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Reg Dwight a.k.a. Elton John is born. 1947
1950's  Alan Freed's 3-day Rock n' Roll Show in Hartford, Connecticut, concludes after several arrests. Hartford Institute of Living psychiatrist Dr. Francis Braceland claims "Rock n' Roll is a communicable disease driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It's cannibalistic and tribalistic." Tribalistic? OK. But cannibalistic? There are no reports of anyone being eaten or even sacrificed. 1956

1960's  Ray Charles records his definitive version of "Georgia On My Mind." Ironically, he lays down the track at Capitol Studios in New York. 1960

Elvis Presley performs at the Block Arena in Pearl Harbor. The benefit show (for the USS Arizona) is Elvis' last live performance for over seven years. 1961

Just two days after Eric Clapton's departure from the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck plays his first concert with the group. 1965

Blues-Rock guitarist Jeff Healey (Norman Jeffrey Healey) is born. 1966

The Who make their U.S. concert debut in New York. 1967
1970's  Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Deja Vu" album goes gold. 1970

David Bowie and Iggy Pop are busted for marijuana possession in Rochester, NY. Bowie pleads not guilty. The charges are eventually dropped. 1976

Working their way up, the Talking Heads begin a series of shows as the headliner at CBGBs in New York. They had regularly played the venue as an opener. 1976

Bob Seger's 7th album "Night Moves" goes platinum. It contains the breakthrough title track single, the haunting "Mainstreet" and the uplifting classic "Rock & Roll Never Forgets." 1977

One of the greatest covers in Rock history, Van Halen's take on the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" doesn't do much damage on the Top 40, only reaching #36. 1978
1980's  The Police are the first Western Rock group to play Bombay (now Mumbai), India. 1980

At the 57th Academy Awards, Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called To Say I Love" from The Woman In Red soundtrack wins the Original Song trophy. Wonder dedicates his victory to the imprisoned (in South Africa) Nelson Mandela. As a result, South African radio stations ban Wonder's music. 1985

Geffen Records signs Guns N' Roses. Good move, at least initially. 1986

Mike + The Mechanics' sentimental "The Living Years" is the #1 pop song. The 'Mike' in the group is guitarist Mike Rutherford of Genesis fame. 1989
1990's  Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan performs with his dad (Billy Corgan Sr.) at a benefit for Chicago's Next Street program which helps homeless teens. 1999
2000's   
Bob Dylan earns an Oscar for his song "Things Have Changed" from the film Wonder Boys. 2001

U2's Bono testifies at R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck's 'air-rage' trial. Buck is accused of going bonkers on a Trans-Atlantic flight (who hasn't felt like doing that?). Bono portrays Buck as one of the most boring people alive. It works. Buck is eventually acquitted. 2002

MTV's Headbanger's Ball Tour featuring Drowning Pool and Damageplan kicks off in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 2004

Beck's "E-Pro" tops Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart ending Green Day's 16 week run with "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams." 2005

If it weren't for bad luck, wouldn't have no luck at all. A fire breaks out at Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne's mansion in Buckinghamshire, England. The two escape but are treated for minor smoke inhalation. This is the same estate where Ozzy nearly killed himself in a quad bike accident two years earlier. The mansion was also robbed in '04. 2005

Audioslave's Tom Morello (under the Nightwatchman moniker) performs at a benefit concert in San Francisco to aid the Doe Family Legal Fund, which supports a group of protesters suing San Francisco law officers over an alleged '04 police-brutality incident. 2006

Modest Mouse's "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank" floats to the top of the album chart selling nearly 129,000 copies in its first week. The set features the guitar work of former Smiths' guitarist, Johnny Marr. 2007

Elton John spends his 60th birthday (see above) performing his 60th show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The concert opens with an introduction by former President Bill Clinton. Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin join John onstage. 2007

Flyleaf's first U.S. headlining trek, the Justice & Mercy tour, starts in Memphis. 2007

With little prior notice, The Raconteurs roll out "Consolers Of The Lonely." The effort is available on CD, vinyl and as a digital download. The video for the lead single, "Salute Your Solution," is also released. "We wanted to explore the idea of releasing an album everywhere at once and then marketing and promoting it thereafter," reads a band statement. 2008

Counting Crows "Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings" is released. The album comes more than five years after '02's "Hard Candy." "Saturday night is when you sin and Sunday is when you regret," observes frontman Adam Duritz. "Sinning is often done very loudly, angrily, bitterly, violently."

B-52s issue "Funplex," their first album of original material in 16 years. 2008

Songs by Theory Of A Deadman, Airbourne and Saliva (with Shinedown singer Brent Smith) are released on the "WWE: The Music, Vol. 8" compilation. The tunes serve as entrance music for some of the wrestling organization's stars. 2008

Between a rock and a hard place. P.O.D. embark on a tour of Hard Rock Cafes to promote their album "When Angels & Serpents Dance." 2008

Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Laguna Beach, CA. According to reports, the guitarist is pulled over after being observed maneuvering his black Hummer erratically. Sambora is released from custody early the following day with a court appearance scheduled seven weeks 'down the road'. 2008

The Green Day documentary, Heart Like A Hand Grenade premieres in Hollywood. The film "offers an intimate look (at) the band recording their album 'American Idiot', art house style." The long delayed project is directed by indie filmmaker John Roecker (Live Freaky! Die Freaky!). 2009

Ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash makes a surprise visit to an East Los Angeles middle school. He's there on behalf of the Little Kids Rock organization, which promotes music education for children. Slash sits for a Q&A session before playing GN'R's classic "Sweet Child o' Mine" with a group of students. Four Slash autographed acoustic guitars are donated to the school. 2009
2010's  Kings Of Leon set a record for downloads in the U.K. They move more than 250,000 copies of their '08 album "Only By The Night." 2010

Post-Oasis news. Frontman Liam Gallagher's clothing line, Pretty Green, a collection of T-shirts, jeans and footwear, is available online in the U.S. Meanwhile, estranged brother, guitarist Noel, plays his first solo concert since Oasis' '09 implosion. The London's Royal Albert Hall show (with a second the following evening) benefits Teenage Cancer Trust. 2010

Axl Rose's former managers file a $1.9 million lawsuit that claims the Guns N' Roses leader reneged on an '08 verbal agreement. The dollar amount represents 15 percent of an estimated $12 million GN'R earned from Southeast Asia, Canada and South America tours. 2010

"Songs For Japan" is released. Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, U2, R.E.M., Bon Jovi and Elton John donate tracks to the album for Japan Disaster Relief. Two weeks earlier (3/11), the country suffered a horrific earthquake, tsunami and massive nuclear power plant radiation (caused by the earthquake). 2011

Bret Michaels files a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Tony Award Productions and CBS, blaming them for his '10 brain hemorrhage. A backdrop fell on Michaels after a performance at the '09 Tony Awards. The incident left him with a broken nose and a split lip. Michaels claims that he was not properly advised on how to exit the stage. 2011

A little over a year after disbanding, My Chemical Romance issue their greatest hits compilation, "May Death Never Stop You," featuring the single "Fake Your Death," which they call their eulogy song. 2014

The Hold Steady release "Teeth Dreams," their sixth album. 2014

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and wife Gwyneth Paltrow announce their separation on Paltrow's GOOP newsletter. "It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate," the couple says in a post entitled Conscious Uncoupling. Pretentious? Ya think? 2014

Rolling Stone magazine, with KISS on the cover, hits newsstands. The ongoing feud between original KISS members, in advance of their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction, lands them on the cover for the very first time. 2014

Radiohead's "OK Computer" and The Doors' self-titled '67 debut are selected, as seminal works, for inclusion into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. 2015

"The Black," from Asking Alexandria, is out. The album features the track "Send Me Home." "Tango Umbrella" is the fourth album from American Head Charge. And Metal Church issue "XI." The band's eleventh studio release also marks the return of vocalist/frontman Mike Howe. 2016

The Rolling Stones give a free concert in Havana, Cuba. They are are the biggest act to perform there since Cuba's communist revolution in '59. 2016

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