1955 : Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” enters the charts
1959 : Four members of The Platters — the male four — are arrested in Cincinnati and charged with “aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness, and assignation” after local police found the singers in a Sheraton Gibson Hotel after-show party entertaining four scantily-clad nineteen-year-olds, including three white girls. The members would be acquitted of the charges in December, but in the meantime, the arrest led to the Platters being banned in several major radio markets.
1959 : Elvis Presley’s “A Big Hunk O’ Love” hits #1
1959 : Fats Domino’s “I Want To Walk You Home” enters the charts
1961 : Helen Shapiro was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Don’t Know’. Aged 14, Shapiro became the youngest act ever to score a UK No.1.
1963 : 13 year-old Little Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Fingertips part II’, making him the youngest singer to top the charts. Read the full story
1963 : The 100th edition of ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ was aired on UK TV, with Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Searchers, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and Alma Cogan.
1963 : Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, Ronnie Ross, Cyril Davies, Long John Baldry and The Rolling Stones all appeared at the third Richmond Jazz Festival held over two days in Richmond, England. A weekend ticket cost 20 shillings.
1964 : Mick Jagger was fined £32 in Liverpool for driving without insurance and breaking the speed limit. His solicitor explained that Jagger was on ‘an errand of mercy’, driving to see two fans injured in a car crash.
1964 : The Beatles had four singles re-released in the US: ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret’, ‘Please, Please Me’, ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Twist And Shout.’
1968 : Cream’s “Wheels Of Fire” LP hits #1
1968 : Tom Jones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Delilah’.
1968 : The 1910 Fruitgum Company’s 1, 2, 3, Red Light enters the charts
1969 : During a North American tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena. Jethro Tull were the support act.
1970 : Elvis Presley played the first night of a four-week engagement, playing 2 shows most nights at The International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1970 : Simon and Garfunkel’s album ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ was at No.1 on the UK album chart, The Beatles were at No.2 with ‘Let It Be’ and Bob Dylan was at No.3 with ‘Self Portrait.’
1972 : Paul and Linda McCartney are arrested backstage in Gothenburg, Sweden, for possession of six ounces of marijuana, which was mailed to them by someone in McCartney’s office who thought they would like some weed on the road. The couple are released after paying a combined fine of $1,200.
1972 : During their Wings Over Europe Tour, Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden for possession of drugs. McCartney joked the arrest would “make good publicity” for the tour.
1974 : John Denver’s “Back Home Again” LP hits #1
1974 : Roberta Flack went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, the singers third US No.1.
1976 : Elton John played the first of ten sold out nights at Madison Sq. Gardens in New York City. The $1.25 million generated from the shows broke the record set by The Rolling Stones in 1975.
1982 : During a North American tour Queen appeared at the Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut.
1985 : Canadian singer, guitarist Bryan Adams scored his first US No.1 album with ‘Reckless.’
1985 : ‘Money for Nothing’ by Dire Straits peaked at No.4 on the UK singles chart. Notable for its groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting singing the song’s falsetto introduction and backing chorus, “I want my MTV,” who also co-wrote the song with Mark Knopfler. The video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on 1 August 1987.
1985 : Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran was air lifted to safety when his boat ‘Drum’ overturned while racing off the English coast. Le Bon was trapped under the hull with five other crew members for twenty minutes, until being rescued by the Royal Navy.
1987 : Wilson Pickett is found guilty of threatening patrons at a New Jersey bar with a loaded shotgun after a brawl inside the club. He is given two years’ probation and fined $1000.
1991 : Luciano Pavarotti scored his third UK No.1 album with ‘The Essential Pavarotti II’.
1992 : Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg on their 248-date Seven Day Weekend world Tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1993 : The Dave Matthews Band played at The Flood Zone in Richmond, Virginia, the gig was recorded with some of tonight’s songs ending up on the bands first album ‘Remember Two Things.’
1999 : it was announced that Oasis rhythm guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthur’s had quit the band after finishing his guitar parts on the bands new album.
2002 : Lisa Marie Presley married actor Nicolas Cage at a resort in Hawaii. The marriage was Presley’s third. She was married previously to musician Danny Keough and pop star Michael Jackson. Cage filed for divorce four months later.
2007 : Anthony Wilson the UK music mogul behind some of Manchester’s most successful bands died aged 57 after suffering from kidney cancer. The TV presenter and entrepreneur founded Factory records, the label behind New Order and the Happy Mondays was also famous for setting up the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, England.
2008 : US singer-songwriter Isaac Hayes died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 65. Police were called to his home after his wife found him unconscious. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. Hayes won an Oscar for the 1971 hit Theme From Shaft as was also known as the voice of Chef from the hit cartoon show, South Park. He was married four times and had 12 children.
2012 : The bands Kiss and Motley Crue donate $100,000 together to the families of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado “Dark Knight” shooting. The mass massacre occurred Friday, July 20th, at a movie theater showing of The Dark Knight Rises when James Eagan Holmes burst into the theater with guns blazing, killing 12 and wounding 58. The story rocks the United States and the ensuing trial of shooter Holmes, who was inspired by the actions of ‘The Joker,’ a famed villain in the Batman franchise played by Heath Ledger, is to generate top headlines for many months yet.