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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: March

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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: March

Rock Birthdays - March
March 1:
Jerry Donald Fisher (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jerry Fisher & the Music Company) - 75
Roger Daltrey (The Who, The RD Crusaders, No Plan B Band, solo + more) - 74
Mike D’Abo (Manfred Mann's Earth Band, A Band Of Angels, The Manfreds, solo) - 74
Dave Marsh (Music Critic, Author, Editor, Radio host - Early Editor for Creem Magazine, wrote for Newsday, The Village Voise, Rolling Stone, written numerous books, committee member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) - 68
Rob Affuso (Skid Row, Sebastian Bach) - 55
Ryan Peake (Nickelback) - 45
Daniel Dekay (Diemonds) -

March 2:
Lou Reed (Louis Firbank) (Velvet Underground, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 10/27/13
Rory Gallagher (Taste, solo) - b. 1948 - d. 6/14/95
Ralph Schuckett (keyboardist, songwriter, record producer and TV/film composer; Clear Light, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Jo Mama, Carole King, Lou Reed, Todd Rundgren, Utopia, many sessions) - 70
Larry Carlton (Fourplay, The Crusaders, sessions - Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, many others, solo) - 70
Hunt Sales (Todd Rundgren, Tony Sales, Iggy Pop, Tin Machine + more) - 64
Dale Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons, Prince, Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio) - 63
Mark Evans (AC/DC, Finch, Contraband, Heaven, The Party Boys, Dave Tice Band) - 62
Steve "Lips" Kudlow (Anvil) - 62
‎Scott Dalhover‬ (‎Dangerous Toys‬) - 55
Stevie Rachelle‬ (Tuff‬) - 52

March 3:
Junior Parker (blues singer/songwriter who wrote ‘Mystery Train’, which was covered by Elvis Presley. He also worked with B.B. King and Howlin’ Wolf) - b. 1927 - d. 11/18/71
Mike Pender (The Searchers, solo) - 76
Jance Garfat (Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) - b. 1944 - d. 11/6/06
Terence Charles "Snowy" White (Pink Floyd, Thin Lizzy, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Roger Waters & The Bleeding Heart Band, Max Middleton, Snowy White's Blues Agency, Snowy White and the White Flames) - 70
Richie Cannata (producer, multi-instrumentalist, saxophonist in Billy Joel's band, worked with The Beach Boys, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and more) - 69
Re-Styles / Shirley Marie MacLeod (The Tubes) - 68
Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon, Black Oak Arkansas, Ted Nugent, Cher) - 65
Robyn Hitchcock (Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians) - 65
Ricky Wilson (The B-52's) - b. 1953 - d. 10/12/85
John Lilley (The Hooters) - 64
Chris “Merrick” Hughes (Adam and the Ants) - 64
Kevin Steele (Roxx Gang, The Mojo Gurus) - 55
Lonnie Vencent (Hawk, Bulletboys) - 55
David Draiman (Disturbed) - 45
Joe "Blower" Garvey (Hinder) - 34

March 4:
Chris Squire (The Selfs, The Syn, Mabel Greer's Toyshop, Yes, XYZ, Conspiracy) - b. 1948 - d. 6/27/15
Chris Rea - 67
Pete John Haycock (Climax Blues Band, Electric Light Orchestra Part II, The Love Power Band, solo) - b. 1951 - d. 10/30/13
Jason Newsted (Flotsam & Jetsam, Metallica, Voivod, Rock Star Supernova, Newsted) - 55
Paul Bostaph (Slayer, Forbidden, Testament, Blackgates) - 55
Evan Dando (The Lemonheads) - 51
Anders Jolholm (Volbeat) - 47

March 5:
Richard Bell (Full Tilt Boogie Band, Crowbar, Ronnie Hawkins, The Band, Burrito Deluxe, Porkbelly Futures, Colin Linden, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, sessionist) - b. 1946 - d. 6/15/07
Louis Cennamo (Renaissance, The Herd, Colosseum, Steamhammer, Armageddon, Illusion) - 72
Alan Clark (Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Geordie, solo + more) - 66
Nick Launay (Producer, engineer; Public Image Ltd, Killing Joke, Gang of Four, The Slits, Midnight Oil, The Church, INXS, Tim Finn, Talking Heads, David Byrne, The Posies, Silverchair, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Ataris, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush, Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Arcade Fire, Cassandra Wilson, many others) - 58
John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ataxia, Trickfinger, Josh Klinghoffer, The Mars Volta, Omar Rodríguez-López, Venetian Snares, Swahili Blonde, Warpaint, Truth Hurts, Pearl Jam) - 48

March 6:
Ben Keith/Bennett Keith Schaeufele (Neil Young, Great Speckled Bird, Terry Reid, Todd Rundgren, Lonnie Mack, The Band, Blue, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Paul Butterfield, J. J. Cale, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Ian and Sylvia, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray, Ringo Starr, solo) - b. 1937 - d. 7/26/10
Hugh Grundy (The Zombies, A&R Columbia Records) - 73
Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett, Kate Bush, Jokers Wild, Deep End, Richard Wright, The Orb, Bryan Ferry, solo) - 72
Walter Trout (John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, John Mayall's Bluesbrekers, Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat, The Radicals, solo) - 67
‎Joey DeMaio‬ (‎Manowar) - 64 ‬
Michael Romeo (Symphony X) - 50
Chris Broderick (Megadeth, Jag Panzer, Nevermore, Act Of Defiance) - 48
Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup, coolfork!, Jarinus, Love Händel, People on Vacation, Terminal Seasons, The Boster) - 46

March 7:
Chris White (The Zombies, Argent) - 75
Arthur Lee (The American Four, Love, solo) - b. 1945 - d. 8/3/06
Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum, Robin Trower) - 72
Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band, solo) - 72
Jules Shear (Jules and the Polar Bears) - 66
Matt Frenette (Loverboy) - 64
Eric Knutson‬ (Flotsam And Jetsam‬) - 52
Randy Guss (Toad The Wet Sprocket) - 51
Warrel Dane (Sanctuary, Nevermore) - b. 1969 - d. 12/13/17
Alessandro Venturella‬ (Slipknot‬) - 40

March 8:
"Mississippi" John Hurt (Blues singer, guitarist) - b. 1892 (some sources state his birthday as July 3, 1893) - d. 11/2/66
Micky Dolenz (Monkees) - 73
Randy Meisner (Eagles, Poco, Rick Nelson's Stone Canyon Band, Linda Rondstadt, solo) - 72
Michael Allsup (Three Dog Night) - 71
Mel Galley (Whitesnake, Trapeze, Phenomena, Finders Keepers, Glenn Hughes, Cozy Powell, solo) - b. 1948 - d. 7/1/08
Dave Lambert (Strawbs, solo) - 69
Clive Burr (Iron Maiden, Samson, Desperado) - b. 1957 - d. 3/12/13 (due to complications related to MS)
Gary Numan (Tubeway Army, solo) - 60

March 9:
Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & The Raiders) - 76
John Cale (Theater of Eternal Music, The Velvet Underground, John Cage, Phil Manzanera, Nico, Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Kevin Ayers, Nick Drake, solo) - 76
Trevor Burton (The Move, Danny King & The Mayfair Set, Balls, Raymond Froggatt and The Pink Fairies, Steve Gibbons Band, The Trevor Burton Band) - 74
Robin Trower (Procol Harum, The Paramounts, Bryan Ferry, Jack Bruce, solo) - 73
Jim Cregan (Rod Stewart, Family, Cockney Rebel, Farm Dogs, others, solo) - 72
Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann's Earth Band) - 70
Frank Rodriguez (? & The Mysterians) - 57
Shannon Leto (Thirty Seconds To Mars) - 48

March 10:
Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean) - 78
Tom Scholz (Boston) - 71
Ted Mckenna (Tear Gas, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Rory Gallagher, The Greg Lake Band, Michael Schenker Group, Ian Gillan, Gwyn Ashton, The Paul Rose Band Band of Friends) - 68
Gail Greenwood (Belly, L7, Boneyard) - 58
Jeff Ament (Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, Temple Of The Dog, Green River, War Babies, Three Fish, Derranged Diction, RNDM) - 55
Rick Rubin (Producer: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash, Slayer, Danzig, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Weezer, Linkin Park, The Cult, Neil Diamond, Joe Strummer, Mick Jagger, System of a Down, The Mars Volta, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Sheryl Crow, ZZ Top + many more) - 55
Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam) - 52
Edie Brickell (Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, The Heavy Circles, The Gaddabouts, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell) - 52
Tommy Denander (Prolific sessionist with artists such as: Michael Jackson, Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Ricky Martin, BB King, Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, David Coverdale, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Toto, Fee Waybill, Richard Marx, Robin Beck, House Of Lords, Westlife, Backstreet Boys, David Archuleta, Tokio Hotel, Radioactive, Michael Schenker, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kenny Loggins, Kelly Keagy, Jimi Jamison and others) - 50
Kari Kane (Pretty Boy Floyd) - 49
Douglas Ardito (Puddle Of Mudd) - 47
John Charles LeCompt (Evanescence, We Are The Fallen, Machina, Living Sacrifice, Mourningside) - 46
Jerry Horton (Papa Roach) - 41
Ben Burnley (Breaking Benjamin) - 38
Ryan Patrick (Otherwise) -

March 11:
Harvey Mandel (Charlie Musselwhite, solo, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, John Mayall, Pure Food & Drug Act) - 73
Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge, Tommy Bolin, Alice Cooper, solo) - 71
"Blue" Weaver / Derek John Weaver (Mott The Hoople, The Strawbs) - 71
George Kooymans (Golden Earring, Tornados) - 70
Robert Fleischman (Journey, Asia, Liberty N' Justice, Vince Vincent Invasion, Channel, solo, others) -
Bruce Watson (Big Country) - 57
Lenny Wolf (Stone Fury, Kingdom Come) - 56
Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel, Hellyeah, Gasoline) - 54
‪‎Uli Kusch‬ (Helloween, Masterplan‬, Gamma Ray) - 51
Geoff Gayer (Leatherwolf) -
Rami Jaffee (Wallflowers, many others) - 49
Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Snakecharmer) -
Joel & Benji Madden (Good Charlotte) - 39

March 12:
Leonard Chess (Founder of Chess Record Label) - b. 1917 - d. 10/16/69
James Taylor - 70
Bill Payne (Little Feat, Phil Lesh and Friends, J. J. Cale, Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris, Bryan Adams, Pink Floyd, Bob Seger, Toto, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Helen Watson, Stevie Nicks, Shocking Edison, Stephen Bruton, solo, many others) - 68
Mike Gibbons (The Iveys, Badfinger) - b. 1949 - d. 10/4/05
Guy Speranza (Riot) - b. 1956 - d. 11/8/03
Steve Harris (Iron Maiden, British Lion, solo) - 62
Minoru Niihara‬ (‎Loudness‬) - 58
Matthew McDonough‬ (‎Mudvayne) - 49

March 13:
Mike Stoller (Songwriter, composer; Stoller & Leiber) - 85
Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention, he has toured and/or recorded with Chris Rea, Jethro Tull, Jimmy Page, Andy Fairweather-Low, Rosanne Cash, Elton John, XTC, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Cat Stevens, Brian Eno, Nick Drake, Spirogyra + many more) - 70
Rustee Allen (Robin Trower, Sly & the Family Stone, Graham Central Station, others) - 65
Adam Clayton (U2, Automatic Baby, Passengers, Daniel Lanois, Little Steven) - 58
David Draiman (Disturbed, Device) - 45
Ed Sloan (Crossfire) - 41

March 14:
Jim Pons (The Turtles, The Leaves, The Mothers of Invention, Flo and Eddie, Film Director) - 75
Walter Parazaider (Chicago) - 73
Rick Dees (Legendary Hall of Fame DJ, Actor, TV Host (Into the Night, Solid Gold) + more) - 68
Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies, Los Cyclos, Infectious Grooves, Cyco Miko) - 56

March 15:
Lightnin' Hopkins (blues singer/songwriter0 - b. 1912 - d. 1/30/82
D.J. Fontana (Elvis Presley) - 87
James Mitchell (tenor saxophone, The Memphis Horns. Worked with Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Sam And Dave, Elvis Presley, The Doobie Brothers, Otis Redding and more) - b. 1931 - d. 12/18/00
Arif Mardin (Turkish-American music producer and arranger. In 1969, he became Vice President of Atlantic Records and later served as Senior Vice President until 2001. He worked with Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Wilson Pickett, Average White Band, The Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand and more recently Norah Jones) - b. 1932 - d. 6/25/06
Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead) - 78
Mike Love (The Beach Boys) - 77
Hughie Flint (John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, McGuinness Flint) - 77
Sly Stone (Sly and The Family Stone) - 75
David Costell (Gary Lewis and the Playboys) - 74
Howard Scott (War) - 72
Ry Cooder (Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, Buena Vista Social Club, Rising Sons, Little Village, worked with Gordon Lightfoot, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, John Lee Hooker, solo) - 71
Hernandez Lugo (? & The Mysterians) - 71
Stephen Nisbett (Steel Pulse, owner of his own record company, Grizzly Records) - b. 1948 - d. 1/18/18
Preston Hubbard (Fabulous Thunderbirds) - 65
Dee Snider (Twisted Sister, Desperado, Widowmaker) - 63
Bret Michaels (Poison, solo) - 55
Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa, The Prog Collective, Conspiracy, solo, producer) - 53
Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray) - 50
Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) - 50
Mark Hoppus (Blink 182, +44, solo) - 46
DJ Joseph Hahn (Linkin Park) - 41
Marshal Dutton (Hinder) -

March 16:
Michael Bruce (Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies, The Josiah-Bruce Band, The Michael Bruce Group) - 70
Nancy Wilson (Heart, Roadhouse Royale) - 64
Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, White Lion, Suicidal Tendencies, Lita Ford, Dokken, Black Star Riders) - 55
Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen, Tremonti) - 27

March 17:
Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship) b. 1941 – d. 1/28/16
John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful, solo) - 74
Pattie Boyd (ex-wife of Eric Clapton and George Harrison) - 74
Harold Ray Brown (War, Night Shift, Lowrider) - 72
Fran Byrne (Ace) - 70
Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy, The Greedies, Phenomenon, 21 Guns, Black Star Riders) - 67
Marc Russo (The Doobie Brothers, Yellowjackets) -
Wally Stocker (The Babys) - 64
Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate, L.A. Guns, Ratt, Adler's Appetite, solo, Quiet Riot) - 60
Paul Black (LA Guns, Jo & Paul's Sonic Boom) - 59
Roxy Petrucci (Madam X, Vixen) - 56
Janet Gardner (Vixen) - 56
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan, The Marked, Spirits in the Sky, Starchildren) - 51
Van Conner (Screaming Trees) - 51
Melissa Auf der Mar (The Smashing Pumpkins, Tinker, Hole, Hand of Doom, The Chelsea, solo) - 46
Justin Hawkins (The Darkness) - 43

March 18:
Wilson Pickett - b. 1941 - d. 1/19/06
Eric Woolfson (Alan Parsons Project, solo) - b. 1945 - d. 12/2/09
Barry "BJ" Wilson (Procol Harum, The Paramounts) - b. 1947 - d. 10/8/90
Bobby Whitlock (Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel, Derek & The Dominos, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, many others, solo) - 70
John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) - 68
Bernie Torme (Gillan, Guy McCoy Torme, Ozzy Osbourne, Atomic Rooster, Desperado, Tormé) - 66
John Elefante (Kansas, Mastedon, solo) - 60
Grant Hart (Husker Du, Nova Mob, solo) - b. 1961 - d. 9/13/17
Jeff LaBar (Cinderella, Naked Beggars, solo) - 55
Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Ignitor, Spastic Ink) - 53
Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) - 52
Jon Levin (Warlock, Doro, Dokken) - 52
Adam Levine (Maroon 5) - 39

March 19:
Michael Wilhelm (The Charlatans [SF band), The Flamin' Groovies, Loose Gravel, solo) - 76
Paul Atkinson (The Zombies) - b. 1946 - d. 4/1/04
Ricky Wilson (The B-52's) - b. 1953 - d. 10/12/85
Billy Sheehan (Talas, UFO, David Lee Roth, Richie Kotzen, Marty Friedman, Tim "Ripper" Owens, B'z, Steve Vai, G3, Niacin, Mr. Big, The Winery Dogs) - 64
Anthony Marinelli (performed on the synthesizer for albums including Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,' also worked with Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Herb Alpert, Supertramp, The Crystal Method, Billy Childs and James Brown. Marinelli has also scored many film soundtracks) - 59
Zach Lind (Jimmy Eat World) - 41
Matt Mcjunkins (30 Seconds to Mars, ASHES dIVIDE, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer) -

March 20:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - b. 1915 - d. 10/9/73
Sam Lay (recorded and performed with Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Eddie Taylor, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Magic Sam, Jimmy Rogers, Earl Hooker and Muddy Waters. In the mid-1960s, Lay later joined the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Bob Dylan used Lay as his drummer when he introduced electric rock at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. Lay also recorded with Dylan, notably on the album 'Highway 61 Revisited') - 83
Carl Palmer (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia, Atomic Rooster, PM, 3, solo) - 68
Jimmie Vaughan (Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo, The Vaughan Brothers, The Tilt-A-Whirll) - 67
Jance Garfat (Dr Hook & the Medicine Show) - b. 1944 - d. 11/6/06
Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand) - 46
Chester Bennington (Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, Julien-K, Grey Daze, Stone Temple Pilots) - b. 1976 - d. 7/20/17

March 21:
Son House / Eddie James House Jr (Blues singer, guitarist) - b. 1902 - d. 10/19/88
Solomon Burke (Rhythm & blues singer) - b. 1940 - d. 10/10/10
John Boylan (American producer and songwriter, worked with Rick Nelson, the Association, the Dillards, managed Linda Ronstadt and introduced her to a then unknown group of musicians who went on to become her backing band in 1971, and later became the Eagles) - 77
Rose Stone / Rosemary Stewart (Sly & The Family Stone) - 73
Ray Dorset (Mungo Jerry, Good Earth) - 72
Eddie Money - 69
Roger Hodgson (Supertramp, Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, Argosy, solo) - 68
Conrad Lozano (Los Lobos) - 67
Andy Parker (UFO, Waysted) - 66
Jonathan Norton (drummer/percussionist/vocalist worked with Eels, Lisa Germano, Tracy Chapman, Rufus Wainwright, Fiona Apple, Michael Penn, Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams) - 60
Robert Sweet (Stryper, Roxx Regime, King James, Blissed, Dbeality, Final Axe, Menchen, Seventh Power) - 58
Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats, Phantom Rocker & Slick, Dead Men Walking with Kirk Brandon, Mike Peters, Captain Sensible, Headcat) - 57
Share Ross (Vixen, Contraband, Down N’ Outz) - 55
Sean Dickson (The Soup Dragons) - 51
Andrew Copeland (Sister Hazel) - 50
Deryck Whibley (Sum 41) - 38

March 22:
Keith Reif (Yardbirds, Ressistance) - b. 1943 - d. 3/22/43 - Reif died on May 14th 1976 from an electric shock received from his improperly grounded guitar amplifier rehearsing at home.
Chris Stainton (Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, The Grease Band, Spooky Tooth, Eric Clapton, Boxer, The Who, Jim Capaldi, Ian Hunter, Elkie Brooks, Bryn Haworth, Maddy Prior, Roger Waters, B.B. King, Jimmy Smith , David Gilmour, The Alarm, Bryan Ferry, Tundra, Billl Wyman's Rhythm Kings) - 74
Harry Vanda (Easybeats) - 72
Randy Jo Hobbs (The McCoys, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter) - b. 1948 - d. 8/5/93
Jay Dee Daugherty (Patti Smith, Tom Verlaine, The Church, Indigo Girls + more) - 66
Aaron North (Jubilee, The Icarus Line, Nine Inch Nails) - 39
Andy Pugh (Otherwise) -

March 23:
Ric Ocasek (The Cars, solo) - 69
Phil Lanzon (Uriah Heep) - 68
Ira Black (Metal Church, Vicious Rumors, Heathen, Lizzy Borden, Attika7) - 47

March 24:
Carol Kaye (The Wrecking Crew) - 83
Mike Kellie (Spooky Tooth, The Only Ones, session drummer for; The Who (Ken Russell's film soundtrack of Tommy), Joe Cocker, Traffic, George Harrison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Peter Frampton;, Maurice Gibb, Luther Grosvenor, Paul Kossoff, Jim Capaldi, Pat Travers, Andy Fraser and more) - 71
Lee Oskar (War, S.O.B. (Same Old Band), Lowrider Band) - 70
Nick Lowe (Producer, Brinsley Schwarz, Rockpile, Elvis Costello, The Attractions, The Imposters, Huey Lewis and the News, Noise To Go, The Cowboy Outfit, Johnny Cash, Little Village, Bill Kirchen, solo) - 69
Dougie Thomson (Supertramp, The Alan Bown Set) - 67
Steve Souza‬ (‎Exodus‬) - 54
Chad Butler (Switchfoot) - 44

March 25:
Elton John - 71
Jeff Healey - Canadian guitarist, singer - b. 1966 - d. 3/2/08 of cancer
Ron Keel (Steeler, Keel, solo) - 57
Frank Ferrer‬ (‎Guns N' Roses) - 52

March 26:
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith, solo) - 70
Richard Tandy (Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne, Tandy Morgan Band) - 70
Fran Sheehan (Boston) - 69
Jeff Plate (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Metal Church, Savatage) - 56
Trey Azagthoth‬ (Morbid Angel‬) - 53
James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins, Starchildren, A Perfect Circle, Vanessa and the O's, Tinted Windows, Whiskeytown) - 50

March 27:
Andy Bown (Status Quo, The Herd, Judas Jump, Peter Frampton, Pink Floyd) - 72
Tony Banks (Genesis, Bankstatement, Strictly Inc., solo) - 68
Wally Stocker (Babys, Humble Pie, Air Supply) - 65
Andrew Farris (INXS) - 59
Kevin Chalfant (Journey, 707, Steel Breeze, The Storm, Alan Parsons Live Project) -
Johnny April (Staind) - 53
Brent Fitz (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil, Theory Of A Deadman, Union, The Guess Who, Bulletboys, Econoline Crush) - 48
Brendan Hill (Blues Traveler, Stolen Ogre) - 48

March 28:
John Evans (Jethro Tull, John Evans Band) - 70
Jackie Chambers (Girlschool) - 58
Steve Turner (Mudhoney, The Fall-Outs, The Thrown Ups, Monkeywrench) - 53
Kofi Baker (Kofi Baker's Cream Experience, Ginger Baker, has toured with John Ethridge (Soft Machine), Steve Waller (Manfred Mann), Randy California (Spirit), Steve Marriot's Humble Pie) - 49
Matt Nathanson - 45
Dave Keuning (The Killers) - 42

March 29:
Chad Allen (Expressions, Guess Who) - 75
John 'Speedy' Keene (Thunderclap Newman, session player with The Who, Rod Stewart, Kenny G, Motörhead, The Lightning Seeds, The Mission + others, solo) - b. 1945 - d, 3/21/02
Billy Thorpe (Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, solo) - b. 1946 - d. 2/28/07
Bobby Kimball (Toto, Yoso, Far Corporation, solo) - 71
Perry Farrell (Jane's Addiction, Porno for Pyros, Psi com, Satellite Party, PerryEtty vs Chris Cox) - 59
John Popper (Blues Traveler, The John Popper Project, Frogwings, The Duskray Troubadors) - 51
Donnie Vie (Enuff Z'Nuff) - 50

March 30:
Ken Forssi (Love,The Surfaris, session player) - b. 1943 - d. 1/5/98
Eric Clapton (The Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Plastic Ono Band, Santana, Delaney, Bonnie & Friends, Derek and the Dominos, B.B. King, George Harrison, solo + more) - 73
Jim Dandy (Black Oak Arkansas) - 70
Dave Ball (Bedlam, Procol Harum) - b. 1950 - d. 3/31/15
Gary Falcone (Has recorded with bands and artists such as Yes, Rod Stewart, Alice Cooper, Celine Dion, Don Henley, Joe Cocker, David Lee Roth, Kenny Loggins, Megadeath, Chicago, Wang Chung, Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Aaron Neville, Janet Jackson, Sam Kinison, Barry Manilow, Sammy Hagar, Eddie Van Halen, Sergio Mendes, Thomas Dolby, Billy Joel, Patty LaBelle, Paul Stanley, Steve Vai, David Foster, Monkeys, Jose Feliciano, Lynyrd Skynrd + more) - 63
Rupert Greenall (The Fixx) - 58
Re Styles (Shirley Marie MacLeod) (The Tubes) - 58
Tracy Chapman - 54
Rick Richards (The Georgia Satellites, Izzy Stradlin and The JuJu Hounds, Raggedy Ann + more) -
Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, Zilch, Wasted Youth, Goatsnake, Danzig, Sugartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Desert Sessions, Son of Sam) - 52
Steve Summers‬ (‎Pretty Boy Floyd‬) - 52
Berry Duane Oakley (Bloodline, Oakley Krieger Band + more, others) - 45

March 31:
Herb Alpert - 83 (Formed A&M Records with Jerry Moss, at first operating from his garage at home)
Mick Ralphs (Bad Company, Mott The Hoople, David Gilmour, solo) - 74
Thiis van Leer (Focus, solo) - 70
Keith Boyce (The Heavy Metal Kids, Gates Of Dawn, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Mike Oldfield, Bram Tchaikovsky, Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns), Tim Bogert, Savoy Brown + more) -
Sean Hopper (Huey Lewis & The News) - 65
Tony Brock (The Babys, Rod Stewart, Strider, Roy Orbison, Jimmy Barnes, Elton John) - 64
Angus Young (AC/DC, Kantuckee, Tantrum, Marcus Hook Roll Band) - 63
Jeff Young (Megadeth, Equilibrium, Broken Silence) - 56
Erik Turner (Warrant) - 54

Today In Rock History
March 1
1941: The world's first commercial FM radio station, Nashville's W47NV, begins broadcasting.
1952: Already operating a recording studio, Memphis Recording Service, Sam Phillips starts Sun Records by releasing 'Drivin' Slow' by 16-year-old saxophonist Johnny London. The label launches the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.
1957: Chuck Berry's classic" 'School Days' is released.
1957: The Everly Brothers sign with Cadence Records and record 'Bye Bye Love,' a teen-age love song that was written by 37 year old Boudleaux Bryant and his 31 year old wife, Felice. Although nearly 30 other artists turned the song down, The Everly's version will rise to #2 in the US and #6 in the UK by next May.
1958: Buddy Holly & The Crickets launch their one and only U.K. tour in London. They play two sets each evening for 25 nights.
1966: Gene Clark announces he's left the Byrds. A fear of flying is given as the reason.
1958: Elvis Presley begins filming the movie 'King Creole' in New Orleans.
1961: Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis.
1963: Filming begins in Hollywood for Elvis Presley's 13th film, 'Fun In Acapulco.'
1963: Gerry And The Pacemakers release their first British single, 'How Do You Do It,' which will go on to top the UK chart the following April. The song had been turned down by Adam Faith and although The Beatles had recorded it, they declined to issue their version.
1965: After selling over 3 million copies in the US alone, Petula Clark's 'Downtown' is awarded a Gold record. The song, which had been recorded in four different languages, was a success in a dozen other countries and was inducted into The Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2003.
1966: Gene Clark of The Byrds announced he was leaving the group due to his chronic fear of flying. He had also had some problems getting along with Roger McGuinn.
1966: A day after Liverpool’s Cavern Club closed due to bankruptcy, a hundred Beatles fans barricaded themselves inside. Still, the vacant venue, where the Beatles had a two-year residency, was later turned into a subway station.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new song John Lennon song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.' The song was inspired by a drawing his 3 year-old son Julian returned home from school with one day. The picture, which was of a little girl with lots of stars, was his classmate - Lucy O’Donnell, who also lived in Weybridge, and attended the same school as Julian.
1967: In Ottawa, The Animals refuse to go on unless they are paid in advance. The concert is canceled. As a result, the audience riots resulting in several thousands of dollars worth of damage.
1967: 'Happy Jack' peaks at #4 on the German charts. It is The Who’s biggest singles hit in that country.
1968: Elton John’s first single 'I’ve Been Loving You Too Long' was released on the Phillips label. It didn’t chart.
1968: On or around this date, Pink Floyd officially announces Syd Barrett’s departure from the band.
1968: The Hollies played at the Civic Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
1968: Johnny Cash marries June Carter of the gospel stars The Carter Family. They remain married for 35 years until her death. Before they married one another, Johnny had been married once; June had been married twice.
1969: Jim Morrison is arrested after a Doors concert in Miami after allegedly showing his penis to the audience during a show in Miami. Although it has never been confirmed that he actually exposed himself, he did say, “You want to see my c*ck, don’t you? That’s what you came for isn’t it? YEAHHHH!” Morrison was inebriated, but he was also playing in a venue that had been oversold to three times its capacity, on a hot night with no air-conditioning. He would be found guilty of two misdemeanors — indecent exposure and “open profanity,” and sentenced to eight months hard labor. Morrison died in Paris while the sentence was on appeal. On December 9, 2010, a pardon was requested by outgoing Florida Governor Charlie Crist and the state Clemency Board unanimously granted it.
1969: Pink Floyd performed at University College, in Bloomsbury, London, England.
1969: The Who play Mother’s Club in Erdington Birmingham, England.
1969: The Jeff Beck Group performed at the Alexandria Roller Rink in Alexandria, Virginia.
1970: Mott The Hoople, supported by Genesis, appeared at The Northcote Arms in Middlesex, England.
1970: On The Ed Sullivan Show, two clips were aired of The Beatles performing 'Let It Be' and 'Two of Us.' It was the last time the band appeared on the show that broke them in America.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.
1971: Tony Iommi‬ was nearly killed when a crazed fan dashed towards him with a large knife in ‎Memphis‬, TN.
1972: John Lennon was granted an extension on his American work visa.
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis' 'The Session' comes out. The album features an all-star cast, including Peter Frampton and Alvin Lee, as they roll through the oldies. It is Jerry Lee's highest charting album.
1973: The New York's Joffrey Ballet performs 'Deuce Coupe Ballet' consisting entirely of Beach Boys music.
1973: Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker renegotiates Elvis into a 50-50 split on new royalties, and lands another seven-year, fourteen-album deal with RCA for $3.5 million.
1973: Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, sells all of Elvis' back catalog recordings to RCA for a lump sum of $5.4 million, forgoing all future royalties, in an apparent attempt to garner the King some quick, much-needed cash.
1973: Pink Floyd releases 'Dark Side Of The Moon.' Though it is RIAA certified at 15X platinum, some estimates claim it has sold 50 million copies worldwide.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut.
1974: Rush release their self-titled debut album. It's also their last with drummer John Rutsey. ‬The album's 'Working Man' becomes a breakout song in blue collar Cleveland, Ohio, after winning WMMS disc jockey Donna Halper's endorsement. One year later the band releases 'Fly by Night,' its first album to include Neil Peart.
1974: Aerosmith release their 2nd studio album, 'Get Your Wings.'
1974: Queen begin their first UK tour in Blackpool.
1974: Chris Difford placed an ad in a shop window “lyricist seeks musician for co-writing.” Glen Tillbrook answered the ad. The pair went on to form Squeeze.
1975: Bob Dylan's album 'Blood On The Tracks' hits #1.
1975: The Eagles had their first million seller and first #1 record in the US when 'Best of My Love' reached the top of the Billboard chart. 'Take It Easy' had made it to #12, 'Witchy Woman' reached #9, 'Peaceful Easy Feeling' hit #22 and 'Already Gone' stalled at #32.
1975: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Paul McCartney for Best pop vocal on 'Band On The Run' and Elvis Presley wins for Best Inspirational Performance for his live version of 'How Great Thou Art.'
1976: KISS‬ released their 6th single 'Shout It Out Loud.'
1976: David Bowie performed at the Detroit Olympia in Detroit, Michigan.
1977: Iggy Pop and David Bowie, plus The Vibrators appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, England.
1977: After years of estrangement, Bob Dylan's wife, Sara Lowndes -- subject of 'Lay Lady Lay' and 'Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands,' among other songs -- files for divorce in Santa Monica, CA.
1977: Manfred Mann gets their first Gold record for 'Blinded by the Light,' a song written by Bruce Springsteen. It was their first US #1 record since 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy,' thirteen years earlier.
1977: Canadian band, Max Webster, fronted by Kim Mitchell release their 'High Class In Borrowed Shoes' album
1978: David Coverdale released his 2nd solo album, 'Northwinds.'
1979: The Coca-Cola Company introduces Mello Yello as a competitor to Pepsi's Mountain Dew in the urine-colored soda category. Donovan hopes they will use his song 'Mellow Yellow' in their advertising, but the company declines.
1980: Patti Smith marries MC 5's Fred 'Sonic' Smith in Detroit. They have two children, and remain married until his death from heart failure in 1994.
1981: Ted Nugent releases his live album 'Intensities In 10 Cities.‬'
1981: NBC-TV airs 'Elvis And The Beauty Queen,' the story of his final years and his relationship with girlfriend Linda Thompson, featuring future star Don Johnson as Elvis Presley.
1982: Rod Stewart performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1982: MTV launches its catchy "I Want My MTV" campaign. The effort builds public demand for cable systems to offer the channel. Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger and David Bowie v release their fourth album, 'Power Metal,' It's their first to feature Phil Anselmo on vocals.
1982: Krokus release their 6th studio album, 'One Vice at a Time' .
1985: Ford licenses The Beatles' 'Help!' for a new commercial, the very first such use of the group's songs in a TV ad.
1986: The Rolling Stones release their album 'Dirty Work'
1986: Mr. Mister's 'Kyrie' hits #1 in America. The refrain "Kyrie eleison" is Greek for "Lord, have mercy."
1990: During a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers concert at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA, Bob Dylan & Bruce Springsteen made guest appearances on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 'Travelin’ Ban'” & the Animals’ 'I’m Crying.'
1991: The Oliver Stone film, 'The Doors' is released. It stars Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, after Ian Astbury of the Cult turns the role down.
1993: Q magazine publishes an interview with Sting and Bob Geldof where Sting explains how his sex lasts for hours through the benefits of yoga.
1994: Nirvana played their final ever concert when they appeared at The Terminal Einz in Munich, Germany. The 3,000 capacity venue was a small Airport Hanger. The power went off during the show so they played an impromptu acoustic set including a version of The Cars 'My Best Friend's Girl.' Kurt Cobain is very sick, and the rest of the tour is cancelled. He is found dead a little over a month later.
1994: Soul Asylum's 'Runaway Train' wins Best Rock Song at the 36th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Ozzy Osbourne wins Best Metal Performance Grammy for 'I Don't Want To Change The World.' Bruce Springsteen, Steve Winwood and Bonnie Raitt perform a tribute to Cutis Mayfield.
1995: Quiet Riot released their 8th studio album, 'Down to the Bone.'
1995: D-A-D released their 5th studio album, 'Helpyourselfish.'
1995: Bruce Springsteen’s 'Streets of Philadelphia' won three Grammys for Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. Sheryl Crow winss Best New Artist and Record of the Year for 'All I Wanna Do.' Soundgarden earn a pair of statues for 'Black Hole Sun' (Best Hard Rock Performance) and 'Spoonman' (Best Metal Performance) Also, the trophy for Best Rock Performance-Female went to Melissa Etheridge for 'Come To My Window.' Eric Clapton wins his ninth Grammy, winning Best Traditional Blues Album for 'From The Cradle.'
1995: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry left the stage during the middle of a concert in Lausanne, Switzerland with a severe headache. He was later diagnosed with a brain aneurysm & concerts scheduled through May were postponed.
1997: A Motley Crue fan who claimed his hearing had been irreparably damaged after a show in New Jersey had his lawsuit thrown out of court. The judge told Clifford Goldberg who had sat near the front of the stage, knew the risk he was taking.
1997: 'Bowie Bonds' were issued on the US Stock Exchange. Linked to David Bowie's back catalog albums with money earned on the bonds via interest from royalties, investors could expect to make an 8% profit in about 10 years.
2004: Warner Music Group leaves parent company Time Warner for the first time, bought out as a separate entity by investors led by former Universal Music head Edgar Bronfman Jr.
2005: Judas Priest released their 14th studio album, 'Angel of Retribution.' It's their first album in 15 years to feature Rob Halford, on vocals and it peaks at #13 on Billboard's 200‬ Chart.
2005: A British judge finds that Linkin Park cannot file lawsuits against people selling unauthorized posters of the band. The group had wanted to copyright its name to terminate the sale of bootleg merchandise.
2005: Purple Haze Records in Britan is prohibited from selling a bootleg 1969 Jimi Hendrix Experience concert. Purple Haze claims they purchased the rights from another company, who apparently didn't own the rights either.
2005: Slipknot percussionist Clown (Shawn Crahan or No. 6) skips the band's appearance NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien because his wife, who reportedly has Crohn's disease, is sick. Slipknot perform 'Before I Forget' and dedicates the song to Crahan and his family.
2006: A limited-edition line of teas featuring original artwork from late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia are sold by the Republic of Tea company. A portion of the proceeds from J. Garcia Artisan Teas benefit DrawBridge, a nonprofit arts organization for homeless youths.
2006: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen begins his first solo tour in New Brunswick, NJ.
2006: Carlos Santana and his wife Deborah, are honored for their work with the Milagro Foundation during a Beverly Hills, CA, charity gig. The organization raises money to benefit underprivileged children around the world.
2008: 'What I Learned About Success From the World's Greatest Rock Stars' is in bookstores. Written by Rock radio personality Dayna Steele, the book has her reminiscences of interactions with Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, David Bowie, Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Sammy Hagar, U2's Bono and Ozzy Osbourne. The foreword is by KISS' Gene Simmons.
2010: U2 tops the 2009 Billboard Money Makers list earning more than $108 million. Bruce Springsteen is second with a mere $57 million.
2010: Megadeth perform their classic album, 'Rust In Peace,' in its entirety during a tour in celebration of the album's 20th anniversary. The first show is in Spokane, WA.
2011: 'Rope,' the lead single from the Foo Fighters' seventh album 'Wasting Light,' is released. The song tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart a week later.
2011: The spacesuit worn by Ozzy Osbourne in the Best Buy Super Bowl commercial is sold to raise money for Sharon Osbourne's Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
2011: A New York City law firm launched a $700,000 lawsuit against Prince for unpaid legal services.
2012: The ‪AC/DC‬ pinball machine was released.
2013: Saxon released their 20th studio album, 'Sacrifice.'
2013: Jo Wood, former wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, publishes her autobiography, 'Hey Jo.' One precious moment talks about Ronnie bringing cocaine to the hospital following birth of their son Tyrone.
2015: Tickets for The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well tour showed up on Stub Hub with a top-price at $116,000 for the three-day show. The cheap seats for the event, set for Chicago's Soldier Field July 3-5, could be had for a mere $1350. Originally the seats were priced from $59.50 to $199.50 per day.
2016: 76-year-old Ginger Baker posted on his blog that he had cancelled all of his scheduled shows for the year and was going into immediate retirement. The former drummer for Cream and Blind Faith explained that he had been diagnosed with serious heart problems.

March 2:
1955: Bo Diddley records 'Bo Diddley' and 'I'm A Man' during his first session at at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago, where he laid down 'Bo Diddley', which went on the top the US R&B chart by the following June. Even though the song didn't crack the Hot 100, it was added in 2012 to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry list of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" American sound recordings.
1955: Elvis Presley appeared at Porky's Rooftop Club in Newport, Arkansas. Constantly on the road, performing night after night this was the group's 46th show this year, (Elvis along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black).
1957: The Del-Vikings saw their biggest hit, 'Come Go With Me,' enter the Billboard Top 40 where it would peak at #4, selling over a million copies in the process. Dion would cover the song in 1963, but could do no better than #48. The Beach Boys also tried their luck with the tune and reached #18 in 1982.
1960: After completing his national service and flying back to America, Elvis Presley stepped on British soil for the first and only time in his life when the plane carrying him stopped for refueling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland.
1961: The Everly Brothers had their 3rd UK #1 single with 'Walk Right Back' a song written by Sonny Curtis of The Crickets.
1963: Franke Valli & The Four Seasons started a three week run at #1 with 'Walk Like A Man.' With this single. the Four Seasons became the first group in the history of the Billboard Charts to have three consecutive #1 songs. During the recording session, the room directly above the studio caught fire, and smoke and water began pouring in. Producer Bob Crewe was so intent on finishing the production that he blocked the studio door and continued recording until firemen broke the door down.
1963: The Cascades achieved their only Billboard Top 40 hit when 'Rhythm Of The Rain' topped out at #3. The song was also a top 5 hit in the UK.
1964: Beatles begin work on their first movie 'Hard Day's Night' in London at Marylebone train station in London, with director Richard Lester.
1964: The Beatles 'Twist & Shout' b/w 'There's a Place' 45 single is released. Written by Phil Medley and Bert Russell, it was originally titled 'Shake It Up, Baby' and recorded by the Top Notes and then covered by The Isley Brothers. It was covered by The Beatles with John Lennon on the lead vocals and originally released on their first album 'Please Please Me.' Released by by Vee-Jay Records on the Tollie label, it reached #2 on April 4, 1964, during the week that the top five places on the chart were all Beatles singles. (In the Cashbox singles chart for the same week, 'Twist and Shout' was #1) In the United States, 'Twist and Shout' was the only million-selling Beatles single that was a cover record, and the only Beatles cover single to reach the Top 10 on a national record chart. The song failed to hit #1 because the Beatles had another song occupying the top spot, 'Can't Buy Me Love.'
1968: Blue Cheer gave birth to heavy metal when their interpretation of 'Summertime Blues' was released. The single goes to #14.
1968: Cat Stevens begins a three-month hospital stay after being diagnosed with tuberculosis.
1968: 'Call Me Lighting' backed with 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' enters the US charts. It reaches #40 in the Billboard charts and #38 in Cash Box. That night The Who perform at New Edmonton Gardens in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. After the show they are thrown out of their hotel’s English-style pub for having long hair. In response John Entwhistle writes the song 'What Are We Doing Here?'
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed at a jazz festival in Cambridge, England. It was the first time a Beatle had performed solo.
1970: Genesis appears at the Mistrale Club, Beckenham, in the London Borough of Bromley, England.
1972: Yes appeared at the Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York.
1973: David Bowie played at the Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan.
1973: The Doobie Brothers 3rd studio album 'The Captain and Me.' It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and features some of their most popular hits including 'Long Train Runnin', 'China Grove' and 'Without You.'
1973: Todd Rundgren's 'A Wizard, a True Star' album is released. It reached #86 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album, and especially the first side of the vinyl recording, is an extended medley after the fashion of the Beatles' late recordings; brief songs segue into one another, and the lyrics are frequently humorous or hallucinatory. The first side features a cover version of 'Never Never Land' from the Broadway version of Peter Pan, with the second side featuring a medley of covers of R&B hits. The album's length (55:56) pushed the limits of how much music could fit on a long-playing record; as a result, the sound quality is a little lower in comparison. Acknowledging that on the album's inner sleeve, which was packed with his handwritten notes, Rundgren advised listeners to turn up the volume on their speakers, being that each side of the record is about 6 or 7 minutes longer than standard records. The compact disc version was thought to avoid these difficulties.
1974: At this year's Grammys Stevie Wonder won four awards: Album of the year for 'Innervisions,' Best R&B song and Best vocal for ‘Superstition’ and Pop vocal performance for ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life.' 'Innervisions' also won for Best Engineered Recording.
1975: Los Angeles Police pull over Paul McCartney's Lincoln Continental for allegedly running a red light. They detect the smell of marijuana and arrest Linda McCartney for having six to eight ounces of the drug in her purse. Paul was driving but is not charged with anything.
1976: The Who appeared at the Pavillon de Paris in Paris.
1977: Black Sabbath performed at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1977: Quiet Riot release their self=titled debut album in Japan. The band features Randy Rhoads on guitar.
1977: AC/DC appeared at The Top Rank in Swansea, England.
1977: David Bowie and Iggy Pop played at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1978: Eric Clapton performed at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama.
1979: Rush appeared at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.
1979: Stevie Ray Vaughn played at Soap Creek Saloon in Austin, Texas.
1980: ZZ Top performed Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1981: Iron Maiden released their 4th single, 'Twilight Zone,' from the album 'Killers.' At the time of its release, it was the band's second-most successful single, peaking at #31 in the UK Singles Chart.
1982: David Bowie made his television acting debut, appearing in a production of 'Bertolt Brecht’s Baal' on the BBC.
1983: Sony, Philips and Polygram introduce a revolutionary new digital audio system called a Compact Disc that contains up to 1 hour of music.
1984: Mick Jagger's wife Jerry Hall gave birth to Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger.
1984: 'This Is Spinal Tap' premiered, forever changing the perception of hard rock and heavy metal bands. Whether it be finding the way to the stage from the backstage tunnel, turning the amp to “11”, or the miniature Stonehenge stage setup, Spinal Tap is forever ingrained in rock n’ roll lore.
1985: John Fogerty peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'The Old Man Down the Road' which was Fogerty’s only top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1985: Phil Collins started a five-week run at #1 on the UK chart with his 3rd solo LP 'No Jacket Required.'
1987: Overkill released the album 'Taking Over.' The album is Overkill's last to feature drummer Rat Skates, who left the band later in 1987 and was replaced by Sid Falck.
1988: U2 win a couple of Grammys (Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance) for 'Joshua Tree.' Paul Simon's 'Graceland' is named Record Of The Year at the 30th Grammy Awards. 'Bring On The Night' by Sting is awarded Best Pop Vocal Performance and George Michael and Aretha Franklin win Best R&B Performance for 'I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me).'
1991: 21 years after its initial release, 'All Right Now' by Free reached #2 on the UK singles chart when it was reissued to coincide with its use in a Wrigley's Chewing gum TV ad.
1996: The Gin Blossoms released their album 'Congratulations, I'm Sorry.' It contains hits 'Til I Hear It From You' and 'Follow You Down.'
1996: Oasis scored their second UK #1 single when 'Don’t Look Back In Anger' went to #1. From the band’s 'What’s The Story Morning Glory' album, it was the first Oasis single to feature Noel on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam Gallagher.
1999: The Las Vegas House of Blues opened with a performance by Bob Dylan. U2’s Bono joined him to sing 'Knocking on Heaven’s Door.'
1999: Dusty Springfield died of breast cancer at the age of 59, after a five year battle. She would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame less than two weeks after she passed away, having placed 18 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 from 1964 to 1970. Her first huge single was 'I Only Want To Be With You,' she later recorded the Bacharach-David composition 'The Look of Love' for the James Bond film 'Casino Royale.' She also collaborated and had hits with the Pet Shop Boys and many others. Her friend Elton John said, “I’m biased but I just think she was the greatest white singer there ever has been...Every song she sang, she claimed as her own.”
2003: Singer, songwriter Hank Ballard died at his Los Angeles home from throat cancer. His exact age is uncertain as most biographies say he was 66, but friends say he was actually 75. He originally released 'The Twist' on the B-side of his 1959 tune 'Teardrops On Your Letter,' but after Chubby Checker took the song to #1, Ballard re-released his version and had a Top 30 hit with it as well in 1960. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990
2004: Metallica kicked off the first North American leg of their 137 date ‘Madly in Anger with the World Tour’ at the America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Metallica offers audio recordings of every show on their tour for sale within days of each performance via their website. Godsmack are the openers.
2004: Springfield, IL. Mayor Timothy Davlin proclaims Puddle Of Mudd Day following the group's gig there.
2004: 'The Essential Cheap Trick' compilation album is released.
2005: Tesla performs an acoustic set at New York's Irving Plaza. It's part of a commemorative tour. The group's 'Five Man Acoustical Jam' was released in 1990.
2005: Fred Durst files an $80 million lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against several online media companies that hosted an illicit homemade sex video starring the Limp Bizkit vocalist. The invasion-of-privacy suit includes a motion for a temporary restraining order to prevent further distribution of the flick.
2006: Paul McCartney and wife Heather Mills head to the ice floes off the Canada's east coast to oppose the opening of seal hunting season.
2006: A woman who says she appeared in a sex tape featuring Scott Stapp and Kid Rock files an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Stapp and the company trying to distribute the video. She thought the former Creed frontman would keep the '99 tape in his private possession, while Stapp maintains the video was stolen from him. The woman wants the tape taken out of circulation and a few dollars to cover emotional distress.
2007: U2 singer Bono receives the Chairman's Award at the NAACP's 38th Image Awards in L.A.
2007: The Orcutt Children's Arts Foundation honors Jackson Browne at its fourth annual event in Santa Maria, CA. The foundation raises money to fund opportunities for local schoolchildren to take part in visual and performing-arts activities.
2007: Jimi Hendrix was crowned the 'wildest guitar hero' of all-time in a poll of music fans for Classic Rock magazine. Hendrix beat Keith Richards into second place, with Stevie Ray Vaughan in third. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page made it to number four, followed by Dimebag Darrell, who played for several heavy metal bands including Pantera and Damageplan.
2008: Canadian guitarist and singer Jeff Healey died of cancer. Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes when he was eight months old, resulting in his eyes being surgically removed. After living cancer-free for 38 years, he developed sarcoma in his legs. Despite surgery for this, the sarcoma spread to his lungs and ultimately was the cause of his death. Healey released over 12 albums, presented a long running radio show and worked with many artists including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather, Eric Clapton and Ian Gillan.
2008: Nine Inch Nails release their 6th album, an almost entirely instrumental 'Ghosts I-IV,' as a free digital release - a concept they will revisit with their next album, 'The Slip,' in July. Physical copies are sold at a regular price a few months after the digital releases.
2009: U2 begins a five-night run on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman to promote their album 'No Line On The Horizon.' It's the group's first performance on Lettermen since 2001.
2009: Van Morrison is the first-ever musical guest on the debut of NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Morrision performs songs from his 1968 album 'Astral Weeks.'
2010: The Music of The Who, a charity tribute concert, takes place at New York's Carnegie Hall. Performances of The Who's catalog by Patti Smith, Living Colour and others, benefits Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Church Street School for Music & Art and The American Symphony Orchestra.
2012: Five days after Kid Rock endorsed Mitt Romney for President, Motor City Madman Ted Nugent does the same.
2013: A pencil doodle by Paul McCartney when he was a teenager sold for over $5,000. The sketches were drawn by McCartney during the late 1950’s while a student at the Liverpool Institute High School For Boys. The drawings showed multiple faces with different expressions on a single sheet of paper in pencil. The auction house said the drawing sold for $5,692.
2014: Nominated for Best Original Song, U2 plays 'Ordinary Love,' from the movie 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom,' during the Oscars. But they lose to "Let It Go" from the movie 'Frozen.'
2015: Europe released their 10th studio album, 'War of Kings.'
2015: ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, announced that in 2014 the organization gained a 6% increase in revenue to just over $1 billion, up from the $944.4 million it collected in 2013.
2016: Bob Dylan sold his personal archive of notes, draft lyrics, poems, artwork and photographs to the University of Tulsa, where they would be made available to scholars and curated for public exhibitions. The 6,000 item collection also included master recording tapes of Dylan's entire music catalog, along with hundreds of hours of film video.

March 3
1956: Elvis Presley's RCA debut, 'Heartbreak Hotel,' enters the Top 100, debuting at #68. Although many staff members at RCA Victor believed that the release was a mistake, the song would rise to #1 on the US Pop chart for 8 weeks and spend 17 weeks at the top of the Country chart.'"Heartbreak Hotel' would later be ranked #45 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1957: The head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, Samuel Cardinal Strich, bans Rock 'n' Roll from Catholic schools in his district, saying "When our schools and centers stoop to such things as Rock And Roll tribal rhythms, they are failing seriously in their duty." A week after his remarks, a survey of record retailers, distributors and disc jockeys revealed that the Cardinal's words had no affect on Rock record sales in the area.
1959: The Drifters, with new lead vocalist Ben E. King, record their breakthrough hit, 'There Goes My Baby,' at Atlantic's studios in New York. The song will become the group's first of 16 Billboard Top 40 hits.
1963: The Beatles played the last show on a UK tour supporting Helen Shapiro at The Gaumont Cinema in Hanley, Stoke.
1965: Eric Clapton plays his last show with The Yardbirds, leaving to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He is replaced by Jeff Beck.
1966: The Rolling Stones start work on 'Aftermath' in Hollywood. The album contains 'Paint It Black' with Brian Jones on sitar.
1966: Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin created the group, Buffalo Springfield. Their stay on the Rock music scene would only last a couple of years before the group would fragment. Stills teamed up with David Crosby of The Byrds and Graham Nash of The Hollies to form Crosby, Stills and Nash, while Young released several solo projects before joining them. Furay got together with Jim Messina and Randy Meisner to create Poco in 1968. Palmer dropped out of the lime light while Martin toured as Buffalo Springfield with fill-in musicians.
1966: Fans at Ottawa, Ontario's Coliseum riot after waiting an hour for The Animals to perform. The band however, refuses to play unless they are paid in advance. The concert is eventually cancelled.
1966: The Who played at the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.
1967: The Jeff Beck group, featuring a virtually unknown singer named Rod Stewart, along with bass player Ron Wood and drummer Aynsley Dunbar, make their debut at the Astoria in London on a package tour with Roy Orbison & The Small Faces. Due to receiving poor notices, The Jeff Beck Group was asked not to complete the tour.
1967: A twice-nightly tour kicked off in the UK at The ABC in Romford Essex featuring, The Small Faces, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison and Paul and Barry Ryan.
1967: The Doors appear at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Market Hall in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.
1967: After a promoter refuses to pay the Animals an advance for their concert in Ottawa, the band decides not to play. The audience riots and causes $5,000 in damages
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1968, Blood, Sweat & Tears appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC Radio 1 'Top Gear' session during the afternoon at the Playhouse Theatre in London, England. Songs recorded were 'Dazed And Confused,' 'Communication Breakdown,' 'You Shook Me' and 'I Can't Quit You Baby.'
1970: Genesis plays at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
1971: South African radio lifts five-year ban on Beatles.
1971: Elton John makes his first major London appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. He's backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco
1972: Jethro Tull released their 5th studio album, 'Thick as a Brick.'
1972: Harry Nilsson receives a Gold record for his album, 'Nilsson Schmilsson.'
1973: Jimi Hendrix's personal manager, Michael Jeffrey, was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash in France. Jeffery was en route to a court appearance in London related to Hendrix.
1973: The live album 'The Concert for Bangla Desh,' taken from the Madison Square Garden benefit concert organized by George Harrison, and featuring Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, wins the Grammy for Album of the Year.
1973: Slade's 'Cum On Feel The Noize' entered the UK at #1, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles.
1973: The #1 Billboard Album is Elton John's 'Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player.'
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at Ellis Auditorium North Hall in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1976: David Bowie performed at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1977: The first night of an UK tour with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, Cherry Vanilla, and The Police kicked off at the Roxy Club in London.
1978: Van Halen start their first ever US tour in Chicago as the opening act for Journey and Montrose. Even then, they had the legendary "brown M&Ms" provision in their contract. It ends in December after 174 shows.‬
1978: Whitesnake (originally billed as David Coverdale’s Whitesnake) plays its first show in England at Lincoln Technical College. What was supposed to be their first show at The Nottingham Sky Bird Club had been cancelled‬ due to logistical problems - the stage was too small. The band is comprised of David Coverdale, guitarist Mick Moody, fellow guitarist Bernie Marsden, bassist Neil Murray, keyboardist Pete Solley and drummer David “Duck” Dowle.
1978: Patti Smith Group's 'Easter' album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, bolstered by the success of the single, 'Because the Night' (co-written by Bruce Springsteen and Smith), which reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 in the UK.
1978: Frank Zappa's live double album, 'Zappa in New York' is released. It reached #57 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The group included future Missing Persons/UK drummer Terry Bozzio, Jethro Tull/Roxy Music/UK keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson and a fantastic horn section that would gain notoriety in the Saturday Night Live house band (The Brecker Brothers), among others. Although the concert was recorded during a multi-night stand at New York's Palladium in December of 1976, the album's release was held up by Warner Bros. because of their objection to the homo-erotic track 'Punky's Whips.' Surprises abound on Zappa in New York, such as a cameo by Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, who introduces the aforementioned 'Punky's Whips' and other tracks.
1979: Frank Zappa' double album 'Sheik Yerbouti' is released. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The first album to be released on his own eponymous label after his departure from Warner Bros. Records, it emphasized the comedic aspect of his lyrics more than ever before, beginning a period of increased record sales and mainstream media attention. Sheik Yerbouti remains Zappa's biggest selling album worldwide with over 2 million units sold to date. The title is a play on words; Zappa appears on the cover in character in Arab headdress, and the name, meant to resemble an Arabic transcription, is pronounced like the title of KC and the Sunshine Band's 1976 disco hit 'Shake Your Booty.'
1980: Sotheby's hold their first auction of rock memorabilia. Four dollar bills signed by The Beatles sell for $528. A napkin signed by Elvis Presley fetches $800.
1981: U2 begins their first major tour of the US with two shows at a Washington, DC, club called The Bayou.
1981: The Elvis Presley documentary movie, 'This Is Elvis' (with Ral Donner narrating) premieres in Memphis.
1982: A re-formed version of The Mamas And The Papas, with original members John Phillips and Denny Doherty, joined by Phillips' daughter Mackenzie and Spanky McFarlane of Spanky and Our Gang, play the first show of their brief reunion tour.
1983: A Hell’s Angels biker identified only as “Butch” confirms, in front of a U.S. Senate hearing, that the motorcycle gang had indeed taken out a contract to kill Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones leader was seen as having blamed the gang for the death of concertgoer Meredith Hunter at Altamont.
1984: John Lennon peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Nobody Told Me' which was final top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1984: The Police peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Wrapped Around Your Finger' which was their 6th and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1986: 'Master Of Puppets,' the 3rd studio album by Metallica is released. It's the group's first record to be certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies but their last to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who dies in a bus crash in Sweden while the group is touring to promote the album. It reached #29 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #167 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1989: Triumph release their greatest hits 'Classics' album.
1989: D-A-D release their 3rd album, 'No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims.'
1990: During a world tour Paul McCartney played the first of 6 sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The final night was broadcast live to venues in 10 other Japanese cities.
1993: Sting holds his 3rd annual Rainforest benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. In addition to the ex-Police frontman, Don Henley, Bryan Adams and Tina Turner perform.
1994: In Italy Kurt Cobain lapses into a coma after overdosing on the drug Rohypnol. After having his stomach pumped, he awakes from his coma. This possible suicide attempt is a precursor to his death by his own hand about a month later.
1994: The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops' due to the content of the song's lyrics.
1995: Foo Fighters made their live debut during a benefit show at The Satyricon in Portland, Oregon.
1995: R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry undergoes successful brain surgery. Berry collapsed due to a brain aneurysm during a concert in Switzerland.
1997: U2's 9th studio album, 'Pop' is released. It hits #1 in 35 countries, including the U.S.
1998: Bad Religion's breakthrough album, 'Stranger Than Fiction,' released almost four years earlier, is certified gold by the RIAA, becoming the band's only album to achieve this certification in the United States.
1999: Oasis agreed to pay their former drummer Tony McCarroll a sum of £550,000 ($935,000) after he sued the Manchester band for millions in unpaid royalties. McCarroll had been fired from the band in 1995.
1999: US music professor Peter Jeffrey went to court to sue The Smashing Pumpkins, their promoters and a company who make ear plugs after claiming his hearing was damaged at a concert in Connecticut.
2003: Ray Jackson sued Rod Stewart over Stewart’s song 'Maggie May.' Jackson claimed he came up with mandolin melody & claimed that he lost over $1.5 million because he wasn’t credited for the distinctive “hook”. He was paid $22 for the recording session with Stewart in 1971.
2004: Elton John announced he was planning to marry his long-term partner David Furnish if new UK laws allowed it. A Civil Partnership bill was being passed through Parliament which would give gay couple's greater rights.
2006: Axl Rose files a counterclaim in Los Angeles against his former Guns N' Roses bandmate Slash to reaffirm his control of the band's copyrights. The singer contends that Slash and ex-GN'R bassist Duff McKagan have filed 'baseless lawsuits' against him. "Axl has a responsibility to protect the Guns N' Roses legacy and expose the truth," says Rose's lawyer.
2006: Gary Glitter (born Paul Gadd) is sentenced to three years in a Vietnamese prison after being found guilty of molesting two young girls ages 10 and 11.
2007: Incubus play their first-ever concert in Iceland.
2007: Peter Frampton narrates a recital of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf at a library in Independence, KY. The free lunchtime performance features music by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.
2008: Beatles engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed "Normal Norman" by John Lennon. As a producer in 1966, he signed Pink Floyd and produced their early albums.
2008: The Black Crowes release their 7th studio album, 'Warpaint.'
2008: Kid Rock's attorney enters a not-guilty plea in Georgia's DeKalb County State Court in regard to an 2007 fight Rock was involved in at an Atlanta Waffle House restaurant. Rock faces a misdemeanor battery charge after being arrested along with members of his entourage five months earlier following an altercation. Rock claims he was provoked.
2008: Scott Weiland exits a rehab facility after undergoing treatment for an undisclosed substance problem. The singer faces a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. Two days later he pleads not guilty.
2009: Queensryche release their 12th studio album, 'America Soldier,' a concept album looking at war from a frontline soldier's perspective.
2009: To celebrate the release of U2’s 12th studio album and their appearance every night for a week on 'The Late Show with David Letterman,' New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renames part of 53rd Street in midtown Manhattan, U2 Way.
2009: England's Liverpool Hope University announces a Master of Arts program focusing on The Beatles. Students complete four 12-week modules and write a dissertation in the postgraduate class titled 'The Beatles, Popular Music and Society.'
2010: Police storm the set of Megadeth's 'Right To Go Insane' video because the band is using a M68a tank. The band had neglected to inform authorities about the tank so panic ensued.
2010: The Israeli boycott of Metallica ends peacefully when an agreement is reached to lower ticket prices. The controversy stemmed from fan complaints about the cost of admission for concert at the Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv.
2011: R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe performs at the annual Tibet House U.S. benefit concert at Carnegie Hall. The event is hosted by composer Philip Glass and includes an appearance by Patti Smith.
2011: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler launches a new mobile phone app called Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly. Available exclusively at iTunes, the app allows fans access to uncensored content, including photos and videos made by Tyler.
2012: Twisted Sister honor a fallen police officer at a benefit show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. John Falcone, a Poughkeepsie police officer, was killed while on duty the previous month. "We tend to do our benefits based on the proximity of the person and the place, the conditions, the circumstances, as it relates to us," explains guitarist Jay Jay French. All proceeds go to law enforcement support organizations.
2012: Legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose dies at the age of 65. He the bands Montrose and Gamma and also performed and did session work with a variety of musicians, including Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van Morrison, The Beau Brummels, Boz Scaggs, Beaver & Krause, Gary Wright, Tony Williams, The Neville Brothers, Dan Hartman, Marc Bonilla, Edgar Winter, and Johnny Winter. The first Montrose album was often cited as "America's answer to Led Zeppelin" and Montrose the guitarist was often referred to as one of the most influential guitarists in American hard rock.
2013: Bobby Rogers, a founding member of the Motown group The Miracles, died at the age of 73 following a long illness. His voice can be heard on the group's hits 'Shop Around,' 'You've Really Got a Hold on Me,' 'The Tracks of My Tears,' 'Going to a Go-Go,' 'I Second That Emotion' and 'The Tears of a Clown.'
2015: 'Immortal Randy Rhoads - The Ultimate Tribute' album was released. It featured Gus G, Brad Gillis, Doug Aldrich, George Lynch, Jon Donais, Bernie Torme, Joel Hoelkstra, Tom Morello, Bruce Kulick and more.
2015: Keith Richards objected to a planned £1.5million cafe being built on a beachfront near his country mansion. The guitarist lodged an objection against the new development which is near his Redlands estate where he was famously arrested with band mate Mick Jagger in 1967 in a drugs raid. Richards is opposed to the planned restaurant which was earmarked for West Wittering beach in West Sussex.
2015: The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed that they were currently reviewing a petition asking them to consider reopening the investigation into the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper on February 3rd, 1959. The petition, submitted by New England pilot L.J. Coon, asked the NTSB to consider factors other than pilot error when determining what caused the crash.
2017: Former American Idol singer James Durbin joins Quiet Riot as new vocalist.
2017: Jim Fuller, a co-founding member of The Surfaris whose lead guitar work is heard on the band's signature hit "Wipe Out", died at the age of 69 after a long illness.
2017: During his show at New York's Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel brought two members of The Young Rascals, Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish on stage. The pair proceeded to play their biggest hit, 'Good Lovin', with Cavaliere reprising his famous Hammond B-3 organ solo.
2018: Journey's 'Greatest Hits' became just the third album to spend 500 weeks on the Billboard 200 in the chart's 61-year history. It joined Bob Marley And The Wailers' 'Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers' (510 weeks) and the longevity all-time leader, Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon' (937 weeks). The disc debuted in December, 1988 and peaked at #10 the following year. Between October 1990 and December 2009 it disappeared from the chart, but after a change in eligibility rules it returned and has stayed there pretty much ever since.

March 4
1957: Gene Vincent's 'Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps' album is released.
1963: 'Surfin' U.S.A.' by The Beach Boys, With lead vocals by Mike Love climbs to #3 on the pop chart.
1966: John Lennon's statement that The Beatles were 'more popular than Jesus Christ' was published in The London Evening Standard. “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular then Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.” Christian group's in the US were outraged resulting in some states burning Beatles records. Lennon later apologized.
1966: The Beatles 'Yesterday' (Extended Play) is released in the UK. It was also released in Portugal and Spain. All four of the tracks also appeared on the 'Help!' album: 'Yesterday,' 'Act Naturally,' 'You Like Me Too Much' and 'It's Only Love.' The Beatles' 11th EP was released in mono only, and the cover photograph was taken by Robert Whitaker. Unusually for 1966, each Beatle took lead vocals on a song. The EP's release happened to coincide with the first publication of John Lennon's comments that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus Christ". 'Yesterday' entered the UK EP chart on March 12 and spent six weeks at #1. In all it remained on the hit parade for 13 weeks.
1966: The Who's 'Substitute' b/w 'Instant Party/Circles' 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #5 in the UK, and was later included on the compilation album 'Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy' in 1971. It became a UK top 10 hit again when re-issued in 1976, reaching #7.
1967: Eighteen year old Stevie Winwood and his brother, Muff, announce they are leaving The Spencer Davis Group. Steve forms Traffic later that year.
1967: The Rolling Stones' 'Ruby Tuesday' went to #1 the Billboard singles chart after American disc jockeys shied away from playing the flip side, 'Let's Spend The Night Together.'
1967: Janis Joplin performs with the Steve Miller Band in the 'Journey to the End of Night' event at California Medical Center auditorium.
1967: The Who played at the California Ballroom in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England.
1968: Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention's 3rd studio album, 'We're Only in It for the Money' is released. It reached #30 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 296 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1970: In Tampa, Florida, Janis Joplin is fined $200 for using obscene language during a November 1969 concert there. Joplin is currently in Rio de Janeiro, where she hopes to “get off drugs and dry out.”
1971: The Rolling Stones announced that they were to become the UK's first rock and roll tax exiles, residing in France. The band also kicked off a 9-date UK tour at Newcastle City Hall, supported by The Groundhogs.
1972: Badfinger receive a Gold record for the Billboard #4 hit, 'Day After Day.' The song featured George Harrison on guitar and Leon Russell on piano.
1972: Neil Young's 'Harvest' hits the U.S. LP chart.
1972: David Bowie performed at Southsea Pier Pavilion in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1972: T. Rex peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Bang a Gong (Get It On)' which was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1973: To promote new album 'Dark Side of the Moon,' Pink Floyd being a three-week tour of the U.S. at the Dane County Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1974: Queen performed at Festival Hall in Paignton, England.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Dallas County Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. Tickets were priced from $6.50 to $8.50.
1976: Crazy Horse appeared at the Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan.
1977: The Rolling Stones perform the first of two nights at Toronto's small El Morcambo Tavern, a rare intimate show that provides four tracks for their notoriously bad 1977 LP 'Love You Live.'
1977: CBS released The Clash's self- titled first album in the UK. CBS in the U.S. refused to release it until 1979. Americans bought over 100,000 imported copies of the record making it one of the biggest- selling import records of all time.
1978: The internal Revenue Service carried out a dawn raid at the home of Jerry Lee Lewis and removed cars worth over $170,000 to pay off his tax debts.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo.
1978: David Coverdale's new band Whitesnake play their first show at Lincoln Technical College.
1982: Frank Zappa's son Dweezil and his daughter Moon Unit formed a band called Fred Zeppelin. Their first single was 'My Mother is a Space Cadet.'
1983: Thin Lizzy's 12th and final studio album, 'Thunder and Lightning' is released.
1983: During a concert at the Convention Center in Louisville, KY, Neil Young collapsed onstage due to exhaustion.
1984: The Police play the final concert of their Synchronicity tour in Melbourne, Australia. It is their last show, except for a few special events together, until 2007.
1985: Trouble release their 2nd studio album, 'The Skull.'
1985: Accept released their 6th studio album, 'Metal Heart.' The album reached #94 on the Billboard chart.
1986: Richard Manuel commits suicide by hanging. He was 42. Manuel was best known as the pianist, regular lead singer, and occasional drummer of the Band. After kicking his drug and alcohol addiction, Manuel became despondent when manager and father figure Albert Grossman died, and returned to his addictions. Prior to his death, he had ingested cocaine and an entire bottle of Grand Marnier. In 1994, Manuel was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Band.
1987: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers obtained a restraining order against the B.F. Goodrich Tire Company from using a song similar to Petty’s 'Mary’s New Car.'
1988: David Lee Roth starts his 'Skyscraper' Tour in Lakeland, Florida. It ends Dec. 13th after 146 shows. ‬
1988: Def Leppard starts European leg of the 'Hysteria' Tour in Stockholm, Sweden with McAuley Schenker Group as openers.‬
1989: Time Inc. and Warner Communications merge into Time Warner, creating the world's largest media company.
1990: Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones announces his judicial separation from his bride of nine months, the former Mandy Smith. When they wed, he was 52 and she was 18.
1993: Pearl Jam wins Best New Band and singer Eddie Vedder nabs Best New Male Singer at Rolling Stone's Music Awards. Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea (Michael Balzary) is voted Best Bassist in Rolling Stone's Reader's Picks.
1994: Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after overdosing on alcohol and drugs in a Rome hotel during a Nirvana European tour. Cobain had taken 50-60 pills of Rohypnol mixed with champagne; rumours on the internet claimed that Kurt was dead.
1994: Cheap Trick released their 12th studio album 'Woke up with a Monster.'
1996: The Beatles song 'Real Love,' compiled from a John Lennon demo recording, is released in the UK.
1998: Bad Religion's breakthrough album, 'Stranger Than Fiction,' released almost four years earlier, is certified gold by the RIAA, becoming the band's only album to achieve this certification in the United States.
2003: Evanescence release their first album, 'Fallen,' featuring the hits 'Bring Me To Life' and 'Going Under.'
2003: Bruce Springsteen plays Hank Ballard's 1960 hit 'Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go' at his show in Jacksonville, Florida, to honor Ballard, who died two days earlier.
2004: Brian Wilson appeared at the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow during his 11-date UK tour. The shows saw Wilson performing the full suite of songs from his unreleased masterpiece Smile.
2005: 'Be Cool,' the sequel to the 1995 film 'Get Shorty,' is released with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler portraying himself.
2005: 3 Doors Down perform at the launch of the college sports network ESPNU in Stillwater, OK. The live telecast takes place at a pep rally hosted by Oklahoma State University prior to their basketball game against the University of Texas.
2005: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton hosts Peace Games 2nd annual School House Rocks benefit in Boston. The bassist, a longtime supporter of Peace Games, a youth charity that promotes anti-violence, performs and donates a package of Aerosmith memorabilia for a silent auction held at the event.
2008: The Black Crowes release their 'Warpaint' album, containing the single 'Goodbye Daughters Of The Revolution.'
2008: Louis Vuitton announces that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is the new public face of French luxury handbag and luggage fashion house. Richards donates his modeling fee to Al Gore's Climate Project.
2009: Not Fade Away Gallery in New York unveils a display titled 'The British Are Coming: The Beatles and the Rolling Stones 1964-66' featuring many unseen photos taken Bob Bonis who served as tour manager for both groups.
2010: A video for President Obama's United We Serve volunteer program featuring Jon Bon Jovi makes its debut at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2010: Redbone co-founder Lolly Vegas, who wrote and sang their hit 'Come and Get Your Love,' dies of lung cancer at age 70.
2011: Kings Of Leon perform 'The Immortals' in a video which is shown in movie theaters (and later on TV) to promote the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on Turner Sports and CBS.
2011: In an interview with Al Jazeera, Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) encourages fellow musicians to avoid playing shows in Israel. "I'm against Israel for exactly the same reasons that I was against South Africa: it's a two-tiered racist system," Waters says.
2011: Duff McKagan launches Meridian Rock, a money management company for Rock stars. The bassist, who took courses and schooled himself in money matters, has also written financial columns for the Seattle Weekly and
2011: Detroit members of the NAACP protest the organization's plans to give their Great Expectations Award to Kid Rock. They claim Rock's use of the Confederate flag in his shows does not fit with the organization's mission. "It's a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country," says Adolph Mongo, head of Detroiters for Progress.
2012: According to Nielsen SoundScan in the US, vinyl sales increased 36 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year, concluding that vinyl records where making a big comeback for music fans.
2012: The Black Keys are inducted into the Firestone High School's Hall of Fame. Drummer Pat Carney and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach are both graduates of the Ohio school.
2015: Kid Rock's 'First Kiss' album sells 137,000 units in its debut week to land at #2 on the Billboard 200.
2015: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker states that guitarist Tom DeLonge's "indefinite" departure from the group should just be definite. "I think the right thing for him to do would (be to) just man up and quit the band. I think that would give him some closure too." The comment comes after a series of acrimonious statements between band members.
2015: Beastie Boys' 'Licensed To Ill' is certified as selling 10 million copies by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). The trio's debut album was released in 1986.
2015: Daryl Hall and John Oates were suing cereal maker Early Bird Foods & Co. over the company's use of the name Haulin' Oates for their maple syrup granola bars. The two musicians accused the Brooklyn-based firm of infringing on their trademark with the packet of cereal deliberately creating a phonetic play on the band's well-known name.

March 5
1951: Ike Turner cuts 'Rocket 88,' a song many consider the first Rock n' Roll record with producer Sam Phillips at his Memphis Recording Service. When the up-tempo combination of Swing and Jazz is released, it is credited to Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats. Three months later it tops the R&B chart.
1953: America learns of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's death when Air Force Staff Sergeant Johnny Cash intercepts a coded message from Russia. Cash enlisted in 1950 after he turned 18 and was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the US Air Force Security Service at Landsberg, West Germany, where he proved his skill as a Morse Code operator.
1955: Elvis Presley makes his regional T.V. debut on 'The Louisiana Hayride.' It's the first time the show is carried over the TV airwaves by local station KWKH, making this Presley's first television appearance.
1959: Chuck Berry performs 'Almost Grown' and 'Little Queenie' on American Bandstand.
1959: Bobby Darin records 'Dream Lover,' which would reach #2 in the US the following summer.
1960: Sgt. Presley leaves the Army after a two year hitch. Elvis gets discharged at Fort Dix, NJ and receives his final paycheck of $109.54. He was later quoted as saying, "You can't breathe or even go to the bathroom without them knowin' about it...I never hated anything so much in my life as I have the army." He will be on reserve for 4 more years.
1963: The Beatles recorded what would be their 3rd single ‘From Me to You’ just five days after John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song. Originally planned as the B-side of the record, it was switched to the A-side during the recording session, with ‘Thank You Girl’ demoted to the B-side. The song was written while riding on a tour bus (opening for Helen Shapiro).
1963: Country singers Patsy Cline (30), Cowboy Copas (49) and Hawkshaw Hawkins (41) are killed in a plane crash near Camden, Tennessee. They were travelling to Nashville after appearing at a benefit concert for disc jockey “Cactus” Jack Call, who had died in a car crash. Cline was the first country singer to cross over as a pop artist and in 1973, she was the first female solo artist to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1997, 34 years after her death, Cline’s recording of “Crazy” was named the #1 jukebox hit of all time.
1965: The Mannish Boys released their debut single 'I Pity The Fool', featuring a young David Bowie.
1965: Rolling Stones kicked off their 5th UK tour at The Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London. A 14-date package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers.
1965: The Kinks 'Kinda Kinks' was released in the UK (August 11, 1965 in the US). It reached #3 on the UK albums chart, and it features the UK #1 hit, 'Tired of Waiting for You.'
1965: The Yardbirds release 'For Your Love.'
1966: The Yardbirds begin recording their final album, 'Little Games.' It's future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page's only complete album with the band.
1967: The Lovin’ Spoonful appeared at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1967: Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, The Ryan Brothers and Lee Dorsey all perform at the Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in London. Brian Epstein, manager of The Beatles leased the theatre in 1965, presenting both plays and music shows. The venue became notorious for its Sunday night concerts.
1968: Jerry Lee Lewis opens as Iago in Catch My Soul, a rock musical version of Shakespeare's Othello, in Hollywood.
1969: The rock magazine Creem is published for the first time.
1969: Elvis Presley goes to Hollywood and begins filming his last non-concert movie, 'Change Of Habit,' co-starring Mary Tyler Moore as a nun who falls for Elvis.
1969: Yes played at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Byrds 7th album, 'Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde' is released. It reached #153 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #15 on the UK Albums Chart.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono check into the London Clinic. Later in the month the couple begin a primal-scream course led by therapist Dr. Arthur Janov. Lennon starts writing songs, such as 'Mother' and 'Isolation' – that will appear on Plastic Ono Band.
1971: Led Zeppelin kick off what they call their "Thank-you" tour by playing in some of the same UK halls and clubs that they appeared in when they were first starting out. Their contracts state that they will play for their 1968 fee if club owners agree to charge 1968 prices at the door. The first show was at The Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of 'Black Dog,' 'Stairway To Heaven.' 'Going To California' and 'Rock And Roll.'
1971: Badfinger begin their first tour as headliners with a gig in Toledo, OH.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1972: The Grateful Dead played at San Francisco’s Winterland Arena.
1973: The former U.S. manager of Jimi Hendrix Michael Jeffrey was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash in France. Jeffery was en-route to a court appearance in London related to Hendrix.
1974: Gregg Allman's 'Laid Back' goes gold. The album, released the previous year, contains 'Midnight Rider.'
1974: Bob Seger's 7th album, 'Seven' is released. Although the album failed to make the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, the single 'Get Out Of Denver' reached #80 on the Billboard Hot 100. Critics and longtime Seger fans tend to regard the album as a lost classic, much like its predecessor 'Back in '72.'
1975: Rod Stewart meets actress Britt Eklund at a party at Joni Mitchell's house, beginning a 5-year romance.
1975: Rush played at the Electric Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia.
1976: David Bowie appeared at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1976: Slade release their 5th studio album, 'Nobody's Fools.'
1977: AC/DC performed at the County Cricket Ground in Northampton, England.
1977: C-H-U-M radio contest winners get to see the Rolling Stones in a Toronto nightclub. Some tracks recorded that night wind up on 'Love You Live.'
1979: ABC Records (US) cites declining profits and goes out of business.
1981: The Grateful Dead played at Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1982: John Belushi died of a drug overdose of cocaine and heroin at the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood at the age of 33. He and Dan Aykroyd had a hit record as The Blues Brothers in 1978 with a remake of the Sam and Dave classic, 'Soul Man,' while their album 'Briefcase Full of Blues' reached #1 on the Billboard 200, going double Platinum. Belushi was one of the original cast members on Saturday Night Live, played “Joliet” Jake Blues in The Blues Brothers and also appeared in the film 'Animal House.' His tombstone reads “I may be gone, but rock n roll lives on.”
1983: Cliff Burton played his very first gig with Metallica at The Stone in San Francisco. ‎Kirk Hammett‬ also played his last show with ‪Exodus. Order of Performances 1. Lääz Rockit, 2. Exodus, 3. Metallica.
1983: Aerosmith appeared at the Cape Cod Coliseum in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
1983: ‎Twisted Sister‬ played the famed Marquee Club in ‪‎London‬.
1983: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Vandenberg’s 'Burning Heart' at #43, The Greg Kihn Band’s 'Jeopardy' at #34, Supertramp’s 'My Kind Of Lady' at #32, Phil Collins’ 'You Can’t Hurry Love' at #29, Golden Earring’s 'Twilight Zone' at #16 and Journey’s 'Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)' at #15. ‬
1984: Yngwie J. Malmsteen's 1st album,'Rising Force' is released. The album received a nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1986 Grammy Awards.
1984: David Gilmour released his 2nd solo studio album, 'About Face.' It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #21 on the UK Albums chart. The album was co-produced by Bob Ezrin and David Gilmour. Two songs, 'All Lovers Are Deranged,' and the more radio-friendly 'Love on the Air' were co-written by Gilmour, who composed the music, and his longtime friend, Pete Townshend of The Who, who served as lyricist. The remainder of the songs are credited solely to Gilmour himself. Some of the musicians working with Gilmour were Jeff Porcaro, Pino Palladino, Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord, Roy Harper, Michael Kamen (who also worked on Waters' album, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking), Sam Brown and Steve Winwood.
1985: Eric Clapton performed at the Wembley Arena in London.
1985: REO Speedwagon's 'Can't Fight This Feeling' is #1 on the Billboard singles charts.
1988: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bruce Springsteen’s 'Tunnel Of Love' at #56, George Harrison’s 'When We Was Fab' at #31, Def Leppard’s 'Hysteria' at #20 and Foreigner’s 'Say You Will' at #15. #1 was George Michael’s 'Father Figure‬.'
1992: R.E.M. cleaned up in The Rolling Stone Music Awards winning Album of the year, for 'Out Of Time', Artist of the year, Best single for 'Losing My Religion', Best video for 'Losing My Religion' and Best band, Best guitarist and Best songwriter awards.
1994: Grace Slick is arrested for pointing a shotgun at police at her home in Tiburon, California after they were summoned at 3:30am by an intoxicated caller. She refuses to drop the firearm when ordered to do so, so police tackle her and wrestle the gun away. Slick is later sentenced to 200 hours of community service, mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and random drug and alcohol testing. The incident prompts her to quit drinking. “I can’t drink anymore because I’m so bad at it,” she admits. “If I had continued I’d be dead by now. There isn’t any other drug that can turn you into an ass in just three hours. I love it. It’s fabulous. But I just can’t do it.”In June, she would be sentenced to 200 hours of community service and three month's worth of Alcoholic's Anonymous meetings.
1996: Overkill released their album 'The Killing Kind.' It was their first album to feature guitarists Joe Comeau and Sebastian Marino.
1996: The Beatles 'Real Love' b/w 'Baby’s In Black' 45 single is released. Written by John Lennon. Lennon made six takes of the song in 1979 and 1980 with 'Real Life,' different song that merged with 'Real Love.' The song was ignored until 1988 when the6thh take was used on the documentary soundtrack 'Imagine: John Lennon.' 'Real Love' was subsequently reworked by the three remaining members of The Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) in early 1995, an approach also used for another incomplete Lennon track, 'Free as a Bird.' 'Real Love' was released as a Beatles single in 1996 in the United Kingdom, United States and many other countries; it was the opening track on the Beatles' 'Anthology 2' album. It is the last "new" credited Beatles song to originate and be included on an album. To date, it is the last single by the group to become a Top 40 hit in the US. The song reached #4 and #11 in the UK and US singles charts, respectively, and earned a gold record faster than a number of the group's other singles.
1999: Trauma Entertainment files a $40 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against the members of Bush for failure to deliver their next album.
2001: Kiss singer & guitarist Paul Stanley was served divorce papers from his wife of nine years Pamela Bowen Stanley, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the divorce.
2001: Aerosmith release their 13th studio album, 'Just Push Play.'
2002: Black Label Society release their 3rd album, '1919 ★ Eternal.' The album featured future Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.‬
2002: The first episode of 'The Osbournes' TV show was aired on MTV in the US. Focusing on Ozzy and his family, they bicker, squabble, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy's shows. In its first season, it became the most-viewed series to date on MTV.
2004: Paul McCartney’s net worth was estimated by the U.K.’s The Mail on Sunday to be $1.3 billion, more than Mick Jagger, Elton John & Madonna’s fortunes combined.
2004: Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down is arrested in Moss Point, MS, after allegedly assaulting a newspaper carrier who accused him of stealing papers from a coin-operated vending machine. An attorney for Harrell contends that the bassist paid for the newspapers.
2005: A charity cover of 'Across The Universe' marks the first time in nine years that a John Lennon/Paul McCartney song lands on the Billboard Hot 100 (#22). The Beatles originally recorded the song in 1969 for the World Wildlife Fund and it appeared on 'Let It Be.' Bono, Velvet Revolver and other artists performed the song at the Grammys to raise funds for Tsunami Aid.
2005: A commemorative plaque for the The Jimi Hendrix Experience was unveiled in Loisin-sous-Lens. Hendrix had appeared at The Twenty Club when it opened in 1967. It was his first European tour where he was totally unknown. Club owner Rikki Stein stated: “The place was packed and at the end of ’Wild Thing’, his first number, there was total silence. The entire audience just stood there, open-mouthed. They’d never seen or heard anything like it in their life.”
2006: Elton John hosts an Academy Awards party to benefit his AIDs Foundation. The event raises $2.9 million.
2006: David Crosby was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana after leaving his bag in a New York hotel. The luggage was found by a hotel employee looking for identification, finding instead a handgun and weed.
2007: Records by the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon were chosen for preservation by the US Library of Congress. The Stones' 'Satisfaction' and Simon's 'Graceland' album entered the National Recordings Registry, which preserves historic works for future generations. Other recordings chosen this year included Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes,' 'Be My Baby' by The Ronettes, 'A Change Is Gonna Come' by Sam Cooke and the album 'The Velvet Underground and Nico.'
2007: Saxon released their 17th studio album, 'The Inner Sanctum.' It is the first album by the band to feature drummer Nigel Glockler since 1997's 'Unleash the Beast.'
2007: Deftones announce plans to donate royalties from their 'Hole In The Earth' ringtone to Virgin Mobile's RE*Generation, an advocacy group focused on at-risk and homeless teens. The initiative, which began in 2006, is a partnership with StandUp for Kids and YouthNoise nonprofit organizations.
2009: Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix, entities who oversee the late Jimi Hendrix's copyrights, are back in court again as they file a trademark-infringement lawsuit in a federal court charging the Las Vegas-based with selling unauthorized Hendrix-branded merchandise. "Protection of my brother's legacy and his unique gift is our family's highest priority," says the late guitarist's stepsister and Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix.
2010: Over 100 tracks from Linkin Park's 'LP Archives: Official Tour Bootlegs' are available for download to LP Underground fan club members.
2011: 61 year-old Charles Mulchrone's teenage love for The Beatles paid dividends when he sold his old autograph book at Sheppard's auction house, Durrow, for 1,300 euros. It contained the signatures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono when the couple stayed at a hotel in Mulranny in the summer of 1968. Charles plucked up the courage to approach them and got their signatures, he said they were "sweet as pie" to him. John Lennon had bought Dorinish island in Clew Bay, Ireland and it was said that he had wanted to build a house there.
2013: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is acquitted of manslaughter charges by a Czech court. He was accused of pushing Daniel Nosek off the stage during a 2010 Lamb Of God show, leading to a head injury which later caused Nosek's death. "I am a free man," says Blythe, following the verdict. "Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace."
2013: 'People, Hell And Angels,' a collection of 12 previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix recordings, laid down between 1968 and '70, is released.
2013: Krokus released their 17th studio album, 'Dirty Dynamite.' It includes a cover of the Beatles song'"Help!'
2013: Linkin Park begins selling a special bracelet with all of the proceeds going to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Sales go through the band's non-profit foundation, Music for Relief.
2013: Rock & Brews announces that KISS legend Paul Stanley will join Gene Simmons in the restaurant venture.‬
2013: Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath and rapper Coolio appear on Celebrity Wife Swap, where they send their respective partners to each others' homes. McGrath's wife, Carin, struggles with all the chores she has to do at Coolio's house, while Coolio's girlfriend Mimi - who leaves him just weeks after the episode is taped - squirms under the watchful eye of helicopter parent McGrath.
2014: 'One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band,' debuts at #10 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. The oral history contains never before published interviews with band members.
2014: Movie director Richard Lester, who directed The Beatles' film 'Help!', announced that he was putting the piano John Lennon and Paul McCartney played while filming the movie was going up for auction. The instrument was expected to sell for 50,000 Pounds (over US $83,600).
2018: The Gibson guitar company laid off about fifteen employees from it's Custom Shop as it continued to battle bankruptcy. Founded by Orville Gibson in 1902 as The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company, the firm reportedly had an outstanding debt of $519 million as of December 31, 2017.

March 6
1958: The Everly Brothers record their hit ballad 'All I Have To Do Is Dream,' which will become their 2nd U.S. #1 hit, after 'Wake Up Little Susie.' It will also top the UK chart. '
1964: Elvis Presley’s 14th movie 'Kissin’ Cousins' was released in the U.S. Completed in just 17 days, the picture was widely panned by critics, but as always, fans flocked to theaters to see their idol. 'Kissin' Cousins' earned $3 million at the box office and finished at #26 on the year end list of the top-grossing movies of 1964.
1964: The Rolling Stones 'Not Fade Away' b/w 'I Wanna Be Your Man' 45 single is released. Credited to Buddy Holly (originally under his first and middle names, Charles Hardin) and Norman Petty (although Petty's co-writing credit is most likely a formality), and first recorded by Holly's band The Crickets in Clovis, New Mexico, on May 27, 1957. The Stones version was recorded in late January 1964 and released by Decca on February 21, 1964 in the UK (with 'Little by Little' as the B-side), it was their first Top 5 hit in Great Britain, reaching #3. On March 6, 1964 it was the Rolling Stones' first single release in the United States, on the London Records label, with 'I Wanna Be Your Man' as the B-side (briefly preceded by 'Stoned,' which had immediately been withdrawn). The single reached #48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1965: Rolling Stones record tracks in Liverpool for 'Got Live if You Want It' LP.
1965: 'The Rolling Stones Number 2' album went back to #1 on the UK charts for six weeks.
1965: The Temptations went to #1 on the US singles chart with the Smokey Robinson penned 'My Girl,' making the group the first male act to have a chart topper for Motown Records. The single reached #43 in the UK.
1966: The Rolling Stones started recording sessions for their 10th UK single ‘Paint It Black’ at RCA studios in Hollywood. It was originally titled 'Paint It Black' without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca. The song went on to reach #1 in the U.S.
1967: The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at Abbey Road studios in London. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance are added, along with screams from a tape of the Beatles in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
1970: A far out line-up at the Fillmore East in New York - Neil Young & Crazy Horse, the Steve Miller Band and Miles Davis.
1970: David Bowie released the single 'The Prettiest Star' in the UK as a follow-up single to 'Space Oddity'. The track featured Marc Bolan on guitar, with whom Bowie would spend the next few years as a rival for the crown of the king of glam rock. Despite receiving good reviews, the single reportedly sold fewer than 800 copies, a major disappointment on the back of the success of 'Space Oddity.'
1970: Charles Manson released an album called 'Lie' to help raise money for his defense in the Tate-LeBianca murder trial. The album jacket was made to look like a cover of Life magazine with the letter f removed from the word Life. In the mid sixties, Manson had been a wanna-be musician who befriended Beach Boys’ drummer Dennis Wilson, eventually talking the group into recording one of his songs, 'Cease To Exist.' The title was changed to 'Never Learn Not To Love' and was released as the B-side of the single 'Bluebirds Over The Mountain,' which eventually climbed to #61 in the US in early 1969.
1970: Canned Heat and Bloodrock appeared at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: Led Zeppelin performed at the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. It's the group's first show in Dublin, where they played 'Stairway To Heaven' live for only the second time.
1971: The Rolling Stones performed at the Coventry Theatre in Coventry, West Midlands, England.
1971: Judas Priest (formerly Freight) play their first gig at St. John’s Hall in Essington. It includes It features founding members K.K. Downing and Ian Hill along with drummer John Ellis and singer Al Atkins.‬
1972: Pink Floyd played the first night on a 7-date tour of Japan at the Tokyo-To Taiikukan, in Tokyo, Japan.
1972: Badfinger's 'Baby Blue' b/w 'Flying' 45 single is released. The song was written by Pete Ham, produced by Todd Rundgren, and released on Apple Records. Ham wrote the song about a woman named Dixie Armstrong, whom he had dated during Badfinger's last US tour.
'Baby Blue' was released as a single in a blue-tinted picture sleeve. Because Al Steckler, the head of Apple US, felt that it needed a stronger hook in the opening, he overdubbed reverb on the snare drum track in the first verse and the middle eight to create a "US single version" for the song in February 1972. It would become the group's last Top 20 single, peaking at #14 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.
1973: John Lennon's visa extension is cancelled by the U.S. Immigration Department. It's just another step in the long legal battle to determine whether Lennon will be allowed to stay. In the end, Lennon wins.
1973: An attempt to bring Elvis Presley to the UK for shows at London’s Earl’s Court failed. Promoters had hoped that Elvis would be available during the summer but were told that Elvis now had US tour and filming commitments.
1974: Yes played at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1975: Genesis performed at the Pavilhao dos Desportos in Cascais. Portugal.
1975: Average White Band win gold record for 'Pick Up the Pieces.'
1975: Led Zeppelin is awarded a gold record for their classic double album 'Physical Graffiti.' In 2006 the album was certified platinum 16 times.
1976: Fleetwood Mac release the Stevie Nicks-penned single 'Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win).' It’s becomes their biggest hit so far, peaking at #11.
1976: Elton John was immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds in London. The first rock star to be so since The Beatles.
1976: The Beatles 'The Singles Collection 1962-1970' (Box set) is released. On February 6, 1976 the 9 year contract The Beatles had signed with EMI came to an end. However EMI retained the right to reissue anything it wanted from the old catalog. The first edition of The Singles Collection came with 22 singles in a green box. All 22 singles had the same design for the front sleeve but different photographs on the rear. A little later EMI released the collection in a newly designed box (2nd Edition) and added Yesterday/I Should Have Known Better (R 6013). As this sold out, it was reissued with 24 singles, adding Back In The USSR/Twist And Shout (R 6016). The 3rd Edition of The Singles Collection was issued in 1978. EMI again added a new single, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band/With A Little Help From My Friends/A Day In The Life.
1977: Rush appeared at The Palladium in New York.
1979: Roxy Music performed at the Congresgebouw in The Hague, Netherlands.
1982: King Crimson played at Alexander Hall at Princeton University.
1982: Dick Clark's American Bandstand podium is given to the Smithsonian.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Cars’ 'Shake It Up' at #4, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ (cover of the Arrows) 'Love Rock N’ Roll' at #3, Journey’s 'Open Arms' at #2 and #1 was The J. Geils Band’s 'Centerfold.'
1987: Bon Jovi film part of their video for 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.
1988: Frank Zappa appeared at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1989: Dream Theater released their debut studio album, 'When Dream and Day Unite.' It’s the only Dream Theater album to feature Charlie Dominici on vocals.‬
1989: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and wife Theresa become parents to daughter Chelsea Anna.
1990: Aerosmith is inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk on Sunset Boulevard in the midst of a three night sellout stand at The Forum in Los Angeles.
1993: Bon Jovi's 'Bed Of Roses' peaks at #10 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was their 9th Top 10 in the U.S.
1993: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Ugly Kid Joe’s 'Cats In The Cradle' at #27, Bon Jovi’s 'Bed Of Roses'at #10 (peak), Duran Duran’s 'Ordinary World' at #3, and #1 was Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle with 'A Whole New World (Aladdin’s Theme).'
1995: During a 12-date tour of Australian and New Zealand, Pearl Jam played at Perth Entertainment Center in Perth, Australia.
2000: Eric Clapton is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a third time, a first. Now in as a solo artist, he's also in as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Potentially, Eric could be inducted four more times based on his membership in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, Blind Faith, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, and Derek & The Dominos. The Lovin' Spoonful, Bonnie Raitt, legendary L.A. session drummer Hal Blaine and guitar pioneer Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) are also inducted.
2001: Metallica land in 18th place on Forbes Magazine's list of Most Powerful Celebrities.
2001: Led Zeppelin was named as "the most bootlegged band" when 422 illegal albums were counted. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Beatles were next in line with over 350 unauthorized titles available.
2001: Mike "Smitty" Smith, the original drummer for Paul Revere And The Raiders died of natural causes at his home in Hawaii at the age of 58.
2002: Tommy Thayer plays his first show with KISS at a private affair at the Grand Lido Braco in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Other performers included Scorpions, Nazareth, and Sugar Ray.
2004: David Crosby was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana after leaving his bag in a New York hotel. The luggage was found by a hotel employee looking for identification, finding instead a handgun and marijuana. The employee called authorities, and Crosby, discovering the missing luggage himself, telephoned to say he would return for it. He was met by New York police, who arrested him.
2004: Dave Matthews Band receives the special Chairman's Award from the NAACP for their devotion to social and environmental causes.
2006: David Gilmour's 3rd solo album 'On An Island' is released. The Pink Floyd guitarist's set features Floyd keyboardist Rick Wright, touring bassist Guy Pratt, David Crosby and Graham Nash.
2006: In the wake of its pre-release leak, the new Pearl Jam single 'World Wide Suicide' becomes available for free download without digital rights management restrictions from the band's website.
2007: KoRn's 'MTV Unplugged' album is released. The set was taped the previous year.
2007: Heaven & Hell, featuring an early-'80s Black Sabbath lineup (including Ronnie James Dio), begin their world tour with a Canadian trek that starts in Vancouver.
2007: Experience Hendrix, the business entity that oversees Hendrix's estate files a suit against Electric Hendrix Vodka for trademark infringement and false advertising.
2007: A two-hour film culled from rare footage of John Lennon that was to premiere at a free screening at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, MA, gets cancelled after the legal team representing Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, orders the school not to screen the movie. Ono claims she owns the rights to 3 Days In The Life, though its director, Ono's first husband, Tony Cox, sold the film to three fans in 2000. The footage was shot in February 1970 for a never-completed documentary project.
2007: the 'VH1 Classic Presents: Metal Mania - Stripped, Vol 3' album was released. mThe album featured 15 acoustic renditions of hair metal classics including 'In My Dreams' and 'Way Cool Jr.'
2007: The Librarian of Congress added Carl Perkins’ 'Blue Suede Shoes,' The Ronettes’ 'Be My Baby,' The Rolling Stones’ '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,' The Velvet Underground & Nico’s self-titled debut album, The Wailers’ 'Burnin’, Paul Simon’s 'Graceland' & Sam Cooke’s 'A Change Is Gonna Come'to enter the 2006 National Recording Registry. The selection is for recordings deemed "significant."
2007: Neil Young's 'Heart Of Gold' DVD wins in the Best New Concert category at the third annual Music DVD Awards in West Hollywood, CA. Chuck Berry's 60th birthday concert, 'Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll,' with performances by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, earns the Best of Show honor.
2007: According to Dr. Bill Bass, a forensic anthropologist hired by the son of J.P. Richardson, The Big Bopper suffered massive fractures and likely died immediately in the 1959 plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. Jay Richardson had hired Dr. Bass of the University of Tennessee to look into rumors that a gun may have been fired on board the plane and that the Big Bopper might have survived the crash and died while trying to get help. Dr. Bass' report says that those rumors are groundless. "There was no indication of foul play. [He] died immediately. He didn't crawl away." Jay Richardson was pleased with the findings, saying "I was hoping to put the rumors to rest."
2009: U2 are on ABC's 'Good Morning America' to promote 'No Line On The Horizon.' It's the first time the group has been on a U.S. morning show.
2009: Phil Collins participates in a San Antonio ceremony commemorating the historic 1836 battle at the Alamo between Mexican soldiers and Texan defenders. The Genesis frontman is an Alamo aficionado, and collects artifacts and memorabilia. He's also made an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas.
2009: Thousands of Phish fans descend upon Hampton, Virginia, to see Page McConnell, John Fishman, Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon return to the stage.
2010: Alice In Chains nail their second #1 song from 'Black Gives Way To Blue' with 'Your Decision.' The follow-up to 'Check My Brain' has a six-week run at the top.
2010: The U.K.'s Royal Mail unveils a Pink Floyd souvenir stamp featuring the artwork from the band's '94 album, "The Division Bell." "It's the first time Royal Mail has worked with a major Rock band to produce a product of this kind, and reflects the band's enormous global impact," says Royal Mail's Julietta Edgar.
2011: Meat Loaf is a contestant on Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice TV show. He completes business-oriented tasks to raise money for charity.
2012: 'Wrecking Ball,' Bruce Springsteen's 17th studio album, is released.
2012: Elvis Costello and Living Colour are among the performers at the Robert Johnson Centennial Celebration at the Apollo Theatre in New York City. "Robert Johnson's music continues to weave its way, beyond the Blues, into and through almost every other popular genre today," says event director Joe Morton. Concert proceeds go toward the construction of The Blues Hall of Fame in Memphis.
2012: It's announced that Rush are among the winners of a Governor General's Performing Arts Award, one of Canada's most prestigious prizes. They receive $25,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a commemorative medallion struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.
2013: Alvin Lee dies in Spain at 68. According to his website, he died from "unforeseen complications following a routine surgical procedure". While Ten Years After is best known for the hit 'I'd Love To Change The World,' Lee gave an incendiary performance of 'I'm Going Home' at Woodstock that was immortalized in the movie.
2013: Yoko Ono gave producers of the NBC comedy 'The New Normal' permission to use John Lennon's 'Beautiful Boy' during the season finale.
2014: Queen announce they will tour with Adam Lambert, the American Idol runner-up, as their lead vocalist. Lambert fronted the band for one-off shows but nixed earlier tour proposals.
2016: Reports began appearing that Graham Nash made comments to the Dutch publication Lust For Life that indicated that the end of the line had come for Crosby, Stills And Nash. He was quoted as saying "You asked me if there's more of CSN? My answer is no, and that's very sad,because we're pretty good. But I don't like David Crosby right now. He's been awful to me these last two years, just fucking awful."
2016: Lana Rae Meisner, wife of former Eagles' bassist Randy Meisner, died after she accidently shot herself while looking for something in a closet. Although the couple had a history of domestic incidents, police immediately cleared Randy of any wrongdoing whatsoever.

March 7
1955: Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" enters the Rhythm & Blues charts. It's the first time a Country & Western artist lands on the R&B charts.
1958: The first US DJ convention is held in Kansas. Broadcasters vote against Top 40 formatting recently adopted by American stations.
1962: The Beatles appear on the BBC for the first time, recording for the radio show Here We Go, also marking the band's first full live performance caught on tape, and the first performance in what would become their trademark collarless suits designed by Beno Dorn.
1964: The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' battles 'She Loves You' for the top spot on the U.S. charts.
1964: Capitol Records is swamped with requests for heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay's album 'I Am the Greatest' after Clay defeated Sonny Liston on February 25th.
1965: During a Rolling Stones gig at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, England a female fan fell from the circle while the group were playing. The crowd below broke her fall and the girl escaped serious injury just breaking a few teeth.
1966: Tina Turner records her vocals for 'River Deep Mountain High.' Producer Phil Spector spends $22,000 on the song. Ike & Tina's version stiffs in the U.S. but rules the U.K. chart.
1966: Brian Wilson released 'Caroline No' the first solo single by a Beach Boy. Before it evolved into the final song we know today, the song was originally written as 'Carol I Know'. It would later peak at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart & be included on The Beach Boys’ album 'Pet Sounds.'
1967: Working on their next album The Beatles recorded additional overdubs for 'Lovely Rita', including harmony vocals, effects, and the percussive sound of a piece of toilet paper being blown through a haircomb.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Winter Gardens in Malvern, Worcestershire, England.
1968: The definitive (and lengthy-16:51) version of 'Toad,' Ginger Baker's epic drum solo, is recorded at Fillmore West in San Francisco (2nd show). The original studio-take appears on Cream's debut 'Fresh Cream.' This version is found on the studio/live 'Wheels Of Fire,' the first double-album to go platinum.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Bluesville 69 Club at the Hornsey Wood Tavern in Finsbury Park, London, England. The venue was a function room at the back of the pub, and was so small that the stage was only just big enough for John Bonham's drums, and the rest of the group had to stand on the floor at the same level as the crowd.
1969: The Who release their 17th single, 'Pinball Wizard.'
1969: Steppenwolf released their 3rd studio album, 'At Your Birthday Party.'
1970: Mountain release their debut studio album, 'Climbing!' It reached #17 on the Billboard chart, bolstered by the single, 'Mississippi Queen,' which reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at the Casino de Montreux in Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland.
1970: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Waters' is the only song keeping Creedence Clearwater Revival's two-sided hit 'Travelin' Band'/'Who'll Stop The Rain' out of the top spot on the U.S. pop chart. It was CCR's 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Pink Floyd played a 3 PM show at the University of Bristol Arts Festival in Bristol, England.
1971: Genesis performed at La Ferme in Woluwe St Lambert, Belgium.
1971: Black Sabbath and Fleetwood Mac played at the Painters Mill Music Fair in Owings Mill, Maryland.
1972: Yes played at Kutztown State College in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
1973: CBS records hold a showcase concert at Max's Kansas City in new York to mark the signing of Bruce Springsteen. During the gig, CBS records boss John Hammond suffered a heart attack.
1973: The 'Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory' album from Traffic goes gold.
1973: The Byrds release their 12th and final album, 'Byrds.' It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #31 in the UK. It was recorded as the centerpiece of a reunion between the five original members of The Byrds: Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke. The last time that all five members had worked together as The Byrds was in 1966, prior to Gene Clark's departure from the band.
1974: Yes appeared at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1975: In London, the audience at the Hammersmith Odeon learns about Chuck Berry’s unusual concert practices when he walks off stage after 58 minutes. Berry defends himself by saying he was contracted to play only 45. He added, “They wouldn’t turn the house lights on. I always have them on for my last number.”
1975: David Bowie releases his 9th album 'Young Americans.' It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The album featured the song 'Fame' (co-written with Carlos Alomar and John Lennon), which gave Bowie his first US #1 hit single for two weeks in later 1975.
1976: David Bowie played at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1976: A likeness of Elton John is added to the waxworks at Madame Tussaud's in London. He's the first rock start to be immortalized in wax since The Beatles.
1977: Foreigner's self-titled debut album is released. 'Feels Like The First Time' and 'Cold As Ice' make an immediate impact.
1978: Johnny Winter appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1978: While on their first world tour in Madison, WI, Van Halen played the Shuffle Inn, as the Orpheum Theater couldn't accomodate 3 bands (VH was on tour with Journey & Montrose). The band had a 3 night stay over at the Sheridan Inn, raising hell partying before their next gig in Milwaukee, resulting in a thank you in the liner notes of the Van Halen II album to the "The Sheridan Inn (seventh floor) Madison, Wisconsin, and all the hall managers who waded through the rubble of Van Halenized backstages around the world."
1979: The Police get a badly needed break when they play the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin, Texas, where the radio station KLBJ has been playing their single 'Roxanne,' the first station in America to do so. The song starts to catch on, and seven weeks later peaks at #32, giving the band their first hit.
1980: Rush performed at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1980: Judas Priest kicked off their British Steel Tour at Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales. During the UK leg of the tour, they were supported by Iron Maiden.
1981: Eric Clapton headlined at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1981: The Grateful Dead played at Cole Field House on the Campus of the University of Maryland at College Park.
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Molly Hatchet’s 'The Rambler' at #92 (debut), Loverboy’s 'Turn Me Loose' at #48, The Alan Parsons Project’s 'Games People Play' at #18, REO Speedwagon’s 'Keep On Loving You' at #4. Eddie Rabbitt’s 'I Love A Rainy Night' was #1.
1983: KIX release their 2nd studio album, 'Cool Kids.' The album reached #177 on the Billboard charts.
1987: Peter Gabriel reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second and final time with 'Big Time,' which peaked at #8. The song featured Stewart Copeland from The Police on drums.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Duran Duran’s 'Skin Trade' at #43, Lou Gramm’s 'Midnight Blue' at #29, Cinderella’s 'Nobody’s Fool' at #26, Beastie Boys’ '(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)' at #7 and Bon Jovi’s 'Livin’ On A Prayer' was #1.
1987: The first five Beatles albums, 'Please Please Me,' 'With the Beatles,' 'A Hard Day's Night,' 'Beatles for Sale' and 'Help!' were released on Compact disc. Capitol Records decided to release the original UK mixes of the Beatles albums, which means that the first four CDs are released in mono. This marks the first time that many of these mono mixes were available in the US.
1987: The Beastie Boys appear on 'Soul Train,' where they perform 'Brass Monkey.' They win over host Don Cornelius, who tells them, "You're very chilling, very hip, and we like your music."
1988: The Beatles 'Past Masters Volume One & Volume Two' are released. The two-volume compilation album was part of the issue of the band’s entire back catalogue on CD. Compiled by the noted Beatles authority Mark Lewisohn, this collection of many of the band's biggest hits as well as rarities includes every song released commercially by the band that was not available on The Beatles’ twelve original UK albums or the 'Magical Mystery Tour' LP.
1994: The U.S. Supreme Court decided that rap group 2 Live Crew’s parody of Roy Orbison’s 'Oh, Pretty Woman' did not break federal copyright laws.
1995: Warrant release their Beau Hill produced 4th studio album, 'Ultraphobic.' It featured former Kingdom Come and Wild Horses members Rick Steier and James Kottak.
2000: Pantera's 'Reinventing The Steel' album is released. It's the last studio album with Phil Anselmo (vocals), Dimebag Darrell (guitar), Rex Brown (bass) and Vinnie Paul (drums).
2000: Armored Saint release their 5th studio album, 'Revelation.' The band reformed in the entire 'Symbol of Salvation' lineup to record 'Revelation' in 1999 after six years of being disbanded.
2000: Disturbed released their debut album 'The Sickness.' The album peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2003: AC/DC's Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson performed an acoustic version of 'You Shook Me All Night Long' live on 'The Howard Stern Show.'
2006: Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, a project led by the Foo Fighters' drummer, release their self-titled debut album.
2006: Rod Stewart is ordered to pay $3 million to Harrah's in Las Vegas after defaulting on a show in 2000.
2006: Steely Dan's Donald Fagen releases his third solo album 'Morph The Cat.'
2006: Van Morrison is named an honorary citizen of Nashville in a ceremony held during the singer-songwriter's concert at the city's famed Ryman Auditorium.
2007: The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' tops the National Association of Recording Merchandisers Definitive 200, a list of "great, classic albums." Rock artists with discs landing in the Top 10 include Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan.
2007: Blues Traveler singer and harmonica player John Popper is arrested after the blue Mercedes he is traveling in is clocked doing 111 mph on a highway west of Spokane, WA. State patrol officers search the car and find guns and a small amount of marijuana. Grand Funk Railroad celebrates their 40th anniversary by playing 40 concerts. The first stop is Trinidad, CA. However, this edition is without guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner.
2007: Rhett Hutchence the brother of INXS singer Michael Hutchence defended his decision to sell some of the late star’s belongings online saying he needed money to set up home with his new girlfriend. Items in the auction included lyrics, T-shirts and a fax his brother had sent to his then girlfriend Kylie Minogue.
2008: ZZ Top are honored at the Austin Film Society's annual Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards, (which coincides with South By Southwest). The trio receives the AMD Live! Soundtrack Award, The gala raises funds to promote movie appreciation and support emerging filmmakers.
2008: The Zombies' four surviving members reunite in London for the first of two special 40th anniversary performances of their 1968 album, 'Odessey And Oracle.' It's the first time all of the surviving original Zombies play the songs live onstage. Guitarist Keith Airey replaces founding guitarist Paul Atkinson, who died in 2004.
2009: Grand Funk Railroad celebrates their 40th anniversary by playing 40 concerts. The first stop is Trinidad, CA. However, this edition is without guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner.
2012: A class action suit filing reveals that Sony will pay $7.95 million to Cheap Trick, the Allman Brothers Band and others, to end a five-year dispute over digital music revenue. Most of the settlement goes to artists who have a minimum of 28,500 downloads from Apple's iTunes store.
2012: Funeral services were held for Davy Jones at Holy Cross Catholic parish in Indiantown, Florida. The three surviving Monkees, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Micky Dolenz, did not attend so as not to draw more attention to the grieving family. Instead, they attended memorial services in New York City as well as organising their own private memorial in Los Angeles along with Jones's family and close friends.
2012: Sales of albums by The Monkees soared following the death of singer Davy Jones. 'Best Of The Monkees' re-entered the Billboard album chart at #20 with sales of over 17,000 units, followed by 'Flashback With the Monkees,' coming in at #125, selling over 5,000 copies. .
2012: The She-Bop-A-Lula, a photography exhibit of female Rockers, opens at the Strand Gallery in London. The 60-plus images feature Debbie Harry (Blondie), Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Joan Jett, Janis Joplin, Suzi Quatro and Patti Smith. The exhibition supports Breakthrough, the UK's leading Breast Cancer Charity.
2013: A memorial show for late Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr is held at Seattle's Studio Seven just a day before the second anniversary of Starr's death from a suspected overdose of prescription drugs and alcohol at age 44.
2013: Peter Banks, the original Yes guitarist, dies in his London home from heart failure at age 65. Banks is heard on the group's first two albums. He left the band in 1970 when orchestral arrangements proposed by singer Jon Anderson and bassist Chris Squire replaced almost all of his parts.
2015: Three-fifths of a Guns N' Roses reunion takes place as Slash and Gilby Clarke plus bassist Duff McKagan perform during a Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2016: AC/DC are forced to postpone their 'Rock Or Bust' tour dates as Brian Johnson faces ‘total hearing loss.'
2016: Michael White, the British producer whose work includes the films 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' and 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show,' dies of heart failure at age 80.
2017: Tom DeLonge (Blink 182) and co-author Peter Levenda publish 'Sekret Machines: GODS,' an “investigative journey to the heart of the UFO phenomenon.”

March 8
1961: The Beatles played at The Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime. That night they performed twice: at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall in Huyton, Liverpool.
1962: The Beatles make their radio debut on the BBC performing covers of 'Dream Baby,' 'Please Mr. Postman' and 'Memphis, Tennessee.' It was reportedly the first time The Beatles wore suits onstage.
1964: The Dave Clark Five appear for the first time on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show, performing 'Do You Love Me' and 'Can’t You See That She’s Mine.' It will be the first of eighteen appearances for the group.
1965: David Bowie makes his first TV appearance when his band The Manish Boys appears on the British show 'Gadzooks! It’s All Happening' when they performed their current single 'I Pity The Fool.' At the time, he's still known as David Jones.
1965: Bob Dylan's single 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' was released. The lead track from his 'Bringing It All Back Home' album, gave Dylan his first top 40 hit. It peaked at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also entered the Top 10 on the singles chart in the United Kingdom. The song is also noted for its innovative film clip, in what became one of the first 'modern' promotional film clips. The clip was shot in an alley behind the Savoy Hotel in London, the cue cards which Dylan holds were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, and Dylan himself.
1965: The Beach Boys 8th album, 'The Beach Boys Today!' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #6 on the UK Top 40 Album Chart. Three singles hit the Top 40 in the US: 'Dance, Dance, Dance' (#8), 'When I Grow Up (to Be a Man)' (#9), and 'Do You Wanna Dance?' (#12).
1966: Bob Dylan recorded 'Just Like A Woman' for his 'Blonde On Blonde' album at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.
1968: Promoter Bill Graham's East Coast version of the Fillmore, the Fillmore East opens in New York City. Big Brother and the Holding Company tops the bill that includes Albert King and Tim Buckley. Although the club was only open for 4 years, many seminal live albums were recorded there, including ones from The Allman Brothers Band, Joe Cocker, Derek and the Dominos, The Grateful Dead, Humble Pie, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa and many more.
1968: Elvis Presley's 26th movie, 'Stay Away, Joe,' premieres in New York City. The comedy features Elvis as a Native American rodeo champion.
1968: Cream played the first of two nights at at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California. The concert was recorded with some tracks ending up on their 'Wheels Of Fire' double album.
1969: The Small Faces split up after performing their final concert, on the Channel Islands. Singer Steve Marriott announced he was leaving the band to focus on Humble Pie. Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones linked up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart and formed The Faces.
1969: 'Proud Mary' is Creedence Clearwater Revival's first million selling single.
1969: Elektra Records signs Detroit's MC5.
1970: The New York Times publishes an advance review of The Who’s 'Live at Leeds' by Nik Cohn in which he calls it “...the definitive hard-rock holocaust. It is the best live rock album ever made.”
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Cricus Krone Bau in Munich, Germany.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at Mothers in Erdington, Birmingham, England.
1971: The Who hold the fourth and last session of the ill-fated 'Lifehouse' project. Filming still has not begun, the band is completely confused about Pete’s plans, the audience is uncooperative, mostly calling out for old Who tunes during the new Lifehouse songs, and producer/manager Kit Lambert is openly critical, stamping about and yelling, “What in the hell are we doing here?” Since Lambert is due to travel to New York the next week to produce Labelle’s first album at the Record Plant, he suggests The Who fly over and record the new material there as well. Lifehouse was a science fiction rock opera by the Who intended as a follow-up to 'Tommy.' It was abandoned as a rock opera in favor of creating the traditional rock album, Who’s Next.
1971: The Rolling Stones appeared at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1971: WPAX Hanoi goes on the air. Abbie Hoffman and many others make tapes in a loft in New York; tapes are then broadcast to US troops. Station opens with Jimi Hendrix's Star-Spangled Banner.
1972: King Crimson played at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1973: Ron Mckernan, keyboard player with The Grateful Dead, died at age 27 from a stomach hemorrhage and liver failure brought on by alcohol poisoning in Corte Madera, CA. Pigpen was a founding member and the original frontman of The Grateful Dead. Initially nicknamed “Big Ron,” Pigpen probably got his name for his similarity to the permanently dirty character in the comic strip Peanuts. McKernan was close friends with Janis Joplin, bonding with their love of alcohol over psychedelic drugs.
1973: Paul McCartney was fined £100 ($170) for growing cannabis at his farm in Campbeltown, Scotland. McCartney claimed some fans gave the seeds to him and that he didn’t know what they would grow.
1973: Genesis performed at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.
1974: Rising from the ashes of Free and Mott The Hoople, the newly-formed Bad Company play their first live gig, at Newcastle City Hall in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
1974: The Cars 'Since You're Gone' single is released.
1974: Queen's 'Queen II' album is released. It reached #49 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1974: Yes performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1974: Bad Company kicked off their first UK tour at Newcastle City Hall.
1975: The New Music Express says the Rolling Stones have selected American guitarist Wayne Perkins to replaced Mick Taylor. But it's Ron Wood (formerly of the Faces and Jeff Beck Group) who eventually gets the nod.
1975: The Ramones played at CBGB’s in New York.
1975: Styx single 'Lady' peaks at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was their first Top 10 hit in the US.
1975: John Entwistle’s solo project, 'The Ox,' perform at New York City’s Academy Of Music.
1975: Keith Moon’s forthcoming solo album 'Two Sides Of The Moon' receives a favorable review in Melody Maker. The article also includes a photo of Iggy Pop riding on Keith’s back.
1976: Roxy Music appeared at the Calderone Theater in New York.
1976: Having left Spooky Tooth for a solo career, Gary Wright gets a gold record for "Dream Weaver.
1977: Foreigner release their self-titled debut album. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart (during its 113 week stay), and included three Top 40 singles - 'Feels Like the First Time' (#4), 'Cold as Ice' (#6) and 'Long, Long Way from Home' (#20).
1977: Santana performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Steely Dan goes platinum for the first time with their 'Aja' album.
1979: Rolling Stone reports that inflation has ballooned the cost of making and promoting a major label LP to between $350,000 and $500,000.
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Led Zeppelin’s 'Fool In The Rain' at #69, Foreigner’s 'Women' at #50, 38 Special’s 'Rockin’ Into The Night' at #44, Pat Benatar’s 'Heartbreaker' at #24, Tom Petty’s 'Refugee' at #17m and Queen’s 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' at #1. ‬
1980: Rush peak at #4 on Billboard's 200 album chart with 'Permanent Waves.' It's their 1st Top 5 album in the U.S.‬
1982: The Cars 'Since You're Gone' b/w 'Think It Over' 45 single is released. Since You're Gone peaked at #24 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Think It Over' peaked at #41 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
1984: Van Halen played at Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1994: Ozzy Osbourne with special guests Motley Crue played the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1986: ZZ Top performed at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
1986: Roger Daltrey’s tribute to Keith Moon, 'Under a Raging Moon,' hits the British charts. It is released in different formats including a double 45 EP pack with live cuts from 1985. It peaks at #43.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Honeymoon Suite’s 'Feel It Again' at #86 (debut), Robert Palmer’s 'Addicted To Love' at #38, The Bangles’ 'Manic Monday' at #26, ZZ Top’s 'Stages' at #21, Loverboy’s 'This Could Be The Night' at #19, Heart’s 'These Dreams'
at #4 and Mr. Mister’s 'Kyrie' at #1.
1987: At Detroit's Joe Louis Arena Bob Seger announces the end of "his last tour ever", only to start touring again soon after.
1990: Bonnie Raitt is named the Best Female Singer in Rolling Stone magazine's Critic's Awards.
1990: Rolling Stone dubs Jefferson Airplane's disastrous new comeback album Most Unwanted Comeback of the Year
1993: Beavis & Butthead premiered on MTV.
1994: David Lee Roth released his Nile Rodgers produced 4th full-length studio album, 'Your Filthy Little Mouth.' It features Frehley’s Comet bassist John Regan, with Travis Tritt also on co-lead vocals on 'Cheatin' Heart Cafe.'
1994: Kurt Cobain was discharged from the Rome American Hospital in Italy, where he was recovering from an overdose of prescription drugs and champagne.
1994: Soundgarden's 4th album, 'Superunknown' is released. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies in its opening week and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Five singles were released from the album: 'The Day I Tried to Live,' 'My Wave,' 'Fell on Black Days,' 'Spoonman' and 'Black Hole Sun,' the latter two of which won Grammy Awards. In 1995, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. The album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States and remains Soundgarden's most successful album. In 2003, the album was ranked #336 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was ranked #38 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the Nineties, and #5 on Guitar World magazine's top 10 list of guitar albums of 1994.
1994: Rush appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1995: Ingo Schwichtenberg commits suicide by jumping in front of a subway train. He was just 29. Schwichtenberg was the drummer and a founding member of Helloween. Schwichtenberg was fired from the band in 1993 for drug and alcohol abuse and also for his refusal to take his medication for his schizophrenia, which would lead to bizarre episodes such as uncontrollable sobbing, causing him to cancel shows.
1997: The Wallflowers 'One Headlight' tops the Modern Rock chart.
2004: 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell was charged with simple assault in Moss Point, Mississippi. Harrell allegedly hit a newspaper deliveryman who accused him of taking more than one paper from a vending machine outside the local Cheap-O Deep-O. The 53-year-old deliveryman was also charged with pulling a gun.
2004: The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office charged Courtney Love with disorderly conduct. The charge was in connection with her 2003 arrest for drugs after she allegedly tried to break into her boyfriend's apartment.
2005: Black Label Society released their album 'Mafia.' The track 'In This River' was written before the death of Zakk Wylde's friend and fellow guitarist Dimebag Darrell, but it has since been dedicated to him.
2005: A 9-year-old boy wakes from a coma after hearing Green Day's "American Idiot." Wales resident Corey George, a Green Day fan, was hit by a car and unconscious for two weeks when his parents played him the disc. "Within an hour he had opened his eyes," says Corey's father.
2005: Rush gets the Classical treatment. 'The String Quartet Tribute to Rush's 2112,' arranged by Todd Rubenstein, makes its debut.
2005: Axis of Justice, co-founded by Audioslave's Tom Morello, helps a Coalition of Immokalee Workers (C.I.W.) reach a settlement with Taco Bell. The coalition boycotted the fast-food chain over unfair working conditions. "By standing up and standing together, we can change the world," says Morello. Most C.I.W. members are immigrants with low-wage jobs in Florida.
2006: Sammy Hagar's Tahoe Wabo in Nevada is honored as one of the Top 100 bars and clubs in the United States by the editors of Nightclub & Bar magazine.
2006: Pearl Jam's 'World Wide Suicide,' hits #3 on Billboard Radio Monitor's Modern Rock chart becoming the group's highest debut (to date) single. A week later, Pearl Jam tops the chart.
2007: Eddie Van Halen quietly announces that he's checked in to rehab. "I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110 percent that I feel I owe (Van Halen's fans)," the guitarist says in a statement. The rehab move causes Eddie to miss his group's induction into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame.
2009: A blue plaque in honour of The Who drummer Keith Moon was unveiled on the site of the Marquee Club in Soho, London, where in 1964 the band played the first of 29 gigs there. Surviving Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend attend the marker's unveiling, which is sponsored by the U.K.'s Heritage Foundation. Fans on scooters turned up to pay tribute to Moon, who was 32 when he died of an accidental overdose in 1978.
2009: U2 started a two week run at #1 on the UK album chart with their 12th studio album 'No Line on the Horizon.'
2010: The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announces they have recruited Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro to star their anti-fur Ink Not Mink ads.
2011: Mike Starr, former bassist for Alice In Chains, is found dead by police in a Salt Lake City home. "There is nothing to indicate that this was foul play by another individual," says a police representative. Three weeks earlier, the 44 year-old Starr was jailed after he was found in illegal possession of prescription drugs. Mike was the original bassist of Alice In Chains, and was the last person to see singer Layne Staley alive; he blamed himself partly for Staley’s death. Starr also appeared on Celebrity Rehab in 2010 with fellow recovering addicts Mackenzie Phillips and Tom Sizemore.
2011: 'Rope' is #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart just a week after its release. The song is the lead single from the Foo Fighters' seventh studio album, 'Wasting Light.'
2011: Seether's 'Country Song,' the first single from 'Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray.' It goes to #1 on both the US & Canada Active Rock charts‬ as well as #1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart.
2012: Blaze Bayley released the album 'The King Of Metal.'
2013: The Journey documentary 'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey,' opens in U.S. theaters. The movie focuses on singer Arnel Pineda, and how he came to join the band.
2015: Jon Bon Jovi sings 'Dead Or Alive,' with comedians serving as back-up singers, on Comedy Central's Night of Too Many Stars. Hosted by Jon Stewart, and taped at New York's Beacon Theatre a week earlier (2/28), the event raises funds for autism education and support programs.
2016: Sir George Martin, the “fifth Beatle,” dies in his sleep at his home in Wiltshire, England. He was 90. “If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George,” Paul McCartney said in a statement. “From the day that he gave The Beatles our first recording contract, to the last time I saw him, he was the most generous, intelligent and musical person I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. He was like a second father to me.” Martin spent seven years with the Beatles, the most successful group in music history, and produced virtually all of their albums. He also worked with countless others over a career that spanned decades, including Peter Sellers, Shirley Bassey, America, Cheap Trick, Jeff Beck, UFO, Ultravox and Celine Dion. Elton John had Martin produce his updated version of 'Candle in the Wind,' done in honor of Princess Diana, in 1997. Twenty-three Martin productions hit #1 in the United States, along with thirty in the UK.
2016: AC/DC postponed the rest of their current US tour after singer Brian Johnson was warned he was going deaf. The band posted a statement on their website saying doctors had advised Johnson to stop touring immediately or "risk total hearing loss".

March 9
1964: The Beatles filmed the last day of train scenes for the movie 'A Hard Days Night.' During their six days of filming aboard a moving train, The Beatles traveled a total of 2,500 miles on the rails.
1964: Capitol Records released a song called 'Letter To The Beatles' by The Four Preps. The lyrics describe a boy lamenting the fact that he's lost his girlfriend to The Fab Four. On its first day, the record shot to No.85 on the charts and it looked like The Preps were going to have another hit on their hands. Unfortunately they had included a few bars from 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' without permission and Capitol was forced to withdraw the single to avoid a lawsuit.
1966: The Beach Boys record 'God Only Knows.'
1967: Pink Floyd and The Thoughts perform at The Marquee Club in London.
1967: The Small Faces, Family and The Strollers appeared at the Skyline Ballroom, Hull, Yorkshire.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Skyline Hotel in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
1968: Jimi Hendrix and Soft Machine played at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.
1968: 'Who’s Who in America' was released, becoming the first edition to include notable rock stars other than Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Making the cut were The Rolling Stones, The Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and The Papas, The Doors, The Monkees, The Grateful Dead and Donovan.
1968: Bob Dylan started a ten week run at #1 on the UK chart with 'John Wesley Harding.' The album marked Dylan’s return to acoustic music after three albums of electric rock music and was exceptionally well received by critics, also reaching the second spot on the US charts. The commercial performance was considered remarkable, considering that Dylan had made Columbia Records release the album without much publicity.
1968: The Who return to the site of their first non-New York U.S. show, the Grande Ballroom in Dearborn, Michigan, with Soap opening. At this show The Who add 'Little Billy' to their show list. They also break all attendance records for the ballroom.
1969: Janis Joplin played at the University of Toledo Fieldhouse in Toledo, Ohio.
1969: CBS aired a rerun of the The Smothers Brothers’ Comedy Hour, a variety show notable for its satiric humor and musical appearances by the Beatles, the Doors, and the Who. The program came under fire when guest Joan Baez used her appearance to publicize the predicament of her husband, who had been arrested for objecting to the draft. The network explained the decision by stating that because that week’s episode did not arrive in time to be previewed, it would not be shown. An edited version aired two months later.
1970: Having recently changed their name from Earth to Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward made their concert debut at The Roundhouse in London.
1971: Led Zeppelin performs at Leeds University in Leeds, England, during their 'Back To The Clubs' tour.
1971: Alice Cooper's 3rd album, 'Love It to Death' album is released. 'I'm Eighteen' was the band's first Top 40 hit in the U.S., a success that led to a recording deal with Warner Brothers Records.
1972: A George McGovern presidential fundraiser stars Carole King, James Taylor, Quincy Jones and Barbra Streisand (Cass Elliot, of The Mamas & the Papas, serves as a celebrity usher).
1973: Black Sabbath kicked off an 8-date sold out UK tour at Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow.
1974: Aerosmith appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston.
1974: Bad Company play their first show in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
1974: David Essex 'Rock O'npeaks at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100. It's his only US top 10.
1975: Elvis Presley begins his final recording session at RCA’s Hollywood studios.
1975: Genesis played at the Nuevo Pabellon Club in Badalona, Spain.
1976: David Bowie appeared at the Memorial Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1976: The Who postponed their North American tour after Keith Moon collapsed at the Boston Garden.
1976: Queen go gold with 'A Night at the Opera,'
1976: Keith Moon collapses onstage at the beginning of a Who concert at the Boston Garden.
1977: The Sex Pistols, with Sid Vicious as their new bassist, sign with A&M in the label’s London offices. The next day they will stage a publicity stunt in which they sign a contract in front of Buckingham Palace.
1977: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' becomes the group's second consecutive platinum album.
1978: The Eagles record 'I Can't Tell You Why.'
1978: Bob Dylan performs at the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
1979: 'Heroes of Rock and Roll' documentary is first shown on ABC
1981: Robert Plant played a secret gig at Keele University, England with his new band The Honey Drippers.
1983: Randy Newman's 'I Love L.A.' b/w 'Song For The Dead' 45 single is released.
1985: REO Speedwagon's 'Can't Fight This Feeling' goes to #1 for three weeks. The #3 slot is held by Glenn Frey's 'The Heat Is On' with David Lee Roth's cover of the Beach Boys' classic 'California Girls' right behind.
1985: Mountain released their 5th studio album, 'Go for Your Life.'
1984: Yes performed at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1985: Mick Jagger released his solo single 'Just Another Night' a #12 hit in the US.
1986: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith go to Magic Ventures Studios in New York, where they record parts of their song "Walk This Way" so Run-D.M.C. can transform it into a Hip-Hop jam. Neither act is thrilled about the collaboration (Run-D.M.C.'s producer Rick Rubin spearheaded the effort), but the resulting track is a huge hit, revitalizing Aerosmith's career and delivering a new (mostly white) audience to the rappers.
1987: U2 released their breakthrough album 'The Joshua Tree.' The band's 5th album would become their first #1, produce two #1 hits, and win the band their first two Grammy awards. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for nine weeks during its 103 weeks stay. It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart. It won the two Grammy awards in 1987 for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album at #27 on their 2012 list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, calling it "an album that turns spiritual quests and political struggles into uplifting stadium singalongs". It was U2's best position on the list.
1987: John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Carole King & Gerry Goffin, Sam Cooke, and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil are all inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
1987: Gary Moore released his 7th studio album, 'Wild Frontier.'
1987: Whitesnake release their 'Still of the Night' single.
1990: At The Central in Seattle, Mother Love Bone plays their last show, as their lead singer Andrew Wood dies of a heroin overdose 10 days later. Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard from the band form Pearl Jam later that year.
1991: 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go' gave The Clash their only UK #1 single after the track was used for a Levi's TV advertisement. The track was first released in 1982 from their album 'Combat Rock' album.
1992: Skid Row with special guest Pantera played at the Sacramento Exhibit Hall in Sacramento, California.
1993: Lenny Kravitz releases 'Are You Gonna Go My Way.'
1993: Overkill release their 6th studio album, 'I Hear Black.' The album debuted at #122 on the Billboard 200 Chart, It was also the band's first album to feature drummer Tim Mallare.
1993: Sting releases his 4th solo album, 'Ten Summoner's Tales,' which contains the hit 'Fields of Gold.'
1995: Oasis make their U.S. network T.V. debut on Late Night With David Letterman.
1996: 'Wonderwall' by Oasis reaches #8 on the U.S. singles chart.
1998: Iron Maiden released the single 'The Angel And The Gambler.' It was their first single off the album 'Virtual XI.'
1999: Scorpions released the album 'Eye II Eye.'
2000: PETA member – and Pretenders lead singer – Chrissie Hynde leaped into the window of a New York Gap store to protest the alleged use in their clothing of cow leather from India, where the animal is held sacred. She and three others were arrested and charged with criminal mischief.
2001: Eric Singer replaces Peter Criss as the drummer for KISS. He began his second tour of duty with KISS, performing while wearing the band’s famous “Catman” makeup for the first time at a show in Yokohama, Japan.
2004: Brides Of Destruction released their debut album 'Here Come The Brides.' It was their only album that featured Nikki Sixx, who would leave the band to rejoin Motley Crue for their reunion tour in 2005.
2004: Exodus return after a 12-year hiatus with their 6th studio album 'Tempo of the Damned.'
2004: Tesla released the album 'Into The Now.' It was the band’s first studio album since 1994’s 'Bust A Nut.' ‬
2004: The White Stripes' Jack White pleads guilty in a Wayne County, MI, court to assault and battery charges stemming from a 12/13/03 fight with Von Bondies frontman Jason Stollsteimer. White is ordered to pay $750 in fines and attend anger-management classes. A long standing dispute over the level of White's involvement in the Von Bondies debut album sparked the confrontation.
2004: Former Crazy Town guitarist Rust Epique died of heart failure from an apparent heart attack at his home in Las Vegas. Epique was 36. Crazy Town had the 1999 world-wide #1 single 'Butterfly.'
2005: 53-year-old Danny Joe Brown, the original lead singer of Molly Hatchet, died from renal failure due to complications from diabetes. Brown was the front man for the band's self-titled album in 1978, which went Platinum. He is best known for writing and singing on such songs as 'Flirtin’ with Disaster' a+nd 'Whiskey Man.'
2005: The tour bus driver for The Dave Matthews Band pleads guilty to dumping sewage into the Chicago River, which hit a group of tourists cruising on an architectural tour. Stefan Wohl denied the charges at first, but admitted it when confronted with surveillance video. The band was not on the bus at the time.
2007: KISS' Gene Simmons & TommyThayer perform at a rally for the U.S. Armed Forces at Camp Pendleton.‬
2007: Brad Delp lead singer of US rock band Boston committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in after lighting two charcoal grills inside his sealed master bathroom at his home in the New Hampshire town of Atkinson. Although Tom Scholz was the primary songwriter in Boston, Delp co-wrote a few songs including 'Smokin', 'Let Me Take You Home Tonight' and 'Party.' He was found with a note paper-clipped to his shirt which read: “Mr. Brad Delp. I am a lonely soul.”
2007: Red Hot Chili Peppers and YouTube launch a contest with fans making a video for 'Charlie,' a track from RHCP's 'Stadium Arcadium' album. The winner gets $5,000 plus a trip to Paris to meet the band and attend a concert.
2007: Courtney Love gets sued by a luxury rehab center, Brau Monde International, in Newport Beach, CA. Love checked in following a drug overdose at a Hollywood club in '05. According to the center, Love has paid some, but not all, of her bill.
2007: KISS' Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer play for military personnel at Camp Pendleton in California. The set is filmed for an episode of A&E's Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
2007: John Mellencamp is presented with a finished custom Exile motorcycle built for the TLC network's 'Motorcycle Mania 4.' At the Dayton Beach event, Mellencamp performs a solo acoustic version of 'Pink Houses.' The program documenting the bike's construction airs the following month.
2007: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis performs solo on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.
2008: A documentary about Boston's Brad Delp premieres on a Salem, MA, cable station marking the one-year anniversary of the singer's suicide. 'Remembering Brad Delp...With a Little Help From His Friends' has performance clips and interviews.
2008: 'Nine Lives,' the first single from Def Leppard's "Songs From The Sparkle Lounge," is heard at the beginning of NBA games broadcast on ABC.
2009: The Allman Brothers Band takes up their annual residency at New York's Beacon theater with 10 shows in 13 days. The previous year's stand was cancelled because frontman Gregg Allman was undergoing treatment for hepatitis C.
2011: Whitesnake released their 11th studio album, 'Forevermore.' The album debuted at #49 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
2011: Phil Collins clears up rumors about why he is retiring. Speculation has included health problems, bad reviews, depression and an interest in devoting time to his collection of Alamo memorabilia, but Collins states the real reason is: "So I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis."
2011: Eric Clapton auctions more than 70 guitars and 70 amps in New York City to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre, Antigua, the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center which he founded in 1998. It's Clapton's third guitar auction to benefit the center.
2011: The Eagles perform on mainland China for the first time when they appear at the Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena.
2012: 76-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis gets married for the seventh time, taking his caregiver, 62-year-old Judith Brown, as his bride. Brown was previously married to Lewis' cousin Rusty.
2012: The Rolling Stones Facebook page passes the 9 million mark and guitarist Keith Richards celebrates by posting a picture of himself holding a card saying "9,000,000 Stones Fans." "Thanks to everyone of you Facebookers who like the Rolling Stones," reads the post. "It's only Rock and Roll but we love you!"
2012: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform a special concert at New York's Apollo Theater to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of satellite radio. The show airs live on Sirius XM's all-Springsteen channel E Street Radio.
2012: U2, earning $32 million in 2011, places second behind Taylor Swift, on Billboard's Top 40 Money Makers List. U2 is the only Rock act in the Top 5.
2013: Former KISS drummer Peter Criss is the American Cancer Society's Humanitarian of the Year Award honoree. Having beaten cancer himself, Criss is an advocate of regular check-ups for men.
2017: Pearl Jam donate 100% of T-shirt proceeds and 25% of all goods sold on the band's official web site to Planned Parenthood Federation Of America.
2017: Metallica’s 'Hardwired... To Self-Destruct' jumps to #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart (behind Ed Sheeran’s 'Divide') with an over 200-percent jump in sales after the record is bundled with ticket purchases for their summer tour.
2018: Judas Priest release their album 'Firepower.' It was the band's first studio album since 1988's 'Ram It Down' to be produced by Tom Allom.

March 10
1955: RCA Victor places a half-page ad in Billboard announcing Elvis Presley as the "new singing rage."
1956: Bobby Darin makes his first television appearance, singing 'Rock Island Line' on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. The budding entertainer is clearly nervous - he keeps glancing at his palms where he's written the song's lyrics. It would take two more years before he had his first US Top 40 hit, 'Splish Splash,' which he would follow with twenty-one more.
1958: Big Records released 'Our Song' by a teenage duo from Queens, New York, Tom and Jerry. The duo will become famous in the 1960s under their real names, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel.
1964: Simon and Garfunkel records 'The Sound Of Silence' as an acoustic duo. It wasn't until record company producers added electric guitar, bass and drums, without the knowledge of Paul and Art, that the song would become a hit in late 1965.
1965: Davie Jones (David Bowie) and the Manish Boys appeared at the Bromel Club in Bromley Hill, England.
1965: The Beatles’ 'Eight Days a Week' goes to #1. It’s the first single by a British act to top the American charts but not make the charts in Britain, where it was unreleased.
1966: Bob Dylan recorded 'Rainy Day Women No 12 & 35' at CBS Studios in Nashville. The song would go on to peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1966: The Who played at the Ram Jam Club in Brixton, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Club A Go Go in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1967: The Monkees held the #1 position on the album chart with More Of The Monkees.
1967: The Beatles record 'Getting Better.'
1967: Sonny & Cher guest star as "Jerry and Ramona" on 'The Hot Number Affair' episode of the NBC-TV spy spoof 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'
1968: Cream plays San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom. During the show they uncork Robert Johnson's Blues classic "Crossroads." This version lands on the group's studio/live 'Wheels Of Fire' album.
1968: The Who play the Opera House in Aurora, Illinois. The show is filmed by a BBC camera crew for a Tony Palmer documentary, They also film that night’s performance at the Exposition Gardens in Peoria, Illinois.
1968: Jimi Hendrix performed at the International Ballroom in Washington, D.C.
1969: Led Zeppelin 'Good Times Bad Times' b/w 'Communication Breakdown' 45 single is released.
1970: Genesis played at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad began recording the album 'Closer To Home.'
1971: Beatles manager Allen Klein is barred from involvement in the band’s affairs as the Fab Four’s career together winds down. According to legend, it is also on this night that John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr go to Paul McCartney’s London townhouse and throw a brick through one of the windows.
1972: America's self-titled debut album is certified gold.
1972: Thin Lizzy released their 2nd studio album, 'Shades of a Blue Orphanage' in the UK. The title is a combination of the members' previous bands: Shades of Blue and Orphanage.
1972: Jethro Tull's 5th studio album 'Thick as a Brick' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for two weeks in June 1972. Its lyrics are based on a poem written by a fictitious boy, Gerald Bostock, said to have been adapted to music by Jethro Tull—although the band's Ian Anderson in fact wrote the lyrics himself.
1972: Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper and Yes appeared at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.
1973: The Pink Floyd album 'Dark Side Of The Moon' was released in America, it spent over 740 weeks on the chart over a 14-year period. The album then moves to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, and logs another 759 weeks. Sales have topped an estimated 45 million copies worldwide.
1973: Steely Dan's 'Reeling In The Years' b/w 'Only A Fool Would Say That' 45 single is released. It was the 2nd single from their 1972 album, 'Can't Buy a Thrill.' It reached #11 on the Billboard HOT 100 chart. The song was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and features Fagen on vocals. In March 2005, Q magazine placed the song at #95 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has reportedly said that Elliott Randall's guitar solo on "Reeling In the Years" is his favorite solo of all time. That solo was also ranked the 40th best guitar solo of all time by the readers of Guitar World magazine. Fagen referred to the song as "dumb but effective" in Rolling Stone magazine.
1973: The Who played at the Sporthal de Vliegermolen, Voorburg, The Netherlands.
1974: David Bowie performs the Philadelphia concert that is later released as the album 'David Live.'
1975: John Lennon releases his cover of Ben E. King’s 'Stand by Me' b/w 'Move Over Ms. L' as a single in the U.S. There have been over 400 recorded versions of 'Stand by Me,' including versions by John Lennon, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, U2, Usher, and Elton 'ohn. "Stand'by Me" was ranked #121 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the 4th most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1976: Judas Priest released their 2nd single, 'The Ripper.'
1977: At 7am in the morning on a trestle table set up out-side Buckingham Palace, London, The Sex Pistols signed to A&M Records. The contract lasted for six days.
1977: Pink Floyd's 'Animals' is certified Platinum by the RIAA. It was last certified in 1995 at 4X Platinum.
1977: AC/DC appeared at St. Andrews Hall in Norwich, England.
1979: Motorhead release their 4th single, 'Overkill.' It was was the closing song on the band's final tour, making it the last song the band ever played live.
1979: Rush appeared at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1981: Jimmy Page takes the stage for the first time since the breakup of Led Zeppelin when he joins Jeff Beck for some encores at a London show.
1981: The Who performed at Wembley Arena in London.
1981: Joe Walsh released his 5th studio album, 'There Goes the Neighborhood.' It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features three tracks that reached the Billboard charts - 'Rivers (Of The Hidden Funk)' (Mainstream Rock - #35), 'Things' (Mainstream Rock - #36), and 'A Life of Illusion' (Mainstream Rock #1 and Hot 100 #34).
1982: King Crimson played at Dora Cohen Hall, Oxford Polytechnic in Oxford, England.
1984: Ian Gillan quits Black Sabbath. He's replaced briefly by former Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes. 'Born Again' is the most overlooked Sabbath album to date. The Born Again tour had ended on March 4th. Openers on that tour had included an up & coming band, Quiet Riot. Shortly after this departure Gillan re-joined Deep Purple for a reunion tour.
1984: Van Halen held the #1 position on the US singles chart with 'Jump.'
1984: Trouble released their debut studio album, 'Psalm 9.'
1985: The Grateful Dead performed at the Community Theater in Berkeley, California.
1990: Though released the previous September, Soundgarden's debut 'Louder Than Love' finally lands on the U.S. album chart, anchoring the #108 spot.
1990: Bad English's 'Price Of Love' peaks at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100 1nd it spends 19 weeks on the charts.
1991: Iron Maiden with special guest Anthrax performed at the Salem Armory Auditorium in Salem, Oregon.
1991: Mookie Blaylock goes on the Seattle radio station KISW and announces they are changing their name to Pearl Jam, inspired by the jamming they saw at a Neil Young concert a few weeks earlier.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers release 'Under The Bridge.' The 2nd single from the group's 5th studio album, 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik,' goes to #2 on the Billboard chart.
1992: King's X released their self-titled 4th album. It reached #138 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart , and the single, 'Black Flag' reached #17 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
1998: Motorhead released their 14th studio album, 'Snake Bite Love.'
2000: A sign posted by Jimi Hendrix's sister in the Seattle cemetery where he's buried is stolen by an apparent memorabilia seeker. The five-by-eight-foot placard detailed plans to move Jimi's body to a mausoleum.
2000: AC/DC perform on television for the first time in more than 20 years, live from MTV Studios.
2000: The Daily Mail published pictures of Paul McCartney dancing with a cowgirl on the bar of a New York club. McCartney sang along to 'Whole Lotta Shakin' through a megaphone and mimicked a strip tease in front of 100 onlookers.
2000: Chrissie Hynde leads an animal rights rally at a GAP store in Manhattan protesting the chain's sale of "illegally and cruelly" obtained leather products.
2002: VH1 premiers it's new program, 'Ultimate Albums.' The debut episode focuses on Def Leppard's 1983 release 'Pyromania.'
2002: Alanis Morissette went to #1 on the U.S. album chart and #2 on the UK chart with 'Under Rug Swept.'
2003: Spanish hairdresser Rafael Pages paid over $1,400 for a lock of hair George Harrison cut off in 1964 to be displayed in Pages’ hairdressing museum in Barcelona.
2003: Johnny Cash was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee to undergo treatment for pneumonia.
2003: AC/DC, The Clash, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, Floyd Cramer and The Police are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. AC/DC are inducted by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, the band goes on to play 'Highway To Hell' and then performs 'You Shook Me All Night Long' with Tyler. The Police performed together for the 2nd time since their break-up during their induction.
2004: The Recording Industry Association of America orders a DJ who combined music from Metallica's 'Black Album' with rapper Jay-Z's 'The Black Album' to create what he dubbed 'The Double Black Album' to stop selling and distributing the mix CD.
2005: Danny Joe Brown, lead singer of Molly Hatchet, dies of complications from diabetes at his home in Davie, FL. The 53 year old singer joined Molly Hatchet in 1975. Three years later the group's self-titled album went platinum.
2006: Former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and the surviving members of Alice In Chains perform with Heart. The Atlantic City performances air on VH1's 'Decades Rock Live!'.
2006: The documentary 'Metal: A Headbanger's Journey' receives its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Tracing the evolution or devolution of Heavy Metal, the film has appearances by Korn, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Audioslave's Tom Morello, Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, Motley Crue's Vince Neil, Steppenwolf's John Kay, Alice Cooper and Rush's Geddy Lee.
2006: U2 heads Rolling Stone's list of Rock's Top 30 Moneymakers after bringing in an estimated $154.2 million during 2005. The Rolling Stones ($92.5 million), the Eagles ($63.2 million), Paul McCartney ($56 million), Elton John ($48.9 million) round out the Top 5. Earnings are tabulated from concerts, recording sales and other income sources.
2008: Billy Joel inducts John Mellencamp into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in New York. The Ventures, Dave Clark Five, Leonard Cohen and Madonna are also inducted. Mellencamp joins Joan Jett, John Fogerty and Joel in a tribute to the DC5.
2008: Filter reunite with former bassist-turned-army sergeant Frank Cavanagh in Kuwait during the group's set at the Operation MySpace concert. Cavanagh, who parted ways with Filter in 2002, performed "Hey Man, Nice Shot" with his ex-bandmates.
2009: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 17th studio album, 'Angels of Love.'
2009: Tickets for a one-off gig by Sir Paul McCartney in Las Vegas sold out seven seconds after going on sale. The former Beatle was booked to perform at the opening of the New Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on April 19, 2009 in-front of 4,000 fans. Tickets cost $750 each.
2009: 'Got The Life: My Journey Of Addiction, Faith, Recovery and KoRn' is in stores. Written by bassist Reginald 'Fieldy' Arvizu, the book delves into the "extreme highs and drug-and-booze-fueled lows" of the Nu-Metal act and Fieldy himself-there are also details about the musician's path to finding God.
2010: Metallica fans, unable to get tickets, riot outside Bogota's Simon Bolivar Park in Colombia during the band's concert. Police trucks and tanks are deployed as the crowd attempts to illegally enter the venue, resulting in nearly 160 arrests.
2010: 'The Runaways,' based on the 1970s female Punk band, is in theaters. Directed by Floria Sigismondi, the film stars Twilight's Kristen Stewart as guitarist Joan Jett, and Dakota Fanning as frontwoman Cherie Currie.
2010: Pink Floyd sues EMI over iTunes sales of individual songs. The band's 1999 contract states Floyd songs can not be isolated and sold outside the context of their original albums. But on iTunes, songs are offered as a la carte purchases. EMI argues that separating the songs only applies to their physical releases, and predates digital music services like iTunes.
2010: Lawyers for Phil Spector appeal his 2009 murder conviction claiming he didn't get a fair trail. The legendary producer (The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison) was sentenced to prison for 19 years to life for shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his California mansion in 2003. The appeal is rejected.
2010: An anti-abortion activist was arrested after allegedly making threats on Elton John's life. The man was upset when the singer suggested that Jesus Christ was gay in a Parade magazine interview in February, and he wrote an angry online response, entitled Why Elton John Must Die.
2011: Jackson Browne, Alice Cooper and Crosby & Nash perform at the Tucson Convention Center. The fundraiser for the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, which manages the Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding, supports the victims of the 1/8/11 shooting in Tucson that left six dead and seriously injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The goal is to promote civility in public debate and raise awareness for mental illness.
2011: Slipknot announce that founding member, Donnie Steele, will be the band's bassist on their summer tour, replacing the late Paul Gray. Steele left in 1995, only one year after Slipknot's formation. Gray passed away of a drug overdose in May 2010.
2012: Jack White begins his first solo headlining tour in Chattanooga, TN.
2013: Green Day give their first concert since frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's 9/22/12 onstage meltdown during the iHeart Radio Music Festival and subsequent stint in rehab.
2013: Steven Tyler and Slash perform at the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit, to raise money for the Santa Monica rape treatment center.
2013: Vince Neil cuts short a Motley Crue show in Sydney, Australia and is rushed to the hospital where he undergoes surgery to remove kidney stones.
2015: Europe release their 10th studio album, 'War of Kings.'
2015: 'Ride' is the title of the debut album from Motor Sister. The band has Anthrax frontman Scott Ian, his wife Pearl Aday, bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint) and drummer John Tempesta (The Cult).
2015: The guitar that John Lennon used to write The Beatles' 'Paperback Writer' is sold to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for $530,000.
2016: Keith Emerson, keyboardist and founder of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, is found dead with a single bullet shot to the head. He was 71.
2016: Just over a month after 'American Pie' singer Don McLean was arrested on charges of domestic assault, his wife, Patrisha McLean, filed for divorce.
2016: Eagles' drummer Don Henley told BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo that the band would not re-group after the death of its co-founder Glenn Frey in February. Referring to the tribute to Frey at the Grammy Awards, Henley said, "I think it was an appropriate farewell. I don't think you'll see us performing again. I think that was probably it." It wasn't as Glenn's son Deacon and Vince Gill joined the band for subsequent concerts in the future.
2017: Stone Sour singles 'Bother' and 'Through Glass' are certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America). 2017: Kid Rock’s "American Badass Grill" is available for purchase online. The grill can simultaneously cook twelve burgers - or three beer can chickens.

March 11
1958: After finding out that her husband, Jerry Lee Lewis, has married his 13 year old cousin, Jane Mitcham files for divorce.
1959: RCA sends a Gold record to Elvis Presley as his single 'A Fool Such As I' reaches the one million sales mark.
1963: Manfred Mann hold their first concert (as the Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers) at the Marquee Theatre in London.
1964: The Beatles spent the day filming at Twickenham Studios for 'A Hard Day's Night.' Filming on a stage set made to look like a train guard's cage, where the Beatles played cards and mimed to ‘I Should Have Known Better’.
1964: Of Elvis Presley's regrettable movies, 'Kissin' Cousins,' is among the most forgettable. It premieres and has Elvis playing two roles (himself and his cousin).
1965: The Who go into IBC Studios, London to record their first album. Songs known to be recorded on this date are Pete Townshend’s 'You’re Gonna Know Me' (later retitled 'Out In The Street'), plus covers of James Brown’s 'Please Please Please' and 'I Don’t Mind,' Bo Diddley’s 'I’m A Man,' Martha and the Vandella’s 'Motoring' and 'Heat Wave,' and Paul Revere and the Raiders’ 'Louie Go Home' as 'Lubie (Come Back Home.)' On the 16th, they meet again with producer Shel Talmy for “L.P. routining” and have another studio session at IBC on the 19th. The album is eventually rejected and some of the tracks are not released for over twenty years.
1966: Love's self-titled debut album is released.
1966: Marianne Faithfull, Coltrane Union, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Rick & Us, plus Pink Floyd performed for the first of two nights billed as “The Tea Set.” The shows took place at the Rag Ball, on the Concourse Area of the University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, England. It was the first time a film was played on a screen behind the band as Pink Floyd performed their set.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appears at the International Club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1967: Music publisher, Dick James, announced that 446 different versions of the Paul McCartney song 'Yesterday' had been recorded so far.
1968: The Otis Redding single 'Dock Of The Bay,' went gold in the US three months after the singer was killed in a plane crash.
1970: Crosby, Stills & Nash win the Grammy for Best New Artist, beating out Chicago and Led Zeppelin.
1970: 'Deja Vu,' the first album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, (and the second by the trio configuration of Crosby, Stills, and Nash), was released. It topped the pop album chart for one week and spawned three Top 40 singles: 'Teach Your Children,' (#16), 'Our House' (#30) and 'Woodstock' (#11). It reached #5 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #148 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1970: The Beatles 'Let it Be' b/w 'You Know My Name (Look Up My Number)' 45 single is released. Written by Paul McCartney, but credited to Lennon–McCartney. In 2004, it was ranked#20 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2010, the magazine placed the song at #8 on The Beatles' 100 Greatest Songs. It was their final single before McCartney announced his departure from the band (by that time, Lennon had already left). Both the 'Let It Be' album and the U.S. single 'The Long and Winding Road' were released after McCartney's announced departure from and subsequent break-up of the group. 'Let It Be" holds the #1 spot on "The Fans' Top 10" poll included in The 100 Best Beatles Songs: An Informed Fan's Guide by Stephen J. Spignesi and Michael Lewis. The song is #3 in the 100 Best Beatles Songs list, only behind 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and 'A Day in the Life,' which is #1.
1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears are nominated for a then-record eleven Grammy Awards (but only win three).
1970: Winners at the 12th annual Grammy awards included Joe South for song of the year with 'Games People Play.' Crosby Stills and Nash won best new artist, and The Fifth Dimension won Record of the year with 'Aquarius / Let The Sun Shine In.' Album of the Year went to producer James William Guercio and Blood, Sweat & Tears for Blood, Sweat & Tears.
1970: Led Zeppelin perform at the Musikhalle in Hamburg, Germany.
1970: Jean-Luc Godard’s 'One Plus One,' starring the Rolling Stones, opens in the U.S. The obtuse film features Godard’s trademark Marxist lecturing interspersed with scenes of the Stones composing 'Sympathy for the Devil.' The producers later recut the footage to include more Mick and redub the movie 'Sympathy for the Devil.' Critics remained baffled.
1971: Jim Morrison of The Doors arrived in Paris booking into The Hotel George's, the following week he moved into an apartment at 17 Rue Beautreillis in Paris. Morrison lived in Paris until his death on July 3, 1971.
1972: Neil Young's 'Harvest' album hits #1 in the US and UK. Backing vocals on 'Heart Of Gold' and 'Old Man' are provided by Linda Ronstadt. The set also contains 'Southern Man.'
1972: Wings' 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' is listed as #23 in the Melody Maker chart. An article in the same issue reports it has been banned by the BBC as "unsuitable for broadcasting."
1972: Harry Nilsson was at #1 on the singles chart with his version of The Peter Ham and Tom Evans song 'Without You.' It was first recorded by Badfinger in 1970. The song was also a #1 for Mariah Carey in 1994.
1973: Pink Floyd played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada on the North American leg of the Dark Side of the Moon tour.
1974: Deep Purple performed at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1974: Chicago's 'Chicago VII' album is released.
1974: Janis Joplin’s manager Albert Grossman was awarded $112,000 on her life insurance policy after the insurance company argued that Joplin’s overdose death in 1970 was a suicide & not an accident.
1975: Alice Cooper's 8th studio album, 'Welcome to My Nightmare' is released. It was Alice Cooper's first solo album and his only album for the Atlantic Records label.
1975: Mick Jagger stops by Record Plant studios in Los Angeles, and ends up getting involved in a jam session with Wings and Ron Wood.
1975: 10cc's 3rd album,'The Original Soundtrack' was released. It featured the world wide, multi million selling single 'I'm Not in Love' notable for its innovative and distinctive backing track, composed mostly of the band's multitracked vocals. The song was the band's breakthrough hit worldwide, reaching #1 in Ireland and Canada and #2 in the U.S., as well as reaching the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and several European countries. The album was the first to be released by Mercury Records after signing the band for $1 million in February 1975. The catalyst for the deal was the fact the record executives had heard one song – 'I'm Not in Love'. Eric Stewart recalled: "At that point in time we were still on Jonathan King's label, but struggling. We were absolutely skint, the lot of us, we were really struggling seriously, and Philips Phonogram wanted to do a deal with us. They wanted to buy Jonathan King's contract. I rang them. I said come and have a listen to what we've done, come and have a listen to this track. And they came up and they freaked, and they said, "This is a masterpiece. How much money, what do you want? What sort of a contract do you want? We'll do anything, we'll sign it." On the strength of that one song, we did a five-year deal with them for five albums and they paid us a serious amount of money."
1976: The Who appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1977: T. Rex released their 12th and final studio album, 'Dandy in the Underworld.'
1977: The Clash appeared at The Roxy Club in London, supported by The Slits, the first all-female punk group who were making their live debut.
1978: The Talking Heads land on the U.S. singles chart for the first time-but just barely. 'Psycho Killer' reaches #92.
1978: Van Halen's self-titled debut is released this week in 1978.
1978: Meat Loaf’s 'Bat Out Of Hell' album began a 416-week run on the UK chart.
1979: Roxy Music played at the Olympia in Paris.
1981: Rush played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Holiday Star Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana.
1983: Styx launch their 'Kilroy Was Here' tour at the Fox Theater in San Diego. It ends Oct. 23rd after 59 shows. On this tour there was a theatrical stage built around the album in which band members had roles & dialogue in addition to playing the music.
1983: Quiet Riot​'s 3rd studio album, 'Metal Health' is released. It is the first Heavy Metal album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
1983: Helix release their 3rd studio album, 'No Rest for the Wicked.' The song 'Heavy Metal Love' peaked at #23 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.
1985: Eric Clapton's 'Behind the Sun' album is released.
1986: Aerosmith appeared at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts.
1989: Cheap Trick's Robin Zander & Heart's Ann Wilson peak at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Surrender To Me' from the 'Tequila Sunsrise' movie soundtrack.
1989: Guns N' Roses 'Paradise City' peaks at #5 on Billboard's Hot 100. It spends 17 weeks on the chart. ‬It was their 3rd top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: Billboard's Hot 100 includes Living Colour’s 'Cult Of Personality' at #77 (debut), Cinderella’s 'The Last Mile' at #49, Def Leppard’s 'Rocket' at #46, Van Halen’s 'Feel So Goo' at # 36, Robin Zander & Ann Wilson’s 'Surrender To Me' at #6 (peak) and Guns N' Roses’ 'Paradise City' at #5. ‬
1989: 38 Special's biggest hit, 'Second Chance' enters the Billboard charts where it will reach #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
1991: Pearl Jam begin recording their debut album, 'Ten,' at London Bridge Studios in Seattle.
1991: Helloween release their 4th studio album, 'Pink Bubbles Go Ape.' It marked the departure of guitarist Kai Hansen, with Roland Grapow replacing him.
1992: The Grateful Dead performed at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1993: Oasis recorded their first demos at The Real People’s studio in Liverpool. The set included 'Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,' 'Columbia,' and 'Fade Away.'
1993: Eric Clapton hit #1 in the U.S. with his 'Unplugged' album that had been in the Top 10 for six months. The additional attention created by his six Grammys at the annual awards ceremony pushed sales of his 'live' album even higher. 'Unplugged' beat out 'Achtung Baby,' 'The Beauty And The Beast' soundtrack and albums by Annie Lennox and kd lang for album of the year.
1995: Van Halen kicked off their 131-date ‘Balance World Tour’, at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida. Dubbed the "Ambulance" Tour by Eddie Van Halen due to his hip surgery, and his brother, drummer Alex Van Halen wearing a neck brace for most of the tour.
1996: Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr turn down a $225 million offer to do a reunion tour.
1996: Annihilator released their 5th studio album, 'Refresh the Demon.' The re-release included a cover of the AC/DC song 'Riff Raff.'
1997: Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming Sir Paul McCartney. Sir Paul told reporters: "Proud to be British, wonderful day and it's a long way from a little terrace in Liverpool."
2000: KISS open its Farewell Tour at the Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ. It lasts 142 shows.
2001: Slash makes a guest appearance on Rod Stewart's cover of Prince's 'Peach.'
2001: Aerosmith are certified by the Recording Industry Association Of America as the tenth highest act in music history, with total sales of 59.5 million units.
2001: reports that Led Zeppelin's self-titled four-disc box set has now sold over 10 million copies in the United States, earning it a diamond certification.
2003: The band 311 designates 3/11 as their own personal holiday. They play their first "311 Day" concert at the State Palace Theatre in New Orleans, starting a tradition of playing special gatherings on March 11.
2004: Stone Sour/Slipknot singer Corey Taylor marries his fiancee, Scarlett, in Des Moines, Iowa, in front of a small gathering of friends and family. The couple has a son named Griffin who was born in 2002.
2005: The front door of Ozzy Osbourne's childhood home in Birmingham went up for sale because the current owner was fed up with fans defacing it. Ali Mubarrat, who now owned the house in Lodge Road, Aston, said over the years it had become a pilgrimage destination. He was now auctioning the door on eBay and giving the money to charity.
2007: The first official listening party for Nine Inch Nails' 'Year Zero' album is held in Salt Lake City. More than a dozen parties are held around the U.S.
2007: Heaven & Hell begin world tour in Vancouver, Canada.
2008: Kid Rock does a meet-and-greet at a Waffle House restaurant outside of Atlanta to raise money for the Nicholas House, a local homeless shelter. Rock faces misdemeanor charges resulting from an altercation months earlier at another Waffle House restaurant in Atlanta.
2009: Iron Maiden's tour manager criticised people who were arrested for trying to gatecrash a concert in Bogota. Colombian police arrested more than 100 people after stones were thrown hours before the group were due to perform. In a statement posted on the band's website, Rod Smallwood said: "We abhor the inane behaviour of a small minority of people outside." Riot police fired tear gas canisters at those who tried to enter the concert without tickets.
2009: U2's 'No Line On The Horizon' makes its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 after selling 484,000 copies during its first week of release. It's the group's 7th #1 album.
2010: Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck singles out Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The USA" as a perfect example of the progressive politics he says are destroying the country. On his radio show Beck reads the lyrics to the '84 hit about the down and out experiences of a Vietnam era vet concluding that it's time to "wake up out of the propaganda."
2010: Kings Of Leon's Tap Tap Revenge game- Kings Of Leon Revenge-is available for iPhone and iPod Touch. The game features 10 songs including 'Use Somebody' and 'Sex On Fire.'
2011: Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Andrews (Paul Di'Anno) is jailed after being convicted of fraud. Having claimed that he suffered severe nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working, he was spotted in an 2006 YouTube video jumping around on stage.
2011: All That Remains play a Tokyo show before 150 people. The small turn out is due to a massively destructive earthquake and tsunami earlier in the day. The quake interferes with train schedules which results in the small turn out. "The people that came to the show were really, really, really happy that we played for them," says frontman Phil Labonte. "They expected the show to be canceled and were glad it wasn't."
2012: Aerosmith is featured on 60 Minutes.
2012: The anti-gay group Westboro Baptist Church protests a Kansas City Radiohead show. Picketers slam the British rockers with homophobic slurs. The Westboro website states that "(Radiohead are) freak monkey's [sic] with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness. It changes nothing, God is undoing and digging up and throwing down this nation." Happy thoughts to you too.
2013: Bob Dylan becomes the first Rock star to be voted an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
2014: Bon Jovi tops Billboard's list of annual earnings, bringing in an estimated total of $29.4 million in 2013. The band has topped the chart for three of the previous six years.
2015: Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson is hospitalized after being stabbed in the head during a knife fight with his brother Andrew outside of the guitarist's Clive, IA home. Both are intoxicated but suffer non-life threatening wounds. The siblings are charged with assault.
2015: Jimmy Greenspoon dies of cancer in Maryland at 67. Greenspoon was the keyboardist in Three Dog Night, and also performed and recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Linda Ronstadt and Jimi Hendrix, among others. Additionally, he composed original music for films, including 'Field of Dreams,' 'United 93,' 'Die Hard' and 'Predator.'
2016: Killswitch Engage released the album 'Incarnate.'
2016: Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 71. Suffering from heart disease and depression associated with alcohol, Emerson allegedly was worried about playing poorly due to nerve damage in one of his hands. Beginning with The Nice and then with ELP and his solo work, Emerson has been described as “perhaps the greatest, most technically accomplished keyboardist in rock history.” Known for extreme on-stage theatrics, Emerson could play his keyboard upside down, while using knives to wedge down the keys.

March 12
1953: Popular WDIA disc jockey Rufus Thomas signs with an upstart Memphis label called Sun Records in order to release a song called 'Bear Cat,' an answer record to Big Mama Thornton's hit 'Hound Dog.'
1957: Buddy Holly And The Crickets record 'Maybe Baby,' which would be released the following year and climb to #17 in the US and #4 in the UK.
1959: An American Bandstand viewer's pole lists 15 year old Fabian Forte as the Most Promising New Talent. The young man is currently enjoying success with 'Turn Me Loose,' which will crack the U.S. Top 10 in April.
1961: Elvis Presley records his 'Something For Everybody' album in 12 hours. The records are getting the same "rush job" as his films.
1963: John Lennon misses the first of three shows at the Granada Cinema in Bedford due to a severe cold. The Beatles perform as a trio.
1965: In the Bahamas, The Beatles wrap up filming on their second movie, 'Help!.' Ringo Starr recalled, “A hell of a lot of pot was being smoked while we were making the film. It was great. That helped make it a lot of fun.”
1965: Singer James Darren guest stars on the 'Surfin' Fred' episode (the 5th season finale) of ABC-TV's 'The Flintstones,' playing a singer named, naturally, James Darrock.
1966: The first album by Love is released in the US.
1966: The Who at Birdcage Club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1966: The theme song to the TV series 'Batman' reaches its chart peak of #17.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Gyro Club in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England.
1967: The Velvet Underground release their debut album 'The Velvet Underground And Nico.' It reached #171 at the time of release. It ranked #13 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time as well as being added to the 2006 National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.
1968: Pink Floyd were at EMI Studios in London recording the single 'It Would Be So Nice.'
1968: The Rolling Stones started recording their next single ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ with new producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic studios in London. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards' country house, where they were awakened one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded, "Oh, that's Jack - that's jumpin' Jack."
1969: Paul McCartney married photographer Linda Eastman in a small civil ceremony at the Marylebone Registry Office, in the City of Westminster in central London. Contrary to the popular rumor of the day, she was not related to the Eastmans of Eastman-Kodak fame. Paul's brother, Mike, served as the best man, but none of the other Beatles were in attendance. They then held a reception lunch at The Ritz Hotel, Paul then went to Abbey Road studios in the evening to work.
1969: George Harrison and his wife Pattie wanted to attend Paul’s wedding but were arrested for possession of marijuana (specifically, cannabis resin) at their house in Esher, Surrey, England. Sergeant Pilcher, the man behind the raid, was convicted of planting drugs in other cases and went to jail in 1972. He was well-known for singling out and busting rock stars.
1969: Simon & Garfunkel win Record of the Year for 'Mrs. Robinson. at the Grammy Awards.
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Rheinhalle in Dusseldorf, Germany.
1971: Mick Jagger marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias.
1971: John Lennon releases his solo single 'Power to the People,' having recorded it a mere four days before.
1971: Jethro Tull release their 'Aqualung' album.
1971: The Allman Brothers record 'Live At The Fillmore East' on the first of two nights at the Fillmore East in New York. Both shows were recorded and released as The Allman Brothers live double album, which became the groups breakthrough album.
1971: Paul McCartney wins his lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles and turn their affairs over to a receiver and not Allen Klein, who is managing the other members.
1972: King Crimson appeared at Summit Studios in Denver, Colorado.
1973: The Eagles appeared at Oxford Polytechnic during a UK tour, JD Souther was the support act.
1974: John Lennon made the headlines after an incident at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Out on a drinking binge with Harry Nilsson, Lennon hurled insults at the performing Smothers Brothers and punched their manager before being forcibly removed. Nilsson says, “It ruined my reputation for 10 years. Get one Beatle drunk and look what happens.” It wasn’t the first time, however, that Lennon had been ejected from the Troubadour. A month earlier, an inebriated Lennon, at the club to see soul singer Ann Peebles, somehow ended up with a sanitary napkin attached to his forehead. “Do you know who I am?” Lennon said, when a waitress questioned why he wasn’t leaving a tip on the way out. “Yes,” the waitress reportedly shot back. “You’re some —hole with a Kotex on your head.”
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Long Beach Civic Arena in Long Beach, California.
1975: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson marries his longtime girlfriend Charlene.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Scope in Norfolk, Virginia.
1977: The Sex Pistols were involved in a fight at London's Speakeasy Club with Bob Harris, presenter of BBC 2's The Old Grey Whistle Test resulting in one of the show's engineers needing 14 stitches in his head. Two days later Harris's solicitors contact Derek Green at A&M the bands record label. Harris's management also managed Peter Frampton, one of the label's top acts at A&M. Green discussed the matter with the company's two founders, Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert and the decision is made to cancel the Pistols contract and halt production of the bands first single, 'God Save The Queen'.
1977: Steve Miller Band peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with the title track off of 'Fly Like an Eagle,' which was their 3rd top 10 single in the U.S.
1978: Bob Dylan appears at Festival Hall in Brisbane, Australia.
1979: Roxy Music headlines at Musensaal in Mannheim, Germany.
1980: Billy Joel released his 7th studio album, 'Glass Houses.' It topped the Billboard 200 Chart for 6 weeks and was ranked #4 on Billboard's 1980 year-end album chart. It features Joel's first song to peak at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, 'It's Still Rock and Roll to Me.' In 1981, Joel won a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for his work on 'Glass Houses.'
1980: Peter Gabriel played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1981: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Boston Garden.
1981: The Rolling Stones release 'Sucking In The Seventies.'
1982: Diamond Head released their 2nd studio album, 'Borrowed Time.' It peaks at #24 on UK album charts.
1983: U2's 'War' album enters the U.K. album chart at #1. It went on to spend a total of 147 weeks on the chart.
1984: Marillion release their 2nd studio album, 'Fugazi.' It reached #5 on the UK album charts during its 20 week stay. It includes the UK Top 40 singles 'Punch And Judy,' that peaked at #29, and 'Assassing,' which peaked at #22.
1987: Guns N' Roses record 'Welcome To The Jungle.' The song becomes their second single (following 'It's So Easy'). A top 10 hit (#7) the song is later named "the greatest Hard Rock song of all time by VH1."
1988: David Lee Roth's 'Just Like Paradise' peaks at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100. It was his 2nd and final Top 10 as a solo artist. Def Leppard’s 'Hysteria' was at #14, Eric Carmen’s 'Hungry Eyes' at #20, Foreigner’s 'Say You Will' at #29, Aerosmith’s 'Angel' at #30 and The Bangles’ 'Hazy Shades Of Winter' at #52. ‬
1990: Nirvana and Tad performed at the Town Pump in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1990: Motley Crue released their 12th single, 'Without You.' In April, it peaks at #8 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1991: Bulletboys release their 2nd album, 'Freakshow.' In April, it peaks at #69 on Billboard's 200 Album Chart. Their cover of Tom Waits 'Hang on St. Christopher' peaked at #22 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.
1991: Judas Priest 'A Touch Of Evil' b/w /Between the Hammer & the Anvil' single was released.
1992: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform 'Under The Bridge' on the BBC's Top Of The Pops.
1993: Oasis played at the Le Bateau in Liverpool, England in front of 20 people.
1995: The Spin Doctors played a gig at singer Chris Barron's old School in Princeton and raised $10,000 towards a trip to France and the UK for the school choir.
1996: The 'KISS Unplugged' album is released.
1998: Tankard released the album 'Disco Destroyer.'
1998: Attorneys for Korn send a cease-and-desist demand to a Michigan high school assistant principal who suspended a student for wearing a Korn T-shirt and said in an interview that Korn’s music is “indecent, vulgar, obscene and intends to be insulting.” In retribution, a local radio station gave away hundreds of free Korn T-shirts, which were donated by the band, outside the school. Ottawa County policemen helped hand out the shirts.
2002: John "Speedy" Keene of Thunderclap Newman dies at age 56.
2003: The Chinese Ministry of Culture bans four Rolling Stones' songs prior to the group's first tour of the mainland. The songs, banned for sexual references and/or inter-racial coupling, are 'Brown Sugar,' 'Honky Tonk Women,' 'Beast Of Burden' and 'Let's Spend The Night Together.'
2003: Elvis Costello filled in for David Letterman as host of The Late Show after Letterman fell ill.
2006: Former Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour went to #1 on the UK album chart with his 3rd solo album 'On An Island.'
2007: Work on Metallica's 'Death Magnetic' album begins. "We're pretty f**kin' psyched about it and pretty f**kin' psyched to be sharing this experience with (producer) Rick (Rubin)," reads the group's online post.
2007: Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland and guitarist Slash present Van Halen's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Velvet Revolver perform rather than Van Halen. Frontman David Lee Roth won't share the stage with his replacement, Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony was booted after a quarter century with the band. The only inductees from the band to attend the ceremony are former members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony. Velvet Revolver plays 'Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love' and Anthony and Hagar perform 'Why Can’t This Be Love' with David Letterman and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band leader Paul Shaffer.
2007: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder inducts R.E.M. into the Hall of Fame, while Rage Against The Machine's Zack de la Rocha handles the honors for Patti Smith. Vedder joins R.E.M. for a rendition of the group's 'Man On The Moon.' The show closes with an all-star jam (Hagar, R.E.M., Vedder and the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards) on other new inductee Patti Smith's 'People Have The Power.'
2007: 'Far Cry,' the first single from Rush's 'Snakes And Arrows' album, hits radio.
2007: Disappointed with his share of the profits from a cell phone commercial that was authorized to use the group's famous 1968 hit 'The Weight,' The Band's Levon Helm sues Cingular, the commercial's creator.
2007: Matchbook Romance announce on MySpace that they are taking an "indefinite hiatus," which lasts until 2015.
2008: 'American Idol' does an all-Beatles episode, somehow securing the rights to the songs after 7 years of negotiations. Over 31 million viewers tuned in to the show. The following day, the top five Google searches were also Beatle related.
2008: 'Halloween,' the Rob Zombie-directed remake of the horror classic, wins Best Film in the 6th annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards voting. The trophy is presented at the WonderFest toy collectors' expo in Louisville, KY.
2009: Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed among 14 other tourists at John Lennon's childhood home in Liverpool. The Folk legend strolled around the place where the late former Beatle grew up with his aunt Mimi and uncle George and later said that he was "enthralled" to see the bedroom where Lennon wrote some of his earliest songs.
2010: Over 130 people were arrested and eight people were hospitalised as fans tried to gatecrash a Metallica show in Colombia. 1,500 police and four tanks were brought in to manage the crowds as property was vandalized and destroyed, as thousands of ticketless fans rioted during Metallica’s first Colombian concert in eleven years.
2010: The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh celebrates his 70th birthday (which is three days later) with a jam-session at the Bill Graham Civic Arena in San Francisco. Bandmate Bob Weir and the Black Crowes' Chris Robinson take part in the festivities.
2011: Foo Fighters’ 'Rope' begins a twenty-week run at #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.
2012: Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has harsh words for 'posers' in the music industry. During a SXSW interview, Corgan claims up-and-coming musicians "have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal, not to be respected-not to be dangerous. I was part of a generation that changed the world, and it was taken over by posers."
2012: Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack dies at his home in Dubois, WY after a battle with cancer. Hossack was 65. He had been battling cancer for some time and succumbed to complications of the disease with his family at his side. Hossack was a member of the Doobie Brothers between 1971 and 1973, playing on several of the band’s best-known hits, including ‘Listen to the Music’ and ‘China Grove.' He left the band in 1973, but returned in 1987 to record the albums 'Cycles,' 'Brotherhood' and 2010's 'World Gone Crazy.'
2013: Bob Dylan was voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, marking the first time a rock musician had been chosen for the elite honor society. Officials in the Academy, which recognizes music, literature and visual art, were unable to decide if Dylan belonged for his words or his music and instead inducted him as an honorary member
2013: David Bowie's first album in 10 years, 'The Next Day,' is released. It's also Bowie's 25th solo studio effort.
2013: Eric Clapton releases his 21st studio album 'Old Sock.' It is essentially a covers set.
2013: Bon Jovi's 12th album 'What About Now?' is released. The lead single 'Because We Can' serves as the title of the group's fifteenth major tour.
2013: Iron Maiden announces Trooper, a premium British beer. "I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer," says frontman Bruce Dickenson of the handcrafted brew.
2013: Original Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr dies from health complications due to Multiple Sclerosis at age 56. Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson considered Burr to be “...the best drummer the band ever had. That’s not taking anything away from [present drummer] Nicko. It’s just that Clive had this incredible feel, and you can’t learn that, and I regret that he wasn’t given more time to try and sort himself out.” Burr played on four Maiden records, including their breakout in the U.S., 'The Number of the Beast.'
2014: KISS bassist Gene Simmons guest stars as himself in an episode of the CBS series, 'CSI (Crime Scene Investigation).'
2016: Iron Maiden's personal Boeing 747 was badly damaged after colliding with a tow truck while grounded at Santiago, Chile. The band's crew and their twenty tons of equipment were not onboard at the time of the crash, but two ground crew workers were injured.

March 13
1956: Elvis Presley's first album is released by RCA. The self-titled disc would sell over a million copies and become The King's first Gold record.
1958: The Quarry Men, with both John Lennon and Paul McCartney playing guitar, perform at the Morgue Skiffle Cellar in Oakhill Park.
1958: The Recording Industry Association of America introduced its awards for record sales, (RIAA). The Beatles hold the record for being awarded the most with 76 platinum certifications.
1961: Ricky Nelson records 'Travelin' Man,' which would go on to become his second and final U.S. #1 hit as well as reaching #2 in the UK.
1964: Billboard reported that sales of Beatles singles currently accounted for 60 percent of the US singles market and The Beatles album Meet the Beatles had reached a record 3.5 million copies sold.
1965: Beatles begin filming Australian sequences of film 'Help!'.
1965: The Beatles topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the 7th time with 'Eight Days A Week.' Paul McCartney would later say the name of the song came from a chauffeur who drove him one day. "I said, 'How've you been?'. 'Oh working hard,' he said, 'Working eight days a week.'"
1965: Eric Clapton leaves Yardbirds, considering the group to have become "too commercial." Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the rest of the band preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, ‘For Your Love.'
1965: Tailor and Cutter magazine publicly requests that the Rolling Stones wear ties. The Stones dismiss the suggestion continuing to flout their open collars.
1965: 'Do You Wanna Dance,' The Beach Boys' cover of Bobby Freeman's 1958 #5 hit 'Do You Want To Dance' enters the Billboard Top 40 on its way to #12. It would prove to be the highest charting Beach Boys song to feature drummer Dennis Wilson on lead vocals, although it was actually Hal Blaine who played drums on the recording. Among the other studio musicians on the track were Leon Russell on organ and future Bread member Larry Knechtel on bass.
1965: The Rolling Stones 'The Last Time' b/w 'Play with Fire' 45 single is released. This was The Rolling Stones' first British single written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1965: The Kinks release 'Tired of Waiting for You.'
1966: Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo.
1966: Pink Floyd, billed as Pink Floyd Sound with AMM. A Spontaneous Underground Event, perform at The Marquee, on Wardour Street in London. Although the fourth “Spontaneous Event,” it was the first to feature the Floyd, and they became a regular fixture thereafter.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, six members of Sounds, Inc. recorded the horn parts for The Beatles song 'Good Morning Good Morning' (three saxophones, two trombones, and one french horn).
1967: The original incarnation of The Byrds release their last Top 40 single. Their cover Bob Dylan's 'My Back Pages' only gets to #30 on the Billboard 100.
1967: The Beatles' 'Penny Lane' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1968: The Byrds' 'Greatest Hits' is certified gold.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival kicked off a three night stint at the Fillmore West with Jethro Tull.
1970: Police fear a Beatles connection when a terrorist organization calling itself Revolutionary Force 9 takes credit for three bombings in New York.
1970: Tyrannosaurus Rex 4th album, 'A Beard of Stars' is released. The band comprised of Marc Bolan (vocals, guitar, organ, bass) and the first with new partner Mickey Finn (percussion). It is notable for the beginning of Bolan using electric instruments on the T.Rex albums.
1971: The Rolling Stones appeared live at Leeds University in England.
1971: Brewer and Shipley entered the US singles chart with 'One Toke Over The Line.' The song, which featured The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia on steel guitar, peaked at #10 despite being banned by radio stations for its drug references. Brewer and Shipley maintained that the word "toke" meant "token" as in ticket, hence the line "waitin' downtown at the railway station, one toke over the line."
1971: Allman Brothers Band play their final night of a three-night stand at the Fillmore East in New York. The recordings from these shows were used for the iconic 'At Fillmore East' album.
1971: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain?,' which was their 10th top 10 single in the U.S.
1972: The Eagles begin recording their self-titled debut album in London.
1974: The Doobie Brothers 'Another Park, Another Sunday' b/w 'Black Water' 45 single is released. Written by Tom Johnston - from the LP, 'What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.' It reached #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 'Another Park, Another Sunday' was chosen to be the album's first single. "It's about losing a girl," stated Johnston. "I wrote the chords and played it on acoustic, and then Ted [Templeman] had some ideas for it, like running the guitars through Leslie speakers."
1976: Foghat's 'Slow Ride' peaks at #20 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1976: The Four Seasons started a three week run at #1 on the singles chart with ‘December 1963, (Oh What A Night)’, the group’s 5th #1. It was also their only UK #1. Since 1962, the group had placed 31 songs in Billboard's Top 40.
1976: Nazareth peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of 'Love Hurts,' which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Who’s 'Squeeze Box'at #61, Styx’s 'Lorelei' at #50, Peter Frampton’s 'Show Me The Way' at #37, Sweet’s 'Action' at #30, Queen’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody' at #22, Foghat’s 'Slow Ride' at #20, Aerosmith’s 'Dream On' at #16 and Nazareth’s 'Love Hurts' at #8 (peak). ‬
1977: Iggy Pop and David Bowie kicked off a North American tour at Le Plateau Theatre in Montreal, Canada with Blondie as the opening act.
1978: Van Halen embark on their first tour.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' goes Platinum a few weeks into its fifteen week stay at number one on the Billboard chart. The two-record set is mostly the brainchild of bassist Roger Waters, who emerges as the group's creative leader.
1981: Slade released their 9th studio album, 'We'll Bring The House Down.'
1981: John Lennon b/w Yoko Ono 'Watching The Wheels' b/w 'Yes, I'm Your Angel' 45 single is released. It was released posthumously in after John's murder. It was the 3rd and final single released from Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'Double Fantasy' album, and reached #10 in the U.S and #30 in the UK.
1982: Diamond Head released the album 'Borrowed Time.'
1983: Sammy Hagar played to a crowd of 17,000 at he Checkerdome in St. Louis for a concert that was broadcast live over radio stations across the U.S. and was also shown on MTV. The broadcast helped break Sammy out nationwide, as it was many's first exposure to the Red Rocker. St. Louis was an early and total supporter of Hagar.
1984: The Cars release the Mutt Lange produced 'Heartbeat City' album. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #25 on the UK Albums chart. The band's 5th studio album includes five American Top 40 singles, two of which ('Drive' and 'You Might Think') were Top 10 as well, reaching #3 and #7, respectively. A number of songs from the album gained significant radio and TV exposure, notably 'You Might Think,' which had a memorable music video in heavy rotation on MTV in 1984 and 1985. Another hit single frequently seen on MTV was 'Magic,' in which singer/songwriter Ric Ocasek walked on water—that is, the water in a swimming pool at a backyard barbecue party. This song reached #12 in the U.S.
1985: Bob Geldof and Midge Ure received the Best Selling A Side award at the 30th Ivor Novello Awards for 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'.
1987: Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1987: Bryan Adams releases 'Heat Of The Night.' It is believed to be the first commercially available cassette single in the U.S.
1988: David Lee Roth reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Just Like Paradise.'
1992: Bad Religion release their sixth full-length studio album 'Generator.' This is the band's debut album with drummer Bobby Schayer, who remained in the band until 2000's 'The New America.'
1993: Eric Clapton started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Unplugged.'
1993: Van Halen simultaneously debuts and peaks at #5 on Billboard's 200 album chart with 'Live: Right Here, Right Now,' which went on to sell two million copies. Sammy Hagar revealed in his 2011 autobiography 'Red' that the entire album was re-recorded in the studio.
1996: Ramones fans rioted in Buenos Aires after they found out that they had waited all night to buy tickets for a concert that was already sold out.
1999: Hole pulls out of their U.S. tour with Marilyn Manson.
2003: The surviving members of MC5 performed at the 100 Club in London with special guests which included Ian Astbury of The Cult & Lemmy of Motorhead.
2004: Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott and bassist Rick Savage play an acoustic set in their hometown of Sheffield, England, to benefit a local charity that helps parents who have sick children.
2004: Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament finishes a six-day ascent to the summit of Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. It's part of the Climb for the Children 2004 initiative, which raises funds for the Save the Children youth-assistance organization.
2006: The Sex Pistols refused to attend their own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. Blondie, Herb Alpert, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Sabbath were all inducted but the Pistols posted a handwritten note on their website, calling the institution "urine in wine", adding "We're not your monkeys, we're not coming. You're not paying attention". Sabbath is introduced by Metallica frontman James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, who say, "Sabbath is and always will be synonymous with Heavy Metal." Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne calls the honor "an achievement I'm really proud about." Metallica performs 'Hole in the Sky' and 'Iron Man' at the ceremony. Tony Iommi almost wasn't able to take his award back to England because airport security said it could have been used as a weapon. Kid Rock inducts Skynyrd then performs with the band. The night also has Deborah Harry refusing to let former members of Blondie perform with the present line-up. The event takes place at New York's Waldorf-Astoria.
2006: The Kinks came out the top earners for music used in TV adverts in the US, earning them £6m a year. The sixties group were enjoying a resurgence with their music being used to sell washing powder, computers and medicines. Led Zeppelin came in second place with £4m and The Rolling Stones third with £2.3m.
2007: Type O Negative released their final album 'Dead Again.'
2007: 'Live At Massey Hall,' an album documenting Neil Young's 1971 solo concert in Toronto, is released.
2007: A Guns 'N' Roses track from the long delayed 'Chinese Democracy' album, gets posted then picked up by Rock radio. According the band, the song is an unfinished, unauthorized demo. The track 'Better' was leaked from an 'experimental edit' for a Harley-Davidson commercial.
2007: Black Sabbath release the single 'The Devil Cried.' It is one of three new tracks on the 'Black Sabbath: The Dio Years'‬ album.
2008: South By Southwest features a rare performance from R.E.M.
2009: System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan buys a copy of Action Comics No. 1, the first comic book to feature the Superman character, for $317,200 at an Internet auction. Dolmayan, a longtime collector, also operates an online comic selling business. "This is one of the premier books you could collect," says Dolmayan. "It's considered the Holy Grail of comic books." He purchases the rare 1938 magazine representing an unidentified client.
2009: Alice Cooper reunites with the other surviving founding members of his namesake group (Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith-guitarist Glen Buxton passed away in 1997) on the opening day of Monster-Mania Con 12, a horror-film convention, in Cherry Hill, NJ. They don't perform but they do sign autographs.
2010: A Guns N' Roses VIP party in Sao Paulo, Brazil, turns nasty when the group doesn't show for a performance. As event organizers break the news, patrons begin fighting and destroying the club. "The audience got angry and started to mount the stage, and fight and destroy everything," an eyewitness tells the New York Post. It may have been the best GN'R no show ever.
2012: Adrenaline Mob released their debut full-length album, 'Omertá.'
2012: A fight breaks out during a Van Halen concert in Manchester, NH. Frontman David Lee Roth halts the band's rendition of Roy Orbison's "(Oh) Pretty Woman." "What do you think this is, a f-ing mosh pit?, Roth shouts at the fighters. "You've got all the best looking women on the f-ing east coast here and all you can f-ing think of is f-ing fighting?" As security sorts out the mess, Roth instructs the band to "start it back at the top...let's do the whole thing over again."
2013: Jimi Hendrix scored his highest chart debut since 1969 when his new studio album, 'People, Hell & Angels,' consisting of unreleased tracks recorded with a variety of musicians between 1968 and 1970, sold 72,000 copies in the US on the week of release and made its debut at #2 on the charts. It's the guitarist's highest-charting album since "Electric Ladyland" went to #1 in 1968.
2013: Guitarist Joe Bonamassa says he's done with Black Country Communion because there's "too much tension" when the group tours.
2013: Bob Dylan was voted into the century-old American Academy of Arts and Letters.
2014: A Jimi Hendrix stamp makes its debut at the South By SouthWest (SXSW) music festival in Austin. The late guitarist's stamp is part of the United States Postal Service's U.S. Music Icons series.
2014: Four people die and 23 are injured after a drunk driver crashes through barricades at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. The driver is accused of driving drunk and fleeing from police, then intentionally steering into the festival crowd and accelerating. Jamie West, 27, and Steven Craenmehr, 35, were killed at the scene. Sandy Le, 26, and DeAndre “Dre” Tatum, 18, later died at the hospital. The driver was later convicted of four charges of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.
2016: Nik Green, keyboardist for John Sykes' Blue Murder passes.

March 14:
1955: Popular Country star Jimmy Dean interviews Elvis Presley on Dean's Washington, DC television show 'Town and Country Time.' A nervous Elvis answers every question with "yep" and "nope." Dean later remembered the interview as "Possibly the worst I've ever done," and during his Vegas years Presley himself would apologize for his brevity, saying he was simply scared of the camera.
1959: Elvis Presley led the Billboard Hot 200 chart with 'For LP Fans Only.' It was the first album ever issued without the artist's name to be found anywhere on the cover - front or back.
1963: On a UK tour with Chris Montez and Tommy Roe, The Beatles poerform at the Gaumont Cinema in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. For the third night in a row, John Lennon is suffering from a bad cold and was unable to perform.
1964: Billboard reports that Beatle records currently account for 60 per cent of U.S. record sales.
1964: The Beatles' 'Twist And Shout' enters the charts
1966: The Who's 'Substitute' b/w The Who Orchestra: 'Waltz For A Pig' 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #5 the UK, and was later included on the compilation album 'Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy' in 1971. It became a UK top ten hit again when re-issued in 1976, reaching #7. In 2006, it was listed at #91 in Pitchfork's list of the 200 greatest songs of the 1960's.
1966: 'Eight Miles High,' by the Byrds is released in the U.S. Influenced by Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shanker and Jazz great John Coltrane, the song is banned by several radio stations for allegedly "advocating the use of recreational drugs" (causing it to stall at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100). Considered by many to be the "the first bona fide psychedelic Rock song," it is later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for "recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance."
1968: The BBC-TV program 'Top Of The Pops' broadcasts The Beatles' new promotional video for 'Lady Madonna,' which, oddly enough, is made up entirely of clips from the band's recording of 'Hey Bulldog.'
1969: Free released their debut album, 'Tons of Sobs.'
1969: Beatles get gold disc for 'Yellow Submarine.'
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a live concert for Dutch TV show 'Fan Club' in Amsterdam, Holland.
1970: John Lennon's 'Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)' hits #1.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at Meisteringer Halle in Nurnberg, West Germany.
1970: Simon & Garfunkel’s 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' enters the second week of a ten week run atop the US album charts.
1971: Rolling Stones play a farewell concert at the Roundhouse, London, before moving to France to escape UK taxes.
1971: The Grateful Dead played at Camp Randall Field House on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
1972: Carole King and producer Lou Adler win a Grammy for 'It’s Too Late' as Record of the Year, and 'Tapestry' wins a Grammy as Album of the Year. King also took home a statue for Songwriting for 'You’ve Got A Friend,' while Carly Simon wins a Grammy as Best New Artist.
1973: Elton John was at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock.'
1975: Justin Hayward & John Lodge's album 'Blue Jays' is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart. It was recorded and released during the Moody Blues' five-year hiatus.
1978: Blondie were at #2 on the UK chart with their version of the Randy & the Rainbows song 'Denis', kept out of the #1 position by Kate Bush's 'Wuthering Heights'.
1981: Eric Clapton was hospitalized with bleeding ulcers causing a U.S. tour to be cancelled. He's forced to cancel the remaining 47 dates on his tour and is out for 7 months as he was back in hospital five weeks later after being involved in a car crash.
1980: Def Leppard release their debut studio album, 'On Through the Night.' The album was produced by Tom Allom. and it reached #51 on the Billboard 200 album charts and #15 on the UK Albums Chart.
1981: Roxy Music were at #1 on the UK singles chart with their cover of the John Lennon song 'Jealous Guy.'
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes has Rush’s 'Limelight' at #83 (debut), AC/DC’s 'Back In Black' at #51, Loverboy’s 'Turn Me Loose' at #44, Hall & Oates’ 'Kiss Is On My List' at #14, and Styx’s 'The Best Of Times' at #4‬.
1981: Iron Maiden release the 'Twilight Zone'/'Wrathchild' single.
1982: Metallica (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Ron McGovney and Dave Mustaine) made their live debut when they appeared at Radio City in Anaheim, California before an audience of nearly 200. They performed two original songs ('Hit the Lights' and 'Jump in the Fire'), and four Diamond Head covers in the 9 song set. Metallica formed in Los Angeles, California, in late 1981 when Danish-born drummer Lars Ulrich placed an advertisement in a Los Angeles newspaper, The Recycler, which read, "Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden." Guitarists James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner of Leather Charm answered the advertisement. Setlist:
1. 'Hit the Lights'
2. 'Blitzkrieg' (Blitzkrieg cover)
3. 'Helpless' (Diamond Head cover)
4. 'Jump in the Fire'
5. 'Let it Loose' (Savage cover)
6. 'Sucking My Love' (Diamond Head cover)
7. 'Am I Evil?' (Diamond Head cover)
8. 'The Prince' (Diamond Head cover)
9. 'Killing Time' (Sweet Savage cover)
1983: Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such formed Bon Jovi.
1983: Europe release their self-titled debut studio album. The single 'Seven Doors Hotel' was a huge hit in Japan reaching the top 10.
1983: Marillion's 1st album, 'Script for a Jester's Tear' is released in the UK. It reached #7 on the UK album chart during its 31 week stay. The single released before the album was 'Market Square Heroes,' with the double B-sides 'Three Boats Down from the Candy' and the 17 minute epic 'Grendel.' 'He Knows You Know' and 'Garden Party' were also released as singles, and became Top 40 hits in the UK.
1984: Joe Jackson released his 7th studio album 'Body and Soul.' It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by the hit single 'You Can't Get What You Want' (Billboard Hot 100 (#15) and Adult Contemporary (#13). In the UK it peaked at #14.
1984: Rainbow played their last ever for 11 years at Tokyo’s Budokan where they were accompanied by a Japanese symphony orchestra which included guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s adaptation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Blackmore & bassist Roger Glover shortly re-joined Deep Purple for a reunion tour.
1985: Iron Maiden play the first of four sold-out shows at the Long Beach Arena, the first band ever to achieve this. The concerts were recorded for the live album and video 'Live After Death,' which were released the following October.
1986: Voivod release their 2nd album, 'Rrröööaaarrr.' They are credited as one of the "big four" Canadian thrash metal bands, along with Sacrifice, Razor, and Annihilator.
1986: Frank Zappa made a guest appearance on 'Miami Vice' as drug dealer Mario Fuente.
1987: Bruce Springsteen's live box set goes platinum in the U.S.
1987: Huey Lewis & The News hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Jacob's Ladder.' The song was written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother, John Hornsby.
1987. Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Poison’s 'Talk Dirty To Me' at #83 (debut), Crowded House’s 'Don’t Dream It’s Over' at #20, Europe’s 'The Final Countdown' at #17, Georgia Satellites’s 'Keep Your Hands To Yourself' at #16 and Bon Jovi’s 'Livin’ On A Prayer' at #4.‬
1988: The Beatles 'Lady Madonna' b/w 'The Inner Light' 45 picture disc single is released. It was released by EMI Records as part of an official Beatles "It Was 20 Years Ago" Picture Disc Collection. Each single was released precisely twenty years after its original release date; so for example, the 'Love Me Do' picture disc single was re-released in 1982, and so on.
1989: Extreme release their self-titled debut album. The album reached #80 on the Billboard 200 album charts.
1990: Flea and Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers were arrested for sexually harassing a woman on Daytona Beach, Florida. They pull a woman’s bathing suit bottom partially off and start slapping her buttocks, and then Flea kneels atop her demanding that she perform oral sex on him. They plead guilty, apologize and were each fined $1,000.
1991: R.E.M. played the first of two nights at London's Borderline Club under the name of 'Bingo Hand Job.'
1991: American songwriter and Blues singer Doc Pomus died from lung cancer aged 65. He is best known as the lyricist of many rock and roll hits written with Mort Shuman including, ‘A Teenager in Love’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, ‘Can't Get Used to Losing You’, ‘Little Sister’, ‘Suspicion’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Viva Las Vegas.’ His brother is famed New York attorney Raoul Felder. Pomus was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer in 1992 and also the Songwriters Hall of Fame the same year.
1992: Farm Aid V, hosted by Willie Nelson attracts about 40,000 people in Irving, Texas and features performances by Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bonnie Raitt.
1994: Bonnie Raitt's12th album, 'Longing in Their Hearts' is released. It topped the Billboard Top Albums chart, and won two Grammy Awards - Best Engineered Album and Best Pop Vocal Album. The title song was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and 'Love Sneakin' Up On You' was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
1995: Mad Season released their only studio album, 'Above.' The group includes Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, Mike McCready of Pearl Jam and Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees.
1998: A few weeks after winning a Grammy for Best Country Album, Johnny Cash's record companyand Producer Rick Rubin take out a full page ad in Billboard featuring an old photo of Cash flipping the bird, and the text: "American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support."
2000: Reports surfaced that drummer Josh Freese had left the revamped version of  Guns N’ Roses to perform with A Perfect Circle. Axl Rose carried on recording 'Chinese Democracy' with the assistance of the mysterious Buckethead, a guitarist known for wearing a fast-food chicken bucket on his head.
2000: 'Reinventing The Steel,' the 9th and final studio album by Pantera, is released.
2000: Poison release their 5th studio album, 'Crack a Smile... and More!'
2001: Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles classic Sgt. Pepper album cover sued the group's record company for more money. Blake was paid $340 for the famous figures in 1967, but was now 'cheesed off' that EMI had never offered to pay more money.
2002: Billy Joel is joined onstage by AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams during his Tampa, Florida show (with Elton John) for a version of the AC/DC staple 'Highway To Hell.'
2003: Ozzy Osbourne held a farewell party for bassist Robert Trujillo after their show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, who left Ozzy’s band for Metallica. At the shindig, Ozzy’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, collapsed from heat exhaustion and was rushed to the hospital.
2004: Thieves steal $325,000 worth of Elvis Presley's jewelry and kitsch from the Elvis-A-Rama Museum in Las Vegas. Among the stolen inventory: a gold-plated handgun, a custom scarf, a bracelet and Presley's Humes High School ring from 1953.
2005: U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, The O’Jays and Percy Sledge were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 20th anniversary, U2 perform 'I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For' to mark their induction into the Hall. Bruce Springsteen does the honors and says "[U2] are the keepers of some of the most beautiful sonic orchestration in Rock and Roll." U2's Bono famously states, "God makes music out of his mistakes. I know, I'm one of them." The Pretenders are inducted by Neil Young, Eric Clapton inducted Buddy Guy, Rod Stewart inducted Percy Sledge and Justin Timberlake inducted The O'Jays.
2005: U2's Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson launch a clothing line called Edun (nude spelled backward). The business utilizes fair-labor factories in South America and Africa. Bono helps with promotion but steers clear of fashion design-for good reason. "I'm the man who brought you the mullet," says the singer.
2006: Sepultura released their 10th studio album. 'Dante XXI.' This was their last album to feature Igor Cavalera on drums.
2006: U2 topped Rolling Stone magazine's annual list of the year's biggest money earners from 2005 with $154.2 million, The Rolling Stones were listed second with $92.5 million and The Eagles third with $63.2 million. Paul McCartney was in fourth place with $56 million and Elton John in fifth with $48.9 million.
2006: The Cars announced they were reforming – but without frontman Ric Ocasek. Singing duties would be handled by Todd Rundgren.
2006: Scott Stapp follows Kid Rock when he initiates a lawsuit in L.A. to block World Wide Red Light District from releasing or promoting a '99 sex tape featuring the two Rockers and four women. The former Creed frontman claims the tapes were stolen and their release has caused emotional distress.
2006: The Rolling Stones play their first-ever show at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall. It's a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation which distributes funds to nonprofit charities.
2006: 'Flying High Again: The World's Greatest Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne' is released. The 12-track album features Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford, Judas Priest and Whitesnake.
2006: Queensryche's 'Operation: Mindcrime II' is released. It's the sequel to the classic 1988 album, 'Operation: Mindcrime.' This time around Ronnie James Dio plays Dr. X.
2006: Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, Yes bassist Chris Squire's side project the Syn and Dave Mason perform in Los Angeles at a benefit show with proceeds going to the Guitar Center Music Foundation, a charity that supports music education in public schools.
2006: David Lee Roth contributes vocals to two songs ('Jump' and 'Jamie's Cryin') on 'Strummin' With the Devil,' a bluegrass tribute album to Van Halen.
2006: Black Sabbath release 'Greatest Hits 1970-1978.'
2007: The video for 'Hump de Bump,' from the Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Stadium Arcadium' album, premieres on MTV. Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis asked friend Chris Rock to direct the clip. "Sure, as long as you guys agree to be the only white people in the video," answered the comedian.
2007: The Who's Pete Townshend gives keynote address at the 2007 South X Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX. During the speech he announces plans to launch a website for The Method project, a computer program that generates personalized music for users. Later, he jams with ex-Faces/Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan at the Austin Music Awards.
2007: Gibson Guitar announce a limited-edition replica of Jimmy Page's double-necked electric guitar, based on the 1971 Gibson EDS-1275 that features both a 12-string and a 6-string neck. The Led Zeppelin guitarist's majestic double neck was a fixture of the band's live shows. A run of 25 signed, 'aged' versions of the guitar retail for $33,500. A cheaper edition goes for $10,000 to $12,000.
2008: Stone Temple Pilots announce they are reuniting for one final tour.
2010: Guns N' Roses cancel their show in Rio de Janeiro because the stage collapsed due to heavy rain. The accident results in minor injuries but no fatalities.
2011: Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Leon Russell, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during ceremonies in New York. "We have always been a Hard Rock band, we just wanted to decorate it a little bit differently," says Cooper after performing 'School's Out' with a live boa constrictor around his neck.
2011: Blink-182 singer Mark Hoppus puts several items up for an online auction to aid victims of the major earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
2011: Ronnie Hammond, the lead singer of The Atlanta Rhythm Section, died of heart failure at the age of 60. He led the band to two Billboard Top Ten hits, 'So Into You' in 1977 and 'Imaginary Lover' in 1978.
2011: Electric blues musician Big Jack Johnson dies at age 70.
2012: Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' makes its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. With first week sales of 196,000 units, the album beats out Adele's '21.' Springsteen is tied with Elvis Presley for the 3rd most #1 albums at 10. The Beatles hold the record with 19.
2012: Quiet Riot announce they have a new lead singer, Scott Vokoun. He's the group's 3rd vocalist in a year and a half. Vokoun replaces Mark Huff who was fired. Between Huff and Vokoun, former Montrose vocalist Keith St. John filled in.
2013: Dave Grohl is the keynote speaker at the South By Southwest conference in Austin, TX. Grohl addresses the invited bands and guests at the Austin Convention Center.
2015: Rush receive the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Juno Awards. The honor recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada.
2016: Sony ATV Music Publishing announced that it would buy out Michael Jackson's share of a joint music publishing venture for $750m. The purchase gives Sony the rights to about three million songs, including works by The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Taylor Swift, but did not include Jackson's master recordings.
2017: David Bowie is honored with a full set of 10 postage stamps from the Royal Mail (U.K.). The stamps commemorate six Bowie album covers as well as four of his tours.

March 15
1955: Fats Domino records 'Ain't It A Shame' at Master Recorders in Los Angeles.
1955: Colonel (honorary) Tom Parker becomes Elvis Presley's manager. Having already managed several major Country stars, Parker makes Elvis his life's work. The partnership is beneficial to both parties though not always artistically rewarding. Parker had previously managed the 'Great Parker Pony Circus' with one of the acts being a troupe of dancing chickens.
1955: Ray Charles peaked at #2 on the US R&B charts with the Atlantic single 'I Got A Woman', widely considered the first song to be labelled "soul" - a blending of R&B and gospel.
1958: Elvis Presley gives his last live performances at Russwood Park in Memphis, before going into the Army.
1965: Elvis Presley begins filming his 19th movie, 'Harum Scarum,' in Los Angeles.
1967: The first session recording George Harrison's new song ‘Within You Without You’ took place at Abbey Road studios, London. George was the only Beatle to perform on this song, which was still called 'Untitled'. Harrison played the swordmandel and tamboura, Natver Soni played tabla, Amrat Gajjar played dilruba, PD Joshi played swordmandel, and an undocumented musician played a droning tamboura.
1968: The Beatles' 'Lady Madonna' b/w 'Inner Light' 45 single is released in the UK. It was recorded on February 3 & 6, 1968 before the Beatles left for India. It topped the UK Singles chart.
1968: Life Magazine calls Jimi Hendrix "the most spectacular guitarist in the world."
1968: The Byrds play the Grand Ole Opry. The Nashville establishment doesn't think much of a bunch of 'hippie longhairs' playing the Country music institution, even though the band had cut their hair shorter than usual for the show.
1968: The Rolling Stones started daily sessions at Olympic Studios in London to start recording their next album, Beggars Banquet. Working from 7pm to 8am each day without a break, the Stones worked on 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash', 'Child Of The Moon', 'Jigsaw Puzzle' and 'Parachute Woman' as well as the instrumental foundation for a song called 'Did Everybody Paid Their Dues?' (which would later become 'Street Fighting Man').
1969: Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.
1969: Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan's first book of poetry 'The Warlock Of Love' was published.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono get caught "standing in the dock at Southampton, trying to get to Holland or France" as passport problems stall their wedding. They would get married 5 days later in Gibraltar, and use their adventure in the lyrics to 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko.'
1969: Cream started a two-week run at #1 on the UK chart with their 4th and final original album 'Goodbye.' The single, 'Badge', (which was written by Eric Clapton and George Harrison) was subsequently released from the album a month later.
1969: Bob Dylan gave a brief phone interview to Jann Wenner that was later published in Rolling Stone.
1969: During a Scandinavian tour Led Zeppelin played two shows in one day. The first was at Teens Club Box 45 in Gladsaxe, Denmark and the second at the Brondby Pop Club in Norregard, Denmark.
1970: Pink Floyd played a concert at Niedersachsenhalle in Hannover, West Germany. Roger Waters announced the closing number 'Atom Heart Mother' as 'Consequently.'
1971: CBS-TV announces it will cancel The Ed Sullivan Show, then the longest-running TV show in history, after 23 years.
1972: Radio station KHJ in Los Angeles is raided at 7 a.m. Police were called by the station's fans who thought there must be something amiss as Robert W. Morgan played Donny Osmond's 'Puppy Love' over and over again from 6 a.m.
1973 The Emerson, Lake & Palmer film Pictures At An Exhibition, taken from a 1970 performance at the Lyceum in London, opens in theaters. The album of the same name is taken from a later performance.
1973: Elton John had the #1 album in the US with 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player,' which contained two hit singles, 'Crocodile Rock' and 'Daniel.' According to Philip Norman's 1990s authorized biography, Groucho Marx jokingly pointed his index fingers at Elton, as if holding a pair of six-shooters. John is reported to have put up his hands and said, "Don't shoot me, I'm only the piano player", so naming the album.
1974: The Emerson, Lake and Palmer film, 'Pictures At An Exhibition' premieres in Los Angeles.
1974: Yusuf / Cat Stevens 'Oh Very Young' b/w '100 I Dream' 45 single is released in the UK. 'Oh Very Young' It was released on his 1974 album 'Buddha and the Chocolate Box.' The song, which expresses an older person's wistful appreciation of the idealism of youth and the inevitable disillusionment of maturity, reached #10 in the U.S. charts.
1975: The Doobie Brothers hit #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Black Water', the group's first of two U.S. #1's. The song was originally was issued as the "B" side of 'Another Park, Another Sunday.' Four years later, they would duplicate the feat with 'What A Fool Believes.'
1975: Electric Light Orchestra peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Can’t Get It Out of My Head,' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1975: Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti' hits #1 on the UK charts. It was the first on their own ‘Swan Song’ label, the album spent six weeks at #1 on the chart.
1975: Led Zeppelin sold 30-thousand tickets in just six hours for their shows at London’s Earls Court.
1975: Mickey Finn announced he was leaving T. Rex and Marc Bolan said he would carry on under his own name. Bolan died in a car accident about two years later.
1975: Mick Jagger was in paternity trouble. He reportedly reached a settlement with former lover Marsha Hunt.
1976: KISS release the 4th studio album, 'Destroyer.' The platinum album features the hit ballad 'Beth,' 'Detroit Rock City,' 'Shout It Out Loud,' and 'God of Thunder.' It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's. In 1989, Kerrang Magazine listed the album at #36 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time".
1976: At the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Deep Purple play their last show with their Mark IV lineup, which includes David Coverdale, Ian Paice, Jon Lord and Glenn Hughes, and has been extant since 1968. The group gets back together in 1984 with Paice, Lord, Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover.
1977: Pink Floyd played the first of six sold-out nights at Empire Pool in Wembley, London, England.
1977: Bad Company’s 4th studio album 'Burnin’ Sky' was certified Gold by the RIAA. It was commercially, Bad Company’s second least successful album in the U.S. with Paul Rodgers singing for them.
1977: Kansas received their first Platinum album for their 4th studio album 'Leftoverture,' which later went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. alone.
1978: American Hot Wax (story of a week in the life of DJ Alan Freed) premieres in New York. It is widely considered one of the best Rock and Roll movies of all time and features appearances and performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
1979: At a party following a Stephen Stills concert, Elvis Costello gets in an argument with Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie, and reportedly refers to Ray Charles as a "blind, ignorant nigger." Costello pleads inebriation, and says he was just trying to outrage her.
1980: Peter Gabriel reached the top 10 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with 'Games Without Frontiers,' which peaked at #4.
1980: The film 'Rude Boy,' starring the Clash, premieres at London’s Prince Charles Cinema. The band members were disenchanted with the movie and it didn’t see release in the U.S. until 2006..
1981: AC/DC release their 25th single, 'Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution.' It hits #15 in the UK.
1982: Asia's self-titled debut album is released. Ex-members of such bands as Yes (guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Geoff Downes), King Crimson (bassist/vocalist John Wetton), and ELP (drummer Carl Palmer) formed the supergroup. The album reached #1 in the U.S. on the Billboard album charts. Asia was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA on February 10, 1995. The album contains the band's biggest hit and signature song, 'Heat of the Moment,' which reached #4 in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1982: The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, formed in 1969, finally lets Bob Dylan in at the 13th annual dinner held at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. After the ceremony Dylan gave a short interview to Jane Hansen, which was broadcast by NBC,-TV in New York City.
1983: Cathy Smith is arrested for second-degree murder for providing the drugs that killed John Belushi.
1984: John Lennon/Yoko Ono 'I'm Stepping Out' b/w 'Sleepness Night' 45 single is released. It's the final single from the final John Lennon and Yoko Ono album 'Milk and Honey.' In it, Lennon celebrates his enthusiasm for the night life of New York City, and makes tongue in cheek reference to his "househusband" period. It reached #88 in the UK Singles chart and #55 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
1986: Starship's 'Sara' hits #1 on the Hot 100. It's the second chart-topper (following 'We Built This City') for the 3rd iteration of the group, which was previously Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.
1988: Mick Jagger opened his first ever solo tour, his first ever performances in Japan and his first full concerts since 1982, with three shows at Osaka's Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan. The show is mostly made up of Rolling Stones songs, including songs not performed for a long time, including 'Bitch,' 'Gimmie Shelter,' 'Ruby Tuesday' and 'Sympathy For The Devil' as well as the Jimi Hendrix song 'Foxy Lady.'
1989: The Rolling Stones signed a $70 million contract to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest contract in rock history.
1993: The 'Coverdale•Page' album by David Coverdale and Jimmy Page was released.
1993: 'Rooster,' a single from Alice In Chains' sophomore album 'Dirt,' was released. Written by guitarist Jerry Cantrell for his father, who went by the nickname 'Rooster' while serving with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, the song peaks at #7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1994: Motley Crue released their self-titled album featuring John Corabi on vocals. The album peaked at #7 on the Billboard Charts.
1994: Pantera released the single 'I'm Broken.' The song was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 1995 Grammy Awards.
1994: Sammy Hagar released his compilation album, 'Unboxed.'
1995: Mad Season, a band with Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), John Baker Saunders and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), issue their debut album, 'Above.'
1999: Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame by U2's Bono. Springsteen performed with the E Street Band for the first time in a decade. Producer George Martin, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Del Shannon, Curtis Mayfield, The Staple Singers and Dusty Springfield were also inducted. Neil Young handles McCartney's induction honors.
2000: Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 a month to $10,000. Mick was asked to confirm that he was the father of her child by the court, while Ms Morad was seeking a $10 million settlement. Morad told the court her monthly expenses: $3,500 for a nanny; $2,500–3,000 for food and $3,350 to rent her place on New York’s Upper West Side.
2000: Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that him and former model Heather Mills had become 'an item'. The couple had met after working on the same charity project.
2000: Yngwie Malmsteen's 'Anthology 1994-1999' is released in Japan through Pony Canyon.
2000: Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello guest starred on 'Star Trek: Voyager.'
2001: Pantera's Philip Anselmo is given a release to use his real name in side-project bands.
2002: Liverpool Airport is rechristened Liverpool John Lennon Airport in an official ceremony. Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check-in hall of the airport. The re-branding featured a sketch of Lennon's face with the words 'Above Us Only Skies.'
2002: A rare autographed copy of The Beatles album 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,' sold at auction for 34,000 Pounds. (about $59,000).
2002: Marshall Leib of The Teddy Bears died of a heart attack at the age of 63. Leib, along with Carol Connors and Phil Spector, scored a Billboard chart topper in 1958 with 'To Know Him Is To Love Him.'
2002: KoRn's 'Follow The Leader' album is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
2003: Clutch released their album 'Earth Rocker.'
2003: Guns N’ Roses members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff asked for a preliminary injunction against Geffen Records to prevent the release of a Greatest Hits CD. A US District Court judge denied their request.
2003: The Offspring announce that their new album will be called 'Chinese Democracy,' mocking the long-delayed Guns N' Roses release. Offspring lead singer Dexter Holland says, "Axl ripped-off my braids, so I ripped-off his album title."
2004: George Harrison, Prince, Bob Seger, The Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City. Bruce Springsteen inducts Browne, fellow Traveling Wilburys Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty induct Harrison, Kid Rock inducts Seger, Dave Matthews inducts Traffic and Keith Richards inducts ZZ Top.
2004: Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm issues a proclamation declaring Bob Seger Day.
2004: Metallica gets the Governors Award from the San Francisco Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). The award is given to artists who transcend musical boundaries.
2004: A U.S. District Court judge denied the request of a preliminary injunction against Geffen Records filed by Axl Rose, Slash & Duff McKagan to prevent the release of a Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits album.
2006: David Bowie unfurls his Serious Moonlight concert DVD. The 1983 Vancouver show was previously only available on VHS.
2006: Pink Floyd's David Gilmour's solo album, 'On An Island' debuts at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart after moving more than 96,000 copies in its first week.
2006: Phil Collins and his wife of six years, Orianne, announced their separation "claiming they've been growing apart."
2006: A crew of workers with the Louisiana State Museum recovered what was left of three pianos in Fats Domino's New Orleans home, which was submerged in almost 10 feet of water when Hurricane Katrina caused a levee break near his neighborhood last August. Museum officials were hoping the Domino family would donate a black Steinway baby grand for inclusion in a traveling exhibit about hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
2007: Guitarist Tom Morello begins a tour under his Nightwatchman moniker to support his 'One Man Revolution' album. The seven show jaunt starts at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX. He gets the all-star treatment when ex-Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash and Primus frontman Les Claypool join him onstage as they roll through Rage Against The Machine and Jane's Addiction songs.
2007: Former Fuel frontman Brett Scallions replaces the Cult's Ian Astbury as the lead singer of The Doors spin-off group Riders On The Storm.
2007: Kelly Ann Kozlowski accuses Kid Rock of assault. In the end, the case isn't pursued due to 'insufficient evidence'. Big surprise. About a week later, Rock files legal action seeking unspecified damages from Kozlowski, charging her with defamation, trespassing and invasion of privacy.
2009: Task Brasil auctions autographed guitars and other items signed by Jimmy Page, Slash, Jack Bruce and Eric Burdon on e-Bay. Task Brasil is a charity assisting Brazilian children living in harsh conditions. Page is a major supporter of the organization.
2010: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010 - Genesis, The Hollies, The Stooges, Jimmy Cliff and ABBA, are inducted at the 25th Annual Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Wyclef Jean inducts Cliff, Trey Anastasio inducts Genesis, Steven Van Zandt inducts The Hollies and The Stooges are inducted by Billie Joe Armstrong. Original Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel does not attend as he's preparing for a European tour. Iggy Pop performs 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' with help from Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament.
2011: Sammy Hagar's biography, 'RED: My Uncensored Life in Rock,' is in bookstores.
2011: Disney Studios scrapped plans for a 3D remake of The Beatles 1968 film 'Yellow Submarine.' The new film which was being developed by Forrest Gump Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis was going to incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original animated film. Budget issues and a cancelled meeting with surviving Beatles' members were cited as reasons for the film's demise.
2011: Jon Bon Jovi criticizes Apple's Steve Jobs in the Sunday Times Magazine saying that Jobs is "personally responsible for killing the music business." "Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes and getting lost in an album; and the beauty of taking your allowance money and making a decision based on the jacket, not knowing what the record sounded like," says Bon Jovi. Apple's iTunes had recently sold its 10 billionth track.
2012: Bruce Springsteen is the keynote speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. NPR provides a live stream of Springsteen's address.
2012: KISS open a band-themed 18-hole miniature golf course in Las Vegas. There's also a state-of-the-art arcade, a KISS gift shop, a Rock n' Roll All Nite Cafe and the Hotter Than Hell Wedding Chapel.
2012: The Temptations joined a class action lawsuit against Universal Music, seeking revenue from digital downloads and ringtones.
2012: Lisa Marie Presley announced that she would release her first new album, in five years, 'Storm and Grace.'
2013: Green Day perform at the SXSW Festival in Austin and are on hand for the screening of two documentaries: Broadway Idiot, which chronicles the Broadway adaptation of the band's album, 'American Idiot' and 'Quatro!,' covering the band's recording of their album trilogy, "Uno!," "Dos!" and "Tre!".
2013: Friends of Lana Clarkson, the actress murdered by music producer Phil Spector, were protesting at a screening of the film about his trial. The movie, starring Al Pacino, focused on his relationship with his defence lawyer, played by Helen Mirren. But the group against the film said it was too sympathetic towards Spector's defence case. Clarkson's former publicist, Edward Lozzi, called the film a "slap in the face".
2013: Elton John was forced to cancel a concert in Birmingham, Alabama, just hours before the show due to medical reasons.
2014: Iggy & The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies of a heart attack after suffering a stroke three years prior at the age of 64. He co-founded the band in 1967 with frontman Iggy Pop, bassist Dave Alexander, and his guitarist brother Ron.
2015: Elton John boycotts Italian fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana following comments made by founder Stefano Gabbana who referred to children born via vitro fertilization as 'synthetic'. He added that children should not be raised by same sex parents. Elton's children (Zachary & Elijah) were conceived using vitro fertilization.
2015: Mike Porcaro bassist with Toto died following a battle Lou Gehrig's Disease. He was the middle brother of Toto members Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro. He also worked and toured with Michael Franks, Seals and Crofts, Larry Carlton, and Boz Scaggs.

March 16
1964: DJ Alan Freed is charged with income-tax evasion by federal grand jury probing into radio and record company payola, less than two years after he admits guilt in the same investigation.
1964: The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single 'Can't Buy Me Love.'
1964: The Beatles 'Can't Buy Me Love' b/w 'You Can't Do That' 45 single is released. 'Can't Buy Me Love' was recorded on January 29, 1964 at EMI's Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, where the Beatles were performing 18 days of concerts at the Olympia Theatre. The Beatles established four records on the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Can't Buy Me Love' at #1. Until Billboard began using SoundScan for their charts, it had the biggest jump to #1: (#27 to #1; no other single had ever done this). It gave the Beatles three consecutive #1 songs ('I Want to Hold Your Hand' was replaced at #1 by 'She Loves You' which was in turn replaced by 'Can't Buy Me Love'). The three songs spent a combined total of 14 consecutive weeks at #1. When 'Can't Buy Me Love' went to #1 (April 4, 1964), the entire top five of the Hot 100 was by the Beatles, the next positions being filled by 'Twist and Shout,' 'She Loves You,' 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' and 'Please Please Me,' respectively. No other act has held the top five spots simultaneously. During its second week at #1 (11 April 1964), the Beatles had fourteen songs on the Hot 100 at the same time. The song spent five consecutive weeks at #1. The only Beatles songs to exceed that mark were 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' at seven weeks and 'Hey Jude' at nine weeks. Rolling Stone ranked 'Can't Buy Me Love' at #289 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1965: The Beatles continue filming in Austria for their second movie, 'Help!' They completed the "ski lift" segment of the film.
1965: The Rolling Stones were at #1 on the singles chart with 'The Last Time,' the band’s third chart topper and first #1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
1967: Pink Floyd were at Studio 3, EMI Studios in London, recording for the album 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn.' They recorded a short version on this day of 'Interstellar Overdrive' that was released in July on a French EP.
1968: The Who's 'Call Me Lightning' b/w 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' 45 single is released The single peaked at #40 on the U.S. singles chart. The B-side of the U.S. single 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' was written by John Entwistle.
1968: Otis Redding's '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay' hits #1, becoming the first-ever posthumous #1 hit. Redding died in a plane crash on December 10, 1967.
1969: Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Amen Corner, Peter Sarstedt, The Tymes, Harmony Grass and Geno Washington all appeared at Pop World 69 at London’s Wembley Empire Pool.
1970: The Beatles released 'Let It Be.'
1971: 'Let It Be' wins a Grammy for Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture or Television Special in 1970. George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (composers) for 'Let It Be' performed by The Beatles. Paul and Linda accept the award from presenter John Wayne.
1971: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Simon and Garfunkel who won Record of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year for 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.'
1971: Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) wins his first Grammy Award for his album 'They Call Me Muddy Waters.'
1971: With Leon Russell sitting in on piano, Bob Dylan cuts 'Watching the River Flow' and 'When I Paint My Masterpiece.'
1972: John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.
1972: Neil Diamond appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
1973: T. Rex 8th album 'Tanx' is released. It reached #102 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1973: Humble Pie's 7th album, 'Eat It' is released. A double album, it reached #13 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #34 on the UK Albums chart. Side 1 features Steve Marriott- penned rock and roll; Side 2 offers classic R&B covers; Side 3 is a collection of Marriott’s acoustic songs; and Side 4 excerpts a live concert performance from Glasgow.
1973: Alice Cooper's 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' b/w 'Raped And Freezin' 45 single is released. The single reached #25 on the US charts and #10 on the UK charts, and helped 'Billion Dollar Babies' to reach #1 in both the UK and the US. Michael Bruce and Alice Cooper wrote the song.
1974: During a U.S. tour Elvis Presley played the first of four nights at the Midsouth Coliseum in Memphis Tennessee. This was the first time Elvis had played in Memphis since 1961.
1975: London’s Rainbow Theatre, home to many a memorable live album, closes with an all-star concert that includes Procol Harum, John Martyn, Hatfield & the North, Richard & Linda Thompson, Frankie Miller, Sassafras, and the Kevin Coyne Band.
1977: After being with the label for just six days The Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office. 25,000 copies of ‘God Save The Queen’ were pressed and the band made £75,000 ($127,500) from the deal.
1978: REO Speedwagon's 7th studio album, 'You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish' is released. Both singles released from the album reached the Billboard Hot 100 - 'Roll With The Changes' (#58) and 'Time For Me To Fly' (#56).
1979: Twisted Sister sold out 3,000 seatNew York’s Palladium. It was the first time an unsigned band had headlined and filled the three-thousand seat theater.
1979: CBS-TV airs the 'Wings Over America' special, chronicling the adventures of Paul McCartney's band Wings on their 1975-1976 tour.
1980: The Police record an early version of 'Driven To Tears' in Melbourne’s Armstrong Studios (Armstrong’s / Studio 2).
1981: U2 plated The Woodstock Concert Theater in Anaheim, California on the fourth leg of the North American 'Boy' tour.
1981: Accept release their 3rd album, 'Breaker.'
1981: The Who's 9th album, 'Face Dances' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #2 on the UK charts.
1985: Glenn Frey peaks at #2 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'The Heat Is On' from the 'Beverly Hills Cop' soundtrack.
1985: Duran Duran peak at #16 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Save A Prayer.'
1985: David Lee Roth's debut solo EP, 'Crazy From The Heat,' peaks at #15 on Billboard's 200 Album chart.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts by Tears For Fears 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' at #70, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 'Don’t Come Around Here No More' at #64, The Power Station’s 'Some Like It Hot' at #57 & Foreigner’s 'That Was Yesterday' at #47. ‬
1987: MTV goes international with the channel's Australian launch.
1989: MTV America launched a contest to give away Jon Bon Jovi's childhood home.
1992: During a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena fans dangled an usher by his ankles from the balcony as trouble broke out at the concert. The band was charged $38,000 for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashed the building.
1994: Motley Crue released the single 'Hooligan's Holiday.'
1996: The Ramones performed what they claimed would be their last ever date in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1999: Jeff Beck released 'Who Else!' It was his first solo album in six years.
1999: Stone Temple Pilots play in impromptu gig at the Viper Room in L.A. It's the first time in two years the band has performed.
1999: The Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) creates the Diamond sales award for album sales in excess of 10 million copies. Eagles' Their Greatest Hits, gets the first diamond award. Groups who have already hit the mark are AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Boston, Journey, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Van Halen and ZZ Top.
2000: The record industry acknowledges that a pair of Dave Matthews Band albums are multi-platinum: 'Crash' at seven million copies sold while 'Under The Table Dreaming' sits at six million.
2004: Mick Jones of The Clash joined The Libertines onstage at a Love Music Hate Racism gig in London and performed The Clash hit “Should I Stay or Should I
Go” with the band.
2004: Courtney Love showed up to court two hours late for a preliminary hearing for a drug possession charge. During the proceedings, Love fired her legal team and rehired them after a warning from the judge.
2005: Billy Joel checked into a rehabilitation centre for alcohol abuse. A statement from the 55-year-old singer's spokesperson put his latest problems down to "a recent bout of severe gastrointestinal distress."
2006: Staind plays the first of three concerts for U.S. military service members stationed in Germany during their European tour. The Mannheim concert is followed by shows in Franconia and Baumholder.
2006: 3 Doors Down embark on a 13-city overseas headlining tour that begins in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
2007: The Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago recommends that Elton John be banned from performing at the upcoming Plymouth Jazz Festival. John is the scheduled headliner. The clergyman claims that John's sexual orientation conflicts with biblical teachings and that his presence may spread homosexuality throughout the Caribbean island. "(John) is not coming here to preach about what lifestyle people should have," says a festival official.
2008: Daniel MacMaster, vocalist for Bonham, died of complications from a Group A strep infection that entered his bloodstream while he battled pneumonia; he was 39.
2008: KISS performs at the opening event of the 2008 Formula One auto racing season in Melbourne, Australia.
2009: Saving Abel's self-titled major label debut is certified gold by the RIAA, just a year and five days after its release.
2009: System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian performs a one-off show with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in Auckland, New Zealand. The concert is recorded for a DVD.
2010: Songs recorded by the Rolling Stones are featured on American Idol.
2010: A rare Led Zeppelin recording from the group's 1971 gig at St Matthew's Baths Hall in Ipswich, England was unearthed at a car boot sale. The bootleg copy of the audio from the group's gig on November 16, 1971 was picked up for just "two or three pounds" by music fan Vic Kemp.
2010: The White Stripes documentary 'Under Great White Northern Lights' is available on DVD, CD and vinyl as part of the limited edition box set. The Emmett Malloy-directed film chronicles the band's 2007 Canadian tour.
2011: Jack White makes a surprise appearance at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin to mark the launch of his Third Man Rolling Record Store.
2011: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, suffering the effects of a kidney stone, collapses before a show in Russia but manages to play an abbreviated 6 song set.
2011: Stone Temple Pilots begin their first ever tour of Australia and New Zealand with a concert at Challenge Stadium in Perth. Ten days later the tour ends at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand.
2012: Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, Billy Corgan, Robbie Krieger and Perry Farrell appear in the documentary film Sunset Strip, which premieres during the SXSW festival in Austin.
2012: Tom Morello takes his SXSW show (at the Swan Dive) to the street and turns it into an "Occupy SXSW" event. Police arrive and shut down the performance.
2013: Guns N' Roses have a working tap onstage. "We're Rocking the Sidney Myer Music Bowl (an outdoor venue in Melbourne, Australia) with some ice cold beer on tap off the riser," writes the band on their website.
2015: Free bassist Andy Fraser dies in Temecula, CA, after suffering a heart attack. The musician had been dealing with AIDS and cancer in recent years. He was 62. The London-born musician became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15 and went on to write most of the material with Free lead singer Paul Rodgers, including Free’s 1970 hit 'All Right Now.'
2015: Molly Hatchet's original drummer Bruce Crump passes away at age 57.
2017: Ray Davies, frontman of The Kinks, is knighted for services to the arts by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

March 17
1956: Carl Perkins makes his first TV appearance, on the 'Ozark Jamboree.'
1956: The movie 'Rock Around The Clock' premieres in Washington, DC. The film features Bill Haley & His Comets and Little Richard.
1957: Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion for $102,500, which would be about $850,000 today. Not content with the 10,000+ square foot home, the King almost doubles its size before moving in. The original building had at one time been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder's daughter, Grace Toof.
1966: Keith Moon of The Who secretly marries his pregnant girlfriend, Kim Kerrigan.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recording of ‘She's Leaving Home’ after adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg who was part of the string section on the track became the first woman to play on a Beatles recording.
1967: Jimi Hendrix Experience 'Purple Haze' b/w '51st Anniversary' 45 single is released in the UK. It entered the UK charts at #39 and peaked at #3, spending 14 weeks in the chart. It was released in the US on June 19, 1967, where it peaked at #65, spending only 8 weeks in the chart. In March 2005, Q magazine ranked 'Purple Haze' at #1 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at #17 in their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
1967: Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave and Booker T and The MG’s appeared at London’s Finsbury Park Astoria on the first night of a 17-date UK tour.
1967: Grateful Dead release their self-titled debut album. It reached #73 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1968: The Rolling Stones begin recording their 7th studio album, 'Beggar's Banquet,' at Olympic Studios in London.
1968: Mick Jagger joins a demonstration at Grosvenor Square in London to protest the Vietnam War. When the group, estimated at 25,000, marches to the American embassy, they are met with police resistance and rioting ensues. Jagger had left the protest before it reached the embassy, but used the events as inspiration for the Rolling Stones song 'Street Fighting Man.'
1968: A Pink Floyd show to be held at tUniversiteit Leuven, in Leuven, Belgium was cancelled just as the band was about to take the stage when fighting broke out between French and Flemish members of the audience.
1969: James Taylor​'s 'Carolina In My Mind' b/w 'Something's Wrong' 45 single is released. Released as a single, the song earned critical praise but not commercial success. It was re-recorded for Taylor's 1976 Greatest Hits album in the version that is most familiar to listeners. It has been a staple of Taylor's concert performances over the decades of his career. The song references Taylor's years growing up in North Carolina. Taylor wrote it while overseas recording for The Beatles' label Apple Records. He started writing the song at producer Peter Asher's London flat on Marylebone High Street, resumed work on it while on holiday on the Mediterranean island of Formentera, and then completed it while stranded on the nearby island of Ibiza with a Swedish girl Karin he had just met. The song reflects Taylor's homesickness at the time, as he was missing his family, his dog, and his state.
1970: Chicago's 'Make Me Smile' b/w 'Colour My World' single is released. 'Make Me Smile' became the band's first Top 10 record, peaking at #9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1971: Peter Gabriel married is girlfriend Jill. They were together on and off for 17 years.
1973: Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side of the Moon' first entered the charts. The album spends 741 weeks, a record, on the Billboard 200.
1973: Dr Hook's single 'On The Cover Of Rolling Stone peaked at #6 on the US chart. The single was banned in the UK by the BBC due to the reference of the magazine.
1976: Bob Dylan’s protest song 'Hurricane' led to boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s murder case being reopened.
1976: The Doobie Brothers 'Takin' It To The Streets' b/w 'For Someone Special' single is released.
1977: Emerson, Lake & Palmer's 5th studio album, 'Works Volume 1' is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It is a double album divided into four major sections, one each highlighting each band member, and one for combined works.
1978: The Irish high school band U2 win the Limerick Civic Week Pop '78 talent competition with a prize earning them a chance to record a demo for CBS Records. They had recently changed their name from The Hype.
1978: Elvis Costello and The Attractions 2nd album and his first with The Attractions, 'This Year’s Model' is released. It reached #30 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #4 on the UK Albums chart. In 2000, Q magazine placed This Year's Model at #82 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was ranked #98 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1979: Bad Company's 5th studio album, 'Desolation Angels' is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Paul Rodgers stated that the album's title came from the novel of the same name by Jack Kerouac.
1979: Talking Heads make their first major TV appearance, performing 'Take Me to the River' on American Bandstand. The lip-synced performance goes well, but the interview is a little awkward.
1981: Blues Project, with Al Kooper, Steve Katz and Roy Blumenfeld, reunite for one-off concert at Bonds in New York.
1984: 'New Moon On Monday,' Duran Duran's 10th single, peaks at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1984: Van Halen's 'Jump' peaked at #1 in the US. Over the years David Lee Roth has given various accounts of the meaning behind the lyrics, but most often says they are about a TV news story he saw where a man was about to kill himself by jumping off a building. The album '1984' peaked at #2.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 has the mighty Van Halen at #1 with 'Jump,' Queen’s 'Radio Ga-Ga' was at #28, UB40’s 'Red Red Wine' at #37, The Romantics’ 'One In A Million' at #47, Billy Idol’s 'Rebel Yell' at #48, Genesis’ 'That’s All' at #51 and Yes’ 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart #57‬
1985: Serial killer Richard Ramirez kills a man and leaves an AC/DC hat behind at the crime scene. Ramirez becomes known as the “Night Stalker” as he continues his killing spree. It’s revealed by a childhood friend that AC/DC is his favorite band, and some speculate that AC/DC stands for “Anti-Christ/Devil’s Child,” which the group disavows.
1988: The Grateful Dead performed at the Henry J. Kiser Auditorium in Oakland, California.
1990 Ozzy Osbourne releases his 'Just Say Ozzy' live EP.
1990: Rick Grech dies from kidney and liver failure due to alcoholism at 43. Grech was the bassist of Blind Faith and Traffic and also was an active session musician, playing with Rod Stewart, Ronnie Lane, Muddy Waters, The Bee Gees and Gram Parsons.
1992: After reuniting at their ex-manager's funeral, Spinal Tap issue their 17th album, 'Break Like The Wind.'
1998: Van Halen release 'Van Halen III,' their 11th studio album. It is the only album with former Extreme lead singer Gary Cherone, and the only album to not attain platinum status. The band even does a signing at the Times Square Virgin Megastore.
1998: Mick Fleetwood joins The Corrs onstage for a St. Patrick’s Day performance at Royal Albert Hall in London. Their performance of the Fleetwood Mac song 'Dreams' is released as a single and becomes the first hit for The Corrs, going to #6 in the UK.
1998: Matchbox Twenty's 'Yourself Or Someone Like You' is named the Best Selling Recording by a New Artist by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. Selling over 3 million copies it stays on the album chart for over two years.
2000: Widower Paul McCartney admitted that he was dating model Heather Mills and it was also revealed that the ex-Beatle was worth around $865 million dollars.
2001: Seven Pearl Jam bootleg albums from their North American tour debut in the Billboard 200 albums chart, breaking the record for most appearances on the chart in a single week that the band established the previous year, when five bootlegs from their European tour landed on the chart.
2003: Paul McCartney topped the Rolling Stone rich list with earnings of $72 million dollars, followed by The Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band.
2003: Dire Straits' guitarist Mark Knopfler breaks his collarbone and six ribs in a London motorcycle accident.
2004: The Kinks singer Ray Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.
2004: Hoobastank headlines the MTV Campus Invasion tour. Lostprophets and Ima Robot are also along for the three month trek.
2004: Courtney Love makes an appearance on the 'Late Show with David Letterman.' With her back to the camera, she lifts her skirt, and later goes topless, which is blocked out for viewers.
2004: The White Stripes' Jack White sits in with Bob Dylan on the final night of his three-night stand in Detroit.
2005: Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
2006: Kid Rock enters into a preliminary agreement with World Wide Red Light District video distributors to block the release of a 1999 sex tape. Rock's lawyers and the company agree to extend a temporary injunction on selling the 45-minute video without further court proceedings. The skin flick features Rock and ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp with four women.
2006: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora files a legal request in Los Angeles calling for his prenuptial agreement with estranged wife Heather Locklear to be honored. He asks for joint custody of his 8-year-old daughter with Locklear, Ava Elizabeth, while Locklear wants to grant him only visitation rights. In addition, Sambora doesn't want to be required to provide spousal support. The document also reveals that the couple separated the previous December.
2006: Ann Wilson of Heart is interviewed by the artistic director of Seattle's Experience Music Project as part of the institution's Oral History Program. Proceeds from the event benefit the Experience Music Project's School Group Visit program.
2007: KISS' Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley participate in a panel discussion about their KISS Comic Group at Wizard World Los Angeles comic-book convention.
2007: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band wrap up their 'Face The Promise' tour in their hometown of Detroit.
2008: Heather Mills rakes in almost $50 million in her divorce from Paul McCartney. Mills is labeled “opportunistic” but claims that losing her leg was “easier to cope with than my divorce from Paul.”
2008: Radiohead and Aniboom animation company launch a contest in which fans create their own animated videos for one of nine songs from "In Rainbows." 10 semifinalists receive $1,000 each to make short clips for their chosen tunes. One grand-prize winner, selected by Radiohead, receives $10,000 to create a full-length video.
2009: Chicago blues harmonicist Lester "Mad Dog" Davenport dies of prostate cancer at age 77.
2010: Universal Music Group unveil their Six-String iPhone application. Users can "play along - pluck, strum and change chords" to tracks by Bon Jovi, Tom Petty and others.
2010: Alex Chilton (born William Alexander Chilton) dies from a heart attack. He was 59. Chilton was the lead singer for The Box Tops and Big Star, gaining a cult following with many rock and alternative bands. At only 16, he attained a #1 record with 'The Letter.'
2010: The Jimi Hendrix album 'Valleys Of Neptune' debuts at #4 on the Billboard charts, selling 95,000 copies in its first week. It's the guitarist's highest-charting album since 1971's 'The Cry Of Love,' also issued posthumously, peaked at #3. Four Hendrix albums also return to the Billboard chart. He even graces the cover of Rolling Stone.
2011: Nirvana and Rush apps (based on 'Nevermind' and '2112' & 'Moving Pictures,' respectively) are released with video content, band member interviews and social networking content. The apps do not include full songs.
2013: John Lennon and George Harrison were honored with a blue plaque at the site of the former Apple Boutique in a ceremony in London held at at 94 Baker Street. The new plaque reads "John Lennon, M.B.E., 1940-1980, and George Harrison, M.B.E., 1943-2001, worked here."
2017: The 10th annual Musink, presented by Travis Barker (Blink-182), begins at the OC Fair & Events Center in Costa Mesa, CA. The three-day convention, America's largest tattoo and music festival, features headliners NOFX, The Used, Bad Religion and Pennywise.
2017: Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, a band featuring Alice In Chains singer William DuVall, make its U.S. live debut in Austin during South By Southwest (SXSW).

March 18
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis is the first artist to sing three songs on American Bandstand – 'Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Goin’ On,' 'You Win Again' and 'Breathless.'
1960: The Everly Brothers record 'Cathy's Clown,' which is released as the first single under their new 10-year deal with Warner Bros. Records.
1960: The film 'Rio Bravo,' starring Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Walter Brennan and John Wayne, premieres in New York City.
1965: The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 ($8.50) for urinating in a public place. The incident took place at a gas station after a gig in Romford, Essex, England. This was after the last show on their 5th UK package tour with The Hollies, The Konrads, all girl-group Goldie and the Gingerbreads and Dave Berry and the Cruisers.
1965: John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarry Man Pete Shotton £20,000 to open Hayling Supermarkets. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd.
1965: Excerpts from six numbers performed by The Who at The Marquee Club in February appear on a French Television program called 'Seize Millions de Jeunes' on ORTF TV 2. It is part of documentary about Mods shot by two French acquaintances of the band’s co-manager Chris Stamp. A scheduled appearance that day at the Civic Hall in Crawley is postponed until April 18th.
1966: That morning, The Who are filmed miming to 'I Can’t Explain,' 'Bald Headed Woman,' and 'Substitute' at Tower Pier, London for Dick Clark’s ABC-TV U.S. program 'Where The Action Is.' That evening they head out to Wembley’s Studio One to perform 'Substitute' and 'Barbara Ann' on 'Ready, Steady, GO!,' then head to Basildon to play the Locarno Ballroom.
1967: The UK music magazine New Musical Express announced that former Spence Davis Group member Steve Winwood was planning to form a new group with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. The ensemble would choose the name Traffic.
1967: The Beatles scored their 13th US #1 single with 'Penny Lane.' The song's title is derived from the name of a street near Lennon's house, in Liverpool. McCartney and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction in the Mossley Hill area to catch a bus into the center of the city.
1967: The Who's 'Happy Jack' b/w 'Whiskey Man' single is released. It peaked at #3. It was also their first top forty hit in the USA, peaking at #24. It was included on the USA version of their 2nd album. The album was titled 'A Quick One' in the UK and re-titled 'Happy Jack' in the USA.
1967: The Monkees 'A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You' b/w 'The Girl I Knew Somewhere' 45 single is released. Written by Neil Diamond, Davy Jones sang the lead vocal (this was Jones' first lead vocal on a Monkees single). It went to #1 in the US Cashbox charts and #2 on the Billboard charts. The record's B-side was Michael Nesmith's 'The Girl I Knew Somewhere,' which also charted on Billboard, peaking at #39.
1967: Pink Floyd sign their first recording contract, with EMI.
1967: Pink Floyd played at Enfield College of Technology in Enfield, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.
1967: Peter, Paul and Mary's 7th studio album, 'Album 1700' is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. Released over two years later, the single 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' turned out to be Peter, Paul & Mary's biggest (and final) hit, becoming their only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The first single from the album, 'I Dig Rock And Roll Music' reached the Top Ten (#9).
1968: The Beatles 'Lady Madonna' b/w 'The Inner Light' single is released. It was recorded on February 3 & 6, 1968 before the Beatles left for India. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the UK chart. 'Lady Madonna' is based Paul McCartney's piano part for the song on Humphrey Lyttelton's 1956 trad jazz recording 'Bad Penny Blues,' which George Martin produced. McCartney said of writing the song in a 1994 interview, "'Lady Madonna' was me sitting down at the piano trying to write a bluesy boogie-woogie thing...It reminded me of Fats Domino for some reason, so I started singing a Fats Domino impression. It took my voice to a very odd place." Domino himself covered the song later in 1968.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Ellis Auditorium AmphiTheater, Memphis, Tennessee.
1970: Steppenwolf's politically-oriented 'Monster' album goes gold.
1971: Jimi Hendrix 'Freedom' b/w 'Angel' 45 single is released. From the album 'The Cry of Love,' which was released posthumously in 1971 and became a hit. This was the only single released from the album and was somewhat successful on the charts, reaching #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It is now one of the more popular songs in the Hendrix collection, and is a staple in many compilation works.
1971: Led Zeppelin played at the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle, England during their 'Back to the Clubs' tour.
1972: Neil Young's has a #1 hit with 'Heart Of Gold.' Backing vocals were provided by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.
1972: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Led Zeppelin’s 'Rock And Roll' debuting at #71, Yes’ 'Roundabout' at #28, T. Rex’s 'Bang A Gong (Get It On)' at #13, America’s 'A Horse With No Name' at #2 and Neil Young's 'Heart Of Gold' was at #1. ‬
1972: Deep Purple released their 10th single, 'Never Before.'
1972: T. Rex played the first of two sold out nights at Wembley's Empire Pool. Ringo Starr filmed the shows for the 'Born To Boogie' Apple documentary.
1972: Yes appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1972: Paul Simon scored his first solo #1 album when his self-titled debut went to the top of the charts.
1973: Paul McCartney and Wings played a benefit gig for the drug charity, Release at The Hard Rock Cafe in England.
1973: King Crimson played at the Rainbow Theatre, London.
1974: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of eight shows over four nights at Gertie’s in Dallas, Texas.
1975: 'Tommy: The Movie' has its world premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. A morning press conference is attended by all the movie’s stars except Oliver Reed, Jack Nicholson, Roger Daltrey, and director Ken Russell. Daltrey and Russell are back in England working on his next film, 'Lisztomania.' The film receives a standing ovation despite occasional sound problems. Afterwards, The Who and celebrities attend a midnight party designed by new Hollywood hotshot Allan Carr in a sealed-off section of a New York subway station located under the IND Station at 57th Street and Sixth Avenue.
1976: 'The Man Who Fell To Earth,' starring David Bowie, premieres in London. The film is based on Walter Tevis' novel of the same name, about an alien who visits Earth in search of water for his planet, which is suffering from a drought.
1976: Bob Dylan played at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1976: The Who perform at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1977: The Clash released their debut single 'White Riot' b/w '1977' in the UK. It peaked at #38 on the UK charts. In March 2005, Q magazine placed 'White Riot' at #34 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
1977: Iggy Pop's debut solo album, 'The Idiot' is released. It reached #30 on the UK Albums chart and #72 on the Billboard Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart. 'Sister Midnight' and 'China Girl' were released as singles in February and May 1977, respectively—both with the same B-side, 'Baby.' It was the first of two LPs released in 1977 which Pop wrote and recorded in collaboration with David Bowie.
1977: The Grateful Dead played at Winterland Arena in San Francisco, California.
1977: AC/DC performed at Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry, England.
1978: California Jam 2 draws an estimated 350,000 fans to Ontario Motor Speedway near Los Angeles. Performers include Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foreigner, Santana, Heart, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush and Rubicon, featuring a young Jack Blades. ABC televises the event. A Double LP album from the was released.
1978: Rush played at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
1979: Roxy Music performed at Eissporthalle in Berlin, Germany.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne's legendary guitarist Randy Rhoades plays his last concert in Knoxville, TN. He dies the following day in a Florida plane crash.
1982: Asia released their self-titled debut album. This “supergroup”, featuring bassist/vocalist John Wetton, drummer Carl Palmer, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and guitarist Steve Howe, was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 1970's – Yes, ELP, King Crimson, and The Buggles.
1983: Billy Squier kicks off his first arena headlining tour in support of 'Emotions in Motion.' Def Leppard are the opening act.
1984: Van Halen played at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
1985: Peter Gabriel's 'Birdy' (OST) is released. It was the first soundtrack and 6th album overall by Peter Gabriel, for the movie of the same name. The album marked Gabriel's first work with producer Daniel Lanois.
1986: Raven released the album 'The Pack Is Back.' The album reached #121 on the Billboard charts, and was produced by legendary producer Eddie Kramer.
1989: A radio station in California arranged to have all it’s Cat Stevens Records destroyed by having a steamroller run over them in protest of the singer’s support of Ayatollah Khomeni.
1991: When the Irish Family Planning Association is found guilty of illegally selling condoms in Dublin, U2 steps in to pay the fine-about $900.
1994: In a tragic forerunner of later events, police confiscate 4 guns and 25 boxes of ammo after Kurt Cobain's wife, Courtney Love calls them, fearing he would commit suicide.
1994: The Rolling Stones introduce Darryl Jones as the replacement for baseman Bill Wyman, who had previously announced that he would no longer tour with the band.
1995: Bruce Springsteen 'Greatest Hits' is the #1 US LP.
1996: Released nearly two years earlier, Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' is credited with selling over 5 million copies.
1996: The Beatles 'Anthology 2' is released. Like its predecessor, it topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and the UK Albums chart. It is the second of the three-volume Anthology collection, all of which tie-in with the televised special The Beatles Anthology. The opening track is "Real Love", the second of the two recordings that reunited the Beatles by means of magnetic tape.
1996: The Sex Pistols announce they are reforming for their 20th anniversary, which they call the Filthy Lucre Tour. Lead singer Johnny Rotten, who once vowed never to reunite the group, says, "We have found a common cause to bring us back together again, and it's your money." They would get tour again in 2002 and 2007.
1997: Autograph released the album 'Missing Pieces.'
1997: Aerosmith release their 12th studio album, 'Nine Lives.' The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts.‬
1997: It's announced that Joni Mitchell has been reunited with the daughter she gave up for adoption many years earlier.
2000: A film company paid over a million dollars for nine hours of film shot by Yoko Ono during the 1970's that showed John Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.
2001: John Phillips dies of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 65. Phillips was the vocalist and guitarist of The Mamas & the Papas. He was also a promoter, most notably of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. His life was marked by many scandals including drug trafficking, alleged incest, and alcoholism after a liver transplant. His second solo album was released on Rolling Stones records and featured Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood. Phillips was married to Michelle Gilliam, they had one child together, Chynna Phillips, vocalist of the 1990’s pop trio Wilson Phillips.
2002: The Ramones, Talking Heads, Brenda Lee, Gene Pitney, Isaac Hayes and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are welcomed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Ramones were inducted into the by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam and close friend of the Ramones. The ceremony took place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Wallflowers member Jakob Dylan inducts Tom Petty.
2002: The Doobie Brothers, Dionne Warwick and Petula Clark are among the entertainers at Liza Minelli's wedding reception.
2003: Former Metallica member Jason Newsted becomes Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist, but it only lasts until the end of the year.
2004: Courtney Love exposed her breasts during an appearance on David Letterman's TV talk show. The singer who had her back to the audience flashed at the presenter while singing the song Danny Boy. After the show, she went on to perform a surprise gig at the Plaid night-club in Manhattan where she was alleged to have injured a man by throwing a microphone stand into the crowd. Ms Love was charged with assault and reckless endangerment.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne's late guitarist Randy Rhoads is inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk. Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne attend the ceremony.
2004: Courtney Love is arrested in New York and charged with reckless endangerment and third-degree assault after throwing a microphone stand at an East Village nightspot, striking a man in the head. This incident adds to Love`s legal troubles.
2005: Pearl Jam performs a benefit concert for Seattle's Northwest School. Guitarist Stone Gossard attended the prep school. Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson also take the stage.
2008: Lou Reed, Damien Rice, Moby and more take part in the Speak Up! concert (which benefits Iraq war veterans) held at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.
2008: Robert Plant's collaborative album with Bluegrass performer Alison Krauss, 'Raising Sand,' is certified platinum.
2009: New Orleans singer/pianist Eddie Bo dies of a heart attack at age 78.
2009: Chickenfoot, the "supergroup" with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith play a private show, the group's debut, for Best Buy employees in the Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, CA.
2009: One-time Steppenwolf guitarist, Kent Henry, dies in Portland, OR. He was a member of Blues Image prior to replacing Larry Byrom in Steppenwolf. He was 60.
2010: Stone Temple Pilots perform at SXSW in Austin to promote their self-titled comeback album. During their encore the group is joined by former Doors guitarist Robby Krieger who STP frontman Scott Weiland introduces as "a man who was part of the greatest Rock & Roll group in history." Krieger and STP perform The Doors classic 'Roadhouse Blues.'
2012: Following shows at the Apollo Theater in NYC and SXSW, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off their first U.S. tour in over two years at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The "Wrecking Ball" tour, to promote the album of the same name, is the Springsteen's first trek with the E Street Band since the death of saxophonist Clarence Clemons the previous June. Two saxophonists replace Clemons. One of whom is Jake Clemons, Clarence's nephew.
2013: 30 Seconds To Mars debut 'Up In The Air' from the SpaceX cargo mission, where it's played by astronauts on the International Space Station. Meanwhile, back on earth, Houston mayor, Annise D. Parker, proclaims 30 Seconds To Mars Day.
2013: John Lennon and George Harrison get a blue plaque in London. The plaque marks the site of The Beatles former Apple Records boutique on Baker Street. It is unveiled by Rod Davis, the banjo player in Lennon's first band, The Quarrymen.
2013: David Bowie’s first album in a decade become the fastest-selling of the year, hitting the top spot in the UK charts in its first week of release. The Next Day was the 66-year-old’s first #1 since 1993’s 'Black Tie White Noise' and sold 94,000 copies in the first week.
2014: The Beastie Boys settle their lawsuit against toy maker GoldieBlox over the unauthorized use of 'Girls.' The company created a parody of the 1987 track in an ad where three girls were seen singing the melody with altered lyrics. The Beastie Boys get a monetary settlement and a public apology from GoldieBlox.
2014: Joe Lala (drummer for The Blues Image) dies of lung cancer at age 66.
2015: Stone Sour confirm that guitarist Christan Martucci is the permanent replacement for Jim Root. Martucci had been Sour Sour's touring guitarist.
2017: The legendary Chuck Berry passes away of a reported cardiac arrest at his home near St. Louis, Missouri. He was 90. Berry revolutionized music by transforming the major elements of rhythm and blues into what we now know as rock and roll. His career started in Chicago when Muddy Waters introduced him to Leonard Chess of Chess Records, where he recorded the million-selling single 'Maybelline.' He followed that with 'Roll Over Beethoven,' 'Rock and Roll Music,' 'Sweet Little Sixteen,' 'Johnny B. Goode' and so many others. His influence cannot be underestimated – from John Lennon who said “if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry'” to Bruce Springsteen who proclaimed “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived” to Rolling Stone magazine who best summed his career up by saying “he’s the father of rock & roll” who “gave the music its sound and its attitude, even as he battled racism – and his own misdeeds – all the way.” Among many other honors, Berry received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986 and received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000.

March 19
1958: During his only UK tour, Buddy Holly played two shows at the Regal Cinema in Hull, Yorkshire.
1958: As Tom and Jerry, Simon & Garfunkel release their third single called 'Our Song.'
1962: Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album was released in the Untied States. Initially poor sales led the record to be known around Columbia Records as 'Hammond’s Folly.' John Hammond was producer of Dylan’s early recordings and the man responsible for signing Dylan. It did not chart in the US, but did reach #13 on the UK Albums chart. The album was praised by the New York City weekly newspaper Village Voice as an “explosive country blues debut,” but featured only two Dylan original compositions, 'Talkin’ New York' and 'Song To Woody,' with the rest being old folk standards.
1964: The British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who is the "Mr. Wilson" in their song Taxman, presents The Beatles with the Show Business Personalities of 1963 award at the Variety Club of Great Britain Annual Show Business Awards.
1965: The Tailor And Cutter Magazine ran an article asking The Rolling Stones to start wearing ties. The current fashion did not include wearing ties with shirts and many tie-makers were facing financial disaster. Mick Jagger said of the appeal, “The trouble with a tie is that it could dangle in the soup. It is also something extra to which a fan can hang when you are trying to get in and out of a theater.”
1966: The Who played Kings Hall in Stoke-On-Trent, England.
1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows at The Capitol Theatre in Ottawa, Canada.
1968: Jimi Hendrix Experience's debut album 'Are You Experienced goes gold.
1968: Bob Dylan's 'John Wesley Harding' album goes gold.
1968: Donovan travels to India to study transcendental meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1969: During a UK tour, Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Top Rank Club in Cardiff, Wales.
1970: Pink Floyd played at the Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden.
1970: Rolling Stone magazine reveals that opening lyrics to John Lennon's 'Come Together' were written by Chuck Berry for 'You Can't Catch Me' - "Here come old flat top, he come groovin' up slowly."
1970: David Bowie marries his first wife, Angela, who contrary to rumor, was not the subject of The Rolling Stones' song, 'Angie.'
1971: Jethro Tull release 'Aqualung,' the groups 4th studio album. It would eventually peak at #7 on Billboard's 200 Album chart and #4 on the UK Albums chart. 'Aqualung,' to many, is Tull's masterpiece. The title track and 'Locomotive Breath,' would be joined by 'My God,' 'Cross-Eyed Mary,' and 'Hymn 43' as classic rock staples. There's no arguing with its commercial success, having sold more than seven million copies and continuing to outsell anything in the back catalog. ‬
1971: Humble Pie performs at the Fillmore East in New York. In attendance are members of The Who.
1971: T Rex were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hot Love.’ The group’s first of four UK #1’s spent six weeks at the top of the charts.
1971: Mott the Hoople released their 3rd album, 'Wildlife.' After the edgier rock of their first two albums this record has a softer feel (leading to its nickname "Mildlife" among band members). Even Ian Hunter's trio of compositions is introspective, though disarmingly beautiful. For the first (and only) time Mick Ralphs' contributions predominate, leading to an almost country-rock feel.
1974: Jefferson Airplane re-named the group and became Jefferson Starship. The new line-up included Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, drummer Johnny Barbata, David Freiberg, Peter Kaukonen, Craig Chaquico and Papa John Creach.
1974: Aerosmith release their 4th single, 'Same Old Song and Dance' b/w 'Pandora's Box.'
1975: America'S 'Sister Golden Hair' b/w 'Midnight' 45 single is released. It was their 2nd single to reach #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the top position for just one week.
1975: America's 5th studio album, 'Hearts' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and produced three hit singles: 'Sister Golden Hair' went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart; and 'Daisy Jane' which peaked at #20 on the Billboard singles chart and #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart; and the funky 'Woman Tonight' which reached #44 on the Billboard singles chart and #41 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Several other songs received radio airplay on FM stations playing album tracks including 'Old Virginia,' 'Bell Tree' and 'Midnight.' The album was produced by legendary Beatles producer George Martin.
1975: During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Tickets cost $7.50 in advance.
1975: KISS release 'Dressed to Kill,' their 3rd studio album. Produced by Casablanca Records president Neil Bogart, it reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. 'C'mon and Love Me' and 'Rock and Roll All Nite' were released as singles. Both failed to rise up the charts until 'Rock and Roll All Nite' was released in its live format as a single later that year off their live album 'Alive!' and reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975. KISS start their 'Dressed To Kill Tour' in Northampton, Pennsylvania. 'KISS Alive!' was recorded on this tour. ‬
1975: 'Tommy: The Movie' has its Los Angeles premiere at Mann’s Wilshire Theater. Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwistle, Ann-Margret, Tina Turner, Elton John, and Robert Stigwood attend. All are interviewed by David Frost for an ABC Wide World Special. Other celebrities interviewed by Army Archerd going into the theater or the afterwards party held at the Studio One Club include Paul and Linda McCartney, Ron Wood, Kenney Jones, Sally Kellerman, Dean Martin, Tommy Smothers, and Ryan and Tatum O’Neal. The special airs on U.S. television on the 26th.
1976: Former Free guitarist, 26 year old Paul Kossoff died of heart failure while on a flight across the US. He had been troubled with heart disease most of his life. Free is most often remembered for their hit, 'All Right Now.' Lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to form Bad Company with Free drummer Simon Kirke, Boz Burrell (from King Crimson) and Mick Ralphs (of Mott the Hoople).
1976: The Doobie Brothers 6th studio album, 'Takin' It to the Streets' is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and two Top 40 single - 'Takin' It to the Streets' (#13) and 'It Keeps You Running' (#37).
1976: Bad Company's 'Run With The Pack' b/w'"Do Right By Your Woman' 45 single is released in the UK.
1976: Gary Thain bass player with Uriah Heep died of a drug overdose aged 28.
1978: Billy Joel makes his U.K. concert debut at London's Theatre Royal. in 1989.
1979: Elton John appeared at the Odeon Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Tickets £5.00
1980: In proceedings against the doctor who supplied the prescription drugs that killed Elvis Presley, Elvis' autopsy is entered as evidence. Dr. George Nichopoulos, who was known as "Dr. Nick" was eventually found guilty of overprescribing the drugs. He later has his medical license revoked.
1980: Pete Townshend is filmed miming to his single 'Rough Boys' for the Kenny Everett Video Show in the UK accompanied by Kenney Jones.
1981: The J. Geils Band hit #1 on the singles chart with 'Centerfold.'
1982: Ozzy Osbourne and former Quiet Riot member Randy Rhoads was killed when the plane he was riding in crashed. After driving much of the night, the band had stopped near a small airstrip. The tour bus driver, Andrew Aycock, talked the band's keyboardist, Don Airey, into taking a test flight in a 1955 Beechcraft Bonanza, the joyride ended, and the plane landed safely. Then Aycock took Rhoads and Rachel Youngblood on another flight and attempts were made to "buzz" the tour bus. The left wing clipped the bus, which sent the plane spiraling into a nearby house and bursting into flames. All three bodies were burned beyond recognition, and were identified by dental records.
1984: The Beatles 'Can't Buy Me Love' b/w 'You Can't Do That' 45 picture disc single is released. This picture disc 45 single was released by EMI Records as part of an official BEATLES "It Was 20 Years Ago" Picture Disc Collection. Each single was released precisely twenty years after its original release date; so for example, the 'Love Me Do' picture disc single was re-released in 1982, and so on.
1987: Ozzy Osbourne's 'Tribute" was released in honor of Randy Rhoads. It came out on five years to the day after his death. The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1988: Whitesnake's 'Give Me All Your Love' peaks at #48 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1988: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Foreigner’s 'I Don’t Want To Live Without You' debuting at #64, Whitesnake’s 'Give Me All Your Love' at #48, Aerosmith’s 'Angel' at #23, INXS’ 'Devil Inside' at #16 and Def Leppard’s 'Hysteria' at #11.
1990: Andrew Wood, lead singer of Mother Love Bone, dies of a heroin overdose at age 24. Members of the band go on to form Pearl Jam. Several bands wrote songs in tribute to his life including Alice In Chains ('Would?'), Chris Cornell ('Say Hello 2 Heaven') and Candlebox ('Far Behind').
1990: Robert Plant released his 5th solo album, 'Manic Nirvana.'
1993: Jeff Ward (drummer for several bands, including Low Pop Suicide and Nine Inch Nails) commits suicide via carbon monoxide poisoning at age 30. Several bands dedicated albums to him after his death, including Nine Inch Nails’ 'The Downward Spiral.'
1994: Sheryl Crow's 'Tuesday Night Music Club' hits the charts. It stays there for over a year, peaking at #3.
1996: 'Beatles Anthology II' is released. The album featured 'Real Love', a track the remaining members of the Beatles recorded using an old demo track of John Lennon's. The song was first recorded by Lennon in 1977 with a handheld tape recorder on his piano at home, it originated as part of an unfinished stage play that Lennon was working on at the time entitled 'The Ballad of John and Yoko.'
1997: Aerosmith release their 'Nine Lives' album.
1999: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band played the second night at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in New Jersey as warm up dates for their forthcoming Reunion Tracks tour.
2001: Aerosmith (inducted by Kid Rock), Queen (inducted by the Foo Fighters), Paul Simon (inducted by Marc Anthony), Soloman Burke and Steely Dan (inducted by Moby) are inducted at the 16th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame award ceremonies at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Keith Richards inducted Johnnie Johnson and James Burton. Richards also took part in the closing jam with Bono, Paul Simon, Kid Rock, Solomon Burke, Robbie Robertson and others.
2001: Gojira released their debut album 'Terra Incognita.'
2002: Megadeth released their 1st live album, 'Rude Awakening.'
2004: The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and Bruce Springsteen's 'Born To Run' albums are added in the Library of Congress. The Library digitally stores and saves significant musical works.
2005: Paul Rodgers along with Queen's guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor perform at the Nelson Mandela 46664 AIDS Awareness Concert in South Africa.
2006: Green Day is recognized for their musical contributions by the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy.
2006: The Offspring's Dexter Holland runs in the Los Angeles Marathon. He raises money for the Innocence Project, a nonprofit charity that supports the legal funds of people wrongly convicted of crimes.
2009: Eric Clapton performs with the Allman Brothers Band during their annual residency at New York's Beacon Theatre.
2009: High-definition footage from Motley Crue's Crue Fest 2008 DVD is screened at dozens of U.S. theaters. Shot during the traveling festival's stop in Toronto, the DVD features the Crue plus performances by Buckcherry, Trapt and Papa Roach.
2009: Bruce Springsteen makes a guest appearance on Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.'
2010: 'The Runaways' movie hits theaters. The film, which focuses on Starring Kristen Stewart as group member Joan Jett, is a flop.
2010: Scorpions release their 17th studio album, 'Sting in the Tail.' It would eventually peak at #23 on Billboard's 200 Album chart.
2012: A graveside memorial marks the 30th anniversary of Randy Rhoads' death. More than 350 friends, family and fans pay their respects.
2013: 'Specter At The Feast' by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club arrives. The band used the album to overcome the '10 death of frontman Robert Been's father, Michael, who was involved with the band. "No one really wanted to find those words or dig in deep," says Been. "You have to go back again and dig a bit deeper, and it was excruciating."
2013: 'The Next Day' is David Bowie first UK #1 album in 20 years. The album sells over 94,000 copies its first week easily beating the 2nd place album, Bon Jovi's 'What About Now?'
2013: Anthrax release their Classic Rock covers E.P., 'Anthems.' The set includes their versions of 'Jailbreak' (Thin Lizzy), 'Smokin' (Boston), 'T.N.T.' (AC/DC) and more.
2015: Blink-182 perform their first show without co-founding guitarist Tom DeLonge. In his place at the Roxy in West Hollywood is Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba.
2017: The We Are X' hits #1 on the U.K. Rock and Metal Chart. The Japan X documentary soundtrack also tops the charts in several other counties.

March 20
1960: Elvis Presley conducts his first post-Army recording session. The hit 'Stuck On You" is one of the tracks. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley's touring band in 1957, were in the studio with him for the last time.
1961: Elvis Presley's 'Surrender' hits #1. It used updated lyrics put to a melody that was written in 1911 as 'Come Back To Sorrento.' The song also hit #1 in the UK.
1961: Elvis Presley begins filming his 9th movie, 'Blue Hawaii,' on location.
1961: Ricky Nelson records 'Hello Mary Lou,' which would climb to #9 in the U.S. by early May.
1964: The Beatles 'Can't Buy Me Love' b/w 'You Can't Do That' 45 single is released in the UK.
1964: The Beatles appeared live on the UK television program 'Ready Steady Go!' lip syncing to ‘It Won't Be Long’, ’You Can't Do That’, and ‘Can't Buy Me Love’. They were also presented with a special award from Billboard magazine, in recognition of The Beatles having the top three singles on the chart simultaneously.
1967: The Beatles' 'Penny Lane b/w Strawberry Fields Forever' is certified gold.
1968: Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Mesina, were arrested in Los Angeles for 'being at a place where it was suspected marijuana was being used.' Clapton was later found innocent, the others paid small fines.
1969: John Lennon married Yoko Ono at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar. They spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam campaigning for an international "Bed-In" for peace. They planned another "Bed-in" in the United States, but were denied entry. The couple then went to Montréal, and during a "Bed-in" at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’. Lennon also detailed this period in The Beatles' ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’, recorded by Lennon and McCartney on April 14, 1969. Lennon said at the time, “We chose Gibraltar because it is quiet, British and friendly. We tried everywhere else first. I set out to get married on the car ferry and we would have arrived in France married, but they wouldn’t do it. We were no more successful with cruise ships. We tried embassies, but three weeks’ residence in Germany or two weeks’ in France were required.” The Beatles song “The Ballad of John and Yoko” details the ordeal of finding a location for the nuptials.
1970: David and Angela Bowie were married at Beckenham Registry Office in London. They met at a press reception for King Crimson's 'The Court Of King Crimson' album. They were divorced in 1980.
1970: The Grateful Dead performed at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York.
1970: The Who 'The Seeker' b/w 'Here For More' 45 single is released in the U.K. It reached #19 on the UK single chart. It hit the Billboard charts in the U.S. on April 11, 1970, eventually peaking at #44.
1971: At their own expense The Rolling Stones placed full page advertisements in all the UK's music papers disclaiming any connection with the release of the Decca album 'Stone Age' saying 'in our opinion the content is below the standard we try to keep.'
1971: Janis Joplin started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with the Kris Kristofferson written 'Me And Bobby McGee'. Joplin died the year before on October 4th at age 27.
1971: The Iron Butterfly's 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida' slips off the Billboard album chart after a 138 week run.
1972: Paul Simon's 'Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard' b/w 'Congratulations' 45 single is released. It reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Simon made a video for this song in 1988 that showed him playing basketball with some school kids on a playground. The video had a rap intro by Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane, and a cameo by baseball legend Mickey Mantle, who lip-synchs the chorus. At the end of the video, NFL Hall-of-Famer John Madden is shown giving tips to the young players.
1972: Ringo Starr records 'Back Off, Boogaloo,' which will become the 2nd of his seven U.S. Top 10 singles. The session was produced by George Harrison.
1973: Slade were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Cum On Feel The Noize,' the group’s 4th UK #1.
1973: Jim Croce's 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown' b/w 'A Good Time Man Like Me Ain't Got No Business (Singin' The Blues)' 45 single is released. It spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1973. Croce was nominated for two 1973 Grammy awards in the Pop Male Vocalist and Record of the Year categories for 'Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.'
1976: Status Quo started a three-week run at #1 on the UK chart with their 3rd #1 album 'Blue For You.' The bands record label set up a deal with Levi Jeans, advertising in over 6,000 clothes shops to help promote the album.
1976: Alice Cooper married 19 year old Sheryl Goddard. She was a dance instructor who had performed on his 'Welcome To My Nightmare' tour. Cooper was 28 and according to legend had just rejected several advances from actress Raquel Welch.
1976: Boz Scaggs' 'Silk Degrees' featuring 'Lowdown' hits the charts. It's his 7th solo album and the first to go platinum. It will climb to #2. Among the accompanying studio musicians were David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Steve Porcaro and David Hungate, who would go on to form the band Toto.
1976: Bad Company release 'Young Blood.'
1977: Lou Reed was banned from appearing The London Palladium in England because of his punk image.
1977: T-Rex played their final gig when they appeared at The Locarno in Portsmouth, England.
1978: Paul McCartney & Wings 'With A Little Luck' b/w 'Backwards Traveller / Cuff Link' 45 single is released. It hit #1 in the U.S. later that spring. It also reached #5 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and it reached #5 in the UK.
1980: 28 year old Joseph Riviera held up the Asylum Records office in New York and demanded to see either Jackson Browne or The Eagles. Riviera wanted to talk to them to see if they would finance his trucking operation. He gave himself up when told that neither act was in the office at the time.
1981: Praying Mantis released their debut album 'Time Tells No Lies.' The band at one time had former Iron Maiden members Clive Burr and Paul Di’Anno.‬
1982: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 'I Love Rock and Roll' started a 7 week run as #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1988: Iron Maiden released their 16th single, 'Can I Play with Madness.' It peaks at #3 on the UK charts.
1989: After 37 years on the air, Dick Clark announces he will discontinue hosting his creation, ABC-TV's highly influential 'American Bandstand.' The show continues with another host, but folds for good soon after.
1990: Eric Clapton plays 3 songs on Saturday Night Live: 'Pretending,' 'No Alibis' and 'Wonderful Tonight.'
1990: CBS Records loses its $20 million lawsuit against Boston's Tom Scholz. The label claims Scholz failed to fulfill contract obligations (10 albums in 5 years). Of course, Scholz countersues for unpaid royalties. Boston ends up recording next for MCA.
1991: Eric Clapton's four year old son, Conor, fell to his death from the 53rd story of a New York City apartment after a housekeeper who was cleaning the room left a window open. The boy was in the custody of his mother, Italian actress, Lori Del Santo and the pair were visiting a friend's apartment. Clapton was staying in a nearby hotel after taking his son to the circus the previous evening. The tragedy inspired his song ‘Tears in Heaven.'
1994: Rush were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame during the Juno Awards of 1994 at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto.
1995: The Beatles 'Baby It’s You' (EP) is released. It reached #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the UK chart. The Beatles performed 'Baby It's You' as part of their stage act from 1961 until 1963. They recorded it on February 11, 1963 for their first album, 'Please Please Me,' along with 'Boys,' another song by the Shirelles. American label Vee-Jay Records included it on 'Introducing... The Beatles and Songs, Pictures and Stories of the Fabulous Beatles.' Capitol included it on 'The Early Beatles.' The Beatles released a live version on 'Live at the BBC' in 1994. The song was issued as a CD single and a vinyl single in 1995 in both the UK and the US, their first in nearly a decade. Both versions have four tracks, making it an EP instead of a regular issue single.
1998: Matchbox Twenty tape their show at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom for later broadcast on MTV as 'Live From The 10 Spot.'
1999: Garbage perform on Saturday Night Live.
2001: Sepultura released their album 'Nation.' The song 'Human Cause' featured Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed.
2003: On the day the Iraq war begins, Bruce Springsteen opens his Melbourne, Australia show with a quiet, acoustic version of his hit 'Born In The U.S.A.' and follows it with a cover of Edwin Starr's 'War.'
2006: Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) and surprise guest James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) appear at the Bring 'Em Home concert, marking the third anniversary of the United States-led invasion of Iraq. The event is held at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.
2006: While on tour in Peru, Carlos Santana slams the United States' decision to wage war in Iraq. "I try to present a dimension that brings harmony and healing. My concept is the opposite of George W. Bush," says Santana. "There is more value in placing a flower in a rifle barrel than making war."
2007: Founding Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship singer-guitarist Paul Kantner is sued for trademark infringement by former band mate Grace Slick and ex-manager Bill Thompson. Kantner used the Jefferson Starship moniker in apparent violation of a 1985 settlement. Slick and Thompson let it slide until Kantner's band crossed the line, at least according to the plaintiffs, by signing a lucrative sponsorship deal involving Microsoft.
2008: During a concert in Glasgow, Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland announces to the audience that they are witnessing 'the last tour' by the group. Later, the vocalist argues with a sound person before storming off the stage.
2008: The Eagles kick off their world tour in support of their album, 'Long Road Out of Eden.'
2009: Smashing Pumpkins announce that drummer Jimmy Chamberlin has left the group. The departure leaves frontman Billy Corgan as the only remaining original member.
2009: Motley Crue play their single 'White Trash Circus' on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
2009: Metallica performs at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. The group celebrates the release of the 'Guitar Hero: Metallica' video game.
2009: Tinted Windows with Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, ex-Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, singer Taylor Hanson of Hanson and bassist Adam Schlesinger from Fountains Of Wayne make their live debut at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin.
2012: 'Lucifer Rising And Other Sound Tracks,' Jimmy Page's early 1970's home studio --recordings of avant garde music, is available on the former Led Zeppelin guitarist's website.
2012. KISS & Mötley Crüe announce 'The Tour,' a 40 date co-headlining U.S. trek.
2013: Bon Jovi tops the Billboard album chart with "What About Now?" The group sells 96,000 copies its first week.
2013: U2's Bono is the only musician to land on Forbes magazine's Top 10 Most Influential Celebrities list. Bono is eighth, behind Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg but ahead of Suze Orman and Clint Eastwood.
2013: "I still miss him," Yoko Ono tweets on what would have been the 44th anniversary of her marriage to John Lennon. The tweet includes an image of the bloodied glasses Lennon was wearing when he was shot to death on 12/08/80. Ono also includes a plea to end gun violence.
2015: Andy Summers documentary 'Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police' opens in New York City
2015: Twisted Sister and Adrenaline Mob drummer A.J. Pero died of a heart attack. He was 55. Adrenaline Mob's band members attempted but failed to wake Pero on their tour bus traveling from Baltimore to Poughkeepsie.

March 21
1952: Alan Freed staged the Moondog Coronation Ball, which was billed as the “first ever rock ‘n’ roll stage show.” Held at the Cleveland Arena and organized by WJW DJ Freed ("Moondog" on the air), the show was to feature performances by Billy Ward and The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, and Paul Williams. The crowd is over capacity, with over 10,000 people inside and another 20,000 waiting outside and police shut down the show because of fire code violations after just one song by Williams. Doors and windows were smashed, a few fights broke out, but no one asked for their $1.75 admission back. The event proves to the music industry that this type of R&B music has widespread appeal - to white audiences as well as black.
1956: The movie 'Rock Around The Clock,' about a concert promoter (played by DJ Alan Freed) who brings Rock and Roll to the masses, opens in theaters. The film stars Bill Haley and His Comets and is named after their hit song. It is one of the first movies based on rock music and aimed at teenagers.
1956: Elvis Presley appeared at the 4,000 seated YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, featuring June Carter, Rod Brasfield, Hal and Ginger. Tickets cost $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats.
1961: The Beatles played The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England for the first time.
1963: Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas enter Abbey Road studios to record the Lennon / McCartney tune 'Do You Want To Know A Secret,' which will reach #1 in the UK, topping The Beatles themselves.
1964: After 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' had held the #1`1 position on the US singles chart for seven weeks, The Beatles started a two-week run at #1 with 'She Loves You'.
1965: The Who performed at the Trade Union Hall in Watford, England.
1966: The Beach Boys release 'Sloop John B,' a traditional tune from the West Indies.
1967: John Lennon takes his first major LSD trip and freaks out while recording backing vocals on the track 'Getting Better.' Producer George Martin, not realizing the effects of the drug, takes Lennon to the roof of Abbey Road Studios to get some fresh air. Paul and George, upon learning where John was, rush up to get him down. The group works on a piano track for 'Lovely Rita' instead.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at Speakeasy in London.
1969: Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Boxer' b/w 'Baby Driver' 45 single is released. Written by Paul Simon in 1968 and first recorded by Simon & Garfunkel, 'The Boxer' was released as the follow-up single to their #1 hit 'Mrs. Robinson,' and reached #7 on the U.S. charts. Rolling Stone ranked the song #105 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1970: The Faces, with new singer Rod Stewart, released their debut album 'First Step.' Before Stewart joined the group, they were known as The Small Faces. In the USA it was initially miscredited to the Small Faces due to a miscommunication with the label. It reached #119 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1970: Beatles 'Let It Be' debuts at #6 on Billboard Hot 100, the highest ever new entry.
1970: Santana peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Evil Ways' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: Pink Floyd played the last date of their March European Tour at the Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Boat Club in Nottingham, England on their 'Back To The Clubs' tour. This was the first tour which saw Zeppelin performing 'Stairway To Heaven', 'Black Dog' and 'Going To California'. Zeppelin opened the set with 'Immigrant Song' and 'Heartbreaker'
1972: The Grateful Dead played the first of seven nights at the Academy of Music in New York City, New York.
1974: Yes appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, Washington. Two people were arrested for scalping the $7.50 face value tickets for as much as $20.
1975: Frankie Valli's 'My Eyes Adored You' hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1975. Alice Cooper kicked off his Welcome to My Nightmare Tour in Kalamazoo, MI.
1976: David Bowie and Iggy Pop were busted for suspected marijuana possession in New York. Police found 182 grams (a little over 6.4 ounces) of weed. The pair spent the rest of the night in the Monroe County Jail and were released at about 7 a.m. on $2,000 bond each. His hearing takes place on April 20 (4/20), and the charges are dropped.
1977: AC/DC's 'Let There Be Rock' album is released in Australia. It was the band's 3rd internationally released album, released in the rest of the world the following July 25 via Atlantic Records.
1977: Slade released their 7th album, 'Whatever Happened to Slade.'
1977: Bassist Sid Vicious makes his debut with the Sex Pistols at Notre Dame Halls in London. Nancy Spungen is in the audience.
1977: The Eagles performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1978: Carole King's third husband, Rick Evers, dies of a drug overdose after working on Carole's album 'Welcome Home,' which was released two months later. Evers had co-writing credits on three songs from the album and appears on the cover with King.
1978: Dire Straits played at The Marquee Club in London.
1980: Judas Priest released the single 'Living After Midnight.' The song peaked at #12 on the UK Official Charts.
1981: REO Speedwagon's 'Keep on Loving You' is the #1 U.S. single. John Lennon's 'Woman' is at #2, followed by 'Best Of Times' from Styx at #3.
1981: John Lennon peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart posthumously with 'Woman' which was Lennon’s 6th top 10 single in the U.S.
1982: Scorpions released their 19th single, 'No One Like You.' It was released as the lead single from the band's 8th studio album 'Blackout.'
1983: Pink Floyd released their 12th studio album, 'The Final Cut' in the UK. It's their last album recorded with Roger Waters. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It is the only Pink Floyd album on which Waters is credited for the writing and composition of every song. Most of the lyrics are sung by Waters; lead guitarist David Gilmour provides vocals on only one of the album's tracks.
1983: Saxon released their 5th studio album, 'Power & the Glory.' The album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.
1983: Zebra released their self-titled debut album. The album peaked at #29 on the #Billboard charts.
1984: Strawberry Fields, an area in Central Park bought by Yoko Ono in memory of her late husband was opened. Every December 9, thousands of fans converge on the spot to remember her late husband, who was murdered by a deranged fan on that day in 1980.
1984: The #1 song in America was Van Halen’s 'Jump.'
1985: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the second leg of his Born in the USA world tour at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1987: ZZ Top wrapped up their 14 month 'Afterburner' world tour with a final show at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
1987: Beatlemania returns to US charts as the group holds down the Top 4 on US CD chart:
1. 'Hard Day's Night'
2. 'Please Please Me'
3. 'Beatles for Sale'
4. 'With the Beatles'
1987: U2 scored their 3rd UK #1 album with 'The Joshua Tree,' selling 235,000 in it's first week. The album became the fastest selling in UK history and the first album to sell over a million CDs, spending a total of 156 weeks on the UK chart. It was also a U.S. #1.
1987: Whitesnake released their 19th single, 'Still of the Night.'
1988: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases 'Southern by the Grace of God,' their 2nd live album. It features music recorded in 1987 in what was supposed to be a one-time touring tribute to band members who died in a 1977 plane wreak that seemingly ended the band. Four years later, an updated Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup records new material and begins touring again regularly.
1989: Dick Clark announced that he would no longer host 'American Bandstand.'
1989: Bonnie Raitt's 'Nick of Time' album is released. The album was ranked number 229 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It won Grammys for Album Of The Year (Bonnie Raitt, Don Was), Best Female Rock Vocal Performance (Bonnie Raitt) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Nick of Time).
1991: Leo Fender, the inventor of The Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars died from Parkinson's disease. He started mass producing solid body electric guitars in the late 40s and when he sold his guitar company in 1965, sales were in excess of $40 million a year.
1991: Smashing Pumpkins sign a record deal with Caroline Records/Virgin. The group started as a duo with guitarist Billy Corgan and bassist D'Arcy.
1992: Eric Clapton's 'Tears In Heaven' (about his deceased son, Conner), peaks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1992: Johnny & Edgar Winter performed together for the first time in 15 years at the Sting club in New Britain, CT.
1994: Bruce Springsteen took home a Best Original Song Oscar for 'Streets of Philadelphia.' The song appears in the film 'Philadelphia' starring Tom Hanks. The song goes on to win four Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo, and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.
1994: The Grateful Dead performed their last concert with Jerry Garcia in Cleveland, Ohio.
1994: Yes release their album 'Talk.' It peaks at #33 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
1995: MTV airs Melissa Etheridge's 'Unplugged' set. It includes a duet with Bruce Springsteen on 'Thunder Road.'
1992: Johnny & Edgar Winter performed together for the first time in 15 years at the Sting club in New Britain, CT.
2000: Pantera released their 9th and final studio album, 'Reinventing the Steel.' The album reached #4 on the Billboard 200 chart.
2000: Dio released their 8th studio album, 'Magica.' The album marked the return of guitarist Craig Goldy and also featured Jimmy Bain on bass and Simon Wright on drums.
2000: Mr. Big released the album 'Get Over It.' It was their first studio album to feature guitarist Richie Kotzen.
2000: Kurt Cobain and Happy Monday's singer Shaun Ryder both beat older stars such as Keith Richards and Keith Moon in a league of rock 'n' roll excess compiled by UK music weekly Melody Maker. Liam Gallagher, Robbie Williams, Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson all featured in the Top 10.
2002: John "Speedy" Keene, vocalist and drummer for Thunderclap Newman died at the age of 56. The band's biggest hit came in 1969 with 'Something In The Air.'
2003: Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry divorces his first wife, model Lucy Helmore, after 21 years, on grounds of adultery.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne was named the nation's favorite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet earth. The 55-year-old singer came top of a poll as the face people want to represent them to alien life. The poll of internet users was carried out following the discovery of signs of water on Mars. Ozzy won 26 per cent of the vote. A spokesman for Yahoo! News said: "As the world waits desperately for signs of alien life, we decided to ask our users who they thought was best suited for this most auspicious of roles. Ozzy is a great choice but I'm not sure what the Martians would make of his individual approach to the English language."
2005: MTV aired the final episode of 'The Osbournes.' Dr. Phil McGraw visited the family where he held a frank discussion about drug abuse & other issues.
2006: Three South African women whose father, Solomon Linda, wrote 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' in 1939, won a six-year court battle that gave them 25 per cent of all past and future royalties from the song. Linda who was a cleaner at a Johannesburg record company when he wrote the song, received virtually nothing for his work and died in 1962 with $25 in his bank account. The song had been recorded by Pete Seeger (as 'Wimoweh,') The Kingston Trio, The Tokens, Karl Denver and R.E.M. and was featured in the Disney film 'The Lion King.' It was estimated that the song had earned $15 million for its use in The Lion King alone.
2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers make their entire back catalog, from their self-titled 1984 debut to 2002's 'By the Way,' available for purchase digitally in North America through iTunes. There are extra tracks, bonus videos and artwork.
2006: The Black Crowes release first-ever concert DVD, 'Freak N' Roll...Into the Fog,' featuring two-and-a-half hours of footage recorded during the band's August '05 stint in San Francisco. It also includes behind-the-scenes clips.
2007: Paul McCartney officially becomes the first artist to sign with Starbucks' Hear Music label (launched in partnership with Concord Records). The former Beatle states he has already started an album.
2008: Beach Boys founding members Mike Love and Al Jardine settle a lawsuit Love filed in 2003, claiming Jardine was touring under variations of the group name, to which Love owns the rights. The settlement leads to a reunion of the group in 2012 for their 50th anniversary.
2008: Kid Rock is accused of helping beat up three men outside a Hollywood bar in 2006. A lawsuit filed in L.A. contends the alleged victims were 'assaulted and battered' by Rock and others after asking for autographs. The plaintiffs, who also claim Rock's party stole cameras and bags during the attack, seek a settlement worth at least $15 million.
2009: Guns N' Roses reveal that guitarist Dj Ashba has replaced Robin Finck. "Dj's a gifted, energetic guitarist that Guns N' Roses is proud to have on board," says singer Axl Rose in a statement.
2009: U2 went to #1 on the US album chart with 'No Line on the Horizon,' the bands 12th studio album.
2009: Disturbed's 'Music as a Weapon IV' tour begins in Waterloo, IA. The group also introduces an Official Bootleg Series offering audio downloads of all of their tour performances. Killswitch Engage and Lacuna Coil are the opening acts.
2009: The Neil Young concert film 'Trunk Show' premieres at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. Directed by Jonathan Demme, the movie has footage from a pair of 2007 Philly shows.
2010: The CBS prime-time drama 'Cold Case' features only Pink Floyd songs.
2010: Phil Spector was allegedly beaten at the state prison in Corcoran, California, after mouthing off to another inmate. The 70 year old former record producer, who was jailed in 2009 for murdering actress Lana Clarkson, wound up with bruises, a black eye and lost a couple of teeth.
2011: Blues musician Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins dies at age 97.
2011: Canada's Bryan Adams is the 2,435th star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. Adams' star is placed in front of the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard.
2011: 'Ladies and Gentleman: The Rolling Stones' app is out. The video content includes footage filmed over four nights in Texas in during the band's Exile on Main Street tour in 1972.
2011: A lost David Bowie album called 'Toy,' which went unreleased since 2001, mysteriously appeared on several file-sharing websites. The collection of mostly re-recorded tracks from Bowie's early years, had been locked in a dispute with Virgin Records.
2012: Thanks to a price war between Google Play and AmazonMP3 digital stores Guns N' Roses 'Greatest Hits' is on sale for 25 cents. The 85,000 copies purchased push the set to #3 on the Billboard 200 - behind One Direction and Adele.
2013: Led Zeppelin receives the inaugural International Lifetime Achievement Award at the Echo Awards in Berlin. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones are on hand to accept the trophy. The Echo Awards are presented by the German Phono Academy.
2013: 'Ramones', by the Ramones (1976), Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' (1973), and Big Brother & The Holding Company 'Cheap Thrills' (1968) are added to the Library of Congress' national registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
2013: John Mayer hosts a Google+ hangout, an online virtual meeting place with his fans. The PR action of the pop-blues rocker is a historic precedent, in that this marks the first time such a big-name celebrity has made an exclusive appearance on Google+, a social network competitor to Facebook.
2014: A letter from John Lennon to producer Phil Spector written in the mid-70s (during Lennon's "Lost Weekend") sells at auction. It accuses Harry Nilsson and The Who's drummer Keith Moon of urinating on a studio console.""Phil: Should you not yet know it was Harry and Keith who pissed on the console," the letter begins. Lennon, facing expulsion from A&M Studio in Hollywood over the incident, produced Nilsson's 1974 album, 'Pussy Cats,' which featured Moon. The letter is sold to a private collector.
2015: Former Adrenaline Mob drummer Mike Portnoy rejoins his former bandmates to perform a show in New Jersey following the sudden death of the group's recent drummer AJ Pero from an apparent heart attack a day earlier.
2015: Robert Plant joins Jack White on stage for a version of Led Zeppelin's 'The Lemon Song' during White's headlining set at Lollapalooza Argentina.
2016: A rare Beatles record found in the loft of Les Maguire - the keyboardist in fellow Liverpool act, Gerry and the Pacemakers sold for £77,500 at auction. The 10-inch acetate of 'Till There Was You' and 'Hello Little Girl' from 1962 was described as "a Holy Grail item". It was the first Beatles disc to be cut before the band broke into the national charts.

March 22
1955: At Memphis Recording Service (also home of Sun Records), Johnny Cash has his first session.
1956: Carl Perkins is seriously injured in a car accident near Dover, Delaware on his way to perform on NBC-TV's Perry Como Show. This stymies promotion for his single 'Blue Suede Shoes,' but the song still reaches #2 in May.
1963: The Beatles 'Please Please Me' debut album is released in the UK.
1965: The Beatles 'The Early Beatles' album is released in the U.S. It was more of an early compilation because all of the tracks had previously been featured on the early 1964 Vee-Jay release 'Introducing... The Beatles.' It was The Beatles' 6th album on Capitol Records, and their 8th album for the American market.
1965: Who manager Kit Lambert receives a letter stating that their April 15th gig at the Locarno Ballroom, Swindon has been canceled because the promoter has had a lot of trouble lately and he feels that The Who are not the type of Group that would go well in his Ballroom. A copy of this document later appears included in the Live at Leeds album. The Who play that night at Parr Hall in Warrington, Lancashire.
1965: Bob Dylan's 5th studio album 'Bringing It All Back Home' was released. The album was the first of Dylan's LPs to break into the US top 10, and it also topped the UK charts later that Spring. The lead-off track, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' became Dylan's first single to chart in the US, peaking at #39. The album's iconic cover, photographed by Daniel Kramer, features Sally Grossman, wife of Dylan's manager Albert Grossman, lounging in the background. The artefacts scattered around the room include vinyl LPs by The Impressions and Robert Johnson.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at The Guildhall in Southampton, England.
1967: The Who play their first American live gig at New York’s Paramount Theater.
1968: The Grateful Dead performed at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Two days after their wedding in Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their "Bed-in," inviting members of the media into their Amsterdam hotel room where they are promoting peace with songs, signs and dialogue. These events are outlined in the song 'The Ballad of John and Yoko.'
1969: The Who's 'Pinball Wizard' b/w 'Dogs Part Two' 45 single is released in the US.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at Mothers in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1970: Joe Cocker performed at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
1970: The New York club Electric Circus is damaged by a bomb.
1970: Led Zeppelin played to a sold out crowd of 6,000 at the Seattle Arena in Seattle, Washington. Ticket prices ranged from $4-6.
1971: John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band 'Power To The People' b/w 'Touch Me' 45 single is released. It peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on the British singles chart.
1971: At a truck stop in Jackson, Alabama, The Allman Brothers Band are arrested by state troopers and charged with marijuana and heroin possession after drugs are found in the back seat of the band's car. It was their first bust all together, though a roadie had recently been shot off his motorcycle by two cops in another brush with the law. The charges were later reduced to disturbing the peace and the band paid over $5,000 in fines and expenses.
1972: Yes played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan
1973: King Crimson appeared at Town Hall in Leeds, England.
1974: King Crimson filmed at show at ORTF TV Studios in Paris.
1974: The Eagles release their third studio album, 'On the Border.' It’s the first Eagles album to feature guitarist Don Felder.
1974: Ten Years After play their last gig at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1974: Frank Zappa's 18th album, 'Apostrophe (') is released. It reached #10 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. An edited version of its lead-off track, 'Don't Eat the Yellow Snow,' was Zappa's first chart single, reaching #86. It remains Zappa's biggest commercial success in the US.
1975: Frankie Valli's 'My Eyes Adored You' hits #1 in the US, his first solo #1.
1975: Led Zeppelin started a six week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Physical Graffiti,' the group's fourth US #1 album. On its first day of release the album shipped a million copies – no other album in the history of Atlantic records had generated so many sales. 'Physical Graffiti' has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
1975: The Rolling Stones went into the studio and began recording 'Black and Blue.'
1975: Genesis played at the Salle d’Exposition in Annecy, France.
1976: Elvis Presley 'The Sun Sessions' is released, a compilation of Elvis Presley recordings at Sun Studios in 1954 and 1955.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1976: While campaigning for US President, Jimmy Carter tells NARM (The National Association of Record Merchandisers) that he listened to Dylan, Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppelin while Governor of Georgia.
1977: Aerosmith's 'Back In The Saddle' b/w 'Nobody's Fault' 45 single is released in the US. It's the band's 16th single.
1978: The Police signed to A&M Records.
1978: A Beatles parody special called 'The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash,' airs on ABC. The special stars various members of the Monty Python troupe.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'Another Brick In The Wall', started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart. It's also #1 in the UK, Germany, Australia, Italy and in many other countries around the world. Pink Floyd received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group for the song, but lost to Bob Seger's 'Against The Wind.' It's a rare hit single for the band, whose only other Top 40 appearance is 'Money,' which hit #13 in 1973.
1982: Iron Maiden's 3rd studio album, 'The Number of the Beast' is released. It's their first album with Bruce Dickinson singing for them. It has been cited as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time.
1982: The Beatles 'Reel Music' album is released, a compilation featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles that were featured in their films.
1983: Iron Maiden released their 2nd live album, 'A Real Live One.'
1984: Queen filmed the video for ‘I Want To Break Free’ at Limehouse Studio in London. Directed by David Mallet, it was a parody of the northern British soap opera 'Coronation Street' with the band members dressed in drag. Guitarist Brian May later said the video ruined the band in America, and was initially banned by MTV in the US.
1984: Bob Dylan and Liberace appear on Late Night With David Letterman. And no, they don't perform together.
1984: Savatage release their 'The Dungeons Are Calling' EP.
1985: Alcatrazz's only studio album with Steve Vai, 'Disturbing the Peace,' is released. The band's 2nd studio album, Produced by Eddie Kramer, with the lead-off track, 'God Blessed Video,' would attract a whole new audience years later when it was included on the popular video game, 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.'
1986: Dokken peak at #77 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'In My Dreams.'
1986: Heart enjoyed their first chart-topper with 'These Dreams.' The lyric is written by Bernie Taupin, who is Elton John's songwriting partner. At #2 is another Rock ballad, 'Sara' by Starship. John Mellencamp's 'R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.' holds the #5 spot.
1987: Anthrax's 3rd studio album, 'Among the Living' is released. The cover shows an image of Henry Kane, a character in the film Poltergeist II: The Other Side, which the band finds terrifying.
1989: After 33 years Dick Clark announces he'll no longer host 'American Bandstand.'
1989: White Zombie released their 2nd studio album, 'Make Them Die Slowly.'
1992: Polygram Records officially announced that Tears For Fears had split up, Roland Orzabal continued using the name Tears For Fears.
1994: Ted Nugent recorded a public service announcement warning kids against inhaling aerosol spray cans.
1994: Pantera release their 7th album, 'Far Beyond Driven' .
1994: Dan Hartman died of an AIDS-related brain tumor in Westport, Connecticut. He was 43. Hartman was a singer, songwriter and producer who had also been a member of the Edgar Winter Group and wrote the band’s hit “Free Ride.” His biggest single was “I Can Dream About You,” which was featured on his album of the same name as well as the Streets of Fire soundtrack in 1984. Had the 1978 #1 dance hit ‘Instant Replay,’ wrote hits for others and collaborated with Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, James Brown, Holly Johnson and Steve Winwood.
1994: The Smashing Pumpkins single 'Disarm' is released. Written by Billy Corgan, who considers it the most personally important song on the album 'Siamese Dream.' It is banned by the U.K.'s Top of the Pops T.V. show because of the lyric "cut that little child." In the U.S., the track peaks at #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1994: Pantera's 7th studio album, 'Far Beyond Driven' is released. It debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 becoming the first Extreme-Metal album to top the chart. It is also the first album where Darrell Abbott is credited as 'Dimebag Darrell'.
1996: Don Murray dies from post-operative complications for ulcer surgery. He was 50. Murray was the drummer in The Turtles.
1997: Paul McCartney’s birth certificate was sold to a Beatles memorabilia bidder for $84,146.
1997: Marilyn Manson severs an artery in his hand forcing the cancellation of another set of concerts.
2000: A fan fell 90 feet to his death during a Kiss concert at the Oakland Arena in California.
2000: In the presence of Angus Young, the Spanish town of Leganes unveiled a sign designating a street “Calle de AC/DC.”
2000: Yusuf Islam the former singer Cat Stevens joined the campaign to save the Section 28 ban on the promotion of homosexuality in UK schools. He praised peers for fighting the government's plans to scrap Section 28.
2003: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose sent Offspring a cease and desist letter after they announced plans to call their new record 'Chinese Democrazy.'.
2004: A new book claimed that Elvis Presley's ancestors came from a small village called Lonmay in the North East of Scotland. Author Allan Morrison said he'd found evidence that Elvis's great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was married in the village 300 years ago.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne was voted the nation's favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet Earth. The 55 year old singer topped a Yahoo poll as the face people wanted to represent them to alien life.
2004: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is charged with two counts of battery, more than three months after a New Year's Eve scuffle with sheriff`s deputies at a Naples, FL, hotel. Deputies say the fight started when the guitarist`s son refused to get off the stage at The Ritz-Carlton, where the house band was performing. Lifeson tried to intervene when deputies escorted his son off the property.
2004: The Who's Pete Townshend, appearing on a BBC documentary, says he considered suicide after his 2003 arrest on suspicion of possessing child pornography. He was eventually cleared of possessing pornographic images.
2004: A 'serious' bomb threat forces the cancellation of a Limp Bizkit concert in Katowice, Poland, just minutes before the band is scheduled to take the stage. The crowd exits without incident and frontman Fred Durst vows that "Bizkit will return to Poland."
2005: 'Nirvana-Nevermind,' a documentary DVD on the making of the "Nevermind" album, is released. Bassist Krist Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl and producer, Butch Vig appear.
2005: Queens Of The Stone Age release their 4th album 'Lullabies To Paralyze.'
2005: Overkill released the album 'ReliXIV.'
2005: The Black Crowes reunite for five shows at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.
2005: The soundtrack to the WB TV drama 'Summerland' is released. The set features Collective Soul and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Collective Soul contributes 'General Attitude' from their 'Youth' disc, while Shepherd offers up his hit 'Alive.'
2005: Billy Idol's first album of new material in twelve years, 'Devil's Playground' is released.
2005: Rod Price, founding member of Foghat died after falling down a stairway at his home after suffering a heart attack. He was 57. Price was the original guitarist in Foghat, known as the “Slide King of Rock And Roll.” Price played on Foghat’s first ten albums.
2006: Aerosmith canceled their North American tour as Steven Tyler entered the hospital for throat surgery. A publicist denied the singer was suffering from throat cancer.
2007: Incubus put their European tour on hold and cancel a South American trek because guitarist Mike Einziger's severe hand injury requires surgery.
2007: Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger reports that the band's charity single 'If Everyone Cared' raised more than $200,000 for Amnesty International and International Children's Awareness Canada.
2010: Them Crooked Vultures kick off a series of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall to benefit Britain's Teenage Cancer Trust. The Who and Noel Gallagher are among the acts who also take the stage during the week-and-a-half long fundraiser.
2011: Green Day's 'Awesome As F***,' drops. The two-disc set (either CD and DVD or CD and Blu-ray) includes performances from the band's '09 -'10 world tour with portions filmed in Japan. It's their first live release since '05's 'Bullet In A Bible.'
2011: Soundgarden release their first live album, 'Live On I-5' (named after the West Coast interstate).
2011: The Foo Fighters play the first of two shows that raise over $1 million for victims of the Australian floods and New Zealand earthquakes. The show at the Auckland Town Hall is followed five days later by a performance at the Riverstage in central Brisbane.
2013: A rare set of 61 black-and-white photos photographs taken at The Beatles' 1965 concert at Shea Stadium are auctioned for approximately $46,700. Photographer Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get backstage.
2013: My Chemical Romance announces their breakup after 12 years as a band.
2015: 'Inventory,' a composition by Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe and Matthew Frain, a member of the Richmond Ballet in Richmond, VA debuts at Richmond's dance fest.
2016: Smashing Pumpkins' In Plainsong Tour, an "acoustic-electro evening" of music, kicks off in Portland, OR. Original drummer Jimmy Chamberlin is in the line-up alongside guitarist Jeff Schroeder. Liz Phair serves as the opening act.
2016: Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl posts an open letter asking local authorities in Cornwall, England to lift restrictions on a teen Metal band, Black Leaves Of Envy, who are deemed too loud to jam in a family garage. "I believe that in doing so, you will be sending a message that Cornwall is not only a home to music and the arts, but a place that encourages children to follow their dreams," writes Grohl. 2016: A 10-inch vinyl record recorded by The Beatles in '62 is bought by an anonymous British collector for $110,000. It features 'Hello Little Girl,' the first song John Lennon ever wrote.

March 23
1955: Elvis Presley auditions for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts. He performs 'Good Rockin' Tonight.' The scouts pass on Elvis preferring Pat Boone.
1956: Elvis Presley releases his self-titled debut studio album. It spent ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1956, the first rock and roll album ever to make it to the top of the charts. In 2003, it was ranked #55 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1956: Fats Domino headlines the first day of a 3-day concert organized by the DJ Alan Freed in Hartford, Connecticut. Over the course of the shows, 11 fans are arrested by over-zealous police. It's a litmus test for rock concerts and their effect on young people, as psychiatrist Francis Braceland testifies afterwards that rock music is "a communicable disease with music appealing to adolescent insecurity and driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It is cannibalistic and tribalistic."
1963: The Beach Boys 'Surfin' USA' peaks at #3 on the U.S. pop chart.
1964: The Beatles' 'Souvenir Of Their Visit To America' is released. It was the first of three Beatles E.P.'s released in the United States and the only one released by Vee-Jay Records.
1964: John Lennon publishes 'In His Own Write.' The title was originally 'In His Own Write and Draw' (since it also contains sketches). The book becomes an instant best-seller.
1967: Jimi Hendrix hits the UK chart with 'Purple Haze.'
1967: At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards for 1966: Best-selling British single ‘Yellow Submarine’, most-performed song ‘Michelle’, and next-most-performed song 'Yesterday'. None of the Beatles attended and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his Orchestra. The lead vocal for ‘Michelle’ was sung by Ross MacManus, whose son would go on to become the professional musician Elvis Costello.
1969: The Rally for Decency in Miami attracted 30,000 people, including Jackie Gleason and The Lettermen. The rally protested “longhairs and weird dressers” and later was commended by President Richard Nixon.
1970: Although The Beatles had abandoned the tracks originally cut for 'Let It Be,' their business manager Allen Klein invited Phil Spector to remix the recordings. Spector’s tampering with the original recordings further alienated Paul McCartney from the band.
1970: Leon Russell's self-titled debut album was released.
1972: Pink Floyd spent the first of eight days recording performances at Pompeii’s Roman Amphitheatre.
1972: The film of 'The Concert For Bangla Desh' featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premiered in New York.
1973: John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his Green Card which he was given on July 27, 1976.
1973: Bruce Springsteen released his first single, 'Blinded by the Light.'
1973: King Crimson released their 5th studio albu, 'mLarks' Tongues in Aspic.' It reached #61 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It was the debut of King Crimson's third incarnation, featuring original member and guitarist Robert Fripp and new members John Wetton (vocals, bass guitar), David Cross (violin, Mellotron), Jamie Muir (percussion), and Bill Bruford (drums), as well as lyricist Richard Palmer-James.
1973: Roxy Music's 'For Your Pleasure' album is released. It reached #4 on the UK Albums chart, but only #193 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #394 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Hall & Oates' 'She's Gone' peaks at #60 on the Hot 100. Later that year, a version by Tavares hits #50, and in 1976, the original goes to #7 when it is re-released. The duo were each dealing with girl problems when they wrote the song together.
1975: The Band appears at the Students Need Athletics Culture & Kicks (SNACK) benefit at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium. Proceeds go toward covering an education budget shortfall.
1976: Judas Priest's release their 2nd album, 'Sad Wings of Destiny.'
1977: Elvis Presley performs at the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. This was the first date of 49 date US tour over three months and Presley's last ever tour. (His last ever show was on 26th June 1977 at the Indianapolis Indiana Market Square Arena).
1978: Rolling Stone reported that Fleetwood Mac was working on plans to perform in Moscow. The group’s advisor Michael Shapiro said there was one small condition: “Everything of course, depends on world peace.”
1979: The 'Van Halen II' album is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1980: A gunman holds up Elektra Records in New York demanding to speak to Eagles or Jackson Browne. He gives up and leaves when told they live in California.
1980: U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.
1980: Journey releases their 6th album, 'Departure.' It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1983: ZZ Top's 8th studio album, 'Eliminator' is released. It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It ranked #396 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was listed at #39 in The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80's.
1985: Billy Joel married Christie Brinkley. They divorced in 1994.
1985: Dio peaks at #30 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart with 'Hungry For Heaven' .
1985: Journey's peaks at #9 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Only The Young' from the 'Vision Quest' soundtrack. It stays 16 weeks on the chart
1985: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Centerfield.'
1987: Whitesnake release their 'Is This Love' singkle.
1988: In front of a crowd of 46,000 Mick Jagger makes his first onstage solo appearance in Japan . The Rolling Stones had previously been banned from the country by Japanese authorities.
1988: Fates Warning release their 4th studio album, 'No Exit.'
1989: The Ramones release their 11th studio album, 'Brain Drain.'
1990: Fleetwood Mac kicked off their 'Behind The Mask' world tour with 14 dates in Australian starting at the Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.
1997: U2 were at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Pop’ the bands fifth US #1 album.
1998: Iron Maiden released their 11th studio album, 'Virtual XI.'
1999: Quiet Riot released the album 'Alive And Well.'
It was recorded following a reunion of the classic 80's Quiet Riot lineup of Kevin DuBrow, Rudy Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo, and Frankie Banali.
It includes a cover of 'Highway to Hell' by AC/DC.
2002: ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend of about 10 years, actress Charleen “Chuck” McCrory, get married in Houston.
2004: The Allman Brothers release their live album, 'One Way Out.'
2004: A 14-track 'Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits' is released. Frontman Axl Rose did not sanction the track selection, which results in an online petition in protest. A suit filed by Rose and ex-bandmates Slash and Duff McKagan also fails to halt the album.
2004: Van Halen announces plans for a U.S. tour. They don`t have dates or venues, just a list of 11 cities they intend to visit. The group also fails to mention who the band's singer will be. It ends up being Sammy Hagar.
2004: Triumph release their live album, 'A Night Of Triumph.'
2006: A photographer files a complaint against Kid Rock. According to the charges, the shutter bug was beaten by Rock's bodyguards a day earlier as he attempted to take a picture of the musician outside a Los Angeles hotel. The accuser further alleges that Rock took his camera before leaving the scene with his entourage.
2006: Tom Morello calls out numbers during the Rock-N-Roll Bingo charity event in Los Angeles. Proceeds benefit the South Central Farmers activist organization.
2007: The Spectrum Dance Theater debuts 'Never-Mind,' an interpretive dance program based on Nirvana's music. The world premiere is in Seattle.
2007: Jackson Browne and Cars guitarist Elliot Easton perform at a benefit concert for L.A.'s Midnight Mission homeless shelter. The Malibu event is hosted by Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora.
2007: Ex-Grand Funk Railroad frontman Mark Farner, former Deep Purple/Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner, Eddie Money and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander participate in the Rock On Scramble & Jam benefit show in Fort Myers, FL. Proceeds go to the March of Dimes and the John Entwistle Foundation.
2007: Stone Sour headline the Jagermeister Music Tour. The first show is in St. Paul, MN.
2008: Jack Johnson was at N#1 on the US album chart with his fifth album 'Sleep Through The Static', the album spent three weeks at the top of the charts.
2008: Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for the Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died at a hospital in New York from cancer aged 66. A school friend of Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by some of the band as the "fifth Beatle" becoming the Beatles' road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant. He led the legal battle with Apple computers over the use of the Apple name and a royalties dispute between the Beatles and record label EMI. Aspinall had also played background instruments on Beatles tracks including 'Magical Mystery Tour,' 'Within You Without You' and 'Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite.'
2009: Paul McCartney joins the International Board of Advisors of the OneVoice campaign, which promotes Israeli-Palestinian peace. "(OneVoice representatives) told me that the vast majority of people in both societies are moderates and simply want a better life for their families," explains McCartney. "This gave me great hope that, one day, people like them will help to bring about a peaceful resolution to the (area's) troubles."
2010: An Ask Billboard: Battle of The Rock Bands, Part 2 online survey picks Metallica over Guns N' Roses. Metallica wins by 16 million votes.
2010: – Jim Marshall dies in New York City. He was 74. Marshall’s iconic photographs graced more than 500 album covers and included classic shots like Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire at the Monterey Pop Festival. In 2014, Marshall was posthumously given a Trustees Award at the Grammys – the first photographer to receive one.
2011: During his Pittsburgh concert, Elton John pays tribute to late movie icon Elizabeth Taylor by dedicating 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On M'" to her on the night of her passing. Taylor, like John, was active in raising awareness (and money) to combat AIDS and HIV.
2012: Ministry released the album 'Relapse.'
2013: The David Bowie Is exhibition opens at the Victoria and Albert Museum in central London. The four-month show displays Bowie's stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, photography, films, music videos and set designs.
2014: Gwar frontman David Brockie (aka Oderus Urungus) is found dead at his home in Virginia. Months later, the Virginia State Medical Examiner's Office concludes that Brockie died of an accidental heroin overdose. He was 50 years old.
2015: Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock released their 4th album, 'Spirit on a Mission.' It includes Herman Rarebell & Francis Buchholz‬.

March 24
1945: Billboard published the first LP chart.
1958: Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army. His serial number is: 53310761.
1962: The Beatles appeared at The Barnston Women's Institute, admission was seven shillings and six pence, ($1.05).
1962: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first performed together as Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.
1965: Bill Wyman, bass player with The Rolling Stones is knocked unconscious when he gets a shock from a mic stand onstage during the first performance of the band's tour in Denmark.
1965: The Beatles continued filming ‘Help’ at Twickenham Studios, England. They shot the interior temple scenes, including the one where they "dive through a hollow sacrificial altar and into water". That scene was then cut to the swimming pool scene filmed in the Bahamas on February 23.
1966: The New York State Assembly made it illegal to sell bootleg recordings.
1968: As Janis Joplin’s solo career staggered along, the San Francisco Chronicle advised that she should “go back to Big Brother, if they’ll have her.”
1969: Sly & The Family Stone's 'Stand!' b/w 'I Want To Take You Higher' 45 single is released. The b-side was also a hit single in 1969/1970. In 2004 the song was ranked #241 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1972: Slade released their 1st live album 'Slade Alive!'
1973: Pink Floyd released 'Dark Side of the Moon.'
1973: Alice Cooper went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Billion Dollar Babies.' Also a #1 in the US.
1973: Led Zeppelin's 'Dancing Days' premieres on the BBC. The song is the lead track from the group's fifth album, 'Houses Of The Holy.'
1973: During a show in Buffalo, NY, a fan bites Lou Reed on the butt. The assailant shouts "leather" before security hauls him away.
1975: Grand Funk 'Bad Time' b/w 'Good And Evil' 45 single is released.
1975: Led Zeppelin kick of a three night stint at The Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, CA. (March 24, 25 & 27) Ticket prices were $6.75,$7.75 & $8.75.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd release their 3rd studio album, 'Nuthin' Fancy.' It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single 'Saturday Night Special' made the Top 40, reaching #27 on the Hot 100.
1978: British record labels are granted the right to seize bootleg recordings.
1978: Fleetwood Mac's 'Dreams' b/w 'Songbird' 45 single is released.
1979: Motörhead's 2nd studio album, 'Overkill' is released.
1980: The Beatles 'Rarieties' is released. A compilation album by The Beatles featuring a selection of songs by The Beatles, it reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1982: The Talking Heads release their first live album, 'The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads.'
1984: Kurt Jefferies wins MTV's 'Lost Weekend With Van Halen' promotion. He is never the same again.
1986: Van Halen released their 7th studio album, '5150,' the band’s first recording with new singer Sammy Hagar. Recorded at Eddie Van Halen's home studio, 5150, the set goes to #1 on the Billboard album chart, spending 3 weeks on top..
1986: Loudness release their 6th studio album, 'Lightning Strikes' in Japan.
1986: The Rolling Stones 'Dirty Work' album is released.
1990: Alannah Myles takes 'Black Velvet' to #1. The song references Elvis Presley.
1991: The Black Crowes were booted off the ZZ Top tour after Chris Robinson dissed Miller Beer, the sponsors of the tour.
1992: Slik Toxik released the album 'Doin' The Nasty.'
1996: The Oasis album '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' peaks at #4 on the U.S. album chart. It goes on to sell seven million copies worldwide.
1997: U.D.O. released their 5th studio album, 'Solid.'
1998: Journey release 'Greatest Hits Live.' It spends 7 weeks on Billboard's 200 album chart‬.
2000: A film company paid £635,000, ($1,079,500) for over nine hours of film shot during the 1970's by Yoko Ono. The film contained shots of Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs.
2000: Sir Elton John's 'Aida' opened on Broadway. It took Elton 21 days to write the music and five years to make the production.
2000: Jack and Meg White of The White Stripes get divorced not long after releasing their second album, 'De Stijl.' Despite the split, the band stays together until 2011.
2001: Duane Allman Boulevard is dedicated in Macon, Georgia, near where he died in a motorcycle crash.
2001: Sammy Hagar and his wife, Kari, welcome their second child, Samantha Pastel Hagar, in a Northern California hospital.
2003: Ex-Van Halen singer David Lee Roth started a fill-in job as a morning DJ in L-A for a week.
2003: Linkin Park's 'Meteora' debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
2004: A Los Angeles judge grants Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland permission to take a nine-hour break from drug rehab to shoot a video for 'Slither,' the first single from the band's debut album, 'Contraband.'
2005: Anthrax announced they were reforming with their 'Among the Living' line-up for a tour.
2006: Doro released her 10th studio album, 'Warrior Soul.'
2006: 'Stoned,' a film based on the 1969 death of original Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, gets its U.S. premiere at select theaters in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley, CA. Songs by Jefferson Airplane, Traffic and the Small Faces, as well as cover versions of Stones tunes, are featured in the movie.
2006: Graham Nash and former Buffalo Springfield bassist Jim Messina perform a benefit show for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Hermosa Beach, CA. The acoustic concert is part of the environmental organization's Watershed Expo 2006 educational conference.
2007: Australia's Jet launch a five-week North American tour in support of their 'Shine On' album. The first show is in Homestead, FL.
2007: Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland and his wife, Mary, trash a room at Graciela luxury hotel. The Burbank establishment considers pressing charges. Later that day, Mary is arrested for torching her husband's wardrobe in front of their Toluca Lake home. Later, Mary blames her bipolar disorder for the incidents. "The weekend's difficulties were brought on by a reaction to an imbalance in (my) medications," she explains in a statement. "Reports that we were fighting are untrue. Scott was simply trying to help calm me down."
2007: Paul McCartney receives the Wyler Award for his animal-rights activism at the Humane Society of the United States' 21st Genesis Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.
2008: During a North American tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.
2008: R.E.M.'s 'Accelerate' album is streamed in its entirety via the online social music service iLike. The album is streamed for three days. The CD comes out a week later.
2008: Scott Weiland confirms his intention to leave Velvet Revolver after their European trek.
2008: The Smashing Pumpkins file a breach-of-contract lawsuit in Los Angeles against their former label Virgin Records. The band claims Virgin 'irreparably harmed the group' by illegally authorizing the use of the Pumpkins' music and image for a joint promotional campaign by and PepsiCo. "It's a frustrating situation, honestly, to be treated so poorly by a label where we had so much success," says frontman Billy Corgan.
2008: Jimi Hendrix's estate has wins a summary judgment in the U.K. against The Times of London. Experience Hendrix and a co-claimant sued The Times for using a live Jimi Hendrix Experience recording as a CD insert in a September 2006 edition of the newspaper. The London court determines that the newspaper didn't establish sufficient rights to the recording.
2008: Neal Aspinall, The Beatles' road manager, friend and business partner, dies in New York at age 66 after an apparent battle with lung cancer. Aspinall grew up with Paul McCartney and George Harrison and helped oversee its Apple Corps company until his 2007 resignation.
2009: Tom Morello's Justice Tour starts in Seattle. Members of Velvet Revolver, System Of A Down, Slipknot and Soundgarden are among the guests. The trek raises money for various anti-poverty organizations. "The model of the Justice Tour is simple," says Morello. "Feed the poor. Fight the power. Rock the f**k out." The other two tour stops are S.F and L.A.
2009: The prosecutor in the Phil Spector murder retrial told the jury he was a "demonic maniac" when he drinks and "a very dangerous man" around women. Deputy District Attorney Truc Do urged jurors to find the music producer guilty of murdering Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson in 2003. During her closing argument, she also accused Mr Spector of demonstrating a "conscious disregard for human life".
2009: Raven released their 12th album, 'Walk Through Fire.'
2009: Papa Roach's release their 'Metamorphosis' album.
2009: Mastodon release their 'Crack The Skye' album.
2010: Bon Jovi plays a special show for fans of the defunct Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League team at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. Jon Bon Jovi, the team's majority owner, promised a free show if the Soul didn't win a championship in 2009 but the league folded before the season. Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was a minority owner.
2010: Sheryl Crow performs at the Starbucks shareholders meeting in Seattle. She confesses to being a "Starbucks groupie."
2010: 24/7 Wall Street names U2's Bono the "Worst Investor in America" due to his involvement with Elevation Partners, "arguably the worst run institutional fund of any size in the United States" according to the site. Bono is one of the five members of the firm's investment team which made a series of bad investments including the Palm mobile device.
2011: Roger Daltrey gives a one-night performance of The Who's 'Tommy' at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Daltrey's show is part of the Teenage Cancer Trust's annual week of music and comedy benefit performances.
2012: Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir teams up with members of The National (Aaron Dessner, Scott and Bryan Devendorf) for a night of music and voter education at Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, CA. The Bridge Session, a live webcast, has music and a political discussion.
2013: Black Crowes return from the self-imposed 'indefinite hiatus' when they launch a week-long U.K. tour in Manchester.
2013: Stevie Nicks appears on 'Oprah's Master Class.' Nicks offers some useful advice to the cable show's viewers. "If you're gonna start doing coke, save your money because it's gonna cost you $50,000 to go to rehab."
2015: Stevie Nicks is honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner. Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members. She also wrote the song 'Soldier's Angel' after visiting recovering vets.
2013: Pictures of The Beatles' 1965 Shea Stadium concert, taken by an amateur photographer who bluffed his way backstage, sold for £30,000 at auction. Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get next to the stage for the historic New York show. His 61 black and white images with copyright fetched £30,680, the successful bidder was a South American gentleman currently living in Washington who is a huge collector of Beatles memorabilia.
2015: Stevie Nicks is honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2015 USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore 33rd Annual Awards Dinner. Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members. She also wrote the song 'Soldier's Angel' after visiting recovering vets.
2017: Steel Panther release their album, 'Lower The Bar.'
2017: Art Of Anarchy release their album, 'The Madness.'

March 25
1955: The movie 'Blackboard Jungle' is released, giving new exposure to the song 'Rock Around The Clock,' which is featured in the film. A few months later, the song becomes the first ever #1 rock song.
1956: Alan Freed's 3-day Rock n' Roll Show in Hartford, Connecticut, concludes after several arrests. Hartford Institute of Living psychiatrist Dr. Francis Braceland claims "Rock n' Roll is a communicable disease driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It's cannibalistic and tribalistic."
1957: Elvis Presley buys the Graceland Mansion in Memphis for $102,500.
1958: Having been sworn in as Private 53310761 the previous day Elvis Presley received the regulation short back and sides haircut from army barber James Peterson. Presley would earn $78 per month as an army private.
1958: Buddy Holly appeared at The Gaumont Theatre in London, the final date on his only UK tour. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O'Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra.
1960: Roy Orbison records 'Only The Lonely.'
1961: Elvis Presley performs at the Block Arena in Pearl Harbor. The benefit show (for the USS Arizona) is Elvis' last live performance for over seven years.
1963: The Beach Boys 'Surfin' USA' album is released.
1963: Johnny Cash records one of his biggest Pop hits, 'Ring Of Fire,' which will climb to #17 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Billboard Country Chart. The song was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore and was originally recorded by June's sister, Anita Carter. When her version failed to become a hit, Johnny added the mariachi-style horns and changed a few of the words. Four years later, Johnny and June were married.
1964: The Beatles made their debut on UK TV show 'Top Of The Pops' singing 'Can't Buy Me Love' and ‘You Can’t Do That.’ The show had been recorded on March 19th.
1965: Jeff Beck joined The Yardbirds and would later help record the hits, 'Heart Full of Soul' and 'Shapes of Things' before leaving in the Fall of 1966. Jimmy Page had also joined the band, but The Yardbirds would split up in 1968. Page then re-shaped the group to form The New Yardbirds, later renaming them Led Zeppelin.
1965: The Yardbirds release 'For Your Love,' which will reach #3 in the UK and #6 in the US. Organist Brian Auger was hired to play keyboards on the track, but when he arrived at the recording studio there was no organ, or even a piano there. All that could be found was a two-tiered harpsichord on which Auger improvised the now familiar intro. After the session he wondered, "Who in their right mind is going to buy a Pop single with harpsichord on it."
1966: At a photo session in Bob Whitaker’s studio in London, The Beatles posed in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for a publicity photo that is used by Capitol in America for the cover of the Beatles’ next American album, 'Yesterday And Today.' After a public outcry, the LP was pulled from stores and re-issued with a new cover, making the original an instant collector’s item. The total cost to Capitol to replace the cover and promotional materials was $250,000, wiping out their initial profit. At the time, some of the Beatles defended the use of the Butcher photograph. Lennon said that it was “as relevant as Vietnam” and McCartney said that their critics were “soft.” However, this opinion was not shared by all band members. George Harrison said in The Beatles Anthology that he thought the whole idea “was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things thinking it was cool and hip when it was naïve and dumb; and that was one of them.”
1966: The Who play the Corn Exchange in Hertford, England.
1966: The Yardbirds 'Shapes Of Things' b/w 'New York City Blues' 45 single is released.
1967: Buffalo Springfield peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'For What It’s Worth,' which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1967: The Turtles begin a three week run at #1 with 'Happy Together.' The song, written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, two former members of a band called The Magicians, had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to The Turtles.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Gliderdrome Bingo Hall in Boston, Lincolnshire, England. The building was originally an open air skating rink. A roof was added just after the outbreak of World War II. The Gliderdrome was destroyed by fire on in May of 1959, but the “new” Glider was opened within a year on Wednesday, January 27, 1960.
1967: The Doors debut album, featuring 'Light My Fire.' enters the Billboard Hot 200 chart. The LP had been released during the first week of January and would end up leading Billboard for three weeks and Cashbox for a week.
1967: The Who and Cream made their U.S. concert debuts at the RKO 58th Street Theatre in New York City as part of a multi-artist extravaganza promoted by DJ Murray the K.
1967: The Rolling Stones licked off a three-week European tour in Orebro, Sweden. Arriving in Copenhagen for the tour the group were delayed after customs officers search all their luggage for drugs.
1967: Pink Floyd played three gigs in 24 hours. The appeared at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England, then the New Yorker Discotheque in Swindon and then played at the Shoreline Club in Bognor Regis (in the early hours March 26).
1967: The Beatles perform 'All You Need Is Love' during a global satellite broadcast.
1968: The 58th and final episode of 'The Monkees' TV series was broadcast in the US.
1969: John and Yoko invited the world’s press into their hotel suite at the start of a week long “Bed-In” at the Amsterdam Hilton. The couple invited the world’s press into their hotel room every day, to talk about promoting world peace.
1969: Roy Orbison marries his second wife, 19-year-old Barbara Jakobs, in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Barbara would go on to manage Roy's career and following his death in 1988, took charge of his business affairs. Sadly, she would die from pancreatic cancer at the age of 61 on December 6, 2011, 23 years to the day after her husband's death. .
1969: Yes appeared at Madam Toussauds Hall Of Kings in London.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at the Denver Coliseum in Denver, Colorado.
1970: Band of Gypsys (Jimi Hendrix) 'Band of Gypsys' is released.
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 'Deja Vu' album goes gold.
1971: Grand Funk Railroad played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the O’Shaughnessy Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1971: New York radio station WNBC banned the song 'One Toke Over the Line' by Brewer and Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country follow suit, but the record still makes it to Billboard's #10.
1972: America started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with their debut hit 'Horse With No Name.'
1972: Deep Purple's 6th studio album, 'Machine Head' is released.
1972: The Kinks 'The Kink Kronikles' compilation album is released. It reached #94 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #231 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1973: King Crimson performed at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1973: Roxy Music appeared at Festival Hall in Torbay, England.
1974: Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple for the first time, in Paris.
1974: Rolling Stone reports that concerts by Yes, Gregg Allman, and the Beach Boys have all been hit by streakers, no doubt inspired by Ray Stevens’ #1 hit 'The Streak.'
1974: KISS performed at the Bayou Theater in Washington D.C.
1974: Gregg Allman himself performs the last date of a solo tour. To reassure the audience that the Allman Brothers Band are not splitting up, the entire band comes out and performs a 90-minute encore.
1975: Aerosmith played at the War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It's the first concert on their 63-date North American 'Toys In The Attic' tour.
1976: David Bowie and Iggy Pop are busted for marijuana possession in Rochester, NY. Bowie pleads not guilty. The charges are eventually dropped.
1976: The Talking Heads begin a series of shows as the headliner at CBGBs in New York. They had regularly played the venue as an opener.
1976: Paul McCartney​ & Wings 5th album, 'Wings at the Speed of Sound' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for seven weeks throughout the summer of 1976 (and blocking the Beatles' then-new compilation Rock 'n' Roll Music, which reached #2), and reached #2 on the UK Albums chart.
1976: Jackson Browne's first wife, Phyllis, commits suicide less than a year after they were married.
1977: After a decade of having only local success in the Michigan area, 33 year old Bob Seger gets his big break. His 7th album, 'Night Moves' goes Platinum on the strength of three Top Forty hits: 'Night Moves,' 'Mainstreet' and 'Rock and Roll Never Forgets.'
1977: Elvis Costello released his debut single 'Less Than Zero,' which fails to chart.
1978: One of the greatest covers in Rock history, Van Halen's take on the Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' doesn't do much damage on the Top 40, only reaching #36.
1978: 20 Golden Greats by Buddy Holly and The Crickets went to #1 on the UK album chart, giving Holly his first ever chart topping, LP almost 20 years since his first release in 1959.
1978: Kansas performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1979: Van Halen kicked off their first headlining tour as the 'World Vacation' tour hit Selland Arena in Fresno, CA.
1980: The Police are the first Western Rock group to play Bombay (now Mumbai), India.
1980: Judas Priest release their classic 'British Steel' album.
1980: Scorpions release their 'Animal Magnetism' album.
1980: Triumph release their 4th studio album, 'Progressions of Power.'
1981: Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a dove at a press conference in L.A., claiming it was a rubber one and the whole legend is born.
1981: Rush appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1982: The Police performed at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
1985: Prince wins a Best Original Song Score Oscar for the film 'Purple Rain.'
1985: The Power Station's self-titled debut album is released. It reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #12 on the UK Albums chart.
1986: Guns N' Roses signed a world-wide deal with Geffen Records.
1988: Krokus released their 10th studio album, 'Heart Attack.'
1989: Mike + The Mechanics' sentimental 'The Living Years' is the #1 pop song. The 'Mike' in the group is guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis fame.
1989: Fire destroyed a recording studio on Chuck Berry's farm at Wentzville, Missouri. Among the items lost was a tape containing 13 unreleased Berry songs.
1990: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson wins a Golden Raspberry award for 'Worst Original Song' for 'Bring Your the Slaughter' from 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child' movie.
1990: Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee is arrested for mooning the audience during a gig in Augusta, GA. Lee is charged with “Indecent Exposure/Live Sexually Explicit Act” and fined $1,647. The arresting officer tells the Augusta Chronicle that Lee, “…could not have been a nicer guy, and the entire group was extremely cordial and even thanked us for doing our jobs!”
1991: Sepultura released their 4th studio album, 'Arise.'
1993: The Grateful Dead performed at the Dean Smith Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
1995: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder was rescued after a riptide carries him 250 feet offshore in New Zealand.
1999: Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan performs with his dad (Billy Corgan Sr.) at a benefit for Chicago's Next Street program which helps homeless teens.
2001: Bob Dylan earns an Oscar for his song 'Things Have Changed' from the film 'Wonder Boys.'
2002: Bono from U2 made a appearance at the air rage trial of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, telling the court 'I came to court because Peter is actually famously know for being a peaceable person. I once had to twist his arm to get him to a boxing match'. Buck was later cleared of all charges. He had been accused of attacking two cabin staff and covering them in yogurt, knocking over a trolley and trying to steal a knife. Buck did not deny his behavior but claimed a Zolpiden sleeping pill reacted violently with alcohol, turning him into a “non-insane automaton”.
2002: Iron Maiden release their 'Rock In Rio' live album, recorded on their 2001 'Brave New World' Tour. ‬
2003: Liv Tyler the daughter of Aerosmith singer Steven married Royston Langdon from Spacehog.
2003: Overkill released the 12th full-length studio album, 'Killbox 13.'
2004: MTV's Headbanger's Ball Tour featuring Drowning Pool and Damageplan kicks off in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
2004: 'Suspicion,' the final ever episode of 'The Chris Isaak Show, an adult comedy starring Chris Isaak, airs on Showtime.
2005: Beck's 'E-Pro' tops Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart ending Green Day's 16 week run with 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams.'
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out while they were sleeping. The couple were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped. This is the same estate where Ozzy nearly killed himself in a quad bike accident two years earlier. The mansion was also robbed in 2004.
2006: Tom Morello (under the Nightwatchman moniker) performs at a benefit concert in San Francisco to aid the Doe Family Legal Fund, which supports a group of protesters suing San Francisco law officers over an alleged '04 police-brutality incident.
2007: Flyleaf's first U.S. headlining trek, the Justice & Mercy tour, starts in Memphis.
2007: Modest Mouse's 'We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank' goes to the top of the album chart selling nearly 129,000 copies in its first week. The set features the guitar work of former Smiths' guitarist, Johnny Marr.
2007: Elton John spends his 60th birthday performing his 60th show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The concert opens with an introduction by former President Bill Clinton. Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin join John onstage.
2008: P.O.D. kick off a tour of Hard Rock Cafes to promote their album 'When Angels & Serpents Dance.'
2008: The Raconteurs release 'Consolers Of The Lonely.' It's available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. The video for the lead single, 'Salute Your Solution,' is also released.
2008: Richie Sambora was arrested in California on suspicion of drink driving. The 48 year-old Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested after a police officer noticed his black Hummer weaving in traffic lanes in Laguna Beach. He was ordered to appear in court on one count of driving under the influence.
2008: Guns N’ Roses sign with Geffen Records, after the A&R rep sees them just once. He tells other agents the band is terrible so he can close the deal. Chrysalis Records has a chance to sign the band, but loses out when their A&R rep (female) refuses to walk down Sunset Boulevard naked (an Axl request). The Gunners receive a $75,000 advance and their 1987 debut album, 'Appetite for Destruction,' sells more than 28 million copies worldwide.
2008: B-52s release 'Funplex,' their first album of original material in 16 years.
2008: Songs by Theory Of A Deadman, Airbourne and Saliva (with Shinedown singer Brent Smith) are released on the 'WWE: The Music, Vol. 8' compilation. The tunes serve as entrance music for some of the wrestling organization's stars.
2009: The Green Day documentary, 'Heart Like A Hand Grenade' premieres in Hollywood. The film "offers an intimate look (at) the band recording their album 'American Idiot', art house style." The long delayed project is directed by indie filmmaker John Roecker (Live Freaky! Die Freaky!).
2009: Prince opens his new $77 subscription website Lotusflow3r to the public. Unfortunately, eager fans are greeted by a host of problems including bandwith issues and confusion on how to even get to the site's subscription page.
2009: Slash makes a surprise visit to an East Los Angeles middle school. He's there on behalf of the Little Kids Rock organization, which promotes music education for children. Slash sits for a Q&A session before playing GN'R's classic 'Sweet Child o' Mine' with a group of students. Four Slash autographed acoustic guitars are donated to the school.
2010: Kings Of Leon set a record for downloads in the U.K. They move more than 250,000 copies of their '08 album 'Only By The Night.'
2010: Frontman Liam Gallagher's clothing line, Pretty Green, a collection of T-shirts, jeans and footwear, is available online in the U.S. Meanwhile, estranged brother, guitarist Noel, plays his first solo concert since Oasis' 2009 implosion. The London's Royal Albert Hall show (with a second the following evening) benefits Teenage Cancer Trust.
2010: Axl Rose's former managers file a $1.9 million lawsuit that claims the Guns N' Roses leader reneged on an 2008 verbal agreement. The dollar amount represents 15 percent of an estimated $12 million GN'R earned from Southeast Asia, Canada and South America tours.
2011: 'Songs For Japan' is released. Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, U2, R.E.M., Bon Jovi and Elton John donate tracks to the album for Japan Disaster Relief. Two weeks earlier (3/11), the country suffered a horrific earthquake, tsunami and massive nuclear power plant radiation (caused by the earthquake).
2011: Bret Michaels files a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Tony Award Productions and CBS, blaming them for his 2010 brain hemorrhage. A backdrop fell on Michaels after a performance at the 2009 Tony Awards. The incident left him with a broken nose and a split lip. Michaels claims that he was not properly advised on how to exit the stage.
2013: Iron Maiden release the expanded 'Maiden England '88.'
2014: KISS make the cover of the Rolling Stone (magazine) for the first time.
2014: A little over a year after disbanding, My Chemical Romance issue their greatest hits compilation, 'May Death Never Stop You,' featuring the single 'Fake Your Death,' which they call their eulogy song.
2014: Asia released their 14th studio album, 'Gravitas.'
2015: Radiohead's OK Computer' and The Doors' self-titled '67 debut are selected, as seminal works, for inclusion into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.
2015: Ringo Starr told Rolling Stone magazine that The Beatles would have gotten back together at some point if John Lennon and George Harrison had lived. "We still had the songs and we still could play. We could have put it together...Of course, it's ended now. John and George are gone."
2016: Asking Alexandria release their album 'The Black.'
2016: Metal Church release their album 'XI.' The band's 11th studio release also marks the return of vocalist/frontman Mike Howe.
2016: The Rolling Stones give a free concert in Havana, Cuba. They are are the biggest act to perform there since Cuba's communist revolution in '59. The Stones spend around $7 million to finance the trip.
2016: Judas Priest released the live album 'Battle Cry.'

March 26
1956: After Bob Neal's management contract with Elvis Presley expired on March 15th, Colonel Tom Parker takes over. His position of personal representative and manager will pay him 25 percent of Presley's earnings.
1957: Ricky Nelson records his first songs for the Verve label. 'A Teenager's Romance' will climb to #2 on the Billboard chart and a cover of Fats Domino's 'I'm Walkin' will reach #4. Over his fifteen year recording career, Rick will place 36 songs in the US Top 40.
1958: Eddie Cochran records his only US Top Ten hit, 'Summertime Blues,' which will rise to #8 in the US next Fall. It reached #18 in the UK.
1961: The Beatles performed at the Casbah Coffee Club in West Derby, Liverpool, their last performance before travelling to Hamburg, West Germany, for their second visit.
1964: Chuck Berry records 'No Particular Place To Go.'
1964: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best appears on the game show 'I've Got A Secret.'
1965: It's announced that Jeff Beck will replace Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds. Clapton objected to the perceived commercial direction the group was taking.
1965: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes.
1966: The photograph for the "butcher" cover for The Beatles' American 'Yesterday And Today' album is taken.
1966: The Strangeurs, featuring future Aerosmith frontman Steven Tallarico (later Steven Tyler), open for The Byrds at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. The Strangeurs arrange for girls to sit in the front row and scream for them, but it's hardly necessary as the crowd goes nuts during their set, where they play six songs instead of their allotted two.
1966: The Who performed at St. George’s Ballroom in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Tabernacle Club in Stockport in Manchester, England.
1968: Pink Floyd performed live for the program 'Late Night Line Up' at BBC Lime Grove Studios in London. It was broadcast on September 10th by BBC2 TV.
1968: Blues artist Little Willie John died in prison under mysterious circumstances after being convicted of manslaughter two years earlier. He had fourteen hits on the US R&B charts and the same number on the Pop charts, including 'Fever,' 'Sleep,' and 'Talk To Me, Talk To Me.'
1970: Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul And Mary was arrested in Washington, DC for "Taking immoral liberties" with a 14 year-old girl. He pleads guilty and is sentenced to three months in jail. Just days earlier, the trio had won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for their album, 'Peter, Paul and Mommy.' Yarrow was later pardoned by President Gerald Ford.
1970: Canned Heat and the MC5 played at the Varsity Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Alumni Hall in Atlanta, Georgia.
1970: The Woodstock movie premieres in Hollywood.
1971: The Rolling Stones lips and tongue logo appears for the first time when it is used on VIP passes for their show at the Marquee Club in London. It's a "farewell" show, before the band leaves to live in France, and record 'Exile On Main St.'
1971: The 'Pictures at an Exhibition' live album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer was recorded at Newcastle City Hall in England.
1971: Black Sabbath appeared at Memorial Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.
1972: Yes played at Lakeland Community College in Mentor, Ohio.
1972: Mott The Hoople was ready to call it quits when friend of the band David Bowie offered to produce their next album, and offered them two new songs he'd written: 'Suffragette City,' which the band turned down, and 'All The Young Dudes,' the song that provided them with their breakthrough.
1973: Beck, Bogert & Appice 'Beck, Bogert & Appice' album is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1973: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
1974: Queen appeared at Douglas Palace Lido, Isle Of Man, England.
1974: David Essex received a Gold record for the hit 'Rock On,' which made #5 in the US and #3 in the UK.
1975: The film version of The Who's 'Tommy' premieres in London.
1976: Genesis kicked off their first North American tour with Phil Collins singing for them in London, ON.
1976: Keith Richards' girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg gave birth to a baby boy, Tara. He died ten weeks later from pneumonia.
1976: Thin Lizzy's 6th studio album 'Jailbreak' is released. It reached #18 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, helped by the #12 hit, 'The Boys Are Back in Town.' It was their first album to chart in the U.S. and became their only Gold record in the U.S.
1976: The final US show of David Bowie’s World Tour.was held at Madison Square Garden in New York. Afterwards, a small party was held at the Penn Plaza Club for Bowie and the crew.
1976: One-man blues band Duster Bennett was killed in a car accident. He worked with Alexis Korner, John Mayall
’s Bluesbreakers, Fleetwood Mac and B.B. King and released tghe 1970 album 'Smiling Like I’m Happy.'
1976: Santana's 7th studio album, 'Amigos' is released. It reached #10 on both the Billboard 200 Top LP's and Top Black LP's charts. The single, 'Let It Shine,' reached the Billboard Hot 100 (#77) and Top Black Singles (#78) charts.
1977: The Clash release their first single, making an immediate political statement with 'White Riot.' It is only released in the UK, and not available in America until two years later.
1977: 'Rich Girl' hits #1 for the first oof three weeks, giving Hall & Oates their first of six chart-toppers on the Hot 100.
1977: Elvis Costello releases his debut single 'Less Than Zero' on Stiff Records.
1978: Aerosmith performed at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
1980: Seven years after its release, Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon' breaks the record for the longest-charting Pop album, previously held by Carole King's 'Tapestry.' At the same time, their latest single 'Another Brick In The Wall' was topping both the Cashbox Best Sellers chart and the Billboard Hot 100.
1980: Jon Paulos, drummer for The Buckinghams on their string of 1967 hits, including 'Kind Of A Drag' and 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,' died of a drug overdose. He was 32.
1980: The Police became the first Western pop group to play in Bombay, India for over ten years when they played a one off gig in the city.
1980: Van Halen release their third studio album 'Women and Children First.' It went on to reach #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell three million copies in the U.S.
1983: Motley Crue open the first of five shows for KISS on the West Coast leg of their 'Creatures Of The Night' tour.
1983: Duran Duran peak at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Hungry Like The Wolf.'
1983: Duran Duran's 'Is There Something I Should Know' debuts at #1 on the U.K. chart. Previously, only Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard and The Beatles had ever managed that feat. The group were on a US promotional trip on this day, where they were greeted by 5,000 screaming fans at an in-store appearance in New York City.
1983: Golden Earring peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Twilight Zone' which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1985: Slayer​'s 'Hell Awaits' album is released.
1985: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 6th album, 'Southern Accents' is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #23 on the UK chart. The album's first single,'Don't Come Around Here No More,' cowritten by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Its music video featured Alice in Wonderland imagery.
1985: ‎Guns N' Roses‬ featuring Axl Rose, Izzy Stradlin, Tracii Guns, Ole Beich (bass) & Rob Gardner (drums) performed first ever concert at ‪The Troubadour‬ in West Hollywood, CA.
1986: Guns N' Roses sign with Geffen Records for an estimated $250,000.
1987: Nike begins airing a commercial using the Beatles song 'Revolution,' marking the first time an original version of a Beatles song is used in an ad.
1988: Iron Maiden's 'Can I Play With Madness' single is released.
1988: Def Leppard 'Hysteria' single peaks at #10 on Billboard's Hot 100. It's their first Top 10 single in the U.S‬.
1990: Gary Moore's 10th solo album, 'Still Got the Blues' is released.
1990: Heart released their 10th studio album, 'Brigade.'
1991: Mr Big's​ 2nd studio album, 'Lean into It' is released.
1991: Keel's 2nd studio album, 'The Right to Rock' is released.
1991: Metal Church release their 4th album, 'The Human Factor.'
1994: Soundgarden entered the US album chart at #1 with 'Superunknown.' It spent one week at #1, and went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.
2000: Santana started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with Supernatural. The album went on to win eight Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year, and Song Of The Year.
2000: Phil Collins is awarded an Oscar for Best Original Song for 'You'll Be In My Heart' from the Disney animated feature 'Tarzan'.
2001: Sum 41 released their single 'Fat Lip.'
2002: Three Dog Night's original bass player, Joe Schermie, Jr., who played on all the group's biggest hits from 1968-1973, died of a heart attack. He had just turned 55 a month earlier.
2002: Randy Castillo, drummer who played with Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Ozzy, and Lita Ford (among others), died of cancer (squamous cell carcinoma). He was 51.
2004: 62 year old Jan Berry, of Jan & Dean fame dies following a massive seizure. Together, the pair sold more than 10 million records and placed 14 hits in the US Top 40. Jan was a week away from his 63rd birthday.
2004: 3 Doors Down, who hail from Escatawpa, MS, play a homecoming charity concert in nearby Mobile, AL. A portion of the show`s proceeds benefit local charities. The group donates eight guitars and a dozen decorated drumheads for an auction benefiting Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity, among other charities.
2006: Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s 'Stairway To Heaven' as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
2006: Jon Bon Jovi plays himself in an episode of NBC's 'The West Wing.' The show features the New Jersey rocker lending his support to Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits). Bon Jovi also performs a portion of 'Welcome To Wherever You Are' from'"Have A Nice Day.'
2006: Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
2006: 'Call On,' the first single from the Kings Of Leon's 3rd studio album, 'Because Of The Times,' is released.
2006: U2's The Edge donated his favourite guitar a 1975 Gibson Les Paul to a charity he co-founded to replace instruments lost or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the US.
2007: Digital downloads of all of Elton John's albums are available for purchase exclusively (for a little over a month) by iTunes. The releases include nearly 400 tracks from John's four-decade career.
2008: Guitarist Clint Lowery returns to Sevendust to replace Sonny Mayo.
2008: A promotion is launched promising a free can of Dr Pepper to nearly everybody in America if Guns N' Roses release their long-delayed 'Chinese Democracy' album in 2008. "We completely understand and empathize with Axl's (Rose) quest for perfection," says Pepper marketing director Jaxie Alt.
2009: The Allman Brothers 40th Anniversary show takes place at the Beacon Theater in New York.
2009: On ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Ozzy Osbourne claims he's started writing his autobiography. "I can't remember anything," says Ozzy. "It's going to be the thinnest book in the world."
2009: Metallica unveils the video for their single, 'Broken, Beat And Scarred,' from 'Death Magnetic.' The 2008 concert clip was directed by Wayne Isham.
2009: 3 Doors Down headline the Mississippi Rocks The Ryman concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The show celebrates modern music in Mississippi.
2009: A jumpsuit that Elvis Presley wore at a concert at New York's Madison Square Garden sold at an auction for $212,588.
2011: Slash auctions personal items, including a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 1966 Corvette Stingray, and the Guild guitar used on the 1989 hit 'Patience.' "I have a bad habit of collecting stuff that I don't necessarily use," says Slash. "I know that somebody would love to have that car because muscle cars are very, very popular," Slash says in a statement. Proceeds go to the Los Angeles Youth Network which aids homeless and abused adolescents.
2012: All-American Rejects issue their 4th studio album, 'Kids In The Street.'
2012: Jet announce they have disbanded following a two-year hiatus. The four-piece formed in 2001 and were best known for their debut set, 'Get Born,' featuring the hit 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl.'
2012: Alter Bridge's 'Live At Wembley,' an album/DVD package from their headlining performance in 2011 at London's Wembley Arena is released.
2012: Iron Maiden's live DVD/CD set 'En Vivo' is in stores. Filmed in Santiago, Chile there's an 88-minute tour documentary titled 'Beyond The Beast' which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the band.
2013: Suicidal Tendencies release their 11th studio album, '13.'
2013: The Strokes release their 5th album, 'Comedown Machine.'
2013: Sevendust release their 9th studio album, 'Black Out The Sun.' The band self-produced and recorded the album at The Architekt Studios in Butler, NJ with the help of mixer/engineer Mike Ferretti.
2015: The Who perform at the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit at London's Royal Albert Hall. They perform at the venue after receiving an apology for being banned more than 40 years earlier (12/9/72). The Hall worried about the damage Rock acts and their fans would inflict. "We've had a long think and, on reflection, you're welcome back any time," writes the Hall's management.
2016: Guitarist James Iha rejoins his former Smashing Pumpkins bandmates on stage for the first time in sixteen years at the Ace Hotel in LA. Iha, who is celebrating his 48th birthday, walks onstage with guitar in hand and performs with Pumpkins leader Bill Corgan.
2016: Stone Temple Pilots reunite with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington for a one-off performance at From Bach To Rock to benefit Palos Verdes Peninsula public schools. Bennington briefly fronted STP.
2016: Billy Joel's iconic hit, 'Piano Man,' was selected by the US Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its "cultural, historic, or artistic significance." Even though the record only made it #25 on the Hot 100 in 1974, it had become Joel's signature song, and was ranked at #421 in the 2004 list of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

March 27
1952: Sun Records of Memphis, Tennessee began releasing records. The label would later become the home of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others.
1958: CBS records announced the invention of stereophonic records. Although the new format would be playable on ordinary record players, when used on the new stereo players, a new rich and fuller sound would be heard.
1960: Two anti-payola bills are introduced in US Congress by Representative Emanuel Celler of New York. He blames payola for "the cacophonous music called Rock and Roll" and says that Rock and Roll would never have gained popularity, "especially among teenagers," if not for the result of payola.
1961: The very first record ever released by Del Shannon, 'Runaway' enters the Billboard chart on its way to becoming a million selling, number one hit. In 2004, Rolling Stone rated the song as #466 on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1964: The British invasion continued to make it's way around the world with The Beatles having the top six positions on the Australian pop chart.
1965: Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton in Yardbirds,
1965: Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' album is released.
1965: The Who released their first US chart entry, 'I Can't Explain.' Although the song could only climb as high as #93 on the Billboard Hot 100, the band still gained a large following thanks to their exciting live performances.
1966: The Who appeared at the Central Pier in Morecambe, Lancashire, England.
1966: Roy Orbison fell off a motorbike during a UK tour, fracturing his foot. He played the remaining dates sitting on a stool and walking on crutches.
1967: The Young Rascals record 'Groovin.'
1967: 'Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits' album is released. It contains every Top 40 single Dylan enjoyed through 1967. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's, and #3 on the UK Album chart.
1967: Fats Domino played his first ever UK date at London's Saville Theatre, supported by The Bee Gees and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1967: At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards: best-selling British single of 1966 - 'Yellow Submarine,' most-performed song of 1966 - 'Michelle' and next-most-performed song - 'Yesterday.'
1967: The first of several riots break out on the Rolling Stones European tour. This one occurs in Halsinborg, Sweden.
1968: The Who appear at The Forum in Montreal, Canada. Opening for them is The Troggs making their North American debut.
1968: The Beatles were at number one on the singles chart with 'Lady Madonna,' the group’s 14th chart topper.
1969: Pink Floyd played at St. James’ Church Hall, Chesterfield, England, supported by King Mob Echo and Gandalf’s Garden.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1971: Ike & Tina Turner's R&B take on Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Proud Mary' is their first Top 10 single (#4).
1971: New York radio station WNBC banned the song 'One Toke Over the Line' by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country followed.
1971: George Harrison peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'What is Life' which was Harrison’s second top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1971: Bruce Springsteen & Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers Band at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey, tickets cost $4.00. Springsteen had just disbanded his group Steel Mill and within a few weeks would form Dr Zoom & The Sonic Boom with Steve Van Zandt.
1971: Three Dog Night's version of Hoyt Axton's 'Joy To The World' enters the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to becoming the biggest selling single of the year. Unlike most Three Dog Night songs recorded at that point, instead of having just the three main vocalists singing harmony, the song was recorded with all seven members of the band singing.
1972: Elvis Presley records what proves to be his last Top Ten hit during his lifetime, 'Burning Love.' It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Cashbox Best Sellers chart and #7 in the UK. The song's writer, Dennis Linde, later overdubbed the opening guitar riffs into the record's final mix.
1972: Grand Funk Railroad fires manager/marketing guru Terry Knight. The action triggers numerous lawsuits and public backbiting.
1973: Jerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead was arrested when police found cocaine and LSD in his car after being busted for speeding in New Jersey.
1973: Rolling Stone magazine reported that after becoming a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana had changed his name to 'Devadip', which means 'the lamp of the light of the Supreme'.
1975: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at the Bayfront Center Arena in St. Petersburg, Florida.
1976: Genesis appeared at Memorial Auditorium in Kitchener, Ontario.
1976: Paul McCartney and Wings were forced to postpone forthcoming US tour for three weeks after guitarist Jimmy McCulloch fell in his hotel bathroom and broke a finger.
1976: Gary Wright peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Dream Weaver' which was Wright’s first top 10 single in the U.S. The song is inspired by the writing of Paramahansa Yogananda.
1977: Genesis played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1978: The Beatles parody 'All You Need Is Cash' featuring The Rutles was shown in the UK on BBC-TV. It was first broadcast on March 22, 1978 on NBC, earning the lowest ratings of any show on Prime time network television that week.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at the Entertainment Centre in Perth, Australia.
1979: Eric Clapton married Pattie Harrison (the ex wife of George) at Temple Bethel in Tucson, Arizona. Patti applied for a divorce in 1988. Pattie was the subject of the song 'Layla.' Harrison attends the wedding and remains friends with Clapton.
1979: Dire Straits' 'Sultans Of Swing' peaks at #4 on the U.S. singles chart.
1979: Bruce Springsteen's debut video for 'Rosalita' gets aired on the BBC.
1979: Ian Hunter's 'You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic' album is released. It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1980: Rush appeared at Memorial Arena in Victoria, British Columbia.
1981: Eric Clapton performed at Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981: AC/DC releases 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' in the U.S.
1981: Rush recorded their concert at the Montreal Forum for their second live album 'Exit...Stage Left,' which was released in October of 1981 & on video in 1982.
1982: Former Small Faces and Faces bass player Ronnie Lane was admitted to hospital for treatment for multiple sclerosis, (Lane died from the disease in 1997).
1984: Bryan Adams went into Little Mountain Sound, Vancouver, Canada to record 'Run To You' for his 4th studio album, 'Reckless.' It was the first single released from the album and and the music video shot in London and Los Angeles was nominated for the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards in five different categories. It ultimately peaks at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1984: Metallica made their UK live debut at the Marquee in London.
1984: Ratt's debut studio album 'Out of the Cellar' is released. It peaks at #7 on Billboard's 200 album chart. 'Round & Round' reaches #12 & 'Wanted Man' peaks at #87 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1984: Scorpions release their 9th studio album, 'Love at First Sting.'
1985: Bon Jovi's second studio album '7800° Fahrenheit' is released. It charts for 85 weeks and goes platinum.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne embarks on his 'Ultimate Sin' tour in Wichita, KS. with Metalica as the opener.
1986: Van Halen's '5150' tour, the first gig with Sammy Hagar as lead vocalist, kicks off 112 date North American tour at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, LA. The show sells out in five minutes. Hagar says, “We had made the commitment that we weren’t going to play any of the old material – only ‘You Really Got Me,’ ‘I Can’t Drive 55,’ ‘One Way To Rock’ and ‘Jump.’ Two of mine and two of theirs. When you’re rich and famous rock stars and young and really in the middle of it, you make some stupid mistakes and ironically you get away with it half the time, which makes you even stupider. I thought ‘Man, this could bomb.’”
1987: U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for 'Where The Streets Have No Name.' attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stop the shoot.
1988: The Grateful Dead played at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
1991: Britny Fox released their 4th album, 'Bite Down Hard.'
1992: On the Auburn Hills (MI) stop of U2's Zoo TV Tour, Bono orders 10,000 pizzas from a local pizzeria. An hour later just 100 pepperoni pizzas are delivered. Still, each of the three delivery guys gets a $50 tip.
1993: Kyuss begins a run of Australian tour dates opening for Metallica, during the latter group's tour in support of 'The Black Album,' at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney.
1995: Elton John and Tim Rice win the Oscar for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for 'Can You Feel The Love' from 'The Lion King.'
1997: Ian Dury, the English rocker who initially rose to fame during the late 1970s as founder and lead singer of the British band, Ian Dury And The Blockheads, died of colorectal cancer a few weeks short of his 58th birthday. Dury had been disabled by polio as a child, formed Kilburn and the High Roads during the 1970’s. His first album 'New Boot’s And Panties' became a punk classic spending 90 weeks on the UK chart, featured the 1979 UK number one single 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick.'
2001: Bruce Springsteen releases 'Live In New York City,' the accompanying album to an HBO concert film that follows the Boss and his E Street Band on a ten-show tour, ending at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
2003: John Lennon's boyhood home in Liverpool is opened to the public.
2004: Disturbed hold an open audition in L.A. to replace bassist Fuzz (Steve Kmak) who left in early '03. Another open audition is held a week later in Chicago. Matt Konopinski gets the nod before John Moyer takes over.
2006: Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
2006: Venom released their 11th studio album,'Metal Black.'
2006: Pete Wells, guitarist in Rose Tattoo, dies of prostate cancer at age 59.
2006: Sting and wife Trudie Styler star in a one-off performance of a play called Twin Spirits in New York. Proceeds go to the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS charity.
2007: The wife of then Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland was arrested on suspicion of burning over $10,000 of his belongings outside their home after police in southern California found a bin of smouldering clothes. Earlier that day, the couple left two rooms vandalised after an argument at a luxury hotel.
2007: Good Charlotte issue 'Good Morning Revival.' The album features 'The River' with Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows and guitarist Synyster Gates.
2007: Machine Head released their 6th album , 'The Blackening.'
2007: Former Jefferson Airplane and Starship singer Grace Slick along with former manager Bill Thompson, filed a lawsuit in California federal court charging that another former member, Paul Kantner, violated both trademark rights and an $80,000 legal settlement he signed in 1985 by using the name Paul Kantner's Starship while touring.
2008: Sevendust announce the return of original guitarist Clint Lowery. He replaces Sonny Mayo, who joined when Lowerry left in 2004 for Dark New Day.
2008: REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin is a guest on a special celebrity edition of FOX's 'Don't Forget The Lyrics.' The singer successfully remembers REO's 'Keep On Loving You' (plus a couple other '80s songs) on the way to winning $350,000 for the MusiCares charity.
2009: Peter Gabriel delivers a petition to the Mexican government urging the investigation of the murders and disappearances of hundreds of women along the country's border with the United States. Gabriel also meets with Mexican president Felipe Calderon who vows that the Mexican government will actively seek justice for the victims. The appeal is launched by the Gabriel-founded Witness organization, which seeks to end human-rights violations worldwide.
2009: Collective Soul perform at a benefit concert in Atlanta for the Save Darfur Coalition.
2010: The May, 2010, edition of Q goes on sale containing a list of the top frontmen of all-time as selected by the magazine's readers. Oasis' Liam Gallagher is #1 beating out Bono, Freddie Mercury, Jim Morrison and John Lennon. "There is Elvis (Presley) and me," says the ever humble Gallagher. "I couldn't say which of the two is best." Blondie's Debbie Harry, at #12, is the only woman to make the list.
2011: Neil Young takes home the Artist of the Year honor at the Juno Awards. It's his first appearance at the Canadian event in 29 years. 2012: Shinedown release their 4th full-length album 'Amaryllis.' "It's not a record for the faint of heart," admits Smith. "I was looking for the kind of emotion that made every hair on the back of my neck stand on end. Because of that, I feel in my heart and soul that this album is a game changer for our band."
2012: David Bowie's landmark album 'Ziggy Stardust' was celebrated with a blue plaque in central London. Former Spandau Ballet star Gary Kemp, unveiled a plaque at the spot where the cover of the 1972 release was shot. The location in Heddon Street, just off Regent Street, is now a pedestrianised area brimming with bars and restaurants.
2012: Overkill released their 16th studio album, 'The Electric Age.'
2012: Kill Devil Hill released ther self-titled debut studio album.
2013: Gordon Stoker, the tenor voice of The Jordanaires who backed Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and many more, passed away at the age of 88. Estimated sales of records that the vocal group sang on total more than eight billion copies.
2013: Crawdaddy magazine founder Paul Williams dies at age 64. Not to be confused with the singer/songwriter/actor Paul Williams, the subject of the 2011 documentary, 'Paul Williams Still Alive.'
2014: Fleetwood Mac officially announce the return of singer/keyboardist Christine McVie. She left the group 16 years earlier due to a fear of flying. The reunion and an upcoming tour are announced on The Today Show.
2014: Drummer Matt Chamberlain performs live with Soundgarden for the first time in Lima, Peru. Due to prior oblations with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden's Matt Cameron is unavailable for a series of South American shows.
2015: Adam Horovitz (a.k.a. Ad-Rock) of the Beastie Boys makes his first 'solo' TV appearance on the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Horovitz is there to promote his featured role in the film 'While We're Young.'

March 28
1958: Eddie Cochran records his classic tune 'Summertime Blues.' It was later covered by artists such as Blue Cheer, The Who & Rush.
1958: Buddy Holly kicked off the first night of a 43 date tour at Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Pastels, Jo-Ann Campbell and Ed Townsend. Freed decides that Chuck Berry should close the show rather than Jerry Lee Lewis. An enraged Jerry Lee sets his piano on fire during 'Great Balls Of Fire.' On most days the acts played two shows.
1963: Radio Caroline goes on the air. The pirate radio station (actually a ship broadcasting off the English coast) gives music fans an alternative to the BBC. The first song aired is the Rolling Stones' 'Not Fade Away' (written and originally recorded by Buddy Holly).
1964: Madame Tussauds in London unveiled the wax works images of The Beatles, the first pop stars to be honored. They would later use their wax versions on the cover of the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album.
1964: Jan And Dean's double sided hit, 'Dead Man's Curve'/'New Girl in School' enters the US chart where it will rise to #8.
1966: The Rolling Stones best of' compilation 'Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)' is released in the United States. It was the band's first official compilation album. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during its two year stay.
1966: The Young Rascals released their self-titled debut LP 'The Young Rascals.' It reached #15 on the Billboard Top LP's chart and #10 in Cashbox.
1967: Working on session for the new Beatles album 'Sgt Pepper' at Abbey Road studios in London, John Lennon recorded his lead vocal for ‘Good Morning Good Morning’, and Paul McCartney added a lead guitar solo to the track. Lennon had decided he wanted to end the song with animal sound effects, and asked that they be sequenced in such a way that each successive animal was capable of scaring or eating the preceding one.
1967: Van Morrison records 'Brown Eyed Girl,' which will enter the Billboard chart next August and rise to #10. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at the Chinese R&B Jazz Club, Corn Exchange in Bristol, England.
1968: Steppenwolf appeared at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1968: Pink Floyd recorded a performance of 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun' for the BBC 2 TV 'Omnibus – The Sound of Change' show at the Abbey Mills Pumping Station, East Stratford, in London. The special, which was produced by Tony Palmer, also featured performances by The Who, Cream and Jimi Hendrix focused on the “socio-political context of rock music.” The show was later broadcast in black and white on November 3rd and repeated (in color) in May of the following year.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: Ringo Starr announces The Beatles will make no public appearances in the near future. John counters saying the group will make several appearances during the year. Ringo is right.
1969: Joe Cocker plays his first live gig in the US.
1970: Crosby, Stills & Nash release 'Woodstock,' a song celebrating the 1969 festival which contains some factual errors, especially when it comes to the head count. Not surprising, since it was written by Joni Mitchell who passed on performing at the legendary concert to appear on The Dick Cavett Show.
1970: John Lennon peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles Chart with 'Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)' which was Lennon’s first top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1970: Grand Funk Railroad and Illinois Speed Press played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1970: Simon and Garfunkel were in the fifth of six consecutive weeks at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.'
1971: Yes appeared at Deutschlandhalle Berlin Arts Festival in Berlin, Germany.
1972: King Crimson played at the Orpheum in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
1972: Grand Funk fires manager Terry Knight, who promptly sues them. After nearly two years of litigation, the band ultimately won their separation from Knight, but at heavy financial cost.
1973: The Doobie Brothers 'Long Train Runnin' b/w 'Without You' 45 single is released.
1973: Led Zeppelin's 5th studio album 'Houses Of The Holy' is released. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed 'Houses of the Holy.' It was certified 11x platinum by the RIAA in 1999. In 2012, it was ranked #148 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Civic Center Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1974: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup dies of a stroke. Crudup wrote Elvis Presley's first regional hit 'That's All Right (Mama).'
1974: During a UK tour, Queen appeared at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
1975: ZZ Top performed at the Toledo Sports Arena in Toledo, Ohio.
1975: At an Elvis Presley concert at the Hilton in Las Vegas, Barbra Streisand goes backstage and offers Elvis the lead role in her upcoming film 'A Star Is Born.' Elvis is interested, but on the advice of his manager Colonel Parker, he demands too much money and top billing, so Kris Kristofferson is chosen for the role instead.
1976: Genesis began their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel left the band, performing in Buffalo, New York, with Phil Collins taking over as lead singer.
1977: Kiss played the first of five sold-out nights on their Alive II world Tour at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
1977: During a UK tour, Pink Floyd played the first of four sold out nights at New Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford.
1978: Aerosmith appeared at the Orpheum Theatre in their hometown of Boston.
1978: Alice Cooper appears on The Muppet Show, where he performs 'Welcome to My Nightmare' and 'School's Out.' He also offers to give the Muppets fame and riches if they'll sign their souls over to him. Kermit is horrified. Gonzo spends the entire episode looking for a pen.
1979: The day after they are married, Eric Clapton sings 'Wonderful Tonight' to his new wife Pattie at his concert in Tucson. He wrote the song about her while waiting for her to get ready to go out.
1980: Genesis' 10th studio album, 'Duke' was released. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1981: Blondie started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Rapture', the group's fourth US #1, a #5 hit in the UK
1981: Elton John's version of The Beatles 'I Saw Her Standing There' was released as a tribute to John Lennon.
1981: Rush peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their 8th studio album 'Moving Pictures,' which spent three consecutive weeks at #3. The album became their most commercially successful album in the U.S. where it sold four million copies.
1982: On his way to a "no-nukes" rally, David Crosby was arrested after crashing his car on the San Diego Highway. Police also found cocaine and a pistol in the Crosby Stills & Nash stars car. When the police asked Crosby why he carried the gun, his reply was, "John Lennon."
1984: Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac files for bankruptcy amidst reports that he has lost $8 million.
1984: King Crimson's 'Three of a Perfect Pair' album is released. It reached #58 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart.
1985: 6,000 radio stations in the US and Canada simultaneously played 'We Are the World,' the fundraising song for African famine relief recorded by 45 superstar performers at 10:15 am EST. Sales of the single, album, video and related merchandise initially raised more than $38 million in the US.
1986: The Grateful Dead performed at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine.
1987: After hearing that Arizona Governor Evan Mecham would not honor the new national holiday Martin Luther King Day, the racially integrated Doobie Brothers move their upcoming show from Phoenix to Las Vegas.
1988: King's X​ debut album 'Out of the Silent Planet' is released.
1991: The funeral is held for Eric Clapton's son Conor, who was 4 years old when he fell to his death out an open window. Clapton's song 'Tears In Heaven' is about Conor.
1991: Phil Collins and George Harrison were among tmany mourners who attended funeral service in England for Eric Clapton's son Conor.
1992: Over a $100,000 worth of damage was caused at The Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, when Ozzy Osbourne invited the first two rows of the audience on stage. Several others took up the offer and the band was forced to exit the stage.
1992: During a North American tour Pearl Jam performed at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago with Smashing Pumpkins as the support act.
1992: INXS headline the Concert For Life in Sydney's Centennial Park. The AIDS and heart research benefit raises over $1.5 million.
1992: Van Halen's 'Right Now' peaks at #55 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1994: Pink Floyd's​ 'The Division Bell' album is released.
1994: After Chris Novoselic and Dave Grohl threaten to disband Nirvana if Kurt Cobain doesn't get drug treatment, Cobain enters the SoCal Exodus Recovery Center. This is after Cobain nearly dies from an OD in Rome only weeks earlier. Cobain walks out three days later.
1995: Skid Row released their 3rd studio album, 'Subhuman Race.'
1996: Genesis drummer Phil Collins announces he's leaving the group to pursue a solo career, soundtrack work and some jazz projects.
1998: Kiss played the first of five sold-out nights on their 'Alive II' world Tour at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
2000: Jimmy Page accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages from a magazine which claimed he had caused or contributed to the death of his Led Zeppelin bandmate John Bonham. Page's solicitor, Norman Chapman, told High Court Judge Mr Justice Morland that the feature in Ministry magazine printed in 1999 claimed Page was more concerned with keeping vomit off his bed than saving his friend's life, and that he stood over him wearing Satanist robes and performing a useless spell. The magazine also apologized and offered to pay Page's legal bills. The money awarded to Page was donated to the Action for Brazil's Children Trust.
2003: The recent SARS scare forces The Rolling Stones to cancel their upcoming series of shows in Hong Kong -- though they would later reschedule those shows and play them as a sign to visitors that China was safe to visit.
2004: Van Halen confirms that Sammy Hagar will return as their lead singer for an upcoming North American tour.
2005: Queen kicked off their first tour with Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and Free replacing Freddie Mercury on vocals at London’s Brixton Academy.
2005: After playing a warm-up date the night before at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, U2 kicked off their 'Vertigo' tour at the iPay One Center in San Diego, California. The 131 date world tour would see the band playing in North America, Europe, South America and Japan. By the time it finished, the Vertigo Tour had sold 4,619,021 tickets, grossing $389 million; the second-highest figure ever for a world tour.
2006: Stewart Copeland's 'Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out' is released on DVD. The drummer pieced together the movie from Super 8 footage he filmed throughout the Police's career.
2007: 3 Doors Down's Brad Arnold and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ricky Medlocke take part in the 'Fashion Fights Poverty' photo shoot in Nashville. Arnold appears in the 'Dress Responsibly,' a style guide and catalog focusing on "ethical and socially conscious clothes."
2010: Rush are inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Primus frontman Les Claypool pays tribute by performing a rendition of 'Spirit Of Radio.'
2012: Blues harmonica player Jerry "Boogie" McCain, known for the self-penned tunes 'Ain't No Use for Drug Abuse' and 'Burn the Crackhouse Down,' dies at age 81.
2012: The 12th annual 'Concert for Teenage Cancer Trust' kicks-off at London's Royal Albert Hall. Paul McCartney, Roger Daltrey, Pulp and Paul Weller perform during the weeklong series with proceeds going toward improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
2012: A Quiet Riot concert in Scottsdale, AZ marks the debut of vocalist Scott Vokoun fronting the group.
2013: Hugh McCracken dies of leukemia in New York City at 70. McCracken was an in-demand session musician who played on recordings by Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Billy Joel, B. B. King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, The Monkees, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bob Dylan and many others.
2013: Charlie Daniels was recovering after having a pacemaker implanted to regulate his heart rate. The 76-year-old 'Devil Went Down To Georgia' singer was slated to resume his current tour in just a couple of weeks.
2015: Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds perform at the 15th annual 'Teenage Cancer 'benefit at London's Royal Albert Hall. Noel's ex-Oasis bandmate and brother Liam, attends the show.

March 29
1956: The North Alabama White Citizens Council comes out against Rock n' Roll calling it "immoral."
1958: Elvis Presley begins boot camp in Ft. Hood, Texas, where he insists on doing KP and guard duty just like the other soldiers.
1966: Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles after a fan threw a chair at the stage, Jagger required eight stitches in the cut.
1967: During a European tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Bremen-Stadthalle in Germany. Also on the tour, The Easybeats and The Creation.
1967: Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles finished recording ‘Good Morning Good Morning’. They then started work on a new song ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’, (originally titled ‘Bad Finger Boogie’), recording 10 takes of the rhythm track, then Ringo overdub a double-tracked lead vocal.
1968: Sly & the Family Stone performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Zombies' 'Time Of The Season' is #1 in the U.S. The song is released nearly two years after the group had disbanded.
1969: A baby boy is born that will be adopted by Ronnie and Phil Spector, who will name the child Donte Phillip Spector.
1969: Blood Sweat & Tears' self-titled LP hits #1.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Black Sabbath, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Curved Air, J.J. Jackson's Dilemma, Shy Limbs, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Sunflower Brass Band and Toe Fat all appeared at the London Free Easter Festival in Bethnal Green, London, England.
1969: Janis Joplin performed at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1969: A baby boy is born that will be adopted by Ronnie and Phil Spector, who will name the child Donte Phillip Spector.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono announced they were expecting a baby boy.
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Hofheinz Pavillion at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. Tickets cost $6.50.
1972: In Bombay, Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page recorded versions of 'Four Sticks' and 'Friends' with the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. Unfortunately, differing music theories led to the sessions being scrapped. Said Plant, “It's very hard for them to cope with the Western approach to music with their counting of everything, their times and so on.”
1972: Pink Floyd performed at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1973: Roxy Music appeared at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1973: Dr. Hook And The Medicine Show got their picture on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine after their hit, 'The Cover of Rolling Stone' reached #6 on the US singles chart. According to members of the group, they really did buy five copies for their mothers, just like the song said.
1973: Lynyrd Skynyrd record 'Gimme Three Steps.'
1974: Mott the Hoople released their 7th album, 'The Hoople.' It reached #28 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #11 on the UK Albums chart.
1974: King Crimson released their 6th studio album, 'Starless and Bible Black.' It reached #64 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1974: King Crimson played at Stadthalle in Heidelberg, Germany.
1975: Sugarloaf peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You' which was their 2nd and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1975: All six Led Zeppelin studio albums were on the Billboard 200 album chart at the same time, including their latest, 'Physical Graffiti,' at #1. Following were 'Led Zeppelin IV' at #83; 'Houses of the Holy' at #92; 'Led Zeppelin II' at #104; 'Led Zeppelin' at #116; and 'Led Zeppelin III' at #124.
1975: Jeff Beck's 2nd solo album, 'Blow by Blow' is released. Beck went fusion and did it well. It was produced by George Martin, Blow By Blow peaked at #4 in the US charts, went platinum, and scored a Grammy for Best Instrumental Album.
1976: Electric Light Orchestra appeared at Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1976: During a European tour Neil Young started a three night run at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1978: David Bowie kicked off his 'Low/Heroes' 77-date World Tour at San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California.
1978: Thin Lizzy filmed their London, U.K. performance for the 'Live And Dangerous' video.
1978: After fourteen years of marriage, Tina Turner's divorce from her husband Ike became final.
1979: Supertramp release their 6th album 'Breakfast in America,' which goes on to sell six million copies in the U.S. and win two Grammy Awards. It reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for six weeks. It was recorded in 1978 at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles. It featured four U.S. Billboard hit singles: 'The Logical Song' (#6), 'Goodbye Stranger' (#15), 'Take the Long Way Home' (# 10), and 'Breakfast in America' (#62).
1979: After attending a Dire Straits show during their residency at the Roxy in Los Angeles, Bob Dylan asked Mark Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on the sessions for his next album. 'Slow Train Coming' was the album, recorded in Muscle Shoals in May of 1979, with Jerry Wexler producing. Dylan had first heard Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler when his assistant Arthur Rosato played him the single 'Sultans of Swing.'
1980: Rush's 'Spirit Of The Radio' peaks at #51 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1980: Rush played at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada.
1980: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side Of The Moon', spent its 303rd week on the US album chart, beating the record set by Carole King's album 'Tapestry.' The album remained in the US Billboard charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in chart history. After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006.
1980: Brian Johnson of the band Geordie replaces the deceased Bon Scott in AC/DC. Johnson's first album with the band is 'Back In Black,' which becomes the second-best selling album worldwide to 'Thriller.'
1982: Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney release 'Ebony And Ivory.'
1982: Scorpions released their 8th studio album, 'Blackout.' It peaks at #10 on Billboard's 200 album chart.
1982: Iron Maiden released their 3rd studio album, ;The Number of the Beast.' It's their first album with Bruce Dickinson singing for them. It has been cited as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time.‬
1983: At the end of their 29 date 'War' UK tour, U2 performs at Hammersmith Palais in London.
1985: Roger Waters appeared at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.
1986: Beatles records officially went on sale in Russia. Before that, only tapes were available on the black market, but most Soviet music lovers could not afford them. There was little information about The Beatles in the USSR and official Soviet publications about the band were mainly critical and condemnatory.
1987: Guns N' Roses and Faster Pussycat performed at The Roxy in Hollywood.
1987: Prince is named Worst Actor and Worst Director for 'Under the Cherry Moon' at the 7th Golden Raspberry Awards. The film also earns Razzies for Worst Picture (tied with 'Howard the Duck'), Worst Supporting Actor (Jerome Benton), and Worst Original Song ('Love or Money').
1996: Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson Lee sued Penthouse in an effort to prevent the magazine from distributing a home video of the couple having sex.
1996: Two former members of the 1950's vocal group, The Teddy Bears, filed suit in Los Angeles against producer Phil Spector and several labels. Carol Connors and Marshall Lieb alleged they had not received royalties from re-issues of their 1958 #1 hit 'To Know Him Is To Love Him.'
1998: 'The Not In Our Name: Dead Man Walking' benefit concert to repeal the death penalty is held in L.A. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Jeff Ament perform.
1999: The David Bowie Internet Radio Network broadcast its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show was Bowie's favorite songs with Bowie introducing each track.
2000: Phil Collins took out a high court action against two former members of Earth, Wind And Fire. Collins claimed his company had overpaid the musicians by $85,000 in royalties on tracks including 'Sussudio' and 'Easy Lover.'
2001: Brian Wilson was honored in a three hour tribute at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Guest performances included Billy Joel singing 'Don't Worry Baby,' while Paul Simon sang an acoustic version of 'Surfer Girl.' Wilson-Phillips made a rare appearance, as did The Go-Gos and the trio of Carly Simon, David Crosby and Jimmy Webb. Also singing Beach Boy songs were Ann and Nancy Wilson, Elton John and Aimee Mann. Brian Wilson himself also took the stage for the final three songs, 'Barbara Ann,' 'Surfin' U.S.A.' and 'Fun, Fun, Fun.'
2003: Guitarist Mike Smith makes his debut with Limp Bizkit at Wrestlemania XIX in Seattle. Smith replaces Wes Borland (temporarily).
2004: Jon Bon Jovi becomes a dad for the first time.
2004: Prince launches his first arena tour in six years.
2004: U.D.O. released their 9th album, 'Thunderball.'
2005: Mudvayne headlines a North American tour. Also along for the ride are Life of Agony, American Head Charge and Bloodsimple.
2005: Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York. Doctors expected the 59 year old to make a full recovery. The aneurysm was discovered when Young's vision became blurred after he performed with The Pretenders at their induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and experienced blurred vision. Post-surgery, Young decides to stop smoking pot so that he can be more cognizant of his body as he ages.
2005: AC/DC's two-DVD set 'Family Jewels' with concert performances, television appearances and promotional videos from '75 to '93 is released. Disc one contains clips featuring original frontman Bon Scott, with disc two covering the Brian Johnson years.
2005: Weezer releases 'Beverly Hills,' the lead single from their 'Make Believe' album.
2005: Beck's eclectic 'Guero' album is released. The set has contributions from White Stripes' Jack White.
2006: The Beatles' business entity, Apple Corps, relaunches its trademark-infringement battle with Apple Computer in London over the latter's iTunes service. The action claims that the iPod manufacturer violated a 1991 agreement in which they agreed to steer clear of music-related endeavors. Of course, Apple Corps is seeking millions in compensation.
2006: Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge is injured when his motorcycle hits a car in his hometown of Birmingham, AL. Burbridge receives minor leg wounds. He's back performing with his other band, Oteil and the Pacemakers, a short time later.
2007: U2 singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the frontman's wife and four children at the British ambassador David Reddaway's official residence. He was not entitled to be called "Sir" because he is not a British citizen. The U2 singer's title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).
2007: A stage production based on Neil Young's 2003 concept album, 'Greendale,' premieres at Dallas' Undermain Theatre. 'Greendale's' songs are performed by a live band and an ensemble cast.
2007: My Chemical Romance's guitar tech, Matt Cortes, takes over for Frank Iero who leaves the tour due to an undisclosed illness. "He was basically playing laying down because he is extremely f**king sick," says singer Gerard Way during a London show. "We had to just send him home." Iero also missed several shows earlier in the year due to illness.
2008: 3 Doors Down perform at the SpeedJam 2008 auto-racing event at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
2009: Nominated in five categories at the 38th annual Juno Awards In Vancouver, Nickelback wins Group of the Year, Album of the Year ('Dark Horse') and Fan Choice at Canada's equivalent of the Grammys. They also perform their 'Dark Horse' hit 'Something In Your Mouth.'
2009: 'Guitar Hero: Metallica,' is released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 systems. There are also songs from Slayer. "There had been some issues with (the content of) their lyrics but we stood up for Slayer, and we finally got Slayer cleared," states Metallica's Lars Ulrich. Alice In Chains' 'No Excuses,' Foo Fighters' 'Stacked Actors' and System Of A Down's 'Toxicity' round out the set list.
2009: A commercial for Dr Pepper Cherry soda featuring KISS' Gene Simmons and his son, Nick, premieres. The KISS track 'Calling Dr. Love' is also featured in the Trust Me, I'm a Dr. campaign.
2009: Oasis' 1995 hit 'Wonderwall' tops a Virgin Radio listener's poll of the best British songs of all time.
2009: Trapt headline the Contagious Tour, named after a single from their '08 "Only Through The Pain" album. The trek begins in Maplewood, MN.
2010: Weezer premieres the video for 'I'm Your Daddy' on MySpace. The video for a track from the band's '09 set 'Raditude' features footage of the band backstage and on the road. There is also cameos by Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams.
2011: A website that illegally sold Beatles songs online for 25 cents each agreed to pay record companies almost $1m to settle a legal case., based in the US, streamed and sold music by The Beatles, Coldplay and others until it was sued in 2009. In the few days before it was forced to shut down, it had distributed more than 67,000 Beatles tracks.
2011: Sum 41 released their 5th studio album, 'Screaming Bloody Murder.'
2011: Slipknot drummer Shawn (Clown) Crahan's band Black Dots Of Death issue their debut album, 'Ever Since We Were Children.' 'Let's Get F***ed Up' is the lead single.
2011: Amon Amarth released the album 'Surtur Rising.'
2012: Red Hot Chili Peppers begin their first U.S. tour in five years, and after postponing the start of the trek due to singer Anthony Kiedis' foot injuries. Tampa is the first stop on the 'I'm With You' tour, the group's first U.S. trek since the departure of longtime guitarist John Frusciante (and the addition of one-time touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer).
2012: Slash releases a version of his song 'Gotten,' featuring Maroon 5's Adam Levine on vocals. Download proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Youth Network which helps over 10,000 runaway and homeless youth on the streets of L.A. every night.
2013: A letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney, written in 1971 during the aftermath of The Beatles' breakup, was announced as being one of the items being put up for sale on May 30th as part of an online auction organized by Profiles in History.
2015: 72-year-old Norman Greenbaum, who wrote and sang the 1969 hit 'Spirit in the Sky,' was critically injured when the car he was riding in turned left, crossing into the path of an on-coming motorcycle. The 20-year-old motorcyclist was killed and his passenger was severely injured. After a lengthy recovery, Greenbaum returned to the stage in Santa Rosa, California on November 15, 2015.
2015: After weeks of speculation, following the departure of drummer Shawn Drover, Megadeth confirm that Lamb Of God's Chris Adler is going to be their new drummer.
2015: The Treatment announce the departure of frontman Matt Jones. He is replaced by Mitchel Emms.
2016: R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe makes his solo debut on late night television with an appearance on the Tonight Show. He covers David Bowie's 'The Man Who Sold The World' in advance of the Bowie tribute concert at Carnegie Hall two nights later.
2016: Andy Newman from Thunderclap Newman died aged 73. Thunderclap Newman, whose 1969 #1 hit 'Something in the Air' became one of the indestructible staples of British 1960's pop. Primarily a keyboard player his schoolfriends nicknamed him Thunderclap in honour of his playing technique. The band that would become Thunderclap Newman was formed in late 1968 at the instigation of the Who’s Pete Townshend.

March 30
1957: Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock 'n' Roll era to write his own number one hit when 'Party Doll' topped the Billboard chart. Buddy would go on to place four more songs in the Top 40 between 1957 and 1961.
1958: Little Richard had his final US Top 10 hit with a song he had recorded in October, 1956, 'Good Golly Miss Molly.' The previous Autumn he had given up Rock 'n' Roll and had enrolled at Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, to study theology.
1962: The Russian newspaper Pravda warns communist youths about the dangers of dancing the Twist.
1963: 16 year old Lesley Gore records her breakthrough hit, 'It's My Party.' Producer Quincy Jones hurried Gore into the studio when he found out that Phil Spector was going to cut the song with The Crystals. The single would reach #1 in the US and #9 in the UK.
1963: The Chiffons enjoy the first of their five Billboard Top 40 hits when 'He's So Fine' climbs to #1. In the UK, it reached #16.
1964: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best appears on US TV's 'I've Got A Secret.' It only took a handful of questions before the panel guessed his former occupation and when host Gary Moore asked him why he left the group, he said "I thought I'd like to start of group of my own and I thought at that time they weren't going to go as big as they are now."
1966: In Paris, 85 rioters are arrested at a Rolling Stones concert.
1967: During Jimi Hendrix’s appearance on the BBC’s Top of the Pops, a technician mistakenly cued Alan Price’s 'Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear' instead of Hendrix’s 'Purple Haze.' Hendrix replied “I don’t know the words to that one man.”
1967: The photo session took place at Chelsea Manor studios in London with Michael Cooper for the cover of The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's' album, using cardboard cutouts and wax figures to represent The Beatles’ heroes, including depictions of Edgar Allan Poe, Lenny Bruce, Vidal Sassoon, Laurel and Hardy and Bob Dylan. Mae West initially declines but is later won over by a personal request from the group. After the shoot The Beatles resumed work at Abbey Road studios on ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ adding guitars, bass, tambourine, and backing vocals. The session began at 11:00 pm and ends at 7:30 am.
1967: The Turtles's 'Happy Together' hits #1 on the Billboard singles chart.
1967: During an appearance by Jimi Hendrix on 'Top Of The Pops' a technician created a lip-sync mishap by putting on the backing track of Alan Price's 'Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear', to which Hendrix responded 'I don't know the words to this one man.'
1968: Jimi Hendrix appeared at the University of Toledo Fieldhouse in Toledo, Ohio.
1968: 'Live Yardbirds' is recorded at Anderson Theatre in New York City. Originally rejected for release by the group due to poor sound quality, the album, which features Jimmy Page, is rolled out three years later to capitalize on Page's Led Zeppelin success.
1968: The Who performed at the Westbury Music Fair in Westbury, New York.
1968: Sly & the Family Stone appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968: Buffalo Springfield played at the Fairgrounds Coliseum in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1969: After having two giant hits with 'The Letter' (#1) and 'Cry Like A Baby' (#2), The Box Tops' 'Sweet Cream Ladies' tops out at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. They would reach #18 later in the year with 'Soul Deep,' their final Top 40 entry.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Farx Club in the Northcote Arms, in Southall, Middlesex, England. The support acts were Smokey Rice and Great Circle. The band’s fee was to be £75 ($112.50) or 60% of the gate, whichever was greater.
1970: Led Zeppelin walked off stage during a Pittsburgh gig and said they wouldn’t play until the police stopped intimidating their audience. Ten minutes later they resumed the show. Prior to the show, the band’s manager trashed twenty four bottles of champagne because they weren’t Dom Perignon per the group’s rider. The promoter was unable to get the famous brand and his $100 per bottle substitute was deemed “garbage” by Zep’s manager.
1971: Six months after his death, Jimi Hendrix's album, 'The Cry of Love' is certified Gold.
1971: Yes appeared at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band played at Ladd Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
1973: King Crimson headlined at Niedersachsen Halle, inHanover, Germany.
1974: Paul McCartney & Wings peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Jet' which was their 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1974: Deep Purple peaked at #91 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 'Might Just Take Your Life' from the 'Burn' album. It was their last song to chart until 1985.‬
1974: The Ramones play their first "show" in the band’s rehearsal space on Manhattan’s East 20th Street — then known as Performance Studios. It took place before just a handful of friends and associates, including future drummer Tommy Erdelyi, who, at the time, was acting as the trio’s manager. The included Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) who was still sitting in on drums, with bassist Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone) trying in vain to also handle lead vocals, and guitarist John Cummings (Johnny Ramone).
1975: Genesis played at Saarlandhalle in Saarbrucken, Germany.
1975: Peter Frampton​ released his 4th studio album, 'Frampton.'
1976: The Sex Pistols played their first show at The 100 club in London. They begin a weekly residency at the club in June.
1977: The Eagles’ 'Hotel California' went to the #1 spot on the album chart.
1977: Pink Floyd performed the third of four nights at New Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground in Stafford, England.
1978: Paul Simonon and Topper Headon of The Clash were arrested in Camden Town, London after shooting down racing pigeons with air guns from the roof of Chalk Farm Studios. Four police cars and a helicopter were required to make the arrest. Their fines totalled £800 ($1,360).
1978: U2 won 500 pounds and a CBS audition in a Guinness talent contest in Limerick, Ireland.
1978: David Bowie appeared at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
1979: Van Halen played at Caldwell Stadium in Caldwell, Idaho.
1979: Triumph's release their 3rd studio album, 'Just a Game.'
1980: Genesis releases 'England By The Pound.'
1980: ZZ Top performed at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1981: Pretenders 'Extended Play' is released in the U.S. It reached #27 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The five-track EP because of the differences between the U.S. and British approaches to record-making. The Pretenders scored on both sides of the Atlantic with their debut album in January 1980, then released two successful singles in Britain, 'Talk of the Town' (March 1980), which made the U.K. Top Ten, and 'Message of Love' (January 1981), which also was a hit. But one-off singles are a rarity in the U.S., and since the band did not have a full-length album ready yet, Sire Record put the singles on this EP to forestall imports. They then appeared again on 'Pretenders II' five months later.
1981: U2 demanded cash for a concert in Lubbock, Texas, at which point the club owner pulled out a gun and told them they would take a check like everyone else.
1982: U2 played the second of two nights at the San Francisco Civic Centre.
1983: Rush appeared at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1984: Greg Lake left Asia and was replaced by original Asia guitarist John Wetton.
1984: David Gilmour appeared on the Tyne Tees TV show 'The Tube,' broadcast live from Newcastle upon-Tyne, England.
1985: Phil Collins started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'One More Night,' his second US chart topper.
1987: Prince releases his 9th album, 'Sign o' the Times.'
1991: Tesla peaked at #12 on Billboard's 200 album chart with their 'Five Man Acoustical Jam' album.
1987: Bryan Adams releases his 'Into The Fire' album.
1992: R.E.M. started recording sessions for their 'Automatic For The People' album at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York.
1992: The soundtrack to 'Wayne's World' was the #1 album in the US. It featured the return to the charts of Queen's, 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' actually making the song a bigger hit the second time around. Tracks by Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, as well as a new version of 'Dream Weaver' from Gary Wright, were also included on the LP.
1994: Pink Floyd played their first concert in more than five years, opening a North American tour before more than 55,000 fans in Miami.
1996: The Gin Blossoms crack the U.S. Top 10 for the first time with the two-sided single, 'Til I Hear It From You' and 'Follow You Down.' The single reaches #9.
1996: The Beatles had the #1 album on the UK chart with 'Anthology 2.' It had similar success in America where it topped the Billboard Hot 200 and sold over 1.7 million copies.
1996: A contractual dispute leads Offspring to part ways with Epitaph Records. The group eventually signs with Columbia Records.
1999: KISS cancels 3 concerts in Russia after the American bombing of Yugoslavia.
2000: Rolling Stone Mick Jagger made a nostalgic visit to his old school. He opened the new arts center that had been named after him at Dartford Grammar. The singer said he had spent the worst years of his life at the school.
2003: Linkin Park went to #1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘Meteora.’ It was also a US #1.
2004: Todd Harrell (3 Doors Down) is acquitted of one count of simple assault in a Moss Point, MS., municipal court. The charges stemmed from a 3/5/04 altercation with a man who accused the bassist of stealing newspapers from a coin-operated vending machine.
2004: A Perfect Circle postpones several dates on their North American tour because singer Maynard James Keenan is ill.
2004: The Darkness nixes a concert in Cleveland just hours before they are scheduled to take the stage because singer Justin Hawkins lost his voice. The Darkness cancels additional shows.
2004: Guns N’ Roses pulled out of the Rock in Rio Lisbon festival after the sudden departure of guitarist Buckethead.
2004: Aerosmith's 14th studio album 'Honkin' on Bobo' album is released. It features 11 covers including 'Baby, Please Don't Go,' 'Stop Messin' Around' and 'Road Runner,' and a brand new song 'The Grind.'
2006: Courtney Love sells a 25-percent share of her stake in Nirvana's publishing rights to Larry Mestel, of Primary Wave Music Publishing. "I needed a partner to take Kurt Cobain's songs and bring them into the future and into the next generation," says Love. It's claimed Love made more than $50 million on the deal.
2007: The debut U.S. concert by Heaven & Hell, the band featuring a Ronnie James Dio-fronted Black Sabbath lineup, is recorded for a DVD and CD. The performance takes place at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
2007: Guitars signed by Bruce Springsteen, The Who's Pete Townshend and Sting are up for bid at the third annual Musicians On Call Benefit Concert and Auction in New York. The event helps support the organization's program of entertaining hospital patients through live and recorded music.
2007: A man was arrested by police and detained under the Mental Health Act after trying to force his way into Paul McCartney’s mansion, screaming: “I must get to him.” The middle-aged man burst through security patrols into McCartney’s isolated Sussex estate; guards who feared an assassination attempt were scrambled to intercept him as he sped towards the front door. He was finally halted by trees and a fence just yards from Sir Paul’s six-bedroom home at Peasmarsh.
2007: Stevie Nicks performs two of her more famous songs from her tenure with Fleetwood Mac, 'Landslide' and 'Rhiannon,' on NBC's Today Show. The appearance is in support of her career-spanning compilation, 'Crystal Visions: The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks.'
2008: Heart performs on a cruise to raise money for the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation to aid in the fight against breast cancer. The week-long 'Cruise For Our Cause' visits several Caribbean locations. The excursion is organized by Olivia, a travel company that caters exclusively to the lesbian community.
2008: The Rolling Stones and director Martin Scorsese attend the New York premiere of the band's 'Shine A Light' concert film.
2009: Saliva's Josey Scott has an emergency operation to treat a hemorrhaged arterial bleeding ulcer. The surgery, which takes place in Jackson, TN, forces Saliva to cancel 13 appearances on the 'Snocore' tour.
2009: Tickets for U2's first four North American shows (Chicago, Toronto, Boston and New York) on their '360 Tour' sell out in record time. The band then schedules an extra concert in each city.
2010: Paul McCartney performs at the Hollywood Bowl for the first time since 1993. The show is a stop on his 'Up and Coming' tour.
2010: The 51st birthday party for Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell (his actual B-Day was the day before) at Les Deux in L.A. is also the band's first appearance with bassist Duff McKagan. One of the songs is a rendition of Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love.'
2010: The Who close out a series of concerts at London's Royal Albert Hall marking the 10th anniversary of benefit shows in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. They perform a complete rendition of their 1973 rock opera 'Quadrophenia' with guest vocalists Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) and Tom Meighan (Kasabian).
2011: Buffalo Springfield, which split in 1968, announces a reunion tour with original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay. The tour lasts seven shows, ending with a performance at Bonnaroo. Another 30 dates are planned, but Young calls it off.
2011: Harper/Collins announced that Billy Joel had decided to back out of a book deal that would have seen him publish his memoirs. Tentatively called 'The Book of Joel,' the autobiography was slated to deal with Joel's musical history, his failed marriage to Christie Brinkley, as well as his battles with substance abuse.
2012: Jerry Lee Lewis gets married for the 7th time. The lucky lady is Judith Brown, an ex-wife of a cousin and Jerry’s caregiver. She is also the aunt of Myra Gale Brown, who married Lewis when she was just 13.
2012: "Weird Al" Yankovic launched a $5 million lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment for underpayment of royalties. The case would be settled in December, 2013 in Yankovic's favor for undisclosed terms.
2013: Producer Phil Ramone dies of complication from surgery of an aortic aneurysm at 79. Trained as a classical violinist at the Juilliard School, Ramone went on to win 14 Grammys and produce artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Elton John and Bob Dylan. He is also credited as recording Marilyn Monroe’s hazy version of 'Happy Birthday, Mr. President' for JFK. Later, he invented surround sound for movies and produced the first ever album on CD – Billy Joel’s '52nd Street.'
2013: A rare, signed copy of The Beatles' album 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' sells for $290,500 at an auction in Texas. The previous record for a signed cover was $150,000 for the band's 1964 set 'Meet The Beatles.'
2014: Bachman-Turner Overdrive are inducted into the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame as part of the 43rd Annual Juno Awards at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
2015: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil performs the National Anthem before the Las Vegas Outlaws debut game at the Thomas & Mack Center. Rockstar Sports Group, of which Neil is a partner, were awarded the Arena Football League franchise the previous September.
2015: Van Halen shut down Hollywood Boulevard to play their hits on the first of a two-night run on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Singer David Lee Roth cuts his nose while furiously twirling a metal baton during the opening number, 'Panama.' He gets it bandaged and carries on but the injury requires fourteen stitches. The mini-concert promotes the group's album 'Tokyo Dome Live In Concert.'
2015: 'Led Zeppelin,' a concert film opens in U.S. theaters. The two-hour film features over a dozen live performances from the 1970s.
2015: 'Brian-Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of Brian Wilson,' a tribute concert honoring the Beach Boys' singer/songwriter is held in L.A. The show features appearances by The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Heart's Ann Wilson and Wilson Phillips.

March 31
1949: RCA Victor introduced the 45rpm single record, which had been in development since 1940. The 7-inch disc was designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offered better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that was currently in use. Advertisements for new record players boasted that with 45rpm records, the listener could hear up to ten records with speedy, silent, hardly noticeable changes.
1957: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Obie Wheeler, Carl Perkins and Glen Douglas open a tour of the South in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1957: Billed as the nation's only atomic powered singer, Elvis Presley played two shows (2pm and 6pm), at the Olympia in Detroit, Michigan in front of 24,000 fans.
1957: The Soviet Culture newspaper in Moscow dismisses Rock n' Roll as nothing more than a wayward capitalist venture designed to part the gullible masses from their hard earned dollars.
1958: Chuck Berry's 'Johnny B. Goode' is released. It would enter the Billboard charts six weeks later and peak at #8 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart. The song is named after his piano player (Johnnie Johnson) and the street where he grew up (Goode Avenue). The song's original lyrics referred to Johnny as a "colored boy", but Berry later acknowledged that he changed it to "country boy" to ensure radio play. The song has since gone on to be covered by artists ranging from AC/DC and Judas Priest to The Beach Boys and Elvis Presley.
1962: The Beatles played their first gig in the South of England when they appeared at The Subscription Rooms, Stroud. Tickets cost 5 shillings, ($0.70).
1964: The Beatles set a recording industry record that may never be equaled. They held the top 5 positions on the US singles chart with 'Can't Buy Me Love' at #1, 'Twist and Shout' at #2, 'She Loves You' at #3, 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' at #4 and 'Please Please Me' at #5. In Canada, they had nine of the top 10 singles, while the Australian charts saw them occupying the first six places.
1964: Filming for 'A Hard Days Night,' The Beatles played a "live television performance" in front of a studio of screaming fans (one of those fans was Phil Collins). The four songs used in the film were ‘Tell Me Why’, ‘I Should Have Known Better’, ‘And I Love Her’, and ‘She Loves You’.
1966: Elvis Presley's 'Frankie & Johnnie' movie premieres in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1967: Robert Plant releases second pre-Zep solo single, 'Our Song.'
1967: Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar live on stage for the first time when he was appearing at The Astoria in London, England. It was the first night of a 24-date tour with The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink. He burned his hands during the stunt and was later taken to the hospital. The Fender Stratocaster burned on stage by Hendrix sold for £280,000 at a 2008 London auction of rock memorabilia.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Top Spot Ballroom in Ross-on-Wye, England.
1968: The Who performed at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed at the Cooks Ferry Inn, in Edmonton, in north London.
1969: George Harrison and his wife, Patti, appeared in a U-K court on a marijuana possession charge. They were fined 250 pounds. They were arrested on Paul McCartney’s wedding day.
1969: In Amsterdam, John Lennon and Yoko Ono called off their “bed-in” so they could premiere Yoko’s new film, 'Rape,' in Vienna. They also announce their "Bagism" project, giving the entire press conference from inside a white bag.
1969: A short John Lennon film entitled 'Rape' appears on Australian TV.
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1972: The Beatles Official Fan Club closed. Freda Norris, who ran the club, commented that the membership in 1965 was at 80,000 & now membership was at 11,000. The Beatles Monthly magazine had ceased three years previously.
1972: Deep Purple released their 6th album, 'Machine Head.' It reached #1 on the UK Albums chart, and #7 on The Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The legendary single, "Smoke on the Water", also charted in the UK (#21) and on the Billboard Hot 100 (#4).
1972: The number #1 in the US is America’s self-titled debut, featuring their classic 'A Horse With No Name.'
1973: The Grateful Dead played at War Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
1973: Roxy Music appeared at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: Lou Reed enters the Top 40 with 'Walk on the Wild Side.'
1973: Pink Floyd’s 'Dark Side of the Moon' entered the Billboard album chart for the very first time.
1973: Elton John appears on the front page of Melody Maker, which proclaims "Now Elton's A Teen Idol!"
1974: Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Aerosmith headlined at the Civic Center in Lansing, Michigan.
1976: Led Zeppelin released their 7th studio album 'Presence' on their own Swan Song Records. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for two weeks. Jimmy Page and manager Peter Grant were fearful that Plant might have quit the band during his (and his family’s) recovery from a serious car accident the year before. So, the band rushed to Musicland Studios in Germany (for tax reasons) to get Plant out of his depression and “back in the groove.” After a month of rehearsals, the album was recorded in just eighteen days with Plant in a wheelchair.
1977: Elvis Presley's concert in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is postponed during intermission when he is too ill to go onstage. The next day, he is admitted to a Memphis hospital for a six day stay, suffering from fatigue and intestinal flu.
1978: Eric Clapton played at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
1979: Roxy Music appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, Massachusetts.
1980: Rush performed at the Brandt Center in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
1980: Scorpions 7th studio album 'Animal Magnetism' is released.
1982: The Doobie Brothers announced that they were splitting up. The band started in the 1970s with the #11 hit 'Listen to the Music' and would re-unite in 1987 and released the Top Ten smash, 'The Doctor' in 1989.
1982: ZZ Top played at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1982: Toto release their #2 single 'Rosanna.'
1983: Pink Floyd released 'The Final Cut,' their last album with Roger Waters.
1984: Motley Crue peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Shout at the Devil,' which went on to be certified four times Platinum in the U.S.
1984: Kenny Loggins started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Footloose,' the theme from the film with the same name, a #6 hit in the UK.
1986: O'Kelly Isley of The Isley Brothers died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 48. As a trio, the Isleys started as a Gospel group in the early 1950s, switching to R&B in the latter half of the decade. Their first big hit was 'Shout' in 1959, followed in 1962 by the original version of 'Twist and Shout,' later covered by the Beatles. The Isley Brothers' biggest hit came in 1969 with the million-selling 'It's Your Thing.'
1987: Prince released his 9th studio album 'Sign o' the Times,' the set featured the title track, 'If I Was Your Girlfriend' and 'U Got the Look', (with Sheena Easton). In 1989, Time Out magazine ranked it as the greatest album of all time.
1989: Guns N’ Roses released their acoustic single 'Patience.'
1992: White Zombie releases 'Devil Music Vol. 1.'
1992: Bruce Springsteen releases the 'Human Touch' and 'Lucky Town' albums simultaneously. A creative spurt at the end of the 'Human Touch' sessions produced 'Lucky Town.' The single, 'Human Touch' (backed by 'Lucky Town's' 'Better Days'), peaks at #1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart.
1992: Def Leppard released their 5th studio album 'Adrenalize,' the first by the band following the 1991 death of guitarist Steve Clark. Former Dio and Whitesnake guitarist Vivian Campbell, was brought in as the newest member in April 1992. He appears in all promotional videos for the album's singles (except 'Let's Get Rocked'), despite not playing on the album.
1994: Nirvana's Kurt Cobain walks out of the drug treatment Exodus Recovery Center in Marina del Rey and with him goes any chance of survival. Cobain entered the treatment center only three days earlier. He is dead of a self-inflicted gun shot wound a week later.
1995: Jimmy Page escaped being knifed when a fan rushed the stage at a Page and Plant gig at Auburn Hills, Michigan. The fan was stopped by two security guards, who he knifes instead. After his arrest, he told police that he wanted to kill Jimmy Page because of the Satanic music he was playing.
1996: Phil Collins announced his departure from Genesis after having spent 21 years as their lead singer.
2000: The film 'High Fidelity' hit theaters in the U.S. It featured an appearance by Bruce Springsteen, his first Hollywood cameo.
2003: White Stripes release their fourth album 'Elephant' in the U.K.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne confirmed he was reforming Black Sabbath for a summer tour.
2004: Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello and System Of A Down's Serj Tankian are among the musicians who take part in the Axis of Justice concert series in West Hollywood, CA.
2005: 'When Metallica Ruled The World' premieres on VH-1.
2006: The London Teenage Cancer Trust concerts feature the Scorpions, Judas Priest and Deep Purple's Ian Gillan. The event is co-produced by Roger Daltrey.
2006: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry announced that digital music sales almost tripled around the world in 2005, reaching $1.1 billion in value.
2007: A new world record for the longest non-stop concert was set by hundreds of musicians in Japan. The performance began on the evening of 23 March in the city of Omi, with musicians aged between six and 96 taking turns with over 2,000 tunes being performed over 182 hours. Organisers praised the musicians, one of whom carried on despite a major earthquake during her piano piece. The previous world record was set in Canada in 2001 with 181 hours.
2007: Heaven & Hell (essentially the Ronnie James Dio edition of Sabbath - Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler but not Bill Ward) appear on VH1 Classic's 'Hangin' With.'
2008: U2 join Madonna and sign a huge contract with Live Nation. They take a lot of of stock in the company that they'd later sell off.
2009: Queensrÿche's​ 1th studio album, 'American Soldier' is released.
2009: Stevie Nicks releases 'The Soundstage Sessions: Live in Chicago.' The limited-edition CD/DVD contains audio and video footage from Nicks' performance for PBS' Soundstage series.
2009: 'The Complete Metallica,' a digital 'box set' is available exclusively through iTunes. It features nine studio albums, plus covers and live tracks.
2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases 'Live at the Cardiff Capitol Theatre.' It features music recorded at Cardiff, Wales' Capitol Theatre on November 4, 1975. It's released alongside the album 'Authorized Bootleg: Live In Winterland, San Francisco, CA, 3/07/76.'
2009: Filter releases out their first retrospective album, 'The Very Best Things (1995-2008).' The collection spans the band's career, including three songs that Filter contributed to soundtracks.
2009: The Ozzy Osbourne clan returns to TV when their FOX variety series 'Osbournes Reloaded' premieres. The family show mixes live performances and skits. More than 15 FOX affiliates across the United States refuse to air the episode after deeming the program's content unsuitable for younger viewers. In addition, another 10 affiliates bump the show from prime time to a later hour.
2011: Bruce Springsteen's open letter against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's budget plan is printed in the Asbury Park Press. Springsteen states the governor's policy favors the state's most wealthy residents.
2012: Lars Ulrich and drummer Mike Portnoy are featured guests on the 10th season kick-off episode of 'That Metal Show.'
2012: It's National Learn to Play Day in the U.K. Free musical instrument lessons are available to the public. Music instructors include Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and Whitesnake's guitarist Doug Aldrich. Over 60 music shops participate nationwide.
2015: Joni Mitchell was rushed to hospital after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. The singer songwriter was admitted to intensive care where she underwent tests. Los Angeles fire officials said paramedics had answered a 911 call in Bel Air, where Mitchell lives, and had taken a patient whom they did not identify to hospital.
2015: Van Halen release their first-ever live album to feature original singer David Lee Roth. Recorded on June 21, 2013 at the famed Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, 'Tokyo Dome Live In Concert' includes 23 songs, spanning all seven of the band’s albums with Roth.
2015: Three Days Grace issue their 5th album, 'Human.' It is their first effort with frontman Matt Walst, brother of bassist Brad, who replaced Adam Gontier in '13.
2015: Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland (And The Wildabouts) releases 'Blaster.' "The album has its own distinctive sound, but it also can entice those Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver fans who have stuck by me," says Weiland. 2015: 'Kintsugi' is the title of Death Cab For Cutie's eighth studio album. It's the band's first album as a trio following the departure of founding member Chris Walla.
2015: Boz Scaggs releases his latest album, 'A Fool To Care.'
2016: Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich appears on the panel for the History Channel's 'Join Or Die.' The panel debates who was the most influential band: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, The Ramones, Run DMC or Nirvana. No surprise, it's The Beatles.
2016: John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) tops Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Drummers Of All Time.
2016: Black Sabbath launch a clothing line based on Sabbath album covers, logos and other insignia.
2016: Michael Stipe, Cyndi Lauper, Ann Wilson and Perry Farrell are among the performers at a Carnegie Hall concert honoring David Bowie.

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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: February

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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: February

Rock Birthdays
Feb. 1:
Jimmy Carl Black (Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart) - b. 1938 - d. 11/1/08
Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) - 81
Don Everly (Everly Brothers) - 81
Mike Campbell (Mudcrutch, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Blue Stingrays, worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Roger McGuinn, Tracy Chapman, Warren Zevon, George Harrison) - 68
Rich Williams (Kansas) - 68
Fran Christina (Fabulous Thunderbirds) - 67
Sonny Landreth (sessions, guest appearances, collaborations, solo) - 67
Exene Cervenka (X, The Knitters, solo) - 62
Jani Lane (Warrant, Saints Of The Underground, Liberty & Justice, solo) - b. 1964 - d. 8/11/11
Lisa Marie Presley - 50
Patrick Wilson (Weezer, The Special Goodness) - 49
Ron Welty (The Offspring, Steady Ground) - 47

Feb. 2:
Graham Nash (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, solo) - 76
Ross Valory (Journey, The Storm, Steve Miller Band, Frumious Bandersnatch, The Vu) - 69
‎Rick Dufay‬ (Aerosmith, solo) - 656
Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots, Army Of Anyone, Talk Show, Hollywood Vampires) - 52
Ben Mize (Counting Crows) - 47
Britt Lightning (Vixen) - 33

Feb. 3:
Angelo D'Aleo (Dion and the Belmonts, The Belmonts) - 78
Eric Haydock (The Hollies) - 76
Stan Webb (Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Canned Heat, solo) - 72
Dave Davies (Kinks, solo) - 71
Arthur “Killer” Kane (New York Dolls) - b. 1949 - d. 7/13/04
Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth, The Cribs, Text of Light) - 62
Tony Butler (Big Country, DOG + more) - 61
Laurence Tolhurst (The Cure) - 59
Kristy Majors (Pretty Boy Floyd) - 50
Richie Kotzen (Poison, Greg Howe, Mr. Big, Vertú -project with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, The Winery Dogs, solo) - 48

Feb. 4:
John Steel (The Animals, sessionist) - 77
Jimmy Johnson (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) - 75
Barry Beckett (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section) - b. 1943 - d. 6/10/09
Alice Cooper (Vince Fournier) - 70
Roy Yeager (Atlanta Rhythm Section) - 69
John Schlitt (Petra, Head East) - 68
Phil Ehart (White Clover, Kansas) - 68
Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie, Fastway, Badfinger, Waysted) - 66
Noodles - Kevin John Wasserman (The Offspring) - 55
Duncan Coutts (Our Lady Peace) - 49
Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) - 43

Feb. 5:
Alex Harvey (Tear Gas, Alex Harvey Band) - b. 1935 - d. 2/4/82
Hal Blaine (Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Ronettes, Jan and Dean, The Mamas & the Papas, The Byrds, Johnny Rivers, Elkie Brooks, The Association, Sonny & Cher, The Grass Roots, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Neil Diamond, Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Captain & Tennille, The Carpenters, Henry Mancini, The 5th Dimension, The Supremes, Barbra Streisand, Nancy Sinatra, Diana Ross, Dean Martin, The Partridge Family, The Wrecking Crew) - 89
Cory Wells (Three Dog Night) - 76
J.R. Cobb (Classics IV, Atlanta Rhythm Section) - 75
Chuck Winfield (Blood Sweat& Tears) - 74
Al Kooper (The Royal Teens, The Blues Project, Blood Sweat & Tears, Kooper played organ on 'Like A Rolling Stone' by Bob Dylan and wrote "This Diamond Ring" for Gary Lewis and the Playboys. He also discovered and produced Lynyrd Skynyrd and played with Alvin Lee, B.B. King, Bill Wyman, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Harry Chapin, Jimi Hendrix, Labelle, Michael Bloomfield, Mick Jagger, Mose Jones, Paul Butterfield, Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, Shuggie Otis, Stephen Stills, Ten Years After, The Animals, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,solo, many others) - 74
David Denny (Frumious Bandersnatch, Steve Miller Band) - 70
Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel) (Spinal Tap) - 70
Nigel Olsson (Elton John) - 69
Tommy Skeoch (Tesla) - 56
Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded, Neurotic Outsiders, 10 Minute Warning, The Fartz, Fastbacks, The Gentlemen, Jane's Addiction, Kings Of Chaos) - 54
Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) - 50

Feb. 6:
Fabian (Fabiano Anthony Forte) (singer, actor) - 75
Bob Marley, singer/songwriter and guitarist who had a 1981 UK #8 single with ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles and the 1976 US N#8 & UK #15 album ‘Rastaman Vibration’. The 1984 ‘Best Of’ album spent 330 weeks on the UK chart. In 1990, February 6th was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 19940 - b. 1945 - d. 5/11/81
Richie Hayward (Little Feat, Fraternity of Men, The Factory) - b. 1946 - d. 8/12/10
Punky Meadows (The Intruders, The English Setters, The Cherry People, BUX, Angel, solo) - 67
Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Vantage Point, prolific session drummer: Jeff Beck, The Who, Judas Priest, Tears for Fears, Mike Oldfield, Michael Schenker, Gary Moore, Big Jim Sullivan, Pete Townshend, Big Country, Whitesnake, Jack Bruce, David Gilmour, Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, Jon Anderson, Bonnie Tyler, Trevor Rabin, 10cc, Mick Jagger, Joe Satriani, Russ Ballard, Mike Rutherford, John Wetton, Asia, Derek Sherinian, Jordan Rudess and many more) - 61
Axl Rose (William Bailey) (Guns N'Roses, Hollywood Rose, L.A. Guns, Rapidfire) - 56

Feb. 7:
Earl King (New Orleans Blues guitarist, wrote 'Come On, (Let The Good Times Roll') - b. 1934 - d. 4/17/03
King Curtis (Saxaphone player, worked with John Lennon, played on The Coasters hit 'Yakety Yak') - b. 1934 - d. 8/13/71
Alan Lancaster (Status Quo, Party Boys and the Bombers) - 69
Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) - b. 1948 - d. 3/11/15
Joe English (Wings, Sea Level, Pieces of Eight, The Joe English Band, Jam Factory, Tall Dogs Orchestra, Kingfish, Compassion All Star Band) - 69
Mark St. John (KISS, Front Page, White Tiger) - b. 1956 - d. 4/5/07
Brian Travers (UB40) - 59
Garth Brooks - 56
David Bryan (Bon Jovi) - 56
Deborah Bonham (rock and blues vocalist and the sister of John Bonham) - 56
Jim Durki (Dark Angel) -
Sully Erna (Godsmack) - 50
Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit, Black Light Burns) - 43

Feb. 8:
Creed Bratton (The Grass Roots, Actor (The Office), solo) - 75
Adolfo de la Parra (Canned Heat, Bluesberry Jam, Sotweed Factor, played with: Big Joe Turner, T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins & George "Harmonica" Smith - sessions with: John Lee Hooker, Memphios Slim, & Charles "Gatemouth" Brown) - 72
Michael Goodroe (Motels) - 68
Vince Neil (Motley Crue, solo) - 57
Mandy Lion (WWIII, Wicked Alliance, Mandy Lion Band) -
Mika Karppinen (H.I.M., To Separate the Flesh from the Bones) - 47
Will Turpin (Collective Soul, solo) - 47
Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (Linkin Park) - 42

Feb. 9:
Carole King - 76
Joe Ely (The Clash, Linda Ronstadt) - 71
Mark Gallagher (Raven) - 58
Rachel Bolan (Skid Row) - 52
Mark Osegueda‬ (Death Angel) - 49
The Reverend Tholomew Plague “The Rev” / James Sullivan (Avenged Sevenfold, Pinkly Smooth, Suburban Legends) - b. 1981 - d. 12/28/09
Jeremy Davis (Paramore) - 33

Feb. 10:
Don Wilson (Ventures) - 85
Kenny Edwards (Stone Poneys, Linda Ronstadt, Bryndle, Canned Heat, solo) - b. 1946 - d. 8/18/10
Nigel Olsson (Plastic Penny, Elton John, Uriah Heep, Spencer Davis Group, solo) - 69
Cliff Burton (Metallica, Agents of Misfortune, EZ-Street, Trauma) - b. 1962 - d. 9/27/86

Feb. 11:
Gene Vincent - b. 1935 - d. 10/12/71
Bobby “Boris” Pickett - b.1938 - d. 4/25/07
Gerald "Gerry" Goffin (Songwriter - with his first wife Carole King, he wrote numerous pop hits including 'Don't Bring Me Down' (The Animals) and 'Pleasant Valley Sunday' (The Monkees). In '90, Goffin was inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame) - b. 1939 – d. 6/19/14
Derek Shulman (Gentle Giant) - 71
Charlie Hargrett (Blackfoot) - 69
Doug Blair (W.A.S.P.) - 58
“Brian Damage”/Brian Keats (Misfits, Genocide, Verbal Abuse, others) - b. 1963 - d. 1/12/10
Sheryl Crow - 56
Fredrik Thordendal (Meshuggah) - 48
Peter Hayes (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) - 42
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park, Fort Minor) - 41

Feb. 12:
Ray Manzarek (Doors, Manzarek-Krieger, Rick & the Ravens, Nite City, The Manzarek-Rogers Band) - b. 1939 - d. 5/20/13
Joe Schermie (Three Dog Night) - b. 1946 - d. 3/26/02
Stanley Knight (Black Oak Arkansas) - b. 1949 - d. 2/16/13
Steve Hackett (Genesis. GTR, Quiet World, solo) - 68
Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, The Dukes of September, solo) - 66
Bill Laswell (Method of Defiance, The Golden Palominos, Praxis, Massacre, Material, Buckethead, Painkiller, Ashes, Tabla Beat Science, Iggy Pop, Herbie Hancock, solo) - 63
Brian David "Robbo" Robertson (Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Wild Horses, solo) - 62
Omar Hakim (Weather Report; has played with Anita Baker, Sting, Weather Report, Mariah Carey, Madonna, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Chic, Bryan Ferry, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Everything but the Girl, Marcus Miller, Kazumi Watanabe, Lee Ritenour, The Rippingtons, Bobby McFerrin, others) - 54
Reed Mullin‬ (Corrosion Of Conformity) - 52
Paul Crook‬ (Anthrax‬, ‪Sebastian Bach‬, Meat Loaf) - 52
‎Reed Mullin‬ (Corrosion Of Conformity) - 52
Byron Stroud (City Of Fire, Fear Factory) - 49
Craig Jones‬ (Slipknot‬) - 46

Feb. 13:
Peter Tork (The Monkees, Shoe Suede Blues, George Harrison, James Lee Stanley, Release, Cottonmouth, The Peter Tork Project) - 76
Bill Szymczyk(Producer: The Eagles, The Who, B.B. King, Joe Walsh, Bob Seger, The J. Geils Band, The James Gang) - 75
Roy Dyke (Ashton Gardner & Dyke, Badger, Pat Travers, George Harrison, Remo Four) - 73
Peter Gabriel (Genesis, solo) - 68
Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Gary Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen) - 68
Snuffy Walden (composer, Rabbit, Free, Peter Sinfield, Stray Dog, Stevie Wonder, Keith Sykes, Greg Lake, Eric Burdon, Rita Coolidge, Pat Travers, solo, many TV and films, others) - 68
Rebop Kwaku Baah (Traffic, Ginger Baker, Wings, others, solo) - b. 1944 - d. 1/12/83
Ed Gagliardi (Foreigner, Spys) - b. 1952 - d. 5/11/14
Scott Smith (Loverboy) - b. 1955 - d. 11/30/00
Tony Butler (Big Country, On the Air, The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend) - 61
Les Warner (The Cult, Batusis) - 57
Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band, Wartime, solo) - 57
Jeff Waters (Annihilator) - 52
Dave Padden‬ (‎Annihilator‬) - 42

Feb. 14:
Merl Saunders (The Dinosaurs, Legion of Mary, Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Tom Fogerty, solo + more) - b. 1934 - d. 10/24/08
Magic Sam (Chicago blues musician) - b. 1937 - d. 12/1/69
Maceo Parker (James Brown, Maceo & All the King's Men, Maceo & the Macks, The J.B.'s, Parliament, Prince, Horny Horns) - 75
Vic Briggs (Animals, Dusty Springfield, The Echoes + more) - 73
Doug Simril (Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, solo) - 72
Tim Buckley III - b. 1947 - d. 6/29/75
Roger Fisher (Heart, Alias, Clever Bastard, solo) - 68
Sylvain Sylvain/Sylvain Mizrahi (New York Dolls, The Criminals) - 67
Brian Slagel‬ (founder and CEO of ‪Metal Blade‬ Records) - 57
Jason Rainey (Sacred Reich) - 51
Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty, Carlos Santana, Itaal Shur, Tabitha's Secret, solo) - 46

Feb. 15:
Glyn Johns (UK producer, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Beatles - 'Let It Be' sessions), Joan Armatrading, Midnight Oil, The Eagles, The Faces and Led Zeppelin) - 76
Mick Avory (The Kinks) - 74
John Helliwell (Supertramp) - 73
David Brown (Santana) - 1947 - d. 9/4/00
Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands, Wicked Sensation, Red Dragon Cartel) - 61
Ali Campbell (UB40) - 59
Brandon Boyd (Incubus) - 42
Brooks Wackerman (Bad4Good, Infectious Grooves, Suicidal Tendencies, The Vandals, Bad Religion, Kidneys, Tenacious D, Korn, The Innocent, Fear and the Nervous Sytem, Avenged Sevenfold) - 41
Gary Clark Jr. - 34

Feb. 16:
Otis Blackwell (songwriter and producer, wrote ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Return To Sender’, ‘Don't Be Cruel’, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘Fever’) - b. 1935 - d. 5/6/02
Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) - b. 1935 - d. 1/5/98
Ice T (Body Count) - 60
Pete Willis (Def Leppard, Gogmagog, Roadhouse) - 58
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran, Power Station, Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, The Almighty, Thunder (band), Mark Shaw, Love and Money, Paul Rodgers, C. C. Catch, solo) - 6
Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Testament, Philm, Grip Inc., Fantomas) - 53
Brad Walst (Three Days Grace) - 41

Feb. 17:
Doyle Bramhall (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chessmen, Nightcrawlers, Texas Storm, solo) - b. 1949 - d. 11/12/11
Ricky Medlocke (Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd) - 68
Rod Smallwood (Iron Maiden manager, he founded the Sanctuary Records Group in 1979, which became the largest independent record label in the UK and the largest independent music management company in the world until its closure in 2007) - 68
Michael Lepond (Symphony X) - 52
Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day, Pinhead Gunpowder, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Boo) - 46
Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, Alanis Morissette, Stevie Salas) - 46
Arin Ilejay (Avenged Sevenfold) - 30

Feb. 18:
Yoko Ono (John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band) - 85
Clyde "Skip" Battin (The Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Skip & Flip, solo) - b. 1934 -d. 7/6/03
Dennis De Young (Styx, solo) - 71
Keith Knudsen (Doobie Brothers, Southern Pacific) - b. 1948 - d, 2/8/05
Robbie Bachman (Brave Belt, Bachman Turner Overdrive) - 65
Jamie West-Oram (The Fixx) - 64
Gar Samuelson (Megadeth) - b. 1958 - d. 7/22/99
Jason Sutter (Smash Mouth, American Hi-Fi, Marilyn Mason, Chris Cornell, others) - 49
Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace, solo) - 48
Merritt Gant (Overkill, Blood Audio, Faith or Fear) - 47

Feb. 19:
Paul Dean (Loverboy) - 72
Pierre van der Linden (Focus, Pierre van der Linden) - 72
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Earth, Velvett Fogg, Mythology, WhoCares, solo) - 70
Mark Andes (Canned Heat, Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, Firefall, Heart) - 69
Eddie Hardin (Spencer Davis Group, Axis Point, Hardin & York, Jon Lord, solo) - 68
Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash) - 68
Francis Buchholz (Scorpions, Michael Schenker Group) - 64
Dave Wakeling (The Beat, English Beat, General Public) - 62
Doug Aldrich (Lion, Hurricane, House Of Lords, Burning Rain, Bad Moon Rising, Dio, Whitesnake, Revolution Saints, Raiding The Rock Vault. The Dead Daisies) - 54
Jon Fishman (Phish, Pork Tornado, Jazz Mandolin Project + more) - 53
Todd LaTorre (Crimson Glory, Queensryche) - 44
Daniel Adair (3 Doors Down, Nickelback, Burn Halo) - 43

Feb. 20:
Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears, solo) - 74
J. Geils (J. Geils Band) - 72
Billy Zoom (born Tyson Kindell) (X) - 70
Walter Becker (Steely Dan) - 68
Randy California (Spirit, The Blue Flame, solo) - 67
Kee Marcello (Europe) - 58
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) - b. 1967 - d. 4/5/94
Paweł Maciwoda‬ (Scorpions) - 51
Terry Ilous‬ (Great White, XYZ‬) - 50

Feb. 21:
David Geffen - Geffen record label boss. Founder of Asylum records signed The Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell. Formed Dreamworks in 1995 - 75
Paul Newton (Uriah Heep, Shinn, Hensley Lawton Band) - 70
Jerry Harrison (The Modern Lovers, Talking Heads, Producer) - 69
Vince Welnick (The Tubes, Grateful Dead, Missing Man Formation, Mickey Hart Band, Todd Rundgren) - b. 1951 - d. 6/2/06
Lester Hunt (Climax Blues Band) - 62
Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, solo) - 60
Mark Arm (Mudhoney - born Mark McLaughlin at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, CA) - 56
Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper, Doro, Warlock, Underground Moon, P.O.L., Boink!, DiS ViciOuS, The Audio Club, War & Peace, Needle Park, Big Trouble, Ruffkut, Hollywood Vampires) - 52
Michael Ward (Wallflowers, School of Fish, Innocent Criminals, Ben Harper, Gogol Bordello) - 51
Eric Wilson (Sublime) - 48
Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) - 47
Tad Kinchla (Blues Traveler, John Popper Project + more) - 45
Scott Griffin (LA Guns, Hookers N' Blow, Ratt) -

Feb. 22:
Norman "Hurricane" Smith (singer, record engineer, record producer) - b. 1923 - d. 3/3/
Ernie K Doe / Ernest Kador Jr (R&B singer, drummer) - b. 1936 - d. 7/5/01
Harvey Mason (Leader; sessions with Herb Alpert, Chet Atkins, George Benson, Donald Byrd, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Carole King, Hubert Laws, Kenny Loggins, Joe Pass, Bob James, Lee Ritenour, Rufus, Patrice Rushen, Donna Summer, Grover Washington, Jr., Gary Wright, others) - 71
Jon Brant (Cheap Trick, Siren, solo, D'Thumbs with Tommy Aldridge and Pete Comita and has also played with Chris Spedding, Robert Gordon, Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Leslie Gore, Jason & the Scorchers, Micki Free and others) - 63
Dave Spitz‬ (Black Sabbath, White Lion, Great White) - 60
Akira Takasaki (Loudness, Lazy, solo) - 57
‎Glen Alvelais‬ (Forbidden‬, Testament, Hatriot, LD/50) - 50
Brad Nowell (Sublime) - b. 1968 - d. 5/25/96
Scott Phillips (Creed, Alter Bridge, Projected) - 45
Joe Hottinger (Halestorm) - 32

Feb. 23:
Johnny Winter - b. 1944 – d. 7/16/14
Rusty Young (Poco, Buffalo Springfield) - 72
Steve Priest (Sweet) - 70
Terry "Tex" Comer (Warm Dust, Ace) - 69
Brad Whitford (Aerosmith, Joe Perry Project, solo) - 66
Michael Angelo Batio - 62
Michael Wilton (Queensryche) - 56
John Norum (Europe, Dokken, Don Dokken, Glenn Hughes, UFO, Eddie Meduza, solo) - 54
Chris Vrenna (Grammy-winning producer, engineer, worked with Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker, Rammstein, U2, Weezer, David Bowie, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Marilyn Manson + more) - 51
Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) - 47

Feb. 24:
Paul Jones (Paul Pond) (Mannfred Mann's Earth Band, Eric Clapton's Powerhouse, The Blues Band, The Manfreds, solo) - 76
Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, The Who, The Easybeats, The Move, The Jeff Beck Group, Donovan, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Steve Miller Band, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Badfinger, Carly Simon, Joe Cocker, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, The Jerry Garcia Band, Peter Frampton, Art Garfunkel, Rod Stewart + many more) - b. 1944 - d. 9/6/94
Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 4/28/13
Tim Staffell (Smile (became Queen), Humpy Bong, Morgan, aMIGO) - 70
George Thorogood (George Thorogood & the Destroyers) - 68
Steve Dawson (Saxon) - 66
Ronnie Platt (Kansas, Shooting Star Band) -
Chris Fehn (Slipknot, Thunderbolt Gasoline, Shed, Will Haven) - 46
Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio, Heavens, The Hell, Matt Skiba and the Sekrets, Blink 182) - 42

Feb. 25:
George Harrison (The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, solo) - b. 1943 - d. 11/29/01
Doug Yule (The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, American Flyer, RedDog, solo, others) - 71
John Doe (X, The Knitters + more) - 64
Dennis Diken (The Smithereens, Bell Sound, Dave Amels) - 61
Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country, solo) - 59
Pia Maiocco (Vixen, wife of Steve Vai) - 56

Feb. 26:
Fats Domino - b. 1928 - d. 10/24/17
Johnny Cash - b. 1932 – d. 9/12/03
Bob "The Bear" Hite (Canned Heat) - b. 1943 - d. 4/5/81
Paul Cotton (Poco) - 75
Mitch Ryder (The Detroit Wheels, solo) - 73
Jonathan Cain (Journey, The Babys, Bad English, Michael Bolton, solo + more) - 68
Michael Bolton (singer, songwriter; Blackjack, solo) - 65
Tom Commerford (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Puscifer, solo) - 50

Feb. 27:
Eddie Gray (Tommy James & the Shondells) - 70
Robert Balderrama (Question Mark & The Mysterians, Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns, Robert Lee Revue) - 68
Ray Gomez (Jack Bruce, Roy Buchanan, Chaka Khan, Stanley Clarke, Aretha Franklin, Peter Green, Hall & Oates, Stacy Lattisaw & Johnny Gill, Scandal, Jeremy Spencer, Steps Ahead, Cat Stevens, solo, others) - 65
Neil Schon (Santana, Betty Davis, Azteca, Journey, Schon & Hammer, HSAS, Bad English, Paul Rodgers, Abraxas Pool, solo) - 64
Adrian Smith (Urchin, Iron Maiden, Psycho Motel, Bruce Dickinson + more) - 61
Johnny Van Zant (The Austin Nickels Band, The Johnny Van Zant Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant, .38 Special) - 59
Nasty Suicide/Jan Stenfors (Hanoi Rocks, The Suicide Twins, The Cherry Bombz + more) - 55

Feb. 28:
Joe South (born Joseph Alfred Souter) (vocals, guitar 'Games People Play') - b. 1940 - d. 2012
Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) - b. 1942 - d. 7/3/69
Donnie Iris (born Dominic Gerace) - 75
Ronnie Rosman (Tommy James & The Shondells) - 73
Geoff Nicholls (Black Sabbath, Quartz, Tony Martin) - 70
Eddie Manion (Southside Johnny, The Sessions Band, The Miami Horns, Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Little Steven, Robert Cray, solo) - 66
Randy Jackson (Zebra) - 63
Cindy Wilson (The B-52's) - 61
Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears) - 61
Pat Monahan (Train) - 49
Justin Sane/Justin Meacham (Avenged Sevenfold, Suburban Legends, Pinkly Smooth) - 38

Feb. 29
David Williams (Drowning Pool) - 46

Today In Rock History
February 1
1949: RCA unveils the first 45-rpm record-playing system. It is the first time a record and record changer are made for each other. The invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible.
1954: Backed by his Jazz ensemble, Big Joe Turner records the original version of 'Shake, Rattle and Roll,' The tune will top the Billboard R&B chart next June, but did not cross over to the Pop chart. Some of the original lyrics, that would have been considered highly sexual at the time, were changed when Bill Haley recorded the song five months later.
1956: The Roxy Theater in New York City presents 'The Rock and Roll Ice Revue,' billed as "the hottest production ever staged on ice."
1957: The Everly Brothers sign with Cadence Records. During their career, they will have 35 Billboard Hot 100 singles.
1958: It's Elvis Presley's final recording session before entering the Army. 'Wear My Ring Around Your Neck' is one of the tracks cut. It will reach #3 in the US and the UK.
1962: Brian Epstein's managerial contract with The Beatles officially goes into effect.
1963: Paul Simon graduates from New York City's Queens College.
1963: 17 year-old Neil Young performed his first professional gig with his then-group The Squires at the Riverview Community Club in Winnipeg.
1964: Indiana Governor Matthew Welsh claims the Kingmen's 'Louie, Louie' is pornographic. He says that his ears "tingled" when he heard the song. He asks the Indiana Broadcasters Association to ban the record, although stations claim it's impossible to accurately figure out the lyrics from "the unintelligible rendition as performed by the Kingsmen." Although much has been written about the controversy, Indiana was the only state to actually ban the record from radio play.
1964: 'Fun, Fun, Fun' by the Beach Boys is released. The single gets to #5.
1964: The Beatles get their first U.S. #1 with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.' Billboard magazine's review says the song is a "driving rocker with surf on the Thames sound." The Beatles hold the top spot for three consecutive months. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' stays for seven weeks, 'She Loves You' for two and 'Can't Buy Me Love' adds another five. That's fourteen straight weeks for The Beatles.
1965: The Beatles' '4-By The Beatles' (EP) is released. It included four tracks from the LP, 'Beatles '65.' Though the first Beatles' EP released by Capitol did not succeed as much as the label would have hoped, it did well on the singles chart, which enabled Capitol to create a new series called the "4-By" series, which acted like a "super single." The idea was to market a set of four songs to "complement the artist's singles and albums and not compete with the performer's current hit single."
1965: At the Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina, James Brown records 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag,' which will reach #8 on the Billboard Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart the following August and later win a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.
1967: Beatles record the title song for the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club' Band album. It wasn't until The Beatles had recorded the song that Paul McCartney had the idea to make the song the thematic pivot for their forthcoming album.
1967: Pink Floyd spent the day recording parts for the Syd Barrett songs 'Arnold Layne' and 'Candy And A Current Bun' at Sound Techniques Studios in Chelsea, London. Floyd also turned professional on this day after signing a deal with EMI Records.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at The Cellar Club in South Shields, UK.
1968: The Doors are offered $500,000 to star in a Universal International film that never happens. The group says they will make a TV special for ABC. but that never happens. However, another project announced on this day, a book of singer Jim Morrison's poetry, does see the light of day.
1968: John Lennon ships his Rolls Royce to the U.S.
1968: Elvis Presley’s only child, daughter Lisa Marie was born in Memphis at the Baptist Memorial Hospital exactly nine months after Elvis married Priscilla.
1968: Simon & Garfunkel recorded 'America' at Columbia Studio A in New York City. The song was written by Paul Simon and concerns young lovers hitchhiking their way across the United States, in search of 'America,' one both literal and physical. It was inspired by a 1964 road trip with his girlfriend Kathy Chitty. The song has been regarded as one of Simon's strongest songwriting efforts and one of the duo's best songs. A 2014 Rolling Stone reader's poll ranked it the group's 4th best song.
1968: The Who kicked off their 3rd North American tour at the Civic Auditorium in San Jose, CA.
1969: Tommy James And The Shondells hit the top spot on the pop chart with 'Crimson And Clover.' Meanwhile, The Doors' 'Touch Me' hits at #4.
1969: Led Zeppelin supports Iron Butterfly at the Fillmore East concert hall in New York. As Butterfly drummer Ron Bushy plays his lengthy solo on 'In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida,' John Bonham launches a stage invasion, upsetting several Atlantic Records executives in the audience.
1969: Fleetwood Mac took a guitar-based instrumental called 'Albatross' to the top of the UK chart. It also made the Top 5 in Norway, Ireland, Sweden and Netherlands, but only rose to #104 in the US.
1969: Joni Mitchell makes her Carnegie Hall debut.
1970: The Doors release their 5th album, 'Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe.' The album peaks at #4 on the charts.
1970: The Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac played a “Bust Fund” benefit at the Warehouse in New Orleans, to raise money for their arrest on January 31st. The incident is immortalized in the song 'Truckin'. Peter Green from Fleetwood Mac joined them for the song 'Turn On Your Love Light.'
1970: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at County Hall in Charleston, South Carolina.
1971: Yes appeared at the Palais des Sports in Paris.
1972: 13 innocent Irish citizens die when British troops open fire on a March in Dublin protesting imprisonment without trial. The event would help inspire the U2 song 'Sunday Bloody Sunday.'
1972: Chuck Berry had his first UK #1 single with a live recording of a song he'd been playing live for over 20 years 'My Ding-a-Ling.' UK public morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse attempted to have the song banned due to its innuendo-laden lyrics. The Average White Band members guitarist Onnie McIntyre and drummer Robbie McIntosh played on the single.
1972: Jethro Tull played at the Palaeur in Rome, Italy.
1974: Black Sabbath performed at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1974: Guitarist Eric Bell leaves Thin Lizzy due to ill health brought on by alcohol abuse.
1974: The Doobie Brothers 4th studio album, 'What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, bolstered by the #1 hit 'Black Water' and top 40 single 'Another Park, Another Sunday.'
1975: Elvis Presley arranges for daughter Lisa Marie to meet her favorite singer, Elton John, for her 7th birthday.
1977: Led Zeppelin's tour is postponed indefinitely because of vocalist Robert Plant's trouble with tonsillitis.
1977: Aerosmith appeared at Nagoya City Kokaido in Nagoya, Japan.
1978: Eric Clapton performed at PNE Coliseum in Vancouver.
1978: Bob Dylan's 'Renaldo and Clara,' a semi-documentary of his famous Rolling Thunder Revue tour, premieres in Los Angeles.
1979: Blondie performs 'Heart Of Glass' on Britain's Top Of The Pops T.V. as the song reaches #1 on the U.K. chart. The song will also rise to #1 in the US the following April.
1979: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious was released on bail after attacking Todd Smith, singer Patti Smith's brother, at a Skafish concert. John Lydon has since stated that Mick Jagger stepped in and paid for the lawyers for Vicious.
1980: Iron Maiden head out on the 'Metal For Muthas Tour,' their first UK headling trek.
1980: Blondie released 'Call Me', the main theme song of the 1980 film 'American Gigolo.' It peaked at #1 for six consecutive weeks, and became the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1980.
1980: ZZ Top played at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
1981: Motorhead and Girlschool released their 'St. Valentine's Day Massacre' EP was released.
1983: Eric Clapton's 'Money and Cigarettes' album is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The single 'I've Got a Rock 'n' Roll Heart' became a big hit in the U.S. for Clapton, peaking at #18, but was relatively unsuccessful in the UK, where it did not reach the Top 50.
1985: The Eagles' Glenn Frey makes his acting debut in an episode of NBC's 'Miami Vice.' He he played drug dealer Jimmy Cole.
1986: Music publisher Dick James died of a heart attack aged 65. Worked with many UK '60's acts including The Beatles. James signed Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin as unknown artists in 1967 and was the founder of the DJM record label.
1986: The second single from Pete Townshend’s solo album White City, 'Give Blood'/'Magic Bus (live)' is released. The 12″ version also has 'Won’t Get Fooled Again (live).' The single fails to chart.
1987: Journey wrap up their 'Raised on Radio' tour with a show in Anchorage, Alaska. It's their last tour with Steve Perry, who makes one more album with the band, 'Trial by Fire,' in 1996.
1987: After the United Nations and the African National Congress removed him from their blacklist, Paul Simon kicks off his 'Graceland' tour in Rotterdam. He had been banned after he broke the cultural boycott on recording in South Africa.
1988: The Cars announced they were breaking up after 12 years of working together. The band placed 15 songs on the Hot 100 between 1978 and 1987.
1989: ‎Tesla‬ released the album 'Great Radio Controversy.' The album reached #18 on the Billboard charts.‬
1992: Elton John and George Michael went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me', also a #1 in the UK. All proceeds from the single went to Aids charities.
1993. Accept release their 9th studio album, 'Objection Overruled.' It was their first album to feature Udo Dirkschneider on lead vocals since 1986's 'Russian Roulette.'
1994: Green Day's 3rd studio album 'Dookie' is released. The group's major label debut peaks at #2 on the U.S. Billboard 200. That night, they play a gig at Slim's in San Francisco with The Dead Milkmen.
1995: 21 years after it's release RUSH's self-titled debut finally achieves RIAA Gold certification. ‬
1996: The John Entwistle Band continue their Left For Dead tour of the U.S. performing at Club Bene in South Amboy, New Jersey.
1997: The Wallflowers open for Sheryl Crow. It's the group's first major trek and it starts in Dallas.
1999: Four hundred people were injured at an Australian concert by Marilyn Manson when he stormed off stage after being bombarded with missiles and abuse at the show in Perth. One of Manson's guitar technicians needed treatment for cuts to his head.
2001: A collection of Sir Elton John's private photos on display at a museum in Atlanta were withdrawn. The exhibition, which included snaps of nude men, was said to be too explicit, some school trips to the museum had been cancelled.
2002: Kirk Hammett‬ of ‪Metallica‬ received the first ‪Guitar World‬ magazine Hall of Fame Award.
2002: Good Charlotte enter the studio to record their 2nd album, 'The Young And The Hopeless.'
2002: Mickey Finn (born Mickey Waller) dies in Paris of kidney and liver problems at 65. Not to be confused with Mickey Finn of T. Rex, Finn was a popular session guitarist who played with the likes of Brian May, Jimmy Page and Steve Marriott.
2004: Aerosmith headlines the Super Bowl XXXVIII pre-game show. They play 'Baby Please Don’t Go' & Dream On.' Kid Rock hits the stage as part of the halftime show, though he later gets criticized for his U.S. flag poncho and throwing it into the audience. The MTV produced event is infamous for Janet Jackson's exposed right breast.
2004: Green Day's version of the Bobby Fuller Four classic 'I Fought the Law' is used in a Pepsi/iTunes Super Bowl XXXVIII commercial that premieres during the game. The ad, which features 16 teens who were sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for swapping music files, announces the soft-drink maker's 'iTunes 100 Million Song Giveaway' promotion.
2005: Motley Crue‬ released the compilation album 'Red, White & Crüe.' The album's lead single, 'If I Die Tomorrow,' was co-written by pop punk band Simple Plan.
2005: 59 year old Eric Clapton became a father for the fifth time when his 29-year-old wife, Melia McEnery, gave birth to a baby girl.
2006: Green Day drummer Tre Cool, ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke and Alice Cooper perform at a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert in Cerritos, CA. The show is organized by former Eagles guitarist Don Felder.
2006: 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold is injured in a car accident while traveling on a Mississippi highway. Arnold, a passenger in the vehicle, suffers several cuts and bruises to his face that require stitches. Because of Arnold's injuries, 3DD pulls out of their scheduled performance at the Bud Bowl event prior to Super Bowl XL in Detroit.
2007: In a Billboard interview, the Eagles' Don Henley defends his group's business partnership (which includes exclusive releases) with Wal-Mart. "They can't be any more evil than a major record label," he says.
2007: Mike Clark, owner/manager of Atlanta's Southern Tracks Recording Studio, died after an eight month illness. He was 63. For many years he played drums with such popular 1960's artists as Tommy Roe, Billy Joe Royal, Joe South, Ray Stevens and Roy Orbison, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
2008: US space agency Nasa announced that 'Across the Universe' by The Beatles was to become the first song ever to be beamed directly into space. The track would be transmitted through the Deep Space Network (a network of antennas) on the 40th anniversary of the song being recorded, being aimed at the North Star, Polaris, 431 light-years from Earth. In a message to NASA, Paul McCartney said the project was an "amazing" feat. "Well done, Nasa," he added. "Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."
2008: Paul McCartney said recent media reports that he had heart surgery last year are "entirely untrue". The 65-year-old former Beatle says that during a routine medical examination over a year ago, "there was a minor irregularity which I needed to have tests for and which I have now been assured is completely fine."
2009: Across the street from Super Bowl XLIII (43) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Journey is part of the pre-game celebration/party. They perform 'Don't Stop Believing,' 'Separate Ways' & 'Faithfully.' Also, Smashing Pumpkins tune 'FOL' is heard in a Hyundai commercial prior to the kickoff. Frontman Billy Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin composed the song specifically for the 30-second spot, for Hyundai's Genesis Coupe. But the big news is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's halftime performance. They deliver a four-song set that includes 'Born To Run' and 'Glory Days.' The favored Pittsburgh Steelers win the game, defeating the Arizona Cardinals 27-23.
2010: Experience Hendrix and Sony Music issue the previously unreleased Jimi Hendrix song 'Valleys Of Neptune.' It's the title track of a 2010 album that was recorded between 1968 and 1970.
2010: Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Carlos Santana and other performers record a 25th anniversary cover of 'We Are The World' to help raise money for the earthquake relief effort in Haiti.
2010: 'Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980,' Bob Marley's final performance, is out on CD. "Bob's music has always conveyed a message of hope, unity and love," says Rita Marley, Bob's widow. "To hear that music today and to be able to share it with a new generation shows that Bob is as relevant today as he was 30 years ago."
2011: In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Elton John urged his longtime friend and tour mate Billy Joel to get serious about overcoming his alcoholism that has plagued him for years. Joel reacted by saying "Elton is just being Elton."
2012: It's 'National Rush Day' according to a handful of North American Hard Rock radio stations.
2012: Lisa Marie Presley celebrated her 44th birthday by opening up a new exhibit at Graceland that featured artifacts from her childhood, including baby footprints, a tricycle, her crib and a record player.
2015: Lenny Kravitz is part of pop singer Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime performance. Perry calls Kravitz "an incredible Rock & Roll icon, a guitar god." Kravitz has about one-minute onstage.
2016: Five Finger Death Punch receive the Soldiers Appreciation Award from the Association Of The United States Army. The prize honors organizations and individuals who support the troops. “The only musician ever to receive this was Elvis Presley,” says guitarist Zoltan Bathory. The award is presented every five years and is based on soldiers’ votes.
2016: Guns N' Roses dominate Billboard Magazine's Boxscore Chart, which tracks concert attendance and revenue. 11 GN’R shows are in the top 15 spots. At #1 are two concerts in Buenos Aires which grossed $11 million with an audience of 105,000.

February 2
1956: The Coasters sign with Atlantic Records, where they will record ten US Top 40 hits.
1957: Fats Domino makes an appearance on 'The Perry Como Show,' singing his hits 'Blue Monday' and 'Blueberry Hill.'
1959: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper play their last show as part of the "Winter Dance Party" tour, stopping this night at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, IA. Admission: $1.25. The last song of the night: The Big Bopper's 'Chantilly Lace.'
1959: Frankie Avalon releases his biggest hit, 'Venus,' which will reach #1 in the US and #16 in the UK. Somewhat surprisingly, the record also reached #10 on the Billboard R&B chart.
1962: Bob Dylan plays harmonica on Harry Belafonte's album, 'Midnight Special.'
1962: The Beatles played their first professionally organized gig outside of Liverpool at The Oasis Club, Manchester. The groups set started with their version of 'Hippy Hippy Shake.'
1963: The Beatles played at the Gaumont Cinema, Bradford on the opening night of the nationwide Helen Shapiro UK tour. The Beatles were at the bottom of the six-act bill playing just four songs, 'Please Please Me’, ‘Chains’, ‘Keep Your Hands Off My Baby’ and ‘A Taste of Honey.' John, Paul, Ringo and George will split wages of 80 Pounds ($225) a week.
1964: In response to a storm of controversy, Max Firetag, the publisher of The Kingsmen's hit, 'Louie Louie,' offers $1,000 to anyone who can find suggestive lyrics in the song. The reward is small change considering that the disc cost less than $50 to record and has sold millions of copies.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Blue Pad Club in Darlington, England which was part of the Imperial Hotel Complex on Grange Road. The show was advertised as "Don't miss this man who is Dylan, Clapton, and James Brown all in one". After the show, as the roadies were loading up a van, one of Hendrix's Fender guitars was stolen.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Cadenna’s in Guildford, Surrey, England.
1968: Simon And Garfunkel record 'Mrs. Robinson,' which will become their second US #1 and win a Grammy Award for Record Of The Year. Simon would later say that his inclusion of the phrase "coo-coo-ca-choo" is an homage to the Beatles' 'I Am the Walrus.'
1969: Yoko Ono divorced her husband Tony Cox, Yoko was granted custody of their daughter Kyoko. John Lennon married Yoko the following month on March 30th.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at The Rock Pile in Toronto.
1970: The Faces play their first gig. It's in Southampton, England. The band consists of ex-Small Faces Ronnie Lane (bass), Ian McLagen (keyboards) and Kenney Jones (drums). They are augmented by former Jeff Beck Group members, Rod Stewart (vocals) and Ron Wood (guitar).
1970: The Grateful Dead performed at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri.
1971: Yes performed at the Palais des Sports in Paris.
1971: Santana's 'Oye Como Va' b/w 'Samba Pa Ti' 45 single is released. Written by Latin musician Tito Puente in 1963, it was popularized by Santana's rendition on their album 'Abraxas.' It reached #13 on the Billboard Top 100. The song also reached #11 on Billboard's Easy Listening survey and #32 on their R&B chart.
1973: NBC debuts 'The Midnight Special' rock variety show, its response to ABC's popular 'In Concert' series. The first host is Helen Reddy, with Wolfman Jack later taking over hosting chores for the show's eight-and-a-half-year run.
1973: Emerson, Lake and Palmer keyboard player Keith Emerson injures his hands when a rigged piano explodes prematurely during a San Francisco gig, leaving him with minor cuts and a broken fingernail.
1973: Elvis Presley meets Muhammed Ali in Las Vegas. The two exchange gifts, and Ali later says, "I felt sorry for him because he didn't enjoy life the way he should. He stayed indoors all the time. I told him he should go out and see people."
1975: Genesis played at Grand Valley State College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1976: The Patti Smith Group releases their debut album 'Horses.'
1976: Lynyrd Skynyrd 'Gimme Back My Bullets' album is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1976: Genesis released 'A Trick Of The Tail' in the UK (Feb. 20 in the U.S.), their 7th studio album and the first to feature drummer Phil Collins as full-time lead vocalist following the departure of original vocalist Peter Gabriel. After auditioning over 400 vocalists, which saw Collins teaching the potential lead singers the songs, the band decided that Collins should be the new vocalist. It reached #3 in the UK, remaining on the charts for 39 weeks, and #31 in the US.
1976: David Bowie unveiled his Thin White Duke persona when he kicked off his tour at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver.
1977: Producer Ted Templeman scouts Van Halen at Hollywood’s Starwood Club. ‬
1978: Emerson, Lake & Palmer played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1979: Ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious dies of a heroin overdose in the New York City apartment of his present girlfriend, Michelle Robinson An autopsy confirmed that Vicious died from an accumulation of fluid in the lungs that was consistent with heroin overdose. A syringe, spoon and heroin residue were discovered near the body. The death is ruled an accident. He was 21 years old.
1980: In honor of the first anniversary of the death of ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, 1,000 punks march from London's Chelsea section to Hyde Park. Vicious' mother, Ann Beverly, was to have been at the head of the march, however, the night before she was sent to the hospital for a drug overdose.
1980: Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's single 'Don't Do Me Like That' peaks at #10 on Billboard's Hot 100. It's the band's 1st Top 10 in the U.S. ‬
1980: Rush performed at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1981: REO Speedwagon's 'Hi-Infidelity' album goes platinum. It stays at #1 on the charts for 14 weeks, and has since gone 10x platinum.
1981: Iron Maiden 'Killers' album is released.
1984: Ozzy Osbourne headlined at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1985: Foreigner's 'I Want To Know What Love Is' tops the U.S. singles chart. It stays there for two weeks.
1988: Frehley's Comet 'Live+1' EP is released.
1988: Lita Ford's 3rd solo album 'Lita' is released. It reached #29 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by 'Close My Eyes Forever' (Mainstream Rock #25 and Billboard Hot 100 #8), which features a duet with Ozzy Osbourne. The track 'Kiss Me Deadly' was named the 76th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. It was named on Rolling Stone's 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time. It was her first for RCA Records and her first published with the supervision of new manager Sharon Osbourne. Musicians Don Nossov and Myron Grombacher, who were best known for being the rhythm section of the successful American singer Pat Benatar, joined Ford for the recording sessions and for the promotional tour.
1988: UFO's 'Ain't Misbehavin' EP is released.
1988: Guns N' Roses with openers Great White play the RITZ in New York City. MTV films the show.
1988: Frank Zappa performed at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York.
1991: Iggy Pop peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Candy,' a duet with Kate Pierson of The B-52’s. This was Pop’s only top 40 single in the U.S.
1992: Todd Rundgren became a parent for the third time when his son Rebop was born. It was Rundgren’s first child with singer Michele Gray who later married Todd.
2002: Paul Baloff, who sang on Exodus' 1985 debut album 'Bonded Blood' dies of a heart attack at age 41.
2003: Phil Spector is charged with murder after police are called to his home in Alhambra, California and discover Lana Clarkson dead from a gunshot wound. He was convicted of the crime in 2009.
2003: Brian Johnson of AC/DC joined The Scorpions onstage during a concert at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa to sing 'Rock You Like a Hurricane.'
2004: Exodus return after a 12-year hiatus with their 6th studio album, ' Tempo of the Damned.'
2004: Led Zeppelin is the subject of a Classic's Headline Act episode on VH-1. Guitarist Jimmy Page discusses the band's formation, performances and dynamic.
2006: Nickelback perform in Detroit, where Super Bowl XL is played, as part of the Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Concert Series.
2006: It's announced that Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and wife Heather Locklear are ending their marriage after 11 years. Locklear was previously married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.
2007: Van Halen announced that David Lee Roth would be rejoining them as their singer for a reunion tour which kicked off in September of that year. It was also announced that Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang would be replacing Michael Anthony as their bassist.
2007: Joe Hunter, a veteran keyboardist session musician as one of the Funk Brothers who helped craft the distinctive Motown sound, died in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 79. Hunter performed with such legendary Motown acts as Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Martha and the Vandellas.
2008: Paul Rodgers, Journey guitarist Neal Schon, Pat Travers, Jefferson Starship drummer Donny Baldwin and Damn Yankees/Night Ranger singer-bassist Jack Blades perform at the Gridiron Greats Super Jam, a pre-Super Bowl function, in Scottsdale, AZ.
2009: Bruce Springsteen's 'Working On A Dream' tour tickets go on sale. Online glitches anger fans and Springsteen lashes out against Ticketmaster. New York Senator Charles Schumer joins New Jersey congressman Bill Pascrell in calling for the Federal Trade Commission to look into Ticketmaster's handling of the sales. Springsteen fans trying to buy tickets were redirected to the broker's TicketsNow subsidiary, which sells ducats above face value.
2009: Fifty years after Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper played their final gig at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, the Day the Music Died became the Day the Music Went On and On. A tribute concert at the original Surf raved on for six hours with a line-up of Rock acts that included Graham Nash, Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys, Wanda Jackson, Delbert McClinton, Joe Ely, Peter And Gordon, Dave Mason, Bobby Vee and Holly's original band mates, The Crickets.
2010: Rob Zombie's 'Hellbilly Deluxe 2' is unleashed. The release was preceded by a supporting tour which marked the first time Zombie had worked under the "Hellbilly" moniker since the original run in 1998.
2010: A charity recording of R.E.M.'s 1992 hit, 'Everybody Hurts,' debuts on British radio. The track, produced by the American Idol judge Simon Cowell, features vocals by Jon Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart, plus several pop performers. The song sells 150,000 copies in two days with proceeds supporting the Helping Haiti fund.
2011: Gene Simmons hosts 1,000 Texas servicemen and women and approximately 3,500 partygoers in Dallas at the '2011 Aces and Angels Salute to the Troops,' a benefit supporting The Wounded Warrior Project and the USO.
2011: The White Stripes (Jack and Meg White) announce that they disbanded so as to preserve the band's legacy. "The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health," the statement reads. "It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band." The White Stripes had been on hiatus since '07 but their final live performance occurred in '09 when they appeared on the final episode of 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien.'
2013: A 1960’s Beatles Record Player, produced for fans as a commercial Beatles memorabilia item, fetched $12,100 in an online auction. The Record Player, which was highly-sought by Beatles collectors worldwide, was manufactured in a limited quantity. Because of this, some believed there was still a strong possibility a few remaining players to be discovered.
2014: U2 airs an ad during the Super Bowl offering a free download of 'Invisible' on iTunes. For the first two million downloads, Bank of America, a partner in the effort, donates one dollar to (RED), an AIDS charity co-founded by Bono. The promotion raises $3 million and the bank pledges a guaranteed $8 million to the charity. Also, a Chrysler commercial, with Bob Dylan, makes its debut. Halftime features the Red Hot Chili Peppers (pre-taped music/live vocals) in a mash-up with pop singer Bruno Mars.
2015: ZZ Top and Weezer, billed as Wee-Z Top, perform 'Sharp Dressed Man' on the debut installment of Mash-Up Mondays for ABC-TV's Jimmy Kimmel Live.
2015: Limp Bizkit headline a five-day "ShipRocked" festival cruise from Miami to the Bahamas. But the band's Wes Borland is not completely onboard. "Can't wait to see some roided-out, tribal-tattooed, spray-tanned, Jell-O shot-filled bohunks do their best drunk MMA (mixed martial arts) impressions in the top-deck moshpit," writes the guitarist on Instagram.
2016: Lita Ford is featured in a commercial for Indeed, the online job site. In Music Teacher Celebration, Ford plays a straight-laced music teacher who celebrates her work satisfaction with a kick-ass guitar solo.

February 3
1959: 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa. The pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Encased in a sea of snow with only white below, pilot Roger Peterson seemed to become disoriented and flew the plane into the ground. One wing hit the frozen earth and the small plane tumbled over and over, killing the three musicians and the plane's young pilot. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tourbus. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set - covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, the previous year. Don McLean would call it "The Day the Music Died" in his 1971 hit 'American Pie.'
1961: Bob Dylan makes his first recordings, versions of 'San Francisco Bay Blues' and 'Jesus Met the Woman at the Well,' at the home of friends Sid and Bob Gleason in East Orange, New Jersey.
1962: Gene Chandler's 'The Duke Of Earl' tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart for the first of a five week stay. In 2002 the record was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and has also been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.
1964: The Beatles' 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' b/w 'I Saw Her Standing There' and their 'Meet The Beatles!' album are both certified gold.
1964: The Beatles' 'Twist and Shout' is released in the Canada. It was The Beatles' 2nd album released in Canada by Capitol Records in mono. It consists of songs mostly drawn from 'Please Please Me,' the first LP released in the United Kingdom.
1964: The Beach Boys 'Fun, Fun, Fun' b/w 'Why Do Fools Fall In Love' single is released.
1966: Paul McCartney meets a 15 year old Stevie Wonder for the first time after Wonder's show at London's Scotch Of St. James nightclub.
1967: Pink Floyd performed at Queens Hall in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
1967: Joe Meek, a British Pop and Rock producer, kills his landlady before shooting himself in the head. He is best remembered for the instrumental hit, 'Telstar,' which he wrote for the Tornadoes.
1967: Jefferson Airplane performed at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium, sharing the bill with Quicksilver Messenger Service.
1967: Producer Joe Meek shot his landlady Violet Shenton and then shot himself at his flat in London, Meek produced The Tornadoes hit 'Telstar,' the first #1 in the US by a British group. Meek was interested in spirituality and often attended séances. At one such meeting in 1958 he was warned that Buddy Holly would die on February 3. Meek tried his best to find Holly when he was in London to warn him but failed in his mission. Holly died on February 3, 1959.
1967: Otis Redding, The Marvelettes, Aaron Neville, James and Bobby Purify and The Drifters all appeared at The Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tickets cost $2.50–3.50.
1968: The Beatles started work on their new single 'Lady Madonna' at Abbey Road studios in London. Recording three piano and drum takes with overdub bass, fuzz guitars, drums, and vocals. The Fats Domino inspired tune will reach #1 in the UK and #4 in the US. Domino himself would release a cover version of the song that topped out at #100 on the Billboard chart later in the year.
1968: Jimi Hendrix played at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.
1969: John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison hired Allen Klein as The Beatles' business manager. Paul McCartney disagreed with the decision, leading to further divisions among the group. McCartney preferred his father-in-law Lee Eastman.
1969: Paul McCartney takes a break from all the tension at Abbey Road (with his Beatle bandmates) and plays drums and sings backing vocals on the Steve Miller Band's 'My Dark Hour.' The track appears on 'Brave New World.'
1970: Led Zeppelin II was in the Top 20 on both the UK & US album charts after peaking at #1. The album went on to spend 138 weeks on the UK chart. The album is now recognized by writers and music critics as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums ever recorded.
1970: Black Sabbath records the band's self-titled debut album in a single day. It's released four months later.
1971: Pink Floyd performed at the Great Hall, Devonshire House, University of Exeter in Exeter, England.
1973: Elton John started a three-week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock'. Elton's first of five US #1 singles.
1973: Neil Young's double-album 'Journey Through The Past' is released. It chronicles live performances from throughout Young's career, including stints with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
1973: Wings peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Hi, Hi, Hi' which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1974: Black Sabbath played at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1976: David Bowie kicked off an American tour in Seattle at the Seattle Center Coliseum, showing off his new "Thin White Duke” persona. He's dressed in a black-vested suit with slicked-back hair. Bowie later described the persona as "a nasty character indeed."
1976: Black Sabbath release the 'We Sold Our Soul for Rock N' Roll' album in the US. It was released in the UK in Dec. of 1975.‬
1977: Elton John resumes live performing in Sweden a mere fifteen months after announcing his "retirement" from the stage.
1977: Producer Ted Templeman & Warner Brothers Records president Mo Ostin offer Van Halen a record deal at Hollywood’s Starwood Club.‬
1978: Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street' b/w 'Big Change in the Weather' 45 single is released. Named after the famous London street of the same name, the song was included on Rafferty's second solo album, 'City to City,' which was Rafferty's first release after the resolution of legal problems surrounding the formal break-up of his old band, Stealers Wheel, in 1975. It reached #1 in Canada, #2 in the US, and #3 in the UK.
1978: Harry Chapin meets with US President Jimmy Carter to discuss the world hunger situation.
1978: The TV-movie 'Dead Man's Curve,' the first to deal with the tragic Jan & Dean story, premieres on ABC. The film features cameo appearances by Dick Clark, Wolfman Jack, and Beach Boys' Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. Jan Berry himself and his parents appear in the audience at the end of the movie.
1978: Emerson, Lake & Palmer played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Harry Chapin meets with US President Jimmy Carter and the pair announce the creation of The Presidential Commission on Domestic and International Hunger and Malnutrition.
1979: Blues Brothers 'Briefcase Full of Blues' is the #1 album in the U.S.
1979: Blondie had their first of five UK #1 singles, with 'Heart Of Glass,' taken from the band's 3rd studio album, 'Parallel Lines.' 'Heart of Glass' was originally recorded in 1975 under the name 'Once I Had a Love.'
1979: The British rock band The Babys break through to the Billboard Top 40 with 'Every Time I Think Of You.' Just like their first chart entry, 'Isn't It Time,' the song will peak at #13.
1979: 20 years after the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Del Shannon, The Drifters and Jimmy Clanton perform a tribute show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, where their last concert took place.
1981: Rainbow​'s 'Difficult to Cure' album is released. It features new singer, Joe Lynn Turner and includes the single, 'I Surrender.'
1981: The Who play two nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London. The two hastily scheduled shows are a benefit for Erin Pizzey’s Chiswick Family Rescue Organization and were requested by Pete’s wife Karen. At the first show, Pete drinks four bottles of brandy on stage, improvises songs and long guitar solos without informing the other band members and stops the show to harangue the crowd.
1983: DefLeppard release their 7th single, 'Photograph.' It peaks at #12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 on May 21, 1983 and spends a total of 17 weeks on the chart.
1984: ‎Metallica‬ opened for ‎Venom‬ in ‪Zurich‬, Switzerland‬ on their first ever European Tour.
1986: The Firm's 'Mean Business' album is released. It reached #22 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and #46 on the UK Albums Chart. The single, 'All the King's Horses,' spent four weeks at the top of Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album's title was intended to have a double meaning: that the music business is a hard one, and that the band was serious about its music ("The Firm mean business"). However, perhaps due to the lukewarm-at-best critical success with which the band met, Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers decided to disband The Firm within months of this album's release.
1986: Dire Straits were at #1 on the UK album charts with their 5th studio album, 'Brothers in Arms.' With ten weeks at #1, the album is the 7th best-selling album in UK chart history. It won two Grammy Awards in 1986, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards. Brothers in Arms also spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 in the US, and 34 weeks at #1 on the Australian Album Chart.
1990: Skid Row's 'I Remember You' peaks at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. It is their 2nd and final US Top 10 hit. ‬
1990: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Whitesnake’s 'The Deeper The Love' at #48, Alannah Myles’ 'Black Velvet' at #39, Warrant’s 'Sometimes She Cries' at #35, Mötley Crüe’s 'Kickstart My Heart' at #27, Tesla’s 'Love Song' at #20 and Skid Row’s 'I Remember You' at #6.
1990: During a European tour Bob Dylan started a six-night residency at London's Hammersmith Odeon.
1991: INXS wins Best International Group (they are from Australia) at the 10th annual BRIT Awards in London.
1992: On their first Europe tour Pearl Jam played at The Esplanade Club in Southend, England to 300 people, the bands first ever UK show. The tour also took Pearl Jam to Norway, Sweden, Holland, France, Spain and Italy.
1992: It's announced that Nirvana's 'Nevermind' has sold over three million copies. It eventually moves over nine million.
1996: Ramones claimed to have played their last gig in the UK, at The Brixton Academy, after 22 years together.
1998: Pearl Jam released their 5th album, titled 'Yield.'
2002: Led Zeppelin's 'Rock And Roll' is used in a Cadillac commercial that debuts during the Super Bowl. It's the first Zep song licensed for a commercial.
2002: U2 performs during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVI (36) in New Orleans. Paul McCartney performs during the pre-game.
2003: Legendary producer Phil Spector was arrested in connection with the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion in Alhambra, California.
2004: Cornelius Bumpus dies from a heart attack on a flight from New York to Los Angeles. He was 58. Bumpus played saxophone with the Doobie Brothers, Moby Grape and Steely Dan.
2005: Hoobastank performs at the MTV Asia Aid concert in Bangkok. Several acts, including Green Day, tape messages for the show.
2005: Queensryche performs 'Operation: Mindcrime' in its entirety, for the first time in 15 years, at New York's Beacon Theatre.
2006: Former Dynasty star Heather Locklear filed for divorce from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora after 11 years of marriage. Locklear who was previously married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Sambora were married in 1994 and have an eight-year-old daughter called Ava.
2007: Daughtry were at #1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut. Lead singer Chris Daughtry was the fourth-place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. The album sold over a 1m copies after just five weeks of release, becoming the fastest selling debut rock album of all time.
2008: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers are the halftime entertainment for Super Bowl XLII at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ.
2008: Alice Cooper and exercise guru Richard Simmons appear in a Bridgestone Tire commercial that's aired during the Super Bowl.
2008: Pinhead Gunpowder with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong plays the first of two club shows. The initial set is in Anaheim. Armstrong's long running side band has Cometbus editor Aaron Cometbus, Green Day guitar tech Bill Schneider and touring guitarist Jason White. The second show, the following day, is in L.A.
2010: AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, joined a growing group of critics of Bob Geldof and U2 singer Bono over their very public charity work, saying they should stop lecturing audiences about charity work and instead do their good deeds in private. Johnson said “When I was a working man I didn’t want to go to a concert for some bastard to talk down to me that I should be thinking of some kid in Africa. I’m sorry mate, do it yourself, spend some of your own money and get it done. It just makes me angry.”
2010: Mackenzie Phillips, daughter of Mamas And Papas' founder John Phillips, told TV host Oprah Winfrey that her decade-long sexual affair with her father was not consensual, even though she eventually agreed to having sex with her father.
2011: 'Fade to Black: Metallica' by Bill Hale, a photo exhibit at London's Proud Camden gallery, opens. The month long exhibition displays photographs taken by Hale between '82 and '84. Images of the band in its earliest guises include Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney.
2012: Motley Crue is the first Hard Rock band to hold a Las Vegas residency when "Motley Crue in Sin City" opens at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. In honor of the band's milestone, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman proclaims it Motley Crue Day.
2014: Bruce Springsteen was at #1 on the US chart with his 18th studio album 'High Hopes.' His 11th #1 album in the US, placed him 3rd all-time for most #1 albums only behind The The Beatles and Jay-Z. The album is a collection of cover songs, out-takes and re-imagined versions of tracks from past albums, EPs and tours.
2015: Bob Dylan releases 'Shadows In The Night' containing 10 songs popularized by Frank Sinatra. Select AARP members receive a free copy in issues of the organization's monthly magazine. 50,000 copies of the album are distributed.
2016: Poison's Bret Micheals & announce his signature luggage collection (by Traveler's Choice).

February 4
1955: Elvis Presley played two shows (7:30pm and 9:30pm) at Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1956: Elvis Presley appears again on CBS' Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, performing 'Baby, Let's Play House' and 'Tutti Frutti.'
1959: A day after the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, the Winter Dance Party tour continues in Sioux City, Iowa, with Fabian, Frankie Avalon and Jimmy Clanton as the new headliners.
1964: Die Beatles 'Komm, gib mir deine Hand' b/w 'Sie liebt dich' 45 single is released in Germany in German language. 'Sie Liebt Dich,' along with the original 'She Loves You' B-side 'I'll Get You,' was released as a single in the United States on May 21, 1964. This release reached #97 in the Billboard Hot 100.
1966: The Who play their first show as headliners, at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, England. Also appearing are The Fortunes and The Merseys.
1966: Bob Dylan and The Band played at the Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. This was the first date on a world tour which would become noted as Dylan's first that used electric instruments, after he had ‘gone electric’ at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
1966: The Rolling Stones '19th Nervous Breakdown' b/w 'As Tears Go By' 45 single is released in the UK. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during their 1965 tour of the United States. The song was recorded during the Aftermath sessions between December 3rd and 8th, 1965 at RCA Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, at the conclusion of their 4th North American tour. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, and in the United Kingdom Record Retailer chart. However, it hit #1 in the NME chart and the BBC's Pick of the Pops chart, both of which were more widely recognized in Britain at the time.
1967: The Rolling Stones’ 'Between the Buttons' enters the UK chart at #3.
1967: This was the last week of a thirteen weeks atop the US album charts for The Monkees self-titled debut album. It would be knocked off on February 11 by the followup, 'More of the Monkees.'
1968: Billed as 'Tour 60 cities in 66 Days' The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Winterland in San Francisco.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded ‘Across the Universe.’ John and Paul decided the song needed some falsetto harmonies so they invited two girl fans into the studio to sing on the song. The two were Lizzie Bravo, a 16-year-old Brazilian living near Abbey Road and 17-year-old Londoner Gayleen Pease. The John Lennon composed song gets shelved, then remixed, before making its initial appearance on a '69 charity album. The track also appears on The Beatles' 'Let It Be' in '70.
1969: John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr select Allen B. Klein for management/legal representation. Paul McCartney counters by hiring Eastman & Eastman (his wife Linda's dad and brother).
1970: John Lennon & Yoko Ono donated a bag of their cut hair to Michael X for an auction to aid the Black Power movement. Michael X then gave them a pair of Muhammad Ali’s boxing shorts.
1972: In a memo to Attorney General John Mitchell, South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond suggested that John Lennon be deported.
1972: During sessions at Trident Studios in London, England, David Bowie recorded 'Rock 'n' Roll Suicide', 'Starman' and 'Suffragette City', the last songs recorded for the 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' album.
1972: Genesis performed at the Hippodrome in Bristol, England.
1973: Pink Floyd played at the Palais des Sports de la Porte de Versailles in Paris.
1973: Elvis Presley's 'Aloha from Hawaii: Via Satellite' is released. It reached the top of both the Billboard 200 Top LP's and Top Country charts. Despite the satellite innovation, the United States did not air the concert until April 4, 1973.
1974: John Lennon begins his "Lost Weekend," which lasts 18 months. Separating from Yoko, he goes on an extended bender, often joined by his friend Harry Nilsson.
1974: Pink Floyd release 'Time' backed with 'Us and Them' as a 7-inch single in the U.S.
1974: KISS kicked off their first North American tour in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
1975: Led Zeppelin performs at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1976: Ramones released their eponymous debut album. The front cover depicts the band members standing in a line leaning against a brick wall, taken by Roberta Bayley. The cover was ranked #58 on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Album Covers.
1976: David Bowie performed at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon.
1976: Fleetwood Mac's 'Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)' single is released in the US.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s 11th studio album 'Rumours' was released. It stayed at the top of the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for 31 non-consecutive weeks. Rolling Stone ranked it at #25 in "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. It has sold 45 million copies wordwide and stayed on the U.S. album chart for over 130 weeks. It also sets a record for most weeks at #1 with 31 and wins the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978.
1977: American Bandstand celebrated its 25th anniversary with an ABC special hosted by Dick Clark. The show features one of the first "all-star jams," as Chuck Berry is joined by Gregg Allman, Junior Walker, The Pointer Sisters, Charlie Daniels and several others on a performance of 'Roll Over Beethoven.' It also included Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes, & Stevie Wonder.
1977: Aerosmith played at the Kyoden-Taiiku-Kan in Fukuoka, Japan.
1978: Queen's 'We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions' single peaks at #4 on Billboard's Hot 1000. It was their 2nd US Top 10.‬
1979: The Grateful Dead performed at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1980: Ramones 5th studio album, 'End of the Century' is released. The album was produced by Phil Spector & went on to become their highest charting album in the U.S. reaching #44 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It reached #14 on the UK Albums Chart.
1980: Eagles 'I Can't Tell You Why' b/w 'The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks' single is released in the U.S. The studio version became a Top 10 hit in April 1980, reaching #8 and also peaked at #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1981: The Who performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1982: Alex Harvey, leader of the 1970s glam rockers, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, died after suffering two heart attacks. His death came on the eve of his 47th birthday.
1983: Def Leppard release the 'Photograph' single.
1983: Thin Lizzy release their greatest single, 'Cold Sweat.'
1984: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off their 114-date 'Couldn't Stand the Weather tour' at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1984: Detroit quartet who call themselves The Romantics see their biggest hit, 'Talking In Your Sleep' peak at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The million selling single stayed on the chart for an amazing 15 weeks.
1985: Prince performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1989: Guns N'Roses become the first act for fiteen years to place two LPs in US Top 5 - 'Appetite for Destruction; (#2) and 'Lies' (#5). The last act was Jim Croce.
1989: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes White Lion’s 'When The Children Cry' at #3, Bon Jovi’s Born To Be My Baby' at #4, Def Leppard’s 'Armageddon It' at #6, Ann Wilson & Robin Zander’s 'Surrender To Me' at #20, Poison’s Every Rose Has It's Thorn' at #24, and Guns N’ Roses’ 'Paradise City' at #29.
1989: A Rock and Roll oddity took place when a group that no longer existed had the top tune on the Billboard chart. 'When I'm With You' had been recorded in 1983 by a group called Sheriff, but they split up in 1985. The music director at a Las Vegas radio station began playing the song in late 1988 and the record soon surpassed its original #61 chart position. A couple of members of the group combined with three ex-Heart players and formed Alias, while the others had minor success in Canada as Frozen Ghost.
1991: Queen release the 'Innuendo' album.
1991: Megadeth release the single 'Hanger 18.' The track was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 1991 Grammy Awards.
1992: Pearl Jam appeared at The Borderline in London, England, tickets cost £5 ($8.50).
1992: Alice in Chains release the 'Sap' EP.
1997: The Offspring release their 'Ixnay On The Hombre' album. Debuting at #9 on the Billboard 200 chart, the album is later certified platinum in the U.S.
1998: Russian officials impound Garbage's equipment forcing the cancellation of a gig in Estonia.
1999: Rykodisc becomes the first music label to give its stamp of approval to MP3, the controversial Internet-based music distribution format that struck fear into the hearts of many music industry executives.
2001: Jimmy Buffett was ejected from a Miami Heat-New York Knicks game in Miami for cursing at a referee.
2003: Courtney Love was arrested at Heathrow airport for 'endangering an aircraft' on a transatlantic flight. The singer was said to have hurled abuse at the cabin crew on the flight from Los Angeles to London after her nurse who was in an economy seat was barred access to sit with Love in the upper class cabin.
2003: Doors drummer John Densmore filed an injunction against guitarist Robbie Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Police drummer Stewart Copeland & The Cult singer Ian Astbury for touring as The Doors of the 21st Century.
2004: Police questioned Noel Gallagher after a photograph of him trespassing on a railway line appeared in a newspaper. The Oasis guitarist was in a studio in Cornwall recording the bands new album when he took a walk along the railway line. British Transport Police said 'he was setting a bad example.'
2004: The Veterans of Foreign Wars' commander-in-chief weighs in criticizing Kid Rock's "disgusting use of an American flag as a costume prop" during Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show. "The 1.6 million members of the VFW agree that Kid Rock's stunt was in poor taste and extremely disrespectful," says the VFW`s Edward S. Banas Sr. Rock wore a poncho fashioned out of a flag during his performance, then threw it into the audience.
2004: Exodus released the album 'Tempo Of The Damned.'
2005: It's announced that Puddle Of Mudd drummer Greg Upchurch has replaced Daniel Adair in 3 Doors Down for their tour. Adair left to join Nickelback.
2006: Ten-foot-tall guitar sculptures designed by Green Day, Stevie Nicks and Eddie Van Halen with his son are featured at the GuitarMania Auction in Phoenix. Proceeds benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona charity.
2006: Staind fills in for 3 Doors Down at the Bud Bowl event prior to Super Bowl XL in Detroit. 3 Doors Down singer Brad Arnold was injured in a car accident earlier in the week and 3DD was forced to cancel.
2006: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is assaulted at the Shady Bowl Super Party in Detroit. According to reports, a local Hip-Hop artist and his friends beat up Lee after he insulted Detroit's Kid Rock, who had been engaged to Lee's ex-wife, Pamela Anderson.
2007: Billy Joel sings the national anthem at Super Bowl XLI, in Miami Gardens, FL. Stevie Nicks appears on the pre-game show. But the big news is Prince's halftime performance in the pouring rain. He covers the Foo Fighters' 'Best Of You.' "Having been a massive Prince fan my whole life, I was flattered beyond words," says the Foo Fighters' founder Dave Grohl. "What an honor to be covered by one of your heroes!" A TV audience of 90 million watches the show which also includes Prince playing a snippet of Bob Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower.'
2008: Iron Maiden release the 'Live After Death' DVD. It was released to coincide with the start their 'Somewhere Back In Time' World Tour‬.
2008: Guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and percussionist Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, play a benefit show for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama in San Francisco. The rally, dubbed Dead Heads for Obama, features the trio performing Dead tunes with backing musicians.
2008: John Mellencamp becomes the first of many artists to accuse soon-to-be-Republican presidential nominee John McCain of using their music without authorization. McCain also issues the first of many apologies to rockers.
2008: NASA beams The Beatles' 'Across the Universe' directly into deep space to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the day The Beatles recorded the song, as well as the 50th anniversary of NASA's founding. The transmission is aimed at the North Star, Polaris, a mere 431 light years away from Earth.
2008: Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones is a guest performer at the 2008 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in London. Jones plays mandolin alongside the evening's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, renowned guitarist John Martyn.
2008: The Ted Nugent 'Spirit Of The Wild' TV show wins the Fan Favorite Hunting Series trophy at the Outdoor Channel's eighth annual Golden Moose Awards in Las Vegas. Also, Nugent and his wife, Shemane, share the Fan Favorite Host prize. The awards honor the cable network's most popular programming and personalities.
2009: Bruce Springsteen's 'Working On A Dream' tops the Billboard 200. Moving 224,000 copies in its first week of release the album is Springsteen's ninth #1.
2009: The Allman Brothers Band announces the launch of a subscription-based website called Moogis. Fans can view high-definition streaming video of the group's stand at New York's Beacon Theatre. There's also archival video and audio.
2009: Metallica and Kid Rock appear on Katie Couric's 'All Access' Grammy Special on CBS.
2009: Robert Plant said he felt Led Zeppelin couldn't reunite for a full tour because the band feels incomplete without drummer John Bonham. In an interview on Absolute Radio Plant stated, 'The reason that it stopped was because we were incomplete, and we've been incomplete now for 29 years,' he said. He admitted: 'I think the thing about it is really, is that to visit old ground, it's a very incredibly delicate thing to do, and the disappointment that could be there once you commit to that and the comparisons to something that was basically fired by youth and a different kind of exuberance to now, it's very hard to go back and meet that head on and do it justice'.
2013: Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe's manslaughter trial begins in the Czech Republic. The singer is charged in the death of a fan who was allegedly injured at the band's concert in Prague in 2010. "I've kept my word. I said that I would come back to court today and I did," Blythe tells the court. "I'm not a person who runs away from problems. But I do not want to be punished for something I did not do."
2013: Dave Grohl begins a week-long guest host stint on E! television's 'Chelsea Lately' program, filling in for the vacationing Chelsea Handler. The first show features an interview with Rick Springfield.
2013: Vans unveil a line of shoes designed by each member of Metallica.
2013: Troggs frontman Reg Presley dies a year after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Hit singles, included 'Wild Thing,' 'I Can't Control Myself' and the UK #1 'With a Girl Like You,' He also wrote the song 'Love Is All Around',' which featured in the film 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and was a #1 hit for Wet Wet Wet in 1994. Presley used his royalties from that cover to fund research subjects such as alien spacecraft, lost civilisations, alchemy, and crop circles, and outlined his findings in the book Wild Things They Don't Tell Us, published in October 2002. He was 71.
2014: Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, two members of Pussy Riot, the Punk act that was jailed by the Russian government in '12 on trumped up charges, appear on Comedy Central's Colbert Report.
2015: The Black Keys track 'Howlin' For You' is featured in a PETA video ad campaign promoting animal adoption. The group donated the song to the campaign.
2016: Down singer Phil Anselmo advises his band mates "move on" without him following an incident at the Dimebash tribute honoring the late Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Anselmo shouted "white power" and made the Nazi salute on stage. As a result, the band was pulled from Netherlands FortaRock amid much controversy and criticism. "Never in my entire lifetime would I drag them down with me, and I've privately suggested to them that they move on without me," states Anselmo.
2016: A species of black tarantula discovered in California, near Folsom Prison, is named after the late Johnny Cash (Aphonopelma johnnycashi).
2016: Van Morrison described becoming a Sir as "amazing" and "exhilarating" after receiving a knighthood from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. He received his knighthood for services to the music industry and tourism in Northern Ireland.
2016: An updated version of The Mamas And Papas' 'California Dreamin' by a German DJ called Freischwimmer (real name: Sebastian Bernhardt) topped the Billboard Dance Chart. The original version made it to #4 nearly fifty years earlier in March of 1966.
2016: Signe Anderson, the original female vocalist for Jefferson Airplane passed away at the age of 74. Signe sang on the band's 1966 debut album, 'Jefferson Airplane Takes Off,' before leaving to care for her newborn baby, a decision she would later say that she never regretted.
2016: Elton John gave a surprise performance when he sat down at one of the pianos open to the public in London's St. Pancras subway station. He entertained the crowd with a few songs on a piano that he himself had donated to the station.
2017: Black Sabbath played the final show of their nearly fifty year career with a two hour send-off in their home town of Birmingham, England. Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler played a fifteen song set, ending with their first hit, "Paranoid.' As ticker tape and balloons fell, Ozzy thanked the fans and waved goodbye.

February 5
1955: Elvis Presley records 'Baby Let's Play House.' The song has a 'hiccup vocal' that will be widely imitated, exaggerated and mocked.
1957: 5,000 fans greeted Bill Haley when he arrived from New York on the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth at Southampton, for his debut UK concert tour. Haley was the first American rock artist to tour the UK.
1962: The Beatles played two shows, one at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and, in the evening, at the Kingsway Club in Southport. This was the first time Ringo Starr appeared live with the group after drummer Pete Best became ill.
1966: The Beach Boys' cover version of the The Regents' 1958 #13 hit, 'Barbara Ann' topped the Cashbox magazine chart and was listed at #2 by Billboard. The party atmosphere in the studio was staged and the lead vocal on the track is actually that of Dean Torrence of Jan And Dean.
1967: The News of the World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the home of a member of The Moody Blues. Jagger sued the paper for libel. News Of The World confuses Rolling Stones vocalist, Mick Jagger, with the group's guitarist, Brian Jones, in a story about Rock star drug use. Jones is overheard talking about drugs at a London club but they attribute the comments to Jagger. Mick threatens to sue. In the end, it's Stones guitarist, Keith Richards, whose house is raided by police.
1967: The Beatles filmed part of the promo clip for 'Penny Lane' around the Royal Theatre in Stratford, London and walking up and down Angel Lane in London. Together with the video for 'Strawberry Fields Forever', this was one of the first examples of what later became known as a music video.
1967: The Byrds 4th album, 'Younger Than Yesterday' is released. It reached #24 on the Billboard Top 200 LP's chart during its 24 week stay, and #37 on the UK Albums Chart. A preceding single, 'So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star,' was released in January 1967 and reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1968: Beatles go gold with 'Yellow Submarine' soundtrack.
1968: The Neil Young penned track 'I Am a Child' was recorded at Sunset Sound in LA. It is included on The Buffalo Springfield's 'Last Time Round' LP.
1969: Vanilla Fudge's 4th album, 'Near the Beginning' is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: Blood, Sweat & Tears 'You've Made Me So Very Happy' b/w 'Blues - Part II' 45 single is released. Written by Brenda Holloway, Patrice Holloway, Frank Wilson and Berry Gordy, and was released first as a single in 1967 by Holloway on the Tamla label. It became one of the group's biggest hits, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in April 1969 and #35 in the United Kingdom in May of that year.
1970: David Bowie recorded four songs at the BBC Paris Cinema, London, for the John Peel Sunday Concert radio show. This was guitarists Mick Ronson's first appearance with Bowie who went on to work with Bowie as one of the Spiders from Mars.
1971: Neil Young releases "Heart Of Gold.'
1971: Black Sabbath started recording what would be their 3rd album, 'Master Of Reality' at Island Studios in London. It would become their 1st US Top 10 album, peaking at #8.‬ Released in July of this year, it is sometimes noted as the first stoner rock album. Guitarist Tony Iommi, decided to down tune his guitar down three semi-tones, Geezer Butler also down tuned his bass guitar to match Iommi. The result was a noticeably 'darker' sound that almost two decades later would prove hugely influential on at least three of the biggest grunge acts, namely Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, and Nirvana.
1972: Paul Simon released his first new song without Art Garfunkel, 'Mother and Child Reunion', which peaked at #4 in the US. Simon got the idea for the song's title from a chicken-and-egg dish called Mother and Child Reunion that he saw on a Chinese restaurant's menu.
1972: Badfinger peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Day After Day' which was their third and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1972: Neil Young released 'Heart of Gold,' which went on to become his first and only #1 single in the U.S. Background vocals were provided by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.
1973: Elton John's 'Crocodile Rock,' recorded at Strawberry Studios in France, goes gold just two days after reaching #1 in the U.S.
1974: KISS‬ kicked off their first North American tour in ‪Edmonton‬ ‎Alberta‬, Canada.
1976: Saxophonist Rudy Pompilli died of lung cancer aged 52. Although not a smoker himself, it is believed he contracted the disease through second hand smoke. With Bill Haley and his Comets, he had the 1955 UK & US #1 single with 'Rock Around the Clock,' Pompilli released one solo album, 'Rudy's Rock: The Sax That Changed the World.'
1977: James Newell Osterberg, Jr. (aka Iggy Pop) signs to RCA Records.
1981: Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau inducted Joni Mitchell into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at the 12th Juno Awards at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto.
1983: Def Leppard's album, 'Pyromania,' started a 92-week run on the U.S. charts. It never reached #1, but sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone. It enters the Billboard 200 Album Chart at #69 and eventually reaches #2, spending 116 weeks on the chart. ‬
1983: Toto went to #1 on the US singles with 'Africa.'
1983: Journey’s 'Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)' debuts on Billboard’s Hot 100 at #36. It would eventually peak at #8.
1989: Metallica's concert at Reunion Arena in Dallas is broadcast on the Z-Rock radio network. The show is later released in Fan Can #4 (fan club bundle).‬
1991: Original KISS drummer Peter Criss confronts his imposter on the 'Phil Donahue Show.' ‬The Star tabloid had published a story titled “Kiss Star Hits The Skids” that featured the imposter.
1992: When the local cable company drops MTV as a cost cutting measure, John Mellencamp plays a free protest concert in Johnson City, TN. MTV is returned to the cable line-up the following month.
1992: Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the ANU Bar in Canberra, Australia.
1993: Former Faces bandmates Ron Wood and Rod Stewart, tape an MTV Unplugged segment.
1994: 'Found Out About You' reaches #25 on the pop chart. It's the Gin Blossoms' second charting single. 'Hey Jealousy' was the first.
1995: Pearl Jam play the first of two private Seattle shows for fan club members and underprivileged kids.
1998: Slaughter guitarist Tim Kelly dies from injuries suffered in a collision on State Route 96 in Arizona. Kelly was 34.
1998: Rob Halford‬ of ‎Judas Priest‬ announced on ‎MTV‬ that he was gay.
1998: Elton John and Stevie Wonder perform at the White House for US President Bill Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
1999: The Smashing Pumpkins album 'Gish' goes platinum. It was originally released in 1991.
2002: KISS take part in New York City fashion week & play at the Lane Bryant Fashion show. ‬
2003: Courtney Love blamed her bad language for the alleged air rage incident that led to her arrest at London's Heathrow Airport. As she left Heathrow's police station the singer said, "I cussed at a lady. My daughter always said I had a potty mouth." When asked what it had been like inside the police station, the singer said, "It was fine. They were wonderful in there. It was like being on Prime Suspect."
2004: Cornelius Bumpus, sax player for the Doobie Brothers, and more recently Steely Dan, dies of a heart attack at age 58.
2005: Universal Studios Florida Mardi Gras kick-off celebration has Eddie Money, Mark Farner, Dee Snider, Robin Zander, Rick Derringer, Dickey Betts and Richie Sambora. Proceeds go to the Musicians 4 Disaster Relief organization and the Red Cross. DiscLive immediately issues CDs and digital downloads from the concert.
2005: Paul McCartney performed during the half-time show at Superbowl XXXIX (39) in Jacksonville Florida and pocketed a cool $3.3 million for his 12 minute performance. That translates into $278,000 per minute. Sir Paul played in front of an estimated TV audience of one billion and sang the Beatles songs 'Drive My Car,' 'Get Back' and 'Hey Jude,' plus his Bond theme song 'Live and Let Die.'
2006: Bon Jovi takes the stage during the halftime show of the 'Super-Soul Sunday' Arena Football League game between the Philadelphia Soul and the Los Angeles Avengers in Philly. Jon Bon Jovi is a co-owner and co-CEO of the Soul.
2006: The Rolling Stones played three songs during the half-time show of the Super Bowl in Detroit. They open with 'Start Me Up,' then play 'Rough Justice.' Censors cut Mick's mic during two of the songs to avoid airing potentially offensive lyrics. "Here's one we could have done at Super Bowl I," notes Mick Jagger before the group launches into '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.' After the event, the Stones expressed their displeasure over having Jagger's microphone turned down to censor a line in 'Start Me Up.'
2007: Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler performs at the Peace Alliance's educational gala Turning Peace Into Political Force at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The effort supports a congressional campaign to create a U.S. Department of Peace.
2007: The Beatles business entity Apple Corps and the Apple computer company reach an agreement with regard to their longstanding trademark battle over their shared name and similar logos. The settlement gives the technology firm rights to the Apple moniker and logo, with the understanding that it will allow Apple Corps to continue to use the trademark for select purposes.
2007: AFI launch the '07 North American portion of their tour in support of the chart-topping 'Decemberunderground' album with four shows in New Orleans.
2007: Nine Inch Nails begin shooting the video for 'Survivalism,' a track from their 'Year Zero' album, in the Los Angeles area.
2007: Producer Phil Spector won $900,000 after settling an embezzlement claim. Spector said former assistant Michelle Blaine removed $425,000 from his pension and did not repay a $635,000 loan. Ms Blaine claimed the loan was a gift, and the pension funds were for a film aimed at improving Spector's image. As part of the settlement, she dropped a counter-claim of sexual harassment.
2008: Lenny Kravitz issues his 8th album, 'It Is Time For A Love Revolution.' "We've all got our voice," says Kravitz discussing the album. "And if I have this gift to play music, then I'm gonna talk about love."
2008: Sheryl Crow's releases'"Detours.'
2008: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Indian guru who introduced The Beatles (and others) to transcendental meditation dies at his home in Holland. He was influential in The Beatles lives during the '67/'68 period. After The Beatles broke with the Maharishi, John Lennon wrote the song 'Sexy Sadie' to sum up the whole experience. The Maharishi reportedly was 91.
2010: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis is inducted into Mohegan Sun Casino's Walk of Fame. Lewis is honored for playing more than 30 shows at the Connecticut venue, both acoustically and with Staind.
2011: The Pretenders and Country superstar Faith Hill appear in a special Super Bowl edition of CMT's Crossroad Series. The program pairs Country stars with top artists from other genres. The Pretenders & Faith Hill Live From the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam takes place at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX.
2012: A Budweiser Super Bowl ad features a mash-up of The Cult's 'She Sells Sanctuary' with Rapper Flo Rida's 'Good Feelin'. The ad recounts decades of good times since the end of Prohibition.
2013: The Misfits release 'Dea.D. Alive!,' their first 'proper' live album since the '80s.
2015: A blue heritage plaque on Platform 2 at Dartford Station marks the spot where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards properly met for the first time on 10/17/61. Jagger had a stack of Blues records and Richards was carrying his Hofner Cutaway guitar. The chance meeting of the former primary school classmates led to the formation of the Rolling Stones., knocking '
2015: INXS guitarist Tim Farriss said he may never play the guitar properly again after severing his finger in a boating accident. Farriss caught his left hand while operating a winch on his boat in Sydney, severing his ring finger. He had undergone surgery twice to try to reattach the finger but had been left with permanent hand damage.
2015: 70-year-old Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was convicted of attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one count of having sex with a girl under the age of 13, at Southwark Crown Court in London, England. He was held in custody for sentencing later in the month.
2016: A new species of black tarantula that lives near Folsom Prison, California, was named after Johnny Cash. Aphonopelma johnnycashi was among 14 new tarantula species from the southern US which were described by biologists in the journal ZooKeys.
2016: The Cult release their 10th album 'Hidden City.'
2016: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler sang a note so high that it shattered the glass on a camera during an appearance on the US TV show 'This Morning.'

February 6
1939: Elvis Presley's father, Vernon is released from the Parchman Farm penitentiary after serving eight months of a three year sentence for altering a check from 4 dollars to 40 dollars.
1945: Bob Marley is born Nesta Robert Marley in Jamaica. His mother was a native of Jamaica and his father was an officer in the British military.
1955: Elvis Presley meets his future manager, the already legendary Col. Tom Parker. The encounter takes place between Memphis shows.
1958: George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon's school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.
1959: Buddy Holly was buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads "Holley", the correct spelling of his given surname and includes pictures of a guitar.
1962: Decca Records turns down The Beatles.
1963: The first Beatles single 'Please Please Me' was released in the US on the Vee Jay label. Capitol Records, EMI's United States label, were offered the right to release the single in the US, but turned it down. Dick Biondi, a disc jockey on WLS in Chicago and a friend of Vee-Jay executive Ewart Abner, played the song on the radio from February 1963, thus becoming the first DJ to play a Beatles record in the United States.
1964: Tickets for the first Beatles appearance on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show sell out.
1964: Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down.
1964: 'Die Beatles: please please me und andere Knuller (Please Please Me)' is released in Germany (only). Translation: "The central dance makers of the world famous Four from Liverpool." It is the German version of the 'Please Please Me' album released in the UK.
1965: The Rolling Stones second album 'Rolling Stones No.2' started a three-week run at #1 on the UK charts, knocking 'Beatles for Sale out of the top spot on the UK Record Retailer chart. The album followed its predecessor's tendency to largely feature R&B covers. However, it did contain three compositions from the still-developing Mick Jagger - Keith Richards songwriting team.
1965: The Righteous Brothers started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with the Phil Spector produced 'You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’. According to the RIAA, the song has now been played on US radio stations over 8 million times, more than any other record in history.
1965: The Kinks peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'All Day and All of the Night' which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1966: The Who played at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
1967: The Byrds issue their 4th studio album, 'Younger Than Yesterday.' The set contains a cover of Bob Dylan's 'My Back Pages.'
1967: Pink Floyd were photographed for the weekly British girls magazine Jackie. The magazine was the best-selling teen magazine in Britain for ten years.
1968: The Beatles record 'The Inner Light' and finish work on 'Lady Madonna.'
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents. John was named as Rolling Stone's Man Of The Year.
1969: The Who recorded 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studio's in London, England.
1969: Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license in Los Angeles.
1969: The Grateful Dead and Iron Butterfly performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1970: Eric Clapton played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City.
1970: John Lennon releases 'Instant Karma (We All Shine On)' in the U.K.
1970: Jack Bruce, Zephyr, and White Clover appeared at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: Neil Young records 'Heart Of Gold' at Quadrafonic Sound Studios in Nashville, TN. It appears on his 'Harvest' album released in 1972.‬
1971: Led Zeppelin announced a small UK club tour which would see the group playing Universities and small venues with ticket prices at 12 shillings. Zeppelin manager Peter Grant said 'We decided to do the clubs and forget about the bread and the big concert halls."
1971: Mountain's 2nd album, 'Nantucket Sleighride' is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1972: Allman Brothers Band performed at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
1973: Traffic played at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
1976: George Harrison's 'This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)' / 'Maya Love' single is released in the UK. The 3rd track on Harrison's 1975 studio album 'Extra Texture (Read All About It).' Lyrically, the song is a sequel to Harrison's 1968 song 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps,' released o: The Beatles' White Album. In December 1975, the song was released as the 2nd single from that album in the United States, failing to chart in any singles chart. The single met the same fate in the United Kingdom when it was released the following February. The single became the final release by Apple Records until the label was revived in the mid-1990s for The Beatles BBC sessions album 'Live at the BBC' and The Beatles Anthology project.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Montreal Forum, Montreal. Outside the arena, a police riot squad stood by ready to avoid a repeat performance of a riot which marked the visit of the Rolling Stones in the summer of 1972. However, there were no incidents. Tickets cost $7.50 (Canadian)
1976: T Rex appeared at St. Albans City Hall during a 15 date UK tour.
1976: Paul Simon started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with '50 Ways To Leave Your Lover', the singers first solo US #1.
1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd played at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, England.
1979: Stephen Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles' Record Plant Studio.
1979: 'Tommy' opens as a musical in London’s West End. The script is based on the screenplay to the film written by Pete Townshend and Ken Russell. Chris Welch in Melody Maker gives it a positive review although he finds much of the story pretentious. Variety pans the production. It closes after 118 performances.
1979: Heart performed at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
1980: Pink Floyd played the first of seven sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
1980: Cheap Trick's 'Dream Police' album is certified Platinum by the RIAA. It was released in Sept. of 1979‬.
1981: According to the New York Post, the surviving Beatles will record a new album as a tribute to John Lennon. But it’s another false alarm brought on by Ringo Starr working with Paul McCartney on the latter’s 'Tug of War' sessions.
1981: Paul McCartney joins Ringo Starr and George Harrison in recording 'All Those Years Ago,' a tribute to Lennon.
1982: Joan Jett debuts on U.S. Hot 100 at #63 with 'I Love Rock & Roll.'
1982: The J. Geils Band started a 6 week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Centerfold', the bands only US #1. It was a #3 hit in the UK. The bands album 'Freeze- Frame' started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart on the same day.
1982: Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey was hospitalized after being attacked after a gig in Belfast.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts from Van Halen with '(Oh) Pretty Woman' at #84 & Joan Jett’s 'I Love Rock N’ Roll' at #63. Journey’s 'Don’t Stop Believin’ was #62, Loverboy’s 'Working For The Weekend' was #31, Genesis’ 'Abacab' was #30 and the J. Geils Band was #1 with 'Centerfold.' ‬
1982: J. Geils Band hits #1 on the charts with 'Centerfold.'
1982: Van Halen's remake of Roy Orbison's 'Oh, Pretty Woman' peaks at #12 becoming the group's biggest hit to date. In 1964, Orbison topped the charts with the song.
1984: 38 Special release their 6th studio album, 'Tour de Force.'
1984: KISS release their 31st single 'All Hell's Breakin' Loose.' It fails to chart in the U.S.
1985: Metallica with W.A.S.P. and Special Guests Armored Saint perform in Minneapolis, MN. Tickets are $7.50 at the door
1987: Featuring a title song written by Bruce Springsteen, the movie 'Light of Day' hits theaters. The film stars Joan Jett and Michael J. Fox as leaders of a struggling band called The Barbusters. A pre-Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor had a brief appearance.
1987: Sonny Bono announces he is running for mayor of Palm Springs, California. He would win the election and eventually win a seat in Congress.
1988: Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Tunnel of Love. which was Springsteen’s 11th top 10 single in the U.S.
1989: Georgia state representative Billy Randall introduced a bill to make Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti', the state's official rock song.
1990: Billy Idol suffers a broken leg and wrist after running a stop sign and crashing his Harley-Davidson motorcycle into a car. As his accident left him unable to walk for a time, Idol’s role as Morrison’s drinking buddy, Cat, in the Oliver Stone movie 'The Doors' was greatly reduced. Every time he appears in the film, he is either on crutches, sitting, or lying down.
1990: Over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry, alleging that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned. Berry claimed that he had the camera installed to catch an employee who was suspected of stealing. Although the charges were never proven in court, Berry agreed to settlement with 59 women that cost him over $1.2 million plus legal fees.
1993: During a concert in Dublin, Van Morrison is joined by Bono and Bob Dylan (for a rendition of Dylan's 'It's All Over Now Baby Blue'). Also appearing onstage are Elvis Costello, Steve Winwood and Chrisse Hynde.
1994: Blind Melon's lead singer Shannon Hoon was forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony for his loud and disruptive behaviour. Hoon was later charged with battery, assault, resisting arrest, and destroying a police station phone.
1994: Nirvana embarks on their final tour of Europe.
1995: Megadeth released the single 'A Tout Le Monde.'
1998: Beach Boy Carl Wilson dies from cancer in Los Angeles at 51. Wilson was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer in early 1997. He sang lead vocal on 'God Only Knows,' 'Good Vibrations,' and 'I Can Hear Music.' Wilson sang backing vocals on Elton John’s 'Don”t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,' Chicago’s 'Baby, What a Big Surprise' and 'Wishing You Were Here,' David Lee Roth’s cover of 'California Girls,' and Warren Zevon’s 'Desperados Under the Eaves.' In 1988, Carl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beach Boys.The headstone over his grave in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles includes the inscription: "The World Is A Far Lesser Place Without You."
1998: The movie 'Blues Brothers 2000' opens, featuring Wilson Pickett, Jonny Lang and Eddie Floyd.
2000: Bachman-Turner Overdrive made a guest appearance on 'The Simpsons' as themselves performing at a state fair.
2001: Jeff Beck released his 8th studio album, 'You Had It Coming.'
2001: Eagles' guitarist Don Felder receives a phone call from manager Irving Azoff who tells him that the rest of the band has "decided to go on without you." He would later launch a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell the rights to a "tell-all" book. Both parties settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount. In early 2008 Felder finally issues his autobiography, 'Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001).'
2001: U2 played a secret show at London's Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor John Hurt, Queen's Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof and more.
2002: Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer win the battle over ownership of the name "RATT" in a victory in the Lost Angeles Superior Court.
2003: Incubus files suit to get out of their contract with Epic Records with four albums to go. They object to deductions for video production and packaging.
2003: Courtney Love arrived at a benefit concert at London's Old Vic Theatre attended by Prince Andrew. dressed as Donald Duck. Courtney joined Elton John on stage for a version of 'The Bitch Is Back'.
2003: Bill Clinton makes an environmental speech at a Natural Resources Defense Council fundraiser. The Rolling Stones close the show with a set that includes 'Paint It Black.'
2003: Doors drummer John Densmore files a lawsuit against former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger. Densmore claims Manzarek and Krieger's revival of the band degrades the group's legacy. Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Cult vocalist Ian Astbury are also in the 'new' Doors. The group eventually calls themselves "The Doors of the 21st Century."
2004: Ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic appears at a free concert in Longview, WA-a day before the state's Democratic presidential caucus (which Senator John Kerry won)-to encourage young people to register to vote. The Pre-Caucus Rockus gig is sponsored by the Music for America organization.
2005: Paul McCartney performs 'Drive My Car,' 'Get Back,' 'Live And Let Die' and 'Hey Jude' during the Super Bowl XXXIX half-time show at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, FL.
2006: Jackson Browne, David Crosby, Bruce Springsteen and Sting perform at a James Taylor tribute in Los Angeles. The 'Fire And Rain' singer is MusiCares' Person of the Year.
2008: Four Pearl Jam members (guitarist/vocalist Stone Gossard, guitarist Mike McCready, bassist Jeff Ament and drummer Matt Cameron, but no Eddie Vedder) release 'Rock Around Barack' in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The track is set to the tune of the '50's hit 'Rock Around The Clock.'
2008: Singer Scott Weiland "voluntarily enters a rehab clinic" after Velvet Revolver's concert in Los Angeles. As a consequence, the group's scheduled performance in San Diego the next night is postponed. That would have been the last show of VR's U.S. tour.
2008: Former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty performs at the 10th annual Grammy Foundation Music Preservation Project - Sounds of Change. The L.A. event celebrates 50 years of music's ability to influence social transformations.
2009: Foo Fighters and Kid Rock perform at a gala honoring Neil Diamond as the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year. The L.A. event is a fundraiser for the MusiCares charity, which provides medical and financial assistance to musicians.
2009: Axl Rose gives Billboard magazine his first major interview in nine years. The Guns N' Roses singer says he may perform with ex-GN'R members at some point but vows never to play again with Slash.
2009: Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler is ordered to enter a new rehabilitation program, following his January 2009, arrest for failing to complete a community-service requirement stemming from an 2008 drug charge.
2009: Hunting advocate Ted Nugent is inducted into the National Bowhunters Hall of Fame.
2010: Them Crooked Vultures make their first appearance on Saturday Night Live. After overcoming some technical problems, they play 'New Fang' and 'Mind Eraser, No Chaser.' Drummer David Grohl even appears in a comedy sketch.
2011: Ozzy Osbourne and teen heart throb Justin Bieber appear in a Best Buy ad that's broadcast during the Super Bowl (3rd quarter). The ad, targeted toward young viewers, has the pair dressed in futuristic black jumpsuits. Ozzy asks, "What's a Bieber?"
2011: Gary Moore is found dead at a hotel in Estepona. The 58-year-old died of a heart attack in his sleep while in Spain on vacation. At the time of his death, Moore’s blood alcohol content was .38% – anything above .40% is considered to be lethal. Moore had been a member of Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, and Colosseum II, before going solo. Moore's greatest influence in the early days was guitarist Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, who was a mentor to Moore when performing in Dublin. His 1990 album 'Still Got the Blues' featured contributions from Albert King, Albert Collins, and George Harrison. More popular in Europe than in the U.S., Moore was an influence on a great number of guitarists, including Slash, Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, John Sykes, Kirk Hammett, Brian May and Adrian Smith.
2013: It was announced that Warner Music was set to buy the record label Parlophone which was formerly a part of EMI Music from Universal Music for $765 million. The Parlophone label group also included the Chrysalis and Ensign labels, but The Beatles part of Parlophone, was exempted from the sale.
2013: HBO Films released a trailer promoting the upcoming TV biopic on imprisoned record producer Phil Spector. The film, starring Al Pacino, focuses primarily on the relationship between Spector and Linda Kenney Baden, his defense attorney during his two murder trials for the 2003 death of Lana Clarkson in his California mansion. It would be nominated for 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
2014: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett hosts his first horror convention, 'Kirk von Hammett's Fear FestEvil,' in San Francisco. The three-day event includes 'Kirk's Crypt' private tours and special guest appearances by make-up artists and horror actors.
2014: The Flaming Lips and Sean Lennon cover The Beatles, 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,' as part of The Late Show With David Letterman's Beatles Week, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the group's arrival in the U.S.
2015: Bob Dylan is MusiCares Person of the Year. The honor is bestowed on him by the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).
2015: Slash is the voice of Jerry Vandergeld in 'The SpongeBobMovie: Sponge Out Of Water.' The animated flick is in theaters.
2015: Jamaicans celebrated the 70th anniversary of the birth of Bob Marley with a free concert on the Kingston waterfront and a jam session at Marley's former home. The reggae legend died of cancer on May 11, 1981, in a Florida hospital at the age of 36.
2016: Metallica play the Super Bowl 50 pre-show 'The Night Before' in San Francisco.
2018: AFI frontman Davey Havok publishes his second book, 'Love Fast Los Angeles.' His first novel, 'Pop Kids,' came out in ‘13

February 7
1957: Iraq bans the film 'Rock Around The Clock' (featuring Bill Haley & His Comets and Little Richard) and 'Bus Stop,' because they "dangerous to teenagers and youths."
1959: Buddy Holly was buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads "Holley", the correct spelling of his given surname and includes pictures of a guitar. Buddy's pallbearers were Joe Mauldin, Jerry Allison, Niki Sullivan, Bob Montgomery, Sonny Curtis and Phil Everly.
1959: Ritchie Valens is buried in San Fernando Mission Cemetery.
1959: New Orleans blues guitarist Guitar Slim died of pneumonia at age 32. Born Eddie Jones he is best known for the million-selling song ‘The Things That I Used to Do’. Slim had a major impact on rock and roll and experimented with distorted overtones on the electric guitar a full decade before Jimi Hendrix. He became known for his wild stage act and had an assistant who followed him around the audience with up to 350 feet of cord between his guitar and his amplifier, and occasionally rode on his assistant's shoulders or even took his guitar outside the club, bringing traffic to a stop.
1960: Co-written by Motown founder Barry Gordy and recorded by Barrett Strong, 'Money' peaks at #23 on the pop chart and #2 on the R&B list. The song is revived by everyone from The Beatles to Souxie and the Banshees.
1963: The first Beatles single 'Please Please Me' was released in the US on the Vee Jay label. Capitol Records, EMI's United States label, were offered the right to release the single in the US, but turned it down. Dick Biondi, a disc jockey on WLS in Chicago and a friend of Vee-Jay executive Ewart Abner, played the song on the radio from February 1963, thus becoming the first DJ to play a Beatles record in the United States.
1964: The Beatles' 'All My Loving' EP is released in the UK. It was the Beatles 4th British EP, features four tracks from their albums 'Please Please Me' and 'With The Beatles' and was released only in mono. It was also released in Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.
1964: The Beatles are greeted by over 5,000 fans, mostly young girls, who are crowded onto the upper balcony of New York’s JFK airport, waving placards and banners to welcome the group. Paul McCartney remembers it like this, “There were millions of kids at the airport, which nobody had expected. We heard about it in mid-air. There were journalists on the plane, and the pilot had rang ahead and said, ‘Tell the boys there’s a big crowd waiting for them.’ We thought, ‘Wow! God, we have really made it.'”
1964: Jan and Dean's 'Dead Man’s Curve' b/w 'The New Girl In School' 45 single is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1965: George Harrison is admitted to London's University College Hospital with an infected back molar which has also infected his tonsils, necessitating their removal. The tonsils are destroyed so that they can't be sold to fans.
1966: The Beatles released their single 'Nowhere Man.'
1966: First edition of the first rock magazine Crawdaddy is published in U.S. by Paul Williams in New York.
1966: The Beach Boys' album 'Summer Days' is certified gold.
1967: The Monkees announce during an appearance on the British TV show Top of the Pops that they will play on their own records from now on instead of using session players.
1969: John and Yoko were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6). John was named as Rolling Stone’s ‘Man Of The Year’.
1969: The Who recorded 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studios in London.
1969: Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license in Los Angeles.
1969: Vanilla Fudge, Led Zeppelin, and Jethro Tull play the first of two nights at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago. Admission was $5.
1969: The Who play the Top Rank Suite at the University in Bath, England.
1969: George Harrison enters London’s University College Hospital to have an operation on his infected back molar and tonsils.
1969: The ABC-TV program, 'This Is Tom Jones' began its two year, 65 episode run in the US. The show, featuring Jones duetting with different guests each week, would be nominated for a Golden Globe Award later in the year.
1970: Joe Cocker's rendition of The Beatles' 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' peaks well outside the Top 20 yet it still becomes one of Cocker's best known songs.
1970: Johnny Cash's album 'Hello, I'm Johnny Cash' is certified gold.
1970: In London, Yes performed at Royal Festival Hall, while Pink Floyd appeared at Royal Albert Hall.
1970: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull married record company secretary Jennie Franks.
1970: Led Zeppelin scored their first UK #1 album with 'Led Zeppelin II'. Featuring the US single 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to stay on the chart for 138 weeks selling over 12 million copies in the US.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at Pappaliski’s in Dayton, Ohio.
1971: Tom Fogerty leaves Creedence Clearwater Revival to spend more time with his family. CCR continues for another year and a half as a trio.
1971: Edgar Winter and Grin appear at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1972: Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer' b/w 'Razor Face' 45 single is released. In the U.S. it was certified Gold on May 19, 2005, and Platinum on August 19, 2011 by the RIAA. It was ranked #397 on the 2011 List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song was written by Taupin to capture the spirit of California in 1970 encapsulated by the many beautiful women he met. A common misconception concerning this song is that it was written for Maxine Feibelman, Bernie Taupin's first wife. Rather, the song was simply dedicated to her on the album 'Madman Across the Water.'
1973: The Stooges 3rd studio album, 'Raw Power' is released. Though not initially commercially successful (#183 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart), it has gained a cult following in the years following its release and, like its predecessor (1970's 'Fun House'), is generally considered an influential forerunner of punk rock. Raw Power was chosen as the 125th greatest album of all time by the editors of Rolling Stone magazine in Dec. 2003.
1973: Hawkwind played at Wandsworth Prison in London.
1975: Led Zeppelin performed at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tickets were $7.50 and $8.50.
1976: Paul Simon's 'Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover' hits #1 for the first of a three week run. It's his first solo #1 in the U.S.
1976: Bob Dylan reached #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the second time with 'Desire,' which spent five weeks on top.
1977: Television's debut album 'Marquee Moon' is released. It is ranked at 128th in Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time." The song 'Marquee Moon' was placed #372 on Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time."
1977: Paul McCartney & Wings 'Maybe I'm Amazed' (LIVE) b/w 'Soily' 45 single is released. The studio version from the album has never been released as a single. A live recording from the 1976 album 'Wings over America' was released as a single on February 4 in the UK and February 7 in the US, and reached #10 in the US on the Billboard pop charts, and reached #28 in the UK.
1977: Genesis performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.
1979: Stephen Stills completes the first digitally recorded rock LP, which is never released. These recordings were later scrapped & remain unreleased to this day.
1980: Pink Floyd premiere their concert 'The Wall' in Los Angeles. The ambitious production actually featured a 30-foot high wall made of styrofoam blocks constructed across the 160-foot stage built between band and audience during the first half of the concert. The first performance at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was held up after fireworks set fire to the stage curtains. Pink Floyd then played the first of seven sold out nights at the venue. The Wall was also performed in its entirety in Uniondale, NY, London & Dortmund, Germany.
1980: AC/DC appear on 'Top of the Pops,' where they perform 'A Touch Too Much.' It would be lead singer Bon Scott's last appearance with the band. He passes away 12 days later.
1980: Twelve days before his death, Bon Scott goes to the UFO concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1981: ABC begins airing the first installment of the mini-series 'Elvis and Me,' based on ex-wife Priscilla Presley's book of the same name.
1981: John Lennon was at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Woman,' an ode to his wife Yoko Ono. It was Lennon’s 3rd #1 in seven weeks after his death on December 8, 1980.
1981: Steve Winwood's 'While You See A Chance' b/w 'Vacant Chair' 45 single is released in the UK. Steve Winwood wrote the song with Will Jennings. It was released on his album 'Arc of a Diver' and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1981, and reached #45 in the UK.
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 debuts April Wine’s 'Just Between You And Me' at #85, The Police’s 'Don’t Stand So Close To Me' at #78. AC⚡️DC’s 'Back In Black' at #40, and Donnie Iris’ 'Ah! Leah!' at #38.
1983: Led Zeppelin go platinum with 'Coda' LP.
1984: The Alan Parsons Project's 'Ammonia Avenue' album is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1984: Neil Young and Crazy Horse played at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California.
1986: The Rolling Stones shot the video for 'Harlem Shuffle' in New York City.
1989: Metal Church's 3rd studio album 'Blessing in Disguise' was released.
1989: Roy Orbison's last album 'Mystery Girl' is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #2 on the UK Albums Chart. All the tracks were recorded in late 1988, and it was finalized for release in the weeks following Orbison's death through the collaborative efforts of several artists who were all friends and admirers. The album was named after the chorus from the track 'She's a Mystery to Me,' written for Orbison by U2's Bono and The Edge.
1989: The Georgia State Representative Billy Randall introduces a bill to make Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti' the official state rock song. It doesn't pass.
1990: Primus released their debut album, 'Frizzle Fry.'
1992: Yngwie Malmsteen's 6th studio album, 'Fire & Ice' was released.
1993: Neil Young taped his appearance on MTV Unplugged at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Young was reportedly unhappy with the performances of almost everyone in his band. The performance that later aired & was released on CD the following June was their second attempt at recording a set suitable for airing and release.
1994: Blind Melon's singer Shannon Hoon is thrown out of the American Music Awards for loud and disruptive behavior. He is later charged with assault, battery, resisting arrest and destroying a police station phone.
1994: Aerosmith win the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist, beating Metallica & Pearl Jam.
1999: Blondie went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Maria,' giving the group their 6th UK #1 single, 20 years after their first. At the age of 54, lead singer Debbie Harry became the oldest female to hit #1.
2000: Foghat guitarist and singer Dave Peverett succumbed to kidney cancer at 57. Peverett recorded five albums with Savoy Brown before leaving the band to form Foghat, where he was lead singer and rhythm guitarist. He wrote the majority of their hits as well, including 'Slow Ride,' 'Fool For The City' and 'Stone Blue.'
2001: A court ruled that the Bruce Springsteen Club could keep the domain name, much to the Boss' chagrin. He wanted the name for his own Web site.
2001: U2 played a secret show at London's Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor John Hurt, Queen's Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Chris Evans and members of Toploader.
2004: Queen's single 'We Will Rock You' topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The 1977 song beat the band's classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' into second place in a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the UCI cinema chain. The poll was carried out to mark the release of new Jack Black comedy 'School of Rock.'
2005: Van Halen's home video, 'Live Without A Net' was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.
2006: A complete edition of the 'Dead Man Walking' soundtrack is issued containing Eddie Vedder's previously unreleased '04 studio rendition of 'Dead Man,' a song written by Pearl Jam's frontman for the '96 movie soundtrack but not featured on the album. The double-disc 'Dead Man Walking: Legacy Edition' also has a DVD with footage of Vedder and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament at a '98 L.A. concert where many tunes from the soundtrack were performed.
2006: Fuel announce that singer Brett Scallions has left the group. Though throat problems are initially said to be the cause, Scallions actually departs for personal reasons.
2006: An expanded version of Santana's third studio effort, 'III' is out. One disc has the entire original album, as well as three previously unissued tracks and the single edit of the hit "No One To Depend On." The second disc contains 11 performances from a July '71 concert at San Francisco's Fillmore West.
2006: Bon Jovi release the six-track 'Live From The Have A Nice Day Tour' CD exclusively through Walmart. It was recorded in Boston.‬
2006: Whitesnake release their greatest hits compilation, 'The Definitive Collection.'
2006: Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Journey's Neal Schon, Toto's Steve Lukather and Edgar Winter perform with electric-guitar pioneer Les Paul at a charity concert in Universal City, CA. Proceeds from the 'Les Paul & Friends: 90th Birthday Salute,' benefit A Place Called Home, an organization that provides support for at-risk youth.
2006: Cream and David Bowie receive the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. They are also recognized the following night at the 48th annual Grammy Awards.
2007: Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale jams with The Who's Pete Townshend during an episode of the online show, 'In The Attic.'
2007: 'All My Life,' a Billy Joel song originally written as an anniversary gift to wife Katie Lee Joel, is available on People magazine's website. The release coincides with the kick-off of Joel's North American tour in Jacksonville, FL.
2007: A Vietnamese court reduced Gary Glitter's child molestation sentence, cutting his three-year term by three months as part of a nationwide Lunar New Year prison amnesty. The 62 year-old Glitter was convicted in March '06 of molesting two Vietnamese girls, aged 10 and 11.
2008: The world premiere of the Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones documentary/concert film 'Shine A Light' is at the Berlin International Film Festival. Both Scorsese and the Stones attend.
2008: The Police win the Major Tour of the Year honor at the 19th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in L.A.
2008: Former Trapeze/Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley reveals that he has esophagus cancer. "It happens, but I've had a fantastic life," says Galley. "I have been very lucky. And I have enjoyed some tremendous experiences." He contributed to Whitesnake's 'Saints & Sinners' ('82) and 'Slide It In' ('84). He passed away July 1, 2008.
2009: Kansas celebrate their 35th anniversary by performing with the Washburn University Orchestra in Topeka, KS. Two former Kansas guitarists, founding member Kerry Livgren and Deep Purple's Steve Morse also take the stage.
2009: Motley Crue perform the final show at famed Las Vegas venue, The Joint. "The Joint has played host to some of the world's greatest Rock bands over the years," says Crue drummer Tommy Lee, prior to the show. "We hope to bring the house down in true Crue style."
2010: A cover of The Who's 1965 classic 'My Generation' by former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash and Black Eyed Peas' makes its debut in the pre-game telecast of Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. The Who (Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend), perform snippets of four songs including 'Won't Get Fooled Again,' at half-time.
2010: The Air Force Reserve uses a version of the White Stripes "Fell In Love With A Girl" for their Grab Some Air recruitment campaign that premieres during the game. "We believe our song was re-recorded and used without permission of the White Stripes, our publishers, label or management," the band writes in a statement. "We plan to take strong action to stop the ad containing this music." Two days later, the Air Force pulls the spot from their site as the musician responsible for scoring the commercial takes full responsibility for the sound-alike track.
2011: The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History announces that it has acquired the "Frank 2" guitar that Eddie Van Halen used during Van Halen's 2007-08 North American tour with the group's original lead singer David Lee Roth. The red, white and black guitar is a replica of the original "Frankenstein" guitar that Van Halen used for more than 30 years. Museum director Brent Glass says the guitar reflebass player, songwriter, Joe B. Mauldin died aged 74. He was best known as the bassist for the early rock and roll group The Crickets and later became a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios, the Los Angeles studio which became the "hit factory" for Phil Spector, Brian Wilson and other major 1960s rock performers.cts Van Halen's innovation, talent and influence.
2012: Van Halen's 12th studio album 'A Different Kind of Truth' was released. It's the band's first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since 1984.
2013: Jack White (White Stripes/Raconteurs) and Damon Albarn (Blur) are up for Producer of the Year awards at the Music Producers Guild Awards in London. And the winner is: Paul Epworth for his work on Florence + The Machine's "Ceremonials." The Beatles producer, Sir George Martin, also receives an outstanding contribution award.
2014: 'After The Dark,' a film co-scored by KoRn frontman Jonathan Davis, is in theaters. The film revolves around 21 college students who have to choose which 10 of them will be sheltered from theoretical nuclear devastation in order to restart the human race.
2014: John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City commemorates the 50th anniversary of the The Beatles arrival in the United States with a memorial plaque.
2015: The late George Harrison receives a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award during an invitation-only ceremony the day before the Grammy Awards.
2015: Bass player and songwriter Joe B. Mauldin died at age 74. He was best known as the bassist for the early rock and roll group The Crickets and later became a recording engineer at Gold Star Studios, the Los Angeles studio which became the "hit factory" for Phil Spector, Brian Wilson and other major 1960s rock performers.
2016: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler appears in a commercial for Skittles candy during the Super Bowl broadcast. Also, SB commercials seem driven. Van Halen's '78 classic, 'Runnin' With The Devil' is heard in a commercial for the 2017 Acura NSX sports car. An isolated vocal track of singer David Lee Roth is set against images of the car. And Audi uses David Bowie's '72 classic, 'Starman,' as the soundtrack for their commercial. Coldplay perform during halftime.
2017: It’s the 5th annual International Clash Day. “The message of The Clash… is both powerful and uplifting especially now in this time of struggle,” says event founder John Richards.

February 8
1956: Buddy Holley signs a recording contract with Decca Records, one which mistakenly drops the "e" from his last name. Buddy, knowing a good thing when he sees it, drops the letter from his name as well.
1956: After placing nine previous records on the Billboard Pop chart, Bill Haley And His Comets enjoy their biggest hit when 'See You Later Alligator' peaks at #6.
1957: Jerry Lee Lewis releases 'Great Balls Of Fire.'
1958: The Quarrymen perform at the Wilson Hall in the Garston section of Liverpool, England. Afterwards, member Paul McCartney introduces his friend George Harrison to John Lennon.
1958: The Diamonds had the best selling record in the United States with their version of 'The Stroll,' The song also reached #4 on the Billboard Pop chart and #5 on the R&B chart.
1959: Johnny Cash performs his #1 Billboard Country chart hit, 'Don't Take Your Guns To Town' on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1960: Bobby Rydell's 'Wild One' makes its debut on the Billboard chart, where it will reach #2. It also made the Top 10 in the UK.
1960: The "payola" hearings begin, as the US government cracks down on the practice of paying for airplay on radio stations.
1962: The Beach Boys record 'Surfin' Safari,' and other tracks.
1963: On tour with Helen Shapiro in Carlisle, England, The Beatles were refused entry into a local ballroom because they were wearing leather jackets.
1964: On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Over 400 girl fans followed The Beatles and extra police were called in to control them. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed The Beatles for radio.
1964: The Beatles' 'I Saw Her Standing There' enters the pop charts.
1964: The Beatles begin rehearsals for their performance on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show. On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Over 400 girl fans followed The Beatles and extra police were called in to control them. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed The Beatles for radio.
1964: Responding to reports of the supposedly obscene lyrics in the Kingsmen's 'Louie Louie,' the song's publisher Max Firetag offers $1,000 to anyone who can prove it.
1965: The Dave Clark Five begin filming their movie 'Catch Us if You Can.' Although they perform the soundtrack music, the members of the group (unlike The Beatles) do not play themselves, but appear as a team of freelance movie stuntmen and extras, led of course, by Dave Clark.
1968: The Band Of Joy, featuring John Bonham and Robert Plant, made their first London appearance, supporting Edwin Starr at the The Marquee Club in London, England.
1969: George Harrison's tonsils were removed at London's University College Hospital. The tonsils were destroyed so they could not be sold.
1969: Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood announce plans for Blind Faith. They add Family’s Rich Grech on bass.
1971: A London performance of '200 Motels' by Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention is cancelled because Royal Albert Hall officials deem the material obscene. In 1975, Zappa lost a lawsuit against the Hall for breach of contract.
1971: Bob Dylan's documentary 'Eat the Document,' chronicling his 1966 tour of the UK, premieres at New York's Academy of Music. The film would only receive two other commercial showings. The ABC television network will buy the rights to the film, although they refuse to air it after deciding it doesn't contain enough concert footage.
1971: Chicago's 'Free' b/w 'Free Country' 45 single is released. Written by Robert Lamm and recorded for their 3rd album 'Chicago III,' with Terry Kath singing lead vocals. It was the first single released from this album, and peaked at #20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
1972: Alice Cooper's 'Be My Lover' b/w 'Yeah, Yeah, Yeah' 45 single is released in the U.S. Written by Michael Bruce – from the album 'Killer.' It reached #49 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1972: The Beatles' official fan club disbands.
1973: Max Yasgur died of a heart attack aged 53. He was the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969.
1973: Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' is certified gold.
1973: Poco's 'Go And Say Goodbye' b/w 'I Can See Everything' 45 single is released in the US. Written by Stephen Stills, originally performed and released as a single by Buffalo Springfield.
1974: KISS' self-titled debut is out. The gold album is also the first record released by Casablanca Records.
1974: Ringo Starr's 'You're Sixteen' b/w 'Devil Woman' 45 single is released in the UK. Written by the Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman), it was first performed by American rockabilly singer Johnny Burnette, whose version peaked at #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in December 1960 and #3 in the U.K. in 1961. The version by British musician Ringo Starr, taken from the album 'Ringo,' hit #1. The latter performance reunited Ringo Starr with his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney. McCartney is credited on the liner notes of the album Ringo as having played the solo on a kazoo. But reviewer Michael Verity has quoted the song's producer, Richard Perry, as revealing it wasn't actually a kazoo. “In fact, the solo on ‘You’re Sixteen,’ which sounds like a kazoo or something, was Paul singing very spontaneously as we played that track back, so he’s singing the solo on that.” In any case, Starr's version remains one of the few #1 singles to feature a 'kazoo-sound' solo. Harry Nilsson sang backing vocals on Starr's version.
1975: Queen release their first hit single, 'Killer Queen.' It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and comes from their 3rd studio album, 'Sheer Heart Attack.'
1975: Queen’s 'Killer Queen' debuts at #98 on Billboard’s Hot 100, with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 'Free Bird' at #51, Bad Company’s 'Movin’ On' at #39, and Elton John’s 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' at #32.
1975: Bob Dylan went to #1 on the US chart with his 15th studio album 'Blood On The Tracks,' his second US #1 album.
1977: Television's debut album 'Marquee Moon' is released. It is ranked at #128 in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The song 'Marquee Moon' was placed #372 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1978: Queen's 'We Will Rock You'/'We Are The Champions' peaks at #4 in the U.S.
1980: In London, David Bowie and his wife, Angie, were divorced after nearly ten years of marriage. David won custody of their nine-year-old son, Zowie. Zowie would later revert to going by his middle name, Duncan. At the time of David's death in January, 2016, Angie admitted that she hadn't spoken to her son in over twenty-eight years, saying "He decided he didn't want to see me and that was that, no problem."
1980: Iron Maiden‬ released their debut single 'Running Free.' The single's cover art is famously known as the first official appearance of Eddie, although his face is obscured as the band did not want him unveiled until the album's release.
1981: R.E.M. have their first recording session at Bombay Studios in Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included 'Gardening At Night,' 'Radio Free Europe' and '(Don't Go Back To) Rockville.' The band's debut single 'Radio Free Europe' which was released the following July on local Hib-Tone Records, which pressed 1,000 copies.
1983: Winners at the second annual Brit Awards held in London included Paul McCartney who won Best British Male Solo Artist, Kim Wilde won Best British Female Solo Artist, Dire Straits won British Group, British Breakthrough Act went to Yazoo, International Act was Kid Creole & The Coconuts, Best Selling Single Dexy's Midnight Runners 'Come On Eileen' and the Life Achievement Award went to Pete Townshend.
1988: The Who receive the Outstanding Contribution to British Music honor at the BPI Awards at Royal Albert Hall in London. They reunite at the awards leading to a full-fledged 25th anniversary tour the next year. Their three song medley of 'My Generation /Substitute /Who Are You' runs past their time slot, forcing Rick Astley to accept his award for Best British Single, off the air.
1990: Del Shannon commits suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Santa Clarita, CA. The 55 year old singer, an early '60s star, had been taking the anti-depressant drug Prozac. He had just appeared at the annual Buddy Holly memorial concert in Fargo, North Dakota and had recently completed recording a new album with the help of Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne called 'Rock On!' Shannon was rumored to be replacing Roy Orbison, who had recently died, in the Traveling Wilburys. Shannon was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
1990: The record industry certifies Green Day's 'Dookie' CD as selling ten million copies.
1993: Poison release thier 4th studio album, 'Native Tongue.'
1993: ‎Metallica‬ released their 12th single 'Sad But True' from their eponymous 5th album, Metallica or the "Black" album. The song peaked at #98 on the #Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1994: Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour after they were deported from Holland. The band were involved in a drunken brawl on a cross-channel ferry resulting in members of the band being arrested and locked in the brig on the ferry.
1994: L.A. Guns release their album 'Vicious Circle.'
1999: Van Halen's '1984' is certified 10x Platinum by the RIAA.
2002: Bob Wooler died aged 76. He was the resident DJ and booker at The Cavern Club in Liverpool during the early 1960’s. Wooler introduced The Beatles to their manager, Brian Epstein.
2004: The Philadelphia Soul, the Arena Football League team co-owned by Jon Bon Jovi played their first game where they lost to the New Orleans VooDoo.
2004: White Stripes perform at the 46th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Foo Fighters appear onstage with jazz artist Chick Corea while Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry are among the presenters. Evanescence wins Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance honors, while the White Stripes take home awards for the Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album. The evening's other winners include Foo Fighters (Best Rock Album) and Metallica (Best Metal Performance).
2005: The Doobie Brothers' drummer Keith Knudsen died of pneumonia at the age of 56 in San Francisco. Knudsen joined the Doobie Brothers in 1974 and stayed through their 1982 farewell tour. He also co-founded the successful country rock band Southern Pacific.
2005: Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings of the Guess Who are inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame in a Toronto ceremony that features musical tributes from Three Days Grace and Ian Thornley.
2005: 3 Doors Down release their 'Seventeen Days' album. It features Bob Seger on 'Landing In London.'
2005: Puddle of Mudd explains in an online post that Greg Upchurch "is still a member of Puddle of Mudd." Upchurch was tapped to take over drums for 3 Doors Down on their tour. The rest of Puddle Of Mudd continues to write songs for their next studio album.
2006: U2 wins five Grammy awards including Album of the Year for 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb' and Song of the Year at the 48th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. Other winners are Green Day (Record of the Year - 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams'), System Of A Down (Best Hard Rock Performance), the White Stripes (Best Alternative Music Album) and Slipknot (Best Metal Performance). David Bowie is awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Sly Stone made his first major public appearance since his 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when he appeared at the Grammys. The 61 year old Sly joined in briefly during a multi-artist tribute to his music.
2006: David Bowie is awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. It's his 2nd Grammy, the first being for the 'Jazzin' for Blue Jean' video in 1985. He posthumously wins four more Grammys for the 'Blackstar' release bringing his total to six.
2007: Guns N' Roses perform two songs at a Rodeo Drive Walk of Style ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA. The band plays Bob Dylan's 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' and 'Sweet Child O' Mine.' The show honors designer Donatella Versace and her late brother Gianni.
2007: Journey and Def Leppard's joint 2006 tour is honored at the 18th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in Universal City, CA. They win for Most Creative Tour Package beating out Aerosmith/Motley Crue and the Bon Jovi/Nickelback.
2007: John Mellencamp's promotes his 'Freedom's Road' album on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman. The next day he's on NBC's Today and Comedy Central's The Daily Show.
2007: The Who announce plans for a spring European tour. At the London press conference guitarist Pete Townshend and vocalist Roger Daltrey play four songs.
2007: Sevendust launch their tour in support of their sixth studio album, 'Alpha,' in Fort Wayne, IN.
2008: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry performs. backed by his two sons' group, TAB The Band, in Ledyard, CT. "This is something we will not do very often," explains Perry. "They want to have their own identity and not be seen as my band." The group has Adrian (vocals/bass) and Tony Perry (guitar).
2009: About 4 months after the plane crash that nearly killed their drummer Travis Barker, Blink-182 announce that they are getting back together during the Grammy Awards.
2009: Coldplay win Rock Song of the Year ('Viva La Vida') and Rock Album of the Year ('Viva La Vida') at the 51st Grammy Awards in L.A. Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss nab the Record of the Year ('Please Read The Letter') and Album of the Year ('Raising Sand') awards.
2010: Ringo Starr gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Several hundred Beatles fans attend the ceremony in front of the Capitol Records Tower. "I want to thank Capitol Records," Starr tells the crowd. "It's nice to look at a building that you helped pay for."
2010: U2's 360 tour is voted the year's best stage show in a poll conducted by Total Production International Magazine.
2010: E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg undergoes open heart surgery. The 12 hour operation takes place just two weeks after the end of Weinberg's run as music director for Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show on NBC.
2010: David Ellefson, a founding member along with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, returns to the group following an eight year absence. “This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness,” says Mustaine. The band readies their 20th anniversary Rust In Peace tour starting March 1 in Spokane, WA.
2011: Rhino Bucket released the album 'Who’s Got Mine.'
2011: Nielsen SoundScan reported that since Steven Tyler started appearing on 'American Idol' on January 19th, sales of Aerosmith's Greatest Hits collections have shot up more than 250%.
2012: Ozzy Osbourne's radio channel 'Ozzy's Boneyard' premieres on Sirius.
2013: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler appeared at a Hawaii legislative hearing to promote a bill that would give celebrities the power to sue paparazzi who take photos or video of their private lives in an offensive way. In early March, the bill would be passed by the Senate, but received no support from the House Of Representatives.
2013: Bruce Springsteen is named the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year at a ceremony in L.A., two days before the 55th annual Grammy Awards. He is honored for both his creative accomplishments and charitable work over the years.
2013: Axl Rose loses his case against Activision. He claimed the video game company violated an agreement over the use of 'Welcome To The Jungle' in 2007's 'Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock.' Rose had stipulated that Slash not be included in the game but the former Guns N' Roses guitarist was the main image on the cover artwork. The court dismisses Rose's arguments.
2015: The 57th Grammy Awards take place at LA's Staples Center. The Rock Performance award goes to Jack White for his album 'Lazaretto.' Beck gets the Best Album and Best Rock Album statues for 'Morning Phase.' 'The Last In Line' by Tenacious D nails the Metal Performance honor. Paul McCartney and AC/DC (with drummer Chris Slade filling in for Phil Rudd) perform.
2016: Sick Puppies announce that Bryan Scott is their vocalist (replacing Shim Moore).

February 9
1957: Elvis Presley hits #1 on the pop chart with 'Too Much.'
1958: Ratings show that ABC's 'American Bandstand' is now America's top-rated daytime television program, with an average of 8,400,000 viewers per day.
1961: The Beatles play Liverpool's Cavern Club for the first time. John Lennon and Paul McCartney performed at the venue three years earlier but were then known as the Quarrymen. They would go on to make a total of 292 other appearances at the Club. They were paid £5 for this luchtime appearance and George Harrison was nearly denied admission to play because he was wearing jeans.
1964: Beatles make their US TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. A record setting 73 million Americans (60% of the viewing audience) watch them perform 'All My Loving,' 'Till There Was You,' 'She Loves You,' 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.' The show had received over 50,000 applications for the 728 seats in the TV studio. Also performing on the show is a future member of The Monkees, Davy Jones, who appeared as part of the cast of 'Oliver.'
1965: The Who play The Marquee Club in London.
1967: The film for the latest Beatles single 'Penny Lane' and 'Strawberry Fields Forever' was shown on BBC-TV's Top Of The Pops.
1967: The Beatles recorded 'Fixing a Hole' at Regent Sound Studio in London. This was the first time that The Beatles didn’t record at EMI Studios in London.
1967: Cat Stevens played at Assembly Hall in Worthing, West Sussex, England.
1968: Hal Cone former manager of The Monkees and Head of Jones Records was found guilty of theft, forgery, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.
1968: Paul Revere & the Raiders performed at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia.
1970: Simon and Garfunkel's album 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' is certified gold.
1970: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's 'Burnt Weeny Sandwich' is released. It reached #94 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's. The album was essentially a 'posthumous' Mothers release having been released after Frank Zappa dissolved the band.
1970: Jack Bruce, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Renaissance played at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1872: Scorpions release their debut album 'Lonesome Crow.'
1972: Genesis performed at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1972: Paul McCartney’s Wings played the first night of a UK College tour in Nottingham. The group arrived unannounced, asking social secretaries if they would like them to perform that evening. The band’s intended first stop on the tour, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, refused to allow them to play so they drove on to Nottingham. Admission was 40p, British pub rock band Brinsley Schwarz was the opening act for the tour.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at Roscoe Maples Pavillion at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
1973: Max Yasgur dies of a heart attack in Florida. He was 53. Yasgur owned the dairy farm in Bethel, New York where Woodstock was held August 15-18 in 1969. Yasgur rented his fields for $10,000, but ended up getting an additional settlement of $50,000 for the near destruction of his farm and property. He also lost the friendship of most of his neighbors, some posting signs saying, “Stop Max’s Hippie Music Festival. No 150,000 hippies here. Buy no milk.” But, he believed in freedom of expression and not only supported the event, but handed out as much free food, water and milk as he could.
1974: Iggy Pop & the Stooges performed their final concert at the Michigan Palace in Detroit. Pop taunted & verbally abused the audience throughout the concert & had pieces of ice, eggs, & beer bottles thrown at him. The opening act was a young band called Aerosmith.
1974: The Who take Quadrophenia to Europe beginning at the Paris Pavilion supported by Speedy Keene and his band.
1974: Yes appeared at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
1975: The variety show 'Cher,' meant to take the place of the old 'Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,' debuts on CBS with guests Elton John and Bette Midler.
1976: David Bowie performed at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
1977: Black Sabbath played at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1977: David Coverdale's 1st solo album, 'White Snake' is released.
1979: UB40 play their first live show, sharing the bill with another local group called the Au Pairs at The Hare & Hounds Pub in Birmingham. In 2011, a plaque went up outside the pub to mark the performance.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult headlined at the Springfield Civic Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1980: Peter Gabriel's 'Games Without Frontiers' b/w 'The Start'/'I Don't Remember' 45 single is released in the UK. It features Kate Bush on backing vocals (as would his later 'Don't Give Up,' which they recorded and released as a duet) and became his first Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at #4. It ties with 1986's Sledgehammer as his highest-charting song in the UK; it peaked at #48 in the United States.
1981: Bill Haley dies from a brain tumor at age 55. With 'Rock Around The Clock' and other subsequent hits, Haley and his Comets sold 60 million records worldwide. He became known as the first Rock 'n' Roll star. Haley was blinded in his left eye as a child due to a botched operation and later adopted his distinctive spit-curl hairstyle to distract attention from his blind eye. He was still a big star in Europe and in Mexico where his 'Twist' album was the best selling LP of all time for many years. Haley was getting ready to release a new Country And Western album when he passed away in Harlingen, Texas. He had been suffering from a brain tumor and had given his last concert in South Africa in April of 1980. Haley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
1981: Phil Collins releases his debut solo album 'Face Value.' It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and topped the UK chart. The album includes the hit single, "In the Air Tonight,' whose dark mood was inspired by the fallout of Collins' first marriage.
1981: Riot's 3rd album, 'Fire Down Under' album is released.
1982: UFO's 'Mechanix' album is released.
1982: George Harrison presented UNICEF with a cheque for $9 million, ten years after the fundraising The Concert For Bangladesh.
1983: Frank Zappa conducts the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players at the Edgar Varese Memorial Concert to celebrate the composer's 100th birthday. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) is the master of ceremonies.
1985: Don Henley peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'The Boys of Summer' which was his second top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1985: Bruce Cockburn’s 'If I Had A Rocket Launcher' debuts at #89 on Billboard’s Hit 100, while Autograph’s 'Turn Up The Radio' was #49, Journey’s 'Only The Young' was at #34, Bryan Adams’ 'Run To You' at #25, David Lee Roth’s 'California Girls' at #13 and at #1 was Foreigner’s 'I Want To Know What Love Is.'
1986: The Firm's 'All The Kings Horses' b/w 'Fortune Hunter' 45 single was released in the U.S. Written by Paul Rodgers, from the LP 'Mean Business,' it topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart and reached #61 on the Hot 100.
1986: The Colombian Volcano Appeal benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall for the November 1985 Nevada del Ruiz volcanic eruption in Colombia. The performers included David Gilmour, Chrissie Hynde, Pete Townshend & Annie Lennox.
1987: Eric Clapton is recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the BPI Awards in London. Also, Dire Straits 'Brothers In Arms' is named Best British Album.
1990: Nirvana set out on a short west coast tour opening for Dinosaur Jr. at the Pine Street Theater in Portland, Oregon.
1992: Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the Logan Campbell Center in Auckland, New Zealand.
1993: Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney both released solo albums. Mick’s 3rd solo album was called 'Wandering Spirit' and Paul’s was titled 'Off The Ground.'
1993: Jellyfish's 2nd and final album, 'Spilt Milk' is released. It reached the Billboard Heatseekers (#8) and 200 Top Albums (#164) charts.
1993: British broadcaster Bill Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69. He conducted the famous Sex Pistols interview on Thames Television on December 1, 1976; when Grundy provoked the band into using obscenities on live TV. The broadcast wrecked Grundy's television career. He was also the first television presenter to present The Beatles on Granada Television on October 17, 1962.
1997: Brian Connolly singer with the 1970's Glam rock group Sweet died of kidney and liver failure aged 51. Connolly replaced Ian Gillan (later of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath) in Wainwright's Gentlemen who became Sweetshop and then shortened to Sweet. Connolly had many troubles throughout the years, including a terrible beating outside a nightclub in 1974. He was kicked in the throat multiple times and was unable to sing for some time and permanently lost a portion of his vocal range. He co-wrote the hits 'Fox On The Run,' 'Action' and “Love Is Like Oxygen.”
1997: The Simpsons, which has featured such guest stars as Aerosmith, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Peter Frampton. becomes the longest-running prime-time animated series. The record was previously held by 'The Flintstones.'
1997: Frustrated by an equipment failure on Soundgarden's final tour stop in Honolulu bassist Ben Shepherd throws his bass into the air and storms off the stage. The band follows with frontman Chris Connell returning to conclude the show with a solo encore. The band breaks up two months later.
1998: Fleetwood Mac get the Outstanding Contribution to British Music trophy at the 17th BRIT Awards in London. U2 is named Best International Group.
2001: Black Sabbath announce they will headline the 2001 Ozzfest Tour, despite having played what were billed as farewell gigs more than a year before.
2001: Testament announce they are reworking some older material from 'The Legacy' and 'The New Order,' with former guitarist Alex Skolnick, for a limited edition release called 'First Strike Is Deadly.'
2001: After being booted from the "reunion" lineup of the Eagles, guitarist and original member Don Felder files a lawsuit against the group.
2004: The retail chain Tower Records filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2005: A Los Angeles court rules that Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is entitled to $600,000 from a shoe company for using his likeness in a magazine ad without permission.
2005: Papa Roach launch their North American tour in Mexico City.
2005: Roger Daltrey receives one of the British Parliament's top honors, Commander of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace. Daltrey received the honor for his career in music & for his charitable work. He jokes the Queen told him, “I got this for my music as well as charity work but I don’t think she’s a rock and roll fan. She’d probably fall off her podium if she heard The Who’s songs.”
2006: KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley appears at the first of two New Jersey galleries to promote exhibitions of his artwork. The other appearance is the next day. Stanley's paintings and limited-edition prints are sold at the events.
2007: Don Henley is named the 2007 MusiCares Person of the Year at a Grammy Week in Los Angeles event. The award recognizes Henley's professional and charitable achievements. Former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, Henley's Eagles bandmate Timothy B. Schmit and Henley perform.
2007: Three Days Grace headline West Coast tour that starts in Las Vegas. Texas group, Flyleaf, is the opener.
2007: KISS' Paul Stanley makes his 1st of 2 appearances at New Jersey's Wentworth Gallery to show his art.‬
2008: A fire alarm goes off at Airbourne's concert in Glasgow, Scotland, causing the venue to be evacuated. They were playing the title track from their debut album, 'Runnin' Wild' when the siren sounded.
2008: Paul Rodgers is at the Fender Center for Music Education in Corona, CA, to mark the opening of an exhibit dedicated to him.
2008: The Band receives the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. They are saluted at an invitation-only ceremony the night before the Grammy Awards.
2008: An oversold venue is to blame for the deaths of 10 fans and the injuries of six at a concert by Indonesian metalcore band Beside. Conflicting reports on numbers seem to confirm that the venue, meant to hold 700, was well over capacity, with perhaps as many as 1,500 people inside. The fans were killed in the crush as they tried to leave the packed venue while hundreds more were trying to force their way in.
2009: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss at this years Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. The duo won album of the year for 'Raising Sand' and record of the year for 'Please Read The Letter.' John Mayer won Best solo rock vocal performance for 'Gravity,' Kings of Leon won Best rock performance by a group with 'Sex on Fire' and best rock song went to Bruce Springsteen for 'Girls in Their Summer Clothes.'
2009: Ringo Starr became the 2,401st person to be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame during a ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the attraction. The Beatles as a group were given a star in 1998.
2009: Ex-Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters performs at the eighth annual Cinema For Peace awards ceremony and benefit in Berlin. The event honors "directors and actors whose work has served to cast a new focus on the human condition and values." Waters plays Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here' and music from 'The Wall.'
2009: The Boston fan forum CoolTheEngines suspends their message board after an attorney for guitarist Tom Scholz sends a cease-and-desist letter to the moderator threatening to seek "substantial monetary damages" unless all mentions of the guitarist and his wife are erased. Messages protested Scholz's treatment of former Boston bandmembers, including late frontman Brad Delp. The attorney categorizes the statements as defamatory.
2010: The White Stripes were taking on the US Air Force, complaining that it used one of the group's songs ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ in a TV advert without permission. In a statement on their website, the duo said they took "strong insult and objection, with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support.
2010: Just in time for their 20th Anniversary 'Rust In Peace' tour the following month, guitarist Dave Mustaine announces that original Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is returning to the band after an eight-year absence.
2010: Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones leaves the band's headlining North American tour due to "unforeseen circumstances." All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte fills in.
2010: Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr became the 2,401st person to be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame during a ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the attraction's groundbreaking. The Beatles as a group were given a star in 1998. Those by Starr’s side for the unveiling included his wife, the actress Barbara Bach; musicians Joe Walsh and Ben Harper; music producer Don Was; the film director David Lynch and the actor Noah Wyle.
2011: Kid Rock performs a show in Little Rock after the state of Arkansas is hit by heavy snowfall. The state patrol advises people to stay home and some fans are unwilling or unable to brave the conditions. Rock is later criticized for not canceling the show. He responds on his website saying that fans who were not able to travel to the show will receive refunds and emphasizes that he felt it was his duty to perform for those fans who had traveled to see him play. "I know there are people who drove here from Memphis and Oklahoma, been in [their] cars all day driving and dealing with this sh**ty weather, the same as me and my band have the WHOLE TOUR," writes Rock.
2011: Singer Ashlee Simpson and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz announce their divorce after two years of marriage.
2011: After nearly six years, Activision Blizzard Inc. pulls the plug on the once hugely popular 'Guitar Hero' video game.
2012: Paul McCartney is inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. McCartney's star, the 2,460th given- was approved in '93. He is the last Beatle to accept the honor. "When I was growing up, I never thought I'd ever come to get a star on the Walk of Fame. But here we are today," explains McCartney. His star was placed outside the Capitol Records building, alongside those of band members John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
2012: Guns N' Roses play the first of a handful New York dates during Fashion Week. The first stop is a surprise show at the John Varvatos store in Manhattan.
2012: Phish's Trey Anastasio launches the four-stop Winter Symphony Tour, his first-ever orchestral trek. The first concert is with the Atlanta Symphony at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. Pittsburgh, Denver and L.A. fill out the brief tour.
2013: A New England blizzard forces Bon Jovi to postpone the first concert of their North American tour. However, fans and employees at the Mohegan Sun Arena are treated to a free impromptu concert. A make-up show is scheduled for later in the year.
2014: 'The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles,' is broadcast on CBS to mark the 50th anniversary to the day of The Beatles debut appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Among the pop stars covering Beatles songs, Imagine Dragons perform an acoustic version of 'Revolution.' The show features performances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and also covers of Beatles songs by Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl and a reunited Eurythmics. Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are interviewed by David Letterman in the Ed Sullivan theater.
2015: Metallica play a corporate show in San Francisco for cloud computing company The concert is later available as a free audio download.
2015: Bob Dylan turned the tables on his critics during a 30-minute speech, at the Musicares charity gala honouring his career. The 73-year-old, who rarely talks about his work, asked why critics complained he "can't sing" and sounds "like a frog" but do not "say that about Tom Waits?" The singer added, "Critics say my voice is shot, that I have no voice. Why don't they say those things about Leonard Cohen? Why do I get special treatment?"
2015: Bullet For My Valentine announce that they have parted ways with Jason James. The bassist/vocalist joined the group in '03, replacing Nick Crandle.
2016: Lacuna Coil announce they have recruited guitarist Daniel Sahagun to replace Marco 'Maus' Biazzi. Sahagun previously played bass for the band in '14 when Marco 'Maki' Coti-Zelati was sick and unable to tour.

February 10
1956: Little Richard records 'Long Tall Sally,' which will go on be his highest charting record in the US, climbing to #6 on Billboard's Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart by next April. Rolling Stone magazine has listed the tune as #56 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
1958: Elvis attains his 9th US #1 single with the double-sided hit 'Don't'/'I Beg of You.'
1959: Link Wray performs his controversial instrumental hit 'Rumble' on American Bandstand. Because of its title, many radio stations refused to play the record, but it still managed to sell over a million copies and reach #16 on the Billboard Pop chart.
1964: Beatlemania is in full swing following The Beatles Ed Sullivan Show appearance the night before, with the group giving another press conference and American newspapers reporting that "millions of teenage boys are spending extra time in front of the mirror trying to make their hair look like Paul McCartney's."
1966: Bob Marley married Rita Anderson a singer in the group The Soulettes. The couple had three children together.
1967: Heavy metal pioneers Blue Cheer, best known for their cover of Eddie Cochran’s 'Summertime Blues,' perform at a “Tribute to J. Edgar Hoover” in San Francisco.
1967: At a concert at the Golden Sheaf Bakery in Berkely, Janis Joplin meets Country Joe MacDonald, whose group, the Fish are also on the bill. Shortly afterwards, Janis moves in with Country Joe.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Leicester College Of Art and Technology in Leicestershire, England.
1967: The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of ‘A Day in the Life’. At the Beatles' request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wore a red clown's nose, while another a fake gorilla's paw on his bow hand. Others were wearing funny hats and other assorted novelties. The recording was filmed for a possible ‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ television special which was ultimately abandoned. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith from The Monkees and Donovan also attended the session.
1968: The Beatles close Beatles USA, their American fan club and business office and fire their US press agents, severing all American business connections. They also withdraw from the late Brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises and turn all business affairs over to their newly formed record company, Apple.
1968: The Who played a Valentine Ball at Essex University in Colchester, England. They are supported by The Shell Shock Show, Yum Yum Band and Exploding Orange.
1968: Jefferson Airplane appears at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1969: Led Zeppelin performed at the Field House on the campus of Memphis State University in Memphis, Tennessee.
1969: The Beach Boys '20/20' album is released. It reached #68 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart and #3 in the UK. It was their last studio album to be released with Capitol Records for the next
1970: Neil Young appeared at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1970: ZZ Top played at a Knights of Columbus Hall on old U.S. 90, a gig booked by Beaumont radio personality Al Caldwell of KLVI, who would later also broadcast the band’s first recordings. This would be the band’s first show together with their now-iconic lineup of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard.
1971: Carole King's 'Tapestry' is released. It was #1 on the Billboard 200 for 15 consecutive weeks, and has been listed on the Billboard 200 for over 300 weeks between 1971 and 2011. It is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. In the United States, it has been certified diamond by the RIAA with more than 10 million copies sold. It received four Grammy Awards in 1972, including Album of the Year. The lead single from the album — 'It's Too Late'/'I Feel the Earth Move' — spent five weeks at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts. In 2003, Tapestry was ranked #36 on Rolling Stone list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1972: The Faces appeared at The Rainbow Theatre in London, England.
1972: David Bowie appeared at the Tolworth Toby Jug in London, on the opening date of his Ziggy Stardust tour. The character of Ziggy was initially inspired by British rock 'n' roll singer Vince Taylor.
1972: T-Rex kicks off their first headlining tour of the US in support of their current hit, 'Bang A Gong.' It starts in Seattle.
1973: Steely Dan's LP "Can't Buy a Thrill' hits US chart.
1973: Elton John had his first #1 album when 'Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player' started a six-week run at the top of the charts.
1973: King Crimson played at the Marquee Club in London.
1973: Liverpool's Cavern Club (where The Beatles were born) is given three months to close down by British Rail, who need the site to complete their new underground railway.
1974: Record producer Phil Spector was injured in a car crash. He needed extensive plastic surgery that dramatically altered his looks. Details of how the accident happened were kept secret.
1974: Deep Purple kicked off a 28 date North American tour at the Los Angeles Forum.
1975: Dave Alexander dies of pulmonary edema in Ann Arbor, MI after being admitted to a hospital for pancreatitis, which was linked to his drinking. He was 27. Alexander was the original bassist for The Stooges. He was fired from the band in 1970 after showing up at a music festival too drunk to play.
1975: Roxy Music performed at Massey Hall in Toronto.
1976: Elvis Presley was made a Captain in the Memphis police reserves.
1977: The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London, England. It is not initially released in the U.S. because CBS Records decides the content is unsuitable for radio. It finally drops two years later, after The Clash's follow-up studio album, 'Give 'Em Enough Rope,' is released in the U.S.
1977: Lydia Criss accepts the People's Choice Award for KISS as they win the #1 song for 1976 for 'Beth.' The band are in Chicago for a performance, but film a clip for airing on the show taken from their Jan. 28 concert in Detroit. It was the 3rd annual People's Choice Award.
1978: Van Halen release their self-titled debut album. The album goes on to sell over ten million copies in the U.S. and makes Van Halen one of only six rock bands to have two albums reach diamond status. It reached #19 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #415 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1978: Judas Priest‬ released their 4th album 'Stained Class.' It was the first Judas Priest album to reach the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart (#173). In 2004, UK magazine Metal Hammer named Stained Class the heaviest metal album of all time. In 2017, it was ranked 43rd in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.
1979: The Grateful Dead played at Soldier’s and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Missouri.
1979: Dire Straits released their debut single 'Sultans of Swing' in the U.S., which went on to reach #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1979: Rod Stewart's 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?' is the #1 song in the U.S. and the album 'Blondes Have More Fun' also hits #1. The single also went to the top in ten other countries.
1979: Talking Heads cover of Al Green's 'Take Me To The River' peaks at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1979: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Dire Straits’ 'Sultans Of Swing' at #47 (debut), Styx’s 'Sing For The Day/Renegade' at #41, Toto’s 'Hold The Line' at #34, The Babys’ 'Every Time I Think Of You' at #30, Ace Frehley’s 'New York Groove' at #13 and Rod Stewart’s 'Da Ya Think I’m Sexy' at #1.
1980: ZZ Top played at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1980: The Metal For Muthas tour played at London’s Lyceum Theatre with Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis and Diamond Head. Tickets were only £2.50 in advance. The tour was in support of the new wave of British heavy metal compilation album “Metal for Muthas”.
1986: Bob Dylan appeared at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.
1987: ‎Dokken‬ released their 9th single 'Dream Warriors.' The song reached #22 on the #Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
1987: Cinderella released the single 'Somebody Save Me.' It peaks at #66 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1990: Eric Clapton played the last of a record-setting 18 nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1990: Aerosmith's 'Janie's Got A Gun" peaks at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. It was their 5th top 10 single in the U.S.
1990: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Whitesnake at #42 with 'The Deeper The Love,' Depeche Mode’s 'Personal Jesus' at #38, Mötley Crüe’s 'Kickstart My Heart' at #37, Bad English’s 'Price Of Love' at #17, Tom Petty’s 'Free Fallin’ at #15, and Aerosmith’s 'Janie’s Got A Gun' at #4.
1992: Pantera's 6th studio album, 'Vulgar Display Of Power' is released. The double platinum set considered "one of the most influential Metal albums of the '90's" and "one of the defining albums of the Groove-Metal genre."
1992. Def Leppard 'High N' Dry' album is certified 2x platinum by the RIAA
1993: Journey's 'TIME 3' box set is RIAA certified gold.
1995: Seventeen years after its initial release, 'Heaven Tonight' by Cheap Trick was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies.
1995: Guns N' Roses' 'G N'R Lies' is certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA.
1995: Aerosmith's 'Permanent Vacation' is certified 5x Platinum & 'Pump' 7x Platinum by the RIAA.
1998: Axl Rose is arrested and charged with verbally abusing an employee of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Rose, who cursed and shook his fist at a supervisor who wanted to look at his bags at a security checkpoint, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace. He is later released on bail.
1999: Iron Maiden welcomed Bruce Dickinson back into the fold after a six-year absence, and Adrian Smith after a decade. The band announced a reunion tour & a new album. Both Dickinson & Smith are still in Iron Maiden to this day.
2002: Elton John performs at the NBA all-star game in Philadelphia, PA.
2003: The Rolling Stones played a free show in Los Angeles to raise awareness of global warming. Their support act was sax player (and former President) Bill Clinton.
2004: Nickelback undertake the first of four consecutive appearances on 'Late Night With Conan O`Brien' when the program tapes some shows in Toronto.
2004: Damageplan release their only studio album, 'New Found Power.' “New Found Power" was also the original name of the band but was changed prior to the album's release.
2005: Courtney Love resolved charges of assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession by signing a plea agreement in Los Angeles. The assault charges stemmed from 2004, when she allegedly hit musician Kristin King with a whisky bottle.
2005: Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars is hit with a $10 million palimony lawsuit by an ex-girlfriend who claims he broke a promise to financially support her throughout her life. The couple broke up the previous December.
2005: Kid Rock, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and ex-Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickie Betts perform at the Jam Sessions Concerts in West Hollywood. Proceeds benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
2005: Who singer Roger Daltrey was awarded the CBE by The Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.
2005: Prince topped Rolling Stone magazine’s annual list of the years biggest money earners after his 2004 tour grossed over $90 million. Madonna came in second place after earning $54.9 million and Metallica came third with $43 million.
2006: Ex-Creed vocalist Scott Stapp weds former Miss New York, Jaclyn Nesheiwat, in Florida. They met at a benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in New York.
2006: James LoMenzo replaces Jimmy MacDonough as Megadeth's bassist. "I look forward to what he does musically," says Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.
2006: Peter Gabriel and Yoko Ono are among the celebrities taking part in the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Prior to the lighting of the Olympic torch, Ono takes the stage, evoking the memory of her late husband, John Lennon, and making a plea for world peace. She is followed by Gabriel, who performs Lennon's 'Imagine.'
2006: The Rolling Stones top Forbes magazine's list of Music's Top Money Makers for 2005 by generating $168 million in music and concert-ticket sales in the United States. U2 finishes a close second, grossing $150 million. The Top 10 include Green Day (#4 - $99 million), the Eagles (#5 - $84 million), Paul McCartney (#6 - $83 million) and Elton John (#10 - $66 million).
2008: The 50th annual Grammy Awards takes place in L.A. John Fogerty, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis provide a Rock N' Roll tour de force. There's also a special tribute to The Beatles featuring a Cirque du Soleil troupe performance from its Las Vegas production, Love, as well as cast members from the movie Across The Universe. The winners are: The Foo Fighters' 'The Pretender' (Hard Rock Performance) and their album 'Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace' (Rock Album), Slayer's 'Eyes Of The Insane' (Best Metal Performance), the White Stripes' 'Icky Thump' (Alternative Music Album and Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal), The Beatles' 'Love' (Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media) and famous spaghetti western composer Ennio Morricone and Bruce Springsteen win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental. Springsteen covered Morricone's classic 'Once Upon a Time in the West.' The Eagles won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for 'How Long.' It was the band's fifth Grammy Award.
2009: Van Morrison's 'Astral Weeks: Live At The Hollywood Bowl,' the first-ever concert performances of the singer's acclaimed 1968 album is released. The songs were recorded during two 2008 L.A. shows.
2010: Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp headline a performance at the White House in celebration of Black History Month. The Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement is hosted by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.
2012: Guns N' Roses launch their 49 date 'Up Close And Personal Tour' at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
2012: Neil Young and Crazy Horse perform at the MusicCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Paul McCartney. The Grammy charity concert marks the first time Young has taken the stage with Crazy Horse in eight years.
2013: Black Keys, Sting, Jack White and Elton John perform at the 55th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in L.A. The winners are: Black Keys' 'Lonely Boy' with Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. The Keys also earn Best Rock Album for 'El Camino.' The Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance trophy goes to Halestorm for 'Love Bites (So Do I).' There are also tributes to The Band's Levon Helm and Reggae star Bob Marley.
2014: A Seattle woman was charged for allegedly sending Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell a number of chilling death threats and threats to harm his children. The singer was sent over 100 different messages by Elizabeth Walden who had nine different Twitter accounts. Prosecutors said the tweets constituted cyber-stalking and filed criminal charges against her.
2015: Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz wins over $51,000 in prizes as a contestant on the daily TV game show 'The Price Is Right.'
2015: Babes In Toyland play their first show in 18 years at Pappy And Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. The Pioneertown, CA show is the first of a string of dates for the reunited all-female group.
2017: 'Atlas, Rise!' is Metallica’s ninth #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart.
2017: Tom Petty is MusiCares Person Of The Year. He’s honored for his creative accomplishments and charitable work. Proceeds go to aid musicians in times of financial, medical, and personal need.
2017: Overkill release their album 'The Grinding Wheel.'

February 11
1956: For his 3rd appearance on CBS' 'Dorsey Brothers Stage Show,' Elvis Presley is finally permitted to perform 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.'
1963: Beatles record all tracks for their first album 'Please, Please Me' with George Martin at Abbey Road Studios between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. The last song recorded is 'Twist And Shout.' Lennon nails the song in one take, despite a bad cold.
1964: Beatles play their first US concert at Washington Colosseum. Over 350 police surrounded the stage to keep the screaming fans in control. One police officer found the noise so loud, he stuck a bullet in each ear as earplugs. The Beatles had to stop three times and turn Ringo's drum kit around and re-position their microphones so that they could face all the audience. The Washington Colosseum was an indoor arena where professional and college basketball teams played. Originally built in 1941, it was first named the Uline Arena when it hosted hockey games. It was renamed the Washington Coliseum in 1959. It held a capacity crowd of about 7,000 people. Although the building still stands today near Washington’s Union Station, it is now used as an indoor parking garage. Brian Epstein had allowed CBS to film The Beatles' performance, which was shown by the National General Corporation in a telecast in US cinemas on March 14 and 15, 1964. The performance has since been released on DVD, and extracts were included in 'Anthology.'
1965: Ringo Starr marries his pregnant girlfriend, Maureen Cox in London. She gave birth to son Zak the following September. John and George attend but Paul is away on a Tunisian vacation.
1967: The Rolling Stones the 5th British and 7th American studio album, 'Between the Buttons' (US version) is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the American version of the album featuring 'Ruby Tuesday' and 'Let's Spend the Night Together' was ranked #355 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1967: 'More Of The Monkees' is the #1 album in the U.S. The group's 2nd album leaps from position 122 to #1. The band only provided the vocals and were backed by some of the finest studio musicians around, like Glen Campbell and Neil Sedaka. The L.P. contained the hits, 'I'm a Believer' and '(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone' and was produced by Carole King, Carole Bayer Sager, Tommy Boyce and others. After being pressured by the press, The Monkees later announced that they would play their own instruments on all future recordings. The group announces that from now on they'll play their own instruments.
1967: The Turtles release their biggest hit, 'Happy Together,' which will reach #1 in the US and #12 in the UK. Co-written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, the song had been rejected by several other performers.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Blue Moon in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England.
1968: The Who go into IBC Studios to complete the recording of “Glow Girl” as well as recording the backing tracks for 'Call Me Lightning' and 'Little Billy.' That evening they drive out to Crawley, West Sussex, to play the Starlite Ballroom. Their supporting group is Jo-Jo Gunne.
1969: The Monkees set a new record when their 2nd album, 'More Of The Monkees' jumped from #122 to the top of the US chart. The album then stayed in pole position for eighteen weeks.
1970: John Lennon pays 1,344 Pounds in fines for protesting the South African rugby team playing in Scotland.
1970: Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead all performed at the Fillmore East in New York City.
1970: 'The Magic Christian' starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr debuts in New York. The disjointed comedy has the Paul McCartney composition 'Come And Get It' performed by Badfinger.
1971: Ry Cooder and Captain Beefheart performed at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1972: David Bowie unveils his Ziggy Stardust persona in concert for the first time in Tollworth, U.K..
1972: During their 'The Dark Side of The Moon' tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. The show was abandoned after 25 minutes due to a power outage.
1972: Led Zeppelin scored their third US Top 20 hit single with 'Black Dog / Misty Mountain Hop', peaking at #15, and taken from their fourth album. The song's title is a reference to a nameless black Labrador retriever that wandered around the Headley Grange studios during recording. Robert Plant recorded his vocal for the track in two takes.
1973: A local charity raised over $850 selling bed sheets and pillowcases used by The Rolling Stones after a show at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
1973: Blue Oyster Cult's 2nd studio album, 'Tyranny and Mutation' is released. It reached #122 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, during its 12 weeks stay. This is the only album by Blue Öyster Cult which renders the band name as The Blue Öyster Cult.
1976: David Bowie performed at the Forum in Inglewood, California. In the audience are Linda Blair, Henry Winkler, Carole King and Cameron Crowe. In the dressing room after the show, Bowie chatted to Christopher Isherwood and David Hockney, who also attended.
1977: Jethro Tull released their 10th studio album, 'Songs from the Wood.'
1977: David Bowie released 'Sound and Vision' as a single, which was taken from his latest album 'Low.' 'Sound and Vision' was used by the BBC in the UK on trailers at the time, providing considerable exposure, much needed as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself, and helped the song to #3 on the UK charts.
1978: Eric Clapton appeared at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
1979: ABC airs the TV-movie 'Elvis,' starring Kurt Russell. It gets ith an estimated audience of 43 million viewers.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
1980: 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' a TV series that takes place at a rock radio station, runs an episode devoted to the tragic events of December 3, 1979 when 11 fans were killed at a Who concert at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.
1982: U2 kicked off a 32-date North American tour aboard the SS President Riverboat as it floated along the Mississippi River in New Orleans.
1983: The Rolling Stones concert film documentary 'Let’s Spend The Night Together,' which was a film on their 1981 North American tour in support of 'Tattoo You' premiered in New York City..
1983: Bob Seger's 'The Distance' album goes platinum.
1983: Eric Clapton took the stage at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona.
1984: 'Pink Houses' by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at #8 on the pop charts.
1984: Genesis peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'That’s All' which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Quiet Riot’s 'Bang Your Head' at #31, Huey Lewis’ 'I Want A New Drug' at #26, Genesis’ 'That’s All' at #6, Van Halen’s 'Jump' at #5, Yes’ 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart' at #4, and The Romantics’ 'Talking In Your Sleep' at #3.
1985: The Police won Outstanding Contribution to British music at the fourth annual Brit Awards held in London.
1985: The Firm, featuring Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, Tony Franklin and Chris Slade, release their debut album. The album was recorded at Page’s Sol Studios & went on to be certified Gold in the U.S.
1986: Aerosmith played at Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas.
1989: U2's single 'Angel of Harlem' makes the Top 20 but not the Top 10. However, the album 'Rattle And Hum' stays atop the album chart for six weeks.
1989: Guns N' Roses Appetite For Destruction returns to #1 on Billboard's 200 Album chart. It was previously there on Oct. 8, 1988‬.
1992: Motley Crue fire singer Vince Neil when he turns up for rehearsals, claiming that his passion for the music had been overtaken by his involvement with racing cars. Neil counters by saying the split was prompted by the band’s desire to go in a bluesier direction. “We had been rehearsing for a few months but we didn’t do any recording. It just wasn’t sounding good to me. I’m not a blues singer and Mötley is a rock band — not a blues band. I think it’s a stupid idea that will alienate the fans. I would have tried the blues thing and tried to put my own spin on it, but I never got the chance.”
1993: Duran Duran release their self-titled album, commonly referred to as ‘The Wedding album.’ It features the hits 'Come Undone' and 'Ordinary World.'
1995. Van Halen's 'Balance' album hits #1 on Billboard's 200 Chart. It stayed for one week.
1998: The hand-written lyrics to 'Candle in the Wind' by Bernie Taupin were auctioned off at Christie's in Los Angeles for $278,512. The proceeds benefitted the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
2002: Elton John performs at the National Basketball Association All-Star Game in Philadelphia.
2003: The British Phonographic Industry reported that the year 2002 saw the largest sales decline in decades, with the most severe slump in a single year since the birth of the CD market in the early 1980s. Piracy, illegal duplication and distribution of CDs by international criminals were blamed for the decrease.
2004: Bryan Adams performs for more than 15,000 thousand fans at a concert in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to promote peace efforts to end that nation's long civil war.
2004: Courtney Love fails to appear at a pretrial hearing concerning felony charges that she was in illegal possession of two painkillers. Attorney William Genego tells the judge that Love can't make the hearing due to a 'security' issue. It is the third postponement.
2005: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, Jeff Beck and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora pay tribute to Brian Wilson when he's honored as MusiCares 2005 Person of the Year in Los Angeles. The tribute dinner is held during the run up to the Grammy Awards. Wilson is recognized for musical and humanitarian accomplishments.
2006: Scott Stapp (Creed) marries a former Miss New York in Miami. The honeymoon is delayed when Stapp is arrested on suspicion of being drunk in a public place while trying to get on a plane to Hawaii. He is booked and released on $250 bail from an area jail the same day. The charges are later dismissed.
2006: Staind singer Aaron Lewis belts out the national anthem prior to NASCAR's 28th annual Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Staind also performs after the race.
2007: The Doors and the Grateful Dead receive the 2007 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. "(The honorees') contributions exemplify the highest artistic and technical standards that have positively affected the music industry and music fans," says Academy president Neil Portnow.
2007: The Police reunite to perform during the opening of the Grammy Awards show. Prior to the Grammys, the last time the Police played in front of an audience was at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in March of 2003. Later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers receive four trophies, including Best Rock Album ('Stadium Arcadium') and Best Rock Song ('Dani California'). The Peppers also perform their hit 'Snow (Hey Oh).' Wolfmother win Best Hard Rock Performance ('Woman'). Bob Dylan wins in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album categories as Bruce Springsteen nabs the Best Traditional Folk Album and Best Long Form Music Video honors.
2007: The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde visits Dubai to stage a protest against the treatment of sheep being shipped from Australia to the region. Hynde, whose trip is sponsored by animal-rights organization PETA, charges that the animals suffer widespread illness and malnourishment during their lengthy journey to the Middle East. Aussie livestock-export group LiveCorp disputes the allegations noting that the shipping of sheep creates many jobs and that the creatures are treated in accordance with rules approved by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
2008: Lenny Kravitz is admitted to a Miami Beach, FL, hospital after exhibiting some severe symptoms of bronchitis. His aliment forces the postponement of a European promotional trip in support of his album, 'It Is Time For A Love Revolution.'
2008: Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce. The couple, who had a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice, announced the end of their four-year marriage in 2006.
2008: Deep Purple performs in Moscow at a special concert organized by Russia's state gas company, Gazprom, as a parting gift to its soon-to-be-former chairman, Dmitry Medvedev. The executive, who is reportedly tabbed to be Russian president Vladimir Putin's successor, claims to own all of the band's albums.
2009: Chris Squire of Yes undergoes successful surgery on his leg. However, he is advised by his physician that he needs a one month rest period, hence the reason for the cancellation of the rest of the tour dates.
2009: Ronettes singer Estelle Bennett died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67. The 60's girl group best known for their work with producer Phil Spector had the 1963 hit 'Be My Baby' which epitomized the famed "wall of sound" technique.
2010: Guns N' Roses give a late-night performance at the John Varvatos boutique in New York City (a.k.a. the former home of CBGB) as part of Fashion Week festivities. They play a 17-song set that lasts until 2:45 a.m.
2010: Jon Bon Jovi makes a guest appearance as himself on the comedy '30 Rock.' He even gets a couple of funny lines on the Valentine's Day themed TV show titled 'Anna Howard Shaw Day.'
2011: Bon Jovi land at #2 on Billboard's Top 40 Money Makers list with a yearly income of $30,441,776. Lady Gaga and her 'Monster Ball' tour tops the survey. Roger Waters is at #3 while Paul McCartney is at the #10 spot.
2011: The documentary 'Lemmy' about ‪Motorhead‬ frontman ‪Lemmy Kilmister‬ was broadcast on ‎VH1‬.
2013: Rick Huxley dies after a long struggle with emphysema. He was 72. Huxley was the bassist and co-founder of The Dave Clark Five and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Regarding his stint in the band, Huxley said, “We ate good food, had lots of fun and played the concerts: it was a good life.”
2013: Adam Duce is fired from Machine Head. The bassist and founding member was with the group for twenty-one years. "Adam quit Machine Head well over a decade ago," writes vocalist/guitarist Rob Flynn. "He just never bothered to tell anyone but we all knew it."
2014: Queen made UK chart history by becoming the first act to sell six million copies of an individual album. Their first Greatest Hits collection had extended its lead after being Britain's highest-selling album for several years. The Official Charts Company said one in three British families now owned a copy of the 1981 compilation.
2015: Kings Of Leon headline the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue festival in Nashville. The two-day event celebrates the publication's annual swimsuit spread with models and music.
2016: Glenn Danzig appears in an episode of the IFC show 'Portlandia.'
2016: KISS play the Badlands in Sioux Falls, South Dakota unmasked & unplugged. ‬
2016: Guitarists Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne/Black Label Society) take part in the Rock N' Roll Fantasy Camp's 20th anniversary.
2016: The Royal Oak school board announced that the road that runs adjacent to Royal Oak Middle School would be renamed Glenn Frey Drive. Frey was a student at the school when it was called Dondero High.
2016: The Rolling Stones were put under 24-hour armed guard after a worker at one of their shows in Argentina was shot dead in a botched robbery after a show at the La Plata stadium.
2017: Thirteen people are injured when a truck crashes into the parked tour bus carrying The Dillinger Escape Plan to concert in Krakow, Poland. Band members are not hurt but still taken to the hospital for tests. As a result, the concert in Krakow is cancelled.

February 12
1956: Screamin' Jay Hawkins records his one and only classic 'I Put A Spell On You' in New York.
1958: The Monotones 'Book Of Love' b/w 'You Never Loved Me' 45 single is released. It attained a Billboard ranking of #5 for pop songs and #3 for R&B in 1958. It also reached #5 in Australia.
1961: The Miracles' 'Shop Around' becomes Motown Record's first million-selling single. It was the label's first #1 hit on Billboard's R&B singles chart, also reaching #2 on the Hot 100. In the following ten years, The Miracles will have six more million sellers.
1964: Beatles round off American visit with gig at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Beatles returned to New York City by train from Washington, D.C. for two performances at Carnegie Hall. There was such a demand for tickets that some extra seating was arranged surrounding the stage. Tickets ranged from $1.65 to $5.50.
1965: Pye Records announced signing of the “British Bob Dylan,” when they added Donovan to the label. The Scottish singer-songwriter produced a series of hit albums and singles between 1965 and 1970 and became a friend of leading pop musicians including Joan Baez, Brian Jones, and The Beatles. He influenced John Lennon when he taught him a finger-picking guitar style in 1968.
1965: The Who audition for BBC Radio’s Light Programme. As The Detours, they had failed a BBC audition 10 months before. This time they pass with the approval of four of the seven judges. The other three call them “ponderous and unentertaining,” “at the limit of their capablilties,” and “overall not very original and below standard.”
1966: The Who had a gig at the Dreamland Ballroom in Margate but before that they were in a recording session at Olympic Sound Studios in Carton Street, Marble Arch to record their new single 'Substitute.' At the recording session The Who also did a slightly different vocal and mix of 'Substitute' for the US audiences, changing the offending line, "I look all white but my dad was black" to "I tried going forward but my feet walk back."
1966: The Rolling Stones fly to New York to tape an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1967: Keith Richards' West Sussex home, 'Redlands', is raided for drugs. 15 police officers raided the home during a weekend party. The police who were armed with a warrant issued under the dangerous drugs act took away various substances for forensic tests. George and Pattie Harrison had been at the house, but it was said that the police waited for them to leave before they raided the house in order not to bust the holder of an MBE.
1968: Billed as 'Tour 60 cities in 66 Days,' The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Centre Arena in Seattle, Washington.
1968: Jimi Hendrix returns home to Seattle where he plays for the students of Garfield High School (which he dropped out from at age fourteen) and is awarded an honorary high-school diploma and receives the key to the city. He sees his family for the first time in 7 years. His father, Al, meets him at the airport.
1968: Pink Floyd spent the day at EMI Studios on Abbey Road in London at a recording session for 'A Saucerful of Secrets.'
1968: Chynna Phillips, who would one day make up one third of the singing group, Wilson-Phillips, is born to John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas And The Papas.
1969: Janis Joplin and her Kozmik Blues Band perform at the Fillmore East in New York to mixed reviews.
1969: The 'Steppenwolf The Second' album goes gold.
1970: John Lennon performed 'Instant Karma,' on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops,' becoming the first Beatle to have appeared on the show since 1966.
1970: The Grateful Dead performed a club date at Ungano’s in New York.
1970: The Guess Who performed at Independence Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina
1971: Deep Purple's 'Strange Kind of Woman' b/w 'I'm Alone' 45 single is released in the U.S. The song peaked at #8 on UK charts.
1971: Paul Revere & the Raiders 'Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian)' b/w 'Terry's Tune' 45 single is released. It went to #1 on the U.S. chart on July 24. The RIAA gold certification followed on 30 June 1971, for selling over a million copies. It was later certified platinum for selling an additional million copies.
1972: Genesis appeared at Guildhall in Portsmouth, England.
1972: David Bowie played at the Great Hall, Imperial College in London.
1972: Pink Floyd’s UK tour stops at City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1972: Led Zeppelin's 'Black Dog' peaks at #15 on the pop chart.
1972: Yes release 'Roundabout.'
1972: The Allman Brothers Band released their classic double album 'Eat A Peach.' It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and featured three singles that hit the Billboard Hot 100: 'Ain't Wastin' Time No More,' 'Melissa' and 'One Way Out.'
1973: Elton John's album 'Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player' album is certified gold.
1973: Montrose release their debut album featuring a young Sammy Hagar on vocals.
1974: The legendary rock club The Bottom Line opens in Greenwich Village, New York City.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tickets were $7.50.
1976: Sex Pistols play their first ever London at The Marquee Club as opener for Eddie and the Hot Rods.
1977: Blondie, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Ramones all performed at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles.
1977: Queen's 'A Day At The Races' album reaches #5 in the U.S.
1977: The Kinks 'Sleepwalker' album is released. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart
1977: The Police recorded their first single, 'Fall Out' for £150 ($255) at Pathway Studios in London.
1977: Blondie, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and The Ramones all appeared at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1977: Pink Floyd released their 10th studio album 'Animals.' It reached #3 on the charts. The album's cover image, a pig floating between two chimneys on Battersea Power Station, was conceived by bassist Roger Waters and realized by long-time design and photographic collaborators Hipgnosis.
1977: Styx appeared at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1977: Elvis Presley performed at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1978: Rush appeared at the Birmingham Odeon in England, promoting their new single 'Closer To The Heart.'
1979: Frank Zappa played at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England.
1980: The Eagles performed at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi.
1980: Bryan Adams releases his self-titled debut album.
1980: The Clash 'Train In Vain (Stand By Me)' b/w 'London Calling' 45 single is released in the U.S. It was the first Clash song to reach the United States Top 30 charts and in 2004, the song was ranked #298 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1981: Debbie Harry of Blondie announces her plans to record a solo album.
1981: Rush release their highest selling album 'Moving Pictures.' Their 8th studio album reached #3 on both the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and the UK Album chart.
1982: Motley Crue played the first of three nights at the famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood.
1982: Iron Maiden‬ released their 6th single 'Run To The Hills' from their album 'The Number Of The Beast.'
1984: Prince & The Revolution appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1984: The Beatles 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' b/w 'I Saw Her Standing There' '20th Anniversary' 45 single is released. A cigarette was airbrushed from Paul McCartney's hand that was on the original 45 sleeve.
1985: Chastain released their debut album 'Mystery Of Illusion.'
1986: Ozzy Osbourne tours the U.K. for the first time in three years.
1988: Axl Rose walks off the stage during a Guns N' Roses concert in Phoenix. Their subsequent shows supporting David Lee Roth are canceled.
1990: Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Don Henley perform at Rainforest Foundation benefit held at Hollywood's China Club. The event raises $1 million.
1992: At the 11th annual BRIT awards in London, Queen's 'These Are The Days Of Our Lives' is named Best British Single and the late Freddie Mercury is honored for Outstanding Contribution to British Music. For the fourth time in the last five years, U2 is named as the Best International Group.
1994: Alice In Chains entered the US album chart at #1 with 'Jar Of Flies.' It made history as it became the first EP to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1994: On Billboard's Hot 100, Danzig’s 'Mother ‘94' at #96 (debut), Aerosmith’s 'Amazing' at #24, Bryan Adams’ was #11 with 'Please Forgive Me' & #2 with 'All For Love.'
1995: Van Halen, scored their first US #1 album with ‘Balance.’
1996: Smashing Pumpkins' single 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' is a certified gold record.
1997: U2 held a press conference in the Lingerie Department at the Greenwich Village Kmart store in Manhattan, New York, to announce their 'Pop Mart' world tour. The tour was set to start in Las Vegas on April 25th of this year.
1997: David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located outside the Hollywood Galaxy Theatre.
2000: U.S. blues singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins died aged 70. A Golden Gloves boxing champion at 16, he was married nine times, spent two years in jail, was temporary blinded by one of his flaming props on stage in 1976. He recorded 'I Put A Spell On You' in 1956, covered by The Animals, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Nina Simone.
2003: Former Doors drummer John Densmore took out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The band had reformed with Ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Densmore said “It shouldn’t be called The Doors if it’s someone other than Jim Morrison singing.”
2004: Queens Of The Stone Age announce that bassist Nick Oliveri has left the band. This follows the exit of guitarist-singer Mark Lanegan.
2002: Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson unveils McFarlane Toys' Eddie figures at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
2003: Former Doors drummer John Densmore took out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The band had reformed with Ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Densmore said "It shouldn't be called The Doors if it's someone other than Jim Morrison singing."
2005: Led Zeppelin receives the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Jerry Lee Lewis and Janis Joplin are also honored. The awards are handed out the day before the L.A. Grammy ceremony.
2005: Hear and Now: A Concert to Benefit the Victims of the La Conchita Landslide has performances by Jackson Browne, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) and Jim Messina (Buffalo Springfield and Loggins & Messina). Proceeds from the Santa Barbara show go to the American Red Cross in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
2007: During a press conference at West Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go club Sting confirmed that The Police were getting back together. The band were set to kick off a world tour on May 28 in Vancouver, Canada, supported by Sting's son Joe Sumner's band, Fiction Plane.
2007: Heaven & Hell announces that veteran drummer Vinny Appice has replaced Bill Ward. "We didn't feel as if it was going quite right from Bill's side and our side," says guitarist Tony Iommi. "There's no bad vibes or nothing; it's no breakup or anything like that."
2008: The Stand Up For A Cure concert series supporting New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center kicks off with a Bon Jovi performance at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Profits benefit the facility's research programs and patient support. The show is dedicated to guitarist Richie Sambora's father, who passed away in 2007 from lung cancer.
2009: Limp Bizkit announce that they have reunited to tour and record an album, with all five original members.
2009: Art Garfunkel makes a surprise appearance at a Paul Simon concert for a three song set in New York's recently refurbished Beacon Theater.
2009: Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen land in second and third place (behind Madonna) on Billboard's Moneymakers list, taking in more than $157 million and $156 million, respectively, in 2008 music sales and tour revenue. The Police are #4 earning just under $110 million.
2010: A commercial for Citroen's DS3 car model, using archival John Lennon footage discussing the creative process, creates a stir in the U.K. Fans question why Yoko Ono allowed the French automaker use of the clip. In the commercial Lennon says, "Do something of your own, start something new. Live your life now." Later, John's son Sean defends his mother's decision saying the intent was not financial but an effort "to keep him {Lennon} out there in the world. No new LPs, so {a} TV ad is exposure to young."
2010: A 25th anniversary cover of 'We Are The World' premieres on NBC. Brian Wilson and Carlos Santana are among the performers. The song is issued to raise money for the earthquake relief effort in Haiti.
2012: The Foo Fighters are big winners at the 54th annual Grammy Awards. 'White Limo' wins the trophy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance. 'Walk' wins for Best Rock Song and for Best Rock Performance and 'Wasting Light' is honored as the Best Rock Album. The show's finale is a medley of 'Golden Slumbers'/'Carry That Weight'/'The End' is led by Paul McCartney. He is joined by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh.
2015: Eddie Van Halen speaks at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and Zocalo Public Square in Washington D.C. As a Dutch immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen Van Halen discusses his American journey and the group he founded.
2015: Guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen is inducted into the Swedish Music Hall Of Fame.
2015: Sam Andrew, guitarist and a founding member of Big Brother And The Holding Company, passes away following complications from open-heart surgery. He was 73.
2016: AC/DC Bourbon & Cola rolls out. A portion of proceeds go to the band's Let There Be Rock Fund that benefits Australian musicians.
2017: Metallica perform 'Moth Into Flame' with Lady Gaga at the 59th a Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in L.A. Metallica frontman James Hetfield's microphone fails during the first verse, forcing him to share Gaga's mic. Later, Megadeth pick up the Best Metal Performance trophy for the title song of their 'Dystopia' album. It is the group’s first win after twelve nominations. Also, Cage The Elephant win the Best Rock Album honor with 'Tell Me I'm Pretty.'

February 13
1914: ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, is formed in New York City. The organization collects licensing fees from users of music created by ASCAP members, then distributes them back to its members as royalties.
1955: Buddy & Bob open for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, TX. The Buddy is none other than Buddy Holly.
1957: Cuban officials announce a ban on all Rock and Roll programs on television, calling the music "offensive to public morals and good customs." They would soften their stance a couple of days later, but strict guide lines were put in place.
1961: Frank Sinatra launches Reprise Records. Interestingly, the label becomes the home of Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks and the Beach Boys.
1965: The Rolling Stones 3rd American studio album, 'The Rolling Stones, Now!' is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2012, the album was ranked #140 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1965: The Rolling Stones played the last night on a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Capital Theatre in Perth. Also appearing on the tour was Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders.
1965: The Who make their US record debut with the release of 'I Can’t Explain,' backed with 'Bald Headed Woman.' It is ignored throughout most of the US, except in Detroit, Michigan where it becomes a big regional hit. This is enough to propel the single onto the Billboard charts where it reaches #93. Cash Box has the single rising all the way to the 57th spot. Detroit becomes the home of The Who’s first fan base in the US and a frequent stopping place for the band in years to come.
1965: Gary Lewis records 'Count Me In,' which will climb to #2 on the Billboard chart by next May.
1966: The Who play the Community Centre in Southall, West London.
1967: The Monkees announced that from now on they would be playing on their own recordings instead of session musicians.
1967: The Beatles released the double A sided single 'Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane' on Capitol Records in the US. The single spent 10 weeks on the chart peaking at #1. Both songs later appeared on the 'Magical Mystery Tour.'
1967: The Tremeloes 'Here Comes My Baby' b/w 'Gentleman Of Pleasure' 45 single is released. Written by Cat Stevens, the song was a #4 hit in the UK Singles Chart and a #13 hit in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967.
1968: Members of Pink Floyd were entrenched at EMI studios in London recording the 'Saucerful of Secrets' album.
1968: Simon & Garfunkel's 'Scarborough Fair/Canticle)' b/w 'April Come She Will' 45 single is released. It reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1968: The Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett 'Young Girl' b/w 'I'm Losing You' 45 single is released. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the UK Singles chart and Cash Box.
1969: A launch party was held for the release of Mary Hopkin’s album Postcard at the Post Office Tower in London. Guests included Jimi Hendrix, Donovan and Paul McCartney, with his new girlfriend Linda Eastman.
1969: Bob Dylan recorded versions of 'Lay, Lady, Lay,' at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The song was originally written for the soundtrack of the movie 'Midnight Cowboy,' but wasn’t submitted in time to be included in the finished film. The song has gone on to become a standard and has been covered by numerous bands and artists over the years, including The Byrds, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, The Everly Brothers, Neil Diamond, Melanie, The Isley Brothers, Duran Duran, Hoyt Axton, and Isaac Hayes.
1969: The Doors earn a gold record for their single 'Touch Me.'
1969: Sly And The Family Stone's 'Everyday People' is awarded a Gold record.
1969: Bob Dylan recorded versions of 'Lay, Lady, Lay', at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. 'Lay Lady Lay' was originally written for the soundtrack of the movie Midnight Cowboy, but wasn't submitted in time to be included in the finished film.
1970: Black Sabbath's self-titled first album on Vertigo Records is released. It was recorded in three days and cost less than $2,000 to produce. The marketers make sure that it comes out on Friday the 13th. To add mystique to the band's image, new manager Patrick Meehan asked the band to stop giving interviews. It reached #23 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #8 on the UK Album chart. The album is one of the first to be considered part of the heavy metal genre. In 1989, #Kerrang ranked Black Sabbath #31 on their "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time."
1970: The Byrds, Steppenwolf, and Soul Messengers played at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1971: Pink Floyd played at show at Student Union Bar, Farnborough Technical College in Fanbororough, Hampshire, England.
1972: King Crimson performed at the Providence Coliseum in Providence, Rhode Island.
1972: Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a concert in Singapore concert when officials won't let them off the plane because of their long hair. The government deemed the popularity of the “hippie subculture” was a negative influence on their citizens.
1972: Black Oak Arkansas and JJ Cale performed at The Warehouse in New Orleans.
1973: After becoming ill during a concert in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley presented Doctor Sidney Bowers with a Lincoln Continental, to show his appreciation for all his work.
1973: 'Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite,' the soundtrack to an Elvis Presley TV special, goes gold. The program, broadcast two weeks earlier, was seen by one billion viewers.
1974: David Bowie turned down an offer from the Gay Liberation group to compose 'the world's first Gay National Anthem.'
1974: Stevie Wonder, Johnny Winter and Dr. John play at the Bottom Line opening in New York. Mick Jagger attends, but doesn't perform, at the club's inaugural event.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1976: The 101’ers featuring Joe Strummer played at The Town Hall in Hampstead, London.
1976: Peter Frampton's 'Frampton Comes Alive!' finally gets a UK release.
1976: Elvis Costello, appearing as DP Costello, played at The Half Moon in Putney, London supporting Vivian Stanshall.
1976: Genesis released their first album since the departure of Peter Gabriel, 'A Trick Of The Tail' featuring eight new tracks with drummer Phil Collins taking on the role of lead vocalist.
1977: KISS release their 13th single, 'Calling Dr. Love.' On May 14, 1977, it peaks at #16 on Billboard's Hot 100.
1977: Rush performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, Missouri.
1978: Bruce Springsteen played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Dire Straits began recording their first album at Basing Street Studios, London. The whole project cost $21,250 to produce. The album featured the group's breakthrough single 'Sultans of Swing.' The inspiration for 'Sultans of Swing' came from Mark Knopfler witnessing a mediocre jazz band playing in the corner of a practically deserted pub. At the end of their performance, the lead singer came up to the microphone and announced that they were the "Sultans of Swing."
1979: Dire Straits appeared at Philipshalle in Düsseldorf, Germany.
1979: The Police begin work on their sophomore album, 'Reggatta De Blanc,' which is released the following October.
1980: John Lydon's London house is raided by police. The Sex Pistols frontman confronts authorities by waving a ceremonial sword at them. The only illegal item found is a tear gas canister.
1980: Thin Lizzy singer and bassist Phil Lynott married Caroline Crowther, the daughter of British comedian Leslie Crowther.
1981: Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' celebrates 402 weeks in US Top 200 album chart, the longest run in chart history. It would go on to spend 741 consecutive weeks on the charts.
1981: Steve Winwood's 'Arc Of A Diver' becomes the first album to be released in Britain in the new "1+1" format, which contains the artist's music on one side, while the other is left blank for the consumer to record on.
1982: The 300 pound marble slab headstone of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was stolen from a cemetery in Orange Park, FL. It was found two weeks later by Orange Park police in a dry river bed.
1982: Nick Lowe performed at the Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois.
1982: Loverboy's 'Working For The Weekend' peaks at #29 on the pop chart.
1982: ‎Motley Crue‬ kick off three nights of shows at the famous ‪Whisky A Go Go‬ in ‎Los Angeles‬. ‪
1983: Aerosmith appeared at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
1984: Exciter released the album 'Violence & Force.' The album was produced by The Rods drummer Carl Canedy, who had already produced Anthrax's debut album 'Fistful of Metal.'
1988: The Grateful Dead performed at the Henry J. Kiser Auditorium in Oakland, California.
1989: This years Brit Awards was hosted by Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood in which just about everything went wrong - lines were fluffed and bands mis-cued onto the stage. Winners included Phil Collins who won British Male Solo Artist, British Female Solo Artist was Annie Lennox, Erasure won Best British Group, Best British Album went to Fairground Attraction for 'First Of A Million Kisses', British Breakthrough Act was Bros, Michael Jackson won International Male, International Female went to Tracey Chapman and U2 won Best International Group. This was the last year the show was broadcast live.
1990: The Black Crowes debut album 'Shake Your Money Maker' is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. Two of its singles, 'Hard to Handle' and 'She Talks to Angels,' reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. 'Jealous Again,' 'Twice As Hard' and 'Seeing Things' also charted.
1990: Trouble release their self-titled 4th studio album.
1992: Motley Crue announces Vince Neil is leaving the heavy metal group.
1999: Blondie tops the UK chart with 'Maria,' giving them a British #1 single in the '70s, '80s and '90s.
2000: Oasis scored their 5th UK #1 single with 'Go Let It Out.' The first release on the band’s Big Brother label and the 1st single from their 4th studio album Standing on the 'Shoulder of Giants.'
2000: David Bowie announced that his wife Iman is pregnant with his baby. Their daughter was born August 15th, 2000.
2001: Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, considered the Oscar for the guitar industry. Frampton gets the award during ceremonies at L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum.
2002: Two sons of the late reggae star Bob Marley are arrested in North Florida after officers find marijuana in their car. Julian and Stephen Marley, also reggae musicians are released on $500 bail each.
2002: 64 year old Waylon Jennings died of complications from diabetes. At 21, he was a member of Buddy Holly's band who gave up his plane seat to the Big Bopper just before the doomed flight took off on February 3rd, 1959.
2002: AC/DC's 'Stiff Upper Lip Live' DVD is certified Gold by the RIAA.
2004: Led Zeppelin were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammys. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham all attended. Robert Plant did not, since he was working on a new album and tour. Plant sends a video message.
2005: U2 win Best Rock Song ('Vertigo') while Green Day wins the award for Best Rock Album ('American Idiot') at the 47th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. Velvet Revolver nab the Best Hard Rock Performance ('Slither') honor. The late Ray Charles earns Album of the Year ('Genius Loves Company'). Former Beach Boy's leader Brian Wilson won his first ever Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental for 'Mrs. O'Leary's Cow' from his CD 'Smile.' the album he was forced to delay for nearly 40 years because of emotional problems. Other classic rockers who took home statues were Rod Stewart - Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for 'Stardust...The Great American Songbook Volume III' and Bruce Springsteen - Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for 'Code Of Silence' from his album 'The Essential Bruce Springsteen.' Among the evening's highpoints is an all-star performance of the Beatles' 'Across The Universe,' with Velvet Revolver and vocals from Bono, Billie Joe Armstrong and Steven Tyler.
2005: The hat that Slash has worn for the past 15 years is stolen from the limousine that carried the Velvet Revolver guitarist to the Grammy Awards ceremony. Slash's wife also has some personal items stolen.
2005: The Rolling Stones' classic album 'Let It Bleed' makes it into the Grammy Hall Of Fame along with Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry.'
2006: It's announced that Fuel vocalist Brett Scallions has left the band and the remaining members are holding auditions for a new singer. Scallions tenure with Fuel lasted over a decade. He did later return to the group.
2007: 'Movies: The Soundtrack Hits,' a 19-track compilation of Van Morrison songs heard in films, is issued. The set has both studio and live recordings, including an '86 in-concert version of 'Moondance.''
2007: Rod Stewart was paid $1 million when he performed at a billionaire's birthday bash. Stewart was booked to play a one-hour gig to help Steve Schwarzman celebrate his 60th birthday held at New York's Park Avenue Armory. He's the CEO of the Blackstone Group, a billion dollar equity company.
2008: KISS' final 'KISSOLOGY - Volume 3 1992-2000' is RIAA certified 8x Platinum.
2008: The mayor of Sudbury, Canada, issues an apology to angry citizens for allowing city council members special access to tickets for an Elton John concert. "My decision to offer so many advance purchase tickets to (the) council was rushed and not given sufficient consideration," says Mayor John Rodriguez.
2008: Kinks frontman Ray Davies performs at the 18th annual Tibet House benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. The event raises money to promote Tibetan civilization and culture. This is Davies fifth appearance at the event.
2010: Doug Fieger singer, songwriter with The Knack died after a long battle with cancer.
2010: Bob Dylan on Canvas opens at the Halcyon Gallery in London. The dozen acrylic paintings are based on drawings from Dylan's 'Drawn Blank Series,' which he made from '89-'92.
2010: Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck play a co-headlining gig at the O2 Arena in London.
2010: The Vatican newspaper L' Osservatore Romano publishes their "semiserious" list of desert island discs. They are: 'Dark Side Of The Moon' (Pink Floyd); 'Revolver' (The Beatles); 'Supernatural' (Santana); 'If I Could Only Remember My Name' (David Crosby); 'Rumours' (Fleetwood Mac); 'Achtung Baby' (U2) and '(What's The Story) Morning Glory' (Oasis). Non-Rock albums by Michael Jackson ('Thriller'), Paul Simon ('Graceland') and Donald Fagen ('Nightfly') also make the cut.
2010: Rockabilly legend Dale Hawkins passes away from colon cancer in Little Rock, AK, at age 73. Best known for 'Susie Q,' which was covered by Creedence Clearwater Revival in '68, Hawkins was a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
2011: The South African Roadies Association pickets U2's show in Johannesburg, at the FNB stadium near Soweto, claiming racist hiring policies by white-run production companies. Later, Bono faces criticism for publicly supporting an African liberation song that calls for shooting white farmers (Boers) in South Africa. White South African groups want the song banned as hate speech. In an interview with South Africa's Sunday Times, Bono compares the song to Irish rebel songs.
2011: Alice In Chains becomes the act with the most Grammy nominations (8) to never win an award when Them Crooked Vultures beat them for the Best Hard Rock Performance honor at the 53rd Grammys. Arcade Fire wins Album of the Year for 'The Suburbs' and Muse's 'The Resistance' takes home the trophy for Best Rock Album. The Black Keys win for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for 'Tighten Up.' Neil Young's 'Angry World' is the Best Rock Song and Paul McCartney gets the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance honor for 'Helter Skelter,' a cut from his live album 'Good Evening New York City.' Jeff Beck wins Best Rock Instrumental Performance with 'Hammerhead.'
2014: Hellyeah announce that guitarist Greg Tribbett and bassist Bob Zilla have left the band, and that Zilla's replacement is Kyle Sanders.
2014: Lynch Mob launch a West Coast tour with new vocalist Thadeus Gonzalez, formerly of Electric Sister. The first stop is Las Vegas.
2015: Bob Dylan's 36th studio album, 'Shadows in the Night,' debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart and #7 on the Billboard 200 with 50,000 units sold.
2017: The documentary 'Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)' premieres on HBO. In ‘15 the group was performing at the Bataclan Theater in Paris when the venue was attacked by terrorists, 89 people were killed. The film follows the Eagles Of Death Metal as they return to the Bataclan for an emotional performance.

February 14
1931: Ted Lewis' version of 'Just A Gigolo' is the most popular tune in America. David Lee Roth would score a #12 hit with the same song 54 years later in 1985.
1957: The Cuban government bans Rock n' Roll calling it "immoral and profane" and "offensive to public morals."
1958: CBS' Walter Cronkite reports that the government of Iran has banned rock and roll for being unhealthy and anti-Islamic. The "unhealthy" claim is backed by Iranian doctors who warn of hip damage due to "extreme gyrations."
1961: The Beatles performed at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool where they play a special Valentine's Day show. Paul McCartney sang Elvis Presley's 'Wooden Heart,' wearing wooden heart pinned to his coat, covered with satin and embroidered with the names "John", "Paul", "George", and "Pete". The heart was raffled off, and the winner also won a kiss from Paul. The earliest video footage of The Beatles as a band is taken during their performance at this gig.
1961: Del Shannon's 'Runaway' b/w 'Jody' was released. It was a #1 Billboard Hot 100 song made famous by Del Shannon in 1961. It was written by Shannon and keyboardist Max Crook, and became a major international hit. It is #466 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time from 2004.
1961: The Platters sue Mercury Records for breach of contract in Chicago, citing the record label's refusal to pay royalties for songs on which leader Tony Williams does not, in fact, sing lead.
1964: The Dave Clark Five release 'Bits And Pieces.'
1966: Simon and Garfunkel's 'Sounds Of Silence' is certified gold.
1967: The Doors play the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Gray’s Club in Tilbury, Essex, England.
1968: Manfred Mann were at #1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song 'The Mighty Quinn.' It was a #10 hit in the US.
1968: Drumming up some publicity, Frank Zappa announces he’s working on two films with his Mothers of Invention. 'Uncle Meat' doesn’t see the light of day until 1987, while a proposed Japanese monster movie never comes to fruition.
1969: The Grateful Dead perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at King’s Hall in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
1970: The Who perform at Leeds University in England. The show was recorded for the bands forthcoming 'Live At Leeds' album. The University of Leeds refectory, has now been named a national landmark in the UK, commemorated with a blue plaque.
1970: Billboard Magazine reports that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is "Mounting Total War Against Tape Pirating of Prerecorded Music."
1970: Sly & The Family Stone land at #1 with 'Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin).'
1972: Steppenwolf announce they are splitting up. 'Steppenwolf Day' was declared in Los Angeles Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty as the band announced their break up.
1972: John and Yoko begin a week-long stint as co-hosts of The Mike Douglas Show. For the next five days the pair will welcome the likes of Chuck Berry, The Chambers Brothers, activist Ralph Nader, comedian Louis Nye and the U.S. Surgeon General.
1972: Neil Young's 4th studio album 'Harvest' is released. It topped the Billboard 200 album chart for two weeks, and included two hit singles, 'Old Man,' which peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 'Heart of Gold,' which peaked at #1. In 2003, Rolling Stone named Harvest the 78th greatest album of all time.
1972: The '50s tribute musical 'Grease' opens off-Broadway at New York City's Eden Theatre, featuring Barry Bostwick and Adrienne Barbeau. The play is an instant hit, moving to Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre for a record 3,388 performances, and, not incidentally, spawning one of the most popular movies of all time.
1973: David Bowie collapsed on stage during a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This happens after a male fan tries to kiss him.
1974: Bob Dylan tour ends at the Forum, Los Angeles. Ringo Starr, Carole King and Neil Young join him on stage. Much of the 'Before the Flood' album is recorded here.
1974: Keith Moon flies back to London to play drums at an all-star Roy Harper concert at The Rainbow. Jimmy Page, David Bedford, and John Bonham also take part under the band name Interglactic Elephant Band. Part of the show is later released as the Roy Harper album 'Flashes From The Archive Of Oblivion.'
1975: Rush played at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
1976: The Who's 'Squeeze Box' peaks at #16 on the singles charts.
1976: Electric Light Orchestra peaked at 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Evil Woman' which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Sweet’s 'Action' debuting at #80 while Aerosmith’s 'Dream On' was #34, Queen’s 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was #33, Foghat’s 'Slow Ride' was #28, The Who’s 'Squeeze Box' was at #16, Nazareth’s 'Love ' at#13, and ELO’s 'Evil Woman' at #10.
1976: Heart's 'Dreamboat Annie' album is released in the U.S. It originally released was in the summer of 1975 in Canada. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during its 100 week stay. Three singles also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 - 'Crazy On You' (#35), 'Magic Man" (#9), and 'Dreamboat Annie' (#42).
1977: The B-52’s made their first live performance, appearing in a Greenhouse at a Valentines Day party in Athens.
1978: Dire Straits began recording their first album at Basing Street Studios in London with producer Muff Winwood. The whole project cost $21,250 to produce.
1979: Dire Straits performed at the Rosengarten in Mannheim, Germany.
1980: Heart release their 5th studio album, 'Bebe le Strange.' It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart during its 22 week stay.
1980: Blue Oyster Cult played at Agricultural Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
1980: Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott marries Caroline Crowther.
1980: Lou Reed married Sylvia Morales at a ceremony in his New York apartment.
1981: Billy Idol quits Generation X to go solo.
1981: Steely Dan peaked at 310 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Hey Nineteen' which was their third and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1982: Iron Maiden's 'Beast On The Road' tour opens.
1984: Elton John married recording engineer Renate Blauer in Sydney, Australia. Attendees include Olivia Newton-John and Rod Stewart. The couple divorced three years later.
1984: Joe Perry & Brad Withford met with Aerosmith backstage after their concert at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre & agreed to re-join the group, which was announced the following April. Perry left in 1979, and Whitford, the following year.
1986: Frank Zappa appeared on an episode of the television series Miami Vice. Zappa portrayed a crime boss named 'Mr. Frankie.'
1986: Europe release 'The Final Countdown' single.
1986: Honeymoon Suite release their 'The Big Prize' album.
1987: Boston peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'We’re Ready' which was their final top 10 single in the U.S.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bon Jovi’s 'Livin’ On A Prayer' at #1, Cinderella’s 'Nobody’s Fool' at #13, Glass Tiger’s 'Someday' at #19, Europe’s 'The Final Countdown' at #42, Genesis debut with 'Tonight Tonight Tonight' at #45 and Sammy Hagar's 'Winner Take It All' debuts at #84‬.
1987: Bon Jovi hit sales of five million with 'Slippery When Wet'.
1987: Bon Jovi started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Livin’ On A Prayer,' the group’s second US #1, a #4 hit in the UK.
1989: Keyboard player Vincent Crane died. He was a member of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, and Atomic Rooster.
1990: The Rolling Stones played the first of ten nights at the Korakuen Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The shows were seen by over 500,000 fans, making the band $20 million.
1991: Poison's 'Flesh & Blood' is certified 3x Platinum by the RIAA.
1992: The movie 'Wayne's World opens. It features a cameo from Meatloaf.The use of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in the film propelled the song to #2 on the US singles charts nearly 20 years after its first release. Thanks to Alice Cooper's appearance in Wayne's World, we learn that "Milwaukee" is Algonquin for "the good land." The shock rocker performs 'Feed My Frankenstein' in the film. Meat Loaf also makes a cameo.
1992: Lead singer Vince Neil, who had been pursuing IndyCar racing, is booted from Mötley Crüe. "Race car driving has become a priority in Neil's life," the band's management says in a statement. "His band mates felt he didn't share their determination and passion for music." Neil returns to the fold in 1997.
1993: Harry Nilsson suffers a heart attack. He recovers from this one, but another would kill him in January of 1994.
1994: Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia married moviemaker Deborah Koons.
1994: The Beatles' '1962-1966' & '1967-1970' albums are re-released by EMI in the UK on red and blue vinyl. These colored vinyl editions of the new digitally enhanced Red and Blue albums and pressed just 20,000 copies. E.M.I. then deleted the release immediately.
1995: Nevermore released their self-titled debut studio album. It was singer Warrel Dane and bassist Jim Sheppard's first release after departing from their previous band, Sanctuary, in 1994.
1995: Slash's Snakepit release their first studio album, 'It's Five O'Clock Somewhere.' The album reached #70 on the #Billboard 200 chart.
1995: Lita Ford released her 6th studio album, 'Black.'
1996: 37 year old Prince Rogers Nelson, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, marries 22 year old backup singer Mayte Garcia at a ceremony in Minneapolis. White doves are released when they exchange vows - no word on if they were crying. The marriage is annulled three years later, and Garcia takes up with Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe.
1998: Marilyn Manson begins a brief book signing tour on Valentine's Day at Tower Records in New York in support of his autobiography 'It's A Long Hard Road Out of Hell.'
1999: The Deftones, on the final stop of their tour opening for Black Sabbath, find that their truck has been stolen from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn in Dearborn, Michigan. Taken are all of the band's backline equipment and instruments, including several of Chi Chings' Precision Fender Bass guitars, and Stephen Carpenter's custom-made guitars and racks.
1999: Lenny Kravitz scored his first UK #1 single with 'Fly Away,' a #12 hit in the U.S.
1999: Rocker Buddy Knox dies of lung cancer at age 65.
1999: Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons, where he does a re-worked version of 'Your Song.'
2000: KISS announced that they were going to do a farewell tour in makeup and then sell off the stage props from their career in an auction.
2001: Prince launches the NPG Music Club, one of the first music subscription services. The club acts as a virtual hub for the Prince faithful, with a thriving community, online access to his music, VIP passes to concerts and other exclusives. It runs until 2006, when Prince shuts it down, saying it "has gone as far as it can go."
2002: Mick Tucker, drummer for The Sweet dies at age 54 after a five-year battle against leukemia.
2003: The movie 'Daredevil' is released, featuring two songs by a new band called Evanescence: "Bring Me To Life" and "My Immortal." Both songs later appear on the group's debut album, Fallen, and become hits.
2003: Australian police uncovered Beatles album art and reel-to-reel tapes in a raid after they were advertised for sale in a Sydney newspaper. All the material appeared to be from the White Album and Abbey Road sessions, which were stolen from the band's London studio in 1969.
2004: Dave Holland, former drummer with Judas Priest was jailed for eight years for indecent assault and the attempted rape of a 17-year old boy. The youth, who had learning difficulties, had been taking drum lessons from Holland.
2004: Modest Mouse release 'Float On,' the first single from 'Good News For People Who Love Bad News.' It becomes the band's first #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks.
2005: Queens Of The Stone Age announce that Dan Druff, their former guitar tech, has replaced ousted bassist Nick Oliveri. Druff played a secret show with the band the previous week and passed the 'audition'. In other QOTSA news, Mark Lanegan makes an unexpected appearance onstage with his former bandmates in Milan, Italy. Lanegan, who left the group in '04, sings eight songs, as the group launches its European tour.
2005: Patti Boyd, the former Mrs. George Harrison and Mrs. Eric Clapton, who inspired the songs 'Something' and 'Layla,' exhibits her photos of Harrison, Clapton, Mick Jagger and B.B. King at the San Francisco Art Exchange.
2005: John Mellencamp performs on ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.'
2005: Sammy Hagar and his wife Kari are the subjects of VH1's 'I Married.' Each show profiles the life of a famous musician and their spouse.
2005: Kerrang! magazine announced the results of its readers’ poll for the best British rock albums ever. The Top 10 were: #1, Black Sabbath’s 'Black Sabbath'; #2 Iron Maiden’s 'Number Of The Beast'; #3, Sex Pistols’ 'Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols;' #4, 'Led Zeppelin IV'; #5, Black Sabbath’s 'Paranoid'; #6, Muse’s 'Absolution'; #7, The Clash's 'London Calling'; #8, Queen’s 'Sheer Heart Attack'; #9, Iron Maiden’s 'Iron Maiden' and #10, Manic Street Preachers’ 'The Holy Bible.'
2006: Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson host VH1 Classic's special Valentine's Day programming. The sisters read romantic dedications sent in by viewers.
2007: Carlos Oliveira, from Portugal, is the winner of Incubus' video contest for their single 'Dig' (from 'Light Grenades'). "It's all animation. We're not in it, which is awesome," says guitarist Mike Einzinger. "He just did an amazing job of taking the artwork from our album and animating it into a story." Five finalists are flown to Hollywood for the announcement
2007: Aerosmith are featured in the music-themed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The band is pictured with model Bar Refaeli.
2007: Oasis won the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the 27th annual Brit Awards at London's Earls Court.
2008: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married his long-term partner, the ex-All Saints singer Nicole Appleton at a civil ceremony in London. The venue, Westminster Register Office, was where Gallagher married his first wife, Patsy Kensit, in 1997.
2008: Boston's Tom Scholz sends a letter to Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee demanding that he stop using 'More Than A Feeling' at campaign events. "You have taken something of mine and used it to promote ideas to which I am opposed," writes the guitarist, a Barack Obama supporter. Ex-Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau had performed the song with Huckabee at rallies.
2008: Pat Benatar and her guitarist husband, Neil Giraldo make the first of two appearances on the CBS soap 'The Young And The Restless.' The couple play themselves and perform 'Every Time I Fall Back.'
2009: Bruce Springsteen went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Working on a Dream,' his 16th studio album. It's his 9th #1.
2010: Doug Fieger singer, songwriter with The Knack died after a long battle with cancer. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of The Knack, and co-wrote 'My Sharona', the biggest hit song of 1979 in the USA, and was Capitol Records' fastest gold status debut single since the Beatles' 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' in 1964. The Knack had the 1979 US #1 and UK #6 single 'My Sharona.' When Fieger was 25, he met 17-year-old Sharona Alperin, who he wrote the song for, as well as later becoming Fieger's girlfriend for the next four years.
2010: Blues musician Lil' Dave Thompson dies in a car accident at age 40.
2010: Dale Hawkins, a Rockabilly artist most often remembered for his 1957 hit 'Susie-Q,' lost his battle with colon cancer at the age of 73.
2011: Skillet's guitarist Ben Kasica announces that he is leaving the Christian Rock band to focus on other projects. "I had no idea how long the ride would last but have enjoyed it immensely," says Kasica in a statement.
2011: Motley Crue's Vince Neil surrendered to Nevada authorities to start serving 15 days behind bars for a DUI charge. Neil told, "I've already learned my lesson. I just have to move on and get past it and get it behind me."
2012: Lillian Axe released the album 'XI: The Days Before Tomorrow.'
2012: Van Halen's A Different Kind Of Truth lands at #2 on Billboard's 200 Album Chart.
2012: Halestorm release the music video for their anti-love song 'Love Bites (So Do I)' for Valentine's Day. "The song is my little stab against the media's portrayal of love," says frontwoman Lzzy Hale. "Your heart cannot be measured or judged by the quizzes in magazines and scenes in movies. So for both boys and girls I tell you this, love who and how you want, and for god's sake when love bites, bite back!"
2013: Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo tells fans a financial dispute has resulted in his being replaced for the group's Australian tour. "(Slayer guitarist Kerry King) made it clear he wasn't interested in making changes and said if I wanted to argue the point, he would find another drummer," writes Lombardo, who claims the group only receives 10% or less of tour revenues. Slayer disputes Lombardo's accusations and brings back former member Jon Dette for the Aussie trek.
2014: KISS headline the Mending Kids All-Star Benefit Concert at The House Of Blues in L.A. The event raises more than $5 million for the charity.
2014: David Bowie and Rick Rubin are honored at the Producers Awards. Bowie is given the Innovation Award for his 2013 effort, 'The Next Day,' while Rubin earns the International Producer of the Year honor.
2014: Gibson debuts the Billy F. Gibbons Goldtop Les Paul guitar. It has a luminous goldtop finish adorned with a pinstripe designed by the ZZ Top axeman.
2014: Lacuna Coil announce via Facebook that guitarist Cristiano 'Pizza' Migliore and drummer Cristiano 'Criz' Mozzati have left after 16 years for personal reasons.
2017: Marilyn Manson issue their 10th studio album, 'Say10.' Manson states that the set is “by far the most thematic and over-complicated thing that I've done."

February 15
1954: Big Joe Turner records one of the first Rock songs, 'Shake, Rattle And Roll,' at Atlantic Records studios in New York.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis performs'"Great Balls of Fire' and his latest release 'Breathless' on American Bandstand. Later in the day, he would appear on Dick Clark's Rock 'n' Roll program, Saturday Night Beechnut Show, along with Pat Boone, Chuck Willis, Connie Francis, The Royal Teens and Johnnie Ray.
1958: Elvis Presley's 'Don't' hits #1.
1964: The Dave Clark Five appeared on the UK TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars.'
1964: 'Meet the Beatles' begins an eleven-week run at top of US album chart. It was the first #1 album for the band.
1965: The Beatles 'Eight Days a Week' b/w 'I Don't Want to Spoil the Party' 45 single is released.
1966: The Beatles release 'Nowhere Man' in the U.S. Though credited to John Lennon/Paul McCartney, it was predominately written by John after he'd fruitlessly spent the night trying to come up with a song and decided to take a break."
1967: Music students at Chicago's DePaul University form a seven-piece rock ensemble called The Big Thing. Later, they would change their name to Chicago Transit Authority, and then, simply, Chicago.
1967: The first anti-bootlegging recording laws are enacted.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played at the Dorothy Ballroom in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.
1968: US blues harmonica player Little Walter died from injuries incurred in a fight while taking a break from a performance at a nightclub in Chicago. First harmonica player to amplify his harp giving it a distorted echoing sound. He joined Muddy Waters’ band in 1948 and he was the first harmonica player to amplify his harp giving it a distorted echoing sound.
1968: John and Cynthia Lennon, along with George and Patti Harrison, fly to India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul and Ringo joined them a few days later, but Starr would become bored and leave on March 1st comparing the experience to be like a 'Butlins holiday camp.' Much of the Beatles' 'White Album' was written during their stay.
1968: Blues harmonica player Little Walter (born Marion Walter Jacobs), dies from injuries sustained in a fight after a performance at a nightclub in Chicago. He was 37. Joining Muddy Waters’ band in 1948, he was the first harmonica player to amplify his harp, giving it a distorted echoing sound. Walter was an influence on Jimi Hendrix, John Popper, Charlie Parker and many others. He was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008 in the category Sideman, the only artist to be inducted specifically as a harmonica player.
1969: The Who performed at Dreamland Fun Park in Margate, Kent, England.
1969: The Monkees 7th studio album, 'Instant Replay' is released. Released six months after the cancellation of the group's NBC television series, it is also the first album released after Peter Tork left the group and the only album of the original nine studio albums that does not include any songs featured in the TV show from the original NBC run nor the CBS/ABC reruns. It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1969: The Doors peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Touch Me' which was their third and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the second of two nights at Thee Image Club in Miami, Florida. Thee Image was a converted bowling alley, with all of the lanes stripped out and standing room only. The stages were on the center back wall.
1969: Sly and the Family Stone started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Everyday People,' their first chart topper.
1970: The Daughters of the American Revolution announce that there will be no more rock concerts at their Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Seems the organization was miffed that Sly & the Family Stone sparked a riot after turning up five hours late for a gig there.
1970: Grand Funk, Mountain, Chicago, Rare Earth, Cold Blood, Rotary Connection appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1971: The Who first perform 'Lifehouse Pete,' Townshend's new rock opera. It failed, although some songs were recorded for The Who's next album.
1971: George Harrison's 'What Is Life' b/w 'Apple Scruffs' 45 single is released. It peaked at #10 in the Billboard Hot 100, making Harrison the first member of the Beatles to log two Top 10 solo hits on that chart.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
1972: The US government's new anti-piracy laws are enacted, a response to widespread bootlegging of major artists.
1973: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1974: David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' b/w 'Queen Bitch' 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #5 in the UK and #64 in the USA. The latter release initially featured a different recording altogether.
1974: Yes performed at the New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1974: Deep Purple release their 8th studio album 'Burn.' It reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #3 on the UK album chart.
1975: Linda Ronstadt hits #1 on the pop chart with 'You're No Good.' It's the singers only solo chart topper out of 12 other top 40 hits. Her album 'Heart Like a Wheel' also goes to #1. The song first appeared on the chart in 1963 when Betty Everette took it to #81.
1975: After record executive Morris Levy releases an album called 'Roots - John Lennon Sings The Great Rock & Roll Hits' without Lennon's permission, Capitol Records rush releases John Lennon's 'Rock and Roll' album, which contains the completed versions of the songs. Lennon had given Levy some master tapes from the sessions as part of compensation for using a Chuck Berry lyric in 'Come Together': "Here come old flat-top, he come groovin' up slowly."
1975: Rush released their sophomore album 'Fly by Night' which was their first album with Neil Peart on drums. It reached #113 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1976: Roxy Music appeared at the Kent State University Memorial Gymnasium in Kent, Ohio.
1977: Sid Vicious joins the Sex Pistols, replacing Glen Matlock. The story goes Matlock was dumped because he 'liked' The Beatles. When the group reunited in 1996, 2002 & 2007, Matlock was their bassist.
1977: 'The Best Of George Harrison' is certified gold.
1977: SwangSong, Led Zeppelin’s label released the following: “For the fourth consecutive year, Led Zeppelin swept the top honors in the major U.S. and U.K. music polls. Zeppelin took five first places in Creem and Circus and six in Britain’s New Musical Express. Over 40,000 ballots were cast in the Circus readers poll determining that Led Zeppelin were 1976’s best group. Jimmy Page topped Jeff Beck and Queen’s Brian May to maintain his position as best guitarist. Robert Plant was voted number one male vocalist. The best songwriting award went to Page and Plant. Elton John and Bernie Taupin placing second. Jimmy Page won the top spot as producer of the year.”
1978: Billy Joel is a big winner at The Grammys, with 'Just The Way You Are' taking Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
1978: Frank Zappa played at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany.
1979: A&M ends its tenure as the US' largest indie record company as RCA records begins its new distributing deal with the label.
1980: Elvis Costello and the Attractions 'Get Happy!!' album is released. It's the 4th album by Elvis Costello, and his 3rd with the Attractions. It reached #11 on the Billboard Top Albums chart, and #2 on the UK Albums chart. In 1989, Rolling Stone placed it at #11 on its list of the 100 best albums of the 1980's.
1980: Def Leppard release their 'Hello America' single.
1980: The Knack release their '...But the Little Girls Understand' single. It reaches #38‬ on the singles chart.
1980: Rush appeared at Roberts Municipal Stadium in Evansville, Indiana.
1981: American guitarist Mike Bloomfield was found dead in his car in San Francisco from an accidental heroin overdose. He was a member of the Paul Butterfield band and Electric Flag and had played on Bob Dylan's album 'Highway 61 Revisited.' He was 37. In 2003 he was ranked at #22 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Dylan remembered Bloomfield as “the guy that I always miss....he had so much soul.” In 2015, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
1982: Jimmy Page released his 'Death Wish II' soundtrack album on Swan Song Records.
1984: Van Halen played at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia.
1988: After singer Joe Elliot had referred to El Paso, Texas as "the place with all those greasy Mexicans," Def Leppard were forced to cancel a concert in El Paso, after they received threats that the gig would be disrupted.
1991: Rod Stewart's ex-girlfriend, supermodel Kelly Emberg, files a $25 million palimony suit against the singer in Los Angeles Superior Court. Rod Stewart later said: "Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house."
1993: Little Richard expresses his anger after being told he will receive his Lifetime Achievement Award during the non-televised portion of the Grammy Awards. Richard said "This is the crowning achievement of my career and they want to give it to me secretly."
1994: Soundgarden released the single 'Spoonman.'
1995: ZZ Top filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Steridyne Corporation which made a $100 gel-filled mattress bed-sore product named the ZZ Topper.
1995: The Long Beach, California heavy metal radio station KNAC goes off the air and is replaced by the Spanish radio station KBUE on the same channel - 105.5FM. The station signs off at approximately 1:59PM after playing Metallica's 'Fade to Black.' Three years, later KNAC goes back on the air, this time on the internet at
1997: U2 went to #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Discotheque,' the band’s 3rd UK chart topping single. The entire track was leaked onto the Internet in December 1996, forcing U2 to move up the release date.
1998: The Rolling Stones performed the final show of their Bridges to Babylon North American tour at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel. Mick Jagger called the crowd, which included Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Sting, “The best-dressed audience I've ever seen in my life.”
1999: Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura declared Rolling Stones Day in Minnesota before their concert in Minneapolis. Ventura was a bodyguard for the group.
2000: Fu Manchu released their 6th studio album, 'King of the Road.'
2000: Sting pulled-out of a concert in Vienna in protest at the inclusion of Jorg Haider's far right freedom party in Austria's new government. Lou Reed had also cancelled shows in the country.
2000: 'BBC Sessions,' the collection of live and studio Who tracks recorded for the BBC from 1965 to 1970, was finally released in the US and Europe. European purchasers get the extra tracks 'Man With Money' and the complete 'Shakin’ All Over/Spoonful' unavailable on the US disc. However, American purchasers have the option of getting a seven-track bonus disc unavailable in Europe if they buy BBC Sessions at Best Buy department stores. The CD peaks at #101 in the U.S., #24 in the UK and #50 in Japan.
2001: David Lee Roth sued, claiming they were violating the Consumers Legal Remedies Act by selling merchandise with his image on it.
2001: Beatles principal George Harrison participates in his first-ever online chats via Yahoo! Chat and MSN Live.
2002: Tommy Lee was sued by the parents of the boy who drowned in his pool the previous year. They alleged there was no lifeguard provided at the pool. Lee was later cleared of any wrongdoing.
2003: System Of A Down film the video for 'Boom' while performing at an anti-war protest.
2003: Good Charlotte's 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' peaks at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest they would get on the chart.
2005: Sonny Mayo replaces Clint Lowery in Sevendust.
2006: KNAC, 105.5 FM, the legendary Los Angeles, California heavy metal radio station, goes off the air and is replaced by a Spanish station. James Hatfield and Lars Ulrich from Metallica are there to play the last song, 'Fade To Black,' which was one of the first songs played when the station signed on in 1986. Years later, KNAC is revived on the internet at
2006: U2's 2005 mega-tour wins the Major Tour of the Year honor, at the 17th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in Las Vegas. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers/Black Crowes joint tour is recognized in the Most Creative Tour Package category.
2006: Green Day nail the International Group and International Album ('American Idiot') categories at the Brit Awards in London.
2006: The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle, Australia, is classified as a historic site by the National Trust heritage organization. The listing, traditionally reserved for heritage buildings and homes, confirms the cultural importance of the site, which is one of the most visited sites in Fremantle, attracting thousands of fans every year.
2007: A group headed by former Vice President Al Gore announce plans for a series of concerts on July 7th to promote awareness of global warming. More than 100 performers, including Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, AFI, KoRn and Fall Out Boy are slated for Live Earth shows in London, Shanghai, Sydney, Johannesburg, the U.S., Brazil and Japan.
2007: The official announcement comes that singer Chris Cornell has left Audioslave, effectively ending the supergroup. The recent decision by other bandmembers to participate in a Rage Against The Machine (their former band) reunion tour is listed among the reasons.
2007: Yes singer Jon Anderson plays the first of two shows with the School of Rock All-Stars in Glenside, PA. The All-Stars are from a Philadelphia-based music-education program for young people aged 7-18. Anderson appeared in an 2003 documentary about the program.
2007: Tool's North American tour kicks off in Ls Vegas.
2008: Carlos Santana performs in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It's the guitarist's first concert in the Middle East.
2008: Richard Moore, who is running for governor of North Carolina holds a press conference saying his 'team' made a mistake using The Eagles 'Life In The Fast Lane' in campaign commercials without authorization. The song is pulled at the request of The Eagles' management. Moore apologizes but Don Henley and his wife donate $4,000 apiece (the maximum allowable amount) to Moore's rival, Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue.
2008: A flat once rented by The Beatles in London went up for sale for £1.75m. The band shared the three-bedroom top floor property in Green Street, Mayfair in the autumn of 1963. A publicity photo of the Fab Four peering over a banister, used as the cover for the December 1963 edition of The Beatles Book, was taken at the top of the property's communal stairwell.
2011: Deftones fans at the Thunder Dome in Bangkok, Thailand, riot after the band cancels a scheduled performance an hour and a half after the show was set to kick off. The venue reportedly experienced a power failure, leaving the band without the use of a P.A. system.
2011: The Rolling Stones, in partnership with Stern Pinball, announce the release of the Rolling Stones Pinball Machine. The machine takes the player on a tour of four decades of Rolling Stones albums and history while playing thirteen Rolling Stones songs.
2011: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil begins serving a two week sentence following a Las Vegas DUI conviction. Over 25 years earlier (1984) Neil served 20 days after pleading guilty to drunk driving and manslaughter that caused a wreck that killed Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas Dingley. Neil also paid $2.5 million in restitution after the initial conviction.
2011: Stryper released their 8th studio album, 'The Covering.'
2012: Van Halen's 'A Different Kind Of Truth,' is #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart after selling 187,000 copies in its debut week.
2012: The Foo Fighters host a fundraising concert for President Obama's re-election campaign at the home of soap opera writer/producer Bradley Bell in Holmby Hills, CA. "I would hate to hand the administration over to another party that is just focused on corporations, greed and money," says Foo Fighters frontman David Grohl. "You know, I'm a fun, peace-loving guy, but sometimes the right wing gets a little too selfish." 1,000 supporters attend.
2013: Chubby Checker launched a half-billion dollar lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard for including an app on its phones and tablets that used the same name as the 71-year-old musician to measure a man's penis length based on his shoe size. The app had already been removed in 2012 after it was downloaded just 84 times at a cost of 99 cents. In July, 2014, the suit would be settled out of court for undisclosed terms.
2015: Paul McCartney appears during the three-hour-plus Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary special. He and Paul Simon perform The Beatles' 'I've Just Seen A Face.' Later in the show, after being introduced by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, McCartney does 'Maybe I'm Amazed.'
2016: Among the winners at the 58th annual Grammy Awards were Best Blues Album: 'Born To Play Guitar' by Buddy Guy, Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media: 'I'll Be Me' by Glen Campbell and Best Spoken Word Album: 'A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety' by Jimmy Carter.
2016: The Grammys paid tribute to the late Glenn Frey when Eagles co-founders Don Henley and Bernie Leadon, along with guitarist Joe Walsh, bassist Tim Schmit and Jackson Browne, took the stage for a rendition of 'Take It Easy,' After their performance, show producer Ken Ehrlich presented the band with the Grammy Award that they won for 'Hotel California' which were they were not on-hand to receive at the 1977 Grammys.
2016: Paul McCartney was denied access to a Grammy after-party which was being held at the Argyle club in Hollywood. McCartney, along with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and Beck, then headed to another party hosted by Republic Records, and had no problem getting in. Alluding to the incident, Maca quipped, "How VIP do we gotta get? We need another hit."

February 16
1955: Elvis Presley plays at the Odessa Senior High School in Odessa, Texas. A young Roy Orbison is in the audience.
1957: Disc jockey Pete Murray begins hosting BBC television's first Rock 'n' Roll music program 'The Six-Five Special,' named for the time the show began, five minutes after six. The show was given air-time immediately after the abolition of what was called the Toddlers' Truce, which had seen television stop between 6 and 7pm so children could be put to bed.
1963: The Beatles saw their second release, 'Please Please Me,' reach the top of the UK singles chart. No one seemed to care that during one verse, John and Paul can clearly be heard singing different words.
1964: The Beatles made their second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, exactly one week after the first. Before an audience of 3,500 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, The Beatles performed ‘She Loves You,' ‘This Boy,' ‘All My Loving,' ‘I Saw Her Standing There,' ‘From Me to You,' and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand.' An estimated audience of 70 million were watching.
1965: The Who perform at the Marquee Club where they are filmed for French television performing 'Heatwave,' ';Tell Me More,' 'Shout and Shimmy,' and 'Smokestack Lightning.' The footage is later broadcast on the ORTF TV 2 program Seize Millions De Jeunes on March 18th. Pete and manager Kit Lambert are both interviewed, the latter in French. Sticking to English, Pete expresses his doubts about marriage and mocks religious belief.
1967: Pink Floyd played at Guildhall in Southampton, Hampshire, England.
1968: George and Patti Harrison, and John and Cynthia Lennon fly to India for two months of transcendental meditation study with Maharishi Mahish Yogi. Ringo and Maureen Starr, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Mia Farrow and Donovan join them two days later. The experience is later written about in song 'Sexy Sadie.'
1968: Jimi Hendrix played back to back shows during his US tour at the Music Hall at Fair Park, as well as at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, Texas.
1968: Elvis Presley's Gospel album, 'How Great Thou Art' is awarded a Gold record. It would go on to win a Grammy Award for Best Sacred Performance and by 2010 was certified Triple-Platinum. The L.P. includes Presley's 1965 #3 hit, 'Crying in the Chapel.'
1969: The Doors' single 'Touch Me' peaks at #3 on the pop charts.
1971: The Rolling Stones were sued by the Hell’s Angel who was accused of stabbing a concertgoer at Altamont in 1969. Alan David Pasaro alleged that the Stones invaded his privacy by including footage of the fatal attack in their documentary Gimme Shelter.
1971: Johnny Cash recorded his signature song, 'The Man In Black.'
1972: Rick Nelson begins his first British tour.
1972: Genesis played at Greens Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1972: Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watt's wife Shirley was arrested after an incident at Nice Airport for swearing and hitting custom's officials.
1972: Hell’s Angel Alan David Pasaro was acquitted of the murder of Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter at Altamont.
1972: Led Zeppelin made their Australian live debut when they kicked off a six date tour at the Subiaco Oval, Perth. Police battled with over 500 fans who rammed locked gates trying to get into the concert. Over 4,000 fans stood outside the venue without tickets and local residents jammed police phone lines to complain about the noise.
1972: John Lennon performed 'Memphis' & 'Johnnie B. Goode' with Chuck Berry on The Mike Douglas Show. Lennon and Yoko Ono were co-hosts of the afternoon talk show for the week.
1973: Grand Funk Railroad played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1974: During a tour of America the members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer were arrested in Salt Lake City after swimming naked in the hotel pool. They were each fined $75.
1974: Bob Dylan started a four week run at #1 on the album chart with 'Planet Waves.' The album was originally set to be titled 'Ceremonies Of The Horsemen,' a reference to the song 'Love Minus Zero / No Limit,' from the 1965 album 'Bringing It All Back Home.' When Dylan decided to change the title at the last minute, the release was delayed for two weeks. It's his first album to hit the top spot.
1974: Elton John releases 'Bennie And The Jets.'
1974: Winners in the UK music weekly Disc Readers Awards Poll included: Slade for Top UK group. Top musician, Roy Wood; David Bowie won UK and World male singer, as well as Top single with 'Jean Genie,' and album with 'Aladdin Sane.' Top female singer was Lynsey De Paul, and Brightest hope was won by David Essex.
1975: T. Rex 'Bolan's Zip Gun' album is released in the UK. A UK-only release, the album did not chart, however, the single 'Light of Love' reached #22 on the UK singles chart.
1975: Linda Ronstadt's 'You're No Good' hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1975: Cher started her own weekly hour of a music and comedy show on CBS-TV. The singer had co-hosted The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with her former husband. Cher’s new show featured a female guest each week. The first guests are Elton John, Bette Midler and Flip Wilson.
1975: Lou Reed's concert in Rome ends in a riot when a political group attempts to halt the show and the police use tear gas to control the crowd. During the melee, Reed is hit with a brick.
1976: David Bowie appeared at the Civic Auditorium in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1976: Sweet released their 4th album, 'Give Us a Wink.'
1977: ZZ Top performed at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1978: Santana played at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1979: George Harrison's 'Blow Away' b/w 'Soft Touch' 45 single is released in the UK. The song is one of Harrison's most popular and beloved post-Apple singles and was included in 'Nuns on the Run,' a comedy starring Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane.
1980: Rush appeared at the University Of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
1982: The Grateful Dead performed at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco.
1982: Simon & Garfunkel's 'The Concert in Central Park' is released. The live reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. The single, 'Wake Up Little Susie' reached the Adult Contemporary (#5) and The Billboard Hot 100 (#27) chart.
1984: Jerry Lee Lewis surrendered to federal authorities on charges of income tax evasion. Lewis would later be acquitted.
1985: Bruce Springsteen went to #1 on the UK album chart with 'Born In The USA,' his first UK #1 album and the singer’s 7th studio album. It was the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States, and Springsteen’s most successful album ever. The album produced a record-tying string of seven top 10 singles.
1985: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo became parents for the first time as their daughter Haley Egeana was born.
1987: The Cult release their 'Love Removal Machine' single.
1988: The Church 'Starfish' is released. It reached #41 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The single, 'Under The Milky Way' reached both the Billboard Mainstream Rock (#2) and Hot 100 (#26).
1990: The day before he turns 18, Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of high school. A week later, he releases the first album with his band 'Green Day: 39/Smooth.'
1990: Ike Turner was sentenced to four years in prison for possession & transport of cocaine. He would be released after serving 18 months.
1991: The Simpsons were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Do The Bartman.' The song was written by Michael Jackson and Bryan Lorenand. The Simpsons became the first cartoon characters to reach number one since the Archies hit 'Sugar Sugar' in 1969. Jackson was a massive fan of The Simpsons and had called the producers one night offering to write Bart a #1 single and do a guest spot on the show.
1992: Mick Jagger is refused entry to Japan because he didn't have proper papers to enter the country.He spends the night in a Tokyo airport hotel but eventually Japanese Immigration officials issue him with a visa.
1993: At the 12th Annual Brit Awards in London. Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Kenny Jones and Bill Wyman (who was filling in for the sick Ronnie Lane) play together in what turns out to be a Faces reunion. Nirvana wins the Best International Newcomer.
1993: Lynyrd Skynyrd releases 'The Last Rebel,' the band's 7th album, on which Kurt Custer appears for his first time and guitarist Randall Hall for his last.
2003: System Of A Down films the video for 'Boom' while performing at an anti-war protest. However, the Iraq war goes off as scheduled.
2004: Sir Paul McCartney telephoned the British tabloid The Sun to deny reports of a rift between his second wife, Heather Mills, and his daughter, Stella McCartney. “I'm sick of people saying Heather and Stella don't get on,” he said, adding, “The truth is they do.”
2004: Doris Troy (born Doris Elaine Higginsen) dies from emphysema at her home in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was 67. Discovered by James Brown, Troy was a session singer who sang on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon and was signed to the Beatles Apple Records label. She also sang backup vocals with The Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, George Harrison, Dusty Springfield, and Carly Simon. Her only U.S. solo hit was 'Just One Look,' co-written with Dionne Warwick.
2005: Yusuf Islam, the former Cat Stevens was awarded substantial damages from The Sunday Times and The Sun, after they had printed articles alleging he was involved in terrorism. Both newspapers apologized to the 56 year old musician for the "false and highly defamatory allegations." The papers also paid his legal bills and pledged not to repeat the allegations. The money awarded was given to Tsunami relief projects.
2005: Jack White appears on CBS' '60 Minutes Wednesday.' The White Stripes frontman claims he almost gave up Rock n' Roll to become a priest. He was accepted by a seminary but decided to go to public school instead. "I had just gotten a new amplifier and I didn't think I was allowed to take it with me," says White.
2005: Jimi Hendrix memorabila goes on the block with a 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar fetching nearly $190,000. The London auction also features a poem written by Hendrix in 1967 and an autographed copy of the Experience's first single, 'Hey Joe.'
2005: Kid Rock was arrested in Nashville on charges that he punched a DJ at a nightclub. Rock is charged with misdemeanor simple assault. Apparently, Rock thought the DJ had insulted his friend and insisted on an apology. When he didn't get one, Rock started swinging. Police were called to the incident but Rock escaped from the club. Shortly after, he was pulled over by an officer who got an autograph but did not do a breath test despite smelling alcohol. (The officer has since been fired). The star was eventually arrested a few hours later, taken to the night court and released on $3,000 bail.
2006: Kid Rock's two month U.S. tour starts Hollywood, FL.
2006: Elton John wins a libel case he filed against London's Sunday Times newspaper over an article it ran claiming that he exhibited rude behavior at an 2005 charity ball. The amount of damages is undisclosed.
2006: 'The Taste Of Chaos Tour' kicks off in San Diego with the Deftones as the headliner.
2007: North Dakota's House of Representatives rejects a resolution to formally honor Bono for his Third World advocacy following complaints that the U2 singer has no connection with the state. "This is something that does matter to us as citizens of North Dakota, the United States and the world at large," responds state Representative Scot Kelsh, who proposed the legislation.
2007: Singer Ian Astbury announces he's leaving Riders On The Storm, the band featuring two of the three surviving Doors members. "I have enjoyed performing and sharing the stage with Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger immensely," reads Astbury's statement. The singer works on the relaunch of The Cult.
2009: Elton John's songwriting skills are auctioned off to benefit Vancouver General Hospital's effort to help patients with blood cancer. Two people pay $200,000 each to have John write music to their lyrics and record the finished song. The gala raises over $2 million.
2010: The Oasis 1995 album, '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?,' is voted the Best British Album of the Last 30 Years at the BRIT Awards. But frontman Liam Gallagher swears through his acceptance speech before throwing the microphone into the audience. As a result, show host Peter Kay calls Gallagher a 'knobhead' which gets a big laugh.
2010: Eric Clapton performs at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band. Also on stage with Ono are her son Sean Lennon, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Paul Simon and Bette Midler. The event celebrates Ono's birthday, two days later.
2013: Tony Sheridan (born Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity) dies in Hamburg after undergoing heart surgery. He was 72. Sheridan, an early collaborator with the Beatles, was one of only two non-Beatles (the other being Billy Preston) to receive label performance credit on a record with the group. As a session musician, he recorded with Eddie Cochran, Cliff Richard, Conway Twitty and many others.
2015: Jesse Carey begins listening to Nickelback constantly for a week to raise cash for charity Water. He calls it his 'ultimate test of human endurance' while raising more than $30,000 for Water, a non-profit organization that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
2016: Eagles Of Death Metal play their first full concert in Paris since extremist gunmen killed 89 people at the Bataclan club during an EODM show on 11/13/15. The concert is at the Olympia Theatre.
2016: The Iowa Supreme Court hears arguments in the lawsuit filed against a Des Moines pain doctor in the fatal overdose of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, who passed away in 2010.'

February 17
1955: At the recommendation of R&B artist Lloyd Price, Richard Penniman, who is currently leading an ensemble called Little Richard And The Upsetters, sends a demo tape to Specialty Records founder Art Rupe. After some initial reluctance, Rupe will sign Penniman to a contract that will pay the singer a half cent for every record sold.
1960: After achieving more than 15 million in sales with Cadence Records, The Everly Brothers sign a ten year, $1 million contract with Warner Brothers records, where they will enjoy eight more US Top 40 hits over the next seven years.
1960: Elvis Presley receives his first gold album award for his second album 'Elvis,' originally released in 1956. It spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, making Presley the first recording artist to have both albums go straight to #1 in the same year.
1962: Gene Chandler had the top tune on the Billboard Pop chart with "The Duke Of Earl", the first of his six US chart hits.
1966: Brian Wilson begins recording The Beach Boys' 'Good Vibrations.' Multiple layered overdubs spread out over eleven sessions would make this the most expensive single ever recorded to date. Before the year is done, the song tops both the U.S. and U.K. pop charts. Although the record would top charts around the world and sell millions of copies, it would be The Beach Boys' last to reach the Billboard Top 10 for ten years.
1967: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers 'A Hard Road' album is released. It reached #8 on the U.K. Album Chart.
1967: The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song 'Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite'. at Abbey Road studios in London. John's lyrics for the song came almost entirely from an antique poster advertising a circus performance scheduled to take place in Rochdale, Lancashire, in February 1843. John had purchased the poster in Sevenoaks on January 31 while The Beatles were on location for the filming of the 'Strawberry Fields Forever' promotional film.
1967: The Electric Prunes, The Left Banke, and The Beach Boys performed at Robertson Memorial Fieldhouseon the campus of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
1968: Following their first New York performance at the Anderson Theatre, Big Brother & the Holding Company are signed by Columbia Records.
1968: Canned Heat appeared at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record some duets in Nashville at CBS Studios, with 'Girl From The North Country' eventually ending up on Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline' album, which Cash writes liner notes for.
1970: Joni Mitchell announced she was retiring from live performances during a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. Joni was on stage again by the end of the year.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1971: Johnny Cash is the subject of TV's 'This Is Your Life.'
1971: James Taylor makes his TV debut on ABC's 'Johnny Cash Show.' Other guests included Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and Tony Joe White.
1971: Elton John received his first Gold album in the U.S. for his self-titled U.S. debut album.
1972: Pink Floyd begin a four-night stand at London's Rainbow Theatre during which they premiere some material that was scheduled to appear on the 'Dark Side of the Moon' album, including the song 'Eclipse.' Tickets cost £1 ($1.70). Eventually the playing of live versions of songs yet to be released would have to be stopped as bootleg copies of their material started to appear before the studio releases.
1972: Los Angeles radio station KDAY played two new Rolling Stones tracks non-stop for a day after obtaining stolen tapes from a producer's home.
1972: The (Perth) West Australian wrote about the previous night’s concert by Led Zeppelin, “Perth has probably never seen a concert quite like it. Certainly, a Festival of Perth attraction has never been so “heavy”. That Led Zeppelin rock group’s only concert at Subiaco Oval last night at the beginning of an Australian Tour was unique. The pelting rhythm and distinctive brackets of the group – consisting of electric guitarist Jimmy Page, organist John Paul Jones, drummer John Bonham and lead vocalist Robert Plant – were different from any rock group that has appeared in Perth. And the 80000 people who went enjoyed every minute of the two and a half hour performance.”
1973: War started a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with 'The World Is A Ghetto.'
1973: Free play their final live gig in Hollywood, Florida as Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers leave to form Bad Company.
1974: KISS played Long Beach Arena.
1975: John Lennon released 'Rock n' Roll.' The album consists of Rock n' Roll covers. It was his last album before leaving the music business for five years.
1975: AC/DC release their debut album 'High Voltage.' The album, released only in Australia, was re-released internationally with a new cover and track listing. The album featured a cover of 'Baby, Please Don't Go' a blues song first recorded by Big Joe Williams and 'She's Got Balls,' which was written about singer Bon Scott's ex-wife Irene - the first AC/DC song for which he wrote lyrics.
1976: The Eagles released 'Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)' album. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for five weeks total. It's the #1 all-time best selling album in the U.S., having sold more than 29 million copies since its original 1976 release.
1976: David Bowie performed at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
1977: ‎Van Halen‬ performed at the ‪Pasadena Civic Auditorium‬ in ‪Pasadena, California‬ for just $2.75.
1977: Pink Floyd played the first of three nights at the Sportpaleis Ahoy in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1978: Rush appeared at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland.
1979: Clash begin their first American tour. Dubbed 'Pearl Harbor 79,' the tour opens at Palladium in new York. First song is 'I'm So Bored with the USA.'
1979: Blondie scored their first UK #1 album when 'Parallel Lines' started a four-week run at the top of the charts, featuring the singles 'Heart Of Glass,' 'Hanging On The Telephone' and 'Sunday Girl.'
1981: Eric Clapton's 'Another Ticket' album is released. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and included the single 'I Can't Stand It.'
1981: Iron Maiden begin their first 'real' world tour dubbed the Killer World Tour.
1984: Megadeth‬ played their first-ever show at Ruthie's Inn in Berkeley, CA. The band included Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Kerry King and Lee Rausch.
1986: King Diamond released his debut album, 'Fatal Portrait.'
1987: Lee Aaron released her self-titled 4th studio album.
1987: Manowar release their 5th album, 'Fighting the World.'
1988: a 12-year old Hollywood, FL., Motley Crue fan set his legs on fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the group's 'Live Wire' video. The boy suffered burns over ten percent of his body. Motley Crue issued a statement saying the band's stunts should not be tried at home.
1989: Whitesnake's David Coverdale marries Tawny Kitaen in Bel Air. Kitaen starred in 5 Whitesnake videos including 'Here I Go Again,' 'Is This Love' and 'Still of the Night.' The couple divorce in 1991.
1989: R.E.M., Hoodoo Gurus, and The Go-Betweens all appeared at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia.
1990: Aerosmith appears on Saturday Night Live where they perform a version of the Wayne's World theme song during a skit in which they appeared as themselves where Tom Hanks plays their roadie. They also perform 'Monkey on My Back' and 'Janie's Got A Gun.'
1996: Deep Purple released their 15th studio album, 'Purpendicular.'
1996: A Platinum American Express card once belonging to Bruce Springsteen was sold for $4,500 at a New York memorabilia sale. The singer had given the expired card to a waiter in a LA restaurant by mistake and let them keep it as a souvenir.
2000: John Lennon’s Steinway piano, on which he composed ‘Imagine’, went on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England. The piano was set to be auctioned on the Internet later in the year and was expected to fetch more than $1.7 million.
2004: The Recording Industry Association of America filed 531 "John Doe" lawsuits against suspected users of peer-to-peer file-sharing services. Once a John Doe suit has been approved by a judge, the record-label plaintiffs can subpoena the information necessary to identify the defendant by name.
2004: Don Henley of The Eagles attacked the music industry in a Washington Post editorial. “When I started in the music business, music was important and vital to our culture,” he wrote, adding, “Record labels signed cutting-edge artists, and FM radio offered an incredible variety of music. Music touched fans in a unique and personal way. Our culture was enriched and the music business was healthy and strong. That's all changed.”
2004: Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic pulled out of the race for lieutenant governor of Washington, his reason given was “I found out firsthand that it’s really considered bad form to run against an incumbent of your own party."
2004: The Darkness performs at the (NME) Brit Awards, but a planned duet with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry doesn't happen. Tyler and Perry reportedly had agreed to perform their classic 'Love In An Elevator' with The Darkness, but later backed out. No matter, The Darkness picks up three awards including Best British Group and Best British Album ('Permission To Land').
2004: Prosecutors in the murder case of producer Phil Spector demanded that a fingernail overlooked by police investigating Lana Clarkson's shooting should be put forward as evidence. They claimed the fingernail, blackened with gunpowder, could indicate that the 40-year old actress killed herself at Spector's Los Angeles mansion. Spector, had denied murdering Clarkson.
2004: After a pair of no-shows, Courtney Love finally makes it to a court hearing on a possession of illegal drugs charge.
2004: It's announced that a civil lawsuit accusing Marilyn Manson of sexual assault has been dismissed after the two sides reached a settlement. Security guard Joshua Keasler was working on the stage during a July 2001 performance in Detroit when Manson allegedly approached him, wrapped his legs around the guard's neck and gyrated against him while wearing only a leather thong and panty hose.
2004: The 'G3: Rockin' in the Free World' album by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen is released.
2005: A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sold for £100,000 at an auction in London. Other Hendrix items sold included a poem written two weeks after his appearance at the Monterey Festival which went for £10,000 and the first Jimi Hendrix Experience's single ‘Hey Joe,' signed by all the band sold for £2,000.
2005: 3 Doors Down's 'Seventeen Days' sells 231,000 copies in its debut week. It's the first time the Mississippi group nails the top spot on the Billboard album chart.
2005: 'Dust N' Bones: The Untold Story of Izzy Stradlin' is in bookstores. The tome charts the guitarist's early years in Lafayette, IN, through his tenure with Guns N' Roses.
2005: The VH-1 and VH-1 Classic sponsored reunion tour, 'Motley Crue: Red White & Crue Tour-Better Live Than Dead' kicks off in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
2006: Elvis Presley's only child, Lisa Marie Presley, married guitarist and musical director Michael Lockwood in Japan. Lisa was formerly married to Danny Keough from 1988-1994, Michael Jackson from 1994-1996 and Nicolas Cage for a short time in 2002. She has two children with Danny Keough; Benjamin Storm and Danielle Riley. Lisa's mother, Priscilla Presley attended and was part of the traditional Japanese wedding service.
2006: The Rolling Stones topped Forbes Magazine’s list of the top moneymakers in U.S. music for 2005. The rockers made $168 million dollars in record and ticket sales that year.
2006: Heart films a 'Decades Rock Live' segment for VH-1 at the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. The surviving members of Alice in Chains; Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney and Mike Inez also appear.
2006: It's the premiere of the long-delayed puppet movie 'Live Freaky! Die Freaky!' in San Francisco. Co-produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, the flick features characters voiced by members of Green Day, A Perfect Circle, White Zombie, Blink-182 and Rancid.
2006: 10 Years' 'Wasteland' claims the #1 position on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, replacing Weezer's 'Perfect Situation.' 'Wasteland' is on the group's debut album, 'The Autumn Effect.'
2007: KoRn's Unplugged set airs on MTV. The group gets help from Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee and the Cure. KoRn drummer, David Silveria, was not present at the taping, taking a hiatus from the group. "I just need a break for right now." The performance was taped the previous December. A CD documenting the show is issued three day later.
2007: Journey serves as one of the grand marshals for the annual Endymion Parade, as part of New Orleans' annual Mardi Gras festivities. They also perform with Styx at a related event in the Louisiana Superdome.
2008: Little Richard got a standing ovation from a crowd of 2,400 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville without playing a single note. The 75 year old Rock 'n Roll pioneer was seated at the rear of the auditorium during a concert by The Temptations and The Four Tops when he was introduced by The Temp's Otis Williams.
2009: Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland unveils Weiland for English Laundry. The men's clothing line makes its debut at the Magic Marketplace trade show in Las Vegas. "From early on, I was inspired by Rock icons like David Bowie and Keith Richards, who helped in molding my personal sense of style," says Weiland, who worked with designer Christopher Wicks to create the line.
2009: Electric Hendrix Spirits, producers of a vodka bearing the late Jimi Hendrix's name and image (used without permission), gets nailed for $3.2 million by a U.S. District Court in Seattle. Additionally, the court rules that the vodka must be removed from distribution and the company is banned from producing any other Hendrix related products. The suit was filed by businesses (Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix) that oversee the late guitarist's copyrights.
2010: Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck appear together on the cover of Rolling Stone. There's also a joint interview with the guitar greats to promote their U.S. tour.
2010: Hole plays their first show in eleven years at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire (theatre). With Courtney Love the only original member.
2011: The Beatles controversial Butcher Block Cover for 'Yesterday And Today' sells for more than $26,000 at the Heritage Auction in Beverly Hills. The album was almost immediately recalled after its release in '66 and every album cover was supposed to be destroyed. There are thought to be 25 copies with the original album cover which features blood-splattered and chopped up doll parts strewn about John, Paul, George and Ringo, who are dressed in white butchers' smocks.
2012: Michael Davis, the bassist for MC5, dies of liver failure at age 68. Davis joined the group in 1964.
2014: Devo guitarist Bob Casale died of heart failure at the age of 61. The band had a string of New Wave hits, including 'Whip It' and 'Girl U Want.' He also engineered the first solo album for Police guitarist, Andy Summers.
2014: U2 is the first musical guest when 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' premieres on NBC. They perform on the rooftop of Rockefeller Center before joining Fallon for a quick interview and an acoustic version of 'Ordinary Love.'
2015: The Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) California Series Stratocaster (custom guitar) is introduced.
2015: Bring Me The Horizon take home the Innovation honor at the NME Awards. The group also performs 'Happy Song' from their album, 'That's The Spirit.' However, the evening is better remembered for frontman Oli Sykes jumping on Coldplay's table and knocking it over.
2016: Dodge introduces a commercial for their car line using Metallica's 'Fuel' on the soundtrack.

February 18
1956: In a low point not only for Rock n' Roll but music in general, Pat Boone's white-bread cover of 'Tutti Frutti' hits #12 on the pop charts. Little Richard's original only peaked at #17, though it is infinitely superior.
1956: Although she was reluctant to record it in the first place, 'Rock and Roll Waltz' by Kay Starr becomes the first #1 record by a female in the Rock era. The disc would go on to sell over a million copies, but Kay would later say that she was never asked to perform the record on TV and seldom sang it during a live show.
1959: While on leave from the US Army in Paris, Elvis Presley visits the famous Lido Club, performing an impromptu show there.
1962: Having joined the Marines, the Everly Brothers, perform in uniform on the Ed Sullivan Show. The duo sang their new single, 'Crying In The Rain,' which was currently #6 on the Billboard chart.
1963: A month after giving her a 2 1/2 caret diamond ring, Phil Spector marries his girlfriend, Annette Merar. The pair would split later in the year after she suspected him of cheating with Ronnie Bennett of The Ronettes, and divorced in late 1965.
1964: The Beatles attend the training site of heavy weight boxing champion Sonny Liston for a publicity photo-op. Liston however, refuses to pose with "those sissies" and the group is then driven to Cassius Clay's gym where they are welcomed with open arms. In an odd twist, it would be Liston, not Ali, who would later be included among celebrities on the cover of 'Sgt. Pepper"s Lonely Hearts Club Band.'
1965: Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon's ‘You've Got to Hide Your Love Away’ and a new Paul McCartney song ‘Tell Me What You See.’
1965: The Beatles publishing company, Northern Songs, is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
1965: The Kinks were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'Tired Of Waiting For You,' the group's second UK #1. According to Ray Davies, the music for 'Tired of Waiting for You' was written on the train to the recording studio and the words were written at a coffee shop during a break in the session.
1966: Beach Boy Brian Wilson recorded the future classic song 'Good Vibrations', which went on to become the band's third US number-one hit. As a child, his mother told him that dogs could pick up "vibrations" from people, so that the dog would bark at "bad vibrations" Wilson turned this into the general idea for the song.
1966: News breaks in Melody Maker that The Who are leaving Brunswick and U.S. Decca for the new Reaction label in Europe and Atco in the U.S. Former producer Shel Talmy threatens the group with payback that he soon delivers, launching a lawsuit against the band and its managers. 'Substitute' was to have been released on the 18th but is stopped because of the lawsuit. That night The Who are in Scotland, performing at the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels.
1966: The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Commemorative Auditorium, Sydney, supported by The Searchers.
1967: After a short series of minor hits, The Buckinghams score their first US Top 10 smash when 'Kind Of A Drag' reaches #1.
1967: An L.A. garage band called The Seeds help to bring Psychedelic music to American A.M. radio when their only Billboard Top 40 hit, 'Pushin' Too Hard' peaks at #36 during a three week stay. Their next three releases, 'Mr. Farmer' (#90), 'Can't Seem To Make You Mine' (#41) and 'A Thousand Shadows' (#100) would not fare as well.
1968: Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, along with their female companions, head to Rishikesh, India, to join the other two members of The Beatles in studying under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1968: David Gilmour replaced Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd. Barrett had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital and later went into seclusion. Gilmour makes his film debut as a member of Pink Floyd as Belgian TV recorded several promotional clips over two days including filmed versions of 'Astronomy Domine,' 'Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun,' 'Apples and Oranges,' 'Corporal Clegg,' 'Paintbox,' 'Scarecrow,' and 'See Emily Play.'
1968: Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart enjoy their biggest success as recording artists when 'I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight' peaks at #8, where it will stay for three consecutive weeks. As songwriters, the duo wrote 'Last Train To Clarksville,' 'Come A Little Bit Closer,' 'Hurt So Bad,' 'Valleri,' and many more.
1968: The Byrds performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1969: Pink Floyd and Fairport Convention appeared at the Manchester & Salford Students’ Shrove Rag Ball, held at the Main Debating Hall at Manchester University, in Manchester, England.
1970: Rare Earth's 'Get Ready' b/w 'Magic Key' 45 single is released. The song peaked at #4 on the U.S. pop charts and also peaked at #20 on the R&B chart.
1971: Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band made their New York debut at Unganos.
1972: Neil Young's album 'Harvest' is certified gold. It went on to sell four million copies in the U.S.
1972: Savoy Brown's 8th album, 'Hellbound Train' is released. It reached #34 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1972: On their first Australian tour, Led Zeppelin rescheduled to the following night their concert at the Memorial Drive in Adelaide, after heavy rain left the stage and equipment unsafe. Zeppelin had brought to Adelaide the largest PA system seen in Australia to produce what was expected to be the loudest rock show ever heard.
1972: David Bowie performed at Sheffield University in Sheffield in South Yorkshire, England.
1972: Pink Floyd played at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1973: The Rolling Stones appeared at the Kooyong Tennis Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
1973: Rory Gallagher released his 4th album, 'Blueprint.'
1973: The nationally syndicated radio concert series The King Biscuit Flower Hour premieres, featuring Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
1973: At Elvis Presley's concert in Las Vegas, 4 men climb on stage and try to shake his hand. They are quickly thwarted by security and Elvis' bass player Jerry Scheff. Elvis tells the crowd, " immobilize the men using karate moves. No charges are filed. Elvis tells the audience: "I'm sorry I didn't break his goddamned neck, is what I'm sorry about."
1974: KISS release their self-titled debut which barely cracks the Billboard Top 100, peaking at #87. The album was on Casablanca Records after Warner Bros. dissolved their deal with the record label after the band refused to remove their makeup. The album initially sold only 75,000 copies, although now it is certified Gold.
1974: Yes sold out the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden without any advertising. Fans learned of the show from listings at ticket outlets.
1974: Paul McCartney & Wings 'Jet' b/w 'Let Me Roll it' 45 single is released. The song peaked at #7 in both the British and American charts on March 30, 1974.
1977: Pink Floyd played at Oude Ahoy Hallen in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
1977: Triumph performs their first U.S. concert in San Antonio, TX.
1977: KISS play their first Madison Square Garden show in New York City.
1977: Manfred Mann's Earth Band's 'Blinded By The Light' hits #1 on Billboard's Pop charts.
1978: After scoring Top 40 hits with 'Carry On Wayward Son' (#11) and 'Point Of Know Return' (#28), 'Dust In The Wind' by Kansas entered the Billboard chart on its way to becoming the group's only Top 10 hit.
1978: Winners at the Grammy Awards included Fleetwood Mac, Album of the year for Rumours, The Eagles, Record of the year for 'Hotel California,' and Best pop vocal performance, The Bee Gees for 'How Deep Is Your Love.'
1980: Bill Wyman announced that he was leaving The Rolling Stones. After an intervention by the rest of the band, the bassist was convinced to stay. He quit in 1992.
1980: Filming begins on Ringo Starr's new comedy, 'Caveman.'
1983: Neil Young appeared Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1987: Bon Jovi's 'Livin' On A Prayer' hits #1 on Billboard's Pop charts.
1988: KISS' 'Crazy Nights' album gets RIAA certified Platinum.
1989: Bon Jovi's 'Born To Be My Baby' peaks at #3 on the pop charts.
1990: Freddie Mercury made his final public appearance on stage when he joined the rest of Queen to collect the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, held at the Dominion Theatre in London.
1992: Vince Neil quits as lead singer of Motley Crue, after 11 years with the group. The band reunited on the American Music Awards five years later only to break up again. They reunited once more in 2005.
1992: Guns N' Roses released their 10th single, 'November Rain.'
1995: Suffering from complications resulting from drug and alcohol abuse, The Replacements' Bob Stinson dies. He was just 35.
1995: Hootie and the Blowfish peaks at #10 with 'Hold My Hand.'
1998: Robert Smith of The Cure does battle with the forces of musical evil as embodied by a monstrous Barbra Streisand on the animated television show 'South Park.'
1998: Oasis' Noel Gallagher's Epiphone Supernova guitar raised £4,600 ($7,820) in aid of Children In Need at a Bonhams auction held in London.
1999: Bob Geldof wins substantial but undisclosed damages from The Sun newspaper in London in a libel case over a story in which it falsely alleges that he had "groped, fondled and kissed" a nightclub stripper.
2000: An American court ordered the release of FBI files relating to John Lennon's interests and activities including his support for the Irish Republican cause and the Workers Revolutionary Party. The British Government told the US that it wanted the files to remain secret. MI5 also had files on Lennon, which they had passed on the FBI during the 70's.
2001: Iron Maiden manager, Rod Smallwood, begins a 350 mile trek across Kenya by bicycle for SCOPE, the UK's largest charity for disabled people and their families, as part of the Kenya Bike-Away, which has been organised to help people with cerebral palsy.
2001: James Taylor marries his longtime girlfriend Kim Smedvig, the director of public relations and marketing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at a small ceremony in Boston. It's Taylor's third wedding, and later in 2001 the couple have twin boys through a surrogate mothe
2003: Jet plays their first of eight shows opening for the Rolling Stones on the Australian leg of their Licks World Tour. The band had to stop recording on their debut album 'Get Born' in Los Angeles to fly home and jump on the opportunity. The intimate gig is held at Sydney’s Enmore Theater in front of 2000 or so lucky fans.
2003: Styx released their 14th album, 'Cyclorama.' It's their first without founding member Dennis DeYoung. It contained guest appearances from Brian Wilson, Billy Bob Thornton, John Waite & Tenacious D & peaked at #127 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
2004: Adrenaline Mob released the album 'Men Of Honor.'
2004, On his official Web site, Billy Corgan blames the 2000 split of the Smashing Pumpkins on guitarist James Iha. “James Iha broke up the Smashing Pumpkins, not me,” he writes. “I would have gone on forever, the Smashing Pumpkins were essentially my entire life.”
2005: Cheap Trick's Rick Neilson appears on the Food Network's 'Inside Dish' providing a tour of the Chicago restaurant he owns, Piece Brewery and Pizzeria.
2005: Linkin Park (with Jay-Z), Story Of The Year, Gavin Rossdale, Rob Zombie, Filter's Richard Patrick, ex-Cult guitarist Billy Duffy and Camp Freddy perform at the Music For Relief organization's Concert for South Asia in Anaheim, CA. A family emergency forces Ozzy Osbourne to cancel his appearance. He later issues an apology. Proceeds aid tsunami victims.
2005: The film 'Constantine' with Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and Keanu Reeves opens. Rossdale plays "Satan's Salesman."
2005: The three surviving members of Alice In Chains perform at a tsunami-relief benefit concert in Seattle and raise over $100,000. Filling in for the late Layne Stayley are Tool/A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan, Puddle of Mudd's Wes Scantlin and Damageplan's Pat Lachman. Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic hosts the event.
2006: The Rolling Stones play a free concert at Rio de Janeiro's, Copacabana Beach. "City Hall considers this show to be like another New Year," says a Rio official. "We will treat it like that." The concert is simulcast live over the Internet via AOL Music. It's the group's first Rio show in eight years.
2007: The Rolling Stones unveil a line of auto-racing-themed merchandise for the Daytona 500. The new products sport a variation on the Stones' tongue-and-lips logo, with the red of the tongue replaced by a checkered-flag design.
2007: The CBS drama 'Cold Case' features Bob Dylan's music. The plot for the episode, titled 'Blood on the Tracks,' is loosely based on the eight Dylan songs played during the show, including 'Like a Rolling Stone,' 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' and 'All Along The Watchtower.'
2008: In San Francisco, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic performs with Flipper at the group's release party for their 'Flipper -- Live Target Video 1980-81' DVD.
2008: Bon Jovi launches their U.S. tour in Omaha. Daughty, fronted by former American Idol runner-up Chris Daughtry, is the opening act on the two-and-a-half month trek.
2009: Stage Three Music, the publisher that owns the rights to Aerosmith's 'Back In The Saddle' files a copyright-infringement claim against Virginia Republican congressman Eric Cantor. The #2 Republican in the House, used the '70's hit in a YouTube video celebrating his party's solidarity against President Obama's stimulus plan and to symbolize that "the House GOP is back" after major Election Day losses. The clip is quickly taken down.
2009: U2's Bono performs with Coldplay's Chris Martin and The Killers at a London charity show for War Child. The organization aids young people in war-stricken areas.
2010: Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton launch their North American tour at New York's Madison Square Garden. Though the two performed together sporadically over the years this is their first joint trek. Both were in the legendary Yardbirds but not at the same time. Beck was Clapton's replacement.
2010: The Federal Trade Commission and Ticketmaster (now part of Live Nation Entertainment) reach a settlement regarding the 'deceptive tactics' they used in '09 when they sent Bruce Springsteen fans to secondary-ticket retailer TicketsNow when regular-priced tickets were still available. Under the settlement, Ticketmaster refunds ticket buyers the difference between the regular cost of the tickets and the higher price they paid through TicketsNow.
2012: Slash, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Cornell appear at the 70th birthday celebration for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. "Muhammad Ali is and always has been a role model and a hero to me," says Slash. "It's a huge privilege to be able to perform in his honor. He is one of the great icons of American culture and history." The Ali tribute is at the 16th annual Power Of Love Gala, a charity fundraiser in Las Vegas.
2013: Kevin Ayers dies in his sleep in France at 68. Ayers was a founding member of the pioneering psychedelic band Soft Machine in the mid-1960s, and worked with many artists, including Brian Eno, Syd Barrett, John Cale, Elton John, Andy Summers and Nico. Critics have said, “Kevin Ayers and Syd Barrett were the two most important people in British pop music. Everything that came after came from them.”
2014: Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose writes an open letter protesting the Copenhagen Zoo's killing of a two-year-old giraffe to feed to lions while visitors were watching. The letter followed a series of sarcastic tweets calling attention to the killing of the baby male giraffe named Marius.
2014: The 72-year-old David Crosby postponed the final dates of his solo tour in order to undergo heart surgery.
2015: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page is honored with a special one-off Rock n' Roll Soul award, at the NME Awards in Austin, TX. The actual ceremony takes place ln London at the O2 Academy Brixton.
2015: Iron Maiden reveals that frontman Bruce Dickinson has completed a seven-week cancer treatment program consisting of chemotherapy and radiology. A routine checkup the previous year showed a small tumor on the back of the singer's tongue. The tumor is caught in early stages.

February 19
1878: Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
1949: John Lee Hooker's 'Boogie Chillen' hits #1 on the R&B chart.
1952: 17-year-old Gene Vincent, still known by his real name Vincent Craddock, enters the US Navy.
1958: Following his initial success on Sun Records, Carl Perkins moves to Columbia where he releases 'Pink Pedal Pushers.'
1962: Chuck Berry begins serving a three year sentence in the Indiana Federal Penitentiary after being convicted the previous October of transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes. He would be released twenty months later.
1963: The Beatles, Freddie Starr & The Midnighters, The Pathfinders and Curtis & The All Stars all perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1964: A British company shipped a half a ton of Beatle wigs to the US. An American reporter later asked John Lennon, "How do you feel about teenagers imitating you with Beatle wigs?" John replied "They're not imitating us because we don't wear Beatle wigs."
1964: Simon and Garfunkel record 'The Sound Of Silence.' It is later overdubbed with electric instruments by producer Tom Wilson. This version is released as a single and shoots to #1 in America, launching the career of the duo.
1965: Rod Stewart plays his first major gig in a Harrow, England club, singing with his band, The Soul Agents.
1965: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘You're Going To Lose That Girl’ in two takes. On his new song, John Lennon sang, and accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, backed by Paul and George. The band lip-synched to the recording for the movie 'Help!' The final album mix was made four days later.
1965: The Who learn by letter that J.E. Grant has given them the go-ahead to appear on the BBC 'Light Programme' after they pass their audition of the 12th with four votes out of seven. The same day is more good news as 'I Can’t Explain' makes its first appearance on a British chart, popping up at #45 in Record Mirror.
1966: The Who performed at Memorial Hall in Norwich, England.
1966: Lou Christie enjoys his only US 31 record with 'Lightnin' Strikes",' a song that his record company, MGM, hated so much, they initially refused to release. Label head Lenny Shear actually threw the tape in the wastebasket and said it was "a piece of crap." After Christie's management team promoted the record themselves, it started to gain attention and three months later, Billboard magazine featured a picture of Shear presenting Christie with a Gold record. It became a #11 hit in the UK.
1966: Bob Dylan appeared at Ottawa Auditorium in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at Brady’s Club in London.
1967: Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane performed at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
1968: Gerry Marsden of Gerry And The Pacemakers begins a 3 1/2 year run in the London stage production of 'Charlie Girl.'
1969: Yes appeared at the Marquee Club in London.
1970: Neil Young played an acoustic show at KQED-TV Studios, San Francisco. Back in the day, KQED was responsible for spotting the best new music via their live sessions. The song selection was from the 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere' era. The setlist reportedly was: 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,' 'Everybody’s Alone,' 'Dance Dance Dance,' 'On The Way Home,' 'Wonderin #1,' 'Wonderin #2,' 'Instrumental Noodling (including – Out On The Weekend I – Don’t Want To Talk About It – Helpless – Country Girl – Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It),' Sugar Mountain.'
1970: Monkees song writers Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart guest-star on ABC-TV's 'Bewitched.'
1971: In London's Royal Courts of Justice, Paul McCartney's lawsuit against his fellow ex-Beatles begins. McCartney's suit seeks to remove Allen Klein as manager of the group's financial affairs.
1971: Yes released their third LP 'The Yes Album.' It was their first album with guitarist Steve Howe who replaced Peter Banks in 1970, and their last in the 1970's to feature keyboardist Tony Kaye.
1971: REO Speedwagon and Mountain played Robertson Memorial Fieldhouse at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
1971: Paul McCartney's 'Another Day' b/w 'Oh Woman, Oh Why' 45 single is released in the UK. It
1972: Paul McCartney releases 'Give Ireland Back to the Irish,' his commentary about the Britain-Ireland conflict. The song was immediately banned by the BBC, but the notoriety the song received from the banning only increased its popularity and the record soared into the UK Top 20.
1972: Produced by George Harrison and Todd Rundgren, Badfinger's 'Straight Up' album hits the charts. It includes their hit 'Day After Day.'
1972: Harry Nilsson started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Badfinger song 'Without You' (written by the group's Pete Ham and Tom Evans). His vocal was recorded in a single take and his performance was rewarded with Nilsson's second Grammy Award in 1973 for Best Male Pop Vocal.
1972: Led Zeppelin performed at the Memorial Drive, Adelaide in Australia. A local paper who reviewed the show printed: Singer Robin Plant (sic) overcame an “Australian bug” in his throat and broke into his own in “Black Dog” and “Stairway To The Stars” (sic.)
1972: Led Zeppelin achieve their second biggest single, 'Black Dog', which hits #15 and goes on to become an FM radio staple.
1972: Traffic's 'Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys' reaches #7 on the U.S. album chart.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois.
1974: KISS makes their TV debut performing on 'Don Kirshner's Rock Concert.'
1974: To compete wioth the Grammys, Dick Clark launches the American Music Awards where the record buying public vote on the awards. Hosts include Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller. Among this year's winners are The Carpenters for Favorite Band, Jim Croce, Favorite Male Artist, and Tony Orlando And Dawn, Favorite Single for 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree.'
1974: Black Sabbath appeared at the Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland.
1976: Former lead singer with Tower Of Power, Rich Stevens was arrested in connection with the drug related murders of three men in San Jose, California. He is found guilty and initially sentenced to death, but given a life sentence when death penalty is ruled unconstitutional in California. He is released 36 years later, and in 2016 joins Tower of Power to play a prison concert.
1976: Cat Stevens performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1977: At the Grammys, Linda Ronstadt wins Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for her album 'Hasten Down The Wind.'
1977: Manfred Mann's Earth Band scored a #1 single in the US with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song 'Blinded By The Light.' It spent one week on top which is Springsteen’s only #1 single as a songwriter. The Earth Band’s version features several changed lyrics. The most prominent change is in the chorus, where Springsteen’s “cut loose like a deuce” is replaced with “revved up like a deuce.” Springsteen himself has said that it was not until Manfred Mann rewrote the song to be about a “feminine hygiene product” that it became popular.
1977: ZZ Top played at Chicago Stadium.
1979: Frank Zappa performed at the Hammersmith Odeon, London.
1980: Bon Scott (born Ronald Belford Scott) died in the wee hours of February 19 in the back seat of a friends car following an alcholic binge in London. He went out with a friend, Alistair Kennear, to see a couple bands. He drinks heavily through the night and passes out in the car. Kennear decides to let Scott sleep it off in the car but finds him unconscious the following day. At the hospital, doctors are unable to revive Scott. His death comes just months after the band scores its first big American success with the album, 'Highway To Hell.' He was just 33 years old.
1981: ABKCO Music, owner of the publishing rights to the Chiffons hit 'He's So Fine,' is awarded $587,000 from George Harrison, who was found guilty of subconsciously plagiarizing the song in his composition 'My Sweet Lord.'
1982: Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for urinating on the Alamo. Osbourne was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest. He is banned from performing in the city until he donates $10,000 to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the group that maintains the monument. Osbourne doesn't make his donation until 1992 and finally apologizes for the incident in 2015.
1982: Alice Cooper appeared at The Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland.
1983: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers made their second appearance as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live where they performed 'Change of Heart' and 'The Waiting.'
1985: Mick Jagger releases his album 'She's The Boss.'
1987: Bon Jovi's second album '7800 Fahrenheit' goes platinum.
1987: Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty, and Jesse Ed Davis join bluesman Taj Mahal onstage during his concert at Hollywood's Palomino Club.
1992: During their 'Use Your Illusion Tour' Guns n' Roses played the first of three nights at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. The 55,000-seat baseball stadium (The Big Egg) is the largest concert hall in Japan.
1993: Lynyrd Skynyrd celebrated their 20th anniversary with a Lynyrd Skynyrd & Friends LYVE performance from Atlanta’s Fox Theatre that aired live on pay-per-view. Special guests included Peter Frampton, Charlie Daniels, Zakk Wylde, Poison singer Bret Michaels & Cinderella singer Tom Kiefer.
1994: Green Day's 'Dookie' begins a two year stay on the U.S. album chart. The group's third studio album rises to #2 and sells over 12 million copies.
1994: Despite staying on the album chart for over a year and a half, Rage Against The Machine's self-titled debut can only reach #45.
1994: Their acoustic cover of 'Because The Night' from MTV Unplugged becomes by far the biggest hit for 10,000 Maniacs when it peaks at #11 in the US. Natalie Merchant left six months earlier - the MTV performance was one of her last with the group.
1995: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee marries Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson on a beach in Cancun. She wore a white bikini. Anderson and Lee who married only four days after meeting had videotaped their sexual activities while on vacation which was later stolen and released on the Internet. After suing the video company who released the tape, the Lees entered into a confidential settlement agreement. The couple divorced in 1998.
1995: Jon Bon Jovi’s wife Dorthea gave birth to their second child, a son named Jesse James Louis.
1996: Oasis win Best Group, Best Video ('Wonderwall') and Best Album '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' at the UK's Brit Awards. In their gracious acceptance speech they refer to record industry personnel as 'corporate pigs'. Other winners included Paul Weller who won British Male Solo Artist, British Female Solo Artist went to Annie Lennox, British Breakthrough Act went to Supergrass, International Group was Bon Jovi, International Breakthrough Act went to Alanis Morissette and David Bowie was awarded Outstanding Contribution to music. Pulp's Jarvis Cocker walked on stage during the BRIT Awards in an impromptu protest against Michael Jackson's performance. Jackson was singing 'Earth Song' (he also won Artist of a Generation) while surrounded by children and a rabbi and making 'Christ-like' poses. In the ensuing confusion, as security attempted to eject Cocker from the stage, three child performers received minor injuries. Cocker was questioned by police but later released without charges. Brian Eno wins for Best Producer. He won the same award in 1994.
1997: A New York judge dismissed a $7 million lawsuit a fan filed against Motley Crue for hearing loss suffered at one of their concerts. The judge ruled that the fan knew the concert would be loud when he purchased the ticket.
1998: The Stray Cats reunite to play a benefit for the Carl Perkins Foundation at L.A.'s House of Blues. Proceeds going to the Carl Perkins Center For The Prevention Of Child Abuse.
1999: Marilyn Manson files a defamation countersuit against former Spin executive editor Craig Marks. Manson's action is in response to a multimillion-dollar suit Marks filed the month before against defendants that included the singer, label Nothing/Interscope, and Manson's bodyguard agency.
1999: Fu Manchu released their 5th studio album 'Eatin' Dust.'
2002: Joey Ramone released his 1st solo album, 'Don't Worry About Me.'
2004: Johnny Cash's family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use his hit song 'Ring of Fire' to promote haemorrhoid-relief products. The idea is said to have been backed by Merle Kilgore, who co-wrote the song with Cash's wife, June Carter Cash. Cash's daughter Rosanne said the family "would never allow the song to be demeaned like that."
2004: Four years after the fact, Billy Corgan claims in an online post that he wasn't to blame for the Smashing Pumpkins' demise. "The truth of the matter is that (guitarist) James Iha broke up the Smashing Pumpkins." Corgan adds that bassist D'arcy Wretzky was axed from the band "for being a mean-spirited drug addict who refused to get help."
2005: John Fogerty teams up with Keith Urban on CMT's (Country Music Television) show, 'Crossroads.'
2006: Bon Jovi performs prior to the Daytona 500 stock car race at Florida's legendary Daytona International Speedway. The band's show is part of the Sprint Tribute to America, which honors men and women in the United States Armed Forces.
2007: Aerosmith celebrate the announcement of a European Tour by performing a set before a small audience at London's Hard Rock Cafe.
2008: Kinks frontman Ray Davies' solo album 'Working Man's Cafe,' is released in the U.S. The 12-song album was recorded in Nashville.
2008: Songs by Paul McCartney and Wings and Bob Seger are on track packs for 'Guitar Hero: World Tour.' McCartney and Wings contribute 'Junior's Farm' and 'Jet.' Seger is represented by 'Old Time Rock And Roll.'
2008: Two releases by Oasis were voted the best British albums ever recorded in a poll of 11,000 people. Their 1994 album 'Definitely Maybe' came top, while their 1995 follow-up '(What's the Story) Morning Glory' was 2nd in the vote for Q magazine and HMV. Radiohead's 'OK Computer' finished 3rd, followed by 'Revolver' by The Beatles and the Stone Roses' self-titled debut. The full list of 50 British albums included five by The Beatles.
2009: The Grammy Awards Charity Auction on eBay concludes. AC/DC's signed Gibson SG Standard guitar and autographed items from Robert Plant, Foo Fighters, Slash and 311 are auctioned off with proceeds going to MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation.
2009: Electric Light Orchestra bassist Kelly Groucutt dies in Worcestershire, England, after suffering a heart attack the previous day. Groucutt played with ELO from 1974 to '83. He was 63.
2010: It's announced that Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy will work on Avenged Sevenfold's next album - replacing James "The Rev" Sullivan who passed away the previous December.
2013: Buckcherry's sixth album, 'Confessions,' featuring the single 'Gluttony,' is released.
2013: U2, Paul McCartney and Coldplay appear on the benefit album, 'War Child 20: The Best Of,' a compilation celebrating 20 years of helping children in war zones.
2014: Just weeks after being released from prison, Pussy Riot band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are detained by police after a protest near the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Cossack militia armed with horsewhips strike the women who are also roughly handled. Photos of their wounds, taken at a hospital, goes viral.
2014: A second DUI in as many years gets 3 Doors Down baserst and founding member Todd Harrell suspended indefinitely from the band.
2014: David Bowie was named best British male at the Brit Awards in London, although he was not there in person to collect his award. It was the third time he has won such an award.
2015: Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson was being treated for cancer after a small cancerous tumor was found at the back of his tongue.
2015: After a further 15% decline in sales in 2014, Starbucks announced that they would stop selling CDs in their over 21,000 stores by the end of March of 2015.
2016: Last In Line, featuring Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, founding Dio members Vinny Appice and the late Jimmy Bain and singer Andrew Freeman (who previously fronted Lynch Mob), release its debut album, 'Heavy Crown.'
2016: The documentary 'We Are Twisted F***ing Sister' was released in theaters.

February 20
1958: Billed as 'The Big Gold Record Stars' Bill Haley and his Comets, The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmie Rodgers all performed on the first date of a six day tour of Florida.
1959: A 16 year old Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut when he played a show at the Temple De Hirsch Sinai synagogue in Seattle.
1960: Jimi Hendrix made his first stage appearance with his band The Rocking Kings at the National Guard Armory in Seattle.
1963: The Beatles drove through the night from Liverpool to London to appear on the live lunchtime BBC radio program 'Parade of the Pops.' Performing ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Please Please Me’, the appearance lasted just over 4 minutes. They then drove another 180 mile trip back north for their performance that night at the Swimming Baths in Doncaster, Yorkshire.
1964: The Beach Boys record 'Don't Worry Baby.'
1965: Gary Lewis and the Playboys started a two week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'This Diamond Ring.' Session musicians were used on the track instead of the band and Gary's voice was heavily over dubbed with other singers. When it came time to perform the song 'live' on The Ed Sullivan Show, Gary sang along with pre-recorded tracks as the Playboys pretended to play their instruments. Lewis is the son of actor Jerry Lewis.
1966: The Who play the Oasis Club in Manchester. After the show photographer Colin Jones meets The Who at Manchester Airport and shoots the color photo of Pete in the foreground wearing the Union Jack jacket with the rest of The Who lined across the back. Used a month later in the Sunday Observer, it becomes one of the most famous Who portraits.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich, England.
1968: Pink Floyd performed 'Astronomy Domine,' 'Flaming,' 'Set The Controls for the Heart of the Sun,' and 'Let There Be More Light' at ORTF TV Studios in Buttes Chaumont, France for the music program Bouton Rouge. It was broadcast four days later.
1969: 'Goodbye Cream' premieres in Baltimore. It’s a documentary of the power trio’s farewell concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall from the previous year.
1969: Blind Faith (Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech) begin recording their self-titled debut (and only) album at Morgan Studios in London. The album was finished at Olympic Studios.
1969: A film called 'Candy,' which stars Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, James Coburn, John Huston, Walter Matthau, Sugar Ray Robinson and Ringo Starr (in his first non-musical role), makes it premiere. The film received an X rating because of a scene where Candy (played by Ewa Aulin) and the Mexican gardener, Emanuel (Ringo Starr), have sex.
1970: The single 'Instant Karma' by The Plastic Ono Band was released in the US. John Lennon had written, recorded and mixed the track all in one day on the January 22, 1970. Produced by Phil Spector, the single features George Harrison, Klaus Voormann (bass), Billy Preston, Alan White (drums) and Yoko Ono. It is the third solo single issued by Lennon, and it peaked at #3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box Top 100 singles charts in the US, #2 on Canada's Singles Chart and #5 on the UK Singles Chart. The song's first appearance on album was the 1975 compilation 'Shaved Fish.' In the US, the song peaked at #3 as The Beatles' single 'Let It Be' was rising to #1. While both songs competed for position in the Top 3, the Beatles officially announced their dissolution.
1971: Yes appeared at Kingston Poly in London, England. Support act was Queen. Tickets cost 50p ($0.85c).
1971: Canned Heat and ZZ Top perform at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: The soundtrack to 'Jesus Christ Superstar' went to #1 on the album chart.
1971: Judy Collins enjoys her biggest chart success as her rendition of 'Amazing Grace' reaches #15 in the US and #5 in the UK. The record enjoyed one of the longest UK chart runs ever, with an initial stay of 32 weeks, and coupled with many re-entries, totaled 67.
1972: Alice Cooper and Badfinger appeared at The Convention Hall in San Diego, California.
1972: During their only tour of Australia, Led Zeppelin perform at the Kooyong Tennis Courts in Melbourne, Australia.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band performed at The Barn in Peoria, Illinois. REO Speedwagon was the opening act.
1973: Santana appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1974: Black Sabbath and The James Gang played at Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY.
1974: Yes sell out Madison Square Garden in New York. They didn't advertise and tickets sold in two days on word of mouth.
1974: Cher files for divorce from Sonny Bono after ten years of marriage.
1975: 'Johnny Cash Day' is declared in Los Angeles.
1975: Alice Cooper released his first solo album 'Welcome to My Nightmare' which went on to reach #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell one million copies in the U.S.
1976: David Bowie’s ISOLAR tour stops at the Mecca in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1976: KISS have their footprints added on the sidewalk outside Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theater.
1977: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Stevie Wonder for Best album with 'Songs In The Key Of Life,' and Best Vocal performance for 'I Wish.' Best album went to Chicago for 'Chicago X,' Linda Ronstadt won Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female for 'Hasten Down The Wind' and Best new artist went to the Starland Vocal Band.
1978: Rush performed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1979 George Harrison issues his 8th, self-titled album.
1980: Bon Scott, singer from AC/DC was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after a heavy night’s drinking. Scott was found in the passenger seat of a friend’s parked car. The official coroner’s report stated that he had “drunk himself to death,” after suffocating on his own vomit.
1981: Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1981: Rush kicked off their tour in support of 'Moving Pictures' at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, MI.
1982: King Crimson played at the Columbus Agora in Columbus, Ohio.
1982: Pat Benatar marries her guitarist Neil Gerado on the Hawaiian island of Maui. It was Benatar’s second marriage. Giraldo himself had just gotten out of a relationship with famous Exorcist actress Linda Blair.
1982: The Genesis single 'ABACAB' (the title is the song's chord progression) peaks at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. It was their 4th single to reach the top 40 in the U.S.
1982: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes AC/DC’s 'Let’s Get It Up' at #44, Foreigner’s 'Waiting For A Girl Like You' at #36, The Police’s 'Spirits In The Material World' at #19, The Rolling Stones’ 'Waiting On A Friend' at #13, Journey’s 'Open Arms' at #4‬.
1982: 'Death Wish II' is released in the USA with a soundtrack by Jimmy Page.
1986: Bon Jovi begin recording their third album, 'Slippery When Wet' in Vancouver. It goes on to sell over 10 million copies.
1988: Alice Cooper with special guest Motorhead played in Edmonton, Alberta at the Northlands Coliseum.
1988: Foreigner peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Say You Will' which was their 8th top 10 single in the U.S.
1988: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Aerosmith’s 'Angel' at #48, Def Leppard’s 'Hysteria' at #28, David Lee Roth’s 'Just Like Paradise' at #18, and Foreigner peak at #6 with 'Say You Will.' ‬
1991: Bob Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual Grammy Awards. He delivers a perplexing acceptance speech. It's a loose paraphrase of Psalm 27, which is traditionally recited prior to Yom Kippur. Aerosmith won their first Grammy for Best Rock Performance for 'Janie’s Got A Gun' & performed 'Come Together' as part of the tribute to Lennon. Other winners include Roy Orbison, Aaron Neville, Eric Clapton, Bette Midler, Linda Ronstadt, Mariah Carey and Quincy Jones.
1993: More than 34 years after his death, Buddy Holly had the #1 album on the UK chart with the 'Words of Love' compilation album. Holly reached the Top 10 of the UK album chart for five straight decades.
1996: Sepultura released their 6th studio album, 'Roots.'
2000: The biographical TV movie 'Little Richard' airs on NBC. Actor Leon plays the title role.
2002: D.A.D. released their 8th album, 'Soft Dogs.'
2003: At a Great White show in The Station Nightclub in West Warwick, RI, while the band opens with 'Desert Moon,' a fire erupts when pyrotechnics ignite the soundproof insulation at back of the stage, which spread to the ceiling. In the ensuing chaos, fans rush toward the main entrance. Of the 462 concertgoers, 100 are killed (including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, and WHJY DJ Mike "The Doctor" Gonsalves, the concert's MC). In addition, 230 are injured from smoke inhalation, burns or being trampled in crowd. As a result, Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele is sentenced to 10 years for involuntary manslaughter (he was paroled in 2008).
2003: Red Hot Chili Peppers won International Group at The Brit Awards.
2004: Brian Wilson kicked off an 11-date UK tour at London's Royal Festival Hall. The shows saw Wilson performing the full suite of songs from his unreleased masterpiece 'Smile.'
2006: Motley Crue kick off a North American tour in Columbus, GA.
2006: Elton John and pop diva Celine Dion perform onstage for the first time to help raise money for hurricane Katrina relief efforts at a benefit show in Las Vegas. The pair sing two duets together, 'Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)' and 'Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word.' The show raises $2.1 million.
2007: The Who's Pete Townshend and Lou Reed perform together for the first time in New York. During the Attic Jam, Townshend plays a four-song solo acoustic set before being joined onstage by Reed. The two roll through a trio of Velvet Underground songs.
2007: Nickelback start yet another tour in support of their 2005 album 'All The Right Reasons' in Tacoma, WA. The four-week arena trek has Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin opening.
2007: Dave Navarro's divorce from actress Carmen Electra is finalized. They announced their separation seven months earlier after nearly three years of marriage.
2007: Crosby, Stills & Nash's postpone a planned U.S. tour. David Crosby unspecified medical issues are the reason. The group had just dropped out of an Australia-New Zealand tour.
2008: Paul McCartney earns the Outstanding Contribution to Music trophy at the BRIT Awards. During the London ceremony he performs 'Live And Let Die,' 'Hey Jude,' 'Lady Madonna' and 'Get Back.' Foo Fighters win the Best International Group and Best International Album honors. Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon host the awards.
2008: Foo Fighters sue Marvel Studios over the alleged unauthorized use of two of their songs, 'Best Of You' and 'Free Me,' in a trailer for the Wolverine And The X-Men animated series.
2008: Devon Townsend, the woman guilty of stalking and harassing Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and his wife, Talinda, gets a two-year sentence. Townsend used her work computer to obtain personal information about the couple.
2008: Linkin Park performs a surprise show at an Apple Store in New York.
2008: A 1976 Rolling Stones album bought for £2 at a car boot sale sold for £4,000 at an auction. The 'Black and Blue' LP was signed by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul and Linda McCartney and George Harrison as well as members of the Rolling Stones. The seller obtained the album after haggling the cost down from £3.
2009: The White Stripes appear on the final episode of 'Late Night' in New York before host Conan O'Brien takes over 'The Tonight Show' in Los Angeles.
2010: An event was staged at The Barbican in London where 40 zebra finches made music by landing on guitars and cymbals. The flock of finches would land on Gibson Les Paul guitars, which were plugged into amplifiers and land on upturned cymbals being used as bird feeders to make random sounds. A video clip of the installation, on YouTube had been watched more than 520,000 times.
2011: Tom Morello performs in Madison, WI., in support of protesters railing against a bill Republican governor Scott Walker proposed that would effectively exclude state employees from collective bargaining.
2011: Davy Jones confirmed that The Monkees were reuniting to tour the UK for the first time in 12 years.
2012: The Songwriters Hall Of Fame announced that Bob Seger and Gordon Lightfoot would be inducted on June 14th in New York.
2013: Pearl Jam's 1991 debut album 'Ten,' reaches the 10 million mark in U.S. sales.
2014: It's Kurt Cobain Day in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington. "Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain," says mayor Bill Simpson. For the record, Cobain made no secret of his animosity toward his hometown. Also, a statue is unveiled showing the Nirvana frontman shedding a single tear.
2014: Sales of Blue Swede's 'Hooked On a Feeling' went through the roof following its use in the new trailer for the film 'Guardians of the Galaxy.' The song originally became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 6, 1974.
2015: Scorpions release their 18th studio album, 'Return to Forever.'
2015: Black Star Riders release their 'Killer Instinct' album.
2015: With ticket prices ranging between $125 and $195 each, Fleetwood Mac led the Hot Tours list by taking in $3.8 million for three shows during the previous week. The 'On With The Show' tour was slated to run until April, followed by a six week European trek starting in May.
2016: A lock of John Lennon's hair, cut from his head in 1966 for his role in the film 'How I Won the War,' sold at an auction to a U.K. based memorabilia dealer for $35,000.

February 21
1952: A 17-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis marries his first wife, preacher's daughter Dorothy Barton, in what is rumored to be a shotgun wedding.
1958: Gibson's first "Flying V" guitar is shipped from a factory in factory in Kalamazoo, MI.
1961: The Beatles played three gigs in one day. The first was a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, then at night they appeared at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.
1964: The Beatles leave the US and return to England after their triumphant first visit.
1964: The Rolling Stones crack the U.K. Top 10 for the first time with a cover of Buddy Holly's 'Not A Fade Away.' It was their first Top 5 hit in Great Britain, reaching #3. In March 1964 it was also the Rolling Stones' first single release in the United States, on the London Records label, with 'I Wanna Be Your Man' as the B-side (briefly preceded by 'Stoned,' which had immediately been withdrawn). The single reached #48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1964: Billy Joel joins his first rock band The Echoes, who specialize in playing the hits by UK bands. The quartet would play cover songs under the names The Lost Souls, The Commandos and The Emerald Lords before Billy split two years later to join The Hassles. He would make his breakthrough in 1973 with 'Piano Man.'
1966: Written largely by John Lennon about himself, The Beatles release 'Nowhere Man.' The song appears on the 'Yellow Submarine' soundtrack.
1966: Elvis Presley begins filming his 22nd movie, 'Spinout.' He also tells a local Los Angeles paper about the gospel album he's currently working on, eventually titled 'How Great Thou Art.'
1967: Pink Floyd started their first sessions at the EMI Studios in St. John's Wood, London on their debut album 'The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn,' working on the song 'Matilda Mother'. While Pink Floyd were recording their album with former Beatles engineer Norman Smith, The Beatles themselves were working in the studio next door, recording 'Fixing A Hole' for their Sgt. Pepper album. Micky Dolenz from The Monkees attended the mixing session during the day.
1968: McGraw-Hill Publishing wins the rights to Hunter Davies' authorized bio of The Beatles. Lennon later complains the book glossed over what they were really like and how they lived.
1968: Blood, Sweat & Tears released their debut LP 'Child Is Father to the Man.' It reached #47 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #264 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1968: The Who play the Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California. Sagittarius and Blue Cheer open. For this show, the first of a six-week North American tour, The Who introduce extended jams of 'Shakin’ All Over,' 'Relax' and 'My Generation.'
1969: Elvis Presley purchases a Kodak microfilm reader and begins microfilming over 4,000 personal items.
1970: Simon And Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' entered the UK album chart at #1, where it would stay for 12 consecutive weeks. It would return to the top seven times, spending a total of 41 weeks there over the next two years. In the US, the LP spent 10 weeks at #1 on the strength of three Top 10 singles and was the #7 album of the decade in America.
1970: Having been in release for only 15 weeks, 'Led Zeppelin II' approaches sales of 2 million.
1970: Alice Cooper played at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre‎ in Birmingham, Michigan.
1971: Alice Cooper's 3rd album, 'Love It to Death' was released. It reached #35 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #460 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The hit 'I'm Eighteen' reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, and subsequently been included on the Rolling Stone list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" at #482; and selected by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.
1972: Yes played at Sunshine Inn in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
1972: Led Zeppelin released 'Rock And Roll/Four Sticks' as a 7 inch single in the US, peaking at #47 on the chart. The song was written as a spontaneous jam session, whilst the band were trying to finish 'Four Sticks'. Drummer John Bonham played the introduction to Little Richard's 'You Keep A-Knockin' and Page added a guitar riff. With the tapes rolling the basic song was finished fifteen minutes later.
1973: The Rolling Stones played at Memorial Drive Park in Adelaide, Australia.
1975: Genesis performed at the Folkoner Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1975: David Bowie releases 'Young Americans' as a single, which became a breakthrough hit in the U.S. The backing vocal arrangement came at the suggestion of soul singer Luther Vandross.
1975: Status Quo released their 8th studio album, 'On the Level" is the
1976: David Bowie played Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1976: The Four Seasons were at #1 on the UK singles chart with 'December ’63 (Oh What A Night'), the group’s only UK chart topper.
1977: Fleetwood Mac released 'Rumours.' The album went on to sell more than 15 million copies world-wide and spent 31 weeks at #1 on the US chart.
1977: Neil Diamond plays a televised concert at the Greek theater in Los Angeles. The show was released as the live album 'Love At The Greek.'
1979: The Dire Straits album is certified gold.
1979: Bad Company's 'Run with the Pack' album was released.
1981: REO Speedwagon went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Hi Infidelity'. The album spent a total of 15 weeks at #1.
1982: American DJ Murry The K died. Murray is thought to be the first person to play a Beatles record on radio in America. During the early days of Beatlemania, he frequently referred to himself as "the Fifth Beatle". Married six times, he died of cancer a week after his 60th birthday.
1983: Rick Wakeman of Yes and girlfriend Nina Carter become the proud parents of their first child, daughter Jemma.
1986: Metallica released their third album, the highly influential, 'Master of Puppets,' considered by many in the metal community to be the best metal album of all time. This was the last Metallica album with bassist Cliff Burton.
1987: Sly Stone is jailed for possession of cocaine in Los Angeles, an arrest which sends the singer into retirement and virtual seclusion upon his release.
1987: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes RATT’s 'Dance' at #92 (debut), Billy Idol’s 'Don’t Need A Gun' at #43, Genesis’ 'Tonight Tonight Tonight' at #36, Corey Hart’s 'Can’t Stop Falling In Love' at #24, Cinderella’s 'Nobody’s Fool' at #15, and Bon Jovi’s 'Livin’ On A Prayer' was at ‬#1.
1990: Gamma Ray's 1st studio album, 'Heading for Tomorrow' is released.
1990: Bonnie Raitt has a big night at the 32nd Grammy Awards in L.A. She wins Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for 'Nick Of Time.' Paul McCartney is honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is for his solo work; he later receives the same award in 2014 for his work with the Beatles.
1990: Bruce Hornsby and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band win the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Recording.
1991: ZZ Top performed at The Palace Of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
1995: For the first time in seven years, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band. They play the new song 'Murder Incorporated' at a club in New York City.
2001: The RIAA certifies Aerosmith 'Rocks' at 4x Platinum, 'Classic Live' Platinum & 'Get Your Wing's 3x Platinum.
2001: Steely Dan's 'Two Against Nature,' the group's first studio album in nearly 20 years, wins Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammys. It's the first time the group wins a Grammy. U2's 'Beautiful Day' is awarded Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rock Performance while Foo Fighters get the Best Rock Album nod for 'There Is Nothing Left To Lose' and Best Short Form Music Video for 'Learn To Fly.'
2001: Johnny Cash gets out of the hospital, where he is treated for pneumonia, and makes it to the Grammy Awards that night, where he wins for Best Male Vocal Country Performance for 'Solitary Man,' his 10th Grammy.
2002: Elton John accused the music industry of exploiting young singers and dumping talented artists for manufactured group's. He said 'There are too many average and mediocre acts, it damages real talent getting airplay. It's just fodder.'
2003: Ringo Starr and Mark Hudson announce a new indie label startup of theirs, named pumkinhead.
2005: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil releases a DVD that documents his stint co-hosting the world's sexiest stripper contest held annually in Las Vegas. 'Girls, Girls, Girls Volume I' features women competing in categories like Best Strip Tease and Best Lap Dance for the Sexiest Stripper title.
2005: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler is separating from Teresa, his wife of 17 years. No reason is given and Tyler, in a prepared statement, requests privacy and sensitivity.
2005: Bono is one of the 166 nominees for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. It's for his charity and human rights activism.
2006: Kid Rock filed a lawsuit to prevent the distribution of a videotape featuring himself and Creed’s Scott Stapp being “serviced” by four women. "We don't deny the authenticity of the tape," says an attorney for Rock. "But they're using this without his permission."
2007: EMI Music (The Beatles' label) and Apple Corps (The Beatles' company) sue a cleaning firm for approximately $1.3 million, claiming a janitor in their employ tossed original photos of The Beatles shot in 1963. The suit states the firm was negligent, failed to follow instructions, failed to take reasonable care and failed to properly train or supervise their employee. The photos were in two boxes marked 'Not Rubbish - Do Not Remove.'
2007: Tool drummer Danny Carey undergoes surgery for a torn bicep. The operation is a success but Tool is forced to postpone their North American tour that was scheduled to begin in three weeks. Carey suffered the injury a few days earlier.
2007: Killswitch Engage headline the 35-city 'No Fear Music' Tour in support of their 'As Daylight Dies' disc. Ex-Damageplan singer/guitarist Pat Lachman fills in for Adam Dutkiewicz who underwent emergency back surgery the previous month. "Pat definitely shreds, and we can't thank him enough for helping us out," reads a band statement.
2008: In what is reported as one of eBay's most expensive sales yet, the online auction house brokers a deal between an unnamed US music collector and an unnamed Irish collector for three million albums and singles in various formats, for a grand total of about one dollar per item.
2008: A computer expert was jailed for two years for electronically stalking Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Devon Townsend worked at a US national security laboratory in New Mexico, where she used a computer to track Bennington, she admitted to obtaining family photos, accessing e-mail and voicemail, and threatening his wife Talinda.
2009: Kid Rock is the Grand Marshal of New Orleans' 2009 Endymion Parade during Mardi Gras. Rock later performs at the Superdome.
2009: The Black Crowes play the first of four intimate sold-out Cabin Fever Winter 2009 live shows in Woodstock, NY, at former Band drummer Levon Helm's barn studio. The shows are culled for an album.
2009: After receiving $1.5 billion in federal bank bailout money (and laying off 450 employees), Northern Trust of Chicago throws a huge L.A. party for clients and employees, paying $50,000 to have the House of Blues shut down for a private Sheryl Crow concert.
2011: Econoline Crush sue Nickelback because they feel 'Figured You Out' is a knock-off of their single 'All That You Are.'
2011: The Cars announced that May 10th would be the release date for their first new album in 24 years.
2012: To protest the Russian Orthodox Church's endorsement of a third term for President Vladimir Putin, the female Punk band Pussy Riot perform 'Mother Of God, Chase Putin Away!' on the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, the holiest site in Russian Orthodoxy. The performance lasts a little over a minute before Church security drag the band out. A couple weeks later, the group is arrested on charges of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred', which has nothing to do with their political protest.
2012: President Barack Obama joins Mick Jagger and B.B. King for a performance of 'Sweet Home Chicago' at a White House Black History Month Blues concert.
2012: The US Supreme Court refused to review Phil Spector's murder conviction. The disgraced producer was jailed for 19-years-to-life in 2009 for the second-degree murder of Lana Clarkson.
2014: Sarah Jones, 27, a crew member on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic 'Midnight Rider,' is killed when a freight train strikes her. Seven others are injured in the accident after the train rumbled over a trestle where a dream sequence was being filmed on the tracks on the first day of production. The director, Randall Miller, is later convicted of felony involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing and receives a ten-year sentence. He was released in March 2016 after serving only one year of his term. Allman later sued the producers to halt filming.
2014: The Rolling Stones played their 1st show ever in the United Arab Emirates at the du Arena, Abu Dhabi.
2015: Killer Be Killed, with former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, make their live debut at Australia's Soundwave Festival in Adelaide.
2015: Iron Maiden's 1977 line-up reunites for a London club show. Dennis Willcock (vocals), Terry Wapram (guitar), Tony Moore (keyboards) and Barry 'Thunderstick' Purkis (drums) take the stage. The only person missing is bassist Steve Harris, the band's only constant member. This edition came and went before Iron Maiden's 1980 self-titled debut.
2015: Paul McCartney takes the Major Tour of the Year Prize at the 26th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards. The award for the 'Out There World Tour' is the third time McCartney has won the honor (1990 and 2002 were the other two).
2015: Rush frontman Geddy Lee is the featured guest on the season fourteen debut of VH1 Classic's 'That Metal Show.'
2016: A four-inch lock of John Lennon‘s hair sells for $35,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas. A German hairdresser kept a piece of his hair after giving him a trim before the star began filming the 1967 dark comedy 'How I Won the War.'

February 22
1956: Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel' enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #68. Two weeks later it will go to #1 for 8 straight weeks and stay on the chart for over 4 months.
1957: Famed US dance instructor Arthur Murray reported that enrollment in his dance studios had increased ten percent since the "Rock and Roll craze" swept the country.
1957: The Film 'Don't Knock The Rock,' featuring appearances by Alan Freed, Little Richard and Bill Haley, opens at the Paramount Theatre in New York.
1958: The Silhouettes topped Cash Box Magazine's Best Sellers Chart with 'Get A Job' after Dick Clark started playing it on his TV show, 'American Bandstand.' The group got their name from the 1957 song by The Rays, (covered by Herman's Hermits in the '60s) and the inspiration for the tune came from writer Rick Lewis' mother, when she chided her son to "get up in the morning and go out and get a job."
1963: The Beatles formed their Northern Music Publishing Company. Michael Jackson eventually purchased it.
1963: 'Please Please Me' by The Beatles becomes the group's first Number One hit in the UK.
1965: Beatles begin filming second movie, 'Help.'
1966: During an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand The Rolling Stones played at the Centennial Hall in Adelaide, supported by The Searchers.
1967: The Beatles finish work on 'A Day In The Life.'
1968: Genesis releases their first single 'The Silent Sun.' Vocalist Peter Gabriel, keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist Mike Rutherford are there at the beginning.
1969: The Beatles recorded the basic track & John Lennon’s vocal of 'I Want You (She’s So Heavy)' at Trident Studios in London.
1969: Tyrannosaurus Rex appeared at The Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England. Support act was David Bowie performing a one-man mime act.
1969: Ten Years After's 3rd album, 'Stonedhenge' is released. It reached #61 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1970: The first live performance of the new band, David Bowie and the Hypetakes place at The Roundhouse Spring Festival in Camden, London.
1971: George Harrison was fined and banned from driving for a year.
1971: David Crosby released his debut solo album, 'If I Could Only Remember My Name.' It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. Two singles were taken from the album, 'Music Is Love,' which was released in April 1971 and peaked at #95 on the Billboard Hot 100, and 'Orleans' which was released in July 1971.
1971: Stephen Stills 'Sit Yourself Down' b/w 'We Are Not Helpless' 45 single is released in the U.S. Written by Stephen Stills and released on his self-titled 1970 solo debut album. It was also released as the 2nd single from the album, following the Top 20 hit 'Love the One You're With.' and reached the Top 40, peaking at #37.
1972: Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla were legally separated. The couple had married in 1967.
1972: Wings played the last date on their 11-date unannounced UK tour at Oxford University.
1973: An interesting double bill, REO Speedwagon and Cheech & Chong at the Exposition Gardens – Youth Building in Peoria, Illinois.
1973: Black Sabbath played at the Palasport in Vicenza, Italy.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at Assembly Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois.
1974: Former David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson plays first of two nights at London's Rainbow.
1974: After placing 12 albums on the Billboard Hot 200 and eight Top 40 albums in the UK, Ten Years After give their final concert in London.
1975: John Lennon's '#9 Dream' peaks at #9.
1975: Scotland's Average White Band's 'Pick Up the Pieces' hits #1, as does their album 'AWB.'
1975: Grand Funk Railroad peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of 'Some Kind of Wonderful' which was their third top 10 single in the U.S.
1977: Electric Light Orchestra performed at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
1977: The Eagles 'Hotel California' b/w 'Pretty Maids All In A Row' 45 single is released. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week in May 1977. Three months after its release, the single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing 1 million copies shipped. The Eagles also won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for 'Hotel California' at the 20th Grammy Awards in 1978. In 2009, the song 'Hotel California' was certified Platinum (Digital Sales Award) by the RIAA for sales of 1 million digital downloads. Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder, Don Henley and Glenn Frey. It was ranked #49 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is also one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The song's guitar solo is ranked 8th on Guitar Magazine's Top 100 Guitar Solos and was voted the best solo of all time by readers of Guitarist magazine.
1978: The Police appeared in a Wrigley's Chewing Gum commercial, with the band dyed their hair blonde for the appearance.
1978: Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York and charged with drug possession.
1979: Rolling Stone reports that Budweiser has developed an advertising relationship with Journey. Banners, T-shirts and even the "Bud stage" soon become concert mainstays.
1979: Dire Straits played their first American show when they appeared in Boston.
1980: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, featuring Roger Glover, Graham Bonnet and Cozy Powell perform at The Royal Highland Exhibition Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1981: Rush played at Alumni Auditorium, Davenport, Iowa.
1985: Carl Perkins plays a nightclub bouncer in the John Landis directed film Into The Night. It would be Perkins' only film role as an actor.
1986: Ozzy Osbourne released 'The Ultimate Sin' album.
1986: The INXS album 'Listen Like Thieves' enters the charts.
1986: Having acquired all 45 episodes of The Monkees, MTV aired them all in a 22-hour marathon in celebration of the group's 20th anniversary, sparking a completely unexpected career revival for the group.
1986: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Dokken’s 'In My Dreams' at #93 (debut), Loverboy’s 'This Could Be The Night' at #27, John Cougar Mellencamp’s 'R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A.' at #, James Brown’s 'Living In America' at #5, and Mr. Mister’s 'Kyrie' at #2. ‬
1987: Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer died after a gall bladder operation. The founder of the Pop Art movement, produced and managed The Velvet Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground And Nico 'peeled banana' album cover and The Rolling Stones 'Sticky Fingers' album cover. During the 60s, he produced paintings of iconic American objects such as Campbell’s Soup Cans, Coca-Cola bottles and celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Elvis Presley. His most expensive painting sold for $105.4 million in 2013. Warhol donated his entire estate to The Andy Warhol Foundation, which remains one of the largest grant-giving organizations for the visual arts in the U.S.
1989: Jethro Tull win the first Hard Rock/Metal Grammy Award at the 31st Grammy Awards held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Metallica performs on stage, but the award goes to Jethro Tull. The Grammy voters picked Jethro Tull’s 'Crest of a Knave' over Metallica’s 'And Justice For All.' Tull’s record label tries to make light of the faux pas by placing a Billboard ad that reads, “The flute is a heavy, metal instrument.” Tull’s record label tries to make light of the faux pas by placing a Billboard ad that reads, “The flute is a heavy, metal instrument.” Tracy Chapman is named Best New Artist and Tina Turner won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for 'Tina Live in Europe.'
1990: Damn Yankees release their self-titled debut album. It reached #13 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The band was formed in 1989, consisting of Tommy Shaw, Jack Blades, Ted Nugent, and Michael Cartellone (then an unknown drummer, but one who would later join Lynyrd Skynyrd). Produced by rock producer Ron Nevison, the new band’s self-titled debut album went double-platinum in 1990. Jack Blades’s leading single 'Coming of Age,' hit #60 on the U.S. Hot 100, and #1 on the AOR charts, while Tommy Shaw’s 'Come Again' received extensive AOR airplay. 'High Enough' rose to #3 on U.S. Hot 100, and #2 on AOR charts. The band's songs appeared on several Hollywood film soundtracks, such as 'Gremlins 2: The New Batch,' 'Nothing But Trouble' and 'The Taking of Beverly Hills.'
1990: Love/Hate release their album 'Blackout In The Red Room.'
1992: Bonnie Raitt is named MusiCares Person of the Year at the foundation's dinner in New York.
1992: When the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform 'Under The Bridge' on 'Saturday Night Live,' their guitarist John Frusciante sabotages the song, playing unevenly and screaming into the microphone during his background part. His frustrations would lead him to quit the band in May.
1993: Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson announced he was leaving the group in order to pursue a solo career. He returned in 1999.
1993: Doro released her album 'Angels Never Die.' The video for the song 'Bad Blood' was voted best anti-racism video during the first MTV Europe Awards ceremony in 1994.
1994: “Papa” John Creach dies of congestive heart failure at 76. Creach was a blues violinist who played with Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship and also recorded a number of solo albums. He was also a frequent guest at Grateful Dead and Charlie Daniels Band concerts up until his death.
1997: Offspring's 'Ixnay On The Hombre' enters the U.S. album chart coming in at #9.
2000: The engagement ring that The Sex Pistols' Sid Vicious gave to his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, was put up for sale. The asking price for the ring, which Sid bought in 1977, was 1,500 Pounds ($2,550). Also on sale was a pair of John Lennon's blue jeans for 2,250 Pounds ($3,825).
2001: Winners at the 43rd Grammy Awards included U2 for record of the year and song of the year with 'Beautiful Day', with Steely Daninningalbum of the year for 'Two Against Nature'
2001: U.K. newspaper Sunday Mirror reported that The Beatles were the highest grossing musicians in the year of 2000 earning $50 million.
2002: Little Richard gets the NAACP Image Award.
2003: Sir Paul McCartney played a private show in San Diego for the 50th birthday of Wendy Whitworth, the executive producer of CNN’s Larry King Show. Sir Paul donated his $1 million fee to the Adopt-a-Minefield charity.
2004: Wes Scantlin is arrested for disorderly conduct and other infractions in Toledo, OH, after showing up to a Puddle Of Mudd concert intoxicated. The frontman heckles and abuses concertgoers when his bandmates walk offstage after only four songs.
2005: An online post by KoRn announces that founding guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch has left the band after 12 years. The statement adds that Welch "has chosen Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end."
2005: Blink-182 announce they are going on an indefinite hiatus, which lasts four years.
2006: Kid Rock sues Red Light – the same company that distributed the Paris Hilton sex video – accusing the firm of violating his trademark and privacy rights by distributing footage featuring himself and Creed’s Scott Stapp having sex with four women. Distribution of the videotape is later halted.
2007: Van Morrison is honored for his contributions to movie music at the US-Ireland Alliance's second annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring Irish Writing in Film pre-Academy Awards bash in L.A. A collection of his songs used in films was released the previous week.
2007: Peter Frampton donates the guitar he used to compose both 'Baby, I Love Your Way' and 'Show Me The Way' to the Musicians Hall Of Fame in Nashville.
2007: Sammy Hagar, participates in a variety of NASCAR-related events, including a performance, at the California Speedway in Fontana, CA.
2007: Puddle Of Mudd announce they have recruited drummer Ryan Yerdon to replace Greg Upchurch, who quit the band in 2005 to join 3 Doors Down.
2008: Styx singer-guitarist Tommy Shaw is one of the inductees into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Shaw performs at a gala event in his hometown of Montgomery.
2008: The U2 concert film 'U2 3D' is released worldwide.
2010: AC/DC, on their 'Black Ice' tour, break U2's record for playing before the largest audience in Australia. AC/DC sells 212,729 tickets for three shows at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. The total tops U2 by less than 1,000.
2011: The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde writes a letter to the Country group Lady Antebellum asking them to take a stand for animal rights when they perform at a KFC franchisee's meeting in San Diego two weeks later. The letter is sent to the group through PETA, and it asks them to tell KFC to adopt less cruel slaughter practices as recommended by the restaurant chain's own advisory board. "My friends at PETA and I are hoping that you will use your unique position to appeal to the company," writes Hynde. "With your influential public platform, KFC might not so easily turn a deaf ear to you."
2012: Tommy Lee settles his court battle with former assistant Michael 'Tony' Sullivan who accused the Motley Crue drummer of being 'the boss from hell'. Lee is ordered to pay over $400K to Sullivan and deliver 'a public apology'.
2012: Guitarist Billy Strange, who worked with Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys, Rick Nelson, the Everly Brothers and Phil Spector, dies in Nashville at age 81. Strange, a member of the Wrecking Crew, a top tier L.A. session group, was also in the Musicians Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
2013: Styx sues A&M Records over what they claim were deceptive accounting practices that deprived the band of royalties. The suit contends that, "for every one dollar the band has received from A&M they should have been paid anywhere from two to five dollars."
2015: Kid Rock performs at the Daytona 500. His set includes songs from his recent 'First Kiss' album plus 'Bawitdaba.'
2017: Longtime blink-182 frontman Tom DeLonge receives the UFO Researcher Of The Year Award from the International UFO Congress for his work and interest regarding extraterrestrial life at the International UFO Congress.
2017: Travis Barker (Blink-182) and his daughter Alabama are featured in PETA ad titled “Never Be Silent” speaking about being vegetarian and their love for animals.
2017: Eddie Van Halen speaks out in favor of music education is schools during a CNN interview. "Music is such a necessity,” says the guitarist. “It touches people's souls. Music is the universal language to me. It transcends everything." Van Halen has donated countless guitars and other instruments to school programs.
2017: David Bowie dominated the 2017 Brit awards. The star was awarded best British male and best British album for 'Blackstar.' As well as honoring Bowie, the Brits paid tribute to George Michael, who died on Christmas day 2016.

February 23
1963: The Chiffons' 'He's So Fine' enters the Hot 100. The song had been rejected by ten different record companies before Laurie Records decided to take a chance on it. By the end of March, it will top both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts and reach #16 in the UK.
1964: The Beatles appeared on a prerecorded segment for The Ed Sullivan Show, performing 'Twist and Shout,' 'Please Please Me' and 'I Want To Hold Your Hand.' Sullivan tells his audience that the group are "fine professional singers." It was the first time Sullivan had an act on three times. They also appeared on the front cover of Newsweek.
1965: Filming began on The Beatles follow up to 'A Hard Days Night' on location in the Bahamas with the working title of 'Eight Arms To Hold You.'
1966: During an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand The Rolling Stones played the first of four nights at the Palais Theatre in St Kida, Melbourne.
1970: 'Morrison Hotel' becomes The Doors' 5th straight gold album. Even though it contained no hit singles, the disc climbed to #4 on the Hot 200 chart and #12 in the UK.
1970: Ringo Starr makes his first solo TV appearance, on NBC's 'Laugh In.'
1970: The Beach Boys 'Add Some Music To Your Day' b/w 'Susie Cincinnati' 45 single is released in the U.S. Written by Brian Wilson, Joe Knott and Mike Love, it was first released as a single in February 1970. It reached #64 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1970: The first annual Juno Awards, Canada's version of the Grammys, was held in Toronto. The awards had existed since 1964 under the name The RPM Gold Leaf Awards, which were established by Walt Grealis, editor and publisher of RPM magazine.
1971: Poco's 'C'mon' b/w 'I Guess You Made It' 45 single is released in the U.S. Written by Richie Furay, from the 1971 LP, 'Deliverin'. It reached #69 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1972: Humble Pie's "Rockin' at the Fillmore" goes gold.
1972: Pink Floyd began a week-long recording session at Château d'Hérouville studios near Paris, working on 'Obscured by Clouds,' music for the soundtrack to More director Barbet Schroeder's next film, 'La Vallée.'
1972: After nearly five years of marriage, Priscilla Presley moved out of Elvis Presley's California home and into a two bedroom apartment near the Pacific Ocean. Their divorce would be finalized on October 9, 1973, with Priscilla being awarded an outright cash payment of $725,000 as well as spousal support, child support, 5% of Elvis' new publishing companies and half the income from the sale of their Beverly Hills home.
1974: Gregg Allman's version of 'Midnight Rider' (originally recorded by the Allman Brothers Band) peaks at #19.
1976: AC/DC shot the video clip for 'It's A Long Way To The Top, (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)' for the Australian music television program 'Countdown.' It featured the band's then-current lineup, along with members of the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band, on the back of a flat-bed truck traveling on Swanston Street in Melbourne.
1978: David Coverdale's Whitesnake made their debut at the Sky Bird Club in Nottingham, England.
1978: Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols and Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York for possession of drugs.
1978: The Eagles received the Grammy for Record of the Year for 'Hotel California.' The band refused to perform during the ceremony because they didn’t think they were going to win.
1978: At the 20th annual Grammy awards The Eagles win Record of the Year for 'Hotel California' and Best Arrangement for Voices for 'New Kid in Town.' Fleetwood Mac win the Best Album of the Year for 'Rumours.'
1978: The Police sign with A&M Records.
1979: Dire Straits played their first American show when they appeared at the Paradise Club in Boston. They sell out every one of their 51 scheduled shows.
1979: The Police released their single 'Roxanne.' It became their first American hit.
1979: Thin Lizzy released their 19th single, 'Waiting for an Alibi.'
1980: U2 appeared at The Moonlight Club, at The Railway Hotel in London, tickets cost £2.
1980: Queen's 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' is the #1 US single. Freddy Mercury's tribute to Elvis Presley was supposedly written while he was in the bath.
1980: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Rush’s 'The Spirit Of The Radio' at #88 (debut), The Babys’ 'Back On My Feet Again' at #45, Toto’s '99' at #30, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 'Don’t Do Me Like That' at #26 and Queen’s 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' at #1‬.
1980: Iron Maiden released their debut single 'Running Free' on EMI Records in the U.K. where it peaked at #34.
1983: The Ramones released their 7th studio album, 'Subterranean Jungle.'
1983: Toto win Album Of The Year for 'Toto IV' and Record Of The Year for 'Rosanna,' at the 25th Grammy Awards.
1985: The Honeydrippers, featuring former Led Zep members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, peak at #25 with their version of 'Rockin' At Midnight.'
1985: The L.A. quartet Autograph enter the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Turn Up The Radio,' which will peak at #39. The single, taken from their Platinum selling album 'Sign In Please,' was later featured in an episode of 'Miami Vice' and numerous other films.
1985: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Simple Minds’ 'Don’t You Forget About Me' at #90 (debut), Duran Duran’s 'Save A Prayer' at #29, Steve Perry’s 'Foolish Heart' at #22, REO Speedwagon’s 'Can’t Fight This Feeling' at #4 annd Philip Bailey & Phil Collins’ 'Easy Lover' at #3.‬
1986: The Rolling Stones play live for the first time in five years. At London's 100 Club they join a tribute to late keyboardist, Ian Stewart. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Pete Townshend also played.
1989: Roy Orbison's voice was heard on two of the top albums in the US, two months after his death. His solo album, 'Mystery Girl' featured the hit 'You Got It' and The Traveling Wilburys first album contained 'Handle With Care' and 'End of the Line.'
1993: Nuclear Assault released their 5th studio album, 'Something Wicked.' It was the first and only album not to feature founding members Dan Lilker and Anthony Bramante, who left the band in 1992.
1993: Sacred Reich released the album 'Inbdependent.' Future Machine Head drummer Dave McClain played on the album.
1993: Van Halen released their first live album 'Live: Right Here, Right Now.'
1993: Aerosmith released their 46th single 'Livin' on the Edge.'
1993: Little Richard gets a Lifetime Achievement Award from NARAS (the Grammys).
1994: Among the guests for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas are Eddie Van Halen, Chris Isaak and B.B. King.
1995: Foo Fighters play their first club show at the Jambalaya Club in Arcata, CA.
1997: Yngwie Malmsteen released his 10th studio album 'Facing the animal.'
1998: Metallica released the single 'The Unforgiven II.' It reached #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1998: All members of Oasis were banned for life from flying Cathay Pacific Airlines after "abusive and disgusting behaviour" during a flight from Hong Kong to Perth, Australia.
1999: Overkill released their 10th studio album, 'Necroshine.' It was the first album to feature a guest vocalist, with singer Blitz's sister Mary Ellsworth on background vocals for 'Let Us Prey.'
1999: Jimi Hendrix 'Live at the Fillmore East' album is released. It documents Hendrix's performances with the Band of Gypsys at the Fillmore East on December 31, 1969 and January 1, 1970.
2000: Carlos Santana ties Michael Jackson’s record of eight Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for his album 'Supernatural,' and Record of the Year and Song of the Year for 'Smooth,' his collaboration with Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20. 'Supernatural' sells 30 million records worldwide. 'Smooth' wins Song of the Year. Sting wins Best Pop Album for 'Brand New Day,' Phil Collins wins Best Soundtrack for 'Tarzan' and Jimi Hendrix wins his first Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video for 'Band of Gypsys - Live at Fillmore East.' Elton John is honored with the Living Legend Award.
2001: Linkin Park peaks at #5 on the pop chart with 'In The End.'
2003: Simon & Garfunkel sing together for the first time in ten years as they receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award.
2003: Howie Epstein bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico. He had replaced The Heartbreakers original bassist Ron Blair, Epstein also worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Linda Ronstadt and Del Shannon.
2003: The winners at the 45th Grammy Awards, held at Madison Square Garden, New York, included: Best male pop vocal, John Mayer, 'Our Body Is A Wonderland'. Best male rock vocal, Bruce Springsteen, 'The Rising', Best female rock vocal, Sheryl Crow, 'Steve McQueen', and Best rock performance by group, Coldplay.
2004: George Harrison's 'The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992' (Box Set) is released. Comprising all of the output on his Dark Horse Records label, the set encompasses his studio albums from 1976's 'Thirty Three & 1/3' to 1987's 'Cloud Nine' with bonus tracks, while 1992's 'Live in Japan' features a special SACD remix in addition to its original mix. Furthermore, Harrison's intended artwork for 'Somewhere in England' has been reinstated, while the lettering on the front of the album 'George Harrison' has been modified.
2005: Disturbed headlines a benefit concert in Chicago with Drowning Pool, Soil and Anthrax for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund.
2005: Beatallica, a cover band that plays Metallica and The Beatles, are hit with a cease-and-desist order by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company who owns The Beatles catalog. They want the removal of all music and lyrics from the tribute act's website.
2005: Singer Josh Homme's severe lung infection forces Queens Of The Stone Age to cancel remaining European tour dates. "We've toured with everything from broken ankles to bruised livers, but simply weren't prepared for this relentless attack of teeming bacteria," reads a post on the band's site.
2005: A lack of business forces the legendary Muscle Shoals Studio in Sheffield Alabama to close its doors. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Aretha Franklin were among the legends that recorded there.
2006: The surviving members of Alice in Chains announced they were reforming for a series of concerts. Singer Layne Staley died in 2002.
2006: Twenty people were injured when ticketless fans try to gatecrash a Rolling Stones concert in Buenos Aires. Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to control the unruly crowd.
2006: Ex-Creed frontman Scott Stapp starts a North American club tour in support of his debut solo album, 'The Great Divide.' It gets underway in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
2006: Ted Nugent, Jason Bonham, Sebastian Bach, Scott Ian and Evan Seinfeld participate in a VH1 reality series called 'Supergroup.' Based in Las Vegas, cameras record the musician's attempts to write and record original material while living in a house together.
2007: KoRn's MTV Unplugged performance premieres online. The show airs a week later.
2008: Guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer rejoins KoRn on the Milan stop of their European tour. Shaffer left the trek the previous month citing 'personal and family reasons'.
2008: George Thorogood & The Destroyers begin their '08 North American tour at a NASCAR event in Fontana, CA.
2009: Lamb Of God released their album 'Wrath.' It won best album at the 2009 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards Ceremony.
2009: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles launches an auction of autographed construction hardhats by Linkin Park, Green Day, U2 and ex-Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.
2009: Ticketmaster reaches a settlement with the New Jersey Attorney General's office regarding its controversial handling of sales of Bruce Springsteen concert tickets. As part of the deal, the company pays the state $350,000 in legal fees and promises, for one year, to stop automatically linking to its TicketsNow subsidiary, which re-sells ducats at inflated prices. Ticketmaster also offers restitution to Springsteen fans who had filed complaints about their difficulties buying tickets.
2010: The British Culture Minister declares Abbey Road studios, where The Beatles recorded nearly all their albums, an official historic landmark due to "the historic merit of the studios" and because of its "huge cultural importance."
2011: Ginger Fish (known to his mom as Kenneth Robert Wilson) announces his departure from Marilyn Manson via Facebook and Twitter: "I am regretful to inform the fans that I have decided to step down as a member of Marilyn Manson, and see where my life, and the knowledge of my availability cares to take me." He was with Manson from '95-'11. After some fill-in shows, he lands a full-time gig with Rob Zombie (replacing Joey Jordison who returned to Slipknot).
2012: Hip-Hop label Cash Money Records announces the signing of Limp Bizkit. Only a year earlier, the group was dropped by Interscope following disappointing sales of their album 'Golden Cobra.'
2013: Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) and Van Halen fall in behind Madonna on Billboard magazine's Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2013 list based on touring revenue, music sales (online and hard copies) and publishing royalties over the past 12 months. Madonna had an income of $34.5 million while Springsteen was close with $33.4 million.
2015: KISS opened the Japanese leg of their 40th Anniversary Tour at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan.
2015: UFO released their 21st studio album, 'A Conspiracy of Stars.'
2016: ‎Lita Ford‬ releases her memoir 'Living Like A Runaway.'

February 24
1943: George Harrison is born at 11:42 PM. For years the ex-Beatle thought he arrived at least 18 minutes later and that his birthday was the 25th.
1956: Police in Cleveland shut down a Rock concert under an obscure law that prohibits people under 18 from dancing in public without a guardian.
1962: Elvis Presley had his 10th UK chart topper with 'Can't Help Falling In Love'/'Rock-A-Hula Baby.'
1963: The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Stones were paid £24 for the gig ($41) and played on the first night to 66 people.
1965: The Beatles began filming their second, as yet un-named movie, on New Providence in the Bahamas. The film would eventually be called 'Eight Arms to Hold You' before producers finally settled on 'Help!' Co-starring in the movie was actor Victor Spinetti, who also appeared in 'A Hard Day's Night,' 'Magical Mystery Tour' and John Lennon's 'How I Won The War.'
1965: The Beach Boys record 'Help Me Rhonda,' with guitarist Al Jardine singing lead vocal. The disc will become their second Billboard #1 and stay on the chart for eleven weeks.
1966: The Who perform at the Victoria Ballroom in Chesterfield, England, without Roger Daltrey, who had come down with laryngitis. Pete Townshend and John Entwistle share the vocals. Beforehand, John and Keith Moon sit in with the opening act, The Fruit Eating Bears.
1967: The Who play two shows at the Palazzetto dello Sport in Bologna, Italy.
1967: Pink Floyd performed two shows on this date. An early show took place at the Ricky Tick Club, at the Thames Hotel in Windsor, and a late show, their regular Friday gig at the UFO, held at the Blarney Club on Tottenham Court Road in London.
1968: Jimi Hendrix, Soft Machine, Eire Apparent, and The Paupers played at CNE Coliseum in Toronto. After the concert, Hendrix reportedly jammed with Robbie Robertson and members of The Hawks, soon to be known as The Band, at an area club.
1968: Fleetwood Mac released their self-titled debut album. It brought the band overnight success; in the UK, the album reached #4 and stayed on the charts 37 weeks, despite the lack of a hit single. The album barely made the charts in the U.S., reaching #198.
1968: Cream with special guests Taj Mahal and James Cotton Blues Band play the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last ever-British performance when they appeared at the Royal Albert Hall.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Lafayette Club in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England.
1970: Syd Barrett participated in two recording sessions for the BBC at Maida Vale Studios in London. Playing along with Syd were David Gilmour, and Jerry Shirley on drums.
1971: Janis Joplin's 'Pearl,' released after her death, goes gold.
1971: Cactus released their 2nd album, 'One Way...Or Another.' Produced by Eddie Kramer, it reached #88 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver.
1972: Genesis performed at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
1973: The Byrds made their final live appearance when they played at The Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. It was their current incarnation of the group, which included Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, John York and Gene Parsons.
1973: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes debuts The New Seekers’ 'Pinball Wizard/See Me Feel Me (medley)' at #88, Dobie Gray’s 'Drift Away' at #87, Alice Cooper’s 'Hello Hooray' at #50, Chuck Berry’s 'Reelin’ & Rockin’ at #47 and Stevie Wonder’s 'Superstition' at #17.
1974: Yes appeared at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
1975: Led Zeppelin releases their legendary 'Physical Graffiti' album. It’s a double album featuring 8 new songs, and songs left over from their previous albums 'Led Zeppelin III,' 'Led Zeppelin IV' and 'Houses Of The Holy.' Featuring an intricate die-cut cover of a New York City brownstone, the album goes on to sell over 8 million copies in the U.S. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart for six weeks beginning March 22, 1975. In 2003, the album was ranked #70 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
1976: Eagles 'Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975' becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum. The new certification represented sales of at least 1 million copies for albums and 2 million copies for singles. The Platinum award was originated in the early seventies because Gold status was achieved by most popular records in a very short period of time. The Eagles' greatest hits album stayed on Billboard's Hot 200 chart for two and half years.
1976: KISS wrap up a two night stint at the Los Angeles Forum with special guests Montrose.
1977: ZZ Top played at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
1978: Bob Dylan performed at Matsushita Denki Taiikukan in Hirakata City, Osaka, Japan.
1978: 'Follow You Follow Me" by Genesis released.
1979: The Police released their single 'Roxanne.' It became their first American hit.
1979: Rush appeared at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1979: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes The Police’s 'Roxanne' at #82 (debut), Ace Frehley’s 'New York Groove' at #61, Foreigner’s 'Blue Morning, Blue Day' at #16 and Chic’s 'Le Freak' at #7. ‬
1981: Rick Springfield released his album 'Working Class Dog.' It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, bolstered by the #1 hit, 'Jessie's Girl,' which topped the charts for two weeks, and won a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
1982: 'Fire and Ice' wins Pat Benatar a Grammy for best rock performance of 1981.
1982: King Crimson performed at the E.J. Thomas Auditorium, Akron, Ohio.
1982: At the BRIT Awards in London, the Police are named Best British Group. A few hours later, on the other side of the pond, they earn a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance ('Don't Stand So Close To Me').
1982: Winners at the Grammy Awards included John Lennon & Yoko Ono's Album of the year with 'Double Fantasy.'
1984: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at the Palace Theatre in Albany, New York.
1984: Europe released their 2nd studio album, 'Wings of Tomorrow.'
1984: Lee Aaron released her 2nd studio album, 'Metal Queen.'
1987: 'Higher Love' earns Steve Winwood Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance trophies at the 29th Grammy Awards in L.A. Paul Simon's 'Graceland' wins Best Album, Bruce Hornsby And The Range wins Best New Artist and Robert Palmer won his first Grammy award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male category for 'Addicted to Love' at the Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
1987: Fats Domino, Ray Charles and B.B. King win Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammies.
1987: Bruce Hornsby and the Range take home the Grammy award for Best New Artist, winning over Glass Tiger, Nu Shooz, Simply Red, and Timbuk3.
1988: Alice Cooper announces he is going to run for Governor of Arizona, as a member of the "Wild Party." He is looking to replace impeached governor Evan Mecham. Cooper’s slogan: “A troubled man for troubled times.”
1990: Iron Maiden released their 'The First Ten Year' box-set, covering the 1980-90 years.
1990: The Roy Orbison Concert Tribute To Benefit The Homeless features Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Dwight Yoakam and Bob Dylan. The show takes place in Universal City, CA. The Byrds' David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Hillman also reunite for the first time in years, performing 'Mr. Tambourine Man' and 'Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season).' A couple of months later, the trio would record four more songs for their upcoming Boxed Set, which also included the two songs from the tribute concert.
1992: The U.S. Postal Service allows Elvis fans to vote on two proposed designs for a commemorative stamp, an early Elvis and a later bloated seventies version. Eventually, the younger Elvis wins and is issued on January 8, 1993.
1992: Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love in Waikiki, Hawaii, with a non-denominational, female minister conducting the ceremony. The press reported that the couple were expecting a baby on Sept 10th of this year.
1993: Eric Clapton wins six Grammy's including included Record of the Year for 'Tears in Heaven.' The Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Give It Away' earns a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Song. The band also performs. Melissa Etheridge's 'Ain't It Heavy' takes Best Rock Performance, Female. Peter Gabriel opens the L.A. show.
1994: James Taylor appears on the 'Deep Space Homer' episode of 'The Simpsons.'
1994: Daltrey Sings Townshend, an event which celebrated Roger Daltrey’s 50th birthday finished the second of two nights at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The event also featured Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed & Eddie Vedder.
1998: Elton John receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in front of his parents and his partner David Furnish.
1998: Tommy Lee is arrested and charged with hitting his wife Pamela Anderson Lee.
1998: Virgin Records sues the Smashing Pumpkins claiming non-compliance with their contact. The label contends an album was due three months earlier. Meanwhile, the group is trying to get out of the deal.
1998: King Diamond released his 8th studio album, 'Voodoo.' Dimebag Darrell did a guitar solo on the song 'Voodoo.'
1998: Dio released their 2nd live album, 'Inferno: Last in Live.' It was recorded during the 'Angry Machines' tour in 1996/97.
1998: Morbid Angel released the album 'Formulas Fatal To The Flesh.'
1998: The 2nd album from W.A.S.P. 'Double Live Assassins' was released.
1998: Union featuring Brent Fitz, John Corabi, Jamie Hunting and KISS’ Bruce Kulick release their debut album, 'Union.'
1999: The record industry certifies that 'Garbage' and 'Version 2.0' (both by Garbage) have sold one million and two million copies, respectively.
1999: Eric Clapton's 'My Father's Eyes' is named Best Pop Vocal Performance Male at the Gramy Awards.
2000: Carlos Santana won eight awards at this year Grammy Awards. Before the 'Supernatural' album, the guitarist had not had a Top 10 album since 1981. Sting won two awards, one for best pop album and another for best male pop vocalist. Sir Elton John won the legend award and Phil Collins the best soundtrack award for 'Tarzan.'
2002: Paul McCartney performed 'Yesterday' at a special Liverpool concert tribute to George Harrison on what would have been the late Beatles guitarist’s 59th birthday.
2002: Kiss performed with original guitarist Ace Frehley for the last time to date at the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
2002: Charlie Daniels appears on the 'Peggy's Fan Fair' episode of the animated Fox TV series 'King Of The Hill.'
2003: Robert Trujillo‬ joined ‎Metallica‬.
2004: Tantric release their sophomore album, 'After We Go.' This is nearly three years after their self-titled debut came out.
2004: Disturbed unfurl their live 'Music As A Weapon II' CD/DVD. Recorded during the Chicago stop of their '03 tour the album features six Disturbed tracks, plus performances from supporting acts Taproot and Chevelle.
2004: Estelle Axton, who helped create the legendary US soul music label Stax, died in hospital in Memphis at age 85. Stax was home to Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas, Isaac Hayes and Booker T and the MG’s and the Stax studio, “Soulsville USA” was second only to Motown in its production of soul hits during its 1960s heyday.
2006: The side street behind Rabobank Arena in the group's hometown of Bakersfield, CA, is officially designated 'Korn Row'. The group gets a bronze plaque honoring their musical achievements during a ceremony outside the arena before the band kicks off its tour with Mudvayne.
2006: 'Every Day Is Exactly The Same' is the 3rd consecutive single from Nine Inch Nail's With Teeth to reach #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Chart. The other two are 'The Hand That Feeds' and 'Only.'
2006: The Sex Pistols gave a virtual middle finger to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when they issued an open letter on front man Johnny Rotten's Website, saying they have no intention of attending the induction ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel. "Next to The Sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum, urine in wine. We're not coming."
2006: U2's Bono is one of a 191 nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize. The singer's efforts to cancel Third World debt make him a contender for the $1.3 million honor which is awarded later in the year. He doesn't win, but is honored to be nominated.
2007: Sammy Hager, serves as the grand marshal for the Stater Bros. 300 race at the California Speedway in Fontana, CA, the Red Rocker's hometown.
2007: Arcade Fire perform on Saturday Night Live. After the show, the group plays a few songs for the cast and crew.
2008: ZZ Top play a pre-race show at the Auto Club 500, the debut West Coast event of the NASCAR season, at the California Speedway.
2008: The 16th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party happens in L.A. Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Harrison Ford and Sean Penn attend. Hosted by John and his partner, David Furnish, the dinner and auction raises $5.1 million for the nonprofit foundation.
2008: A statue of departed AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott is unveiled in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia.
2009: Comcast and U2 announce an agreement to present high-definition performances to subscribers. There's HD footage from concert and promotional clips from throughout the band's career.
2009: 'Covered, A Revolution In Sound' is released. The set contains Disturbed's rendition of Faith No More's 'Midlife Crisis.'
2009: 'The War Child Presents Heroes' compilation is out with songs by Paul McCartney, David Bowie, The Kinks, Bruce Springsteen along with a younger generation - Beck, Franz Ferdinand and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (to name a few). The collection benefits the War Child organization's campaign to aid young people in war-stricken areas.
2010: The personal assistant to former Ramones manager Linda Stein was convicted in a New York court of bludgeoning her boss to death at her Manhattan apartment on October 30, 2007. Prosecutors said Natavia Lowery, 28, stole more than $30,000 from Stein, then clubbed her with a piece of exercise equipment. Jurors spent less than a day reaching a second-degree murder verdict.
2010: Promotions company MCD launched a $2.3 million lawsuit against Prince for pulling out of a concert in Dublin, Ireland in June, 2008, just ten days before it was to take place. The singer blamed the William Morris Agency for booking the event without permission, but the agency said the star cancelled the gig and gave "no reason of substance" for deciding to pull out.
2011: Stevie Wonder and Sheryl Crow are among the performers at the White House tribute to Motown. Motown was 'the soundtrack of the civil rights era', says President Obama.
2011: Suze Rotolo, the companion of Bob Dylan pictured on his famed 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' album cover, dies at the age of 67. Dylan and Rotolo dated between 1961 and '64.
2011: 'Sixx Sense‬' radio with ‎Nikki Sixx‬ was launched.
2011: Eddie Serrato, the drummer for Question Mark And The Mysterians on their 1966 hit '96 Tears,' suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 65.
2012: Keith Richards leads an all-star tribute to Howlin' Wolf's late guitarist Hubert Sumlin. In addition to Richards, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons and Derek Trucks perform at New York City's Apollo Theater. The show benefits the Jazz Foundation of America.
2012: Kid Rock is featured on the fourth season of PBS' Live from the Artists' Den. His performance was taped at Elvis Presley's Automobile Museum in Graceland, which had previously never been filmed for television.
2013: Aerosmith's Steven Tyler admits he's used over $5 million dollars worth of cocaine. "Realistically, $5 or $6 (million), easy," says Tyler during an interview on Australia's 60 Minutes.
2014: Franny Beecher, the lead guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962, died in his sleep from natural causes. He was 92 years old. He continued to perform with surviving members of the Comets into 2006.
2015: 'First Kiss,' is Kid Rock's debut release on Warner Brothers Records. The set includes the songs 'Johnny Cash,' 'Ain't Enough Whiskey,' 'Drinking Beer With Dad' and 'One More Song.'
2015: All That Remains issue their 7th studio album, 'The Order Of Things.'
2015: Kim Gordon's memoir 'Girl In A Band' is available. The book, by the former Sonic Youth bassist, focuses on "the examination of what partnership means-and what happens when it dissolves." That includes the demise of Sonic Youth and Gordon's divorce from the band's frontman, Thurston Moore
2016: Elvis Presley's former personal physician, Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, passed away at the age of 88. Known as "Dr. Nick", Nichopoulos was Presley's doctor for eleven years before the singer's death from heart disease on August 16th, 1977. The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners later suspended and ultimately revoked his medical license after it ruled he had over-prescribed potentially addictive drugs to thirteen patients, including Presley and fellow rock 'n' roller Jerry Lee Lewis.
2016: Lennie Baker, vocalist and sax player for the '50s Tribute group Sha Na Na, passed away at the age of 69. Joining the group in 1970, he appeared with the band on their TV show, which ran from 1977 to 1981, as well as appearing in the 1978 movie Grease where he sang lead vocal on 'Blue Moon.'
2016: ‎Iron Maiden‬ starts 'The Book Of Souls World Tour" in ‪Sunrise, Florida.
2016: Ghost win a Grammy Award for their 3rd album, 'Meliora,' in their native Sweden. Meanwhile, Australia's Tame Impala take home the Best International Group honor at the Brit Awards.
2016: 'Scott Weiland: Memories of a Rock Star' is out. The book contains exclusive interviews regarding the late frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.
2017: Shinedown’s 'How Did You Love' is #1 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It’s the eleventh time they top the list. 'How Did You Love' is the 4th single from the group’s 5th studio album, 'Threat To Survival.'

February 25
1957: Buddy Holly recorded a new version of 'That'll Be The Day,' at Norman Petty Recording Studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Holly had recorded the song with his band The Three Tunes in Nashville in 1956, but Decca Records brass didn't like the result and refused to release it. Holly's new version would become his signature tune, rising to #1 in both the US and the UK.
1961: After being discharged from the US Army nearly a year ago, Elvis Presley makes his first concert appearance since 1958 at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee. During the show, RCA Records presents The King with a plaque to commemorate 76 million records sold worldwide.
1963: 'Please Please Me' became the first Beatles single to be released in the United States, but the name of band is misspelled "Beattles." It was issued on the Vee Jay record label and went relatively unnoticed.".
1964: George Harrison attended a birthday party in his honor, but when he saw that the press had been invited, he smashed the cake and walked out.
1964: The Beatles finished recording their next single 'Can't Buy Me Love', at Abbey Road studiosin London, (they had first recorded the song on January 29, 1964 at Path Marconi Studios in Paris). They also recorded the B-side, 'You Can't Do That' and another new song 'I Should Have Known Better'.
1965: The Rolling Stones performed their just-released single 'The Last Time' on the British rock show 'Ready! Steady! Go!'
1966: The Yardbirds 'Shapes of Things' b/w 'You're a Better Man Than I' 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #3 on the UK Singles chart. The U.S. version, backed with 'New York City Blues,' reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In March 2005, Q magazine placed 'Shapes of Things' at #61 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. It is included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame list of "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll."
1966: The Kinks 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion' b/w 'Sittin' on My Sofa' 45 single is released in the UK. It lampoons the contemporary British fashion scene and mod culture in general. It reached the top of the charts in The Netherlands and New Zealand. In the U.S., however, it barely managed to crack the Top 40, peaking at #36. The lyrics won Davies an Ivor Novello Award for songwriting in 1966.
1967: The Spencer Davis Group peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with Gimme Some Lovin’ which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1969: At EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles began recording the George Harrison composition, 'Something,' on George's 26th birthday.
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at Sweden’s Goteborg Courthouse. While Jimmy Page played the instrumental 'White Summer,' a fan in the audience decided to accompany him on harmonica. When the song was over, Page spat on him.
1972: Led Zeppelin performed in front of over 25,000 fans at the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, the group's first ever gig in New Zealand, (and the largest crowd ever to attend a concert on the island). A special train was chartered from Wellington to bring fans to the concert. News reviews the next day reported the band could be heard over five miles from the Stadium.
1973: Alice Cooper's 6th studio album, ' Billion Dollar Babies' is released. It topped both the Billboard 200 Top LP's and UK Albums charts, and features four Billboard Hot 100 singles - 'Elected' (#26), 'Hello Hooray' (#35), 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' (#25), and 'Billion Dollar Babies' (#57). After the album was released, the band embarked on a tour that broke the U.S. box offce records at the time.
1973: Dr. John released his album 'In the Right Place.' It reached #24 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #28 on the Billboard Top R&B LP's chart. It features two Billboard Hot 100 hit singles - 'Such A Night' (#42) and 'Right Place Wrong Time' (#9). 'In the Right Place' became the biggest selling album of Dr. John's career.
1977: Peter Gabriel first solo album is released. It's the first of four with the same eponymous title, released on February 25 1977. It reached #38 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #7 on the UK Album chart. It is often referred to as 'Peter Gabriel 1,' 'Car,' or 'Rain,' referring to the album cover by Peter Christopherson (a.k.a. "Sleazy" from Hipgnosis). The car was a Lancia Flavia owned by Storm Thorgerson.
1978: Jefferson Airplane declared it to be 'Earth Day.'
1978: Styx's 'The Grand Illusion' album peaks at #6. It's the first platinum album for the band.
1978: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes KISS’ 'Rocket Ride' at #89 (debut), Eddie Money’s 'Baby Hold On' at #84 (debut), Tom Petty’s 'Breakdown' at #60, Van Halen’s 'You Really Got Me' at #47, Kansas’ 'Dust In The Wind' at #34, with The Bee Gees’ 'Stayin’ Alive' at #1‬.
1980: Bob Seger releases his 11th studio album 'Against the Wind.' It was his 3rd album with The Silver Bullet Band. The album went on to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, staying there for 6 weeks and features four Billboard Hot 100 hits - 'Against The Wind' (#5), 'Fire Lake' (#6), 'You'll Accomp'ny Me' (#14), and 'The Horizontal Bop' (#42). The album also earned two Grammy Awards for "Best Recording Package" and "Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal".
1981: Rush received their first Platinum album in the U.S. for '2112,' which was certified by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. It was last certified on Nov. 17th 1995 at 3X platinum.‬
1981: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Bob Seger who won Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal for 'Against The Wind,' Pat Benatar won Best female performance for 'Crimes Of Passion.' Billy Joel's 'Glass Houses' album garners the Best Rock Vocal Performance Grammy and Kenny Loggins' 'This Is It' is named Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.
1982: Bad Religion release their first full-length studio album, 'How Could Hell Be Any Worse?'
1982: Iron Maiden kick of their The Beast on the Road' tour in Dunstable, U.K. in support of 'The Number of the Beast.' They play 179 shows in 16 countries before one million fans. When they toured North America, they opened tours for Rainbow, 38 Special, the Scorpions & Judas Priest.
1983: Having won same category the previous year, Pat Benatar is awarded Grammy for 'Shadows of the Night.'
1983: Toto awarded record-equalling five Grammys for the 'Toto' album and 'Africa' single.
1984: 'Jump', by Van Halen started a five-week run at #1 on the US singles chart, a #7 hit in the UK.
1984: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Bon Jovi’s 'Runaway' debut at #92, UB40’s 'Red Red Wine' at #48, Queen’s 'Radio Ga Ga' at #43, Genesis’ 'That’s All' at #11, The Police’s 'Wrapped Around Your Finger' at #9 and Van Halen at #1 with 'Jump.' ‬
1985: U2 began their first full north American arena tour, starting at the Dallas Reunion Arena in Texas.
1985: Sting makes his solo debut at the Ritz Club in New York.
1985: Tears for Fears 2ndalbum, 'Songs from the Big Chair' is released. It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart, and became a huge hit in the US; reaching #1 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #38 on the Top R&B Albums chart. It also had a multitude of singles and remixes hit the charts, as follows: 'Mothers Talk' (Billboard Hot 100 - #27), 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World' (Billboard Hot 100 - #1), (Adult Contemporary #2), (Dance Music/Club Play Singles #1), (Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #1), (Mainstream Rock #2), 'Head Over Heels' (Billboard Hot 100 - #3), (Adult Contemporary #5), (Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #49), (Mainstream Rock #7), 'Shout" (Billboard Hot 100 - #1), (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks #56), (Mainstream Rock #6), (Dance Music/Club Play Singles #1), and (Remix) (Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales #1). The album title was derived from the 1976 television film 'Sybil' about a woman with multiple personality disorder who only feels safe when she is sitting in her analyst's "big chair".
1986: The 28th Grammy Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Phil Collins won Album of the Year for 'No Jacket Required,' Dire Straits won Best Rock Performance for 'Money for Nothing' & Don Henley won Best Rock Vocal Performance for 'The Boys of Summer' and 'We Are The World" wins Grammys for Best Record and Best Song.
1987: London newspaper The Sun begins printing a series of articles in which Elton John's personal life comes into question. After lawyers got involved, The Sun would end up paying 1 million Pounds ($1.9 million) and issuing a printed apology which consisted of simply "Sorry, Elton."
1990: U.D.O. released their 3rd studio album, 'Faceless World.'
1991: Director Cameron Crowe brings members of the cast and crew of his movie 'Singles' to the Off Ramp in Seattle, where Pearl Jam, who appear in the film, is playing. Matt Dillon and Campbell Scott hang out with the band all night.
1992: Pantera release their 6th studio album, 'Vulgar Display Of Power.' It sells over 2 million copies.
1992: The Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo, goes to Bonnie Raitt for her 'Luck Of The Draw' album. She also wins Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for 'Something To Talk About.' Eric Clapton wins six Grammys, including Best Record and Best Song for 'Tears In Heaven' as well as Best Album for 'Unplugged.' James Brown is recognized for Lifetime Achievement and Michael Bolton is given a statue for Best Pop Vocal Performance for his note-for-note remake of Percy Sledge's 1966 #1 smash, 'When a Man Loves a Woman.' The awards ceremony is in NY.
1993: Toy Caldwell dies from a cocaine overdose in South Carolina. He was 45. Caldwell was the lead guitarist, main songwriter and a founding member of The Marshall Tucker Band. He was also the lead vocalist on their biggest hit 'Can’t You See.' Sadly, both of his brothers died within a month of each other in car accidents in 1980.
1992: Pantera releases their 'Vulgar Display Of Power' album. It goes on to sell over 2 million copies.
1992: Muddy Waters (born McKinley Morganfield) receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.
1992: The Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo, goes to Bonnie Raitt for her 'Luck Of The Draw' album. She also wins Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for 'Something To Talk About.'
1993: Toy Caldwell, lead singer for The Marshall Tucker band on their 1977 million seller, 'Heard It In A Love Song,' died in his sleep at the age of 45.
1998: Bob Dylan won three Grammys, including Album of the Year for 'Time Out of Mind.' During Dylan’s performance at the 40th annual ceremony, an audience member, with the words “soy bomb” painted across his chest, jumped on stage. Bob's son Jakob and his band The Wallflowers' 'One Headlight' earn Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance By A Group and the Best Alternative Music Performance award goes to Radiohead for 'OK Computer.' Also winning awards were John Fogerty, who picked up Best Rock Album for 'Blue Moon Swamp,' Elton John for Best Male Vocal for 'Candle In The Wind 1997' and Van Morrison And John Lee Hooker who won for Best Pop Collaboration for 'Don't Look Back.' Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Grammys.
2002: Riverhead Books bought the rights to publish Kurt Cobain’s journals.
2002: Billy Joel was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year in Los Angeles.
2003: Krokus released their album 'Rock The Block.' It peaked at #1 on the Swiss Album Chart and was certified Gold in Switzerland.
2003: Paul McCartney and his band performed at the 50th birthday of fan Wendy Whitworth in San Diego. Whitworth's husband paid one-million dollars to McCartney, who donated his fee to the Adopt-a-Minefield charity.
2003: Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd undergoes emergency heart surgery. The guitarist has a successful bypass operation in Atlanta after a routine screening finds him to be suffering from coronary artery disease. Rossington is the last original member still with the band.
2004: The Rolling Stones topped a U.S. Rich List of music’s biggest money makers. The list was based on earnings during 2003 when the band played their 'Forty Licks' tour, which made them $212 million in ticket, CD, DVD and merchandise sales. The three million fans who went to the shows spent an average of $11 each on merchandise. Bruce Springsteen was listed in second place and The Eagles in third.
2005: Shinedown and Tesla headline a benefit concert in Providence for survivors of the February 2003 fire (caused by Great White's pyro show) at the Station nightclub.
2006: Green Day, My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy collect trophies at MTV's 4th Annual TRL Awards. Winners are determined by votes placed through the network's website. Green Day receive the Roc Da Mic prize, My Chemical Romance earn the Best Group That Actually Plays Instruments honor and FOB nail Best New Artist.
2006: Carlos Santana is inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the 37th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.
2007: A Bon Scott Celebration Concert attracts more than 10,000 fans to Perth, Australia's, Claremont Showgrounds. Performers include former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans and Dave Evans, the singer who preceded Scott in the band. Organizers raise more than the $80,000 needed to fund a statue of Scott in his hometown of Fremantle, Australia.
2007: Elton John's 15th annual fundraising party in honor of the Academy Awards is in West Hollywood, CA. The event raises nearly $4.2 million for Elton's AIDS Foundation. Jon Bon Jovi and Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are among those in attendance.
2007: Melissa Etheridge gets an Oscar for her song, 'I Need To Wake Up.' The Best Original Song is in Al Gore's documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth.'
2007: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil makes a pair of appearances at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami Beach, FL. Neil demonstrates his margarita-making technique using his own Tres Rios brand of tequila before presiding over an auction offering a variety of Neil-themed offerings.
2008: Guitarist Eddie Van Halen's ex-wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, discusses the couple's ill-fated marriage on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
2008: Eric Clapton and former Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood play the first of three shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. The two had previously performed together a few months earlier at Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival.
2009: Nickelback's 'Dark Horse' supporting tour, with Saving Abel and Seether kicks off in Nashville, TN.
2010: Bob Dylan is awarded the National Medal of Arts, which recognizes 'the breadth and depth of American architecture, design, film, music, performance, theater and visual art'.
2011: Black Label Society announce that drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative) has replaced Will Hunt, who returned to Evanescence for the recording of that band's 3rd studio album.
2011: Rick Coonce, drummer for The Grass Roots on their eleven Billboard Top 40 hits, died of heart failure at the age of 64.
2013: 'Amok,' from Atoms For Peace, is released. The group includes Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Radiohead producer and multi-instrumentalist Nigel Godrich.
2014: Timothy Lambesis, lead singer for As I Lay Dying, admits to soliciting the murder of his wife in a San Diego courtroom. The 33 year-old Lambesis is also in the midst of a contentious divorce from his wife of 8 years, the intended victim, Meghan Lambesis.
2015: The Foo Fighters get the International Group trophy BRIT Awards at London's O2 Arena. The Best British Group honor goes to Royal Blood.
2015: On what would have been his 72nd birthday, a memorial tree honoring George Harrison was planted in a Los Angeles park to replace one that was earlier killed by a beetle infestation.

February 26
1955: Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78's.
Sales of 45 rpm records outsold 78 rpm discs in the US for the first time. The number 45 came from taking 78 and subtracting Columbia's 33 rpm. RCA introduced the first 45 on March 31, 1949 when they released 104 single vinyl records. The first 45 to hit the Billboard charts was 'You're Adorable' by Perry Como, on May 7th, 1949.
1955: R&B singer LaVern Baker appeals to the United States Congress in a letter to Michigan Representative Charles Digges Jr., to revise the Copyright Act of 1909. She says that recording artists should be protected against "note-for-note copying" of already recorded R&B tunes and arrangements by White artists and arrangers. Her request was denied.
1956: Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel' (his first million-seller) debuts on the Billboard charts.
1964: The Beatles worked on the final mixes for ‘Can't Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can't Do That’ tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world.
1964: Elvis Presley begins filming his sixteenth movie, 'Roustabout,' in Hollywood.
1965: The Rolling Stones' 'The Last Time' b/w 'Play with Fire' 45 single is released in the UK. It was the band's 3rd UK single to reach #1, spending four straight weeks at the top on most of the numerous UK music charts (there was no one UK chart at the time considered to be an absolute and definitive authority) in March and early April 1965. 'The Last Time' was recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood in January 1965. On his website, Jimmy Page lists this song as one on which he plays. The Last Time was mixed in true stereo, but only bootleggers have a poor quality version, and the stereo version is noticeably shorter than the mono counterpart.
1965: Guitarist Jimmy Page released a solo single called 'She Just Satisfies' in the UK. Page played all the instruments on it except for the drums, and produced the track, as well as singing lead vocals.
1966: The Beatles 'Rubber Soul' was at #1 on the US album chart, the group's 7th US album chart topper. Paul McCartney conceived the album's title after overhearing someone's description of Mick Jagger's singing style as "plastic soul."
1966: David Bowie & The Buzz appeared at The Corn Exchange in Chelmsford, England.
1966: The Who appear at Gliderdrome Bingo Hall in Lincolnshire, England.
1966: The Rolling Stones release '19th Nervous Breakdown.' It becomes their 9th hit single, reaching #2 on the American charts.
1967: After buying a ranch in Mississippi, Elvis Presley spends a lot of time on horses and gets saddlesores. He is referred to Dr. George Nichopoulos, who becomes his personal doctor and supplies his prescription drugs.
1968: The Who return to Los Angeles and Gold Star studios to finish recording and mixing 'Call Me Lightning' and 'Little Billy.' Prior to this, they head up to the Hollywood Hills for a photo shoot.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared as a last minute replacement for the group Wages of Sin, and performed a gig at the Domino Club, in the Lion Hotel, Cambridge, England.
1968: Jimi Hendrix Experience 'Up From The Skies' b/w 'One Rainy Wish' 45 single is released. Featured on their 1967 second album 'Axis: Bold as Love' and written by Jimi Hendrix, the song details the experience of a specimen of extraterrestrial life returning to Earth and displaying concern with the damage caused by the human beings living there. It was released as the only single from Axis: Bold as Love, in the United States and France only, and reached #82 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
1968: The Monkees 'Valleri' b/w 'Tapioca Tundra' 45 single is released. 'Valleri' is a song written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart for The Monkees, who had a #3 on Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Cash Box with it in early 1968. The song also rose to #12 in the UK.
1969: Yes played at the Marquee Club in London.
1970: Led Zeppelin received a gold disc for Swedish sales of 'Led Zeppelin II' while in Stockholm. Later that evening they performed at the Konserthuset.
1970: The Beatles 'Hey Jude (The Beatles Again)' album is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. It is a collection of non-album Beatles singles and B-sides, as well as 'I Should Have Known Better' and 'Can't Buy Me Love,' two singles released by Capitol Records whose only previous American album appearance had been on the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack album which had been released by United Artists Records. It is currently out of print. The 'Hey Jude' album was not compiled by Capitol; the project was conceived by Allen Klein and Apple Records.
1971: Pink Floyd played a concert at Stadthalle in Offenbach, Germany.
1971: Johnny Cash 'Man In Black' b/w 'Little Bit Of Yesterday' 45 single is released. A protest song written and sung by and about Johnny Cash, originally released on his 1971 album of the same name. It reached both the Billboard Hot 100 (#58) and Hot Country Singles (#3) charts.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Salem Armory Auditorium in Salem, Oregon.
1973: During a 9-date tour of Australia and New Zealand, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.
1973: Alice Cooper and artist Salvador Dali pose for a photo session. The finished result hangs in the Knoedler Gallery in New York.
1973: Raspberries 'Let's Pretend' b/w 'Every Way I Can' 45 single is released in the U.S. Written by Eric Carmen - from the LP ' Fresh.' 'Let's Pretend' reached the Top 40 at #35.
1975: The Eagles 'Best Of My Love' is the #1 Billboard Pop Hit.
1975: Genesis appeared at the Palais des Grottes in Cambrai, France.
1976: David Bowie performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1977: The Eagles 'New Kid In Town' hits #1 on the charts. The song earns the Eagles their first gold single. In the UK, it reached #20. At next year's Grammy Awards, the song would win for Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices.
1977: Bluesman Booker T. Washington “Bukka” White, who composed 'Fixing to Die,' is dead in Memphis at age 70.
1979: The Sex Pistols and their manager, Malcolm McLaren, go to court to split up the group's earnings. It was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned.
1979: The soundtrack to the Sex Pistols film 'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle' is released.
1979: 'Cheap Trick at Budokan' live album is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #29 on the UK Album chart. Two singles reached the Top 40 chart - 'I Want You to Want Me' (#7) and 'Ain't That a Shame' (#35). It was ranked #430 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" in 2003.
1980: Van Halen's 'Women And Children First' album is released. It's the first album to contain compositions written solely by the band.
1980: After seeing U2 play at Dublin's National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract.
1981: Judas Priest released their 7th studio album, 'Point of Entry.' The album was remastered in 2001, with two bonus tracks added, a live version of 'Desert Plains' and 'Thunder Road.'
1981: The Grateful Dead performed at the Uptown Theater in Chicago.
1983: Thanks to heavy MTV play, Duran Duran's 'Hungry Like A Wolf,' peaks at #3 on the U.S. singles chart.
1983: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Prince’s 'Little Red Corvette' at #66, Night Ranger’s 'Don’t Tell Me You Love Me' at #40, Saga’s 'On The Loose' at #26, Styx’s 'Mr. Roboto' at #24 and Sammy Hagar’s 'Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy' at #13. ‬
1983: Bob Seger peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Shame on the Moon,' Seger’s 6th top 10 single in the U.S.
1985: 'Dancing In The Dark' earns Bruce Springsteen a Grammy for Best Rock Male Performance. Tina Turner's 'What's Love Got To Do With It' gets Best Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year.
1986: Roger Daltrey appears on the British TV show 'Saturday Night' lip-syncing to'“Under A Raging Moo.'
1986: Van Halen released their 25th single, 'Why Can't This Be Love.'
1987: In the U.S. Capitol Records releases the first 4 Beatles albums on CD.
1990: Frank Zappa hosts the first of three T.V. programs entitled Frank Zappa's 'Wild Wild East' on the Financial News Network.
1990: 53 year old Cornell Gunter, former lead singer of The Coasters died in a hail of gunfire when an unknown assailant sprayed his '78 Camaro at a Las Vegas intersection.
1991: Motorhead released their 9th studio album, '1916.' The album reached #142 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart.
1991: Great White released their 5th full-length studio album, 'Hooked.' The album reached #18 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
1992: The video 'Nothing Else Matters' by ‪Metallica‬ premiered on ‪MTV.
1995: Billed as Piss Bottle Men, Neil Young and Pearl Jam perform together at Seattle's Moore Theater.
1995: Former Led Zeppelin duo Jimmy Page and Robert Plant kick off a year-long world tour in Pensacola, Florida, supporting their live 'No Quarter' reunion album.
1996: Pearl Jam wins a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance ('Spin The Black Circle').
1997: Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart of Rush receive the Order of Canada, the highest civilian award from the Canadian government, for significant achievement in important fields of human endeavor. They are the first rock band to receive the award.
1997: At the Grammys ceremony, Eric Clapton and The Beatles each win three awards the Beatles win two for 'Free As A Bird' and another for their Anthology video. Clapton wins the Best Male Pop Vocal category for 'Change the World.' The song is also named Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.
1998: Rocker Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fame is formally charged with abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, and one of their sons, Dylan.
2001: Rage released their 14th studio album, 'Welcome to the Other Side.'
2001: The Darkness made their live debut when they played at Camden HQ. It was a tribute gig to raise money for the family of Ed's band mate from his previous band Q-Sling who had committed suicide earlier that month.
2001: U2 won Outstanding contribution to music at the UK's Brit Awards.
2001: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose’s stalker Karen McNeil was found guilty of violating her probation by a Malibu Supreme Court judge. McNeil had been ordered to stay at least 300 yards from Rose’s residence in 1997 & the Malibu police had records of her trespassing on Rose’s property at least six times.
2002: Four Concerts for Artists' Rights take place in the L.A. area. The concerts raise funds to repeal or change sections of the California Labor Code that hurt recording artists. The Eagles (drummer Don Henley is a prime mover behind the effort), Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, No Doubt, Eddie Vedder and Beck perform.
2005: 'Some Kind Of Monster' wins the Best Documentary honor at the 20th annual Independent Spirit Awards, held in Santa Monica, CA. The Metallica film charts the recording of the album of the same name.
2006: Elton John earns the Best New Musical trophy at the United Kingdom's prestigious Laurence Olivier Awards in London. The award is for his work on the stage adaptation of Billy Elliot.
2006: Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme's side project, the 5:15ers with Masters Of Reality's Chris Goss makes its live debut in Los Angeles.
2006: U2 frontman Bono receives the Pablo Neruda medal of honor, Chile's highest award for the arts, from Chilean President Ricardo Lagos in Santiago. Later U2 are awarded Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award from Chile's president-elect, Michelle Bachelet.
2007: Lou Reed, Kinks frontman Ray Davies and Patti Smith perform at the 17th annual Tibet House benefit concert in New York. The event supports the organization's efforts to promote and preserve Tibet's cultural heritage.
2007: Manowar released their album 'Gods Of War.' It was the last studio album to feature drummer Scott Columbus.
2008: Death Angel released their album 'Killing Season.'
2008: Ex-Jimi Hendrix drummer Buddy Miles dies at age 60 at his home in Austin, TX. Miles played on the legendary 'Electric Ladyland' album and co-founded, with Hendrix, the short-lived Band Of Gypsys in 1969. Miles also played drums for Wilson Pickett, The Delfonics and The Ink Spots before founding The Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield and later joined Jimi Hendrix in Band Of Gypsys.
2009: A 10-minute version of The Beatles 'Revolution 1' was leaked onto the internet, giving fans a never-before-heard listen of what 'The White Album' sessions must have been like. Only two copies of the take were made when the song was completed on June 4th, 1968. One copy left the studio with Lennon that day and the other remained behind. It was unclear which copy appeared on the bootleg, nor how anyone acquired it.
2010: Krokus released their 16th studio album, 'Hoodoo.'
2010: 'American VI: Ain't No Grave,' the 6th and final installment of Johnny Cash's American Recordings series is issued on what would have been the legend's 78th birthday. Produced by Rick Rubin, the set list includes covers of Sheryl Crow's 'Redemption Day' and Kris Kristofferson's 'For The Good Times.' There's also the Cash original 'I Corinthians: 15:55.'
2010: White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights appears in theaters. The documentary, directed by Emmett Malloy, chronicles the group's 2007 tour across Canada. The film made its debut at 2009's Toronto Film Festival.
2010: Iggy Pop and Patti Smith perform at the 20th annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert at New York's Carnegie Hall.
2011: It was announced that Queen's 'We Will Rock You' was still the most-played song at US sporting events, according to a new survey from BMI, the royalty-distribution service. According to its data, based off of MLB, NFL and NHL games in 2009-2010, We Will Rock You was the #1 song overall, as well as for the NFL specifically.
2011: The Art of John Lennon exhibit, with drawings not previously displayed, opens at London's Mandeville Hotel.
2011: The Doobie Brothers make their debut at the Grand Ole Opry in support of their 'World Gone Crazy' album which features a guest performance by Willie Nelson.
2011: Mark Tulin collapses and dies while helping out at the Avalon Underwater Clean-Up in Avalon, CA. He was 62. Tulin was the bassist for The Electric Prunes who became famous with the release of the Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 compilation album in 1972 with their song 'I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night).' In 2009, Tulin began work with the Smashing Pumpkins, recording and touring. He somehow also found time to get a PhD in Psychology.
2012: Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen are the first two recipients of PEN New England's Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. In an email read during the ceremony, Bob Dylan states that Berry is "the Shakespeare of Rock n' Roll."
2013: Ten fans of The Who, who bought tickets to a show in Providence, RI, which was canceled, get redeemed tickets for the band's Quadrophenia tour stop. The '79 show was nixed by then-Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. after the fatal audience stampede at the group's Cincinnati concert two weeks earlier.
2014: Tim Lambesis, the singer for U.S. metal band As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty to attempting to hire an undercover agent to murder his estranged wife. He was arrested in May 2013 after prosecutors said he met a sheriff's deputy posing as a hitman, called Red, and handed over $1,000 along with his wife's address and front door security code.
2015: The childhood home of former Beatle Paul McCartney sold for £150,000 ($231,000) at an auction in Liverpool. McCartney moved into the house, in Western Avenue, Speke, aged four with his parents Jim and Mary in 1947, and lived in the three-bedroom house for six years.
2016: Bonnie Raitt delivers her 20th studio album, 'Dig In Deep' via her own Redwing Records.
2016: 'For All Kings' by Anthrax is released. The album marks the debut of former Shadows Fall lead guitarist Jon Donais, who replaced Rob Caggiano, following his departure in 2013.
2016: Anvil released the album 'Anvil Is Anvil.' It was the first Anvil album to feature bassist Chris Robertson.
2016: A Guns N' Roses exhibit opens at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland.

February 27
1956: Little Richard hits the top of the R&B chart for the first time with 'Slippin' And Slidin'.
1959: Jerry Lee Lewis and his third wife (and first cousin once removed) Myra have a son, Steve Allen Lewis, who is named after the TV host. The boy dies in a swimming pool accident three years later.
1961: Five months after topping the US charts with 'The Twist,' Chubby Checker does it again with 'Pony Time.' The song reached #27 in the UK.
1964: The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Not Fade Away.’
1965: This marked the first date of a 21 twice- nightly UK package tour with Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, and Herman’s Hermits, stopping at Sheffield’s City Hall in England.
1967: Pink Floyd recorded their first single 'Arnold Layne,' with producer Joe Boyd at Sound Techniques studio in Chelsea, England. The song cracks the U.K. Top 20.
1967: The Mamas & The Papas 3rd album, 'Deliver' is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart. Three of the album's singles ranked in the Hot 100 chart: 'Dedicated to the One I Love' at #2, 'Creeque Alley' at #5 and 'Look Through My Window' at #24.
1967: Simon & Garfunkel's 'At The Zoo' b/w 'The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)' 45 single is released. 'At the Zoo' was one of Simon's and Garfunkel's single releases in 1967. It was first released as a single in 1967, reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100. After that, it was released on 'Bookends' (1968).
1969: Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record 'Girl From The North Country' for Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline' album. Other Dylan/Cash duets are recorded but not released.
1969: The Grateful Dead played at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1970: Elvis Presley performed the Astrodome in Houston.
1970: Jefferson Airplane is fined $1,000 for onstage profanity in Oklahoma City.
1971: Five months after her death, Janis Joplin started a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Pearl.'
1971: Small Faces, The Grease Band, and Savoy Brown appeared at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1971: Three Dog Night performed at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis.
1972: T. Rex performed at New York's Carnegie Hall.
1972: Led Zeppelin performed at Sydney Showgrounds in Australia. Over 25,000 fans attending the show. Jimmy Page appeared clean shaven having shaved of the beard he had grown since the summer of 1970.
1972: Yes played at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, Connecticut.
1973: The Rolling Stones played at the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.
1974: Cher filed for divorce from Sonny Bono. Cher married Gregg Allman from The Allman Brothers band on June 27, 1975.
1975: Blue Oyster Cult released their 1st live album, 'On Your Feet or on Your Knees.'
1976: Mick Jagger is hospitalized in New York with a respiratory infection.
1976: The Who begin a European tour at Hallenstadion in Zürich, Switzerland.
1977: Keith Richard was busted for dope in Toronto. Police find heroin, cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia. Authorities accuse Richards of intending to traffic the drugs but Keith's attorney claims his client's drug problem is so extreme all the drugs are for his personal use. He is released on $25,000 bail, and eventually receives a suspended sentence after the court concludes that Richards did not bring the drugs into the country, but rather purchased them while in Canada.
1977: Led Zeppelin cancel the first date of their world tour in Dallas after Robert Plant comes down with tonsillitis.
1977: Pink Floyd performed at Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany.
1977: The classic KISS album, 'Dressed To Kill,' gets RIAA certified Gold. It has yet to be certified Platinum.
1978: Rush appeared at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England.
1980: Winners at the Grammy Awards included: record and song of the year, 'What A Fool Believes' from The Doobie Brothers and album of the year, Billy Joel's '52nd St,' and Best new artist, Rickie Lee Jones.
1981: A little over six weeks after its U.S. release, the Police's 'Zenyatta Mondatta,' their third album, is a certified million seller.
1981: Billboard’s Hot 100 includes Journey’s 'The Party’s Over (Hopelessly In Love)' at #73, April Wine’s 'Just Between You And Me' at #49, AC⚡️DC’s 'Back In Black' at #37, Styx’s 'The Best Of Times' at #6 and REO Speedwagon’s 'Keep On Loving You' at #.
1981: The first Who single recorded after Keith Moon’s death, 'You Better You Bet,' is released in the UK. The b-side is John Entwistle’s song 'The Quiet One.' It reaches #9 on the charts.
1982: The Cars peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with 'Shake It Up' their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult played at the Bicentennial Center in Salina, Kansas.
1987: KISS released their 37th single, 'Turn On the Night.'
1988: Aerosmith performed at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1988: David Lee Roth peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with 'Skyscraper,' which was his second and final top 10 album in the U.S.
1988: Billboard’s Hot 100 inludes White Lion’s 'Wait' at #88 (debut), Aerosmith’s 'Angel' at #39, INXS’ 'Devil Inside' at #38, Def Leppard’s 'Hysteria' at #24 and Foreigner’s 'Say You Will' at #7.
1989: XTC's 10th studio album, 'Oranges & Lemons' is released. It reached #44 on the Billboard Top Albums chart and #1 on the on the US college / alternative album chart, and #28 on the UK Albums chart. The album produced three hit singles: 'The Mayor of Simpleton' - reaching #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #46 on the UK singles chart. 'King for a Day' which reached #10 on the US alternative / modern rock chart.
1990: Armored Saint guitarist Dave Prichard dies of leukaemia.
1995: Bruce Dickinson released his 'Alive in Studio A' double-disc set. The first CD was recorded live in the studio, and the second one at the Marquee Club.
1996: KISS with original Spaceman Ace Frehley & original Catman Peter Criss appear at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. It leads a successful Reunion Tour.
1996: Green Day's 'Insomniac' album earns a platinum award for selling two-million copies.
1996: Bad Religion release their 9th full-length studio album 'The Gray Race.' This is the first Bad Religion album to feature Brian Baker on guitar, replacing Brett Gurewitz, who left the band two years earlier.
1996: Fu Manchu released their 3rd studio album, 'In Search Of...'
1996: Sacred Reich released their 4th studio album , 'Heal.' Future Machine Head drummer Dave McClain played on this album.
1998: A day after his wife Pamela Anderson Lee files for divorce for the second time Tommy Lee of Motley Crue pleads innocent in court on charges that he abused her.
1998: Motley Crue member Vince Neil announces an agreement with Internet Entertainment Group and Vivid Video to distribute a 60-minute home video of him having sex with two adult film models while on vacation in Hawaii.
2000: 'The Beach Boys: An American Family' TV mini-series begins on ABC.
2001: Cheap Trick released their 3rd live album , 'Silver.'
2001: Opeth released the album 'Blackwater Park.' In 2012, Loudwire listed 'Blackwater Park' as #2 on their list of the Top 50 Metal Songs of the 21st Century.
2001: Elektra Records state that the second leg of the North American 'Stiff Upper Lip' tour is the fastest selling AC/DC tour ever.
2001: Carlos Santana returns to the Mexican town where he grew up, Autlan De Navarro, for the first time in 46 years. A statue honor in Carlos and his father, mariachi player Jose Santana, is unveiled.
2002: U2 win Grammys for Best Rock Album for 'All That You Can't Leave Behind.' They also pick up trophies for Record of the Year ('Walk On'), Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group ('Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of') and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group ('Elevation').
2003: KISS featuring Tommy Thayer & Peter Criss play the Telstra Dome, Melbourne, Australia accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO). It gives us the CD/DVD, 'KISS Symphony: Alive IV.'‬
2004: Minnesota State University cancels a Mar. 29 Puddle Of Mudd concert in the wake of frontman Wes Scantlin's arrest on Feb. 22 in Toledo, OH, on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. "Safety is our first and foremost concern," says an MSU official. Scantlin spit on and threw a bottle at audience members during the drunken performance.
2005: Carlos Santana takes the stage at the 77th annual Academy Awards. He and singer Enrique Iglesias perform the Oscar nominated song 'Al Otro Lado Del Rio' from 'The Motorcycle Diaries.' Also, Elton John's annual Oscar party is held to benefit his AIDS Foundation. Elton plays and then autographs an $80,000 cherry red piano before it is auctioned off.
2005: Less than a week after his departure from KoRn, guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch addresses more than 10,000 people during three services at the Valley Bible Fellowship Church in Bakersfield, CA.
2006: Monster Magnet frontman Dave Wyndorf is hospitalized due to a drug overdose. As a result, the group cancels their European tour.
2008: Maxim magazine apologizes for running a lukewarm review of the Black Crowes' 'Warpaint' album. Seems the magazine's music critic didn't listen to the entire disc before assigning a two-and-a-half-star rating (pretty low). Maxim admitted that it hadn't followed editorial policy. The Crowes' manager, Pete Angelus, calls the publication's statement 'self-serving damage control' and wants Maxim to 'issue a public apology' to the band.
2008: Linkin Park and Coheed & Cambria take a day off from their joint North American tour to help build homes in New Orleans for families affected by Hurricane Katrina.
2009: Having blasted former Gun N' Roses guitarist Slash just a month earlier in a Billboard magazine interview, Axl Rose is at it again. He tells Spinner magazine that Slash is "a cancer, and better removed," and claims the guitarist's attempt "to take over Guns" was a reason for the disintegration of the classic GN'R lineup. "There's zero possibility of me having anything to do with Slash other than by ambush, and that wouldn't be pretty."
2009: U2 play a surprise 20-minute set on the roof of the BBC Broadcasting House in London to promote their 'No Line On The Horizon' album. An estimated 5,000 people witness the concert.
2010: U2 raked in more money than any other music act in the U.S. in 2009 making $109 million from touring, record sales and other royalties, almost twice as much as the second best, Bruce Springsteen who took home $58 million, followed by Madonna with $47 million and AC/DC with $44 million.
2010: Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall And John Oates and also recorded with Elvis Costello and Billy Joel, died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 58.
2011: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and co-composer Atticus Ross win an Academy Award for their score for The Social Network, the David Fincher-directed film about the founding of Facebook.
21012: UFO released their 20th studio album, 'Seven Deadly.'
2012: The Sex Pistols signed a record deal with Universal that would lead the way to releasing an expanded and repackaged edition of the band's 'Never Mind The Bollocks' and 'Here's The Sex Pistol,', later in the year.
2012: Kid Rock formally endorses Mitt Romney in the Michigan Republican presidential primary. Rock performs 'Born Free,' Romney's campaign theme song, at a rally. Prior to the endorsement, Rock sought assurances from Romney that he would look out for Michigan and the city of Detroit if elected President.
2012: Slash's single, 'You're A Lie,' goes to radio. The track is from his second solo album, 'Apocalyptic Love.'
2013: "Stone Temple Pilots announce they have officially terminated Scott Weiland," reads a terse statement from the band. Weiland, who has a history of drug abuse and run-ins with the law, had only recently denied rumors the group was breaking up. "Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded," Weiland says in a statement that threatens legal action.
2013: The Rolling Stones win Best Live Band and Best Music Film (for Crossfire Hurricane) honors at the NME Music Awards at London's Troxy. Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood is on hand to pick up the award.
2013: AC/DC Premium Lager Beer, a German lager that contains 5.0% alcohol, is available in Germany.
2014: Lamb Of God's documentary 'As The Palaces Burn' is screened in the U.S. The film tells the story of frontman Randy Blythe's arrest and trial for manslaughter after a fan died falling from the stage during a 2010 concert in Prague. The singer was acquitted.
2014: Rick Rubin (Def Jam founder and producer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Johnny Cash, to name a few) receives the David Lynch Foundation's Lifetime of Harmony Award at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
2014: Slash, Alice Cooper, Sammy Hagar, Matt Sorum, Vince Neil of Motley Crue and System Of A Down's John Dolmayan perform at the Kerry Simon Says Fight MSA benefit concert in Las Vegas. The night features 'creative tastes' from celebrity chefs. Chef Simon is battling MSA, 'an aggressive form of Parkinson's disease'.
2015: Gary Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was sentenced by a British judge to 16 years in prison for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13. Glitter reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972 with 'Rock And Roll Part 2.'
2016: The Turtles announced via their Twitter account that front man Mark Volman had been given a clean bill of health after undergoing treatment for throat cancer last Fall. The band planned to go ahead with their annual 'Happy Together' tour scheduled for the following Summer.
2016: Elton John gave a free, surprise concert outside of the old Tower Records building in Los Angeles. John performed an hour-long set of his hits to thank the city of West Hollywood for its support of his AIDS Foundation and his Academy Awards Viewing Party.

February 28
1964: The Yardbirds played at the Rhythm and Blues Festival at The Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1966: Police were called after over a 100 music fans barricaded themselves inside Liverpool's Cavern Club to protest at the clubs closure. The club had run up debts of over £10,000.
1966: The Who appeared at Eltham Bath in London.
1966: Paul Revere And The Raiders Featuring Mark Lindsay 'Kicks' b/w 'Shake It Up' 45 single is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and spent 14 weeks on the chart. 'Kicks' was included on the band's 5th album, 'Midnight Ride,' released in May 1966. In 2004, 'Kicks' was ranked #400 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1968: 25 year old Frankie Lymon, lead singer of The Teenagers, died of a heroin overdose in his grandmother's New York home. Lymon was on leave from a Georgia Army post at the time and was scheduled to record for Roulette Records the next day. He first hit the national charts in 1956 when he was just 13 with 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love.'
1969: Yes played at the Richmond Athletic Grounds, in the London borough of Richmond upon Thames.
1970: Pink Floyd performed at the Refectory Hall, Leeds University in Yorkshire, England.
1970: Van Morrison's 'Moondance' album is released.
1970: Led Zeppelin perform in Copenhagen under the pseudonym Nobs, because of a threat of suit by Count Evan von Zeppelin, a relative of the airship designer Ferdinand, if the band play under the name Zeppelin in Denmark.
1970: In an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. The following year Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was committed to a mental hospital in He re- launched his career in the 1990's.
1970: The title track of Simon & Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' album hits #1 on the Hot 100, where it will remain for six weeks, longer than any other song in 1970. The song would go on to win five awards at the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971, including Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. The piano player on the track is Larry Knechtel, who also played for the soft-rock group, Bread. The drummer was legendary session man Hal Blaine.
1970: Billed as David Bowie's New Electric Band, David Bowie played at the Basildon Arts Lab experimental music club at the Basildon Arts Centre in Essex, England. Also on the bill were High Tide, Overson and Iron Butterfly.
1972: George and Patti Harrison were injured in a car crash; Patti was unconscious for several days.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1975: Genesis played at the Parc Des Expositions in Colmar, France.
1976: Paul Simon's 'Still Crazy After All These Years' was named Best Pop Vocal Performance and Album Of The Year at the 18th annual Grammy Awards. In his acceptance speech, Simon told the audience "I'd like to thank Stevie Wonder for not releasing an album this year."
1976: The Eagles 'Lyin' Eyes' wins a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.
1976: The theme from the ABC-TV program 'S.W.A.T.' became the first television theme song to top the Billboard Hot 100. Before that, the theme from the original Hawaii 5-0 had made it to #4.
1977: AC/DC played at the Village Bowl in Bournemouth, England.
1979: Judas Priest released their 5th studio album, 'Hell Bent for Leather' in the U.S. It was released in the rest of the world as 'Killing Machine,'
1981: Iron Maiden release their 'Killers' album.
1981: Rush released their 18th single, 'Tom Sawyer.'
1982: King Crimson appeared at the Pritchard Gymnasium in Stony Brook, New York.
1982: Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham collapsed during the bands European tour suffering from heroin withdrawal.
1983: U2's 3rd studio album, 'War' is released.It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart, and #1 on the UK Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #221 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time".
1984: The Police win Grammys for 'Every Breath You Take' (Best Pop Performance and Song of the Year) and Best Rock Performance ('Synchronicity').
1985: Uriah Heep lead singer David Byron (born David Garrick), dies in England from alcohol related complications including liver disease and seizures. He was just 38. Byron sang on ten Uriah Heep albums and sang on many hits including 'Easy Livin' before being fired in 1976 for his alcoholism.
1985: Bruce Springsteen wins for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in the Rolling Stone reader's poll.
1987: Eddie Van Halen appeared on 'Saturday Night Live' which was being hosted by his then-wife Valerie Bertinelli.
1989: Bob Dylan recorded the first sessions for the 'Oh Mercy' album at The Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana. What became Dylan's 26th studio album, released by Columbia Records in September 1989 was produced by Daniel Lanois.
1990: Eric Johnson's 'Ah Via Musicom' album is released. It reached #67 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, anchored by four tracks that reached the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart - 'Cliffs of Dover' (#5), 'Trademark' (#7), 'Righteous' (#8), and 'High Landrons' (#31). 'Cliffs of Dover,' was ranked #17 in a list of "100 Greatest Guitar Solos" by Guitar World magazine and remains a highly regarded staple within the guitar community; later going on to win the award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1992 Grammy Awards.
1990: Riot released the album 'The Privilege Of Power.' The song 'Killer' is about convicted killer Jeffrey R. MacDonald and features a guest vocal appearance by Joe Lynn Turner.
1994: Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London's Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the 'Children In Crisis' charity.
1995: Billie Joe Armstrong (of Green Day) and wife Adrienne welcome their first child, son Joseph "Joey" Marciano Armstrong, named for Ramones singer Joey Ramone.
1995: Aerosmith guitarist Brad Withford & drummer Joey Kramer appeared at the Massachusetts State House in Boston where they received the 1995 Commonwealth Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Advocates for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities.
1996: At the 38th annual Grammy Awards, Nirvana's 'Unplugged' wins best alternative album, and the Allman Brothers Band's 'Jessica' earns the Best Rock Instrumental trophy. They also perform the song. The original lineup of Kiss made their first public appearance in full makeup & costumes in 17 years at the Awards in Los Angeles. Kiss & Tupac Shakur presented the Grammy Award for Best New Artist to Hootie & the Blowfish.
2000: AC/DC released their 14th studio album, 'Stiff Upper Lip.' The album was co-produced by George Young, and this was the last AC/DC album that he produced before his death in 2017.
2001: Courtney Love sues to get out of her contract with Vivendi Universal, on the grounds that music industry contracts are too lengthy.
2005: Legendary New York recording studio the Hit Factory closes. John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder are among the illustrious performers who recorded there.
2005: Chris Curtis, drummer, vocalist and charismatic front man for the 1960s pop group The Searchers, passed away at the age of 63. His band placed seven songs in Billboard's Top 40 including 'Love Potion Number Nine' and 'Needles And Pins.'
2005: For the first time in nine years, a Lennon / McCartney song charted on the Billboard Hot 100. 'Across the Universe' was first issued for a charity album for the World Wildlife Fund, but after a group of artists performed the song live at the Grammy Awards to raise funds for Tsunami Aid, the song quickly rose to #22.
2006: Bruce Springsteen releases 'Hammersmith Odeon London 1975.'
2006: Kid Rock releases his first concert album, 'Live Trucker.' The tracks were recorded between '00 and '04 and include 'Cowboy,' 'Bawitdaba' and 'Cocky.'
2007: The Doors receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Guitarist Robby Krieger and keyboardist Ray Manzarek were on hand, along with Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, who signed the band and worked closely with them in the studio. Drummer John Densmore did not attend the event.
2007: KoRn announce that Clint Lowery (Sevendust/Dark New Day) is their touring guitarist. "I've always been a Sevendust fan, and I was thinking it would be great if Clint Lowery (would) be interested in touring with KoRn," says guitarist James 'Munky' Shaffer.
2007: The Carlos by Carlos Santana shoe line and the Spirit of Women Health Network partner to launch the Red Shoe Celebrity Auction campaign. Red shoes from Santana's footwear company are autographed by celebrities and sold on eBay. The initiative benefits the Peripheral Arterial Disease Coalition and various other health-related charities.
2007: Billy Thorpe, best known in the U.S. for his song and space opera 'Children of the Sun,' dies of a heart attack at his home in Sydney. He was 60. Born in England but raised in Australia, Thorpe first had success as the leader of his band Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs. Their singles included 'Blue Day,' 'Poison Ivy,' 'Over the Rainbow,' 'Sick and Tired' and 'Mashed Potato.' A huge star in Australia, Thorpe was posthumously appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to music as a musician, songwriter and producer.
2008: Mike Smith, singer and keyboardist for British Invasion group the Dave Clark Five, dies at age 64 after a bout with pneumonia. For a time, The Dave Clark Five was more popular than the Beatles. Four years prior to his death, Smith fractured his spine when he fell off a gate at his home, leaving him permanently paralyzed from the waist down with only limited use in his left arm. In 2008, just 11 days after he died, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Dave Clark Five.
2008: Drummer Buddy Miles, who played with Jimi Hendrix in his last regular group, Band of Gypsys, died at age 60 at his home in Austin, Texas after struggling with a long-term illness. Born George Allen Miles in Omaha, Nebraska, Buddy’s nickname was a tribute to his idol, jazz drummer Buddy Rich. Rich also played with The Delfonics, The Ink Spots, Wilson Pickett, Electric Flag, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Muddy Waters and Barry White. His signature song was “Them Changes,” a composition he had written and recorded with the Band of Gypsys.
2009: Singer Rome makes his debut as Sublime's frontman at a show in Sparks, NV. The group hadn't performed since the 1996 drug-overdose death of original frontman Bradley Nowell.
2010: 60,000 people hear hometown band Nickelback perform 'How You Remind Me'and 'Burn It To The Ground' at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. Fellow Canadian Neil Young plays his classic 'Long May You Run.' Avril Lavigne and Alanis Morissette also take the stage at the event.
2010: Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall And John Oates died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 58. T-Bone also headed the Saturday Night Live house band from 1986-1992 with his Hall & Oates bandmate G.E. Smith. In addition, he had worked extensively with Carly Simon, Squeeze, Elvis Costello, Shawn Colvin and Billy Joel. He had also recorded with Jellyfish and Squeeze over the course of his career.
2012: Corrosion Of Conformity issue their self-titled comeback and 8th studio album. Recorded at Dave Grohl's Studio 606 in L.A., the offering is their first release in seven years.
2012: U2's Adam Clayton sues his former assistant, Carol Hawkins, for misappropriating $7.5 million of his money over a five-year period beginning with the launch of the 2005 Vertigo Tour. The bassist seeks full restitution.
2012: Dark New Day release their sophomore album 'New Tradition." The band includes members from Sevendust and Evanescence. "It seems the time is right to make these songs public and share with the fans that continue to support this project," states guitarist Clint Lowery (of Sevendust). "[We] think its mandatory we give these songs a fair chance out in the music world. We owe it to ourselves and the DND fans."
2014: Rickey Charles Goodrich, Pearl Jam's former accountant, admits in court that he stole over $380,000 over a four-year period as chief financial officer for the group's management company. Goodrich is sentenced to 14 months in prison.
2014: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale have their third child: Apollo Bowie Flynn.
2014: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) plays a free eight-hour concert that's an interpretation of Hermann Hesse's 1922 novel Siddhartha. The show, at Madame ZuZu's Tea Shop and Art Studio in Highland Park, IL, is a 'modular synthesis, on the fly'.
2015: Tygers Of Pan Tang release their 'Tygers Sessions: The First Wave' album.
2017: Ghost spirit win the trophy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Album for their 'Popestar' EP at the Swedish Grammis Award. It’s the band’s third Grammis win.
2017: British singer/songwriter Paul Rose sues U2 claiming 'The Fly' was lifted from his ’89 song 'Nae Slappin.' Though Rose waited 25 years to file the suit, he wants $5 million and songwriting credit for the ’91 track on the 'Achtung Baby' album.

February 29
1956: Carl Perkins' 'Blue Suede Shoes' enters the pop charts.
1964: Betty Everett's rendition of 'The Shoop Shoop Song' enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak at #6. The Shirelles' management team had turned the song down and Soul singer Merry Clayton's version, recorded as 'It's in His Kiss' in 1963, failed to catch on.
1964: The Trashmen enter the American Top 40 with 'Bird Dance Beat,' a follow-up to their #4 hit, 'Surfin' Bird.' The song will top out at #30.
1968: The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper' won album of the year (the first rock album to receive this honor), best cover and best-engineered and recorded album at this year's Grammy Awards.
1972: John Lennon's U.S. visa expires, sparking a four-year fight for immigrant status. The couple are viewed as political radicals by the Nixon Administration who wants them deported. John and Yoko eventually win the right to stay.
1972: On the last date of an Australian tour Led Zeppelin played at the Festival Hall in Brisbane.
1977: Two members of Lynyrd Skynyrd were knocked unconscious after a scuffle broke out between the band and members of the metropolitan police boxing team, who were holding a dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
1980: Buddy Holly's iconic glasses, which were lost in the plane crash that killed him in Iowa, are found in evidence by a local sheriff. The glasses were found two months after the crash and turned in to police, where they stayed for the next 21 years. Holly's cuff links worn during the crash had already been presented to Paul McCartney back in 1976 when the first Buddy Holly Week was held. Holly's widow would eventually launch a lawsuit to recover his glasses.
1984: The LP 'Sports' by Huey Lewis And The News is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It will go on to top the Billboard album chart in June and become the second largest selling album of the year, behind Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.' The collection also spawned four Billboard Top Ten singles, 'Heart and Soul' (#8), 'I Want a New Drug'(#6), 'The Heart of Rock & Roll' (#6) and 'If This Is It' (#6).
1988: Robert Plant released his 4th solo album, 'Now And Zen.' The tracks 'Heaven Knows' and 'Tall Cool One' featured Jimmy Page.
1992: Mr Big started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'To Be With You.'
1992: U2 premieres their Zoo TV tour in Lakeland, Florida, making their first US concert appearance in four years.
1996: Helloween released their 7th studio album, 'The Time of the Oath.'
2000: Smashing Pumpkins release their 5th studio album 'MACHINA/The Machines of Gods,' their last studio LP before pulling the plug.
2000: Dennis Danell, founding guitarist of the Southern California Punk Rock band Social Distortion, dies of a brain aneurysm at age 38.
2000: Steely Dan's 8th album, 'Two Against Nature' is released. The album won the 2001 Grammy Award for Album Of The Year, won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album and 'Cousin Dupree' won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It marked the first Steely Dan studio album in 20 years, following 1980's 'Gaucho.' It has been certified 2x platinum in the US.
2000: Eric Clapton was banned from driving for six months after speeding at 45mph in a 30mph zone near his UK home in Surrey.
2000: Sir Elton John stormed out of the opening of his new Broadway musical show, 'Aida', after 15 minutes complaining that his songs had been ruined.
2012: 64-year-old Davy Jones, of the made-for-TV group The Monkees, suffered chest pains while riding one of his fourteen horses at a farm near Indiantown, Florida. He was rushed to Martin Memorial South Hospital in Stuart, Florida, where he was pronounced dead of a severe heart attack due to coronary artery disease. His former band mate Micky Dolenz would later say, "He was the brother I never had and this leaves a gigantic hole in my heart."
2012: Slash and actress Betty White appear in the first of a series of commercials promoting a new exhibit, The Lair (featuring reptiles), at the L.A. Zoo. Both Slash and White are long time zoo supporters.
2012: 64-year-old vocalist Meat Loaf fell ill just moments before he was to appear on the UK TV show 'Loose Women.' Although he missed the program, he was later able to carry on with his full line-up of appearances.
2016: The Rolling Stones announced that they would play a landmark concert in Havana, Cuba on March 25th. Rock music was marginalized in Cuba for political reasons after the Cuban revolution in the 1950s which saw Fidel Castro come to power.
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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: January

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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: January

Rock Birthdays
Jan. 1
Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe and the Fish) - 76
Morgan Fisher (Mott The Hoople, Love Affair, Hybrid Kids, Morgan) - 68
David Wayne (Metal Church, Reverend, Wayne, Intrinsic) - b. 1958 - d. 5/10/05
Richie Faulkner (Dirty Deeds, Voodoo Six, Ace Mafia, Lauren Harris, Judas Priest) - 38

Jan. 2
Richard Cole (UK tour manager: Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Black Sabbath, Lita Ford, Ozzy Osbourne, Three Dog Night and more) - 72
Chick Churchill (Ten Years After) - 72
Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, Tackhead, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Waddy Wachtel, Little Axe, IMF's, solo) - 59
Doug Robb (Hoobastank) - 43

Jan. 3
Sir George Martin (producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician) - b. 1926 - d. 3/8/16
Stephen Stills (CSNY, CSN, Buffalo Springfield, Manassas, The Rides, The Stills-Young Band, Au Go Go Singers, The Continentals, solo) - 73
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin, Them Crooked Vultures, Donovan, Seasick Steve, solo, producer, session work + more) - 72
Ross the Boss/Ross Friedman (Manowar, The Dictators, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom + more) - 64
David C. Lewis (Ambrosia, Shadowfax, Edgar Winter, Billy Preston, Al Stewart, Stephan Bishop, Gary Wright, Terry Sylvester (The Hollies), John Ford Coley, The Doobie Brothers, Heart, Michael Hedges, Missing Persons, Dale Bozzio) -
Tracy "G" Grijalva‬ (WWIII, ‎Dio‬, Love/Hate) - 59

Jan. 4
John McLaughlin (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clark, Jaco Pastorius + more) - 76
Eugene Chadbourne (Shockabilly, has worked with numerous artists including John Zorn, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Carla Bley Band, Camper Van Beethoven, Jello Biafra, They Might Be Giants, Violent Femmes, Jimmy Carl Black) - 64
Brian Ray (Paul McCartney, solo + more) - 63
Michael Stipe (R.E.M., The Golden Palominos) - 58
Peter Steele (Type O Negative, Carnivore, Fallout) - b. 1962 - d. 4/14/10
Till Lindemann (Rammstein) - 55
Michael Olivieri (Leatherwolf) - 54
Michael Fast (Pretty Maids) - 54
Cáit O'Riordan (The Pogues, The Nips, The Radiators, Elvis Costello, others) - 53
Benjamin Darvill aka Son of Dave (Crash Test Dummies, solo) - 51

Jan. 5
Sam Phillips (founder of Sun Records + more) - b. 1923 - 7/30/03
Phil Ramone (Legendary recording engineer, record producer, composer. Among those whose music he has produced are Ray Charles, B. B. King, Paul McCartney, Chicago, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, The Guess Who, Julian Lennon, Clay Aiken, Burt Bacharach, Laura Branigan, Karen Carpenter, Peter Cincotti, Natalie Cole, Sheena Easton, Melissa Errico, Gloria Estefan, Quincy Jones, Patricia Kaas, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Richard Marx, George Michael, Liza Minnelli, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sinéad O'Connor, Fito Páez, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Paul and Mary, Andre Previn, Diane Schuur, Dionne Warwick and many more. He is also credited with recording Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday to You" to President John F. Kennedy) - b. 1941 - d. 3/30/13
Chris Stien (Blondie) - 66
Kelly Nickles (Sweet Pain, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat) - 56
Grant Young (Soul Asylum) - 55
Ted Poley (Prophet, Danger Danger, solo) - 54
Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) - 49
Robbie Crane (Lynch Mob, Ratt, Vince Neil, Vertex, Adler's Appetite, Angel City Outlaws, Tuff, Black Star Riders) - 48
Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age, Desert Sessions, Enemy, Failure, The Wondergirls, A Perfect Circle, The Gutter Twins, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, Sweethead, Puscifer) - 48
Matt Wachter (30 Seconds to Mars, Angels & Airwaves) - 42

Jan. 6
Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) - b. 1946 - d. 7/7/06
Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo) - 67
Malcolm Young (AC/DC, Marcus Hook Roll Band) - 65
Neil Simpson (Climax Blues Band) - 59
Muzz Skillings (Living Colour, Medicine Stick) - 58
Michael Houser (Widespread Panic) - b. 1962 - d. 8/10/02
Pete Loran (Trixter) - 51
Gary Wiseman (Bowling for Soup) - 47
Eric Taylor (Saving Abel) -
‪Morgan Lander‬ (‎Kittie) - 36
James Durbin (solo, Quiet Riot) - 29

Jan. 7
Paul Revere (Paul Revere and The Raiders) - b. 1938 - d. 10/4/14
Rory Storm / Alan Caldwell (Rory Storm & The Hurricanes) - b. 1938 - d. 9/28/72
Rod Hicks (Paul Butterfield Blues Band) - b. 1941 - d. 1/2/13
Jann Wenner (Founder, editor, publisher; Rolling Stone magazine) - 72
Kenny Loggins (Loggins & Messina, USA for Africa, Michael McDonald, Blue Sky Riders, solo) - 70
Rick Marotta (Brethren, appears on many recordings by leading artists such as Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Paul Simon, John Lennon, Hall & Oates, Stevie Nicks, Wynonna, Roy Orbison, Todd Rundgren, Roberta Flack, Peter Frampton, Quincy Jones, Jackson Browne, Waylon Jennings, Randy Newman, Peter Gabriel, Kenny G., The Jacksons, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Warren Zevon + more) - 70
Kathy Valentine (The Go- Go’s, solo) - 59
Ivan Moody (Motograter, Five Finger Death Punch) - 38
Jinxx/Jeremy Miles Ferguson (Black Veil Brides) - 32

Jan. 8
Elvis Presley - b. 1935 - d. 8/16/77
Bill Graham (concert promoter) - b. 1931 - d. 10/25/91
Little Anthony (Little Anthony & The Imperials) - 77
Robby Kreiger (The Psychedelic Rangers, The Doors, The Butts Band, Manzarek–Krieger, Robby Krieger Band, Experience Hendrix, solo) - 72
David Bowie (The Riot Squad, Tin Machine, The Hype, The Lower Third, The Konrads, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 1/10/16
Terry Sylvester (The Escorts, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Hollies, solo) - 70
Mike Reno (Loverboy, Moxy, solo) - 63
Alan Krigger (Ike & Tina Turner, Carl Wilson, Giuffria, London, D'Priest, Hollywood Allstarz + more) -
Andrew Wood (Malfunkshun, Mother Love Bone) - b. 1966 - d. 3/19/90
Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) - 48
Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch, W.A.S.P.) - 45
Dick Verbeuren (Megadeth, Soilwork) - 43
Torry Castellano (Donna C. - The Donnas) - 39
Maya Ford (Donna F. - The Donnas) -

Jan. 9
Joan Baez - 77
Jimmy Page (The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, The Firm, solo, Coverdale/Page, Page and Plant, Herman's Hermits, XYZ, Joe Cocker, The Edge, Jack White, Donovan, The Black Crowes) - 74
Cassie Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Honkettes) - b. 1948 - d. 10/20/77
Paul King (Mungo Jerry) - 70
David Johansen (New York Dolls, solo) - 68
Steve McRay (38 Special, Ted Nugent, Mose Jones, Atlanta Rhythm Section + more) - 68
Phil Lewis (Girl, L.A. Guns, New Torpedos, Tormé, Liberators, Filthy Lucre) - 61
Eric Erlandson (Hole, Rodney & the Tube Tops + more) - 55
Janis Tanaka (Femme Fatale) - 55
Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, Cro-Mags) - 54
Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Dave Matthews & Friends+ more) - 51
Carl Bell (Fuel) - 51
Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth) - 51

Jan. 10
Jerry Wexler (producer and record company executive. One of the main record industry players behind music from the 1950s through the 1980s. He coined the term "rhythm and blues", and was integral in signing and/or producing many of the biggest acts of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Chris Connor, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Dire Straits, Dusty Springfield and Bob Dylan. Wexler was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987) - b. 1917 - d. 8/15/08
Ronnie Hawkins (Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks, The Band, Full Tilt Boogie Band, Crowbar, Bearfoot, Skylark, Robbie Lane & The Disciples, The Rock ‘N’ Roll Orchestra, The Revols, Ronnie Hawkins and Many Others, Ronnie's Rock 'n' Roll Revival and Travelling Medicine Show) - 83
Scott McKenzie (The Singing Strings, The Journeymen, solo) - b. 1939 - d. 8/18/12
Jim Croce - b. 1943 - d. 9/20/73
Rod Stewart (Shotgun Express, The Steampacket, The Jeff Beck Group, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Faces, solo) - 73
Anysley Dunbar (The Jeff Beck Group, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, UFO, Whitesnake, Journey, Jefferson Starship, Lou Reed, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Sammy Hagar, Michael Schenker, Jake E. Lee, The Mojos, Flo & Eddie) - 72
Donald Fagen (Jay and the Americans, Steely Dan, New York Rock and Soul Revue, The Dukes of September, solo) - 70
Scott Thurston (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jackson Browne, The Cult, Melissa Etheridge, Glenn Frey, Hokus Pokus, Iggy Pop And The Stooges, Jump, Nils Lofgren, The Motels, Ron Asheton's The New Order, Bonnie Raitt, John Trudell) - 66
Pat Benatar - 65
Michael Schenker (MSG, Scorpions, UFO, McAuley Schenker Group, Ratt, Contraband, Schenker Pattison Summit, The Plot) - 63
Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets, Eyes Adrift, Volcano) - 59
Parramore McCarthy (Warrior, Rough Cutt, Steve Steven's Atomic Playboys) - 55
John Fenton "Johnny Dwarf" (Killer Dwarfs) - 47
Matt Roberts (3 Doors Down) - 40
Brent Smith (Shinedown) - 40
Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) - 38

Jan. 11
Laurens Hammond (inventor of the Hammond organ. The sound of the Hammond was used by many rock artists including; Procol Harum, Keith Emerson, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers and The Faces) - b. 1895 - d. 7/3/73
Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 6/18/11
Tony Kaye (Yes, Badfinger, Circa, Yoso, Badger, The Iveys, Detective, Cinema, Flash) - 72
Terry Williams (Dire Straits, Bob Dylan, Rockpile, Tina Turner + more) - 70
Frederick Dennis Greene (Sha Na Na) - 69
Vicki Peterson (The Bangles, Continental Drifters, Psycho Sisters) - 60
Tom Dumont (No Doubt) - 50

Jan. 12
Mississippi Fred McDowell (R.L. Burnside, Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, solo) - b. 1904 - d. 7/13/72
Long John Baldry - b. 1941 - d. July 21, 2005
Maggie Bell (Stone the Crows, Midnight Flyer, The British Blues Quintet, Jon Lord Blues Project, solo) - 73
Chris Bell (Big Star) - b. 1951 - d. 12/27/78
Howard Stern - 64
Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) - 58
Rob Zombie (White Zombie, solo) - 53
Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) - 48
Matt Wong (Reel Big Fish) - 45
Jason Freese (performed on over 50 albums by more than 35 different artists, including albums by Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Jewel, NOFX, and Zebrahead) -

Jan. 13
Cornelius Bumpus (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) - b. 1945 - d. 2/32/04
Trevor Rabin (Yes, Rabbitt, Mr. Mister, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Roger Hodgson, solo, film composer) - 64
Don Snow (Squeeze, Sinceros, Procol Harum, many sessions) - 61
James LoMenzo (Clockwork, Rondinelli, White Lion, Megadeth, Pride & Glory, Slash's Snakepit, Lynch Mob, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Black Label Society, HAIL!, Hydrogyn, John Fogerty) - 59
Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips, solo) - 57
Tim Kelly (Hellion, Slaughter) - b. 1963 - d. Feb. 5, 1998
Malcolm Foster (Pretenders, Simple Minds, others) -

Jan. 14
Johnny Grande (Bill Haley and The Comets) - b. 1930 - d. 6/3/06
Clarence Carter - 82
Allen Toussaint (singer, songwriter, producer) - b. 1938 - d. 11/10/15
T-Bone Burnett (singer, songwriter, Producer) - 70
Lamar Williams (Fungus Blues Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Sea Level) - b. 1949 - d. 1/21/83
Geoff Tate (Queensryche, Hear N' Aid, Operation: Mindcrime) - 59
Mike Tramp (White Lion, Freak Of Nature, solo) - 57
Patricia Morrison (The Sisters of Mercy, the Damned, others) - 56
‎Ian Mayo‬ (Stoned Alice, Hericane Alice, Bangalore Choir, Bad Moon Rising, Burning Rain‬) - 52
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, Black Label Society, Steel Dragon) - 51
Steve Bowman (Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, John Wesley Harding, Penelope Houston, Luce) - 51
Dave Grohl (Scream, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, session work) - 49
Kenn Jackson‬ (Pretty Maids‬) - 46
Caleb Followill (Kings Of Leon) - 36

Jan. 15
Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) - b. 1941 - d. 12/17/10
Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd) - b. 1949 - d. 10/20/77
Biff Byford (Saxon, Fastway, Freedom Call) - 67
Melvyn Gale (Electric Light Orchestra, Wilson Gale & Co) - 66
Conrad Lant / Cronos (Venom, Probot) - 66
Peter Trewavas (Marillion) - 59
Adam Jones (Tool) - 53
Chris Julke‬ (‎Helix‬) - 51

Jan. 16
Bob Bogle (The Ventures) - b. 1934 - d. 6/14/09
William Francis (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) - b. 1942 - d. 5/23/10
Bob Kulick (Lou Reed, KISS, Paul Stanley, Skull, W.A.S.P., Murderer's Row, Michael Bolton, Doro, Alice Cooper, Balance, Meatloaf, Blackthorne) - 68
Tommy Crain (Charlie Daniels Band + more) - b. 1951 - d. 1/13/11
Paul Raven (Ministry, Killing Joke) - b. 1961 - d. 10/20/07
Kane Roberts (Robert William Athas) (Alice Cooper, solo) - 56
Rich Ward‬ (Fozzy‬) - 49
Nick Valensi (The Strokes) - 37

Jan. 17
Jim Ladd (Legendary DJ "The Lonesome Cowboy" - KMET, KLOS, KLSX, SiriusXM) - 70
Mick Taylor (John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Rolling Stones, The Gods, Angel Witch, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, solo) - 69
Fernando Von Arb (Krokus) - 65
Steve Earle - 63
Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles, Ming Tea) - 59
John Crawford (Berlin, The Big F) -
Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray) - 55
Andy Rourke (The Smiths, Morrissey, Freebass, D.A.R.K., Sinead O'Connor, Pretenders, Ian Brown) - 54
Kid Rock (solo, Uncle Kracker, Yelawolf) - 47
Jon Wysocki (Staind) - 47

Jan. 18
Dave Greenslade (Colosseum, Greenslade, Chris Farlowe's Thunderbirds, solo) -
Steve Lynch (Autograph, Network 23) - 63
Chris Hager (Mickey Ratt, Sarge, Rough Cutt, Woop and the Count, Stephen Pearcy) - 59
Jonathan Davis (Sexart, Korn, Jonathan Davis and the SFA, Killbot) - 47
Quinn Allman (The Used) - 36

Jan. 19
Phil Everly (The Everly Brothers) - b. 1939 - d. 1/3/14
Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company, solo) - b. 1943 - d. 10/4/70
Rod Evans (Deep Purple, Captain Beyond, The Maze, The Horizons) - 71
Robert Palmer (Power Station, Vinegar Joe, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Duran Duran, Chic, solo) - b. 1949 - d. 9/26/03
Martha Davis (Motels, solo) - 67
Dewey Bunnell (America) - 67
Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, War & Peace, Foreigner, Steel Dagon, McAuley Schenker Group, T&N, producer) - 59
Gina Stile (Vixen) - 53
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, Another Animal, Life of Agony, Medication, Hail!) - 50
Zyon Cavalera (Soulfly) - 25

Jan. 20
Leadbelly (Blues legend) - b. 1889 - d. 12/6/49
Eric Stewart (Mindenders, Hotlegs, 10cc, Paul McCartney) - 73
George Grantham (Poco) - 71
Herman Frank (Accept, Victory, Hazzard) - 68
Ian Hill (Judas Priest) - 67
Paul Stanley (KISS, Wicked Lester, solo) - 66
Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group, Micheal Schenker Group, Grand Prix, Far Corporation, Survivor, Raiding the Rock Vault) - 65
Scott Thunes (Frank Zappa, Wayne Kramer, Steve Vai, Andy Prieboy, Mike Keneally, The Mother Hips, Fear, The Waterboys, Big Bang Beat + more) - 58
Phil Hilborne (performed with many artists including: John Entwistle, Glen Hughes, Keith Emerson, Bruce Dickinson, Brian May, Narada Michael Walden, Uli Jon Roth and many others, solo + more)
Greg K. (Greg Kriesel) (The Offspring) - 53
Tracii Guns (Guns N' Roses, L.A. Guns, Contraband, Hollywood Rose, Brides of Destruction, Quiet Riot, Devil City Angels) - 52
Derrick Green (Sepultura, Musica Diablo + more) - 47
Sid Wilson (Slipknot) - 41
Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) - 39
Matt Tuck‬ (‎Bullet For My Valentine) - 38

Jan. 21
Wolfman Jack - b. 1938 - 7/1/95
Richie Havens - b. 1941 - d. 4/22/13
Edwin Starr (The Future Tones, Blinky Williams, solo) - b. 1942 - d. 4/2/03
Chris Britton (Troggs) - 74
Jimmy Ibbotson (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Wild Jimbos, John McEuen, solo) - 71
Richie Ranno (Starz, Stories, Ian Lloyd, Fallen Angels, solo) - 68
Rob Brill (Berlin, Big F, solo) - 62
Cordell Crockett (Ugly Kid Joe) - 53
Chris Kilmore (Incubus) - 45

Jan. 22
Sam Cooke - b. 1931 - d. 12/11/64
Steve Perry (Journey, Ice, Alien Project, solo) - 69
Nigel Pegrum (Small Faces, Uriah Heep, Steeleye Span, solo; Producer) - 69
Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols manager, writer, solo artist) - b. 1946 - d. 4/8/10
Steven Riley (W.A.S.P., L.A. Guns, Steppenwolf, Keel, Cherry People) - 62
Michael Hutchence (INXS) - b. 1960 - 11/22/97
Steve Adler (Guns N' Roses, Hollywood Rose, Adler's Appetite, Adler) - 53
Ben Moody (Evanescence, We Are the Fallen, The Halo Method) - 37
Orianthi Panagaris (Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson, solo, RSO) - 33

Jan. 23
Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) - b. 1950 - d. 4/17/08
Bill Cunningham (The Box Tops) - 68
Robin Zander (Cheap Trick, solo) - 65
Greg Hinz (Helix) - 58
Kirk Arrington (Metal Church) - 56
Louis Clemente (Testamment) - 53
Nick Harmer (Death Cab for Cutie) - 43

Jan. 24
Zeke Carey (Flamingos) - b. 1933 - d. 12/24/01
David Getz (Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe and the Fish) - 78
Neil Diamond - 77
Warren Zevon - b. 1947 - 9/7/03
Michael DesBarres (Detective, Silverhead, Chequered Past, solo, Power Station, Michael Des Barres Band, actor) - 70
Charlie Souza (Mudcrutch, The New Rascals, The Tropics, The Broken Hearts, solo + more) - 70
John Belushi (Blues Brothers) - b. 1949 - 3/5/82
Nigel Glockler (Saxon) - 65
Clive Edwards (Rococo, UFO, X-UFO, Bronz, Wild Horses, Pat Travers, Phil Lynott, Dave Stewart, Annie Lennox, John Cale, Ollie Halsall, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden, SOS, Chris Thompson, Lionheart, Uli Jon Roth, Electric Sun, Neil Merryweather, Grand Prix + more) - 65
Jools Holland (Squeeze, Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) - 60
John Myung (Dream Theater, Platypus, The Jelly Jam + more) - 51
Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic) - 50
Beth Hart (singer, songwriter, solo, collaborations) - 46

Jan. 25
Etta James - b. 1938 - d. 1/20/12
Michael Cotten (Tubes) - 68
Gary Tibbs (Roxy Music, Adam and the Ants) - 60
Tony Catania (Jason Bonham, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, The Tony Catania Project, solo) -
Jesse Harte‬ (‎South Gang‬) -
Mercedes Sherida Lander (Kittie) - 34

Jan. 26
Corky Laing (Mountain, West, Bruce & Laing, Corky Laing & The Memory Thieves) - 70
Chris Rhyne (Santana, Jean-Luc Ponty, Gino Vannelli, others)
Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band, Foxhole) - 69
Andy Hummel (Big Star) - b. 1951 - d. 7/19/10
Billy Greer (Kansas, Streets, Seventh Key, Native Window) - 67
Christopher North (Ambrosia + more) - 67
Edward Van Halen (Van Halen) - 63
Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows, Train, Matt Nathanson, Low Stars, Feeder + more) - 58
Tom Keifer (Cinderella) - 57
Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) - 48
William Adler (Lamb Of God, Megadeth) - 42
Matt Heafy (Trivium) - 32

Jan. 27
Elmore James (Blues singer, songwriter) - b. 1918 - d. 5/24/63
Bobby "Blue" Bland (B.B. King, Lonnie Mack) - b. 1930 - d. 6/23/13
Buddy Emmons (Roger Miller Band, Linda Ronstadt, Ray Price, solo) - b. 1937 - d. 7/21/15
Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) - 74
Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy, Funky Junction, Gary Moore, Phil Lynott) - 67
Seth Justman (J Geils Band) - 67
Janick Gers (Gillen, Iron Maiden, White Spirit, Gogmagog, Fish, Bruce Dickinson) - 61
Jaime St. James (Black 'N Blue, Cold Gin, Warrant, Freight Train Jane, Let It Rawk) - 58
Tim Smith (Jellyfish + more) -
Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) - 57
Marc Ferrari (Keel, Cold Sweat, Medicine Wheel, Ferrari) - 56
Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fantomas) - 50

Jan. 28
Dick Taylor (The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things) - 75
Rick Allen (Box Tops) - 72
Dan Spitz (Anthrax, Red Lamb, Overkill, DeuxMonkey, Paige-Spitz) - 55
Ashley Purdy (Black Veil Brides) - 34

Jan. 29
Andrew Loog Oldham (record producer, manager, author, The Rolling Stones) - 74
David Byron (Uriah Heap, Spice, solo) - b. 1947 - d. 2/28/85
Tommy Ramone (Ramones, Uncle Monk) - b. 1952 - d. 7/11/14
Richard Manitoba (The Dictators, Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, MC5, Manitoba, The Dictators NYC) - 64
Louie Pérez (Los Lobos) - 63
Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) - 57
Ron Young (Little Caesar, Manic Eden) - 56
Jeff Duncan (Odin, Lost Boys, Armored Saint, DC4, Let It Rawk) - 52
Jonny Lang - 37
‎Eloy Casagrande‬ (Sepultura) - 27

Jan. 30
Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, KBC Band) - 76
Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie, Majik Mijits, Packet of Three, solo) - b. 1947 - 4/20/91
Phil Collins (Genesis, Flaming Youth, Brand X, solo) - 67
Bill Leverty (Firehouse, solo) - 51

Jan. 31
Charlie Musselwhite - 74
Terry Kath (Chicago) - b. 1946 - d. January 23, 1978
Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) - 67
William "Curly" Smith (Jo Jo Gunne, Spirit, Boston, solo, sessions) - 66
Adrian Vandenberg (Vandenberg, Teaser, Manic Eden, Little Caesar, solo, Whitesnake, Vandenberg's Moon Kings) - 64
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd, The Lydons and The O'Donnells, Time Zone, solo) - 62
Jeff Warner (Black 'N Blue) - 56
Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) - b. 1964 - d. 5/2/13
Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars, The Fire Ants, Redband, East Of The Equator, The Methodists) - 51
Jeff Cooper (The Cure) - 50

Today In Rock History:
January 1
1940: W2XDG in New York becomes the first licensed FM station and begins broadcasting from the Empire State Building. In October of the same year, the FCC granted 15 stations the first construction permits for commercial FM operation. Edwin Armstrong, the inventor of FM (Frequency Modulation) first demonstrated the technology to executives and engineers of RCA in 1933.
1950: 26 year old Sam Phillips opens his Memphis Recording Service at the corner of Union and Marshall in Memphis, Tennessee. The new venture's slogan is "We Record Anything - Anywhere - Anytime." Elvis Presley will spend $3.98 to make his first recording there in July of 1953.
1955: Elvis Presley appeared at The Eagles Hall in Houston Texas. Presley went on to play over 250 shows in 1955.
1956: On the first day of the new year, RCA released Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel.' In 1999, the single would be certified multi-platinum for the second time.
1956: Carl Perkins 'Blue Suede Shoes' 45 single is released. Written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955 and is considered one of the first rockabilly (rock and roll) records and incorporated elements of blues, country and pop music of the time. The song was notably covered by Elvis Presley.
1956: Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock' went to #1 on the UK singles chart for the second time. The single is often cited as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time with sales over 25 million.
1959: For the first time, ABC-TV's teen dance program 'American Bandstand' leads the U.S. daytime television ratings.
1959: Vernon Presley smashes his son's black Mercedes into a tree in Germany. Local newspapers mistakenly print that Elvis has been killed, but Vernon walked away without a scratch.
1959: Johnny Cash plays the first of several shows (over the years) at San Quentin Prison in CA. He later records a live album there. Among those in the captive audience is Merle Haggard, who was serving time for burglary.
1962: Beatles flunk their audition when Decca Records A&R man Dick Rowe isn't impressed with Fab Four version of 'Please Mr. Postman' and several other songs. Rowe tells manager Brian Epstein, "These boys won't make it. Guitar groups are out. Go back to Liverpool, Mr. Epstein. You have a good business there."
1963: Beatles begin a tour of Scotland to promote 'Love Me Do.'
1964: George Hamilton is chosen in favor of Elvis Presley for the title role in the Hank Williams bio, 'Your Cheatin' Heart.' William's widow felt that the appearance of Elvis would overshadow her husband's memory.
1964: Top Of The Pops premieres on British T.V. with Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies and The Swinging Blue Jeans. Over the years, this landmark weekly music program presents nearly all the major British Rock groups.
1964: The Beach Boys begin the new year with a 7-hour session at Western Recorders in Hollywood, where they record 'Fun, Fun, Fun' and 'The Warmth Of The Sun.'
1965: The Yardbirds (with Eric Clap