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  • 1980 Featured Artist"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is #1 in the U.S. Queen's Freddie Mercury composes the retro-sounding song while taking a bath in a Munich hotel. It owns the top slot for 4 weeks. 1980

 
 

  • Rock History
  • Blues-Rock guitarist Johnny Winter finds his way into the world. 1944

    Guitarist Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) is born in Winchester, MA. 1952

    Queensryche's Michael Wilton has a birthday. The Metal guitarist hails from San Francisco. 1962

    The Doors do it again. "Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe" becomes the group's fifth straight gold album. 1970

    Bassist-vocalist Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) starts his life. 1971

    Elvis and Priscilla Presley separate after four years and one child, Lisa Marie. 1972

    Gregg Allman's version of "Midnight Rider" (originally recorded by the Allman Brothers Band) peaks at #19. The Rolling Stones' hit #15 with their song about a police shooting, "Doo, Doo, Doo, Doo, Doo (Heartbreaker)." 1974

    British pop has-been, Cliff Richard, sounds off in the New Musical Express. "I feel that if there are 13 and 14 year olds hooked on Alice Cooper, and they see dolls mutilated onstage, then it's bound to have a bad effect." 1974

    The Eagles win the Record of the Year Grammy for "Hotel California" but don't bother to show up. Fleetwood Mac pick up a statue for Best Album of the Year, "Rumours." 1978

    The Boomtown Rats' classic "I Don't Like Mondays" gets no higher than #73 on the U.S. pop chart. 1980

    The Honeydrippers, featuring the talents of former Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, peak at #25 with their version of "Rockin' At Midnight." 1985

    Little Richard gets a Lifetime Achievement Award from NARAS (the Grammys). Richard grouses that he's getting the award the night before the annual Grammy show rather than at the ceremony itself. 1993

    Foo Fighters play their first club show at the Jambalaya Club in Arcata, CA. 1995

    Oasis vocalists Liam Gallagher's bad behavior on a flight to Hong Kong gets him banned from Cathay Pacific Airlines. 1998

    Carlos Santana picks up a whole bunch of Grammys for his comeback album, "Supernatural." Elton John earns a Living Legend Award and says the whole awards thing is B.S. Elton gets it right. 2000

    Linkin Park's "In The End" gets to #5 on the pop chart. 2001

    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

    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

    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. 2009

    Alkaline Trio issue "This Addiction" on their own label, Heart & Skull, a joint venture with Epitaph Records. "The whole record is really personal, all three of us have been through quite a bit since our last album and it is all expressed through this," says guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba. "All the songs are about the relationships we've been in and so the record has a constant theme." 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." 2010

    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). 2011

    Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace speaks out when the Trump administration sends a letter to public schools asking them to annul special protections for transgender students. “This is an administration that doesn't f*cking care about transgender people,” says Grace, who is transgender. 2017