1961 : Connie Francis appears as the celebrity “mystery guest” on the CBS television show What’s My Line.
1964 : The Honeycombs were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Have I The Right’, the group’s only UK No.1.
1964 : Disney releases Mary Poppins, a Sherman Brothers musical featuring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.
1965 : On the last day of a five-day break from their North American tour, The Beatles, attended a recording session for The Byrds. Later that afternoon, The Beatles met Elvis Presley at his mansion in Beverly Hills. It was an awkward meeting, leaving The Beatles with the impression that Presley’s personality was decidedly “unmagnetic”. John Lennon remarked soon after, ‘Where’s Elvis’ It was like meeting Engelbert Humperdinck.’
1966 : The Beach Boys ‘God Only Knows’ peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart. The song broke new ground in many ways. It was one of the first commercial songs to use the word ‘God’ in its title. As producer, Brian Wilson used many unorthodox instruments, including the French horns that are heard in the song’s famous introduction.
1967 : British music entrepreneur and the manager of The Beatles Brian Epstein was found dead, locked in a bedroom at his London home. A coroner’s inquest concluded that Epstein died from an overdose of the sleeping pill Carbitrol. He also managed several other artists including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black and The Remo Four. The first contract between The Beatles and Epstein was auctioned in London in 2008, and was sold for £240,000.
1977 : Jimmy Buffett marries his second wife, Jane Slagsvol of Columbia, SC, who had co-written two of his songs, “Something So Feminine About A Mandolin” and “Kick It In Second Wind.” They remain married today.
1977 : The Floaters were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Float On’. The only UK hit for the Soul/funk act from Detroit, making them One-hit Wonders. More One Hit Wonders
1988 : Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car, one of the songs in her debut album, climbs to #6 on the US charts.
1988 : ‘Monkey’ gave George Michael his eighth US No.1 single of the 1980’s, a record only beaten by Michael Jackson.
1989 : Izzy Stradlin of Guns N’ Roses is arrested at the Phoenix after urinating on the floor of the plane, apparently upset at having to wait to use the bathroom. His publicist explains that it was Izzy’s “way of expressing himself.”
1990 : Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughan had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton’s crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton’s crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage were also killed. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist’s of all time.
1991 : Pearl Jam released their debut album Ten. The group’s most commercially successful album, which has sold over 13 million copies, produced three hit singles: Alive, Even Flow, and Jeremy.
1992 : John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to The Beatles song ‘A Day In The Life’ from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sold in an auction at Sotheby’s London for $100,000. The lyrics were put up for sale again in March 2006 by Bonhams in New York. Sealed bids were opened on 7 March 2006 and offers started at about $2 million. The lyric sheet was auctioned again by Sotheby’s in June 2010 when it was purchased by an anonymous American buyer who paid $1,200,000.
1993 : This years UK 3 day Reading Festival kicked off with headline acts New Order, The The, The Lemonheads, Rage Against The Machine, Dinosaur JR, plus on the Melody Maker stage, Blur, Radiohead, The Boo Radleys and Shampoo.
1999 : The Charlatans, Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Offspring, Catatonia, Reef, The Chemical Brothers, The Divine Comedy, Pavement, Silverchair, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion all appeared at The Carling Reading three day festival, England, tickets, £78.
2003 : Janis Ian marries her girlfriend, Nashville defense lawyer Patricia Snyder, in Toronto, Canada, where gay marriages were legal.