1963 : The Beatles kicked of a UK tour with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Tommy Quickly, at the Odeon Cinema, Weston-Super-Mare.
1963 : The Beatles’ first US album, Introducing The Beatles was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles. After a trial, Vee-Jay was allowed to release any Beatles records that they had masters of in any form until October 15th, 1964 : After that time, they no longer had the right to issue any Beatles product.
1965 : Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman from The Rolling Stones were each fined £5 at East Ham Magistrates Court, London after being found guilty of insulting behavior at a Romford Road service station. The three had all urinated against a wall.
1967 : Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother & the Holding Co. appeared at the Convention Hall, San Diego, California.
1967 : Pink Floyd appeared at The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen, Scotland. The venue is home to one of Scotland’s finest dance floors – famous for its bounce – which floats on fixed steel springs. During the 1960s The Beatles, (in 1963), The Small Faces and Cream all appeared at the Beach.
1967 : Vanilla Fudge plays its debut concert in New York City.
1968 : Elvis Presley begins filming the movie Charro!, which is the only one where he has a beard. Only one Elvis song is used in the film, and it is a commercial failure.
1969 : Aretha Franklin was arrested for causing a disturbance in a Detroit parking lot. After posting 50-dollars bail, she ran down a road sign while leaving the police station.
1969 : Elvis Presley’s NBC-TV Special soundtrack (a/k/a “The ’68 Comeback Special”) is certified gold.
1971 : The Doors’ L.A. Woman is certified gold.
1971 : John and Yoko spent the second day filming the ‘Imagine’ promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today’s footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’ in the white room on his white piano.
1974 : John Denver’s Annie’s Song hits #1
1977 : Stiff Records released ‘My Aim Is True’ the debut album from Elvis Costello in the UK. The musicians who were featured on the album were uncredited on the original release (due to contractual difficulties), although the backing band was made up of members of the band Clover.
1977 : Shaken by the deaths of his sister Rhonda and good friend Freddie Prinze, Tony Orlando says on stage at a show in Cohasset, Massachusetts, “This is my last day as a performer.” He spends some time recovering, and returns to the stage in November.
1979 : Little Richard, now known as the Reverend Richard Penniman told his congregation about the evils of rock & roll music, declaring ‘If God can save an old homosexual like me, he can save anybody.’
1987 : Morris Albert is found guilty of plagiarism in New York, with a jury finding that his massive 1975 composition Feelings borrowed heavily from a French song from 1956 called “Pour Toi.”
1989 : Courtney Love married her first husband James Moreland who was the singer with LA band Leaving Trains.
1989, Simply Red scored their first UK No.1 album with their third release ‘A New Flame’.
1989: The soundtrack album ‘Batman’ by Prince started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
1994 : Billy Joel and Elton John begin the first of five duet concerts at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.
1996 : Donovan was forced to postpone a comeback tour of the US because of a 30-year-old marijuana conviction in the UK. American authorities delayed granting him a waiver to enter the country.
1999 : Simple Minds closed their official fan club due to dwindling membership.
2003 : Coldplay played the second of two nights at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Australia on their A Rush of Blood to the Head World Tour.
2004, French singer and guitarist Sacha Distel died after a long battle with deteriorating health. He scored the 1970 UK No.10 single ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ As a professional jazz guitarist he worked alongside Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett.
2004 : American singer, songwriter and producer Arthur Crier died of heart failure. Member of The Chimes and had worked with Little Eva, Gene Pitney, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Ben E. King, Johnny Nash and The Coasters.
2005 : Founder member and singer with The Chi-lites, Eugene Record died of cancer. Had the 1972 US No.1 single ‘Oh Girl’ and 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Have You Seen Her.’ He also released three solo albums.
2005 : Research by a car insurance company showed that listening to the wrong sort of music when driving can lead to aggression and distraction. Dr Nicola Dibben a music psychologist said ‘singing while driving stimulates the mind.’ Songs recommended included Pulp’s ‘Disco 2000’ and ‘Hey Ya’ by Outcast, but the Dr said songs like The Prodigy’s Firestarter should be avoided.
2006 : Johnny Cash was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘American V: A Hundred Highways.’ Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash’s death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.