1954 : WHBQ in Memphis becomes the first radio station to play an Elvis Presley record when they give That’s Alright Mama a spin.
1957 : John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ (Eddie Cochran) and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent). Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.
1963 : James Brown went to No.2 on the US album chart with ‘Live At The Apollo’. Recorded on the night of October 24, 1962 at Brown’s own expense, it spent 66 weeks on the Billboard Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked No.24 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1964 : The Beatles film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ premiered at The Pavilion in London. Filmed during the height of Beatlemania, and written by Alun Owen, the film was made in the style of a mockumentary, describing a couple of days in the lives of the group.
1965 : Marty Balin starts recruiting members for the band that will become Jefferson Airplane.
1965 : Released on this day, Jackie Wilson – “Higher And Higher”
1966 : Mike D’abo replaces Paul Jones as lead singer of Manfred Mann.
1966 : Elvis Presley’s Paradise Hawaiian Style movie opens nationwide.
1967 : Pink Floyd made their first appearance on BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops to promote their new single ‘See Emily Play’. A badly damaged home video recording recovered by the British Film Institute of this show was given a public screening in London on 9th January 2010 at an event called “Missing Believed Wiped” devoted to recovered TV shows. It was the first time any footage was seen of the performance since its original broadcast.
1968 : The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 single when ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ hit the top of the charts. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.”
1968 : Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire took place. A two-day affair featuring Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Alexis Korner, Family, Taste, Tim Rose, John Mayall’s Bluesbrakers, Duster Bennett and Tyrannosaurus Rex, two-day tickets were priced at £2.
1971 : American jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader, Louis Armstrong died. Had many hits including the 1964 US No.1 ‘Hello Dolly!’, 1968 UK No.1 ‘What A Wonderful World’ plus ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, and ‘We Have All the Time in the World.’ He made frequent use of laxatives as a means of controlling his weight, resulting in Armstrong appearing in humorous, advertisements for laxative product Swiss Kriss; the ads bore a picture of him sitting on a toilet, as viewed through a keyhole, with the slogan “Satch says, ‘Leave it all behind ya!”
1973 : Queen released their debut single ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ in the UK. The track didn’t make the charts.
1975 : Rolling Stone Keith Richards was arrested by the highway patrol in Arkansas on charges of reckless driving and possessing an offensive weapon, a seven-inch hunting knife.
1979 : American singer, producer songwriter, Van McCoy died from a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey. Van McCoy and the Soul City had the US No.1 single ‘The Hustle’. Worked with Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Stylistics, Aretha Franklin and David Ruffin.
1984 : The Jacksons kicked off their North American Victory tour at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City. Over 2 million people attended the 55 concerts which grossed over $75 million. Michael Jackson donated $5 million to various charities.
1985 : Phil Collins went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sussudio’, his third US No.1, it made No.12 in the UK.
1992 : David Gates from Gateshead, Northumberland was given one year’s probation after being convicted of stealing guitars from the back of a van belonging to The Bay City Rollers.
1996 : ‘Three Lions by comedians Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, (the official song of The England Football team).
2001 : A pair of Sir Elton John’s sandals was set to become the most expensive shoes in history when they went under the hammer for charity. Offers over £20,000 were invited for the Salvatore Ferragamo sandals to raise funds for Elton’s Aid Trust
2002 : George Harrison’s widow Olivia put the couple’s home up for sale for £20m saying she couldn’t bear to live with the memories of the attack by schizophrenic Michael Abram who broke into the house in 1999.
2003 : Skip Battin bassist and songwriter with The Byrds died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. (1965 US & UK No.1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’). Also played with New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
2004 : American R&B, soul singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright died after a two-year battle with bone cancer aged 58. Teamed up with Billy Preston on the 1980, No.1 US hit ‘With You I’m Born Again.’ Once worked as a secretary at Motown Records and married Stevie Wonder in 1970.
2004 : On the 40th anniversary of the world premiere of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, a private reunion of the cast and crew was hosted in London by DVD producer Martin Lewis. The screening was attended by Paul McCartney, actors Victor Spinetti (the television director), John Junkin (the band’s road manager), David Janson (the small boy met by Ringo on his “walkabout”) and many of the crew members.
2007 : Avril Lavigne was facing legal action by members of 1970’s rock band The Rubinoos, who claimed she had copied one of their songs. Songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer alleged Lavigne’s hit ‘Girlfriend’ was lifted from their 1979 song ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.’
2007 : Britney Spears apologized for attacking a photographer’s car with an umbrella earlier this year. Pictures of the 25-year-old lashing out appeared in several newspapers shortly after photos emerged of her shaving her head in a hair salon. In a message on her website, she said: “I apologize to the pap for a stunt that was done four months ago.” She said she got “carried away” preparing for a film part but added that she did not get the role.
2011 : Pete Doherty was facing another prison sentence after allegedly breaking into a shop in Regensburg, Germany earlier this year. The owners of the music shop, from which The Libertines singer allegedly stole a guitar and record, were said to be pressing charges against him. The Sun Newspaper reported that Doherty admitted to smashing the shop window, but says he didn’t remember stealing anything, as he was drunk at the time. Doherty was currently serving 6 months in a UK jail for cocaine possession.
2012 : Carol Hawkins, the former personal assistant of U2 bassist Adam Clayton was jailed for seven years for embezzling 2.8m euros (£2.2m) of his money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Hawkins was convicted on 181 counts of theft from the bassist’s bank accounts over a four-year period. The judge said Hawkins’ crimes were “rooted in greed and nothing else”.