Today in Pop Music History

Sub-Topics: Pop Bands - Pop Stars

Events in Music

Events 1 - 24 of 24

1939-06-03 - Beer Barrel Polka hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Will Glahe
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)
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
1969-07-04 - 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep & Janis Joplin
1969-07-25 - 70,000 attend Seattle Pop Festival
Singer-Songwriter Janis JoplinSinger-Songwriter Janis Joplin
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
1979-05-01 - Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel
1979-05-20 - 1st western pop star to tour USSR-Elton John
1985-01-28 - Charity single "We Are the World" is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and other pop stars)
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, DC. 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.

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 137

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
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 LennonMusician and Beatle John Lennon (1940-10-09)
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
1943-06-29 - Little Eva (Eva Boyd), Belhaven, North Carolina, American pop singer (Locomotion)
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 Wave)
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)
Pop Singer Little EvaPop Singer Little Eva (1943-06-29)
1949-07-10 - , eg 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)
Musician Noel GallagherMusician Noel Gallagher (1967-05-29)
1967-05-29 - Noel Gallagher, Manchester, English pop musician (Oasis)
1967-08-18 - Daler Mehndi, Indian bhangra/pop singer
1967-09-21 - Faith Hill [Audrey Faith Perry], American country pop singer ("Breathe", "Cry"), born in Ridgeland, Mississippi
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)
1968-05-28 - Kylie Minogue, Australian pop star and singer (Locomotion), born in Melbourne, Victoria
1968-10-07 - Thom Yorke, British pop musician and lead singer of Radiohead ('Creep', 'Paranoid Android' and 'Pyramid Song')
1969-07-24 - Jennifer Lopez, Bronx New York, actress and pop singer (Selena)
1971-12-25 - Dido, Kensington, pop singer and rap/dance music vocalist (Eminem's 'Stan', 'No Angel'), born in London, England
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
Singer DidoSinger Dido (1971-12-25)
1974-08-11 - Hadiqa Kiyani, Pakistani pop star
1975-03-27 - Fergie Duhamel, Hacienda Heights, California, American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas)
1976-05-08 - Ian "H" Watkins, pop singer (Steps)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 20 of 20

1963-06-22 - Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)
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)
Pop Singer Little EvaPop Singer Little Eva (2003-04-10)
2003-04-10 - , ttle Eva (stage name for Eva Boyd) American pop singer (Locomotion)
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)
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
2011-03-04 - Johnny Preston, American pop singer (b. 1939)
2013-01-01 - Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American pop singer, dies at 85
2015-02-12 - Steve Strange [Steven Harrington] pop singer (Visage) and nightclub host, dies of a heart attack at 55


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