1918 : Songwriter Irving Berlin, still a Sergeant in the US Army, debuts his WWI-themed musical Yip Yip Yaphank, at New York’s Century Theatre.
1957 : Pat Boone appears on the cover of Newsweek with the tag “His Refreshing Song Fills The Air.” The article inside claims that “the teen-agers are finally revolting against the musical delinquents.”
1964 : The Rolling Stones played the second of six shows at the New Theatre Ballroom, Guernsey in the Channel Islands.
1964 : The Beatles kicked off a North American tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California, to a crowd of 17,130. Playing 12 songs which made up their repertoire for the entire tour: ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘You Can’t Do That’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Things We Said Today’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, ‘If I Fell’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’, ‘Boys’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, and ‘Long Tall Sally’. Supporting acts were The Righteous Brothers, The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, and Jackie DeShannon.
1967 : The Beatles scored their 14th US No.1 single with ‘All You Need Is Love’. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Keith Moon, Graham Nash, Marianne Faithfull and Walker Brother Gary Leeds all sang backing vocals on the track.
1968 : After 58 episodes, the final Monkees TV show airs on NBC. Since the its initial run, almost every major cable network has aired re-runs of the show, including a popular stint on CBS from 1969-1972.
1969 : At the site of the just-ended Woodstock festival, crews bulldoze acres of trash and debris into a pit and burn it – total cost: $100,000; total tonnage: unknown.
1969 : Crosby, Stills and Nash appear on the Dick Cavett Show, giving a first-hand account of the Woodstock festival. Joni Mitchell also appears and performs her song about the festival, conveniently called Woodstock.
1971 : Led Zeppelin kicked off a North American tour at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. The band played to a sold out crowd of over 17,000 fans, another 3,000 fans outside the venue who didn’t have tickets started a battle with local police.
1972 : The musical variety show The Midnight Special, featuring DJ Wolfman Jack as announcer and John Denver as host, debuts on NBC. The first song performed is War’s Slippin’ Into Darkness.
1972 : David Bowie played the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre in England on his current 182-date Ziggy Stardust world tour.
1972 : Chicago’s LP Chicago V hits #1
1973 : Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson were married in Malibu, California. Kristofferson had just enjoyed a number 1 country hit with ‘Why Me’, which included Coolidge on backing vocals. The couple divorced near the end of 1979.
1974 : The Three Degrees were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘When Will I See You Again.’ The girl group’s only UK No.1. They were Prince Charles’ favourite group of the 70’s.
1977 : The Sex Pistols started an undercover UK tour as The Spots, (an acronym for Sex Pistols on tour secretly).
1978 : The Commodores started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Three Times A Lady’. Lionel Richie wrote the song about his love for his wife, mother and grandmother hence ‘Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady.’
1979 : American Rockabilly singer Dorsey Burnette died from a heart attack at his home in Canoga Park, California. He wrote ‘It’s Late’, a hit for Ricky Nelson and Shakin’ Stevens. After his death, singer and friend Delaney Bramlett organized a benefit concert for Dorsey’s widow at the Forum in Inglewood, California, in which Kris Kristofferson, Hoyt Axton. Tanya Tucker, Glen Campbell, Duane Eddy, Delaney and Bonnie, Gary Busey and Roger Miller appeared. Dorsey Burnette’s pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
1980 : A riot breaks out in Toronto when Alice Cooper cancels a concert due to illness.
1983 : Having been sporadic since it was originally shut down in 1968, “pirate radio” station Radio Caroline makes its comeback on board the ship Ross Revenge in the North Sea’s international waters. Six years to the day later, it would be shut down again.
1988 : Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog is named the most played song in the first hundred years of the jukebox’s existence.
1988 : ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline, and Elvis Presley’s, ‘Hound Dog’ were announced as the most played jukebox songs of the first hundred years. The jukebox had been around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in 1889.
1989 : Lou Reed breaks his ankle after a soundcheck in Cleveland, and is forced to cancel the remainder of his tour.
1990 : Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert.
1996 : James Brown appeared in Montauk, New York, as part of his Back at the Ranch tour. Brown who had a history of beating his wife, offered money that was raised at the event to an anti-violence organization called The Retreat, but was turned down.
1999 : A TV ad featuring the late Linda McCartney urging a boycott of fishing was banned by the Advertising Clearance Centre in the UK.
1999 : Lauryn Hill won New Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year at the US ‘Source Hip Hop Music Awards’ in Los Angeles. R. Kelly won R&B Artist of The Year; DMX won Artist Of The Year and solo and live performer Of The Year.
2000 : Richard Ashcroft, Paul Weller, James, Toploader, Barenaked Ladies, Moby, Beth Orton, Joe Strummer, Feeder, Dandy Warhols and Coldplay all appeared at this years V2000 festival in Staffordshire, England.
2001 : American soul singer Betty Everett died aged 61. She had the 1964 US No.6 single ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss’), later covered by Cher.
2005 : A life-size bronze statue designed by Paul Daly of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin. The ceremony was attended by his former Thin Lizzy band members Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham. Lynott who died in 1986 aged 36 had a string of hits including ‘Whiskey in the Jar’, ‘The Boys are Back in Town’, ‘Jailbreak’ and ‘Waiting for an Alibi’.
2008 : Saxophonist LeRoi Moore, a founding member of the Dave Matthews Band, died aged 46. Publicist Ambrosia Healy said he died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in June on his Virginia farm.