“Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” a duet with Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, peaks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. That’s good but the Fleetwood Mac singer’s debut solo record, “Bella Donna” (with the hit single) tops the U.S. album chart. The Jimmy Iovine produced record features backing by the Heartbreakers. 1981
Heart protests the unauthorized use of one of their songs by presidential candidate John McCain. “Barracuda” is played to introduce vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin. Her high school nickname was “Sarah Barracuda” (due to her basketball prowess). Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson send an email to the Republicans asking that they stop using the song. “Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women,” reads a statement from the Wilson sisters. “I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented… I feel completely f***ed over,” says Nancy. 2008
Forok Bulsara is born in Zanzibar. His family re-locates to the U.K. where he becomes Queen’s Freddie Mercury. 1946
Them changes.  Buddy Miles (George Allen Miles Jr.) drummer/vocalist for The Electric Flag, Band Of Gypsies (with Jimi Hendrix) and Buddy Miles Express enters the world.  1947
 Humble Pie guitarist David “Clem” Clempson is born.  1949
The Animals’ update of a traditional Blues song, “House Of The Rising Sun,” tops the U.S. pop chart. 1964
Rage Against The Machine drummer, Brad Wilk, enters the world. 1968
Foreigner’s “Urgent,” with the killer Jr. Walker sax solo, reaches #4 on the pop chart. 1981
Dire Straits get a MTV Best Video Award for their animated “Money For Nothing.” 1986
Aerosmith unfurls ‘Permanent Vacation,” with “Dude (Looks Like A Lady).” 1987
They said it would never last and they were right. American Bandstand gets the axe after a 30-year run. 1987
B.B. King gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1990
The 8th annual MTV Music Video Awards (held in Universal City): R.E.M. pick up five MTV Video Music Awards including Video Of The Year for “Losing My Religion.” 1991
Guitarist C.C. DeVille is kicked out of Poison after tanking the band’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards while under the influence.  He reinstated five years later. 1991
Aerosmith score their first chart-topping single with “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” from the “Armageddon” soundtrack. The song was composed by pop songwriting machine Diane Warren. 1998
Bob Dylan’s “Modern Times” moves more than 192,000 copies in its first week to land at #1 on the Billboard 200. This is the fourth time a Dylan album has topped the chart. But it’s been 30 years since his last #1. “Modern Times” is also #1 in seven other countries. 2006
It’s announced that guitarist Marc Ford has exited the Black Crowes just days before they launch a U.S. tour. A statement says Ford left in order to “continue on with his hard-fought healthy lifestyle of sobriety.” Paul Stacey fills in for the tour while the band searches for a permanent replacement. 2006
Jon Bon Jovi hosts a $28,500-a-head fundraiser at his New Jersey home in support of the Democratic National Committee (and the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama). 2008
Kid Rock performs at the fifth Fashion Rocks concert at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Proceeds are donated to Stand Up To Cancer. 2008
“AC/DC In The Studio: The Stories Behind Every Album” is in bookstores. Compiled by Jake Brown it includes interviews with the band and is, according to the publisher, “the definitive account of the making of the greatest Hard Rock anthems of all time.” 2010
Foo Fighters perform a special one-off show to benefit Rock the Vote during the Democratic National Convention at the Fillmore Charlotte. In other convention news, Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” plays as President Obama walks onstage after former President Bill Clinton’s speech. “I got chills,” says Petty. 2012
Iowa doctor, Daniel Baldi, is charged with eight counts of involuntary manslaughter for the deaths of patients including Slipknot bass player Paul Gray. The charging documents claim Baldi “did unintentionally cause the death of Paul Gray… (he) continually wrote high-dose prescription narcotics to a known drug addict from 12/27/05 until his death (in ’10).” 2012
Imagine Dragons “Radioactive” is #2 on Billboard magazine’s songs of the summer. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” tops the list. 2013
The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre names an asteroid after late Queen singer Freddie Mercury, on what would have been his 70th birthday (see above). AsteroidFreddieMercury17473 is in the main Asteroid Belt inside the orbit of Jupiter.  2016
“Villains,” by Queens Of The Stoneage, debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart, even though at 69,000 units they have the top selling disc.  Rappers Lil Uzi Vert and XXXTentacion are #1 and #2 based on streaming numbers.  2017
Mastodon’s Brent Hinds says being in the music business is like dealing with the devil.  “When the opportunity’s there and you strike and it happens and then they milk you.” He claims to still enjoy playing music but adds, “All I care about is my peace of mind, which is leaving me. So I need to stop and recalculate myself.”  2018