1933 : The first singing telegram is sent — to a popular singer, crooner Rudy Vallee, on the occasion of his 32nd birthday.
1954 : The first press interview with 19-year-old Elvis Presley was published in the ‘Memphis Press- Scimitar’.
1954 : The Crew Cuts’ “Sh-Boom” hits #1
1956 : Gene Vincent made his first appearance on national TV in the US on The Perry Como Show. Vincent had released ‘Woman Love’ the previous month, but it was the B-side, ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula,’ that eventually made the top 10. The song had been purchased from a fellow hospital patient when Vincent was recovering from leg injuries. A demo of the song made its way to Capitol Records as part of an Elvis sound-alike contest and a re-recorded version gave Vincent a hit.
1956 : Elvis Presley’s “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” hits #1
1957 : Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first national TV appearance, singing Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On on NBC’s The Steve Allen Show.
1958 : Doris Day’s “Everybody Loves A Lover” enters the charts
1958 : The Poni Tails’ Born Too Late enters the charts
1958 : The Elegants’ Little Star enters the charts
1960 : Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Please Don’t Tease’, the singers third UK No.1. The song was chosen for release by a poll of Cliff’s fans.
1960 : Roy Orbison entered the UK chart with ‘Only The Lonely’, which went on to give Roy his first of 3 UK chart toppers. As an operatic rock ballad, it was a sound unheard of at the time, and is seen as a seminal event in the evolution of Rock and Roll. Released as a 45rpm single by Monument Records in May, 1960, ‘Only The Lonely’ went to No. 2 on the United States. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record the song himself.
1962 : Tommy Roe’s “Sheila” enters the charts
1964 : On their second visit to Sweden, The Beatles played two shows at an ice hockey arena, the Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm. During the first show, both Paul McCartney and John Lennon received mild electrical shocks from ungrounded microphones. Supporting acts included The Kays, The Moonlighters, and The Streaplers.
1966 : Chris Farlowe and the Thunderbirds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘Out Of Time’.
1968 : The Beatles hold their “Mad Day Out,” an all-day group photography session across London, which produces most of their well-known latter-day photographs, including the cover of Life and the inside gatefold of their Beatles 1967-1970 album.
1969 : Police in Moscow reported that thousands of public phone booths had been vandalised after thieves were stealing parts of the phones to convert their acoustic guitars to electric. A feature in a Russian youth magazine had shown details on how to do this.
1970 : The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger makes his acting debut in Ned Kelly, a film about the legendary Australian outlaw, which makes his debut in Kelly’s own hometown of Glenrowan.
1973 : Chicago’s Chicago IV LP hits #1
1973 : The Watkins Glen outdoor summer jam was held outside of Watkins Glen, New York with The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead and The Band. Over 600,000 rock fans attended. Many historians claimed the event was the largest gathering of people in the history of the United States. 150,000 tickets were sold for $10 each, but for all the other people it was a free concert. The crowd was so huge that a large part of the audience was not able to see the stage.
1976 : The Steve Miller Band’s Fly Like An Eagle LP is certified gold
1979 : After a show in Cleveland, Joe Perry quits Aerosmith when he gets in screaming match with Steven Tyler. He is replaced by Jim Crespo, but rejoins the band in 1984.
1979 : ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ gave The Boomtown Rats their second UK No.1 single. Bob Geldof wrote the song after reading a report on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children playing in a school playground across the street from her home in San Diego, California. She killed two adults and injured eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime, and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays, this livens up the day.”
1980 : The Police, U2 and Squeeze all appeared at the Dalymount Festival in Dublin, Ireland.
1985 : Portland, OR, declares today “Kingsmen Day” in honor of their garage-rock native sons, who scored a legendary hit with their version of Louie Louie.
1987 : The Beatles’ company, Apple, sues shoemaker Nike, Capitol Records, EMI, and Wieden Kennedy advertising agency for $15 million for unauthorized use of the Beatles’ song Revolution in one of their “Nike Air” TV ads. Nike claimed it had paid their US label, Capitol, $250,000 for the rights, and also that Yoko Ono had given her blessing. The suit was eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
1989 : Anne Murray opens the Anne Murray Centre, a multimedia museum of her career, in her hometown of Springhill, Nova Scotia.
1990 : Elton John started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Sleeping With The Past’, his fifth No.1 album.
1990 : Partners In Kryme started a four-week run at No.1 with ‘Turtle Power’ the first rap chart topper in the UK. The one hit wonders track was featured in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
1991 : Almost 100 arrests were made after an estimated 2,000 Youths rioted after a MC Hammer concert in Penticon, Canada.
1992 : Patti LaBelle walks offstage during her concert in Warwick, RI, having complained to the audience about the catering backstage.
1992 : Rapper Ice T announced that Warner Brothers Records would pull the controversial song ‘Cop Killer’ from all future copies of his “Body Count” album. The song had been the target of protests by law enforcement groups who said it encouraged the killing of police. Ice T said he would give away recordings of ‘Cop Killer’ at his concerts. In an ironic twist, he would later join the cast of the NBC police drama, Law and Order.
1995 : After decades of legal wrangling, James Al Hendrix, surviving father of Jimi, is once again granted legal use of his son’s name and likeness for merchandising.
1996 : Marge Ganser from The Shangri-Las died of breast cancer. The group scored over ten hits during the 60’s including the 1964 US No.1 ‘Leader Of The Pack.’
2000 : Five and Queen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘We Will Rock You’, the classic Queen song was only a B-side in 1977 and this new version featured boy band Five and Queen guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor.
2003 : The wine Sir Cliff Richard made from his Algarve estate started a UK supermarket battle. Fans were asking all the stores when the wine would go on sale with the Tesco chain saying they would be the first, but the Waitrose shops had been selling the £8.49 a bottle red for the last week.
2004 : American soul singer George Williams from The Tymes died of cancer. Had the 1963 US million seller ‘So Much in Love’ and the 1975 UK No.1 single ‘Ms Grace’.
2004 : Justin Timberlake obtained a restraining order against a photographer who allegedly stalked him. A judge in Santa Monica, California, granted the order against photographer Artemus Earl Lister.
2006 : Prince’s second wife Manuela Testolini Nelson filed for divorce. His first marriage, to dancer Mayte Garcia, took place in 1996 but only lasted two years.
2008 : Amy Winehouse was rushed to hospital after she started to have fits at her home in Camden North London. A spokesman said it appeared the singer had suffered a reaction to medication she was taking to help her off hard drugs.
2011 : Marvin Lee Aday, the 63-year-old singer who goes by the name of Meatloaf, passed out onstage at Pittsburgh’s Trib Amphitheater during an apparent asthma attack. After about ten minutes he regained his composure and finished the show.