Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers release their self-titled debut album.  Recorded in Hollywood, the album initially receives little attention in the United States. After nearly a year and positive reviews, the set eventually goes gold on the strength of the singles “Breakdown” and “American Girl.” 1976


Creedence Clearwater Revival rhythm guitarist and John Fogerty’s older brother, Tom, is born. 1941
Bassist Joe Bauchard (Blue Oyster Cult) has a birthday. He starts life in Watertown, NY. 1948
Brian Epstein sees The Beatles for the first time. He introduces himself to George Harrison and Paul McCartney. In a couple months he becomes the group’s manager. 1961
What if there was a song that was controversial, wild, liberating yet brutally simple with a garage Rock sound. Wouldn’t that be great? The Kingsmen release “Louie, Louie.” Me gotta go now, yeah, yeah, yeah. 1963
John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at her gallery show in London. 1966
A Paul McCartney lookalike takes over the role as the “cute Beatle” after the real Paul’s untimely death in a car crash (“he blew his mind out in a car”). That’s what happened on this day according to the great “Paul Is Dead” hoax of ’69. 1966
The Byrds leader Roger McGuinn kicks David Crosby out of the group. Crosby goes on to mega-success in Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young) while The Bryds go Country-Rock. 1967
Infuriated by an unfavorable review of The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” Jann Werner decides to write his own review and publish it. In the process he creates Rolling Stone magazine. 1967
Fozzy vocalist Chris Jericho is born in Manhasset, NY.  1970
“In Search Of The Lost Chord” album goes gold for the Moody Blues. 1970
Corin Lisa Tucker, singer/guitarist and founding member of Sleater-Kinney has a birthday. 1972
Billy Joel releases his “Piano Man” album. 1973
The stuttering “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” (Bachman-Turner Overdrive – BTO) is #1. 1974
Fleetwood Mac may have plodded along in the pre-Buckingham/Nicks ’70s but not without some success. The “Mystery To Me” album goes gold. 1976
Bryan Adams lands at #5 on the singles chart with the uptempo “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started.” 1991
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith breaks his wrist playing basketball. The injury forces the cancellation of a planned tour. 1995
Having been arrested in London on suspicion of possessing cocaine, Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher is given a ‘caution’. 1996
The Recording Association of America compile their list of the Artists of the Century. Hardly a surprise, The Beatles top the survey. 1999
Incubus, Hoobastank and Breaking Benjamin appear on the soundtrack accompanying the Xbox video game “Halo 2.” 2004
David Bowie performs at the Keep A Child Alive organization’s annual Black Ball fund-raiser in New York. The charity seeks to eradicate the AIDS epidemic plaguing the African continent. 2006
The Rolling Stones accept two trophies at the third annual Billboard Touring Awards in New York. They nail the Top Tour category and Top Draw award for their A Bigger Bang jaunt. They drew 2-million fans and earned nearly $230 million in eleven months. 2006
Striking members of the Writers Guild of America in L.A. get support from Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha. The two perform an acoustic version of “Bulls On Parade” during a rally attended by 3,500 strikers. “You’re going to get everything you need and (the producers) are going to get everything they deserve,” says de la Rocha. 2007
Queens Of The Stone Age are kicked out of a Los Angeles rehab clinic after staff objects to their lyrics. QOTSA play an intimate set for patients but the sound is cut part way through their opening number, “Feel Good Hit Of The Summer,” which features a chorus of “Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol, c-c-c-c-c-cocaine.” 2007
Kid Rock wins the World’s Best Pop Male Artist and World’s Best Pop/Rock Male Artist prizes at the World Music Awards in Monaco. In addition, The Beatles receive a Diamond Award for selling more the 100 million albums worldwide. Ringo Starr is on hand to accept the trophy on behalf of the group. 2008
Slipknot demands that fans return items that were stolen from the gravesite of bass player Paul Gray. The band says the missing objects are of great value to the family and need to be brought back at all cost. “In a very upsetting turn of events we have learned that some gifts left for Paul at his gravesite have been stolen,” the band says in a statement on their MySpace page. Gray died of an accidental morphine overdose earlier in the year. 2010
Neil Young’s music gear, his vintage cars and memorabilia are destroyed in a three-alarm blaze at a warehouse in San Carlos, CA. Fire investigators determine the cause was Young’s hybrid ’59 Lincoln Continental. It had been outfitted with electric batteries and a biodiesel-powered generator. The estimated damage is $1 million. 2010
Former President George W. Bush’s “Decision Points” is in bookstores. In it, Bush admits that he confused the U2’s Bono with ’70s singer-turned U.S. Congressman Sonny Bono. “He knew our budgets, understood the facts, and had well informed views about the challenges in Africa,” wrote Bush. When later asked by advisors if he knew who Bono was, Bush said he thought Bono was the man who “used to be married to Cher.” 2010
Metallica’s James Hetfield receives the Livin” The Dream Award from “Little Kids Rock” during the organization’s annual benefit event at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA. The Livin’ The Dream Award is named in honor of Facebook’s late president Josef Desimone. 2013
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith) is the head judge at the Miss Universe pageant at Moscow’s Crocus City. And the winner is Gabriela Isler (Venezuela). 2013
Blink-182 take to the stage at BlizzCon Gaming Convention at the Anaheim Convention Center. Guitarist Tom DeLonge calls the appearance “a perfect fit.” 2013
Ozzy Osbourne receives the Global Icon Award at the MTV EMAs (MTV Europe Music Awards) in Glasgow, Scotland. 2014
Neil Young calls for a boycott of Starbucks because of the company’s involvement in a lawsuit to overturn a Vermont state law that requires food producers to disclose the use of any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their products. 2014
Music composed by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is heard during the CBS TV show CSI. “I like to create all sorts of moods with my music and then decide later how they might be used,” states Iommi. 2014
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler launches Janie’s Fund, a initiative with Youth Villages to provide services to girls who have endured neglect and abuse. 2015
Former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera is ordered to pay over $13,000 in damages to his ex-sister-in-law for allegedly libeling her in his autobiography, “My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura To Soulfly And Beyond.” He called her a “bitch.” 2015
Allen Toussaint, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songwriter, producer, pianist, performer and New Orleans legend, passes away at age 77 while on tour in Spain. He penned “Working In The Coal Mine,” “Fortune Teller” and “Get Out Of My Life, Woman.” 2015
Lamb Of God launch an online charity campaign with proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  The effort pays tribute to their late friend Wayne Ford. Lamb Of God’s EP, “The Duke,” was produced in Ford’s honor.   2016
Ozzy Osbourne teams up with the Soundwaves Art Foundation to create one-of-a-kind art pieces.  Ozzy autographs ten works, inspired by his songs, “Crazy Train” and “Mama, I’m Coming Home,” for sale to raise money for musicians and crew members impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  2021