In 2005, Queen Elizabeth honors Jimmy Page on her annual birthday honors list. Page is awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his charitable work, specifically as a patron of UNICEF's ABC Trust, a charity co-founded by his wife that is committed to creating opportunities for disadvantaged young people of Brazil.
In 2004, Brian Wilson releases Gettin' in Over My Head. The album features guest appearances by Paul McCartney, Elton John and Eric Clapton. (McCartney and Wilson had never before recorded together.) The album is a commercial flop, falling off the Billboard album chart after just two weeks.
In 2000, reclusive Guns n' Roses frontman Axl Rose makes his first stage appearance in seven years at the Cat Club in Los Angeles. He sings with ex-GnR guitarist Gilby Clarke on covers of The Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" and "Dead Flowers."
In 1999, The Pretenders release Viva El Amor! with a cover photograph that is said to be the last portrait shot by the late Linda McCartney.
In 1995, CBS newsman Dan Rather joins R.E.M. onstage at MadisonSquareGarden during soundcheck to perform "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" The song's title refers to an unexplained incident in which Rather was beaten up by thugs demanding the answer to that question. The performance is shown that evening on The Late Show With David Letterman.
In 1991, a Jimi Hendrix fan pays more than 35-thousand dollars for the handwritten lyrics to "Room Full of Mirrors."
In 1990, Billy Joel headlines the first rock and roll concert since the mid-1960s at New York's Yankee Stadium.
In 1981, Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to first-degree murder charges for the killing of John Lennon six months earlier.
In 1975, The Rolling Stones give the first of six consecutive sold-out concerts at MadisonSquareGarden in New York. This night, Eric Clapton jams with them during "Sympathy for the Devil."
In 1969, Blind Faith releases its self-titled album, the only one by the short-lived supergroup.
In 1968, The Jeff Beck Group, with future Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood on bass, makes its U.S. debut at New York's Fillmore East. Suffering from stage fright, singer Rod Stewart hides behind a speaker cabinet through the first song.
In 1967, the drug possession trial of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards begins in London.
In 1965, The Beatles kick off their only visit to Italy with a show in Milan.
In 1961, The Beatles back Tony Sheridan on five of his songs and then cut "Ain't She Sweet" and the instrumental "Cry for a Shadow" in Hamburg, Germany.
Happy birthday to Todd Rundgren, Howard Kaylan and Kris Kristofferson.