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Transcript of 1950-1999
1960-Elvis Presley is discharged from the Army and immediately scores a series of hit singles and albums 1961-Elvis Presley gives his last live performance for eight years. 1962- the great 50's legends Fats Domino, Clyde McPhatter, The Everly Brothers, LaVern Baker and Bo Diddley score their final major hits after a decade in the spotlight 1963-Surf-rock lands dozens of guitar led instrumentals on the charts while the Beach Boys dominate the airwaves with a string of hit singles and three Top Ten albums in this year alone and are joined on the scene by Jan & Dean who notch the only surf rock #1 hit with "Surf City". 1964-Rock 'n' roll has its first major shakeup in nearly a decade when in late January "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles tops the US Pop charts, also Four of the six #1 records between February and June are by the Beatles, a feat surpassed only by Elvis Presley in 1956 1965-The Beatles and Elvis Presley, the two biggest names in rock history, meet for the only time at Presley's Los Angeles home. While there John Lennon boldly asks his idol why he doesn't record rock 'n' roll anymore 1968-The term "heavy metal" first appears in the Steppenwolf song "Born To Be Wild".
1970-Casey Kasem's "American Top 40" debutes on LA radio.
1978-A local band, U2, wins the 'Harp Lager Talent Contest' in Limerick, Ireland. The prize includes a chance to audition for CBS Records.
1979-Rapper's Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang becomes the first commercially released rap record and is a surprise hit, even breaking into the Pop Top 40, as well as landing at #4 on the R&B Charts. The event ushers in the most revolutionary style of music since the advent of rock 'n' roll thirty years earlier 1966-The Beatles perform their final live concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, on August 29th 1977-The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album becomes a cultural benchmark and even wins the Grammy for "Album Of The Year", the first rock record given that award.
1980-Paul McCartney is arrested and jailed for 9 days after a half pound of marijuana is found in his luggage at the Tokyo airport.John lennon is murdered in front of his apartment in new york.
1983-The album "Thriller" by Michael Jackson reaches #1 and stays there for 37 weeks 1989-Paul McCartney begins a 10-month, 13-country world tour in Drammenshallen, Norway. His first in 9 years.
1994-Kurt Cobain's body was found by electrician Gary Smith lying on the floor in Cobain's greenhouse, next to a shotgun. The body lay undiscovered for three days.
1981-Paul McCartney's Wings disbands after over 20 hits 1982 - The Eagles disband until hell freezes over. Michael Jackson's Thriller album is released late in the year 1983 - David Bowie's "Let's Dance" hits Number One with Stevie Ray Vaughan on guitar.
1984 - Jackie Wilson succumbs to a long illness. 1986 - The Rolling Stones are awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy. 1985 - "We Are The World" is recorded by 46 U.S. artists in support of suffering people in the USA and Africa 1987 - Billy Joel tours and records an album in Russia.
1988 - Whitney Houston earns her seventh consecutive Number One single. Superstar ensemble The Traveling Wilburys release an album, just before Roy Orbison's passing 1989 - Milli Vanilli wins 1989 Best New Artist Grammy, only to have the award taken back when it is revealed that they did not sing on their own debut album. The 1990's The 1980's The 1970's The 1960's 1990 - Curtis Mayfield (The Impressions) is paralyzed preparing for a stage concert. Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed in a helicopter crash.
1991- Cardinal O'Connor asks The Pope to excommunicate Madonna. Guns N' Roses release Use Your Illusion I and II. Queen's Freddy Mercury dies from complications related to AIDS. 1992 - Seattle becomes the core of Grunge Rock with groups like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Prince changes his name. 1993 - U2 finishes up a two year Zoo/Zooropa '93 world tour. 1994 - Kurt Cobain's death is shared by a new generation of rock fans. Sheryl Crow flies with her Tuesday Night Music Club, and a tour opening for the reunited Eagles. Hootie & The Blowfish debut Cracked Rear View Mirror. 1995 - The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum opens in Cleveland. Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill is a multi-million seller. Neil Young and Pearl Jam perform and record together. 1996 - Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men team up for "One Sweet Day," which tops the charts for an unprecedented 16 consecutive weeks. 1997 -Lillith Tour spotlights female headliners. 1998 - "Ginger Spice" Geri Halliwell exits the popular Spice Girls. The Rolling Stones give concerts in Russia, followed shortly by Ringo Starr's Fourth All-Starr Band.
1971 - Deaths of Jim Morrison (The Doors) and Duane Allman (Allman Bros. Band). Songwriter Carole King releases her Tapesty album.
1972 - Smokey Robinson leaves The Miracles to go solo. 1973 - Led Zeppelin's tour is a record breaker. Pink Floyd release Dark Side Of The Moon. 1974 - Bob Dylan & The Band tour together. 1975 - Rod Stewart officially quits The Faces. Bruce Springsteen releases Born To Run.
1976 - Stevie Wonder's album release Songs In The Key Of Life would win five Grammy awards. Frampton Comes Alive is released. The End 1: Van Halen
2: Led Zepplin
4: Guns n Roses
6: Black Sabbath
8: Pink Floyde
9: Def Leppard