1955 : Chuck Berry’s Maybellene enters the R&B charts
1957 : The Bobbette’s “Mr. Lee” enters the charts
1958 : Fan’s of rock & roll music were warned that tuning into music on the car radio could cost you more money. Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel (I looked it up and gas in 1958 was .24 cents a gallon). BAHAHAHAHAHA!!
1963 : During a UK tour The Beatles played the last night of a six night run at The Odeon Cinema, Weston-super-Mare. The Beatles spent the day with photographer Dezo Hoffman, who took photos and 8mm movies of The Beatles at their hotel, on the beach dressed in Victorian bathing suits, and go-karting.
1966 : The Who appeared at the Flamingo Ballroom, Redruth, England.
1968, Bee Gee Robin Gibb collapsed, as the group were about to set out on their first US tour. The singer was suffering from nervous exhaustion.
1968 : A riot erupts at Chicago’s Grant Park after Sly And The Family Stone fail to appear for a free concert.
1968 : Cass Elliot released her first solo single following the break up of The Mamas and Papas. ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ had been around since 1931 and had been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine and many others. Cass’ version would be the most successful when it peaked at No. 12 on the US chart, and No.11 in the UK.
1972 : The Bobby Darin Amusement Company begins the first of a 7-week run as a summer replacement series on CBS. Burt Reynolds and George Burns appear with Darin on the first episode.
1973 : The self-titled debut by the New York Dolls is released via Mercury Records (and produced by Todd Rundgren). The album spawns such glam/proto-punk classics as “Personality Crisis,” “Looking for a Kiss,” “Trash,” and “Jet Boy.”
1974 : John Denver started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Annie’s Song’, the singers second US No.1. The song was a tribute to his wife and was written in 10 minutes while he was on a ski lift.
1974 : Wings started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Band On The Run’, featuring the title-track, ‘Jet’ and the US hit ‘Helen Wheels’. The album sold over 6 million copies world-wide
1976 : John Lennon ends his four-year fight to stay in the US as a special government hearing granted him a green card (Number A-17-597-321).
1976 : Bruce Springsteen sued his manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach of trust. The case dragged on for over a year, halting Springsteen’s career. An out of court settlement was reached the following year.
1976 : Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband Ike, ending their violent 16-year marriage and successful musical partnership.
1979 : A firebomb destroys Alice Cooper’s Indian art store in Scottsdale, AZ, causing $200,000 in damage to, among other things, some of Cooper’s gold records. The singer jokes that perhaps a “disco music freak” torched the place, as Alice had been quite vocal about not liking the new musical trend.
1979 : Blondie appeared at the Orpheum Theater, Memphis, Tennessee.
1985 : Paul Young went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Daryl Hall song ‘Every Time You Go Away’.
1985 : The Eurythmics were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’, the duo’s only UK No.1 single. The song featured a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder.
1986 : Queen became the first western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to perform in Easton Europe when they played at Budapest’s Nepstadion, Hungary, the gig was filmed and released as ‘Queen Magic in Budapest’.
1991 : Bryan Adams started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’.
1991 : Jesus Jones went to No. 2 on the US chart with ‘Right Here, Right Now’, unable to shift Bryan Adams ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You’, from a seven week stay at the No.1 position.
1991 : Natalie Cole started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Unforgettable Love’.
1992 : Michael Jackson sued the British paper The Daily Mirror over photos and an article that said he was left a “scar face” from numerous plastic surgeries. The suit was later settled out of court.
1993 : Steve Vai’s third solo album, Sex & Religion, is issued. The release is credited simply to “Vai,” and is his first to feature traditional vocals, which were provided by a then-unknown Devin Townsend.
1994 : Bob Seger serves jury duty in Michigan and, as the foreman in a criminal trial, finds the defendant guilty.
1996 : The Spice Girls scored their first No.1 UK single with ‘Wannabe’. Seven weeks at No.1 the song won Best British-Written Single at the 1997 Ivor Novello Awards and Best Single at the 1997 Brit Awards. The Girl Power song became the best-selling single by a female group selling over six million copies worldwide.
1997 : The Soundtrack album ‘Men In Black’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
2001 : Leon Wilkeson bass player with Lynyrd Skynyrd was found dead in a hotel room in Florida aged 49. Skynyrd scored the 1974 US No. 8 single, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and the 1982 UK No.21 single ‘Freebird’. Member of the Rossington-Collins Band.
2002 : Mariah Carey checked herself into an undisclosed hospital suffering from “extreme exhaustion.” The singer cancelled all public appearances, including her headlining appearance at MTV’s 20th birthday party. Her record company denied tabloid reports that Carey tried to commit suicide, saying she did have cuts on her body, but the injuries were unintentional after breaking some dishes and glasses.
2006 : Sharman Networks, a company that produced software called Kazaa, which made it easy for an estimated 400 million computer users to download music over the Internet, agreed to pay more than $115 million to music companies to settle global piracy lawsuits.
2009 : A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that Michael Jackson’s personal doctor administered a powerful anesthetic to help him sleep, and authorities believe the drug is what killed the pop singer.