Pop Music in History

Pop Music: Pop Bands - Pop Stars

Historical Events

  • 1939-06-03 Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe

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1965-03-02 One of the most popular musical films of all time, "The Sound of Music", starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Best Picture 1966)

Actor Christopher Plummer
Actor
Christopher Plummer
Actress/Singer Julie Andrews
Actress/Singer
Julie Andrews
  • 1967-02-04 "Wild Thing" hits #20 on the pop singles chart by Senator Bobby
  • 1967-06-16 50,000 attend Monterey International Pop Festival
  • 1967-06-18 Monterey International Pop Festival rocks Southern California
  • 1967-09-30 BBC starts its own popular music radio station (Radio 1)
  • 1968-08-04 100,000 attend Newport Pop Festival, Costa Mesa, Calif
  • 1968-12-28 100,000 attend Miami Pop Festival
  • 1969-06-27 50,000 attend Denver Pop Festival

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1969-07-04 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep & Janis Joplin

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin
  • 1969-07-25 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival
  • 1969-08-01 110,000 attend Atlantic City Pop Festival
  • 1969-08-30 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
  • 1969-08-31 25,000 attend New Orleans Pop Festival
  • 1970-02-07 "Jingle Jangle" hits #10 on the pop singles chart by Archies
  • 1970-07-03 200,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival
  • 1979-02-03 "YMCA" by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart

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1979-05-01 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John

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1985-01-28 Charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 1990-09-29 "Love & Affection" by Nelson peaks at #1 on pop singles chart
  • 2001-10-21 "United We Stand" benefit concert for September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks victims, held at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. Event organized and headlined by Michael Jackson, also featuring pop stars Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, The Backstreet Boys, and others.
  • 2003-02-02 Russian pop girl duo Tatu start a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All The Things She Said'
  • 2005-06-13 A jury in Santa Maria, California acquits pop singer Michael Jackson of molesting 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo at his Neverland Ranch.

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1902-06-17 Sammy Fain, American popular music composer (d. 1989)
  • 1923-01-25 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (d. 2003)
  • 1927-01-10 Johnnie Ray, Dallas OR, pop singer (Cry)
  • 1929-10-22 Dory Previn, Rahway NJ, pop singer (Love Be My Cover)
  • 1930-08-01 Lionel Bart [Begleiter], English pop music composer and writer (Oliver!), born in London, England
  • 1933-11-29 John Mayall, MacClesfield England, pop musician (Don't Washed Me Time)
  • 1935-03-29 Ruby Murray, Irish pop singer (Softly Softly)
  • 1937-08-02 Garth Hudson, Canada, pop musician (The Band-Life is a Carnival)
  • 1939-06-11 Wilma Burgess, country-pop singer
  • 1940-02-29 Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer

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1940-10-09 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1941-02-11 Sergio Mendes, jazz/pop musician (Brazil '66/'77/'88)
  • 1941-06-08 Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, US pop singer (Funkadelic-Knee Deep)
  • 1942-01-01 Judy Stone, Australian pop singer
  • 1942-04-03 Billy Joe Royal, country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), born in Valdosta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • 1943-05-27 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], pop singer and TV personality (Blind Date), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2015)

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1943-06-29 Little Eva [Eva Boyd], American pop singer (Locomotion), born in Belhaven, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • 1943-10-06 Cees Veerman, pop guitarist/singer (Cats-Sure He's a Cat)
  • 1944-01-28 Arnold Muhren, Dutch pop bassist/singer (The Cats-Sailin' Home)
  • 1944-06-27 Bruce Johnston, US pop musician (Beach Boys-God Only Knows)
  • 1944-08-15 Sylvie Vartan, Bulgarian pop singer
  • 1945-02-22 Oliver [William Oliver Swofford], American pop singer (Good Morning Starshine, Jean), born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1946-11-17 Martin Barre, British pop guitarist (Jethro Tull)
  • 1947-02-01 Mike Brant, Israeli pop singer (d. 1975)
  • 1947-11-02 Dave Pegg, British pop bassist (Jethro Tull-Crest of a Nave), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1948-08-15 Patsy Gallant, Canadian pop singer
  • 1948-10-05 Lucius Ross, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-One Nation Under a Groove)
  • 1948-10-12 Rick Parfitt, Surrey England, pop guitarist/singer (Status Quo-Wanderer)
  • 1949-07-10 Greg Kihn U.S. pop musician & radio personality.
  • 1950-04-10 Eddie Hazel, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Uncle Jam Wants You)
  • 1950-05-04 Darryl Hunt, English pop bassist (Pogues-Pair of Brown Eyes)
  • 1950-10-02 Michael Rutherford, English pop bassist and rocker (Genesis-Against All Odds, Mike & Mechanics)
  • 1950-10-11 Andrew Woolfolk, US pop musician (Earth, Wind & Fire-Shining Star)
  • 1951-08-19 John Deacon, British pop guitarist (Queen-Somebody to Love)
  • 1951-11-14 Alec John Such, US pop bassist (Bon Jovi-Wanted Dead or Alive)
  • 1953-02-13 Rico J. Puno, Filipino pop singer
  • 1954-04-02 Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician
  • 1954-11-18 John Parr, British pop singer
  • 1955-01-04 Mark Hollis, English pop musician (Talk Talk, Dum Dum Girl)
  • 1955-08-17 Colin Moulding, English pop guitarist (XTC)
  • 1955-09-25 Steven Severin, British pop bassist (Siouxsie & Banshees-Wild Thing)
  • 1955-12-15 Paul Simonon, English pop bassist (Clash-Havana 3 AM)
  • 1956-01-04 Bernard Albrecht, English pop guitarist (Joy Division)
  • 1956-04-01 Peter O'Toole, Irish pop bassist (Hothouse Flowers-People)
  • 1956-12-06 Peter Buck, US pop guitarist (REM-Murmur)
  • 1957-04-04 Graeme Kelling, British pop guitarist (Deacon Blue-Real Gone Kid)
  • 1957-05-23 Jimmy McShane, Pop singer (Baltimora-Tarzan Boy)
  • 1957-06-17 Philip Chevron, English pop musician (Pogues-Peace & Love), (d. 2013)
  • 1957-08-16 Tim Farriss, Australian pop guitarist (INXS-Kiss the Dirt)
  • 1957-10-21 Julian Cope, [Kevin Stapleton], Welsh pop musician (Eve's Volcano)
  • 1958-03-09 Martin Fry, English pop singer and rock vocalist (ABC-All of My Heart)
  • 1958-12-08 Bird McIntyre, Thai pop singer, musician
  • 1958-12-17 Mike Mills, US pop bassist (REM-One I Love)
  • 1959-05-28 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington], Welsh pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, born in Newbridge, Caerphily (d. 2015)
  • 1959-11-27 Charlie Burchill, Scottish pop guitarist (Simple Minds-Breakfast Club)
  • 1960-03-24 Nena, German pop singer
  • 1960-07-16 Eus van Someren, pop guitarist (Scene, Blaauw)
  • 1960-11-04 Frl. Menke, German pop singer of the Neue Deutsche Welle
  • 1960-12-23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen-Move Any Mountain)
  • 1961-01-06 Dirk de Vries, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • 1961-06-23 Mark Drillich, Dutch pop bassist (Kong-Slauerhoff)
  • 1961-08-24 Colin Angus, Scottish pop musician (Shamen, Ebeneezer Goode)
  • 1962-03-10 Seiko Matsuda, Japanese pop singer
  • 1962-08-17 Gilby Clarke, US pop guitarist (Guns n' Roses-Civil War)
  • 1962-10-04 Aldo Sprenger, Dutch pop guitarist (Kong-Phlegm)
  • 1962-11-24 John Squire, English pop guitarist (Stone Roses, She Bangs the Drums)
  • 1963-01-06 Paul Brindley, English pop bassist (Sundays, Can't Be Sure)
  • 1963-03-04 MDV, [Michiel de Vos], Dutch pop bassist (Burma Shave-Stash)
  • 1963-04-04 David Gavurin, English pop guitarist/composer (Sundays, Blind)
  • 1963-06-26 Harriet Wheeler, English pop singer/composer (The Sundays)
  • 1963-10-28 Eros Ramazotti, Italian pop musician/songwriter (Adesso Te)
  • 1963-10-30 Jerry de Borg, English pop guitarist (Jesus Jones-Real, Real, Real)
  • 1963-11-16 Gay "Mani" Mournfield, English pop bassist (Stone Roses)
  • 1964-02-27 Ewen Vernal, British pop bassist (Deacon Blue-Your Town)
  • 1964-05-05 Lorraine McIntosh, British pop singer (Deacon Blue-Fellow Hoodlums)
  • 1964-12-21 Ed Jongsma, Dutch pop bassist (Sleeze Beez-Look Like Hell)
  • 1965-04-03 Nazia Hassan, South Asian pop singer (d.2000)
  • 1965-06-29 Barry D, [Iain Bakker], English pop musician (Jesus Jones)
  • 1965-11-27 Fiachna O'Braonain, Irish pop guitarist (Hothouse Flowers-Don't Go)
  • 1966-01-31 Al Jaworsky, [Alan Doughty], pop bassist (Jesus Jones)
  • 1966-03-25 Jeff Healey, Canada, blind pop guitarist (See the Light)
  • 1966-04-11 Lisa Stansfield, English pop singer (Around the World)
  • 1966-12-05 Patricia Kaas, French pop singer (Mademoiselle Chant)
  • 1967-05-13 Melanie Thornton, African American German pop singer, former member of La Bouche. (d. 2001)

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1967-05-29 Noel Gallagher, English pop musician (Oasis), born in Manchester, England

Musician Noel Gallagher
Musician
Noel Gallagher
  • 1967-08-18 Daler Mehndi, Indian bhangra/pop singer

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1967-09-21 Faith Hill [Audrey Faith Perry], American country pop singer ("Breathe", "Cry"), born in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 1967-10-04 Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer
  • 1968-02-17 Patrick Uterwijk, pop guitarist (Pestilence, Consuming Impulse)
  • 1968-04-30 Paulo Jr, Brazilian pop bassist (Sepultura, Morbid Visions)

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1968-05-28 Kylie Minogue, Australian pop star and singer (Locomotion), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Pop Star & Singer Kylie Minogue
Pop Star & Singer
Kylie Minogue
  • 1968-10-07 Thom Yorke, British musician and lead singer of Radiohead ('Creep', 'Paranoid Android''), born in Wellingborough

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1969-07-24 Jennifer Lopez, actress and pop singer (Selena), born in The Bronx, New York

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

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1971-12-25 Dido, Kensington, pop singer and rap/dance music vocalist (Eminem's 'Stan', 'No Angel'), born in London, England

Singer Dido
Singer
Dido
  • 1972-01-27 Mark Owen, English pop singer
  • 1972-03-08 Angie Hart, Australian pop singer
  • 1972-04-13 Jeroen Thesseling, pop bassist (Pestilence, Spheres)
  • 1973-03-07 Sébastien Izambard, operatic pop singer (Il Divo)
  • 1974-05-16 Laura Pausini, Italian pop singer
  • 1974-08-11 Hadiqa Kiyani, Pakistani pop star

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1962-12-18 Pop singer Little Eva (19) weds James Harris

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • 1998-09-13 "Spice Girls" pop singer Melanie Brown (23) weds Jimmy Gulzar in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire
  • 2000-03-10 Country singer Vince Gill (42) weds christian/pop singer Amy Grant (39) in Nashville, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

2000-12-22 Pop singer Madonna (42) weds film director Guy Ritchie (32) at Skibo Castle in Scotland

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 2001-10-05 "The Golden Boy" professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya (28) weds Puerto Rican pop singer Millie Corretjer (27) in a secret ceremony held at "El Invernino" in San Juan
  • 2002-02-23 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2004-09-18 Pop star Britney Spears (22) weds rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (26) in Studio City, California

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

HeartWedding of Interest

2005-10-09 Italian pop singer Alexia (38) weds Giorgio Armani's nephew Andrea Camerana at Church of San Martino in Piacenza, Italy

Fashion Designer Giorgio Armani
Fashion Designer
Giorgio Armani

HeartWedding of Interest

2006-01-07 Punky pop singer Pink (26) weds motocross daredevil and The Surreal Life actor Carey Hart (30) at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Singer Pink
Singer
Pink
  • 2006-06-19 "Savage Garden" pop singer Darren Hayes (34) weds animator Richard Cullen in London
  • 2006-09-18 Chinese movie actor Nicholas Tse (26) weds HK actress and cantopop singer Cecilia Cheung (26) at Palawan island in the Philippines
  • 2006-12-17 Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer Jaci Velasquez (27) weds "Salvador" lead singer Nic Gonzalez in Austin, Texas
  • 2007-04-21 Pop singer sensation Anastacia (38) weds her bodyguard Wayne Newton at the Quinta Real Huatulco in Huatulco, Mexico
  • 2007-04-30 "Timbiriche" pop singer Paulina Rubio (35) weds Spanish public relations executive Nicolas "Colate" Vallejo Najera in Cancun, Quintana Roo

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-08-07 British pop star Robbie Williams (36) weds actress Ayda Field (31) in an intimate ceremony at Beverly Hills mansion

  • 2011-04-22 American actor Eddie Cibrian (37) weds American country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (28) at a private home in California
  • 2012-05-23 Grammy-winning Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz (43) weds longtime girlfriend Raquel Perera (37) in Barcelona

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2007-07-30 Pop star Britney Spears (25) divorces rapper-dancer Kevin Federline (29) due to irreconcilable differences after over two years of marriage

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2008-12-15 Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

Pop Star Madonna
Pop Star
Madonna
  • 2010-09-03 Pop singer Cheryl Cole (27) divorces England soccer player Ashley Cole (29) due to unreasonable behavior after 3 and a half years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011-04-15 Grammy-winning pop singer Christina Aguilera (29) divorces music executive Jordan Bratman (33) due to irreconcilable differences after 5 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2012-04-09 Salsa artist Marc Anthony (42) divorces pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez (43) due to irreconcilable differences after 7 years of marriage

Singer and Actress Jennifer Lopez
Singer and Actress
Jennifer Lopez

Famous Deaths

  • 1963-06-22 Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)

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1980-12-08 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and killed in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 1982-08-08 Ferre Grignard, Belgian pop singer/painter (Crucified Jesus), dies
  • 1988-07-18 Nico, US model/pop singer (Velvet Underground), dies at 43
  • 1991-05-23 William Sinnot, Scottish pop musician (Shamen), dies at 30
  • 1992-12-23 Eddie Hazel, US pop guitarist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), dies at 42
  • 1999-04-03 Lionel Bart, English pop music composer and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • 2000-02-12 Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945)
  • 2000-08-13 Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer (b. 1965)
  • 2001-10-13 Peter Doyle, Australian pop singer (The New Seekers) (b. 1949)
  • 2001-11-24 Melanie Thornton, American dance/pop singer (b. 1967)
  • 2003-03-28 Rusty Draper, American country and pop singer (b. 1923)

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2003-04-10 Little Eva (stage name for Eva Boyd) American pop singer (Locomotion)

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • 2007-01-28 Karel Svoboda, Czech composer of popular music (b. 1938)
  • 2008-07-16 Jo Stafford, American singer of traditional pop music (b. 1917)
  • 2008-08-12 Christie Allen, British-Australian pop singer (b. 1954)
  • 2009-05-12 Antonio Vega, Spanish pop singer-songwriter (b. 1957)

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2009-06-25 Michael Jackson, American recording artist, entertainer and King of Pop music (The Jackson 5, Thriller, Dangerous) dies of cardiac arrest at 50

King of Pop Michael Jackson
King of Pop
Michael Jackson
  • 2011-03-04 Johnny Preston, American pop singer (Running Bear), dies at 71

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2013-01-01 Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American pop singer, dies at 85

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page
  • 2015-02-12 Steve Strange [Steven Harrington] pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 2015-08-02 Cilla Black, pop singer and TV host (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • 2015-10-06 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), dies at 73