“PROFESSOR” ROY BITTAN of The E Street Band
In 1956, Elvis Presley recorded “Hound Dog” at RCA Studios in New York; this was the first time The Jordanaires worked with Presley. “Hound Dog” sold over 10 million copies globally, becoming Elvis’s best-selling song, and it was #1 on the Pop chart for 11 weeks—a record that stood for 36 years.
In 1962, Jimi Hendrix was honorably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers after breaking his ankle during his 26th and final parachute jump.
In 1971, Queen appeared at Surrey College in England, the first gig for the lineup of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon.
In 2001, Liverpool Airport at Speke was renamed Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Yoko Ono was present to unveil a new logo that included the late Beatle’s famous self-portrait and the words “Above Us Only Sky.”
In 2005, Ahead of the annual G8 summit, the world’s biggest music stars united in concerts around the world to put pressure on political leaders to tackle poverty in Africa. Concerts in 10 cities, including London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Rome, and Moscow, played to hundreds of thousands of people, while a TV audience of several hundred million watched the reunited Pink Floyd, The Who, U2, Coldplay, Sting, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, and many others perform.
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