1962 : The Beatles played at the Cavern Club, Liverpool, at lunchtime and at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester at night with Gerry & the Pacemakers.
1969 : Two weeks after the Woodstock festival, the second Isle of Wight festival took place. Over 150,000 turned up over the two days to see Bob Dylan, The Band, Blodwyn Pig, Blonde On Blonde, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band, Edgar Broughton Band, Joe Cocker, Aynsley Dunbar, Family, Fat Mattress, Julie Felix, Free, Gypsy, Richie Havens, The Moody Blues, The Nice, Tom Paxton, Pentangle, The Pretty Things, Third Ear Band and The Who. Tickets 25 shillings, ($3.00). Celebrities who attended include Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, John & Yoko, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Jane Fonder, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton.
1969 : The Birmingham band Earth changes its name: Ozzy Osbourne announces onstage that the band’s new name is Black Sabbath. The band had played “N.I.B.,” “The Wizard,” “Black Sabbath,” and “Warning.”
1969 : One hit wonders Zager and Evans started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘In The Year 2525.’ The song which was written by Rick Evens in 1964, also spent six weeks at No.1 on the US chart.
1969 : The three day Texas Pop Festival took place featuring Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Sam & Dave, Santana, Johnny Winter, Grand Funk Railroad, Delaney & Bonnie, Nazz, Spirit, BB King, Canned Heat and Chicago. Over 120,000 fans attended the festival.
1972 : John Lennon and Yoko Ono played Madison Square Gardens to raise money for the One to One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na and Roberta Flack also appeared at the event. Lennon personally bought $60,000 worth of tickets which were given to volunteer fund-raisers. Several of the performances were later included on Lennon’s, Live in New York City album.
1975 : KC and the Sunshine Band went to No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Get Down Tonight’, the group’s first of five No.1’s peaked at No.21 in the UK.
1975 : Guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler, Paul Kossoff ‘died’ for 35 minutes in hospital after being taken ill. (Kossoff died on 19th March 1976 of heart failure after a history of drug abuse).
1975 : Rod Stewart had his fifth UK No.1 album when ‘Atlantic Crossing’ started a five-week run at the top of the charts. The title indicated Stewart’s new artistic direction, and on his departure to escape the 83 per cent top rate of income tax introduced by British Labor Prime Minister Harold Wilson for the jet-set lifestyle in Los Angeles.
1976 : The Notting Hill riots take place in England as black youth clash with police. Members of The Clash are present, and the event inspires them to write “White Riot” as a call for white people to protest with the same furor.
1980 : Barclay James Harvest perform “A Concert For The People” next to the Berlin Wall to an audience of approximately 250,000.
1986 : Steve Winwood went to No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Higher Love’, a No.13 hit in the UK.
1988, Bruce Springsteen’s wife Julianne filed for a divorce after newspapers published photos of Springsteen and backing singer Patti Scialfa together.
1989 : Billy Joel fired his manager and former brother in law Frank Weber, after an audit revealed discrepancies. Joel took Weber to court and sued for $90 million.
1989 : Izzy Stradlin from Guns N’ Roses was arrested for making a public disturbance on a US air flight. Stradlin had urinated on the floor, verbally abused a stewardess and smoked in the non-smoking section of the aircraft.
1992 : Appearing at this year’s Reading Festival, England, Suede, Ride, Pavement, Public Enemy, Manic Street Preachers, (bassist Nicky Wire smashed his guitar in two and hurled it into the crowd, hitting a security guard who needed 16 stitches). This was one of the most famous in the festival’s history. Nirvana played what was to become their last UK concert, and one of their most famous. Kurt Cobain took to the stage in a wheelchair pushed by music journalist Everett True, parodying speculations about his mental health.
1994 : Oasis performed a selection of new songs at London’s Virgin Mega store Marble Arch. Main man from The Lemonheads Evan Dando joined the band for a new song called ‘Whatever’.
1995 : Sterling Morrison founder member of the Velvet Underground died of cancer at his home in New York City two days after his 53rd birthday. The guitarist left the group in August 1971 and re-joined in 1992 for a European tour. During the 80’s he became the Captain of a Houston tugboat.
1995 : Carly Simon and James Taylor performed live together in front of 10,000 fans on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. It was the first time they appeared live on the same stage since 1979. The former couple played their own solo sets before combining their efforts in raising money for the local agricultural society.
1997 : Members from The Wu-Tang Clan were arrested after the alleged assault on a record promotions manager after a show in Chicago.
2003 : Stella McCartney married publisher Alasdhiar Willis on Scotland’s Isle Of Bute. Guest’s included Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna, Chrissie Hynde and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
2011 : Alleging that Elvis Presley “was unjustly exploited during his lifetime by his record company,” his estate announced a multimillion dollar lawsuit against Arista Music, formerly RCA Records, demanding proper payment over new media income such as ringtones, downloads and entertainment apps.