, in Atlanta.


In 1957, Bill Haley & The Comets' record company announced that over a million copies of "Rock Around The Clock," mostly on 10-inch 78s, had been sold in the U.K.

In 1960, Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man" entered the R&B chart and rapidly made it to the #3 spot. James Taylor successfully revived the tune in 1977.

In 1972, More than 40,000 mourners paid their respects to gospel giant Mahalia Jackson at Chicago's Great Salem Baptist Church. Those in attendance included Coretta Scott King, Mayor Richard Daley and Sammy Davis, Jr., who read a telegram from President Nixon. Aretha Franklin concluded the services by singing "Precious Lord, Take My Hand."

In 1972, Joan Baez received a Gold record for her album Any Day Now, songs written entirely by Bob Dylan.

In 1979, With Bo Diddley as their opening act, The Clash began their first U.S. tour.

In 1981, Blondie had their third #1 single with "The Tide Is High."

In 1986, Down And Out In Beverly Hills opened. The film co-starred Little Richard.

In 1998, The "Come Together" concert, a benefit show for the family of Sgt. Patrick King, a Long Branch, NJ police officer who had been killed in the line of duty, took place at a small New Jersey shore theatre. The three-and-a-half-hour jam featured Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, Little Steven and a load of other New Jersey musicians. It was, in essence, an E Street Band reunion with Max Weinberg, Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons joining in. Among the songs performed were "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," "Backstreets," "Thunder Road" and "Born To Run."


MIKE CAMPBELL (Longtime guitarist with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; he co-wrote "The Boys Of Summer" with Don Henley and recorded with Roy Orbison among others; "American Girl," "Breakdown," "I Need To Know," "Listen To Her Heart," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Here Comes My Girl," "Refugee," "The Waiting," "I Won't Back Down," "Free Fallin'," "Mary Jane's Last Dance") Born in 1954 in Panama City, Florida.

LISA MARIE PRESLEY (Daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley; successful pop/rock artist in her own right, finally debuted with 2003's acclaimed To Whom It May Concern; ex-wife of Michael Jackson; "Light's Out") Born in 1968 in Memphis.

DON EVERLY (Brother to Phil, guitarist and vocalist in one of the most famous and influential harmonizing duos in the history of rock; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986; "Bye, Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bird Dog," "Cathy's Clown," "When Will I Be Loved" [a hit for Linda Ronstadt], "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Let It Be Me") Born in 1937 in Brownie, Kentucky.

RICK JAMES (Late-'70s, self-described "punk funk" hit artist; he fled to Canada AWOL from the Army in the late '60s and hooked up with Neil Young in a Toronto band called the Mynah Birds; "Super Freak," "Cold Blooded," "You and I") Born in 1948 in Buffalo, New York. Died August 6, 2004 of a heart attack.

RAY "DR. HOOK" SAWYER (Singer and frontman with the cowboy hat and eye-patch in '70s-era Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show; "Sylvia's Daughter," "Cover Of The Rolling Stone") Born in 1937 in Chicksaw, Alabama.


BIG BOI (OutKast)

DEL McCOURY (Del McCoury Band)

In 1964, The Beatles began a seven-week run at #1 with "I Want To Hold Your Hand." It was the first #1 single by a British group since the unlikely instrumental hit "Telstar" by The Tornadoes two years earlier.

In 1964, Indiana Governor Welsh determined somehow that the smash hit "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen was pornographic and requested that the Indiana Broadcasters Association ban the record. Although many stations rightfully claimed that it was impossible to exactly decipher the lyrics from "the unintelligible rendition as performed by The Kingsmen," Governor Welsh claimed that his "ears tingled" when he heard the song.

In 1968, Universal International Studios made The Doors an offer of half a million dollars to star in a feature film. The band also announced plans for an ABC-TV special, a "humor book" by the whole group and a book of lyrics and poetry by Jim Morrison. Of all these ambitious projects, only the latter ever came to fruition.

In 1968, Nine months after having wed Elvis, Priscilla Presley gave birth to Elvis' only child and sole heir, Lisa Marie, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

In 1972, Chuck Berry finally had his first #1 record in the U.K. It was a song that he had been playing for years, "My Ding-A-Ling," a mostly silly but slightly salacious novelty tune. A few arbiters of morality in England tried to have it banned.

In 1973, Steppenwolf was back less than a year after they had "retired," although leader John Kay announced that he planned to continue with his solo career.

In 1977, Led Zeppelin's latest tour of North America was postponed indefinitely due to vocalist Robert Plant's persistent tonsillitis. The tour finally resumed in late June. It was the final time Page and Plant appeared together in North America until their '95 tour.

In 1978, Bob Dylan's film Renaldo And Clara, a rather bizarre and lengthy documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour, premiered in Los Angeles.

In 1985, Memphis declares this day "Bar-Kays Day" in honor of the band that began as Otis Redding's backing band. They were fortunate enough not to be on the plane that took the lives of Redding and three members of his group, and went on to make hits like "Soul Finger."

In 1985, A short-haired Glenn Frey made his acting debut in a Miami Vice episode which bore the name of his song "Smuggler's Blues." The song was used in the show.

In 1988, The Cars finally called it quits in Boston.

In 1992, With all the proceeds going to AIDS charities, Elton John and George Michael's duet of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" was #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K.

In 1995, Manic Street Preachers' guitarist Richey James vanished without a trace.

In 2003, Master Cuban conga player Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria (Cal Tjader/Tito Puente) died in a Miami hospital after suffering a stroke.


GRAHAM NASH (Tenor vocalist whose immaculate harmonizing was an integral part of The Hollies in the '60s and later Crosby, Stills, Nash and [sometimes] Young from 1969 to the present day; solo and sometimes partnered with David Crosby; "On a Carousel," "Carrie Anne," "Used To Be a King," "Military Madness," "Find the High Cost Of Freedom," "Guinevere," "Marakesh Express," "Our House," "Teach Your Children," "Cathedral," "Wasted on the Way," "Wind on the Water," "Southern Cross," "Just a Song Before I Go," "Carry Me," "Chicago," "Immigation Man," "Blizzard Of Lies") Born in 1942 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
EVA CASSIDY (Exceptional and versatile voice with a #1 Brit album in the posthumously released 1998 Songbird, native of Washington, D.C. area; "Fields Of Gold") Born in 1963 in Oxon, Maryland. Died of cancer in 1996.
STAN GETZ (Legendary American jazz tenor saxophonist, helped popularize bossa nova music in the U.S. with his hit recording of "The Girl From Ipanema") Born in 1927 in Philadelphia. Died in 1991.

SKIP BATTIN (Bass player and singer with late-'60s-era bands The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The New Riders Of The Purple Sage) Born in 1934 in Gallipolis, Ohio.


In 1957, One of New Orleans' finest, Fats Domino, played and sang "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday" on Perry Como's popular TV show.

In 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper made their final concert appearances during the GAC Winter Show tour, at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

In 1970, The opening line of The Beatles' "A Day In The Life," "I read the news today oh boy," was used by Look magazine to headline its '60s retrospective.

In 1974, Keith Emerson got a little carried away with the pyrotechnic special effects and suffered injuries to his hands when a rigged piano prematurely exploded during an Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert in San Francisco.

 In 1979, Former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in the New York City apartment of his girlfriend, Michelle Robinson. He was 21.

In 1980, In remembrance of the first anniversary of the death of Sid Vicious, some 1,000 punks marched from London's Chelsea section to Hyde Park. Vicious' mother, Ann Beverly, who was supposed to have led the procession, was unable to do so as the result of a drug overdose.

In 1992, Todd Rundgren and his wife had a boy in Marin County, California. They named him Rebop.

In 1993, Willie Nelson and the IRS finally came to terms on Willie's tax problems.


DAVE DAVIES (Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and co-founder of one of the most influential rock bands of all time, the Kinks, with frontman brother Ray; raised in workingclass Muswell Hill, London; he had a U.K. hit with "Death of a Clown"; "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," "Waterloo Station," "Set Me Free," "Sunny Afternoon," "Susanna's Still Alive," "Lincoln County," "Victoria," "Lola," "Apeman," "Celluloid Heroes," "Sleepwalker," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Come Dancing," "Better Days," "Living on a Thin Line") Born in 1947 in London.

LEE RENALDO (Sonic Youth)

MELANIE (born Melanie Safka) ('60s-era singer-songwriter who came to prominence after her 1969 Woodstock appearance and subsequent recording; although she may be a hippie-era trivia footnote, she did sell over 22 million records worldwide; "Lay Down [Candles in the Rain]," "Beautiful People," "Brand New Key") Born in 1947 in Queens, New York.


In 1959, A plane crash near Mason City, Iowa, killed Buddy Holly, J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson and Ritchie Valens.

In 1961, Bob Dylan made his first recording, covering the blues standard "San Francisco Bay Blues."

In 1973, "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John was the number one song in the country on this day.

1991, Sinead O'Connor said she would not accept any Grammy Awards, although she had been nominated in four categories. O'Connor claimed the show was all about "false and destructive materialistic values."

In 1993, Harry Connick Jr. entered a plea bargain with New York authorities stemming from his arrest in for a gun in his carry-on luggage at Kennedy Airport. Under the agreement, Connick avoided jail by recording a public service announcement about not carrying guns in the city.

In 2003, Phil Spector, best known for his "Wall of Sound" production with the Beatles, was arrested in connection with the death of Lana Clarkson at his home near Los Angeles.

NATALIE IMBRUGLIA (Aussie hit singer who broke through in the late '90s; also an actress, she co-starred with Rowan Atkinson in 2003's spy spoof Johnny English; "Torn") Born in 1975 in Sydney, Australia.

TIM BOOTH (Lead vocalist for Brit hit band James; "Sit Down," "Laid") Born in 1960.

ALICE COOPER (born Vincent Furnier) (Original '70s hit shock-rocker and precursor of Marilyn Manson; "I'm Eighteen," "Be My Lover," "School's Out," "Billion Dollar Babies" [with Donavon], "No More Mr. Nice Guy," "Only Women Bleed") Born in 1948 in Detroit.

JERRY SHIRLEY (Drummer with early ‘70s-era Humble Pie, David Gilmour and many others) Born in 1952.


In 1961, Nashville rockabilly star Johnny Burnette had to undergo an emergency appendectomy and was forced to postpone a 28-date tour of the U.K. Burnette was riding high at the time with his smash single, "You're Sixteen."

In 1965, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" by The Righteous Brothers was #1 in the U.S. and the U.K. simultaneously.

In 1969, In response to Lennon, Harrison and Starr acquiring the services of Allen Klein to represent them the previous day, Paul McCartney hired the law firm of Eastman & Eastman, Linda Eastman's father's law firm, as general legal counsel for Apple. It was the beginning of the end for The Beatles.

In 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, shorn of their locks, donated their hair for an auction to raise funds for the Black Power movement.

In 1977, Dick Clark's American Bandstand celebrated its 25th anniversary with an ABC-TV special. For the occasion a very impressive all-star band was assembled, consisting of Chuck Berry, Seals & Crofts, Gregg Allman, Junior Walker, Johnny Rivers, The Pointer Sisters, Charlie Daniels, Doc Severinsen, Les McCann, Donald Byrd, Chuck Mangione and three quarters of Booker T & The MG's. They jammed together on Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven."

In 1983, Soft rock queen Karen Carpenter died of heart failure, a complication of her anorexia nervosa. She was 32.

In 1996, Obscure fallen pop star footnote: One-time Milli Vanilli guy Rob Pilatus had to be hospitalized when a man struck him over the head with a baseball bat in Hollywood. This was in retaliation for Pilatus reportedly attempting to steal the man's car.

In 2000, ABBA member Björn Ulvaeus revealed that the band had refused a $1 billion offer from a British and American consortium to regroup.


AL KOOPER (Versatile musician, vocalist, keyboards, session man [was on some of Dylan's most famous recordings]; co-wrote "This Diamond Ring"; produced The Zombies and the famous Super Session album with Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills; discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd; was the original leader of the Blues Project and Blood Sweat & Tears; solo albums) Born in 1944 in Brooklyn.

CHRIS BARRON (born Christopher Barron Gross) (Lead singer for pioneering '90s hit jam band, the Spin Doctors; formed a 1989 Princeton, NJ, post-high school band called the Trucking Company with John Popper [Popper went on to form Blues Traveler while Barron formed the Spin Doctors]; solo artist; "Cleopatra's Cat," "Two Princes," "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong," "You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast") Born in 1968 in Honolulu.

ALEX HARVEY (Singer, songwriter, guitarist; U.K. rocker who enjoyed some commercial success in the British Isles, but gained only marginal attention in the U.S.) Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1935. Died in Belgium of a heart attack 1982.

BARRETT STRONG (Early Motown star who was famous for his song "Money [That's What I Want]" which The Beatles and numerous others covered) Born in 1941 in Westpoint, Mississippi.

CORY WELLS (One of the founders and vocalists in the massively popular '70s band Three Dog Night;) Born in 1942 in Buffalo, New York.


In 1961, A pair of highly influential artists made their debut on vinyl, Mary Wells with "Bye Bye Baby" and Gene Pitney with "Love My Life Away."

In 1966, Before the body bags began arriving back on U.S. shores en masse, Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler's macho "The Ballad Of The Green Berets" entered the lower rung of the pop chart, but swiftly climbed all the way to #1 and stayed there for 13 weeks. The song went on to inspire John Wayne's highly jingoistic movie of the same name.

In 1967, "Pop Stars And Drugs—Facts That Will Shock You" was the headline in the British tabloid News Of The World. The lurid and not entirely true exposé reported on LSD parties put on by The Moody Blues, attended by Pete Townshend, Ginger Baker and others. The story went on to quote Mick Jagger as having taken acid, and claimed Jagger displayed Benzedrine tablets and a chunk of hashish while in the reporter's company. That afternoon, Jagger had his lawyers file a writ against the tabloid. It turned out that the reporter in question had overheard Brian Jones talking about drugs in a London disco and mistook him for Jagger. The suit started a feud between the tabloid and the band which led to a police raid on Keith Richards' home five days later.

In 1969, The Beatles' Yellow Submarine movie soundtrack album was awarded a Gold record. The disc contained only four previously unheard Beatles songs: Harrison's "It's All Too Much" and "Only A Northern Song," and the Lennon/McCartney numbers "Hey Bulldog" and "All Together Now."

In 1972, Neil Young's "Heart Of Gold" was released from Harvest. It would be his biggest hit single to date.

In 1981, Joni Mitchell was inducted into Canada's Juno Hall of Fame by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

In 1994, The Chieftains' Long Black Veil album, featuring Mick Jagger and other guest artists, entered the Top 30.


BOB MARLEY (born Robert Nesta Marley) (The most successful, influential and iconic of all reggae stars; a larger-than-life international hit artist; an ambassador of reggae and highly revered in his homeland Jamaica where his birthday is celebrated as a national holiday; backed up by his excellent band, the Wailers; father of Ziggy, Damian "Junior Gong" and Julian; his wife Rita Marley continues to tour, record and help run the Tuff Gong studios and record company; "Stir It Up," "Satisfy My Soul," "Kinky Reggae," "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot The Sheriff," [hit cover by Clapton], "No Woman, No Cry," "Concrete Jungle," "Positive Vibration," "Redemption Song," "Roots, Rock, Reggae," "Natural Mystic," "Is This Love," "Three Little Birds," "Waiting In Vain," "Natural Mystic," "Jamming," "Could You Be Loved," "Exodus," "Iron Lion Zion") Born in 1945 in St. Anne, Jamaica. Died of cancer in 1981.

NATALIE COLE (Soul-pop singer; daughter of legendary Nat King Cole; "This Will Be," "Pink Cadillac") Born in 1950 in Los Angeles.


In 1958, George Harrison became a member of an obscure Liverpool group known as The Quarrymen. They would change their name and go on to some fame.

In 1960, Jesse Belvin, an innovator in '50s West Coast R&B, was killed in an automobile accident in Fairhope, Arkansas. He had made his biggest impact as the co-author of "Earth Angel," the Penguin's 1954 classic. Jesse was only 20.

In 1970, John Lennon's "Instant Karma" b/w Yoko's "Who Has Seen The Wind?" was released on the Apple label in the U.K and soon thereafter in the U.S.

In 1981, A New York Post headline proclaimed "Surviving Beatles Plan New Album As Lennon Tribute." This, as we know, never came to pass. The rumor got started when word got out that Ringo was in Montserrat working with Paul McCartney on his Tug Of War album. George Harrison was nowhere near the scene. The record did contain McCartney's tribute to his late partner John Lennon, the song "Here Today."

In 1982, The J. Geils Band, featuring Peter Wolf, began a six-week run at #1 in the U.S. with their single "Centerfold."

In 1987, Rocker Joan Jett made her acting debut, co-starring with Michael J. Fox, in the motion picture Light Of Day.

In 1987, Pop star turned politician when the late Sonny Bono declared that he intended to run for mayor of Palm Springs on this day. He would go on to victory. And the beat goes on.

In 1990, Billy Idol was involved in a serious motorcycle accident and broke several bones. He had been slated for a major role in Oliver Stone's The Doors film but had to bow out as a result of the crash.

In 1990, Over 200 women filed suit against Chuck Berry when they learned that he had allegedly been secretly videotaping them while they used the bathroom at a restaurant he owned.

In 1998, Beach Boy Carl Wilson died of lung cancer in Los Angeles. He was 51.

In 1998, Hit singer Falco ("Rock Me Amadeus"), died in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic.


KING CURTIS (born Curtis Ousley) (Legendary R&B tenor sax player, producer; sought-after '60s session man; worked with Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers Band, Aretha Franklin, The Coasters ["Yakety Yak"], Delaney & Bonnie, Freddie King, Sam & Dave and plenty more; one of his last recording sessions was for John Lennon's Imagine album; had a couple of hit records of his own; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000; "Soul Twist," "Soul Serenade," "Memphis Soul Stew") Born in 1934 in Fort Worth, Texas. Murdered by an unknown assailant outside his New York City apartment on August 14, 1971.


In 1976, Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover" was the #1 single in the land, while the best-selling album was Bob Dylan's Desire.

In 1979, The Clash launched their first American tour at the Berkeley, California Community Theatre. Bo Diddley served as the opening act and The Clash began their set with "I'm So Bored with the USA".

In 1979, Stephen Stills had the distinction of being the first rock musician to record utilizing digital equipment at Los Angeles' Record Plant Studio. However, Stills wasn't happy with the results and none of the stuff ever saw the light of day, so slide guitarist and singer Ry Cooder wound up being the first rock performer to release a digitally recorded album, Bop Till You Drop. Also dissatisfied with the digital sound, he later disowned the work.

In 1980, Pink Floyd began a rather unusual "coast-to-coast" tour for The Wall in Los Angeles, performing the first of only 14 shows. The only other city they would visit would be New York. The staging featured a 120-by-60-foot wall made of foam blocks, which gradually engulfed and concealed the group as the show went on.

In 1981, John Lennon's "Woman," from Double Fantasy, was climbing the singles chart.

In 1986, Using dancers and animation, The Rolling Stones shot footage for their new single, "Harlem Shuffle" in New York City.

In 1989, A Georgia state representative introduced a bill that would make Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" the state's official rock song.

In 1994, Blind Melon vocalist Shannon Hoon was thrown out of the American Music Awards presentation for obnoxious behavior. He was ultimately charged with battery, assault, resisting arrest and destroying a police station phone.

In 2001, U2 played a "secret" show at London's Astoria. Mick Jagger, Queen's Roger Taylor, Bob Geldof and actor John Hurt were among those in attendance.


MERLE WATSON (born Eddy Merle Watson) (Top-notch Grammy-winning folk, blues and country guitarist; an American icon; son of legendary bluegrass picker, Doc Watson; he began touring and recording with his father at age 15; the popular annual Merlesfest in Wilkesboro, NC, is dedicated to his memory; "Southbound," "Brown's Ferry Blues," "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down," "Corrina, Corrina") Born in 1949 in Deep Gap, North Carolina. Died on October 23, 1985, following a tractor accident in Lenoir, North Carolina.

TOM RUSH (Key singer/songwriter to emerge from the early '60s-era Cambridge folk scene; "No Regrets," "Kids These Days," "Lost My Driving Wheel") Born in 1941 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


In 1960, The House of Representatives' Special Subcommittee on Legislative Oversight began its investigation into disc jockey payola. Deejays from Boston and Cleveland were called to testify.

In 1964, On the occasion of The Beatles landing on American shores for the first time, they were interviewed by The Ronettes on the radio.

In 1964, Max Firetag, who had published "Louie, Louie" as recorded by The Kingsmen for Wand Records, refuted Indiana Governor Matthew Welsh's assertion that the song was "pornographic." Firetag offered $1,000 to anyone who could detect anything objectionable in the song's lyrics. No one stepped up.

In 1969, Ex-Cream guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, and ex-Traffic keyboardist and singer Steve Winwood revealed that they were putting together a new band and auditioning for a bassist. They settled on ex-Family bassist/violinist Rick Grech, and, ladies and gentlemen, Blind Faith, the first rock supergroup, was born.

In 1973, Max Yasgur died of a heart attack. He was the owner of the Woodstock farm where the legendary festival was held. Joni Mitchell sang about him in her song "Woodstock."

In 1972, Frank Zappa's concert at London's Royal Albert Hall was canceled due to what were deemed by some to be obscene lyrics in the score of 200 Motels.

In 1973, Carly Simon received a Gold record for her single "You're So Vain," the only song of her career to make it to #1. Many speculated on the identity of the song's subject, assuming it was either Mick Jagger, Cat Stevens, Kris Kristofferson or Warren Beatty, all of whom she'd dated prior to marrying James Taylor. The mystery stud jet-setter was, in fact, Beatty.

In 1975, The #1 album in the country was Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks, boosted by the hit single, "Tangled Up In Blue”.

In 1980, David Bowie and his wife Angie were divorced in London after nearly 10 years of marriage. Bowie got custody of their nine-year old son, Zowie. The Rolling Stones song "Angie" was allegedly inspired by her.

In 1981, R.E.M. recorded their early songs at the Bombay Studios in Smyrna, Georgia.

In 1990, Long suffering from manic depression, Del Shannon ("Runaway") committed suicide by gunshot. He was 50.

In 1994, Oasis were forced to cancel their first tour abroad following some drunken shenanigans aboard a cross-channel ferry on the way to Holland.


CAROLE KING (born Carole Klein) American pop/folk icon, singer/songwriter; along with her husband Gerry Goffin, wrote tons of rock/pop gems like The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?," Little Eva's "Do The Locomotion," The Chiffons' "One Fine Day," The Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday," The Drifters' "Up On The Roof," The Byrds' "Wasn't Born To Follow," Aretha Franklin's "[You Make Me Feel] Like A Natural Woman," and The Animals' "Don't Bring Me Down"; best known for her 1971 classic solo album, Tapestry, which remains one of the biggest-selling discs of all time at over 22 million copies; mother of talented rock/pop singer Louise Goffin; active in supporting environmental causes; "It's Too Late," "I Feel The Earth Move," "Smackwater Jack," "Sweet Seasons," "So Far Away," "You've Got A Friend" [a hit for James Taylor], "Jazzman," "Only Love Is Real") Born 1942 in Brooklyn, New York.

JOE ELY (Texas honky-tonk legend, singer/songwriter; one of the original purveyors of "outlaw country" in the '70s; began with fellow West-Texans Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore in The Flatlanders; Merle Haggard took him on a tour of England in 1979 where met Joe Strummer, he later toured Europe with The Clash and played on their 1982 Combat Rock album; he reunited with The Flatlanders in 1999 to record "South Wind Of Summer" for The Horse Whisperer soundtrack and then two subsequent successful albums; many of his most memorable solo disc songs are by his Flatlander pals Jimmy Dale and Butch Hancock; Ely recorded with acclaimed singer/songwriter Terry Allen on his classic 1979 Texas album Lubbock On Everything; "I Had My Hopes Up High," "She Never Spoke Spanish To Me," "Dallas," "Musta Notta Gotta Lotta," "Boxcars," "All Just To Get To You," "Gallo Del Cielo" [with Bruce Springsteen on backing vocals], "Pay The Alligator," "Wheels Of Fortune") Born in 1947 in Amarillo, Texas.


In 1964, It was day three for the Fab Four on American soil. The Beatles made their American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show before 73 million people-over one-third of the entire U.S. population (the largest television audience ever). George Harrison had a sore throat, but no matter. He was barely audible above the screaming fans in the audience.

In 1981, Bill Haley, of The Comets fame, died of a heart attack at his home in Harlingen, Texas. He sold an estimated 60 million records in his lifetime, most notably for "Rock Around The Clock."

In 1993, Annie Lennox and her husband Uri Fruchtman had a daughter named Tali.

In 1993, Mick Jagger released Wandering Spirit, his third solo album. Although it was slagged back in England, the album was well-received here in the States.

In 1999, Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, along with his Roswell Records label, EMI Entertainment World and EMI Virgin Songs, filed suit against Miramax for unauthorized use of the Foo Fighters' song "Big Me" in trailers for the movie Rounders.

In 2000, The Million Dollar Hotel, a film starring Mel Gibson and co-written by Bono, opened at the 50th Berlin Film Festival.


ROBERTA FLACK (Mellow '70s-era hit soul-pop singer; "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," "Killing Me Softly With His Song," "Feel Like Making Love," "Where Is the Love" [with the late Donny Hathaway]) Born in 1939 in Asheville, North Carolina.


In 1942, Big Band giant Glenn Miller became the first recipient of a Gold record after having sold over a million copies of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo."

In 1968, The Beatles shut down "Beatles U.S.A.," their American fan club and business office, and dismissed their U.S. press agents, cutting ties with all their American business connections. John, Paul, George and Ringo also withdrew from the late Brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises and turned all business affairs over to their newly formed record company, Apple.

In 1971, It was a turning point in the career of Carole King as Tapestry, soon to be a smash hit album, was released.

In 1973, The historic Liverpool venue, the Cavern Club, was given a three-month reprieve by British Rail who were constructing an underground railroad, requiring the historic building to be demolished. If the club had to relocate, said owner Roy Adams, he could at least preserve the original cellar room where The Beatles had performed 292 times back in the early '60s.

In 1975, Legendary record producer Phil Spector was injured seriously in an accident, but the details were kept secret from even his best friends. The mishap took place somewhere between L.A. and Phoenix, and according to a statement released by Spector's office, he had suffered multiple head and body injuries.

In 1976, Law and order superstar Elvis Presley was made a reserve officer in his hometown Memphis police department.

In 1977, The Clash began recording sessions in London for their first album.

In 1986, John Lennon's Live In New York City album was finally released.

In 1990, Eric Clapton concluded an 18-show run at London's Royal Albert Hall. The shows were recorded and, together with shows from 1991's run at the same venue, was released as 1991's live set 24 Nights.
In 1993, Recluse Michael Jackson granted his first interview in 15 years to Oprah Winfrey. In the interview, Jackson claimed that he had a disorder that destroyed the pigmentation of the skin and that he had had very little plastic surgery.

In 1997, Liam Gallagher of Oasis postponed his wedding to actress Patsy Kensit because of what he termed "obsessive and intrusive" attention from the media. They eventually wed in a quiet ceremony two months later.

In 1999, Musician magazine called it quits after 21 years.

In 2002, Folk singer Dave Van Ronk, who had been undergoing treatment for colon cancer, died in New York. He was 65.


SHERYL CROW (One of the biggest-selling pop/rock singers of the past decade; songwriter; started out as a back-up singer with Michael Jackson and Don Henley; broke through in 1994 with her 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Music Club; after earning a degree at the University of Missouri in classical piano, she taught music in a St. Louis elementary school; "Strong Enough," "All I Wanna Do," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Love Is A Good Thing," "Everyday Is A Winding Road," "If It Makes You Happy," "My Favorite Mistake," "Steve McQueen," "Soak Up The Sun") Born in 1962 in Kennett, Missouri.

JIMMY CARTER (Member of Grammy-winning soul/gospel group The Blind Boys Of Alabama; long known as the Five Blind Boys Of Alabama; they have been together in various forms since 1936 when they met at the Talladega Institute for the Blind; career revived in 2000; recent guests on their albums have included Tom Waits, Solomon Burke, Chrissie Hynde, Shelby Lynne, Ben Harper, Robert Randolph, David Lindley, John Hammond, Charlie Musselwhite and more; "Go Tell It On The Mountain," "Higher Ground," "I Found A Friend") Born in 1932 in Birmingham, Alabama.

GENE VINCENT (born Vincent Eugene Craddock) (Short-lived but outstanding rockabilly original; was only 36 when he died of various health problems, most notably a ruptured stomach ulcer; "Be-Bop-A-Lula," "Bluejean Bop") Born in 1935 in Norfolk, Virginia. Died October 12, 1971, in Los Angeles.

OTIS CLAY (Chicago/Memphis soul and blues legend; "Trying To Live My Life Without You," (covered by Bob Seger) Born in 1942 in Waxhaw, Mississippi.

SLIM HARPO (born James Moore) (Legendary blues singer, best known for his funky original of "I'm A King Bee," which was covered by The Rolling Stones early on; also "Baby, Scratch My Back") Born in 1924 in Lobdell, Louisiana. Died of cardiac arrest on January 31, 1970, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

GERRY GOFFIN (Smash hit marriage and songwriting partner to Carole King; responsible for co-writing over 100 hit songs in the '60s; father of talented artist Louise Goffin; "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?," "Wasn't Born To Follow," "The Loco-motion," "One Fine Day," Up On The Roof") Born in 1939 in Queens, New York.

SERGIO MENDES (Bossa nova lounge lizard, international hit jazz artist, numerous hits in the late '60s and early '70s;  "Mas Que Nada," "Fool On The Hill," "Scarborough Fair") Born in 1941 in Niteroi, Brazil.

BOBBY "BORIS" PICKETT (Singer, songwriter; only had one big single but it was a memorable hit and a perennial favorite, the "Monster Mash") Born in 1940 in Georgetown, Texas.


In 1963, The Beatles taped "I Saw Her Standing There," "Boys," "Do You Want To Know A Secret," "There's A Place," "Twist And Shout" and some nine others for their first British album, Please Please Me and for single releases at EMI's Abbey Road studios in London. The session lasted less than ten hours despite Lennon's cold. The boys nailed "Twist And Shout" on the first take.

In 1964, Another milestone for The Beatles as they played their first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum in D.C. That evening they were guests of honor at a masked ball held by the British ambassador to the United States, Sir David Ormsby-Gore, Lord Harlech. The British prime minister, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, was to have attended the ball, but deliberately delayed his arrival in Washington in order to not to be upstaged.

In 1967, The Monkees, stung by various critiques, announced that henceforth they would play all the instruments on their recordings. It would prove to be an ill-advised move.

In 1970, The satirical film The Magic Christian, starring Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers, premiered in New York City. The film's soundtrack album, featuring Badfinger's "Come And Get It" (which was written and produced by Paul McCartney, was released by Apple Records on this same day.

in 1972, David Bowie unveiled his Ziggy Stardust alter-ego for the first time at a concert in Tollworth, England.

In 1983, The Rolling Stones concert film Let's Spend The Night Together opened in New York during the city's most severe snow storm of the century.

In 1984, John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses," from his best-selling Uh-Huh album, broke into the Top 10.

In 1985, The Police won an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the fourth annual Brit Music Awards held in London. Prince was named Best Solo Artist.

In 1989, The Pretenders' "Middle Of The Road," from Learning To Crawl, and U2's "Angel Of Harlem," from Rattle And Hum, were both spinning heavily on the FM airwaves.

In 1999, Sarah McLachlan's Surfacing album climbed into the Top 30.


RAY MANZAREK (Original jazz-oriented keyboardist and backing vocalist for one of the most influential rock bands of all time, the Doors; solo albums; met Jim Morrison at the U.C.L.A. Graduate School of Film; after Manzarek recited the poem/song "Moonlight Drive" to Jim one night on a Southern California beach, the band was born and quickly became a major force on the vibrant late '60s L.A. rock scene; "Light My Fire," "Break On Through," "Hello, I Love You," "Strange Days," "Wishful Sinful,"  Love Street," "Peace Frog/Blue Sunday," "The WASP (Texas Radio and the Big Beat)," Spanish Caravan," "Touch Me," "When The Music's Over," "Land Ho," "Riders On The Storm," "Love Her Madly," "L.A. Woman") Born in 1935 in Chicago.

MICHAEL McDONALD (Sang backing vocals on Steely Dan's Pretzel Logic but best known as the soulful deep tenor vocalist and keyboardist who refined the Doobie Brothers' sound starting with 1976's Taking It To The Streets album; hit '80s/'90s solo career; "What A Fool Believes," "Minute By Minute," "Depending On You," "For Someone Special," "It Keeps You Running," "I Keep Forgetting' [Every Time Your Near]," "Yah Mo B There," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough") Born in 1952 in St. Louis.

STEVE HACKETT (Guitarist for Genesis during the band's "progressive" phase of 1971-1977; later briefly in GTR and solo albums; "Watcher of the Skies," "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway," "Your Own Special Way") Born in 1950 in London.


In 1956, Screamin' Jay Hawkins recorded "I Put a Spell On You" in a New York studio. The song would later be covered by Credence Clearwater Revival.

In 1957, "Too Much" by Elvis Presley was the number one hit record in America.

In 1964, The Beatles played two shows at New York's Carnegie Hall. Mrs. Nelson Rockefeller brought her two kids.

In 1968, Chynna Phillips (Wilson Phillips) was born to John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas.

In 1972, Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" hit number one.

In 1974, The soon-to-be world famous Bottom Line opened in New York City.

In 1977, The Police recorded their first single called "Fall Out."

In 1989, Tiny Tim ("Tiptoe Through the Tulips") declared himself a candidate for mayor of New York City.

In 1997, U2 held a press conference on this day to announce their Popmart world tour dates at the Manhattan K Mart. The tour began April 25 in Las Vegas.


PETER GABRIEL (Fronted Genesis for seven years, replaced by Phil Collins in 1975; debuted his first solo album in 1977; started WOMAD (World Of Music And Dance) Fest in 1982 and joined up with Amnesty International, recording and playing Amnesty benefits with Senegalese star Youssou N'Dour; Gabriel later invited artists from all over to record at his own Real World studios in Bath, England and wound up starting his own label and mixing elements of the world music he found into his own material; scored film soundtracks for Birdy, The Last Temptation Of Christ and The Rabbit-Proof Fence; "I Know What I Like [In Your Wardrobe]," "The Carpet Crawlers," "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway," "Solsbury Hill," "Games Without Frontiers," "Biko," "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes," "Red Rain," "Don't Give Up" [duet with Kate Bush], "D.I.Y.," "Shock the Monkey," "Shaking the Tree," "Big Time," "Steam," "Digging In The Dirt,"  "Kiss That Frog," "The Barry Williams Show") Born in 1950 in London.



In 1961, Frank Sinatra started his own recording label, Reprise.

In 1964, The Beatles flew to Miami to make a second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, broadcast from the Deauville Hotel.

In 1971, "I Hear You Knockin'" by Brit rockabilly artist Dave Edmunds went Top 5 on the charts. The song was a cover of the original Smiley Lewis 1955 hit.

In 1981, Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of Moon became the longest-running rock record on the Billboard album chart, concluding its 402nd week.

In 1989, Edie Brickell's Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars broke into the Top Five albums.

In 2002, Roots music maverick and American icon Waylon Jennings died from diabetes-related health problems. He was 64.


ROB THOMAS (Lead vocalist and singer/songwriter for phenomenonal late '90s rock/pop success Matchbox Twenty; formed in 1995 in Orlando, their 1996 debut album Yourself or Someone Like You had gone platinum 10 times over by 2000; also guest vocalist with Carlos Santana on 1999 #1 international hit "Smooth"; "Push," "3 A.M," "Real World," "Unwell," "Disease," "When You're Gone") Born in 1972 in Germany.

MACEO PARKER (Best known as lontime funky sax player for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown; also played with George Clinton's P-Funk conglomerations and Bootsy's Rubber Band in the '70s/'80s and 10,000 Maniacs, Prince and Living Colour in the '90s; also hit solo jazz career; "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "Cold Sweat") Born in 1943 in Kinston, North Carolina.

TIM BUCKLEY (Acclaimed and influential late '60s to mid '70s-era unique folk/jazz singer/songwriter; father of the talented late Jeff Buckley [who also tragically died young]; "Get On Top," "Sweet Surrender," "Move With Me") Born in 1947 in Washington, D.C. Died of a drug overdose on June 29, 1975 in Santa Monica, California.

MERLE SAUNDERS (Soulful San Francisco vocalist and keyboardist, best known for his early '70s tenure in Jerry Garcia's band; has performed and recorded with artists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis to Bonnie Raitt and John Popper; also wrote scores for TV and movies [Tales From The Crypt, Twilight Zone, Heavy Traffic and Fritz The Cat]; active in environmental causes and benefits with his Rainforest Band; "It Takes a Lot To Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry") Born in 1934 in San Mateo, California.

ERIC ANDERSEN (Acclaimed '60s folk singer/songwriter; came up through the Cambridge folk scene in the early '60s; his songs have been recorded by numerous artists, including Judy Collins, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Linda Ronstadt and the Grateful Dead; currently resides in Norway where he recently recorded a pair of albums with Norwegian folksinger Jonas Fjeld and The Band's Rick Danko; "Thirsty Boots," "Is it Really Love at All?") Born in 1943 in Pittsburgh.


In 1931, Ted Lewis had a hit with "Just A Gigolo." Over a half century later, David Lee Roth covered the same tune.

In 1958, CBS TV newsman Walter Cronkite reported that the Iranian government had banned rock and roll music because it was against the concepts of Islam.

In 1967, Aretha Franklin recorded "Respect" at New York's Atlantic Studios.

In 1970, A headline in Billboard read, "R.I.A.A. Mounting Total War Against Tape Pirating of Prerecorded Music."

In 1969, The Who recorded a concert at Leeds University in Leeds, England for their next milestone album, Live At Leeds.

In 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a week-long stint as co-hosts on the midday variety TV show The Mike Douglas Show.

In 1974, David Bowie said no thanks when asked to write the "world's first Gay National Anthem."

In 1976, The novelty single "Squeeze Box" off The Who By Numbers by the Who moved into the Top 20.

In 1986, Frank Zappa played a bad guy named "Mr. Frankie" on Miami Vice.

In 1990, The Rolling Stones played the first of 10 packed nights at Tokyo's Korakuen Dome. It was their first tour of Japan.

In 1996, B my valentine! The Artist Formerly Known as Prince married backup singer Mayte Garcia.

In 1999, Jewel's Spirit album ascended into the Top 20.


MICK AVORY (Longtime drummer for one of the most enduring and influential bands to emerge from the early-mid '60s British invasion, the Kinks; "A Well Respected Man," "You Really Got Me," "All Day and All of the Night," "Set Me Free," "Till the End of the Day," "Where Have All the Good Times Gone?" "Tired of Waiting," "Sunny Afternoon,"  "Victoria," "Apeman," "Lola," "Celluloid Heroes," "20th Century Man," "Sleepwalker," "Low Budget," "Come Dancing," "Better Things," "Don't Forget To Dance") Born in 1944 in London.

ALI CAMPBELL (Guitarist and singer with international pop/reggae mainstay UB40; the band took their name from a British unemployment form; "One in Ten," "Can't Help Falling in Love," "I Got You Babe," [with Chrissie Hynde] "Red Red Wine," "The Way You Do the Things You Do") Born in 1959 in Birmingham, England.

BRIAN HOLLAND (One third of the '60s Motown hit songwriting triumvirate along with his brother Eddie and Lamont Dozier; "Please Mr. Postman," "How Sweet It Is," "Where Did Our Love Go?" "I Can't Help Myself," "You Keep Me Hanging On," "Take Me in Your Arms") Born in 1941 in Detroit.

DAVID BROWN (Longtime bass player with Santana) Born in 1947.

MELISSA MANCHESTER (‘70s-era pop/rock singer-songwriter; "Midnight Blue," "Don't Cry Out Loud," co-wrote 1978's "Whenever I Call You Friend" (a hit for Kenny Loggins and Stevie Nicks]) Born in 1951 in Bronx, New York.


In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis tore it up, blasting out "Great Balls of Fire" on American Bandstand. Later in the day, The Dick Clark Show, a new Saturday night rock and roll TV show, made its bow on the ABC network. The program showcased  Jerry Lee, Pat Boone, Connie Francis, Chuck Willis, the Royal Teens and Johnnie Ray.

In 1964, A headline in Billboard Magazine read, "U.S. Rocks & Reels From Beatles Invasion. The Beatles Begin New British Artist Push." The story went on to note that "Great Britain hasn't been as influential in American affairs since 1775." Also, Billboard, for the first time in its history, listed one act, the Beatles, as having five songs in the Hot 100. In addition, the #1 album on this day was Meet the Beatles, the Fab Four's first American triumph in that realm.

In 1965, The much loved and respected crooner/jazz singer and pianist Nat "King" Cole died of complications following surgery for lung cancer in Santa Monica. He was 48.

In 1968, George and Patti Harrison and John and Cynthia Lennon arrived in India to study meditation techniques with the Maharishi. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr joined them a few days later. Ringo was the first to leave, likening the experience to "a Butlin's holiday camp."

In 1969, Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" zoomed to #1 on the singles chart, while the Doors' "Touch Me" topped out at #3.    

In 1975, Linda Ronstadt's version of "You're No Good" ruled the singles chart on this day. The song had originally been only a marginal success for Betty Everett a number of years earlier.

In 1975, Gino Vannelli became the first white musician to perform on Soul Train.

In 1977, Sid Vicious replaced Glen Matlock on bass with the Sex Pistols.

In 1978, On this day, Chicago blues guitarist Michael Bloomfield was found dead in his car in San Francisco. Bloomfield was in the vanguard of white musicians who championed the blues resurgence of the early to mid-'60s. An accidental drug overdose was ruled to be the cause. He was only 39.

In 1979, The Grammy Award winners were announced. Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are" was named Record and Song of the Year.
In 1998, The Rolling Stones brought their Bridges To Babylon North American tour to a close in Las Vegas. The Stones performed at a place called The Joint, the 1,400 seat theatre inside the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas. Among those in the audience were Brad Pitt, Leonardo DeCaprio, Johnny Depp, Sting and Eddie Murphy. Jagger remarked during the show, "well this is a fantastic audience. It's got to be the best-dressed audience I have ever seen in my life."

In 2000, In protest of the inclusion of Jorg Haider's far right, fascistic "freedom" party in Austria's new government, Sting canceled a concert appearance in Vienna. Lou Reed did the same earlier, bailing out of several scheduled shows in that country.


ANDY TAYLOR (Singer, songwriter, guitarist for '80s pop/new wave monsters Duran Duran, formed in 1978 in Birmingham; the band took their name from the late '60s Jane Fonda film Barbarella; also in Power Station in 1985 with Robert Palmer; "Rio," "Girls On Film,"  "Hungry Like The Wolf," "Is There Something I Should Know?" "Union Of The Snake," "Some Like It Hot," "Bang A Gong [Get It On]") Born in 1961 in Dolver-Hampton, England.


SONNY BONO (born Salvatore Bono)  (Singer, songwriter and producer who is best remembered for his string of hits in the mid to late '60s with his wife Cher; co-starred with her in a popular TV variety show for several years; left show business to enter politics and become mayor of Palm Springs and later a congressman in California; died in a Lake Tahoe skiing accident; "I Got You Babe," "Bang Bang [My Baby Shot Me Down]") Born in 1935 in Detroit. Died January 5, 1998, in Stateline, Nevada.


In 1968, It was Aretha Franklin Day in her hometown of Detroit.

In 1971, A biker named Alan David Pasaro sued The Rolling Stones. He was the Hell's Angel who was tried and later acquitted in the stabbing death of Meredith Hunter at the Altamont Speedway concert in 1969. Pasaro alleged invasion of privacy because the Maysles brothers' film of the event, Gimme Shelter, showed the actual stabbing.

In 1972, Charlie Watts' wife was arrested at the Nice, France, airport for swearing and otherwise being abusive to customs officials.

In 1974, Bob Dylan had his first U.S. #1 album with Planet Waves. It began a four-week run at the top on this day. The album featured "On A Night Like This" and "Forever Young."

In 1974, Elton John released the catchy chart-topping single, "Bennie And The Jets."

In 1985, Born In The U.S.A. officially became Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's first chart-topping album in Britain.

In 1988, Billy Vera, singer, songwriter, record producer and rock historian, received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
In 1990, Ike Turner was sentenced to four years in prison on cocaine possession charges.
In 1992, Mick Jagger spent the night at a Tokyo airport hotel because he lacked the proper papers to enter the country. Japanese Immigration officials eventually issued him a visa and he was on his way.

In 1993, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones and Bill Wyman (filling in for an ailing Ronnie Lane) participated in a Faces reunion at the Brit Awards in London. They played "Stay With Me" and "Sweet Little Rock & Roller."



BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG (Guitar and vocalist with ‘90s stylistic punk revivalists Green Day; inspired by The Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks; broke with 1994’s Grammy-award winning, Diamond-selling (10 million) Dookie and endured with the 2006 Grammy-award winning American Idiot; “When I Come Around,” “Good Riddance [Time Of Your Life]," "American Idiot," "Boulevard of Broken Dreams") Born in 1972 in Berkeley, California.

GENE PITNEY (Successful ‘60s pop vocalist, songwriter; the first U.S. artist to record a Jagger-Richards song [“That Girl Belongs To Yesterday]; “Town Without Pity,” “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “(Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance,” “Hello Mary Lou” [a big hit he wrote for Rick Nelson]) Born in 1941 in Hartford, Connecticut.


In 1960, Elvis earned his first Gold album for 1956’s Elvis, which featured “Rip It Up,” “Old Shep,” “When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again” and “Ready Teddy.”

In 1970, For the first, but not last time, Joni Mitchell announced her retirement from the concert stage following her gig at London's Royal Albert Hall. Within a year she had returned to performing live.

In 1971, Singing “Fire And Rain” and “Carolina On My Mind,” James Taylor made his primetime television debut on The Johnny Cash Show.

In 1971, Elton John's self-titled U.S. debut, which had been released in August of 1970, went Gold, making it into the Top 5 on the album chart. His actual debut disc, Empty Sky, was released in the U.K. in 1969 but not in the states until 1975, by which time he was a huge star.

In 1972, Country-rocker Jonathan Edwards picked up a Gold record for his hit, “Sunshine.” He bought himself a new pickup with the money he earned.

In 1972, Pink Floyd premiered Dark Side Of The Moon during a four-night stand at London’s Rainbow Theater a full year before the epic album was released.

In 1975, John Lennon released the Phil Spector-produced Rock ’n’ Roll album, a collection of some of his favorite rock and R&B oldies, including "Stand By Me". It was his final record before his self-imposed five-year exile from making records.
In 1976, The Eagles released their their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 album. At nearly 30 million and counting, it remains the best-selling American album of all time (Michael Jackson's Thriller is #2 with 26 million).
In 1982, A major influence on Steely Dan, among other pop groups, pianist, composer and innovative jazz giant Thelonious Monk died in Weehawken, New Jersey, after a long illness. He was 64.

In 1988, A 12-year old Hollywood, Florida, Mötley Crüe fan set his legs ablaze while attempting to duplicate a stunt he had seen in the group’s “Live Wire” video. He suffered burns over 10% of his body. Mötley Crüe promptly issued a statement advising the band’s stunts should not be tried at home.

In 1996, A Platinum American Express card that had once belonged to Bruce Springsteen was auctioned off for $4,500 at a memorabilia sale in New York. The Boss had given the expired card to a waiter in an L.A. restaurant as a souvenir.

In 2000, The Steinway piano at which John Lennon composed “Imagine” went on display at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool. Later in the year the piano went on the auction block via the Internet and sold for nearly $2 million.


YOKO ONO (Perhaps the world's best-known performance/conceptual artist, musician; second wife to John Lennon from 1969 until his death in 1980 and member of his Plastic Ono Band; Yoko's caterwauling, warbling and wailing vocals annoyed many early on, but proved to more accepted later–she even scored a recent electronica dance hit; her best-known album is 1981's Season Of Glass, released months after Lennon's assassination; Lennon felt limited in his role with The Beatles and, with Yoko, stepped out to explore avant-garde art, music and film, which he wrote about in the song "The Ballad Of John And Yoko"; Yoko is the keeper of the Lennon legacy and flame, but remains an original and challenging artist in various media in her own right; mother of artist Sean Ono Lennon; "Give Peace A Chance," "Happy Xmas [War Is Over]," "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss," "Give Me Something," "Beautiful Boys," "I'm Moving On," "You're The One," "Walking On Thin Ice," "Open Your Box," "Yang, Yang") Born in 1933 in Tokyo.

SEAN WATKINS (Modern bluegrass guitarist in upstart country/rock group Nickel Creek; formed in 1989 in San Diego with younger sister fiddler Sara Watkins and mandolin/banjo player Chris Thile; band signed to Sugar Hill in 1998 and was a slow-building hit by 2002; solo career; "The Smoothie Song") Born in 1978 in San Diego.

IRMA THOMAS ('60s-era soul/gospel singer; "Don't Mess With My Man," "It's Raining," "Ruler Of My Heart," "Cry On," "Wish Someone Would Care"; first to record "Time Is On My Side," (later a hit for The Rolling Stones) Born in 1941 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.



DENNIS DE YOUNG (Lead vocalist, keyboardist for '70s/'80s hit rock band Styx; solo artist; currently touring and playing symphony-versions of Styx classics; "Lady," "Come Sail Away," "The Grand Illusion," "Babe") Born in 1947 in Chicago.


In 1968, Syd Barrett, one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, left the band and checked into a psychiatric hospital before going into complete seclusion for the rest of his life. He was replaced by guitarist David Gilmour.

In 1970, Yoko Ono celebrated her 37th birthday at a party hubby John Lennon put together at the London offices of Apple Records.

In 1972, Neil Young was awarded a Gold record for Harvest, the only #1 album of his long and storied career. The album featured the top single "Heart Of Gold."

In 1974, Yes performed the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden. Remarkably, the first date sold out without any advertising. Fans found out about the engagement from barely visible listings at ticket outlets and bought up all the tickets in a matter of days.

In 1974, Ringo Starr released "Oh, My My," the third hit single from his Ringo album.

In 1978, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' "Breakdown" was receiving heavy play on FM rock radio.

In 1980, Bill Wyman revealed that he intended to leave The Rolling Stones in 1983. He was dissuaded and remained for an another nine years, finally departing for good in 1992.

In 1995, Bob Stinson, one of the founders of The Replacements, died in Minneapolis after years of drug and alcohol abuse.


SEAL (born Sealhenry Olumide Samuel) (Grammy-winning vocalist who emerged from England's house-music scene to forge a unique blend of soul, folk, pop, dance and rock that made him an international star in the early '90s; "Crazy," "Prayer For the Dying," "Kiss From a Rose," "Love Divine") Born in 1963 in Paddington, London, England.

SMOKEY ROBINSON (born William Robinson) ('60s/'70s-era hit soul singer/songwriter; one of Motown's biggest stars with The Miracles and later on his own; "Shop Around," "You've Really Got a Hold On Me," "The Tracks of My Tears" [a hit for Linda Ronstadt as well], "Ooh Baby Baby," "The Tears of a Clown" [covered by the English Beat], "My Girl," "My Guy" [hits for The Temptations and Mary Wells, respectively]) Born in 1940 in Detroit.

DAVE WAKELING (Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with innovative '70s/'80s Brit ska/pop bands The English Beat [known as The Beat everywhere but in the U.S.] and General Public; "Tears of a Clown," "Mirror In the Bathroom," "Best Friend," "Can't Stand Losing You," "Too Nice To Talk To," "Save It For Later," "Tenderness") Born in 1956 in Birmingham, England.


In 1958, Carl Perkins, whose rockabilly classic "Blue Suede Shoes" had been one of the biggest hits of 1957, followed the example of Elvis and Johnny Cash and split Sun Records to sign with a major label. Carl went with Columbia and released "Pink Pedal Pushers" two weeks later.

In 1966, It was reported that The Rolling Stones, following their tour down under, would fly to L.A. and record nine songs for their proposed film, Back, Behind and In Front. The movie never happened and the Stones never followed in the cinematic footsteps of the Fab Four.

In 1972, Paul McCartney released the controversial "Give Ireland Back To The Irish," a song inspired by the ongoing British/Irish conflict. It was promptly banned by the BBC, which only increased interest in the single, propelling it to the Top 20 in the U.K.

In 1972, Badfinger's Straight Up album entered the Billboard chart. Produced by George Harrison and Todd Rundgren, the record featured the Top 5 single "Day After Day."

In 1974, Attempting to give the Grammys a run for their money, Dick Clark concocted his own awards show, the American Music Awards. Held just days before the Grammys, the winners were elected by the record-buying public as opposed to music industry professionals. The debut show was hosted by Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller.

In 1976, Former Tower Of Power lead singer Rich Stevens was arrested and charged with the murder of three men at a home in the hills near Los Gatos, California, on the previous night. The motive was a suspected drug deal gone wrong. Stevens and an accomplice were found guilty on two counts of murder in November.

In 1977, Recorded in L.A. in the wake of the breakups of John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, and Mick Fleetwood and his wife, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours was released. In this case, the heartbreak paid off and translated into monster sales. The album remained the #1 pop album for 31 weeks. Over 19 million copies have been sold in the U.S. alone.

In 1977, Manfred Mann's Earth Band's version of Bruce Springsteen's "Blinded By The Light" went to #1. Springsteen was said to be amused by the new synthesizer-laden version of his song.

In 1977, Stevie Wonder won the Grammy for Album Of The Year for Songs In The Key Of Life.

In 1985, Mick Jagger gave us his first solo album, She's The Boss, which featured cameo appearances by Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend and Vernon Reid (who would go on to become a member of Living Colour).

In 1998, The Stray Cats reunited for a single performance at L.A.'s House Of Blues to benefit the Carl Perkins Foundation. They played a couple of Carl Perkins tunes and an Eddie Cochran number for the sold-out crowd.

In 2000, After 68 weeks on the charts, Supernatural by Santana was parked at the number one spot.


KURT COBAIN (born Kurt Donald Cobain) (Frontman, guitarist, singer/songwriter with groundbreaking alternative band Nirvana; patron saint of existential angst; started the band with guitarist Krist Novoselic in 1987, playing college parties in Olympia, WA; broke with 1992's landmark Nevermind album catapulted grunge music into mainstream; late husband of Courtney Love; "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "On A Plane," "Come As You Are," "All Apologies," "Heart-Shaped Box") Born in 1967 in Hoquiam, Washington. Died April 5, 1994, in Seattle from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

WALTER BECKER (Together with Donald Fagen, he is one-half of the songwriting genius/creative force behind Steely Dan; after a 13-year hiatus beginning in 1980, Becker reunited with Fagen for more Steely Dan albums and tours; one solo album to date, 11 Tracks Of Whack; Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001; "Reeling In The Years," "Do It Again," "My Old School," "Show Biz Kids," "Pretzel Logic," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Dirty Work," "Bodhisattva," "FM  [No Static At All]," "Dr. Wu," "Peg," "Josie," "Asia," "Black Cow," "Hey Nineteen," "Deacon Blues," "The Last Mall," "Blues Beach") Born in 1950 in Queens, New York.

J. GEILS (born John "Jerome" Geils, Jr.) (Guitarist and leader of the band named after him, although Seth Justman wrote most of the songs and lead vocalist Peter Wolf and harp blower Magic Dick were each higher profile) Born in 1946 in New York City.

RANDY CALIFORNIA (born Randy Wolfe) (Guitarist, singer, songwriter; dubbed Randy "California" by Jimi Hendrix; co-founder of Southern California late '60s/early '70s psychedelic band Spirit and later Kapt. Kopter And The Fabulous Twirly Birds; "Fresh Garbage," "Nature's Way," "Mr. Skin," "I Got A Line On You") Born in 1946 in Los Angeles. Died in 1997 by accidental drowning off the coast of Molokai, Hawaii.

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE (Native American [Cree Indian] singer/songwriter, actor, activist; worked in children's television; "Now That The Buffalo's Gone," "My Country 'Tis Of Thy People You're Dying," "Universal Soldier," "Until It's Time For You To Go") Born in 1941 in Piapot Reserve, Saskatchewan, Canada.


In 1960, Jimi Hendrix made his live performance debut at a high school concert in Seattle.

In 1965, The Supremes entered both the pop and R&B charts with "Stop! In The Name Of Love." It would be their fourth consecutive #1 pop single.

In 1969, Goodbye Cream, a documentary chronicling Cream's November 26, 1968, farewell concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, debuted in Baltimore with small audiences in attendance. The film received very negative reviews as a result of sub par sound quality and overly "arty" editing.

In 1969, The controversial film Candy opened; it featured Ringo Starr in his first real acting role.

In 1970, John Lennon's "Instant Karma" single was released in the U.S.

In 1971, A couple of pop classics-to-be were released: Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and Santana's "Oye Como Va." On this same day, the top album in the country was the Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack.

In 1974, Cher filed for separation from Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage.

In 1982, Hot on the charts, Pat Benatar took her second trip to the alter, marrying her guitarist, Neil Geraldo, on the island of Maui.

In 1982, Genesis's Abacab broke into the Top 30 album chart. The name was derived from A-B-A-C-A-B, the chord progression for the song of the same name.

In 1997, Ben & Jerry's introduced a new flavor: Phish Phood was named after the band Phish. It consisted of chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge chunks. Benny & Jerry's had scored a number of years earlier with their Cherry Garcia flavor, named in honor of the late Grateful Dead guitarist.

In 1998, The first of two concerts in remembrance of the late Nicolette Larson was conducted at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joe Walsh, Carole King, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Jimmy Buffett were among the artists who performed and paid their respects. The concerts raised funds for the UCLA Children's Hospital in the name of Larson, who had died in late 1997 of a rare disease called cerebral edema.

In 1998, Bob Dylan's Time Out Of Mind album was named Best Album Of The Year in the Village Voice's annual poll of U.S. pop music critics.


MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER (Hit country/folk/Americana singer/songwriter; emerged from Washington, D.C., area in mid-'80s; author of children's books; "Never Had It So Good," "Quittin' Time," "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," "I Feel Lucky," "Shut Up And Kiss Me," "Passionate Kisses" [written by Lucinda Williams]) Born in 1958 in Princeton, New Jersey.

JERRY HARRISON (Talented keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, producer; member of Jonathon Richman & The Modern Lovers and Elliot Murphy's band in the '70s, but best known as a longtime member of the Talking Heads in the '80s; solo career; "Psycho Killer," "Take Me To The River," "Once In a Lifetime," "Burning Down The House," "Road To Nowhere," "Stay Up Late," "Wild Wild Life," "And She Said," "Rev It Up") Born in 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

COREY HARRIS (Modern acoustic folk Delta bluesman; influenced by Lightnin' Hopkins; versatile in styles ranging from African to Latin; subject of first episode of Martin Scorsese's Blues series; "Fish Ain't Bitin'," "Wild West," "Capitaine," "Santoro") Born in 1969 in Denver, Colorado.

NINA SIMONE (Eclectic quality soul singer who has dabbled in jazz, pop, gospel and Broadway material) Born in 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina. Died at her home in Carry-le-Rouet, France, on April 21, 2003.

DAVID GEFFEN (Important figure in rock music as founder of Asylum and his own Geffen Records labels, and as all-around guru who helped guide the careers of  CSN&Y, Laura Nyro, Jackson Browne and the Eagles) Born in 1943 in Brooklyn, New York.


In 1964, The Rolling Stones' third single, "Not Fade Away," a remake of the old Buddy Holly tune, was released in the U.K. on Decca Records. It struck pay dirt, becoming the group's first British Top 10 single.

In 1966, The Beatles issued the single "Nowhere Man" b/w "What Goes On."

In 1968, McGraw-Hill, Inc. outbid eight other American publishers and spent $150,000 for the U.S. rights to Hunter Davies' authorized biography of the Fab Four.

In 1970, Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water was Top 20. It would be the duo's last full-fledged studio album together.

In 1982, Legendary New York rock & roll deejay Murray "The K" Kaufman died in Los Angeles. He was 60.

In 1999, Sarah McLachlan's Surfacing album broke into the Top 20.

In 2001, U2 and Steely Dan each picked up three Grammy awards.

In 2003, Folk singer-songwriter Tom Glazer died. Glazer, 88, wrote the 1963 novelty song "On Top of Spaghetti."


JUDE JOHNSTONE (Singer-songwriter from Maine via the West Coast, perhaps best known for writing "Unchained" for Johnny Cash and "Wounded" for Bonnie Raitt's Silver Lining; also has written songs for Stevie Nicks, Jennifer Warnes, Bette Midler and Trisha Yearwood; Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt are featured on her second album, On a Good Day).

ERNIE K-DOE (Born Ernest Kador, Jr.) (Singer, songwriter; had one of the biggest hits in the history of New Orleans R&B with 1961's "Mother-In-Law") Born in 1936 in New Orleans. Died of kidney and liver failure on July 5, 2001, in New Orleans.


In 1956, Billboard raved about James Brown's first record, "Please, Please, Please"; "A dynamic, religious fervor runs through the pleading solo here. Brown and the Famous Flames group let off plenty of steam."

In 1956, Elvis enjoyed his first Top 10 single, "Heartbreak Hotel."

In 1957, At a small club in Blytheville, Arkansas, Jerry Lee Lewis pumped out "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." Although Lewis did not write the song, it had been a favorite of his since he had first heard it a year previously. On this occasion, for the first time, Lewis ad-libbed his own bawdy lyrics to replace the ones he had forgotten.

In 1963, The Beatles put together their Northern Music Publishing Company. Many years later Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney for the rights to the songs.

In 1968, Genesis, a group envisioned as a songwriters' cooperative by Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, three English schoolboys at the time, released its first single, "The Silent Sun."

In 1969, T. Rex departed on a tour of England with a concert in Manchester. The opening act was David Bowie, though he did not perform or sing any music; his act consisted of miming the story of a young Tibetan Buddhist monk.

In 1973, Roberta Flack earned a Gold record for "Killing Me Softly With His Song," which was #1 for five weeks. Don McLean was rumored to be the subject of the tune.

In 1975, John Lennon's "#9 Dream" was a Top Ten song while while "Pick Up The Pieces" by the Scottish soul group Average White Band held down the top spot.

In 1976, One-time Supremes member Florence Ballard died of coronary thrombosis in Detroit. Despite having been an original member of the top female vocal trio of all time, she died destitute. Ballard was only 32. Steve Forbert has revealed that his song "Romeo's Tune" was written in Florence's memory.

In 1978, In an event they would prefer to be unknown, The Police appeared in a TV commercial for Wrigley's chewing gum. They had to dye their hair blonde for the occasion; a look they retained for awhile.

In 1979, "Advertising Creeps Into Rock," read the headline in Rolling Stone magazine. In the article it was revealed that Journey had joined forces with Budweiser for promotional and advertising purposes. Of course, this practice became common in the ensuing years.

In 1986, The Dream Academy's haunting "Life In A Northern Town," which had been produced by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, peaked at #7 on the singles chart.

In 1986, INXS's Listen Like Thieves album found its way onto the Billboard chart. The LP, which contained the title track as well as the hit "What You Need," would eventually climb into the Top Ten.

In 1987, Andy Warhol died of complications following a gall bladder operation.

In 1989, The Grammy winners included Tracy Chapman for Best New Artist, Bobby McFerrin for Best Song ("Don't Worry, Be Happy"), and Jethro Tull for Best Hard Rock/Metal Group. The latter left some folks scratching their heads.

In 1992, Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love.

In 1994, Veteran Jefferson Airplane/Starship electric violinist Papa John Creach died of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 76.

In 2001, Among Grammy recipients at the 43rd annual presentation were U2 for Best Record and Best Song ("Beautiful Day"), Steely Dan for Album Of The Year for Two Against Nature and Shelby Lynne for Best New Artist.


JOHNNY WINTER (Popular scorching Texas blues guitarist who emerged in the late '60s/'70s; worked with Muddy Waters; "Highway 61 Revisited," "Rock And Roll Hoochie Coo," "Still Alive And Well," "Silver Train") Born in 1944 in Beaumont, Texas.

HOWARD JONES (Born John Howard Jones) ('80s Brit hit keyboard synth-pop star; "Things Can Only Get Better," "No One Is To Blame") Born in 1955 in South Hampton, Hants, England.

RUSTY YOUNG (Pedal steel and slide guitarist on legendary Buffalo Springfield sessions and later in Poco; left Denver for the bright lights of L.A. early '70s country/rock scene where Gram Parsons invited him to join the Flying Burrito Brothers [he chose to stay with Poco]; "Kind Woman," "Pickin' Up The Pieces," "C'Mon," "A Good Feeling To Know," "Crazy Eyes," "Keep On Tryin'," "Crazy Love," "The Heart Of The Night," "Call It Love") Born in 1946 in Denver.


In 1959, Three weeks after their untimely demise, Buddy Holly entered the singles chart with "It Doesn't Matter Anymore”.

In 1963, The Chiffons' "He's So Fine" appeared on the pop chart for the first time, on its way to #1. George Harrison was sued years later for unconsciously plagiarizing the melody for his "My Sweet Lord."

In 1970, Ringo Starr made a cameo on the popular TV comedy show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
In 1972, Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla Presley split.
In 1974, Columbia Records released Billy Joel's Piano Man.
In 1974, On this day, "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" by The Rolling Stones and Gregg Allman's solo version of the Allman Brothers' classic "Midnight Rider" were both big on FM rock radio.

In 1978, Some of the 20th annual Grammy winners were the Eagles (who boycotted the ceremony) scoring Record Of The Year for Hotel California and Best Arrangement For Voices for "New Kid In Town" and Fleetwood Mac for Album Of The Year with Rumours.
In 1979, Dire Straits launched their first U.S. tour in Boston.

In 1980, Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," a bit of an Elvis parody, landed at #1 on the singles chart, a position it would cling to for four weeks.
In 1980, The Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays" was getting receiving airplay on FM rock stations. The Bob Geldof tune took its title from a whacked-out San Diego teenager who went on a killing spree. When asked why she did it, she replied, "I don't like Mondays."
In 1983, Toto won six Grammys, including Album Of The Year for Toto IV, an effort that included the hits "Africa" and "Rosanna."
In 1985, The Honeydrippers, a retro group featuring Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, were all over the radio.
In 1986, The Rolling Stones made an appearance at London's 100 Club, playing nearly a dozen tunes for an intimate gathering of invited guests to pay tribute to the late keyboardist, Ian Stewart. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Pete Townshend were among those who joined The Stones onstage. It was the first time the Stones had played live in almost five years.

In 1994, Chris Isaak and B.B. King were some of the notables who gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

In 1995, Original Temptations singer Melvin Franklin died of a brain seizure.
In 2000, Santana broke Michael Jackson's record for Grammys in one night by winning nine. Santana's awards included Album Of The Year for Supernatural, while "Smooth" won the Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year prizes. Elton John, who was honored with the Living Legend award, dismissed the award shows at a press conference afterwards as "bulls***."
In 2003, Howie Epstein, 47, former bassist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of a drug overdose. He was 47.

In 2003, It was all about Norah Jones. She emerged the big winner at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards, snagging five awards for her debut Come Away With Me and "Don't Know Why," including Best New Artist, Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record Of The Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.


MICHELLE SHOCKED (born Michelle Johnston) (Acclaimed and versatile folk/punk singer/songwriter from Dallas via Austin, San Francisco, New York, Amsterdam and Los Angeles; has recorded with artists ranging from Taj Mahal to the Hothouse Flowers to Uncle Tupelo; social activist; "When I Grow Up," "Memories Of East Texas," "If Love Was A Train," "Anchorage," "On The Greener Side," "Come A Long Way," "The Quality of Mercy," "That's So Amazing") Born in 1962 in Dallas.

NICKY HOPKINS (One of the most in-demand session men of his time, best known as keyboard player/pianist on albums by The Rolling Stones (Let It Bleed, Exile On Main Street, Black And Blue); also The Beatles, The Kinks [Ray Davies wrote "Session Man" in his honor], Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Who, the Jefferson Airplane and others) Born in 1944 in London. Died September 6, 1994, of complications from intestinal surgeries.

LONNIE TURNER (Acclaimed bluesman; longtime bass player and guitarist with Steve Miller; solo career ("Your Saving Grace," "Space Cowboy," "The Joker," "Fly Like An Eagle," "Rockin' Me") Born in 1947 in Berkeley, California.

THIS DAY IN 2/24 music:

In 1956, Police in Cleveland invoked a 1931 ordinance prohibiting people under the age of 18 from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult. Cleveland, apparently, did not rock back at the time.

In 1964, The Beatles made their third appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. They were seen via tape this time, performing three songs.

In 1965, The Beatles began work on their second movie, Help!.

In 1969, Before breaking up, the Jimi Hendrix Experience performed its last British concert at Royal Albert Hall in London.

In 1971, Janis Joplin's posthumous release, Pearl, was awarded a Gold record.

In 1973, The Doobie Brothers had a hit with "Jesus Is Just Alright."

In 1976, The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) became the first album in history to be certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. The new certification indicated sales of at least one million copies for albums and two million for singles. The album has now sold nearly 30 million copies in the U.S.

In 1979, The Police released the single, "Roxanne".

In 1981, The Double Fantasy album won John Lennon a posthumous Grammy for Best Album.

In 1987, Graceland won Paul Simon a Grammy for Album Of The Year, while Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" won in the Record Of The Year category. Bruce Hornsby was voted Best New Artist.

In 1992, The U.S. Postal Service unveiled two versions of its proposed Elvis stamp; fans were encouraged to vote for their favorite. Ultimately, the younger Elvis version prevailed and the stamp was issued on January 8, 1993.

In 1993, The Grammys for the best of '92 were awarded. Eric Clapton was the big winner, taking home six awards, including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for "Tears In Heaven," and Album Of The Year for Unplugged.

In 1998, Elton John became Sir Elton John (Reginald Dwight), knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

In 1998, John Fogerty was awarded the 1998 Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual Gibson Awards are bestowed the day before the Grammys, recognizing the best rock, blues and jazz guitarists as determined by music critics and editors of guitar magazines. Lindsey Buckingham and Sheryl Crow received awards for best male and female rock guitarists.


GEORGE HARRISON (Singer, songwriter, accomplished guitarist; original member of the unique legacy called The Beatles, "the quiet one"; contributing a handful of songs to their 1963-66 albums, but more active in the 1968-70 period; upon the dissolution of The Beatles, he released his magnum opus, the Phil Spector-produced triple album set All Things Must Pass, in 1970; Harrison followed that with  rock's first major charity event, The Concert for Bangladesh, recorded from two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1971 to help raise money for aid to that famine-ravaged nation; returned to the top of charts in 1987 with "Got My Mind Set On You"; joined forces with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison in 1988 to record under the moniker the Traveling Wilburys for a pair of albums; toured one last time in 1991, then spent the rest of his life in relative seclusion up until his death; his last album, the acclaimed Jeff Lynne-produced Brainwashed, was released posthumously; "If I Needed Someone," "Taxman," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Here Comes The Sun," "Something," "My Sweet Lord," "What Is Life," "Isn't It A Pity," "Wah-Wah," "Awaiting On You All," "Beware Of Darkness," "If Not For You," "Give Me Love [Give Me Peace On Earth]," "Sue Me, Sue You Blues," "Dark Horse," "All Those Years Ago," "Got My Mind Set On You," "Any Road") Born in 1943 in Liverpool, England. Died of cancer November 29, 2001, in Los Angeles.

MIKE PETERS (Lead singer and guitarist with the '80s hit group The Alarm; solo artist; "Sixty Eight Guns," "Blaze of Glory," "Strength," "Absolute Reality," "Spirit of '76," "Rain in the Summertime," "Sold Me Down the River") Born in Prestatyn, Wales, in 1959.



In 1957, Buddy Holly And The Crickets taped "That'll Be The Day" at their first session with producer Norman Petty at his studio in the Eastern New Mexico town of Clovis. It would become Holly's biggest hit, rising to #2 on the singles chart.

In 1963, Vee Jay Records, a small Chicago-based label, had the distinction of releasing the first single by The Beatles in the U.S., "Please Please Me" b/w "Ask Me Why." While a smash in the U.K., it tanked on these shores.

In 1978, Jefferson Starship released their new album, Earth. Two days later the record went Gold.

In 1984, U2 launched their first full-scale tour of the U.S.

In 1986, The benefit song "We Are The World" scored a Grammy for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year.

In 1993, Toy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band passed away at age 45.

In 1995, Lyle Lovett broke his collarbone while riding a motorcycle in Mexico. The mishap made it impossible for him to accept his two Grammys at the ‘95 ceremonies.

In 1998, Bob Dylan won three Grammys, including Album Of The Year for Time Out Of Mind while Dylan's son, Jakob, won an award for Song Of The Year with "One Headlight," a tune he had recorded with his band The Wallflowers.

In 2004, Chicago blues legend and sax player A.C. Reed died of complications from cancer. He was 77.


JOHNNY CASH (One of the all-time most influential roots singer/songwriters; a down-to-Earth American rock, country and pop icon; "the Man in Black"; began as part of the now legendary Sun Records roster of artists which also included Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins; signed with Columbia in 1958 and became one of the biggest country stars in the world over the next two decades; huge in the late '60s/early '70s in the U.S., even hosting his own network TV show; recorded with everyone from Dylan, Willie and Waylon, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen to Nick Cave and Trent Reznor; fought serious personal battles with addiction and illness, and lived to tell the tale; guested on Bob Dylan's 1969 Nashville Skyline album; subject of 2006 hit movie Walk the Line; "Folsom Prison Blues," "Cry, Cry, Cry," "Get Rhythm," "I Walk The Line," "One Piece At A Time," "I Still Miss Someone," "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen," "Don't Take Your Guns To Town," "Five Feet High And Rising," "Guess Things Happen That Way," "Sunday Morning Coming Down," "A Boy Named Sue," "Ring Of Fire," "Understand Your Man," "Jackson" [with wife June Carter], "The Beast In Me," "I've Been Everywhere," "Unchained," "Hurt") Born in 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. Died of complications from diabetes on September 12, 2003, in Nashville.

FATS DOMINO (born Antoine Domino) (Singer, pianist, songwriter; one of the leading exponents of classic New Orleans R&B; over 30 hit singles; "Ain't That A Shame" [later a hit for Cheap Trick] "Blueberry Hill," "Walkin' To New Orleans," "I'm Walking")  Born in 1928 in New Orleans.

ERYKAH BADU (born Erica Wright) (Modern R&B/soul singer; "On & On," "Bag Lady") Born in 1972 in Dallas, Texas.

PAUL COTTON (Vocalist, guitarist; founded '70s band Illinois Speed Press and then went on to become a longstanding member of '70s/'80s hit L.A./Colorado country-rock outfit Poco; "Pickin' Up The Pieces," "C'mon,"  "A Good Feelin' To Know," "Crazy Eyes," "Keep On Tryin'," "Indian Summer,"' "Heart Of The Night," "Call It Love") Born in 1943 in Los Angeles.

BOB "THE BEAR" HITE (Vocalist with late '60s/early '70s era West Coast hit band Canned Heat; also recorded with John Lee Hooker; performed at the original Woodstock with Canned Heat in 1969; "Goin' Up the Country," "On The Road Again," "Let's Work Together") Born in 1945 in Torrance, California. Died of a heart seizure in 1981 in Mar Vista, California.

MITCH RYDER (William Levise, Jr.) (Original and influential mid- to late-'60s Detroit rock & roller; with his band, the Detroit Wheels he lit up the nation's AM radio airwaves with explosive versions of  Little Richard and Chuck Willis songs like "Jenny, Jenny" [later covered by Springsteen], "Good Golly Miss Molly," "C.C. Rider"  and "Devil With A Blue Dress") Born in 1945 in Hamtramck, Michigan.

SANDIE SHAW ('60s-era hit Brit pop vocalist; "[There's] Always Something There To Remind Me," "Puppet On A String") Born in 1947 in Dagenham, Essex, England.


In 1955, Billboard reported that for the first time since being introduced in 1949 45rpm discs were outselling the old standard 78rpm records. Another change in the industry was also noted. On some New York City jukeboxes, it took a dime instead of a nickel to play a record.

In 1955, LaVern Baker appealed to Congress in a letter to Michigan Representative Charles Digges Jr., to revise the Copyright Act of 1909 in order for black recording artists to be protected from note-for-note copying of previously recorded R&B tunes and arrangements by white artists.

In 1965, London guitarist Jimmy Page, who had already contributed to some Kinks records, released his first solo single, "She Just Satisfies." Page went on to join The Yardbirds and became a founding member of Led Zeppelin with Robert Plant.

In 1966, The Temptations' "Get Ready" entered the singles chart and The Rolling Stones' "19th Nervous Breakdown" was released. Meanwhile, The Beatles had the top album in the country with Rubber Soul.

In 1970, Hey Jude, a collection of Beatles singles that had previously been unavailable on a long player, was released in the U.S.

In 1979, Former Sex Pistols vocalist Johnny Rotten accused manager Malcolm McLaren and former band mates Steve Jones and Paul Cook of using money that was owed to him to bankroll a documentary movie about the band. A judge ruled that of the nearly £900,000 the band had earned from 1975-1978, only £30,000 remained. The great rock & roll swindle, indeed.

In 1980, Island Records reps offered U2 a recording contract after witnessing their performance at Dublin's National Boxing Stadium before an audience of 2,400.

In 1985, Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It" won Grammys for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year, while Cyndi Lauper was named Best New Artist.

In 1987, Capitol Records released the first four Beatles albums on compact disc.

In 1997, The Grammys were held at New York's Madison Square Garden with host Ellen DeGeneres. The big winners were Eric Clapton and The Beatles. Clapton won three trophies, all for the song "Change The World": Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal. The Beatles scored Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Free As A Bird." The three surviving members of the Fab Four, with Yoko representing John Lennon, also won the Best Music Video, Short Form as well as the Best Music Video, Long Form awards for "Free As A Bird." Bruce Springsteen won Best Contemporary Folk Award for The Ghost Of Tom Joad.


NEAL SCHON (Longtime guitarist for Journey who he co-founded with former Santana vocalist and keyboardist Gregg Rolie; joined the original Santana band with Carlos Santana when he was just 17; in the '80s, Neil worked with Jan Hammer and was a member of Bad English with John Waite; maker of several solo albums; "Of a Lifetime," "Lights," "Feeling That Way/Anytime," "Wheel In The Sky," "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin,'" "Anyway You Want It," "Who's Crying Now," "Open Arms," "Don't Stop Believin'") Born in 1954 in San Mateo, California.

PAUL HUMPHREYS (Singer, songwriter and co-founder of '80s Brit synth-pop band Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark; "Enola Gay," "If You Leave") Born in 1960 in London.


In 1956, What would become Little Richard's first #1 R&B hit, "Slippin' And Slidin'" b/w "Long Tall Sally," was released on the Specialty label.

In 1967, Pink Floyd laid down tracks for their first single, the psychedelic nugget "Arnold Layne," written by Syd Barrett. It would make it to #1 in the U.K. but have no impact whatsoever in the U.S.

In 1970, Members of  the Jefferson Airplane were fined $1,000 for using profane language during a concert in Oklahoma City.

In 1974, Joni Mitchell had her most successful album ever with Court And Spark, which went Gold on this day, boosted by airplay of "Help Me" and "Free Man In Paris."

In 1977, Keith Richards' Toronto hotel suite was raided by Royal Canadian Mounted Police while he was sleeping. They seized 22 grams of heroin, five grams of cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia. Richards was arrested, charged with possession of heroin with intent to traffic and possession of cocaine. He was released on $25,000 bail and a trial was set for October. In light of Richards' previous brushes with the law, including numerous drug busts, there were fears that this might be the beginning of the end for The World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band.

In 1980, The Grammy winners for 1979 were announced: The Doobie Brothers' "What A Fool Believes" won both Record and Song Of The Year awards, while Billy Joel's 52nd Street was named both Album Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

In 1981, The Police were awarded a Gold record for Zenyatta Mondatta, their third and probably most commercial album to date.

In 1990, Time magazine quoted Milli Vanilli "singer" Rob Pilatus as saying, "Musically, we're more talented than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney. Mick Jagger can't produce a sound. I'm the new Elvis." He would later eat those words and then some.

In 1991, James Brown was granted an early parole and set free in Columbia, South Carolina, after having done some time for leading police on a high-speed chase through two states.

In 2001, Carlos Santana went home to his native Mexico to unveil a plaque in Autlan de Navarro declaring him the "favorite son" of the Mexican town where his father was also a musician. The town's main street is even named after the Santana family.


BRIAN JONES (Founding member of The Rolling Stones; he was replaced by Mick Taylor in the summer of 1969 after Let It Bleed; vocalist and multi-instrumentalist [guitar, sitar, autoharp, marimba, sax, clarinet and harmonica] who lent diversity and subtle depth to many early Rolling Stones recordings; started out playing in London's Blues Inc. with Alexis Korner [which later featured Charlie Watts]; After having been more or less fired by the band, Jones accidentally drowned in his backyard swimming pool—his drowning death remains controversial to this day; "Get Off of My Cloud," "Time Is On My Side," "Heart of Stone," "[I Can't Get No] Satisfaction," "Play With Fire," "Paint It Black" [featuring Jones on sitar], "Out Of Time," "Let's Spend the Night Together," "She's A Rainbow," "Sympathy For the Devil," "Street Fighting Man") Born in 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England. Died July 3, 1969, in Hertford, England.

CINDY WILSON (Yoko Ono-influenced warbler with hit '80s band The B-52s; "Private Idaho," "Rock Lobster," "Love Shack," "Deadbeat Club," "Roam") Born in 1957 in Athens, Georgia.

PAT MONAHAN (Lead vocalist and frontman for Train)

JOHN FAHEY (Acoustic guitarist and American music icon; founded Takoma Records and is credited for bringing modern acoustic guitar music to the masses in the late '60s/early '70s; he launched the careers of Leo Kottke and Canned Heat; Fahey's first album, issued in 1959, Blind Joe Death is a highly coveted collector's item) Born in 1939 in Takoma, Maryland. Died in 2001 in Salem, Oregon, of multiple health problems.

JOE SOUTH (born Joe Souter) (Talented late '60s/early '70s-era hit singer/songwriter, guitarist and in-demand session man in his day; never big on performing, inviting the audience to "kiss his ass" on more than one occasion; "Down In The Boondocks," "Games People Play," "Walk a Mile In My Shoes," "Rose Garden") Born in 1940 in Atlanta.


In 1966, Liverpool's fabled Cavern Club, where The Beatles first rose to prominence, closed its doors.

In 1970, In an interview in New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green revealed his intention to give away all his money. He was committed to a mental hospital for a stay in 1973. He would later come out of seclusion and resume his career in the mid-'90s.

In 1970, Led Zeppelin played Copenhagen under the pseudonym of "Nobs" thanks to a lawsuit threatened by Count Evan von Zeppelin, a relative of the airship designer.

In 1970, Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was the #1 song in the land.

In 1974,  Bobby Bloom, famed for his 1970 funky hit record, "Montego Bay," died from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound in West Hollywood. He was 28 years old.

In 1977, Ray Charles, while performing live onstage, was attacked by a deranged audience member who attempted to strangle him with a rope.

In 1979, Mr. Ed, TV's talking horse, died.

In 1984, The Grammy Awards presentation took place at the Shrine Auditorium with host John Denver. Michael Jackson won eight awards, including Album Of The Year for Thriller and Record Of The Year for "Beat It," which featured Eddie Van Halen on guitar. "Every Breath You Take" by The Police nabbed the  Song Of The Year award, while Boy George's Culture Club had the honor of  being named Best New Artist.

In 1988, K.D. Lang performed at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.

In 1994, In aid of the Children In Crisis charity, Eric Clapton and his band performed for the 100th time at London's Royal Albert Hall.

In 1996, Among the Grammy Award winners were Alanis Morissette, who won four times, including Album Of The Year for Jagged Little Pill, and Hootie & The Blowfish, who received the Best New Artist award.

In 2000, Tracy Chapman's Telling Stories album busted into the Top 50.


ROGER DALTREY (Longtime dynamic lead singer for The Who; solo artist; actor [Tommy, Lisztomania, The Legacy, McVicar]; "The Kids Are Alright," "Magic Bus," "Happy Jack," "I Can See For Miles," "Substitute," "Giving It All Away," "Avenging Annie," "Say It Ain't So, Joe" "Free Me," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Baba O'Riley," "Love, Reign O'er Me," "The Real Me," "5:15," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Song Is Over," "Join Together," "Long Live Rock," "Squeeze Box," "Eminence Front," "You Better You Bet," "Who Are You") Born in 1944 in Hammersmith, London, England.

NIK KERSHAW ('80s-era Brit rock/pop singer, songwriter; "Wouldn't It Be Good") Born in 1958 in Bristol, England.


In 1957, Chess Records released Chuck Berry's "School Days."

In 1966, Over 100 youths in Liverpool barricaded themselves inside the recently closed Cavern Club, where The Beatles' career had launched. They were upset about the club being shuttered due to bankruptcy.

In 1969, Following a performance at Miami's Dinner Key Auditorium, Jim Morrison of The Doors was arrested for allegedly displaying his manhood during the show. Morrison was officially charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent behavior, open profanity and public drunkenness. That particular sentence, amounting to eight months hard labor and a $500 fine, was on appeal when Morrison died in Paris in 1971.

In 1973, The New York Joffrey Ballet gave its premiere performance of its Deuce Coupe Ballet, which was set entirely to the music of The Beach Boys.

In 1975, Winners of the 17th annual Grammy Awards were announced during ceremonies at the Hollywood Palladium. The Album Of The Year was Stevie Wonder's Fulfillingness' First Finale.

In 1977, Sara Lowndes Dylan filed for divorce from her husband of 11 years, Bob Dylan. The divorce was granted in June when Sarah was given custody of their five kids and possession of their million-dollar home. Sara had reportedly been the inspiration for songs such as "Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands," "Lay Lady Lay" and, of course, "Sara."

In 1977, Manfred Mann's Earth Band picked up their first Gold record for "Blinded By The Light," one of several Springsteen songs covered by the group. It was the first #1 for Manfred since his "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" hit back in 1964.

In 1980, Singer and poet Patti Smith wed veteran Detroit underground rocker and one-time MC5 member Fred "Sonic" Smith in Detroit.

In 1982, Swan Song Records released the soundtrack for the film Death Wish II, which had been written and produced by Jimmy Page. It was his first solo album.

In 1995, Sheryl Crow won a Grammy for Best New Artist and Song Of The Year ("All I Wanna Do"), while Tony Bennett's Unplugged was named Album Of The Year.

In 1995,  R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry had to leave the stage in the midst of a Switzerland concert after suffering a brain aneurysm. He would later leave the band.

1997, 'Bowie Bonds' were issued by David Bowie on the US Stock Exchange, linked to his back catalogue albums with money earned on the bonds via interest from royalties. Investors could expect to make an 8% profit.


CHRIS MARTIN (Vocals and piano with dramatic Brit band Coldplay; band broke through huge in the U.S. in 2002; Martin was influenced by Tom Waits and Jeff Buckley, among others; "Yellow," "Trouble," "Clocks," "In My Place," "The Scientist," "Moses") Born in 1977 in Devon, England.

LOU REED (born Louis Firbank) (Enigmatic and talented frontman for the creative and highly-influential mid-'60s to early 70's New York band the Velvet Underground; solo career, guitarist, keyboardist; an artist who has, over the years, metamorphosed from glam-rocker to avant-garde noisemaker to straight-ahead rocker to spoken word and acoustic singing and playing; "Foggy Notion," "Waiting For My Man," "Heroin," "Sweet Jane," "Rock And Roll," "Vicious," "Walk On The Wild Side," "A Busload of Faith," "Dirty Blvd.," "What's Good," "I Love You, Suzanne") Born in 1942 in Freeport, Long Island, New York.

MARTIN SEXTON (Syracuse, New York-raised singer-songwriter) Born in 1966.

DOC WATSON (born Arthel Watson)  (Flat-picking guitar legend of country/folk and bluegrass; father of the late Merle Watson) Born in 1923 in Deep Gap, North Carolina.

ALVIN YOUNGBLOOD HART (Modern blues slide guitarist, best known from his exposure on the 1996 Furthur festival tour) Born in 1963 in Oakland, California.

EDDIE MONEY (born Eddie Mahoney) (Late-'70s/early '80s hit blue collar rocker; singer/songwriter; former NYPD desk clerk-turned-San Francisco rock star; "Baby Hold On," "Two Tickets To Paradise," "Take Me Home Tonight" [with Ronnie Spector], "I Wanna Go Back") Born in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York.

RORY GALLAGHER (Passionate and driving '70s blues guitarist and singer; influenced by great American R&B and blues artists such as Leadbelly, Buddy Guy and the Kings [B.B. and Freddie]; "Walk On Hot Coals") Born in 1949 in Ballyshannon, Ireland. Died after a liver transplant on July 14, 1995, in London.

JON BON JOVI (born John Bongiovi) (Career-enduring pretty-boy Jersey rocker; "Living on a Prayer," "wanted: Dead Or Alive") Born in 1962 in Sayreville, New Jersey.

KAREN CARPENTER (Heavenly voiced, sugar-coated '70s-era hit pop singer in The Carpenters, with her brother Richard) Born in 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut. Died February 4, 1983, in Downey, California, from complications related to anorexia nervosa.


In 1964, The Beatles' "Twist And Shout" with "There's A Place" (on the "flip side") was released in the States on Tollie Records, the fourth label to release a Beatles disc in America. Also on this day, The Beatles began filming their first feature-length movie, A Hard Day's Night.

In 1967, The ninth annual Grammys presentation was conducted. Record Of The Year went to Frank Sinatra for "Strangers In The Night," while the Song Of The Year came from the next generation, "Michelle" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

In 1968, Blue Cheer's "Summertime Blues" was released. The band once laid claim to being the loudest band on the planet, according to the Guinness Book Of World Records.

In 1974, Stevie Wonder took home five Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year for Innervisions.

In 1975, Upon pulling over a late-model Lincoln Continental early in the morning for running a red light, LAPD busted Linda McCartney for possession of marijuana found in her pocketbook. Paul was driving and not charged.

In 1988, At the Grammys, U2's The Joshua Tree picked up the Album Of The Year prize, while Paul Simon's Graceland took the Record Of The Year honors.

In 1999, Dusty Springfield died of cancer at the age of 59, just 11 days before her scheduled induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1999, Bob Dylan was the first musician to play at the House Of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. For the encore, Dylan was joined by Bono on "Knockin' On Heaven's Door."


ROBYN HITCHCOCK (Quirky British '80s folk/rock singer-songwriter with a devoted American following, first with his band The Soft Boys in the late '70s/'80s and later with The Egyptians; R.E.M's Peter Buck has played with the Egyptians; "Balloon Man," "So You Think You're in Love") Born in 1953 in London.
JUNIOR PARKER (born Herman Parker)  (Respected blues singer and harp player; "Feelin' Good," "Driving Wheel") Born in 1927 in West Memphis, AR. Died November 18, 1971 in Blue Island, IL.


In 1957, Cardinal Samuel Strich, the head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago (the largest in the world), banned rock & roll from Catholic schools and various associated events in his district. He complained about the "tribal rhythms" and "encouragement to behave in a hedonistic manner" inherent in the music. Chicago record retailers reported no apparent drop in sales of the devil's music.

In 1966, In Los Angeles, Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed a new group which they called Buffalo Springfield. A year or so later, the group's self-titled debut was released; it contained "For What It's Worth," the band's biggest hit.

In 1966, On this day, The Rolling Stones went into RCA's Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles to begin work on the album Aftermath.

In 1967, In Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, The Animals refused to play a slated concert unless they were paid up front. Consequently, over 3,000 fans in the audience broke into a riot, causing about $5,000 in damages.

In 1967, The new Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart, bassist Ron Wood (now with The Stones) and drummer Aynsley Dunbar, made its debut in London.

In 1972, Harry Nilsson snagged a Gold record for Nilsson Schmilsson, the best-selling album of his career; it featured "Without You," "Jump Into The Fire" and "Coconut." The CD was recently remastered and re-released.

In 1973, The Grammy Awards were held at the Tennessee Theatre in Nashville. The Album Of The Year award went to George Harrison's The Concert For Bangladesh and America was named Best New Artist.

In 1980, Sotheby Park-Bernet in London auctioned off a paper napkin from the Rivera Hotel in Las Vegas, which had been signed by Elvis Presley, for approximately $1,000. Also auctioned off were four American dollar bills, inscribed by The Beatles, for about $450, while a batch of Rolling Stones letters and autographs went for about the same amount.

In 1982, The reformed Mamas & Papas, with original members John Phillips and Denny Doherty joined by Phillips' daughter MacKenzie and Spanky McFarlane of Spanky & Our Gang, played the first show of their brief reunion tour. Even though Mama Cass Elliot had been deceased for nearly 10 years, they didn't alter the lyric of "Creeque Alley," which contained the line, "No one's getting fat except Mama Cass."

In 1994, Kurt Cobain lapsed into a coma in Italy after consuming a large amount of tranquilizers and champagne.

In 1995, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry underwent surgery to halt bleeding caused by a brain aneurysm. The operation was a success, but he still felt it was best that he retire from the band.


EVAN DANDO (Punk/folk/pop singer, songwriter, film actor, former leader of The Lemonheads; "It's A Shame About Ray," "Mrs. Robinson") Born in 1967 in Boston.

BOBBY WOMACK (Legendary R&B/soul singer and composer; worked with Sam Cooke, Wilson Pickett, Sly Stone and the Stones, along with his solo work; "It's All Over Now" [the Stones first #1 in the U.K.], "I'm In Love," "It's Gonna Rain," "Trust Me" [covered by Janis Joplin], "Check It Out") Born in 1944 in Cleveland.

MIRIAM MAKEBA (Passionate world beat folk/pop singer who left her native land of South Africa in objection to its apartheid policies and returned for her first concert there in three decades in 1991; "Pata Pata") Born in 1932 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

CHRIS SQUIRE (Best known for his work as bassist with Yes; "Time And a Word," "Roundabout," "Long Distance Runaround," "And You And I," "Close to the Edge," "Going For The One") Born in 1948 in London.

CHRIS REA (Unique singer, songwriter, guitarist; big star in the U.K. and Europe; "Fool [If You Think It's Over]," "Working On It," "The Road To Hell," "Let's Dance," "Auberge," "Looking For the Summer," "Nothing To Fear," "Texas") Born in 1951 in Middlesbrough, England.


In 1960, In connection with the congressional investigation into payola in the music and broadcast industry, it was made known that Federal Communications Chairman John Doerfer had taken a six-day trek to Florida courtesy of Storer Broadcasting.

In 1966, John Lennon made his infamous remarks that led to an uproar, even the banning and burning of records by The Beatles for a brief period. In an interview with The Evening Standard, Lennon commented, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue that. I'm right and will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus right now."

In 1967, The Rolling Stones had the #1 single in the land with "Ruby Tuesday," their fourth #1 in the U.S. It was originally the "B" or flip side of "Let's Spend The Night Together," but in the wake of many puritanical radio stations banning the latter, London/Decca Records made the flip-flop.

In 1967, It was reported that Stevie Winwood and his brother Muff would be leaving the Spencer Davis Group after four years. With young Stevie's soulful, Ray Charles-influenced vocals, the group had enjoyed several significant hits, including "Gimme Some Lovin''' and "I'm A Man." The 18-year Winwood went on to form Traffic.

In 1971, On this day The Rolling Stones announced that they were moving to France, mostly for tax purposes.

In 1973, Pink Floyd, in promotion of their new album, Dark Side Of The Moon, launched a three-week tour of the U.S. in Madison, Wisconsin.

In 1977, The Rolling Stones played the first of two gigs at El Mocambo, a small club in Toronto, Canada. Portions of their performances, mostly old blues standards, wound up on Love You Live.

In 1977, CBS released the first album by The Clash in the United Kingdom. It would not appear in the U.S. for another two years, and then in altered form. The original would become one of the best-selling import albums of all time.

In 1978, The I.R.S. descended on the home of Jerry Lee Lewis in a dawn sneak attack, confiscating about $200,000 worth of vehicles to help pay off past tax debts.

In 1982, Rolling Stone revealed that Frank Zappa's son Dweezil and daughter Moon Unit had formed a band called Fred Zeppelin. The first single was a thing called "My Mother is a Space Cadet."

In 1986, At the age of 41, Richard Manuel—a longtime member of one of America's highly-respected roots music bands, The Band—committed suicide. He had been plagued by psychological and substance abuse problems. Counting Crows released a song in 2002 that was inspired by Manuel's death, called "If I Could Give All My Love -Or- Richard Manuel Is Dead."

In 2002, Mark Vann, Leftover Salmon banjo player and beloved member of the Colorado music community, died of cancer at his home. He was 39.


EDDY GRANT (U.K. '80s reggae/pop singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer; "Living On The Frontline," "Can't Get Enough," "Electric Avenue") Born in 1948 in Plaisance, Guyana.

JOHN FRUSCIANTE (Guitarist, singer, songwriter and member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers off and on; solo artist; nearly derailed by heroin but since recovered; "Higher Ground," "Under The Bridge," "Breaking The Girl," "Give It Away") Born in 1971 in New York City.


In 1955, Following complaints from certain quarters about the supposedly offensive lyrics heard on R&B records, BMI, the largest organization of music publishers, proposed plans to tighten controls on "objectionable" lyrics. As a result, BMI never granted clearance to nearly a dozen singles, including Big Joe Turner's "Shake Rattle & Roll," which became a major hit anyway.

In 1955, Elvis made his TV debut on the regionally telecast Louisiana Hayride show. His first national exposure on the tube was on the Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show early in '56.

In 1960, Sergeant Elvis Presley was honorably discharged from the army. Two days earlier, he had departed Germany and arrived at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey.

In 1963, Patsy Cline, the soulful country crooner who had won crossover fame for pop hits such as "Crazy" and "I Fall To Pieces," perished in a small plane crash near Camden, Tennessee. Cline was on her way to Nashville from St. Louis.

In 1965, The Yardbirds released "For Your Love".

In 1971, Badfinger, on the Beatle's Apple label, kicked off their first U.S. tour in Toledo, Ohio.

In 1974, Gregg Allman's first solo album, Laid Back, achieved Gold status. At the same time, rumors were afoot that the Allman Brothers Band was breaking up.

In 1982, Manic rock & roll comic/actor and Blues Brother John Belushi overdosed at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles. He was only 33.

In 1992, R.E.M. made a clean sweep at the Rolling Stone Music Awards, winning the Album Of The Year honors for Out Of Time, the Artist Of The Year award and plaques for Best Single and Best Video for "Losing My Religion." Not only that, they were named Best Band with the Best Guitarist and Best Songwriter.

In 1994, Grace Slick aimed a shotgun at deputies after they showed up at her Marin County, CA home to settle a domestic dispute. Cool heads prevailed. The following June, she was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and mandatory attendance at a long series of Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings.


DAVID GILMOUR (Longtime guitarist and vocalist for mega-selling Pink Floyd, the mother of all progressive bands, formed in 1967 in Cambridge, England; he joined the band for their second album, 1968's obscure A Saucerful Of Secrets, then, nearly two decades later, assumed leadership of a reconstituted version of the band with members Rick Wright and Nick Mason on albums such as 1994's The Division Bell; has also recorded with Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry and Kate Bush, among others; solo albums including 2006 release On An Island; "Fat Old Sun," "One of These Days," "Time," "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Wish You Were Here," "Have a Cigar," "Comfortably Numb," "Murder," "There's No Way Out of Here," "On the Turning Away," "Keep Talking," "On An Island") Born in 1944 in Cambridge, England.

PHIL ALVIN (Guitarist and vocalist, along with brother Dave, in The Blasters, Los Angeles-based '80s rockabilly revivalist band influenced by early roots greats like Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Jimmy Reed and Elvis; Little known fact: Phil has a PHD in mathematics and artificial intelligence; "American Music," "I'm Shakin," "Border Radio") Born in 1953 in Los Angeles.

KIKI DEE (born Pauline Matthews) (Late-'70s-era pop-rocker; first blue-eyed Brit to be signed by Motown, and later one of the first acts to be signed to Elton John's own Rocket Records; "I've Got The Music In Me," "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" [a duet with Elton John]) Born in 1947 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England.


In 1965, History was made when the Smokey Robinson-written "My Girl" made The Temptations the first male Motown act to score a #1 single.

In 1970, The Beatles' album Hey Jude went Gold.

In 1973, John Lennon's visa extension was revoked by the New York Office of the Immigration Department, five days after it was granted. Lennon said that he was being persecuted by the paranoid Nixon administration.

In 1973, West Coast band War, fresh from a break with former leader Eric Burdon, received their second Gold single of the week for "Cisco Kid"; it followed four days after "The World Is A Ghetto" achieved the same honor.

In 1975, The Average White Band, an all-white Scottish band that specialized in authentic sounding black funk and soul, received their first Gold record for the instrumental "Pick Up The Pieces." The song had hit #1 the previous month.

In 1982, Dick Clark donated his original American Bandstand podium to the Smithsonian.

In 1982, Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind" climbed into the Top 100. The original song had been waxed in 1972 by Elvis Presley. Nelson's rendition would reach the top spot on the Country singles chart and win a Grammy for Song Of The Year.

In 1999, Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions was poised to crack the Top 30 album list.


PETER WOLF (Vocalist, keyboards; best known as animated frontman for hit '70s Boston speed-blues rock band the J Geils Band; once was a painter, a deejay on WBCN Boston and was married to Faye Dunaway; has worked with Aretha Franklin and Mick Jagger/Keith Richards; six solo albums; "Looking For A Love," "Give It To Me," "Must Of Got Lost," "Sanctuary," "Love Stinks," "Centerfold," "Lights Out," "I Need You Tonight," "Can't Get Started," "Long Line," "Romeo Is Dead," "Long Way Back Again," "Never Like This Before") Born in 1946 in the Bronx, New York.

TOWNS VAN ZANDT (born John Townes Van Zandt) (Prolific and influential Texas singer/songwriter; an inspiration to artists like Cowboy Junkies [Van Zandt contributed two tracks to their 1992 Black Eyed Man album], Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle; "If I Needed You" [covered by Emmylou Harris], "Pancho and Lefty" [covered by Willien Nelson and Emmylou Harris] Born in 1944 in Fort Worth, Texas. Died on January 1, 1997 in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

ARTHUR LEE (born Arthur Taylor Porter) (Creative guitarist, singer, songwriter and founder of the acclaimed late-'60s L.A. folk/rock psychedelic band Love; recorded with Jimi Hendrix; did a little time in the '90s for drugs and gun-related convictions; "My Little Red Book," "7 And 7 Is," "Alone Again Or") Born in 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee.

MATTHEW FISHER (Original keyboard player with late-'60s/early-'70s lyrical rock sensation Procol Harum; producer, including several of Robin Trower's albums; solo career; "A Whiter Shade of Pale," "A Salty Dog," "Shine On Brightly") Born in 1946 in Croydon, London, England.

CHRIS WHITE (Chief songwriter and bass player for successful and influential mid-late-'60s Brit pop/rock band The Zombies; "She's Not There," "Time of The Season") Born in 1943 in Barnet, Herts, England.


In 1955, Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" entered the R&B chart. It was an historical occasion in that it was the first time a C&W artist had made the R&B chart.

In 1964, The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" were vying for the top spot on the singles chart.

In 1964, For the first time in its history, the British Top 10 consisted entirely of songs performed by U.K. artists.

In 1966, The Shadows Of Knight, a Chicago garage band, made the Top 10 for the first and only time with their version of "Gloria."

In 1966, Brian Wilson's "Caroline No," the first solo single by a member of The Beach Boys, was released.

In 1969, The Who released the "Pinball Wizard" single from Tommy in the U.K. It was the first glimpse of Pete Townshend's unique rock concert concept.

In 1970, Simon & Garfunkels'  last album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, went to #1 on the U.S. album chart, where it would remain for 10 weeks.

In 1973, "Dueling Banjos," from the soundtrack of Deliverance, became one of the very few instrumentals to earn a Gold record in the '70s. It was performed on banjo and acoustic guitar by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell.

In 1973, John Hammond, Sr., long-time discoverer and nurturer of musical talent, then director of talent acquisition for Columbia Records, suffered a heart attack while attending a concert at Max's Kansas City club by one of his most important finds ever, Bruce Springsteen. It was Hammond's third attack, which he attributed to overwork. Others, including his physicians, felt that he had become too worked up by Springsteen's frenzied and entrancing performance.

In 1975, David Bowie's "Young Americans" was released. He later described it as "plastic soul."

In 1976, Elton John had the honor of being the first rock star since The Beatles to be replicated in wax and put on display at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London.

In 1987, The first rap act to have a #1 album in the U.S. turned out to be The Beastie Boys with their License To Ill disc.

In 1991, The readers of Rolling Stone magazine voted George Michael the world's sexiest male performer in the world.


SHAWN MULLINS (Folk/pop singer/songwriter; broke through in the late '90s with help from fellow Atlanta pals The Indigo Girls; also, member of The Thorns; "Lullaby," "Shimmer," "I Can't Remember," "Blue") Born in 1968.

TOM CHAPIN (Lead vocalist for Brit band, Keane) Born in 1979.

RANDY MEISNER (Singer, songwriter, bass player with Poco, but best known as a member of the original Eagles lineup in the early ‘70s; solo artist, "A Certain Kind Of Fool," "Is It True," "Take It To the Limit," "Try And Love Again") Born in 1946 in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska.

GARETH "GAZ" COOMBES (Vocalist and guitarist with '90s-born Brit pop/rock band Supergrass; "Alright," "Caught By The Fuzz") Born in 1976.

GARY NUMAN (born Gary Anthony James Webb) (Vocals, keyboards, one of the founding fathers of ‘80s synth-pop; "Cars") Born in 1958 in Hammersmith, London, England.

MICKY DOLENZ (Wacky drummer and singer for hit '60s pop band, The Monkees; child film star; "Last Train To Clarksville," "I'm a Believer," "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "[Theme From] The Monkees," "Stepping Stone") Born in 1945 in Los Angeles.


In 1962, The Beatles appeared on television for the first time, performing Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby" on the BBC program Teenager's Turn.

In 1965, David Bowie made his TV debut, appearing with The Mannish Boys on a British TV program called Gadzooks! It's All Happenin'. They played their new single, "I Pity The Fool."

In 1968, Bill Graham, owner of the fabled San Francisco rock ballroom The Fillmore, opened The Fillmore East in an abandoned movie theater on Second Avenue and Sixth Street in New York City. The opening night show presented Albert King, Tim Buckley and Big Brother & The Holding Company.

In 1973, Grateful Dead keyboardist, singer and founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan died of a stomach hemorrhage, a result of advanced alcoholism, in the Central California town of Madera. He was just 27.

In 1976, Former Spooky Tooth singer and keyboardist Gary Wright scored a Gold record for his smash solo "Dream Weaver" single.

In 1978, Steely Dan's sixth album, Aja, become their first album to be certified Platinum.

In 1979, It was officially acknowledged in the mainstream press that hard times were affecting the record industry. Rolling Stone magazine reported that because of  the "skyrocketing costs of producing, promoting and supporting a new album, now put at between $350,000 and $500,000," labels would have to start cutting back on their new releases.

In 1990, In Rolling Stone's annual awards, some for dubious achievements, Cher "won" for Worst Dressed Female and Worst Video for "If I Could Turn Back Time." The recipient of the Most Unwelcome Comeback award was Donny Osmond.

In 1993, The cartoon series, Beavis And Butthead debuted on MTV.

In 2003, Norah Jones' Come Away With Me was the number one album in the country, after spending 53 weeks on the chart.


ROBIN TROWER (Guitar god who began as member of late-'60s/early-'70s-era hit band Procol Harum; later fronted his own highly successful Hendrix-influenced band with James Dewar on lead vocals, broke through with 1974's Bridge Of Sighs album; has recorded with Jack Bruce  [B.L.T] and Bryan Ferry [Taxi and Mamouna]; "Whiskey Train," "Simple Sister," "Daydream," "Man of the World," "Bridge of Sighs," "Long Misty Days") Born in 1945 in Catford, London, England.

JOHN CALE (Founding member of the Velvet Underground) Born in 1942.


In 1969, The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour was canceled by CBS-TV after the pair refused to censor comments made by Joan Baez about her husband, David Harris. Harris was bound for jail for objecting to the draft on moral convictions.

In 1972, James Taylor, Carole King and others played a benefit concert for Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern.

In 1975, Elvis Presley went into RCA's Hollywood studios for what would be his final recording session.

In 1987, Legendary singer/songwriter Carole King was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City.

In 1987, U2 released The Joshua Tree. It would go on to win a Grammy for Album Of The Year and go Diamond (sales of 10 million copies).


EDIE BRICKELL (Unique and successful singer/songwriter, first as lead vocalist with The New Bohemians, then as a solo artist; semi-retired, but still recording since marrying Paul Simon and raising a family in the '90s; "What I Am," "Circle," "Stay Awhile," "Rush Around," "Volcano") Born in 1966 in Oak Cliff, Texas.

TOM SCHOLZ (Lead guitarist, songwriter, producer and general mastermind behind late-'70s/early-'80s rock monsters Boston; one-time design engineer for Polaroid; "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," "Hitch a Ride," "Rock And Roll Band," "Foreplay/Long Time," "Smokin'," "Don't Look Back," "Amanda") Born in 1947 in Toledo, Ohio.

JEFF AMENT (Bass player and co-founder of Seattle grunge pioneers Green River, Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam) Born in 1963 in Havre, Montana.

DEAN TORRENCE (One-half of '60s surf duo Jan & Dean, who not only used The Beach Boys as their backing band for a while, but also influenced the early Beach Boys' sound; "Surf City," "Little Old Lady From Pasadena," "Dead Man's Curve") Born in 1940 in Los Angeles.


In 1956, Elvis Presley was proclaimed "the new singing rage" by RCA Victor Records in a half-page spread in Billboard magazine.

In 1962, Bruce Channel's "Hey Baby" (with a young Delbert McClinton on harmonica) was #1, and would stay there for three weeks.

In 1972, "There were plants and birds and rocks and things" as America's self-titled debut album went Gold. The Neil Young sound-alike single containing the aforementioned lyric, "Horse With No Name," went Gold two weeks later. When Neil's father heard it on the radio, he thought it was his son's latest hit.

In 1973, It was a monumental day for veteran cosmic rockers Pink Floyd on this day, who released their magnum opus, Dark Side Of The Moon. A remarkably produced and recorded work, flowing seamlessly from track to track, it would go on to sell 15 million copies and enjoy a record-breaking 14-year run on the album charts.

In 1977, The Sex Pistols inked a contract with A&M Records on a little table that was set up in London near Buckingham Palace. It lasted for six days.

In 1979, James Brown got off on the good foot, packing 'em in at the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1988, Singer Andy Gibb of the Bee Gees died of an inflammatory heart virus in Oxford, England.

In 1996, Alanis Morissette won big for her Jagged Little Pill album at the Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys.

In 2000, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders was arrested for being the ringleader of a group protesting at a Gap store in Manhattan. They objected to cows being slaughtered for their hides to make leather.

In 2000, Paul McCartney was out having a bit of fun. A London tabloid published photos of him dancing with a girl atop a bar at a New York night spot. He also reportedly had sung "Whole Lotta Shakin'" through a megaphone and did a little mock striptease.


PETE DROGE (Solo singer/songwriter and guitarist from the Northwest; member of The Thorns along with Shawn Mullins and Matthew Sweet; portrayed Gram Parsons in Almost Famous, "If You Don't Love Me [I'll Kill Myself]," "Straylin Street," "Spacey And Shakin'") Born in 1969.

LISA LOEB (Singer, songwriter, leader of the band Nine Stories and later a solo star; first unsigned artist to have a #1 single ["Stay" was #1 in 1994 from the Reality Bites soundtrack]; girlfriend to Dweezil Zappa; "Stay," "I Do," "The Way It Really Is") Born in 1968 in Dallas.

BOBBY McFERRIN ('90s international hit vocal virtuoso and human sound effects machine; "Don't Worry, Be Happy") Born in 1950 in New York.

NINA HAGEN (Unique hit '80s German rock/pop singer; "New York, New York") Born in 1955 in Berlin, Germany.

FLACO JIMENEZ (Tex-Mex star, accordion player, singer, songwriter, guitarist; worked with Ry Cooder, Freddy Fender, Doug Sahm and Linda Ronstadt; "The Free Mexican Force") Born in 1939 in San Antonio, Texas.


In 1968, The great Otis Redding had his only Gold record with "[Sittin' On] the Dock of the Bay." It had been released three months after his untimely demise in a plane crash in Wisconsin.

In 1970, The Grammy Award winners were announced. Crosby Stills & Nash took home the Best New Artist award.

In 1971, Jim Morrison arrived in Paris, checking into the Hotel Georges. Shortly thereafter, he moved into an apartment at 17 Rue Beautreillis, where he resided until he died on July 3.

In 1971, Neil Young's Harvest album, featuring the hit single, "Heart of Gold," went to #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K.

In 1971, Following in the dubious footsteps of The Monkees and The Archies, The Partridge Family, another fictional or pre-fabricated-for-TV rock band, received a Gold record for "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted."

In 1977, The Clash played the Roxy Club in London. The opening act was the first all-female punk-rock group, The Slits. It was their live debut.

In 1978, The first single by Kate Bush, "Wuthering Heights," inspired by the Emily Bronte novel, began a four-week run at #1 in the British Isles.

In 1993, Oasis made their first recordings at The Real People's Studio in Liverpool. Among the tunes cut on this day were early versions of "Rock 'N' Roll Star," "Slide Away" and "Columbia."

In 1997, Call him "Sir". Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

In 2001, Everyday by the Dave Matthews Band was the #1 album in the country.


JAMES TAYLOR (Talented and popular hit singer, songwriter; a young Taylor—then in the band Flying Machine—traveled to London and was discovered by Peter Asher, then working for The Beatles' Apple label, and signed to Apple for his first solo record; was married to Carly Simon; father of artist Ben Taylor; "Fire And Rain," "Country Road," "Carolina In My Mind," "Something In the Way," "Steam Roller," "Mud Slide Slim," "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," "How Sweet It Is," "Handy Man," "Wonderful World," "Up on the Roof," "Shower the People," "Your Smiling Face," "Rainy Day Man," "Her Town Too," "Never Die Young," "Copperline," "Line 'Em Up," "October Road") Born in 1948 in Boston.

PAUL KANTNER (Singer, songwriter and co-founder of the Jefferson Airplane [with Mary Balin], the most successful '60s psychedelic rock group to ever emerge from San Francisco; solo artist and duo with former wife Grace Slick; regrouped under the name of Jefferson Starship for various successful ‘70s and ‘80s incarnations; formed the K.B.C. Band with Balin and Jack Casady for one self-titled album in 1986; "Somebody To Love," "White Rabbit," "Today," "Crown Of Creation," "We Can Be Together," "Volunteers," "Have You Seen the Stars Tonight," "Ride The Tiger," "Caroline," "Miracles," "Fast Buck Freddy," "No Way Out") Born in 1942 in San Francisco.

BILL PAYNE (Veteran longtime keyboardist with Little Feat; also singer, songwriter and remains an in-demand session man; "Truck Stop Girl," "Got No Shadow," "Fat Man in the Bathtub," "Easy To Slip," "Willin'," "Dixie Chicken," "Time Loves a Hero," "All That You Dream," "Oh, Atlanta," "Day Or Night," "The Fan," "Hate To Lose Your Lovin'," "Texas Twister," "Let It Roll," "Ain't Had Enough Fun") Born in 1949 in Waco, Texas.

AL JARREAU (Pop-jazz singer, only vocalist to ever win Grammys in three different categories [jazz, pop & R&B]; "Breakin' Away," "We're In This Love Together") Born in 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

JACK KEROUAC (Influential '50s/'50s San Francisco stream of conciousness 'beat' poet best known for his 1957 novel, On the Road, based upon years of cross-country adventures with his friend and muse Neal Cassady; a key influence on the music of the Grateful Dead and others) Born in 1922 in Lowell, MA.


In 1955, In New York City, legendary jazz saxophonist, junkie and genius Charlie "Bird" Parker, only 34, died of heart failure. Parker, along with Dizzy Gillespie and a few others, had more or less invented the then-radical form of bebop jazz music in the mid-'40s. He remains a tremendous influence.

In 1958, Jazz singer Billie Holiday, who had who had admitted guilt in a narcotics possession charge in 1956, was given a one year probation by a Philadelphia court.

In 1969, The 11th annual Grammy Awards were handed out with Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" being named Record Of The Year.

In 1969, Paul McCartney married American photographer Linda Eastman in London. Paul's brother Mike McGear served as best man. Mr. and Mrs. McCartney remained married up until Linda's death from breast cancer in 1998.

In 1969, While Paul PcMcCartney was getting married, George Harrison and his wife Patti were arrested in Esher in Surrey, south of London, on charges of cannabis possession after police discovered a sum total of 120 joints in their home.

In 1974, John Lennon, during his famous "lost weekend," was involved in a punch-up with a photographer outside the Troubadour club in Los Angeles. Lennon and Harry Nilsson had been razzing comedian Tommy Smothers and were forcibly ejected from the club. This was the infamous occasion where Lennon wore a tampon scotch-taped to his head.

In 1981, Bow Wow Wow was forced to cancel its initial U.K. engagements because of the age of the band's lead singer, Annabella Lwin. At 15, she would have been charged with truancy.

In 1983, U2's War entered the British album chart at #1. It was their third album, and first to reach the top spot in the U.K.

In 1988, Producer Jimmy Iovine presented the Special Olympics with a check for $5 million that had been generated by sales of the A Very Special Christmas album.

In 1995, The Spin Doctors performed at their lead singer Chris Barron's old school in Princeton to raise funds for the school's choir to make a trip to the U.K. and France.


ADAM CLAYTON (Bass player and co-founder of one of the world's biggest rock band bands, U2; "I Will Follow," "New Year's Day," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Bad," "Pride [In The Name Of Love]," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Where The Streets Have No Name," "With Or Without You," "Mysterious Ways," "Desire," "Stay [Faraway, So Close]," "Beautiful Day," "Walk On") Born in 1960 in Chinner, Oxfordshire, England.

DANNY KIRWAN (Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac, bridging the gap between the Peter Green and Buckingham-Nicks eras, most notably on 1970's Kiln House; solo artist; "Bare Trees," "Coming Your Way," "Station Man," "Jewel Eyed Judy") Born in 1950 in London, England.

TONI PRICE (Spunky modern Nashville folk/Americana singer, songwriter via Austin; "Too Much Coffee") Born in 1961 in Philadelphia.


n 1965, The now defunct Cash Box trade mag listed four Beatles singles in the top four positions. They were "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Please Please Me" and "Twist And Shout." Meet The Beatles had already sold over 3.5 million copies in the U.S., at that point, the biggest seller in the country's history.
In 1965, The Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting For You" was released and became their third single to enter the chart. It would stay on the chart for 11 weeks, eventually topping out at #6.
In 1965, Unhappy with the less blues-oriented direction that the group was taking, Eric Clapton bailed out of The Yardbirds. He thought that "For Your Love" was too "commercial-sounding," so Slowhand joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers for 1966's The Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton album.
In 1966, Rod Stewart departed the band Steampacket to pursue a solo career.
In 1970, A group calling itself  Revolutionary Force 9  took responsibility for three bombings in New York City. In a real stretch, the New York Times speculated on a "possible connection" to The Beatles song "Revolution 9."
In 1971, The Allman Brothers Band taped its breakthrough album, Live At The Fillmore East. Over the years, it would appear in numerous remastered, remixed and extended versions.
In 1975, "D-i-v-o-r-c-e." George Jones and Tammy Wynette called it quits after six years of marriage.
In 1980, Pink Floyd's The Wall achieved Platinum status a few weeks into its 15-week run at #1. The two-record set was mostly the concept of the band's morose but brilliant bass player, singer and lyricist, Roger Waters.
In 1987, Bryan Adams' "Heat Of The Night" was the first commercially released cassette single, or "cassingle," in the U.S.
In 1987, Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band got their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 
In 1993, Eric Clapton's Unplugged album was #1 in the U.S., thanks in part to the popular acoustic remake of "Layla."
In 1996, Mississippi lawmakers revoked a commendation that had been bestowed upon Glen Ballard, who produced Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album. Some of the lawmakers felt that the lyrics of "You Oughta Know" were offensive.
In 2002, Wall Of Voodoo guitarist Marc Moreland died of kidney failure.


QUINCY JONES (Multi-talented hit machine; jazz and R&B trumpeter, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, film music composer, but best known as producer for artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson; winner of numerous Grammys) Born in 1933 in Chicago.

LORETTA LYNN (Legendary American country music singer-songwriter, a coal miner's daughter. 16 #1 country hits including "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)", "You Ain't Woman Enough", "Fist City", and "Coal Miner's Daughter". Recorded 2004's Van Lear Rose ("Portland, Oregon") in 2004 with Jack White) Born in 1932 in Butch Hollow, KY.


In 1960, Sam Cooke launched his first tour of the West Indies with a show in Montego Bay, Jamaica. In the ensuing two weeks, Cooke set attendance records wherever he appeared.

In 1964, Billboard reported that The Beatles had cornered an amazing 60% of the singles record market.

In 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience taped a performance for Fan Club, a Dutch TV show.

In 1972, Carole King was the big Grammy winner, scoring awards for Album Of The Year for Tapestry and Record Of The Year for "It's Too Late." Carly Simon was tabbed Best New Artist.

In 1973, Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" was the #1 single in the land.

In 1981, Roxy Music had their only U.K. #1 single, a version of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy."

In 1990, Red Hot Chili Peppers members Flea and Chad Smith were arrested for sexually harassing a woman in Daytona Beach, Florida. Each was later fined $1,000.

In 1991, Legendary songwriter Jerome "Doc Pomus" Felder died in New York of cancer. He had penned many hits, among them "A Teenager In Love" for Dion & The Belmonts, "Save The Last Dance For Me" for The Drifters, and a number of successful songs for Elvis.

In 1992, Some 40,000 attended Farm Aid 5 in Irving, Texas. The show, hosted as usual by Willie Nelson, featured John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Paul Simon.

In 2000, Two Against Nature by Steely Dan was Top Ten on the album chart.


PHIL LESH (Bass player with the Grateful Dead for over three decades; has toured as Phil Lesh & Friends, and with Mickey Hart and Bob Weir in The Other Ones; once teamed up with electronic music composer Ned Lagin to record Seastones; "Ripple," "Box Of Rain," "Uncle John's Band," "Casey Jones," "Truckin',"  "Bertha," "Playin' in the Band," "Alabama Getaway," "Estimated Prophet," "Touch Of Grey") Born in 1940 in Berkeley, California.

MARK McGRATH (Singer, songwriter, leader of '90s Southern California punk/funk/pop outfit Sugar Ray; "Fly," "Every Morning," "Someday") Born in 1968 in Hartford, Connecticut.

RY COODER (Top-notch folk/blues/world guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with a distinctive sound; his work has included forays into rock, reggae, Tex-Mex and Hawaiian; much in-demand Southern Cal session man; has recorded with artists ranging from The Rolling Stones, John Hiatt and Taj Mahal to Captain Beefheart, Ali Farka Toure and the Buena Vista Social Club; recorded the first in a long series of solo albums in 1970; was the first rock musician to record an all-digital album, Bop Till You Drop in 1979; formed one-album Little Village with John Hiatt and Nick Lowe; "Little Sister," "That's the Way the Girls Are from Texas," "Solar Sex Panel") Born in 1947 in Los Angeles.

MIKE LOVE (Lead vocalist with The Beach Boys, songwriter; only member of the band to be present at all the group's recording sessions and concerts; "Don't Worry Baby," "Surfin' U.S.A.," "California Girls," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun" "Sail On Sailor") Born in 1941 in Los Angeles.

SLY STONE (born Sylvester Stewart) (Creative but erratic singer, songwriter, keyboardist, producer and leader of San Francisco late-'60s/early-'70s hit funk legends Sly & the Family Stone, a band that played a wild blend of funk, soul, rock, R&B and psychedelia; one of the highlights at the first Woodstock; inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993; one-time '60s soul deejay on KDIA-AM Oakland, California; "Dance to the Music," "Everyday People," "Stand," "I Want to Take You Higher," "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Thank You [Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin]," "Family Affair") Born in 1944 in Dallas, Texas.

LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS (born Sam Hopkins) (Early Texas country blues legend who enjoyed a significant comeback in the late '60s and '70s; "Katie Mae," "T-Model Blues," "Lightnin's Boogie") Born in 1912 in Centerville, Texas. Died January 30, 1982, in Houston.

TERRENCE TRENT D'ARBY (Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist of soul, R&B, pop and rock;  "If You Let Me Stay," "Wishing Well," "Sign Your Name") Born in 1962 in New York City.


In 1955, Colonel Tom Parker assumed the role of Elvis Presley's manager. Parker's previous show biz experience had included managing country stars Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold and Gene Autry. Parker would handle Presley's affairs for the rest of Elvis's life and for many years thereafter.

In 1966, The eighth annual Grammys presentation was held. The Record Of The Year award went to Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass for "A Taste Of Honey." Frank Sinatra's September Of My Years was named Album Of The Year. Clearly, the Grammys were not yet ready to rock.

In 1968, Although disturbed about the prospect, The Diocese of Rome decided not to prohibit "rock & roll masses" at the Church of San Lessio Falconieri.

In 1968, Life magazine described Jimi Hendrix as "the most spectacular guitarist in the world."

In 1972, KHJ Los Angeles deejay Robert W. Morgan spun Donny Osmond's "Puppy Love" over and over for 90 continuous minutes, leading LAPD to mistakenly raid the station studios after receiving numerous calls from listeners. The perplexed officers left without making any arrests.

In 1975, "Black Water" was the first of two #1 U.S. singles for The Doobie Brothers.

In 1978, American Hot Wax, a movie about a week in the life of pioneer rock & roll disc jockey Alan Freed, debuted in New York. Freed had coined the appellation "rock & roll" to apply to the new music, had appeared in several motion pictures and had hosted TV programs, in addition to his radio duties. It all came crashing down when Freed became the main scapegoat in the 1959/'60 payola scandal.

In 1986, The Starship, with Mickey Thomas on lead vocals, went to #1 with "Sara." Critics claimed that the slick '80s Starship bore scant resemblance to the earlier psychedelic, rebellious incarnation of the group.

In 1989, The Rolling Stones signed a contract for $70 million to play 50 concerts in the U.S. It was, at the time, the richest fee for a series of gigs in the history of rock.

In 1999, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Dusty Springfield, The Staple Singers, Del Shannon, Curtis Mayfield and the Beatles producer George Martin were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Springfield had died just 11 days earlier.

In 2000, By court order, Mick Jagger had to increase his monthly child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad to $10,000 dollars. She had sought a $10 million settlement.

In 2000, Sir Paul McCartney revealed that he was romantically involved with Heather Mills, a former model that he had previously met at a charity event. They later married.

 In 2002, Yoko Ono unveiled a seven-foot bronze statue of John Lennon, which overlooked the check-in area of Liverpool's John Lennon Airport. The newly renamed airport's logo featured a sketch of Lennon's face with the inscription, "Above Us Only Skies."


JERRY JEFF WALKER (born Ronald Clyde Crosby) (Americana singer/songwriter, leader of his own Lost Gonzo Band; emerged from the early '70s Austin Cosmic Cowboy scene; perhaps best known for his song "Mr. Bojangles," a big hit for both the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Sammy Davis, Jr., and the signature tavern hit, "Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother"; published his autobiography Gypsy Songman in 1999; "The Wind," [with original psychedelic folk group Circus Maximus], "Mr. Bojangles," "Gettin' By," "L.A. Freeway" [written by Guy Clark], "Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother" [written by Ray Wylie Hubbard], "Jaded Lover," "Pissin' In The Wind") Born in 1942 in Oneonta, New York.

NANCY WILSON (Guitarist and singer/songwriter; best known as the blond sister of '70s/'80s hit Zeppelin-influenced rock band Heart, along with lead singing sister, Ann; wife of filmmaker and rock writer Cameron Crowe; "Dreamboat Annie," "Barracuda," "Crazy Over You," "Dog And Butterfly," "These Dreams") Born in 1954 in Bellingham, Washington.


In 1959, Plans were to launch the first package tour of U.S. rock stars in Europe and the U.K. Slated to commence later in the month in London, the roster included Duane Eddy, Bobby Darin, Dale Hawkins and the Poni-Tails.

In 1963, Peter Paul & Mary's "Puff The Magic Dragon" was released. This innocent and whimsical children's song was interpreted by some as a pro-marijuana song and later actually banned by some U.S. radio stations.

In 1964, Over 1.5 million advance orders were placed for The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" single (b/w "You Can't Do That"). When it was released, it debuted at a resounding #1.

In 1965, The Rolling Stones straddled the Top of the Pops in the U.K. with their single "The Last Time."

In 1968, Otis Redding's only single to make it to #1 began a five-week run. Unfortunately, Otis had perished in an airplane crash the previous December and wasn't around to enjoy the success of "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay."

In 1970, Tammi Terrell, only 24, best known for her duets with Marvin Gaye ("It Takes Two," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing"), died after a long illness resulting from a brain tumor.

In 1971, Bob Dylan was backed up by pianist Leon Russell on "Watching The River Flow." It would later appear on the compilation, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits, Vol. II.

In 1971, The big winner at the 13th annual Grammys was Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water. The song and/or album won Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists, Best Engineered Record and Best Contemporary Song.

In 1972, John Lennon filed an appeal with the U.S. Immigration Office. He had been served with deportation orders stemming from a conviction of possession of cannabis four years earlier.

In 1991, All seven members of Country superstar Reba McIntire's back-up band were killed when their plane went down near San Diego.

In 1996, The Ramones played their last concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

In 1999, Legendary British guitarist Jeff Beck released one of his relatively rare albums, this one modestly titled, Who Else!.

In 2003, For the third time, Norman Greenbaum's hippie spiritual "Spirit In The Sky" was #1 in the U.K. The first time had been with Greenbaum's original recording in 1970. The second occasion was with the version by Doctor And The Medics in 1986. This time out, Gareth Gates featuring The Kumars scored with the tune. Not bad for a old one-hit-wonder by a goat farmer.


BILLY CORGAN (Guitarist, singer and main songwriter for Smashing Pumpkins from 1989 until their split in 2000 when he formed his own band Zwan; solo career; "Drown," "Cherub Rock," "Disarm," "1979," "Zero") Born in 1967 in Chicago.

(Canadian bassist for Hole and Smashing Pumpkins) Born in 1972 in Montreal.

JOHN SEBASTIAN (Singer/songwriter, leader of the late '60s hit folk/pop band the Lovin' Spoonful; solo artist; appeared at the original 1969 Woodstock; "Do You Believe in Magic?" "Daydream," "Summer in the City," "Younger Girl," "Rain on the Roof," "Nashville Cats," "She's a Lady," "Welcome Back" [theme for the ABC-TV series Welcome Back, Kotter]) Born in 1944 in New York.

NAT "KING" COLE (born Nathaniel Adams Coles)('50s/'60s hit jazz/pop crooner and pianist; father of Natalie; "Mona Lisa," "Too Young," "Unforgettable") Born in 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama. Died in 1965 of lung cancer.


In 1962, Ray Charles launched his own record label, Tangerine Records.

In 1967, It was the opening night of a 17-date tour of the U.K. headlined by Otis Redding, and featuring Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Sam and Dave and Booker T. and the MG's. The venue was London's Finsbury Park Astoria.

In 1968, The Bee Gees made their U.S. TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. They performed two of their pre-disco ballads, "To Love Somebody" and "Words."

In 1990, Rick Grech, fine bassist/violinist and veteran of bands Family, Blind Faith and Traffic, died of liver and kidney failure.

In 1995, Madonna hosted the "world's biggest pajama party" with 1,500 guests gathering in their pajamas, accompanied by teddy bears. This event was conducted in the name of promotion for her new "Bedtime Stories" video.

In 1995, Suzanne Vega married her record producer, Mitchell Froom in New York.


WILSON PICKETT ('60s hit Memphis soul/R&B star; "In The Midnight Hour," "Land Of A Thousand Dances," "Mustang Sally") Born in 1941 in Prattville, Alabama.

JERRY CANTRELL (Guitarist and vocalist for early '90s pioneering Seattle grunge band Alice In Chains; solo career; "Man In The Box," "Angry Chair," "Rooster," "No Excuses") Born in 1966 in Tacoma, Washington.

CHARLIE PRIDE (Hit '60s country star; one of the very few, if not the only black star of country music; had 36 #1 singles on the C&W singles chart; "[Is Anyone Goin' To] San Antone," "Kiss An Angel Good Mornin'") Born in 1938 in Sledge, Mississippi.


In 1957, Bill Haley & The Comets returned from a triumphant 11-week tour of Australia, Europe and the British Isles. They had played for half a million fans.

In 1965, In London, Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman performed a natural function that was described by police as "insulting behaviour," namely, urinating on the wall of the Francis Garage, a petrol station where the band members had sought use of the facilities. When the owner told them that it was out of order, they did what they had to do. The owner instigated a private prosecution against the boys and each ultimately was fined a total of £5.

In 1967, The Beatles had their 13th U.S. #1 single with McCartney's "Penny Lane."

In 1968, At 3am, the staff of pioneering San Francisco progressive free-form radio station, KMPX-FM, walked out on strike, citing a lack of control of  musical content and "hassles over the whole long-hair riff." Performers like The Rolling Stones, Joan Baez, the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead asked that the station no longer play their music as long as the station was run by strikebreakers.

In 1970, Country Joe McDonald was convicted of obscenity and fined $500 for leading a crowd in his infamous (gimme an F!) "Fish Cheer" at a concert in Massachusetts.

In 1972, Neil Young began a three-week run at #1 on the singles chart with "Heart Of Gold" from his Harvest album. It was his only solo record to bust the Top 20.

In 1972, Ringo Starr started work on his Marc Bolan documentary, Born To Boogie, by filming a T. Rex concert at Wembley, England.

In 1976, The Man Who Fell To Earth, the surreal science fiction movie starring David Bowie and directed by Nicholas Roeg, premiered in London.

In 1977, The Clash released their first single, "White Riot."

In 1989, Some radio stations in the country began tossing their Cat Stevens records. The stunts were in reaction to Stevens' (a.k.a. Yusef Islam) perceived support of Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini.

In 1991, U2 were fined about $750 after being convicted of selling condoms illegally at the Virgin Megastore in Dublin.

In 1994, Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain had four guns and 25 boxes of ammo confiscated after his wife, Courtney Love, had notified police. She was afraid he would commit suicide, which, of course, he did about three weeks later.

In 1994, After a long search and many auditions, The Rolling Stones hired Darryl Jones to replace bassist Bill Wyman; Wyman had earlier announced that he was tired of the whole thing.

In 1996, The Sex Pistols announced that they were reuniting for a 20th anniversary tour. Sneers and jeers for everyone.

In 2001, The late Eva Cassidy had a #1 album in the U.K. with Songbird. It would go on to be the third-biggest selling album of the year there. There was a ripple effect in the U.S.

In 2001, John Phillips, singer, songwriter and leader of Southern California's The Mamas & The Papas, died at the age of 65.


CLARENCE "FROGMAN" HENRY (New Orleans '50s/'60s-era R&B original; he proudly sang like a girl and croaked like a frog; "Ain't Got No Home" [later covered by The Band on Moondog Matinee]) Born in 1937 in Algiers, Louisiana.

RUTH POINTER (One of the soul-pop sisters in The Pointer Sisters; "Yes We Can Can," "Fairytale") Born in 1946 in Oakland, California.

RICKY WILSON (Guitarist with freaky '80s hit band The B-52's; "Rock Lobster," "Love Shack")  Born in 1953. Died in 1985 from complications from AIDS.


In 1957, Elvis purchased a big house, in fact, a mansion, in Memphis and christened it Graceland.

In 1958, Big Records released "Our Song," the first record by a teenage duo from Queens, New York, who called themselves Tom And Jerry. The pair would go on to much greater fame in the '60s under their real names, Simon & Garfunkel.

In 1963, Prime Minister Harold Wilson presented The Beatles with Show Business Personalities Of The Year awards at London's Dorchester Hotel.

In 1968, Both Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding and the Jimi Hendrix Experience debut album, Are You Experienced?, went Gold.

In 1974, The Jefferson Airplane undertook their first tour as the Jefferson Starship. The lineup featured Paul Kantner on rhythm guitar and vocals, Grace Slick on vocals, David Freiberg on vocals and keyboards, Papa John Creach on electric violin, John Barbata on drums, Craig Chaquico on lead guitar and Peter Kaukonen on bass.

In 1976, Former Free and Back Street Crawler guitarist Paul Kossoff ("All Right Now") died of unknown causes during a flight from London to New York. The 26-year-old had been suffering from various health problems throughout his life.

In 1980, Elvis's autopsy was subpoenaed in the "Dr. Nick" drug case. Dr. George Nichopoulous, Presley's personal physician, would ultimately be found guilty of over-prescribing drugs to Presley and other patients, including Jerry Lee Lewis.

In 1981, The J. Geils Band, featuring Peter Wolf, had the #1 single in the U.S. with "Centerfold."

In 1996, Volume Two of The Beatles' Anthology series was released. It featured the song "Real Love," an old John Lennon demo track that the surviving members of the Fab Four had embellished.

In 1999, Nude photos of Mick Jagger's alleged mistress, Luciana Morad, were posted on Internet. Also displayed were photographs of Keith Richards sunbathing in the nude. Now, that's scary.


JIMMIE VAUGHN (Texas blues guitarist and founding member of hit '70s/'80s blues-rockers the Fabulous Thunderbirds; older brother and original inspiration to Stevie Ray Vaughn; recorded the 1990 Family Style album with Stevie Ray before he died and later organized an all-star tribute concert in Austin with Eric Clapton, B.B. King and Buddy Guy; Grammy-winning solo star in the '90s; "She's Tuff," "Tuff Enuff," "Wrap It Up," "White Boots," "Good Texan," "Like A King," "Tilt-A-Whirl") Born in 1951 in Dallas.

SLIM JIM PHANTOM (born James McDonnell) (Drummer for '80s/'90s Dave Edmunds-produced rockabilly band the Stray Cats, from Long Island via Britain; "Stray Cat Strut," "Rock This Town") Born in 1961.

LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY (Legendary Jamaican Reggae producer and artist) (Born in 1936 in Jamaica)

MARCIA BALL (Modern queen of cajun honky-tonk, rockin' gospel and blues; singer/songwriter and pianist; "Red Beans," "Let Me Play With Your Poodle," "Big Shot," "Sing It!" "Count The Days") Born in 1949 in Orange, Texas.

CARL PALMER (Drummer for early '70s progressive rock legends Emerson Lake and Palmer; "Stones of Years," "Lucky Man," "From The Beginning," "Still, You Turn Me On") Born in 1951 in Birmingham, England.

ALPHONSO MARTIN (Vocalist and percussionist of veteran '70s/'80s hit U.K. reggae band Steel Pulse; "Ku Klux Klan," "Macka Splaff," "Soldier," "Not King James Version") Born in 1956.

JERRY REED ('50s/'60s-era hit rock, country and novelty singer/songwriter, guitarist; wrote huge hits for Elvis, "Guitar Man" and "U. S. Male"; recorded three albums with Chet Atkins; "Tupelo Mississippi Flash," "Amos Moses," "The Streak," "When You're Hot You're Hot") Born in 1937 in Atlanta.


In 1968, Eric Clapton and three members of Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Messina, were arrested in Los Angeles. The charge, "being at a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used." Clapton was later found innocent of the misdemeanor charge, while the others had to pay small fines.

In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married on the island of Gibraltar.

In 1970, David Bowie wed American-born model Angela Barnett in Bromley, England. They had first met at a press reception for King Crimson's In the Court of the Crimson King in London the previous year. They were divorced in 1980.

In 1971, The album, In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida by L.A. psychedelic band Iron Butterfly, had been on the charts for 138 weeks, selling more than 3 million copies.

In 1971, Almost a year after her death, Janis Joplin's recording of "Me & Bobby McGee," a song Kris Kristofferson had written especially for her, began a two-week run at #1 in the U.S.

In 1972, Ringo Starr's record company released the second of his seven singles to make the top ten, "Back Off, Boogaloo," produced by George Harrison. Boogaloo was, supposedly, a nickname for McCartney, and the song pertained to the ongoing lawsuits swirling about the Fab Four. 

In 1976, Boz Scaggs' biggest album ever, the slick Silk Degrees, containing "Lowdown," ascended the charts. It was his seventh solo album, but the first to go platinum.

In 1977, Lou Reed was banned from performing at the London Palladium because of his punk image.

In 1984, Slim Jim Phantom of the stray Cats married actress Britt Eckland.

In 1980, A troubled 28 year-old truck driver from Texas walked into the New York offices of Elektra/Asylum Records, promptly drew a gun and took the office manager hostage. He demanded to see either Jackson Browne or the Eagles, from whom he wanted financial backing to start a trucking operation. Eventually, the staff talked him down and he surrendered to police without incident.

In 1991, It was an awful tragedy for Eric Clapton. His four year-old son, Conor, fell to his death from a 53rd story New York City apartment window.  It would be the inspiration for his hit song, "Tears in Heaven."  

In 1991, Michael Jackson signed the biggest deal in recording history when Sony inked him to a 1 billion dollar contract.

In 1999, Gibralter issues a set of postage stamps commemorating what would have been the 30th wedding anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.


SOLOMON BURKE (Soul/R&B legend)

CONRAD R. LOZANO (Bass and guitarron player, vocalist and longtime member of Los Lobos; "La Bamba," "Will The Wolf Survive," "One Time One Night," "That Train Don't Stop Here," "Hearts Of Stone") Born in 1951 in Los Angeles.

ROGER HODGSON (Vocalist, songwriter, keyboards, guitar, bass with '70s/'80s hit band Supertramp; solo artist;  "Dreamer," "School," "Hide In Your Shell," "Give A Little Bit," "Take The Long Way Home," "Goodbye Stranger," "The Logical Song") Born in 1950 in London.

SON HOUSE (born Eddie James House, Jr.) (Singer, songwriter, slide guitarist; early and influential Delta folk/blues legend; big influence on artists ranging from Bonnie Raitt to Bob Dylan; "Preachin' The Blues") Born in 1902 in Riverton, Mississippi. Died in Detroit on October 19, 1988.

OTIS SPANN (Pianist and longtime member of Muddy Waters band in the '50s/'60s; solo career; "I'm Ready," "Hungry Country Girl") Born in 1930 in Jackson, Mississippi. Died of cancer on April 24, 1970, in Chicago.

VIV STANSHALL (born Vivian Stanshall) (Accomplished vocalist, trumpet and ukulele player in the late '60s Brit parody group The Bonzo Dog Band; he wrote most of their material with Neil Innes [who went on to join Monty Python and later The Rutles]; Stanshall's voice is heard on Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells and David Bowie's Peter And The Wolf, and he contributed lyrics to Steve Winwood's first two solo albums; "I'm The Urban Spaceman" (a 1968 Top 5 U.K. hit produced by one Apollo C. Vermouth, aka Paul McCartney), "The Intro And The Outro," "Canyons Of Your Mind")  Born in 1943 in Shillingford, England. Died in a house fire on March 5, 1995, in London.


In 1961, The Beatles played Liverpool's Cavern Club for the first time.

In 1970, The reconstituted Small Faces, with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood having replaced Steve Marriott on vocals and guitar, respectively, released their debut disc, First Step, as simply Faces.

In 1973, After a riot following an appearance by David Cassidy on the BBC's Top Of The Pops, they banned all so-called "teeny-bopper acts" from the show.

In 1976, David Bowie and Iggy Pop were busted for drug possession in a hotel room in Rochester, New York.

In 1980, British punk rockers The Jam enter the U.K. singles chart at #1 with "Going Underground." It was the first single to do so since Gary Glitter's "I Love You Love Me Love" in 1973. 

In 1981, New wave pop rockers Blondie entered the R&B album chart with Autoamerican, which peaked at #7. "Rapture," from the same album, turned out to be one of the first big crossover rap hits, going to #1 for two weeks. Another song from the album, "The Tide Is High," also topped the pop chart.

In 1984, "Strawberry Fields," an area of New York's Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon, opened. Yoko had instigated and paid for the project.

In 1987, The Joshua Tree became U2's third #1 U.K. album; it featured the hit singles "With Or Without You," "Where The Streets Have No Name" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." It would be the fastest seller in U.K. history, and a smash as well in the U.S. 

In 1991, The man who played a large part in the development of the electric guitar, Leo Fender, died in Fullerton, California, from Parkinson's Disease. Fender, of course, invented the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, two of the most popular electric guitar designs ever (Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt are just a few who swear by Fender electrics).

In 1994, Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for Best Original Song for "Streets Of Philadelphia." It was featured in the Tom Hanks film, Philadelphia.


GEORGE BENSON (Talented jazz guitarist and smooth jazz crooner; "Breezin'," "'This Masquerade," "On Broadway") Born in 1943 in Pittsburgh.

SUSANNE SULLEY (Lead singer for early "New Wave" Brit band the Human League; "Don't You Want Me Baby?") Born in 1963 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

KEITH RELF (Original lead singer of '60s hit Brit rock invasion band The Yardbirds; later in '70s band Armageddon; "The Train Kept-A Rollin'," "I'm Not Talkin'," "Smokestack Lightnin'") Born in 1943 in Richmond, London, England. Died May 14, 1976, after tragically being electrocuted, while recording at home.


In 1956, Carl Perkins was almost fatally injured in an automobile accident near Wilmington, Delaware, while on his way to New York City to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. Perkins had to spend several months in the hospital. By the time he was well enough to resume his career, Elvis Presley had covered his hit "Blue Suede Shoes," and Perkins never really rebounded.

In 1958, At the age of eight, Hank Williams, Jr., made his stage debut in Swainsboro, Georgia.

In 1963, EMI-Parlophone released The Beatles' debut album, Please Please Me in the U.K. In just three weeks, it would be #1 on the British charts.

In 1969, Two days after they were married in a private ceremony in Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their first "bed-in for peace" in the presidential suite of the Amsterdam Hilton. 

In 1972, Joe Tex grabbed a Gold record for "I Gotcha," which turned out to be his most successful single. His first hit in four years, it topped out at #2.

In 1976, Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter told potential voters at the National Association of Record Merchandisers' Scholarship Foundation Dinner that Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and other bands had inspired him during his late nights as the Governor of Georgia. To prove he would never lie to them, he quoted lines from the Beatles' "Yesterday" and Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind."

In 1977, Stevie Wonder released the single "Sir Duke," a tribute to the great jazz composer and bandleader Duke Ellington; it went to #1 for three weeks.

In 1978, Win Anderson, who had been promoting a benefit concert for the environmentalist group Friends Of The Earth, held a press conference in New York to announce that a Beatles reunion was definitely in the works.

In 1980, Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In The Wall" was the #1 single in the U.S.

In 1989, The World's Oldest Teenager, Dick Clark, announced that he would relinquish hosting American Bandstand, bringing a 33-year run to an end.

In 1992, It was officially revealed that Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, Tears For Fears, had hung it up, although Orzabal would continue to use the band name.

In 2000, Yusef Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, lent his support to the campaign to preserve the ban on the promotion of homosexuality in U.K. schools.


RIC OCASEK (Leader, chief singer and songwriter for late-'70s/'80s Boston band The Cars; solo artist; producer of various artists, including Bad Brains, Romeo Void, Iggy Pop, Black 47, D Generation, Guided By Voices, Hole, Jonathon Richman, Amy Rigby and Weezer; "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl," "Let's Go," "It's All I Can Do," "You Might Think," "Magic," "Drive," "Emotions In Motion") Born in 1949 in Baltimore.

DAMON ALBARN (Vocalist, keyboardist and leader of hit Brit band Blur; the group's mid-'90s UK success paved the way for bands like Oasis; "Country House," "Song 2") Born in 1968 in London.

CHAKA KHAN (born Yvette Marie Stevens) (Member of Rufus; solo star; "Tell Me Something Good," "I Feel For You" [written by Prince]) Born in 1953 in Great Lakes, Illinois.


In 1963, The Beach Boys released "Surfin' U.S.A."

In 1963, Jackie Wilson's "Baby Workout" entered the R&B chart on this day.

In 1964, John Lennon's first book, In His Own Write, a collection of poems, musings and sketches, was published.

In 1969, A crowd of 30, 000, including Jackie Gleason, Kate Smith, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant, turned out for the Rally For Decency in Miami. It was proclaimed that "longhairs and weird dressers" would not be allowed to attend the rally. Four days later, President Richard Nixon sent a letter of commendation to the organizers of the event.

In 1972, The Concert For Bangladesh film, featuring George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar and Leon Russell opened in New York.

In 1973, U.S. immigration authorities ordered John Lennon to leave the country within 60 days. He was an "undesirable alien" due to an earlier marijuana possession conviction. In an ironic twist, on the same day Yoko Ono was finally granted permission to remain in the US permanently. Lennon began his long battle to get his Green Card, which he finally won in July of 1976.

In 1975, San Francisco's Kezar Stadium was the setting for a benefit show that Bill Graham organized for SNACK (Students Need Athletics, Culture and Kicks). The extravaganza featured Tower Of Power, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Joan Baez, Graham Central Station, Neil Young and special guest Bob Dylan. The cause was to raise funds for the San Francisco school district, which had canceled most sports and after-hour activities because of a budget deficit.

In 1978, It was reported that Fleetwood Mac was finalizing arrangements to perform at Moscow's 3,000-seat Russian Concert Hall on July 8, 9 and 10. Their advisor, Michael Shapiro, remarked, "Everything of course, depends on world peace."

In 1978, The Police signed a contract with A&M Records.

In 1985, Billy Joel married model Christy Brinkley in New York. They would divorce in 1994.

In 1988, Mick Jagger made his first live solo appearance in Japan in front of a crowd of 46,000. The Rolling Stones had earlier been banned from the country because of their unsavory reputation.

In 2003, For the first time, U2 performed at the 75th Academy Awards. They played "The Hands That Built America" from The Gangs Of New York movie.


NICK LOWE (Rockabilly hit singer, songwriter and producer, whose music has run the gamut from punk to roots rock to Americana; member of influential early '70s Brit folk/rock outfit Brinsley Schwarz; launched Stiff Records in 1976 with Dave Edmunds; Lowe is perhaps best known for his years in Rockpile with Dave Edmunds in the ‘80s and for writing the Elvis Costello hit, “[What's So Funny ‘Bout] Peace, Love And Understanding”; has also worked with Elvis Costello, the Damned, the Pretenders, Graham Parker and John Hiatt; was a member of '90s band Little Village with John Hiatt and Ry Cooder; Johnny Cash recorded his “Without Love” and “The Beast In Me”; was married to Cash's stepdaughter Carlene Carter; “So It Goes,” “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass,” “I Knew the Bride [When She Used To Rock And Roll],” “All Men Are Liars,” ”Cruel to Be Kind”) Born in 1949 in Woodchurch, Suffolk, England.
SHARON CORR (Violinist, vocalist, one of three sisters and one brother in the hit Celtic/pop group The Corrs; played President Clinton’s inauguration; “When The Stars Go Blue” [with Bono]) Born in 1970 in Ireland. 
LEE OSKAR (Harmonica player with California '70s/’80s-era hit group War; solo artist; “The World Is a Ghetto,” “All Day Music,” “Cisco Kid,” “Low Rider,” “Summer,” “Peace Sign”) Born in 1948 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

NENA (International hit pop/rocker, best known for her 1984 hit, “99 Red Balloons”)  Born in 1960 in Hagen, West Germany.


In 1958, Elvis Presley, at 23 years old, was inducted into the Army in Memphis. Over the next two years, his serial number, 53310761, would become one of the most famous series of digits in history.
In 1959, “There Goes My Baby,” by the reformed Drifters, was issued by Atlantic Records. Not only was it the group's first disc with new lead singer Ben E. King replacing the departed Clyde McPhatter, it was the first R&B recording to utilize a string section prominently.
In 1965, On the first date of their anniversary tour, Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman was zapped and knocked out by an electrical shock from a microphone stand in Odense, Denmark. 
In 1966, Simon & Garfunkel made their first appearance on the Brit singles chart with “Homeward Bound.”
In 1966, The New York State Assembly passed a bill making it a misdemeanor to sell bootlegs (unauthorized copies of records or tapes). 
In 1973, Lou Reed was bitten on the ass by a rabid fan at a concert in Buffalo, New York. No kidding. This display of affection happened as Reed got ready to play the classic Velvet Underground tine “Waitin' For The Man.” Screaming, “Leather!” the fan evaded security as he attacked Reed. The fan was ejected, and Reed commented afterward that the U.S. "seems to breed real animals." 
In 1991, The Black Crowes were dropped as ZZ Top's opening act for repeatedly criticizing Miller Beer, which was sponsoring the tour.
In 1992, A Chicago judge settled the Milli Vanilli class-action suit by authorizing cash rebates of up to $3 to anyone who could prove that they had purchased the group’s music before November 27, 1990, the date it was revealed that they were imposters.
In 2000, Sir Elton John's production of Aida opened on Broadway. It had only taken him 21 days to complete the score, but five years for it to make it onstage.


ELTON JOHN (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight) (International pop-rock superstar from his American debut in 1970 to the present day, in partnership with lyricist Bernie Taupin; "Come Down in Time," "Your Song," "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun," "Burn Down the Mission," "Where To Now St. Peter," "Levon," "Tiny Dancer," "Rocket Man," "Honky Cat," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Love Lies Bleeding/Funeral For a Friend," "Candle in the Wind," "Crocodile Rock," "Daniel," "Bennie and the Jets,"  "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me," "The Bitch Is Back," "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues" and countless others) Born in 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England.

ARETHA FRANKLIN (Lady Soul circa '60s/'70s; singer, pianist, one of the all time greatest artists of soul, R&B and gospel; "Respect," "I Never Loved a Man," "Chain of Fools," "I Say a Little Prayer," "Baby I Love You," "Think," "The House That Jack Built," "Rock Steady," "Who's Zoomin' Who?" and many others) Born in 1942 in Memphis.

JEFF HEALEY (Canadian blues guitarist and singer; "Angel Eyes") Born in 1966 in Toronto.

JOHNNY BURNETTE (Early '50s rockabilly/rock & roll artist, later a teen idol; recorded the first rock version of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" [with the Rock 'N' Roll Trio], "You're Sixteen," "Dreaming") Born in Memphis in 1934. Died August 1, 1964, in a boating accident at Clear Lake, California.

HOYT AXTON (Singer, songwriter, actor; son of Mae Axton who wrote "Heartbreak Hotel" for Elvis; Axton himself wrote and/or recorded "Greenback Dollar," "The Pusher," [The Steppenwolf cover was an early progressive FM radio late-night favorite], "Joy To the World," "Never Been to Spain," "The No No Song" [covered by Ringo], "Boney Fingers") Born in 1938 in Duncan, Oklahoma. Died October 26, 1999, in Victor, Montana.

MICHAEL STANLEY (born Michael Stanley Gee) (Singer, songwriter, leader of the acclaimed Midwestern group, the Michael Stanley Band; "He Can't Love You," "Lover," "My Town") Born in 1948 in Cleveland.


In 1956, At the conclusion of Alan Freed's three-day Rock & Roll Show at the Stage Theater in Hartford, Connecticut, police arrested 11 teenagers and revoked the theater's license to operate. Hartford Institute of Living psychiatrist Dr. Francis J. Braceland testified at later license hearings that rock & roll was "a communicable disease with music appealing to adolescent insecurity and driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It's cannibalistic and tribalistic."

In 1958, Having been sworn in as an Army private the previous day, Elvis received the customary regulation short-back-and-sides haircut. His pay would be $78 a month.

In 1961, Elvis performed his last live show for nearly eight years at Block Arena in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The concert was a benefit, and $62,000 was raised for the USS Arizona memorial fund.

In 1964, The Beatles made their debut on the British TV show Top Of The Pops, singing "Can't Buy Me Love."

In 1967, The Who made their US concert debut in New York as part of a rock & roll extravaganza put together by the legendary deejay, Murray The K.

In 1968, The 58th and final episode of The Monkees TV show was telecast.

In 1970, The first studio album by all four, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Déjà Vu, went Gold. Among the songs on the album were "Teach Your Children," featuring Jerry Garcia on pedal steel, and Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock."

In 1977, Elvis Costello's debut single, "Less Than Zero," was released. It hardly made a dent in the U.S. charts.

In 1977, After a decade of being in the second tier of rock stars, gritty Detroit rocker Bob Seger got his big break as his seventh album, Night Moves, broke though huge, achieving Platinum status.

In 1985, At the Academy Awards, Prince's "Purple Rain" won the Oscar for Best Song.

In 1989, Mike The Mechanics, aka Mike Rutherford of Genesis, had a number one hit on their hands with the tearjerker single, "The Living Years."

In 1995, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was rescued from drowning after a riptide dragged him 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.

In 2002, Bono appeared at the "air rage" trial of R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, and spoke on his behalf. "I came to court," Bono stated, "because Peter is actually famously known for being a peaceable person. I once had to twist his arm to get him to a boxing match.”


JAMES IHA (Lead guitarist, singer and member of premier Chicago '90s band Smashing Pumpkins; solo artist; "1979," "Tonight, Tonight," "Landslide") Born in 1968 in Chicago.

STEVEN TYLER (born Steven Victor Tallarico) (Lead singer for long-running Boston rockers Aerosmith; "Walk This Way," "Sweet Emotion," "Dream On," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Dude [Looks Like AaLady]") Born in 1948 in New York.

DIANA ROSS (born Diane Earle) (Soul diva, came to the forefront as lead vocalist of famous Motown '60s girl group The Supremes; solo; "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Touch Me in the Morning," "Love Hangover," "Do You Know Where You're Going To") Born in 1944 in Detroit.

RUFUS THOMAS (Early Memphis soul/blues/R&B legend; father of Carla; "Walkin' The Dog") Born in 1917 in Cayce, Mississippi. Died December 15, 2001, in Memphis.


In 1957, Ricky Nelson recorded his first single, and thanks to exposure on the Ozzie And Harriet TV show he would become a big star.

In 1965, It was announced that guitarist Eric Clapton's replacement in The Yardbirds would be Jeff Beck.

In 1971, The Rolling Stones rolled tape for TV on a live performance at the Marquee Club. Although the program was later broadcast in Europe, British television turned up its collective nose.

In 1972, Mott The Hoople had decided to call it all off after four albums, when David Bowie came to their rescue. He had a song called "All The Young Dudes" and Mott recorded it with Bowie producing. It became a huge hit in the UK and a sizeable success in the U.S., as well.

In 1974, "Rock On" by David Essex went Gold. It was his only hit in the States. 

In 1975, The Ken Russell-directed film version of Tommy premiered in London. It would open to negative reviews.

In 1980, The Police became the first Western band to play Bombay in over a decade when they performed a one-night stand in the Indian city.

In 1980, Seven years after the release of Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon, the album broke the record for the longest-charting pop album, a title previously held by Carole King's Tapestry.

In 1985, South African radio stations banned all Stevie Wonder songs when he dedicated the Academy Award he had received the night before to Nelson Mandela.

In 2000, Phil Collins scored an Oscar at the 72nd Academy Awards for Best Original Song for "You'll Be In My Heart," from the Disney animated feature Tarzan.

In 2004, Howie Day was arrested the night before in Madison, Wisconsin, charged with disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and intimidation of a victim after one of several women onboard tried to leave Day's tour bus. Day allegedly tried to keep her from leaving.


ANDREW FARRISS (Guitar and keyboards for hit Aussie '80s band INXS; "Need You Tonight," "The Devil Inside," "Listen Like Thieves," "Never Tear Us Apart") Born in 1959.

TONY BANKS (Keyboards, vocalist and founding member of Genesis; solo artist; "Watcher of the Skies," "The Musical Box," "I Know What I Like [In Your Wardrobe]," "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway," "Your Own Special Way," "A Trick of the Tail," "Misunderstanding," "Turn It On Again," "No Reply At All," "That's All," "Illegal Alien") Born in 1950 East Heathly, Sussex, England.

DERRICK McKENZIE (Drummer for hit UK pop/rock band Jamiroquai; "Virtual Insanity") Born in 1962.


In 1964, The British Invasion had made its way around the world as The Beatles held down the top six spots on the Australian pop chart.
In 1965, The Who's single "I Can't Explain" was released.
In 1967, The British Music Industry awarded John Lennon and Paul McCartney the prestigious Ivor Novello award for writing "Michelle," the most performed song in Britain in 1966.
In 1971, New York radio station WNBC banned "One Toke Over The Line" by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the U.S. followed suit. The composer of the tune, Tom Shipley, responded, "In this electronic age, pulling a record because of its lyrics is like the burning of books in the '30s."

In 1973, It was announced that Carlos Santana had changed his name to Devadip, which means "the eye, the lamp and the light of the Supreme." Santana had become a devotee of Sri Chinmoy. 
In 1978, The hilarious spoof of The Beatles, All You Need Is Cash, featuring The Rutles, debuted on BBC-TV.

 In 1979, Eric Clapton wed Patti Boyd, the ex-wife of his good friend George Harrison, in Tucson, Arizona. She had been the prime inspiration for his great Layla album. They would later divorce.

 In 1979, Amid all The Sex Pistols wannabes and disco ducks emerged Dire Straits, whose straight-forward, rockin' single "Sultans Of Swing" made its way up the charts to the Top 10. The band's debut album went Platinum.
In 1982, Ronnie Lane, ex-bassist for the Faces and partner with Pete Townshend


JOHN EVANS (Jethro Tull)

JOHN POPPER (Blues Traveler), PERRY FARRELL (Jane's Addiction/Porno For Pyros), VANGELIS




MICK RALPHS (Mott The Hoople/Bad Company), HERB ALPERT






RICHARD THOMPSON (Acclaimed Celtic folk-rock singer/songwriter; founder of influential late-'60s/early-'70s Fairport Convention; solo career; once married to musical partner Linda Thompson; father of talented son Teddy Thompson; Richard has played on albums by Suzanne Vega and Robert Plant; Jo-El Sonnier had a Top 10 country hit with Thompson's "Tear Stained Letter"; the 1994 Beat The Retreat tribute album to Thompson featured Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M., Los Lobos, David Byrne and others covering his songs; "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," "Beeswing," "Hide It Away," "Shoot Out The Lights," "When The Spell Is Broken," "Beat The Retreat," "I Misunderstood," "King Of Bohemia," "I Feel So Good," "I'll Tag Along") Born in 1949 in London.

RICHARD MANUEL (Piano and vocals for legendary roots group The Band; "Don't Do It," "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down," "I Shall Be Released,"  "The Weight," "Chest Fever," "Up On Cripple Creek," "Across The Great Divide," "Stage Fright") Born in 1945 in Stratford, Canada. Died after hanging himself on March 4, 1986, in a hotel room in Winter Park, Florida.

MIKE NESS (Chief songwriter & guitarist of legendary 80's Southern California punk band Social Distortion; "Ball And Chain") Born in 1962 in Lynn, MA.

JAN BERRY (Along with Dean Torrence, Berry was half of hit '60s surf duo Jan & Dean; "The Little Old Lady [From Pasadena]," "Dead Man's Curve," "Surf City" [co-written by The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson) Born in 1941 in Los Angeles. Died on March 26, 2004, in Los Angeles after a seizure.

DEE MURRAY (Longtime bass guitar player for Elton John; "Your Song," "Daniel," "Crocodile Rock," "Honky Cat," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding") Born in 1946. Died in Nashville in 1992 from a stroke suffered during treatment for skin cancer.

JOHN MOONEY (Modern acoustic Delta slide guitarist, singer/songwriter; taught by country blues legend Son House; from Rochester, NY, via New Orleans; "Sacred Ground") Born in 1955 in East Orange, New Jersey.

MITCH WOODS (Leader of San Francisco-based jump blues boogie-woogie band Mitch Woods And His Rocket 88s; "Solid Gold Cadillac") Born in 1951 in Brooklyn, New York.


In 1956, Elvis Presley made the first of two heavily watched appearances on The Milton Berle Show. Elvis belted out "Heartbreak Hotel," "Money, Honey" and "Blue Suede Shoes."

In 1959, The BBC initially banned The Coasters' "Charlie Brown" because of the word "spitball."

In 1965, "She's About a Mover," the Country/R&B-flavored hit by the Sir Douglas Quintet, featuring Doug Sahm, hit the airwaves and the pop charts, ultimately reaching Top 15 status.

In 1972, The Mar y Sol Festival, held under the blazing sun on the island of Puerto Rico, came to a close. The concert was reportedly plagued with problems from the start. Four people died, food and water was scarce and many wound up stranded at the San Juan airport.

In 1978, B.B. King teamed up with famed defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey for a talk and a few tunes for the inmates at Norfolk Prison near Boston.

In 1990, Singer Sarah Vaughan died of lung cancer in Los Angeles. She was 66.

In 2000, Vertical Horizon debuted on the Top 50 album chart with Everything You Want.

In 2001, Bluesman Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey died of prostate cancer in Gary, Indiana. He was 74. His sons Donald, Kenneth, and Ralph formed The Kinsey Report.


MUDDY WATERS (born McKinley Morganfield) (Magisterial, swaggering Chicago blues singer and guitarist whose influence in rock can hardly be overstated; "I Can't Be Satisfied," "Mannish Boy," "Got My Mojo Working," "Rollin' Stone," "I'm Ready," "Hoochie Coochie Man," "You Shook Me," "You Need Love" and numerous others, many penned by Willie Dixon) Born in 1915 in Rolling Fork, Mississippi. Died April 30, 1983, in Westmont, Illinois.

BERRY OAKLEY (Original bass player for The Allman Brothers Band; died in a motorcycle accident three blocks from the site where Duane Allman died one year earlier; "Revival," "Dreams," "Whipping Post," "In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed," "Statesboro Blues," "Melissa," "Ain't Wastin' Time No More," "One Way Out," "Midnight Rider") Born in 1948 in Chicago. Died November 11, 1972, in Macon, Georgia.

GARY MOORE (Power blues guitarist, vocalist; played with Thin Lizzy; teamed briefly with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker; solo career; "Still Got The Blues") Born in 1952 in Belfast, Ireland.

HUGH MASEKELA (Pioneering world/jazz and soul artist, trumpet player; a member of Paul Simon's Graceland touring band; "Grazing In The Grass" [covered by The Friends Of Distinction], "Bring Him Back Home [Nelson Mandela]") Born in 1939 in Witbank, South Africa.

MAYOR LANCE (Unique Chicago '60s-era soul singer; "The Monkey Time," "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um") Born in 1941 in Chicago. Died of heart failure September 3, 1994, in Decatur, Georgia.


In 1960, It was revealed that, from now on, RCA Victor Records would release all their pop singles in mono and stereo, the first record company to do so. Elvis's first post-army single, "Stuck On You," had the distinction of being RCA's first mono/stereo release.

In 1964, The Beatles held down the top five positions on the Top 100 with, in descending order, "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist And Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and "Please Please Me." An article in Billboard read in part, "Just about everyone is tired of The Beatles. Disc jockeys are tired of playing the hit group, the writers of trade and consumer publications are tired of writing about them and the manufacturers of products other than Beatles records are tired of hearing about them. Everyone's tired of The Beatles, except the listening and buying public."

In 1968, Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on the balcony of a Memphis hotel, resulting in riots erupting in 30 American cities, leaving 39 dead. James Brown went on national television to plea for calm and restraint.

In 1969, The most popular show on TV, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, was cancelled by CBS because Tom and Dick failed to pre-submit and "clear" an episode to network executives before airing. Known for their irreverent political satire, the brothers had already been in several censorship battles with the network.

In 1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were #1 in the land with the Déjà Vu album.

In 1977, British CBS released the self-titled debut album by The Clash, a 14-song collection featuring such punk anthems as "White Riot," "Police And Thieves" and "London's Burning." U.S. Columbia refused to release it until 1979, and even then excised what they deemed the more inflammatory songs. Meanwhile, Americans bought 100,000 imported copies of The Clash, making it one of the biggest-selling import records ever.

In 1987, U2's The Joshua Tree entered the US album chart at #7.

In 1996, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia's widow, Deborah, scattered a portion of Garcia's ashes over the Ganges River in India.


PAULA COLE (Hit folk/pop singer, songwriter and pianist; sang backup for Peter Gabriel for the '93-'94 Secret World tour, but her solo career blossomed after the mid-'90s Lilith Fair tours; not entirely an overnight sensational, her first album was released in 1994 and she won a Grammy for Best New Artist four years later; attended the Berklee College of Music in Boson, then moved to San Francisco and later New York; "I Am So Ordinary," "Bethlehem," "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone," "I Don't Want To Wait") Born in 1968 in Rockport, Massachusetts.

MIKE McCREADY (Lead guitarist for groundbreaking Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam; also in Temple Of The Dog and Mad Season [with the late Layne Staley of Alice In Chains] projects; "Hunger Strike," "Jeremy," "Even Flow," "Alive," "Daughter," "Betterman," "Last Kiss") Born in 1965 in Pensacola, Florida.


In 1964, The Searchers performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, giving them the rough chore of being the first British Invasion group to appear on the show after The Beatles.

In 1970, A New York Times article came to the defense of rock music, calling it "the most popular of creative arts today."

In 1976, In Tokyo, at a three-day rally dubbed Japan Celebrates The Whale And Dolphin, Jackson Browne and other performers joined together to raise $150,000 to help protect our wet and wild friends from the nets of the international fishing industry.

In 1980, R.E.M. made their onstage debut at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia.

In 1981, Canned Heat vocalist Bob "The Bear" Hite died of a heart attack in Mar Vista, California (LA). He was 36.

In 1984, The second annual MTV Video Music Awards show was held. Among the winners were The Police for "Every Breath You Take," Michael Jackson for "Beat It" and Cyndi Lauper for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

In 1985, At 3:50pm Greenwich Mountain Time, 5,000 radio stations around the world played the benefit single "We Are The World" simultaneously.

In 1994, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana committed suicide by firearm at his home in Seattle. Strangely, like Jimi, Janis, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones, he was 27 when he died.

In 1998, Legendary rock drummer Cozy Powell lost his life in a high-speed car crash near Bristol, England. Powell was renowned as one of Britain's best players, having worked with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Whitesnake and ELP. He was 50.

In 2000, The Doors' Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger played a gig at the Whisky in Los Angeles. Manzarek reminisced about the days when The Doors were the house band at the club.

MERLE HAGGARD (Influential "California Okie"; traditional country/Americana veteran singer/songwriter, backed by his longtime band The Strangers; sometime actor; Lucinda Williams, Joe Ely, Dave Alvin and others recorded a 1994 tribute album Tulare dust: A Songwriters' Tribute To Merle Haggard; "Okie From Muskogee," "Mama Tried" [covered by the Grateful Dead], "The Fighting Side Of Me," "Sing Me Back Home," "White Line Fever," "Big City") Born in 1937 in Bakersfield, California.


In 1957, On the same day that Elvis released "All Shook Up," Paramount Pictures contracted The King for a three-picture deal just five days after making he'd made his first screen test in Hollywood.

In 1965, The Beach Boys recorded "California Girls."

In 1968, While touring England, Steve Miller penned an article for Billboard deploring the British rock scene as "more an industry than a's at a low, lifeless point...the only good bands I've seen are Traffic, Marmalade and Procol Harum. I've seen bands doing queer bits in their underwear to get attention."

In 1968, Apple Corps Ltd., The Beatles' new record company, management and publishing enterprise, opened up for business at 95 Wigmore Street, London.

In 1968, Pink Floyd reluctantly announced that founder Syd Barrett had officially departed the group. He had been suffering from psychiatric disorders.

In 1969, Ike and Tina Turner, Procol Harum, John Mayall and others headlined at the first - and last - Palm Springs Pop Festival and San Andreas Boogie in Palm Springs, California. The festival site had a capacity of 15,000 people but 25,000 showed up which caused more than a few crowd control problems.

In 1971, The Rolling Stones launched their own label, Rolling Stones Records.

In 1974, The film Ladies And Gentlemen The Rolling Stones opened at New York City's Ziegfeld Theatre. The premiere was transformed into an extravaganza with a 40-foot high Rolling Stones winged tongue that rose in the air, 2,000 white doves being released and a 65-foot long dragon on display. It was first movie to feature a quadraphonic soundtrack.

In 1974, The California Jam rock festival drew 200,000 people to see Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Oak Arkansas and the Eagles at Southern California's Ontario Motor Speedway. The event came off with few problems.

In 1979, Blondie had their first big hit in the U.S. with "Heart Of Glass." The tune went Platinum on this day, two months after it had gone to #1.

In 1984, Steve Van Zandt left The E Street Band to focus on his new band, Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul.

In 1998, Country superstar Tammy Wynette ("Stand By Your Man") died of a host of maladies.

In 1999, Tipper Gore, the wife of Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore, sat in on conga drums with former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Mickey Hart during a fund-raiser for her husband's presidential campaign in San Jose, California. They jammed on Dylan's "Queen Jane Approximately."

In 2000, A star-studded tribute to Joni Mitchell was conducted in New York featuring performances by Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Richard Thompson, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Elton John, Cassandra Wilson, Wynonna Judd, K.D. Lang, Bryan Adams and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The special later aired on cable TV.


BILLIE HOLIDAY (born Eleanora Fagan Gough) ("Lady Day" was one of the first great hit female jazz singers in the '30s and '40s; her life ended prematurely, her voice a magnificent ruin, following years of drug and alcohol abuse; "Miss Brown To You," "He's Funny That Way," "God Bless The Child" [covered by Blood, Sweat & Tears]) Born in 1915 in Baltimore. Died July 17, 1959, in New York from the affects of heroin addiction, and heart and liver disease.

RAVI SHANKAR (born Lakshminarayana Shankar) Sitar player and composer, best known for his influence on the Beatles; father of modern pop star Norah Jones) Born in 1920 in Varanasi, India.

JANIS IAN (born Janis Eddy Fink) (Folk/pop singer/songwriter who had her first hit at the age of 15 in 1967, the then controversial interracial romance song, "Society's Child"; bounced back in the mid '70s with a steady career of performing and recording up to the present; "At Seventeen," "Jesse") Born in 1951 in New York.

JOHN OATES (Singer, songwriter, guitarist; half of the massively popular Philly blue-eyed soul duo Hall & Oates; worked with Robert Fripp on Hall's 1982 solo album Sacred Songs; "Sara Smile," "She's Gone," "Rich Girl," "One On One," "Out of Touch") Born in 1949 in New York.

MONGO SANTAMARIA (born Ramon Santamaria) (Famed Latino percussionist; "Afro-Blue," "Watermelon Man") Born in 1922 in Havana. Died February 1, 2003, in Miami.

FREDDIE HUBBARD (Great veteran jazz trumpeter) Born in 1938 in Indianapolis.


In 1956, The CBS Radio Network began broadcasting the first regularly scheduled national rock & roll radio show, Rock & Roll Dance Party, with famed deejay Alan Freed hosting. Appropriately enough, Little Richard's great rock classic "Long Tall Sally" was released on this day. Seems as if the new music was busting out all over.

In 1962, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and early Rolling Stones pal Dick Taylor met Brian Jones for the first time at the Ealing Club, a London spot where Brit blues lovers liked to hang out.

In 1968, Janis Ian, known later for her hit "At Seventeen," actually turned 17.

In 1969, John and Yoko recorded "Give Peace A Chance" in their Toronto hotel room during one of their bed-ins for peace.

In 1973, Elton John's hit single "Daniel" was released.

In 1979, The Doobie Brothers had their only U.S. #1 album, Minute By Minute.

In 1981, Kit Lambert, early manager for The Who, died from injuries sustained in a fall down a flight of stairs at his mother's London home. With his partner Chris Stamp, Lambert had overseen The Who from 1964 through 1967, producing many of their albums, including The Who Sell Out and Tommy.

In 1981, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band embarked on their first European tour in Hamburg, Germany.

In 1990, Bonnie Raitt finally got her due. Her multiple-Grammy-winning Nick Of Time album was #1 and would remain there three weeks.

In 1990, Farm Aid IV was held at the Indiana Hoosierdome. Among the musicians contributing their services were Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp and Jackson Browne. Elton John, also one of the featured performers, dedicated "Candle In The Wind" to young AIDS patient Ryan White during the show. White died later that night.

In 1997, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher wed actress Patsy Kensit.

In 1998, Wendy O. Williams, the chainsaw-wielding singer for the late '70s punk rock band the Plasmatics, committed suicide near her Connecticut home.


JULIAN LENNON (born John Charles Julian Lennon) (Brit rock/pop singer/songwriter; John Lennon's first son; the subject of McCartney's "Hey Jude" (originally sung as "Hey Jules" by McCartney to a young Julian to soothe him in the wake of his parents' divorce); "Valotte," "Too Late For Goodbyes") Born in 1963 in Liverpool.

STEVE HOWE (Longtime guitarist for Yes; solo artist; "All Good People/Your Move," "Roundabout," "Long Distance Runaround," "And You And I," "Close To The Edge," "The Clap") Born in 1947 in London.


In 1972, Paul McCartney's controversial single, "Give Ireland Back To The Irish," was released. Written in the wake of the Bloody Sunday Massacre in Northern Ireland and banned by the BBC, it would nevertheless make it to #16 in the UK and #21 in the U.S.

In 1973, Neil Young's docu-autobiographical film Journey Through The Past premiered at the U.S. Film Festival in Dallas.

In 1976, Folk singer Phil Ochs ("Outside of a Small Circle of Friends) hanged himself at his sister's home in Queens, New York.

In 1977, The Damned were among the first British punk outfits to perform in America when they played New York's legendary CBGB's.

In 1997, Influential singer/songwriter Laura Nyro died of ovarian cancer in Danbury, Connecticut. Her compositions, mostly hits for other people, included classics such as "Stoney End," "And When I Die," "Eli's Coming," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Stoned Soul Picnic," "Sweet Blindness" and "Save The Country."

In 1998, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood and 10 other passengers were rescued from a boat off the coast of Brazil after the engine caught fire.


CARL PERKINS (Early American rock & roll icon and rockabilly pioneer; singer, songwriter and guitarist from the Sun Records days; widely admired by fellow musicians from George Harrison to Tom Petty to The Stray Cats; he wrote no less than three hits for The Beatles; his career momentum was slowed by a serious auto accident, but he continued to record and perform until his death; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; wrote "Daddy Sang Bass" for Johnny Cash and "I Was So Wrong" for Patsy Cline; "Blue Suede Shoes," "Honey Don't," "Matchbox," "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby" [the last three covered by The Beatles]) Born in 1932 in Tiptonville, Tennessee. Died of cancer in Nashville on January 19, 1998.

GENE PARSONS (Charter member of the influential early-‘70s California country-rock scene; drummer and multi-instrumentalist with the [post-Gram Parsons, no relation] Byrds from 1969-1972 and later the Flying Burrito Brothers; singer/songwriter and guitar/banjo player; solo career; married to folk legend Bob Gibson's daughter Meridian Green and recording and performing under Parsons Green in Mendocino County, California, where they reside; "Nashville West," "The Ballad Of Easy Rider," "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man," "Jesus Is Just Alright," "Birds Of A Feather") Born in 1944 in Los Angeles.

HAL KETCHUM (Country and Americana singer, songwriter, guitarist; member of the Grand Ole Opry; "Small Town Saturday Night," "I Know Where Love Lies," "Hearts Are Gonna Roll," "The King Of Love") Born in 1953 in Greenwich, New York.


In 1966, A pair of soon-to-become soul classics were released on this day: Percy Sledge's “When A Man Loves A Woman” and Jr. Walker And The All Stars' ”(I'm A) Road Runner.”

In 1973,  Paul McCartney released "My Love," a slightly syrupy ballad which would become his biggest U.S. solo hit to date, staying at #1 for four weeks.

In 1974, At Charley's Place in Harvard Square, Massachusetts, Bruce Springsteen met Jon Landau, rock critic-turned-producer and manager. Soon thereafter Landau wrote the now infamous line, "I saw the rock and roll future and its name is Springsteen." Landau would become instrumental in Springsteen's ensuing monumental fame and fortune, and remains his manager to this day.

In 1976, 35-year-old New York City protest singer Phil Ochs took his own life. 

In 1988, Mellow pop/soul singer Brook Benton (“Rainy Night In Georgia”) died from complications of spinal meningitis. He was 56 years old.

In 1988, Dave Prater, of Sam & Dave, died on this day in a car wreck, at 50 years old.

In 1989, 52-year-old Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman announced that he would marry 19-year-old Mandy Smith. He also revealed that the two had been dating for six years. Do the math.

In 1992, Rock & roll comedian Sam Kinison was killed when a pickup truck smashed into his car on a desert highway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The 17-year-old driver of the car was arrested for DUI.

In 1997, It was announced that the members of Soundgarden had mutually and amicably decided to call it quits.

In 1997, Feisty Mae Boren Axton, writer of the Elvis hit “Heartbreak Hotel” and mother of singer/songwriter and actor Hoyt Axton, died at the age of 82.

In 2003, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Ray Charles and John Mellencamp, among others, performed at Willie Nelson's 70th birthday concert at New York's Beacon Theatre.

In 2003, On what would have been Carl Perkins' 71st birthday, Paul McCartney bought the late rockabilly star’s song catalog.


BRIAN SETZER (Guitarist and singer with hit '80s rockabilly/boogie-woogie/big band The Stray Cats and later the Brian Setzer Orchestra; moved to London from Long Island, where The Stray Cats first struck it big; has recorded with Dave Edmunds, The Clash's Joe Strummer [1996's Guitar Slinger album], Rickie Lee Jones and Dan Hicks; he played Eddie Cochran [at the request of Eddie's mother] in the 1987 film La Bamba; "Stray Cat Strut," "Rock This Town," "[She's] Sexy 17," "The House Is Rockin'," "Jump, Jive, An' Wail," "The Dirty Boogie") Born in 1959 in Long Island, New York.

BUNNY WAILER (born Neville O'Riley Livingston) (Singer/songwriter, percussionist; last surviving member of the original Wailers, co-founded by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh; he left the band after their initial tour of Britain and the US because he didn't like to travel; "Let Him Go," "Who Feels It," "Jail House," "Pass It On," "Collie Man," "Cool Runnings") Born in 1947 in Kingston, Jamaica.

KATRINA LESKANICH (Lead vocalist and songwriter with '80s hit band Katrina & The Waves; "Walking On Sunshine") Born in 1960 in Topeka, Kansas.

BABYFACE (born Kenneth Edmonds) (R&B singer, songwriter and producer who produced one of Eric Clapton's biggest singles, the 1996 hit "Change The World" from the soundtrack for the John Travolta film Phenomenon) Born in 1959 in Indianapolis.


In 1956, Leo Fender patented the Stratocaster, arguably the most popular guitar in rock & roll history.

In 1962, Stuart Sutcliffe, an original member of The Beatles, died of cerebral paralysis brought about by a brain hemorrhage in Hamburg, Germany. Sutcliffe had met John Lennon when the two were at art school. Sutcliffe introduced Lennon to modern art and literature while Lennon turned Sutcliffe on to rock & roll. He joined The Beatles as bassist (McCartney was on rhythm guitar at the time), but departed in 1961 due to serious headaches and to resume painting. Sutcliffe was responsible for giving The Beatles the look that would become famous the world over—the shaggy, brushed-forward hairstyles (somewhat in the manner of Moe of the Three Stooges) known as "Beatle Haircuts." Sutcliffe was only 22.

In 1968, Percussionist Mickey Hart accepted drummer Bill Kreutzmann's invitation to join the Grateful Dead.

In 1970, At a concert in Boston, Jim Morrison paused to ask the audience, "Does anyone wants to see my genitals?" Apparently, he had some takers.

In 1970, In a press release announcing his imminent debut solo album, Paul McCartney quit The Beatles. McCartney was released 10 days later.

In 1971, The Doors' single "Love Her Madly" was released from the L.A. Woman album.

In 1976, A former guitarist for gritty Brit rockers Humble Pie, Peter Frampton shot to #1 with Frampton Comes Alive. It would stay at #1 for 10 weeks and go on to become the biggest-selling live album of all time.

In 1982, "Ebony And Ivory," a plea for racial harmony by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, debuted on the U.S. charts at #29. It would eventually top the singles charts in both the U.S. and the UK, becoming Wonder's first #1 record in the British Isles.

In 1990, A jury awarded Tom Waits $2.5 million in punitive damages following his suit against Doritos chips for unauthorized usage of a Waits' sound-alike in a commercial. Said Tom, "Now by law I have what I always felt I had, a distinctive voice."

In 1999, Here, There And everywhere: A Concert For Linda, a benefit tribute concert in honor of the late Linda McCartney, was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Among the performers were Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Elvis Costello, Sinéad O'Connor and George Michael. Proceeds went to animal rights causes.

In 2000, Sony Music announced its intention to make 50 songs available as the first-ever commercial digital download.


JOSS STONE (Young breakout U.K. soul/pop singer-songwriter)

CHRIS DIFFORD (Half of the songwriting team of Difford and Glenn Tilbrook who have been recording and performing on and off together since 1973; together they formed hit pop/rock group Squeeze with Jools Holland in 1974 in London; solo career; "Up the Junction," "Pulling Mussels [From a Shell]," "Tempted," "Black Coffee In Bed") Born in 1974 in London.
STUART ADAMSON (Lead vocals, keyboards and guitar in hit '80s Celtic-flavored Big Country; formed in 1982 in Scotland; enjoyed more hits in the UK than here; "In A Big Country") Born in 1958 in Manchester, England. Committed suicide by hanging himself on December 16, 2001, in a hotel room in Honolulu.

RICHARD BERRY (Singer, songwriter, keyboardist; minor hit maker on the Los Angeles R&B scene in the '50s; wrote and recorded the original version of the garage band classic "Louie, Louie" in 1956, a song which has been covered an estimated 1,000 times; uncredited singer for The Robins' "Riot In Cell Block #9") Born in Extension, Louisiana, in 1935. Died in Los Angeles on January 23, 1997.


In 1956, The Godfather of Soul and the hardest working man in show business, James Brown, had his first chart entry on the R&B chart with "Please, Please, Please."
In 1956, While winging his way to Nashville, Elvis's plane developed engine trouble and was forced to make an emergency landing, forever instilling a fear of flying in the King.

In 1961, Bob Dylan made his New York City stage debut at Gerde's Folk City, a small Greenwich Village club, opening for John Lee Hooker. He debuted "Blowin' In The Wind" during his set.
In 1963, Parlophone Records released The Beatles "From Me To You" b/w "Thank You Girl." The third single by The Fab Four, it would be their first to make it to #1 in the UK. Neither song was released in the States until the following year.
In 1966, NBC telecast the last episode of Hullabaloo. It featured Paul Anka, Lesley Gore, Peter & Gordon and The Cyrkle. The show began in January 1965, a year after ABC had concocted the similar Shindig!

In 1967, After visiting The Beach Boys' Smile recording sessions the previous day, Paul McCartney was inspired to produce The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour film.
In 1970, Peter Green, guitarist, vocalist and founding member of Fleetwood Mac, announced that he would leave the band on May 25 to devote himself to "what God would have me do."
In 1970, Nice organist Keith Emerson and ex-King Crimson bassist/singer Greg Lake were attempting to recruit a drummer for a new trio in London. Settling on percussionist Carl Palmer, they would emerge as '70s art-rock supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

In 1970, The day after Paul McCartney announced his departure from The Beatles, “Let It Be” hit #1 on the chart, staying there for two weeks.
In 1981, Van Halen lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen married Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the '80s sitcom, One Day At A Time.

In 1990, Elton John and Michael Jackson attended (and Elton performed at) the Indianapolis funeral of 18-year-old AIDS victim Ryan White.

In 1997, Paul McCartney performed a 20-minute set on a London rooftop.

In 2000, Sting's Brand New Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication were Top 25 albums.


AMY RAY (Hit folk-rock singer/songwriter, guitarist and co-founder of the Indigo Girls in Decatur, Georgia, in 1980 [with Emily Saliers]; social activist; has recorded two solo albums, and toured behind it in 2001; "Hammer and Nail," "Closer To Fine," "Least Complicated," "Galileo," "Get Out The Map," "Peace Tonight," "Moment of Forgiveness," "Shame On You," "Perfect World") Born in 1964 in Atlanta.

HERBIE HANCOCK (Grammy-winning jazz and fusion keyboardist who emerged in the mid-'60s after playing in Miles Davis' band; produced Wynton Marsalis' self-titled 1981 album; "Watermelon Man," "Rockit" [won MTV 1983 video awards for the video produced by 10cc's Godley & Creme]) Born in 1940 in Chicago.

JOHN KAY (born Joachim Fritz Krauledat) (Leader of late-'60s-era hit LA band Steppenwolf; solo artist; Mick Jagger once had him tossed from a Stones party for his boorish behavior; "The Pusher," "Rock Me," "Born To Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride") Born in 1944 in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany.


In 1954, Bill Haley & The Comets taped "Rock Around The Clock" for Decca Records. The song came out the following year to coincide with the release of the film Blackboard Jungle, in which it was featured prominently.

In 1954, Jazz, blues and R&B legend Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle And Roll' was released.

In 1961, The winners of the third annual Grammy Awards were announced, and for the first time rock & roll was noticeably absent. Ray Charles swept the Awards.

In 1962, Columbia Records recorded Bob Dylan's concert at Town Hall, New York, eventually releasing the live version of "Tomorrow Is a Long Time."

In 1966, "Dead Man's Curve" almost became a reality for Jan Berry, the creative force behind the very popular surf-rock vocal duo Jan & Dean, after he ran his Corvette into a parked truck on Beverly Hills' Whittier Drive. Berry was in a coma for a month, and inflicted with paralysis of the right side of his body for over a year, in addition to brain damage, which made it difficult for him to return to the stage.

In 1968, Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention played at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences dinner in New York City. Zappa glared down at the audience and pronounced the event to be "a load of pompous hokum. All year long you people have manufactured this crap, now for one night you're gonna have to listen to it!"

In 1968, Life magazine published a piece on The Doors called "Wicked Go The Doors." The magazine said, "Jim Morrison is 24 years old, out of UCLA and he appears in public and on his records to be moody, temperamental, enchanted in the mind and extremely stoned on something."

In 1969, Simon & Garfunkel released "The Boxer."

In 1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman, of Eastman/Kodak family fame.

In 1971, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's live Four Way Street was certified Gold even before it hit the album chart. The two-record set quickly made it to the top spot, giving the foursome the distinction of two #1 albums in a row. It would be the last album the quartet would record together until 1988's American Dream album with Neil Young.

In 1975, The movie version of Tommy premiered.

In 1975, Linda Ronstadt released a version of "When Will I Be Loved," the old Everly Brothers song.

In 1979, Mickey Thomas, the former lead vocalist with Elvin Bishop ("Fooled Around And Fell In Love"), took Marty Balin's place in the Jefferson Starship.

In 1990, James Brown was released from a South Carolina prison on work furlough after having served 15 months of a six-year sentence for various drug charges.

In 1990, The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, named four recently discovered asteroids after The Beatles.

In 1992, Don Henley and 6,000 people embarked on a Walk For Walden Woods to help preserve the area commemorated by Henry Thoreau.

In 1993, Actress Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from Lenny Kravitz.

In 2000, Metallica filed suit against Napster, Inc., Yale University, the University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. Napster's computer software made it possible for users to trade mp3 music formats for free. Yale and Indiana were dropped from the suit after they blocked access to Napster on campus servers.

In 2002, Elton John testified to Congress that the U.S. must help prevent the global spread of AIDS.

In 2004, Eric Clapton's Me And Mr. Johnson, his tribute to early blues great Robert Johnson, debuted at #6 on the Billboard album chart.


LOWELL GEORGE (Influential and beloved singer-songwriter and founder of '70s-era versatile blues/rockin' Los Angeles band Little Feat, a group that remains vital; slide guitarist; a rock & roll original; grew up in the Washington, DC, area; one-time member of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention; left Little Feat in 1978 to pursue a solo career [Thanks, I'll Eat It Here], ill health on the road and substance abuse led to a subsequent heart attack; "Willin'" [covered by Linda Ronstadt], "Sailin' Shoes," "Easy To Slip," "Dixie Chicken," "Fat Man in the Bathtub," "Roll Um Easy," [covered by Linda Ronstadt], "Two Trains," "Time Loves a Hero," "Rock and Roll Doctor," "Oh, Atlanta," "Long Distance Love," "Rocket In My Pocket," "Down on the Farm") Born in 1945 in Hollywood, California. Died June 29, 1979, in Arlington, Virginia, at the age of 34.

AL GREEN (born Al Greene) (Living soul and gospel legend who emerged in the '70s as one of that decade's most popular vocalists, selling over 20 million records; an ordained pastor; "I Can't Get Next To You," "Take Me To The River" [covered by the Talking Heads], "Let's Stay Together," "I'm Still In Love With You," "Here I Am [Come And Take Me]," "Rainin' In My Heart") Born in 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas.

JACK CASADY (Original bassist with the Jefferson Airplane and offshoot Hot Tuna; also in '80s one-off trio KBC Band with Paul Kantner and Marty Balin; solo album [2003]; best known for some of the most famous bass lines ever played in rock, the opening notes of "White Rabbit"; "Somebody To Love," "Volunteers," "We Can Be Together," "Crown of Creation," "Keep On Truckin'," "Hesitation Blues") Born in 1944 in Washington, DC.

MAX WEINBERG (Most renowned as the longtime drummer with Springsteen's E Street Band, but also a much in-demand session man and long-time musical director/house band drummer on Late Night With Conan O'Brien; "Born To Run," "Born In The U.S.A," "Prove It All Night," "Hungry Heart," "Dancing in the Dark," "I'm Goin' Down," "Cover Me," "Glory Days," "Brilliant Disguise") Born in 1951.

ROY LONEY (Singer, guitarist, member of acclaimed San Francisco/New York late-'60s band The Flamin' Groovies; recorded a comeback album [Shake Some Action] with Dave Edmunds producing; enjoyed some commercial success with his band the Phantom Movers in the late '70s; "You Tore Me Down") Born in 1946.


In 1962, The Beatles were the unknown Liverpudlian house band at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany. Both the club and The Beatles would go on to achieve a certain amount of notoriety.

In 1965, Winners of the seventh annual Grammy Awards included Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto for Record Of The Year for "The Girl From Ipanema" and The Beatles for Best Performance By A Vocal Group for "A Hard Days Night." The Fab Four were also named Best New Artist.

In 1966, The Beatles recorded "Paperback Writer" at Abbey Road Studios in London.

In 1967, The Rolling Stones played their first concert behind the Iron Curtain at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, Poland. Police with batons and tear gas bombs were on hand to greet 2,000 fans outside hoping to get into the sold-out show.

In 1967, Catch My Soul, an updated version of Shakespeare's Othello featuring Jerry Lee Lewis as the villain Iago, closed after grossing over $500,000. Lewis, who received the best reviews, played his role straight except on one occasion when he ad-libbed, "Great Balls of Fire, My Friend Roderigo!" in Act V.

In 1971, The Rolling Stones released their future #1 record "Brown Sugar," the first on their own Rolling Stones Records. The 45 single introduced the infamous tongue-and-lips logo, soon to appear again on the Sticky Fingers album, which contained the hit.

In 1973, The J. Geils Band made an appearance on ABC-TV's In Concert to sing their hit "Give It To Me," but were asked to alter the song lyrics because of the line, "Get it up."

In 1973, The Who's Roger Daltrey put out his first solo album. The material consisted of compositions by Leo Sayer and David Courtney, and was produced by Adam Faith. Townshend was nowhere in sight. Daltrey barely broke into the Top 50.

In 1980, The nostalgic Broadway musical Grease finally closed after a run of 3,883 performances, which made it the longest-running show in Broadway history to that point.

In 1982, For the second time in three weeks, David Crosby was arrested on drug possession charges in Dallas.

In 1999, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers released Echo.

In 2001, Beloved guitar legend Chet Atkins died of cancer at his home in Nashville. He was 77. Atkins sold millions of copies of his Country/pop instrumental albums in the '60s. More recently, he was a major influence on guitarists such as Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton.


LORETTA LYNN (born Loretta Webb) (Americana icon and longtime superstar of country music; first woman to be named Country Entertainer Of The Year; sometime actress [The Dukes of Hazard]; In 1976, her autobiography became a top-seller, and a film, featuring Sissy Spacek; recorded Grammy-winning 2004 album Van Lear Rose with Jack White of the White Stripes; "I'm a Honky-Tonk Girl," "Coal Miner's Daughter," "The Pill," "Rated X," "Portland, Oregon" [with Jack White]) Born in 1934 in Butcher Holler, Kentucky.


In 1955, Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" was released. Pat Boone would later enjoy much greater success with a cover version of the tune, although he had to be dissuaded from changing it to "Isn't That a Shame." Tsk-tsk. Cheap Trick, ofcourse, would later have a hit with the tune as well.

In 1965, The Beatles changed the name of their second movie from Eight Arms To Hold You to Help!

In 1967, The David Bowie single "The Laughing Gnome" was released. It went unnoticed in North America.

In 1969, Only two of The Beatles were actually present for the recording of "The Ballad Of John And Yoko." Paul McCartney played drums, piano and bass, while John Lennon sang and played guitars. It was the first Beatles single in stereo.

In 1971, The Illinois Crime Commission came out with a list of drug-oriented tunes. The songs of infamy included "White Rabbit" by the Jefferson Airplane, "Let's Go Get Stoned" by Ray Charles "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" by The Beatles and "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum.

In 1972, David Bowie released "Starman" b/w "Suffragette City," the advance single from his acclaimed conceptual The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars. Ziggy would remain on the album chart for more than a year, finally putting Bowie over the top in the States.

In 1974, Pete Townshend performed for the first time as a solo artist. The leader of The Who was accompanied only by his homemade tapes.

In 1975, Following many rumors and much speculation that Jimmy Page, Chris Spedding, Jeff Beck or even Eric Clapton would replace Mick Taylor in The Rolling Stones, it was announced that Faces guitarist Ron Wood would fill the shoes.

In 1976, Motown Records and Stevie Wonder held a news conference to announce that he had signed an unprecedented "$13 mill-plus" contract with the label.

In 1980, A New Jersey State assemblyman proposed that Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" be made the official state song. Bruce kept his reaction to himself, but it is documented that the Boss was less than thrilled when Ronald Reagan tried to use "Born In The U.S.A" as his official campaign song four years later.

In 1980, Upstart Los Angeles rockers The Knack released their second album, ...But The Little Girls Understand, just seven months after their smash debut, Get The Knack. The sophmore album stalled and would never find its way on to President George W. Bush's iPod like the first one.

In 1980, Gary Numan released The Touring Principle, a 45-minute concert video. It was the first commercially available home videocassette.

In 1983, Pete Farndon, 29, of the Pretenders died of a drug overdose. He had been dismissed from the band the year before because of his drug issues.

In 1987, Fleetwood Mac's Tango In The Night was released.

In 1989, Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever came out.

In 1995, Radiohead released The Bends, featuring "High & Dry" and "Fake Plastic Trees." Thanks to an opening slot for the band on the R.E.M. Monster tour, The Bends acheived Gold status in the U.S. by early '96.

In 2004, Jesse Harris, Norah Jones' former songwriter and guitarist, announced a July release date for his third album, While The Music Lasts (Verve Forecast). The record features Norah Jones singing and playing piano. Harris wrote half of the songs on Jones' Grammy award-winning 2002 debut album, Come Away With Me and wrote the breakthrough hit for Jones, "Don't Know Why." Come Away With Me went on to sell more than 17 million copies around the world.



DAVE EDMUNDS (British roots-rock revivalist; guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist, producer; formed Rockpile with Nick Lowe in the '70s, produced The Stray Cats in the '80s; has worked with Brinsley Schwarz, The Flamin' Groovies, K.D. Lang, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and The Everly Brothers, among others; "I Hear You Knockin'," [originally by Smiley Lewis], "Teacher, Teacher," "Crawling From the Wreckage," "Here Comes The Weekend," "Girls Talk" [written by Elvis Costello], "Slipping Away" [produced by Jeff Lynne]) Born in 1944 in Cardiff, Wales.

BESSIE SMITH (Early influential empress of the blues; idol of Janis Joplin and many others; "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "Empty Bed Blues," "St. Louis Blues," "Gimme a Pigfoot [And a Bottle of Beer]") Born in 1894 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Died September 26, 1937, in a car accident in Clarksdale, Mississippi.


In 1967, Decca released The Who's "Happy Jack" in the U.S., the band's first single to crack the Top 40 here.

In 1976, Former Spooky Tooth keyboardist/vocalist-turned-Dream Weaver, Gary Wright released his second hit single, "Love Is Alive".

In 1977, Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd presented a Gold disc awarded them for One More From The Road to Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. It was a gesture of appreciation to their fans in Atlanta, Georgia, where the live album had been recorded.

In 1982, Billy Joel was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on Long Island. He remained in the hospital for over a month undergoing therapy on a damaged piano-playing hand.

In 1982, EPs, or mini albums, were becoming increasingly more popular, according to Rolling Stone. In particular, EP releases by The B-52's, Devo and the Pretenders were selling well.

In 1996, The remainder of Jerry Garcia's ashes were strewn near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A small portion had been scattered in the Ganges River in India 11 days earlier.

In 1999, The film Entropy had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. The movie featured U2 in their acting debut. Bono was the only band member who had any lines in the romantic comedy starring Stephen Dorff and co-produced by Robert DeNiro. The band played themselves.

In 2001, Joey Ramone (The Ramones) died of complications from lymphoma. He was 49.

In 2003, After nine albums with the Meldy Makers, Bob Marley's oldest son, Ziggy Marley released his first solo album, Dragonfly.


DAVE PIRNER (Singer, songwriter, frontman for Bob Mould-produced Minneapolis thrash band turned song-oriented Soul Asylum, emerging in the mainstream in 1992 with the post-grunge hit album Grave Dancer's Union; solo artist; wrote the score to the film Chasing Amy; "Somebody To Shove," "Runaway Train," "April Fool," "Black Gold," "Misery") Born in 1964 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD (born Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien) (Highly regarded, sultry-voiced Brit chanteuse; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; influential on a number of European and American artists, including Shelby Lynne; "I Only Want To Be With You," "Wishin' And Hopin'," "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me," "The Look Of Love," "Son Of A Preacher Man"; enjoyed a huge comeback in 1987 with "What Have I Done To Deserve This," a duet with the Pet Shop Boys)  Born in Hampstead, London, England, in 1939. Died in 1999 of breast cancer.

GERRY RAFFERTY (British singer/songwriter who struck gold in the early '70s with his co-writer Joe Egan in Stealers Wheel, and later as a solo artist in the '80s with at least a couple of well-crafted pop monsters; "Stuck In The Middle With You," "Star," "Baker Street," "Right Down The Line," "Days Gone Down," "Take The Money And Run," "Already Gone," "Wise As A Serpent") Born in 1947 in Paisley, Scotland.

STEFAN GROSSMAN (Acclaimed acoustic country blues picker, singer, songwriter and teacher; a student of acoustic blues great Reverend Gary Davis; has recorded with Paul Simon, Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian and David Grisman; "Blues For The Mann," "Yazoo Strut") Born in 1945 in Brooklyn, New York.

HERBIE MANN (born Herbert Solomon) (Renowned jazz, early fusion and world music flautist; recorded with Duane Allman in the '70s, among other rock artists; "Push, Push") Born in 1930 in Brooklyn, New York. Died of prostate cancer July 1, 2003, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


In 1956, One week after the unveiling of the first nationally broadcast rock radio show on CBS, the ABC network followed suit with a program called Rhythm On Parade, broadcast live from the Flam Show Bar in Detroit.

In 1964, The Rolling Stones' first album was released in the UK. Two weeks later, it had ascended to #1.

In 1965, The Hollies kicked off their first tour of the US at the Brooklyn Paramount. The English group had so far scored only one minor hit in America, a cover of Doris Troy's "Just One Look."

In 1966, Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" was released, best known to most casual radio listeners as "Everybody%u2026must get stoned."

In 1969, "The Israelites" by Desmond Dekker became the first single by a Jamaican artist to be a bona fide hit in the U.K. and later the U.S.

In 1972, In Cannes, France, The Rolling Stones informally celebrated the launch of their label, Rolling Stones Records.

In 1976, Boz Scaggs, whose Silk Degrees album was on its way to becoming a huge smash, was roughed up by two bouncers outside the Austin, Texas, club Antone's when he attempted to go backstage to meet and greet the headliner, Bobby "Blue" Bland. Evidently, his name had been inadvertently left off the guest list.

In 1977, Stevie Wonder made the soul chart with "Sir Duke," a tune that would ultimately achieve #1 status. The song was a tribute to Duke Ellington.

In 1990, Over 72,000 fans assembled at London's Wembley Stadium for an anti-apartheid concert featuring Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt. The show honored Nelson Mandela, who had recently been released from prison.

In 1993, Paul McCartney was the headliner for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl celebrating Earth Day. The last time he had played there he was a member of The Beatles in 1965. Other musicians contributing performances to the concert included Ringo, Steve Miller and Don Henley.

In 1993, Singer/songwriter Billy Burnette, who took over in Fleetwood Mac temporarily from Lindsey Buckingham, announced that he would be departing the Big Mac to concentrate on a career in country music.

In 1994, Bonnie Raitt was enjoying her long-overdue success with Longing In Their Hearts at the #1 spot on the album chart.

In 1999, Skip Spence, an original member of Jefferson Airplane and founding member of Moby Grape, died of lung cancer in San Francisco at the age of 52. Throughout his life, Skip had fought schizophrenia and alcoholism, but was considered an eccentric musical genius by some, particularly for his one solo album, Oar.


LIZ PHAIR (born Elizabeth Clark Phair) (Bold '90s hit singer/songwriter and rocker; indie breakout with 1993's Exile In Guyville, a song-by-song response to The Rolling Stones 1972 classic Exile On Main Street; toured with Lilith Fair; grew up in Chicago suburbs; "Whip-Smart," "Superman," "Jealousy," "Rocket Boy," "Why Can't I") Born in 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut.

PETE SHELLEY (born Peter McNeish) (Vocalist, guitarist and leader of influential [Nirvana, Green Day] late-'70s/early-'80s Brit punk band the Buzzcocks; solo career; "What Do I Get?," "Everybody's Happy Nowadays," "Harmony In My Head," "Ever Fallen In Love?," [a hit for Fine Young Cannibals], "Homosapien") Born in 1955.

JAN HAMMER (Keyboard and synthesizer master; worked with John McLaughlin in The Mahavishnu Orchestra; recorded with Jeff Beck; perhaps best known for the background music he composed and performed for the TV show Miami Vice) Born in 1948 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.


In 1960, In Bath, England, Eddie Cochran, best known for his "Summertime Blues," died from severe brain injuries he suffered in a car crash near Chippenham, Wiltshire. Also injured in the crash were Cochran's girlfriend, Sharon Sheeley, and fellow rocker Gene Vincent.

In 1965, "Help Me Rhonda" by The Beach Boys was released.

In 1970, At the invitation of President Nixon, Johnny Cash performed at the White House. Nixon awkwardly requested that Cash perform "Okie From Muskogee" (which was actually a Merle Haggard hit), but Cash politely refused. Instead, Cash sang his top hit, "A Boy Named Sue."

In 1970, Paul McCartney released his epic debut solo album, McCartney (the black cover with the cherries). The self-interview included with the album essentially confirmed that The Beatles had indeed broken up.

In 1973, Pink Floyd was awarded a Gold album for The Dark Side of The Moon, one of the most innovative and memorable albums in the history of rock. The disc would stay on the charts for more than 10 years, the longest-charting rock album of all time.

In 1976, Veteran jazz guitarist George Benson's Breezin' entered the album chart. It would become one of the best-selling jazz albums ever, going Platinum in August.

In 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers performed at and were official guests of State at Zimbabwe's Independence festival. Marley described the occasion as the "greatest honor of my life."

In 1982, Toto, a group of veteran Los Angeles studio musicians, including Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro, crashed the singles chart again with "Rosanna," a song about Lukather's then-girlfriend, actress Rosanna Arquette. It would later be named Record Of The Year at the 1983 Grammy Awards.

In 1998, Linda Eastman McCartney, the beloved wife of Paul McCartney, died of cancer in Tucson, Arizona.


CLARENCE "GATEMOUTH" BROWN (Louisiana country-blues icon; an influence on artists ranging from Frank Zappa to Albert Collins; got the nickname "Gatemouth" from a high school teacher who claimed Clarence had a "voice like a gate." "Mary Is Fine," "Okie Dokie Stomp," "Take The 'A' Train," "Alligator Eating Dog") Born in 1924 in Vinton, Louisiana.

SKIP SPENCE (born Alexander Spence) (Singer, songwriter and guitarist who was the original drummer with the late-'60s/early-'70s legend the Jefferson Airplane; co-founder of Moby Grape; worked with Quicksilver Messenger Service; recorded one acclaimed solo album, Oar; he reportedly gave The Doobie Brothers their name; "Blues From an Airplane," "My Best Friend," "Omaha") Born in 1946 in Windsor, Ontario. Died April 16, 1999, in Santa Cruz, California.


In 1973, 19-year-old Declan "Costello" McManus played his first solo gig in Twickenham, England. He would change his first name to Elvis by the time his 1977 debut, My Aim Is True, was released.

In 1975, John Lennon released his cover of "Stand By Me."

In 1981, Pioneering British progressive rock band Yes announced that they were splitting up after drummer Alan White and bassist Chris Squire begin rehearsing with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page for a supergroup that never happened. During their 13-year run, Yes had became one of the world's leading exponents of ornate, cosmic, symphonic rock, despite the fact that "Roundabout" was their only chartbuster (it went to #13 in 1972). Of course, Yes would be back in various configurations over the next two decades, an on and off affair.

In 1985, Wham's Make It Big was the first Western album to be released in China.

In 1988, The Motown songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. They were behind numerous hits for The Supremes, Temptations and others in the Motown stable.

In 1988, The trial begins in Jamaica for the September 11, 1987, murder of reggae star Peter Tosh. Tosh and six others had been gunned down execution style in his home. His friend Dennis Lobban was convicted and sentenced to death for the shootings.

In 1995, After more than two years on the album chart, Cracked Rear View by South Carolina's Hootie and the Blowfish remained parked at the #3 on the Billboard chart.



ALEXIS KORNER (Vocalist, guitarist, early Brit blues revivalist; the godfather of British blues/rock; Charlie Watts, Jack Bruce, Long John Baldry and Robert Plant all got their start in his group Blues Incorporated; "Operator," "Lo and Behold," "Geneva") Born in 1928 in Paris, France. Died of lung cancer January 1, 1984, in London, England.

ALAN PRICE (Original keyboard player with The Animals—he split early on in '65, film music composer [O Lucky Man!], solo artist; "House Of The Rising Sun," "We Gotta Get Out of this Place," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood") Born in Durham, England, in 1942.

MARK VOLMAN (Vocalist with the hit late '60s band The Turtles with Howard Kaylan, then with Frank Zappa in the Mothers of Invention [Chunga's Revenge, 200 Motels, Live At The Fillmore, Just Another Band From L.A.], and later with Kaylan in the satirical pop duo Flo & Eddy; "Happy Together," "You Showed Me," "Eleanor," "Keep It Warm") Born in 1947 in Los Angeles.


In 1965, The film T.A.M.I. [Teen-Age Music International] Show, starring The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Beach Boys, James Brown and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London. For British release, it was renamed Teenage Command Performance.

In 1965, The Beatles released "Ticket To Ride" in the U.S.

In 1967, "Somethin' Stupid," by Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy, was certified Gold.

In 1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives departed the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, India, two weeks before the completion of their studies. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney had already packed it up and split. Three weeks later, all four of The Beatles renounced their association with the Maharishi.

In 1972, Former school teacher Roberta Flack earned a Gold record for her hit "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." She would go on to have a number of hits, including successful duets with the late Donny Hathaway.

In 1975, At the height of his popularity, Elton John dismissed longtime drummer and Nigel Olsson and bassist Dee Murray.

In 1978, Arista Records released the Patti Smith single, "Because The Night." A track that Bruce Springsteen left off of Darkness At The Edge Of Town, Smith somehow got a copy, changed some of the words and took a co-writing credit with Springsteen. It would be her only charting single, reaching #13 later in the year.

In 1978, Over 40 musicians petitioned President Jimmy Carter to bring a halt to America's commitment to nuclear power. Among the musicians were Jackson Browne, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Carly Simon, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and others. They would later conjoin for the No Nukes M.U.S.E. [Musicians United for Safe Energy] concerts.

In 1982, Simon & Garfunkel, who had made a big splash with their New York Central Park concert the year before, reunited for a European tour. The U.S. leg never materialized because of continued friction between the two.

In 1988, The late Sonny Bono was inaugurated Mayor of Palm Springs. "And The Beat Goes On."

In 1999, Although the Madison Square Garden marquee in New York read, Bob Dylan, Tonight At 8pm, Neil Young was actually slated to perform. Following one number during the show, prankster Neil quipped, "That was Bob playing guitar with me on the last song."

In 2002, Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley was found dead in his Seattle area apartment after going missing for two weeks.

In 2003, Loretta Lynn was joined onstage in New York for three songs by The White Stripes.

In 2012, Men At Work's Greg Ham died at home in Melbourne, Australia of unknown causes. He was 58. Ham, keyboard player and vocalist, played flute and sax on the band's 1983 breakout hits "Down Under" and "Who Can It Be Now?" from the Business As Usual album.




In 1957, Elvis had the #1 single with "All Shook Up."

In 1959, "Puppy Love," the first record by Dolly Parton, was released on Gold Band Records. One capsule review observed, "She sounds about 12 years old." Actually, she was 13.

In 1970, According to The New York Times, The Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" has been adopted by Christian youth groups as a religious symbol.

In 1971, A group of students at San Rafel High School in the Bay Area coined the term "4:20" as a euphemism for a weed-smoking break.

In 1976, The Rolling Stones' Black And Blue album came out and was greeted by a lukewarm response from critics and feminists, who objected to the ad campaign for the disc which featured a photo of a bound, black and blue model. Nonetheless, the album made the #1 spot and went Platinum in two months.

In 1981, Former leader of The Mamas & The Papas, John Phillips, was incarcerated in Los Angeles after pleading guilty to drug possession charges. His five-year sentence was suspended after 30 days in exchange for 250 hours of community service.

In 1991, Steve Marriot, rip-snorting lead vocalist of the Small Faces and Humble Pie, perished in a house fire. He was 44 years-old and planning a musical comeback with ex-Humble Pie band mate Peter Frampton. Marriot was a big influence on the Black Crowes.

In 1992, In London, Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Roger Daltrey, David Bowie, Def Leppard, Spinal Tap and others performed at a memorial concert for the late Queen singer, Freddie Mercury.

In 1999, Billy Joel performed what he claimed was his last public pop music concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, announcing instead, that he intended to devote his efforts to classical music.

In 2000, Robert Plant played Disney's Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida. After the concert, he made hand imprints in cement outside the theatre.

In 2003, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Moby and others were featured on Hope, an album to benefit child war victims in Iraq, which was released on this day.


IGGY POP (born James Osterberg) (Rabblerousing, death-defying, multi-generation rock star who started out in the late-'60s/'70s with influential Ann Arbor/Detroit thrash band The Stooges; the Godfather of punk; solo artist; has worked extensively with David Bowie, who produced Iggy's Raw Power; recently reunited the Stooges; co-wrote "China Girl" with Bowie; Bowie's "Jean Genie" was said to be written for Iggy; "Lust For Life," "Candy" [with B-52 Kate Pierson]) Born in 1947 in Ypsilanti, Mississippi.

MICHAEL FRANTI (Spearhead) Born in 1967 in Oakland, CA.

MICHAEL TIMMINS (Guitarist, vocalist and co-leader/chief songwriter [with his sister Margo] in the Cowboy Junkies, who formed in Toronto in 1985; "Sweet Jane," "A Common Disaster," "Miles From My Home") Born in 1959 in Montreal.

ROBERT SMITH (Singer, songwriter and brooding leader of immensely popular goth-pop/rock late-'70s/'80s/'90s Brit band The Cure; recorded with The Banshees in the mid-'80s; "Killing An Arab," "Boys Don't Cry," "Let's Go To Bed," "The Lovecats," "Why Can't I Be You?," "Just Like Heaven," "Love Song," "Friday I'm in Love") Born in 1959 in Blackpool, England.


In 1960, Dick Clark, characterized as "the single most influential person in pop music," testified before the congressional committee investigating payola. He admitted that he had a financial interest in 27% of the records that he played on his show during a 28-month period. Somehow he emerged unscathed while others went down.

In 1976, Ex-Raspberries lead vocalist Eric Carmen entered the singles chart with his first and biggest solo hit, "All By Myself." It would peak at #2.

In 1978, Famed British folk/rock singer Sandy Denny died following a fall down a flight of stairs at a friend's house. She had been a member of Fairport Convention, a solo artist, and had teamed with Robert Plant for a duet on "The Battle Of Evermore" on the fourth Led Zeppelin album.

In 1982, The Clash had to cancel a tour when Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks. He was eventually found living on the streets in Paris.

In 1984, Phil Collins had his first solo US #1 hit with the dramatic theme from the film Against All Odds.

In 1990, Paul McCartney appeared before 184,000 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the time, it was the largest audience ever to attend a performance by a single rock act.

In 1990, Sinéad O'Connor began a four-week run at #1 in the U.S. with her cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U."

In 1993, Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman wed Suzanne Accosta.

In 2001, Peter Buck, guitarist for R.E.M., was arrested for being drunk on an aircraft and accosting British Airways personnel following a flight from Seattle to  Heathrow Airport in London. He would be acquitted nearly a year later.


PETER FRAMPTON (Skilled singer, songwriter and guitarist from the London suburbs who exploded with 1976's Frampton Comes Alive, the best-selling live album of all time at 16 million copies worldwide, which ultimately led to a serious case of overexposure; former member of '60s/'70s rockers Humble Pie with Steve Marriott; has played on numerous records, including George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and David Bowie's Never Let Me Down; "Shine On," "The Lodger," "Lines On My Face," "Do You Feel Like We Do," "Baby, I Love Your Way," "Show Me The Way," "I'm In You," "Lies," "I Can't Stand It No More") Born in 1950 in Beckenham, Kent, England.

PAUL CARRACK (Soulful low-key hit pop/rock singer, songwriter and keyboardist; member of Ace, briefly in Squeeze [where he replaced Jools Holland] and Mike The Mechanics; has also recorded with Eric Clapton [Pilgrim and Reptile], Roxy Music, Frankie Miller and others; solo career; "How Long," "Tempted," "I Need You," "All I Need Is a Miracle,"The Living Years," "Don't Shed A Tear") Born in 1951 Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

JAMES ARMSTRONG (Modern West Coast blues-rocker who emerged in 1995 with a solid Robert Cray-style debut, Sleeping With A Stranger, on HighTone; career slowed by a near-fatal stabbing in an attempted robbery at his home in 1997, but he has since returned to recording and performing; "2 Sides," "Six Bar City") Born in 1957 in Los Angeles.

CHARLES MINGUS (Innovative jazz composer and bass player; his last work was the 1978 Mingus collaboration with Joni Mitchell; "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," "Better Git It In Your Soul," "Haitian Fight Song," "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting")  Born in 1922 in Nogales, Arizona. Died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) on January 5, 1979, in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

GLEN CAMPBELL (Country-pop hit vocalist and accomplished guitarist, in-demand session man; once married to Tanya Tucker; was actually a Beach Boy briefly before his solo career took off in the '70s with Jimmy Webb-penned hits; "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman" [covered by Dwight Yoakam]) Born in 1936 in Delight, Arkansas.


In 1959, Alan Freed's last movie, Go Johnny Go, opened. It featured artists such as Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Ritchie Valens and Jackie Wilson.

In 1964, The President of the National Federation of Hairdressers offered free haircuts to the next shaggy rock group to make it to #1 on the pop chart. He called The Rolling Stones the worst, stating that "one of them looks as if he's got a feather duster on his head."

In 1966, The outrageous "Wild Thing," by The Troggs, was released in the U.S. simultaneously on the Atco and Fontana labels. The song went to the top in June and would later be covered by Jimi Hendrix, among others.

In 1969, The Who gave their first unabridged live performance of the rock opera Tommy at a show in Dolton, England.

In 1969, The smitten John Lennon altered his name from John Winston Lennon to John Ono Lennon during a short ceremony atop the Apple Records building in London.

In 1976, Bob Dylan and his Rolling Thunder Revue taped a show at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel in Clearwater, Florida. The performance was auctioned off to NBC's Midnight Special, but Dylan decided to scrap the footage and went with a later performance recorded in Fort Collins, Colorado. It was telecast as Hard Rain.

In 1976, Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" became the first single ever to sell over two million copies.

In 1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd donned the guise of The Blues Brothers for the first time on Saturday Night Live, opening the show with "Hey Bartender."

In 1978, Bob Marley And The Wailers played the One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica. It was Marley's first public appearance after having been wounded in an assassination attempt a year and a half earlier.

In 1979, As part of reparations for his 1977 Canadian drug bust, Rolling Stone Keith Richards played a benefit concert in Oshawa for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Richards' band, making its debut, was dubbed the New Barbarians. Along with Keith, the band featured guitarist Ron Wood, Stanley Clarke on bass, Ian McLagan on keys and drummer Ziggy Modeliste. The group departed shortly thereafter for a big tour of the US, but never made any recordings.

In 1980, Boston’s J. Geils Band had a big comeback with the Top 20 hit album Love Stinks.

In 1981, After being released from St. Paul's Hospital in Minnesota five days earlier, following an extended stay for bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton was readmitted to a hospital after suffering bruised ribs and a lacerated shin in a Seattle car accident.

In 1993, On the 24th anniversary of The Who's first ever unabridged performance of Tommy, the rock opera opened on Broadway at the St. James Theatre.


ROY ORBISON (American rock & roll icon and hit singer/songwriter who broke in the late '60s and soon became the master of the heartbroken ballad with his passionate, almost operatic tenor, but a rocker as well; was enjoying a tremendous comeback with an album produced by T Bone Burnette and the first album by The Traveling Wilburys (Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne)  at the time of his untimely death; "Only The Lonely," "Crying," "In Dreams," "It's Over," "Dream Baby," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Candy Man," "Handle With Care," "End Of The Line") Born in 1936 in Vernon, TX.


In 1956, Accompanied by Bill Black and Scotty Moore, Elvis made his Las Vegas debut at the New Frontier Hotel as the opening act for the extremely unhip Freddie Martin Orchestra and comedian Shecky Greene. What was supposed to be a two-week run ended after just one week because it couldn't draw flies. Presley didn't play Vegas again for almost 13 years, by which time he was hailed as King of the Strip.

In 1960, At the Fox And Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire, England, the Nerk Twins performed a one-off acoustic set. Who? It was a nom de stage for the teenage duo of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who at the time were part of a group called Johnny And The Moondogs.

In 1965, The Rolling Stones kicked off their third North American tour with a show at the Forum in Montreal.

In 1969, The Ash Grove, an LA folk-blues club where performers such as Canned Heat, The Chambers Brothers and Taj Mahal had launched their careers, went down in flames. A new incarnation of the club later opened on the Santa Monica Pier in 1996.

In 1970, Norman Greenbaum's fuzz-tone, freaky hippie anthem, "Spirit In The Sky" went Gold, earning Greenbaum the dubious title of "one-hit-wonder." He continues to raise goats on a ranch in Northern California.

In 1975, Pete Ham, guitarist and songwriter for Badfinger, hanged himself in his London garage. He was reportedly distressed by the group's financial woes. Like so many other rock musicians (Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain), Ham was 27 at the time of his death.

In 1976, New York punk originals The Ramones released their first album.

In 1978, Ex-Sex Pistol bassist Sid Vicious filmed his cheeky rendition of Paul Anka's "My Way" for the Sex Pistols' film The Great Rock & Roll Swindle. Frank Sinatra's reaction was never revealed, but we doubt that he was pleased.

In 1981, Early Sun Records stars Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins reunited in Stuttgart, Germany, to record what would later be released as The Survivors album.

In 1988, During a Bruce Springsteen concert, the audience serenaded Roy Orbison, who went onstage with the boss to soak up a couple of choruses of "Happy Birthday" on the occasion of his 52nd birthday.

In 1991, Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans of a reported methadone overdose. He was one of the founding members of seminal punk rock group The New York Dolls.


DOUG CLIFFORD (Credence Clearwater Revival drummer; "Born On The Bayou," Proud Mary," Fortunate Son," "Down On The Corner") Born in 1945 in Palo Alto, California.

GLEN CORNICK (Original bassist for Jethro Tull, he played on their first three albums; formed relatively obscure '70s band Wild Turkey; joined ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch in even more obscure band Paris during mid-'70s; "Bourée," "Teacher," "Living In The Past") Born in 1947 in England.

BARBRA STREISAND (Pop singer and superstar who has occasionally dabbled in rock; had a hit with Laura Nyro's "Stoney End," but has mostly sung Broadway, vintage standards and the occasional power-ballad; actress) Born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York.


In 1957, Verve Records, the famous jazz label, branched out by releasing Ricky Nelson's first record, "Teenager's Romance" b/w with his cover of Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'." At only 16 years old, Ricky's exposure on television's popular The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet, helped sell nearly 60,000 copies of the record within three days.

In 1959, Your Hit Parade, the Saturday night pop music show which had been broadcast since April 23, 1935, was aired for the last time. The cast and crew could not deal with rock & roll.

In 1961, Del Shannon had the #1 tune in the country with "Runaway," which was later covered by Bonnie Raitt.

In 1961, Session man Bob Dylan was paid $50 for playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte's recording of "Midnight Special."

In 1970, Tricia Nixon, daughter of the president, had invited the Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick to a party at the White House. Slick arrived escorted by Abbie Hoffman, who was on trial at the time for conspiring to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. They were both turned away at the gate. Slick reportedly planned to spike Ms. Nixon's tea with LSD.

In 1971, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's live double-album Four Way Street was #1 in the country.

In 1972, Perhaps John Lennon's most controversial single, "Woman Is The Nigger Of The World," was released. The song made it to #57 despite being banned by virtually every radio station in the nation.
In 1977, Joan Baez and Santana, among others, played a free concert for inmates of California's maximum security Soledad Prison.

In 1982, Although his "I Need A Lover" had been a big hit for Pat Benatar, John Cougar was far from a household name. On this day, he released his first successful single, "Hurts So Good," which eventually hit #2 on the charts. "Jack And Diane," also from American Fool, would become Cougar's first #1 smash hit record.

In 1990, Roger Waters' roadies discovered an unexploded bomb dating back to World War II while putting together the set for The Wall concert in Potsdamer Platz, Germany.

In 1992, David Bowie and model Iman were married in a secret ceremony in Switzerland.

In 1993, 40,000 people turned out in Ames, Iowa, for Farm Aid VI. Organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, as always, the concert also featured performances by Bruce Hornsby, Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr, Marty Stuart, Martina McBride, The Highwaymen and Dwight Yoakam.


ALBERT KING (Influential guitarist and singer, a tremendous influence on Stevie Ray Vaughan [with whom he recorded], Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Robert Cray, among others; "Laundromat Blues," "I'll Play The Blues For You, Parts 1 & 2" "I Wanna Get Funky," "Cross Cut Saw," "Born Under a Bad Sign") Born in 1923 in Indianola, Mississippi. Died of a heart attack on December 21, 1992, in Memphis.

ELLA FITZGERALD (The First Lady of Song or Lady Time; a long-lived jazz singer of impeccable tone, taste and swing; "Summertime," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," "How High The Moon," "A-Tisket, A-Tasket") Born in 1917 in Newport News, Virginia. Died June 15, 1996, in Beverly Hills, California.

STU COOK (Bass player with Creedence Clearwater Revival; "Suzie Q," "Born On the Bayou," "Proud Mary," "Down On the Corner," "Run Through The Jungle," "Up Around the Bend," "Lodi," "Lookin' Out My Back Door") Born in 1945 in Oakland, California.

VASSAR CLEMENTS (Legendary bluegrass/jazz picker with his group The Vassar Clements Band; has appeared on albums by Steve Goodman, Gordon Lightfoot, David Bromberg, J.J. Cale, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Band, the Grateful Dead, Jimmy Buffett and many, many others; was in '70s bluegrass supergroup Old & In The Way along with Jerry Garcia and David Grisman; had a cameo role in Robert Altman's 1975 film Nashville; "Turkey In the Straw") Born in 1928 in Kinard, South Carolina.


In 1964, Peter & Gordon made it all the way to the top of the U.K. singles chart with "World Without Love," a tune penned by Paul McCartney. Ironically, the song it knocked out of the top spot was The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love."

In 1968, The Beatles refused to play for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. "Our decision would be the same no matter what the cause," Ringo elaborated, "we don't do benefits."

In 1974, Due in part to the attention generated by Ray Stevens' hit, "The Streak," streaking was popular in the mid '70s. Streakers struck concerts by Yes, Gregg Allman and The Beach Boys. The latter were victimized by two of their own band members, Mike Love and Dennis Wilson, who dashed across the stage wearing nothing but a smile.

In 1974, Gregg Allman performed the final gig of his first-ever solo tour. "I want to squelch a few rumors right now," he told the Cincinnati audience before bringing on the rest of The Allman Brothers Band for a 90-minute encore.

In 1974, Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison's widow, died of a drug overdose in her Hollywood apartment. She was 27.

In 1977, Elvis Presley made what turned out to be the final recordings of his life. Three songs taped at a concert in Saginaw, Michigan, would appear, in extensively remixed versions, on Moody Blue, the last album released during his lifetime.

In 1979, Rock & Roll High School, a film featuring The Ramones, made its debut.

In 1981, With the departure of singer/guitarist Denny Laine, formerly of The Moody Blues, Paul McCartney's Wings, unraveled once and for all.

In 1990, The Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix had utilized to play the "Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock was auctioned off in London for a record of nearly $300,000.

In 1997, U2 launched its PopMart tour in Las Vegas.

In 2000, Eric Clapton reunited with former Derek & the Dominos keyboardist/vocalist Bobby Whitlock for their first performance together in 29 years on the BBC2 TV series Later With Jools Holland. The duo played three songs, including "Bell Bottom Blues."


GARY WRIGHT (Keyboards and vocals with '70s-era rock band Spooky Tooth [with Mike Harrison]; hit solo artist in the late '70s; "Dream Weaver," "Love Is Alive") Born in 1943 in Creskill, New Jersey.

DUANE EDDY (Influential hit guitar instrumentalist of the late '50s/early '60s with his signature twangy style; influenced artists ranging from George Harrison to Tom Petty; "Rebel Rouser," "Peter Gunn," "Cannonball," "Apache") Born in 1938 in Corning, New York.

ROGER TAYLOR (Drummer for hit '80s MTV pop/glam stars Duran Duran; "Rio," "Hungry Like The Wolf," "Is There Something I Should Know?" "Union of the Snake," "Save a Prayer," "New Moon On Monday," "The Reflex," "A View To A Kill") Born in 1960 in Birmingham, England.

MA RAINEY (born Gertrude Pridgett) ("Mother Of The Blues," one of the first female blues artists to make recordings; "C.C. Rider," "Bo Weavil Blues") Born in 1896 in Columbus, Georgia. Died of a heart attack in Columbus in 1939.


In 1967, Inside Pop, The Rock Revolution was broadcast on CBS-TV and hosted by Leonard Bernstein (go figure); the program featured 16-year-old Janis Ian, who performed "Society's Child." The preceding year, the song had been banned by some radio stations because of its subject matter of an interracial love affair. Following her appearance, the song rocketed into the upper regions of the singles chart.

In 1977, New York's legendary disco and party central, Studio 54, opened up for business.

In 1978, Ringo Starr's TV special, Ringo, a musical version of The Prince And The Pauper, was shown on American TV. Ringo portrayed both characters, with former band mate George Harrison narrating. The show tanked.

In 1982, Rod Stewart was mugged in Los Angeles in broad daylight and relieved of possession of his $50,000 Porsche. He was not injured.

In 1994, The storied Fillmore club in San Francisco reopened.

In 1994, Grace Slick pled guilty to aiming a shotgun at police months earlier at her Marin County, California home. The following June, Slick was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and four mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week for three months.

In 1995, Courtney Love turned down Playboy magazine's $1 million offer to pose nude.

In 1997, U2's ABC-TV special, u2: A Year In Pop, had the dubious distinction of being the lowest-rated primetime show in the history of major network television.


KATE PIERSON (Vocalist and warbler with the hit late-'70s/'80s band The B-52's; the band took its name from the Southern slang for the big hair worn by singers Pierson and Cindy Wilson; "Private Idaho," "Love Shack," "Rock Lobster," "Roam," "Deadbeat Club") Born in 1948 in Weehawken, New Jersey.

PETE HAM (Talented singer, guitarist, keyboardist and chief songwriter with '70s hit pop/rock group Badfinger, the first band signed to The Beatles' Apple Records after Paul McCartney discovered their demo tape; the band often backed up ex-Beatles' solo tours, appearing at George Harrison's 1971 Concert For Bangladesh and recording with Harrison on his All Things Must Pass and on John Lennon's Imagine album;  "Come And Get It" [written by McCartney], "No Matter What," "Baby Blue," "Without You," "Day After Day") Born in 1947 in Swansea, South Wales. Hung himself just four days shy of his 28th birthday on April 23, 1975, in London, England.

HERB PEDERSEN (Southern California bluegrass picker and sought-after session man; best known for his stints with Jackson Browne; has also performed and recorded with Chris Hillman, John Denver, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, John Prine, The Dillards and Earl Scruggs; "Can't You Hear Me Calling") Born in 1944 in Berkeley, California.

ACE FREHLEY (born Paul Frehley) (Lead guitarist with '70s icon band Kiss; "Rock And Roll All Nite," "Strutter," "Detroit Rock City") Born in 1951 in the Bronx, New York.

CASEY KASEM (Famed countdown deejay and cartoon voice as "Shaggy" on Scoobie Doo, among others) Born in 1932 in Detroit.


In 1964, A collection of mostly silly poems and drawings by John Lennon titled In His Own Write was published.

In 1968, "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel, from the soundtrack to The Graduate, was heard on the radio for the first time.

In 1969, Joe Cocker made his American debut on the The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1974, The Cherry Blossom Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia, with Steve Miller and Boz Scaggs among others, was billed as "a day or two of fun and music," but later erupted into riots.

In 1976, David Bowie was detained at a border between Russia and Poland when it was discovered he had a cache of Nazi memorabilia.

In 1981, Ringo married model, actress and one-time James Bond girl, Barbara Bach.

In 1984, Jazz/blues/swing giant, pianist and bandleader William "Count" Basie died.

In 1990, David Bowie kicked off the U.S. portion of his Sound & Vision tour. He maintained it would be the last during which he would perform old songs such as "Golden Years" and "Fame."

In 1993, Prince proclaimed that he was retiring from the recording studio to devote his creative energies to film and other endeavors.

In 1999, Brit hit band The Verve announced that they were calling it quits.


CHUCK LEAVELL (In-demand Muscle Shoals recording and touring keyboardist, best known for his long stints with The Rolling Stones and The Allman Brothers Band; has also worked Eric Clapton, The Black Crowes, George Harrison, Blues Traveler, Dr. John, Sea Level and solo; "Ramblin' Man," "Jessica") Born in 1952 in Birmingham, Alabama.

KIM GORDON (Bass playing and singing co-founder of pioneering, influential '80s/'90s New York underground band Sonic Youth, the godfathers of the alternative scene; married to Sonic Youth co-founder Thurston Moore; also in Free Kitten and solo; "100%," "Youth Against Racism," "Sugar Kane") Born in 1953 in Rochester, New York.


In 1963, Andrew Loog Oldham, a 19-year-old music biz publicist, caught a gig by The Rolling Stones at London's Crawdaddy club. He was so impressed that on the following day, he signed the rough boys to their first managerial contract. They made their first recordings two weeks later.

In 1968, After six months at an off-Broadway venue, the first rock musical to be performed on the Great White Way opened at the Biltmore Theatre in NYC. It was Hair, also known as the "First American Tribal Love Rock Musical." It went on to be presented 1,729 times and was made into a movie in 1979.

In 1971, For one of her rare ventures into rock music, Barbra Streisand picked up a Gold record for her Stoney End album.  The title track was written by Laura Nyro.

In 1973, Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd was #1 on the charts.  It would wind up spending more time on the Billboard album charts than any other record in U.S. history.

In 1975, Tom Donahue died. He was widely acknowledged as the godfather and inventor of '60s free-form/underground FM radio, best known for his stints as Program Director at pioneering stations KMPX and later KSAN in San Francisco.

In 1980, Tommy Caldwell, one of two Caldwell brothers in The Marshall Tucker Band, died of injuries sustained in a car crash near his hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina.

In 1991, Bonnie Raitt married actor Michael O'Keefe.

In 1999, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.


LONNIE DONEGAN (born Anthony James Donegan) (Important early figure of Brit rock, essentially the inventor of '50s/'60s-era "skiffle" music; recorded with Van Morrison in 2000; "Rock Island Line") Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1931. Died on November 3, 2002, in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.

OTIS RUSH (Singer/songwriter, intense and innovative blues guitarist; along with Buddy Guy and Magic Sam, he's credited with developing Chicago's West side guitar style in the late '50s; his songs have been covered by Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac and others; "I Can't Quit You Baby" "Double Trouble," "My Love Will Never Die," "Three Times A Fool," "Keep On Loving Me Baby," "Crosscut Saw," "All Your Love [I Miss Loving]") Born in 1934 in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

KLAUS VOORMAN (Bass player with Manfred Mann and the Plastic Ono Band; has also recorded with artists ranging from Lou Reed to B.B. King; a graphic artist who designed the cover for The Beatles' 1969 Revolver album) Born in 1942.

TOMMY JAMES (born Tommy Jackson) (Late-'60s/early-'70s hit singer/songwriter and guitarist, with and without his band the Shondells; his songs have been covered by artists ranging from Tiffany to Joan Jett to Billy Idol; "I Think We're Alone Now," "Mony Mony," Hanky Panky," "Crystal Blue Persuasion," "Crimson And Clover," "Draggin' The Line") Born in 1947 in Dayton, Ohio.

DUKE ELLINGTON (Born Edward Kennedy Ellington) (Composer, arranger, pianist; led a band continuously for 50 years, towering figure of jazz and music in general; "It Don't Mean a Thing [If It Ain't Got That Swing]") Born in 1899 in Washington, DC. Died of lung cancer and pneumonia on May 24, 1974, in New York City.


In 1962, Just five days after the accidental drowning death of his son in his home swimming pool, Jerry Lee Lewis decided to carry on and returned to England to perform. It had been almost four years since he had been practically booted out of that country due to the controversy caused when he married his 13 year-old cousin, Myra, and upon his return Jerry Lee found a welcoming crowd in Newcastle.

In 1965, The early British Invasion group, Gerry & The Pacemakers, played at the Brooklyn Fox theater in New York, launching a month-long tour of the U.S.

In 1967, A Munich court ruled that "beat band music" (rock & roll) was subject to taxation as entertainment and not comparable to other music presented to "passive listeners." Tax officials submitted test results from a recent "pop beat show" that measured the band's sound level at 117 decibels and audience decibels at 105.

In 1967, Aretha Franklin's classic version of Otis Redding's "Respect" was released.

In 1970, George Harrison maintained that The Beatles would eventually reunite and then announced plans for his first solo album.

In 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono garnered support from then-New York City Mayor John Lindsay in their battle to remain in the country.

In 1976, Following a gig in Memphis, Bruce Springsteen leapt over the fence at Graceland in an effort to see his idol Elvis Presley. Security detained him, but a persistent Springsteen tried to justify his actions and gain entrance by mentioning his simultaneous appearances on the covers of Time and Newsweek. Security was not impressed and the Boss was promptly escorted off the premises.

In 1980, Boosted by no less than four Top 40 hits, Bob Seger's Against The Wind album went Gold.

In 1988, Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd filed for divorce; the ex-wife of George Harrison, she was the inspiration for "Layla" and "Wonderful Tonight."

In 1993, Barry White appeared on The Simpsons.

In 1993, Mick Ronson died of cancer in England. The guitarist was David Bowie's right-hand man during the Ziggy Stardust days and had also worked with Ian Hunter, Bob Dylan and Morrissey, among others; his guitar can be heard on John Cougar Mellencamp's "Jack And Diane."

In 2004, Etta James and Buddy Guy came up big winners at the annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards show in Memphis.


WILLIE NELSON (American and Texas music icon who has embraced a wide variety of styles, such as traditional country, Western swing, folk, jazz and the blues; hit singer/songwriter, vocalist and guitar picker; early "outlaw" of Nashville country music; co-founder of annual Farm Aid benefit concerts beginning in 1985; occasional actor, in films such as The Electric Horseman and Honeysuckle Rose; has worked with Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Sheryl Crow, Ryan Adams, Keith Richards and Carlos Santana, among other rock contemporaries; collaborated with Sly and Robbie on 2006 reggae album; "Night Life," "Crazy," "Mr. Record Man," "Hello Walls," "Funny How Time Slips Away," "Good Hearted Woman," [with Waylon Jennings], "Bloody Mary Morning," "On The Road Again," "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain," "Remember Me," "If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time," "Highwayman" [with Johnny Cash, Waylon, Kristofferson], "Something To Brag About" [duet with Mary Kay Place], "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up  To Be Cowboys," "Remember Me," "Uncloudy Day," "The Maker," "Maria [Shut Up And Kiss Me]," "Lonestar" [with Norah Jones]) Born in 1933 in Fort Worth, Texas.

JUSTIN (DEYARMOND EDISON) VERNON (Frontman for Bon Iver, solo career.) Born in 1981.

REVEREND GARY DAVIS (Early folk/blues singer and guitarist; cited as an influence by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Taj Mahal, Jorma Kaukonen, David Bromberg; "Samson And Delilah" [covered by the Grateful Dead], "I'll Be Alright") Born in 1896 in Laurens, South Carolina. Died May 5, 1972, in Hammonton, New Jersey.

JOHNNY HORTON (Classic country singer from the '50s/early '60s; enjoyed pop crossover success with hits like "Battle of New Orleans" and "North To Alaska") Born in 1925 in Los Angeles. Died November 5, 1960, in a car accident in Milano, Texas.

JOHNNY FARINA (Guitarist; half of duo Santo And Johnny, which was best known for their haunting 1959 instrumental hit, "Sleepwalk") Born in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York.

WAYNE KRAMER (Guitarist for the fiery, anarchic late-'60s proto-punk/thrash band, Detroit's legendary MC5; "Kick Out The Jams, mofo") Born in 1948 in Detroit.


In 1965, The Kinks kicked off their first headlining tour of the British Isles. The Yardbirds opened.

In 1965, Bob Dylan's Don't Look Back tour got under way in the U.K.

In 1968, L.A.'s first total environmental mixed-media rock ballroom, the Kaleidoscope, began operations on the Sunset Strip. The Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat and Fever Tree were on hand for opening night.

In 1968, Blood, Sweat & Tears founder Al Kooper departed while their first album, Child Is Father To The Man, was just starting to build momentum.

In 1969, The Fifth Dimension earned a Gold single for their rendition of the "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" medley from the score of Hair.

In 1971, It was revealed that Bill Graham intended to shut down the Fillmore East, which had been the Mecca for rock in New York since 1968. The venue closed the following month.

In 1978, The Clash, The Tom Robinson Band and X-Ray Specs were the headliners at a Rock Against Racism rally in London.

In 1980, The film McVicar, which starred Roger Daltrey, began its run in London. Daltrey scored a modest hit from the soundtrack with "Free Me."

In 1983, One of the greatest and most influential of all Chicago blues men, Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield), died of a heart attack at age 68. His recordings, many composed by Willie Dixon, were definitive blues classics, covered by rock greats like The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. "(I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man," "I'm Ready," "Mannish Boy," "Got My Mojo Working," "You Shook Me" were just a few of the tunes he cut.


JUDY COLLINS (Soprano folk singer/songwriter; primarily remembered for her interpretations of other peoples' songs; reportedly the subject of Stephen Stills' "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"; "Both Sides Now," "Someday Soon," "In My Life," "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," "Send In The Clowns," "Hard Time For Lovers") Born in 1939 in Seattle.

LITTLE WALTER (born Marion Walter Jacobs) (Great Chicago blues harmonica player and singer, worked with Muddy Waters before becoming a solo star; a rough, hard-drinking character, he died of injuries sustained in a street fight; "Mean Old World," "Blues with a Feeling," "My Babe") Born in 1930 in Marksville, Louisiana. Died February 15, 1968, in Chicago.

RITA COOLIDGE (Back-up singer for Delaney & Bonnie, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton and numerous others before embarking on a solo career; was married to Kris Kristofferson with whom she made a couple of albums; "Super Star," "We're All Alone," "Higher And Higher," "The Way You Do The Things You Do") Born in Lafayette, Tennessee, in 1944.


In 1967, In Las Vegas, Elvis took his bride, Priscilla Beaulieu, daughter of a U.S. Army colonel.

In 1971, One of The Rolling Stones' biggest singles, "Brown Sugar," was released.

In 1973, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, featuring one-time Guess Who guitarist Randy Bachman, released their first album. It would take six months to chart and a year before the first single from the album, "Let It Ride," would become a hit.

In 1975, The Rolling Stones trumpeted their Tour Of The Americas '75 plans in New York City by playing on the back of a flatbed truck making its way down Fifth avenue.

In 1977, The Clash launched their first tour of the British Isles with a May Day concert at the Roxy in London. The 40-day White Riot Tour eventually wound up at London's Rainbow Theater where the audience went wild, ripping out seats bolted to the floor to create space for dancing.

In 1984, Elton John performed in Israel, the first pop/rock star to do so. Three weeks later, Elton achieved another milestone, becoming the first Western solo pop performer to tour the U.S.S.R.

In 1984, Fleetwood Mac founder Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy in the U.S.

In 1999, The paintings of Paul McCartney went on display at the Lyz Art Forum in Siegen, Germany. The exhibit featured 70 paintings by McCartney, including a portrait of a young David Bowie.

In 2000, A $1.8 million civil fraud suit was filed by a former Village Voice writer against Neil Young in Los Angeles Superior Court. The writer contended that Young had reneged on an agreement to allow a biography be written about him.


LILY ALLEN (born Lily Rose Beatrice) Born in 1985.

LOU GRAMM (born Lou Grammatico) Frontman and lead vocalist for Brit late-'70s/early-'80s rock monster Foreigner; solo; "Feels Like The First Time," "Cold As Ice," "Hot Blooded," "Double Vision," "Waiting For a Girl Like You," "I Want To Know What Love Is") Born in 1950 in Rochester, New York.


In 1957, Elvis taped "Jailhouse Rock," the Leiber & Stoller classic. It was the inspiration for the choreography that Elvis worked out for the convicts' dance sequence in the film Jailhouse Rock.

In 1964, The Beatles' second album was the #1 record in the U.S. in only a record-breaking second week of release.

In 1967, One of the most creative, enigmatic periods of The Beach Boys' career came to a close as production of the Smile album project was halted. Brian Wilson had toiled for over a year composing and producing the album, an effort to best The Beatles in his perceived battle for pop supremacy. However, after The Beatles released their groundbreaking Sgt. Pepper, Wilson became discouraged and intimidated, convinced his Smile would come off as "second best."

In 1968, The Box Tops' "Cry Like A Baby" became the soulful Memphis groups' second single to go Gold. Their lead vocalist, Alex Chilton, would go on to be a cult favorite.

In 1972, Stone The Crows lead guitarist Les Harvey was electrocuted onstage during a concert in Swansea, Wales. The 25-year-old musician was jolted into the air after making contact with an improperly grounded  microphone and died in a hospital several hours later.

In 1977, It took awhile, more than three and a half years, but Bruce Springsteen's The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle album achieved Gold status.

In 1979, The Who played their first concert since the death of drummer Keith Moon. Kenney Jones, formerly of the Faces, took over the percussive duties as well as could be expected. Also on this day, the motion picture version of The Who's Quadrophenia premiered in London.

In 1980, Pink Floyd's hit single "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)," with its gang of youngsters chanting "We Don't Need No Education," was banned by the South African government. They claimed the song was "prejudicial to the safety of the state." Local black kids, disgruntled by the inferior schooling they had received in general, took to singing the song as their anthem.

In 1992, Bonnie Raitt was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Boston's Berklee College of Music.


JAMES BROWN (Grammy-winning "Godfather Of Soul" and the most successful R&B performer ever; "Night Train," "Cold Sweat," "I Got You [I Feel Good]," "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "Hot Pants," "Get on the Good Foot," "The Payback," "Unity," "Living In America") Born in 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina.

PETE SEEGER (American traditional folk music icon and activist from the '40s until the present; he has written or popularized some of the biggest protest folk hits of the era; he performed his anti-war song "Waist Deep In The Big Muddy" on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967, but it promptly got him banned from the The Ed Sullivan Show; he has recorded or performed with Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle and Billy Bragg, among others; the subject of recent tribute albums; "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Wimoweh," "Guantanamera," "If I Had a Hammer," "Turn! Turn! Turn!") Born in 1919 in Patterson, New York.

FRANKIE VALLI (born Francis Castelluccio) (Singer, '60s pop idol in The Four Seasons; "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," "Grease," "My Eyes Adored You") Born in 1937 in Newark, New Jersey.

CHRISTOPHER CROSS (born Christopher Geppert) (Hit soft pop/rock singer-songwriter; smash movie soundtrack single "Arthur's Theme [Best That You Can Do]," "Sailing," "Ride Like The Wind") Born in 1951 in San Antonio, Texas.

BING CROSBY (born Harry Lillis Crosby) (Singer, '40s/'50s pop star and one of the most popular crooners of all time; with more than 30 million copies sold, "White Christmas" was the biggest-selling single in history until Elton John's reworked version of "Candle In The Wind" (for Princess Diana) topped it in 1997). Born in 1903 in Tacoma, Washington. Died October 14, 1977, of a heart attack while golfing in Madrid, Spain.


In 1967, At the height of the Vietnam War, The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson faced charges of draft evasion.

In 1968, Not to be outdone by The Beatles, The Beach Boys began an 18-date tour with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as the opening act. The plan backfired as half the dates had to be canceled due to lack of interest.

In 1969, Jimi Hendrix was caught with drugs at Toronto International Airport.

In 1976, Paul McCartney's Wings Over America tour opened in Fort Worth, Texas. It was his first U.S. concert appearance in a decade.

In 1978, The movie FM opened. It was a story about a mythical free-form radio station, loosely based on KMET in Los Angeles. The film tanked at the box office, but the soundtrack did well, thanks to tunes by Steely Dan, Steve Miller, the Eagles, Neil Young, Billy Joel and Warren Zevon.

In 1994, The Rolling Stones continued their habit of throwing outrageous press conferences to announce a new album or tour. This time, it was the Voodoo Lounge tour, and the stunt was the band sailing a boat down the Hudson River.

In 1995, The Neville Brothers, the Dixie Cups, Allen Toussaint and Professor Longhair were inducted into the New Orleans Musical Walk of Fame.

In 2000, Metallica sent over 60,000 pages of information to Napster's headquarters, detailing more than 1.4 million copyright violations of the band's songs and recordings by 335,435 of the site's distinct users.


GREGG ALEXANDER (Mid-late-'90s hit singer/songwriter/producer wonder-boy, best known as the man-behind-the-curtain in the New Radicals; "You Get What You Give," "Someday We'll Know") Born in 1970 in Grosse Point, Michigan.

DICK DALE (born Richard Monsour) (King of the surf guitar; The Chantays copped his signature slide riff to open their surf classic, "Pipeline"; has been enjoying a comeback ever since appearing with Stevie Ray Vaughan in the 1987 film Back To The Beach; "Let's Go Trippin'," "Miserlou" [in 1994 film Pulp Fiction) Born in 1937 in Boston.

ED CASSIDY (Bald drummer for late-'60s/early '70s hit psychedelic band Spirit [he was Randy California's stepfather]; also has played with numerous jazz and rock musicians, including Thelonious Monk, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal) "I Got A Line On You," "Nature's Way," "Mr. Skin") Born in 1923 in Chicago.


In 1959, The first Grammy Awards presentation was held. Host Mort Sahl helped hand out trophies to Domenico Modugno for "Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)," for Record Of The Year, and to Henry Mancini for Album Of The Year with The Music From Peter Gunn.

In 1964, 45-year Jazz/pop veteran Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong knocked the British Invasion bands off the charts with "Hello Dolly," which was #1 on this day.

In 1964, The Moody Blues played their first gig in Birmingham, England.

In 1968, Model Twiggy spotted Mary Hopkin singing on a Brit TV show and recommended her to Paul McCartney. He consequently signed her to The Beatles' Apple label and the smash hit "Those Were The Days" resulted.

In 1970, Protesting the escalation of the Vietnam war, four students were killed and 11 wounded by misguided hair-trigger National Guard troopers at Kent State University in Ohio. Neil Young wrote CSNY's classic tune "Ohio" about the incident.

In 1977, Hotel California by the Eagles was a Top 10 album.

In 1987, Bluesman Paul Butterfield died in Hollywood, California, of heart problems worsened by drug usage. He was 44.


ADELE (Aka Laurie Blue Adkins. Young Grammy Award-winning soul revivalist was best-selling international artist of 2011). Born in 1988 in Enfield, North London.

IAN McCULLOCH (Lead singer, guitarist and frontman for hit '80s band Echo & The Bunnymen; solo; "Cutter," "Seven Seas," "Killing Moon," "Bring On The Dancing Horses," "Lips Like Sugar") Born in 1959 in Liverpool.

BLIND WILLIE McTELL (born: William Samuel McTell)  (Early Atlanta blues legend circa late-'20s/'30s; "Statesboro Blues" [covered by The Allman Brothers Band]) Born in 1901 in Thompson, Georgia. Died of a brain hemorrhage August 19, 1959, in Milledgeville, Georgia.

TAMMY WYNETTE (Born Virginia Wynette Pugh) (Traditional/pop country queen of the '60s/'70s; was married to George Jones; "D-i-v-o-r-c-e," "Stand By Your Man" [covered by Lyle Lovett]) Born in 1942 in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Died April 6, 1998.

JOHNNIE TAYLOR ('70s hit pop/soul singer; "Disco Lady," "Who's Makin' Love") Born in 1934 in Crawfordsville, Arkansas. Died of a heart attack May 31, 2000, near Dallas, Texas.


In 1967, An anthem of an era was released: "San Francisco," by Scott McKenzie. "Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair!"

In 1968, Buffalo Springfield played their last engagement. The band featured Stephen Stills and Neil Young.

In 1972, A total of 12 benefits to help out George McGovern's presidential campaign were organized by Warren Beatty. Luminaries who went on the stump included Judy Collins, Mama Cass and Jack Nicholson. McGovern lost anyway.

In 1969, "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival was a Top 10 hit.

In 1984, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders married Jim Kerr of Simple Minds.

In 1986, Cleveland, Ohio, was selected to be the site for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Why? Because, of course, "Cleveland Rocks"!

In 2000, Rod Stewart underwent a one-hour throat operation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to remove a thyroid growth. It was determined to not be malignant.


CHRIS SHIFLETT (Born Christopher Aubrey "Chris" Shiflett) (Best known as the lead guitarist for the rock band Foo Fighters) Born in 1971. 

BOB SEGER (Detroit R&B-styled blue-collar rocker who ruled the airwaves from the late '70s through the mid-'80s, until over-saturation and his song ["Like A Rock"] was used for truck commercials on TV; he began with the soulful Bob Seger System in the late '60s and finally hit pay dirt in the late '70s with his Silver Bullet Band; "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," "Beautiful Loser," "Get Out Of Denver," "Turn The Page," "Night Moves," "Main Street," "The Fire Down Below," "Rock And Roll Never Forgets," "Still The Same," "Hollywood Nights," "Old Time Rock And Roll," "Against The Wind," "Shame On The Moon") Born in 1945 in Dearborn, Michigan.

JIMMIE DALE GILMORE (Americana singer/songwriter and guitarist; acclaimed for his unique blend of traditional country, folk and blues in an esteemed solo career and with fellow West Texans Joe Ely and Butch Hancock in The Flatlanders; "Dallas," "Treat Me Like A Saturday Night," "Tonight, I'm Gonna Go Downtown," "Reunion" [with Lucinda Williams], "Another Colorado," "Outside The Lines," "Braver Newer World," "Pay The Alligator," "Midnight Train," "Wheels Of Fortune") Born in 1945 in Tulia, Texas.


In 1965, In a Clearwater, Florida, hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards began collaborating on what would become one of rock's biggest songs ever. Richards awoke from a late-night doze and discovered a tape of a riff he'd concocted while goofing around with a Gibson fuzz box right before he fell asleep. Keith didn't recall playing it or recording it, but he simply could not get the riff out of his head, so he woke up Jagger in the middle of the night to play it for him; Mick dug it, and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" was born—or so goes the legend.

In 1967, In an interview in Melody Maker magazine, Keith Moon offered some sage advice to aspiring drummers: "To get your playing more forceful, hit the drums harder."

In 1967, The Grateful Dead's self-titled debut album entered the album chart.

In 1971, Ike & Tina Turner received their only Gold record for their version of the Creedence song "Proud Mary." In the immortal words of Tina Turner, "We never do anything nice and easy; we always do everything%u2026rough."

In 1972, Elton John released "Rocket Man."

In 1973, Paul Simon kicked off what would be his first tour without Art Garfunkel.

In 1977, Drawing some 76,229 to the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, Led Zeppelin broke their own record for the largest gathering to attend a concert by a single act.

In 1994, Pearl Jam filed charges against Ticketmaster in a federal court, claiming monopolistic practices on the part of the ticket agency.

In 1999, After six weeks on the charts, Echo by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers remained a Top 20 album.

In 2000, Local boy John Mellencamp was bestowed an honorary doctorate of music by Indiana University. He also served as commencement speaker for the Class of 2000. He shed his academic gown as he approached the lectern in the 80° heat.


BILL KREUTZMANN (Longtime drummer for the Grateful Dead; joined the Warlocks in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and Pigpen, who later evolved into the Grateful Dead; "Friend Of The Devil," "Ripple," "Box Of Rain," "Uncle John's Band," "Casey Jones," "Bertha," "Truckin'," "Alabama Getaway," "Touch Of Grey") Born in 1946 in Palo Alto, California.

EAGLE-EYE CHERRY (Hit singer/songwriter who emerged in the mid-'90s; son of avant-garde jazzman Don Cherry and brother of singer Neneh Cherry; "Save Tonight") Born in 1969 in Stockholm, Sweden.

PETE WINGFIELD (Brit hit producer and session man [keyboards and vocals] with Jimmy Witherspoon, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney; solo career; "Eighteen With a Bullet") Born in 1948 in England.

JIMMY RUFFIN ('60s Motown hit singer; brother of Temptations member David Ruffin; "What Becomes of The Broken Hearted") Born in 1939 in Collinsville, Mississippi.


In 1966, "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel, was on its way up the singles chart. It would be their third hit.

In 1966, Del Shannon hit the Hot 100 for the 16th time with "The Big Hurt," but the single only made it to #94. We would not hear from Del again until 1981 when he scored a Top 40 hit with "Sea Of Love" (which was produced by Tom Petty).

In 1967, It was reported that a week earlier Soviet youths had openly defied authorities when they'd danced The Twist in Moscow's Red Square during May Day celebrations.

In 1969, The battle for control of The Beatles' Northern Songs publishing raged on. The previous month, The Beatles themselves had made a $5.1 million counter offer to Northern Songs stockholders in an effort to thwart Associated TV's bid to wrest control of the company away. On this day, representatives of Warner Bros.-Seven Arts arrived in London to negotiate the purchase of 15% of the company.

In 1972, The Rolling Stones released their classic double-album Exile On Main Street, the second album on their own label. It featured the hit singles "Tumbling Dice" and "Happy"; Keith Richards was featured on lead vocals on the latter. The album would prove to be one of band's most influential.

In 1973, George Harrison's record company released "Give Me Love," which would become his second #1 single. It was the first glimpse of Living In The Material World, Harrison's second #1 album and the follow-up to All Things Must Pass.

In 1978, The 90,000 tickets available for Bob Dylan's forthcoming concerts at London's Wembley Empire Pool were all snatched up in less than eight hours.

In 1991, A judge in Macon, Georgia, threw out a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne after a local mother and father were unable to prove their son had been spurred on by Ozzy's music to attempt suicide.

In 2002, On this day, The Rolling Stones arrived in New York's Van Cortland Park via a blimp, announcing 32 North American dates as part of their 40th anniversary world tour.


MARTHA WAINWRIGHT (Canadian-American folk-rock singer-songwriter daughter of American folk singer and actor Loudon Wainwright III and Canadian folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle. Older brotheris Rufus Wainwright) Born in 1976 in Montreal)

ROBERT JOHNSON (King Of The Delta Blues; composer of many blues standards; huge influence on aspiring  British and American blues bands like The Rolling Stones and Cream; Eric Clapton recently released a tribute album, Me And Mr. Johnson; "Love In Vain," "Crossroads," "Hellhound On My Trail," "Come On In My Kitchen," "Stop Breaking Down," "If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day") Born in 1911 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Poisoned by a jealous girlfriend in Greenwood, Mississippi, on August 16, 1938.

RICK NELSON (Major teen idol of the early '50s and rockabilly purveyor; child actor on The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet; "Lonesome Town" [in Pulp Fiction], "Travelin' Man," "Hello, Mary Lou," "Garden Party") Born in 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey. Died in 1985 in a plane crash on his way to a New Year's Eve gig in Dallas.

CHRIS FRANTZ (Veteran drummer with innovative bands Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club; worked with Robert Fripp; "Genius Of Love," "Psycho Killer," "Burning Down The House," "Once In A Lifetime," "Take Me To The River," "Road To Nowhere," "And She Was," "Wild Wild Life," "[Nothing But] Flowers") Born in 1951 in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

PHILIP BAILEY (Vocalist and co-founder of hit '70s soul band Earth, Wind & Fire; solo artist; "Easy Lover" [with Phil Collins]) Born in 1951 in Denver, Colorado.

BILLY BURNETTE (Bloodline rockabilly musician who has worked in both country and rock genres; best known for replacing Lindsey Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac, with whom he toured and played on their 1988 Greatest Hits album and on 1990's Behind The Mask; son of Tommy Dorsey, nephew of Johnny Burnette; "Do You Know," "Hard Feelings," "Save Me") Born in 1953 in Memphis.

In 1972, Billy Preston ["Will It Go Round In Circles" and keyboards with The Beatles] became the first rock musician to headline a show at Radio City Music Hall.  David Bowie and Mountain, among numerous others, would follow.

In 1976, Willie Nelson joined in on guest vocals at a Bob Dylan concert in Houston, harmonizing with Bob on "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." Meanwhile, law enforcement officers were lurking backstage to serve Willie with a subpoena for an investigation involving drug trafficking.

In 1976, "Take The Money And Run," by the Steve Miller Band was released.

In 1979, Supertramp's Breakfast In America, containing the hits "The Logical Song," "Take The Long Way Home" and "Goodbye Stranger," went Platinum and, ultimately, to the #1 spot on the charts.  It would be the peak of their career.

In 1990, Frito-Lay used a Tom Waits sound-alike in a Doritos spot and paid dearly for the unauthorized usage. He won a $2.5 million lawsuit.

In 1998, A British court ruled in favor of the surviving former Beatles and Yoko Ono, who sought to prevent the release of another Star Club tape recording from the Fab Four's Hamburg days. The judge demanded all copies of the new album and the original tape be turned over to the surviving Beatles and Ono, who were also awarded damages and legal costs.

In 2000, Elton John's and Tim Rice's score for Aida earned four Tony nominations.

In 2000, Elton John was blown up for the world's largest photo, unveiled at Selfridges department store in London. The photo, titled "XV Seconds," was used to cover scaffolding surrounding the store during its remodeling. 


BILLY JOEL (Creative hit pop/rock singer/songwriter and "Piano Man" who gradually broke into the mainstream by the late-'70s with a string of hook-laden tunes in the decades to follow; has since somewhat retired from the music scene; "Captain Jack," "New York State of Mind," "Movin' Out," "Just The Way You Are," "Only The Good Die Young," "Say Goodbye To Hollywood," "Big Shot," "You May Be Right," "My Life," "Don't Ask Me Why," "Allentown," "Pressure," "We Didn't Start the Fire") Born in 1949 in Hicksville, Long Island.

DAVID GAHAN (Lead vocalist for international hit '80s dark Brit synth-pop band Depeche Mode [they took their name from the title of a popular French fashion magazine]; solo; "Dreaming of Me," "Just Can't Get Enough," "Blasphemous Rumours," "Master And Servant," "People Are People," "Personal Jesus," "I Feel You") Born in 1962 in Epping, Essex, England.

SONNY CURTIS (Singer/songwriter and guitarist; best known for composing and singing the theme for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and writing the Johnny Fuller hit "I Fought The Law" [later covered by The Clash and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers]; replaced Buddy Holly in the Crickets) Born in 1937 in Meadow, Texas.

DAVE PRATER (One-half of the famed soul duo, Sam & Dave; "Soul Man," [later a hit for the Blues Brothers], "Hold On! I'm Comin'," "I Thank You") Born in 1937 in Ocilla, Georgia. Died in a car accident in Syracuse, Georgia, on April 9, 1988.

RICHIE FURAY (Singer/songwriter with Buffalo Springfield [along with Neil Young and Stephen Stills] and Poco; left Poco in '73 to join the LA-based Souther/Hillman/Furay Band; later became a minister in Colorado; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997; "Kind Woman," "A Child's Claim to Fame," "In the Hour of Not Quite Rain," "Pickin' Up the Pieces," "And Settling Down," "A Good Feelin' To Know," "Crazy Eyes") Born in 1944 in Yellow Springs, Ohio.


In 1958, One day after famed deejay/promoter Alan Freed's indictment for inciting unlawful destruction of property in Boston, he resigned from his job at WINS New York, citing what he perceived as the station's failure to "stand behind my policies and principles." The indictment came after a May 3 Freed-promoted rock & roll concert in which the deejay helped to stir up problems between the crowd and the police.

In 1965, The Beatles and Donovan were in the audience for a new American artist named Bob Dylan. The concert was at London's Royal Albert Hall.

In 1970, "Ride Captain Ride" by Blues Image, one of rock's great one-hit wonders, hit the airwaves.

In 1973, Mick Jagger tossed in $150,000 of his own money along with the $350,000 raised by The Rolling Stones' January benefit concert to aid the victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake.

In 1974, Rolling Stone magazine writer Jon Landau witnessed a Bruce Springsteen concert in Boston and was inspired to rave, "I have seen Rock & Roll's future and his name is Bruce Springsteen." Landau went on to become Bruce's career-long manager and producer.

In 1978, While singing their FM hit "White Punks On Dope," lead singer Fee Waybill of The Tubes toppled off the stage during a show in England and broke his leg.

In 1986, Peter Gabriel's So was released. It contained the songs "Sledgehammer," "In Your Eyes" and "Red Rain."

In 1988, A number of Minnesota department stores refused to stock the new Prince album, Lovesexy, due to the cover: a nude shot of the artist.

In 1990, Sinéad O'Connor refused to appear on Saturday Night Live with comic Andrew Dice Clay.

In 1998, Jimmy Page appeared on Saturday Night Live with rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs to perform Combs' "Come With Me" from the Godzilla movie soundtrack. The song utilized a sample from Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir."

In 2001, Fresh from her voice role as Christian-rocker Rachel on The Simpsons, Shawn Colvin landed an acting role in the Sigourney Weaver-Jennifer Love Hewitt-Gene Hackman film, Heartbreakers.


BONO (born Paul Hewson) (Dynamic leader and vocalist/songwriter for one of the most successful and creative groups in the history of rock, U2; formed in 1976 in Dublin; known for his passionate socio-political activism and humanitarian concerns; "I Will Follow," "Gloria," "New Year's Day," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Bad," "[Pride] In The Name Of Love," "With Or Without You," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Where The Streets Have No Name," "Angel Of Harlem," "Mysterious Ways," "One," "Staring At The Sun," "Beautiful Day," "Walk On, “Vertigo”) Born in 1960 in Dublin, Ireland.

SLY DUNBAR (born Lowell Fillmore Dunbar) (Veteran reggae drummer and producer; best known for his partnership with bass man Robbie Shakespeare as Sly & Robbie and the Riddim Twins; worked with Dylan, Mick Jagger, Peter Tosh, Black Uhuru, The Rolling Stones, Grace Jones and Joe Cocker, among others; "Baltimore," "Call a Taxi," "Who Say") Born in 1952 in Kingston, Jamaica.

SID VICIOUS (born John Simon Ritchie) (Singer, bass player and all-around punk icon with The Sex Pistols; also a junkie and murder suspect; the final phase of his life was portrayed in the film Sid And Nancy; "Anarchy In The U.K," "God Save The Queen") Born in 1957 in London. Died of an overdose on February 2, 1979, in New York City.

DAVE MASON (Singer/songwriter/guitarist and founding member of Traffic; briefly in Fleetwood Mac [1994]; also recorded with Delaney & Bonnie and Cass Elliot; numerous successful solo albums; "Feelin' Alright"; "Only You Know And I Know," "Baby%u2026Please," "Headkeeper," "World In Changes," "Every Woman," "We Just Disagree," "Let It Go, Let It Flow") Born in 1944 in Worchester, England.

DONOVAN (born Donovan Leitch) (Hit Brit folk-rocker who emerged in the late '60s; hailed as "Britain's answer to Dylan"; "Catch The Wind," "Sunshine Superman," "Mellow Yellow," "Jennifer Juniper," "Atlantis," "Hurdy Gurdy Man") Born in 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland.

GRAHAM GOULDMAN (Singer, songwriter, guitarist with hit Brit band 10cc; has written songs for The Yardbirds, The Hollies, Jeff Beck and others; "I'm Not In Love," "Dreadlock Holiday," "The Things We Do For Love") Born in 1946 in Manchester, England.

JAY FERGUSON (Lead vocalist/keyboards and songwriter who came of age in the early '70s with Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne; recorded with Joe Walsh; solo career; eventually segued into scoring for film and television; "Mr. Skin," "I Got A Line On You," "Nature's Way," "Run, Run, Run," "Thunder Island," "Shakedown Cruise") Born in 1947 in Burbank, California.

LARRY WILLIAMS (New Orleans '50s/60's rocker; John Lennon was a big fan, and The Beatles covered several of his songs; "Boney Maroney," "Dizzy Miss Lizzy," "Bad Boy") Born in 1935 in New Orleans. Died January 7, 1980, in Los Angeles in an apparent suicide.


In 1963, At the Olympia studios in London, The Rolling Stones recorded their first single, Chuck Berry's "Come On" b/w Willie Dixon's "I Want To Be Loved." The songs were rejected by their label, Decca Records.

In 1964, Bob Dylan landed in England for his first U.K. tour.

In 1965, Four days after writing it in a Florida hotel room, The Rolling Stones begin recording "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" at Chicago's Chess Records.

In 1966, The Rolling Stones' manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham announced that the band would receive $1 million to star in Only Lovers Left Alive. The film was ultimately never made.

In 1967,  At the very hour that Mick Jagger was being charged with illegal possession of amphetamine pills, Keith Richards was being accused of permitting cannabis at his home and police were arresting Brian Jones at his London apartment and charging him with unlawful possession of drugs. Jagger and Richards were briefly incarcerated.

In 1969, A favorite of Richard Nixon's daughter, Tricia, The Turtles played at the White House. She was not unaware of their friendship with subversive types like Frank Zappa.

In 1974, Eric Clapton recorded Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff." Slowhand initially wanted to leave it off 461 Ocean Boulevard because he didn't think it held up to Marley's version, but Bob would hail Clapton's first-ever #1 hit as being the song that made reggae hip with the rock & roll crowd.

In 1975, For Human Kindness Day at the Washington Monument, Stevie Wonder performed an unannounced gig for some 125,000 fans.

In 1994, Willie Nelson was busted for pot in Hewitt, Texas. Nothing ever came of it.

In 1995, The Black Crowes played a benefit in Oklahoma City to help raise funds for the victims of the Federal Building bombing.

In 1998, Ani DiFranco and the late Tammy Wynette's voices were featured on Fox's animated series King Of The Hill.

In 1999, Author and songwriter Shel Silverstein died at 66. He wrote Johnny Cash's 1969 hit "A Boy Named Sue" and a pair of 1972 hits for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, "Sylvia's Mother" and "Cover Of The Rolling Stone.”


ERIC BURDON (Lead singer, songwriter and founding member of The Animals; also fronted the band War for a couple of years; "House of the Rising Sun," "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place," "When I Was Young," "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," "Sky Pilot," "Spill the Wine") Born in 1941 in Walker-On-Tyne, England.

BUTCH TRUCKS (Longtime Allman Brothers drummer; uncle of guitarist Derek Trucks; "Revival," "One Way Out," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," "Whipping Post," "Blue Sky," "Rambling Man," "Jessica") Born in 1947 in Jacksonville, Florida.

CARLA BLEY (American "free jazz movement" pianist, composer who has collaborated with a number of jazz and rock artists, including Jack Bruce, Robert Wyatt and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, whose 1981 solo album Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports was a Carla Bley album in all but name. Born in 1936 in Oakland, California.


In 1970, The triple-album of highlights from the Woodstock concert was released on Cotillion Records. The recorded document of the history-making rock festival went Gold within a couple of weeks.

In 1972, In a televised interview with Dick Cavett, John Lennon said he believed that he had been followed and that his phone had been tapped. Meanwhile, a National Committee For John & Yoko carried on with its efforts to generate letters and petitions opposing the U.S. government's attempt to deport the couple.

In 1974, Steely Dan released one of their biggest singles, "Rikki, Don't Lose That Number."

In 1981, At Miami's Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, reggae superstar Bob Marley died of brain cancer. Regarded as a hero, a near deity in Jamaica and abroad, Marley was given a state funeral and buried near his birthplace in St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica. He was only 36.

In 1990, Thirty-one years after his death in the same plane crash that claimed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.




DAN AUERBACH (Guitarist and vocalist for Akron, Ohio-based The Black Keys) Born in 1979.

DAVID BYRNE (Adventurous singer, songwriter, guitarist and one-time leader of the groundbreaking Talking Heads; Byrne initially met up with drummer Chris Frantz and bassist Tina Weymouth at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early ‘70s; solo albums; has his own world music label, Luaka Bop; has recorded with Brian Eno; starred in and directed the film True Stories; raised in Baltimore; "Psycho Killer," "Life During Wartime," "Once in a Lifetime," "Burning Down the House," "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," "Lifetime Piling Up," "Wild Wild Life," "And She Was," "Road To Nowhere," "[Nothing But] Flowers," "Like Humans Do," "U.B. Jesus," "Tiny Apocalypse") Born in 1952 in Dumbarton, Scotland.

JACK BRUCE (Virtuosic blues/jazz bass player; also keyboards, harmonica player and vocalist; best known for his tenure in late ‘60s powerhouse blues-rockers Cream; also recorded with Tony Williams, Leslie West and Robin Trower; solo career; "White Room," "Sunshine of Your Love," "Strange Brew," "Politician," "Theme for an Imaginary Western") Born in 1943 in Lanarkshire, Scotland.

BOBBY DARIN (born Walden Robert Cossotto) ('50s/'60s hit singer/actor; he began as a rocker but switched to a Sinatra-style swinging lounge lizard, then a folk-rocker; "Splish Splash," "Dream Lover," "Mack the Knife," "Beyond the Sea") Born in 1936 in The Bronx, New York. Died in 1973 of a heart ailment.


In 1955,  Bo Diddley's "Bo Diddley" with "I'm a Man" on the flip side appeared on the R&B chart. It climbed to #2,  making it Bo's most successful record. The A side introduced to the world what would become known as the "Bo Diddley beat," a rhythmic pattern later utilized by Buddy Holly, the Stones, the Grateful Dead and many others.  

In 1964, It was announced in a Billboard article that "London Records is preparing a giant promotion on behalf of the Rolling Stones, a hot new British group with a smash single "Not Fade Away" and album The Rolling Stones."

In 1966, Portland, Oregon's original rockers The Kingsmen, whose earlier "Louie Louie" was a hit, entered the singles chart for the ninth and last time with a rereleased "Louie Louie." It only charted for two weeks, but the tune generated much controversy over its unintelligible, but supposed naughty lyrics. 

In 1969, Jeanne "Genie the Taylor" Franklin was killed in a London automobile accident along with Fairport Convention drummer Martin Lamble. Genie the Taylor had begun designing rock stars' apparel four years earlier, with her clients including the Lovin' Spoonful, Jefferson Airplane, Donovan, Mamas and the Papas, and Jimi Hendrix, among others.

In 1973, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina's first album, Sittin' In, went gold. The collaboration was actually a fortuitous accident. Messina had been signed to produce Loggin's debut album, but the chemistry between the two was so good that Messina wound up singing and playing on the record as well.

In 1976, Keith Relf, former Yardbirds lead vocalist and co-founder of Renaissance, accidentally electrocuted himself while playing his guitar. He was only 33 years old. 

In 1988, Atlantic Records celebrated its 40th anniversary with a gala, star-filled concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. The televised celebration featured reunions of Led Zeppelin, the Bee Gees, the Rascals, Genesis and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Wilson Pickett and Yes, among others.

In 1998, Perhaps the greatest interpreter of the Great American Songbook, actor, Rat Packer and "The Chairman of the Board," Francis Albert Sinatra, died of a heart attack at age 82. Dylan and Springsteen were among the notables who attended the funeral on May 20.


BRIAN ENO (born Brian Peter George St. Baptiste de la Salle Eno) (Keyboards, synthesizer, arranger and producing pioneer of music ranging from ambient and experimental to pop; recorded two early albums with Roxy Music before departing to record with or produce Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Bowie, John Cale, Devo, Ultravox, U2, Daniel Lanois, David Byrne and Talking Heads; numerous solo albums, including ambient Music For Airports; "Been There, Done That") Born in 1948 in Suffolk, England.

MIKE OLDFIELD (Composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, best known for his album length conceptual work Tubular Bells, used in the soundtrack for The Exorcist) Born in 1953 in Reading, Berkshire, England.

JONATHAN RICHMAN (Versatile Boston pop-rocking singer/songwriter, leader of The Modern Lovers with Jerry Harrison, who went on to join Talking Heads; featured in 1998 movie There's Something About Mary; "Ice Cream Man," "Roadrunner," "Pablo Picasso") Born in 1951 in Boston.


In 1967, Paul McCartney encountered his future wife, Linda Eastman, for the first time at the Bag O' Nails club in London. McCartney was there to see Georgie Fame sing.

In 1970, Many fish in a nearby large lake succumbed to the volume of a Pink Floyd concert at the Crystal Palace Bowl in London. Death by decibels.

In 1971, A pair of John Lennon and Ono films were screened at the Cannes Film Festival. The first was titled Apotheosis, an 18-minute portrayal of a snowy landscape. Their other deathless cinematic endeavor featured a fly thoroughly exploring a nude women's body. It was called Fly.

In 1972, Three weeks before the Rolling Stones' 1972 U.S. tour even began it was met with problems. A computer designed to handle ticket distribution for the San Francisco show suffered a melt-down, leaving thousands of fans waiting. Because of the electronic errors, it took twelve minutes to process each order.

In 1974, Bill Wyman, the Rolling Stones bassist, released his first solo album, Monkey Grip, thus becoming the first Stone to release a solo effort. The album was not a big seller. 

In 1974, Frank Zappa and his wife announced that they had their third child, a boy named Ahmet Rodan. His name was inspired by the Japanese movie monster who devoured 707 jets for sustenance.

In 1984, Just prior to the launch of the Born in the U.S.A. world tour, guitarist Nils Lofgren became a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, replacing Miami Steve Van Zandt who had temporarily departed.

In 2000, Bob Dylan and violinist Isaac Stern each received approximately 110,000 dollars from the Swedish government as part of the Polar Music Prize for their contributions to the world of music.


KRIST NOVOSELIC (Bass player for Nirvana; "Come As You Are," "About a Girl," "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Heart-Shaped Box) Born in 1965 in Los Angeles.

RICHARD PAGE (Singer, songwriter, bass player and leader of '80s hit band Mr. Mister, "Broken Wings," Is It Love") Born in 1953 .

In 1960, It was reported that Berry Gordy Jr., a songwriter and publisher in Detroit, had plans to launch his own record label after having successfully produced a batch of hit records. That label was Motown.

In 1965, The Rolling Stones appeared with Chuck Berry on the TV show Hollywood A-Go-Go. The Stones, trying to make their getaway in a limo following the show, were attacked by a horde of fans.

In 1965, The Beach Boys played their latest hit, "Help Me Rhonda," on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1966, Pet Sounds, one of the most masterful and innovative of all Beach Boys albums, was released.
In 1969, Pronounced "an inadmissible immigrant to the U.S.," John Lennon sought a visa to visit America. Ten days earlier, Lennon's "standing visa" had been revoked by the U.S. Embassy in London because of his drug conviction the preceding November.

In 1969, Pete Townshend spent an evening in a New York City jail after being charged with assault. A plainclothes policeman had run onstage at the Fillmore East, grabbed the mike and announced to the crowd that an adjacent grocery store was on fire. Thinking the officer was a member of the audience, he tossed him off stage. The audience didn't believe the warning and didn't vacate the Fillmore until Townshend was finally dragged off the stage. 

In 1970, Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin was busted for marijuana possession and for contributing to the delinquency of minors in Bloomington, Minnesota.

In 1977, Not much attention was paid when ex-Spooky Tooth member Mick Jones and ex-King Crimson player Ian McDonald partnered up to form a group the preceding year. The band was Foreigner, and their debut album went gold on this day.  

In 1980, Dr. George C. Nichopoulous was indicated in Memphis on 14 counts of over-prescribing sedatives and pain-killers to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and nine others.

In 1987, David Crosby wed his long-time girlfriend, Jan Dance, in Los Angeles. Graham Nash and his wife, Susan, renewed their vows at the ceremony for good measure.

In 1998, Keith Richards suffered a fall when reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home. He commented that he'd planned on using the book as inspiration to create a celebrity art piece. He broke several ribs in the mishap, causing the Rolling Stones to postpone numerous gigs in the "Bridges to Babylon" tour.

In 2000, "The Artist Formerly Known As Prince," changed his name back to Prince. Because his publishing contract expired December 31, 1999, Prince maintained that his birth name had been emancipated from "long-term restrictive documents," and he could stop using The Symbol. 


TAJ MAHAL (born Henry St. Clair Fredericks) (Veteran blues/folk/world music singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist; formed his first band, called the Rising Sons, with Ry Cooder in 1964; "Take A Giant Step," "Cakewalk Into Town," "She Caught The Katy [And Left Me A Mule To Ride]") Born in 1941 in New York.

ENYA (born Eithne Ní Bhraonáin) (Smooth international celtic hit singer and keyboardist; "Orinoco Flow," "Caribbean Blue," "Anywhere Is," "Only Time") Born in 1961 in Gweedore, Donegal, Ireland.

JESSE WINCHESTER (Talented American folk/Americana singer and songwriter; he left the US for Canada to avoid the draft in 1967; "Yankee Lady," "Biloxi," "Rhumba Man," "Defying Gravity," "[I'm Gonna] Miss You Girl") Born in 1944 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

UTAH PHILLIPS (American folk icon; has recorded with Ani DiFranco; “Nevada City, California”) Born in 1935.

BILL BRUFORD (Renowned drummer, worked with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis [briefly] and his own Earthworks) Born in 1948 in Sevenoaks, Kent, England.

TRENT REZNOR (Founder of Nine Inch Nails; produced the soundtrack for Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers) Born in 1965 in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

In 1963, Relative newcomers Bob Dylan and Joan Baez appeared with Pete Seeger at the first Monterey Folk Festival.

In 1967, Don't Look Back, D.A. Pennebaker's film chronicling Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of the British Isles, premiered at the Presidio Theater in San Francisco. Dylan later disowned the documentary and filed a court injunction to prevent it from being screened.

In 1969, The Chicago Transit Authority released their self-titled debut double-album. The band was later forced by the real Chicago Transit Authority to abbreviate their name to just plain Chicago.

In 1975, Elton John's Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy had the distinction of selling a million copies during its first day of release. He was awarded a Platinum record.

In 1975, Just two weeks before the launch of The Rolling Stones' extensive Tour Of The Americas '75, Mick Jagger accidentally thrust his right hand through a window at Gorman's restaurant in Montauk, Long Island. Although it took 20 stitches to repair his mitt, no real damage was done and the show went on.

In 1980, Joe Walsh released the blue collar single "All Night Long" from the Urban Cowboy movie soundtrack.

In 1987, A blaze ravaged Tom Petty's Los Angeles area home, causing $800,000 worth of damage. It was later determined to be the work of an arsonist.

In 1995, Under The Table And Dreaming by Dave Matthews Band was Top 20 and climbing up the album charts.


RICK WAKEMAN (Keyboardist in and out of legendary Brit progressive rock band Yes; prior to Yes, he was briefly in The Strawbs; composer and arranger; solo artist [The Six Wives Of Henry the VIII]; "Close To The Edge," "Roundabout," "Long Distance Runaround") Born in 1949 in Perivale, Middlesex, England.

BIG JOE TURNER (The Boss Of The Blues; also a master of boogie, jazz, R&B and early rock & roll; "Roll 'Em Pete," "Cherry Red," "My Gal's A Jockey," "Shake Rattle & Roll," "Flip Flop & Fly," "Well All Right," "Honey Hush") Born in 1911 in Kansas City, Missouri. Died November 24, 1985, in Inglewood, California.


In 1963, The Grenada Theatre in Slough, England, was the inadvertent launching pad for The Beatles' first headlining tour. Initially, Roy Orbison was the headliner, but the crowd reaction to The Beatles quickly got them moved into the top slot.

In 1963, The Kingsmen recorded their classic "Louie, Louie" in Portland, Oregon, on a budget of $50.

In 1966, 16-year-old Bruce Springsteen went into the studio for the very first time. As a member of The Castiles, he helped record a song called "That's What You Get" in Bricktown, New Jersey.

In 1971, The Band began their first European tour in Rotterdam, Holland. The series of shows came to a close at London's Royal Albert Hall on June 3.

In 1972, The New York Times published an article stating that the former Beatles had agreed to cease with the feuding. In addition, Paul McCartney asserted that the Fab Four had decided to split equally the fabulous fortune engendered by their partnership. It wasn't entirely a friendly agreement; McCartney said that they did it this way to free up $17 million frozen in litigation.

In 1978, The Buddy Holly Story, featuring Gary Busey in the title role, premiered in Dallas, Texas. It was well-received, critically and at the box office.


PETE TOWNSHEND (Songwriter, vocalist and lead guitarist behind one of the most dynamic rock bands ever, The Who; solo artist; inventor of the rock opera with 1969's Tommy and 1973's Quadrophenia; "I Can't Explain," "My Generation," "I Can See For Miles," "Magic Bus," "Pinball Wizard," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Behind Blue Eyes," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Baba O'Riley," "Pure And Easy," "Love Reign O'er Me," "Who Are You," "Another Tricky Day," "You Better, You Bet," "Eminence Front," "Let My Love Open The Door," "Don't Let Go The Coat," "Rough Boys")  Born in 1945 in Chiswick, London, England.

GRACE JONES (Stylish and theatrical pop/funk star who emerged in the '80s; one-time model and occasional actress [A View To A Kill]; grew up in Syracuse, NY; "Pull Up To The Bumper," "Private Life") Born in 1952 in Kingston, Jamaica.

JOEY RAMONE (born Jeffrey Hyman) (Lead vocalist for the pioneering New York punk band, The Ramones, formed in the mid-'70s; the US Congress has proclaimed today Joey Ramone Day; "Sheena Is A Punk Rocker," "Rockaway Beach," "I Wanna Be Sedated") Born in 1951 in Forest Hills, New York. Died April 15, 2001, from lymphoma.

DUSTY HILL  (ZZ Top bass player; "La Grange," "Tush," "Sharp Dressed Man," "Legs") Born in 1949 in Dallas.


In 1969, The Beatles' "Get Back" single earned a Gold record. Selling over a million copies, it had hit #1 in the US within a week.

In 1976, Keith Richards smashed his Bentley into a highway divider in Newton Pagnell, England, a town 50 about miles north of London. Police discovered a few substances in his vehicle and he was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana.

In 1973, "Kodachrome," a big hit for Paul Simon, was released.

In 1979, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr jammed with Eric Clapton, Denny Laine and Mick Jagger at a belated wedding reception for Clapton and the former Mrs. Harrison, Patti Boyd. Clapton married Boyd, the inspiration for his impassioned Layla album, the previous March.

In 2000, The Allman Brothers Band fired guitarist, vocalist and founding member Dickie Betts from the band over "creative differences."


JOE COCKER (born John Robert Cocker) (Belting Brit soulful rocker with a string of hits spanning four decades; Cocker became a household name after joining up with Leon Russell's 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour and subsequent hit album and film; his spasmodic arm twitching and air guitar playing onstage was ruthlessly parodied by John Belushi on Saturday Night Live; "With a Little Help From My Friends," "The Letter," "Delta Lady," "You Are So Beautiful," "Unchain My Heart," "You Can Leave Your Hat On") Born in 1944 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

JANE WEIDLIN (Guitarist for late-'70s/'80s hit rock/pop band The Go-Go's; more recently has done TV cartoon voiceovers; "Our Lips Are Sealed," "We Got The Beat," "Vacation," "Head Over Heels") Born in 1958 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

CHER (born Cherilyn Sarkisian) (Hit singer and actress who emerged in the mid-'60s with her former husband and singing partner, the late Sonny Bono, and remained a solo pop force for decades; "I Got You Babe," "Bang Bang," "Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves," "Half-Breed," "If I Could Turn Back Time") Born in 1946 in El Centro, California.


In 1954, A single that proved to be a turning point in popular music, "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & The Comets, was released. At the time it had little impact, but exploded the following year when it was used in the soundtrack for the juvenile delinquent drama, The Blackboard Jungle.

In 1960, Alan Freed was indicted for receiving payola from six record companies. It was the beginning of the end for the pioneering rock deejay.

In 1967, The BBC banned "A Day In The Life" by The Beatles for purportedly promoting drug abuse.

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix signed a contract to record for famous rock-hater Frank Sinatra's Reprise label.

In 1985, Hall & Oates topped the bill at the grand reopening of the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem. The concert, a benefit for the United Negro College Fund, also featured two of the original Temptations, David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks.

In 1995, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Sting and Tony Bennett were all on hand for Don Henley's wedding to Sharon Summerall in Malibu Beach, California.

In 1998, Frank Sinatra's funeral was held in Beverly Hills. Among those paying their respects were Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.


RONALD ISLEY (Lead vocalist with the late-'60s soul icons The Isley Brothers; band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990; "This Old Heart Of Mine" [also a hit for Rod Stewart], "Twist And Shout," "It's Your Thing," "Shout," "That Lady (Part 1)") Born in 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

STAN LYNCH (Longtime drummer for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers; joined guitarist Mike Campbell on Don Henley's The End Of The Innocence album; "Breakdown," "American Girl," "Listen To Her Heart," "I Need To Know," "Don't Do Me Like That," "Refugee," "The Waiting," "Don't Come Around Here No More") Born in 1955 in Gainesville, Florida.

FATS WALLER (born Thomas Wright Waller) (Jazz giant of the '20s thru the '40s; pianist, singer and composer; "Honeysuckle Rose," "Ain't Misbehavin''") Born in 1904 in New York. Died of pneumonia December 15, 1943, in Kansas City, Missouri.

TONY SHERIDAN (Early Brit pop-rocker; in their first recording session, The Beatles, then known as The Beat Brothers, were his back-up band on "My Bonnie," a moderate hit in 1961) Born in 1940 in Norwich, England.

BILL CHAMPLIN (Longtime member of Chicago; singer/songwriter and keyboard player/guitarist who started out with veteran San Francisco funk band the Sons of Champlin in the late '60s, then joined up with a more soft-rock leaning Chicago in 1981; "Freedom," "Get High," "Hold On," "Hard to Say I'm Sorry") Born in 1947 in Oakland, California

LEO SAYER (born Gerard Hugh Sayer) (Brit rock-turned-pop star who emerged in the late '70s thanks to the guidance of Roger Daltrey; "Long Tall Glasses," "Giving It All Away" [a hit for Daltrey], "I Can't Dance," "When I Need You") Born in 1948 in Shoreham-on-Sea, England.


In 1963, "Little" Stevie Wonder taped his sophomore album, The Twelve Year Old Genius, live at a Detroit theatre,. It would become Motown's first #1 album and it yielded Wonder's first smash hit, "Fingertips, Pt. 2."

In 1966, Brit blue-eyed soul diva Dusty Springfield's "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" debuted on the singles chart, where it would became her biggest hit ever, reaching #4.

In 1968, In San Francisco, rebel free-form deejays gravitated to KSAN ("Jive 95"), a one-time Classical station, 10 weeks after having walked out on KMPX, the city's original "free-form" station.

In 1969, John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's infamous 10-day "bed-in" for peace began at a Montreal hotel.

In 1971, Ram, Paul McCartney's second solo album, came out. Unlike the first, it was not a one-man band affair. Contributing musicians included guitarists David Spinozza and Hugh McCracken.

In 1979, Elton John launched a series of Russian concerts. The shows were videotaped for a cable TV special called To Russia With Elton.

In 1980, Joe Strummer of The Clash was arrested in Hamburg, Germany, after a concert during which a melee broke out between the band and the audience. Strummer reportedly struck one fan over the head with his guitar.

In 1983, David Bowie's "Modern Love," thanks in part to Stevie Ray Vaughan's incendiary guitar playing, shot to #1.

In 1992, After 30 years, the "King Of The Night," Johnny Carson, relinquished his reign and bade a final, teary farewell to his The Tonight Show audience. Jay Leno has held forth ever since.

In 2001, U2's Bono and his wife Ali welcomed a new baby boy into the world.


MORRISSEY (born Steven Patrick Morrissey) (Influential hit brooding Brit singer/songwriter and former leader of The Smiths, the definitive ‘80s indie band that single-handedly ended synth-oriented New Wave; solo artist; "Hand In Glove," "Every Day Is Like Sunday," "The Last Of The International Playboys," "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get," "How Soon Is Now?") Born in 1959 in Manchester, England.

BERNIE TAUPIN (Elton John's chief lyric-writing partner, one of the most successful songwriting teams ever; frontman for the Farm Dogs; "Your Song," "Levon," "Daniel," "Tiny Dancer," "Crocodile Rock," "Madman Across The Water," "Bennie And the Jets," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding," "Honky Cat," "Rocket Man," "The Bitch Is Back," "Philadelphia Freedom," "I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues") Born in 1950 in Lincolnshire, England.


In 1955, A Fats Domino concert in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was cancelled for fear that it would incite a "rock & roll riot."

In 1958, Jerry Lee Lewis arrived in London with his 13-year-old child bride, Myra, who also happened to be his cousin. This was not well-received in most quarters, and the tour ran out of steam fast.

In 1965, "Ticket To Ride" by The Beatles was #1 on this day.

In 1968, Cream's psychedelic milestone Disraeli Gears album went Gold on the strength of "Sunshine Of Your Love."

In 1969, The Rolling Stones' 16th album, Sticky Fingers, zoomed to the top of the charts. The album marked the first time guitarist Mick Taylor, Brian Jones' replacement, had participated fully on a Stones studio album.

In 1980, The Electric Ladyland Studios were broken into and thieves made off with five of Jimi Hendrix's Gold record plaques, including those for Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love.

In 1997, The Buckingham-Nicks edition of Fleetwood Mac reunited for a pair of concerts in LA. Portions of the shows were later aired on MTV.

In 1999, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band set a new record for the number of concerts to be performed during a continuous run at a single arena. When tickets for their reunion tour went on sale for their shows at the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey, only five shows were scheduled initially, but overwhelming demand raised the number to a total of 15 shows.


JEWEL (born Jewel Kilcher) (Folk/pop singer/songwriter who hit it big thanks to 1995's slow-building Pieces Of You and her appearances on the Lilith Fair circuit; grew up in Alaska and San Diego; "You Were Meant For Me," "Who Will Save Your Soul," "Hands," "Standing Still") Born in 1974 in Payson, Utah.In 1964, Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald became the first artist to have a hit with a cover of a Beatles song. Her version of "Can't Buy Me Love" entered the UK singles chart.

PHIL SELWAY (Radiohead guitarist)



In 1964, "I Get Around" by The Beach Boys was released. Thanks to the flip side, "Don't Worry, Baby," it went on to be their first #1 record.

In 1966, Another great single came out, The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" b/w "Rain." The latter was an early psychedelic effort, primarily the work of Lennon, featuring tracks played backwards.

In 1970, The Grateful Dead played their first British engagement, a four-hour marathon at the Hollywood Rock Festival. Mungo Jerry ("In The Summertime") opened.

In 1979, The Kids Are Alright Jeff Stein's documentary look at the history of The Who, premiered in New York.

In 1979, In the wake of record company lawsuits and bad business deals, Tom Petty had no choice but to declare bankruptcy.

In 1982, The Central London chapter of the British Musicians Union resolved to ban synthesizers and rhythm machines from all recording sessions and live performances. The resolution was short-lived.

In 1987, The Doobie Brothers, after a five-year hiatus, reunited for a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Primarily a nostalgia act at this point, they've been regrouped ever since, with Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons usually part of the lineup, and Michael McDonald on occasion.

In 2000, On KROQ radio in Los Angeles, Billy Corgan revealed in an interview that the Smashing Pumpkins would be calling it quits following the fulfillment of prior contractual agreements.


BOB DYLAN (born Robert Allen Zimmerman) (Incalculably influential, one-of-a-kind poet/musician/catalyst who forever radically changed the face of folk/rock/pop music with his confessional, stream-of-consciousness and unconventional vocalizing; toured with the Dead, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and was a member of the Traveling Wilburys; recording and touring for over four decades and going strong; "Blowin' In The Wind," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "All I Really Want To Do," "It Ain't Me Babe," "Subterranean Homesick Blues," "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Like a Rolling Stone," "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," "Just Like a Woman," "Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again," "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," "All Along The Watchtower," "Lay Lady Lay," "If Not For You," "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," "Forever Young," "Tangled Up In Blue," "Simple Twist of Fate," "Hurricane," "Sarah," "Gotta Serve Somebody," "Jokerman," "Silvio," "Everything Is Broken," "Born In Time," "Love Sick," "Things Have Changed") Born in 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota.

ROSANNE CASH (Influential Americana/folk/pop singer, songwriter; oldest daughter of Johnny; one-time wife of songwriter Rodney Crowell; grew up in Ventura, California; "No Memories Hangin' Around," "Ain't No Money," "Seven Year Ache," "On The Inside," "The Wheel," "Rules of Travel") Born in 1955 in Memphis.

RICH ROBINSON (Guitarist and songwriter with The Black Crowes; younger brother of Chris Robinson; "Hard To Handle," "She Talks To Angels," "Jealous Again," "Remedy," "Thorn In My Pride," "Black Friday," "Kicking My Heart Around") Born in 1969 in Atlanta.

PATTI LABELLE (born Patricia Holt) (Hit soul/pop diva in Labelle and solo; "Lady Marmalade") Born in 1944 in Philadelphia.

TOMMY CHONG (One-half of the beloved stoner goofball comedy duo, Cheech & Chong; also on numerous best-selling albums and in successful films; father of actress Rae Dawn Chong; recently the subject of a controversial bust and jail sentence for online sales of paraphernalia) Born in 1938 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

In 1963, One of the most highly regarded electric guitarists in the history of blues music, Elmore James ("The Sky Is Crying," "Dust My Broom"), died in Chicago of a heart attack. He was only 45.

In 1974, All-time genius of jazz composing, arranging, piano, and band-leading (he led a star-studded orchestra continuously for almost 50 years), Duke Ellington died in New York City at the age of 75.

In 1979, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks of Genesis surprised their fans when they showed up in person at the box office of LA's Roxy club to sell tickets to their benefit concert for local hospitals the following night.

In 1982, A benefit concert for the Vietnam Veterans Project was conducted at San Francisco's Moscone Center. The Jefferson Starship, the Grateful Dead, Boz Scaggs and Country Joe McDonald performed, raising some $175,000.

In 1991, Gene Clark, 46, died in Sherman Oaks, California, of natural causes instigated by a bleeding ulcer. He was a vocalist, songwriter ("Feel a Whole Lot Better," "Eight Miles High") and one of the founders of The Byrds.

In 1999, "What's Really Happening," a song David Bowie had composed in collaboration with Alex Grant, the winner out of 80,000 contenders in a lyric/songwriting contest, was broadcast over the Internet. The cybercast of this recording session utilized a 360° full-view camera for the first time.


PAUL WELLER (Hit Brit punk/folk/pop singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and leader of the innovative and influential late-'70s/mid-'80s Brit punk band, The Jam; also the creative force behind the more slick R&B/pop-sounding mid-late-'80s band that followed called The Style Council; acclaimed solo artist; "The Bitterest Pill," "A Town Called Malice," "My Ever Changing Moods," "Beyond the Clouds") Born in 1958 in Woking, Surrey, England.)


MILES DAVIS (born Miles Dewey Davis III) (Original jazz trumpeter, composer and American icon; began his career with Billy Eckstine's orchestra in a lineup that included Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker; recorded more than two dozen albums and won six Grammys; "'Round Midnight," "In a Silent Way/It's About That Time," "So What") Born in 1926 in Alton, Illinois. Died on September 28, 1991, in Santa Monica, California.

In 1965, Kinks guitarist Dave Davies was accidentally knocked out when he slammed into drummer Mick Avory's cymbal during a London concert. The group cancelled the rest of their U.K. tour.
In 1968, The Rolling Stones returned to basic rock & roll with the release of  "Jumpin' Jack Flash." This followed their attempt at psychedelia, Their Satanic Majesties Request, which contained "She's A Rainbow" and "2000 Light Years from Home." Two decades later, Mick would later call it his least-favorite Stones album.

In 1973, Carole King gave back what she described as "a little something" to her favorite city, New York, a free concert in Central Park. One hundred thousand fans turned out to hear one of the most popular singer-songwriters ever.

In 1978, The Who played a second secret show in London to be filmed for the documentary movie of the band's history, The Kids Are Alright. It turned out to be Keith Moon's swan song with the legendary band.

In 1996, The lead singer of Sublime, Bradley Nowell, overdosed in a San Francisco hotel room, just months before the release of their breakout third album. He was 26.


STEVIE NICKS (born Stephanie Lynn Nicks)  (Hit rock/pop singer/songwriter with Fleetwood Mac; with Lindsey Buckingham in Buckingham/Nicks; solo career; "Dreams," "Rhiannon," "Landslide," "Gold Dust Woman," "Sara," "Gypsy," "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" [with Tom Petty], "Edge of Seventeen," "Leather and Lace," "Stand Back") Born in 1948 in Phoenix.

LENNY KRAVITZ (Hit rock/funk singer-songwriter; son of actress Roxie Roker [The Jeffersons], married briefly to Lisa Bonet; "Believe," "Let Love Rule," "Mr. Cab Driver," "It Ain't Over Till It's Over," "American Woman," "Are You Gonna Go My Way?," "Fly Away," "Where Are We Runnin'?") Born in 1964 in New York City

LEVON HELM (Vocalist, songwriter, drummer and mandolin player with The Band; producer and leader of his own band, the Barnburners; "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Up On Cripple Creek," "Stage Fright," "Time To Kill," "Life Is a Carnival," "Don't Do It") Born in 1942 in Marvell, Arkansas.

MICK RONSON (Sought-after guitarist with David Bowie [Ziggy Stardust], Mott the Hoople, Bob Dylan, Morrissey; solo artist; also songwriter and producer) Born in 1946. Died in 1993.

HANK WILLIAMS, JR. (Son of the legendary Hank Sr.; '70s star of outlaw country; "Family Tradition," "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound," "All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down") Born in 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

PEGGY LEE (born Norma Deloris Egstrom) (Influential hit '50s/'60s jazz/swing/pop stylist; Paul McCartney wrote "Let's Love" for her; "Why Don't You Do Right," "Fever," "I'm a Woman," "Is That All There Is?" [arranged by Randy Newman]) Born in 1920 in Jamestown, North Dakota. Died of a heart attack on January 21, 2002, in Bel Air, California.

In 1962, The original "Twist & Shout" by The Isley Brothers was released. Less than nine months later, The Fab Four covered it for their first album, with John Lennon ripping off perhaps the most notorious single-take vocal in rock history.

In 1965, The Rolling Stones appeared on Shindig! along with Jackie DeShannon, Sonny & Cher and Jimmy Rodgers.

In 1966, The Beatles and The Stones were in attendance as Bob Dylan and The Hawks (The Band) rocked the Royal Albert Hall in London. The concert, often bootlegged before it was officially released many years later, is considered to be one of the all-time memorable live rock performances.

In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, lying down on the job, began their second "Bed-In For Peace" in Montreal.

In 1976, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, apparently well lubricated, verbally accosted first class passengers on a transatlantic flight. Actors Telly Savalas and Dudley Moore were a couple of the passengers on board who attested to the boys' bad behavior.

In 1981, Motown Records announced its intention to launch a year-long silver anniversary to commemorate the long affiliation of Motown honcho Berry Gordy with the famed singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson. Smokey was then a VP at the label.

In 1994, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley tied the knot. Unconfirmed reports had Elvis reportedly spinning in his grave at 45 revolutions per minute.


BRUCE COCKBURN (Popular literate and spiritual Canadian singer/songwriter; guests on his albums over the years have included Bonnie Raitt, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams and Margo Timmins; social activist, has played numerous benefits; "Wondering Where The Lions Are," "Tokyo," "The Trouble With Normal," "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," "Fascist Architecture," "Listen For The Laugh," "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," "Sahara Gold," "If a Tree Falls," "Great Big Love," "Burden of the Angel/Beast," "A Dream Like Mine," "Night Train," "The Charity of Night," "Last Night of the World") Born in 1945 in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada.

NEIL FINN (Talented hit singer/songwriter and vocalist, and veteran of acclaimed New Zealand bands Split Enz and later Crowded House; albums with and without brother Tim; solo; "I Got You," "Six Months in a Leaky Boat," "One Step Ahead,"  "Don't Dream It's Over," "World Where We Live," "Something So Strong," "Better Be Home Soon," "Sinner") Born in 1958 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.

SIOUXSIE SIOUX (born Susan Dallion) (Unique haunting vocalist and songwriter who fronted the late-‘80s/early-‘90s hit Brit post-punk band, Siouxsie & The Banshees; "Peek-A-Boo," "Dear Prudence," "Kiss Them For Me") Born in 1958 in London.

PETE SEARS (Keyboards, bass and vocals with the '70s/'80s-era Jefferson Starship, among other San Francisco bands) Born in 1948.

RAMSEY LEWIS (Veteran '60s/'70s jazz pianist; "The 'In' Crowd," "Sun Goddess" [in collaboration with Earth, Wind & Fire]) Born in 1935 in Chicago.

In 1957, "That'll Be The Day," Buddy Holly and The Crickets' first record—and their only single to make it to #1—was released. It was inspired by John Wayne repeatedly uttering the catch-phrase in the movie The Searchers.

In 1962, The Free Wheelin' Bob Dylan, containing soon-to-be standards such as "Blowin' In The Wind," "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," was released.

In 1967, The Bar-Kays, Otis Redding's backup band, entered the R&B chart with "Soul Finger." It would be their biggest hit without Redding. Six months later, four of the band members died in the same plane crash that killed Otis.

In 1977, The Sex Pistols' version of "God Save The Queen" was released and promptly banned by the BBC for containing "treasonous sentiments." It, nonetheless, and in spite of, became a  #1 record in the UK.

In 1977, Elvis Costello (aka Declan McManus) played his first live engagement in the U.K.

In 1978, The Rolling Stones released the rock radio and club dance/disco hit, "Miss You." It was the first single from their yet-to-be-released classic, Some Girls.

In 1987, Earthquake alarms were activated by a rather loud U2 concert in Rome.

In 1989, Stevie Wonder was awarded the Badge Of Solidarity from the Polish Labor Movement in Warsaw.

In 1999, B.B. King, Susan Tedeschi, and Keb' Mo' won multiple W.C. Handy Awards at the Blues Foundation's awards ceremony in Memphis.

In 2000, Phish's Farmhouse was #12 on the Billboard album chart.


JOHN FOGERTY (Singer, songwriter and former leader of one of America's biggest roots-rock bands, the rockabilly-sounding Creedence Clearwater Revival, a San Francisco Bay Area group that sounded from straight out of the bayou; Fogerty, along with his guitarist brother Tom, bass player Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford, helped resurrect early raw R&B favorites such as Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell On You" and Dale Hawkins' "Suzie Q"; solo career; "Proud Mary," "Born On The Bayou," "Bad Moon Rising," "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Fortunate Son," "Up Around The Bend," "Green River," "Run Through The Jungle," "Travelin' Band," "Sweet Hitchhiker," "Lookin' Out My Back Door," "Down On The Corner," "Lodi," "Green River," "Almost Saturday Night," "The Old Man Down The Road," "Centerfield," "Blueboy," "Hundred and Ten in the Shade," "Premonition") Born in 1945 in Berkeley, California.

ROLAND GIFT (Lead vocalist with ‘80s hit R&B flavored-pop/rock band The Fine Young Cannibals, who broke big in the summer of 1989 with The Raw And The Cooked; the band [comprised with ex-English Beat members Andy Cox and David Steele] took their name from an obscure 1960 movie called All The Fine Young Cannibals; solo artist; occasional actor; "She Drives Me Crazy," "Good Thing," "Suspicious Minds," "Don't Look Back") Born in 1961 in Birmingham, England.

GLADYS KNIGHT (Late-‘60s/early-‘70s Motown/soul mega-star; had a recurring role in the late ‘90s on TV's The Jamie Foxx Show; "Heard It Through The Grapevine," "Midnight Train To Georgia," "If I Were Your Woman," "Neither One Of Us [Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye]") Born in 1944 in Atlanta.

PAPA JOHN CREACH (Veteran blues and jazz fiddler for the Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna in the ‘70s and ‘80s; he was an early employer of Keb' Mo'; solo albums) Born in 1917 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Died of heart failure on February 22, 1994.

T-BONE WALKER (born Aaron Thibeaux Walker) (Widely recognized as the first bluesman to go electric, T-Bone was a major influence on greats such as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Freddie King, Otis Rush and Albert Collins; "Call it Stormy Monday," [covered by the Allman Brothers among others], "Viola Lee Blues," [covered by the Grateful Dead], "T Bone Shuffle" [covered by Jesse Colin Young and Boz Scaggs], "Strollin' With the Bone") Born in 1910 in Linden, Texas. Died on March 17, 1975, of bronchial pneumonia, in Los Angeles.


In 1955, With sales of a remarkable 18 million units, "The Ballad Of Davy Crockett," by actor Fess Parker, among other versions floating around, was the #1 record in the US. Anyone have their old coonskin cap still in the closet?

In 1966, Ike & Tina Turner's sweeping, majestic version of "River Deep, Mountain High" was released and tanked. It so embittered producer Phil Spector that he went into seclusion for two years.

In 1969, Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithful were busted at their London home for possession of marijuana.

In 1970, The twisted and jaded film, Performance, starring Mick Jagger, was released.

In 1976, The Allman Brothers Band broke up. They would later reunite.

In 1977, Bruce Springsteen and his former manager Mike Appel reached an out-of-court settlement of Springsteen's suit pertaining to financial matters and Appel's counter suit. All the legalities had kept the boss from recording for almost a year. Springsteen immediately began work on Darkness On the Edge of Town.

In 1977, In Paris, Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland played together for the first time as members of a group led by Mike Howlett called Strontium 90.

In 1997, Bob Dylan was admitted to a NYC hospital, suffering from a severe chest and heart infection known as histoplamosis.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE (Passionate, vocalist and songwriter; Springsteen-influenced rocker; one of the most successful female singer/songwriters of the rock era; gay rights activist; "Bring Me Some Water," "Like The Way I Do," "Similar Features," "Dance Without Sleeping," "Come To My Window," "I'm The Only One," "I Want To Come Over," "Lover Please," "Breathe," "Lucky") Born in 1961 in Leavenworth, Kansas.

NOEL GALLAGHER (Guitarist for mega-hit Brit '90s Beatlesque band Oasis; "Cigarettes And Alcohol," "Live Forever," "Supersonic," "Don't Look Back In Anger," "Some Might Say," "Wonderwall," "Champagne Supernova") Born in 1967 in Longsight, Manchester, England.

DANNY ELFMAN (Singer, songwriter, composer and former leader of hit '80s Southern California band Oingo Boingo; has scored many soundtracks, including theme music for The Simpsons; "Dead Man's Party," "Only A Lad") Born in 1953 in Amarillo, Texas.

GARY BROOKER (Vocalist and keyboards with Procol Harum; occasionally a sideman with Clapton, Ringo and others; "A Whiter Shade Of Pale," "Shine On Brightly," "Conquistador") Born in 1945 in Essex, England.


In 1959, One of rock & roll's first outdoor festivals took place in Atlanta. Ray Charles, B.B. King and Jimmy Reed topped the bill.

In 1964, In an editorial, England's Daily Mirror called The Rolling Stones "the ugliest group" in the country, and asked, "Would you let your sister go out with one of them?"

In 1971, The Rolling Stones accomplished the rare feat of having both the #1 album, with Sticky Fingers, and #1 single, with "Brown Sugar," simultaneously in the US.

In 1972, In a tongue-in-cheek retaliation for the BBC's banning of his earlier "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" single, Paul McCartney released a more innocuous item, "Mary Had A Little Lamb." It actually made the British Top 30.

In 1973, Mike Oldfield released his intriguing, Tubular Bells, which was later used in The Exorcist to great eerie effect.

In 1973, Making his solo debut at New York's Academy Of Music, Roger McGuinn announced that The Byrds were history.

In 1977, Elvis walked off stage in the middle of a show in Baltimore. It was the first time in his 23-year career that he had done so except when legitimately ill. The end was near.

In 1987, Michael Jackson reportedly offered to pony up $50,000 to purchase the remains of The Elephant Man.

In 1989, John Cipollina died of emphysema. He was best known as the guitarist for the late-'60s band Quicksilver Messenger Service.

In 1997, Promising singer/songwriter, Jeff Buckley, son of Tim Buckley, drowned after jumping into the Mississippi River for an impromptu swim. He was 30.


TOPPER HEADON (born Nicholas Headon) (Drummer with '70s/'80s legendary punk band The Clash; "Train In Vain," "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," "London Calling") Born in 1955 in Bromley, Kent, England.

TOM MORELLO (Unique guitarist and social activist with hugely popular early-‘90s punk/thrash band Rage Against The Machine and later the Tom Morello Project; grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, where his mother, Mary Morello, was the founder of Parents for Rock and Rap, an anti-censorship organization, while his father was a guerilla in the Mau-Mau uprising that freed Kenya from British rule; "Killing In The Name," "Guerilla Radio") Born in 1964 in New York City.

BENNY GOODMAN (Virtuoso jazz clarinet player, band leader and catalyst of the swing/big band era; he was the Elvis or Beatles of the 1930s-era) Born in Chicago in 1909. Died of a heart attack June 13, 1986, In New York City.


In 1968, The Beatles began work on their first and only double set, which has come to be known as The White Album. While a great album, it was more a collection of solo works than an actual group effort. All was not Fab in Fab Four land.

In 1971, Members or crew of the Grateful Dead were suspected but not formally charged with surreptitiously spiking apple juice with LSD served at a Winterland concert in San Francisco. Three dozen Deadheads were treated for hallucinations.

In 1980, Carl Radle, bass player for Derek & The Dominos and Leon Russell, among many others, died of a kidney ailment brought on by drinking and drug use. He was 37.

In 1983, The now ubiquitous Compact Disc was introduced in the United States. Billy Joel enjoyed the distinction of being the first artist, rock or otherwise, to have an album released in this format when Columbia released his 1978 smash 52nd Street on CD.

In 1990, Australia's Midnight Oil protested the Exxon Valdez disaster by performing in front of Exxon's NYC headquarters.

In 1992, Paul Simon married Edie Brickell of The New Bohemians.

In 1999, Jimmy Buffett's Beach House On The Moon snuck into the Billboard Top 10.


JOHN "BONZO" BONHAM (Longtime drummer with Led Zeppelin, an intrinsic part of the band - they broke up when he died; "How Many More Times," "Dazed And Confused," "Black Mountain Side," "Moby Dick," "Bring It On Home," "Whole Lotta Love," "That's The Way," "Misty Mountain Hop," "Going To California," "Stairway To Heaven") Born in 1948 in Birmingham, England. Died in Windsor, England, September 25, 1980, of alcohol poisoning; he had reportedly downed three dozen shots of straight vodka in just a few hours.

MICK RAPLHS (Guitarist for '70s bands Mott The Hoople and Bad Company; "One Of The Boys," "All The Young Dudes," "All The Way From Memphis," "Can't Get Enough," "Ready For Love," "Bad Company," "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Rock And Roll Fantasy") Born in 1944 in Hereford, England.

COREY HART (Canadian pop/rocker; "Sunglasses At Night") Born in 1962 in Montreal.

PETER YARROW (The Peter in Peter, Paul & Mary who led the charge in the Great Folk Scare of the '60s; "Lemon Tree," "If I Had a Hammer," "Puff [The Magic Dragon]," "I Dig Rock & Roll Music," "Leaving On A Jet Plane") Born in 1938 in New York City.

JOHNNY PAYCHECK (born Donald Lytle) (Outlaw honky-tonker; "Take This Job And Shove It") Born in 1941 in Greenfield, Ohio. Died February 18, 2003, in Nashville from complications due to diabetes and emphysema.

In 1961, Rocker turned entrepreneur, Chuck Berry opened his Berry Park in Wentzville, Missouri. The 30-acre complex featured a swimming pool, miniature golf course, a Ferris wheel, a children's zoo and a picnic area replete with barbecue pits.

In 1969, John Lennon, Yoko and friends recorded "Give Peace A Chance" in a hotel room whilst in the midst of their infamous "bed-in."

In 1969, Joe Cocker's With A Little Help From My Friends album cracked the charts. The "friends" included Jimmy Page and Steve Winwood.

In 1973, Steely Dan picked up a Gold record for Can't Buy A Thrill. It contained their first hit singles, "Do It Again" and "Reeling In The Years."

In 1975, The  Eagles released "One Of These Nights"; the song would go on to become one of their biggest hits.

In 1976, The Who registered 120 decibels on the volume scale, earning them a berth in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the loudest rock band ever.

In 1977, Upon the completion of their ambitious Works, Vol. 1 album, Emerson, Lake & Palmer embarked on a tour of the U.S., accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra.

In 1982, The Rolling Stones played one of their unannounced surprise gigs at the 100 Club in London. It was the spot where The Sex Pistols had effectively launched the punk rock movement about six years earlier.

In 1997,  A sandwich slicing mishap caused Neil Young to postpone his European tour with an injured finger.

In 1999, Songwriter and '60s Detroit FM radio personality Dave Dixon was discovered dead in his home. He had co-written "I Dig Rock & Roll Music" with Peter, Paul and Mary.


ALANIS MORISSETTE (Talented, hit confessional singer/songwriter who broke in 1995 with the 16 million-selling album Jagged Little Pill; was an actor on the Nickelodeon children's television series You Can't Do That On Television at age 10; "You Oughta Know," "Ironic," "You Learn," "Thank U," "Hands Clean," "Everything") Born in 1974 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

RON WOOD (Bass player/guitarist and backing vocals for the [early] Jeff Beck Group, Rod Stewart and the Faces and The Rolling Stones, where he replaced Mick Taylor in 1975; solo albums; also an accomplished painter; "Maggie May," "Every Picture Tells a Story," "Stay With Me," "You Wear It Well," "Twistin' The Night Away," "Fool To Cry," "It's Only Rock And Roll," "Miss You," "Beast Of Burden," "Shattered," "Start Me Up," "Waiting on a Friend," "Love Is Strong," "You Got Me Rockin'," "Don't Stop") Born in 1947 in Hillingdon, London, England.

MARILYN MONROE (born Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker) (Icon of film and sexuality and, incidentally, a passable singer; Elton John and Bernie Taupin wrote "Candle In The Wind" for her) Born in 1926 in Los Angeles. Committed suicide or accidentally overdosed on sleeping pills (or was murdered, some would contend) on August 5, 1962, in her Brentwood, California, home.

PAT BOONE (born Charles Eugene Patrick Boone) (Mr. White Bread king of '50s pop; reinvented himself as camp rocker in the mid-'90s; "April Love," "Ain't That a Shame," "Tutti Frutti") Born in 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida.

In 1964, The Rolling Stones arrived in New York City to launch their first U.S. tour. The debut gig was at a Boston high school auditorium.

In 1967, The Beatles' amazing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a milestone in rock concept albums, was released.

In 1971, The birthplace of Elvis, a virtual shotgun shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, was opened for public visitation.

In 1973, Paul McCartney's theme song for the James Bond movie, Live And Let Die, was heard for the first time at the film's premiere.

In 1975, The Rolling Stones began their first excursion with new guitarist Ron Wood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The band serenaded Woody with a rousing "Happy Birthday" at the end of the show.

In 1991, David Ruffin, lead vocalist on some of The Temptations biggest hits ("My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg") died of a cocaine overdose.

In 1999, Elton John played a benefit concert at the University of Wyoming in Laramie on behalf of organizations promoting tolerance. The concert was in memory of Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming student who had been beaten and left for dead the year before.

In 2001, Jackson Browne teamed up with Bonnie Raitt and others to play a benefit show at The Paramount in Seattle for their friend Danny O'Keefe's Songbird Foundation, which promotes sustainable coffee farming.

6/2: CHARLIE WATTS (The Rolling Stones), TONY HADLEY (Spandau Ballet)

6/3: IAN HUNTER (Mott The Hoople), BILLY POWELL (Lynyrd Skynyrd)

6/4: KASEY CHAMBERS (Alt-country/pop singer-songwriter from Australia; In 1998, Chambers recorded her debut solo album The Captain on Norfolk Island, where her mother lives, with Buddy and Julie Miller on backing vocals and guitar; she spent time touring the U.S. with Lucinda Williams and playing gigs in her native land with Emmylou Harris; 2002's Barricades and Brick Walls was a multi-platinum success in Australia and was acclaimed here; after a two-year layoff to have a baby, Chambers released her third solo disc, Wayward Angel, in the fall of 2004) Born in 1976 in Australia.

FREDDY FENDER (born Baldemar Huerta) (Tex/Mex Americana/country star; member of the early-'90s all-star band The Texas Tornadoes with Doug Sahm, Flaco Jimenez and Augie Meyers; Fender had numerous hits in Mexico and South America in the late-'50s that earned him the nickname "The Mexican Elvis"; served nearly three years in a Louisiana state prison for the simple possession of two joints in 1960; occasional actor [in Robert Redford's The Milagro Beanfield War]; he made up the stage name of Freddy Fender because he thought it would help his records "sell better with gringos"; "Living It Down," "Before The Next Teardrop Falls," "Wasted Days And Wasted Nights") Born in 1937 in San Benito, Texas.

GORDON WALLER (Along with Peter Asher, he was half of Britain's mid-'60s hit pop/folk duo Peter & Gordon; Waller faded from the limelight while Asher went on to produce and manage major rock acts, such as Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Randy Newman and Warren Zevon; "I Go To Pieces," "World Without Love" [written by Paul McCartney]) Born in 1945 in Braemar, Scotland.

In 1942, Capitol Records was founded in Hollywood. Their first hit single was a little ditty called "Cow Cow Boogie" by Freddy Slack's big band with Ella Mae Morse on the vocal. Capitol would ultimately go on to be the home of Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Beach Boys and countless others.

In 1956, Elvis scored a rare triple whammy as "Heartbreak Hotel" was #1 on Billboard's Pop, R&B and Country charts.

In 1967, The Monkees' TV show scored an Emmy for outstanding comedy series.

In 1975, The Rolling Stones became the first Western rock band to collect record royalties from sales in the Soviet Union.

In 1977, Supertramp released the hit single "Give A Little Bit." The Goo Goo Dolls would score a hit later with a cover.

In 1983, "Stand Back" was released. It would be among Stevie Nicks' biggest solo single successes.

In 1984, Bruce Springsteen's masterful Born In The U.S.A. hit the record stores. The album wound up delivering seven Top 10 singles.

In 1986, The Conspiracy Of Hope tour, starring Peter Gabriel, Bryan Adams, Sting and U2, kicked off at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.

In 1987, The Eurythmics performed a concert in West Berlin. A crowd of 1,000 youths came together on the other side in East Berlin and chanted, "The wall must go!" before police quelled the situation.

In 1992, In an Elvis stamp-voting contest conducted by the U.S. Postal Service, the vibrant "Young Elvis" bested the bloated "Vegas Elvis" stamp by far.

In 1993, Police in Seattle arrested Kurt Cobain at his home after an argument with his wife Courtney over his collection of firearms.

In 1996, New Zealand's Crowded House announced that they were calling it quits.

In 1997, Ronnie Lane died after a hard-fought battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was vocalist, bassist and co-founder of the Small Faces and later Faces, and an occasional recording and performing partner with Pete Townshend.

In 2001, Americana Legend and banjo picker John Hartford died in Nashville. The three-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and session man (The Byrds/James Taylor/Jerry Garcia/David Grisman/Béla Fleck) passed away after a long battle with cancer. He wrote the 1969 Glen Campbell hit, "Gentle On My Mind," and is generally credited with popularizing the banjo in contemporary rock culture. Hartford enjoyed the major spotlight again with his "Indian War Whoop" fiddle piece on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? runaway hit movie soundtrack.


LAURIE ANDERSON (born Laura Phillips Anderson) (Avant-garde performance artist, Chicago-turned-New York musician and author; has recorded with Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno and Lou Reed; best known her unique 1981 hit "O Superman") Born in 1947 in Chicago.

RICHARD BUTLER (Leader of post-punk hit Brit '80s pop/rockers The Psychedelic Furs; also fronted mid-'90s band Love Spit Love with his brother, Tim; "Love My Way" [produced by Todd Rundgren], "Ghost In You," "Heaven," "Heartbreak Beat," "Pretty In Pink") Born in 1956 in Kingston-upon-James, England.


In 1968, Senator Bobby Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Afterwards, David Crosby would write "Long Time Gone" about the incident, which he soon recorded with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. The next day, The Rolling Stones would add a line referencing the Kennedys in "Sympathy For The Devil."

In 1971, James Taylor recorded the mega hit, "You've Got A Friend."

In 1974, Patti Smith recorded her first song, a cover of the Hendrix classic, "Hey Joe."

In 1977,  Blues great "Sleepy John" Estes died in a tumbled down shack in Brownsville, Tennessee, at the age of 78.

In 1979, 64-year-old Muddy Waters married Marva Jean Brooks on her 25th birthday. Eric Clapton served as a witness.

In 1994, In a stunner, Chant, by the Benedictine Monks Of Santo Domingo De Silos, was #4 on the Billboard album chart. Fruitcakes, by Jimmy Buffett, held down the #5 position.

In 2001, Word finally leaks out to the press that Tom Petty, 50, was secretly married to Dana York, 37, in Las Vegas two days' earlier. There were no guests at the wedding. As Petty explained it, "We wanna get the legal stuff out of the way and then whoop it up with friends and family when we get home." And, they did just that later on June 21 at their Malibu home with his band and about 40 of their friends and family members, including Little Richard who married the couple.

In 2001, John Mayer released Room For Squares; it made the kid from Atlanta a star by the following year.

In 2003, Carlos Santana announced that the proceeds from his summer tour would go towards battling AIDS.


GARY “U.S.” BONDS ('80s with the help of Bruce Springsteen; "New Orleans," "Quarter To Three," "Out Of Work") Born in 1939 in Jacksonville, Florida.

DWIGHT TWILLEY (“I’m On Fire,” “Girls,” “Why Ya Wanna Break My Heart” from Wayne’s World soundtrack) Born in 1952 in Tulsa, OK.

STEVE VAI ('80s/'90s guitar god who has played with everyone from Frank Zappa to John Lydon's PiL; albums with his band Vai and solo; "Audience Is Listening") Born in 1960 in Carle Place, New York.

LEVI STUBBS (born Levi Stubbles) (Lead vocalist with '60s/'70s soul hit group The Four Tops; "Reach Out [I'll Be There]," "Standing In The Shadows Of Love," "Walk Away Renee," "I Can't Help Myself [Sugar Pie Honey Bunch]," "It's The Same Old Song," "Bernadette," "Ain't No Woman [Like The One I've Got]," "Keeper Of The Castle," ) Born in 1936 in Detroit.

DEAN MARTIN (born Dino Paul Crocetti) (Crooner, actor and half of the wildly successful duo, Martin & [Jerry] Lewis; the ultimate lounge lizard; key member of Sinatra's Rat Pack; "Volare," "Memories Are Made Of This," "That's Amore") Born in 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio. Died December 25, 1995, in Beverly Hills, California.

EDGAR FROESE (Head man and only continuous member of the pioneering spacey Brit synthesizer band Tangerine Dream, a much sought-after soundtrack group for film soundtracks) Born in 1944.

In 1960, One of the great rock songs, a lament of almost operatic dimensions, "Only The Lonely" by Roy Orbison was released on this day.

In 1964, A full page ad from a person or persons unknown appeared in six music trades reading, "In the public interest, watch The Rolling Stones crush The Beatles!"

In 1968, In the wake of the assassination of Robert Kennedy, The Rolling Stones added the line, "Who killed the Kennedys?" to the lyric of their unreleased-at-the-time "Sympathy For The Devil."

In 1969, Jeff Beck Group singer Rod Stewart inked a solo recording contract with Mercury Records. Never a big fan of vocalists in general, word has it that Jeff Beck was not brokenhearted to see him go.

In 1970, Crosby Stills & Nash's "Teach Your Children" single came out. The words of wisdom were primarily from Graham Nash, and the pedal steel player was Jerry Garcia.

In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono went onstage for the first time together since 1969, joining Frank Zappa for a jam at the Fillmore East.

In 1971, The Ed Sullivan Show was cancelled after a 23-year run. The show had presented every major music act of the '50s and '60s at one time or another.

In 1972, The landmark David Bowie album, Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, was released.

In 1982, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, CSN, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks performed at an anti-nuclear rally before 85,000 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The event was dubbed Peace Sunday: We Have a Dream.

In 1987, Genesis had the distinction of becoming the first group in history to spend a full year on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with tracks from just one album, Invisible Touch. The streak had begun the preceding year with the title track.

In 1992, Pete Townshend won a Tony for Best Original Score for the Broadway production of Tommy.

In 2002, Dee Dee Ramone (aka Douglas Glenn Colvin), bassist and co-founder of legendary '70s New York punk rock band The Ramones, was found dead in his Hollywood home from an accidental drug overdose. He was 49.


PRINCE (born Prince Rogers Nelson) (Flamboyant, controversial, influential and unique hit '80s artist, whose career has enjoyed a recent resurgence with 2004's Musicology; singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with his own signature psychedelic soulful pop/funk/rock; Ani DiFranco appeared on his 1999 album Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic; "Little Red Corvette," "Delirious," "Let's Go Crazy," "Purple Rain," "I Would Die 4 You," "1999," "Raspberry Beret," "When Doves Cry," "Kiss," "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World," "Call My Name") Born in 1958 in Minneapolis.

DAVE NAVARRO (Onetime guitarist for both Jane's Addiction and the Red Hot Chili Peppers; guested on Perry Farrell albums; solo career with 2001's Trust No One; "Been Caught Stealing," "Aeroplane," "My Friends," "Walkabout") Born in 1967 in Santa Monica, CA.

CLARENCE WHITE (Talented '60s bluegrass guitarist and session veteran; best known for his stint with The Byrds on their classic 1968 progressive country/Americana album [with Gram Parsons]Sweetheart Of The Rodeo and their subsequent patchwork early-mid-'70s incarnations; "Hickory Wind," "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere," "The Ballad Of Easy Rider," "Chestnut Mare") Born in 1944 in Lewiston, Maine. Died July 14, 1973, in Palmdale, CA, after being hit by a drunk driver.

TOM JONES (born Thomas Jones Woodward) (UK pop-soul superstar and sex symbol circa mid-'60s/early-'70s; enjoyed an early-'90s comeback thanks to his version of Prince's "Kiss" and The Simpsons TV show; "It's Not Unusual," "She's A Lady," "What's New Pussycat?") Born in 1940 in Pontypridd, South Wales.

In 1963, Decca Records in the UK released "Come On," the first record by The Rolling Stones.

In 1969, Blind Faith, featuring Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton, gave a free concert at London's Hyde Park in front of an estimated 120,000.

In 1969, The Who's  rock opera Tommy entered the Billboard charts at #96; it would peak at #4.

In 1971, Tapestry, Carole King's smash album, went Gold. It remained on the charts for three years and produced the hit single, "It's Too Late."

In 1972, The American Tribal Love Rock Musical, Hair, opened on Broadway.

In 1975, Elton John's Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy entered the U.S. album chart at #1, and would remain there for seven weeks.

In 1979, Chuck Berry was charged with three counts of tax evasion. The IRS's decision was ill-timed as Berry was slated to perform on the White House lawn before President Jimmy Carter at the Black Music Association gala a day later.

In 1993, Ground was broken for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Chuck Berry and Pete Townshend were among the rockers on hand for the occasion.

In 1993, On his 35th birthday, Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol, and became known as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.

In 1994, Grace Slick was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and a series of mandatory AA meetings in the wake of an incident the preceding March where the ex-Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer had pointed a gun at police answering a disturbance call at her Marin County, California, home.

In 1999, Rod Stewart was tardy in ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in commemoration of the first day of trading for SFX Entertainment stock, a company that had produced a number of Stewart's tours. Rod was, however, spot-on time to head-butt soccer balls onto the trading floor. So, all was forgiven.

In 2003, Los Lobos celebrated 25 years together since their first record went into a local East Los Angeles record store.

In 2004, Prince's Musicology album went Top 10.


BOZ SCAGGS (born William Royce Scaggs) (Hit soulful rock/blues singer/songwriter who emerged the late-'60s as guitarist/vocalist for the Steve Miller Band [on Children Of The Future and Sailor] in San Francisco, via Dallas and Madison WI; accomplished solo career; co-owner of Slim's nightclub in San Francisco; "I'll Be Long Gone," "Loan Me A Dime," "We Were Always Sweethearts," "Lowdown," "Lido Shuffle," "We're All Alone," "Some Change," "You Got My Letter," "It All Went Down The Drain," "Payday") Born in 1944 in Canton, Ohio.

NANCY SINATRA (Frank's daughter; she enjoyed a brief but successful mid-late-'60s pop career; "These Boots Are Made For Walking") Born in 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

CHUCK NEGRON (One of the lead vocalists in hit '60s pop/rock band Three Dog Night; "Eli's Coming," "Liar," "Joy To The World," "Easy To Be Hard," "Out In The Country," "One," "Mama Told Me Not To Come" [written by Randy Newman], "Shambala") Born in 1942 in the Bronx, New York.

In 1968, The Rolling Stones unleashed "Jumpin' Jack Flash."

In 1969, Brian Jones announced that he was departing The Rolling Stones because he disapproved of the direction the band was taking.

In 1974, Yes temporarily lost keyboard/synthesizer player Rick Wakeman, who was departing for a solo career.

In 1982, Simon & Garfunkel reunited for a nine-date European tour, beginning in Paris and ending in London.

In 1989, Noted vegan Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders confessed to a Green Peace Rainbow Warriors conference in London that she had once fire-bombed a McDonald's. The next day, a copy-cat followed suit. The fast-food chain threatened legal action, demanding that Hynde not repeat her statement, and she agreed.

In 1991, Bruce Springsteen wed his E Street Band backup singer, Patti Scialfa. It was his second marriage.

In 1998, A private service was held for Linda McCartney at St. Martins-in-the-Fields church in London. Along with Paul, guests included George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Sting, Elton John and Pete Townshend.


JACKIE WILSON (Incredibly influential R&B '50s/'60s superstar; "[Your Love Keeps Lifting Me] Higher And Higher," "Lonely Teardrops") Born in 1934 in Detroit. Died January 21, 1984, in Mount Holly, New Jersey, after an eight-year, heart attack-induced coma.

LES PAUL (born Lester William Poifus) ("The Wizard Of Waukesha," superb guitarist, electronics pioneer/inventor [responsible for multitrack recording] and one-time pop star with wife Mary Ford; the Gibson guitar named after him is one of the most popular designs ever; despite arthritis, he is still active; "How High The Moon," "Lover," "Tiger Rag") Born in 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

MITCH MITCHELL (born John Mitchell) Accomplished drummer, best known for his work with the groundbreaking Jimi Hendrix Experience; "Hey Joe," "Purple Haze," "All Along The Watchtower") Born in 1946 in London.

JOHNNY ACE (born John Alexander) (Early R&B star; "Pledging My Love") Born in 1929 in Memphis. Died on Christmas Day 1954 in a senseless game of Russian roulette backstage at Houston's City Auditorium.

COLE PORTER (Great American songwriter; "Night & Day," "What Is This Thing Called Love," "Anything Goes," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "True Love") Born in 1892 in Peru, Indiana. Died in Santa Monica, California, on October 15, 1964.

In 1958, "The Killer" tried to clean it up. Jerry Lee Lewis, with the help of his producer Sam Phillips, placed a full page ad in Billboard magazine in an attempt to justify his second divorce and third marriage to his 14-year-old cousin Myra.

In 1967, The Monkees played the Hollywood Bowl with Jimi Hendrix opening.

In 1969, Mick Taylor replaced Brian Jones in The Rolling Stones. Although he was an excellent guitarist, Taylor never quite fit the band and left after five years.

In 1970, Princeton University bestowed an honorary Doctorate of Music upon Bob Dylan.

In 1971, Paul McCartney's second solo effort, Ram, was certified Gold.

In 1972, John Hammond, famed discoverer and nurturer of talent (Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, George Benson, Aretha, Dylan), followed his intuition and scored again when he signed Bruce Springsteen to CBS Records.

In 1982, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne lent their services to yet another Peace Week benefit. This one was held at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York.

In 1990, A record store owner in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was arrested for selling As Nasty As They Wanna Be by rappers 2 Live Crew.

In 2001, With T Bone Burnett's O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack reaching over one million in sales and still ranking among the 50 best-selling albums in the country, Lost Highway announced the release of Down From The Mountain, a Burnett-produced album of live material by the artists on that hit soundtrack.


HOWLIN' WOLF (born Chester Burnette) (Original and highly influential blues singer, a gravel-voiced, primal force who recorded the definitive versions of many a blues standard, most written by Willie Dixon; "Evil," "Smokestack Lightning" [covered by The Yardbirds], "I Ain't Superstitious" [covered by the Jeff Beck Group], "Little Red Rooster" [covered by The Rolling Stones], "Backdoor Man" [covered by The Doors],  "Spoonful" [covered by Cream], "Killin' Floor" [covered by the Electric Flag]) Born in 1910 in West Point, Mississippi. Died January 10, 1976, in Hines, Illinois.

JUDY GARLAND (born Frances Ethel Gumm) (Emotional song stylist; actress [The Wizard Of Oz]; "Over The Rainbow," "Hello, God") Born in 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Died of an accidental overdose of barbiturates on June 22, 1969, in London, England.

In 1964, During a recording session at Chess in Chicago, The Rolling Stones ran into a couple of their heroes, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

In 1966, In another music first, The Beatles were heard being played backwards on their song "Rain."

In 1967, Bob Dylan and The Band began recording the legendary Basement Tapes in Woodstock, New York.

In 1971, A Jethro Tull concert in Denver turned nasty after police lobbed tear gas canisters into the audience of 10,000 to quell various disturbances. The show bravely carried on as Jethro Tull finished the concert despite the fact that Ian Anderson was struggling to play the flute and keyboardist John Evans could not see his piano through the haze.

In 1974, The Who began a four-day run of shows at Madison Square Garden. Tickets had sold out in 60 hours, a full two months before the concerts.

In 1977, Joe Strummer and Topper Headon of The Clash were busted for graffiti while painting the band's name on a wall in London.

In 1978, Joe Walsh released "Life's Been Good."

In 1986, Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats ("I Don't Like Mondays") was awarded an honorary Knighthood for his efforts to raise funds to eradicate famine in Ethiopia. He had organized the all-star Band-Aid to record "We Are The World" and the ensuing Live Aid benefit concerts.

In 2003, After debuting on the album charts a year earlier, Norah Jones' Come Away With Me remained a Top 10-selling album.


FRANK BEARD (Longtime drummer for the "little Ol' Band from Texas," ZZ Top; the only member of the group without a beard; "Waiting For A Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago," "La Grange," "Tush," "TV Dinners," "Rough Boy") Born in 1949 in Frankston, Texas.

In 1965, The Rolling Stones released their first live album, Got Live If You Want It. The music could barely be heard over the din created by the audience.

In 1965, It was announced that The Beatles would receive the prestigious MBE award from Her Majesty. John would return his in 1969 in protest of the Vietnam War.

In 1966, Janis Joplin joined Big Brother & The Holding Company onstage for the first time at a show in San Francisco.

In 1966, Hope springs eternal. The top song in the country was "Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones.

In 1969, Space buff David Bowie released "Space Oddity" just in time for the first Apollo lunar landing.

In 1978, The Rolling Stones were still managing to generate controversy. The title track of their latest album, Some Girls, contained a line about black girls just wanting to "get f***ed all night," resulting in some protests to retail record outlets from women's groups across the country.

In 1978, The film biography of Ike and Tina Turner, What's Love Got To Do With It?, opened around the country. Ike was portrayed in a less than flattering light.

In 1988, The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Party Concert in London featured Dire Straits, Simple Minds and Stevie Wonder.

In 1995, Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain's widow and leader of the group Hole, was hospitalized in Seattle after passing out during a flight. She claimed that she had a bad reaction to prescription medication.

In 2002, Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills at St. Salvator Church in Ireland. Guests in attendance included Ringo Starr, David Gilmour and Chrissie Hynde.


KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD (Smokin' young modern blues-rock guitarist and vocalist who took off in the mid-'90s; influences include Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughan; "Blue On Black," "Last Goodbye") Born in 1977 in Shreveport, Louisiana.

JUNIOR BROWN (Americana/roots rocker, vocalist and songwriter, but above all, a wild honky-tonkin' original electric guitarist who helped develop a unique instrument called the "guit-steel," a double-necked six-string guitar combined with a steel guitar; sometimes called the "Hillbilly Hendrix"; influenced by country star Ernest Tubb; "I Hung It Up," "Highway Patrol," "Venom Wearing Denim," "My Wife Thinks You're Dead") Born in 1952 in Kirksville, Indiana.

CHICK COREA (Born Armando Anthony Corea) (Talented jazz keyboardist who has recorded with Miles Davis and fronted Return To Forever; "Light As A Feather") Born in 1941 in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

BUN E. CARLOS (Born Brad Carlson) (Drummer for hit band Cheap Trick, formed in 1975 in Rockford, Illinois; "So Good To See You," "I Want You To Want Me," "Surrender," "California Man," "Ain't That A Shame," "Dream Police," "The Flame") Born in 1951 in Rockford, Illinois.

In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis's "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" was slowly climbing the charts.

In 1959, Chess/Checker Records released both Chuck Berry's Chuck Berry On Top album and Bo Diddley's Go Go Bo Diddley.

In 1965, The Rolling Stones released one of the all-time most popular rock tunes, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," on this day. ("More useless information supposed to fry your imagination...")

In 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono released the politically oriented double-album Some Time In New York City.

In 1982, Approximately one million individuals, among them musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, gathered in New York to support nuclear disarmament.

In 1989, Graceland held the grand opening for the Elvis Presley Autoland Museum, which featured over 20 cars that had been owned by The King.

In 1995, The soundtrack album to the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction crept into the Billboard Top 50. The record features songs performed by Urge Overkill, Al Green, Maria McKee, Rick Nelson and Chuck Berry, among others.




DENNIS LOCORRIERE (Comical singer, songwriter, guitarist and co-founder of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show; career goal was to get on... "The Cover of Rolling Stone," "Sylvia's Mother") Born in 1949 in Union City, New Jersey.

In 1958, Frank Zappa graduated from Antelope Valley High School in the Mojave Desert town of Lancaster in Southern California.

In 1964, The Rolling Stones played on the TV variety show Hollywood Palace, which was hosted by Dean Martin. A woefully out-of-sync Dino cracked after a trampoline artist's act, "That's the father of The Rolling Stones; he's been trying to kill himself ever since."

In 1969, One of the biggest soul music festivals ever, Soul Bowl '69 with Aretha, Ray Charles and The Staple Singers, opened at the Houston Astrodome.

In 1969, The Beatles had their last #1 single, "The Long And Winding Road." It was a fitting close to their relatively short but brilliant recording career.

In 1970, Christine McVie released a solo disc and then announced that she was retiring from music. As we know, it was only for a brief period; she would soon join her husband John in Fleetwood Mac.

In 1972, R&B biggie, Clyde McPhatter, died of a heart attack at the age of 39. He had been one of the original Drifters and a solo star ("A Lover's Question").

In 1986, Benny Goodman, jazz/swing/clarinet master, died of a heart attack at the age of 77.

In 1989, Jerry Lee Lewis got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1997, Rumors to the effect that Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon could double as the soundtrack for The Wizard Of Oz boosted the already phenomenal sales of Dark Side.

In 2001, Eric Clapton became a dad again as Julie Rose Clapton was born. The mother was Clapton's 25-year-old girlfriend (and soon-to-be wife) Melia McEnery. Clapton was soon back on the Reptile tour after taking time off to be in mom's hometown of Columbus, Ohio, for the birth.


JUNIOR WALKER (born Austy DeWalt II) (Top R&B and rock tenor sax player of the '60s and '70s, as a session artist and with his band the allstars; performed on Foreigner's 1978 smash "Urgent"; "I'm a Roadrunner," "Shotgun," "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) Born in 1931.

ROD ARGENT (Singer/songwriter and keyboard player for The Zombies and Argent; played piano on the Who's "Who Are You" and coproduced Nanci Griffith's Late Night Grand Hotel; "Time of the Season," "Tell Her No," "She's Not There," "Hold Your Head Up," "God Gave Rock And Roll To You") Born in 1945 in St. Alban's, Hertfordshire, England.

BARRY MELTON (Late-'60s/early-'70s singer/songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work with Country Joe And The Fish, who gained fame after playing the original Woodstock Festival; now works as a political advocate [against the death penalty] in Sacramento; "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine," "Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag") Born in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York.

MUFF WINWOOD (born Mervyn Winwood) (Bass player for the Spencer Davis Group along with his younger brother Steve Winwood; producer; "Gimme Some Lovin'," "Keep On Running") Born in 1943 in Birmingham, England.

BOY GEORGE (born George O'Dowd) (Lead vocalist for hit '80s pop band Culture Club; "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me") Born in 1961 in Bexleybeath, Eltham, Kent, England.

In 1953, Elvis was awarded his high school diploma from L.C. Humes High School in Memphis.

In 1961, Patsy Cline was seriously injured in a car wreck. A plane crash would claim her life less than two years later.

In 1965, Along with a string quartet, Paul McCartney recorded what would turn out to be the most recorded song of all time, "Yesterday."

In 1965, Bob Dylan made his first "electric" recording at Columbia's Studio A in New York. The song was "Like A Rolling Stone."

In 1970, Derek And The Dominos, featuring Eric Clapton, debuted onstage in England.

In 1970, A Grateful Dead classic studio album was released, Workingman's Dead. FM radio favorites "Casey Jones" and "Uncle John's Band" were among the tracks included in this set.

In 1971, The very first Hard Rock Café opened in London.

In 1979, It was announced that Little Feat had broken up after 10 years together. Two weeks later, leader Lowell George was found dead. The band regrouped in the late '80s and continues on to this day.

In 1981, Bruce Springsteen was the main attraction at a No Nukes concert held at the Hollywood Bowl. Jackson Browne, Gary U.S. Bonds, Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills and Nicolette Larsen joined the Boss at the benefit show.

In 1995, Influential '70s Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher ("Walk On Hot Coals") died in London from complications following a liver transplant. He was 46.

In 2003, In their second week on the Billboard album chart, San Francisco group Train held down the #6 spot with My Private Nation.


WAYLON JENNINGS (One of the first great Texas "outlaws" of country music to go against the grain of the established Nashville country music establishment in the '60s/'70s, often teamed up with the like-minded Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash [who, along with Kris Kristofferson, were The Highwaymen]; played bass as a member of the Crickets on Buddy Holly's last tour, and he nearly got on that ill-fated plane; Sting, Sheryl Crow and Mark Knopfler all guested on his 1996 album Closing In On The Fire; "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line," "I'm A Ramblin' Man," "Honky Tonk Heroes," "Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys," "Good Hearted Woman" [with Willie Nelson], "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way," "Luckenbach, Texas," "Will The Wolf Survive" [written by Los Lobos]) Born in 1937 in Littlefield, Texas. Died from heart disease on February 13, 2002, in Chandler, Arizona.

HARRY NILSSON (born Harry Edward Nilsson III) (Talented, twisted and likable character whose '60s/'70s-era rock/pop music ranged from the tender and whimsical to straight-ahead rock & roll; was John Lennon's party pal during Lennon's infamous "lost weekend" of separation from wife Yoko; "Everybody's Talking," "Without You," "Gotta Get Up," "Coconut," "Spaceman," "Jump Into The Fire," "You're Breakin' My Heart," "Me and My Arrow") Born in 1941 in Brooklyn. Died of a heart attack on January 15, 1994, in Agoura Hills, California.

STEVE WALSH (Vocals, keyboards with hit '70s band Kansas; "Dust In The Wind," "Carry On Wayward Son," "Point Of Know Return") Born in 1951 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

In 1956, John Lennon and Paul McCartney encountered each other for the first time at a festival in London.

In 1963, "Sukiyaki," the first Japanese import to make it to #1 in the US, was by Kyu Sakamota. The song had nothing to do with food, but it had been determined that "Sukiyaki" was the only Japanese word that most Americans knew.

In 1966, The original version of The Beatles' album Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow was released. It was a collection of singles and leftovers, featuring a cover photo of the boys grinning amidst an array of dismembered baby dolls. The "Butcher Cover," as it became known, was not well-received and quickly pulled by Capitol. A few copies managed to escape and have become fairly valuable collector's items.

In 1968, The Beatles' publicly disassociated themselves with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at a press conference in New York.

In 1970, For the first time, Jimi Hendrix recorded at his own new state-of-the-art dream studio, Electric Ladyland in NYC.

In 1978, Bob Dylan launched his first British tour in years at London's Wembley Empire Pool.

In 1989, The Fine Young Cannibals' The Raw & The Uncooked was the #1 album in the land.

In 1992, Bruce Springsteen kicked off his first tour in four years in Stockholm, Sweden. It was also the first time that he toured without the E Street Band. He had just released two albums, Lucky Town and Human Touch.

In 2002, Carlos Santana announced the first leg of his summer tour and the release date of his long-awaited Shaman album, due in stores on September 24. The record is the follow-up to his three-year-old mega-selling Supernatural album that put Santana in the elite club of international musical stars who have worldwide sales in excess of 90 million albums.



LAMONT DOZIER (Motown hit arranger, composer, producer and performer who is best known as a key member of hit '60s/'70s Motown songwriting trio of Holland-Dozier-Holland; "Where Did Our Love Go?" "Baby, I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself [Sugar Pie Honey Bunch]," "Reach Out [I'll Be There]," "Heat Wave," "This Old Heart of Mine") Born in 1941 in Detroit.

IAN MATTHEWS (Singer, songwriter for influential '70s Brit folk/rock bands Fairport Convention and Matthews Southern Comfort; "Woodstock") Born in 1946.

In 1967, The Monterey Pop Festival began in Monterey, California. Within three days 50,000 saw the first major appearances of Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Janis Joplin. Additional performers included The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Buffalo Springfield.

In 1982, Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott, 25, died of a heroin overdose in London. Chrissie Hynde dedicated "Back On The Chain Gang" to him.

In 1993, The U.S. Postal Service released a set of seven stamps featuring rock and blues legends such as Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley.

In 1994, Hole's 26-year-old bass player Kristen Pfaff was found dead in her Seattle home from an apparent drug overdose. Pfaff's mother has reportedly never accepted the official story regarding her daughter's death.

In 1998, The Recording Academy announced that after two years in New York, the Grammy Awards would return to Los Angeles.

In 1998, Live donated proceeds from their Asbury Park, NJ, gig to a fan who had been critically injured by lightning at a recent Tibetan Freedom Concert the band played in Washington, DC.

In 2002, Elvis was back on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since right after he died in 1977. The remix of his 1968 song "A Little Less Conversation," credited to Elvis Vs. JXL, hit the top of the singles charts. Soon, it would be released in the States.

In 2002, An advance copy of the title track from Bruce Springsteen's The Rising began airing on the radio. The post 9/11-themed The Rising, his first full-length studio album with the E Street Band since 1984's Born In The U.S.A., would be supported by an extensive tour starting in mid-August.


GREGG ROLIE (Original singer, songwriter and keyboard player with Santana - he co-founded the band with Carlos -and later, Journey
[replaced by ex-Babys keyboard player Jonathan Cain after 1978's Infinity, the first post-Steve Perry album], and in the '90s in The Storm and
Abraxas Pool; "Evil Ways," "Black Magic Woman," "Of a Lifetime," "On a Saturday Night," "Nickel and Dime," "Just The Same Way," "Feeling That Way/Anytime") Born in 1948.

CHRIS SPEDDING (Versatile British session musician and sometime bandleader who has played with Elton John, Memphis Slim, Brian Eno, Nilsson and among others; solo artist) Born in 1944.

IGOR STRAVINSKY (Innovative - even radical for the time - composer who forever changed the face of classical music and ballet; "The Rite of Spring," "Firebird Suite", "Petrouchka") Born in 1882. Died in 1971.

In 1965, The Kinks, riding the first wave of the British Invasion, arrived on these shores for the first time.

In 1967, In an unprecedented feat of "stunting", the San Francisco band, Moby Grape, released five singles simultaneously.

In 1977, Steve Winwood (Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith) released his first solo album. It was simply titled "Steve Winwood."

In 1980, Led Zeppelin kicked off their first tour on the European continent since 1973. It would be their last.

In 1989, Ringo and The All-Starr Band announced that they would hit the road again, this time featuring Joe Walsh, Clarence Clemmons, Billy Preston and Nils Lofgren.

In 1995, Soul Asylum had a Top Ten-selling album with Let Your Dim Light Shine. The album featured the track, "Misery."

In 2004, Rhino prepared to release Gettin In Over My Head, the first material by Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson in over six years. The album features guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Elton John, Paul McCartney and the late Carl Wilson.


PAUL McCARTNEY (born James Paul McCartney) (Singer, bass player, guitarist and piano player in The Beatles, where, together with John Lennon, he was a member of one of the greatest songwriting teams of all time; solo and with his band Wings in the '70s; "She's a Woman," "I've Just Seen a Face," "Michelle," "Drive My Car," "Yesterday," "Eleanor Rigby," "Here There And Everywhere," "Penny Lane," "Hey Jude," "Golden Slumbers," "Let It Be," "Maybe I'm Amazed," "Every Night," "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," "Heart of the Country," "Another Day," "Give Ireland Back to The Irish," "My Love," "Helen Wheels," "Band On The Run," "Jet,"  "Junior's Farm," "Listen To What the Man Said," "Medicine Jar," "Let Me Roll It," "Silly Love Songs," "Let 'Em In," "My Brave Face") Born in 1942 in Liverpool, England.

TOM BAILEY (Singer and bassist for '80s synth-pop band The Thompson Twins); "Hold Me Now," "Lay Your Hands On Me") Born in 1957 in Halifax, England.

ALISON MOYET (born Genevieve Alison-Jane Moyet) (Brit pop singer with successful UK solo career, but best known here for stint in the early '80s techno-pop dance hit duo Yaz with ex-Depeche Mode songwriter Vince Clarke; "Don't Go") Born in 1961 in Basildon, Essex, England.

In 1977, Johnny Rotten, lead vocalist of the notorious Sex Pistols, was slashed by some disgruntled thugs who objected to the band's version of "God Save The Queen." The following day, Paul Cook, the group's guitarist, was beaten up.

In 1980, The first Blues Brothers movie, with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd portraying Elwood and Jake Blues, premiered in NYC with cameo appearances by Aretha, Ray Charles, James Brown and John Lee Hooker.

In 1987, Bruce Springsteen officially separated from his first wife, Hollywood via Lake Oswego, OR model Julianne Phillips. There would be at least one positive result—his album, Tunnel Of Love, skillfully chronicled the disintegration of a relationship.

In 1999, Disney released the animated film Tarzan. The soundtrack sported five tracks by Phil Collins, each sung in five different languages, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

In 2001, Melissa Etheridge's "I Want To Be In Love" began airing on the radio. The song was the advance track from her album, Skin, released a month before she launched her Live%u2026And Alone tour of North America.

In 2003, Everything Must Go by Steely Dan was Top Ten on the Billboard album chart.

In 2004, The debut album by Austin's Los Lonely Boys leaped from #23 to #13 on the Billboard album chart.


NICK DRAKE (Highly influential and unique Brit folk/pop singer/songwriter who enjoyed little fame during his short life but would be the recipient of much posthumous acclaim; Drake's "Pink Moon" was used in a 2000 Volkswagen TV commercial, and his songs were subsequently used on movie soundtracks; he has been the subject of recent tribute albums as well; a little-known Drake fact is that a then-unknown Elton John was hired as a session vocalist to record Drake's songs in 1970; "Time Has Told Me," "The Thoughts of Mary Jane," "Pink Moon," "Things Behind The Sun," "One of These Things First") Born in 1948 in Rangoon, Burma. Died in 1974 in Birmingham, England from an overdose of pain medication.

ANN WILSON (Vocalist and co-leader, with her sister Nancy, of '70s/'80s Led Zeppelin-influenced band Heart; she had a 1989 hit with Cheap Trick's Robin Zander on the duet "Surrender To Me," and, with her sister, has remained active in Seattle's music scene recording bands at their Bad Animals studio); "Dreamboat Annie," "Crazy on You," "Magic Man," "Barracuda," "Even It Up," "These Dreams," "Oldest Story in the World") Born in 1951 in San Diego.

In 1973, The stage version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show opened in London. The production starred Tim Curry, who also later appeared in the 1975 film.

In 1976, Blue Oyster Cult's biggest chartbuster, "Don't Fear The Reaper," from their Agents Of Fortune album, was receiving heavy FM rock radio airplay.

In 1982, Steve Miller kicked off his first tour in three years in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The trek was in support of his latest album, Abracadabra.

In 1990, Sinead O Connor's breakthrough album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, featuring her hit cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" was a Top 15 album in the country on this day.

In 1994, Fueled by the hit track, "Interstate Love Song," Purple by the Stone Temple Pilots, was the #1 album in the country on this day. The album was the follow-up to their breakthrough 1992 debut, Core.

In 2002, Guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M. flew back to the States after being given another court date on charges relating to his air-rage incident two months earlier on a Seattle to London flight. Buck appeared briefly with his wife at Uxbridge Magistrates Court in West London dressed in a pinstripe suit and dark tie, and was soon freed on £20,000 ($28,000) bail.


BRIAN WILSON (Vocals, bass and piano in one of America's premier pop bands, The Beach Boys; conflicted genius behind most of the band's most inspired music, such as Pet Sounds and Good Vibrations; solo career; never surfed in his life; "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Surfer Girl," "Don't Worry Baby," "I Get Around," "Help Me Rhonda," "In My Room," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "California Girls," "Good Vibrations," "Sail On Sailor," "Kokomo") Born in 1942 in Hawthorne, California.

CHET ATKINS (born Chester Atkins) (An American icon and highly regarded guitar picker; producer behind numerous '50s/'60s hits for Elvis, Eddy Arnold, Bobby Bare, Floyd Cramer and Waylon Jennings at RCA Victor; "They'll Be Some Changes Made" [with Mark Knopfler]) Born in 1924 in Luttrell, Tennessee. Died June 30, 2001, in Nashville.

CYNDI LAUPER ('80s hit pop singer, songwriter; "Time After Time," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun") Born in 1953 in Queens, New York.

JOHN TAYLOR (Bassist for Duran Duran and The Power Station; "Rio," "Hungry Like a Wolf," "Save A Prayer," "Girls On Film," "Some Like It Hot," "Get It On [Bang A Gong]," "Ordinary World") Born in 1960 in Birmingham, England.

In 1966, It was reported that both George Harrison and Brian Jones had taken up the Indian instrument, the sitar. Brian and the Stones would be the first to use it, on "Paint It Black."

In 1969, David Bowie joined the Philips Records roster and went into Trident Studios in London to re-record "Space Oddity, written for the first Apollo moon mission.

In 1969, Approximately 150,000 rock fans showed up in the suburban Los Angeles city of Northridge, California, to witness the Newport '69 Festival featuring Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Jethro Tull, Steppenwolf and numerous others. Jimi Hendrix's fee was reported to be $125,000, at that time a record-breaking sum for a single appearance by a rock performer.

In 1970, Neil Young picked up a Gold record for "Cinnamon Girl" from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.

In 1973, American Bandstand commemorated its 20th anniversary with a 90-minute TV special.

In 1980, "It's Still Rock & Roll To Me" became Billy Joel's first #1 hit.

In 1996, The Furthur Festival was launched in Atlanta. It was the first time that the members of the Grateful Dead had performed together since Jerry Garcia's death.

In 2000, Mad Season, Matchbox Twenty's follow-up album to their 10 million-selling 1996 debut, went Top Five.


RAY DAVIES (Brilliant lyricist and vocalist for one of the most influential and longest lived original Brit Invasion bands, The Kinks; major influence on Blur, Oasis, the Pretenders and a ton of other U.K. and American bands; once married to Chrissie Hynde with whom he fathered a child; "You Really Got Me," "All Day And All of The Night," "A Dedicated Follower of Fashion," "Where Have All the Good Times Gone," "David Watts," "Stop Your Sobbing," "A Well Respected Man," "Set Me Free," "Till the End of The Day," "People Take Pictures of Each Other," "Sunny Afternoon," "Waterloo Sunset," "Victoria," "Lola," "Apeman," "Celluloid Heroes," "Muswell Hillbilly," "20th Century Man," "Sleepwalker," "Rock And Roll Fantasy," "Come Dancing," "Low Budget," "Don't Forget to Dance," "Better Things") Born in 1944 in Muswell Hill, London.

NILS LOFGREN (Acclaimed guitarist, singer/songwriter; best known for his long-running gig with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band; started out in the '70s with his hit band Grin, then Neil Young's Crazy Horse [once referred to as "America's best rock band" by Keith Richards]; solo albums; "White Lies," "Beggar's Day [Eulogy To Danny Whitten]," "Keith Don't Go [Ode To The Glimmer Twin]," "Cry Tough," "Goin' Back," "Silver Lining," "Valentine") Born in 1951 in Chicago.

BRANDON FLOWERS (Lead singer for The Killers) Born in 1981.

In 1948, Columbia Records began mass production of 33 1/3 long-playing records. A tremendous innovation, considering that prior to this, discs had spun at 78 revolutions per minute and were limited to about three and a half minutes per side.

In 1966, The Rolling Stones sued 14 New York City hotels that would not allow the boys on the premises. Their reputation had preceded them.

In 1970, Pete Townshend alarmed officials at Memphis International Airport when they heard him utter the word "bomb," a British slang term for a "hit." Townshend had been discussing The Who's album Tommy with a companion.

In 1972, Billy Preston's single "Outa-Space" earned him his first Gold record. Preston had played keyboards with the Beatles, among other bands.

In 1975, Elton John topped the bill at London's Wembley Stadium. The concert also featured the Eagles, Rufus, Joe Walsh and The Beach Boys - who seemed to get the best audience reaction.

In 1979, Four and a half years after quitting The Rolling Stones, guitarist Mick Taylor released his first solo album. It came and went, barely noticed.

In 1981, Steely Dan (Walter Becker and Donald Fagen) announced that they were putting an end to the band. They ultimately decided to do it again in 1994, releasing Everything Must Go.

In 1990, Rock pioneer Little Richard received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2001, Beloved blues original John Lee Hooker passed away of natural causes at the age of 80 in his home in the San Francisco Bay area.


STEVEN PAGE (Singer, songwriter, guitarist, co-founder of quirky and whimsical pop/folk band Barenaked Ladies; after a decade of hits in Canada, the Toronto band finally broke in America with their fifth album, Stunt; sidebar solo career with The Vanity Project; "If I Had $1,000,000," "Be My Yoko Ono," "One Week," "The Old Apartment," "Brian Wilson," "Pinch Me," "Another Postcard," "1, 2, 3%u2026Testing," "That's All, That's All") Born in 1970 in North York, Canada.

TODD RUNDGREN (Ever-experimental singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and tech pioneer; his first band was the psychedelic pop/rock outfit The Nazz in the early '70s, then on to numerous albums with and without his band Utopia; Rundgren has produced Meat Loaf, Tom Robinson, The Tubes, Patti Smith, XTC and Psychedelic Furs, among others; "Under The Ice," "We Gotta Get You a Woman," "Hello It's Me," "I Saw The Light," "Real Man," "Can We Still Be Friends," "Just One Victory," "The Dream Goes on Forever," "Bang on the Drum All Day") Born in 1948 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON (Singer, songwriter, actor, social activist, helicopter pilot; Army Captain; ex-husband to Rita Coolidge; graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, before attending Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship, where he earned a Master's degree in English lit; in 1965, in hopes of hawking his songs, he took a job as a night janitor at Columbia Records in Nashville when Dylan was recording Blonde On Blonde; he wrote "Me & Bobby McGee" [a hit for Janis Joplin], "Sunday Morning Coming Down," "Help Me Make It Through The Night," "Highway Man" [with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash]) Born in 1936 in Brownsville, Texas.

CATIE CURTIS (Boston folk-rocker who began to carve out a fan base in the mid-'90s; started out career playing drums and then moved on to acoustic guitar; her songs have been used in several TV shows and films, including "Soulfully" in the Dawson's Creek TV show; "The Kiss That Counted," "Magnolia") Born in 1970 in Saco, Maine.

MIKE EDWARDS (Singer, songwriter, guitarist and leader of early '90s hit Brit band Jesus Jones; "Right Here, Right Now") Born in 1964 in London.

PETER ASHER (Half of Peter & Gordon, the successful '60s Brit pop duo; went on to produce and manage major figures in rock, including Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Joni Mitchell, Warren Zevon, Iris DeMent, 10,000 Maniacs, John Wesley Harding and others; "A World Without Love" [written by Paul McCartney, who, at the time, was dating Asher's sister Jane], "I Go To Pieces," "Lady Godiva") Born in 1944 in London.

HOWARD KAYLAN (born Howard Kaplan) (Singer, songwriter, who along with his partner Mark Volman, was in the '60s hit Los Angeles band The Turtles; was with Frank Zappa And The Mothers in the early '70s [Chunga's Revenge, Live At The Fillmore East, 200 Motels, Just Another Band From LA] and the Phlorescent Leech [Flo] & Eddy; Kaylan and Volman sang backing vocals on records with John Lennon, Stephen Stills, T. Rex, The Knack and Bruce Springsteen ["Hungry Heart"]; a little-known fact is that The Kinks' Ray Davies produced The Turtles' 1969 album Turtle Soup;  "Elenore," "Happy Together," "She'd Rather Be With Me," "You Showed Me," "Keep It Warm") Born in 1947 in the Bronx, New York.

ALAN ANTON (born Alan Alizojvodic) (Bass player for Cowboy Junkies; "Sweet Jane," "Common Disaster," "Anniversary Song," "Miles From Our Home," "The Stars Of Our Stars") Born in 1959.

In 1967, The drug possession trial of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards began in London.

In 1968, At the Fillmore East in New York, the Jeff Beck Group played in America for the first time. Rod Stewart, then lead vocalist, was so bashful that he hid behind a large speaker for part of the performance. He later got over it.

In 1968, The crowd-pleasing guitar instrumental "Classical Gas," by one-time Smothers Brothers Show writer Mason Williams, was released. Utilizing rapid flash of a series of still photos, the song may well have been the first to be turned into a "music video."

In 1969, The first (and last) album by super group Blind Faith (Clapton, Winwood and Ginger Baker) was released. The original cover (now rare) raised some ire by featuring a topless pre-pubescent girl clutching a silver model jet.

In 1981, Six months after the brutal murder of John Lennon, Mark David Chapman pled guilty to the crime. He remains locked up.

In 1990, Billy Joel became the first rock artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.

In 2001, Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack was in serious condition in a Northern California hospital after crashing his motorcycle on the way to a show in Lake Tahoe, NV. He later recovered.


JUNE CARTER CASH (born Valerie June Carter) (Americana queen and Grammy-winning member of the pioneering '60s country/gospel royalty, the Carter Family, and later, beloved performing wife of Johnny Cash; mother of Carlene Carter with Carl Smith, Rosey Nix with Rip Nix and John Carter Cash with Johnny; solo artist; married Johnny, her third husband, in 1968 and helped him kick drugs as they recorded and toured together throughout the late '60s/early '70s behind more than a half-dozen Country hits; actress in Robert Duvall's 1997 film The Apostle; "Ring of Fire" [she co-wrote], "Jackson" [with Johnny Cash], "If I Were a Carpenter" [with Johnny Cash], "Wildwood Flower," "Keep on the Sunny Side," "Road to Kaintuck" [with Johnny Cash]) Born in 1929 in Maces Spring, Virginia. Died May 15, 2003, in Nashville.



In 1965, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles' classic "The Tracks Of My Tears" was released by Motown. Linda Ronstadt would cover the song in 1976.

In 1966, The Rolling Stones departed London for their third U.S. tour just two weeks after Mick Jagger was hospitalized for exhaustion following extensive tours of Australia and Europe.

In 1967, Arthur Conley received a Gold record for his memorable "Sweet Soul Music," his first and biggest hit.

In 1975, Alice Cooper broke six ribs after falling off the stage at a concert in Vancouver, B.C.

In 1976, At the conclusion of the Paul McCartney Wings Over America tour in Los Angeles, Ringo Starr appeared onstage to present old band mate Paul with a bouquet.

In 1990, Gary Busey, who had portrayed Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story, shelled out $242,000 for one of Holly's guitars at a New York auction.

In 1995, Dan Rather appeared onstage with R.E.M. for a photo session at Madison Square Garden as the band rehearsed "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" The song was, of course, a reference to the bizarre incident several years earlier where the veteran CBS news anchor was mugged when he couldn't come up with an answer to that question from his assailants.

In 2002, Yoko Ono, accompanied by her son, Sean, showed up at Club Universe in San Francisco, where she DJ'd well into the morning, even playing her lark dance club hit "Kiss, Kiss, Kiss." The day before, Ono had hosted the opening of her exhibition, Yes Yoko Ono, at the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art. As she answered questions to close out the event, assistants entwined the audience in blue string and handed out blue puzzle pieces to everyone. "Pieces of sky from September 11," Ono said. "We should meet again in 10 years and put them together."


ANDY McCLUSKEY (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)

MICK FLEETWOOD (Drummer and one of the founding members of Fleetwood Mac; he passed through the ranks of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers early on [as did Eric Clapton and so many Brit blues rockers]; the only thing that has remained unchanged in Fleetwood Mac since 1967 is the rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and bass player John McVie; Rumours has sold more than 25 million copies; is enjoying new solo career with The Mick Fleetwood Band; "Black Magic Woman," "Albatross," "Oh, Well," "Future Games," "Bare Trees," "Sentimental Lady," "Say That You Love Me," "Rhiannon," "World Turning," "Landslide," "Tusk," "Dreams," "Don't Stop," "You Make Loving Fun," "Go Your Own Way," "Sara," "Hold Me," "Gypsy," "Little Lies," "Everywhere," "Something Big") Born in 1942 in London, England.

CURT SMITH (Bass player, singer, songwriter and co-leader [with Roland Orzabal] of hit '80s/'90s bandTears For Fears; recently reformed; "Pale Shelter," "Change," "Mad World" [covered very successfully by Gary Jules], "Everybody Wants To Rule The World," "Head Over Heels," "Shout," "Sowing the Seeds of Love") Born in 1961 in Bath, Somerset, England.

JEFF BECK (Innovative and influential non-singing English guitarist whose music ranged from scorching hard rock to subtle jazz fusion; fresh out of art school, Beck began in Screaming Lord Sutch's band before replacing Eric Clapton in the groundbreaking '60s rockers The Yardbirds, and later fronted his own bands, including a successful late-'60s run with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood before they joined the Faces; recorded a few albums as Beck, Bogert and Appice; Beck has also recorded with Mick Jagger, Jan Hammer, Roger Waters, Jon Bon Jovi and Terry Bozzio, among others; "For Your Love," "Shapes Of Things," "Heart Full Of Soul," "Over Under Sideways Down," "I Ain't Superstitious," "Beck's Bolero," "Goin' Down," "Got The Feeling," "Situation," "Cause We've Ended As Lovers," "Freeway Jam," "Led Boots," "Behind The Veil," "People Get Ready" [with Rod Stewart], "What Mama Said") Born in 1944 in Wallington, Surrey, England.

ASTRO (born Terence Wilson) (Lead vocalist of hit '80s/'90s reggae/pop band UB40 [the band took their name from the Brit unemployment form]; "One in Ten," "Red Red Wine," "I Got You Babe" [with Chrissie Hynde], "Can't Help Falling in Love," "The Way You Do the Things You Do") Born in 1957 in Birmingham, England.

ARTHUR BROWN (Outlandish '60s psychedelic Brit rock singer, best known for his wild onstage antics and the 1968 album The Crazy World Of... and its hit single "Fire") Born in 1944 in Whitby, Yorkshire, England.

COLIN BLUNSTONE (Acclaimed lead vocalist for hit '60s Brit pop/rock band The Zombies; solo albums; he also provides unique backing vocals for the Alan Parson's Project on songs such as "Time"; "Time Of The Season," "Tell Her No," "She's Not There") Born in 1945 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England.

PATRICK MORAZ (Keyboard player who is best known for his stint as the replacement for Rick Wakeman in Yes, briefly, for 1974's Relayer; he joined The Moody Blues in 1979 for their Voyager, The Other Side Of Life and Sur La Mer albums; "Gemini Dream," "Your Wildest Dreams," "I Know You're Out There Somewhere") Born in 1948 in Morges, Switzerland.


In 1964, Great soul crooner Sam Cooke began a two-week engagement at New York's Copacabana Club. A 70-foot billboard was erected in Times Square to announce the gig.

In 1965, A Spaniard In The Works, John Lennon's second volume of rather odd drawings, poems and musings, was published.

In 1967, Procol Harum's memorable moody first single, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale," loosely based on a theme by Bach, was released. It would eventually peak at #5 on the US charts.

In 1973, Al Kooper reunited with his old band, the Blues Project, in New York's Central Park.

In 1989, On this day, the following albums held down spots on the Top 50 album chart: 10,000 Maniacs' Blind Man's Zoo, Elvis Costello's Spike, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians' Shooting Rubberbands At The Stars and the Indigo Girls' self-titled release.

In 1995, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder left the stage due to illness after only seven songs during an outdoor concert in San Francisco. To the delight of some, but mostly dismay to the younger fans, Neil Young stepped up to finish the show.

In 1999, Eric Clapton put 100 of his guitars on the auction block to raise funds for his Crossroads Centre drug rehab clinic in Antigua. The guitar he used on "Layla," a 1956 Fender Stratocaster, went for an astonishing $497,500. The auction generated almost $5 million for the clinic.

In 2003, San Diego-based upstart modern bluegrass band Nickel Creek broke into the mainstream with their catchy hit instrumental, "Smoothie Song."


ALLEN LANIER (Blue Oyster Cult)

TIM FINN (born Brian Timothy Finn) (Acclaimed pop/rock singer/songwriter, keyboardist/guitarist and multi-instrumentalist; big brother of  Neil and founding member of Split Enz; also briefly a member of Crowded House and ALT [with Hothouse Flowers' Liam O'Maonlai]; solo artist; occasionally joins with brother Neil as The Finn Brothers; "I Got You," "History Never Repeats," "One Step Ahead," "Six Months In A Leaky Boat," "Chocolate Cake") Born in 1952 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.

CARLY SIMON (Hit '70s singer/songwriter; once married to James Taylor; her father was a co-founder of Simon & Schuster publishers; "No Secrets," "That's The Way I Always Heard It Should Be," "Anticipation," "The Right Thing To Do,"  "I Haven't Got Time For The Pain," "You're So Vain" [with Mick Jagger on backing vocals], "Mockingbird" [with James Taylor],  "Nobody Does It Better," "You Belong To Me" [co-written with Michael McDonald], "Coming Around Again," "Jesse") Born in 1945 in New York City.

IAN McDONALD (Keyboards, sax, flute and vocals with late '60s/early '70s progressive rock outfit King Crimson [he and Robert Fripp composed the epic In The Court Of The Crimson King album] and, later, in the hit rock band Foreigner; "In The Court Of The Crimson King," "I Talk To The Wind," "Cold As Ice," "Feels Like The First Time," "A Long, Long Way From Home," "Head Games") Born in 1946 in London.

EDDIE FLOYD (Late '60s hit soul star; "Knock On Wood") Born in 1935 in Montgomery, Alabama.

DAVID PAICH (In-demand session keyboardist and producer; member of hit '80s band Toto; "Rosanna," "Africa," "99," "Hold The Line") Born in 1954 in Los Angeles.


In 1965, The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" topped the charts.

In 1967, The Fab Four performed "All You Need Is Love" live during the Our World program. A very early satellite affair, it was viewed around the globe.

In 1969, Guitarist Mick Taylor played his first live engagement with The Rolling Stones after replacing Brian Jones.

In 1982, For the first time in six years, The Rolling Stones played a concert in their homeland as 140,000 turned out to witness the band in action at London's Wembley Stadium.

In 1984, Prince's Purple Rain album was released.

In 1984, Just prior to the launch of the Born In The U.S.A. tour, Patti Scialfa joined the E Street Band for background vocals.

In 1992, Some of the memorabilia that would ultimately end up on display at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, including a necklace once worn by Janis Joplin, was exhibited at a museum in Cleveland.

In 1992, Billy Joel finally received his high school diploma. It seems as if 25 years earlier, the Piano Man had overslept and missed his English and Gym finals.

In 1995, Pearl Jam canceled a tour because of their ongoing feud with Ticketmaster. The band maintained that the giant ticket seller was a monopoly and charged fans hefty surcharges on concert tickets.

In 1999, Sarah McLachlan's Mirrorball was #3 on the U.S. Billboard album chart.


CHRIS ISAAK (Hit pop/rock crooner and actor with a wry sense of humor; heavily influenced by the rockabilly and ballads of Elvis and Roy Orbison; surfer; "You Owe Me Some Kind of Love," "Back On Your Side," "Wicked Game," "San Francisco Days," "Can't Do a Thing [To Stop Me]," "Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing," "Somebody's Crying," "Think Of Tomorrow," "Flying," "Speak of the Devil," "Let Me Down Easy") Born in 1956 in Stockton, California.

MICK JONES (born Michael Jones) (Singer, songwriter, guitarist and co-leader [with the late Joe Strummer] of The Clash, one of, if not, the most influential punk band of all time; later, formed Big Audio Dynamite; "I'm So Bored With The U.S.A.," "I Fought The Law," "White Riot," "London Calling," "Lost In The Supermarket," "Train In Vain," "Charlie Don't Surf," "Clampdown," "The Magnificent Seven," "Police On My Back," "Straight To Hell,"  "Rock The Casbah," "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," "C'mon Every Beatbox," "Medicine Show," "E=MC2") Born in 1955 in South London.

BIG BILL BROONZY (born William Lee Conley Broonzy) (One of the earliest and most influential of blues stars; major player on the 1930's Chicago blues scene; "All By Myself," "Key To The Highway") Born in 1893 in Scott County, Mississippi. Died of cancer August 15, 1958, in Chicago.


GEORGIE FAME (born Clive Powell) (Brit pop/jazz singer and keyboardist, member of The Blue Flames, worked with Alan Price and Ben Sidran; toured and recorded with Van Morrison in the '80s and '90s; "Yeh Yeh," "Getaway," "The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde," "How Long Has This Been Going On?" [with Van Morrison]) Born in 1943 in Lancashire, England.

HARRIET WHEELER (Lead singer with the '90s hit Brit pop band The Sundays; "Here's Where The Story Ends," "Love," "Summertime") Born in 1963 in England.

TERRI NUNN (Lead vocalist for hit '80s band Berlin; began as a teen actress in Lou Grant TV show; "Take My Breath Away," “Metro,” "Sex I'm a...") Born in 1959 in Baldwin Hills, CA.

PATTY SMYTH (Vocalist with late '70s/early '80s rock band Scandal; solo artist; "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" [with Don Henley], "Goodbye To You") Born in 1957 in New York City.


In 1955, It was announced that "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & The Comets had sold three million records in 13 months.

In 1956, In a magazine article in Look, famous jazz man Benny Goodman had this to say about rock & roll: "I guess its o.k., man. At least it has a beat."

In 1973, Mick Jagger was tagged in a London paternity suit initiated by model Marsha Hunt who claimed that Jagger was the father of her two-year-old daughter. The Stone underwent a blood test, which proved he wasn't the dad.

In 1977, Elvis Presley's final concert was played out on the stage of the Indianapolis Market Square Arena.

In 1992, With Bonnie Raitt opening, Elton John and Eric Clapton performed the first of three sold-out shows at London's Wembley Stadium. It was the first public appearance by Elton following some very painful hair transplant operations.

In 1998, Shagadelic! The soundtrack to Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me was #5 on the Billboard album chart.

In 2003, Who bass player John Entwistle died in Las Vegas of heart failure from a drug overdose in his room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. He was 57. The band was set to kick off a three-month North American tour the next day in the city.


LEIGH NASH (born Leigh Nash Bingham) (Singer for hit Austin pop/rock band Sixpence None the Richer; "Kiss Me," "Don't Dream It's Over") Born in 1976.

DOC POMUS (born Jerome Solon Felder) (Famed songwriter, professional gambler; inducted into the Rock And Roll, Songwriting, Blues and New York City Halls Of Fame; Elvis recorded more than 20 of his tunes; "Save The Last Dance For Me," "This Magic Moment," "Little Sister," "Viva Las Vegas," "Suspicion") Born in 1925 in Brooklyn, New York. Died of lung cancer in New York City on March 14, 1991.

BRUCE JOHNSTON (Keyboards, vocals and producer for The Beach Boys; replaced Brian Wilson in the touring band in 1964; drummer for Ritchie Valens' live band; penned "I Write The Songs," which was covered by The Captain & Tennille, David Cassidy and most notably by Barry Manilow) Born in 1944 in Peoria, Illinois.


In 1859, "Happy Birthday" was first sung.

In 1967, Perennial summer favorite, "Under The Boardwalk" by The Drifters, entered the charts. The song has since been covered by John Mellencamp, The Beach Boys, The Jackson Five and The Muppets, among many others.

In 1968, Following a slew of B-movies that nearly ruined his credibility forever, Elvis demonstrated that he still had it on his famous Elvis TV special, which was taped on this day for NBC.

In 1969, The Denver Pop Festival began at Mile High Stadium. A ruckus erupted in the 50,000 crowd and police descended with clubs and tear gas. The festival's last day on June 29 marked the final performance by The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

In 1972, "Ohio," CSNY's hard-hitting indictment of the Kent State murders, was issued.

In 1975, ZZ Top earned their second gold record for Fandango.

In 1988, In a sign of the times, MCA, purchased Motown Records for $61 million.

In 1989, The Who played their rock opera Tommy in its totality for the first time in 17 years at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The show generated funds for a children's charity as well as the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

In 1991, Liverpool Oratorio, Paul McCartney's debut classical piece, was performed for the first time by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

In 1993, Lyle Lovett married actress Julia Roberts. They divorced two years later.

In 2001, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' bass player Howie Epstein and girlfriend, singer/songwriter Carlene Carter were arrested after being pulled over in Albuquerque for speeding in an alleged stolen vehicle. State police found a small amount of heroin and drug paraphernalia. The couple was en route to the airport from Santa Fe where Epstein was originally set to board a flight for a Pennsylvania tour date.


RICHARD RODGERS (Great American composer; Broadway shows include Pal Joey, Oklahoma, Sound Of Music, South Pacific, The King & I and numerous others; partnered with lyricists Lorenz Hart, Oscar Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim) Born in 1902 in Arverne, Long Island, New York. Died of heart failure December 30, 1979, in New York City.

MEL BROOKS (born Melvin Kaminsky) (Manic comic writer, actor and director; Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein; began as a drummer) Born in 1926 in Brooklyn.

In 1968, "It's A Beautiful Morning" earned The Rascals their third Gold record.

In 1969, The debut album by CSN was released. The trio decided to tour but still needed an additional guitarist. Neil Young's name came up, the phone call was made, and soon CSNY was born.

In 1975, David Bowie's "Fame" was released. John Lennon had been in on the recording session, lending guitar and vocals.

In 1989, Jackson Browne's World In Motion was a Top 50 album on the Billboard chart.

In 2001, Phish and the Grateful Dead won big at the second annual Jammy Awards in New York.



COLIN HAY (Singer, songwriter and leader of Grammy-winning hit Australian '80s band Men At Work; Men At Work's 1982 American debut, Business As Usual, broke The Monkees' 1966 record for the longest run at #1 for a debut album [15 weeks]; Hay revived the band with old band mate Greg Ham in the late '90s; solo artist; occasional actor; "Who Can It Be Now?," "Down Under," "Overkill," "It's A Mistake") Born in 1953 in Kilwinning, Scotland.

LITTLE EVA (born Eva Narcissus Boyd) (Carole King's and Gerry Goffin's babysitter who inspired them to write the #1 hit "Locomotion"; she became the unlikely singer for the song after she sang on the demo and Don Kirshner released it as it was) Born in 1943 in Bellhaven, North Carolina. Died of cervical cancer April 10, 2003.

GARY BUSEY (Accomplished actor, singer and percussionist; played drums and percussion on albums by Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Leon Russell; nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Buddy Holly in 1978's The Buddy Holly Story, in which he did all his own guitar work and vocals) Born in 1944 in Goose Creek, Texas.


In 1959, A series of Dick Clark Rock & Roll Caravans was launched.

In 1963, Del Shannon's rendition of "From Me To You," the first Lennon/McCartney song to chart in America, made but a slight dent in the Top 100.

In 1966, A riot nearly erupted in Tokyo when The Beatles performed one of their final live shows.

In 1967, Keith Richards was found guilty of allowing his property to be used for the smoking of cannabis; he was fined and sentenced to one year in jail. Meanwhile, band mate Mick Jagger was pronounced guilty of illegal possession of amphetamine pills and sentenced to three months in jail. Jagger's sentence was later suspended.

In 1968, The release of Pink Floyd's second album, the psychedelic A Saucerful Of Secrets, coincided with a free concert at London's Hyde Park, with Jethro Tull, T. Rex and Roy Harper also on the bill.

In 1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at Mile High Stadium in Denver in what was to be their final gig together.

In 1975, An upbeat Elton John turned up unannounced at a concert at the Oakland Coliseum featuring the Eagles and The Doobie Brothers; he sang with both bands.

In 1979, Singer/guitarist/songwriter Lowell George, talented founder of Little Feat, died of a heart attack while on the road in Arlington, Virginia.

In 1984, St. Paul, Minnesota, was the site for the kickoff of Bruce Springsteen's massive 15-month, four-continent, 150-show Born In The U.S.A. tour.

In 1998, George Harrison revealed that he had been receiving radiation therapy for throat cancer, but was hopeful for a full recovery.

In 1999, Jewel forgot the lyrics to her song "Little Sister," from Pieces Of You, during a show at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Fortunately, an audience member happened to have a copy of the CD with him and held the booklet up for her as she sang along.

In 2000, Sting and his band members were defeated in simultaneous chess matches against World Chess champion Garry Kasparov in New York's Times Square.


DAVE VAN RONK (Unsung key member of New York's early-'60s folk scene; folk/blues/jazz singer, songwriter and guitarist who encouraged and supported artists like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Joni Mitchell early in their struggling days; guitar teacher; "Cocaine Blues," "Sunday Street") Born in 1936 in Brooklyn. Died February 10, 2002, in New York City while undergoing post-operative treatment for colon cancer.

GLENN SHORROCK (Singer, songwriter and co-leader of the hit '70s Australian soft rock group, Little River Band; "It's A Long Way There," "Help Is On The Way," "Cool Change") Born in 1944 in Rochester, Kent, England.

FLORENCE BALLARD (Original lead vocalist for late-'60s hit Motown group, The Supremes, until 1967; Steve Forbert's "Romeo's Tune" was written in her memory; "Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," "Come See About Me," "You Can't Hurry Love," "You Keep Me Hangin' On") Born in 1943 in Rosetta, Mississippi. Died at 32 on February 22, 1976, of cardiac arrest, in Detroit.



In 1966, The Beatles continued their three-night stand at Tokyo's famed Budokan Hall. Much of it was later bootlegged.

In 1971, Bill Graham's legendary Fillmore West shut down, but it would be back.

In 1971, Paul Revere & The Raiders were awarded a Gold record for their only #1 hit, the well intended, but hokey "Indian Reservation."

In 1974, It was a case of the "Come And Go Blues" as Gregg Allman married Cher. The union lasted exactly 10 days. And, "The Beat Goes On"%u2026.

In 1975, "One Of These Nights" by the Eagles turned Gold.

In 1977, Marvel Comics issued the first of a pair of illustrated magazines based on the costumed characters of Kiss. The red ink used was supposedly mixed with small amounts of blood from each group member.

In 1978, A very different version Frank Sinatra's anthem "My Way" was released, featuring the not-so-suave Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. Frank's reaction was never recorded, but given his disdain for rock, he must not have been pleased.


DEBORAH HARRY (Diva, actress, former Max's Kansas City barmaid; best known as lead singer of the post-punk hit '70s/'80s New York band Blondie; one of the first rockers to experiment with rap ["Rapture"]; an international pop star; raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey; "Heart of Glass," "The Tide Is High," "Call Me") Born in 1945 in Miami.

FRED SCHNEIDER (Singer, songwriter and co-founder of the hit party band The B-52s, which formed in the fall of 1976 in Athens, Georgia; "Rock Lobster," "Love Shack," "Roam," "Deadbeat Club," "Good Stuff") Born in 1951 in Newark, New Jersey.

DELANEY BRAMLETT (Late '60s/early '70s era soul/folk/rock singer and songwriter; had successful roots-rock band with wife Bonnie under the name of Delaney & Bonnie; recorded with Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Leon Russell, Duane Allman, Rita Coolidge; "Things Get Better," "Coming Home," "Soul Shake," "Never Ending Song Of Love," "Only You Know And I Know") Born in 1939 in Pontotoc, Mississippi.

WILLIE DIXON (Born William James "Willie" Dixon) Legendary American blues musician. Born July 1, 1915 in Vicksburg, MS. Died January 29, 1992 in Burbank, CA.

JAMES COTTON (Blues harmonica great who has contributed to many '60s/'70s rock albums; was in Muddy Waters band for 12 years and has recorded with Howlin' Wolf, Big Mama Thornton and Otis Spann; Cotton has also recorded with Johnny Winter, Paul Butterfield, Janis Joplin, Steve Miller, Dr. John, Jerry Garcia, Boz Scaggs and Peter Wolf; he continued to tour in the '90s, appearing with various rock acts, including the Grateful Dead) Born in 1935 in Tunica, MS.

DAN AYKROYD (Comic actor, impressionist, writer [one of the original SNL gang] and half of the tongue-in-cheek R&B duo, The Blues Brothers with the late John Belushi; current radio host of The House Of Blues Radio Hour; "Rubber Biscuit," "Soul Man," "Hey Bartender") Born in 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


In 1956, Elvis made an appearance on The Steve Allen Show. As a goof, he was instructed not to dance, but instead to serenade a real basset hound wearing tails with "Hound Dog." The King was more than a little embarrassed and angry, and the next day teenagers responded with protests against NBC, carrying signs that read, "We want the real Elvis!"

In 1957, Billboard's front page proclaimed, "Good music may be making a comeback on the bestseller charts, but rock and roll discs continue to dominate the pop market."

In 1963, The Beatles taped "She Loves You" and "I'll Get You" at EMI's Abbey Road studios in London. The former would be released six weeks later, on August 23, and become the group's second UK #1 hit.

In 1967, In the wake of Mick Jagger's drug conviction, an editorial appeared in the London Times. "It should be particular quality of British justice," it read in part, "to ensure that Mr. Jagger is treated exactly the same as anyone else, no better and no worse. There must remain a suspicion in this case that Mr. Jagger received a more severe sentence than would have been thought proper for any purely anonymous young man."

In 1969, Sam Phillips sold his legendary Sun Records. The Memphis label had released the first recordings by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Ike Turner, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Conway Twitty, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.

In 1969, John Lennon and his son, Julian, along with Yoko and her daughter, Kyoko, were injured in an automobile mishap in Scotland. The children escaped serious injury.

In 1971, Aqualung, Jethro Tull's first U.S. #1 album, went Gold.

In 1975, David Bowie began filming in rural Northern New Mexico in his first starring film role as The Man Who Fell To Earth.

In 1979, Filming wrapped up for Carny, the debut drama flick for Robbie Robertson. He produced and co-wrote the movie, in which he co-starred with Jody Foster and Gary Busey.

In 1987, The Grateful Dead's In The Dark album was released. It included "Touch Of Grey," which went on to become their biggest single ever.

In 1995, Legendary south-of-the-border deejay Wolfman "Are you naked, baby?!" Jack died of a heart attack at his home in Belvidere, North Carolina. He was 57.

In 1999, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper admitted himself into a Los Angeles hospital; he had been suffering from chest pains. An angioplasty was performed, and the band's engagements were temporarily suspended. Popper was released from the hospital four days later.


MICHELLE BRANCH (Hit pop/rock singer, songwriter; vocals on Santana's smash "The Game of Love"; "Everywhere," "Goodbye To You") Born in 1983.

PAUL WILLIAMS (Original member of The Temptations; left the band in 1971 due to personal problems; died by his own hand a couple years later; "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," "I Wish It Would Rain," "[I Know] I'm Losing You," "Cloud Nine," "Psychedelic Shack," "Ball Of Confusion") Born in 1939 in Birmingham, Alabama. Died August 17, 1973, in Detroit.


In 1956, Elvis's first sessions to use the Jordanaires on back-up vocals produced "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel."

In 1969, Drummer Mitch Mitchell and bassist Noel Redding resigned from The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

In 1975, David Bowie received his fourth Gold record for Young Americans, which contained two of his biggest hits, the #1 "Fame" and the title song.

In 1980, At the San Diego Sports Arena, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead attempted to intercede in a drug-related arrest and were accused of inciting a riot.

In 1981, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band played the first of six shows at the 21,000-seat Meadowland Arena in New Jersey. All six concerts sold out in one hour. B-r-u-u-uce!

In 1995, Between 3,000 and 4,000 Grateful Dead fans got rowdy outside a Noblesville, Indiana (Indianapolis), venue, ripping down gates and hurling stones.

In 2001, The Rockabilly Hall of Fame opened off I-40 in Jackson, Tennessee. The one-room museum holds such memorable artifacts as Carl Perkins' blue suede shoes and the defibrillator and paddles that were used to try to spark life into a dying Elvis Presley in 1977.

In 2002, Despite the death only days earlier of bass player John Entwistle, The Who kicked off their North American tour at the Hollywood Bowl. "We're not pretending that nothing's happened," explained Pete Townshend. "I just wanted to say that tonight we play for John Entwistle," Daltrey announced to the crowd after igniting the show with "I Can't Explain, "Substitute" and an amped-up version of "Who Are You." "He was the true spirit of rock & roll and he lives on in the music we play." The crowd greeted the band with a standing ovation before they even played a single note. Townshend and Daltrey took a moment in the show to introduce the low-key replacement for Entwistle, bassist Pino Palladino (Tears For Fears, Eric Clapton and Elton John).


“MISSISSIPPI” JOHN HURT (Influential early country-Delta blues singer and picker; soft-spoken and unpretentious, Hurt did not enjoy success until late in his life; Peter Case produced 2001's Avalon Blues: A Tribute To The Music Of Mississippi John Hurt, featuring Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams and others);  “C.C. Rider,” “Candy Man Blues,” “Coffee Blues,” “Chicken,” “Big Leg Blues,” “Stack O' Lee Blues”) Born in 1893 in Teoc, Mississippi. Died November 2, 1966, in Grenada, Mississippi.

PAUL BARRÉRE (Longtime guitarist and  singer/songwriter for Little Feat;  “Oh Atlanta,” “Rock & Roll Doctor,” “Easy To Slip,” “Willin’,” “Dixie Chicken,” “Fat Man in the Bathtub,” “High Roller,” “Sailin’ Shoes,” “Skin It Back,” “All That You Dream,” “Down on the Farm,” “Let It Roll,” “Hate To Lose Your Loving,” “Texas Twister”) Born in 1948 in Burbank, California.

FONTELLA BASS (’60s soul/gospel pop singer; “Rescue Me,” “Don't Mess Up a Good Thing,” “Recovery”) Born in 1940 in St. Louis.

GEORGE M. COHAN (Popular songwriter and performer of the early 20th Century; “Give My Regards To Broadway,” “Over There,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy”) Born in 1878 in Providence, Rhode Island. Died November 5, 1942.


In 1969, The Rolling Stones' Brian Jones drowned in his backyard swimming pool. Suicide, accident or murder? The rumors have swirled for years.

In 1969, It was the first and last time that the Newport Jazz Festival featured rock artists, among them Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck and Ten Years After. The crowd was not amused.

In 1970, The Atlanta Pop Festival opened at Middle Georgia Raceway in Byron, Georgia. The crowd of 200,000 witnessed Jimi Hendrix performing his red-hot version of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Two days later, segregationist Georgia Governor Lester Maddox announced that he would seek legislation prohibiting rock festivals in the state.

In 1971, Jim Morrison was discovered dead in his bathtub in Paris, France. Ten years later, the surviving Doors conducted a graveside memorial with many fans in attendance.

In 1971, A 60-date David Bowie tour came to a close at the Hammersmith Odeon. He shocked the crowd right before the encore by announcing that this was his last concert ever, and closed out with “Rock & Roll Suicide.” He changed his mind a year later.

In 1976, For the first time in a dozen years, Brian Wilson joined The Beach Boys onstage at a concert in Anaheim, California. He sang the lead vocal on “In My Room.”

In 1982, The Stray Cats' Built For Speed and Men At Work's Business As Usual, two of the most popular albums of 1982, entered the album chart.

In 1995, The Lakeview Cemetery in Seattle refused to permit Courtney Love to scatter the ashes of Kurt Cobain on their grounds.

In 1995,  Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland pled innocent to drug charges, the first of many days in court to come.

In 2001, Billboard reported that Americana singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale would play George Jones in the stage musical Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story, which opened two months later at Ryman Auditorium  in Nashville.


JEREMY SPENCER (One of the great guitarists who passed through the early ranks of Fleetwood Mac; appeared on Fleetwood Mac's first five albums before disappearing to join a religious cult; replaced by Bob Welch in 1971; Spencer is recording and performing again and, after 34 years, he recently reunited with Fleetwood Mac founder Mick Fleetwood on his 2004 Mick Fleetwood Band release, Something Big; solo career; Albatross,” “Rattlesnake Shake,” “Black Magic Woman,” “Oh Well”) Born in 1948 in West Hartlepool, England.

BILL WITHERS (Soul/pop songwriter with ’60s/’70s hits; “Ain't No Sunshine,” “Use Me,” “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day”) Born in 1938 in Slab Fork, West Virginia.

JOHN WAITE (Lead singer and bassist with hit rock/pop bands The Babys and Bad English in the '70s/'80s; solo artist; “Isn't It Time,” “Everytime I Think of You,” “Head First,” “Turn And Walk Away,” “Midnight Rendezvous,” “Missing You,” “When I See You Smile”) Born in 1955 in Lancashire, England.


In 1964, The Rolling Stones released their hit single “Tell Me.”

In 1964, The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, announced that their first American tour had been a smashing success.

In 1969, Grand Funk Railroad played the Atlanta Pop Festival in Hampton, Georgia. A rep from Capitol Records caught their act and promptly signed the band to a record deal. Though the critics loved to disparage them, Michigan's Grand Funk enjoyed great success with the general public.

In 1976, The Ramones made their U.K. debut in front of a wildly enthusiastic crowd.

In 1981, Willie Nelson could not make his annual 4th of July picnic at his usual setting of Dripping Springs, Texas, because he had to fulfill a gig at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
In 1982, Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden.
In 1987, In a milestone of sorts, The Doobie Brothers, Santana, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt all performed at a Bill Graham-produced concert in Moscow.

In 1995, Throwing Copper by Live was a Top Ten album on this day.


ROBBIE ROBERTSON (born Jamie Robbie Robertson) (Songwriter and guitarist for a unique true American original, The Band; son of a Jewish father and Mohawk mother, Robertson joined up with rockabilly star Ronnie Hawkins' band, The Hawks, in 1958, which featured Levon Helm, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Richard Manuel; The Hawks later became Bob Dylan's back-up band on the now-legendary 1965-1966 world tour; The Band dissolved on Thanksgiving Day in 1976 after the all-star live The Last Waltz concert album/movie that was filmed by director Martin Scorsese at San Francisco's Winterland Auditorium; Robertson went on to compose the score to Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980), King Of Comedy (1983) and The Color Of Money (1986); occasional actor [Carny, The Crossing Guard, The Visiting Hours]; solo career; has recorded with Bono, Peter Gabriel and Daniel Lanois; executive-produced debut album for Eastmountainsouth; "The Weight," "The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down," "Up On Cripple Creek," "Stage Fright," "Don't Do It," "Life is a Carnival," "Somewhere Down The Crazy River," "Go Back To Your Woods," "Broken Arrow," "Showdown At Big Sky," "Ghost Dance," "Unbound") Born in 1943 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

MARC COHN (Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter [Best New Artist in '93]; has recorded with Shawn Colvin, Jackson Browne, Tracy Chapman and Rosanne Cash; influences include Ray Charles and Van Morrison; "Walking In Memphis," "The Rainy Season," "Walk Through This World," "True Companion") Born in Cleveland in 1959.

HUEY LEWIS (born Hugh Anthony Cregg III) (R&B-influenced San Francisco pop/rocker who had a string of '80s hits with his band The News; "Workin' For a Livin'," "Stuck With You," "If This Is It," "I Want a New Drug," "The Heart of Rock & Roll," "Hip To Be Square," "Heart And Soul," "Power Of Love," "Back In Time") Born in 1950 in New York City.

SMILEY LEWIS (born Overton Lemons) (New Orleans R&B great, best known for writing the hit "I Hear You Knockin'," which was later covered by Dave Edmunds) Born in 1913 in DeQuincy, Louisiana. Died of stomach cancer on October 7, 1966, in New Orleans.


In 1968, Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

In 1969, The Rolling Stones gave a free concert for 250,000 fans in London's Hyde Park to introduce new guitarist Mick Taylor, but because former guitarist Brian Jones had died two days earlier, the concert turned into more of a tribute to Jones.

In 1973, Dobie Gray, who had the 1965 hit, "The In Crowd," earned a Gold record for "Drift Away," the biggest smash of his career. Uncle Kracker (with Dobie Gray on backing vocals) would have a hit with the song again in 2003.

In 1975, Police pull over a rented Chevy in Fordyce, Arkansas, after the car was swerving on the highway. Inside were Keith Richards and Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones and a couple of friends. The driver was charged with reckless driving and carrying a concealed weapon; he posted bail and the foursome swiftly exited town in a chartered plane.

In 1978, The EMI record pressing plant in Britain stopped printing The Rolling Stones' Some Girls album cover after some celebrities, such as Lucille Ball, protested being depicted on the cover's mock wig advertisements.

In 1995, The U.S. Justice Department decided not to take antitrust action against Ticketmaster, ending a 13-month fight with Pearl Jam. The band had been using a rival ticket service in retaliation for Ticketmaster's tactics, and, ironically, the use of that service was proof for the feds that Ticketmaster, in fact, did not have a monopoly.

In 1999, Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was a Top 10-charting album.


NANCI GRIFFITH (Austin's Queen of folkabilly, with her band The Blue Moon Orchestra; Tom Russell reportedly discovered Griffith singing around a campfire at the Kerrville, Texas, Folk Festival; her admirers also include Bob Dylan, who requested that she sing "Boots Of Spanish Leather" at his historic Madison Square Garden anniversary concert; she has won five Grammy nominations and a Grammy for Other Voices, Other Rooms; she wrote country hits such as "Gulf Coast Highway," recorded by Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, Kathy Mattea's "Love At The Five And Dime" and "Listen To The Radio," and Suzy Bogguss' "Outbound Plane"; active in social causes/benefits for Vietnam Vets and against international land mines; "The Flyer," "Everything's Comin' Up Roses," "Goin' Back To Georgia" [with Counting Crows' Adam Duritz], "Across The Great Divide") Born 1954 in Seguin, Texas.

BILL HALEY  ('50s rockabilly pioneer with his band The Comets; widely considered to have ushered in the rock & roll era with "Rock Around The Clock" in the summer of 1955; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; "Shake, Rattle & Roll," "Crazy Man Crazy," "See You Later Alligator") Born in 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan. Died February 9, 1981, in Harlingen, Texas.


In 1964, The Beatles first film, A Hard Day's Night, premiered in London.

In 1965, The top single in the land was "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones, their first #1 here in the states.

In 1971, Trumpeter and American icon Louis Armstrong died of a heart ailment in New York City less than a month before his 70th birthday.

In 1989, Tom Petty's first solo album apart from The Heartbreakers, Full Moon Fever, charted at #3.

In 1998, Cowboy singer and actor Roy Rogers died of heart failure, in his sleep at his Southern California desert home in Apple Valley. He was 86. Happy Trails, Roy.

In 2001, A Peter Gabriel spokesman announced that the musician had begun working with apes. "Peter has long believed that we have underestimated the intelligence of the primates and he has begun working with the Atlantic Language Research Center." According to Gabriel, "The apes understand about 4,000 English words and recognize 400 pictograms." They, apparently, also have a keen sense of rhythm and melody.


RINGO STARR (born Richard Starkey) (One of two surviving members of the most influential rock band in the world; drummer [not the first, that was Pete Best], singer, songwriter, sometime actor and lark in the group; after The Beatles split, Starr went solo, starting with Sentimental Journey, the first of 13 albums; has been touring since 1989 with his All-Starr Band, featuring musicians such as Joe Walsh; father of drummer Zak Starkey [The Who]; “Yellow Submarine,” “Octopus's Garden,” “Photograph,” “It Don't Come Easy,” “Back Off Boogaloo,” “Oh My My,” “Only You,” “You're Sixteen,” “No No Song”) Born in 1940 in Liverpool, England.


In 1954, By performing the simple act of playing a 45 single by an unknown artist that he happened to like WHBQ Memphis, deejay Dewey Phillips became a star in his own right. That unknown artist was Elvis Presley, and the song Phillips premiered on the airwaves the day before was “That's All Right Mama.”

In 1967, Steve Boone and Zal Yanovsky of The Lovin' Spoonful were busted for drugs in San Francisco. Yanovsky, who was Canadian, reportedly blew the whistle on his dealer to avoid deportation, which gave him a bad name in music circles and ultimately led to his departure from The Lovin’ Spoonful and, for all intents and purposes, the music business.

In 1967, The Monkees begin a U.S. tour with Jimi Hendrix opening.

In 1968, Three years after Eric Clapton's departure and eight months after Jeff Beck left the band, The Yardbirds disbanded, guitarist Jimmy Page put together a new lineup to fulfill some contractually obligated concerts and began referring to the  group as The New Yardbirds. Who drummer Keith Moon, dubious about the band's prospects, jokingly suggested that they change their name to “Led Zeppelin,” as in, “They’ll go over like a lead balloon.” The New Yardbirds—Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones—soon did change their name to Led Zeppelin.

In 1973, Paul McCartney's theme song to the James Bond flick Live And Let Die was released.

In 1975, Keith Richards was charged with possession of a weapon and reckless driving in Arkansas. Hundreds of teenage girls gathered outside the jail where he was being detained and raised a ruckus.

In 1980, The original Led Zeppelin lineup performed its final show.

In 1984, “Relax,” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, became the best-selling single of all time in the U.K., despite the fact that it was banned from airplay by the BBC.

In 1995, The jet carrying Rod Stewart had to make an emergency landing because of a mid-air collision with a large bird. Aviation officials described the incident as minor, but Stewart’s feathers were ruffled. “We almost crashed,” an upset Stewart blurted to reporters as he emerged from the plane.

In 2001, Legendary folk singer/songwriter Fred Neil died while suffering from cancer at the age of 64, at his home in Summerland Key, Florida. An original from New York’s Greenwich Village and Florida's Coconut Grove scenes in the mid-’60s, he influenced musicians such as John Sebastian and the Jefferson Airplane (who covered Neil's “Other Side Of This Life” and dedicated a pair of songs to him, “Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil” and “House At Pooneil Corner”). Nilsson had a smash hit with Neil’s “Everybody's Talkin’,” the theme for the hit 1969 Midnight Cowboy film. Neil's “The Dolphins” was more recently covered by Beth Orton with Terry Callier.


JOAN OSBORNE (Hit roots NYC singer/songwriter from Louisville area who emerged as part of Lilith Fair; recorded a duet of "Chimes Of Freedom" with Bob Dylan for the TV miniseries The '60s; toured with The Dead; recently on serious R&B kick; "One Of Us," "St. Teresa," "Right Hand Man," "Running Out Of Time") Born in 1963 in Anchorage, Kentucky.

BECK (born Beck Hansen) (Acoustic blues/electronica/psychedelia/hip-hop producer/multi-instrumentalist who broke into the mainstream with his infectious 1994 folk/rap hit "Loser"; his early influences range from Sonic Youth to Mississippi John Hurt; "New Pollution," "Where It's At," "Devil's Haircut," "Debra," "Cold Brains," "The Golden Age," "Lost Cause") Born in 1970 in Los Angeles.

LOUIS JORDAN (Saxophonist; one of the unsung heroes of early music who helped lay the foundation for rock & roll with his pioneering R&B/jump blues records of the early '40s into the '50s; "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town," "Let The Good Times Roll," "Caldonia," "Buzz Me," "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens," "Saturday Night Fish Fry" (covered by Buster Poindexter), "Early In The Morning") Born in Brinkley, Arkansas, in 1908. Died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on February 4, 1975.

JAI JOHANNY JOHANSON (born John Lee Johnson) (Longtime Allman Brothers drummer and percussionist from Muscle Shoals; has also worked with Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, Joe Tex and Clifton Chenier; "One Way Out," "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," "Blue Sky," "Rambin' Man," "Jessica") Born in 1944 in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.


In 1969, Mick Jagger's singer/girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull, reportedly nearly overdosed on barbiturates on the set of the Australian movie, Ned Kelly.  She was set to co-star with Jagger in the flick, but was dropped from the production. Two days later, she entered a hospital for heroin addiction.

In 1970, Don and Phil Everly, otherwise known as The Everly Brothers, began a short-lived stint hosting a variety show on ABC-TV.

In 1971, Rock concerts were temporarily banned at London's Royal Albert Hall following a riot that erupted during a Mott The Hoople appearance.

In 1974, Bob Dylan & The Band's reunion live disc, Before The Flood, netted a Gold record.

In 1985, All eyes were on Playboy and Penthouse as they simultaneously published nude photos of America's favorite "Material Girl," Madonna.

In 1994, Grunge ruled as Stone Temple Pilots' Purple, Soundgarden‘s Superunknown and Candlebox‘s Candlebox all held down Top 20 album chart positions.

In 2001, Melissa Etheridge was back and burning up the airwaves with "I Want To Be In Love," from her Skin album, which was days away from hitting stores on July 10. Etheridge was also gearing up for what she called her "back-to-basics solo tour of North America."


JIM KERR (Singer, songwriter and leader of late '80s post-punk hit synth-pop/rock group Simple Minds; married for a few years to Chrissie Hynde who had his daughter, Yasmin, in 1985; "Up On The Catwalk," "Promised You A Miracle," "Don't You (Forget About Me)" [from the 1985 smash hit The Breakfast Club movie soundtrack], "Alive And Kicking," "Sanctify Yourself," "All The Things She Said She Said," "See The Lights") Born in 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland.

JACK WHITE (The White Stripes)

COURTNEY LOVE (Solo artist, former leader of her band Hole [formed in LA in 1989] and celebrity widow of the late Kurt Cobain; actress [The People Vs. Larry Flynt]; before she met Cobain, Love was vocalist in an early incarnation of Faith No More; Hole's debut album Pretty on the Inside was co-produced by Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon; Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan co-wrote five songs on Hole's 1998 Platinum-selling Celebrity Skin; "Doll Parts," "Miss World," "Celebrity Skin," "Malibu") Born in 1964 in San Francisco.

MITCH MITCHELL (Drummer in the Jimi Hendrix Experience; "Hey Joe," "All Along The Watchtower," "Purple Haze," "Machine Gun," "Voodoo Chile," "Manic Depression," "If Six Was Nine," "And The Wind Cries Mary," "Freedom," "Angel," "Highway Child") Born in 1946.

MARC ALMOND (born Peter Mark Almond) (Leader of the early '80s hit Brit techno pop group Soft Cell; solo artist, producer; "Tainted Love," "Tears Run Rings") Born in 1959 in Southport, England.


In 1955, Straight-laced Pat Boone's mayonnaise and white bread version of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame" became Pat's first #1 record, far exceeding the success of Fats' platter. Boone reportedly wanted to change the title to "Isn't That A Shame."

In 1956, A Philadelphia TV station introduced a new host of the record hop show Bandstand, Dick Clark. When the show went national on ABC, it was re-christened American Bandstand.

In 1958, Johnny Cash, emulating fellow ex-Sun Records artist Carl Perkins, defected to Columbia Records.

In 1958, Contacts, a Minneapolis-based Catholic magazine for youths, launched a campaign calling for "clean lyrics in pop songs." Among the targets was Elvis Presley's "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck," due to "its promotion of the act of going steady and having a pencil neck."

In 1964, Eric Burdon & The Animals' rendition of the blues/folk standard "House Of The Rising Sun" shot to #1 in their homeland U.K. Later, it would enjoy similar success in The States.

In 1971, Jim Morrison was interred in the Poets' Corner at Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

In 1972, In France, Paul McCartney & Wings began their first tour.

In 1977, Elvis Costello, a computer operator at a cosmetic factory, quit his day job.

In 1977, Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus album made its way onto the chart.

In 1978, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones jammed with Muddy Waters, one of their biggest heroes and inspirations, at Chicago's Quiet Knight.

In 1983, The Police's "Every Breath You Take" topped out at #1 on the singles chart, a position it would maintain for nine weeks.

In 1988, Steve Winwood's Roll With It CD entered the chart, where it remained for 31 weeks, ultimately hitting the top spot.

In 1990, Keith Richards' right index finger became seriously inflamed after a concert in Glasgow. A week's worth of concerts had to be postponed, the first time in The Rolling Stone's history where shows had to be postponed due to a band member's illness or injury.

In 1992, Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter Jade gave birth to a daughter.

In 1995, Jerry Garcia played with the Grateful Dead for the final time, appropriately enough, in a concert at Chicago's Soldier Field. The great guitarist and 1960s hippie icon died of a heart attack a month later back home in Northern California.

In 2002, Bruce Springsteen announced an extensive North American tour schedule with his E Street Band, in coordination with the 7/30 in-store release date for post 9-11 themed The Rising. It was the first studio album since Born In The U.S.A.—18 years earlier—for The Boss and the full E Street Band.


ARLO GUTHRIE (Singer/songwriter; son of the great Woody Guthrie, best known for his performance at the original 1969 Woodstock and for his Thanksgiving Day 18-minute classic "Alice's Restaurant," and the film of the same name which he appeared in; has portrayed guest characters in various short-lived TV shows, including The Byrds of Paradise and Renegade; "City Of New Orleans" [written by Steve Goodman], "Coming Into Los Angeles") Born in 1947 in Coney Island, New York.

BELA FLECK (Talented and adventurous Grammy-winning five-string banjo player; leader of acoustic band Bela Fleck and The Flecktones; alumni of New Grass Revival; has recorded with Dave Matthews, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis, among others; "Seven by Seven," "Almost 12") Born in 1958 in New York.

NEIL TENNANT (Lead vocalist for hit '80s synth-pop studio band Pet Shop Boys; he co-wrote and sang on the 1989 hit by Electronica called "Getting Away With It"; "West End Girls," "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" [with Dusty Springfield]) Born in 1954 in North Shield, Northumberland, England.

IAN WHITCOMB (Brit oddball musician, best known for his 1965 novelty falsetto hit called "You Turn Me On") Born in 1941 in Woking, Surrey, England.


In 1964, In their hometown of Liverpool, The Beatles' first movie, A Hard Day's Night, premiered and near pandemonium ensued. Forty years later, a DVD version of the movie would be released.

In 1965, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," by The Rolling Stones, sat squarely at #1 on the singles charts.

In 1965, The soon-to-be soul classic "In The Midnight Hour," by Wilson Pickett (and co-written by MG's guitarist Steve Cropper), was released.

In 1968, Eric Clapton announced that Cream would disband following a "goodbye" series of concerts.

In 1972, George Harrison and Ringo Starr played on Harry Nilsson's Son Of Schmilsson album under the names of George Harrysong and Ritchie Snare.

In 1979, Chuck Berry was sentenced to four months in prison for income tax evasion. He'd allegedly stiffed Uncle Sam for $200,000 back in 1973.

In 1986, Jerry Garcia slipped into a diabetic coma. He pulled through on this occasion, emerging from the hospital several weeks later.

In 1994, John Mellencamp had a Top 20 album with Dance Naked. It featured the remake of Van Morrison's "Wild Night," with Me'shell NdegéOcello on vocals.

In 2000, Promoters cancelled the rest of a Supremes reunion tour due to a lack of ticket sales. It was hardly a reunion, anyway; the tour featured only one original Supreme, Diana Ross. Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong refused to participate over financial discrepancies.

In 2001, Bob Dylan announced a new studio album set for an early September release. Love And Theft would include "Mississippi," the song Sheryl Crow recorded earlier on her The Globe Sessions. Dylan told USA Today that "the new record reminds me of a greatest hits album, without the hits. Not yet, anyway."


SUZANNE VEGA (Literate, folk/pop singer, songwriter who dabbles in hip-hop; forerunner of the Lilith movement; married to producer Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Crowded House, Los Lobos) for a couple of years and albums; influenced by Dylan, Lou Reed and Leonard Cohen; she grew up in New York's Spanish Harlem with a writer Puerto Rican stepfather; "Marlene On The Wall," "Left Of Center" [Pretty In Pink soundtrack], "Luka," "Blood Makes Noise," "Solitude Standing," "99.9 F," "Tom's Diner," "Caramel," "Headshots," "Widow's Walk," "Last Year's Troubles") Born in 1959 in Santa Monica, California.

MICHAEL ROSE (Vocalist for longtime reggae band Black Uhuru; "Natural Mystic," "King Selassie," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner") Born in 1957 in Kingston, Jamaica.

BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON (Early, legendary country blues man, first commercially successful male blues singer; "Matchbox Blues," "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean," "Black Snake Moan") Born in 1897 in Couchman, Texas (though later records suggest his birthday may have been in September of 1893). Died mysteriously in Chicago in late December of 1930.

BONNIE POINTER (One of The Pointer Sisters in soulful hit '70s/'80s band; solo career; "Fairytale," "Yes We Can Can," "Fire" [written by Bruce Springsteen], "Slowhand," "I'm So Excited") Born in 1951 in Oakland, California.


In 1959, Joan Baez had one of her first major gigs, an appearance at the Monterey Folk Festival. Her performance, a duet with Bob Gibson, was taped and appeared on her first album.

In 1964, The soon-to-be queens of Motown, The Supremes, released their first #1 single, "Where Did Our Love Go."

In 1967, Kenny Rogers formed The First Edition, just one day after resigning from pioneering folk group the New Christie Minstrels.

In 1969, "Space Oddity," by David Bowie, was released (or re-released) to coincide with the first Apollo moon landing.

In 1970, The Who's version of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues" was released from a forthcoming live album, recorded at Leeds, England.

In 1974, Both Workingman's Dead and American Beauty by the Grateful Dead were awarded Gold records on this day.

In 1974, David Bowie was in the middle of a five-night stint in Philly. The performances would result in a double-live album, David Live.

In 1977, Elijah Blue Allman, the only child of Gregg Allman and Cher, was born.

In 1979, Neil Young's concert film, Rust Never Sleeps, premiered at the Bruin Theatre in Westwood, California (LA). The movie, and accompanying album, documented Young's most recent U.S. tour.

In 1992, Jerry Garcia introduced his own line of original, psychedelic-tinged neckties.

In 1995, R.E.M. had to cancel seven European tour dates after bassist Mike Mills fell ill and had to undergo emergency intestinal surgery.

In 2000, B.B. King's Riding With The King was among the Top Ten-selling albums in the land.


CHRISTINE MCVIE (born Christine Perfect) (Longtime vocalist and keyboardist with Fleetwood Mac; together with vocalist Danny Kirwan, she was key in transitioning Fleetwood Mac's sound from blues to pop; early days includes late '60s/early '70s folk/jazz stints in various Spencer Davis bands and Chicken Shack; married to Fleetwood Mac's bass player John McVie from '71-'76; solo albums; "Spare Me a Little of Your Love," "Show Me a Smile," "Dissatisfied," "Heroes Are Hard To Find," "Over My Head," "Say You Love Me," "You Make Loving Fun," "Don't Stop" [Clinton/Gore theme song for 1992 presidential campaign], "Songbird," "Hold Me" [written about her relationship with Beach Boy Dennis Wilson], "Got A Hold On Me," "Love Will Show Us How," "Little Lies," "Seven Wonders," "Everywhere," "Friend") Born in 1943 in Birmingham, England.


In 1962, The Rolling Stones played their first gig. The historic site was London's Marquee Club.

In 1969, The "Christ, you know it ain't easy..." part of the lyric of The Beatles' "Ballad Of John & Yoko" got it banned from numerous radio stations. Nevertheless, it still reached #8 on the singles chart.

In 1969, The short-lived Blind Faith, featuring Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton, launched their only tour with a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden.

In 1979, It was the rockers vs. the disco ducks at a "disco demolition" party between White Sox games at a double-header in Chicago's old Comiskey Park. With original shock-jock deejay Steve Dahl blowing up disco albums in the outfield, it rapidly got out of hand; the ballpark had to be evacuated by police and the White Sox wound up forfeiting the second game.

In 1989, 10,000 Maniacs had a Top-15 album with Blind Man's Zoo.

In 1992, Buddy Holly got his due with a memorial in Dallas.

In 1996, Jonathan Melvoin, the keyboardist who had been touring with the Smashing Pumpkins, was found dead of a heroin overdose in his New York City hotel room.

In 2000, Cat Stevens (born Stephen Georgiou, but by this time choosing  to be known by his Muslim name, Yusuf Islam), vehemently denied his connections with terrorist groups. He'd been denied entry into Israel for allegedly giving money to the Islamic Resistance Movement group Hamas during his a 1998 visit to the country.

In 2000, A memorial statue of John Lennon was erected in London's Trafalgar Square. It featured a revolver with a knotted barrel.


ROGER McGUINN (born James Joseph McGuinn III) (Singer, guitarist, leader and co-founder of the pioneering, influential mid '60s/early '70s psychedelic folk/country-tinged rock band The Byrds, a major influence on such groups as the Eagles, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and R.E.M., among others; besides McGuinn, the following members passed through the ranks of this legendary and, at times, not-so-legendary band: Chris Hillman, Gene Clark, David Crosby [who went on to stardom with CSNY], Michael Clarke, Gene Parsons, Clarence White, Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman [the latter two went on to the Flying Burrito Brothers]; worked with Dylan [who wrote many of The Byrds' early hits] in Rolling Thunder Revue; reformed The Byrds briefly with Hillman and Crosby in 1989; solo artist; early stints with folk originals the Limelighters and the Chad Mitchell Trio in the early '60s; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Eight Miles High" [one of the first late '60s records to be banned from radio airplay for its supposed drug-oriented lyrics], "So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star," "All I Really Want To Do," "My Back Pages," "Goin' Back,"  "Wasn't Born To Follow," "Jesus Is Just Alright" [later a hit for The Doobie Brothers], "Hickory Wind," "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man," "Ballad Of Easy Rider," "Chestnut Mare," "Don't You Write Her Off Like That," "King Of The Hill" [with Tom Petty]) Born in 1942 in Chicago.

CHEECH MARIN (Half of the hit '70s stoner comedy duo Cheech & Chong; actor; spoken word on Joni Mitchell's 1972 "Twisted" on Court And Spark Born in 1946 in Los Angeles.


In 1968, Simon & Garfunkel's Bookends was #1 for the third consecutive week. It contained several standards-to-be, including "America," "Mrs. Robinson" and "A Hazy Shade Of Winter."

In 1968, Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild," one of the great bugs-in-your-teeth, Harley-riding rock classics, was released on this day.

In 1974, Eric Clapton's version of Bob Marley's "I Shot The Sheriff" came out.

In 1977, The infamous New York City blackout brought out the improvisational spirit in NRBQ. Instead of calling off a scheduled gig, the band members taped flashlights to their mike stands and continued playing acoustically.

In 1985, The Live Aid concerts, produced by Bob Geldof, were held simultaneously in Philadelphia and London. Featuring numerous major acts, the broadcasts were watched or listened to by approximately 1.5 billion people throughout the world.

In 1999, The soundtrack to the TV show South Park: Bigger, Longer broke on to the Top 50 album chart.


WOODY GUTHRIE (born Woodrow Wilson Guthrie) (A classic American troubadour and international icon; one of the most influential and important folk musicians of the 20th century; voice of the working man; definitive roots artist of the '30s, '40s and '50s, who lived through—and wrote and sang about—historic moments and events of the 20th Century, such as the Great Depression and the war, and the social and the political upheavals of those eras; father of Arlo Guthrie; Woody headed west to California in the '30s, along with the mass migration of "dust bowl refugees" [known as "Okies"] during the Great Depression, where he joined other broke and hungry workers who had hitchhiked, rode the freight trains and even walked to the promised land, only to be scorned by locals opposed to the influx of outsiders; after a stint in NYC, Woody headed to the Northwest to write songs for a documentary film project about the building of the Grand Coulee Dam, where the Bonneville Power Authority even placed Woody on the Federal payroll for a month when he wrote Columbia River Songs [not bad for an artist who was hardly endeared to the US government due to his having embraced communism]; he had a sign on his guitar that read, "This Machine Kills Fascists"; paved the way for the modern protest folk ballad and a major influence on artists like Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Ani DiFranco and countless others; Billy Bragg and Wilco recorded two volumes of the Guthrie tribute album Mermaid Avenue;  "This Land Is Your Land," "I Ain't Got No Home," "Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad," "Talking Dust Bowl Blues," "Tom Joad," "Pastures Of Plenty," "Do-Re-Mi," "Hard Travelin'") Born in 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Died on October 3, 1967, in Queens, New York.

TANYA DONELLY (Adventurous '80s pop/rock vocalist, guitarist and singer/songwriter for The Breeders, Throwing Muses and, her most successful venture in 1991, the short-lived Belly; solo career; half-sister to Kristen Hersh, her bandmate in Throwing Muses; "Counting Backwards," "Two Step," "Feed The Tree") Born in 1966 in Newport, Rhode Island.


In 1967, In another great concert mismatching of the rock ages, The Who opened for Herman's Hermits on their first US tour.

In 1967, At a surprise appearance with The Band at the Mississippi Rock Festival, Bob Dylan materialized out of the shadows and played three songs.

In 1973, "Bye-bye happiness"%u2026. Following onstage bickering at a gig at Knott's Berry Farm amusement park near LA, The Everly Brothers called it quits for the first time.

In 1982, Pink Floyd's The Wall, the movie, premiered in London.

In 1987, Steve Miller was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1989, A total of 432 guitarists broke the world record for "the most guitarists playing together for the longest" after performing the classic "Louie, Louie" for a total of 30 minutes at The Peach Festival in South Carolina. Talk about a jam band!

In 2003, Buena Vista Social Club singer/guitarist Compay Segundo died of a severe kidney infection. The legendary Cuban musician was 95.


LINDA RONSTADT (American country-rock icon; has dabbled in nearly all forms of music, including new wave, operetta, vintage standards, experimental [Phillip Glass], bluegrass and her traditional Mexican; started out in the late '60s with LA band The Stone Ponys; recorded 1999 album with Emmylou Harris, Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions; "Different Drum," "You're No Good," "Tracks Of My Tears," "When Will I Be Loved," "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," "How Do I Make You," "Alison," "Somewhere Out There," "Don't Know Much," "Blue Bayou") Born in 1946 in Tucson, Arizona.

IAN CURTIS (Late singer-songwriter of Joy Division)

TREVOR HORN (Innovative bass player, singer and producer with hit  '80s Brit pop band The Buggles and the early '80s incarnation of Yes; "Video Killed The Radio Star," "Tempus Fugit") Born in 1949 in Hertfordshire, England.

JOE SATRIANI (Guitar god; teacher of Steve Vai, Counting Crows' David Bryson, Metallica's Kirk Hammett and others; briefly a member of Deep Purple and Mick Jagger's touring band; solo star; "One Big Rush," "Surfing With The Alien," "Always With Me, Always With You," "Home") Born in 1956 in Westbury, New York.

PETER "GUITAR" LEWIS (Accomplished and underrated guitarist with the legendary San Francisco band, Moby Grape; solo artist; son of famed actress Loretta Young; "Omaha," "8:05") Born in 1945 in Los Angeles.

JOHNNY THUNDERS (born John Genzale, Jr.) (Guitarist for influential pre-punk '70s glam band The New York Dolls; "Stranded In The Jungle") Born in Leesburg, Florida, in 1952. Died April 23, 1991, in New Orleans of a methadone overdose.


In 1968, Creedence Clearwater Revival released their self-titled debut album.

In 1970, Two years to the day after they released their debut album, Creedence Clearwater Revival released Cosmo's Factory—their fifth album.

In 1973, Induced by exhaustion and a falling-out with his wife, Ray Davies announced that he was departing The Kinks. After a week of rest, he changed his mind.

In 1978, Over 200,000 fans convened at Blackbush Airport in Britain to gawk at their hero Bob Dylan and his band as they prepared to return to America following a successful UK tour.

In 1980, On her 34th birthday, Linda Ronstadt made a successful dramatic debut in Gilbert & Sullivan's famous operetta, The Pirates Of Penzance at the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park. The production later moved to Broadway, and was ultimately made into a motion picture.

In 1986, After 28 years, Columbia Records rather unceremoniously dropped Johnny Cash from their roster.

In 1989, An estimated 200,000 turned out for a free Pink Floyd concert in Venice, Italy. The band performed on a floating stage, while the multitudes of people damaged the city's bridges and crumbled marble from centuries-old buildings.

In 1996, One of greatest of all jazz singers, Ella Fitzgerald, died in Beverly Hills, California.

In 2000, Paul Young, one of the lead vocalists for Mike & The Mechanics (not to be confused with the "Every Time You Go Away" Paul Young), died of a heart attack at age 53.


STEWART COPELAND (Longtime drummer for the extremely popular '70s and early '80s band The Police; solo artist; occasional member of Oysterhead with Primus's Les Claypool and Phish's Trey Anastasio; member of the reunited Doors briefly; has also scored operas, ballets and numerous soundtracks, including Rumble Fish, Wall Street, Highlander II, She's All That, Gridlock'd and the Showtime series Dead Like Me; "Roxanne," "So Lonely," "Can't Stand Losing You," "Message In A Bottle," "Bed's Too Big Without You," "Walking On The Moon," "Don't Stand So Close To Me," "Walking On The Moon," "Every Step You Take," "Wrapped Around Your Finger,"  "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da," "Invisible Sun," "Spirits In The Material World," "Every Breath You Take," "King Of Pain") Born in 1952 in Alexandria, Egypt.

ED KOWALCZYK (Lead vocalists and lyricist for the York, Pennsylvania, '90s hit band Live; "Selling The Drama," "I Alone," "Lightning Crashes") Born in 1971.

NORMAN COOK (The man behind innovative '90s Brit-hop artist/producer Fatboy Slim, also former bassist for The Housemartins, Pizzaman, Freakpower and Beats International; "Rockafeller Skank," "Praise You") Born in Bromley, England, in 1962.

DESMOND DEKKER (born Desmond Dacres) (Leader of late '60s band Desmond Dekker And The Aces; credited with having the first hit reggae song in America with 1968's "The Israelites") Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1943.


In 1966, The Lovin' Spoonful were right on time with their release of "Summer In The City."

In 1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker announced they were forming a band called Cream. The power-blues band produced numerous hits over their 28-month career, including "Badge," "Crossroads," "Sunshine Of Your Love" and "White Room."

In 1969, "I'm Free," from the forthcoming Who album, Tommy,  was released.

In 1973, The soundtrack to Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid, featuring Bob Dylan, included the hit "Knockin' On Heaven's Door." Dylan was also in the movie.

In 1976, Loggins & Messina went their separate ways. Kenny Loggins flourished with pop hits, while Jim Messina slowly retreated from the record business.

In 1980, The No Nukes anti-nuke power documentary, with Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and numerous others, was screened for the first time. It consisted of highlights from several MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) concerts.

In 1981, While on his way to a benefit concert, Harry Chapin ("Taxi," "Cat's In The Cradle") died in a terrible accident with a big truck on the Long Island Expressway.

In 1992, "Don't Stop," by Fleetwood Mac, simply would not stop. It was played continuously at the Democratic Convention as William Jefferson Clinton accepted his party's nomination for president.

In 1995, A pregnant Sinéad O'Connor decided to bow out of the Lollapalooza tour.

In 1996, Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries received a settlement from a London newspaper which wrote that she had appeared onstage sans panties. Oh, the horror.

In 2003, Nearly a year and a half after its release, Norah Jones' Come Away With Me was still the #8 album in the land.


SPENCER DAVIS (Leader of popular mid-'60s Brit rock/R&B band that introduced Steve Winwood to the world; solo career; "I'm A Man," "Keep On Running," "Gimme Some Lovin'") Born in 1937 in Swansea, Wales.

PHOEBE SNOW (born Phoebe Laub) (Talented bluesy/jazzy New York singer/songwriter with a multi-octave range; has also worked in commercial jingles; "Poetry Man") Born in 1952 in New York City.

NICOLETTE LARSON (Best known for her stint as a '70s hit pop and country artist; sang back-up for Neil Young and Commander Cody; sometime actress; "Rumba Girl," "Lotta Love") Born in 1952 in Helena, Montana. Died December 16, 1997, from a rare disease called cerebral edema.


In 1955, The original Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.

In 1959, Jazz-singing immortal Billie Holiday died at the age of 44. She was chained to her hospital bed at the time, under arrest for possession of a small amount of heroin.

In 1965, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," by James Brown, was released. This day also saw the original release of "Tracks Of My Tears," by The Miracles and "Here Comes The Night," by Them featuring Van Morrison.

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees and was practically booed off the stage. Wrong place, wrong time.

In 1968, The animated psychedelic Beatles classic film Yellow Submarine was premiered in London. The Beatles sang but did not provide their voices for the film's dialogue.

In 1972, A bomb situated beneath a ramp at the Montreal Forum blew up a Rolling Stones equipment truck containing 30 speakers. The show went on. The culprit was never determined.

In 1974, The Moody Blues opened the first studio designed for quadraphonic recording. An early example of the now-ubiquitous surround sound, quad was fraught with problems and way ahead of its time.

In 1979, Gary Moore departed Thin Lizzy and was replaced by Midge Ure.

In 1982, Frank Zappa and his 14-year-old daughter, Moon Unit, enjoyed a novelty hit with "Valley Girl." Oh-ma-gawwwd!

In 1987, Virgin Records signed Keith Richards to a solo deal.

In 1996, Following two years in jail, James Brown was honored in his home state of Georgia.


RICKY SKAGGS (Legendary Kentucky bluegrass picker, multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter; was a member of legendary Ralph Stanley's bluegrass band at age 15; later joined the Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe & the New South and Boone Creek, where he even added Django Reinhardt; took Rodney Crowell's place in Emmylou Harris's Hot Band in the late '70s; owns his own record label, Skaggs Family Music; "Crying My Heart Out Over You," "I Don't Care," "Heartbroke," "I Wouldn't Change You If I Could," "Highway 40 Blues") Born in 1954 in Cordell, Kentucky.

MARTHA REEVES ('60s Motown star as vocalist with The Vandellas; "Heat Wave," "Dancing In The Streets" [which was covered by Bowie and Jagger]) Born in 1941 in Detroit.

SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS (Outrageous '50s/'60s early rock & roll original; he used to emerge from a coffin onstage; "I Put A Spell On You" [covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival], "Constipation Blues") Born in 1929 in Cleveland. Died February 12, 2000, in Paris, France, following surgery for an aneurysm.

BRIAN AUGER (Keyboards and vocals with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express; solo; Auger was a pioneering Brit jazz fusion artist who was a mainstay on American progressive FM radio in the late '60s/early '70s; "Listen Here," "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend," "Straight Ahead") Born in 1939 in London, England.


In 1953, Elvis Presley's very first recording was a gift for his mother Gladys. The tune was called "My Happiness."

In 1960, Hank Ballard And The Midnighters released the original version of "The Twist." It didn't become a big hit until Chubby Checker covered it later in the year.

In 1964, The British Invasion was happening! The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night soundtrack album came out as The Rolling Stones were enjoying their first U.S. hit single with a cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away."

In 1966, Bobby Fuller, who was enjoying success at the time with "I Fought The Law," was found dead in his car in Los Angeles under mysterious circumstances; the police ruled it a suicide, but everyone who knew Fuller refused to believe that possibility.

In 1968, The classic Grateful Dead psychedelic nugget Anthem Of The Sun (their second album) hit record stores.

In 1968, Trumpeter Hugh Masekela scored his only Gold record for his instrumental version of "Grazing In The Grass." The Friends Of Distinction would have hit with their vocal rendition of the song a year later.

In 1974, As the result of a guilty plea to marijuana possession in England six years earlier, the U.S. Justice Department ordered John Lennon out of the country by September 10. The decision was later reversed.

In 1988, Best known for her early vocals on the first Velvet Underground album, German-born iconic '60s singer/songwriter/model/movie star Nico died of a cerebral hemorrhage from a bicycle accident in Ibiza, Spain. She was friends with Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Brian Jones, Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, Brian Eno, Jim Morrison and a young Jackson Browne (who played in her band briefly and reportedly wrote "These Days" about her).

In 1995, Neil Young formed his own Vapor Records.


BRIAN MAY (Guitarist for the massively popular Queen; "Killer Queen," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "You're My Best Friend," "Somebody To Love," "We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Another One Bites The Dust," "Under Pressure" [with David Bowie]) Born in 1947 in Twickenham, London.

BERNIE LEADON (Guitar, banjo and mandolin player with the Eagles through the One Of These Nights album in 1975, he was the first original member to leave; began with Dillard & Clark and The Flying Burrito Brothers, and was a one-time member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; he has also guested on albums by Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Stevie Nicks, Chris Hillman and David Crosby, among many others; solo career; "Take It Easy," "Bitter Creek," "Tequila Sunrise," "Witchy Woman," "Twenty-One," "Desperado," "On The Border," "My Man," "James Dean," "Already Gone," "Best Of My Love," "Lyin' Eyes," "Take It To The Limit," "Journey Of The Sorcerer," "I Wish You Peace," "Hey Now Now") Born in Minneapolis in 1947.

KEITH GODCHAUX (Talented keyboard player; best known for his 1973-1979 stint with the Grateful Dead, along with his singing wife, Donna; "Estimated Prophet," "Shakedown Street," "Alabama Getaway," "Samson and Delilah") Born in 1948 in San Francisco. Died July 23, 1980, in an auto accident in Marin County, California.

ALLEN COLLINS (Guitarist and founding member of Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Rossington/Collins Band; "Simple Man," "Tuesday's Gone," "Gimme Three Steps," "Free Bird," "Sweet Home Alabama," "Call Me The Breeze," "Don't Misunderstand Me") Born in 1952 in Jacksonville, Florida. Died of pneumonia on January 23, 1990, in Jacksonville.


In 1954, Sun Records released Elvis Presley's first single, "That's All Right Mama" b/w "Blue Moon Of Kentucky."

In 1969, The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women," featuring drummer Charlie Watts on cowbell on the intro, was released.

In 1972, Following a scuffle with a newspaper photographer, five members of The Rolling Stones entourage, including Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, were arrested in Warwick, Rhode Island, on charges of assault and obstructing police; all five pled guilty and were released. Consequently, the bad boys of rock were four hours late to their Boston show.

In 1973, Clarence White, pioneering guitarist with The Byrds, was buried. Just 29, White died after being struck by a drunk driver in Palmdale, California.

In 1978, "Alabama Getaway," by the Grateful Dead, broke into the Top 70.

In 1980, Jackson Browne's Hold Out album charted.

In 1981, It was "Roy Orbison Day" in Odessa, Texas.

In 1995, Dr. George "Feel Good" Nichopoulous, Elvis's one-time personal physician, had his medical license revoked.

In 2001, Joan Baez's sister, San Francisco singer/songwriter Mimi Farina passed away at 56 from lung cancer. An accomplished folk singer in a duo with her husband, Richard Farina, she founded Bread & Roses in 1974, an organization that brought free live music to hospitals and prisons.

In 2002, Singer/songwriter and guitarist Dave Carter, of the folk/roots duo Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, died of a heart attack in Hadley, Massachusetts. Carter's admirers included Joan Baez, who invited the duo to tour with her and sang several of Carter's songs in her repertoire.


CARLOS SANTANA (Emerged from San Francisco's latin Mission District via Tijuana, Mexico in the mid-'60s to become a highly regarded jazz/rock guitarist and bandleader; career hyper-reinvigorated beginning with the release of 1999's Supernatural album and the follow-up 2002 Shamen, both featuring numerous special guests; "Evil Ways," "Jingo," "Oye Como Va," "Black Magic Woman," "No One to Depend On," Everything Is Coming Our Way," "Europa," "Winning," "Aquamarine," "She's Not There," Well All Right," "Smooth" [with Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on lead vocals], "Put Your Lights On" [with Everlast], "Love of My Life" [with Dave Matthews], "The Game of Love" [with Michelle Branch]) Born in 1947 in Autlan de Navarro, Mexico.

STONE GOSSARD (Guitarist with pioneering '90s Seattle grunge bands Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam and Brad; "Hunger Strike," "Alive," "Jeremy," "Even Flow," "Better Man," "Last Kiss") Born in Seattle in 1966.

CHRIS CORNELL (Lead singer for Seattle's now defunct hit '90s grunge band Soundgarden; solo career and Audioslave; "Black Hole Sun") Born in Seattle in 1964.

JOHN LODGE (Bass player and vocalist hit '60s/'70s band the Moody Blues; he wrote "Ride My See-Saw," "I'm Just a Singer in a Rock 'n Roll Band" and "Isn't Life Strange?") Born in 1945 in Birmingham, England.


In 1964, What wound up being Bob Dylan's biggest hit, "Like A Rolling Stone," was released by Columbia Records.

In 1965, The Kama Sutra label released the Lovin' Spoonful's feel-good first single, "Do You Believe in Magic." It rocketed to the Top Ten.

In 1967, Jerry Lee Lewis returned to Great Britain, the scene of his rejection nine years earlier after it had been revealed that he had wed his 13 year old cousin.  To his surprise, the concerts were received positively by the public and press. All was forgiven, if not forgotten.

In 1968, L.A. band Iron Butterfly's ode to psychedelic excess, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," was a big hit on the handful of progressive FM radio stations that existed across the country.

In 1968, Featuring "White Room" and a scorching rendition of the blues classic, "Crossroads," Cream's Wheels Of Fire double album cracked the charts.

In 1968, Paul McCartney happened to be watching a national British TV program, Dee Time, when who should appear but his fiancée, Jane Asher, who announced to the world that their engagement was off. Poor Paul was shocked and chagrined. It was the first he'd heard.

In 1969, Apollo 11 descended on the Moon. It was the first lunar landing ("one small step for man%u2026") and would later result in a hit record written about the subject by David Bowie. The tune was "Space Oddity."

In 1974, The Grateful Dead's Mars Hotel and Bob Dylan's Before The Flood both made the album charts on this day.

In 1974, Joey Ramone abandoned his drum kit to become lead vocalist for the Ramones.

In 1975, Guitarist Miami Steve Van Zandt played as a member of the E Street Band for the first time at a show in Providence, Rhode Island.

In 1985, The Dream Of The Blue Turtles, the first Sting solo disc, entered the charts with the help of songs like "If You Love Somebody" and "Fortress Around Your Heart."

In 1985, The Jeff Beck/Rod Stewart version of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" was an FM hit.

In 1986, On Carlos' 39th birthday, the Santana band celebrated their 20th anniversary at a concert in their hometown of San Francisco. All past and present members of the group got together for a jam as part of the show.

In 1987, Bruce Springsteen played his first show behind the Iron Curtain, appearing in East Berlin in front of 180,000 people in a show that was broadcast on East German TV.

In 1997, Oasis held down the top spot on the U.K. singles chart with "D'You Know What I Mean."

In 2001, An Ani DiFranco appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman performance was scrubbed because she decided to perform an explicit song about racism called "Subdivision", which begins with the line, "White people are so scared of black people." The Letterman producers had requested that she perform a more "upbeat" song.



CAT STEVENS (aka Yusuf Islam) (born Steven Demetri Georgiou) (Mellow British folk/pop star of the first half of the 1970s; he confounded his fans when he converted to the Muslim faith and abandoned popular music; "The First Cut Is the Deepest," [covered by Rod Stewart and, more recently, Sheryl Crow], "Morning Has Broken," "Moon Shadow," "Wild World," "Peace Train," "Where Do The Children Play," "Sitting," "Oh Very Young," "Father And Son") Born in 1947 in London, England.

HOWIE EPSTEIN (Best known as the bass player for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers from 1982's Hard Promises album through 2002; he replaced original Heartbreakers bass player Ron Blair, who in turn replaced Epstein in 2002; prior to working with Petty, Epstein performed and recorded with Del Shannon, John Hiatt, Bob Dylan (Knocked Out Loaded), Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Eric Anderson, Epstein's longtime girlfriend Carlene Carter, and John Prine (Epstein produced two of Prine's albums, the Grammy-winning The Missing Years and Lost Dogs And Mixed Blessings; together with the rest of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, he was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001; "The Waiting," "You Got Lucky," "Change Of Heart," "Jammin' Me," "Don't Come Around Here No More," "Rebels," "Learning To Fly," "Into The Great Wide Open," "Mary Jane's Last Dance," "Free Girl Now") Born in 1955 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Died on February 24, 2003, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of a heroin overdose.


In 1956, Elvis Presley was termed "the most controversial entertainer since Liberace" by Billboard. Say What? On the same day, Elvis was booked for three appearances on Ed Sullivan's widely watched Sunday night variety program—this after Sullivan declared that Elvis and his gyrating hips would never be welcomed back.

In 1971, Carole King received a Gold record plaque for Tapestry, which featured "It's Too Late," "I Feel The Earth Move," "You've Got A Friend" and "So Far Away."

In 1972, Rod Stewart's Never A Dull Moment album  was released and shot to #2 on the charts; it featured "You Wear It Well" and a cover version of Jimi Hendrix's "Angel."

In 1979, "Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)" by Robert Palmer was released.

In 1979, Genesis's first album in over two years, Duke, went Gold. It contained the hits "Misunderstanding" and "Turn It On Again."

In 1980, Keith Godchaux, one in a series of talented but seemingly ill-fated Grateful Dead keyboardists, was seriously injured in a car crash in Marin County, California. He died two days later.

In 1986, The debut album by New Zealand's Crowded House was released.

In 1990, Pink Floyd's The Wall was presented live on the site of the former Berlin Wall, performed by Roger Waters and "friends," including The Band, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Bryan Adams, Paul Carrack, Sinéad O'Connor, The Scorpions and others.

In 1999, Sarah McLachlan's live Mirrorball album was hovering in the Top 10 on the album charts. The record went on to win her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.


EMILY SALIERS (Indigo Girls)



GEORGE CLINTON (Parliament/Funkadelic)



In 1968, The legendary album by The Byrds that featured Gram Parsons, Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, was released on this day.

In 1986, "Sledgehammer" from So by Peter Gabriel was the #1 song in the country.

In 1990, Bruce Hornsby's A Night On The Town album was enjoying heavy airplay and moving up into the Top 20 albums.

In 2000, A young white rapper from Detroit scored the #1 album in the land. It was Eminem and The Marshal Mathers LP.

In 2004, Linda Ronstadt carried on with her tour after after an onstage salute to Fahrenheit 9/11 filmmaker Michael Moore a few nights earlier at the Aladdin Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas created so much controversy that hotel management barred her from her suite and had her escorted off the property after the show. The following night in San Diego at Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay, the veteran singer ignited a similar polarized response as the intimate outdoor venue on Shelter Island roared with a mixture of cheers and jeers before half of the crowd angrily streamed toward the exits while the other half gave her a standing ovation.


ALISON KRAUSS (Singer/songwriter and virtuosic fiddler who helped bring bluegrass to a larger audience in the '90s, with and without her band Union Station; no other woman owns more Grammys than Alison; has appeared on hit film soundtracks O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Cold Mountain; has recorded sessions with everyone from Phish to Kenny Rogers; "Baby, Now That I've Found You," "So Long So Wrong," "Forget About It") Born in 1971 in Champaign, Illinois.

DAVID ESSEX ('70s Brit pop/rock star and one-hit wonder in America with "Rock On" in 1974; later went into theatre and film) Born in 1947 in London.


In 1962, The first trans-Atlantic transmission was sent by the American Communications satellite Telstar. A British record producer was inspired to compose an instrumental in honor of the occasion. As recorded by The Tornados, "Telstar" became an unlikely huge pop hit.

In 1969, Mayor Sam Yorty of Los Angeles was scheduled to present James Brown with an official proclamation declaring it James Brown Day, but his honor failed to show up at the designated time.

In 1970, The powers that be concluded that the Powder Ridge Rock Festival in New Hartford, Connecticut, would prove to be too much of a public nuisance and cancelled the entire affair, despite the fact that 18,000 tickets had been sold. Headliners Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin and Chuck Berry were notified and did not show, but the fans did.

In 1980, Grateful Dead keyboard player Keith Godchaux died of injuries sustained in a car crash two days earlier.

In 1983, Synchronicity by The Police was #1 on the U.S. album charts.

In 1990, Filming commenced on Falling From Grace, John Mellencamp's acting and directing debut.

In 1992, The first Bruce Springsteen U.S. tour in four years kicked off at The Meadowlands in New Jersey. Bruce and his band performed 10 sold-out concerts at the 21,000-seat arena, with some of the musical marathons running into the wee hours.

In 1999, John Hiatt was named host of the PBS TV show Sessions At West 54th, replacing David Byrne.

In 2001, Bono and Bob Geldof hob-knobbed with world leaders at the G8 world economic Summit in Genoa, Italy, urging them to "drop the dept" to third world countries. A protester was shot dead by police during violent protests at the Summit. Geldof said, "I am offended by the tone of these summits, democratically elected leaders with the panoply of power, private jets, swishing through the high-security ‘red zone' in motorcades."

7/24: GARY SHIDER (Singer/guitarist for Parliament/Funkadelic) Born in 1953. Died June 16, 2010.


In 1960, "Walk Don't Run," by The Ventures, made it all the way to #2 on the singles charts. The record marked the initial pairing of rock with surf music.

In 1964, Over-enthusiastic fans rioted at a Rolling Stones concert in Blackpool, England, causing the constables to be summoned.

In 1966, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson was on hand for the re-opening of the Cavern Club in Liverpool, one of The Beatles' early haunts. It had been shut down due to bankruptcy.

In 1967, The second album by the Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow, was certified Gold, largely on the strength of "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit."

In 1976, Elton John, who was already a massive star in America, finally scored his first #1 tune in his native England with "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart," a pop duet with Kiki Dee.

In 1978, The ill-conceived film version of Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees, opened and promptly bombed with the public and critics alike.

In 1987, The movie bio of Ritchie Valens, La Bamba, premiered with Lou Diamond Phillips portraying Valens. Marshall Crenshaw (as Buddy Holly) and Brian Setzer (as Eddie Cochran) were also in the film.

In 1998, U2's Zooropa was the #1 album in the country.

In 2001, Virgin announced that Mick Jagger was set to release Goddess In The Doorway in November; it would be his fourth solo album and first since 1993's Wandering Spirit. The new album, recorded mostly in London and New York, included special guests Bono, Lenny Kravitz, Pete Townshend and Rob Thomas.


STEVE GOODMAN ('60s/'70s folk singer/songwriter legend; best remembered for writing the 1972 Arlo Guthrie hit "City Of New Orleans"; Goodman's good-natured songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Roseanne Cash, Jimmy Buffett ["This Hotel Room" and "Banana Republics"], David Alan Coe ["You Never Even Called Me By My Name"], Joan Baez, John Denver and others; he produced John Prine's Bruised Orange album and recorded with Bob Dylan [Dylan plays piano on Goodman's 1973 album Somebody Else's Troubles under the name of Robert Milkwood Thomas; Goodman was the subject of a 1994 tribute album that featured Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, John Hartford and others; "Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request," "Talk Backwards") Born in 1948 in Chicago. Died in Seattle on September 20, 1984, of kidney and liver failure after a long battle with Leukemia.

THURSTON MOORE (Vocalist and guitarist for innovative, experimental, loud and highly-influential [Nirvana] post-punk New York indie guitar rock/pop pioneers Sonic Youth; toured with Neil Young after the release of their 1990 major label debut Goo; solo career with 1995's Psychic Hearts; raised in Bethel, Connecticut) Born in 1958 in Coral Gables, Florida.


In 1964, To promote the new Brit band The Animals, U.S. disc jockeys were sent boxes of animal crackers wrapped in promotional material touting "The House Of The Rising Sun."

In 1965, The reception was less than ecstatic at the Newport Jazz Festival when, for the first time, a young Bob  Dylan climbed onstage, plugged in and went "electric."

In 1966, The final U.S. concert with Brian Jones as part of The Rolling Stones took place in San Francisco.

In 1967, In a London Times advert signed by The Beatles and other U.K. rock bands, the legalization of marijuana was encouraged.

In 1969, At New York's Fillmore East, Neil Young played in public for the first time as a part of CSNY.

In 1970, "25 Or 6 To 4" by Chicago was released. Hang on to the ceiling tiles!

In 1984, Big Mama Thornton, composer of the Elvis hit "Hound Dog," died at the age of 58.

In 1990, Forever altering our National Anthem and the game of baseball, Roseanne Barr "sang" The Star Spangled Banner at a Padres/Reds game.

In 1990, Bruce Springsteen and his singer wife, Patti Scialfa, had a son named Evan James.

In 2001, Bonnie Raitt and former Doors drummer John Densmore were among 20 demonstrators arrested after a public environmental protest in Itasca, northwest of Chicago. Raitt and Densmore had joined with members of the Rainforest Action Network to protest against the practices of the forest products giant, the Boise Cascade Corporation.


MICK JAGGER (born Michael Phillip Jagger) (Lead vocalist for the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band," The Rolling Stones, formed in 1962 and based on early American blues and R&B; four Jagger solo albums, beginning with 1985's She's The Boss; actor [Ned Kelly, Performance, Freejack, Bent and, more recently, The Man From Elysian Fields]; initially met guitarist and great songwriting partner Keith Richards in first grade at primary school, although they would not cross paths again until they were teenagers when he played in a band called Little Boy Blue And The Blue Boys while attending the London School of Economics; Jagger has guested on albums by the Ron Wood, The Jacksons, Peter Tosh, Carly Simon, Dr. John and Living Colour; "Tell Me [You're Coming Back To Me]" [the Stones' first US hit], "Get Off Of My Cloud," "[I Can't Get No] Satisfaction," "Let's Spend The Night Together," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Street Fighting Man," "Sympathy For The Devil," "Brown Sugar," "Honky Tonk Women," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "Tumbling Dice," "Angie," "It's Only Rock & Roll," "Miss You," "Start Me Up," "Waiting On A Friend," "Harlem Shuffle," "Just Another Night," "Lucky In Love," "Dancing In The Street" [with David Bowie], "Let's Work," "Visions Of Paradise") Born in 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England.

ROGER TAYLOR (Drummer for Queen; "Killer Queen," "Bohemian Rhapsody," "I'm In Love With My Car," "Under Pressure" [with David Bowie], "Somebody To Love," "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," "Another One Bites The Dust") Born in 1949 in Kingslynn, Norfolk, England.


In 1963, Motown released "Mickey's Monkey" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. It nearly topped the R&B charts and made it into the pop Top 10.

In 1968, London Records objected strenuously to the graffiti-scrawled, sleazy restroom wall cover of The Rolling Stones' Beggar's Banquet album and postponed the release date until it was suitably altered. Mick Jagger was livid. Incidentally, this album marked the first time Mick had played guitar on a Stones album.

In 1977, In an attempt to attract the attention of CBS Record execs inside, Elvis Costello busked outside the London Hilton. He was promptly arrested and fined £5. To their credit, CBS invited him back for an audition.

In 1979, The "newest selling tool for rock" was the promotional video, proclaimed an article in Rolling Stone magazine. They cited "Boys Keep Swinging" by David Bowie and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

In 1986, "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel was a resounding #1 song.

In 1990, Brent Mydland, Grateful Dead keyboard player, died of a drug overdose at age 38 in Lafayette, California.

In 1992, Motown diva Mary Wells, singer of hits such as "My Guy" and "You Beat Me To The Punch," died in Los Angeles of throat cancer at age 49.

In 2001, The Cranberries celebrated their 10th anniversary by offering fans free tickets to see them on their upcoming semi-acoustic, five-date Wake Up And Smell The Coffee U.S. tour.


PETE YORN (One of a handful of major American rock/pop solo stars of the new millennium; talented drummer-turned-songwriter, two albums and a couple of big hits after writing music for film (Me, Myself & Irene) and TV (Dawson's Creek) upon arriving in LA from his hometown in South Jersey; "Life On A Chain," "Strange Condition," "For Nancy ['Cos It Already Is]," "Come Back Home," "Crystal Village") Born in 1974 in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.

JULIANA HATFIELD ('90s indie guitar-pop artist; "Spin The Bottle") Born in 1967 in Wiscarset, Maine.

KARL MUELLER (Bass player with hit '90s band Soul Asylum; "Runaway Train," "Somebody To Shove," "Misery") Born in 1962.

KIM FOWLEY (Noted '70s/'80s LA producer, singer, songwriter, manager, deejay and poet; helped Frank Zappa And The Mothers get launched, and later, did the same for the all-girl band The Runaways; he wrote songs for The Byrds, The Beach Boys and Soft Machine, among others)  Born in Los Angeles in 1942.

NICK REYNOLDS (Unsung member of popular and influential pioneering folk group The Kingston Trio; paved the way for Peter, Paul & Mary and even Bob Dylan) Born in 1933 in Coronado, CA.


In 1940, Bugs Bunny made his screen debut in A Wild Hare.

In 1955, "Maybellene," the first hit single by Chuck Berry, entered the R&B charts.

In 1955, More soothsaying from Billboard as the magazine claimed that the only two bankable hit-makers at the time were Nat 'King' Cole and Webb Pierce.

In 1974, "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd was released, and Neil Young was castigated forever by the deep South: "I hope Neil Young will remember/A 'Southern Man' don't need him around, anyhow%u2026."

In 1976, After a long battle, John Lennon was finally issued his green card granting him permanent residency in the US.

In 1976, Bruce Springsteen's burgeoning recording career was put on hold for a year as a result of a lawsuit charging his manager, Mike Appel, with fraud and breach of contract. Appel counter-sued.

In 1976, Tina Turner filed for divorce from Ike Turner. What's love got to do with it?

In 1979, An Indian art store in Scottsdale, Arizona, owned by Alice Cooper, was firebombed, resulting in $200,000 worth of destruction. Cooper had been making some disparaging remarks about disco music and claimed that, perhaps, it was the work of a "disco music freak."

In 1986, Queen became the first Westerners since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Eastern Europe when they played in Budapest, Hungary.

In 2002, After 10 years, Peter Gabriel announced that his much-anticipated new studio album, Up, would be in stores beginning September 24. The album featured the advance track, "The Barry Williams Show." Meanwhile, Universal Records reissued the entire Gabriel catalog.


RICK WRIGHT (Longtime keyboardist for Pink Floyd; "See Emily Play," "Fearless," "One Of These Days," "Time," "Money," "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," "Wish You Were Here," "Have A Cigar," "Welcome To The Machine," "Another Brick In The Wall," "Mother,"  "Learning To Fly," "Keep Talking") Born in London in 1943.

MIKE BLOOMFIELD (Original '60s/'70s blues-rock guitarist; a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Electric Flag; solo discs; "In My Own Dream," "East-West," "Shake Your Moneymaker," "Killing Floor") Born in 1943 in Chicago. Died February 15, 1981, in San Francisco of an apparent drug overdose.

JONATHAN EDWARDS ('70s pop/country-rock hit artist; "Sunshine," "Shanty") Born in 1946 in Aitkin, Minnesota.


In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis made his TV debut on The Steve Allen Show.

In 1958, Billboard magazine warned that driving along listening to rock & roll music could "cost the motorist money" by compelling him to waffle the gas pedal in rhythm, thereby wasting fuel.

In 1970, The Australian western film Ned Kelly opened on this day; it marked Mick Jagger's acting debut.

In 1973, More than 600,000 turned out to see the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band and others in concert at Watkin's Glen, New York, in one of the largest festivals of all time.

In 1976, On their way to Platinum status, and long before the title track became part of a media campaign for the US Post Service, the Steve Miller Band's Fly Like An Eagle went Gold.

In 1987, Surviving members of The Beatles and Yoko sued Nike and Capitol Records over the use of "Revolution" in a sneaker commercial.

In 1993, Natalie Merchant sang for the last time with 10,000 Maniacs before embarking on a solo career.

In 1995, It was determined that Jimi Hendrix's name, likeness, image and music became the exclusive property of the Hendrix estate in Seattle after years of legal wrangling.

In 1999, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam joined Pete Townshend onstage at the Supper Club in New York. The occasion was to promote Townshend's album Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy. Among the songs performed were "Magic Bus" and Pearl Jam's "Betterman."

In 2001, As the world media buzzed and speculated on the health of the reclusive George Harrison, he continued to keep popping up on various new projects, playing guitar on Bill Wyman, E.L.O. and Jim Capaldi records.


PATTY SCIAFA (Longtime Singer and guitarist in the E Street Band before she married "The Boss"; Released 1993 Mike Campbell-produced solo album, Rumble Doll, that some called a companion piece to Springsteen's Human Touch that featured musicians such as Jim Keltner, Roy Bittan, and Nils Lofgren) Born in 1956

GEDDY LEE (Bassist and soprano for Canadian band Rush, "Spirit Of Radio," "Tom Sawyer," "Subdivisons") Born in 1953.


In 1959, The Isley Brothers single, "Shout," hit the record stores.

In 1963, Following a four year layoff, the Newport Folk Festival was reactivated. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary were all well-received.

In 1963, Peter, Paul and Mary's version of Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" was released.

In 1965, Queen Elizabeth II was in attendance at the premiere of Help, the Beatles' second movie.

In 1966, Bob Dylan had a brush with death when he crashed his motorcycle near Woodstock, New York. Sustaining severe injuries, he required a lengthy hospital stay. Because of the secrecy surrounding the incident, the rumors ran rampant that Dylan was in a coma, was a vegetable or dead, would never perform again, was dodging the draft or had lost his mind from drug use.

In 1968, Gram Parsons refused to set foot in South Africa, a country that then had an apartheid policy, resulting in the Byrds embarking on their South African tour without him.

In 1974, Only 32, Mama Cass Elliot, one-time member of the Mama's and Papa's, died of a heart attack in London. Contrary to the rumour, a ham sandwich was not the culprit.

In 1976, Hempstead's Pavilion Theatre was the site if the launch of Eric Clapton's first British tour in five years.

In 1980, David Bowie made his theatrical stage debut portraying the title role in The Elephant Man in a production in Denver. The show moved to Broadway and was favorably reviewed by the critics.

In 1994, Voodoo Lounge by The Rolling Stones was the #2 album in the land.

In 1998, Toad The Wet Sprocket decided to call it quits. Frontman Glen Phillips went solo and in 2004 released The Mutual Admiration Society album with members of fellow Southern California band Nickel Creek.


KATE BUSH (Unique and literate huge Brit hit '80s/'90s singer/songwriter; discovered thanks, in part, to Pink Floyd lead guitarist David Gilmour; "Wuthering Heights," "Don't Give Up," (with Peter Gabriel), "Running Up That Hill," "So It's Love" [featuring Eric Clapton on guitar]) Born in 1958 in Bexleyheath, Kent, England.

BUDDY GUY (Incendiary and highly influential Baton Rouge, Louisiana, blues guitarist and singer [a favorite of Eric Clapton] who helped define the Chicago sound; his career stretches from the mid-'50s to the present; has recorded with Clapton, John Mayall, Bonnie Raitt, Jonny Lang and others; he owns Buddy Guy's Legends, a Chicago blues club; Buddy Guy and Junior Wells were the original Blues Brothers, long before Jake and Elwood Blues; has won more prestigious W.C. Handy Blues Awards than any other artist;  "Messin' With the Kid" (with Junior Wells), "Damn Right, I've Got The Blues," "Someone Else Is Steppin' In (Slippin' Out, Slippin' In)," "Feels Like Rain," "Done Got Old") Born in 1936 in Lettsworth, Louisiana.

DAVID SANBORN (Grammy-winning saxophone player, somewhere between "smooth" and "real" jazz; raised in the Midwest, where he began playing blues with Little Milton, Albert King and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band; has recorded with John Scofield, Steely Dan, Rickie Lee Jones and Paul Simon, among others; "Have A Good Time") Born in 1945 in Tampa, Florida.

PAUL ANKA (Late '50s/early '60s pop/swing hit crooner and songwriter who has recently enjoyed a comeback with rock lounge covers album; Born in 1941 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


In 1954, The professional performing debut of a young Elvis Presley took place in Memphis.

In 1970, The Rolling Stones fired their manager, Allen Klein.

In 1975, Southern-style rock was red-hot as The Charlie Daniels Band picked up a Gold record for Fire On The Mountain.

In 1987, David Bowie's Glass Spider tour commenced in Philadelphia.

In 1988, Steve Winwood's "Roll With It" was a #1 song.

In 1992, At a memorial service for '60s pop/soul star Mary Wells ("My Guy"), Motown stars paid their respects, including Smokey Robinson, who sang a medley of her hits.

In 2000, Nine Pearl Jam fans were trampled to death near the front of the stage at the Roskolde festival in Denmark.


BILL BERRY (Former longtime drummer from one of the most influential rock bands of the post-punk era R.E.M.; while on tour in 1995 for the Monster album, Berry suffered a near-fatal brain aneurysm while performing in Switzerland - he would later retire to his farm; raised in Macon, GA; while attending junior high school met bassist Mike Mills and went on to attend the University of Georgia together where they joined up with singer Michael Stipe and guitarist Peter Buck; Berry, Buck, and Mills later teamed with Warren Zevon to record the Hindu Love Gods album after Green; "Radio Free Europe," "Can't Get There From Here," "Driver 8," "The One I Love," "Stand," "Pop Song ‘89," "Losing My Religion," "Shiny Happy People," "Everybody Hurts") Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1958.

WILL CHAMPION (Drummer for massive hit Brit band that broke out in 2000, Coldplay; "Yellow," "In My Place," "The Scientist," "Clocks") Born in 1977.

BOB WELCH (Guitarist, vocalist with mid-‘70s era Fleetwood Mac who left for solo career right before the band became a phenomenon; best known for "Hypnotized," "Sentimental Lady") Born in 1946 in Los Angeles.

DANIEL ASH (Brit guitarist and vocalist with innovative ‘80s bands Bauhaus and Love & Rockets; solo career; "So Alive”) Born in 1957

JIM CORR (Member of hit Irish band The Corrs; "When The Stars Go Blue" [with Bono]) Born in Dundalk, Ireland in 1964.

AHMET ERTEGUN (Popular late record exec who was instrumental in exposing America's prized black artists of jazz, R&B, soul and rock on his pioneering Atlantic record label) Born in 1923 in Istanbul, Turkey.


In 1964, Another Rolling Stones concert would, again, come to a crashing halt after just 12 minutes on stage. This time, it was blamed on the rowdy fans of Belfast, Ireland.

In 1969, Thousands of public telephones in Moscow were cannibalized after people took parts to electrify their acoustic guitars.

In 1971, The first lunar vehicle went for a spin on the moon.

In 1971, In order to form their own Rolling Stones record label, the band first had to fulfill a contractual obligation with their old label, Decca. The boys ruefully handed over a master tape and labeled it "Cocksucker Blues.” Decca was, ofcourse, hardly amused. Radio stations were puzzled, as well, on how to deal with the offensive title.

In 1971, Although it was written by Carole King, James Taylor had the big hit with "You've Got a Friend.” It hit #1 on this day.

In 1976, Some catchy can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head ‘70s songs were released on this day, Orleans’ "Still the One" and Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don't Fear The Reaper."

In 1979, A free concert starring James Taylor was held in New York’s Central Park to promote the city's plan to restore Sheep Meadow, a portion of the park that had been trashed.

In 1988, Steve Winwood was truly on a roll once again, ruling the charts with his "Roll With It".

In 1995, While performing in Pittsburgh, Courtney Love freaked and wrapped up Hole's Lollapalooza set early after a shotgun shell casing landed on stage.

In 2003, In only their seventh concert since the death of John Entwistle, the Who play New York’s Madison Square Garden, with Counting Crows opening.


ADAM DURITZ (Lead vocalist and creative force behind Counting Crows, who emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area in '94 with the debut smash album, August And Everything After; "Mr. Jones," "‘Round Here," "Anna Begins," "Rain King," "Daylight Fading," "A Long December," "Hanginaround," "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby," "Big Yellow Taxi," "American Girls" [with Sheryl Crow], "Accidentally In Love") Born in 1964 in Baltimore, Maryland.

JERRY GARCIA (born Jerome John Garcia) (Masterful and original guitarist, singer and spokes-philosopher for the biggest cult band ever—presiding over four decades—the Grateful Dead; ambassadors of the late '60s and particularly the 1967 Summer Of Love; Garcia picked up a banjo in the early '60s and began playing in local bluegrass bands like Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions with pals Bob Weir and Pigpen, who would later evolve into The Warlocks, then, in 1966, the Grateful Dead; he subsequently appeared live and on record with the New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Jefferson Starship and Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, and collaborated with lyricist Robert Hunter and guitarist David Grisman; fronted Jerry Garcia Band [JGB] and solo career; "The Wheel, "Sugaree," "Deal," "Mission In The Rain," "Friend Of The Devil," "St. Stephen," "Box Of Rain," "Ripple," "Sugar Magnolia," "Casey Jones," "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band," "Estimated Prophet," "The Music Never Stopped," "Fire On The Mountain," "Hell In A Bucket," "Touch Of Grey," "Foolish Heart") Born in 1942 in  San Francisco. Died August 9, 1995, in Marin County, CA, of a heart attack.

ROBERT CRAY (Grammy-winning smooth blues/soul performer who broke through with 1986's Strong Persuader album; has recorded with Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland; longtime Northwest favorite who has since resided near San Francisco; "It Wasn't Me," "Smokin' Gun," "Guess I Showed Her," "Right Next Door (Because Of Me)," "Nothin' But A Woman," "Consequences," "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark," "Night Patrol," "Forecast [Calls For Pain]," "I Was Warned," "Phone Booth") Born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1953.

MICHAEL PENN (Rock/pop singer/songwriter, occasional actor, older brother to Sean and husband of Aimee Mann; "No Myth") Born in 1958 in New York.

RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT (born Elliot Charles Adnopoz) (Iconic American singing troubadour and one-time traveling companion of Woody Guthrie; early and enduring folk figure who has influenced the Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, among others)  Born in 1931 in Brooklyn, New York.

JIM CARROLL (New York/San Francisco rock singer, poet and actor; subject of the film The Basketball Diaries; "People Who Died,") Born in New York City in 1950.


In 1960, According to Seventeen magazine, the average teenage female listened to the radio two hours and 13 minutes a day, and their record player for two hours and 12 minutes.

In 1960, Chubby Checker's hit version of "The Twist" was released. The original version by Hank Ballard had tanked a few months earlier.

In 1964, Johnny Burnette died in a boating accident on Northern California's Clear Lake. The rockabilly pioneer (and brother of Dorsey) is remembered for his early hit, "Train Kept A' Rollin."

In 1964, A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles was the #1 album.

In 1964, A group called Steam Packet, featuring a young singer named Rod Stewart, opened for The Rolling Stones at the London Palladium.

In 1968, The freaky film Performance opened in America. It was Mick Jagger's second starring role in a movie, after the Aussie film Ned Kelly.

In 1971, To benefit the homeless refugees of the Indian/Pakistani war going on at the time, the legendary Concerts For Bangladesh, spearheaded by the late George Harrison, were held at Madison Square Garden, and ultimately turned into an album. Highlights included performances by Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar, Ringo, a surprise appearance by Bob Dylan and Leon Russell's rousing medley of "Jumpin' Jack Flash/Youngblood," which became an FM rock radio classic of the era.

In 1973, American Graffiti opened, and featured a rock oldies film soundtrack.

In 1974, After a long spell of brooding over ex-love Patti Harrison (the subject of "Layla"), Eric Clapton kept on the comeback trail, appearing at the Omni in Atlanta. He was joined by Keith Moon and Pete Townshend, who mocked the typical Who concert finish by smashing a plastic ukulele over Clapton's head.

In 1977, To keep from being deported from England, Chrissie Hynde offered Sid Vicious two quid to marry her.

In 1981, Viacom officially launched the MTV cable video channel with The Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star."

In 1987, In The Dark was released; it contained "Touch Of Grey," which beat out "Truckin'" out as the highest-charting single ever for the Grateful Dead.

In 1988, Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation Of Christ opened on this day, featuring a score by Peter Gabriel and David Bowie as Pontius Pilate.

In 1990, UB40 were promptly deported from the Seychelles Islands back to Britain after police found weed in their hotel rooms.

In 1994, The 43-city Voodoo Lounge tour by The Rolling Stones began in Washington, DC.

In 2001, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck boarded a flight back for The States after appearing in a British courtroom where he plead not guilty to a series of charges relating to an alleged "air rage" incident during a transatlantic flight in April. Buck, appearing at Isleworth Crown Court, was accused of assaulting two British Airways staffers, being drunk on board an aircraft, causing criminal damage and interfering with a control panel on an external door.

JIM CAPALDI (Drummer and vocalist for legendary late '60s/early '70s band Traffic; solo; "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Paper Sun," "Freedom Rider," "Glad," "The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys," "Shootout At The Fantasy Factory") Born in 1944 in Evesham, Worcestershire, England.

GARTH HUDSON (born Eric Hudson) (Keyboards, accordion and sax player for American rock icon The Band; "Tears Of Rage," "I Shall Be Released," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "The Weight," "Up On Cripple Creek," "Don't Do It," "Chest Fever," "Time To Kill," "Life Is A Carnival," "Jupiter Hollow") Born in 1937 in London, Ontario, Canada.


In 1975, The Eagles held down the top spot on the singles chart with "One Of These Nights."

In 1983, Legendary Motown Records session bass player James Jamerson died in Los Angeles from complications due to cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure, and pneumonia at age 45. He was one of "The Funk Brothers" who played on numerous Motown hits by The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and Martha & The Vandellas.

In 1987, Record producer Alex Sadkin (Simply Red, Duran Duran, Grace Jones, Bob Marley) died from injuries he suffered in car crash in Miami.

In 1991, Rick James and his then-girlfriend Tanya Hijazi were arrested in Hollywood and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated mayhem, torture, false imprisonment and forcible oral copulation. James was later released on $1 million bail.

In 2001, The New Orleans International Airport became Louis Armstrong Airport.


SHIRLEY MANSON (Lead singer for Alternative dance/rock band Garbage; "Stupid Girl," "Push It") Born in 1966 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TONY BENNETT (born Anthony Dominick Benedetto) (Legendary crooner; "I Left My Heart In San Francisco") Born 1926 in Queens, New York.

ED ROLAND (Vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for mega-hit '90s band Collective Soul; "Shine," "December," "The World I Know") Born in Stockbridge, Georgia.


In 1956, Elvis Presley's version of Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog" was released, and almost immediately became a smash hit.

In 1956, During their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Everly Brothers sang "Wake Up Little Suzie" for the first time. Innocuous enough sounding now, maybe, but the single created quite a stir at the time because it supposedly condoned teenage sex and was banned by some radio stations. Gak.

In 1966, John Lennon announced, "We're bigger than Jesus now." Although he may have been correct, the comment resulted in a temporary ban on all Beatles music by nearly all U.S. radio stations.

In 1969, Bill Graham announced that he would relinquish control of the Fillmore West in San Francisco to new owners at the end of the year.

In 1970, Rock & roll's first movable feast, or festival, The Medicine Ball Caravan, began in San Francisco, eventually winding up in Britain. The fest starred the Grateful Dead and was hosted by Wavy Gravy.

In 1974, Paul Simon's hit recording of "Loves Me Like A Rock," recorded with The Dixie Hummingbirds, was released.

In 1979, Some 20,000 attended a benefit concert for the widow and children of the recently deceased leader of Little Feat, Lowell George. Performing in his memory at the LA Forum were Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Nicolette Larson, Emmylou Harris and the surviving members of Little Feat.

In 1994, Natalie Merchant struck out on her own, officially departing 10,000 Maniacs.


LOUIS ARMSTRONG ("Satchmo," an American icon [his birthday is celebrated on July 4th], jazz trumpet player and band leader; "What A Wonderful World," "Hello Dolly") Born in 1901 in New Orleans. Died of a heart ailment on June 7, 1971, in New York.

KLAUS SCHULZE (Leader of progressive German ambient band Tangerine Dream) Born in 1947 in Germany.


In 1963, The Beatles played their last set at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, the place where they had been discovered by Brian Epstein. Also on this day, the Fab Four made their first dent, albeit slight, in the US charts with "From Me To You."

In 1963, "Surfer Girl" The Beach Boys was released.

In 1966, The Rolling Stones recorded their longest title yet - and one of the longest song titles ever, "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standin' In The Shadows." The cover sleeve for the song, released on September 23th, generated some controversy; it featured the lads in drag, strolling down Park Avenue.

In 1969, The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson was indicted for failure to report for civilian duty for two years in place of ordered military duty. He wound up teaching music lessons to handicapped patients at LA County hospital instead.

In 1971, Ringo picked up a Gold record for "It Don't Come Easy," an unlikely but catchy hit which he wrote and George Harrison produced.

In 1971, Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new band, Wings.

In 1974, Guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter and drummer Jim Hodder departed Steely Dan. Jeff Porcaro took Hodder's place, while Michael McDonald was also added to the lineup.

In 1974, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band opened for Anne Murray in New York (almost as bizarre as Hendrix once opening for The Monkees). It also marked the last appearance by Ernest "Boom" Carter as drummer for the E Street Band and the final stint for David Sancious on keyboards. They were replaced, respectively, by "Mighty" Max Weinberg and "Professor" Roy Bittan.

In 1977, The TRS-80, one of the first computers designed for home use, was introduced by Radio Shack. It would soon go the way of the dinosaur.

In 1979, "My Sharona," by one-hit wonders The Knack, straddled the top of the charts.

In 1989, Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever ("Free Fallin'") was a Top 5 album.

In 1994, The Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge album was Top 10.


PAT SMEAR (A.K.A. George Ruthenburg; Guitarist with The Germs, Nirvana, Foo Fighters) Born in 1959 in Los Angeles.

RICK DERRINGER (Guitarist, vocalist, bassist, member of The McCoys who had a late '60s hit with "Hang On Sloopy"; worked with Edgar and Johnny Winter; 70s hit solo artist with warhorse rock anthem "Rock N' Roll Hoochie Koo") Born in 1947 in Celina, Ohio.

JIMMY WEBB (Legendary '60s/'70s songwriter who has written original, thoughtful hits for everyone from Joan Baez to Frank Sinatra to Waylon Jennings/Johnny Cash/Willie Nelson/Kris Kristofferson; "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," Witchita Lineman," "Up, Up, And Away," "Macarthur Park," "The Highwayman") Born in 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma.


In 1957, American Bandstand made it's network TV debut on ABC. Dick Clark's first guests, early rockers The Chordettes.

In 1962, Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Baker) either committed suicide or was murdered. Conventional wisdom was that she choose the former, but many assume the later. Primarily a cinema and sexual icon, she was also actually a decent semi-jazz singer with perhaps a touch too much vibrato. Elton John would later record the popular 1975 hit "Candle In The Wind" as a tribute.

In 1966, The U.K. version of "Revolver," another step in the Beatles' fascinating evolution, appeared. It yielded the hit singles "Eleanor Rigby," "Got To Get You Into My Life," and "Yellow Submarine." The album was released in the U.S. four days later.

In 1967, Psychedelia ruled as The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Pink Floyd's first album, was released. The album featured Syd Barrett and the trippy U.K. hit single, "See Emily Play," which tanked here in the states.

In 1983, David Crosby met Texas justice. He was sentenced to five years in a Texas jail for cocaine and firearms charges.

In 1992, Great Rock drummer Jeff Porcaro (Toto, Steely Dan, countless sessions) died of cardiac arrest in a freak accident, reportedly induced by the accidental inhalation of a particularly nasty pesticide reportedly while mowing the lawn.

In 2000, Sting's solo album Brand New Day shot into the Top 20 albums. The album revealed Sting's recent Middle Eastern influences on songs like "Desert Rose."


ISAAC HAYES ('70s hit soul singer, voice of "Chef" on hit cable TV show South Park; "Shaft") Born in 1942 in Covington, Tennessee.

PAT McDONALD (Rootsy '80s/'90s singer/songwriter and guitarist/harp player who, along with his wife Barbara, made up the hit Austin band Timbuk 3; solo career; he has recorded with Jill Sobule, among others; "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," "Life Is Hard") Born in 1952 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

ANDY WARHOL (American Pop art icon, film-maker, inspiration to musicians; subject of early song by David Bowie off Hunky Dory) Born in 1928 in Pittsburgh. Died in 1987 in New York.


In 1960, "The Twist" was twisted for the first time on American television on American Bandstand. The perpetrator was Chubby Checker.

In 1964, The Hoochie Coo Men made their British TV debut on The Beat Room. Rod Stewart was their lead vocalist.

In 1970, An anti-war rock festival on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima took place at Shea Stadium in New York. The attendance was disappointing despite the appearances of such luminaries as Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, and Johnny Winter.

In 1971, "Conquistador," among other selections, was recorded by Procal Harum with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Alberta, Canada on this day. The song became a major hit.

In 1973, Stevie Wonder was seriously injured in a car accident near Winston-Salem, N.C. He was in a coma for four days.

In 1981, Stevie Nicks released her solo disc, Bella Donna.

In 1982, Roger Waters' cheery obsessions, such as equating rock with fascism, sex, pain, death and madness, were all unveiled on celluloid when Pink Floyd: The Wall was screened for the first time in New York.

In 1988, In celebration of their first album, the Traveling Wilburys launched a surprise mini-tour. Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne were all on board.

In 1996, The Ramones played their final concert at the Palace in Hollywood. Jamming with the boys were Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden.


RAUL MALO (Leader of The Mavericks, one of the most acclaimed country bands of the '90s; Later would meld Cuban rhythms and Americana in a successful solo career) Born 1965 in Miami.

ROBERT RANDOLPH (Leader of Robert Randolph & The Family Band)

KRISTIN HERSH (Throwing Muses, solo)

STAN FREBERG (Trailblazing comic)


In 1964, Reviews for the Beatles' first film A Hard Day's Night were mixed. Time summed it up as "the Beatles blow it." On the other hand, The Los Angeles Herald called it "amusing and engaging."

In 1965, Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" was released in a "popified" version by the Turtles.

In 1971, The final Zappa and Mothers Of Invention album to the feature the vocals of Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (Flo & Eddy, members of the Turtles) was released. It was titled Just Another Band From L.A.

In 1974, An intriguing match-up, Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band) and Faye Dunaway were wed in Los Angeles.

In 1979, It was the year of Rickie Lee Jones. Her eponymous debut yielded the smash hit "Chuck E's In Love".

In 1979, An "overly enthusiastic" Marshall Tucker Band fan ploughed through a pair of metal exit doors and a concrete wall in an effort to be one with the band.

In 1987, A landmark lawsuit against Ozzie Osborne was dismissed by an L.A. judge. It had been contended by the parents of a teen who committed suicide that an Ozzie song, "Suicide Solution," had compelled him.


THE EDGE (born David Evans) (Lead guitarist for U2; "I Will Follow," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "New Year's Day," "Pride [In The Name Of Love]," "With Or Without You," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," "Where The Streets Have No Name," "Desire," "Mysterious Ways," "One," "Stay [Faraway, So Close]," "Walk On," "Beautiful Day," "Vertigo") Born in 1961 in Barking, Essex, England.


In 1963, The early British rock & roll TV show, Ready! Steady! Go!, premiered.

In 1967, The Killer, aka Jerry Lee Lewis, worked the crowd into such a frenzy at the Sunberry Blues & Jazz Festival in Britain that he was asked to leave the stage.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned amid the Watergate scandal. Say goodnight, Dick.

In 1978, The great Muddy Waters played at a White House picnic at the request of President Carter.

In 1986, David Crosby was released from prison after serving time for drug and weapons charges.

In 1987, U2 ruled the singles charts with "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," the second single from The Joshua Tree.

In 1998, The Rolling Stones played their first concert in Russia.

In 2004, It was reported that Charlie Watts, 63, longtime drummer for The Rolling Stones, had been undergoing treatments over the summer for throat cancer and was recovering well after radiotherapy, according to a spokesman for the band.


BENJAMIN ORR (born Benjamin Orzechowski) (Bass player and singer for The Cars; solo career; lead vocalist on "Drive") Born in 1955 in Cleveland. Died on October 3, 2000, in Atlanta of pancreatic cancer.


In 1962, Robert Zimmerman legally became Bob Dylan.

In 1964, In Forest Hills, NY, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan played the same bill for the first time.

In 1967, The Killer, aka Jerry Lee Lewis, worked the crowd into such a frenzy at the Sunberry Blues & Jazz Festival in Britain that he was asked to leave the stage.

In 1978, The great Muddy Waters played at a White House picnic at the request of President Carter.

In 1995, Grateful Dead founder, singer/songwriter and guitarist Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack at a drug treatment center in Marin County, CA. He was 53.

In 1996, The Ramones officially broke up.

In 2003, Roger Daltrey of The Who made his LA stage debut playing Dr. Doolittle in My Fair Lady.


IAN ANDERSON (Lead singer, flutist and founder of Jethro Tull; "Bourée," "Look Into The Sun," "Aqualung," "Locomotive Breath," "Living In The Past," "Thick As A Brick," "Bungle In The Jungle," "Skating Away [On The Thin Ice Of A New Day]") Born in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

LEO FENDER (Founder of Fender Electric Instrument Company, where he made electric guitars beginning in 1946; his Stratocaster and Telecaster models are arguably the most popular guitars in rock & roll history, used by everyone from Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler, to Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty; inducted into the Rock And Roll and Country Music Halls Of Fame, even though he couldn't play a note) Born in 1909 near Fullerton, California. Died in Fullerton of complications from Parkinson's disease on March 21, 1991.

BOBBY HATFIELD (One-half of one of the original hit '60s blue-eyed soul groups, The Righteous Brothers; "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "Unchained Melody") Born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Died November 5, 2003, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, while on tour with The Righteous Brothers.


In 1963, The ultimate in surf guitar instrumentals, The Surfaris' "Wipeout," peaked at #2 on the charts.

In 1966, "Summer In The City," by The Lovin' Spoonful, was the #1 single in the U.S.

In 1968, The Who issued the single "Magic Bus."

In 1969, Keith Richards became a father when his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg (who was band mate Brian Jones' girlfriend until Keith stole her away), gave birth to a son named Marlon.

In 1971, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band began recording their now-legendary Will The Circle Be Unbroken album.

In 1972, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for drug possession after a Wings concert in Gothenburg, Sweden.

In 1974, Bill Chase and three members of his  hit '70s horn band Chase ("Get It On"), died in a plane crash.

In 1985, Michael Jackson purchased ATV's music catalog for $47.5 million, picking up more than 250 Beatles tunes in the process. Jackson outbid Paul McCartney, who had advised The Gloved One to invest in a music catalog in the first place.

In 1989, Love & Rockets' self-titled album was Top 15 in the country.

In 1999, Oasis founding member Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs quit the band.

In 2002, Guitarist Michael Houser, a founding member of Widespread Panic, died from complications related to pancreatic cancer. He was 40.


JOE JACKSON (Stylistic original UK singer/songwriter and pianist, emerged from the '80s with his mix of Jump blues-influenced pop/rock and even classical; "I'm The Man," "Sunday Papers," "Is She Really Going Out With Him," "Breaking Us In Two," "Fools In Love," "It's Different For Girls," "Steppin' Out," "Jumpin' Jive," "You Can't Get What You Want") Born in 1955 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

CHARLIE SEXTON (Guitarist, singer, sought-after Austin session man who as worked with Bob Dylan and Keith Richards, among many others; member of short-lived early '90s rock band Arc Angels, with Doyle Bramhall II and Double Trouble; solo career; "Impressed") Born in 1968 in Austin.

RICHIE RAMONE (Drummer with The Ramones from 1984-1987; one of the few surviving members of The Ramones) Born in 1957.

JEFF HANNA (Vocalist, guitarist and founding member of early folk/rock group The Nitty Gritty Dirty Band) Born in 1947 in Detroit.


In 1954, Bill Haley & His Comets broke into the Top 40 with "Shake, Rattle And Roll."

In 1956, Another classic Elvis single, "Don't Be Cruel," appeared at your neighborhood record store.

In 1957, "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," by Jerry Lee Lewis, was movin' on up; by the end of the month it would be #1 on both the Country and R&B charts.

In 1962, The Beach Boys' "Surfin' Safari" was released.

In 1962, "Green Onions," by Booker T & The M.G.'s, one of the rare jazz-flavored instrumentals to make the Top 10 during the onset of the rock era, was released on Stax Records.

In 1966, At a press conference, John Lennon tried to lessen the severe damage inflicted by his "more popular than Jesus" remark, as he backtracked and said the statement had been taken out of context and misconstrued. He apologized, after a fashion.

In 1968, With their career on the mend, The Beatles released "Hey Jude" b/w "Revolution" (the fast version), their first single on their own Apple label.

In 1972, Elvis and Priscilla filed for divorce. They had been married a little over five years.

In 1982, The premiere album by the Pretenders, which featured "Brass In Pocket" and "Kid," went Platinum two and a half years after its release.

In 1985, It was a close call for Duran Duran lead vocalist Simon LeBon when he nearly drowned off the coast of Britain during a boat race. The Royal Navy came to the rescue.

In 1986, Nearly 20 years after their initial release, six Monkees albums were re-released and four of them cracked the charts, amazingly enough.

In 1994, Melissa Etheridge's Yes I Am debuted on Billboard's Top 50 album chart.

In 1995, Jerry Garcia's funeral is held in Belvedere (Marin County), California.

In 2001, Virgin Records announced that a new Mick Jagger album, Goddess In The Doorway, would come out in November. The record, Jagger's fourth solo album and his first since 1993's Wandering Spirit, features special guests Bono, Lenny Kravitz, Pete Townshend and Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas.


MARK KNOPFLER (Formed the massively successful J.J. Cale-influenced Dire Straits in London in 1977; solo artist; member of the one-off Notting Hillbillies; produced for Dylan; scored soundtracks like Local Hero, Metroland and Wag The Dog; "Sultans Of Swing," "Down To The Waterline," "Once Upon A Time In The West," "Expresso Love," "Romeo And Juliet," "Skateaway," "So Far Away," "Walk Of Life," "Money For Nothing," "Calling Elvis," "Don't You Get It," "What It Is," "Sailing To Philadelphia") Born in 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland.

BUCK OWENS (Along with Merle Haggard, the late Buck Owens was the leading purveyor of the "Bakersfield Sound," the husky honky-tonk style that influenced his sometime recording partner Dwight Yoakam and plenty of other Americana stars; heck, they almost renamed the South-Central California town "Buckersfield" once; solid country singer, but maybe best known to the masses for writing "Act Naturally," which was covered by The Beatles, and his goofball antics on the long-running Hee Haw TV series in the '60s and '70s; now semi-retired, he is a local Country radio station baron; "Together Again," "I've Got A Tiger By Tail," "Streets Of Bakersfield" [with Dwight Yoakam]) Born in 1929 in Sherman, Texas.

PAT METHENY (One of the most original guitarists to emerge in the past two decades; member of Joni Mitchell's band when Jaco Pastorius was part of the lineup; leader of own group for many years, where his music ranges from almost Smooth Jazz to the wildly experimental with the likes of Ornette Coleman; "This Is Not America" [with David Bowie]) Born in 1954 in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

KID CREOLE (born Thomas August Darnell Browder) (Member of Dr. Buzzard's Original "Savannah" Band and leader of The Coconuts) Born in 1950 in Montreal, Canada.


In 1877, Thomas Alva Edison invented the phonograph. His greatest hit? "Mary Had A Little Lamb."

In 1960, A Liverpool band called The Silver Beatles hired drummer Pete Best. He didn’t stick around long. Oh, and they dumped the “Silver” bit.

In 1966, The Beatles kicked off their last US tour at the Chicago International Amphitheatre.

In 1967, Fleetwood Mac made their stage debut at the London National Jazz & Blues Festival.

In 1970, A Woody Guthrie memorial concert was held at the Hollywood Bowl. It featured performances by his son, Arlo, along with Bob Dylan and Joan Baez.

In 1989, Don Henley's The End Of The Innocence CD was moving up into the Top 10.

In 1993, Arik Marshall, guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, was replaced by Jesse Tobias, who was replaced by Dave Navarro three months later.

In 1994, Sets by Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, Melissa Etheridge, Collective Soul and more, in front of mud fights and chaos, marked Woodstock '94 in Saugerties, NY. Some 350,000 made the scene.

In 1997, Chicago Blues great, Luther Allison, passed away from lung cancer.


DAN FOGELBERG (Mellow '70s-era Colorado pop/folk singer and songwriter; "Part of the Plan," "Longer") Born in 1951 in Peoria, Illinois.


In 1965, The Jefferson Airplane appeared on stage for the first time at the Matrix Club in San Francisco. Before long, they would become the first San Francisco band to be inked to a major label deal (with RCA Victor).

In 1965, John Lennon and the Beatles' song, "Help," was released as a single.

In 1967, Because of her opposition to the war in Viet Nam, Joan Baez was barred by the Daughters of The American Revolution from performing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The D.A.R. had also banned great opera singer, Marian Anderson, from singing at the same venue in 1939 simply because she was Black.

In 1971, At only 37, King Curtis, legendary R&B/Soul sax player, veteran of countless sessions (including recordings with Eric Clapton) and leader of Aretha Franklin's backup band, was knifed to death outside his New York home.

In 1975, Right before the release of Born To Run,  Bruce Springsteen The E Street Band began a five night evening engagement at the Bottom Line in New York. The buzz (and hype) was afoot as Columbia Records allegedly papered the joint nightly with industry movers and shakers.

In 1976, The Clash made their first public appearance.

In 1979, Cheap Trick enjoyed their biggest hit with the live version of "I Want You to Want Me."

In 1980, In a freaky celebrity nightmare for Todd Rundgren, a burglar hummed "I Saw The Light" as he robbed and bound and gagged Rundgren, his girlfriend and houseguests at Todd's Woodstock, New York home.

In 1982, Soul singer Joe Tex died of a heart attack. His biggest hit was "I Gotcha."

In 1990, Curtis Mayfield ("People Get Ready," "It's Alright," "Gypsy Woman," 'Superfly") was paralyzed from the neck down when a lighting rig fell on him prior to a concert in Brooklyn. He finally succumbed to complications from the injuries in December, 1999.

In 1995, Four days after the death of icon Jerry Garcia, 20,000 attended a memorial at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

In 1998, Santana's smash Supernatural album was #15 on the chart and headed for number one.


DAVID CROSBY (born David Van Courtland) (Founding member of the Byrds and Crosby Stills & Nash [and sometimes Young], half of the duo of Crosby & Nash; solo career; sang harmony on Neil Young and Jackson Browne albums, produced Joni Mitchell's 1968 debut album; in the past decade, he formed CPR with his long lost son James Raymond; CSNY were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Hame in '97; he is one of the most familiar names in popular rock culture due to a well-publicized comeback from cocaine addiction and subsequent prison term; was sperm donor for Melissa Etheridge and her partner Julie Cypher; "Deja Vu," "Laughing," "Traction In The Rain," "Cowboy Movie," "Music Is Love," "Wooden Ships," "Teach Your Children Well," "Ohio," "Woodstock," "Our House," "Guinnevere," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Carry Me," "To the Last Whale...A. Critical Mass B. Wind on the Water," "Just a Song Before I Go," "Wasted on the Way," "Morrison") Born in 1941 in Los Angeles.


In 1956, Bob Rickman, a Washington, D.C. deejay, formed The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Elvis. Bob was tired of The King being referred to as a hillbilly.

In 1958, Elvis' mom, Gladys Presley, in an event that profoundly affected her son, died of a heart attack at age 42. Elvis would die at the same age.

In 1958, Blues pioneer William Lee Conley aka "Big Bill" Broonzy died.

In 1970, Stephen Stills was busted for cocaine possession at a motel in La Jolla, California (San Diego).

In 1971, One of Rod Stewart's biggest hits was released on this day, "Maggie May."

In 1985, Much to the chagrin of the Beatles' fans, Michael Jackson outbid Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney to secure the ATV Music Publishing catalogue of many Beatles' songs. Jackson gained the rights to more than 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney for a mere 47.5 million. 

In 1988, Blues/rock guitarist Roy Buchanan hanged himself while incarcerated in a Fairfax, Virginia jail. A talented but somewhat neglected rock figure, he was once invited to join the Rolling Stones, which he turned down. He also taught Robbie Robertson and Billy Gibbons.

In 1998, PBS aired a Robbie Robertson documentary called Robbie Robertson: Making A Noise - A Native American Musical Journey. The special featured tracks from his current release, Contact From The Underworld of Redboy, which includes spoken word from native American activist Leonard Peltier.


JIMMY WEBB ('60s/'70s songwriter for the Fifth Dimension, the Supremes, Frank Sinatra, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker and many others; "MacArthur Park," "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Up Up And Away") Born in 1946 in Elk City, Oklahoma.

OSCAR PETERSON (Great jazz pianist with dazzling technique) Born in 1925 in Montreal.


In 1958, Buddy Holly was married in Lubbock, Texas to Maria Elena Santiago.

In 1964, In the wake of the Beatles' success on celluloid, MGM signed the Dave Clark Five to a contract, resulting in the first single, "Having A Wild Weekend."

In 1965, 56,000 packed Shea Stadium in New York to see, and maybe, even hear, the Beatles. At the time it was the largest single audience on record to attend a rock concert.

In 1969, "Three Days Of Fun & Music," The Woodstock Music & Arts Festival began at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York. As a result of most of the 400,000 concert-goers crashing the gates, the promoters took a bath. There was lots of drugs, not enough food, bad sanitation, mud, three deaths, two births and four miscarriages. A splendid time was had by all. Oh, the music was pretty good, provided by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Sly & The Family Stone, Richie Havens, the Who, the Dead, Janis, Joe Cocker, CSN, Jefferson Airplane, and numerous others.

In 1980, George Harrison published a semi-autobiographical book, I, Me, Mine.

In 1991, Paul Simon drew a massive crowd, approximately 750,000, to a free concert in Central Park.

In 1996, A woman's shelter in Long Island, New York turned down a donation from a benefit concert starring James Brown because of prior spousal abuse allegations.

In 2000, David Bowie and his wife, Iman, celebrated the birth of their first child, a girl named Alexandria Zahra Jones.


TIM FARRIS (Guitarist for legendary '80s Aussie band INXS; his brothers Andrew and John were also part of the band; "Don't Change," "Mystify," "What You Need," "Devil Inside," "Need You Tonight," "Never Tear Us Apart," "Suicide Blonde," "Beautiful Girl") Born in 1957.

MADONNA (aka Louise Veronica Ciccone) (Tempestuous masterful chameleon of hit pop music; actress; "Holiday," "Lucky Star," "Material Girl," "Like a Virgin," "Ray of Light") Born in 1958 in Detroit.

ERIC BIBB (Son of veteran NYC folk singer Leon Bibb and protege of Taj Mahal; "Paintin' Signs") Born in 1951 in New York.

VANESSA CARLTON (Hit pop singer; sang backing vocals on Counting Crow's hit version of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi") Born in 1980.


In 1966, The Monkees released their first single, "Last Train to Clarksville." Critics called them "The Pre-Fab Four".

In 1975, Peter Gabriel split from from Genesis.

In 1977, Elvis was pronounced dead of heart failure on this day.

In 1983, Paul Simon married actress Carrie Fisher. They later divorced in 1985.

In 1985, Madonna married actor Sean Penn. It lasted four years.

In 1995, The Dublin hotel owned by U2, The Clearance, was seriously damaged by fire.

In 2002, The Rolling Stones played a surprise club gig in Toronto as a warm-up for their upcoming 40 Licks Tour.


MARIA McKEE (Lead vocalist of LA '80s alt-country band Lone Justice; originally referred to Geffen Records by Linda Ronstadt; solo career; "Ways To Be Wicked," "Shelter") Born in 1964 in Los Angeles.

LUTHER ALLISON (Chicago blues legend; moved to Paris in the '70s; "Cherry Red Wine," "Give Me Back My Wig") Born in 1939 in Widener, Arkansas. Died of lung cancer in Madison, Wisconsin, on August 12, 1997.

BELINDA CARLISLE (Singer in the all-girl hit '80s band The Go-Go's; solo career; "Our Lips Are Sealed," "We Got The Beat," "Heaven Is A Place On Earth") Born in 1958 in Hollywood, California.

ERIC JOHNSON (American guitar god from Austin; Hendrix freak; "Cliffs Of Dover") Born in 1954 in Texas.

ED SANDERS (Founding member of '60s satirist-rock band The Fugs; poet/author) Born in 1939 in Kansas City, Missouri.

JIMMY WITHERSPOON ('60s/'70s era blues-rock musician)


In 1966, John Lennon again stoked the flames of controversy. This time, in Toronto, he expressed his support and admiration for young American males crossing the border to dodge the draft.

In 1969, The legendary Woodstock music festival ended in upstate New York.

In 1970, Keyboardist and singer/songwriter Christine McVie of U.K. blues outfit Chicken Shack joined up with new husband John McVie in Fleetwood Mac.

In 1973, Paul Williams, original vocalist for The Temptations committed suicide. He was 34.

In 1977, Tens of thousands of fans made the pilgrimage to Memphis to pay tribute to The King, Elvis Presley.

In 1989, The debut album by The Indigo Girls, featuring "Closer To Fine," was a Top 30 album.

In 1998, Carlos Santana was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 2001, Guitarist and keyboard player Jay Bennett leaves Wilco. Bennett is the second member of Wilco to split in six months, following drummer Ken Coomer's exit in March.


EVERLAST (a.k.a. Eric Schrody, Irish-American rap-rocker in House of Pain, his 1998 "Whitey Ford Sings the Blues" was a mostly acoustic, hip-hop-flavored smash yielding "What It's Like") Born 1969 in Valley Stream, NY.


In 1956, "Hound Dog" by Elvis entered the R&B chart at #11.

In 1956, The original version of "Fever" by Little Willie John popped up on the charts at #24. In a cover version several years later, it would go on to be a huge hit for Peggy Lee.

In 1962, Ringo's first appearance as a Beatle was made at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

In 1962, "If I Had A Hammer" by Peter, Paul & Mary was released.

In 1969, In an accident during the filming of Ned Kelly, Mick Jagger was shot in the hand in Australia.

In 1977, 150 mourners were inside the chapel, 175,000 outside, for the funeral of Elvis Presley in Memphis.

In 1977, With the departure of guitarist Henry Padovani, the Police performed as a trio for the first time.

In 1979, Brit Rocker Nick Lowe married Johnny Cash's step-daughter, Carlene Carter.

In 1981, Right before embarking on an extensive tour, the Moody Blues recorded and released an album called Long Distance Voyager. It would ultimately go gold.

In 1991, Billy Preston was arrested and charged with inappropriate behavior with a 16 year-old boy.

In 1997, With Mick Jagger at the wheel of a '55 red Cadillac, the Stones rolled up to the Brooklyn Bridge to trumpet their upcoming Bridges To Babylon tour.

In 2002, Francis Bean, daughter of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, turned ten.


GINGER BAKER (born Peter Baker) (Drummer for legendary late '60s/early '70s bands Cream [with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce] and Blind Faith; known for pounding the drums with his bare fists; "White Room," "Badge," "N.S.U," "Strange Brew," "Sunshine of Your Love") Born in1940 in Lewisham, England.

JOHNNY NASH (Hit '70s singer/songwriter; helped bring reggae to the mainstream with his 1972 smash version of "I Can See Clearly Now") Born in 1940 in Houston.


In 1964, The Beatles' first U.S. tour kicked off at the Cow Palace in South San Francisco.

In 1973, Kris Kristofferson married Rita Coolidge.

In 1973, Jethro Tull held down the top album spot on the charts with A Passion Play.

In 1979, Rockabilly bass player Dorsey Burnette (brother of star Johnny Burnette) died of a heart attack in Los Angeles. He was 46.

In 1989, John Mellencamp's Big Daddy album was Top 15 on the charts.

In 1997, Fleetwood Mac's live reunion album The Dance was released.

In 1998, The Suffragette Sessions Tour opened at the State Theater in Portland, Maine, with the Indigo Girls, Josephine Wiggs of Breeders, Lisa Germano, Jane Siberry and Ann Wilson of Heart, among others.


JOHN HIATT (Veteran singer/songwriter from Indiana via Nashville [and equally fine showman] who has seen his songs covered by Bonnie Raitt, ["Thing Called Love"], Dave Edmunds, Chris Smither, Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy and Three Dog Night, among others; he finally punched through to semi-mainstream success himself with 1987's Bring The Family; In '92, he formed Little Village for just one acclaimed album with Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner, from the Bring The Family sessions; one-time host of PBS's Sessions At West 54th; "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here," "It Hasn't Happened Yet," "She Loves The Jerk," "Memphis In The Meantime," "Feels Like Rain," "Real Fine Love," "Buffalo River Home," "Have A Little Faith In Me," "Slow Turning," "Your Dad Did," "Solar Sex Panel," "Cry Love," "Drive South," "The River Knows Your Name," "Little Head," "Perfectly Good Guitar," "Shredding The Document," "Riding With The King," "Everybody Went Low," "My Old Friend," "My Baby Blue," "Master of Disaster"; Born in Indianapolis in 1952.

ROBERT PLANT (Original '60s/'70s Brit blues-rock icon and co-writer with Jimmy Plant in the legendary Led Zeppelin; solo career since 1980, along with the one-off Honeydrippers and Page/Plant side projects he most recently recorded has delved into World Music with his band the Mighty Rearrangers; "Whole Lotta Love," "Tangerine," "That's The Way," "When The Levee Breaks," "Misty Mountain Hop," "Stairway To Heaven," "Goin' To California," "Down By The Seaside," "Ten Years Gone," "I'm Gonna Crawl," "Fool In The Rain," "In The Mood," "Little By Little," "Big Log," "29 Palms," "Ship Of Fools," "Shine It All Around") Born in 1948 in Birmingham, England.

ISAAC HAYES (Innovative Memphis Soul master ["Shaft"], now best known as the voice of "Chef" on the South Park TV show) Born in 1942 in Covington, Tennessee.

DOUG FIEGER (Leader, singer/songwriter and guitarist of Los Angeles one-hit-wonder band, The Knack; their 1979 hit was "My Sharona") Born in Detroit in 1952.

PHIL LYNOTT (Born Irish and black, Lynott was the irreverent frontman for gritty hit '70s rockers Thin Lizzy; solo career; "The Boys Are Back In Town," "Jailbreak," "The Cowboy Song") Born in 1949 in Birmingham, England. Died January 4, 1986, in Dublin, Ireland, of the effects of drug and alcohol addiction.


In 1966, "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep," by The Temptations, was released.

In 1967, A new noise reduction system for professional recording was unveiled by the famous techno-brothers R. and D.W. Dolby (no relation to the hit '80s artist Thomas Dolby). Elektra would be the first to utilize the process.

In 1968, Researchers at the University Of Tennessee audio lab determined that a guinea pig subjected to nearly 90 hours of rock music at 120 decibels over a three-month period was inflicted with severe hearing damage. "Should a major increase in guinea pig attendance occur," retorted one New York club owner, "we'll certainly bear their comfort in mind."

In 1969, Saying he was "tired of playing for people who clap for all the wrong reasons," Frank Zappa broke up the Mothers Of Invention.

In 1973, One of the great '70s tearjerkers, "Angie" by The Rolling Stones (written about Bowie's ex-wife, Angie), was capturing AM and FM airwaves. It would appear on The Stones' soon-to-be-released Goats Head Soup.

In 1988, Steve Winwood triumphantly returned to the top of the world's charts with his single, "Roll With It." At 17 years-old, he joined Traffic.

In 1999, Bobby Sheehan, bass player for Blues Traveler, was discovered dead in his New Orleans home from what was eventually called an accidental overdose. He was 31.


JOE STRUMMER (born John Mellors) Singer/songwriter and guitarist for highly influential and groundbreaking Brit punkers, The Clash, which he co-founded with Mick Jones in 1976; the politically charged band is recognized for nearly single-handedly ending the '70s siege of corporate rock; since disbanding the group in the early '80s, Strummer recorded three albums with The Mescaleros and joined The Pogues briefly as a rhythm guitarist/vocalist; occasional actor [Straight To Hell, Mystery Train]; scored movie soundtracks [Permanent Record, Grosse Pointe Blank]; he was working on a fourth solo album when he died; "Straight To Hell," "Lost In The Supermarket," "Clampdown," "I Fought The Law," "The Magnificent Seven," "Rock The Casbah," "London Calling," "Train In Vain," "Should I Stay Or Should I Go") Born in 1952 in Ankara, Turkey. Died of cardiac arrest on December 22, 2002, in Somerset, England.

JACKIE DeSHANNON (Influential '60s international hit singer/songwriter; helped usher in the folk-rock movement; opened for The Beatles on their first tour; wrote with Jimmy Page in the days before Led Zeppelin; "Needles And Pins," "When You Walk In The Room," "Bette Davis Eyes," "What The World Needs Now," "Put A Little Love In Your Heart") Born in 1944 in Hazel, Kentucky.

KENNY ROGERS (Long before he became the well-manicured gray-bearded gent in The Gambler and a mega-country/pop star in the early '80s, Rogers was actually a pioneering long-haired '60s folkie as a member of the New Christie Minstrels and The First Edition; his first pop hit was the 1968 psychedelic nugget written by Mickey Newbury, "Just Dropped In [To See What Condition My Condition Was In]")  Born in 1938 in Houston, Texas.

COUNT BASIE (born William Basie) (Leading exponent of the Kansas City Blues/Big Band style for almost 50 years) Born in 1904 in Red Bank, New Jersey. Died of cancer on April 22, 1984, in Hollywood, Florida.


In 1965, The top album here in the U.S. was The Rolling Stones' Out Of Our Heads, on the strength of hits like "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Play With Fire" and "The Last Time."

In 1965, Both "Eve Of Destruction," by Barry McGuire, and "Do You Believe In Magic," by The Lovin' Spoonful, were released on this day.

In 1967, Bob Dylan's contract with Columbia Records expired, but he resigned rather quickly after being courted by other labels.

In 1972, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner and Jack Casady were maced by police in the wake of a rather boisterous Jefferson Airplane concert in Akron, Ohio.

In 1976, Todd Rundgren, Lynyrd Skynyrd and 10cc were well-received in front of 200,000 at England's massive Knebworth Festival. The headliners, The Rolling Stones, were fatigued and told the press that it would be their last British concert.

In 1980, Linda Ronstadt, continuing her dramatic/singing stage debut and departure from her pop/rock career, saw her show The Pirates Of Penzance transferred from the relative hinterlands to the lights of Broadway.

In 1980, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, sometimes known as "The Glimmer Twins"—especially when in Toronto—made the cover of Rolling Stone.

In 1993, The Cameron Crowe-produced soundtrack to the hit movie Sleepless In Seattle zoomed to the top of the album charts.

In 1995, Hershey Foods had been using R.E.M.'s name improperly in a "Kit-Kat/R.E.M." concert sweepstakes, causing Stipes and company to sue; the matter was eventually dropped.

In 1996, There was more "Sue Me, Sue You" blues happening when David Byrne, through court action, prevented the remainder of his former band from touring as The Heads.

In 1999, Santana' Supernatural and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californiacation were Top 15 albums.

In 2005, Robert A. Moog died at his home in Asheville from brain cancer. He was 71. The Moog synthesizer was made popular by '70s progressive rock bands like Manfred Mann, Yes, Pink Floyd and Emerson, Lake and Palmer; The Beatles used a Moog synthesizer on Abbey Road and a Moog was used to create an eerie sound on the soundtrack to the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange.


TORI AMOS (born Myra Ellen Amos) (Confessional hit singer/songwriter with an infatuating presence who emerged in the mid-'90s; former church choir girl and pianist turned pop goddess; she won a scholarship to Baltimore's prestigious Peabody Conservatory, but was tossed out at age 11 after she fell in love with Led Zeppelin; raised in Maryland; "Little Earthquakes," "Silent All These Years," "God," "Cornflake Girl," "A Sorta Fairytale") Born in 1963 in Newton, North Carolina.

JOHN LEE HOOKER (Simply one of the best of the legendary bluesmen; "The Hook" was highly influential to '60s Brit bands like The Yardbirds and The Animals when he was known as the "King Of The Endless Boogie"; moved from Mississippi on up to Detroit where he ruled in the '40s and '50s; enjoyed a tremendous resurgence in the '80s and '90s with help from younger bluesmen like Roy Rogers and a plethora of guest stars on his latter albums, including Bonnie Raitt and Carlos Santana; former San Francisco club owner [his Boom Boom Room located near The Fillmore is still serving to this day]; "I'm In The Mood" [with Bonnie Raitt], "Crawling King Snake Blues," "Boom Boom," "Boogie Chillin'," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," "Strip Me Naked," "Chill Out," "The Healer") Born in 1920 in Clarksdale. Died of natural causes in Los Altos, California, on June 21, 2001.

ROLAND ORZABAL (Co-leader of Tears For Fears with Curt Smith; recent solo career, followed by reformed TFF; "Pale Shelter," "Mad World," "Change," "Everybody Wants To Rule The World," "Shout," "Sowing The Seeds Of Love," "Woman In Chains," "Call Me Mellow") Born in 1961 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.

LAYNE STALEY (Vocalist and co-leader of pioneering and hugely popular late '80s/early '90s Seattle grunge band Alice In Chains; "No Excuses," "Man In The Box," "Rooster") Born in 1967 in Kirkland, Washington. Died April 5, 2002, in Seattle, of an overdose of cocaine and heroin.

DONNA GODCHAUX (Only official female member of the Grateful Dead ever; also session vocalist with Elvis, among others; married to one of the Dead's ill-fated keyboardists, Keith Godchaux; "Samson & Delilah," "Dancing In The Streets," "The Music Never Stopped") Born in 1947 in San Francisco.

VERNON REID (Lead guitarist for '80s funk-rockers Living Colour; "Cult Of Personality") Born in 1958 in London.

DEBBIE DAVIES (Acclaimed West Coast blues-rocker who has recorded and toured with Albert Collins and Double Trouble; solo career) Born in 1952 in Los Angeles.


In 1956, Filming began on Love Me Tender, Elvis Presley's first movie.

In 1964, The original "Dancing In The Streets," by Martha & The Vandellas, was released. It was later covered by Mick Jagger and David Bowie.

In 1964, It was a day that will live in infamy: The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles was reportedly selling 25,000 copies a day. "Al-v-i-i-n-n-n-n!"

In 1966, A rock version of Shakespeare's Othello, retitled Catch My Soul, was all set to go with Jerry Lee Lewis cast as Iago.

In 1968, Cynthia Powell Lennon, Julian's mother, sued John Lennon for divorce on the grounds that he'd committed adultery with Yoko Ono.

In 1969, In what would prove to be the forerunner of the music video phenomenon, The Beatles made a short film for "The Long And Winding Road."

In 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival's Cosmo's Factory was the #1 album; it would stay there for nine weeks.

In 1977, Peter Frampton was, indeed, coming "alive" as he played the first of three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.

In 1979, Led Zeppelin released In Through The Out Door. The record cover was one of the most expensive and elaborate covers ever produced (moisten the inside foldout album cover artwork and it turns colors).

In 1987, Bruce Springsteen joined The Band's Levon Helm onstage at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, for impromptu renditions of "Up On Cripple Creek" and "Lucille."

In 1987, "Luka," Suzanne Vega's unlikely hit about child abuse, was the #3 single in the land.

In 1992, Sting wed Trudy Styler, his longtime girlfriend and mother of his children.

In 1998, Jim Carrey joined Elton John onstage for a duet of "Rocket Man" at a concert in Anaheim. All-righty, then.


KEITH MOON (Lovable crazed drummer for one of the most important and dynamic acts in the short history of rock, The Who; formed in 1964; the man behind the band that set the standard for outrageous pranks on rock tours, such as heaving TVs out of high-rise hotel windows and parking limos in hotel pools; Moon only finished and released one solo album of his own, 1975's Two Sides Of The Moon; Moon appears on backing vocals on The Beatle's 1969 epic Magical Mystery Tour album; "The Kids Are Alright," "Magic Bus," "Substitute," "I Can See For Miles," "My Generation," "We're Not Gonna Take It," "Summertime Blues," "Baba O'Riley," "My Wife," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "Song Is Over," "The Punk Meets The Godfather," "Dr. Jimmy," "Love Reign O'er Me," "Join Together," "However Much I Booze," "Just Another Tricky Day," "You Better, You Bet," "Eminence Front," "Who Are You") Born in 1947 in London. Died in London on July 9, 1978, of a drug overdose.

JULIAN CASABLANCAS (Singer for the The Strokes) Born in 1978.


In 1962, John Lennon married Cynthia Powell in Liverpool. On the day before their sixth wedding anniversary (8/22/68), she filed for divorce.

In 1969, The man in black, Johnny Cash, began a four-week run at the top of the album chart with the live album, Johnny Cash At San Quentin.

In 1969, The Rolling Stones had the #1 song in the U.S. with the Texas barroom-sounding rock classic, "Honky Tonk Women."

In 1970, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at Max's Kansas City in New York.

In 1980, David Bowie released Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), featuring "Ashes To Ashes." The song referenced Major Tom from Bowie's 1969 song, "Space Oddity."

In 1991, The recently reformed Dire Straits began a two-year, 300-city world tour in Dublin, Ireland.

In 1994, L.A. session artist Sheryl Crow cracked the Top 50 album chart with her Bill Bottrell-produced debut Tuesday Night Music Club.

In 2001, Live in Montreux '82 & '85, a two-CD set featuring the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, was set for a November 6th release date. The first CD from 1982 features Vaughan before he was an international star. In fact, despite playing songs that would eventually become classics over there, like "Pride and Joy," "Texas Flood" and "Love Struck Baby," the Swiss audience reacted to Vaughan's early gig with boos and catcalls. The second CD, recorded just three years later in '85, has Vaughan as a headliner, and he is cheered by the crowd.


JIM CAPALDI (Drummer and co-founder of legendary Brit folk/rock band Traffic, with Steve Winwood, Chris Wood and Dave Mason; reunited Traffic with Steve Winwood for 1994's Far From Home album; solo career; "Paper Sun," "Shanghai Noodle Factory," "You Can All Join In," "Dear Mr. Fantasy," "Feelin' Alright,"  "Glad," "Freedom Rider," "Empty Pages," "Rock & Roll Stew," "Low Spark Of High-heeled Boys," "Shootout At The Fantasy Factory," "Walking In The Wind") Born in 1944 in Evesham, England.

ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP (Blues/R&B pioneer; he wrote "My Baby Left Me" and "That's All Right Mama," both, of course, early hits for Elvis Presley) Born in 1905 in Forest, Mississippi. Died Mar 28, 1974, in Nassawadox, Virginia.

DAVID FREIBERG (Vocalist and bass guitarist with legendary San Francisco '60s/'70s bands Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Starship; "Pride Of Man," "What About Me," "Fresh Air," "Miracles") Born in 1938 in Boston.

MASON WILLIAMS (Sought-after '60s/'70s session guitarist; best known for his unlikely 1967 hit instrumental [and early pre-music video film clip] "Classical Gas") Born in 1938 in Abilene, Texas.

JOHN CIPOLLINA (Psychedelic/blues guitarist with Quicksilver Messenger Service and Copperhead; "Pride Of Man," "Mona," "What About Me," "Fresh Air") Born in 1943 in Berkeley. Died May 29, 1989.


In 1959, "Rock & Roll Ain't Ready For The Ol' Rockin'Chair Yet," read the headline in Billboard. Following a short, slight period of decline in popularity, sales of rock records by the likes of Elvis Presley, Lloyd Price, Fats Domino, Ricky Nelson, The Everly Brothers and The Drifters increased significantly.

In 1959, The original "Sea Of Love," by Phil Phillips (later covered by Robert Plant with The Honeydrippers), was a #2 hit record on this day.

In 1963, "Little" Stevie Wonder enjoyed the distinction of being the first artist ever to top the pop singles chart, the pop album charts and the R&B singles chart simultaneously. The single was "Fingertips, Part Two" from the album The Twelve Year Old Genius.

In 1967, The Beatles conferred with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time. The band members were seriously impressed, although John Lennon quipped that the experience was like "going somewhere without your trousers."

In 1968, While on a two-day bender celebrating his birthday, Keith Moon drove a brand-new Lincoln Continental into the hotel pool at a Flint, Michigan, Holiday Inn.

In 1968, "Born To Be Wild," by Steppenwolf, was #2 on the singles charts.

In 1969, The film version of Arlo Guthrie' Alice's Restaurant opened.

In 1973, "Brother Louie" by Stories was the number one song in the US.

In 1978, Bruce Springsteen graced the cover of Rolling Stone, again.

In 1979, The Cars performed before 500,000 at a free concert in Central Park.

In 1981, John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman, was sentenced to 20 years to life.

In 1989, Tommy was performed by The Who and special guests Steve Winwood, Elton John, Phil Collins, Patti LaBelle and Billy Idol at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

In 1990, Sinéad O'Connor whipped up controversy, again, by refusing to perform at New Jersey's Garden State Arts Plaza if the national anthem was played before she stepped onstage. Several area radio stations subsequently banned her music.

In 1994, Drummer Dave Abbruzzese quit Pearl Jam, announcing that he wanted to study music formally. Jack Irons took his place.

In 2001, The father of Prince, jazz artist John Nelson, died at 85. He wrote several songs for his son, including "Computer Blue," "The Ladder," "Under the Cherry Moon" and "Scandalous."


ELVIS COSTELLO (born Declan Patrick McManus) (Passionate and original melodic Brit singer/songwriter who arrived via the late '70s new wave movement; has worked in numerous genres, including rock, classical and jazz; has collaborated with Paul McCartney, among others; Costello's songs have been covered by Dave Edmunds and Linda Ronstadt; he recorded the Grace of My Heart soundtrack and 1998's Painted From Memory album with Burt Bacharach and the two appeared as themselves in the 1999 film, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me; Costello married hit contemporary jazz artist Diana Krall; "My Aim Is True," "Alison," "Accidents Will Happen," "Radio Radio," "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes," "Watching The Detectives," "Girl's Talk," "What's So Funny [About Peace, Love And Understanding?]," "Everyday I Write The Book," "Veronica") Born in 1955 in Liverpool, England.

JEFF TWEEDY (Wilco, Golden Smog, Uncle Tupelo)

WILLY DeVILLE (born William Borsey) (Leader of New York band, Mink DeVille; collaborated with Mark Knopfler on "Storybook Love," used in the film The Princess Bride; solo career; "Venus Of Avenue D," "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl," "Spanish Stroll") Born in 1953 in New York.

WAYNE SHORTER (Weather Report)

GENE SIMMONS (born Chaim Witz) (Bass player and vocalist for American rock icon, Kiss; occasional actor specializing in sinister roles; "Rock And Roll All Night") Born in 1949 in Haifa, Israel.


In 1970, Elton John performed in the US for the first time at LA's Troubadour club. It was the launch of a 17-date tour and the first big impact Sir Reginald would make in America.

In 1973, Tetsu Yamauchi, the bass player for The Faces, was denied a work permit by the British Musician's Union, an action termed "a disgrace" by Rod Stewart.

In 1973, The single "Ramblin' Man," by The Allman Brothers Band, was released, as the album Brothers & Sisters entered the charts.

In 1978, Running On Empty, Jackson Browne's classic musical chronicle of life on the road, went Platinum.

In 1979, Influential, innovative and controversial big band leader, composer and arranger Stan Kenton died at 67. His influence can be heard in some of Chicago's early music.

In 1982, "Gypsy" and "Hold Me" were high on the singles charts; they were two of the hit tunes that propelled Fleetwood Mac's Mirage album to Platinum status.

In 1986, Paul Simon released his epic Graceland album.

In 1989, "Big daddy" John Mellencamp became a grandfather at age 38 after his daughter Michelle gave birth to a daughter.

In 1994, Jimmy Buffett's seaplane flipped in a mishap off Nantucket, Massachusetts. He was able to successfully swim to safety.

In 1994, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant taped a show in London for MTV's Unplugged series. It was later released as Unledded.

In 2000, Important '60s/'70s music figure, Jack Nitzsche, best known as a producer, keyboardist and composer who worked with Phil Spector, The Stones and Neil Young, died of cardiac arrest at age 63.


BRANFORD MARSALIS (Incredibly versatile jazz tenor sax player; has recorded with numerous rock artists, but best known for his work with Sting's band in the '80s, particularly on the double-live CD Bring On The Night; also was in Jay Leno's band on The Tonight Show in the early '90s; Branford has scored the music for various films and is an occasional actor; his brother is the equally talented trumpet player, Wynton Marsalis; active in rebuilding New Orleans' post-Katrina music community; "No Backstage Pass") Born in 1960 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

SHIRLEY MANSON (Lead singer of influential international hit '90s pop/rock band Garbage; an early video she made with a band called Angelfish was an MTV 120 Minutes hit, leading to her discovery by Madison producer/drummer Butch Vig [Nirvana/Smashing Pumpkins]; Garbage recorded the theme song for the 1999 James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough; "I'm Only Happy When It Rains," "Queer," "Vow," "#1 Crush," "Stupid Girl," "Push It") Born in 1966 in Edinburgh, Scotland.


In 1967, The Beatles joined their new guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, at a press conference, during which Paul McCartney told the media that the band had quit drugs. "It was an experience we went through," he says. "We don't need it anymore. We're finding different ways to get there."

In 1970, The #1 record in the land was "War" by Edwin Starr.

In 1978, The Doobie Brothers were headliners at the first Canada Jam Festival in Ontario.

In 1989, Boosted by airplay on the title track, Ziggy Marley's One Bright Day broke into the Top 50 album chart.

In 1995, Ronnie White of The Miracles died at the age of 57 from leukemia. White co-wrote The Temptations' hit "My Girl," among other Motown hits.

In 2000, Douglas Allen Woody, Gov't Mule's bass player and a former member of The Allman Brothers Band, died in a Queens motel room. He was 44.

In 2001, U2 played an emotional concert to a hometown crowd of over 80,000 on a beautiful day near the legendary Slane Castle. It was the biggest Irish rock audience ever. Bono dedicated "Kite" to his recently deceased father, Bob Hewson. All of the members of the band were present at his dad's funeral the day before just outside Dublin, where Bono and The Edge sang songs at the service.


TIM BOGERT (Bass player for popular '60s/'70s rock bands Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, [Jeff] Beck, Bogert & Appice; "You Keep Me Hangin' On," "Superstition") Born in 1944 in Richfield, New Jersey.

SIMON KIRKE (Drummer for late '60s/'70s bands Free and Bad Company; "Fire And Water," "Alright Now," "Bad Company," "Can't Get Enough," "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Ready For Love," "Silver, Blue And Gold") Born in 1949 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

ALEX LIFESON (born Alex Zivojinovich) (Guitarist for guitar-heavy hit '70s/'80s rock band Rush; "Tom Sawyer," "Limelight," "Free Will," "Time Stand Still" [with Aimee Mann]) Born in 1953 in Fernie, British Columbia, Canada.

GLEN MATLOCK (Original bass player for the Sex Pistols, replaced by Sid Vicious; "God Save The Queen") Born in 1956 in Paddington, England.

J.D. CROWE (Earl Scruggs-influenced bluegrass singer and banjo picker of J.D. Crowe And The New South [featuring Tony Rice, Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas in the original lineup]; "Old Homeplace") Born 1937 in Lexington, Kentucky.


In 1965, The King played host to The Beatles, the "successors to the throne," in one of rock's great awkward four-hour meetings at Elvis Presley's Bel Air mansion. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches, anyone?

In 1965, Bob Dylan's second "electrified" album, Highway 61 Revisited, was released by Columbia. "Like A Rolling Stone" and "Ballad Of A Thin Man" were among the nuggets on this soon-to-be classic record.

In 1967, The Beatles were notified by their guru that their manager, Brian Epstein, had overdosed on sleeping pills and died. The Maharishi assured the lads that all was well, save for the pain of the physical world.

In 1977, The original "Give A Little Bit," by Supertramp, and Crosby, Stills & Nash "Just a Song Before I Go" were  among the top hits on this day.

In 1982, Robert Plant's first solo album, Pictures At Eleven, was riding high in its fifth straight week in the Top 10.

In 1983, Songs peaking on the singles chart at the time were "China Girl" by the chameleon, David Bowie, and "Sharp Dressed Man" from that little ol' band from Texas, ZZ Top.

In 1990, The music world experienced a tragic loss on this day at a ski area/festival site in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin, when great Texas guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and several members of Eric Clapton's entourage perished in a helicopter accident at the concert site.

In 1992, John Lennon's handwritten lyric of "A Day In The Life" was sold in auction for $87,000.

In 1994, He was back. Jimi Hendrix's complete set performed at Woodstock, restored and released on CD, was climbing the album chart.

In 1995, Pearl Jam served as Neil Young's back-up band at the Redding Festival in Britain.


FLORENCE WELCH (Florence + The Machine, 2010 Grammy for Best New Artist, "Dog Days Are Over") Born in 1986 in London.

MAX COLLINS (Vocalist and bass player for 2000 hit rock band Eve 6; "Promise") Born in 1978.


In 1963, Civil Rights marchers gathered in Washington, DC, to hear Martin Luther King, Jr. speak. He delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech. Peter, Paul & Mary were present and sang "Blowin' In the Wind."

In 1964, The Beatles were affectionately pelted by countless jellybeans (their favorite candy) by screaming, hysterical fans at a concert at New York's Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. The young lads hung out with a young Bob Dylan after the show.

In 1965, Wish they all could be "California Girls".... The Beach Boys hit went Top 5 on this day.

In 1965, Bob Dylan was nearly booed off the stage in New York for the offense of plugging in a guitar. His first full-fledged electric album, Highway 61 Revisited, had been released the previous day.

In 1968, "Hello, I Love You" by The Doors hit the million-seller mark.

In 1969, Paul McCartney and Linda had a daughter named Mary.

In 1971, Canadian band, Five Man Electrical Band, had a Top 5 hit with "Signs." "%u2026And the sign said, long-haired, freaky people need not apply."

In 1972, Procol Harum's Live In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra went Gold. It featured the hit single, "Conquistador."

In 1978, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo was released. It featured a loveable, quirky version of The Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by a bunch of nerdy-looking guys with flower pots on their heads.

In 1979, It was a very good year for Neil Young as he received Gold records for the Decade triple-disc set and Rust Never Sleeps.

In 1982, Marshall Crenshaw enjoyed his most successful record to date as his "Someday, Someway" entered the Top 40 album chart.

In 1982, Who Can It Be Now? How about a new group from down under called Men At Work. Their American debut album, Business As Usual, was released on this day, and within two months it would become the #1 album in America and stay there for an amazing 15 weeks.

In 1986, Tina Turner got her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

In 1995, Oingo Boingo announced that they would break up after their series of Halloween concerts in LA. Leader Danny Elfman would go on to great success as a film music composer.

In 2002, The Rolling Stones released the advance single, "Don't Stop" from the forthcoming double-CD, 40 Licks as The Stones' 40th anniversary world tour kicked off on Labor Day holiday weekend with three dates in Boston.


MICHAEL JACKSON (born Michael Joseph Jackson) (Freaky American mega-pop star, going on five decades; dominated the charts as a solo artist in the '80s; began as a child star in The Jackson 5; "I Want You Back," "ABC," "I'll Be There," "Beat It," "Thriller," "Billie Jean") Born in 1958 in Gary, Indiana.

ME'SHELL NDEGÉOCELLO (born Mary Johnson) (Adventurous singer/songwriter with baritone vocals and funky bass lines who explores the politics of sex and race in her music; her first hit was a 1994 duet with John Mellencamp on Van Morrison's "Wild Night"; grew up in Washington, DC, area; "Who Is He And What Is She To Him") Born in 1969 in Berlin, Germany

CHARLIE "BIRD" PARKER (Legendary influential alto saxophonist; a huge influence on the jazz genre, on the scale of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and maybe just a handful of others; "Yardbird Suite," "A Night In Tunisia," "Relaxing At Camarillo") Born in 1920 in Kansas City, Kansas. Died March 12, 1955, in New York City.

DINAH WASHINGTON (born Ruth Lee Jones) (Dynamic blues, gospel, jazz and pop  singer who was the most popular black singer in the '50s; grew up in Chicago; was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1993; "Baby Get Lost," "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes") Born in 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Died December 14, 1963, in Detroit, after consuming weight-reduction pills and alcohol.

STERLING MORRISON (born Holmes Sterling Morrison, Jr.) (Early guitarist and writer for the legendary Velvet Underground; he went on to teach English at the University of Texas and serve as a tugboat captain) Born in 1942 in Westbury, New York. Died August 30, 1995, in Poughkeepsie, New York.

AMANDA MARSHALL (Canadian singer/songwriter; "Birmingham") Born in Toronto in 1972.


In 1958, 15-year-old George Harrison joined a local Liverpool band called The Quarrymen, which featured Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

In 1964, There was a tremendous boom in the sale of electric guitars in the wake of the massive popularity of The Beatles and the other British invaders.

In 1964, "Oh, Pretty Woman," by the great Roy Orbison, was released on this day.

In 1966, Opening the show with "Rock & Roll Music" and closing with "Long Tall Sally," The Beatles played 11 songs in a 45-minute show at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. It would be their final public appearance.

In 1970, The gender-bending single "Lola," by The Kinks, was released.

In 1970, Eric Clapton's self-titled first solo album broke into the Top 15 of the US album chart.

In 1976, Jimmy Reed, the influential Big Boss Man of the Blues (Townshend and The Stones were huge fans), died at the age of 50.

In 1976, The original members of Spirit reunited for a concert in Santa Monica. At the request of bassist Mark Andes, Neil Young scampered onstage to join in on the encore of Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone." For some reason, guitarist and vocalist Randy California objected to Neil's presence and tried to have him ejected from the stage. The misunderstanding was cleared up and they finished the song.

In 1977, Elvis Presley's body was removed from a Memphis cemetery and re-entombed at Graceland after three people were arrested while attempting to steal his corpse.

In 1981, The second album by the Pretenders, Pretenders II, entered the charts.

In 1987, Los Lobos covered Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" for the film of the same name. It was a #1 hit.

In 1990, Suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and bulimia, Elton John checked into a Chicago rehab hospital.

In 1996, Isaac Hayes, not amused by Presidential candidate Robert Dole's people's transformation of the Hayes composition "Soul Man" into "I'm A Dole Man," sent a letter of protest to Dole.


JOHN PHILLIPS (Singer/songwriter and leader of hit '60s band The Mamas & The Papas; solo career; "Monday, Monday," "California Dreamin'") Born in 1935 in Paris Island, South Carolina. Died of heart failure on March 18, 2001.

KITTY WELLS (born Ellen Muriel Deason) (Influential Americana icon and '50s/'60s "Queen of Country Music"; the first woman to have a #1 record in country music; Wells has inspired Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt and numerous others; "It Wasn't God Who Made Honkey Tonk Angels") Born in 1919 in Nashville.


In 1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Chicago and Santana headlined the Texas International Pop Festival in Dallas.

In 1972, Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack joined John Lennon and Yoko to sing "Give Peace A Chance" at their One To One concert to benefit retarded children at Madison Square Garden.

In 1975, James Taylor's remake of Marvin Gaye's 1965 hit "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" made the Top 5.

In 1981, Tattoo You, by The Rolling Stones, was released. The album went on to top the album chart for nine weeks.

In 1986, Mick Jagger's "Ruthless People," the theme song from the hit film of the same name, peaked at #56 on the singles chart.

In 1993, Billy Joel was the first musical guest on The Late Show With David Letterman when it debuted on CBS.

In 1995, For the first time in 16 years, James Taylor and ex-wife Carly Simon performed together in concert on Martha's Vineyard.

In 1995, Sleeps With Angels by Neil Young & Crazy Horse was a Top 10 album on this day. The record was Neil's reaction to the suicide death of Kurt Cobain.

In 2002, Bruce Springsteen released The Rising, his first album with the E Street Band since 1987 and his first material since 9/11.


VAN MORRISON (Versatile poetic hit singer/songwriter who emerged with Them in the mid-'60s; has recorded or assembled over 35 solo albums fusing R&B, soul, jazz, blues and Celtic folk; important contributor to the San Francisco music scene; "T.B. Sheets," "Gloria," "Baby, Please Don't Go," "Here Comes The Night," "Brown Eyed Girl," "Cypress Avenue," "Sweet Thing," "Come Running," "Domino," "And It Stoned Me,"  "Caravan," "Into The Mystic," "Moondance," "Blue Money," "Warm Love," "Jackie Wilson Said," "Wild Night," "Cleaning Windows," "Have I Told You Lately" [also a 1993 hit for Rod Stewart], "Days Like This," "Real Real Gone," "Whenever God Shines His Light," "Once In A Blue Moon," "Magic Time") Born in 1945 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

GLENN TILBROOK (Hit singer/songwriter partner with Chris Difford in '70s/'80s hit band Squeeze; solo career; "Up The Junction," "Pulling Mussels [From The Shell]," "Tempted," "Black Coffee In Bed," "Parallel World," "Untouchable") Born in 1957 in Woolwich, South East London, England.

GINA SCHOCK (Drummer for hit '80s all-girl Los Angeles pop/rock band The Go-Go's; "Our Lips Are Sealed," "We Got The Beat," "Vacation") Born in 1957 in Baltimore.

RICK ROBERTS (Late '60s/early '70s country-rock pioneering singer/songwriter and vocalist for The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers [he replaced Gram Parsons] and later, Firefall; "Colorado," "Mexico," "Cinderella," "You Are The Woman") Born in 1949 in Florida.


In 1963, "Be My Baby," by The Ronettes debuted on the singles chart.

In 1967, Following the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, The Beatles announced that they would handle their own affairs.

In 1968, 18-year-old Danny Kirwan joined Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer as one of three guitarists in Fleetwood Mac.

In 1969, Bob Dylan made his first paid appearance since having nearly died in a motorcycle accident three years earlier. He played a one-hour set backed by The Band at Britain's Isle Of Wight Festival.

In 1974, The Rolling Stones released Goat's Head Soup, which contained the hit "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)."

In 1974, John Lennon contended in federal court that the Nixon administration was trying to have him deported because of his participation in anti-war demonstrations at the 1972 Republican convention.

In 1976, George Harrison was found guilty and fined for borrowing from The Chiffons' song, "He's So Fine," in portions of his "My Sweet Lord."

In 1988, Citing "irreconcilable differences," Portland, Oregon, model Julianne Phillips made it official by filing for divorce from Bruce Springsteen. The boss had detailed the dissolution of their relationship in his 1987 album, Tunnel Of Love.

In 1989, The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour opened at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. It was their first tour in eight years.

In 1998, David Bowie helped oversee live web cast performances by Ani DiFranco, The Specials, The Jayhawks and The Jesus & Mary Chain.


BARRY GIBB (Australian-raised vocalist and guitarist, who, along with his brothers Robin and Maurice was a member of the mega-selling Bee Gee's, purveyors of white R&B and disco in the '70s and '80s; the band actually started as a folk/pop-rock outfit; "New York Mining Disaster 1941," "I've Got To Get a Message To You," "Massachusetts," "Holiday," "I Started a Joke," "To Love Somebody," "Lonely Days," "Jive Talkin'," "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever," "You should Be Dancing")  Born in 1946 in Douglas, Isle of Man, UK.


ARCHIE BELL (Leader of hit late '60s soul band the Drells ["%u2026Ladies and gentlemen, from Houston, Texas, we're Archie Bell and the Drells"]; "Tighten Up") Born in 1944 in Henderson, Texas.


In 1956, Elvis bought that famous pink Cadillac for his mother as his career gained momentum.

In 1965, The early LA-based rock TV show, Shindig! featured James Brown on this day, performing his "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag."

In 1967, Boz Scaggs met up with old friend Steve Miller in San Francisco and soon became a member of Miller's group, sticking around for two years and as many albums, before embarking on his successful solo career.

In 1972, David Bowie's "John, I'm Only Dancing" was successfully released in the U.K. but reportedly held back in the U.S. until 1976 due to its supposed gay content.

In 1973, Bob Dylan's for the motion picture (in which he also appeared), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, featuring "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," entered the album charts.

In 1977, Blondie with Debby Harry signed their first major label contract with Chrysalis.

In 1977, Generation X, Billy Idol's former band, released their debut single, "Your Generation." In a review for a Brit newspaper, Elton John slagged it as "really dreadful garbage" and said, "The Ramones do this sort of thing so much better."

In 1979, Michael Hutchence and INXS played live in Sydney for the first time.

In 1979, U2 released their first record in their native Ireland. It was an EP titled U2-3.

In 1980, An arduous nine-month tour by Fleetwood Mac came to a close at a Hollywood Bowl concert with Lindsay Buckingham announcing, "This is our last show for a long time."

In 1983, Guitarist Mick Jones was dismissed from the Clash by Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon for "drifting apart from the original concept of the band." The Clash soon broke up afterwards and Jones went on to form Big Audio Dynamite.

In 1984, "What's Love Got to Do with It?" by Tina Turner held the top spot on the singles chart.

In 1987, Mick Jagger took the solo plunge again and released Let's Work.

In 1989, An Irish court decided not to convict U2 bass player Adam Clayton of a marijuana possession if he agreed to make a contribution to women's center in Dublin.

In 1998, David Bowie's Bowienet, an on-line internet service offering the basics plus exclusive Bowie music downloads and news, opened for business.

In 1999, The Goo Goo Dolls' Dizzy Up The Girl hit #31 on the album chart.

9/2: STEVE PORCARO (Toto), BOBBY PURIFY (James & Bobby Purify): 



MARTIN CHAMBERS (Longtime Pretenders' drummer, "Mystery Achievement," "Message Of Love") Born in London in 1952.

DANNY GATTON (Largely unsung top-notch guitar virtuoso, Lowell George once invited him to join Little Feat; jazz & rockabilly, "Quiet Village") Born in 1945 in Washington, DC. Died, by suicide, on October 4, 1994 in Newburg, MD.


In 1962, The Beatles recorded "Love Me Do," their first recording session at Abbey Road Studios.

In 1965, Talk about a tough 'hood. While The Who were busy buying a guard dog at the Battersea Dog's Home in England, the band's equipment van was stolen outside.

1969, The classic late ‘60s movie Easy Rider opened, starring Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. Songs on the film's popular soundtrack included "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf, "Wasn't Born To Follow" and "The Ballad Of Easy Rider" by The Byrds, and "Don't Bogart That Joint" by the Fraternity Of Man.

In 1971, Paul and Linda McCartney's Ram album was all over AM Top 40 and early FM progressive radio. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" was the single, only released here.

In 1976, The Sex Pistols appeared on British TV for the first time.

In 1982, Survivor was #1 with their single "Eye Of The Tiger."

1982, The Steve Miller Band turned on the magic again with "Abracadabra," the band's third #1 hit.

In 1987, Drummer Mike Joyce quit The Smiths.

In 1995, Blur, Oasis, Radiohead and others recorded tracks for the War Child benefit album, with profits going to children caught up in the war in former Yugoslavia.

In 1996, Oasis made plenty of friends frontstage at the MTV awards in New York. During "Champagne Supernova," Liam Gallagher spat onstage and tossed a beer into the crowd.

In 1997, At the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, Bruce Springsteen joined The Wallflowers on "One Headlight."


FREDDY MERCURY (Farokh Bulsara) (Late flamboyant front-man for Queen, one of the biggest rock bands to emerge from the 70s and the biggest band of all time in the U.K., an outstanding vocalist and composer, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen”) Born in 1946 in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Died of complications from AIDS in 1991.

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III (Writer and singer of honest, autobiographical and often humorous songs, best known for his 1972 hit “Dead Skunk,” he was a regular on the "MASH" TV series for a bit; grew up in affluent Westchester County north of NYC, the son of Loudon S. Wainwright, Jr., a writer/editor at Life magazine and a direct descendant of colonial governor Peter Stuyvesant; Loudon was once married to Kate McGarrigle; father of talented Rufus Wainwright, “So Damn Happy,” “Bein’ a Dad,” “Father Daughter Dialogue,” “White Winos,” “IWIWAL”) Born in 1947 in Chapel Hill, NC.

AL STEWART (Highly literate, ambitious 70s songwriter/singer, “Year Of The Cat,” Time Passages”) Born in 1945 in Glasgow, Scotland

JOHN STEWART (California folkie/rocker, member of the Kingston Trio for a period, wrote “Daydream Believer” which became huge for the Monkees, had a hit with “Gold” with Stevie Nicks) Born in 1939 in San Diego.

BUDDY MILES (Drummer, singer, best known for his stint as drummer in Jimi Hendrix's Band Of Gypsies but had his own group with which he recorded the rock/soul standard, “Them Changes”) Born in 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska.

DWEEZIL ZAPPA (Son of Frank, of course%u2026who else would name their kid Dweezil?, accomplished guitarist with several albums under his belt, one-time VJ on MTV, has dabbled in acting) Born in 1969 in Los Angeles.


In 1964, A pair of Beatles songs were at the top of the singles charts, “And I Love Her” and “If I Fell” alongside “House Of The Rising Sun” by the Animals.

In 1964, Manfred Mann began his long career with his first hit, “Doo Wah Diddy” was released.

In 1965, The Rolling Stones flew to Los Angeles to do some recording. One of the results was “Get Off My Cloud.”

In 1970, One of the great live albums ever was released, Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs And Englishmen. Leon Russell, piano, guitar, arranger, conductor, was a big part of it.

In 1972, Five of John and Yoko's avant-garde cinematic endeavors were screened at the Alexandria Palace in London. They were "Cold Turkey," "The Ballad Of John & Yoko," "Give Peace A Chance," "Instant Karma," and "Up Your Leg."

In 1981, Chartbusters included “Stop Draggin’” My Heart Around” by Tom Petty with Stevie Nicks and “The Breakup Song” by one-hit-wonder, the Greg Kihn Band.

In 1981, Springsteen teamed up with the Pretenders on stage in Pasadena to render “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher,” the Jackie Wilson classic.

In 1986, Dire Straits won the MTV award for Best Video for “Money For Nothing.”

In 1987, After a thirty-year run, American Bandstand with Dick Clark was finally euthanized.

In 1990, A new star, honoring B.B. King, the “Beale Street blues boy,” was added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

In 1991, R.E.M. won video of the year award for “Losing My Religion'” and also scored in four other categories.

In 1996, Capitol Records released The Beatles Anthology video tape series. It consisted of ten hours of material, much of it not seen on the television specials or heard on the coinciding CD's.

In 1993, The Red Hot Chili Peppers finally settled on a guitarist, Dave Navrarro, who has been with band off and on since.


ROGER WATERS (Co-founded Pink Floyd in 1965 with eccentric Syd Barrett and remained until the band broke up in 1983; bassist, vocalist, and morose mastermind behind the band's greatest works including the epic Dark Side of The Moon and The Wall, solo albums Pro's And Con's Of Hitchhiking, Radio K.A.O.S. and Amused To Death; wrote the soundtrack for The Body with Ron Geesin in 1970 - his first work outside Pink Floyd; Waters wrote or co-wrote most of Pink Floyd's Obscured by Clouds and Pink Floyd's film soundtrack The Valley; he unsuccessfully sued David Gilmour and the other members of Pink Floyd in the late '80s who wanted to carry on with the name, "What God Wants," Tide Is Turning") Born in 1944 in Great Bookham, Cambridge, England.

DELORES O'RIORDAN (Lead vocalist of the Cranberries, Irish pop/rock with a Celtic flavor, "Linger," "Free To Decide," "Ode To My Family," "Zombie") Born in 1971.

BUDDY MILLER (Americana guitarist/vocalist and key member of Emmylou Harris' Hot Band, recorded solo and with wife Julie, has played with Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Victoria Williams, Jim Lauderdale and the Vigilantes of Love; has written songs for folks from the Dixie Chicks to Hank Williams III; he co-produced Emmylou Harris' live 1998 Spyboy; a young Shawn Colvin was once in his band in the early 80s; "That's How I Got To Memphis," "Cruel Moon") Born in 1952.

NINA PERSSON (Lead singer for 90s hit Swedish pop/rock band The Cardigans, "Lovefool," "Your New Cuckoo") Born in Sweden.

JIMMY REED (Very popular and influential blues legend with many hits to his credit including "Big Boss Man" (Reed's nickname), "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby?," "Bright Lights, Big City") Born in Dunleith, Mississippi, in 1925. Died, in 1976.

DAVID ALAN COE (Outlaw biker country/Americana icon who is best known for having a hit with Steve Goodman's country song parody, "You Never Even Called Me By My Name") Born in 1939 in Akron, OH.


In 1963, Following the expiration of his contract with Sun Records, Jerry Lee Lewis signed with Smash, a subsidiary of Mercury, and began to turn his attention to Country music.

In 1967, The U.K. government enacted legislation to outlaw pirate radio stations operating off Britain's coast. They cited interference with ship-to-shore communication.

In 1968, Eric Clapton stepped in to record the famous guitar solo on the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

In 1969, The "hardest working man in show business," James Brown, pleaded exhaustion and declared his intention to retire from live performing. He was a little stressed at the time, battling a paternity suit filed by a one-time president of the J.B. fan club.

In 1972, Jerry Lewis' annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon presented some interesting guests, John and Yoko.

In 1974, With the release of Splinter's "The Place I Love," George Harrison inaugurated his own Dark Horse record label. He produced the album.

In 1976, For the first time in the history of Fleetwood Mac, they topped the album chart with their new self-titled album.

In 1980, Entering the album chart on this day were One Trick Pony by Paul Simon, Panorama by the Cars, Reach For The Sky by the Allman Brothers and Playing For Keeps by Eddie Money.

In 1982, Paul McCartney released his Tug Of War album.

In 1989, "This Note's For You" by Neil Young received the award for best video of the year from MTV. There was more than a little irony at play; the network had initially refused to air the clip because of its potential offensive nature to sponsors.

In 1989, Due to The Rolling Stones rehearsing for an upcoming concert at Three Rivers Stadium, the Pittsburgh Steelers were prohibited from practicing on their own field.

In 1990, Tom Fogerty, founding member of CCR and brother of John, died at the age of 48 of respiratory failure.

In 1993, To benefit the preservation of Walden Woods near Boston, Don Henley, Sting, Jimmy Buffet, Elton John and Aerosmith all performed.

In 1995, Right before Cal Ripken set baseball's all-time record for consecutive games played, Bruce Hornsby and Branford Marsalis played the National Anthem at Baltimore's Camden Yards.

In 2001, Earth Wind and Fire announced that their 30th anniversary would be sponsored by Viagra.


CHRISSIE HYNDE (Brilliant singer-songwriter, guitarist and leader of the Pretenders; once married to Ray Davies and Jim Kerr, ardent supporter of PETA, raised in Ohio but moved to London where she formed the Pretenders in 1978, "Brass In Pocket," "My City Was Gone," "Back On The Chain Gang," "Mystery Achievement," "Message Of Love," "Precious," "Kid," "Middle Of The Road," "Talk Of The Town," "My Baby," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Don't Get Me Wrong;" "Breakfast In Bed" & "I Got You Babe" with UB40) Born in Akron, Ohio in 1951.

BUDDY HOLLY (Despite his short span in the spotlight before a tragic plane crash cut his life short at age 22 (Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in the same crash), Holly was a tremendously well-loved and influentital early rocker (with and without the Crickets) who made a tremendous impact with songs like "Peggy Sue," "That'll Be The Day," "Heartbreat," "Well Alright," "Maybe Baby," "Rave On," "Oh Boy," and "Not Fade Away," the latter covered memorably by the Stones and the Dead) Born in Lubbock, Texas in 1936. Died in 1959.

BENMONT TENCH (Longtime original keyboard player for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers who remains with the band to this day; has played on innumerable sessions with the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, and Jackson Browne, among others; "Don't Do Me Like That," You Got Lucky") Born in 1953 in Gainesville, FL.

SONNY ROLLINS (Tenor sax jazz great; has played with bebop giants like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis; died of a stroke in November of 2004) Born in 1930.

LEROI MOORE (Sax and reed player for Dave Matthews Band, Hootie & The Blowfish) Born in 1962.

LITTLE MILTON (Blues great on vocal and guitar; "Feel So Bad," "Baby I Love You," "Little Bluebird") Born in Inverness, Mississippi in 1934.


In 1968, The Doors Waiting For The Sun was their only album to reach #1.

In 1976, Paul McCartney announced the first "Buddy Holly Week" celebration in London.

In 1979, ESPN, the entertainment and sports network, launched.

In 1985, David Bowie and Mick Jagger were #1 in Britain with the cover of the Martha Reeves and The Vandellas 1964 hit "Dancing In The Street," recorded for Live Aid.

In 1985, Ringo Starr became the first Beatle to be a grandfather when son Zak and Sarah had a daughter Tatia.

In 1997, Fleetwood Mac soared to the top of the charts with The Dance.

In 2001, The gloved one, Michael Jackson was reunited onstage with the Jackson 5 at The 30th Anniversary Celebration at Madison Square Garden. It ended Jackson's 11-year American hiatus from performing.


AIMEE MANN (Til Tuesday)


BEN ORR (The Cars) "Drive"

PATSY CLINE (born Virginia Patterson Hensley) (Timeless pioneering soulful country singer who enjoyed huge crossover success in her time, an American icon; highly-influential on K.D. Lang, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Linda Ronstadt and tons of other artists; she died at the peak of her popularity at age 30 and over 25,000 people attended her funeral; "Crazy" [written by a young Willie Nelson], "I Fall To Pieces," "Walkin' After Midnight," "She's Got You") Born in 1932 in Gore, Virginia. Died in 1963 in Camden, Tennessee, in a plane crash.

JIMMIE RODGERS (American icon, the first real star of country music, or "Hillbilly" as it was then called; "The Singing Brakeman" and the "Mississippi Blue Yodeler"; a big influence on original artists such as Hank Snow, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, Merle Haggard; first to be inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1961; "Waiting For A Train," "Travelin' Blues," "T Is For Texas") Born in 1897 in Meridian, Mississippi. Died in 1933 of TB.

RON "PIGPEN" McKERNAN (Founding member of the Grateful Dead who played keyboards and sang on the bluesy Dead songs; one-time boyfriend of Janis Joplin; "Katie Mae," "Hard To Handle," "Midnight Hour," "Death Don't Have No Mercy," "Bring Me My Shotgun," "Turn On Your Love Light") Born in 1946 in San Bruno, California. Died in 1973 from drug and alcohol abuse.

SAL VALENTINO (Vocalist for the late-'60s San Francisco pop/rock band Beau Brummels; he later fronted Stoneground; "Laugh Laugh," "Just A Little") Born in 1942 in San Francisco.


In 1962, "Monster Mash," by Bobby "Boris" Pickett (providing all the voices and creating the spooky sound effects), entered the singles chart. It went on to reach #1 shortly before Halloween that year and it became a perennial seasonal favorite thereafter.

In 1971, The prestigious National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' Bing Crosby Award was presented to Elvis Presley for his "creative contributions and outstanding artistic significance to the field of phonograph records." The only other artists to receive the award prior to Elvis were Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Irving Berlin.

In 1972, Neil Young and then wife, actress Carrie Snodgrass, become the parents of a son, Zeke, born at Young's ranch south of San Francisco.

In 1976, Peter Frampton, along with his girlfriend and manager, spent the night at The White House at the invitation of Steven Ford, President Ford's son. They spent most of the time watching TV with the President.

In 1976, The debut album by Led Zeppelin-influenced Heart, Dreamboat Annie, was certified Gold. It contained the hits "Magic Man" and "Crazy On You."

In 1978, Keith Moon, longtime drummer for The Who, died of a overdose of the presciption drug, heminevrin, taken for alcoholism. "Long Live Rock."

In 1982, Security, by Peter Gabriel, was released.

In 1988, Elton John auctioned off a number of his costumes and memorabilia for a tidy $6.2 million. He was having a little cash flow problem at the time.

In 1999, As part of a promotion for Apple/EMI's re-release of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine album, a cross-channel train custom-designed with artwork from the animated film leaves Waterloo Station in London for Paris.

In 2001, U2 announced dates for their upcoming U.S. tour, beginning October 10th in South Bend, Indiana at the Joyce Center and wrapping up November 18th in Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Center.


MACY GRAY (born Natalie McIntyre) (Smooth R&B/pop hit singer/songwriter; emerged in late ‘90s; "I'll Try," "Why Don't You Call Me," "Sweet Baby") Born in 1970 in Canton, Ohio.

DAVE STEWART (Guitarist and co-founder of the mega-popular ‘80s synth-pop/rock duo, Eurythmics, with Annie Lennox; co-writer of their numerous hits; sought-after producer, solo artist; he played guitar on the hit instrumental "Lily Was Here" by Candy Dulfer; "Sweet Dreams," "Here Comes the Rain Again," "Missionary Man") Born in 1952 in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, England.

OTIS REDDING (Soul-stirring master of the Memphis Sound; wrote and/or recorded numerous soul classics; he reportedly inspired the Rolling Stones to write "Satisfaction" which he later covered; he was on the verge of mass crossover success after a show-stopping set at the '67 Monterey Pop Festival when the plane he and his band The Bar-Kays were riding in crashed into a lake in Wisconsin; "Respect," "Mr. Pitiful," " Can't Turn You Loose," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "I've Got Dreams To Remember," "Try a Little Tenderness," "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay") Born in 1941 in Dawson, Georgia. Died in 1967.

BILLY PRESTON (Once referred to as "The Fifth Beatle," played keyboards on The Beatles' "Get Back" and the Let It Be sessions; also a one-time sideman for Little Richard, Ray Charles and The Rolling Stones; he played on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and The 1971 Concert For Bangladesh; solo star; "Outa-Space," "Will It Go Round In Circles," "Nothing From Nothing") Born in 1946 in Houston.

DOUG INGLE (Vocals, organ and leader of late-'60s era Los Angeles psychedelic band Iron Butterfly, best known for the early FM rock radio warhorse, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" [the song was originally titled "In The Garden Of Eden" but the lyrics somehow morphed into the title that stuck]) Born in 1946 in Omaha.


In 1926, The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was created by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA).

In 1956, On his first of three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS, Elvis created a sensation performing "Love Me Tender," "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Ready Teddy." This was despite the fact that he was allowed to be seen only from the waist up due to the fear that The King's gyrating hips would cause mass hysteria.

In 1959, The first jukebox able to handle 100 singles and two-song-per-side EPs was introduced by Seeburg.

In 1967, The Sam & Dave classic "Soul Man" was released. It was later successfully revived by the Blues Brothers, and less successfully by presidential candidate Bob Dole.

In 1971, Imagine by John Lennon was released.

In 1972, Close To The Edge by Yes was a Top Five album.

In 1973, Todd Rundgren fulfilled his promise to tape 1,000 voices in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for use in his song "Sons Of 1984." The Bay Area 1,000 were utilized on the left track of the song, while 5,000 New Yorkers, who'd been taped earlier, were on the right.

In 1978, "Beast Of Burden," a future Rolling Stones standard, was released, and the final album by The Who to feature Keith Moon, Who Are You, also came out.

In 1978, U2 opened for The Stranglers at the Top Hat near Dublin. The Stranglers took up two dressing rooms while Bono and the boys had to change clothes behind their amps.

In 1981, Sting and Phil Collins played their first solo sets at Amnesty International's The Secret Policeman's Other Ball: The Music.

In 1996, After 22 years, Tom Petty divorced his wife, Jane. Irreconcilable differences were cited.

In 1996, One of the true legends of bluegrass, Bill Monroe passed away at age 84.

In 1997, Legendary bluesman Junior Wells goes from bad to worse while undergoing treatment in a Chicago Hospital for lymphoma.

In 1998, Johnny Rotten was the defendant accused of head-butting a drummer over a contract dispute. The proceedings would later be aired on an episode of Judge Judy.

In 2001, Less than a year after the breakup of the Smashing Pumpkins, the group's frontman, Billy Corgan, surfaced with a new band, Zwan. The new Chicago combo also featured former Pumpkins' drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.

In 2004, The self-titled album by Glasgow, Scotland, group Franz Ferdinand won Britain's prestigious Mercury Music Prize.


DAVID LOWERY (Leader of innovative '80s/'90s bands alt-country/punk bands Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker; "Sweethearts," "Shine," "Low," "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)," "Take The Skinheads Bowling") Born in 1960 in Texas.

MILES ZUNIGA (Vocalist and guitarist for Austin pop/rock band, Fastball; broke in the late '90s; "The Way," "Fire Escape") Born in 1966 in Laredo, Texas.

ROSIE FLORES (Austin/Los Angeles rockabilly queen; has played with Dave Alvin, Marshall Crenshaw, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and James Intveld, among others) Born in 1950 in San Antonio.

JOE PERRY (Longtime guitarist in Aerosmith and Joe Perry Project; "Dream On," "Walk This Way," "Janie's Got A Gun," "Angel") Born in 1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

SIOBHAN FAHEY (Member of one the most successful British girl groups of all time, Bananarama; "Cruel Summer," "Love In The First Degree") Born in 1957 in England.

DANNY HUTTON (Lead vocalists in late-'60s/early-'70s hit group Three Dog Night; "One," "Ely's Coming," "Mama Told Me Not To Come," "Easy To Be Hard," "Out In The Country") Born in 1942 in Buncrana, Ireland.

JOSÉ FELICIANO (Accomplished guitarist/crooner of the early '70s-era, renowned for his mellow freewheeling cover version of The Doors' 1967 classic "Light My Fire") Born in 1945 in Lares, Puerto Rico.


In 1955, "Maybelline" by Chuck Berry duckwalked its way to the top of the singles chart.

In 1956, Record stores were inundated with requests for Elvis's "Love Me Tender." It was the title song of his next, yet-to-be-released movie, but had been performed the previous evening on Ed Sullivan's CBS TV Sunday night variety program. (Note: For those born after 1970, Sullivan had the warmth and charm of Richard Nixon, but his program ran for nearly 25 years and presented, at one time or another, virtually every American and British rock and pop star.)

In 1964, Rod Stewart taped what would be his first single, the old blues standard, "Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl."

In 1966, The more experimental, and even psychedelic, Revolver by The Beatles hit #1 on the album chart, a position it would hold for six weeks.

In 1966, The Rolling Stones appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1966, The "Pre-Fab Four," The Monkees, released "Last Train To Clarksville." On this same day, Wilson Pickett's "Land Of A Thousand Dances' was on top of the singles charts.

In 1973, The Rolling Stones' song, "Star Star," from Goat's Head Soup, was banned by the BBC because of its repeated usage of the term "star-f$@*er." It did not receive much more airplay in the States, save for late-night FM.

In 1974, Famed NYC glam/punk rockers The New York Dolls called it quits.

In 1974, James Taylor scored another Top 5 hit, this time with a remake of the old Jimmy Jones song, "Handy Man."

In 1979, In Florence, Italy, Patti Smith appeared before the largest audience of her career, a crowd of 85,000. At the end of the show, she told the audience that it was her final concert; she was retiring at the age of 32 to raise a family with her husband, Fred "Sonic" Smith. Later in 1995, she would return to making music following the premature death of Fred.

In 1988, Eric Clapton kicked off a US tour with a band that included another fine guitarist by the name of Mark Knopfler.

In 1996, Wal-Mart was not pleased with Sheryl Crow, banning her second album from their national shelves due to the line in the song, "Love Is A Good Thing" about children killing other children with "a gun they bought at Wal-Mart discount stores."

In 1998, Madonna incurred the wrath of many Hindus when she performed "Ray Of Light" on the MTV Video Music Awards show wearing a see-through top and Hindu facial markings.

In 2002, The album that George Harrison was recording in the final months of his life, Brainwashed, will be released in November, just 10 days before the first anniversary of his death, according to his label. The posthumous project features eleven new Harrison original compositions and one cover track. The album was produced by Harrison and his son, Dhani, along with longtime Harrison friend Jeff Lynne of the Traveling Wilburys and Electric Light Orchestra.


MOBY (born Richard Melville Hall) (Master of ‘90s Techno/Electronica, nick-named after his great-great grand uncle, Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick; "We Are All Made Of Stars," "South Side," "Beautiful") Born in 1965 in New York, New York.

MICKEY HART (Master percussionist of world beat and ethnic fusion but best known as longtime co-drummer along with Billy Kreutzmann in the Grateful Dead; "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band," "Touch of Grey") Born in 1950 on Long Island, New York.

RICHARD ASHCROFT (Vocalist and guitarist in ‘90s hit Brit pop/rock band The Verve; solo career; "Bitter Sweet Symphony") Born in 1971 in Wigan, England.

HARRY CONNICK, JR. (Singer, pianist and revivalist of vintage American pop music; actor [When Harry Met Sally; "It Had to Be You") Born in 1967 in New Orleans.

LEO KOTTKE (Talented acoustic picker and singer who helped popularize acoustic guitar music in the '70s; signed by John Fahey to his early Takoma Records label; Kottke's 1993 album Peculiaroso was produced by Rickie Lee Jones; recently recorded with Phish's Mike Gordon; "Pamela Brown," "Vaseline Machine Gun") Born in 1945 in Athens, Georgia.

JOHN MARTYN (Unique explorative pioneering late ‘60s/early ‘70s Brit folk/jazz singer/songwriter; "Solid Air," "May You Never" [covered by Eric Clapton], "Head and Heart") Born in 1948 in Glasgow, Scotland.

TOMMY SHAW (Guitarist and singer/songwriter for mid '70s/early '80s hit rock band Styx; the Chicago band released five platinum albums; "Lady," "Crystal Ball," "Come Sail Away," "Fooling Yourself [The Angry Young Man]," "Blue Collar Man [Long Nights]") Born in 1953 in Montgomery, Alabama.


In 1975, Janis Ian was awarded her first Gold record for Between The Lines, the album which contained "At 17."

In 1977, Elton John's longtime lyric-writing partner, Bernie Taupin, made perhaps an ill-advised acting debut on ABC's The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula. Bernie portrayed the leader of a band called Circus.

In 1977, One of the strangest pairings in the history of music turned out surprisingly well when David Bowie and Bing Crosby sang a duet on "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth." It was broadcast on Bing's posthumous TV special, A Merrie Olde Christmas in December and later released on disc.

In 1979, The Who made their first appearance in the US without their late, great drummer, Keith Moon. Replacing him at the Passaic, New Jersey, Capitol Theatre gig was ex-Small Faces and Faces drummer Kenney Jones.

In 1983, John Mellencamp became one of the very few artists to have a #1 album, American Dream and two singles ("Jack & Diane" and "Hurts So Good") in the Top 10 simultaneously.

In 1982, Frank Zappa and his daughter, Moon Unit, were enjoying chart success with "Valley Girl."

In 1987, Peter Gabriel's video of "Sledgehammer" was deemed best of the year by MTV.

In 1987, Reggae star Peter Tosh was shot and killed by robbers when he reportedly refused to give them money. Others say he was assassinated for political motives.

In 1993, Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration entered the charts. It presented a host of musicians, including Neil Young, Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Chrissie Hynde, Eddie Vedder and many others interpreting Dylan tunes.

In 1995, Green Day says that they turned down a chance to appear on Sesame Street as they "couldn't handle a mosh pit full of five-year-olds."

In 1996, David Bowie‘s "Telling Lies" became the first single by a major artist to make its debut exclusively on the internet.

In 2001, In the largest attack ever on US soil, hijacking terrorists flew two airliners into the World Trade Center in New York while another plane was flown into The Pentagon in Washington, DC. A fourth plane crash-landed in a rural Pennsylvania field. More than 3,000 people perished in all.


BEN FOLDS (Pop singer/songwriter and pianist/vocalist who formed Ben Folds Five in ‘94 and broke big in 1998; later launched solo career with Rockin' The Suburbs; guested on Rickie Lee Jones' It's Like This album, "The Battle Of Who Could Care Less," "Brick") Born in 1966 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

GEORGE JONES (Influential traditional Country and Americana legend, once married to Tammy Wynette; Jones recorded duets in a 1994 album called The Bradley Barn Session with artists like Keith Richards and Mark Knopfler; "She Thinks I Still Care," "White Lightnin'," "The Race Is On" (covered by the Grateful Dead), "Why Baby Why") Born in 1931 in Saratoga, Texas.

MARIA MULDAUR (Folk/blues singer/songwriter; member of early ‘60s folk scene, Kweskin Jug Band, solo career; her biggest hit was 1973's "Midnight At The Oasis") Born in 1943 in New York, New York.

NEIL PEART (Drummer for Rush; "Tom Sawyer," "New World Man") Born in 1952 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

BARRY WHITE (Legendary sexy R&B/soul crooner who had a string of hits in the disco ‘70s with and without his lush Love Unlimited Orchestra; at just 18, he helped arrange the 1963 hit "The Harlem Shuffle" for Bob And Earl; came back in the ‘90s and was a regular on the Ally McBeal TV series by mid-2000; "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe," "Never, Never Gonna Give You Up," "Love's Theme") Born in 1944 in Galveston, Texas. Died on July 4, 2003, in Los Angeles.


In 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the band from San Francisco's East Bay that sounded like they came straight out of the bayou, had the #1 album for nine weeks with Cosmo's Factory, which ultimately sold over three million copies.

In 1977, South African black student leader Steven Biko died while in police custody, causing an international uproar. Peter Gabriel wrote a song about him.

In 1987, Michael Jackson began a two-month siege on top of the charts with Bad.

In 1987, Los Lobos entered the mainstream with their contributions to the movie soundtrack, La Bamba. It was numero uno on this day.

In 1988, Pogues singer Shane MacGowan checked into a Dublin hospital with a severe case of nervous exhaustion.

In 1990, Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie announced plans to pack up and leave the band at the end of the tour.

In 2001, For the third time, Garth Hudson of The Band filed for bankruptcy.

In 2003 on this day, Johnny Cash died in a Nashville hospital. He was 71.


FIONA APPLE (born Fiona Apple McAfee-Maggart) (Late '90s MTV-fueled overnight sensation singer/songwriter with confessional lyrics and a persona that exploits her sexy image while alternately mocking it; "Shadowboxer," "Criminal") Born in 1977 in New York City.

BILL MONROE (The Father of Bluegrass, an American icon; inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1997; "Kentucky Waltz," "Footprints In The Snow," "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" [covered by Elvis], "Wicked Path Of Sin") Born in 1911 in Rosine, Kentucky. Died on September 9, 1996, in Springfield, Tennessee.

CHARLES BROWN ('50s and '60s R&B star whose songs have been more recently recorded by folks like B.B. King and Bruce Springsteen as he enjoyed a bit of a '90s comeback after touring with Bonnie Raitt; the minister at Brown's funeral was his good friend Solomon Burke; "Driftin' Blues," "Merry Christmas Baby," "Please Come Home For Christmas") Born in 1922 in Texas City, Texas. Died of heart failure on January 21, 1999, in Oakland.

DON WAS (born Donald Fagenson) (In-demand producer and a member of Was (Not Was) with his "brother" David Was in the '80s/'90s; produced Bonnie Raitt's 1989 Nick Of Time and 1991's Luck Of The Draw, as well as albums by The Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, The B-52's, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan; won a Grammy for producing The Stones' Voodoo Lounge; his son, Tony has his own band, Eve 6) Born in 1952 in Detroit.

DAVID CLAYTON-THOMAS (born David Thomsett) (Leader of late '60s/early '70s hit pop/rock horn group Blood, Sweat & Tears; solo career; "And When I Die," "Spinning Wheel," "God Bless The Child," "Hi-De-Ho," "You've Made Me So Very Happy") Born in 1941 in Surrey, England.

ZAK STARKEY (Son of Ringo Starr, best known for his stint as recent drummer for The Who; Zak received his first drum kit from his idol, Keith Moon; he has played with a reformed Spencer Davis Group, the Icicle Works, The Waterboys, The Lightning Seeds, and in 1996, Zak left his band, Face, to fulfill his childhood dream of joining The Who for multiple tours; currently in Johnny Marr The Healers) Born in 1965 in London.

PETER CETERA (Longtime bass player and vocalist for Chicago; left the band in 1985 for successful adult contemporary solo career; "Just You 'N' Me," "If You Leave Me Now," "Glory Of Love") Born in 1944 in Chicago.


In 1964, Popular deejay Murray The ‘K' hosted a 10-day rock & roll extravaganza at Brooklyn's Fox Theatre, featuring Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Searchers, The Temptations, Little Anthony, The Ronettes and others.

In 1965, It was another first for The Beatles as the band won a Grammy for Best Group and one for Best Album for A Hard Day's Night. Meanwhile, their single, "Yesterday" (b/w "Act Naturally") was released in the US.

In 1969, The Plastic Ono Band, featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono, with a special appearance by Eric Clapton, played the Toronto Rock & Roll Revival. Most of the Plastic Ono Band's set later was released on the Live Peace In Toronto album.

In 1969, The powerful debut album by Santana appeared on the charts.

In 1974, At the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, Stevie Wonder launched his first tour since a serious car accident.

In 1975, The legend was cast in stone as Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run hit the album charts.

In 1976, Thanks in part to "Show Me The Way" and "Baby, I Love Your Way," ex-Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton hit pay dirt with his fourth solo album. But it was nothing compared to the runaway success that was to follow with the release of his Frampton Comes Alive.

In 1982, David Bowie departed for the South Seas to begin filming Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, directed by Nagisi Oshira.

In 1985, In support of his first solo album apart from The Police, Sting kicked off his Dream Of The Blue Turtles tour in San Diego.

In 1989, Sting made his onstage acting debut in a Washington, D.C., production of The Three Penny Opera. The critics were not kind.

In 1989, The Boss paid tribute to The King by recording "Viva Las Vegas" for the soundtrack of The Last Temptation Of Elvis.

In 1993, With a small budget and lowered expectations, NBC appointed Conan O'Brien as the heir to David Letterman's Late Night after Letterman moved over to CBS. Conan's bandleader was Max Weinberg, on loan from Springsteen's E Street Band.

In 2001, Two days after the attacks, artists in New York, from Moby to David Bowie, began to emotionally react. An anguished Moby said, "I go between anger and grief and bewilderment," while Bowie, who has a residence in New York City, said, "My heart goes out to those of you who do have family or friends missing. I hope beyond hope they are found. Life here will continue. New Yorkers are a resilient and fast-thinking people. In this way they really do resemble my own Londoners. They came together quickly in massive community support and silent determination." Another artist who saw some of the attacks firsthand was Mary Chapin Carpenter, who had just flown into New York to tape an episode of the new PBS series Life 360. She witnessed the awful sight of the planes crashing into the World Trade Center. Ben Folds was beginning an interview with Washington, D.C., rock station WWDC-FM (DC101) just as the nearby Pentagon was hit.


STEVE BERLIN (Keyboards, sax, flute, harmonica and melodica for Los Lobos, the distinctive-sounding heritage Mexican/American rock band that has presided over three decades; "Will The Wolf Survive," "Don't Worry Baby," "One Time, One Night," "That Train Don't Stop Here Anymore," "I Got Loaded," "Angels With Dirty Faces," "Hurry Tomorrow") Born in 1955 in Philadelphia.

PAUL KOSSOFF (Guitarist for Free, best known for his chops in the 1970 hit "All Right Now;" later formed the less successful Back Street Crawler) Born in 1950 in London. Died in 1976, in New York, of a drug-induced heart attack.


In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the "Star-Spangled Banner," the official US national anthem.

In 1968, Based on the popular comic book series, The Archies cartoon premiered on CBS-TV.

In 1969, Genesis played their first paid gig in Surrey, England.

In 1976, The second Jeff Beck album, Wired, went Gold.

In 1981, The Pink Floyd film The Wall began production.

In 1985, MTV's Awards show was debuted. Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the show.

In 1991, David Bowie and his band Tin Machine released their second album, II, and kicked off their first and only tour.

In 1993, Prince released The Hits/The B-Sides box set.

In 1995, Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics for "Getting Better" sold for $249,000 at a Sotheby's auction.

In 2003, Coldplay's A Rush Of Blood To The Head CD broke into the US Top 10.


JULIAN "CANNONBALL" ADDERLY (Important jazz figure, alto saxophonist who worked with Miles Davis; had one of the few instrumental jazz hit singles in the '60s with "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy") Born in 1928 in Tampa, Florida. Died in 1975 in Gary, Indiana.

SNOOKY PRYOR (born James Edward Pryor) (Chicago bluesman and accomplished harmonica player) Born in 1921 in Lambert, Mississippi.

ROY ACUFF (Early traditional country star; singer/songwriter, fiddler and bandleader; known as the King of Country music and the Grand Master of The Grand Ole Opry; a big influence on George Jones, among other artists; "Great Speckled Bird," "Wabash Cannonball") Born in 1903 in Maynardsville, Tennessee. Died November 23, 1992, in Nashville.


In 1962, The Beatles are "a nothing group," the conclusion of Brit journalist Peter Jones after having interviewed them for the London Daily Mirror.

In 1964, The aforementioned "nothing group" was ordered off the Cleveland Public Auditorium stage by authorities for 15 minutes in order to calm down the hysterical crowd.

In 1970, That 'nattering nabob of negativism,' Vice President Spiro T. Agnew, declared that the youth of America were being "brainwashed into a drug culture by rock music, movies, books and underground newspapers."

In 1973, One of the top rock tunes blasting out of the dashboard AM radio on this day was Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting."

In 1976, Album number five for Steely Dan, The Royal Scam, went Gold with the help of radio-friendly tracks like "Kid Charlemagne" and "The Fez."

In 1979, Bob Dylan released his "Christian" album, Slow Train Coming; it was produced by Mark Knopfler.

In 1979, The Charlie Daniels Band enjoyed their biggest single success with "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," which broke into the Top 5 on this day.

In 1980, David Bowie opened on Broadway as The Elephant Man.

In 1989, The Rolling Stones released Steel Wheels.

In 1997, A French court awarded the equivalent of $15,000 to a French citizen after he lost his hearing when he stood too close to loudspeakers at a U2 concert four years earlier. (Don't give this guy a cup of hot coffee!)


B.B. KING (born Riley B. King) (The "Beale Street Blues Boy" has been playing a series of guitars named "Lucille" and belting the blues for over 50 years and still going strong; a major and beloved influence on everybody from Eric Clapton to Pink Floyd's David Gilmour; recorded 2000's Ridin' With The King with Clapton; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Kennedy Center honoree and member of the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; he kicked off his birthday festivities in June '05 with the groundbreaking for the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi, near his birthplace; recently released B.B. King And Friends - 80; "When Love Comes Around" in 1988 (with U2), "Paying The Cost To Be The Boss," "To Know You Is To Love You," "Everyday I Sing The Blues," "Ain't Nobody Home," "The Thrill Is Gone" (his biggest hit in 1969), "Nobody Loves Me But My Mother") Born in 1925 in Itta Bena, Mississippi.

KENNEY JONES (Drummer for Rod Stewart's old band, the Faces; Jones replaced Keith Moon in The Who) Born in 1948 in London.

RON BLAIR (Bass player for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) Born in 1952 in Macon, Georgia.

RICHARD MARX (Pop star circa late-'80s; "Don't Mean Nothing" (with Joe Walsh on slide), "Right Here Waiting," "Should've Known Better") Born in 1963 in Chicago.


In 1963, A 45 on the Swan label by The Beatles, with "She Loves You" on one side and "I'll Get You" on the flip, was released in the US. It made little impact in this country until it was re-released the following year.

In 1964, The TV show Shindig! debuted on the ABC network featuring both British and American rock/pop performers, replete with go-go dancers. NBC responded with a clone called Hullabaloo a few months later.

In 1966, A member of Parliament requested that Britain's House Of Commons officially "deplore" the statement of a magistrate who'd described The Rolling Stones as "complete idiots%u2026who wear filthy clothes."

In 1967, Are You Experienced?, the first Jimi Hendrix record, entered the album charts.

In 1970, Jimi Hendrix made his final public appearance at Ronnie Scott's in London, where he climbed onstage to jam with Eric Burdon. (While Hendrix's performance at the Isle Of Wight concert is always cited as his final appearance, it was merely his final major concert.)

In 1970, Led Zeppelin displaced The Beatles as the UK's most popular band. The Fab Four had been tops since 1963. The poll was conducted by Melody Maker magazine.

In 1971, Who's Next, one of the great albums by The Who, went Gold.

In 1972, Featuring the soon-to-be #1 single "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," All Directions by The Temptations entered the album charts.

In 1977, Pioneer Brit pop legend Marc Bolan of T. Rex died in an automobile crash in England.

In 1988, Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy" became the first modern a capella record to hit #1.

In 1991, Willie Nelson married makeup artist Ann-Marie D'Angelo. They met on the set of Nelson's 1986 movie, Red Headed Stranger.

In 1996, New Adventures In Hi-Fi by R.E.M. debuted on the album charts in the Top 5.

In 1998, At an auction at Sotheby's in London, a notebook that had once belonged to The Beatles confidante Mal Evans, containing the lyrics for "Hey Jude," sold for about $220,000, while John Lennon's two-tone denim jacket went for a little under $20,000.

In 2002, Music City was still reveling in the success of the third annual Americana Music Association convention, held days earlier in downtown Nashville. The evening's loudest applause was for unannounced special guest Johnny Cash. Cash received the inaugural Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award, and later performed with his wife, June Carter Cash and members of their extended family. The performance would be among his last.


HANK WILLIAMS (An American icon, legend of Americana roots music and a heavy influence on generations of musicians with his original hard-core honky-tonk ballads; his songs were covered by everybody from Fats Domino to George Thorogood; inspiration for the name Lost Highway Records; "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)," "Cold Cold Heart," "Move It On Over," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "Kaw Liga," "Lovesick Blues," "Hey, Good Lookin'") Born in 1923 in Mount Olive, Alabama. Died on January 1, 1953, reportedly of an overdose of booze and painkillers in the back of a Cadillac on the way to a gig.

LOL CREME (A founding member with Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley of hit Brit '70s/'80s band 10cc; "I'm Not In Love" [their only major US hit]; following Creme's departure, the band scored with "The Things We Do For Love" and "Dreadlock Holiday") Born in 1947 in Manchester, England.

FEE WAYBILL (Lead singer of '70s/'80s San Francisco pioneering satirical-glam band, The Tubes; "White Punks On Dope," "What Do You Want From Life," "Talk To Ya Later," "She's A Beauty") Born in 1950 in Omaha, Nebraska.

BILL BLACK (Rockabilly bass player for Elvis in his early days, part of the trio along with Scotty Moore who backed Elvis on his great Sun sides and later had his own combo which scored several instrumental hits in the early '60s) Born in 1926 in Memphis. Died there in 1965.

KEN KESEY (Social and literary icon of the '60s/'70s as author of highly regarded books such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Sometimes A Great Notion; part of the Grateful Dead coterie who participated in the "Electric Cool-Aid Acid Tests," a Merry Prankster and integral part of the great Pacific Northwest zeitgeist) Born in 1935 in La Junta, Colorado. Died in 2001 in Springfield, Oregon.


In 1966, Among the songs that were burning up the airwaves on this very day were "Yellow Submarine" by The Beatles.

In 1967, In the wake of their great success in the Summer Of Love, The Doors were invited to appear on Ed Sullivan's Sunday night variety program. Sullivan asked Jim Morrison to omit or alter the lyric, "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" in "Light My Fire." Morrison, to his credit, ignored him. They were not invited back.

In 1967, In an infamous incident that took place during the taping of a live performance by The Who for CBS's The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Keith Moon set off a resounding explosion in his drum kit at the conclusion of a song, unaware that the crew had already planted a big noise-maker. This double-whammy was so loud that it aided in permanently damaging Pete Townsend's hearing.

In 1975, Pink Floyd scored their third Gold plaque for their epic Wish You Were Here album.

In 1976, The Sex Pistols serenaded the inmates at Chelmsford Prison in Essex, England.

In 1983, Paul Young's debut solo album, No Parlez, went #1 and stayed on the UK charts for 119 weeks altogether. His big hit in the U.S. came in 1985 with "Every Time You Go Away." (Not to be confused with the other Paul Young, now deceased, who sang with Mike & The Mechanics.)

In 1991, Rob Tyner, lead singer of the incendiary Detroit band, MC5 ("Kick out the Jams, Mo-fos") died of a heart attack.

In 1996, Björk avoided a deadly run-in with a whacko. Miami police alerted a South London post office that a surprise was awaiting her after discovering the body of stalker Ricardo Lopez, who had made a video of himself constructing an acid-spraying bomb, which he mailed to Björk, before killing himself.

In 1997, Fleetwood Mac began their reunion tour in Hartford, Connecticut, after The Dance proved to be a yet another huge success for the big Mac.

In 2001, PBS announced the debut of a new TV series that mixed conversation and music, Life 360, hosted by Emmy Award winner Michel Martin and co-produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting and producers from ABC's Nightline. The debut fall season included the music of John Hiatt, Shawn Colvin, Train, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Five for Fighting, among others.


DEE DEE RAMONE (Douglas Colvin) (Bass player for pioneering '70s NYC punkers, the Ramones; "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Rockaway Beach") Born in 1952 in Fort Lee, Virginia. Fatally overdosed in June of 2002.

JOANNE CATHERALL (Lead vocalist for groundbreaking hit '80s synth-pop band, Human League; "Don't You Want Me," “[Keep Feeling] Fascination”) Born in 1962 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England


In 1970, James Marshal Hendrix, one of the most inventive guitarists ever, died of an accidental barbiturate overdose.

In 1971, Pink Floyd became the first rock band to perform at the Classical Music Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland. They played their "Atom Heart Mother Suite".

In 1974, John Lennon appeared as a guest deejay on WNEW-FM in New York.

In 1981, Death was proving to be the ultimate career move for Jim Morrison as the Doors' Greatest Hits went platinum.

In 1983, Featuring "Steppin' Out," Night And Day by Joe Jackson entered the album charts.

In 1985, Frank Zappa appeared before Congress, lobbying against warning labels on records and CD's.

In 1997, Just before launching their Bridges To Babylon tour, the Rolling Stones played the 400 person capacity Double Door Club in Chicago. Among those who watched Mick and company play a 90-minute set was Smashing Pumpkin's Billy Corgan.

In 1997, Blues/jazz great Jimmy Witherspoon passed away.


DANIEL LANOIS (Producer of distinction for Peter Gabriel, U2, Emmylou Harris, Dylan and the Neville Brothers, among others; also a talented singer/songwriter in his own right; his mentor was Brian Eno; "Falling At Your Feet," "Shine," "The Maker") Born in 1951 in Hull, Quebec.

DAVID BROMBERG (Americana singer-songwriter, guitarist, fiddler; sideman with Bob Dylan and Jerry Jeff Walker before recording his own unique solo albums; "New Lee Highway Blues, "The Holdup") Born in 1945 in Philadelphia.

MAMA CASS ELLIOT (born Ellen Naomi Cohen) (Warm contralto voice with the hit '60s pop/rock group, The Mamas And The Papas; solo star; "Monday, Monday," "Creque Alley," "Dedicated To The One I Love," "California Dreamin'," "Dream A Little Dream Of Me") Born in 1941 in Baltimore. Died in 1974, of heart failure at Harry Nilsson's flat in London.

BRIAN EPSTEIN (Manager of the Beatles, guiding them to unprecedented fame and fortune) Born in 1934. Died in 1967.

BILL MEDLEY (Along with Bobby Hatfield, he was one-half of the hit '60s blue-eyed soul act, the Righteous Brothers; "Unchained Melody," "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'") Born in 1940 in Santa Ana, California.


In 1958, New enlistee, Elvis Presley departed a Brooklyn naval base to sail to Germany, where he would join his Army unit.

In 1960, One-time chicken plucker, Chubby Checker hit # 1 on the singles chart with "The Twist."

In 1966, John Sebastian and The Lovin' Spoonful's well-timed "Summer in the City," their first # 1 hit, earned them a Gold record.

In 1968, The great Easy Rider bugs-in-your-teeth Harley-riding anthem, "Born to Be Wild" by John Kay and Steppenwolf was a giant hit, scoring the band a Gold record on this day.

In 1970, A pair of soon-to-be-classic albums entered the album charts, Neil Young's After The Gold Rush and The Moody Blues A Question Of Balance. This was also the day that The Rolling Stones released the live album, Got Yer Ya-Ya's Out, their first official live album.

In 1973, Gram Parsons, at only 26, died of an overdose. A member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, he has attained legendary status in the Americana world over the years. A solo album, Grevious Angel, was released in '74. Jagger and Richards so admired Gram and his Burritos that they suggested they cover the Stone's "Wild Horses." As a bizarre side note, his coffin was stolen by two of his friends at Los Angeles International Airport and brought back to site of his death in the desert in Joshua Tree, California, and then set ablaze.

In 1976, Calling it a "symbol of hope" for a world "so hopelessly divided," Promoter Sid Bernstein expressed his desire to reunite the Beatles for a concert. He also mentioned that the revenues from such an event would probably reach approximately $230 million. It was not to be.

In 1979, The initial No Nukes-MUSE (Musicians United For Safe Energy) concert was held in New York. Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt were among the performers.

In 1981, Simon and Garfunkel reunited before nearly half a million fans in Central Park. The 22-song set wound up to be a best-selling album and an HBO special.

In 1987, Willie Nelson assembled the Farm Aid benefit concert held at the University Of Nebraska's Memorial Stadium. In addition to Willie, performers included John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Joe Walsh.

In 1987, The first post-Roger Waters album by Pink Floyd was released, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.

In 1997, VH1 debuted its Storytellers program with Elton John live from the House of Blues in New Orleans.


"JELLY ROLL" MORTON (born Ferdinand Joseph Lemott) (Great pianist, popular bandleader and outrageous figure of early Jazz; claimed to have sat down one day in 1902 and invented the genre) Born in 1885 in New Orleans. Died in 1941.



In 1964, The Beatles concluded their US tour with a charity show in Brooklyn. That night, they made another of their memorable appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1969, The early super group featuring Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, Blind Faith hit #1 on the album chart with their first and only album.

In 1971, Peter Frampton left Humble Pie to embark on a solo career.

In 1973, Neil Young & Crazy Horse played the opening night of the then brand new Roxy Club on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.

In 1973, Jim Croce died in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He was 30.

In 1975, The "Born To Run" single by Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band was released.

In 1978, Who Are You? by The Who went Gold.

In 1980, "Games Without Frontiers" by Peter Gabriel was picking up heavy FM radio airplay on this day.

In 1983, To raise funds to fight Multiple Sclerosis, from which former Faces bass player Ronnie Lane was slowly succumbing, the ARMS benefit concert took place London's Royal Albert Hall. The show featured Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Steve Winwood.

In 1995, In New Orleans, Natalie Merchant launched her first solo tour since leaving 10,000 Maniacs. The tour was in support of her hit debut solo album, Tigerlily.

In 2001, In a rare broadcast, possibly the most cooperative national broadcasting effort ever, the live benefit TV special, America: A Tribute To Heroes aired the night before. The star-studded benefit for victims of the 9/11 attacks was broadcast to nearly 60 million US viewers and raised $150 million in pledges for victims. There was no live audience and organizers refused to say where the events were held for security reasons. The show featured actors telling heroic stories of individuals and music stars, including Bruce Springsteen opening the show with "My City Of Ruins," a song he introduced as "a prayer for our fallen brothers and sisters." A cowboy hat-wearing Neil Young performed an emotional version of John Lennon's "Imagine" and later teamed up with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready on the Arabic-flavored "The Long Road." U2 were joined by Eric Clapton and Natalie Imbuglia on "Peace On Earth/Walk On." Finally, Willie Nelson lead the group finale through "America the Beautiful."


LIAM GALLAGHER (One of the two brothers in Brit hit '90s band Oasis; "Champagne Supernova," "Supersonic," "Don't Look Back in Anger") Born in 1972.

LEONARD COHEN (International hit singer and legendary songwriter; father of Adam Cohen of the Low Millions; "Suzanne," "Famous Blue Raincoat," "Sisters of Mercy," "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye," "So Long, Marianne," "Everybody Hurts," "I'm Your Man") Born in 1934 in Montreal.

DON FELDER (Guitarist for the Eagles beginning in 1974 with their third album, On The Border; he was in on writing much of the Hotel California album; he participated in the publicized Eagles reunion, but was dismissed from the band in 2002; "Hotel California," "Visions," "Never Surrender") Born in 1947 in Gainesville, Florida.


In 1968, Jimi Hendrix's charged-up interpretation of Bob Dylan's acoustic "All Along The Watchtower" was released. Dylan reportedly dug it.

In 1968, A top tune on the radio on this day was "Revolution" by The Beatles.

In 1974, The Rolling Stones were Top 20 with their album, It's Only Rock And Roll.

In 1980, While jogging in New York City's Central Park, Bob Marley collapsed. Following extensive tests, it was determined that he was inflicted with cancer, which he ultimately died from.

In 1985, Thanks in part to the popular animated video and a big MTV push, "Money For Nothing" became Dire Straits' first #1 record.

In 1989, The Bangles broke up.

In 1994, Smashing Pumpkins were making a rapid ascent on the album charts with their Siamese Dream.

In 1997, Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" video was cited as one of the reasons that teenager Barry Loukaitis killed three people. Defence attorneys played the video in a Washington courtroom.


JOAN JETT (born Joan Larkin) (Founding singer/guitarist of early '80s all-girl glitter pop-inspired hit group, the Runaways; solo career; produced Bikini Kill; "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," "Crimson and Clover") Born in 1960 in Philadelphia.

NICK CAVE (born Nicholas Edward Cave) (Deep baritone singer, and writer founder of acclaimed literate, gloomy post-punk group The Birthday Party, then London-based Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds; "Tupelo") Born in 1957 in Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia.

JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO (Singer, songwriter and bass player for '80s band Concrete Blonde; she later joined the less successful Pretty & Twisted; "Joey," "God Is A Bullet," Mexican Moon," "Heal It Up") Born in 1957 in Hollywood, California.


In 1956, Billboard ran an article about the "new music that was sweeping the nation which stated in part, "with new experiences to their credit, such as calling riot squads and with scars such as damaged seats, some arena and stadium officials have turned their thumbs down to Rock and Roll." It was only the beginning.

In 1965, A short tour of Scandinavia beginning in Copenhagen almost saw the derailment of the Who. Roger Daltrey became annoyed at Keith Moon's antics and punched him out. Roger was very close to be ousted from the group.

In 1965, San Francisco band The Great Society, featuring Grace Slick, made their stage debut at the Coffee Gallery in North Beach. Slick would later join the Jefferson Airplane.

In 1966, The Rolling Stones, accompanied by Ike and Tina and the Yardbirds, kicked off what would be their last British tour for four years. On this very same day, "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby?" was released in the UK.

In 1967, The cover of Time magazine was graced with a portrait of the Beatles.

In 1972, David Bowie's and the Spiders from Mars kicked off the first US Bowie tour at Cleveland's Music Hall.

In 1976, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue's live album, Hard Rain was certified Gold.

In 1980, John Lennon set the wheels in motion for his comeback by signing with Geffen Records. Lennon would be the first signing by the new upstart label.

In 1989, At his old stomping ground, the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen jumped on stage with Jimmy Cliff to sing "Trapped," a Cliff song Bruce had recorded for the We Are The World album.

In 1992, In an MTV first, Unplugged hosted Bruce Springsteen in an electric set.

In 2002, Sting picked up an Emmy Award for the A&E documentary, Sting in Tuscany: All This Time, which he dedicated to the late Billboard Editor Timothy White.


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (One of America's few living rock & roll icons; a blue-collar, romantic and visionary singer/songwriter who can rock with the best, yet write lyrics as thoughtful and complex as Dylan's; noted for his cathartic, marathon concerts that are celebrations of all that is good in rock and music in general; "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City," "Blinded By The Light," "Spirit In The Night," "Badlands," "Born To Run," "Jungleland," "Because The Night" [never released by Bruce, it was a big hit for Patti Smith; she changed some of Bruce's lyrics and thus gave herself a co-writing credit], "Fire" [a hit for The Pointer Sisters], "Prove It All Night," "Darkness On The Edge Of Town," "Born In The U.S.A," "Dancing In The Dark," "Cover Me," "I'm On Fire," "My Hometown," "Pink Cadillac," "Hungry Heart," "Brilliant Disguise," "One Step Up," "Tunnel Of Love," "Lucky Town," "The Rising") Born in 1949 in Freehold, New Jersey.

RAY CHARLES (Born Ray Charles Robinson) (Although he nearly invented soul music, he could and did sing virtually every kind of music, from C&W to "America The Beautiful," transforming it in his bluesy, emotional, inimitable fashion; "I Can't Stop Loving You," "Georgia," "Busted," "Hit the Road, Jack," "Crying Time," "Let's Go Get Stoned," "What'd I Say") Born in 1930 in Albany, Georgia. Died June 11, 2004 in Los Angeles.

ANI DIFRANCO (Gutsy, pioneering indie rocker/folkie, to the point of owning her own highly successful label, Righteous Babe Records; "32 Flavors") Born in 1970 in Buffalo, New York.

JOHN COLTRANE (One of the most important, innovative and controversial figures of jazz; tenor and soprano sax; played on some Miles Davis' most famous recordings; progressed from fairly straight ahead hard bop to the most avant-garde sounds imaginable) Born in 1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina. Died in 1967.

BEN E. KING (born Benjamin Earl Nelson) (One-time lead vocalist with the hit '50s band The Drifters, sang on many of their most famous records; embarked on a hit solo career in the '60s with "Spanish Harlem" and "Stand By Me") Born in 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina.

ROY BUCHANAN (One of the great unsung '70s guitar heroes, had tremendous chops and feeling, a musician's musician, greatly admired by Lennon, Jeff Beck, Clapton, but never really made it with the public; he was offered a job with the Stones when Brian Jones departed but turned it down) Born in 1939 in Ozark, Alabama. Died by suicide in 1988.

JERRY CORBETTA (Singer and keyboardist for hit '70s rock band Sugarloaf; "Green-Eyed Lady") Born in 1947 in Denver.


In 1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets took it to #1 on the US singles chart with "That'll Be The Day." The title of the song was inspired by a catchphrase that John Wayne uttered repeatedly in the famous John Ford film, The Searchers.

In 1967, "People Are Strange" by The Doors was released. Meanwhile, The Box Tops began a four-week run at # 1 with "The Letter."

In 1967, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention made their UK concert debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

In 1969, One of the great hoaxes of the decade was instigated by an article in the University Of Illinois newspaper, The Northern Star. Headlined "Clues Hint At Beatles Death," it asserted that Paul McCartney had been killed a car wreck in 1966 and replaced by a look-alike. They backed up their assertions with some of the strangeness of the Sgt. Pepper album cover, and John Lennon's mumbling during the fade-out of "Strawberry Fields," interpreted by some as "I buried Paul." Lennon himself later claimed that he'd actually said "I'm very bored." Or was it "Ice berried spam?" "Here's another clue for you all%u2026The Walrus was Paul."

In 1970, Mick Jagger met his future wife, Bianca Macias, after a Stones concert at the Paris Olympia.

In 1972, Mott The Hoople's All The Young Dudes, produced by David Bowie, was released.

In 1978, 10cc enjoyed their third and last UK #1 single with the reggae send-up "Dreadlock Holiday." It picked up substantial FM radio airplay Stateside as well.

In 1980, David Bowie took over the role of The Elephant Man on Broadway, replacing Phillip Anglim.

In 1995, Boogie-woogie pianist Lawrence "Booker T." Laury died in Memphis at age 81.

In 1997, The Rolling Stones kicked off another highly successful tour, this one dubbed Bridges To Babylon at Chicago's Soldier Field. They played a fair share of classics, beginning with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and closing with "Brown Sugar."


LINDA McCARTNEY (born Linda Eastman) (keyboard player and singer for husband Paul McCartney's '70s band, Wings; was married to Paul for nearly 30 years; accomplished in the field of photography and an animal rights activist; heir to Eastman in Eastman/Kodak Company; "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," "Too Many People") Born in 1941 in Scarsdale, New York. Died of breast cancer in 1998 in Santa Barbara, California.


In 1961, The immortal Bullwinkle the animated moose debuted on TV.

In 1966, The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby" peaked at #11 on the singles chart.

In 1977, The first convention devoted to Elvis Presley was held in Memphis.

In 1977, Fleetwood Mac "Don't Stop" was a Top Ten single.

In 1983, UB40 had their first #1 album in the UK with Labour Of Love.

In 1988, The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, was arrested after leading police in Georgia on a car chase through two states.

In 1994, The season premiere of Saturday Night Live featured a couple of numbers by Eric Clapton.

In 1994, Nirvana released the epic, Never Mind.

In 2001, It was announced that the recent telethon for victims of the 9/11 air attacks will be packaged as a benefit album to raise additional relief dollars. America: A Tribute to Heroes features Bruce Springsteen, U2, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Eddie Vedder and Sting, among others.


IAN TYSON (Half of the popular legendary folk duo, Ian & Sylvia, circa early '60s into the mid-'70s; retired from music to run a ranch in Alberta, but has recorded intermittently as a soloist since; "Four Strong Winds" (covered by many, including CSNY) Born in 1933 in Victoria, British Columbia.


In 1960, Sam Cooke accomplished a rare feat, reaching the #2 position on the pop and R&B charts simultaneously with his tune, "Chain Gang," his biggest hit since "You Send Me."

In 1965, A half-hour Saturday morning cartoon show featuring real songs by the Beatles, but not their actual voices (same as the Yellow Submarine movie three years later) debuted on ABC. The first episode, titled "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," had the boys exploring the ocean floor in a diving bell, discovering a love-sick octopus. The series ran through September of 1969.

In 1965, "Heart Full Of Soul" was Top 20.

In 1967, The Beatles cut "Fool On The Hill" at London's famed Abbey Road studios.

In 1969, With a band that featured Eric Clapton on guitar and Ringo on drums, John Lennon recorded a harrowing song about heroin withdrawal called "Cold Turkey."

In 1971, "Peace Train" by Cat Stevens was released.

In 1973, The Rolling Stones' Goats Head Soup was high on the album charts thanks to the singles, "Heartbreaker" and "Angie". The gross-out album cover was a classic.

In 1975, At a Dick Clark oldies show in Cherry Hill, NJ, in the midst of performing "Lonely Teardrops," right after singing the line, "My heart is crying," soul great Jackie Wilson suffered a heart attack. He lapsed into a coma from which he never emerged. He died eight years later.

In 1976, With the best of intentions, Paul McCartney and Wings performed a concert to raise funds to restore the water-damaged treasures of art in Venice's St. Marks Square. The project suffered a major setback when the 25,000 fans who turned out for the show loosened some paving stones, allowing more water to seep into the square.

In 1979, The Eagles released The Long Run.

In 1980, The thunderous drummer for Led Zeppelin, John Bonham, died after consuming the equivalent of 40 shots of vodka on the eve of embarking on a US tour. "Bonzo" had been an intrinsic part of the band's sound, and the group decided it could not continue, and broke up shortly thereafter.

In 1982, Featuring the hit single "Dirty Laundry," Don Henley's first solo album, I Can't Stand Still entered the charts.

In 1990, A street was named in honor of Little Richard in his hometown of Macon, Georgia.

In 1995, Courtney Love was sentenced to a year in prison (suspended), fined $1,000 and ordered to attend anger management school after being found guilty of whacking Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna backstage during a concert.

In 1999, At London's Heathrow Airport, Oasis' Liam Gallagher was detained by customs and fined around $2,500 for not declaring a fur coat he had purchased in the U.S.

In 2001, XM satellite radio launched on this day.


BRYAN FERRY (Elegantly decadent and understated singer, songwriter and leader [from '71 to '83] of original progressive Brit art/glam rock band, Roxy Music; he, together with Brian Eno and guitarist Phil Manzanera produced the innovative, intense and complex rock that evolved into more of Ferry's bag of smooth and soulful trance-like sounds as heard on the classic Avalon album; solo career with many covers; "Virginia Plain," "Re-make/Re-model," "Do The Strand," "Out of the Blue," "Both Ends Burning," "Love Is The Drug," "More Than This," "Avalon," "Slave To Love," "Dance Away," "Kiss And Tell") Born in 1945 in Washington, England.

CESAR ROSAS (Singer, guitarist and founder of Los Lobos (Spanish for "the Wolves"), the unique East LA rock band that has successfully blended rock, blues and traditional Mexican folk music for three decades; the band's music has been used in numerous hit films such as La Bamba, Eating Raoul and The Mambo Kings; "Don't Worry Baby," "Come On, Let's Go," "Will the Wolf Survive?," "One Time One Night," "Set Me Free [Rosa Lee]," "Angels With Dirty Faces," "Hearts of Stone," "Hurry Tomorrow"; solo career) Born in 1954 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

SHANNON HOON (Vocalist for hit mid-'90s band, Blind Melon; "No Rain") Born in 1967 in Lafayette, Indiana. Died on October 21, 1995, in New Orleans, from a drug overdose.

CARLENE CARTER (Modern rockabilly queen, daughter of June Carter Cash and stepsister to Roseanne Cash and once married to Nick Lowe; solo career; has recorded with step dad Johnny Cash, Dave Edmunds, Joe Ely, the Doobie Brothers, Paul Carrack, Howie Epstein and others; featured along with her late mother on 2003's Wildwood Flower; "I Fell In Love," "Come On Back," "Every Little Thing") Born in 1955 in Nashville.

MARTY ROBBINS (born Martin David Robinson) ('50s/'60s country music star and gentleman, best known for his hit, "El Paso," (covered by the Grateful Dead); a stylistically diverse artist who has delved into everything from Hawaiian ballads to rock/pop ["A White Sport Coat"]) Born in 1925 in Glendale, Arizona. Died in 1982, from a heart attack.

GEORGE GERSHWIN (Titan of sophisticated American pop music and modern Classical; "Rhapsody In Blue," "American In Paris," "Porgy & Bess") Born in 1898 in New York. Died in 1937, of a brain tumor, at only 38.


In 1956, Fats Domino's version of "Blueberry Hill" entered the chart and zoomed to the Top 5. The song has an interesting history: It was a hit by Glenn Miller as a new tune in 1940, then, Louis Armstrong successfully revived it in the early '50s, but Fats had the big hit.

In 1956, It was "Elvis Presley Day" in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi.

In 1961, In one of his first major gigs, Bob Dylan opened for the Greenbriar Boys at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village.

In 1964, "You Really Got Me," by The Kinks, one of the all-time rock classics, was released on this day.

In 1965, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed honor upon The Beatles with the Order Of The British Empire.

In 1969, The Beatles released Abbey Road, their 13th album in the UK (it came out a week later here in the US). It was their final album recorded together. (As aficionados know, Let It Be was recorded earlier, but didn't appear until 1970.

In 1969, Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

In 1970, The hit single "All Right Now" propelled the Free album Fire And Water onto the album chart.

In 1973, Holland's Focus picked up a Gold record for their unlikely rock guitar/yodeling hit, "Hocus Pocus."

In 1974, Walls And Bridges, which would turn out to be John Lennon's last album of new material for six years, was released. It would ultimately hit #1.

In 1987, The Grateful Dead, much to their surprise, were enjoying their biggest single success ever as they cracked the Top 10 with "Touch Of Grey." Prior to that, "Truckin'" was the Dead's most mainstream tune, although it barely busted the Top 100 singles chart.

In 1988, The first solo album by Stones stalwart Keith Richards, Talk Is Cheap was released. It featured the scathing tune about Mick, "You Don't Move Me."

In 1990, Dave Grohl joined Nirvana.

In 1991, Southside Johnny filmed a video of "It's Been a Long Time" at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. His pals Springsteen and Little Steven participated.

In 2002, Peter Gabriel debuted his new album, Up for press, radio and a few lucky fans at the Supper Club in New York. He also announced a fall North American tour.


STEPHAN JENKINS (Vocalist for '90s SF Bay Area upstart hook-laden power-pop/rock band Third Eye Blind; "Semi-Charmed Life") Born in 1966.

MEAT LOAF (born Marvin Lee Aday) (New York singer and actor (Rocky Horror Picture Show; his 1977 Bat Out Of Hell was a mega-seller at 14 million, producing several sizeable hits, including "Paradise By The Dashboard Light"; his 1993 Bat Out Of Hell sequel also did quite well) Born in 1946 in Dallas.

ROBBIE SHAKESPEARE (Bass player who partnered up with drummer Sly Dunbar to produce and perform on albums by artists including Peter Tosh, Jackson Browne, Mick Jagger, Joe Cocker and Yoko Ono, among others) Born in 1953 in Kingston, Jamaica.

RANDY BACHMAN (Vocalist and guitarist for '60s and '70s band, The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive; solo career; father of rock/pop singer/songwriter Tal Bachman; "No Time," "American Woman," "Takin' Care Of Business," "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet") Born in 1943 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

DON NIX (Southern musician [Mar-Keys] and noted producer of John Mayall, Freddie King, Furry Lewis; attended high school in Memphis with Donald "Duck" Dunn and Steve Cropper of the famed Stax house band Booker T. & The M.G.'s; author of blues standard, "Going Down") Born in Memphis in 1941.

GREG HAM (Played saxophone on big hits by Men At Work in the '80s, "Who Can It Be Now") Born in 1953 in Australia.


In 1964, The Beach Boys made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1969, The debut album by Santana entered the chart. It would go on to reach double-Platinum status on the strength of the hit single, "Evil Ways."

In 1972, The leader of one of Liverpool's earliest beat groups, Rory Storm, took his life in what appeared to be a suicide pact with his mother. Ringo Starr had played drums with Rory Storm And The Hurricanes right before he joined The Beatles back in '62.

In 1973, Carlos Santana, a follower of Sri Chinmoy, changed his name to Devadip, which means "The Lamp Of The Light Supreme."

In 1979, Elton John collapsed onstage at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles right after launching into the tune "Better Off Dead." The show continued after a 10-minute break, then went on for almost three hours.

In 1979, Jimmy McCulloch, one-time guitarist for Thunderclap Newman and Wings, died of a heroin overdose. Ironically, McCulloch had contributed an anti-drug song, "Medicine Jar," to the 1975 McCartney and Wings' album Venus & Mars.

In 1979, Blondie released Eat To The Beat, which contained the hit "Dreaming."

In 1980, "Late In The Evening" by Paul Simon was a Top 10 single.

In 1986, The pioneering rap/rock version of "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. hit the Top 5.

In 1990, Marvin Gaye received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1998, The Manic Street Preachers had their first UK #1 album with their fifth effort, This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours.

In 2000, U2 played "Beautiful Day" and "Elevation" on the rooftop of Dublin's Clarence Hotel, a hotel owned by the band.


BEN E. KING (born Benjamin Earl Nelson) ('60s/'70s R&B star who began as tenor singer with the Drifters on several of their big hits; solo star; "Stand By Me" [covered by John Lennon], "Spanish Harlem") Born in 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina.

KOKO TAYLOR (born Cora Walton) (Contemporary Queen of the Blues; discovered by Willie Dixon, who arranged for her to record on Chess; she has won more W.C. Handy Blues Awards than any other artist; has recorded with B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, among others; owns Chicago nightclub Koko Taylor's Celebrity; "Wang Dang Doodle," "Hey Baby," "Bring Me Some Water") Born in 1935 in Memphis.

A.J. CROCE (Talented singer/pianist and son of '70s hit singer-songwriter Jim Croce; "That's Me in the Bar") Born in 1971 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

C.J. CHENIER (Son of zydeco legend Clifton Chenier; took over his father's Red Hot Louisiana Band; "I'm Coming Home") Born in 1957 in Port Arthur, Texas.


In 1963, Famed New York deejay Murray The K received a copy of the Beatles' "She Loves You." He heard some potential and played it on the radio, thus becoming the first to spin John, Paul, George and Ringo in the US, or so the legend goes.

In 1963, Bob Dylan's The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan entered the charts. It was his second album and the first to contain mostly originals, like "Blowin' In The Wind."

In 1968, Inspired by Lennon's son, Julian, "Hey Jude" by the Beatles topped the singles charts and parked there for nine weeks. It was the longest single ever to make the Hot 100, clocking in at seven minutes and 11 seconds, until Richard Harris topped it with "MacArthur Park" (and only by 9 seconds) in 1972.

In 1972, David Bowie sold out his first US show at Carnegie Hall.

In 1976, A&M Records sued George Harrison when he failed to deliver a new album. George was suffering from hepatitis.

In 1989, Jimmy Buffett published Tales From Margaritaville, a collection of short stories.

In 1991, R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People" was gleefully saturating the airwaves.

In 1991, Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis died. He was an extremely influential figure in jazz from the mid-'40s through the early '90s.

In 2002, Country/Americana singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury died after a long illness. He was 62.


JERRY LEE LEWIS ('50s/'60s rockabilly original, an American icon; was, for much of his career, nearly as notorious as he was famous; original 1986 inductee into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame; "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On," "Great Balls of Fire," "What Made Milwaukee Famous [Made a Loser Out of Me]") Born in 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana.

LES CLAYPOOL (Influential bass guitarist for groups such as Primus, Oysterhead and Les Claypool's Frog Brigade).

MARK FARNER (Lead vocalist and guitarist with '70s Detroit rock band Grand Funk Railroad; "Closer To Home," "We're An American Band") Born in 1948 in Flint, Michigan.


In 1976, While attempting to shoot a soda bottle with his .357 magnum, Jerry Lee Lewis hit his bass player, Norman Owens, twice in the chest. Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within the city limits. Owens recovered.

In 1979, Nick Lowe had a Top 15 hit with "Cruel To Be Kind," while his old Rockpile mate Dave Edmunds had a minor hit with "Girls Talk" (later covered by Elvis Costello).

In 1989, While on a motorcycle trip from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon, Bruce Springsteen stopped in at a small saloon in Prescott, Arizona, and wound up jamming with the house band. The Boss and The Mile High Band burned through "Don't Be Cruel," "I'm On Fire," "Route 66" and a couple of others. Turns out that one of the barmaids, Brenda Techanec, was talking about her problems paying her hospital bills. Springsteen overheard her and a week later she had a check for $100,000 in her hands.

In 2003, Reality by David Bowie debuted on the album charts.

In 2004, The advance U2 single, "Vertigo," was all over the radio after leaking onto the Internet. The track is from the upcoming How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (Interscope), set to arrive in stores November 23. The follow-up to 2000's All That You Can't Leave Behind, the album was recorded in Dublin, Ireland, and the south of France, where the band's recordings turned up missing in Nice back in July.


TREY ANASTASIO (born Ernest Guiseppe Anastasio III) (Guitarist, singer and songwriter for the mother of all modern jam bands, Phish; formed in '83 in Vermont; heir to the Dead's throne; also in Oysterhead and solo career; "Down With Disease," "Run Like An Antelope," "You Enjoy Myself," "Fast Enough For You," "Bouncing Around the Room," "Free," "Alive Again," "Cayman Review," "The Connection") Born in 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas.

MARC BOLAN (born Mark Feld) (Leading figure of '70s Brit mod/pop/glam-rock, T. Rex; formed in London in 1967; influenced countless bands, such as Love & Rockets and the Soup Dragons; "Ride a White Swan," "Bang A Gong [Get It On]," "Jeepster") Born in 1947 in London. Died in a car accident there in 1977.

BASIA (born Basia Trzetrzelewska) (International hit pop/jazz chanteuse; "Time And Tide") Born in 1959 in Jaworzno, Poland.

Z.Z. HILL (Hard-hitting blues man who helped bring about a resurgence of interest in the genre in the early '80s; inspiration for ZZ Top; "Somebody Else Is Steppin' In") Born in 1955 in Naples, Texas. Died in 1984.

GUS DUDGEON (Famed Brit producer who was instrumental in Elton John's early success, but worked with many others, including David Bowie, XTC and Ten Years After) Born in 1942.

MIKE HARRISON (One of the lead vocalists, along with Gary Wright, for the bluesy Brit prog-rock band, Spooky Tooth) Born in Carlisle, England, in 1945.

BUDDY RICH (Innovative drummer and idol of most jazz and rock players of the instrument) Born in 1917 in New York. Died in 1987.

This Day In Music 9/30:

In 1961, A young, unknown Bob Dylan played harmonica on three songs on friend Caroline Hester's first album for Columbia. Producer John Hammond was so impressed that he signed Dylan to a contract and arranged for his first solo recording session the following month.

In 1963, The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein was reluctant to bring the boys to the U.S. after being contacted by a New York promoter. They had no hits in the States yet.

In 1967, A young Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl" was blaring out of AM radio dashboard radios all over America.

In 1971, Yes began their first tour with a new keyboard player named Rick Wakeman.

In 1987, Roy Orbison taped his "A Black & White Night Live" HBO special at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles. Among the artists on hand to pay their respects were Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, Jackson Browne and Elvis Costello.

In 1988, John Lennon got a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

In 1989, Neil Young played "Rockin' In the Free World" on Saturday Night Live.

In 1993, B-52's singer Kate Pierson staged a sit-in in protest of animal fur clothing and ads at the New York offices of Vogue magazine. She was promptly hauled away by NYPD blue.

In 1993, In whimsical appearances portraying themselves, George Harrison and David Crosby were heard on The Simpsons.

In 1994, Michael Stipe of R.E.M. signed a motion picture development deal with New Line Cinema. Nothing has developed to date.

In 1997, The Rolling Stones' Bridges To Babylon hit the streets.

In 2001, Sting announced that his new album, All This Time, would be released on November 20. The album would feature performances of some of the singer's biggest hits, captured in a moment in history, as it was recorded at Sting's Italian villa on September 11th, just hours after terrorists attacked the U.S.


In 1966, Jimi Hendrix jammed with Cream at London Polytechnic in his first appearance onstage in Britain.

In 1967, Pink Floyd arrived in New York to begin their initial tour of the US. in support of their first album, The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn. It had to be cancelled in mid-stream due to co-founder Syd Barrett's increasingly bizarre behavior. Shine on, Syd, you crazy diamond.

In 1970, Jimi Hendrix was laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery in his hometown of Seattle. Among the mourners were Miles Davis, Eric Burdon, Johnny Winter and members of Derek And The Dominoes (including Mr. Clapton).

In 1970, Curtis Mayfield left the Impressions to go solo.

In 1977, The first rocker to be inducted into the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame was Elton John.

In 1980, The Paul Simon film, One Trick Pony premiered. It was a semi-autobiographical affair, written and starring Simon and featuring guest appearances by Lou Reed, The B-52's and Sam & Dave.

In 1981, The Pretenders had to cancel the last portion of a US tour after drummer Martin Chambers punched out a window, severely injuring his hand.

In 1994, From The Cradle, a compilation of recreations of Eric Clapton's favorite old blues tunes, entered the album chart at #1.

In 1995, Willie Nelson teamed up with John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie & The Blowfish and the Dave Matthews Band to raise nearly $1 million at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville.

In 1999, Tori Amos landed a Top 15 album with To Venus And Back.


STING (born Gordon Matthew Sumner) (Grammy-winning lead singer and sometime actor (Dunne) with the immensely popular late '70s/'80s British group, The Police; has successfully combined elements of rock, jazz, world beat, classical and even country in huge international solo superstar career, beginning in 1985 with The Dream Of The Blue Turtles; his old band mates gave him the nickname for the yellow and black shirts he wore; "Roxanne," "Message In A Bottle," "Every Breath You Take," "If You Love Somebody [Set Them Free]," "All This Time," If I Ever Lose My Faith In You," "Fortress Around Your Heart," "We'll Be Together," "Soul Cages," "Fields Of Gold," "You Still Touch Me," "Desert Rose," "Send Your Love") Born in 1951 in Wallsend, Newcastle, England.

DAMON GOUGH (Quintessential modern Brit singer/songwriter of hit folk/pop group, Badly Drawn Boy; sometime actor (Mask, A Thing Called Love); "Everybody's Stalking," "Something To Talk About," "About A Boy") Born in 1969.

GILLIAN WELCH (Americana/bluegrass singer/songwriter with four solo albums with producer/partner David Rawlings; her songs have appeared in several movie soundtracks including O Brother Where Art Thou and Songcatcher); has recorded with Ryan Adams' on Heartbreaker, Mark Knopfler on his Sailing to Philadelphia and Robyn Hitchcock on Spooked; "Pass You By," "Paper Wings," "I'll Fly Away," "I Didn't Leave Nobody But the Baby") Born in 1968 in Southern California.

KELLY WILLIS (Americana/Country singer/songwriter, raised in D.C. area before moving to Austin; best known for albums such as 1999's What I Deserve and 2002's Easy; has recorded with Don Was, Jay Farrar, Union Station's Dan Tyminski and Nickel Creek's Chris Thile; married to Austin hit songwriter Bruce Robison; "Easy [As Falling Apart]") Born in 1968 in Oklahoma.

JO-EL SONNIER (Top cajun country star who has recorded with artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Beausoleil's Michael Doucet; "Tear-Stained Letter," "No More One More Time") Born in 1964 in Rayne, Louisiana.

DON McLEAN (Forever to be associated with his 1971 8½-minute epic single inspired by the death of Buddy Holly, "American Pie") Born in 1945 in New Rochelle, New York.

MIKE RUTHERFORD (Guitarist and backing vocals for Genesis and later leader of hit spinoff band Mike And The Mechanics; "The Living Years") Born in 1950 in Guildford, England.

PHILIP OAKLEY (Singer for the Human League, the pioneering Brit synth-pop band that ushered in a "new wave" of pop with their 1981 hit, "Don't You Want Me") Born in 1955 in Sheffield, England.

GROUCHO MARX (born Julius Henry Marx) (The one, the only, acerbic, cranky, cigar-chomping master of the zinging one-liner; member of the famous brother team along with Harpo and Chico) Born in New York in 1890. Died in 1977.

This Day In Music 10/2

In 1967, All six members of the Grateful Dead were busted for possession of weed after their famous 710 Ashbury Street house in San Francisco was raided by San Francisco's finest. After cooling it in a holding cell for six hours, they were released on bail.

In 1971, Rod Stewart became a major solo star with the hit single "Maggie Mae" from the #1 album Every Picture Tells A Story. For years he had sung as part of bands, including the Jeff Beck Group. He would continue to do so with the Faces through 1976.

In 1971, John Lennon's Imagine entered the album charts.

In 1975, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band were slated to take the stage at the Upton Theatre in Milwaukee when a bomb threat put a halt to the proceedings. Springsteen hung out at the Hotel Phister bar to wait for the engagement's rescheduled midnight start time. Bruce held court for awhile, then headed back on-stage for a more rambunctious performance than usual. He even rode on top of the car that drove him back to the hotel. A journalist along for the ride, Jon Landau (who would become his manager) later proclaimed, "I have seen the future of rock 'n' roll and he is on my windshield!"

In 1976, An Saturday Night Live audience went wild when John Belushi came out in the midst of Joe Cocker's performance of "Feeling Alright" and proceeded to do his spastic impression of Cocker. Taking it in relatively good humor, Cocker later remarked that since "my band likes it, I'm happy as a pig in shit."

In 1982, Despite minimal airplay, Bruce Springsteen's acoustic and stark Nebraska album cracked the charts.

In 1982, "Rock The Casbah" by The Clash entered the charts, on the way to becoming a Top 15 hit.

In 1986, The Everly Brothers (Don and Phil) got their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1994, John Mellencamp confirmed that he had suffered a "mild" heart attack induced by a four-pack-a-day cigarette habit and a cholesterol level of 300. (No more sucking down those chili dogs!)

In 1995, Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill was the #1 album in the land.

In 1995, Oasis released their much-anticipated second album (What's The Story) Morning Glory.


STEVIE RAY VAUGHN (Influential scorching Texas blues/rock guitarist who re-energized the genre with his band Double-Trouble starting in the mid-'80s, absorbing all of the best who had come before and proceeded to influence all who would come after; a beloved figure cut down in his prime; younger brother to Jimmie Vaughn; played on Bowie's Let's Dance; "Texas Flood," "Crossfire," "Look at Little Sister," "Pride and Joy," "Life by the Drop," "Life Without You," "Cold Shot," "Couldn't Stand The Weather," "Riviera Paradise," "Tightrope," "Tick-Tock," "Modern Love") Born in 1954 in Dallas. Died in 1990, in a helicopter accident after a concert in East Troy, Wisconsin.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM (Guitarist, singer/songwriter and innovative producer who recorded the one-album Buckingham-Nicks with Stevie Nicks before joining Fleetwood Mac in the mid-70's, left them on and off again after 1987's Tango In The Night, four solo album career; "Trouble," "Go Your Own Way," "Gold Dust Woman," "Dreams," "Don't Stop," "You Make Loving Fun," "Tusk," "Sara," "Gypsy," "Little Lies," "Everywhere") Born in 1948 in Palo Alto, CA.

KEB' MO' (born Kevin Moore) (Modern acoustic folk/blues singer/songwriter and guitarist; inspired by the Delta blues of Robert Johnson; "Just Like You, "That's Not Me," "Tell Everybody I Know") Born in 1951 in Los Angeles.

GWEN STEFANI (Singer and songwriter with international mega-hit pop/ska band No Doubt; on "South Side" with Moby; "Just a Girl," "Spiderwebs," Don't Speak," "Ex-Girlfriend") Born in 1969 in Fullerton, California.

INDIA.ARIE (Singer/songwriter and guitarist who was introduced to rock audiences via her soulful backing vocals on John Mellencamp songs "Wild Night" and later "Peaceful World"; raised in Atlanta; hit debut album in 2001 with Acoustic Soul; "Video," "Little Things") Born in 1975 in Denver.

EDDIE COCHRAN (Original American rockabilly star and Rock And Roll Hall of Famer; "Summertime Blues" [covered by The Who on Live At Leeds], "C'mon Everybody") Born in 1938 in Oklahoma City. Died in 1960, at just 21, in a car crash en route to London airport in 1960.

DEBORAH COLEMAN (Talented blues/rocker; "Roll With Me," "I Can't Lose") Born in 1956 in Portsmouth, VA.

CHUBBY CHECKER (born Ernest Evans) (Perpetrator of the dance craze, "The Twist" in the early '60s, still appears on the oldies circuit) Born in 1941 in Philadelphia.

This Day In Music 10/3:

In 1945, Elvis made his first public appearance singing the old tear-jerker about a dog, "Old Shep" at the Mississippi/Alabama Dairy talent show. The future King won second place and and five bucks.

In 1964, The Animals' first self-titled album featuring "The House of The Rising Sun" entered the album charts.

In 1967, Folk singer/songwriter and American icon, Woody Guthrie died after a long battle with Huntington's chorea.

In 1970, One of the first jazz-rock fusion groups, Lifetime, was formed. The line-up included ex-Cream bassist Jack Bruce, guitarist John McLaughlin, organist Larry Young and drummer Tony Williams.

In 1980, During the launching of his US tour in Ann Arbor, Bruce Springsteen forgot the lyric of his opening number "Born To Run." Bob Seger later joined him on stage on "Thunder Road."

In 1987, Document by R.E.M. entered the charts.

In 1989, David Bowie's box set Sound Vision hit record stores.

In 1990, A Florida record store owner who had sold copies of 2 Live Crew's As Nasty As They Wanna Be was found guilty of distributing obscene material.

In 1992, Sinead O'Connor tore up a photograph of the Pope in front of an Saturday Night Live audience in protest of abortion laws.

In 2000, Mark David Chapman, John Lennon's deranged killer, was denied parole after serving 20 years. Parole board members declared that releasing him would "deprecate the seriousness of his crime."

In 2000, Bass player and sometime vocalist for the Cars ("Drive"), Benjamin Orr, died of pancreatic cancer.

In 2003, Some Devil, Dave Matthews's first solo album, was Top 15 on the charts.


BARBARA K. MacDONALD (Singer/songwriter and guitarist for quirky, rootsy hit late-'80s/early '90s band Timbuk 3; from Madison via Austin band; she and husband Pat formed the group in 1984 and broke up by '98 as each went their separate solo ways; solo career; Barbara also plays violin, mandolin and harmonica; "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," "Life Is Hard," "Rev. Jack and His Roamin' Cadillac Church").

This Day In Music 10/4:

In 1961, Bob Dylan, currently on the cover of Newsweek, made his concert hall debut at New York's Carnegie Hall. Of course, at the time, just about anyone could hire the joint out. About fifty people, mostly friends, showed up. Bob's take was no more than $30.

In 1963, The up and coming Eric Clapton was tapped to replace Anthony "Top" Topham in the Yardbirds.

In 1965, The Beatles' (essentially Paul McCartney soloing) on "Yesterday" ruled (# 1) the charts.

In 1969, Blue-eyed swamp boogie topped the singles chart as "Green River" by Credence Clearwater Revival hit #1.

In 1970, Janis Joplin died alone of a heroin overdose in her room at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood, California. At just 27, she was just finishing up recording her second solo album, Pearl.

In 1974, John Lennon's next-to-last album before his self-imposed recording and performing hiatus, Walls & Bridges was released.

In 1975, The grim, yet sweetly majestic Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd was the #1 album in the country. The track, "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," was dedicated to the eccentric founding member of the group, Syd Barrett, long since retired from the rock world.

In 1980, Three members of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood, joined the USC Trojan Marching Band for a football halftime show in Los Angeles. The Big Mac band later presented the Trojans performers with a platinum record for their contribution to the Fleetwood Mac title tune of the double album, Tusk.

In 1982, Squeeze finally called it quits. The band featured the talents of Chris Difford, Glenn Tilbrook and Paul Carrack, a lineup that created memorable songs (and huge hits in the U.K.) such as "Black Coffee in Bed" and "Tempted." There have been a few reunions since.

In 1986, CBS-TV newsman Dan Rather was caught off guard and roughed up in NYC as thugs yelled the enigmatic, "What's The Frequency Kenneth?" As we know, R.E.M. was inspired to later write a song about the incident. Rather's still scratching his head. But we hear he dug the tune.

In 1999, It was revealed that Jimi Hendrix' sister, Janie - in a less than tasteful scheme - reportedly planned to have her brother's body exhumed and transplanted to a pay-to-view mausoleum. She also proposed a creepy idea for fans to buy burial plots adjacent to Jimi's new resting place.


STEVE MILLER (Blues-rockin' guitarist and singer/songwriter from Milwaukee via Dallas, San Francisco, Oregon and Seattle; soulful and psychedelic-tinged in the first phase of his career with "Space Cowboy," "Brave New World, " "Your Saving Grace," "Journey From Eden," "Livin' In The U.S.A." and later leaned on the more commercial, resulting in massive success in the '70s and '80s with songs such as "The Joker," "Fly Like An Eagle," "Rock n' Me," "Jet Airliner," "Abracadabra," "I Want To Make The World Turn Around") Born in 1943 in Milwaukee.

BOB GELDOF (Leader of late '70s to early '80s Brit punk/pop band Boomtown Rats and solo; assembled the all-star Band Aid to record the benefit single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" to raise funds for starving Ethiopians and later orchestrated the huge Live Aid benefit concerts in '85 and worldwide Live 8 concerts in 2005; knighted for his continuing battle against world hunger; "I Don't Like Mondays," "Rat Trap") Born in 1954 in Dublin.

B.W. STEVENSON (Texas singer/songwriter best known for his 1973 country-rock hit; "My Maria") Born in Dallas in 1947. Died in 1988 following heart surgery.

This Day In Music 10/5:

In 1962, The Beatles' first single, on the Parlophone label, "Love Me Do" b/w "P.S. I Love You" was released in the U.K. It received its first spin on Radio Luxembourg, later peaking at #17 on the U.K. charts.

In 1969, The Who appeared on Ed Sullivan's Sunday night variety hour. A really, really big show.

In 1969, Dianne Linkletter, daughter of TV personality Art Linkletter, leapt to her death from her Hollywood apartment. Linkletter asserted that his daughter had been under the influence of LSD at the time, and declared that her death "wasn't suicide, it was murder."

In 1974, Randy Newman appeared in concert at the Atlanta Symphony Hall, accompanied by an 87-piece orchestra under the baton of one of his famous film-scoring uncles, Emil Newman.

In 1976, The second album by the hit blue-eyed soul team of Hall & Oates, Abandoned Luncheonette, was released and certified Gold three weeks later.

In 1985, Nelson Riddle died. He was the pop arranger for artists such as Frank Sinatra, Linda Ronstadt, Rosemary Clooney, Nat Cole and countless others.

In 1992, Eddie Kendricks, former Temptations singer and solo star, died of lung cancer at 52.

In 1999, Paul McCartney released his first album since the death of his wife Linda the previous year. Run Devil Run consisted of obscure rock oldies, plus some McCartney originals.


DAVID HILDAGO (Vocals, guitar, accordion; along with Cesar Rosas, Hildalgo was one of the founding members and prime creative forces behind the great three-decade Mexican-American rock band, Los Lobos [Spanish for "the wolves"]; "La Bamba," "Will The Wolf Survive," "Don't Worry Baby," "One Time One Night," "Tears Of God," "Angels With Dirty Faces," "Hearts of Stone," "Hurry Tomorrow") Born in 1954 in Los Angeles.

TOMMY STINSON (Bass guitarist for the Replacements in the '80s, later formed Bash & Pop. In the '90s was in Guns N' Roses in the '90s and Soul Asylum in 2005) Born in 1966 in Minneapolis.

MATTHEW SWEET (born Sidney Matthew Sweet) (Vocals, guitar, songwriter, solo pop/rocker, member of The Thorns; emerged in the late-'80s; had biggest hit with a little help from MTV on 1991's "Girlfriend") Born in 1964 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

This Day In Music 10/6:

In 1955, Smelling money, the Hollywood studios were gearing up to make rock 'n' roll-oriented movies. Fox was set to go with Do Re Me to star Fats Domino, Little Richard and Jayne Mansfield, and had another project in the works titled Cool It Baby. Paramount announced that it planned to make something called Lonesome Cowboy to star Elvis but it was never made.

In 1958, Deejay "payola" was all over the news reports of the day. "According to key record execs, jockey payola is so widespread that it's no longer possible to measure its effectiveness," read the story in Billboard magazine.

In 1969, George Harrison was on the "A" side of a Beatles '45 for the first and only time. It was "Something" b/w "Come Together," a single that reached the top spot in one month.

In 1973, Paul Simon's "Love Me Like A Rock" was a Top 5 record.

In 1978, The Reverend Jesse Jackson condemned The Rolling Stones song "Some Girls" as racist. Mick Jagger later apologized, but refused to change the lyric.

In 1980, Former Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) was arrested after a barroom brawl in Dublin. He was ultimately acquitted of the charge.

In 1984, Bowie's Tonight album made it up to #11 on the album charts.

In 1990, The Neil Young and Crazy Horse reunion album, Ragged Glory, was gaining airplay.

In 1998, Bruce Springsteen made an appearance in Britain's High Court in order to prevent the unauthorized release of a compact disc called Before The Fame, which was recordings he had made prior to 1972. Bruce was involved in a similar case in the US. The recordings had been sold to record labels by his former manager. Springsteen emerged victorious, and the stuff was never released.


JOHN MELLENCAMP (Heartland rocker, sometime actor (Falling From Grace) and painter, co-organizer of Farm Aid; produced James McMurtry's Too Long In The Wasteland; "Ain't Even Done With The Night," "Jack and Diane," "Hurts So Good," "Hand To Hold On To," "Pink Houses," "Crumblin' Down," "Lonely Ol' Night," "Small Town," "Check It Out," "Cherry Bomb," "Wild Night," "Key West Intermezzo," "Walk Tall") Born in 1951 in Seymour, Indiana.

THOM E. YORKE (Vocals and songwriter for adventurous and influential hit Brit band Radiohead; formed in 1987 and entrenched 10 years later with O.K. Computer; took their name from the Talking Heads song, "Afterdark"; "Creep," "High And Dry," "Lucky," "National Anthem," "There, There") Born in 1968 in Wellingborough, England.

KIERAN KANE (Americana singer/songwriter, best known as one half of the acclaimed new traditionalist country duo the O'Kanes; "You're the Best," "It's Who You Love," "This Dirty Little Town," "No Sun Six Months," "Everybody's Working For The Man Again") Born in Queens, NY in 1949.

KEVIN GODLEY (Vocalist, drummer, keyboards and key member of 10cc along with Lol Creme, his video-producing partner in the '80s on pioneering videos like Duran Duran's "Girls On Film" and The Police's "Every Breath You Take"; "I Don't Like Reggae," "I'm Not In Love," "The Things We Do For Love," "Art For Art's Sake"; first broke in U.K. with controversial 1973 #1 hit "Rubber Bullets") Born in 1945 in Manchester, England.

YO-YO MA (Renowned classical cellist who has occasionally ventured into the pop-rock realm recording with Sting and Bobby McFerrin, among others) Born in 1955 in Paris.

DALE WATSON (Texas Americana singer/songwriter; "One Tear at a Time," "You Pour It On," "Nashville Rash") Born in Alabama in 1962.

DINO VALENTE (born Chester Powers) (Singer, songwriter, lead vocalist of late '60s/early '70s San Francisco psychedelic band, Quicksilver Messenger Service; solo artist; it was he not Jesse Colin Young who wrote The Youngbloods' hit, "Get Together"; "Pride Of Man," "Fresh Air," "What About Me") Born in 1943 in New York. Died in 1994 in Santa Rosa, CA.

This Day In Music 10/7:

In 1967, Mama Cass Elliot of The Mamas and The Papas spent the night incarcerated in London following a dispute over a hotel bill.

In 1967, Promoter Sid Bernstein struck again, offering The Beatles a cool million dollars to do a show at Shea Stadium. The boys politely refused the offer.

In 1974, French Pop star Vernonique Sanson played her first concert in Paris. Among those in her backup band was husband Stephen Stills on bass.

In 1976, John Lennon finally won his long battle to remain in America when the US Court Of Appeals in New York ruled that his 1968 arrest in England was invalid as a means of banishing Lennon from America.

In 1977, Heroes, the second David Bowie album to be produced by Brian Eno during Bowie's Berlin period was released.

In 1977, In order to pursue a solo career, guitarist Steve Hackett departed Genesis.

In 1978, The Rolling Stones played "Beast Of Burden," and "Respectable" on Saturday Night Live.

In 1980, Dusty Springfield appeared at the Grand Finale Club, her first New York appearance in eight years.

In 1982, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page was given a 12-month conditional release following a cocaine possession conviction.

In 1989, A can of food for the San Francisco Food Bank got you into a Jefferson Starship concert.

In 1996, It only took eight minutes to sell out a solo acoustic Bruce Springsteen concert at Charlotte's Ovens Auditorium, part of his Ghost Of Tom Joad tour.

In 2002, Starsailor entered a London studio with producer Phil Spector.


JOHNNY RAMONE (John Cummings) (Guitarist for the Ramones) Born in 1948 in Long Island, N.Y.

This Day In Music 10/8:

In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis recorded his lewd and lascivious classic, "Great Balls Of Fire."

In 1966, The U.S. issued an official proclamation that the psychedelic drug L.S.D. was dangerous and officially illegal.

In 1968, The Mamas and The Papas' Cass Elliot's first attempt as a solo act at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas proved to be a disaster. She had tonsillitis, her band was woefully under-rehearsed, and she wound up canceling her two week engagement right after opening night.

In 1971, John Lennon taped his famous song "Imagine."

In 1977, What would be Billy Joel's first great commercial success, The Stranger, entered the album charts.

In 1979, Songs from Fleetwood Mac's forthcoming album Tusk were being heard all over the radio despite the fact that no copies had been shipped. Warner Brothers Records was compelled to release the double album weeks ahead of schedule.

In 1980, Bob Marley played his last concert ever in Pittsburgh, during which he collapsed. Rumors were rampant that the great Reggae artist was dying of cancer or a brain tumor, which his people strenuously denied. Unfortunately, it was true, and Robert Nesta Marley died on May 11th, 1981. He was only 36.

In 1987, On the day that the all-star tribute to Chuck Berry film Hail, Hail Rock & Roll premiered, the rock pioneer was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

In 1988, Following an unprecedented 741 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd finally fell off.

In 1992, The U.S. Postal service announced that it would issue a commemorative stamp booklet featuring rock legends Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley and Ritchie Valens, plus Rhythm & Blues giants Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding and Dinah Washington.

In 1994, Chris Isaak, Cheap Trick, Iggy Pop, U2, Melissa Etheridge and Tony Bennett headlined the pay-per-view special A Tribute To Elvis.

In 2004, Melissa Etheridge announced that she has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer and was soon to undergo surgery. Her doctors were hopeful for a full recovery due to early detection. The 43-year-old singer-songwriter cancelled all scheduled concerts.


JOHN LENNON (Guitarist/vocalist and songwriter of The Beatles; the social conscience of the band, solo star, creator of sometimes painfully honest lyrics and tuneful melodies; political activist; married to Yoko Ono; father of Julian and Sean Lennon; he met McCartney while he was performing with his amateur skiffle group, The Quarrymen, at a church picnic in 1957 in the Liverpool suburbs; "Help," "In My Life," "Instant Karma," "Imagine," "Give Peace A Chance," "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night," "Woman," "Starting Over," "Nobody Told Me" and countless others) Born in 1940 in Liverpool. Murdered by a demented person on December 8, 1980.

JOHN ENTWISTLE (Long-time bassist for the most dynamic rock band of all time, The Who, occasional songwriter and solo artist; called "The Jimi Hendrix Of The Bass," he provided a firm foundation for a band that otherwise might have blown apart; "Boris The Spider," "My Wife," "My Size") Born in Chiswick, London, England, in 1944. Died of heart failure in Las Vegas on June 27, 2002 as The Who was about to launch a U.S. tour.

JACKSON BROWNE (Influential West Coast singer/songwriter and composer/performer of socio-political songs; started out playing with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band while in his teens; has produced albums for Warren Zevon, his guitarist David Lindley and John Trudell; "Doctor My Eyes," "For Everyman," "Take It Easy," "Redneck Friend," "The Pretender," "For A Dancer," "Running On Empty," "Lawyers In Love," "Lives In The Balance," "I'm Alive") Born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1948.

PETER TOSH (born Winston Hubert MacIntosh) (One of the most popular figures in reggae, baritone voice of the Wailers, solo career, a thorn in the side of the Jamaican government which fueled speculation that he was murdered for his outspoken views; signed in 1978 to The Rolling Stones' own label; his "Don't Look Back" was covered by the Stones, "Johnny B. Goode," "Legalize It," "Stepping Razor") Born in 1944 in Jamaica. Died in 1987 in Jamaica.

KURT NEUMANN (Singer, songwriter, guitarist with '80s/'90s band from Milwaukee area, the BoDeans, solo artist; "Runaway," "Closer To Free" from hit TV series Party Of Five) Born in 1961 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

P.J. HARVEY (born Polly Jean Harvey) (One of the most prominent and provocative female artists of '90s alternative rock; "Down By The Water") Born in Yeovil, England, in 1969.

SEAN ONO LENNON (Talented musician and son of John & Yoko, released debut album, Into The Sun, in 1998) Born in N.Y.C. in 1975.

GARY BENNETT (Lead vocalist and guitarist for BR549, originally spelled BR5-49, with influential Alt-Country band founded with Chuck Mead in Nashville 1993) Born in 1964.

JAMES FEARNLEY (Accordion; member of The Pogues, Irish punk/folk band) Born in 1954.

This Day In Music 10/9:

In 1958, Upstart rocker Eddie Cochran recorded "C'mon Everybody."

In 1961, One of the great haunting Roy Orbison weepers, "Crying," peaked at #2 on the singles chart.

In 1964, Because of an anti-apartheid embargo by the British Musicians' union, the Stones cancelled a South African tour.

In 1965, "Ain't That Peculiar," the 12th Marvin Gaye song to place on the singles chart, was released: It would bust the Top 10.

In 1966, The Rolling Stones released the first of many live albums, Got Live If You Want It!. The band was practically drowned out on the album by the uproar created by the audience.

In 1967, Famed N.Y.C. DJ Murray The K (once anointed "The Fifth Beatle") was dismissed from WOR for "inability to take direction." The direction came from Bill Drake, programming consultant and Top 40 format-radio architect.

In 1971, "Wild Night," from Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey, was released.

In 1973, Following six years of marriage, Elvis and Priscilla divorced. The judge awarded her $725,000 in cash and $4,200 a month for child support.

In 1975, John Lennon continued to have a good week. Following the immigration ruling in his favor a couple days earlier, he and Yoko celebrated his 35th birthday with the birth of a son, Sean Ono Lennon.

In 1976, The Who and the Grateful Dead shared the bill at the Oakland/Alameda County Stadium.

In 1978, RCA Records released Stage, an audio document of David Bowie's recent U.S. tour which featured the full range of his various styles.

In 1980, John Lennon celebrated his 40th (and last) birthday by putting out his first album in five years, Double Fantasy.


JOHN PRINE (Grammy-winning super influential Americana star, emerged from the Chicago folk scene with his self-titled debut album in 1971; his songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt and The Everly Brothers; Country star George Strait had a #1 hit with Prine's "I Just Want To Dance With You," enabling Prine to pay his cancer-related medical bills (he beat the cancer); had small acting roles in John Mellencamp's Falling From Grace and Billy Bob Thornton's Daddy And Them "Hello In There," "Angel From Montgomery," "Sam Stone," "Illegal Smile," "Common Sense," "In Spite Of Ourselves") Born in 1946 in Maywood, Illinois.

CYRIL NEVILLE (Vocalist, percussionist, youngest of the famed Neville brothers from New Orleans; "Brother John," "Hey Pocky Way," "Yellow Moon") Born in 1948.

THOMAS DOLBY (Brit '80s pop/rock star; an early MTV favorite; son of a British archeologist; "She Blinded Me With Science") Born in 1958 in Cairo, Egypt.

KIRSTY MacCOLL (Brit pop/rocker with a solid following in U.K., drowned during a Mexico vacation as her star was rising in the U.S.; "In These Shoes") Born in 1959 in Croyden, England. Died in December of 2000 in Cozumel, Mexico.

MIDGE URE (Singer, guitarist with Ultravox and Thin Lizzy, solo artist; "Reap The Wild Wind") Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1953.

THELONIOUS MONK (Pianist, composer, original and eccentric genius of Jazz, instrumental in the development of Modern Jazz) Born in 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Died in 1982.

IVORY JOE HUNTER (Singer, pianist, R&B pioneer; "Since I Met You Baby") Born in 1914 in Kirbyville, Texas. Died in 1974.

MARTIN KEMP (Bassist, with brother Gary was one of the founders of popular Brit '80s band, Spandau Ballet, "True") Born in 1961 in Islington, London, England.

This Day In Music 10/10:

In 1962, The BBC somehow determined that "Monster Mash," by Bobby "Boris" Pickett was offensive and banned it from their airwaves.

In 1965, The Supremes made their first of many appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1970, FCC Commissioner Johnson responded to Vice President Agnew's assertion that rock music drove youngsters to drugs, suggesting that Agnew would be well-advised to listen to it himself in order to better understand what was happening in his country.

In 1970, Smokey Robinson And The Miracles' "Tears Of A Clown" was released.

In 1978, Following mediocre sales beyond the Bay Area of three albums, Journey hired Steve Perry as their lead singer and pursued a more commercial, melodic direction; they grabbed the brass ring with the album Infinity, which went Platinum on this day.

In 1979, The Rose, a film loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin, with Bette Midler portraying the Janis-like title character, was screened for the first time in L.A.

In 1979, It was officially proclaimed "Fleetwood Mac Day" in the city of Los Angeles. The band got a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame right in front of Fredericks Of Hollywood.

In 1992, R.E.M.'s Automatic For The People was recieving solid airplay, thanks to the singles, "Man On The Moon" and "Everybody Hurts".


DARYL HALL (Singer/songwriter who, along with his blue-eyed soul bother John Oates, was one-half of the best-selling duo of all time, with a ton of hits spread over three decades, including "She's Gone," "Sara Smile," "Rich Girl") Born in 1946 in Philadelphia.

TODD SNIDER (Americana singer/songwriter original, initially signed to Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Records in '94, later moved on to John Prine's Oh Boy Records - Todd is heavily influenced by Prine; from Oregon via Nashville; "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues," "Alright Guy," "Doublewide Blues, "I Can't Complain," "New Connection," "Conservative Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White, American Male") Born in 1966 in Portland, Oregon.

This Day In Music 10/11:

In 1960, Aretha Franklin made her onstage debut at the Village Vanguard in New York.

In 1965, The Beatles released their version of Chuck Berry's "Roll Over Beethoven" as a single.

In 1969, The great blues man, Muddy Waters, was nearly killed in a car crash near Chicago. Three of his companions in the vehicle were not so lucky.

In 1969, Despite a ruthless slagging by critics, the debut album by Grand Funk Railroad, On Time, entered the album chart on this day. Within a year, GFR was one of the best-selling rock bands in history.

In 1975, With comedian George Carlin as guest host, Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC with musical guests Janis Ian and Billy Preston. The following week the program featured a reunion of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.

In 1976, The Sex Pistols recorded their first single, "Anarchy in the U.K." It would be a smash, despite being banned by the BBC.

In 1980, The Police were enjoying runaway success with their Zenyatta Mondatta album.

In 1986, "Don't Get Me Wrong" by the Pretenders was receiving heavy radio airplay on this day.

In 1988, Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach entered an alcohol abuse treatment center in Tucson.

In 1997, Elton John had his eighth number one single in the US with a retooling of his earlier "Candle in the Wind." The original had been inspired by Marilyn Monroe; the revision was in memory of Princess Diana.

In 1999, Michael Jackson's second wife, Deborah Rowe, filed for divorce after three years of marriage.

In 2004, Original Buffalo Springfield bass player Bruce Palmer died after a heart attack. He was 58.


BOB MOULD (Vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and leader of Hüsker Dü, one of the definitive post-punk bands of the '80s; later led the '90s band Sugar; solo artist; "See A Little Light," "It's Too Late," "Helpless") Born in 1961 in Malone, New York.

PAT DINIZIO (Singer/songwriter for distinctive Jersey '80s rock band The Smithereens; "Only A Memory," "A Girl Like You") Born in 1955 in New Jersey.

SAMUEL DAVID MOORE (Half of the memorable '60s/'70s Southern soul duo Sam & Dave; big inspiration for Belushi's and Aykroyd's Blues Brothers; "Soul Man," "Hold On I'm Coming") Born in 1935 in Miami.

JANE SIBERRY (Art-pop singer) Born in 1955 in Toronto.

LUCIANO PAVAROTTI (One of the great operatic tenors; has recorded with Bono) Born in 1935 in Modena, Italy.

This Day In Music 10/12:

In 1957, Following a concert in Sydney, Australia, Little Richard renounced Rock 'n' Roll. When one of his musicians dared him to demonstrate his faith, Richard tossed his four diamond rings (valued at approximately $8,000) into a river.

In 1963, Hot-rod songs seemed to be replacing surfing tunes on the hit parade. "Little Deuce Coupe" by the Beach Boys was one of them.

In 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, featuring Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, came together for the first time in London.

In 1968, On his way to solo stardom, John Sebastian cut his ties with The Lovin' Spoonful.

In 1969, The "Paul Is Dead" rumor furor reached its peak when an underground Detroit FM deejay, prompted by a mysterious phone call, played the Beatles' "Revolution #9" backwards on the air. Those listening heard what they thought sounded like, "turn me on, dead man."

In 1970, The composers of Jesus Christ Superstar, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, conducted a presentation of their work at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in New York and attempted to explain their concept.

In 1970, Fillmore East hosted an auction of rock memorabilia and artifacts. Among the items were a perfectly good guitar that Pete Townshend had smashed in concert, one of Ian Anderson's flutes, a multi-colored bra that had been tossed to Jerry Garcia during a concert and a spiral notebook that contained Joni Mitchell's original handwritten lyrics for her first album, Songs To A Seagull.

In 1971, Early rocker, Gene Vincent ("Be-Bop-A-Lula") died of a bleeding ulcer at age 36.

In 1978, Former Sex Pistol Sid Vicious' girlfriend Nancy Spungen was discovered dead of knife wounds in their room at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. Vicious, naturally a suspect, died of a heroin overdose before the case ever came to trial.

In 1982, At the first of two farewell concerts by The Who at Shea Stadium, The Clash opened.

In 1996, After sitting in the vault for 28 years, the documentary, The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus was finally released. Supposedly it had been withheld because The Rolling Stones felt they had been out-rocked by The Who.

In 1997, John Denver, piloting an experimental two-seater plane, died after crashing into California's Monterey Bay.


CHRIS DE BURGH ('80s Brit pop singer, especially popular in Brazil and Norway; "Don't Pay The Ferryman," "Lady In Red") Born in 1947 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

BARRY McGUIRE (Late-'60s folkie protest-rocker, best known for his apocalyptic epic of doom "Eve Of Destruction"; also sang lead on "Green, Green" with the New Christy Minstrels; later turned to Christian/Gospel music) Born in Oklahoma City in 1935.

This Day In Music 10/15:

In 1955, At a concert in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas, a young Buddy Holly opened for a young Elvis.

In 1965, Jimi Hendrix signed his first recording contract.

In 1966, Pink Floyd and Soft Machine performed at The Roundhouse in London. Party favors included mystery sugarcubes.

In 1971, Rick Nelson was nearly booed off the stage after he performed new material at an oldies show at Madison Square Garden. It did result in hit song, "Garden Party," a bittersweet smash for Rick the following year ("If memories are all I'd sing, I'd rather drive a truck").

In 1973, By a narrow margin, the US Supreme Court elected not to review an FCC directive that would force broadcasters to censor songs that dealt with drugs.

In 1973, Keith Richards was found guilty of trafficking marijuana in Nice, France. He was given a one-year suspended sentence, fined 5,000 francs and barred from the country for two years.

In 1976, EMI Records signed the Sex Pistols for a considerable sum. They dropped them the following year.

In 1976, Ike and Tina Turner split up as a musical act and otherwise.

In 1982, "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye entered the charts. It would go on to great crossover success, ultimately winning the Grammy for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance Of The Year.

1988, UB40 held down the top spot on the singles chart with Neil Diamond's "Red, Red Wine."

In 1991, Jerry Garcia began a sold-out two-week run of solo shows in New York.

In 1994, R.E.M. entered the album chart at #1 with Monster.

In 2000, Welsh Rocker Dave Edmunds had successful triple-heart bypass surgery in Los Angeles.

In 2000, Already a smash in their native Britain, Radiohead landed the number one album slot in the US with Kid A.


JOHN MAYER (Singer/songwriter and modern wonderkid; crafted pop/rock meets Wes Montgomery-jazz influences; he attended Boston's Berklee College of Music before moving to his adopted hometown of Atlanta; a South by Southwest gig in 2000 led to a Columbia debut album titled Room for Squares and his smash breakout single "No Such Thing" with producer John Alagia (Dave Matthews/Ben Folds Five); "Why Georgia," "Your Body Is a Wonderland," "Bigger Than My Body," "Daughters") Born in 1977 in Connecticut.

BOB WEIR (Along with Jerry Garcia [and Pigpen], Bob was one of the lead vocalists in the Grateful Dead, formed in the mid-'60s; rhythm guitarist, songwriter with solo albums and also the leader of his own offshoot groups Kingfish (with ex-New Rider Dave Torbert), Bobby And The Midnights, Ratdog and a member of The Other Ones; published a children's book along with his psychic sister in '91, called Panther Dream; "Sugar Magnolia," "Mexicali Blues," "Jack Straw," "One More Saturday Night," "Greatest Story Ever Told," "The Music Never Stopped," "Estimated Prophet," "Feel Like a Stranger," "Going To Hell In a Bucket," "I Need a Miracle," "Throwing Stones") Born in 1947 in Atherton, California.

FLEA (born Michael Balzary) (Distinctive-sounding bass player and integral member of definitive '80s/'90s Los Angeles hit thrash rock/funk band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers; formed in LA in '83; sometime actor in Back To The Future, My Own Private Idaho, The Big Lebowski and Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas; has recorded with Mick Jagger on his solo Wandering Spirt, Alanis Morissette on her Jagged Little Pill and Johnny Cash on his Unchained; was briefly in the reformed Jane's Addiction; "Under The Bridge," "Breaking The Girl," "Behind The Sun," "If You Want Me To Stay," "Higher Ground," "Californication," "Scar Tissue") Born in 1962 in Melbourne, Australia.

NICO (born Crista Päffgen) (Enigmatic, strangely charismatic super-model, actress, singer and icon of the late '60s/early '70s era; brought into Velvet Underground at the prompting of Andy Warhol, booted after one album; went on to an erratic and strange solo career; was the first to record Jackson Browne's "These Days," finally succumbed after many years of drug abuse at the age of 49; "White Light, White Heat") Born in 1938 in Cologne, Germany. Died in 1988.

This Day In Music 10/16

In 1957, What would become Sam Cooke's biggest hit, "You Send Me" was released by Keen Records. It would go on to sell 2.5 million copies.

In 1966, The bombastic Grace Slick, replacing original Jefferson Airplane vocalist, Signe Anderson (who quit to have a baby), made her first appearance with the Airplane in San Francisco.

In 1967, Joan Baez and over a hundred other anti-draft demonstrators were arrested and jailed for blocking the entrance of the Oakland, CA Armed Forces Induction Center.

In 1969, Leonard Chess died of a hear attack. Chess, along with his brother Phil, was one of the founders of Chess Records (Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry). He was 52.

In 1972, The members of Creedence Clearwater Revival officially announced their disbandment, to pursue solo projects. John Fogerty would stay in the public eye.

In 1976, Stevie Wonder inaugurated his new $13 million contract with Motown Records by releasing Songs In The Key Of Life. It would ultimately go Platinum, producing a couple of hit singles, "Sir Duke," "Isn't She Lovely," "Another Star" and "I Wish."

In 1981, Bob Dylan, tempering his newborn Christian teaching and preaching, began his Shot Of Love tour in Milwaukee with a combination of Jesus-oriented songs and old classics. He met larger crowds than he had during the '79 Slow Train Coming tour.

In 1986, A 60th birthday bash was held for rock pioneer Chuck Berry, during which Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, among numerous others, performed. It was filmed, and later became part of the Hail, Hail Rock & Roll documentany.

In 1992, Sinéad O'Connor was nearly booed off the stage when she appeared at BobFest, a tribute to Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden. The audience was reacting to her recent appearance on Saturday Night Live, during which she shredded a photo of the Pope. Kris Kristofferson, also on the scene, muttered into the microphone, "Don't let the bastards get you down." Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Roger McGuinn also performed.

In 1999, With a little help from Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty, Santana started a 12-week run at #1 with the mammoth hit single "Smooth."

In 2001, Bob Dylan was not allowed entrance backstage into his own concert in Bend, Oregon. He had demanded that security be tighter during his post-9/11 Love And Theft tour. Denied entrance when he could not produce a backstage pass, Dylan was reportedly pissed and called for the resignation of the security worker who did not recognize the Zimmerman.

In 2002, Derek Bell, veteran member of the famed Irish band the Chieftains [since 1972] died in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 66.


ZIGGY MARLEY (born David "Ziggy" Marley) (Eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley, named in honor of David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust character; emerged in the '80s to become an accomplished reggae star in his own right with his band the Melody Makers; "One Bright Day," "Look Who's Dancing," "Tomorrow People," "One Good Spliff," "True To Myself," "Dragonfly") Born in 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica.

WYCLEF JEAN (Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer, guitarist and vocalist; member of the Fugees, solo star; appeared on Santana's Supernatural) Born in 1972 in Croix-Des-Bouquets, Haiti.

JAMES SEALS (Half of hit singer/songwriter duo Seals & Crofts; they enjoyed a string of '70s soft-rock smashes; "We May Never Pass This Way Again," "Diamond Girl" and "Summer Breeze") Born in 1941 in Sidney, Texas.

This Day In Music 10/17:

In 1919, RCA, The Radio Corporation of America, was formed.

In 1962, The Beatles made their first TV appearance in Britain on Granada Television's People & Places. They sang "Love Me Do."

In 1964, An early rock songs with a classic nonsensical title hit #1 in the US on this day, "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy" by Manfred Mann.

In 1967, The "American Tribal Love Rock Musical," Hair opened off-Broadway.

In 1968, Even though he was actually booed when he performed it at the World Series, Jose Feliciano released his bluesy, soulful version of "The Star Spangled Banner" on RCA.

In 1969, Despite problems obtaining permits from the American Federation of Musicians as a result of drinking and fighting onstage at previous engagements, The Kinks finally launched their first US tour in four years.

In 1970, Eric Clapton released the amped-up cover of the J.J. Cale song, "After Midnight," as the first single from E.C's debut solo album.

In 1979, Fleetwood Mac released their double-disc, Tusk, an ambitious but somewhat experimental collection of songs that cost the band $1 million to record.

In 1981, Thieves attempting to steal Rolling Stones tickets in Maryland shot one man dead and wounded another.

In 1986, Sid and Nancy, the biopic of Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, graced the silver screen for the first time.

In 1991, Tennessee Ernie Ford died. He was the deep-voiced singer of the hit country single, "16 Tons," among others, and a successful TV personality as well.

In 1995, Sting's former accountant, Keith Moore, was found guilty of embezzling £6 million from his ex-boss and was sentenced to six years in jail.

In 1998, Canada's The Barenaked Ladies scored big South of the border with their #1 hit, "One Week."

In 1999, Bruce Springsteen and the reunited E Street Band played the first of four nights at the newly opened Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In 2000, At a London auction, George Michael bought the piano on which John Lennon composed "Imagine."


CHUCK BERRY (born Charles Edward Anderson Berry) (Key artist in the development of early rock & roll; a great rock guitarist, singer, composer and influence; the song lineup on The Stones' first two albums look like Chuck Berry playlists; if ever there were an example of 'the Blues having a baby and naming it Rock n' Roll,' it's the great work of Chuck Berry for Chess in the mid-'50s and beyond; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; his first hit in 1955 was "Maybelline"; "Roll Over Beethoven" [adopted by The Beatles and later E.L.O.], "Too Much Monkey Business," "Carol," "Back In The U.S.A.," "Little Queenie," "Johnny B. Goode," "Nadine," "My Ding-A-Ling") Born in San Jose, California in 1926.

LAURA NYRO (Influential '60s/'70s songwriter and vocalist; although most of her songs were more successful by other artists like "Stoned Soul Picnic" [performed by The Fifth Dimension], "Stoney End" [by Barbra Streisand], "And When I Die" [by Blood, Sweat and Tears], and "Eli's Coming" [by Three Dog Night]; in and out of retirement after her marriage and motherhood until her death of ovarian cancer at age 49) Born in 1947 in the Bronx. Died in 1997.

WYNTON MARSALIS (Master jazz trumpeter and composer) Born in 1961 in New Orleans.

TONY FURTADO (Versatile and accomplished bluegrass/rock/folk/jazz guitarist) Born in 1967 in Montreal.

KEITH KNUDSEN (Doobie Brothers drummer and vocalist; also palyed for Lee Michaels and session work) Born in 1952.

JOE EGAN (Singing, songwriting partner with Gerry Rafferty in British '70s hit pop/rock band Stealer's Wheel; "Stuck In The Middle With You," "Star") Born in 1949.

This Day In Music 10/18:

In 1957, A young Paul McCartney made his first onstage appearance with The Quarrymen at New Clubmoor Hall Conservative Club in Liverpool.

In 1964, Eric Burdon and The Animals headlined their first tour in England. The tour began in Manchester with opening acts Carl Perkins and Gene Vincent.

In 1966, "The Wild Man Of Pop," as the British headlines screamed, Jimi Hendrix played his first major gig in front of 14,500 at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.

In 1967, John Lennon, branching out from The Fabs, played a small but memorable role as "Gripweed" in Richard Lester's antiwar black comedy, How I Won The War. The film premiered in London on this day.

In 1968, Led Zeppelin (briefly known as The New Yardbirds) played their first British engagement at the Marquee Theatre. For the record, Zep had made their world debut in Scandinavia earlier in the month.

In 1968, John Lennon and Yoko were arrested for possession of cannabis during a raid on Ringo's London pad, where they had been houseguests. Don't hang out at Ringo's. The conviction would lead to John nearly being deported from the U.S. five years later.

In 1975, Simon And Garfunkel reunited on the second episode of Saturday Night Live to positive reviews and good ratings.

In 1986, Christine McVie wed composer Eduardo DeMendonca.

In 1999, Paul McCartney's Run Devil Run entered the Top 30 album chart.


TODD PARK MOHR (Singer/songwriter, guitarist, keyboard player and leader of pioneer '80s jam band from Colorado, Big Head Todd & The Monsters; Park along with bassist Rob Squires and drummer Brian Nevin met while attending Columbine High School in the Denver suburbs; "Bittersweet," "It's Alright," "Broken-Hearted Savior," "Please Don't Tell Her," "Resignation Superman," "Julianna," "Riviera") Born in 1965.

KARL WALLINGER (Underrated U.K. pop/rock wizard who began playing keyboards in the '80s with The Waterboys and later launched a virtual one-man "band" called World Party in the late-'80s; last we heard he was re-recording the White Album; "All Come True," "Private Revolution," "Ship of Fools," "Is It Like Today?," "Way Down Now," "Put the Message In the Box") Born in 1957 in Prestatyn, Wales.

PATRICK SIMMONS (An original Doobie Brother; singer and guitarist; solo albums; wrote and sang lead on the San Jose biker-bar band's first #1 hit "Black Water"; also wrote "Toulouse Street," "South City Midnight Lady" and "Dependin' On You," among others) Born in 1948 in Aberdeen, Washington.

KEITH REID (Chief lyricist for hit early-'70s Brit band Procal Harum; "A Whiter Shade of Pale") Born in 1946 in London.

This Day In Music 10/19:

In 1966, The Yardbirds deplaned in New York for their first U.S. gigs. Both Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were in tow as lead guitarists, although Beck quit after two engagements.

In 1967, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles released "I Second That Emotion," their biggest hit since 1960's "Shop Around".

In 1968, Steve Marriott, guitarist and singer for the Small Faces, invited another vocalist/guitar-player, Peter Frampton of The Herd, to join them during a performance in London. This eventually led to Marriott and Frampton teaming up to form Humble Pie.

In 1973, David Bowie released Pin Ups, an album of his favorite covers. Twiggy posed with him on the cover.

In 1977, The Brothers Johnson were certified Gold with their single, the Shuggie Otis tune, "Strawberry Letter 23."

In 1981, Koo Koo, the solo album by Blondie's Deborah Harry, managed a hit single, "Backfired."

In 1994, R.E.M's Monster was the number one album in the country.


TOM PETTY (King of the heartland/blue-collar pop/rockers; no small fan of Roger McGuinn and The Byrds; activist against high CD prices; sometime actor [The Postman. Made In Heaven, FM]; formed The Heartbreakers in 1975 in L.A. and broke out big with Damn The Torpedoes in 1979; later solo and in supergroup side project, The Traveling Wilburys, with Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne; co-wrote “The Boys of Summer” with Don Henley; “American Girl,” “Fooled Again,” “Breakdown,” “I Need To Know,” “Listen To Her Own Heart,” “Don't Do Me Like That,” “Even The Losers,” “Here Comes My Girl,” “The Waiting,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” [with Stevie Nicks],“You Got Lucky,” “Jammin’ Me,” “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” “Free Fallin’,” “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “Mary Jane's Last Dance,” “It’s Good To Be King,” “Echo,” “The Last DJ” ) Born in 1950 in Gainesville, Florida.

EDDIE HARRIS (Tenor sax jazz/rock legend, has recorded with Miles Davis, but best known for his best-selling 1969 Jazz/R&B album with Les McCann, Swiss Movement, which produced the FM hit "Compared To What") Born in 1934 in Chicago. Died in November '96 in Los Angeles.

JELLY ROLL MORTON (Legendary early piano Jazz original) Born in 1890 in New Orleans. Died in October 1941 in Los Angeles.

SNOOP DOG (born Calvin Broadus) (Hit rapper/hip-hop artist, actor, social icon) Born in 1972 in Long Beach, CA.

This Day In Music 10/20:

In 1956, Elvis' adaptation of an old folk tune, “Love Me Tender,” entered the pop singles chart at #2. It also made an impressive showing on the C&W and R&B charts.

In 1969, With a two-hour-plus show revolving around Tommy, The Who opened a six-night stand at the Fillmore East.

In 1969, There were further signs of trouble in paradise when, against the other Beatles' wishes, John Lennon released the harrowing single about his heroin withdrawal, "Cold Turkey," under the name of the Plastic Ono Band. It didn't crack the Top 20 in the U.S. and barely did so in the U.K. In a snit, Lennon returned his Member Of The Order Of The British Empire Medal to the Queen, citing the single's relatively poor performance as one of the reasons.

In 1973, The Rolling Stones had their first #1 hit in America with “Angie,” while one of Steve Miller's biggest hits, “The Joker” was released on this day.

In 1974, Eric Burdon and wife had a baby girl in California. They named her Mirage.

In 1976, Massive U.K. pop star Cliff Richard finally scored his first U.S. chart hit when “Devil Woman” was released on this day; the tune would peak at #6.

In 1977, Lynyrd Skynyrd's tour plane crashed into a Mississippi swamp, tragically killing vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, backup singer Cassie Gaines. The band's last album, released three days earlier, portrayed the group engulfed in flames and was soon recalled.

In 1979, Bob Dylan introduced his born-again Gospel-rock to the country as he performed “Gotta Serve Somebody” on SNL.

In 2001, Top figures of the film and political world, along with musicians such as The Who, David Bowie, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Elton John and many other big names, performed at Madison Square Garden for VH1's Concert For New York to benefit the victims and families of the 9/11 attack. It was one of the most-seen cablecasts and largest fund-raisers ever. Millions watched and donated some $30 million.


MANFRED MANN (born Manfred Lubowitz) (British '60s/'70s pop/rock veteran; "Do-Wah-Diddy-Diddy," "Pretty Flamingo, "The Mighty Quinn," "Blinded By the Light," "Spirit In the Night") Born in 1941 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

JULIAN COPE (Brilliant, tortured '80s/'90s Brit singer/songwriter; "World Shut Your Mouth," "Beautiful Love") Born in 1957 in Deri, Mid Glamorgan, Wales.

STEVE CROPPER (Signature guitarist for the Stax Records house band Booker T & The MG's; joined The Blues Brothers for their "Soul Man" remake in '78; also "Green Onions," "Time Is Tight") Born in 1941 in Willow Springs, Missouri.

ELVIN BISHOP (Blues guitarist for Paul Butterfield, who he met up with at the University of Chicago; In 1969, Bishop moved to San Francisco and began a successful solo career; "Fooled Around and Fell In Love" [Mickey Thomas on lead vocals], "Travelin' Shoes," "Sure Feels Good," "Rock My Soul," "Don't Let the Bossman Get You Down") Born in 1942 in Glendale, California.

RON ELLIOT (Guitar and vocals for early pioneering San Francisco folk/rock band the Beau Brummels - the first nationally successful rock act to come out of the city, discovered by pioneering free-form radio programmer/deejay "Big Daddy" Tom Donahue of KSAN who signed the band to his short-lived Autumn Records; "Laugh Laugh," "Just A Little," "You Tell Me Why") Born in 1943 in Healdsburg, California.

DIZZY GILLESPIE (born John Birks Gillespie) (Original jazz trumpet legend, one of the key founders of Afro-Cuban [or Latin] jazz) Born in 1917 in Cheraw, South Carolina. Died on January 6, 1993 in Englewood, New Jersey.

This Day In Music 10/21:

In 1958, Buddy Holly And The Crickets appeared in the recording studio for the last time. The results would include "True Love Ways" and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore."

In 1961, Bob Dylan, accompanied only by his own guitar and harmonica, recorded his first album in a single day. His fee was just $400. On his income tax form, Dylan signed his name as "Blind Boy Grunt."

In 1965, The pride of the Northwest, The Kingsmen played "Louie Louie" on Shindig!.

In 1966, The Who, decked out in full pop-art regalia and dodging smoke bombs, appeared on Britain's Ready Steady Go! TV show. They performed material from their new EP, Ready Steady Who!, including the "Batman Theme," "Barbara Ann" and "Bucket T."

In 1971, Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger had a daughter. They named her Jade.

In 1972, Many years after making his pioneering rock & roll records, Chuck Berry had his first and only U.S. #1 hit. It was an unlikely silly sing-along tune called "My Ding-a-Ling."

In 1975, Elton John was awarded his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

In 1976, The legendary rock drummer Keith Moon played his final North American gig with The Who as the band wrapped up an extensive tour at Toronto's Maple Leaf Garden.

In 1992, A furious Elton John filed a $35 million lawsuit against the TV tabloid show, Hard Copy. The show contended that he had moved to Atlanta to be near an AIDS treatment center. Elton claimed that he had moved there merely because he was fond of the city.

In 1992, Lisa Marie Presley and her husband at the time, musician Danny Keough, welcomed their son Benjamin Storm Keough into the world.

In 1995, Blind Melon ("No Rain") lead singer Shannon Hoon was discovered dead on his tour bus from an accidental drug overdose.

In 2003, Acclaimed singer/songwriter Elliott Smith was found near death in his Los Angeles apartment from an apparent self-inflicted knife wound. Smith, 34, was later pronounced dead at U.S.C. Medical Center.


SHELBY LYNNE (born Shelby Lynne Moorer) (Grammy-winning vocalist and songwriter, Country maverick in the ‘80s who moved to a more pop but soulful and bluesy sound in the ‘90s on various labels; grew up mostly in Alabama with a troubled childhood; big fan of Dusty Springfield; broke in 2000 with Bill Bottrell-produced I Am Shelby Lynne; “Thought It Would Be Easier”) Born in Quantico, Virginia, in 1968.

JOHN WESLEY HARDING (born Wesley Harding Stace) (Biting, cynical, yet humorous and melodic latter-day folk singer/songwriter and guitarist, took his stage name from the Bob Dylan album; “Ordinary Weekend,” “Kill The Messenger,” “Here Comes The Groom”) Born in 1965 in Hastings, East Sussex, England.

BOBBY FULLER (Vocals, guitar, early ‘60s rocker somewhat in an advanced Buddy Holly vein; “I Fought The Law”) Born in Baytown, Texas, in 1942. Died under mysterious circumstances in 1966.

LESLIE WEST (Heavy rockin’ guitarist, member of 60’s/’70s band, Mountain, and later West, [Jack] Bruce and Laing; “Mississippi Queen”) Born in 1945 in Queens.

EDDIE BRIGATI (Lead vocalist and songwriter along with Felix Cavaliere in late-‘60s/early-‘70s band, The (Young) Rascals; “It's A Beautiful Morning,” “Groovin’,” “People Got To Be Free,” “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “How Can I Be Sure”) Born in 1945 in Garfield, New Jersey.

SHAGGY (International pop/reggae star, has recorded with Sting) Born in 1968.

This Day In Music 10/22:

In 1964, The Who, then known as The High Numbers, auditioned at EMI. The record company failed to discern any commercial potential and declined to sign the group.

In 1965, “Get Off Of My Cloud” by The Rolling Stones was released in the U.K., eventually going to #1. It did nearly as well in the U.S. where it was released about two weeks later.

In 1966, The Supremes were enjoying their first #1 album, The Supremes A’ Go-Go.

In 1966, The most expensive single produced to date, and one of the most elaborate ever, “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys, was released. In addition to the lush and gorgeous harmonies, the song utilized an electronic instrument called a theremin which had previously been reserved for horror movie soundtracks.

In 1988, U2’s Rattle And Hum rose to the top of the U.S. and U.K. charts. “Desire,” the first release from the double-album set, became the group’s first #1 single in the U.K.

In 1998, For the first time since the ‘60s, Bob Dylan performed in his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota. The gig sold out in five hours.

In 1999, Sinéad O'Connor was reportedly attempting to purchase the church where she had been ordained in the Catholic sisterhood.


DWIGHT YOAKUM (Country/Americana star from Ohio Valley, broke out of L.A. in the ‘80s as a Pete Anderson-produced traditional honkey-tonk revivalist; occasional actor [Red Rock West, The Little Death, Painted Hero, The Newton Boys, Sling Blade, Panic Room, Hollywood Homicide]; recorded the Flying Burrito Brothers classic "Sin City" with K.D. Lang; also "Honky-Tonk Man," "Little Sister," "Ain't That Lonely Yet," "Thousand Miles From Nowhere," "Streets Of Bakersfield" [with Buck Owens], "Suspicious Minds") Born in 1956, in Pikeville, Kentucky.

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC (born Alfred Matthew Yankovic) (Master of the pop/rock song parody, discovered by Dr. Demento and fueled by '80s MTV airplay; "Eat It," "Achy Breaky Song," "Like A Sturgeon," "Smells Like Nirvana") Born in 1959, in Lynwood, California.

BOOZOO CHAVIS (born Anthony Chavis) (Zydeco pioneer, accordion player and vocalist; his '97 comeback album, Hey Do Right, was produced by NRBQ's Terry Adams, who paid tribute to Chavis with the NRBQ song in '89, "Boozoo, That's Who"; "Paper In My Shoes") Born in 1930, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Died on May 5, 2001 in Austin.

This Day in Muic 10/23:

In 1962, Only 12, Steveland Morris Judkins, rechristened "Little Stevie Wonder," made his first record, "Thank You For Loving Me All The Way." The single went nowhere, but Little Stevie sure did.

In 1965, The American folk/rock band, The Byrds continued their ascension with the release of "Turn! Turn! Turn!" It was a Pete Seeger song composed over 10 years earlier. The lyric had been adapted from a portion of the Bible's book of Ecclesiastes.

In 1969, One of the first bootleg records, Great White Wonder featuring live Bob Dylan, continued to be one of the biggest-selling bootlegs ever. Columbia Records was not amused; Dylan had no comment.

In 1971, Pete Townshend's rock opera, Tommy, finally fell off the charts two and a half years after its release. It would be back the next year for a one-night-only stage performance in London and again in 1975 to coincide with the premiere of the movie version of Tommy.

In 1978, CBS Records (Columbia) had the dubious distinction of being the first major U.S. label to raise its list price for an album to $8.98.

In 1978, Mother Maybelle Carter, one of the founding members of the pioneering country-folk group The Carter Family (including June, who later wed Johnny Cash), died at the age of 69.

In 1978, Charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious attempted suicide at New York's Riker's Island Detention Center. He later succeeded.

In 1998, A federal district judge in St. Louis denied a motion that would have allowed the Fort Zumwalt High School marching band to play a medley of ‘60s tunes including the 1967 Jefferson Airplane nugget, "White Rabbit." The school superintendent had banned the song, feeling it encouraged drug abuse. Feed your head.


BILL WYMAN (born William Perks) (Longtime bassist with The Rolling Stones from mid-1962 until he elected to leave the band in 1993; first Stone to make a solo album [Monkey Grip in 1974]; formed new group, The Rhythm Kings, in 1997) Born in Lewisham, London, England, in 1936.

SONNY TERRY (Singing, harmonica-blowing folk-blues artist who worked from the '30s well into the '80s; primarily known for his partnership with Brownie McGhee; "You Bring Out The Boogie In Me") Born in 1911 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Died in 1986 in Mineola, New York.

BIG BOPPER (born Jiles Perry Richardson) (Texas deejay [on KTRM Beaumont] as well as a musician/songwriter; went down in the plane with Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens; had big hit with "Chantilly Lace," wrote "Running Bear" and "White Lightning,") Born in 1930 in Sabine Pass, Texas. Died February 3, 1959, in Clear Lake, Iowa.

CORKY SIEGEL (Vocalist and keyboards/harmonica for The Siegel-Schwall Blues Band, early '70s Chicago roots band) Born in 1943 in Chicago.

This Day In Music 10/24:

In 1962, The disc that would eventually sell over a million, Live At The Apollo, Volume I by James Brown, was recorded at the famous Harlem theatre on this day.

In 1967, Pink Floyd had to cancel their U.S. tour when lead singer Syd Barrett either wouldn't or couldn't move his lips in sync as the band pretended to play their first single "Arnold Layne" on American Bandstand.

In 1970, Santana had their first #1 album with Abraxis.

In 1970, A shocked and horrified President Nixon called for the screening of rock lyrics and the banning of artists who urged drug use.

In 1975, The first "Planetary Celebration" was held at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum. To coincide with United Nations Day and to promote global responsibility, the concert featured James Taylor, Pete Seeger and John McLaughlin. Unfortunately, only 4,500 turned out for the event at the 16,000 seat venue.

In 1979, Paul McCartney was awarded a rhodium-played disc from the Guinness Book Of World Records for being the best-selling songwriter and recording artist of all time. Between 1962 and 1978 he had written or co-written 43 songs that sold a million units or more.

In 1988, The notorious and wacky John Fogerty vs. Fantasy Records case began with the label contending that Fogerty had plagiarized his own song "Run Through The Jungle" when he wrote "The Old Man Down The Road."

In 1989, New inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, Carole King and Gerry Goffin, Holland-Dozier-Holland, The Kinks, The Platters, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Who.

In 1993, Singer Simon LeBon tore a vocal chord, forcing Duran Duran to terminate a tour.

In 1996, Berry Gordy, Jr., the founder of Motown Records, received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.


ED ROBERTSON (Singer/songwriter, guitarist and co-founder [along with Steven Page] of Toronto's quirky Barenaked Ladies; broke in the U.S. with the 1998 album, Stunt; they reportedly came up with the band name one night after attending a Dylan concert together; "If I Had A Million Dollars," "Be My Yoko Ono," "Brian Wilson," "The Old Apartment," "One Week," "Pinch Me," "Another Postcard") Born in 1970.

SPEECH (born Todd Thomas) (Co-founder of Atlanta hit rap crossover band Arrested Development; solo career; raised in Tennessee; "Tennessee," "Mr. Wendal," "People Everyday") Born in 1968 in Milwaukee.

JON ANDERSON (Songwriter and sometime lead vocalist for Yes; also worked with King Crimson and Mike Oldfield; solo artist; "Roundabout," "And You and I," "All Good People/Your Move") Born in 1944 in Accrington, Lancashire, England.

JOHN HALL (Singer/songwriter, best known as leader of hit '70s soft rock act Orleans; solo career; "Dance With Me," "Still The One") Born in 1947 in Baltimore.

This Day In Music 10/25:

In 1964, The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In 1968, The original release of the Jimi Hendrix Experience double album Electric Ladyland caused a bit of a stir. The cover featured Jimi surrounded by naked women. It is now a collecters item.

In 1969, Pink Floyd's psychedelic double-album Ummagumma album was released.

In 1971, The Allman Brothers Band Live At The Fillmore East went Gold just four days preceding guitarist/leader Duane Allman's death in a motorcycle accident.

In 1973, John Lennon sued the U.S. government claiming that wiretaps and surveillance had been used against him and his lawyer and, as a result, his appeal applications in his fight against deportation were prejudiced by U.S. officials.

In 1986, Mark Knopfler broke his collarbone while participating in a celebrity car race in Australia.

In 1991, Famed San Francisco/New York concert promoter Bill Graham died in a nighttime helicopter crash while flying between concert gigs in Concord and Marin County on a stormy night near Napa, California.

In 1993, Tears For Fears played the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. Radiohead opened.

In 2001, With the help of thirteen law firms, former wives and girlfriends of Jerry Garcia were coming out of the woodwork and looking to get a cut of his $10 million estate six years after his death.


NATALIE MERCHANT (Singer/songwriter and pianist; had a string of hits with 10,000 Maniacs from '81 through '94 in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia; solo career; "Candy Everybody Wants," "Like The Weather," "Trouble Me," "Hey Jack Kerouac," "These Are Days," "Carnival," "Jealousy," "Wonder," "Ophelia," "Life Is Sweet," "Kind And Generous," "Break My Heart," "Just Can't Last," "Build A Levee") Born in 1963 in Jamestown, New York.

MAGGIE ROCHE (One of three singing sisters in The Roches, a staple of the Greenwich Village folk circuit, recorded with producer Robert Fripp on the first Roches album and with Paul Simon on There Goes Rhymin' Simon) Born in 1951.

BOOTSY COLLINS (Top funk bass player and vocalist with James Brown, Parliament, Funkadelic, the Rubber Band) Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1951.

DAVID WAS (born David Weiss) (Songwriter, producer, flute player for Detroit '80s funk band, Was [Not Was], with über producer Don Was; "Walk The Dinosaur," "Spy In The House Of Love"). Born in New York City.

DETROIT JUNIOR (Classic Chicago piano bluesman; "I Got Money," "If I Hadn't Got High") Born in 1931, in Haynes, Arkansas.

This Day In Music 10/26:

In 1958, 7,000 fans rioted at the first rock concert held in Germany. Bill Haley And The Comets incited the pandemonium.

In 1965, The Beatles were awarded the highly coveted MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal.

In 1968, Legendary deejay Murray The K returned to WMCA New York, where he'd gotten his start in the early '50s.

In 1971, "Tired Of Being Alone," the first of 10 Top 20 hits for Al Green, went Gold.

In 1975, Elton John took the stage at Dodger Stadium in a sequined Dodger uniform to wrap up another massively successful U.S. tour. He was the first rocker to play the stadium since The Beatles in '66.

In 1978, The Police made their U.S. debut at Boston's Rat Club.

In 1980, Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Starship suffered a brain hemorrhage at a recording session. Following a 15-day stay at an L.A. hospital, he emerged in good health.

In 1981, David Bowie and Queen got together in Montreaux, Switzerland, to record "Under Pressure."

In 1992, Pearl Jam broke a first-week sales record by selling 950,000 copies of Vs. in seven days.

In 1999 Country and folk singer/songwriter and sometime actor Hoyt Axton died of a stroke in Victor, Montana. He penned a diverse batch of favorites, including the Kingston Trio hit "Greenback Dollar," Steppenwolf's "The Pusher," the Three Dog Night hit "Joy To The World" and "The No-No Song," recorded by Ringo Starr; his mom co-wrote "Heartbreak Hotel," the Elvis hit.


SCOTT WEILAND (Lead singer and songwriter for one of the big three grunge bands of the '90s [along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam], San Diego's Stone Temple Pilots; currently in hit rock band Velvet Revolver; solo; "Sex Type Thing," "Wicked Garden," "Creep," "Interstate Love Song," "Plush," "Fall To Pieces") Born in 1967 in Santa Cruz, California.

SIMON LE BON (Lead singer for England's original '80s modern rock darlings, Duran Duran; recently enjoyed a major comeback; "Rio," "Hungry Like the Wolf," "Girls On Film," "The Reflex," "Save a Prayer") Born in 1958 in Bushey, Herts, England.

GARRY W. TALLENT (Bass player for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band from the beginning to the present day) Born in 1949 in Detroit.

This Day In Music 10/27:

In 1960, Ben E. King, one-time lead vocalist for The Drifters, recorded his first sides as a soloist, two of which turned out to be timeless classics and bestsellers: "Stand By Me" and "Spanish Harlem."

In 1963, Peter Paul & Mary held down the two top spots on the pop album chart with In The Wind and Don't Think Twice, both of which featured Dylan songs.

In 1967, "Come See About Me" by The Supremes was released.

In 1975, Bruce Springsteen made the cover of both Time and Newsweek. The magazines were embarrassed, but the coverage further stoked the boss's career.

In 1989, The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels was Top 5 while Tracy Chapman's Crossroads was a Top 15 album on the charts.

In 1996, Springsteen played at a rally in Westwood, California (L.A.) to benefit efforts to defeat Proposition 209, a ballet measure that would have put an end to Affirmative Action.

In 2001, In the aftermath of the prior month's terrorist attacks on the country, patriotic-themed compilations and live TV benefit albums were proving to be some of the most-sought after new music by consumers, including the release of the album of all-star benefit covers of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." Capitol Records released United We Stand a compilation album featuring the Beach Boys, Woody Guthrie, John Lennon, The Persuasions, George Thorogood, Al Green, and others, in a benefit for the Red Cross. Meanwhile, Columbia released the Country music compilation, God Bless America and a two-disc set from The Concert For New York, the Madison Square Garden concert that featured Paul McCartney, Elton John, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, John Mellencamp, Eric Clapton, Bono and the Edge, among others.


BEN HARPER (With a unique and intense blend of soul, blues, folk and reggae, and backed by his band, The Innocent Criminals, he has steadily built on a loyal following since '92 after playing a show with Taj Mahal; toured extensively sharing the bill with fellow surfer Jack Johnson; more recently recorded with the Blind Boys of Alabama; "Fight For Your Mind," "Don't Take That Attitude To The Grave," "Gold To Me," "Burn One Down," "Burn To Shine," "Faded," "Steal My Kisses," "With My Own Two Hands," "Diamonds On The Inside," "There Will Be a Light," "Wicked Man") Born in 1969 in Pomona, California.

CAITLIN CARY (Singer/songwriter and violinist/fiddler who formed Whiskeytown with Ryan Adams in '94 in Raleigh, NC; solo albums; grew up in Seville, Ohio and then moved to North Carolina; "I'm Staying Out," "Cello Girl") Born in 1968 in Cleveland.

CHARLIE DANIELS (Southern outlaw country/rock veteran and singer/songwriter/fiddler; has played with Dylan and Leonard Cohen, among others; "Uneasy Rider," "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "The South's Gonna Do It Again," "Longhaired Country Boy," "In America") Born in 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

TED HAWKINS (Soulful acoustic blues/folk artist from LA via Mississippi, Chicago and Philly; popular overseas when he was younger but settled for the life of an aging Venice Beach, CA troubadour until 1994, when DGC/Geffen Records issued The Next Hundred Years, his breakthrough album - not long before he died of a stroke; "Ladder Of Success," "There Stands The Glass") Born in 1936 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Died on January 1, 1995 in Los Angeles.

WILLIAM REID (Singer/guitarist/co-founder, along with his bother Jim, of '80s/'90s U.K. sonic band The Jesus & Mary Chain) Born in 1958 in East Kilbride, Scotland.

GRAHAM BOND (Keyboards, sax, leader of '60s Brit group, the Graham Bond Organization [with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, later of Cream]) Born in 1937, in Romford, Essex, England. Died in 1974, by suicide.

This Day In Music 10/28:

In 1956, Making his sensational second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Elvis sang "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Hound Dog" and "Love Me."

In 1961, A customer at a Liverpool record store enquired about a record that he had heard and liked, "My Bonnie," by a local group. The record store clerk, a man by the name of Brian Epstein, became curious, sought out the mystery band and became their manager. The group was The Beatles.

In 1972, The United States Council for World Affairs announced that it would adopt "Join Together" by The Who as their official anthem.

In 1977, The notorious first album by The Sex Pistols, Never Mind The Bullocks Here's The Sex Pistols was released in America.

In 1982, The Jam announced that they were quitting. Paul Weller and Mick Talbot would soon form The Style Council.

In 1997, A road-weary Bill Berry, drummer for R.E.M. announced that he was departing the band after 17 years.


PETER TIMMINS (Guitarist, vocalist and integral member of the ethereal Cowboy Junkies along with sister Margo and brother Michael; formed in 1985 in Toronto; "Rock and Bird," "A Horse in the Country," "Sweet Jane," "Anniversary Song," "Common Disaster," "Miles From Our Home") Born in 1965 in Montreal.

PETER GREEN (born Peter Greenbaum) (Guitarist, vocalist and one of the founding members of Fleetwood Mac; regarded as one of the best of the '60s Brit blues guitarists; quit music in 1970 due to personal problems and reemerged briefly in the late '70s and early '80s; appeared again seemingly out of nowhere in the late '90s and has been recording quality work since; "Oh Well," "Albatross," "Black Magic Woman") Born in 1946, in Bethnal Green, London.

DENNY LAINE (born Brian Hines) (Singer, guitarist, original Moody Blues lead vocalist; replaced by Justin Hayward; sang in Ginger Baker's Air Force, but best known for his long stint as a member of Paul McCartney's Wings; various solo projects; "Go Now," "Too Many People") Born in 1944 in Jersey Coast, England.

This Day In Music 10/29:

In 1955, Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" was released and favorably reviewed by Billboard as a "cleverly styled novelty with nonsense words, rapid fire delivery."

In 1957, "Oh Boy" by Buddy Holly And The Crickets was released.

In 1967, The musical Hair opened off-Broadway.

In 1971, In the first of a series of tragedies that befell The Allman Brothers Band, the group's leader and great guitarist, Duane Allman, was killed in a motorcycle accident just outside their hometown of Macon, Georgia. He was only 24.

In 1973, One of the epic works by The Who, Quadrophenia, lit up retail, and was certified Gold on this day. Ihe album featured the single "Love, Reign Or Me".

In 1975, Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review kicked off in Plymouth, Massachusetts, at the Memorial Auditorium. The name of the ensemble was inspired by Dylan's hearing thunder rolling across the sky one evening.

In 1977, Meat Loaf released what would be a phenomenally best-selling album, Bat Out Of Hell.

In 1983, The Dark Side Of The Moon album by Pink Floyd won the distinction of remaining on the album chart for the longest period in history when it reached a record total of 491 weeks on Billboard.

In 1990, The Byrds, John Lee Hooker, LaVern Baker, Wilson Pickett, The Impressions, Jimmy Reed and Ike & Tina Turned were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 1999, For the first time in two years, the surviving members of The Who—Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle—reconvened for a concert at the MGM Grand in Vegas. The occasion was to launch a new internet video company, Pixelon. The concert, which also featured the Dixie Chicks, Tony Bennett and Kiss, was webcast.


GRACE SLICK (born Grace Barnett Wing) (One of the most colorful individuals and powerful, distinctive female voices to emerge from '60s rock; member of legendary San Francisco bands the Great Society, the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, solo albums; was married to Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner, former teen model, retired from performing in the '90s [although she did turn up on ex-4 Non-Blondes singer Linda Perry's 1996 In Flight album]; appears at occasional gallery showings of her paintings nowadays; "White Rabbit," "Somebody To Love," "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now," "We Built This City," "Fast Buck Freddy," "Come Again? Toucan," "Pretty As You Feel," "Triad," "Lather," "Greasy Heart") Born in 1939 in Chicago.

TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT (born Timothy Bruce Schmit) (Singer, songwriter, bass player and member of Poco and the Eagles, solo career; sideman on albums by CSN, Don Henley, Jimmy Buffett and Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band; "I Can't Tell You Why") Born in 1947 in Sacramento.

GAVIN ROSSDALE (Guitarist, vocalist and leader of hit '90s Brit group Bush; "Everything Zen," "Glycerine") Born in 1967 in London, England.

EDDIE HOLLAND (Along with Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier, 1/3 of the legendary Motown songwriting team that produced innumerable '60s hits for The Supremes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha & The Vandellas and others) Born in 1939 in Detroit.

This Day In Music 10/30:

In 1964, Roy Orbison's ninth and last Top 10 single, "Oh, Pretty Woman" went Gold on this day after spending 15 weeks on the chart.

In 1965, The Supremes were well on their way to becoming the most successful girl group of all time as "I Hear A Symphony" entered the singles chart. It would become their sixth #1 out of their previous seven releases.

In 1967, In a London Magistrate's Court, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones plead guilty to possessing cannabis but not guilty of possessing cocaine and Methedrine. He was sentenced to nine months in jail and released on bail pending an appeal.

In 1970, Jim Morrison received a suspended six-month sentence, along with a fine of $500, for exposing himself in Miami.

In 1971, John Lennon's Imagine was #1. It was Lennon's only solo disc to sell a million and his most popular until the release of Double Fantasy in 1980.

In 1972, Elton John became the first rocker since The Beatles in 1963 to appear before Queen Elizabeth II in a royal command variety performance.

In 1973, Both the single and album Mind Games by John Lennon were released, as was the album Ringo by Mr. Starr.

In 1978, Kiss Meets The Phantom Of The Park, a made-for-TV movie starring the outrageous rockers as the heroes attempting to thwart a mad scientist, aired on NBC.

In 1984, Linda Ronstadt made her operatic singing debut in a performance of La Boheme in N.Y.C.

In 1998, David Bowie hosted a songwriting contest on his web site, inviting fans or aspiring lyricists to help him complete his song 'What's Really Happening.' The winner was 20-year-old Alex Grant, who was later on hand for the tune's recording session.

In 2003, What's Wrong With This Picture?, the 30th solo album by Van Morrison debuted on the album charts.


LARRY MULLEN (drummer for U2; "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "Pride (In the Name Of Love), "Where The Streets Have No Name," "With Or Without You," "Elevation," "Beautiful Day," "Vertigo") Born in 1961 in Dublin, Ireland.

JOHNNY MARR (born John Maher) (Guitarist and vocalist, songwriter; formed The Smiths with Morrissey in 1982; Marr has recorded with Talking Heads, Kirsty MacColl, The The, Electronic ["Getting Away with It"]; reassembled his Healers in 2002; "Down On The Corner") Born in 1963 in Manchester, England.

JOHNNY CLEGG (Leader of pioneering '70s African World Music group Johnny Clegg and Savuka; credited with growing the genre; "Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World") Born in 1953 in Rochdale, England.

KINKY FRIEDMAN (born Richard Friedman) (Leader of '70s pioneering satirical Americana band, Kinky Friedman & the Texas Jewboys; "Sold American," "Men's Room, LA") Born in 1944 in Palestine, Texas.

TOM PAXTON (Satirical, sometimes serious 60's/'70s era folk singer-songwriter; "The Last Thing On My Mind") Born in 1937 in Chicago.

KING AD-ROCK (born Adam Horovitz) (The Beastie Boys) Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1966.

This Day In Music 10/31:

In 1938, The day after his War of the Worlds radio broadcast had frightened listeners from coast to coast, Orson Welles expressed shock that so many people took the fake Martian invasion to be real.

In 1967, Iggy Pop And The Stooges debuted live at a Halloween party in Ann Arbor.

In 1970, Mama Michelle Phillips married actor Dennis Hopper. The marriage lasted about eight days.

In 1975, Capricorn Record's Marshall Tucker Band played a fund-raiser for the presidential campaign of Governor Jimmy Carter of Plains, Georgia.

In 1986, Roger Waters went to court in Britain to keep former band mates David Gilmour and Nick Mason from touring or recording under the name Pink Floyd.

In 1997, Heavy counterfeiting plagued Jane's Addiction on Halloween night at their reunion concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. Hundreds of fans are turned away from the show, left holding bogus tickets.

In 1990, Billy Idol had 600 dead fish dumped in the dressing room of opening act Faith No More. They returned the favor, walking across the stage nude during Idol's set that night.

In 2000, Travis was named the Best Act In The World at London's Q Awards.


LYLE LOVETT (Original blues and jazz-influenced Texas singer/songwriter with his Large Band; sometime actor "You Can't Resist It," "She's No Lady," "If I Had a Boat," "Here I Am," "Private Conversation," "Her First Mistake," "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)," "Election Day") Born in 1957 in Klein, Texas.

ANTHONY KIEDIS (Original singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers; sometime actor and a son of actor and Hollywood personality Blackie Dammett; "Under the Bridge," "Behind the Sun," "Californication," "Scar Tissue") Born in 1962 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

SOPHIE B. HAWKINS ('90s hit pop/rock singer-songwriter; "Damn, Wish I Was Your Lover").

RICK GRECH (Bass guitarist for late '60s/early '70s bands Traffic and one-album-supergroup Blind Faith; "Well, Alright," "Sea of Joy") Born in 1946. Died March 17, 1990 in England.

This Day In Music 11/1:

In 1974, "You Haven't Done Nothin'" by Stevie Wonder was number one.

In 1989, R.E.M.'s Monster and Eric Clapton 's From The Cradle were both Top Ten albums.

In 1994, Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance was released as MTV Unplugged in New York.

In 2000, Ben Folds Five broke up. He went solo.


K.D. LANG (born Kathryn Dawn Lang) (Grammy-winning "Cowgirl From Calgary," singer/songwriter and sometime actress [Dharma And Greg]; "Constant Craving," "You're OK," "Acquiesce," "Summer Fling," "Sexuality," "Helpless") Born in 1961 in Consort, Alberta, Canada.

KEITH EMERSON ('70s-era keyboard/synthesizer wizard with the Nice and later, Emerson Lake & Palmer; "Lucky Man," "From The Beginning," "Still, You Turn Me On") Born in 1944, in Todmorden, England.

JOHN DAVID SOUTHER (Veteran LA country-rock singer/composer; was a member of Linda Ronstadt's band; collaborated with the Eagles, James Taylor and Jackson Browne; solo albums; "New Kid In Town," "Heartache Tonight," "Her Town Too," "Faithless Love") Born in 1945 in Detroit.

This Day In Music 11/2:

In 1920, The first scheduled radio broadcast took place on KDKA Pittsburgh.

In 1955, One of the biggest selling singles of the era, "16 Tons," by Tennessee Ernie Ford, entered the charts.

In 1963, During a live taping of the British Ready, Steady, Go! program, Dion walked off stage, complaining that the go-go dancers surrounding him onstage were too distracting.

In 1963, "Be True To Your School" by The Beach Boys was released. Go team, go.

In 1963, One of the legendary bluesmen, Mississippi John Hurt, passed away at the age of 73.

In 1968, Cream was awarded a Platinum disc for the double-album, Wheels Of Fire in the midst of their U.S. farewell tour; they appeared at Madison Square Garden on this day.

In 1968, "For Once In My Life" by Stevie Wonder came out. It was later adopted by Frank Sinatra as a staple at his live appearances.

In 1970, Gold record recipients on this day were The Moody Blues for A Question Of Balance, Neil Young for After The Gold Rush, Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding (both posthumously) for Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival, and The Rolling Stones for their live album, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out (just a month after its release).

In 1974, For the first time in eight years, George Harrison went on tour, starting in Vancouver. It would prove to be difficult for him as his voice was in bad shape following extensive rehearsals and recording sessions. It was the initial solo jaunt by a former Beatle.

In 1979, The motion picture version of The Who's Quadrophenia," which featured Sting, opened to less-than-rave reviews.

In 1979, Mick Jagger and his wife Bianca filed for divorce.

In 1984, The Reverend Marvin Gaye, Sr. was sentenced to five years for the manslaughter of his son.

In 1986, Billy Bragg was incarcerated for slicing through wire fences in a protest at a U.S. Air Base in Norfolk, VA.

In 1990, Prince's fourth feature film, Graffiti Bridge, opened. It co-starred Tevin Campbell and Mavis Staples.

In 1999, Supernatural by Santana remained #1 on the album chart, over a year after its release.


ADAM ANT (born Stuart Goddard) (Leader of late '70s/early '80s band Adam and the Ants; solo career; occasional actor [Last Action Hero, Lover's Knot]; "Goody Two Shoes," "Wonderful") Born in 1954 in London, England.

LULU (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie) (Lulu's 1967 #1 film soundtrack hit "To Sir With Love" had the distinction of being the first hit by an artist from the U.K. to top the American charts without ever entering the British chart; her recording of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World" was a 1974 U.K. smash single but obscure in the U.S.) Born in 1948 in Lennox Castle, Scotland.


In 1972, James Taylor married Carly Simon. They would later split up in 1982 and eventually divorce.

In 1985, With hit songs like "In The Air Tonight" by Phil Collins and "Smuggler's Blues" by Glenn Frey, the Miami Vice TV soundtrack was the #1 album in the land.

In 1991, Over 300,000 people attended a free show in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in memory of concert promoter Bill Graham. Performers included the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joan Baez and Graham's favorite, Santana.

In 1996, Veteran blues harp player, William Clarke died from a bleeding ulcer at the age of 45.

In 2000, After selling millions of albums worldwide in the '80s, EMI Records announced that they were dropping Simple Minds off their roster.

In 2002, Britain's "king of skiffle," Lonnie Donegan died in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He was 71. Among his fans and friends were Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend and Mark Knopfler.


DELBERT McCLINTON (Living R&B and blues legend who learned from the best by playing harp for blues legends behind Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Bobby "Blue" Bland as a member of the house band at a Forth Worth blues club near where he grew up; he taught John Lennon to play harmonica in 1962 when the then-unknown Beatles were opening for Bruce Channel, whom McClinton played with at the time [now there's a trivia question!]; won a Grammy in 1992 for his duet with Bonnie Raitt on "Good Man, Good Woman"; wrote the Emmylou Harris hit "Two More Bottles of Wine"; The Blues Brothers recorded his "B Movie Boxcar Blues"; "Going Back to Louisiana," "Giving It Up For Your Love," "Somebody To Love You," "Same Kind Of Crazy") Born in 1940 in Lubbock, Texas.

CHRIS DIFFORD (Co-founder and songwriting partner of hit band Squeeze [huge in Britain] with Glenn Tilbrook; solo carer; recorded with Elvis Costello on Imperial Bedroom; wrote and recorded with Francis Dunnery; Difford was a political activist in Britain's anti-nuclear movement in the ‘80s and wrote the song "The Apple Tree" for the effort; "Up The Junction," "Pulling Mussels [From a Shell]," "Tempted," "Black Coffee In Bed," "Untouchable") Born in 1954 in London.


In 1963, The Beatles appeared on London's U.K. Royal Variety Show. The show was attended by the Queen Mother. This was the famous show where John Lennon thanked the audience for the applause and made the quip about those in the front row just "rattling your jewelry."

In 1968, Rock's first supergroup, Cream (featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker) played their final gig on U.S. soil on Long Island.

In 1978, Boston played their first major hometown gig in a packed Boston Garden.

In 1988, Talk Is Cheap by Keith Richards and his X-pensive Winos cracked the Top 30 album chart.

In 1993, Depeche Mode's Martin Gore was arrested at the Denver Westin Hotel after refusing to turn down the music.

In 1996, Melissa Etheridge and her partner Julie Cypher made the cover of Newsweek. The article inside dealt with the topic of gay parenting.

In 1998, debuted Advantage For Music, a place where unsigned bands and independent labels can sell their music online.

In 2003, One week after debuting on the Billboard album chart, Everything To Everyone by Barenaked Ladies vaulted into the Top Ten.


RYAN ADAMS (born David Ryan Adams) (Leader of highly acclaimed Raleigh-based melodic alt-country garage band Whiskeytown; solo career took off with the emotional post-9/11 hit, "New York, New York"; influences include Gram Parsons, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Johnny Cash; co-wrote Counting Crows' "Butterfly In Reverse" on Hard Candy with Adam Duritz; "The Hardest Part, "Wonderwall," "Love Is Hell," "So Alive," "Nuclear," "Yesterday's News," "Don't Wanna Know Why," "16 Days") Born in 1974 in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

GRAM PARSONS (born Ingram Cecil Connor III) (Influential singer, songwriter and guitarist who emerged in the late '60s to ultimately become the "Father of Country-Rock" [a term he hated] and Americana music icon; raised in Georgia; son of a Florida citrus heiress and WWII vet father who later committed suicide; inspired by Elvis at age nine; member of The Byrds [for Sweetheart Of The Rodeo] and the Flying Burrito Brothers; made two solo albums featuring Emmylou Harris, hung out with his pal Keith Richards in a French villa during recording of The Rolling Stones' Exile On Main Street; died at only 26; Bernie Leadon's "My Man," from the Eagles' 1974 album On The Border was a tribute to Parsons while Richie Furay wrote Poco's 1973 title track Crazy Eyes about Parsons; Parsons' songs have been covered more recently in tributes by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Chrissie Hynde, Uncle Tupelo, Bob Mould and others; "One Hundred Years From Now," "Hickory Wind," "The New Soft Shoe," "Ooh Las Vegas""In My Hour of Darkness," "Return of the Grievous Angel," "$1000 Wedding," "Brass Buttons") Born in 1946 in Winter Haven, Florida. Died in 1973 in Joshua Tree, California, when he overdosed on a combo of morphine and tequila.

ART GARFUNKEL (Angelic tenor voice who had a ton of '60s/'70s hits with harmonizing partner Paul Simon in Simon & Garfunkel, and a few solo; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee; has appeared in two Mike Nichols films, Catch 22 and Carnal Knowledge; started playing with Simon while in college studying architecture [Simon was studying English Lit]; "All I Know," "Second Avenue," "Break Away," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "(What A) Wonderful World," "99 Miles From L.A.") Born in 1941 in Queens, New York.

IKE TURNER (born Izear Luster Turner, Jr.) (Top session guitarist in the '50s but more famous or infamous as the husband-half of the '60s/'70s hit soul duo, the Ike & Tina Turner Revue; producer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist [played piano on "Rocket 88," considered by many to be the first real rock & roll record]; Ike was in prison in 1991 and Tina's solo career was huge by the time Ike & Tina were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; "Proud Mary," "River Deep-Mountain High," "Nutbush City Limits") Born in 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

BRYAN ADAMS (Late-'70s to mid-'80s mainstream hit Canadian pop-rocker; "Run To You," "This Time," "Summer Of '69," "Cuts Like A Knife," "It's Only Love" with Tina Turner) Born in 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

ROY ROGERS (born Leonard Slye) (Not to be confused with the younger blues/roots musician of the same name who doesn't have a horse named Trigger!) Singer/actor and "King of the Cowboys" in movies and on television; member of the Sons Of The Pioneers; "Happy Trails") Born in 1911 in Cincinnati. Died in 1998.


In 1960, Country star Johnny Horton ("The Battle Of New Orleans") was killed in a car crash in Texas. He had just performed his last concert at Skyline in Austin, where Hank Williams had played his last show as well. In another ironic twist, Horton's widow, Billie Joe, was also Hank Williams' widow.

In 1965, Pete Townshend and The Who's anthemic "My Generation" was released. It would eventually become the band's biggest British hit, making it to #2. The song made less of an impact here in the States where it would top out at #74 on the singles chart.

In 1966, The Monkees had their first U.S. #1, "Last Train To Clarksville." At a later press conference later, they revealed that none of them had actually played on the record.

In 1970, Brian Wilson, making one of his rare stage appearances with The Beach Boys at L.A.'s famed Whisky-A-Go-Go, lost his balance several times and had to be helped back onstage. During the concert, because of the volume level, Brian's right ear, the better of the two, sustained severe damage.

In 1974, Traffic picked up a Gold record for When The Eagle Flies, their last album together for many years.

In 1982, Brian Wilson was fired from The Beach Boys by his band mates.

In 1983, Topper Headon of The Clash was arrested in London for walking his dog while intoxicated.

In 1995, Garbage, with Shirley Manson, played their first live gig at the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis.


GLENN FREY (Original member of the Eagles, guitar and vocals, piano; co-wrote many of their songs with Don Henley; solo star; played with Bob Seger early on in Detroit in the late '60s; "Tequila Sunrise," "Take It Easy" [co-written with Jackson Browne], "Already Gone," "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "James Dean," "Lyin' Eyes," "New Kid in Town," "The One You Love," "Smuggler's Blues," "The Heat Is On" [from Beverly Hills Cop], "You Belong to the City") Born in 1948 in Detroit.

GUY CLARK (Austin singer/songwriter, maybe best known for writing "Heart Broke" for Ricky Scaggs and "L.A. Freeway" for Jerry Jeff Walker; widely admired by other songwriters like Lyle Lovett; "Desperados Waiting For a Train," "Boats To Build," "Homegrown Tomatoes") Born in 1944 in Monahans, Texas.

DOUG SAHM (Legendary Tex-Mex/Americana songwriter, guitarist and bandleader of the Sir Douglas Quintet; integral part of San Francisco's '60s psychedelic rock scene and later Austin's '70s Cosmic Cowboy scene; "She's About a Mover," "Mendocino") Born in 1941 in San Antonio. Died in 1999 in Taos, New Mexico, of cardiac arrest.

RORY BLOCK (born Aurora "Rory" Block) (Modern acoustic blueswoman) Born in 1949 in New York, NY.

JOHN PHILLIP SOUSA (Composer and conductor, known as "the March King"; "Stars & Stripes Forever," "Semper Fidelis") Born in 1854 in Washington, D.C. Died in 1932.

This Day In Music 11/6:

In 1965, The man who would become one of rock's most powerful entrepreneurs, Bill Graham, produced his first show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. It featured the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane and the Charlatans (Dan Hicks' early band).

In 1965, The ABC TV show Shindig! presented The Rolling Stones, Fontella Bass and The Strangeloves.

In 1965, It was the night of New York City's notorious blackout. Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson and Dylan's pal Bob Neuwirth used the opportunity to jam with Brian Jones of The Stones in his suite at the New York Hilton. In the dark.

In 1965, "It's My Life" by the Eric Burdon and The Animals hit the U.S. record racks.

In 1975, The Sex Pistols played their first gig at St. Martin's School of Art in London. Anarchy in the U.K.!

In 1982, The Soft Cell hit, "Tainted Love," logged a record 43 weeks on Britain's Top 100.

In 1998, On this day, Barenaked Ladies' Stunt and Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions shared the Top 10 on the album chart.

In 2001, Less than a year after the breakup of the Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan reemerged with a new band called Zwan. The new Chicago combo featured former Pumpkins' drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin.


JONI MITCHELL (born Roberta Joan Anderson) (Adventurous singer/writer who began as a folk artist in 1968 and moved through genres of jazz and world music; highly influential on '90s hit artists such as Alanis Morissette and Sarah Mclachlan; 1974's catchy Court And Spark remains her best-selling album; "The Circle Game," "Both Sides Now" [big hit for Judy Collins,] "Big Yellow Taxi" [a recent hit for Counting Crows], "Chelsea Morning," "Woodstock," "All I Want," "Carey," "You Turn Me On [I'm A Radio]," "Free Man In Paris," "Help Me," "Just Like This Train," "Raised On Robbery," "In France They Kiss on Main Street," "Coyote," "Snakes And Ladders," "My Secret Place" [with Peter Gabriel], "Night Ride Home," "Come In From the Cold," "How Do You Stop") Born in 1943 in Ft. McLeod, Alberta, Canada.

MARY TRAVERS (The soprano in pioneering folk act Peter, Paul & Mary; active in the civil rights movement and other causes; "If I Had A Hammer," "Puff (The Magic Dragon)," "Leaving On A Jet Plane," "Blowin' In The Wind," "Where Have All The Flowers Gone") Born in 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky.


In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill that established the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In 1968, After Jim Morrison exhorted the audience to stand up at a concert, The Doors were banned in Phoenix because the local authorities were nervous. He had recently mooned an audience at another concert.

In 1969, The Rolling Stones opened their first U.S. concert tour in three years. By this time they were notorious bad boys after tales of drug busts, censorship battles and wild life on the road, so the tour had became a full-blown media circus.

In 1970, In a move to supposedly purge his record label of musicians who "exploit and promote hard drugs through music," MGM Records President Mike Curb dropped "drug advocates" such as Connie Francis, The Cowsills and the Judy Garland Estate. For some reason, Eric Burdon remained on the roster.

In 1988, John Fogerty won his battle over self-plagiarism with Fantasy Records. The label claimed that he had stolen from his own (CCR) song, "Run through the Jungle," in his newer song, "The Old Man Down the Road."

In 1991, Frank Zappa was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died two years later.

In 2000, Doug Nelson, bass player for Jonny Lang died in rural Minnesota after being hit by a truck while walking.


BONNIE RAITT (Singer, superb slide guitarist, songwriter, great supporter and promoter of the blues and its past masters; an early progressive FM favorite since the release of her first album in 1971, but not with the general public until her massive breakthrough Nick Of Time in 1989; the daughter of Broadway singer John Raitt; began performing with legendary blues acts like Howlin' Wolf and Sippie Wallace in the late '60s, performed heavily in Boston and Philly before returning to L.A. with a Warner Bros. record contract; "Women Be Wise," "Love Me Like A Man," "That Song About The Midway," "Three Time Loser," "Everything That Touches You," "Guilty," "Runaway," "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance," "No Way To Treat A Lady," "Nick Of Time," "Not the Only One," "Something To Talk About," "I Can't Make You Love Me," "Have A Heart," "You Got It," "Love Letter," "Love Sneakin' Up on You," "Longing In Their Hearts," "One Belief Away," "Spit Of Love," "Silver Lining, "I Will Not Be Broken") Born in 1949 in Burbank, California.

RICKIE LEE JONES (Creative and funky singer and writer who has ventured into folk, jazz, R&B, standards, even trip-hop; she grew up in Phoenix, Olympia, WA, and various California cities; influenced by Van Morrison and Laura Nyro; met up with Tom Waits and Little Feat's Lowell George in L.A. in the mid-'70s; "Chuck E's In Love,'" "We Belong Together," "Danny's All-Star Joint," "Weasel And The White Boys Cool," "Easy Money," "Pirates," "It Must Be Love," "Satellites," "Makin' Whoopee" [with Dr. John], "Fire Walker," "Little Mysteries," "A Second Chance") Born in 1954 in Chicago.

BONNIE BRAMLETT (born Bonnie O'Farrell) (R&B/rock singer, backup with Albert King, Fontella Bass, and Ike & Tina before teaming up with Delaney Bramlett personally and professionally; later turned to gospel and a bit of acting; "Soul Shake," "Never Ending Song Of Love") Born in 1944 in Alton, Illinois.

ROY WOOD (born Ulysses Adrian Wood) (Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Beatle-influenced quasi-genius, co-founder of The Move in the late '60s [#1 Brit single "Blackberry Way"] and later with Jeff Lynne in the Electric Light Orchestra in the '70s; also a few obscure albums in '70s/'80s with his band Wizzard; "Do Ya," "Night Of Fear," "I Can Hear The Grass Grow," "Flowers In The Rain," "Fire Brigade") Born in 1946 in Birmingham, England.

MINNIE RIPERTON (Sweet soul singer with a five-octave range who worked with Stevie Wonder; her life and career was tragically cut short by breast cancer; "Loving You") Born in 1947 in Chicago. Died in 1979.

This Day In Music 11/8:

In 1968, Cynthia Powell Lennon was granted a divorce from her husband of six years. John Lennon did not attend the proceedings because he was at Yoko's bedside at a hospital where it was feared she might miscarry Lennon's child. She, in fact, did two weeks later.

In 1969, During the second date of their first U.S. tour in three years, The Rolling Stones broke the old L.A. concert gross record set by The Beatles in 1966. As a result, they added an additional date to their stand at the L.A. Forum and a fourth to their upcoming series of engagements at Madison Square Garden.

In 1969, The first and only Beatles single featuring a George Harrison song on the "A" side, "Something," was released in the U.K., where it eventually peaked at #4. The single shot to #1 in the U.S.

In 1970, Jim Morrison wrote the poetry that the surviving members of the Doors would later supplement with musical backing on the 1978 release, An American Prayer.

In 1971, Sly and The Family Stone enjoyed big hits with the title track of the There's A Riot Goin' On album and another single from the disc, "Family Affair." Despite the success of the album, Sly's career was unraveling as he bailed out of many concerts in the early '70s largely due to substance abuse.

In 1974, R&B pioneer, Ivory Joe Hunter, best known for "Since I Lost You Baby" and "I Almost Lost My Mind," died in Memphis.

In 1975, Elton John became godfather to John and Yoko's son, Sean.

In 1978, Produced by Lowell George, Grateful Dead's Shakedown Street was released.

In 1980, Bruce Springsteen began a four-week run at the top of the charts with The River. It was his first U.S. #1 album.

In 1995, Michael Jackson sold the rights to scores of Beatles songs, for which he had outbid Paul McCartney several years earlier, to Sony for $95 million.

In 1998, Up by R.E.M. was the #3 album in the land.

In 2003, The Strokes Room On Fire was a Top 5 album.


SUSAN TEDESCHI (Young, fired-up blues/R&B singer and guitarist who exploded out of the Boston music scene with 1998's Just Won't Burn; married to guitarist and bandleader Derek Trucks; "You Need To Be With Me," "Rock Me Right," "Just Won't Burn," "Alone," "In The Garden," "Wrapped In The Arms Of Another," "Tired Of My Tears") Born in 1970 in Boston.

TOM FOGERTY (Guitarist, vocalist for Creedence Clearwater Revival, older brother to the more famous John Fogerty; had his own marginally successful band, Ruby, in the '70s and subsequent solo career; recorded some with Merle Saunders and Jerry Garcia; CCR was originally known as Tommy Fogerty & The Blue Velvets in 1959 before they became The Golliwogs and signed to Fantasy Records in 1964 (where Tom worked in the mailroom); "Suzie Q," "Proud Mary," "Born On The Bayou," "Bad Moon Rising," "Green River," "Fortunate Son," "Down On The Corner," "Travelin' Band," "Up Around The Bend," "Run Through The Jungle," "Lookin' Out My Back Door") Born in 1941 in Berkeley, CA. Died in 1991 of respiratory failure brought on by AIDS in Scottsdale, AZ.

This Day In Music 11/9:

In 1953, The great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas died in a New York City hospital at the age of 39. A great inspiration to a one Robert Zimmerman of Minnesota, Thomas's first name turned into a surname and Zimmerman became Bob Dylan.

In 1959, The U.S. Government investigation into disc jockey payola broke, eventually bringing about the downfall of WABC New York DJ Alan Freed, among numerous others.

In 1961, Former record store clerk, Brian Epstein, heard and met for the first time in person The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. He eventually persuaded them to make him their manager, and would remain so until his death in 1967.

In 1962, The original version of a song that would ultimately be covered by everybody from The Beatles to Eddie Money, "You've Really Got A Hold On Me," was released on Motown by The Miracles. It was the first production by Smokey Robinson.

In 1962, The legendary and definitive version of "Louie, Louie" by Portland, Oregon's The Kingsmen, was released.

In 1966, John met Yoko for the first time at an exhibition of her avant-garde art at the Indica Gallery in London's West End. She had no idea who he was.

In 1966, According to morbid rumor and speculation at the time, Paul McCartney supposedly "blew his mind out in a car" and was decapitated in an auto wreck somewhere in England. Was he replaced by a look-alike named William Campbell? Or was it Billy Shears?

In 1967, Largely because of conflicting egos, David Crosby was ousted from The Byrds by Roger (Jim) McGuinn and the rest of the band. Crosby would go on to do well for himself as part of trio called CSN and CSNY.

In 1967, The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine was published in San Francisco. It actually included a free roach-clip. John Lennon, in his get-up for the film How I Won The War, was the initial cover-boy.

In 1970, The Moody Blues snagged their fifth Gold record for In Search Of The Lost Chord.

In 1973, Cat Stevens made his American TV debut on a 90-minute special of ABC's In Concert.

In 1973, Following years of struggle, Billy Joel released Piano Man, the album that would put him on the map.

In 1975, In a somewhat surreal gig, David Bowie sang a duet with Cher on her TV show. The bizarre medley included "Young Americans," "Song Sung Blue," "One," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Wedding Bell Blues" and "Day Tripper."

In 1976, Three years after its release, Frank Zappa And The Mothers finally scored a Gold record for Over-Nite Sensation. The album featured songs like "Camarillo Brillo," "I'm The Slime," and "Montana."

In 1998, For the first time in 12 years, Pete Townshend played a concert in Britain.

In 1999, Bonnie Raitt and actor-husband Michael O'Keefe declared that their eight-year marriage was over.


GREG LAKE (Singer, songwriter, bass guitarist and key member of late-‘60s to mid-‘70s progressive rockers King Crimson and later, Emerson Lake & Palmer; briefly in Asia; solo artist; "Lucky Man," "The Court Of The Crimson King," "I Talk To the Wind," "Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 2," "From The Beginning," "Still%u2026You Turn Me On," "C'est La Vie," "I Believe In Father Christmas") Born in 1947 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England.

This Day In Music 9/10:

In 1967, The Moody Blues released their magnum opus, "Nights In White Satin." (Cue the gong player!)

In 1973, "Rock On," David Essex's one-hit wonder, was released.

In 1978, The second album by The Clash, Give 'Em Enough Rope, was released in the U.K. Shortly thereafter, the album would become their first U.S. release.

In 1986, Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band's first massive box set, Live 1975-1985, appeared in record stores.

In 1998, Springsteen released another large, deluxe compilation titled Tracks, a collection of unreleased recordings, outtakes and demos from various recording sessions spanning his career. The box set debuted at #27 on the album chart.


DAVE ALVIN (Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and co-founder with his older brother Phil of early-'80s L.A. rockabilly band The Blasters; also in pioneering punk band, X; has produced and recorded with The Derailers, Syd Straw, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys and Tom Russell; once toured with the late Country Dick Montana and Mojo Nixon in the Pleasure Barons; Alvin wrote the 1989 country hit for Dwight Yoakam, "Long White Cadillac"; "American Music," "Border Radio," "4th Of July," "Dry River," "Thirty Dollar Room," "Guilty Man," "King of California," "Blackjack David," "Abilene," "Out in California," "Ashgrove") Born in 1955 in Downey, California.

ANDY PARTRIDGE (Leader of XTC; guitars, vocals and keyboards, well-crafted Brit pop/rock that broke on College radio in America in 1979; "Making Plans For Nigel," "Generals And Majors," "Senses Working Overtime," "The Mayor of Simpleton," "Dear God" [produced by Todd Rundgren]) Born in 1953 on the Island of Malta.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW (Singer, songwriter; portrayed Buddy Holly in the 1987 film La Bamba; acted in Peggy Sue Got Married and played John Lennon in a road show version of Beatlemania; Crenshaw's songs have been featured in many soundtracks and recorded by artists ranging from Bette Midler to the Gin Blossoms, "Something's Gonna Happen," "Someday, Someway," "Rockin' Around NYC," "Cynical Girl," "There She Goes Again") Born in 1953 in Detroit.

CHRIS SMITHER (Distinctive modern acoustic folk/bluesman, slide guitarist and singer; emerged from the late-'60s Boston folk scene; wrote "I Feel The Same" and "Love You Like A Man" for Bonnie Raitt; "Memphis in the Meantime," "Help Me Now," "Already Gone," "Thanks to You," "Small Revelations," "Train Home") Born in 1944 in New Orleans.

JESSE COLIN YOUNG (born Perry Miller) (Leader of late-'60s hit band The Youngbloods; folk/jazz/blues influenced singer/songwriter, guitarist; solo career; has been a figure in the San Francisco music scene since the late '60s via Greenwich Village and Boston folk circuits; currently lives in Hawaii on his own coffee plantation; "Darkness Darkness," "Get Together," "Ridgetop," "Mornin' Sun," "Living In Paradise") Born in 1944 in New York.

MOSE ALLISON (Jazz/blues singer and pianist; American icon; his songs have been covered by Bonnie Raitt ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"), Van Morrison ("Your Mind Is On Vacation%u2026"), The Who ("Young Man's Blues"), John Mayall ("Partridge Farm") and The Yardbirds ("I'm Not Talking"), among others; played piano with early jazzmen Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Zoot Sims; influenced by Louis Jordan; "If You Only Knew," "Look Here," popular cover of "The Seventh Son") Born in 1927 in Tippo, Mississippi.

LAVERN BAKER (born Dolores Williams) (Major jump blues/R&B diva in the '50s; career revival in the late '80s; best known for "Jim Dandy") Born in 1929 in Chicago. Died in 1997 in New York.

This Day In Music 11/11:

In 1957, Buddy Holly's famous recording of "Peggy Sue" was released.

In 1958, The original version of "The Twist" was taped by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters at a Cincinnati studio. Chubby Checker would later have the hit.

In 1965, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground made their debut at a Summit, N.J. high school dance.

In 1969, Jim Morrison and a pal were en route via jet from L.A. to Phoenix to catch The Rolling Stones in concert. During the trip, Morrison "interfered with the flight of an intercontinental aircraft," became highly intoxicated and obnoxious, pestering a flight attendant. He was jailed for the offenses, facing a possible $10,000 fine and 10-year prison sentence. The charges were eventually dropped. Shades of Peter Buck.

In 1970, Two very different albums, both bearing the title of Plastic Ono Band, were released on this day. One featured John Lennon, the other Yoko Ono.In 1970, The Bob Dylan book Tarantula was published. It received favorable notices.

In 1970, Tragedy struck The Allman Brothers Band again when bassist Berry Oakley died as the result of a motorcycle accident just three blocks from where Duane Allman had been killed in a similar mishap.

In 1973, Thirty radio stations across the country broadcast what was purported to be a Mott The Hoople live concert. In actuality, it consisted of studio tracks with pre-recorded applause dubbed in.

In 1989, Melissa Etheridge and Joe Cocker serenaded Germans who were celebrating at the freshly demolished Berlin Wall.

In 1995, The Smashing Pumpkins held down the top album spot on the charts with Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.


NEIL YOUNG (Creative singer, songwriter and ever self-rejuvenating rock & roll icon who has never rested on his laurels; member of Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, Stills-Young Band; albums with his longtime band Crazy Horse and solo; was in the Mynah Birds with Rick James in 1966 in Toronto; Joni Mitchell wrote "The Circle Game" for Neil after hearing his "Sugar Mountain"; performed at and helped organize Farm Aid concerts and founded the annual Bridge School benefit concerts; inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Eddie Vedder in 1995; "Broken Arrow," "I Am A Child," "Mr. Soul," "Helpless," "Country Girl," "The Loner," "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," "After The Gold Rush," "Tell Me Why," "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere," "Cinnamon Girl," "Down By The River," "Cowgirl In The Sand," "Heart Of Gold," "Old Man," "The Needle And The Damage Done," "Tonight's The Night," "Cortez The Killer," "Like A Hurricane," "Lotta Love," "Powderfinger," "My My, Heh Heh (Out Of The Blue)," "A Little Thing Called Love," "This Note's For You," "Rockin' In The Free World," "Mansion On The Hill," "American Dream," "Let's Roll," "The Painter") Born in 1945 in Toronto.

BOOKER T. JONES (Organist and leader of the Stax Label house band, The M.G.'s; wrote blues classic "Born Under A Bad Sign"; has worked extensively with the aforementioned Neil Young; "Green Onions," "Time Is Tight") Born in 1944 in Memphis.

BUCK DHARMA (born Donald Roeser; guitarist and co-founder of '70s rockers Blue Öyster Cult, "Godzilla," "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," "Burnin' For You") Born in 1957.

This Day In Music 11/12:

In 1967, What would turn out to be his second #1 Country hit since "Great Balls Of Fire" in '57, Jerry Lee Lewis, a.k.a. "The Killer," recorded "To Make Love Sweeter For You."

In 1970, The Doors performed their last show with Jim Morrison in New Orleans. In retrospect, the surviving members of the band recalled Morrison seemingly losing all of his energy as their final concert together came to a close.

In 1979, Rock Justice, a rock opera by Jefferson Starship's Marty Balin, opened for a short run at San Francisco's Old Waldorf night club. Marty starred in and directed the piece about a rock star who dreamt he was on trial for not having a #1 with a bullet.

In 1984, Madonna released her Like A Virgin album.

In 1987, Sly Stone turned up over an hour late for his "comeback" concert in L.A. When he finally did show up, he was arrested backstage for not paying child support.

In 1988, U2 began a #1 run on the U.S. album charts with Rattle And Hum.

In 1999, One-time Brit "glam rock" star Gary Glitter was sentenced to four months in a U.K. jail after pleading guilty to charges of child pornography.


JOHN HAMMOND, JR. (Singer, acoustic blues guitarist, harpist; one of the earliest of the blues revivalists who has paid tribute to the early greats of the genre since the early ‘60s, when he emerged from the Greenwich Village folk scene; has recorded with Dr. John, Tom Waits, John Lee Hooker, Bill Wyman, J.J. Cale, Duane Allman, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm; son of John Hammond, the talent scout who discovered Basie, Aretha, Dylan and Springsteen) Born in 1942 in New York.

TIMMY THOMAS (R&B artist best known for his 1973 soulful organ hit "Why Can't We Live Together?," covered more recently by both Steve Winwood and Joan Osbourne; played organ on Joss Stone's The Soul Sessions) Born in 1944 in Evansville, Indiana.

This Day In Music 11/13:

In 1965, One of The Godfather of Soul's signature tunes, "I Got You," was released. It would reach #1 on the R&B singles chart for James Brown, and #3 on the Pop chart.

In 1968, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones purchased Cotchford Farms in Sussex, England, where A.A. Milne had written Winnie The Pooh. Statues of various Pooh characters decorated the estate.

In 1968, The animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine premiered.

In 1971, Santana enjoyed their third #1 album with Santana III.

In 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jr., was killed in a wreck near Hernando, Mississippi. Only a few days earlier, the 19-year-old had performed as drummer in his father's band on Midnight Special.

In 1982, The Australian band Men At Work began a 15-week run at #1 with their debut album, Business As Usual.

In 1990, An English woman filed a lawsuit against Rod Stewart, claiming that a football that he had kicked into the audience at a concert at Detroit's Pine Knob Music Theatre had ruptured a tendon in her middle finger, rendering sex between her and her husband impossible. The suit was later tossed out by a judge.

In 1992, Elton John appeared before 90,000 fans in Mexico. It was his first concert South of the border.

In 2000, The first official Web site of The Beatles was launched to coincide with the release of their greatest hits album, 1.


BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO (born Stanley Dural Jr.) (Modern zydeco's best-known performer, accordion and keyboard player; "Hard to Stop," "Buck's Boogie," "Hey Good Lookin'") Born in 1947 in Layfayette, Louisiana.

CAREY BELL (born Carey Bell Harrington) (Chicago blues harp legend who played and toured with greats like Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon; "Brought Up the Hard Way") Born in 1936 in Macon, Mississippi.

This Day In Music 11/14:

In 1954, Rock & Roll arrived as Bill Haley & The Comets made the Top Ten with "Shake Rattle & Roll."

In 1964, The Supremes' third consecutive single to reach #1 came out, "Come See About Me."

In 1970, The first major Santana hit, a remake of Peter Green's (Fleetwood Mac) "Black Magic Woman,'" was released.

In 1981, The Police enjoyed their fourth #1 single with "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."

In 1987, The long-divorced Sonny and Cher were cajoled by David Letterman into singing "I Got You Babe" one more time on his late night show.

In 1990, Pete Townshend confessed his bisexuality in an interview with Newsweek. "I know how it feels to be a woman," said Pete, "because I am a woman. And I won't be classified as just a man."

In 1990, The producer of Milli Vanilli fired Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan when they insisted on singing on their own new album.

In 1992, John Mellencamp's keyboard player, John Cascella, died in a car crash in Indiana.

In 1995, The Rolling Stones released their acoustic live Stripped album.

In 1999, This Desert Life by Counting Crows was a Top Ten album.


CHAD KROEGER (Guitarist, vocalist and leader of Canadian rock band, Nickelback; from Vancouver via Calgary; appeared on Santana's 2002 Shamen release; "How You Remind Me," "Someday") Born in 1974.

ANSON FUNDERBURGH (Best known for his work with The Fabulous Thunderbirds on their third album, Butt-Rockin'; also longtime leader of hard-working Dallas blues-rockers Anson Funderburgh And The Rockets; "One's Too Many") Born in 1954 in Plano, Texas.

LITTLE WILLIE JOHN (born William Edgar John) Early R&B singer and unsung legend who is referenced in the Robbie Robertson song "Somewhere Down The Crazy River; his songs have been covered by The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and The Blasters, among others; "Fever" [later a huge hit for both Peggy Lee and Elvis Presley], "Need Your Love So Bad," "Sleep," "Let Them Talk") Born in 1937 in Cullendale, Arkansas. Died of pneumonia in 1968 in the State pen in Walla Walla, Washington, where he was serving time for stabbing another man.

PETULA CLARK (Huge star in the U.K. and, for a spell in the mid-'60s, in the U.S. as well; first U.K. female singer to have a U.S. #1 hit; "Downtown," "I Know A Place," "My Love") Born in 1932 in Epsom, England.

CLYDE McPHATTER (Early R&B great, original lead vocalist for The Drifters; solo star; "Sixty Minute Man," "Money Honey," "A Lover's Question," "Honey Love," "Whatch Gonna Do") Born in 1932 in Durham, North Carolina. Died in 1972, of a heart attack.

This Day In Music 11/15:

In 1956, Elvis's first film, Love Me Tender, premiered.

In 1959, Johnny & The Moondogs, soon to be known as The Beatles, participated in the TV Star Search competition at the Hippodrome Theatre.

In 1965, Performing "Get Off Of My Cloud," The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on NBC-TV's Hullabaloo.

In 1968, Memphis soulster Johnnie Taylor, who had replaced Sam Cooke in The Soul Stirrers before commencing his solo career, copped his first Gold record for "Who's Makin' Love."

In 1969, In Tampa, a Janis Joplin audience was ordered by police through a bullhorn to sit down. Janis responded, "Don't f*#k with these people! Hey, Mister, what're you so uptight about? Did you buy a $5 ticket?" When cops backstage told her to insist that her fans take their seats, Janis said, "I'm not telling them sh#t." She was arrested on charges of using "vulgar and indecent language." The matter was later dismissed.

In 1974, The Faces released what would be their final single and one of the longest song titles, "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything..." Two years later, Rod Stewart permanently departed to devote all his efforts to a solo career.

In 1976, Jackson Browne's fourth album, The Pretender, went Gold. Some of it was written and recorded in the aftermath of his wife Phyllis Major's suicide the previous March.

In 1990, David Bowie appeared as The Elephant Man on Broadway.

In 1998, U2 had their 7th #1 album with The Best Of 1980-1990.

In 2000, A British court, taking his mental impairment under consideration, declared Michael Abram - the Liverpool man who stabbed George Harrison after breaking into his home - not guilty by insanity, but institutionalized him for a long, long time.

In 2000, Red Hot Chili Peppers were named top rock band at the MTV Europe Awards.


DIANA KRALL (Grammy and Juno-winning Jazz chanteuse, singer/songwriter from Vancouver via Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music and a few places in between; broke with her third album, All For You, in 1995; crossed over with appearances on Lillith Fair tour and Sex And The City TV soundtracks; currently engaged to Elvis Costello, she appeared on his album, North; "Temptation") Born in 1964 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.

This Day In Music 11/16:

In 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience album Electric Ladyland was #1 in the U.S.

In 1971, 1980 Floor Show, David Bowie's first television special, was broadcast as part of NBC's Midnight Special series. The performance had been taped a month earlier at London's Marquee Club, one of the first clubs where Bowie had ever performed, and one of the few that would book his band despite their "freakiness."

In 1974, Director Tom O'Horgan, who had been successful on Broadway with Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, launched an adaptation of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

In 1974, With the assistance of his pal Elton John backing up on piano and vocals, John Lennon enjoyed his first #1 hit with "Whatever Gets You Through The Night."

In 1974, "Boogie On Reggae Woman" by Stevie Wonder was released.

In 1978, The movie version of Sgt. Pepper opened. The Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and Billy Preston made their acting debuts and swan songs. The film tanked.

In 1978, To accompany their performance of "Fat Bottomed Girls" during their Madison Square Garden Show, Freddie Mercury and Queen employed numerous semi-nude women bicycling around the stage.

In 1987, Lenny Kravitz married Lisa Bonet. They would divorce six years later.

In 1998, Skatalites founding member and saxophonist Roland Alphonso fell into a coma after suffering a seizure two weeks earlier while onstage at the Key club in Los Angeles.

In 2003, Rock N Roll by Ryan Adams debuted at #33 on the Billboard album chart.


GORDON LIGHTFOOT (Influential hit Canadian folk singer/songwriter who commercially peaked in 1974 with his Gold Sundown album; songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Elvis, Judy Collins; subject of recent tribute album, Beautiful: A Tribute To Gordon Lightfoot; "Early Morning Rain," "Carefree Highway," "If You Could Read My Mind," "Sundown," "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald") Born in 1938 in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

JEFF BUCKLEY (Young promising singer/songwriter and son of ‘60s cult folk/jazz/rock artist Tim Buckley [who also died young]; Jeff died from an apparent accidental drowning; "Everybody Here Wants You") Born in 1966 in Orange County, California. Died in 1997 while swimming in the Mississippi River in Memphis.

GENE CLARK (born Harold Eugene Clark) Singer/songwriter for The Byrds, one of the founding fathers of alt-country or Americana; collaborated with Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, Doug Dillard and Carla Olson; solo; wrote "Feel A Whole Lot Better," "Here Without You," "The World Turns All Around Her," "If You're Gone," "No Other," co-wrote "Eight Miles High" and nearly half of the songs on the Byrds first two albums) Born in 1944 in Tipton, Missouri. Died in 1991 in Sherman Oaks, California.

MARTIN BARRE (Long-time lead guitarist for Jethro Tull who has released numerous solo albums) Born in 1946 in Lancashire, England.

MARTIN SCORSESE (American film director [Taxi Driver, Good Fellows, King of Comedy, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York and many more]; begin as co-editor of the original Woodstock movie; a longtime friend of Robbie Robertson, he directed Last Waltz, the 1978 documentary of The Band's famous last gig in San Francisco which Robertson produced; Robertson went on to produce Scorsese's 1986 Color of Money film soundtrack) Born in 1942 in Queens, New York.

This Day In Music 11/17:

In 1963, The headmaster of a Surrey, England, grammar school banned any and all Beatle haircuts stating, "This ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically. It makes them look like morons."

In 1967, Pink Floyd released their third single, "Apples And Oranges." It went nowhere fast.

In 1970, An Elton John performance in New York City was broadcast live on WABC-FM and later released as the 11-17-70 album.

In 1971, Rod Stewart and The Faces released their fourth long-player as a team, under the novel title of A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse. The album spawned "Stay With Me," which landed in the Top 10, making it their biggest hit single.

In 1978, Linda Ronstadt's A Retrospective album became her eighth Gold disc.

In 1979, John Glasscock, one-time Jethro Tull bassist, died of a heart attack in London. Only 26, Glasscock had recorded with Tull, but never toured with the band because of his heart condition.

In 1980, John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy was the last release during John's life. He would be assassinated three weeks later.

In 1987, Bono pulled a fan onstage in L.A. to join in on U2 's version of "People Get Ready." The fan was obviously well-prepared, as he handed Bono a demo tape of his band.

In 1990, David Crosby cheated death once again. Wearing no helmet, he was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, ultimately breaking his leg, ankle and shoulder.

In 2000, It was revealed that Andy White, who had subbed for Ringo on The Beatles' "Love Me Do," one of the tracks on the latest Fab Four greatest hits package, hardly earned enough to buy his own copy.


DUNCAN SHEIK (Smooth-voiced hit folk/pop singer and songwriter; grew up in South Carolina and New Jersey; played with Lisa Loeb; broke in '96; "Barely Breathing," "She Runs Away," "On A High") Born in 1969.

GRAHAM PARKER (Brit folk/punk singer/songwriter with great cynical and biting lyrics, but often overshadowed by Elvis Costello; fronted his band, Graham Parker And The Rumour in the '80s, produced by Nick Lowe; "Local Girls," "Heat Treatment," "White Honey," "Big Man On Paper," "Get Started (Start a Fire)," "If It Ever Stops Rainin'") Born in 1950 in East London.

HANK BALLARD (born John H. Kendricks) ('50s R&B and doo wop legend, fronted Hank Ballard And The Midnighters; wrote the Chubby Checker hit, "The Twist"; "Get It," "Work With Me Annie," "Finger Poppin' Time") Born in 1927 in Detroit. Died in L.A. in 2003.

DON CHERRY (Avant-garde jazz trumpeter, father/step-father of Neneh Cherry and Eagle-Eye Cherry) Born in 1936 in Oklahoma City. Died in 1995.

This Day In Music 11/18:

In 1956, Fats Domino was on the Ed Sullivan Show to sing his latest hit, "Blueberry Hill."

In 1970, Jerry Lee Lewis divorced his cousin, Myra Brown. She claimed that their marriage had "turned into a nightmare."

In 1971, Legendary blues harmonica player Junior Parker died in Chicago of a brain tumor.

In 1972, Danny Whitten, a singer/songwriter with Neil Young's Crazy Horse, died of a heroin overdose in L.A. Bruce Berry, a roadie for Crazy Horse also overdosed around the same time, and the pair of incidents inspired Young's dark-themed, tequila-soaked album Tonight's The Night. Danny wrote "I Don't Want To Talk About It," later a hit for Rod Stewart.

In 1975, The overheated acclaim and clamor was finally getting to then 26-year-old Bruce Springsteen. While in unfamiliar territory in London at the Hammersmith Odeon, the site of his European debut, he ripped down lobby posters proclaiming, "Finally, The World Is Ready For Bruce Springsteen." Disgusted with the hype, he gave a mediocre performance. Five nights later, he settled down, and managed to gain a better grip on his new-found fame.

In 1987, At an L.A. concert, U2 opened for themselves, pretending to be a country-rock band called The Dalton Brothers.

In 1988, Phil Collins made his movie-starring debut in Buster. Actually, it wasn't his first screen appearance. As a kid he had been an extra in A Hard Day's Night.

In 1990, Paul McCartney's birth certificate went for $18,000 in auction.

In 1993, R.E.M. made their first appearance outside the U.S. when they traveled to Britain to appear on the BBC.

In 1993, Nirvana made their famous appearance on MTV's Unplugged.

In 1995, The Rolling Stones became the first major band to netcast a concert live on the Web.

In 2001, Mick Jagger released his fourth solo album, Goddess in the Doorway, after a celebrity-soaked album release party at an L.A. nightclub.


CHRIS CAIN (San Francisco Bay Area modern bluesman; "Woman Down In Texas") Born in 1955 in San Jose, California.

RAY COLLINS (Singer and guitarist who was in the early edition of Zappa's Mothers Of Invention on albums such as Hot Rats; solo albums; session work) Born in 1937.

This Day In Music 11/19:

In 1965, Rumors of a Who break-up were rampant after Roger Daltrey stormed off stage following sound problems at the Glad Rags Ball in London. Boz Burrell (later of King Crimson and of Bad Company) was named by many as a potential replacement. As we know, Roger returned.

In 1966, The most successful girl group of all time, The Supremes, had their eighth #1 single, "You Keep Me Hangin' On."

In 1970, James Brown wed Deidre Yvonne Jenkins at her home in Barnwell, South Carolina.

In 1971, To mark his 25th anniversary in show business, blues great B.B. King kicked off a European tour in London.






STEVE VAN ZANDT (E Street Band), JASON RINGENBERG (Jason & The Scorchers), TINA WEYMOUTH (Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club)




DONALD "DUCK" DUNN (Booker T. & The MG's), PETE BEST (The Beatles), LEE MICHAELS, JOHN SQUIRE (Stone Roses)

















DENNIS WILSON (Beach Boys), SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes), CHRIS HILLMAN (Byrds/Desert Rose Band)












J MASCIS (born Joseph D. Mascis) (Lead singer and guitarist with Amherst, Mass '90s grunge band Dinosaur Jr. and J Mascis & the Fog; "Start Choppin'") Born in 1965.


In 1967, Otis Redding and several members of his band died when their plane crashed into a lake near near Madison, Wisconsin. His biggest hit, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," was released just three days earlier. Otis Redding was 26.

In 1975, The Who were awarded a Gold record for the album The Who By Numbers.

In 1984, The all-star group assembled by Bob Geldof, Band-Aid released "Do They Know It's Christmas?". The proceeds went to Ethiopian famine relief. Geldof would later receive knighthood back home in Britain for his efforts.

In 1989, The Stranger by Billy Joel was the number one album in the country.

In 1998, Bruce Springsteen was victorious in a $4 million court battle to prevent the release of an album of his early recordings.

In 1999, Rock & roll deejay Alan Freed was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was the first to widely use the term rock & roll, a phrase which would eventually make it into the dictionary.

In 1999, Rick Danko, bass player for The Band, died in his sleep in Woodstock, New York, one day after celebrating his 56th birthday.

In 2001, "Let's Roll" by Neil Young arrived at radio stations. He penned the tune after hearing the story of the passengers on United's Flight 93 who fought back against their hijackers but died with them in that Pennsylvania field. The plane went down not long after passenger Todd Beamer led others in an attempt to take on the hijackers. His last words over the cell phone were, "Let's Roll." Young had read the story about Beamer in the local newspaper and immediately wrote and released the song.


BIG MAMA THORNTON (born Willie Mae Thornton) (Big, beltin' blues mama; wrote "Hound Dog" and "Ball And Chain") Born in 1926 in Montgomery, Alabama. Died in July 25, 1984, in Los Angeles.

In 1957, 22-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis secretly wed his third wife, 13-year-old third cousin Myra Brown, in Tennessee. It would not be a good career move.

In 1960, Aretha Franklin made her New York stage debut performing blues and standards at the Village Vanguard.

In 1964, One-time Gospel singer and highly popular and influential R&B/pop singer Sam Cooke died under sordid and mysterious circumstances. What exactly happened will probably never be revealed or become clear, but the tragedy involved an illicit sexual tryst at a motel gone wrong, with the irate manager of the establishment shooting a supposedly enraged and out-of-control Cooke. His wholesome persona was besmirched by the scandalous event, but his memorable sweet, soul songs live on.

In 1965, Ray Charles' version of a Buck Owens' "Cryin' Time" became Ray's 44th chart entry; it stayed on the singles chart for 15 weeks, topping out at #6.

In 1971, The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, released his 32nd album, Revolution Of The Mind. Its opening track had a title only J.B. could have concocted, "It's A Brand New Day So Open Up The Door And Let A Man Come In To Do The Popcorn." He was surpassed years later with the never-to-be topped 90-word title of Fiona Apple's second album.

In 1971, Later known as the "ketchup song," "Anticipation" by Carly Simon was released.

In 1972, Genesis played their first American engagement at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Appearing were Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks.

In 1976, The breakthrough album for Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Night Moves, was released. It would go on to sell five million copies.

In 1988, Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and Bonnie Raitt paid homage to the recently deceased Roy Orbison with a benefit show at L.A.'s Wiltern Theatre.

In 2002, Moby was assulted after a show at Boston's Paradise Club. He was attacked by three assailants with mace and beaten for reasons unknown.


FRANK SINATRA (born Francis Albert Sinatra) (Ole' Blue Eyes aka The Chairman Of The Board and leader of the "Rat Pack"; perhaps the greatest interpreter and reviver of interest in the Great American Songbook [Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart], crooner, actor, immortal figure and '40s-'90s pop/jazz legend; his latter-day pop hits included "Something Stupid," "Strangers In The Night," "That's Life," "New York, New York") Born in 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Died May 14, 1998, in Los Angeles, of cardiac arrest.
DICKEY BETTS (born Forrest Richard Betts) (Best known as one of the original twin lead guitarists - along with Duane Allman - in The Allman Brothers Band; Dickey wrote the band's biggest hit, "Ramblin' Man"; in and out of the band since the early '70s; solo albums and Dickey Betts and Great Southern; "Revival," "Blue Sky," "Jessica," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," "California Blues") Born in 1943 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

GROVER WASHINGTON, JR. (Veteran soulful fusion or Smooth Jazz saxophonist; "Just the two of Us" [with Bill Withers on vocals]) Born in 1943 in Buffalo, New York. Died on December 17, 1999, in New York.

CY CURNIN (Leader of hit '80s Brit band The Fixx; "Stand Or Fall," "Red Skies," "One Thing Leads To Another") Born in 1957.


In 1964, One of the all-time golden nuggets was released as the Phil Spector-produced "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," by The Righteous Brothers (Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield) hit the record stores.

In 1967, A London Appeals Court rescinded Rolling Stone Brian Jones' nine-month sentence for marijuana possession when they determined, based on testimony from several shrinks, that Jones was an "extremely frightened young man" and could not withstand nine months of incarceration.

In 1970, A comedy of errors or misconceptions took place as charges of "larceny by trick" were filed against Little Richard in Miami Beach by Blacks, Inc., a black advocacy and self-help group that claimed the rock icon pocketed $250. he had solicited for the group. Richard said that all he wanted was a receipt and he would return their dough. The charges were later dropped.

In 1970, Stephen Stills' be-here-now hippie love anthem and bestseller, "Love The One You're With," was released.

In 1973, Emerson Lake & Palmer snickered after their Brain Salad Surgery album went Gold. The term was apparently Brit slang for oral sex.

In 1976, The Rolling Stones began work on what would become their Black & Blue album. It marked the departure of guitarist Mick Taylor, who'd replaced the late Brian Jones five years previously. Several excellent guitarists auditioned and actually wound up being heard on the album, including Harvey Mandel, Wayne Perkins and Ronnie Wood; Ronnie would eventually get the gig on a permanent basis. At the time, Mick Jagger quipped, "No doubt we can find a brilliant six-foot-three blond guitarist who can do his own make-up."

In 1980, Devo's "Whip It" became a Gold record. Accused of being an ode to self-flagellation, the song, in truth, according to group member Gerald Casale, was a motivational "can-do, self-help song. Whip it, as in whip it into shape."

In 1997, John Fogerty played the first of two nights at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. He played for two and a half hours, performing Creedence Clearwater Revival classics in addition to a number of tracks from his new disc, Blue Moon Swamp.

In 2001, David Bowie announced that he was quitting his longtime record label, Virgin, to start a new imprint record label, ISO. At 54, the "thin white duke" explained it away in a statement, "I've had one too many years of bumping heads with corporate structure."

In 2008, Coldplay was sued for copyright infringement by Joe Satriani over the title song from their album, Viva La Vida. The top-selling Brit band responded to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles that claims that the Grammy-nominated Coldplay track (for record of the year) contains "substantial portions" of the song "If I Could Fly" from Satriani's 2004 album Is There Love In Space, while Coldplay counters that the song similarities are "entirely coincidental". 


JEFFREY "SKUNK" BAXTER (Veteran guitarist, best known for his work in the early-mid '70s with Steely Dan and later as a Doobie Brother [he and Michael McDonald helped revamp the Doobies' sound], but has worked on innumerable sessions from Dolly Parton to Freddie Hubbard; has produced albums by Livingston Taylor and Memphis soul queen Carla Thomas; a whiz kid, Baxter has actually served as a consulting Defense Analyst for the Bush Sr. administration; "Reeling In The Years," "Do It Again," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "Pretzel Logic," "Black Water," "Minute By Minute," "What A Fool Believes") Born in 1948 in Washington, DC.
TOM VERLAINE (born Thomas Miller) (Lead guitarist and songwriter for highly acclaimed Velvet Underground-influenced NYC '70s punk band Television; also solo albums; Tom took the last name of the French Symbolist poet; collaborated with Patti Smith on poetry book, The Night) Born in 1949 in Wilmington, Delaware.


In 1966, Jimi Hendrix made his TV debut on Britain's Ready Steady Go! Marc Bolan (T. Rex) was on the same show.

In 1974, George Harrison met President Gerald Ford at the White House. Harrison was invited there after the Chief Executive's son Jack met Harrison backstage at a Salt Lake City concert.

In 1975, David Bowie's "Golden Years" was released.

In 1976, Robin Trower, the former lead guitarist for Procol Harum and disciple of Jimi Hendrix, received a Gold record for his fifth solo effort, Long Misty Days.

In 1976, Just three days after its release, Paul McCartney & Wings' triple-album live Wings Over America went Gold.

In 1985, Phil Collins made his U.S. television acting debut portraying a drug dealer on Miami Vice.

In 1986, Bruce Hornsby zoomed to #1 with his second single, "The Way It Is."

In 1988, Bruce Springsteen's divorce from Portland, Oregon, model/actress Julianne Phillips became final.

In 1993, Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash joined Billy Joel onstage in L.A. for Joel's tune, "Shameless."

In 1996, The popular and acclaimed Tom Cruise movie Jerry McGuire opened. Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey had a small role.

In 2003, After an amazing 93 weeks on the Billboard album chart, Norah Jones' Come Away With Me remained parked at the #40 position.

MIKE SCOTT (Singer, songwriter with The Waterboys; solo artist; "The Whole of the Moon," "Fisherman's Blues") Born in 1958 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

JANE BIRKIN (British singer/actress immortalized for her orgasmic moaning and mutterings in French on the one-off 1969 international novelty hit "Je T'Aimeâ%u20AC¦Moi Non Plus," recorded under name of Serge Gainsbourg) Born in 1946 in London.


In 1959, Rock & roll was the overwhelming favorite of 14-18 year-olds, while most people aged 19-70 named it as their least favorite music.

In 1963, R&B/blues/pop legend Dinah Washington died of an accidental overdose of sleeping pills. From the mid-'40s, and her start with Lionel Hampton, to her untimely passing, she had been a critical and popular favorite.

In 1967, The popular deejay and TV host Dick Clark announced that he was making a film about hippies, The Love Children, which would star Jack Nicholson, Dean Stockwell and Susan Strasberg, and feature the music of The Strawberry Alarm Clock and The Seeds. Ah, yes, another cinematic masterpiece was coming to fruition.

In 1968, After busting the Top 10 a few times, Marvin Gaye finally scored his first #1 single with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine."

In 1968, Iron Butterfly's epic dirge, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" went Gold. The 18-minute long, bass-riffing track was a classic back in the days of early progressive FM radio.

In 1972, Ringo became a movie producer. His film about T. Rex's Marc Bolan, Born To Boogie, opened in London.

In 1974, David Crosby and Graham Nash performed in San Francisco at a benefit concert for the United Farm Workers union and Project Jonah, a whale protection organization.

In 1977, The John Travolta movie, Saturday Night Fever, accelerated the popularity of disco music with a soundtrack chock full of dance hits by The Bee Gees, Kool & The Gang and KC & The Sunshine Band, among others. A disco backlash of sorts would soon follow.

In 1980, At the request of Yoko Ono, at 2pm Eastern Standard Time, John Lennon fans spanning the globe honored his memory with 10 minutes of silent prayer. In New York City alone, 100,000 converged in Central Park for the occasion.

In 1985, James Taylor married actress Kathryn Walker.

In 1999, Paul McCartney, joined by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Deep Purple's Ian Paice, played the Cavern Club for the first time since the early Beatles days. The concert was netcast live over the internet and attracted some 50 million hits.

In 2002, U2 and Paul McCartney announce that they are confirmed to play in New Orleans at the upcoming Superbowl XXXVI halftime show on February 3. In addition, the Barenaked Ladies and No Doubt were slated to perform at the Fox Tailgate Party in the stadium's parking lot.


PAUL SIMONON (Longtime bass player for The Clash; recorded one album with Gary Myrick as Havana 3 A.M. before he returned to his painting; raised in working-class Brixton, he met Mick Jones in art school; "London Calling," "Train In Vain," "Rock The Casbah," "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?") Born in 1955 in London.
JOHN HAMMOND, SR. (born John Henry Hammond, Jr.) (Columbia Records talent scout, producer; involved in the discovery and development of Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Charlie Christian, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen; father of blues musician John Hammond) Born in 1910 in New York. Died on July 10, 1987 in New York.

CARMINE APPICE (Drummer for Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and the short-lived [Jeff] Beck, Bogart & Appice; "Superstition") Born in 1946 in Staten Island.


In 1957, Sammy Davis, Jr., inaugurated a syndicated radio talk show with a round-table discussion of rock & roll. Sam's guests were Columbia Records' big-wig and producer, Mitch Miller and MGM Records President, Arnold Maxim. When Davis and Miller smugly denounced rock as "the comic books of music" (and Miller had a lot of nerve, as he had helped usher in rock & roll with his mediocre pop hits of the early '50s), Maxim disagreed, saying, "I don't see any end to rock & roll in the near future." In its various permutations, it has proven to be the longest-lived form in the history of pop music.

In 1959, In milestones of sorts, The Everly Brothers pulled a pair of personal firsts. They recorded in New York and were backed by a string section when they cut "Let It Be Me."

In 1967, The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour went Gold.

In 1968, Performing with the Jefferson Airplane on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Grace Slick appeared in blackface and raised a black leather glove in the black power salute at the conclusion of "Crown Of Creation." It was one of the incidents that led to corporate axing the show the following season.

In 1977, The Who performed a "secret" concert for longstanding members of their fan club at London's Shepperton Studios. Much of the footage wound up in the Who documentary, The Kids Are Alright.

In 1977, Two days before they were scheduled to appear on Saturday Night Live, their first American television appearance and the launch of their U.S. tour, the Sex Pistols were denied entry to the U.S. due to a visa problem.

In 1979, "Another Brick In The Wall" by Pink Floyd made it to #1 in the U.K. It would later repeat the feat here in the U.S.

In 1988, "The Godfather of Soul," James Brown, was sentenced to a six-year jail term for leading police on a late-night, two state car pursuit.

In 2001, R&B star Rufus Thomas ("Walking the Dog") died in Memphis. He was 84.


ROBBEN FORD (Talented jazz/blues guitar player and singer who has worked with Joni Mitchell, The Yellowjackets, George Harrison, Miles Davis and Tom Scott, among many others; solo career; "Talk To Your Daughter," "Ghosts," "I'm a Real Man," "Keep On Running," "Badge") Born in 1951 in Ukiah, California.
BILLY GIBBONS (Longtime guitarist with ZZ Top; highly regarded electric blues picker, even Jimi Hendrix was an admirer; "La Grange," "Legs," "Tush," "Under Pressure," "Sharp Dressed Man") Born in 1949 in Houston, Texas.


In 1965, The Beatles released a terrific two-hit single with "Day Tripper" on one side and "We Can Work It Out" on the other.

In 1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their first single, "Hey Joe."

In 1970, In a single day, five singles and five albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival were certified Gold. The singles were "Down On The Corner," "Lookin' Out My Backdoor," "Travelin' Band," "Bad Moon Risin'" and "Up Around The Bend." The long-players were Cosmo's Factory, Willy & The Poor Boys, Green River, Bayou Country and their debut, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

In 1974, Mick Taylor revealed in a press release that he was departing The Rolling Stones after a five-year run, stating that "he felt it was the time to move on and do something new."

In 1974, Mott The Hoople (Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs and company) announced that they were over as a band.

In 1988, the first album by The Traveling Wilburys broke into the Top Ten of the album chart.

In 1991, Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against McDonalds in Canada seeking $14 million in reparation for the unauthorized use of a simulation of his voice in a commercial.

In 1997, Singer/songwriter Nicolette Larson died from brain swelling at age 45. She was best known for her Top Ten hit of Neil Young's "Lotta Love," which she lent backing vocals to on his 1978 Comes A Time album.

In 2001, Stuart Adamson, lead vocalist of Big County, was found dead in a Honolulu hotel room after disappearing from his Nashville home a month earlier. He had been battling alcoholism for many years.


MIKE MILLS (Longtime bass player for '80s/'90s superstars, R.E.M.; also recorded the 1990 record Hindu Love Gods with Peter Buck, Bill Berry and Warren Zevon; grew up in Macon, GA; "Radio Free Europe," "So. Central Rain," "Fall On Me," "The One I Love," "Stand," "Pop Song 89," "Losing My Religion," "Shiny Happy People," "Drive," "Man On The Moon," "Everybody Hurts," "What's The Frequency, Kenneth?" "Bang And Blame," "It's The End Of The World As We Know It [And I Feel Fine]," "Bad Day," "Animal," "Leaving New York," "Aftermath") Born in 1958 in Orange, California.
PAUL BUTTERFIELD ('60s/'70s blues star from Chicago, best known for his tenure as guitarist, vocals and harmonica for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band; a teenage Butterfield hung out on Chicago's South Side clubs playing with Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and other legends before joining up with University of Chicago classmate Elvin Bishop; "Born In Chicago," "Walking Blues," "It All Comes Back," "East-West," "In My Own Dream") Born in 1942 in Chicago. Died on May 4, 1987, of a drug overdose in Hollywood, California.

ART NEVILLE (Keyboard player and vocalist for The Neville Brothers and The Meters; oldest of the four brothers from the prominent New Orleans R&B family; "Tell It Like It Is," "Hey Pocky Way," "Yellow Moon," "Brother John," "Congo Square" ) Born in 1937 in New Orleans.

PAUL RODGERS (Distinctive husky-voiced lead vocalist for Free in the '60s and '70s and later with Bad Company in the '70s and '80s and The Firm with Jimmy Page in the '80s; "Fire And Water," "All Right Now," "Ready For Love," "Can't Get Enough," "Feel Like Makin' Love," "Rock And Roll Fantasy," "Radioactive") Born in 1949 in Middlesborough, England.

EDDIE KENDRICKS (Legendary vocalist for '60s/'70s sensations, The Temptations; solo career; The Temps were one of a handful of Motown acts that received airplay on early progressive FM radio; the band had an amazing 37 hit singles; "Ball Of Confusion," "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," "Just My Imagination," "I Wish It Would Rain," "My Girl," "Keep On Truckin'," "Boogie Down") Born in 1939 in Union Springs, Alabama. Died of lung cancer on October 5 in Birmingham, Alabama.


In 1955, With their song "Only You" already at #2, The Platters' "The Great Pretender" debuted on the R&B chart at #13.

In 1966, The Four Tops' "Standing In The Shadows Of Love" began a 10-week run on the charts, entering the Top 10.

In 1969, The bizarre Tiny Tim married Miss Vicky on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

In 1970, The Beach Boys performed for Princess Margaret at London's Royal Albert Hall.

In 1977, At the last minute, Elvis Costello And The Attractions were scheduled to appear on Saturday Night Live in place of the Sex Pistols, who are unable to gain a visa to enter the country. SNL Producer Lorne Michaels asked Costello to not play "Radio, Radio" (because of the song's roasting of '70s corporate rock radio). Costello launched into a few seconds of "Less Than Zero," then abruptly broke into a full version of "Radio, Radio." Michaels was not amused and banned Costello from SNL for years.

In 1982, The Who performed at what was billed as the "last concert of our farewell tour" at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The show was simulcast nationally on pay-per-view satellite/cable TV to closed-circuit arena outlets.

In 1986, Paul and Linda McCartney were not injured after their limo caught fire as they were headed to a TV taping in Newcastle, England.

In 1999, Keith Richards decided to keep a guitar from an autograph seeker at his birthday party at the Russian Tea Room in New York. The owner of the guitar shrugs it off with, "It's Keith, man."

KEITH RICHARDS (The venerable, seemingly indestructible guitarist and, with Mick, co-songwriter of the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band, The Rolling Stones, for 40 years; dubbed Mr. Rock & Roll, The Riff King and one of The Glimmer Twins; Jagger initially met Richards in Primary School and they hooked up later as mutual fans of American blues and R&B; he supposedly dreamt the basic musical structure of “[I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction” and woke up in time to jot it down; other accomplishments, aside from still being alive, include various solo albums; “Tell Me,” “The Last Time,” “[I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction,” “Get Off Of My Cloud,” “As Tears Go By,” “Mother’s Little Helper,” “Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In The Shadow,” “Paint It Black,” “Under My Thumb,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Let’s Spend The Night Together,” “Dandelion,” “She’s A Rainbow,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Live With Me,” “Monkey Man,” “Let It Bleed,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” “Gimme Shelter,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Happy,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Heartbreaker,” “It’s Only Rock ’N Roll,” “Start Me Up,” “Waiting On A Friend,” “You Don’t Move,” “Take It So Hard”) Born in 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England.

CHAS CHANDLER (Bass player for The Animals; producer and manager; instrumental in Jimi Hendrix's early success) Born in 1938 in Heaton, Tyne & Wear, England. Died July 17, 1996, in Tyneside, England.

THIS DAY IN music: 12/18

In 1961, Chubby Checker's version of “The Twist” had been on the singles chart at this point for 23 weeks, longer than any other record.

In 1964, Funeral services for Sam Cooke were held in Chicago with hundreds of fans noisily converged on the A.R. Leak Funeral Home, where Cooke lay in repose. Sam Cooke's legacy included the rich catalog of “Cupid,” “You Send Me,” “Chain Gang,” “Havin' A Party,” “Twistin' The Night Away,” and “Wonderful World.”

In 1965, Stevie Wonder made his second trip to the Top 10 with his single “Uptight.” It entered the chart on this day, staying there for 14 weeks, and peaking at #3.

In 1968, John and Yoko appeared (sort of) at "An Alchemical Wedding" at the Underground Club in London. They were both onstage but not visible, crawling along inside a large white bag. It was the beginning of what Yoko called "Baggism."

In 1969, A New York Times article proclaimed that the youth audience in America was accountable for 75% of the $1 billion spent annually on recorded music. In the same issue, John’s and Yoko's War Is Over full page ad appeared.

In 1971, One of Joe Tex's biggest hits, “I Gotcha,” was released. A contributing factor to the success of the song was Joe's slurred delivery of the line "told you not to play with my affection," which caused millions of teenaged girls to misinterpret the last word.

In 1974, Kris Kristofferson received his second Gold record for “Me And Bobby McGee,” the title track of a four year-old album. The song, of course, had become a million-seller for the late Janis Joplin.

In 1976, The album Fly Like An Eagle by Steve Miller was released. Over two decades later, the U.S. postal service would use the record’s title track in their TV commercial campaign.

In 1979, The Joy Division played what would be their only gig ever in Paris when they appeared at the Les Bains Club.

In 1981, A sizable crowd around the world, estimated at 35 million, watched Rod Stewart go through his paces during a concert televised via satellite from the Forum in L.A. The show featured guest appearances by Kim Carnes and Tina Turner. The latter joined Rod the Mod on “Hot Legs” and “Get Back.”

In 1988, Mike Peters of The Alarm had to be hospitalized after his retinas were nearly fried by spotlights during a performance in Chester, England. The remainder of dates in the tour had to be cancelled.

In 2000, British singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl was killed in a boating accident off the coast of Mexico. She was 41.


PHIL OCHS (Mid-'60s protest folk-rocker and singer/songwriter; "Draft Dodger Rag," "I Ain't Marchin' Anymore," "Outside A Small Circle Of Friends") Born in El Paso, Texas in 1940. Committed suicide in 1976 in Far Rockaway, New York.

JOHN McKUEN (Key member of '60s/'70s country-rock legends, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, also the L.A. String Lizards; banjo, fiddle, mandolin, steel guitar, vocals; got his start in the Dirt Band replacing a young Jackson Browne in 1965; he taught comedian Steve Martin how to play the banjo; "Buy for Me the Rain," big hit with cover of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles," "Will the Circle Be Unbroken") Born in 1945 in Garden Grove, California.

ALVIN LEE (Ace guitarist for late-'60s/early-'70s Brit rock band Ten Years After, renowned for their performance of guitar-jam classic "Goin' Home" at original Woodstock; now resides in Nashville where he continues to record solo; "I'd Love To Change The World") Born in 1944 in Nottingham, England.

PROFESSOR LONGHAIR (born Henry Roeland Byrd) (One of the originals; New Orleans blues pianist; big influence on Fats Domino and Dr. John) Born in 1918 in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Died January 30, 1980, in New Orleans.

MAURICE WHITE (Singer, songwriter, drummer, producer; founder of soul/pop band Earth Wind & Fire) Born in 1941 in Memphis.

ZALN YANOVSKY (born Zalman Yanovsky) guitarist, singer with the Mugwumps with John Phillips and Mama Cass, but better known for his stint with the late-'60s era hit band Lovin' Spoonful) Born in 1944 in Toronto. Died of a heart attack on December 13, 2002.

In 1955, At Sun Studios in Memphis, Carl Perkins recorded one of his biggest hits (and one of Elvis's),