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The Beatles make their U.S. debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1964
1940's  Songwriter Carole King is born in New York City. With her former husband Gerry Goffin, King wrote "Some Kind Of Wonderful," "The Loco-Motion" (both covered by Grand Funk Railroad) and "Don't Bring Me Down" (Animals). King later went on to a successful solo career. 1942

1950's  Elvis Presley sits at #1 on the pop chart with "Too Much." 1957

Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" tops the Billboard singles survey. 1959
1960's  The Beatles play Liverpool's Cavern Club for the first time. John Lennon and Paul McCartney performed at the venue three years earlier but were then known as the Quarrymen (or sometimes the Quarry Men). 1961
1970's  Paul McCartney takes Wings on a low-key, unpromoted, U.K. warm-up tour. 1972

O.A.R. guitarist, Richard On, is born. 1979
1980's  Bill Haley dies from a brain tumor at age 55. His "Rock Around The Clock" got the whole Rock N' Roll thing going. With that song and a slew of subsequent hits, Haley and his Comets sold 60 million records worldwide. 1981

Frank Zappa conducts the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players at the Edgar Varese Memorial Concert to celebrate the composer's 100th birthday. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) is the master of ceremonies. 1983

Eric Clapton is recognized for his Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the BPI Awards in London. Also, Dire Straits "Brothers In Arms" is named Best British Album. 1987
1990's  Frustrated by an equipment failure on Soundgarden's final tour stop in Honolulu bassist Ben Shepherd throws his bass into the air and storms off the stage. The band follows with frontman Chris Connell returning to conclude the show with a solo encore. The band breaks up two months later. 1997

Fleetwood Mac get the Outstanding Contribution to British Music trophy at the 17th BRIT Awards in London. U2 is named Best International Group. 1998
2000's   
British group Coldplay make their U.S. debut at Seattle's Showbox Theatre. 2001

Looks that kill. A Los Angeles court rules that Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is entitled to $600,000 from a shoe company for using his likeness in a magazine ad without permission. 2005

Papa Roach launch their North American tour in Mexico City. 2005

Roger Daltrey receives one of the British Parliament's top honors, Commander of the British Empire. But Daltrey doesn't think the title is for his singing. "She (the Queen) said I got this for my music as well as my charity work, but I don't think she's a Rock and Roll fan," says The Who's frontman. 2005

Don Henley is named the 2007 MusiCares Person of the Year at a Grammy Week in Los Angeles event. The award recognizes Henley's professional and charitable achievements. Former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, Henley's Eagles bandmate Timothy B. Schmit and Henley perform. 2007

Three Days Grace headline West Coast tour that starts in Las Vegas. Texas group, Flyleaf, is the opener. 2007

KISS singer-guitarist Paul Stanley appears at the first of two New Jersey galleries to promote exhibitions of his artwork. The other appearance is the next day. Stanley's paintings and limited-edition prints are sold at the events. 2006

A fire alarm goes off at Airbourne's concert in Glasgow, Scotland, causing the venue to be evacuated. They were playing the title track from their debut album, "Runnin' Wild" when the siren sounded. 2008

Paul Rodgers (Free/Bad Company) is at the Fender Center for Music Education in Corona, CA, to mark the opening of an exhibit dedicated to him. 2008

The Band receives the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. They are saluted at an invitation-only ceremony the night before the Grammy Awards. 2008

Ex-Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters performs at the eighth annual Cinema For Peace awards ceremony and benefit in Berlin. The event honors "directors and actors whose work has served to cast a new focus on the human condition and values." Waters plays Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" and music from "The Wall." 2009

The Boston fan forum CoolTheEngines suspends their message board after an attorney for guitarist Tom Scholz sends a cease-and-desist letter to the moderator threatening to seek "substantial monetary damages" unless all mentions of the guitarist and his wife are erased. Messages protested Scholz's treatment of former Boston bandmembers, including late frontman Brad Delp. The attorney categorizes the statements as defamatory. 2009
2010's  Containing the lead single "Heartkiller," HIM release "Screamworks: Love In Theory And Practice." 2010.

Just in time for their 20th Anniversary Rust In Peace tour the following month, guitarist Dave Mustaine announces that original Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is returning to the band after an eight-year absence. "This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness," writes Mustaine in a statement. 2010

Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones leaves the band's headlining North American tour due to "unforeseen circumstances." All That Remains frontman Phil Labonte fills in. 2010

Neither rain, sleet or snow will keep Kid Rock from his appointed rounds. Rock performs a show in Little Rock after the state of Arkansas is hit by heavy snowfall. The state patrol advises people to stay home and some fans are unwilling or unable to brave the conditions. Rock is later criticized for not canceling the show. He responds on his website saying that fans who were not able to travel to the show will receive refunds and emphasizes that he felt it was his duty to perform for those fans who had traveled to see him play. "I know there are people who drove here from Memphis and Oklahoma, been in [their] cars all day driving and dealing with this sh**ty weather, the same as me and my band have the WHOLE TOUR," writes Rock. 2011

Singer Ashlee Simpson and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz announce their divorce after two years of marriage. "It's very amicable," claims a source close to the couple. "They're on very friendly terms and speaking - it's fine. They've just grown apart. They've been growing apart for quite some time." The couple had one child together, Bronx Mowgli. 2011

After nearly six years, Activision Blizzard Inc. pulls the plug on the once hugely popular "Guitar Hero" video game. Guns are more popular than guitars, at least when it comes to video games. 2011

Paul McCartney is inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. McCartney's star (near Capitol Records, The Beatles U.S. label)-the 2,460th given-was approved in '93. He is the last Beatle to accept the honor. "When I was growing up, I never thought I'd ever come to get a star on the Walk of Fame. But here we are today," explains McCartney. 2012

Guns N' Roses play the first of a handful New York dates during Fashion Week. The first stop is a surprise show at the John Varvatos store in Manhattan. 2012

Phish's Trey Anastasio launches the four-stop Winter Symphony Tour, his first-ever orchestral trek. The first concert is with the Atlanta Symphony at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. Pittsburgh, Denver and L.A. fill out the brief tour. 2012

A New England blizzard forces Bon Jovi to postpone the first concert of their North American tour. However, fans and employees at the Mohegan Sun Arena are treated to a free impromptu concert. A make-up show is scheduled for later in the year. 2013

"The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles," is broadcast on CBS to mark the 50th anniversary to the day of The Beatles debut appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Among the pop stars covering Beatles songs, Imagine Dragons nail a kick ass acoustic version of "Revolution." Oh yes, surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are interviewed by David Letterman in the Ed Sullivan theater. Later, the ex-Beatles revisit the group's catalog. A lovely time is had by all. 2014

Adrenaline Mob release "Dearly Departed," a nine song set of covers and acoustic versions of their songs. 2015

Bullet For My Valentine announce that they have parted ways with Jason James. The bassist/vocalist joined the group in '03, replacing Nick Crandle. 2015

Metallica play a corporate show in San Francisco for cloud computing company Salesforce.com. The concert is later available as a free audio download. 2015

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