In 2007, the Library of Congress presents Paul Simon with the first Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at an all-star concert in WashingtonD.C. Among those on hand to perform his songs are Art Garfunkel, James Taylor and Lyle Lovett.
In 2000, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders appears before a judge in New York City to answer charges of criminal mischief stemming from a March 2000 arrest for leading an anti-leather demonstration outside a Manhattan Gap store. The judge agrees to drop the charges if she stays out of trouble for six months.
In 2000, Don Henley releases Inside Job, his first studio album in 11 years.
In 1994, Neil Young announces that he will never sing "Hey, Hey, My My (Out of the Blue)" again because Kurt Cobain quoted its lyrics in his suicide note.
In 1984, $17,000 in box office receipts are stolen at The Clash's MichiganStateUniversity show.
In 1982, a London chapter of the British Musicians Union fails to pass a resolution to ban synthesizers and rhythm machines from all recording sessions and live engagements.
In 1979, The Kids Are Alright, a documentary about The Who, premieres in New York.
In 1979, Tom Petty, who has been trying to get out of his record deal, files for bankruptcy.
In 1973, Clive Davis is fired as president of Columbia Records for allegedly using company funds for his personal use. They included 53-thousand-700-dollars for alterations on his apartment and 20-grand for his son's bar mitzvah.
In 1970, Fleetwood Mac founder, singer, songwriter and guitarist Peter Green quits the band.
In 1970, Paul McCartney's self-titled solo debut tops the album chart.
In 1964, Manfred Mann auditions for EMI (The Beatles' British label). Still known as The Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers, the group is signed and given to Adam Faith's producer, John Burgess, who suggests a name change to The Driving Wheels. They don't like it and wind up using their keyboardist's name as theirs.
Happy birthday to the late Robert Moog, inventor of the first consumer synthesizer.