For the first time in the history of Billboard's record charts,
the same five songs appear in both the Pop and R&B Top Ten.
They are: Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" (#1 Pop,
#6 R&B), Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes" (#4 Pop, #3
R&B), Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally" (#9 Pop,
#1 R&B), The Platters' "Magic Touch" (#10 Pop, #7
R&B) and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall
in Love" (#7 Pop, #4 R&B).
Gene Vincent records "Be Bop A Lula" for Capitol Records at Owen
Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee. It would climb to #7 in
the US and #16 in the UK the following summer, eventually selling
over 2 million copies.
Presley recorded "Jailhouse Rock". The song went on to top
the Cashbox Best Sellers list, the Billboard Hot 100, the R&B
chart and even the Country And Western chart. It also became the
first single to enter the UK chart at number 1. The tune was
written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller specifically for a scene
in the movie of the same name.
The Alan Freed Show premiers on ABC-TV. The half-hour
program includes Guy Mitchell, The Del-Vikings, Screamin' Jay
Hawkins, The Clovers, June Valli, Martha Carson and the Alan Freed
Rock And Roll Orchestra.
UK Rock 'n' Roller Tommy Steele was knocked unconscious when fans
rushed the stage during the opening night of his British tour. As
a result of various injuries, Steele was forced to cancel a week's
worth of shows.
Alan Freed has trouble on his hands when a
brawl breaks out following a Big Beat Show at the Boston
Arena. Several of the estimated 5,000 teens in attendance are
injured and Freed will later be charged with incitement of a riot
and destruction of property.
The Grand Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles was
the site of the very first Grammy Awards, where statuettes were
given out for Record of the Year and Song of the Year
to Domenico Modugno for his rendition of "Volaré" (Nel Blu Dipinto
di Blu). He beat out Peggy Lee's "Fever", "Catch a Falling Star"
by Perry Como, "Witchcraft" from Frank Sinatra and "The Chipmunk
Song" by David Seville.
With the payola scandal still in the news, Dick Clark relinquished
the rights to music publishing that he owned. The value of those
rights, Clark indicated later, amounted to about $80 million.
Everly Brothers started a seven week run at the top of the
UK singles chart with "Cathy's Clown", giving Warner Brothers
Records a #1 hit with their very first release.
Ben E. King leaves The Drifters and signs a
solo contract with Atco Records. King was the lead singer on such
Drifters' hits as "There Goes My Baby", "Save the Last Dance For
Me" and "This Magic Moment".
In the aftermath of the payola scandal, Billboard magazine
reports that many radio stations are adopting what they called a
"better music" format and banning Rock and Roll.
Ray Peterson records "Tell Laura I Love Her", which will rise to
#7 in the US the following Summer.
After topping the Billboard chart a month earlier, The Marcels
version of "Blue Moon" hits #1 in the UK. Since 1934, the song has
been recorded by over 50 major artists and has been featured in at
least 8 motion pictures.
Beatles started a month long residency at The Star Club, in
Britain's first Cinebox, a device that showed 16mm color film of
musicians performing their hits on a 21 inch screen, is installed
in London, England. As you might expect, the device flashed paid
advertising messages whenever the machine was idle.
The Shirelles were presented with a Gold
record for "Soldier Boy", a song that was recorded in one take and
originally intended as an album filler. It was the second million
seller for them, following their first number one hit, "Will You
Love Me Tomorrow". The girls would later find the US Top 10 again
with "Dedicated to the One I Love", "Mama Said", "Baby It's You"
and "Foolish Little Girl".
Chris Montez records "Let's Dance", which
will reach #4 on the Billboard chart and #2 in the UK next Fall.
19 year old Andrew Loog Oldham signs a contract with The
Rolling Stones, becoming their manager. Oldham had seen the
band in concert the previous day at the Crawdaddy Club in London.
The Beach Boys "Surfin U.S.A." LP debuts on
Billboard's album chart, where it will enjoy a 78 week stay and
top out at #2.
Andy Williams' album, "Days of Wine and Roses" hit the #1 spot on
the US LP chart, where it would remain for 16 weeks.
Beatles score their first UK #1 when "From Me To You"
reaches the top for the first of a seven week run. The song's
title was inspired from a letters column called From You To Us
that ran in the British music newspaper, The New Musical
Beatles receive $140,000 for the rights to having their
pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.
"The Beatles' Second Album" reaches #1 on the Billboard LP chart
in just its second week of release. It was the first album ever to
make it to the top that quickly.
For the first time in 51 weeks, The Beatles were not at the top of
the UK album chart as they were finally unseated by The Rolling
Stones debut LP.
Gerry and the Pacemakers make their US
television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show a full month
before their first appearance on the Billboard chart with "Don't
Let The Sun Catch You Crying".
Moody Blues are formed in Birmingham, England. The group was
the brainchild of vocalist Denny Laine, who recruited Mike Pinder,
Ray Thomas, Graham Edge and Clint Warwick.
Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a
Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced
with bankruptcy with debts of £4,000. Later in the year he would
join the successful Swedish group, The Spotnicks, recording with
them and twice touring the world. As for his eight show stint with
The Beatles, Nicol would later say "Standing in for Ringo was the
worst thing that ever happened to me. Until then I was quite happy
earning thirty or forty pounds a week. After the headlines died, I
began dying too."
After just two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, "Mrs. Brown, You've
Got a Lovely Daughter" by Herman's
Hermits hits #1.
The Supremes release "Back In My Arms
Again", which will become their fifth consecutive US number one
Despite his vow that they would never be invited back, Ed Sullivan
includes The Rolling Stones on his Sunday night
variety show, along with Tom
Jones and Dusty Springfield. Sullivan would later say
that he received "thousands of calls complaining" about The
Beatles were kept busy filming scenes for their forthcoming
film Help! on Salisbury Plain with the British Army's
Third Tank Division.
Young Rascals enjoy the first of 14 Billboard Top 40 hits
when "Good Lovin" reached #1. Another version of the same song by
The Olympics had stalled at #81 the previous year.
Franklin releases "Respect", a song that will become her
signature tune and go on to win two Grammy Awards in 1968 for
"Best Rhythm & Blues Recording" and "Best Rhythm & Blues
Solo Vocal Performance, Female".
Cindy Birdsong makes her stage debut with The
Supremes at The Hollywood Bowl, replacing the increasingly
unreliable Florence Ballard.
32 year old Elvis Presley married 21 year old Priscilla
Beaulieu, a girl he first met in 1959 when she was just 14 years
old. When Elvis got out of the army in 1960, Beaulieu moved into
the King's Graceland mansion with her family's blessing. The
wedding ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and
although the marriage license was only $15, the wedding cake cost
$3,500. Elvis gave his new bride a $4,000 ring that featured a
three karat diamond surrounded by twenty smaller diamonds. She
gave him a plain gold band. Priscilla's maid of honor was her
sister, Michelle. Joe Esposito and Marty Lacker were duel best
men, but the rest of the "Memphis Mafia" were conspicuously absent
because they hadn't been invited. The ceremony was followed by a
reception for 80 guests.
The F.B.I. arrests The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson on charges of
avoiding the military draft and refusing to take the Oath of
Allegiance. He is later released and joins the rest of the band in
Ireland for a British tour.
Capitol Records announce the abandonment of Brian Wilson's "Smile"
album. Wilson took over a year to compose and produce the LP, but
after hearing The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album, he became
convinced that "Smile" would be seen as second best.
Turtles receive their first of two Gold singles for their
recent #1 Pop hit, "Happy Together". Their second Gold single will
come later for "She'd Rather Be With Me".
"San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie enters the US charts where it
will eventually hit #4. The John Phillips written song became a
sort of anthem during the hippie movement.
Box Tops are awarded their second Gold record for "Cry Like
a Baby". Their first was for "The Letter".
The Beach Boys begin a 17 date tour of the
US with a show in New York. The second half of the concert
featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who lectured the audience on
"spiritual regeneration." The reaction was so negative, more than
half of the remaining tour dates were cancelled.
Top British model Twiggy saw a performance by an 18 year old Welsh
singer named Mary Hopkin and immediately recommended her to Paul
McCartney as a possible addition to the Apple Records roster. Six
months later, Hopkin's first record, "Those Were the Days", would
be sitting behind "Hey Jude" in the number 2 position.
After months of internal dissension, Buffalo
Springfield play their final concert in Long Beach,
California. Richie Fury would go on to form Poco
and Stephen Stills teamed up with David Crosby and Graham Nash in
Stills And Nash.
Ringo Starr added his vocal to "Octopus's Garden" for the
forthcoming Beatles "Abbey Road" album. It was only the second
time that one of Ringo's own compositions had been recorded by the
band, the first being "Don't Pass Me By" in 1968.
Fifth Dimension are awarded a Gold record for "Aquarius /
Let the Sunshine In", a medley from the Rock musical Hair.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrest Jimi
Hendrix at Toronto's International Airport for possession of
narcotics. He was released on $10,000 bail until his acquittal the
George Harrison tells reporters that the Beatles will reunite
eventually and announces plans for his first post-Beatles solo LP.
Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman
Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a
club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing
trial, Lyndon's lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane
at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman
Brothers would drive anyone insane. Incredibly, Lyndon was
Norman Greenbaum's Gospel / Rock hit "Spirit
In The Sky" topped both the UK record chart and the Cash Box Best
Sellers list. Greenbaum would later tell Rolling Stone
magazine, "I'm just some Jewish musician who really dug Gospel
music. I decided there was a larger Jesus Gospel market out there
than a Jehovah one."
Four students were shot and killed by the National Guard at Kent
State University in Ohio during an anti-war demonstration. Neil
Young reacted to the senseless slayings by writing and recording
the song, "Ohio", with Crosby,
Stills & Nash, the very next day.
Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" is released. It would reach
number one in the US and number two in the UK. Although the lyrics
were the subject of much controversy, Mick Jagger would later tell
Rolling Stone, "God knows what I'm on about on that song.
It's such a mishmash. All the nasty subjects in one go . . . I
never would write that song now."
Grand Funk Railroad "consent" to meet with
members of the press, who have never treated the group with
respect, despite their string of Gold records. 150 reporters were
invited to New York's Gotham Hotel. Only 6 showed up.
New York Mayor John Lindsay intervened in the immigration
proceedings against John Lennon. Lindsay called attempts by the US
government to deport Lennon "a grave injustice in light of
Lennon's unique contributions to music and art." Lennon was
granted permanent resident status in the US in 1976.
A Detroit, Michigan band called Gallery enters the Billboard Hot 100 with
"Nice To Be With You", which will rise to #4 during its 13 week
run. They will follow with two more Top 20 hits, "I Believe In
Music" (#22) and "Big City Miss Ruth Ann" (#23) over the next
Guitarist Les Harvey of the Scottish / English soul band Stone the
Crows, was electrocuted by a shorted microphone wire during a
concert attended by 12-thousand people in Swansea, Wales. He died
in a local hospital three hours later.
Although he was virtually unknown in Great Britain, 29 year old John
Denver kicks off a six week UK TV series for the BBC.
More than 15,000 people attending a Rock concert by Elvin Bishop,
Canned Heat, Buddy Miles and Fleetwood Mac are routed from a baseball
stadium in Stockton, California, by police firing tear-gas
canisters. More than 80 people, including 28 police officers, are
hurt and fifty arrests are made.
Bachman-Turner Overdrive, featuring former Guess
Who guitarist Randy Bachman, release their first album.
The LP would take six months to hit the charts and over a year
before the hard rockin' single "Let it Ride" became a Top 25 hit.
Zeppelin opened their 1973 US tour, which is billed as the
'biggest and most profitable Rock and Roll tour in the history of
the United States.' The group grossed over $3 million.
The Carpenters play for US President Richard
Nixon and the West German Chancellor at the White House.
Grand Funk Railroad started a two week run
at #1 on the US singles chart with their version of the Little Eva
hit "The Loco-Motion". It was only the second time that a cover
version had been a #1, as well as the original. (The first was "Go
Away Little Girl", a hit for Steve Lawrence in 1963 and Donny
Osmond in 1971)
RSO Records releases The
Bee Gees' "Main Course", the album that will bring the Gibb
brothers back to the top of the music scene. The record contains
two Billboard Top Ten hits, "Jive Talkin" and "Nights on
Orlando And Dawn scored their third and final US #1 hit with
"He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)". The tune was written as "He
Will Break Your Heart" by three R&B heavyweights, Jerry
Butler, Clarence Carter and Curtis Mayfield and reached #7 in 1960
The English Glam-Rock band Mud attain their third and final UK
number one with a cover of Buddy Holly's 1957 hit, "Oh Boy".
After playing in Memphis during a southern tour, Bruce Springsteen
climbs the fence at Graceland in an attempt to see Elvis Presley.
Security guards stop him and he is escorted off the grounds.
Who's drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off
both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of
his hotel room out of the window.
The Bellamy Brothers topped the Cashbox Best
Sellers list and the Billboard Hot 100 with "Let Your Love Flow".
The song was a #7 hit in the UK.
Paul McCartney makes his first concert appearance in America in
almost ten years as Wings commence their Wings over America
tour in Fort Worth, Texas.
perform their first concert in their hometown of New York City.
The Temptations, the most successful male
vocal group of the 1960's and early '70s, left Motown Records
after 17 years. They signed with Atlantic, but after recording two
unsuccessful Disco albums, the Temps were later lured back to
Motown by Berry Gordy Jr.
Steve Miller's "Jet Airliner" is released. It will become his
fourth US Top Ten hit.
Glen Campbell reached the top spot on the
Billboard Hot 100 for the second time with "Southern Nights". It
was his 19th Top 40 hit.
P.J. Proby was fired from his role in the
London stage musical, Elvis, after repeatedly changing his
lines from the script. Proby had been cast as the oldest of three
Presleys in the play.
Boney M's double sided hit, "Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The
Ring" is certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.
Bee Gees are awarded their second Platinum single in less
than two months for "Night Fever". It was preceded by "Stayin'
Alive", both from the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.
FM, a film about the struggles of a radio station, debuts
in Los Angeles. The soundtrack features Steely Dan, Steve Miller,
The Eagles, Neil Young, Billy Joel and Warren Zevon. More people
would buy the soundtrack than bothered to see the film.
Jefferson Starship receive a Platinum record
for what will be their last LP with Grace Slick and Marty Balin.
Just a few weeks later, both quit and the band had to be revamped.
Elton John becomes the first Pop music star
to perform in Israel.
Who introduced their movie, Quadrophenia, as well as
their new drummer, Kenny Jones. Jones had been a member of The
Small Faces with Steve Marriott and enjoyed the hit, "Itchycoo
Park" in 1967.
Thirteen years after the original duo of Peaches And Herb split
up, Herb Feemster teamed up with a new Peaches, Linda Greene, to
enjoy a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with
"Reunited". The record also did well in the UK, reaching #4.
28 year old Suzi Quatro reached #5 on the Hot 100 with a
duet with Chris Norman called "Stumblin' In". It would be the only
time she cracked the US Top 40.
Pink Floyd's hit single "Another Brick in
the Wall (Part II)", with its chorus of kids chanting "We Don't
Need No Education", is banned by the South African government.
Black children, upset about inferior education, adopt the song as
their anthem. The government says the song is "prejudicial to the
safety of the state."
Bob Seger And The Silver Bullet Band started a six week run at #1
on the US album chart with "Against The Wind".
An acoustic performance by the East Los Angeles band Los Lobos
brought a hostel response from an Olympic Auditorium audience who
came to hear Punk music. Opening for Public Image Ltd, the group
was bombarded with bottles and other debris. It would take seven
more years for the band to crack the Hot 100 with a couple of
Richie Valens songs, "La Bamba" (#1) and "Come On, Let's Go"
Manilow scored his first UK #1 album when "Barry Live In
Britain" went to the top of the chart. The LP was recorded live at
the Royal Albert Hall in London in January and would go on to
reach Platinum status.
Blues guitarist Muddy Waters, whose real name was McKinley
Morganfield, died of a heart attack at the age of 68.
After leading the Billboard chart for seven weeks with "Billie
Jean", Michael Jackson was back on top with "Beat
It". His ten week run at the top was interrupted for a week by
Dexys Midnight Runners' "Come On Eileen".
The original line-up of the 1960's British group Manfred
Mann reunited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of London's
Clarence Quick, the bass voice of the Del Vikings on their 1956
hit, "Come, Go With Me", died of a heart attack. He was 46 years
The one thousandth edition of Britain's music show, Top of the
Pops is broadcast on BBC-TV. The weekly version of the show
ran from January 1st, 1964 to July 30th, 2006.
Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy. The founder of Fleetwood Mac had released a solo album
called "The Visitor" in 1981. Although the critics loved it, "The
Visitor" ended up losing a lot of money, as did Fleetwood's real
estate investments, leading to eventual financial ruin.
Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" tops the Billboard singles
chart on its way to becoming a world-wide million seller.
Originally recorded as a duet with Chaka Khan, her record company
wouldn't grant her a release to work on Palmer's label, Island
Records, and her voice was removed.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chairman Ahmet Ertegen announces that
Cleveland, Ohio has been chosen as the city where the Hall will be
Jackson signs his second contract with Pepsi, who will pay
the gloved one $15 million and sponsor his solo world tour.
Paul Butterfield, who fronted The Paul Butterfield Blues Band,
died of drug-related heart failure at the age of 45. He had gained
international recognition as one of the acts performing at The
Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and the Woodstock Festival in 1969.
Clapton's wife, Patti "Layla" Boyd, files for divorce,
citing Clapton's affair with an Italian TV personality, who bore
20 year old Celine Dion helps Switzerland win its first ever
Eurovision Song Contest with her rendition of "Ne Partez Pas Sans
Joel escapes punishment for defamation charges brought
against him by Jack Powers, whom he called a "creep" during an
interview with Playboy magazine. The judge cited the 1st
Amendment and dropped all charges.
Pink Floyd's, "Dark Side of the Moon"
finally dropped off the US albums chart after a run of 725 weeks
(almost 14 years).
Pepsi becomes the first company to feature a non-Russian in its
Soviet advertising when Michael
Jackson appears in a TV commercial.
Police in California are called to a jewelers store after
employees reported a suspicious person. He turned out to be Michael
Jackson, who had donned a wig, fake moustache, false teeth
and eyelashes to go shopping. Officers had him remove his disguise
and show his identification.
The TV movie Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys
airs on ABC.
Floyd Butler of The Friends of Distinction, died of a heart attack
at the age of 49. The band is most often remembered for two Top
Ten hits, "Grazing In The Grass" in 1969 and "Love Or Let Me Be
Lonely" in 1970.
Jason Bonham delights the guests at his wedding reception when he
plays a five song set with his late father's band mates, Jimmy
Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones.
The Rolling Stones are cited for Outstanding Contribution to
British Music at the 36th Ivor Novello Awards in London. The honor
is named after the Cardiff, Wales born entertainer Ivor Novello
and has been presented annually by the British Academy of
Songwriters, Composers and Authors since 1955.
25 years after her first appeared on the UK record charts, Cher
scored her first solo #1 single with "The Shoop Shoop Song".
Singer Paula Abdul and actor Emilio Estevez were married in a
judge's chambers in Santa Monica, California. One of Abdul's
managers and Estevez's mother witnessed the ceremony. Abdul filed
for divorce two years later.
An animated Barry White appears on The Simpsons.
Mick Ronson, guitarist for David Bowie's band Ziggy Stardust's
Spiders From Mars, died of liver cancer at the age of 46.
Cliff Richard went to #1 on the UK album
chart for the seventh time with a cleverly titled LP called "The
Michael Jackson topped the UK singles chart for the 7th time with
"Blood On The Dance Floor". The song peaked at #42 on the US
Governor George W. Bush declares May 5th as ZZ
Top Day in the state of Texas.
All five members of Aerosmith visit shooting victim Lance Kirklin
in a Colorado hospital before their show in Denver that evening.
The band dedicates "Living On The Edge" to the student, who was
one of 28 wounded and 13 killed by two deranged classmates at
Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado on April 20th.
51 year old Darrell Sweet, drummer of the Scottish Rock group Nazareth, suffered a fatal heart attack just
as the band was embarking on the second leg of a US tour. The band
had arrived at the Amphitheater in New Albany, Indiana, when Sweet
began feeling ill and within minutes went into cardiac arrest. He
was rushed to the New Albany Hospital where he was pronounced
dead. Nazareth is best remembered for their 1976 hit "Love Hurts",
which was first recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960.
A $1.8 million civil fraud suit is filed against Neil
Young in Los Angeles Superior Court by a former Village
Voice writer who claims Young reneged on an agreement to
have a biography written about him when Young blocked the book's
Rod Stewart undergoes a one-hour throat
operation at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to remove a
growth on his thyroid. The growth turns out to be benign.
Two disc jockeys from Denver's KRFX-FM, Rick Lewis and Michael
Floorwax, stopped a live radio interview with Detroit rocker Ted
Nugent after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and
Blacks. The station received calls after the show from angry
listeners, mostly from people saying they were glad Nugent was
taken off the air. The two DJs said Nugent came on the show about
three times a year, but won't be back any time soon.
A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence
Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a
personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in
his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the
plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the
concert in 1997.
58 year old Barry White suffered a stroke that affected
his speech and the right side of his body.
Jackson was arraigned in a Santa Maria, California courtroom
after a grand jury determined that there was sufficient evidence
to send him to trial. The jury handed down a ten-count indictment,
including four counts of committing lewd acts upon a minor.
Clapton joined former Cream members, drummer Ginger Baker
and bass player Jack Bruce for the first of four nights at
London's Royal Albert Hall, 36 years after the band had split up.
Jackson demanded an apology from GQ Magazine which
printed a series of photos featuring a Jackson impersonator along
with an article called "Where's Michael?" which documented the
writer's quest to find Jackson in Bahrain.
Nancy Sinatra made a rare TV appearance in an episode of The
Sopranos where she sang "Bossman" to a small gathering of
the main characters.
Zola Taylor, who broke gender barriers as the first female member
of the 1950s R&B group The
Platters, singing on their hit "The Great Pretender", died
from complications of pneumonia. She was 69.
Gail Renard, who was given the hand written words to "Give Peace A
Chance" by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric
sheet at a Christie's auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to
hang on to the piece of paper, saying "It will be worth something
someday." The piece of music history was expected to fetch around
$400,000, but when it was actually sold in July '08, it went for
Thieves broke into the childhood home of Motown star Martha
Reeves and stole about $1 million worth of uninsured
recording equipment, including speakers, microphones and karaoke
machines. A suspect was arrested at his home later in the day
after he tried to sell the goods to a pawn shop for $400.
Jerry Wallace, who placed seven songs on Billboard's Top 40,
including the 1959, #8 hit "Primrose Lane", died at the age of 79,
after suffering congestive heart failure.
A anonymous fan won a two hour, one on one guitar lesson with Queen's
Brian May after bidding more than £7,500 at a charity auction in
London. The auction was held in support of the Action for Brazil's
Children Trust, of which May is a patron.
Actress Ola Ray, a former Playboy Playmate, filed a lawsuit
against Michael Jackson and his production company,
alleging unpaid royalties from her work in the video for
Michael Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, lashed out at the Pop
star's former dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein for alleging that his
son was gay. ""Michael was not gay," said Joe. "He (Klein) has no
respect for Michael... to say things about him when he's gone is
Franklin agreed to settle a debt with Michigan tax officials
after they filed a lien against her home last March. Authorities
demanded $11,076 in income taxes and a further $33,729 in property
taxes on her $1.8 million estate. In a statement to the press,
Aretha said it "becomes a little difficult" to keep up with her
finances while she's touring.
Sonny and Cher's only child, who was born
Chastity Sun Bono, appeared in a Santa Monica, California court
where a judge signed off on an official gender and name change.
The judge ruled that the gender reassignment is complete and that
Chastity will now be a man known as Chaz Bono.
51-year-old Marie Osmond married her first husband, Stephen Craig,
a second time, more than 25 years after they divorced. They
originally wed in 1982 and split in 1985. Marie had one son with
Craig and seven children with her second husband, Brian Blosil.
That marriage ended in 2007 after almost 20 years.
Former Village People vocalist Victor Willis
launched a $1.5 million lawsuit against his old band mates over
back royalties. The singer, who portrayed a policeman in the
group, left the line-up in 1979.
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He accomplished the rare feat of
religion-themed song top the Billboard Pop chart
when "Spirit In The Sky" went to number one
this week in 1970.
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