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The Beatles’ founder and leader, John Winston (later "Ono") Lennon enters the world. 1940
1940's  The Who’s bassist, John Entwistle, is born. 1944

Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne has a birthday. 1948

1950's  Ozzy’s better half (that wouldn’t be difficult), manager and mother of his children, Sharon Osbourne, is born in Brixton (London). She’s daughter of Rock and Roll entrepreneur Don Arden and becomes a co-founder (with Ozzy) of Ozzfest. 1952

Eddie Cochran goes into the studio to record one his better known songs “C’mon Everybody.” 1958

BoDeans’ guitarist, Kurt Neumann, enters the world. 1961

Ray Charles "Hit The Road Jack" is the #1 song in the U.S. for the first of two weeks. 1961

Concerns about apartheid cause the Rolling Stones to cancel their planned tour of South Africa. 1964

Paul McCartney’s "Yesterday" (though credited to The Beatles) knocks off the McCoys "Hang On Sloppy" to become the #1 song in the U.S. It has a four-week run at the top. 1965

The Rolling Stones take their first stab at recording live. It’s a disaster. That somebody would shove these muddy tapes out as “Got Live If You Want It” shows a remarkable contempt for the Stones’ audience. 1966

Bridgeport, England has a new resident, Polly Jean (PJ) Harvey. It’s her birthday. 1969
1970's  Rod Stewart’s “Every Picture Tells A Story” is the #1 album in the U.S. and U.K. Simultaneously, the single “Maggie May” is also at the top in the U.S. and U.K. 1971

Van Morrison releases his brilliant “Wild Night.” Later John Mellencamp covers the song and also has a hit. 1971

Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorce after six years and one child, Lisa Marie. Despite the divorce Priscilla becomes the “keeper of the flame” reviving the Elvis estate and turning Graceland into a tourist attraction. She also has a moderately successful acting career. Elvis, on the other hand, continues to record and tour into oblivion. 1973

Sean Lennon has a birthday. He is John’s second son and only child with Yoko Ono. His birth leads to John’s temporary “retirement” (see below) to be a house-husband and full-time father. Like his older step-brother, Julian, Sean pursues a career in music. How could he not? 1975

Boz Scaggs’ “Lowdown” is kept out of the top slot on the pop chart (stuck at #3) by not one, but two novelty songs. They are Walter Murphy’s disco take on Classical, “A Fifth Of Beethoven” and DJ Rick Dees’ “Disco Duck (Part 1). The latter defies description. Stinking disco craze! 1976

Though he was a one-time model for The Gap, Alexander Greenwald is better known as the frontman for Phantom Planet. It’s his birthday. 1979

Styx release “Babe.” The ballad is a major pop hit but thoroughly alienates much of their audience. 1979

1980's  On his 40th birthday, John Lennon releases “Starting Over.” The “Double Fantasy” single is Lennon’s first record in five years. 1980

Bruce Springsteen peers down the “Tunnel Of Love.” His is the eighth studio album is later ranked #25 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the ‘100 greatest albums of the 1980s’. 1987

1990's  Melissa Etheridge’s "Yes I Am" enters the U.S. album chart at #16. 1993

NetAid proves to be a fundraising and technical bust. Performances by Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Sting, Sheryl Crow and a slew of others, in the U.S., England and Switzerland are broadcast online. The online sound is spotty and the money fails to roll in. Organizers admit they were trying to do too much too soon. 1999

2000's  Joe Strummer’s “Streetcore” album is posthumously released. The former Clash guitarist died of a heart attack the previous December at age 50. 2003

Elton John is presented with a Disney Legends Award. The singer-songwriter, who won an Oscar for his work on the Lion King soundtrack, is recognized for his musical contributions to the Disney legacy. 2006

Kid Rock releases "Rock N Roll Jesus" with the single, "So Hott." Co-produced by Rock and Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) the album features longtime backing group, the Twisted Brown Trucker Band. 2007

Alter Bridge unfurl their sophomore effort "Blackbird." Lead single, "Rise Today," is the theme song for a pay-per-view pro wrestling event titled Unforgiven. 2007

Puddle Of Mudd issue "Famous." 2007

The documentary American Landing: Jimi Hendrix At Monterey premieres in L.A. 2007

Big day for Eric Clapton. Clapton: The Autobiography, and career-spanning two-CD collection, "Complete Clapton," are in stores. The 36-song collection contains songs from Cream (5), Blind Faith (just 1) and Derek & The Dominos. But the bulk of the cuts are from Clapton's solo career as well as collaborations with the likes of B.B. King and J.J. Cale. In addition, Slowhand makes an appearance on NBC's Today Show. 2007

The Police postpone a pair of concerts in Belgium and Germany because frontman Sting is suffering from a "serious" throat infection and doctors advise him to rest. But a bigger pain for Sting may be getting named music's worst lyricist by Blender magazine. According to the magazine his lyrics are "mountainous pomposity (and) cloying spirituality." Rush drummer Neil Peart lands at #2 on the list while Creed frontman Scott Stapp and Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher are at #3 and #4, respectively. 2007

Imagine Peace Tower is dedicated in Reykjavik, Iceland. Built in honor of John Lennon, it's unveiled on what would have been the late Beatle's 67th birthday. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attend the ceremony. "I hope Imagine Peace Tower will give light to the strong wishes of world peace from all corners of the planet and give encouragement . . . in a world filled with fear and confusion," says Yoko Ono, Lennon's widow. The tower of light is illuminated through December 8th, the 27th anniversary of Lennon's death. 2007

George Harrison's solo catalog is available via iTunes. He's the final member of The Beatles to have his music go on sale digitally. 2007

Chris Cornell's "Ground Zero," from his "Scream" album, is featured on the series premiere of ABC's Life On Mars. 2008

Def Leppard opens the ‘08-09 National Hockey League season with the NHL Face-Off Rocks show at Detroit's Fox Theatre. The band performs "C'mon C'mon" before the Detroit Red Wings raise their 2008 Stanley Cup Championship banner. Later, frontman Joe Elliot is handed the Stanley Cup which he inadvertently places upside down on a nearby table. Hockey fans are appalled. 2008

Marilyn Manson's original bassist, Gidget Gein (Brad Stewart), dies of an apparent drug overdose in Burbank, CA. The 39-year-old Gein first joined the group when it was called the Spooky Kids. Although substance-abuse problems led to his departure in ’93, Gein contributed to Manson's ‘94 debut album, "Portrait Of An American Family." 2008
2010's  To commemorate what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, Yoko Ono awards four people the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace in Reykjavick, Iceland. The Imagine Peace Tower is also lit. The tower’s high intensity lights are turned on each day through December 8th, the thirtieth anniversary of Lennon’s murder in New York. 2010

Paul McCartney marries for a third time (the late Linda Eastman and Heather Mills were his first two wives). At a service at Old Marylebone Town Hall (where Paul married Linda in ’69), the ex-Beatle weds American Nancy Shevell. Former bandmate, Ringo Starr, attends. 2011

Nonpoint's self-titled album is out. "We wanted this record to be a punch in the face,” says frontman Elias Soriano. “There was a lot of stuff I wanted to artistically vent about. It's a fresh start for us.”

The Wallflowers issue their sixth studio album, “Glad All Over," recorded in Nashville at Dan Auerbach's (Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound studio. Meanwhile, Black Keys drop a six-song EP titled “Tour Rehearsal Tapes.” The set features live-in-the-studio versions of songs from their “El Camino” and “Brothers” albums. The EP, recorded in late ’11 while prepping for an upcoming tour, is initially available exclusively on iTunes. 2012

“The Afterman: Ascension” is the sixth studio album by Coheed & Cambria. It is the first part of a double album (with the second set, “The Afterman: Descension,” arriving four months later). 2012

“Monster” is the title of KISS’ 20th studio album. The 12-track set has the lead single, "Hell Or Hallelujah,” plus "Long Way Down" and "All For The Love of Rock & Roll." 2012

The Ataris drummer Rob Felicetti officially quits the group following an incident two nights earlier when frontman Kris Roe had a guitar-throwing drum-kicking meltdown accusing the drummer of being too drunk to play. Felicetti admits to having "an off night" but flatly denies he has a drinking problem. "Never have I felt more violated or betrayed by someone I once called a friend," says Felicetti. 2012

Slash: An Intimate Portrait is available through Amazon. Written by Guitar World senior editor Richard Bienstock and photographer Robert Knight, the book’s foreword is by Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie Wood, with a preface from Aerosmith's Joe Perry. 2012

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin (John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant) attend two special premiere screenings of "Celebration Day" at the historic Ziegfeld Theater in New York. The film documents the band's ‘07 concert at London's O2 Arena. 2012

Paul McCartney receives a BMI Million-Air Award to honor over 4 million U.S. broadcast performances of his James Bond film song, "Live and Let Die." 2012

"This beats going to class," Paul McCartney says before giving surprise performance at the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts in Astoria, Queens. The school was founded by singer Tony Bennett in ’01. 2013

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 includes Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Lou Reed (Velvet Underground) and Sting (Police). 2014

The Darkness announce that they have parted ways with drummer Ed Graham, one of the group’s co-founders. “For various reasons, we have all decided to move on," reads a band statement. Graham is heard on the group’s first three albums. 2014

Former Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe releases, "Blackout States.” The 13-track follow-up to ‘13's "Horns And Halos" was produced by Chips Kiesbye and recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden. 2015

Ten Commandos, featuring Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, Queens Of The Stone Age guitarist Alain Johannes, Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd and Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats, release their debut single “Staring Down The Dust.” 2015

“The Ann Wilson Thing! - #1,” the Heart singer’s Americana leaning solo EP, is out.

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