2008: Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart sent a cease-and-desist letter to John
McCain’s campaign due to their usage of “Barracuda” in reference to McCain’s
running mate Sarah Palin. The Wilson sisters didn’t have legal sending to
send the letter due to the McCain campaign’s lawful purchase of rights to
1998: Aerosmith reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only time with “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” which was taken from the Armageddon soundtrack. The song spent four weeks on top of the chart.
1993: Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro became the new guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Navarro remained in the band until April of 1998 when he was fired after showing up at a band practice under the influence of drugs & falling backwards over his own amp.
1992: Temple of the Dog peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their self-titled album which was their only album. This was a band consisting of members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden & the album went on to go Platinum in the U.S.
1991: At the MTV Video Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, R.E.M. won six awards for “Losing My Religion” including Video of the Year. There were performances by Van Halen (who were introduced by Pee-wee Herman), Poison, Queensryche, Metallica, Don Henley & Guns N’ Roses.
1981: Stevie Nicks reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with her debut solo album Bella Donna for one week. The album featured “Edge of Seventeen”, “Leather and Lace” a duet with Don Henley & “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” which featured Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Also on this day Nicks peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”.
1981: Foreigner peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Urgent” which was their fifth top ten single in the U.S.
1976: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington was injured in a car crash in Jacksonville, FL. This accident inspired Ronnie Van Zant to write “That Smell”.
1964: The Animals reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only with “The House of the Rising Sun” for the first of three weeks.
Clem Clempson-guitarist for Humble Pie born in 1945
Freddie Mercury-singer for Queen born in 1946