Chicago releases Free as a single that reaches #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It is written by Robert Lamm. James Pankow: The song Free is just, it’s a kind of song that’s up-tempo and frenetic and grooving, and the horns just become a different participant in that type of song. It’s not an […]

Fatally shoots pregnant intruder

After arriving home, Greer is physically attacked by two burglars, who break his collar bone. Greer shoots and kills an unarmed burglar fleeing from his house, despite her telling him that she was pregnant. Prosecutors have yet to determine whether to arrest Greer, but they have arrested the woman’s accomplice. She says, ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant […]

Just You ‘n’ Me

Chicago releases Just You ‘n’ Me as a single and it reaches #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Written by James Pankow, who says: But yes, I do flash on the moment that I wrote that song, and how it came about, the fact that we had had an enormous quarrel, and rather than focus […]

Haris Suleman dead at 17

The Sulemans plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean. The Sulemans’ Beech A36 Bonanza went down shortly after takeoff from Pago Pago in American Samoa at about 10:15 p.m. Authorities were alerted to its location by signals from the flight’s emergency beacon system. The plane was found in pieces, according to a Coast Guard officer in Honolulu, with the body of […]

Five days behind schedule

Babar and Haris Suleman report that they are five days behind schedule on their flight, caused by fuel delays and food poisoning. If they do not experience any further delays, they could still obtain records for fastest circumnavigation and youngest pilot if the Guinness World Records committee accepts their application. Babar: The biggest challenge has […]

Start 30 day circumnavigation

Suleman and his 17-year-old son, Haris attempt to break the record for the fastest circumnavigation in a single engine plane with the youngest pilot. They plan to take 30 days and make stops in 21 cities. The Sulemans also hope to raise money for Seeds of Learning, a nonprofit organization that supports education in Pakistan. They […]

Putin ‘responsible for MH17 crash’

Clinton says that Vladimir Putin bears responsibility for the crash of Malaysian Airline flight MH17. I think if there were any doubt it should be gone by now, that Vladimir Putin, certainly indirectly — through his support of the insurgents in eastern Ukraine and the supply of advanced weapons and, frankly, the presence of Russian […]

Saturday in the Park

Chicago releases Saturday in the Park as a single that reaches #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, the band’s highest-charting single to date. It is written by Robert Lamm. James Pankow: You know one of my — again, this is my personal thing — one of my MO’s, you might say, is to get out […]

25 or 6 to 4

Chicago releases 25 or 6 to 4 as a single and it reaches #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Written by Robert Lamm. James Pankow: A 25 or 6 to 4! We’ve been one up-tempo song short for 30 years, man. You know, 25 or 6 to 4 is the encore song, every night, I […]

If You Leave Me Now

Chicago releases If You Leave Me Now as a single. It becomes their first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Written by Peter Cetera. James Pankow: With the enormous success of If You Leave Me Now radio decided that that was Chicago’s sound on radio. And I can’t tell you how many attempts we […]

Black box found

French soldiers find one of two black boxes for Air Algerie flight AH5017 in northern Mali. The box is sent to Gao, government-controlled city in northern Mali, where remains will be sent for identification before being repatriated. French President Francois Hollande: There are hypotheses, notably weather-related, but we don’t rule out anything because we want to […]

Officials: crash due to bad weather

French officials state that poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of Air Algerie Flight AH5017. Investigators have concluded that the aircraft broke apart when it hit the ground, suggesting it was unlikely a victim of an attack. French President Francois Hollande: French soldiers who are on the ground have started the […]

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Chicago releases Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? as a single that reaches #7 in the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band’s third straight Top 10 single after Make Me Smile and 25 or 6 to 4. It is written by Robert Lamm: Well, I’ve always been kind of intrigued with the idea […]

Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon

Chicago releases Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon as part of their album Chicago. It is a nearly 13 minute song composed by James Pankow: A Girl From Buchannon. That was my first true love and she enrolled as a student at the University of West Virginia, in Buchannon West Virginia, and so that was […]

Dialogue (Part I and II)

Chicago releases Dialogue (Part I and II) as a single that reaches #24 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It is written by Robert Lamm: It’s amazing how pertinent and timely those lyrics remain. Obviously when the songs were written it was a very tumultuous time in our country and the world. That’s the time in […]

Beginnings re-release

Chicago re-releases Beginnings as a single after it was previously released on their debut album The Chicago Transit Authority in October 1969. As a single, Beginnings reaches #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It is written by Robert Lamm: …whenever we play Beginnings I always think of the girl that I was with […]

Colour My World re-release

Chicago re-releases Colour My World as a single after it was previously released as the B-side to Make Me Smile in 1970. This release reaches #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart. It is written by James Pankow: There again, utter simplicity. Color My World — utterly simple. You know, songs, I could name […]

Disappears from radar

Air Algerie flight MH5017, a Swiftair plane flying from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to Algiers, with 110 passengers and 6 crew on board, disappears from radar at 0155 GMT. Air navigation loses track of the plane 50 miles after take off. The flight is missing for hours before the news is made public. The flight path is unknown at this […]

Wreckage found in Mali, no survivors

Malian state television reports that the the wreckage of Air Algerie flight AH5017 has been discovered between the town of Gossi, in Mali, and the Burkina Faso border. A crisis unit in Burkina Faso has already inspected the the wreckage, stating: This team has confirmed that it has seen the remains of the plane, totally burned […]

French jets enter search

Two French fighter jets are deployed to locate missing Air Algerie flight AH5017. A French spokeman states: Two Mirage 2000 jets based in Africa were dispatched to try to locate the Air Algerie plane that disappeared on Thursday. They will search an area from its last known destination along its probable route.

France sends troops to crash site

France sends a military unit to secure the wreckage site of Air Algerie flight AH5017. The flight was carrying 110 passengers, 51 of whom were French nationals. French President Francois Hollande’s office states: A French military unit has been sent to secure the site and gather the first elements of information.

Lifetime delays Studio Rescue

Lifetime stops airing Abby’s Studio Rescue at its regularly scheduled time after airing just two episodes. Lifetime publicity representative states that the network plans to: …air the remaining episodes later this year.

Pet Sounds

Pet Sounds, an instrumental track composed by Brian Wilson, is released. It is included as the twelfth track of the 1966 album, Pet Sounds. Reflecting on the song, Mike Love: When you listen to that [the sessions box set], you can see the masterful vocal arrangements that Brian did and the great accomplishment of all of […]

Don’t Worry Baby

Written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian, Don’t Worry Baby reaches no. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Rolling Stone lists the song as the 176th greatest song of all time. Bruce Johnston states: Roger Christian is a disk jockey that at the time his words were sufficient for some of Brian’s melodies, but now […]

Hyland sues Miller

Hyland, former dance mom of two ALDC dancers, sues Miller for $5 million dollars for assault, defamation, and breach of contract. Hyland and Miller engaged in a physical fight in November 2013, which aired on the Dance Moms episode Big Trouble in the Big Apple. Hyland: [Abby] was gnashing her teeth loudly, attempting to bite [me]. […]

Everything I Learned About Life, I Learned In Dance Class

Miller releases her first book featuring insights from her experience as a dance teacher. She also discusses how to inspire children to achieve success. The book forward is written by Miller’s student, Maddie Ziegler. This book is definitely filled with tough-love advice, but it’s also written in a way that shows you my experiences to get to […]

Don’t Fight the Sea

Jardine releases the song Don’t Fight the Sea on his album A Postcard from California, which includes songs from many of the surviving Beach Boys. The song is written by Terry Jacks and meant to promote environmental awareness. Electronic keyboards began to develop a little keyboard called a DX-7 and that was a fascinating little thing. […]


Released as the on the Surfin’ Safari’ album in 1962 and on the Little Deuce Coupe album in 1962, 409 is written by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and Gary User. Wilson says: We had a music room that used to be a garage. My dad turned it into a music room. It didn’t turn into a music room […]

Feel Flows

Written by Carl Wilson and Jack Reiley, Carl Wilson records lead vocals using reverse echo. In reflecting about Brian Wilson’s retreat from the band, Mike Love says: What that retreat allowed for was the maturity of the other guys in the band, Alan Jardine with California Saga,  Take Good Care of Your Feet, Carl with Long Promised […]

Preparations on track

The International Olympic Committee says that preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics are on track. This is contrast to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which has had chronic construction delays: The 2018 Games are on the right track but it is clear that much work remains. With only four years to go until […]

Chloe Lukasiak excluded from music video

Christi Lukasiak, mother of ALDC dancer Chloe Lukasiak, claims that Miller purposefully excluded her daughter from Toderick Hall’s Freaks Like Me music video, which features Abby Lee Miller and many of her elite ALDC dancers. Chloe wasn't included in the new bullying video because her teacher bullied her and refused to allow her to participate. […]

Disputes child abuse claims

Miller disputes child abuse claims that are brought about by a lawsuit from former Dance Moms star Kelly Hyland. She states that her techniques are not as traumatic as they appear on the show. In addition, she states that her studio is open to parents and designed for parent viewing. I built my building from […]

Ziegler teaches Kimmel Chandelier dance

Maddie Ziegler teaches Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo the music video routine to Sia’s Chandelier on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ziegler makes her debut in the Chandelier music video in May 2013, which has 54 million views on YouTube. Kimmel states: I saw that (video) and I decided that I should know how to dance […]

Abby Lee Miller born in Pittsburgh, PA

Abby Lee Miller is born in Pittsburgh, PA as the first and only child of Maryen Lorrain and George L. Miller. She takes dance lessons at her mother’s studio, the Mareyn Lorrain Dance Studio, from an early age, but then realizes she prefers working behind the scenes to performing. She starts the Abby Lee Miller […]

Mother dies

Miller’s mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller, dies at age 86 of colon cancer. Miller discusses her mother’s cancer on the January 2014 television special Dance Moms Cares. Maryen Lorraine Miller is performing her last dance, please keep her in your prayers.

Technology debriefing

The International Olympic Commitee (IOC) holds a 3-day seminar debriefing the technology elements of the games. It has allowed members from Pyeongchang, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo organizing committees to listen to Sochi’s experience with their technology partners. Topics discussed include, results services, technology infrastructure development, telecommunications provision, and spectrum management. IOC Technology Director, Jean-Benoit […]

Barbara Ann

Reaches #2 in the US Billboard Hot 100, #3 in the UK, and #1 in Germany, Switzerland, and Norway. The song is written by Fred Fassert. Reflecting on the song, Mike Love states: …when we start singing ‘Barbara Ann’… the audience sings along, and that’s a great feeling.

Sail on Sailor

During it’s 1973 release, Sail on Sailor reaches #79 on the Billboard charts. It reaches #49 on the charts when it is re-released in 1975. The song is written by Brian Wilson, Ray Kennedy, Tandyn Almer, Jack Rieley, and Van Dyke Parks. Jardine states: Blondie as a singer on Sail On, Sailor I mean, holy Toledo! […]


Reaches no. 1 in the US, Japan, and Australia. Is nominated for a Grammy in 1988 for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. Written by John Phillips, Scott McKenzie, Mike Love, and Terry Melcher. Mike Love states:  “Kokomo” is our No. 1, biggest sing-along song in our show—and it is popular with multiple generations. […]

Please Let Me Wonder

The Beach Boys release Please Let Me Wonder on the B-side of ‘Do You Wanna Dance?‘ It peaks at no. 52 on Billboard. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. Brian Wilson states: I wrote that at my apartment in West Hollywood. As soon as I finished I felt I had to record it so […]

Help Me, Rhonda

The song, witten by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, peaks at no. 1 in the US, and Peaks at no. 27 in the UK, making it the band’s second number one hit. Al Jardine says: Brian had it in his head of it going one way and I had it going another way. It was my […]

Monument dedication

A stone monument featuring a carving of the band’s Surfer Girl album cover is dedicated at the boyhood home of Brian, Dennis, an Carl Wilson in Hawthorne, CA. The dedication draws 800 people, including Brian Wilson and Alan Jardine. Brian Wilson states: This was a big thrill. I was thinking about all my memories — my mom […]

Surfer Girl

Surfer Girl peaks at #7 in the Billboard charts, but reaches #1 in specific markets, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, and Dallas. The song is written by Brian Wilson. Wilson: When I wrote Surfer Girl I liked it so much that I said that I’m gonna keep on writing songs.

Good Vibrations

Good Vibrations, written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, reaches no. 1 in the US, making it The Beach Boys’ third number one hit. Also reaches no. 1 in the UK, making it their first British number one. The song earns a Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Group performance in 1966. The song ranks no. […]

God Only Knows

God Only Knows, written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher, reaches no. 39 in the Billboard Charts and peaks at no. 2 in the UK. The song ranks no. 25 in Rolling Stone’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time.’ Mike Love states: Carl was an amazing singer; “God Only Knows” was just phenomenal. I marveled at that […]

California Saga: California

The Beach Boys release California Saga: California on their 1973 album Holland. Written by Al Jardine the song Peaks at no. 84 in Billboard and no. 37 in the UK. In discussing Ricky Fataar’s contribution to this song and the band, Al Jardine says: Ricky is a fabulous percussionist, drummer, tarp set player. He’s also […]

You are so beautiful

Written by Dennis Wilson, Bruce Fisher and Billy Preston. Dennis Wilson performs the song during Beach Boys shows from 1975 until 1983. It is released by the Beach Boys on the album Good Timin’: Live at Knebworth England 1980 in 2002. Mike Love states: Dennis had his issues with alcohol and drugs at the time […]

Wild Honey

Wild Honey peaks at no. 31 on the Billboard charts and No. 22 in Cash Box and no. 29 in the UK. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love the song is performed live in the early 1970’s with Blondie Chaplin on lead vocals. Love: The live version of Wild Honey on the box with Blondie singing […]

I’ll Bet He’s Nice

The Beach Boys record I’ll Bet He’s Nice from October to November 1976. They release the song, written by Brian Wilson, on their Love You album in 1977. Jardine reflects on the song: The mini-moogs are all over the place. I’ll Bet He’s Nice was great with Dennis singing a Brian song.