2011 - John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" are sold at auction in Los Angeles for $200,000.
2005- Carl's Junior debuts a commercial featuring Paris Hilton, clad in a skimpy black bathing suit and standing next to a Bentley, wolfing down a spicy burger while dancing to "I Love Paris in the Springtime."
2000 - Bob Dylan receives the prestigious (and high-paying) Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, Sweden.
1996 - The Metallica album is certified nine-times platinum.
1984- On the eve of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U-S-A world tour, Nils Lofgren is named to fill the EStreet Band vacancy left by guitarist "Miami" Steve Van Zandt.
1982 - "Ebony and Ivory," the racial-harmony duet by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, hits number-one in Billboard, and remains there for seven weeks.
1976 - The Rolling Stones' Black and Blue, which features "Fool to Cry," hits number-one on the Billboard album chart.
1975- Fleetwood Mac performs in El Paso, Texas. It's the first show by the lineup that would bring the group its greatest success: Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine and John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
1974- Bassist Bill Wyman releases Monkey Grip, the first solo album by a member of The Rolling Stones.
1973- California Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan pitches his first no-hitter, beating Kansas City.
1971- Four Way Street by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young arrives at number-one in Billboard.
1970 - The first Black Sabbath album is released in the U-S.
1967- Paul McCartney meets his future wife, New York photographer Linda Eastman, at the London nightclub Bag o'Nails.
1965- The Byrds enter the Hot 100 chart for the first time with an electrified rendition of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." It hits number-one six weeks later.
1963- At the fifth Grammy Awards, Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" is Record of the Year.
1957- Britain becomes the world's third thermo-nuclear power.
1912 -Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers rushes a heckler during a game is suspended indefinitely.
2008- Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman," Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Tracks of My Tears," Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and the Joni Mitchell album For the Roses are added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry.
2002- Rush release Vapor Trails, their first studio album in six years.
2000- Hundreds of thousands of mothers rally in Washington and several other cities to demand stricter gun laws.
2000- The six cast members of Friends sign two-year contracts that guarantees each actor $750,000 per episode, up from $125,000.
1998- The final episode of Seinfeld airs after nine years on N-B-C.
1989- The final episodes of Moonlighting and Family Ties are broadcast.
1985- The first McDonald's restaurant becomes a fast food museum.
1982- The Clash release their Combat Rock album.
1976 - Former Yardbirds and Renaissance singer Keith Relf, 33, is fatally electrocuted at home while tuning his guitar.
1973- On the same day LedZeppelin performs at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, the band's Houses of the Holy album hits number-one in Billboard.
1973- The United States launches Skylab, the manned space station.
1970- Eleven days after the Kent State shootings, Crosby Stills Nash & Young release the single "Ohio" as a tribute to the victims.
1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney hold a press conference at New York's Americana Hotel to discuss plans for their new company, Apple. Afterwards, Paul meets Linda Eastman for the second time and gets her phone number.
1967 - Mickey Mantle hits the 500th home run of his career, off Baltimore's Stu Miller.
1964- A full page ad in Billboard reads: WATCH OUT USA...HERE THEY ARE! THE ROLLING STONES! THEY'RE GREAT! THEY'RE OUTRAGEOUS! THEY'RE REBELS! THEY SELL! THEY'RE ENGLAND'S HOTTEST-BUT HOTTEST-GROUP!
1960 - The birth control pill is introduced in the U-S.
PEEK AT THE WEEK:
PORTLAND ROSE FESTIVAL CityFair kicks off at Waterfront Park this Friday. Fireworks, music, carnival rides...all the usual fun stuff to do, especially if you want to show off our city to visitors from out of town. Leading up to Friday:
BILL PAYNE of LITTLE FEAT puts on a show at the Alberta Rose Theatre featuring music, photos and tales from the road Thursday night. VAMPIRE WEEKEND plays at the Keller same night.
MULTNOMAH COUNTY FAIR at Oaks Park Sat & Sun is a great place to take kids.
For the grown-ups the COLUMBIA GORGE STERNWHEELER offers "Half-Price Sunday" for a sightseeing cruise up the Columbia Gorge.
Birthdays to celebrate this week:
Poet, singer/songwriter BOB DYLAN; FMAC vocalist STEVIE NICKS; ELTON JOHN'S songwriting partner BERNIE TAUPIN; SCORPIONS lead singer KLAUS MEINE; JOE COCKER; LEVON HELM of the BAND; RICH ROBINSON of the BLACK CROWES; jazz trumpeter and R&R Hall of Famer MILES DAVIS; the Doug half of BOB & DOUG McKENZIE - DAVE THOMAS, Comedian and Pot Activist TOMMY CHONG; Actors: CHER; MR. T; RAYMOND BURR; SIR LAURENCE OLIVIER; and America's alltime leading Winter Olympian and Dancing with the Stars champion APOLO ANTON OHNO. Cheers to all!!!
Big week for winning on KGON:
From the Junk Drawer during the morning show JEFF MITCHELL hands out pairs of tickets in the first five rows to see REO/LOVERBOY at the OR State Fair in August.
MARK VODKA's in for IRIS this week and he's got tickets to see BOZ SCAGGS at the Schnitz during "My 3 Songs" in the noon hour.
SHANNON gives away CULT tickets for "This Day in Rock" trivia question at 3:45pm.
Check the Contest Page to win tickets to the sold out STEELY DAN show at Edgefield.
And, if CASH is what you're after, $1,000 CASH CODE is now on! To win this national contest, all you have to do is listen to KGON for the code word, 4 times each weekday at 6am, 10am, 1pm & 4pm. Then, within 10 minutes, go to KGON.com/cash to enter. Good luck
JOHN DENSMORE, drummer and founding member of the DOORS visits MUSIC MILLENNIUM in Portland this Sunday, May 19th, signing copies of his new book "The Doors Unhinged". Had a quick chat with him on the phone. Nice guy! Here's what he had to say:
First, a big congrats to the PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS! Show your support at Pioneer Courthouse Square Tuesday at noon, as the team heads off to Saskatoon Friday for their shot at the Memorial Cup. Go HAWKS!
The week ahead holds all sorts of options to keep you busy. It's NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK WEEK. You might get a little wet. Showers off and on in the forecast, but nothing serious riders can't handle.
You can always go to a movie. ROCKSHOW, the concert film featuring PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS from the '75-'76 "Wings Over America" tour opens Wednesday at the Clinton St Theater and Century on 82nd in Portland, Century 16 Cedar Hills, & Liberty Theatre in Camas WA. I remember going to that show in Seattle for the opening of the Kingdome. First time I ever saw a laser light show. Can't believe the Kingdome's already gone.
If you have HBO, you can watch HEART and RUSH get inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Saturday night.
Celebs in town this week: NICK CANNON from "America's Got Talent" at the Helium Comedy Club Wednesday. BRYAN CALLEN from those "Hangover" movies, Thurs at the Helium
DAVID ALAN GRIER at the Bagdad Theatre Friday Night.
You might run into a few aliens at the 14th ANNUAL UFO FEST at McMenamin's Hotel Oregon in McMinnville Friday & Saturday. UFO parade, fun run, pet costume contest, alien costume ball and plenty of live music.
JOHN DENSMORE, drummer for the DOORS, comes to town for a book signing at Music Millennium on Sunday. I'll be talking to him on the phone tomorrow to get a few more details, so be sure and check back here later in the week.
And if you need an excuse to celebrate, light some birthday candles for:
STEVIE WONDER, PETE TOWNSHEND, DUSTY HILL, JACK BRUCE, JANET JACKSON, PHIL RUDD (AC/DC), MAGIC DICK (J Geils Band), BILL BRUFORD (YES), DAVID BYRNE (T.HEADS), actors: CATE BLANCHETT, PIERCE BROSNAN, HENRY FONDA, DENNIS HOPPER, Director/Producer GEORGE LUCAS and the first Mrs. SPRINGSTEEN, JULIANNE PHILLIPS (from Lake Oswego).
Enjoy the week and keep rockin'
2008 - Paul McCartney's divorce from Heather Mills becomes official.
2007- All four members of Pink Floyd take part in a tribute show to the band's late singer, Syd Barrett, in London. David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright play together, while Roger Waters performs solo.
2005- Robert Plant releases Mighty Rearranger, his first solo album of original material in 12 years.
2005 - Styx releases Big Bang Theory, a tribute album to some of the great rock songs from the '60s and '70s. Among its songs are Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath," The Who's "I Can See for Miles," Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home," and Procol Harum's "Salty Dog."
2003 - Paul McCartney performs outside the Roman Coliseum for massive crowd. Along with his usual setlist of Beatles, solo and Wings material, he adds "Volare."
2001- Eric Clapton kicks off the U-S leg of his Reptile tour in Dallas.
2001-After losing roughly $70 million, the X-F-L -- co-sponsored by NBC and the World Wrestling Federation -- shuts operations after one season.
2000- Seven years after questioning the safety of saline breast implants, the F-D-A allows the two largest manufacturers to market the devices despite the new evidence of serious health risks.
1999- Rip Torn wins $475,000 in punitive damages for defamation of character in a suit against Dennis Hopper. In 1994, on The Tonight Show, Hopper said that Torn was cut out of the film Easy Rider because he pulled a knife on Hopper.
1994- Nelson Mandela takes the oath of office to become South Africa's first black president.
1983- The last first-run episode of Laverne and Shirley is broadcast on A-B-C.
1974 - Nearly 80-thousand tickets to four shows by The Who at New York's Madison Square Garden in June sell out in eight hours.
1969- The Beatles single "Get Back" debuts at number-10 on the Billboard chart.
1967 - On the same day that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are in court pleading not guilty to drug charges, police raid BrianJones' London apartment and charge him with unlawful possession of drugs.
1964- Bob Dylan arrives in the U-K for his first tour there.
1963 - The Rolling Stones record what they hope will be their first single, ChuckBerry's "Come On" and WillieDixon's "I Want to Be Loved," at London's Olympic Sound Studios. Both label and band will deem the results not up to snuff and schedule a second session.
2005 - Work stops on the third season of Dave Chappelle's Comedy Central series because the star is "worn down by a toxic combination of too much pressure, too much partying -- and a creative rift with the network," according to Newsweek.
2001- Arnold Schwarzenegger announces he'll be back for Terminator Three -- but co-star Linda Hamilton and director James Cameron won't. Says Ah-nold, "One thing I know for certain is who will be playing 'The Terminator.'"
1998 - Linda Hamilton, the actress wife of Titanic director James Cameron, is overheard confirming reports of her marriage ending. "My husband left me for another woman," she reportedly tells a friend at a charity event. "It's too bad, 'cause I like my husband." Hamilton is Cameron's fourth wife.
1989- In a speech to the United Negro College Fund, Vice-President Dan Quayle mis-states the group's slogan as "what a waste it is to lose one's mind."
1978- David Bowie wraps up his U-S tour at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1977- Patty Hearst is released from jail.
1974- Opening for Bonnie Raitt at Boston's Harvard Square Theater, Bruce Springsteen - who performs does "Born to Run" in concert for the first time - is reviewed by Rolling Stone editor and critic Jon Landau, who writes the soon-to-be-famous line, "I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen." Landau will go on to produce and manage Springsteen.
1973 - Mick Jagger adds 150-thousand-dollars of his own money to the 350-thousand raised by The RollingStones' January benefit concert for Nicaraguan earthquake victims.
1970 - The Doors' scheduled performance at Fairfield University in Connecticut is canceled under pressure from the school's board of trustees. A statement says it is "not in the best interest of the Fairfield community" for Jim Morrison to be the "star attraction" at a school-sponsored event, since an "undesirable and immoral elements might infiltrate the campus under the guise of watching the concert."
1965 - Bob Dylan ends his European tour at London's Royal Albert Hall, a show that is extensively bootlegged.
1963- Paul McCartney meets his future girlfriend Jane Asher at a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
1962 - Brian Epstein meets with George Martin to play him an audition disc by The Beatles. Martin is unimpressed by the recordings, but interested enough to arrange a live audition for the group in June.
2006- The Beatles lose their lawsuit against Apple Computers. The band's Apple Corps had argued that the computer giant violated an earlier agreement about using its logo to sell music.
2006 - Keith Richards undergoes brain surgery at a New Zealand hospital to relieve bleeding in his brain caused when he fell from a tree in April. The Stones postpone the beginning of their European tour to allow Richards time to recover.
1999 - David Bowie receives an honorary degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
1990 - Tom Waits wins his lawsuit against Frito-Lay, which had used a Waits soundalike in a Doritos commercial. He is awarded $2.5 million in damages.
1984- "Joanie" (Erin Moran) and "Chachi" (Scott Baio) get married on A-B-C T-V's Happy Days.
1981- Canada's Loverboy get a gold record for their debut album.
1979- Supertramp's Breakfast in America is certified platinum. Eleven days later it hits the top of Billboard's album chart, where it remains for four consecutive weeks. It's the group's only number-one album.
1975 - Bad Company's second album, Straight Shooter, is certified gold.
1972 - Billy Preston becomes the first rock performer to headline New York's Radio City Music Hall.
1970- The Beatles' Let It Be, the band's final album of completely original material, is released in the UK. The accompanying documentary movie comes out on May 20th in London and Liverpool.
1963- The first "James Bond" movie, Doctor No, is released in the U-S.
1962 - Brian Epstein takes The Beatles' rejected Decca Records audition tape to a friend at an H-M-V Shop, who puts him in touch with E-M-I executive George Martin.
1956 - "Alfred E. Neuman" appears on the cover of Mad magazine for the first time.