1956 : This month’s issue of Look magazine reports that Elvis Presley is now receiving 3,000 fan letters a week.
1957 : The official Elvis Presley Fan Club was launched in the UK.
1960 : Johnny Kidd and The Pirates were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Shakin’ All Over’. Their only UK No.1. Kidd died in car crash in 1966. Many acts have covered the song, including: The Who, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop and The Guess Who.
1961 : The Beatles begin what would be a two-year stint as headliners at Liverpool’s Cavern Club.
1962 : Robert Allen Zimmerman legally became Bob Dylan, having signed a music publishing deal with Witmark Music on 12th July of this year, engineered by Albert Grossman.
1962 : Aretha Franklin makes her television debut, singing “Don’t Cry Baby” and Try A Little Tenderness on ABC’s American Bandstand.
1963 : Still rebuilding his career after the scandal of his marriage to 13-year-old second cousin Myra Gale Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis accepts $9,500 to open Las Vegas’ new Thunderbird Hotel.
1964 : The Beatles appeared at the Gaumont Cinema in Bournemouth. One of the supporting acts, billed as a ‘new and unknown London group’, was The Kinks.
1964 : After an intense search the bodies of Jim Reeves and Dean Manuel were found in the wreckage of an aircraft and, at 1:00 p.m. local time, radio stations across the United States announced Reeves’ death formally. The single-engine Beechcraft Debonair aircraft, with Reeves at the controls had crashed 42 hours earlier during a thunderstorm. Thousands of people traveled to pay their last respects at his funeral two days later. The coffin, draped in flowers from fans, was driven through the streets of Nashville and then to Reeves’ final resting place near Carthage, Texas.
1969 : Bob Dylan leaves his 10-year reunion at Hibbing High School in Hibbing, MN when a drunken former classmate picks a fight with him.
1969 : ‘Wet Dream’, by Jamaican reggae singer Max Romeo entered the UK singles chart. The song gained notoriety due to its lyrics which were of an explicit sexual nature, was banned by the BBC and most radio stations.
1970 : Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘The Wonder Of You’ his sixteenth No.1. Ray Peterson recorded the original version in 1959 which gave him a Top 30 hit.
1971 : Now down to a trio and riven by infighting, Creedence Clearwater Revival embark on their last US tour with a gig at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Assembly Center.
1973 : “Papa” John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas files suit against his former label, Dunhill, alleging $60 million in unpaid royalties.
1975 : The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘One Of These Nights’, the group’s second US No.1 single and the first to chart in the UK where it peaked at No.23.
1976 : Peter “Puddy” Watts, road manager with Pink Floyd died of a heroin overdose. Watts supplied the crazed laughter on the groups ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ album.
1977 : Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious was fined £125 by a London court after he had been found carrying a knife at the 100 Club Punk Festival last September.
1980 : Deepest Purple becomes Deep Purple’s third #1 album.
1980 : The Clash released their single ‘Bank Robber’ after it been available as an import only. The band’s record company CBS didn’t want to release the record saying it was not commercial enough.
1983 : James Jamerson died of complications stemming from cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure and pneumonia in Los Angeles, he was 47 years old. As one of The Funk Brothers he was the uncredited bassist on most of Motown Records’ hits in the 1960s and early 1970’s including songs by Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and The Supremes. He eventually performed on nearly 30 No.1 pop hits.
1986 : Peter Cetera started a two-week run at No.1 on the US charts with the theme from the film ‘Karate Kid II’, ‘The Glory Of Love’, it made No. 3 in the UK.
1986 : Chris de burgh was at No.1 in the UK with ‘The Lady In Red’, it was his first No.1 after twenty-four single releases, staying at the top of the charts for three weeks.
1987 : David Martin, bass player with Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs died of a heart attack aged 50. Martin co-wrote the group’s 1965 US No.2 & UK No.11 single ‘Wooly Bully’.
1991 : Rick James and his girlfriend Tanya Hijazi were arrested in Hollywood charged with assault with a deadly weapon aggravated mayhem torture, false imprisonment and forcible oral copulation. James was released on $1 million bail.
1998 : Mojo Magazine published the results from a nation-wide survey asking ‘Who is your favorite recording artist of all time: 5th place was Elton John 4th, Queen, 3rd, Frank Sinatra, 2nd, Elvis Presley and in 1st place, The Beatles.
1998 : Beastie Boys started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hello Nasty’, the bands third US No.1 album.
2000 : Jerome Smith from KC and the Sunshine Band died after being crushed by a bulldozer he was operating. Had the 1975 US No.1 single ‘Get Down Tonight’ and the 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Give It Up.’
2000 : Liverpool music store Rushworth and Dreaper closed down after 150 years of trading. The store had become famous after supplying The Beatles and other Liverpool group’s with musical instruments.
2001 : New Orleans International Airport was re-named Louis Armstrong Airport in honor of the New Orleans born trumpet player, singer and bandleader.
2004 : Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings to save the historic gentleman’s outfitters from closure. The store, based in London since 1839 had run into financial difficulties. The guitarist said he had been fond of the shop since a window display caught his eye when he was 16, and had become a regular shopper their. Cordings was the originator of the Covert coat and the Tattersall shirt and made riding boots for the Queen Mother, the Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson.
2007 : Elvis Presley Enterprises announces plans to revamp Graceland, the singer’s home, with a visitor’s center, convention hotel, and high-tech multimedia displays.