1931 : In a country-music milestone, Jimmie Rodgers records in a Nashville studio with gospel harmony legends The Carter Family.
1950 : The Ames Brothers’ “Sentimental Me” hits #1.
1956 : American singer, actor Pat Boone was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ll Be Home.’ Boone scored over 30 UK Top 40 hit singles during the 50’s and early 60’s and was the second biggest charting artist behind only Elvis Presley.
1958 : Recorded on this day, Elvis Presley – “I Need Your Love Tonight”, “A Big Hunk O’ Love”, “Ain’t That Loving You, Baby”, “A Fool Such As I”
1964 : The first edition of the official Rolling Stones book was issued, priced at one and six, (the publication ran for 30 issues). Also on this day, at producers Phil Spector’s suggestion, The Stones recorded It’s All Over Now, I Can’t Be Satisfied and Time Is On My Side at Chess studios in Chicago. During the day, the Stones got to meet, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy and Chuck Berry.
1964 : On their first world tour The Beatles took a flight from Hong Kong to Australia making an unscheduled fuel stop in Darwin, where over 400 fans greet their aircraft. The Beatles then fly on to Sydney, where they arrive in the middle of a heavy downpour. The group were required to appear in an open-top truck in the pouring rain to wave at the 1,000’s of fans greeting them at the airport.
1966 : Released on this day, Elvis Presley – “Paradise, Hawaiian Style” album
1966 : Steve Marriott of The Small Faces collapsed while performing on UK TV show Ready Steady Go! The group were forced to cancel the following weeks gigs.
1966 : Janis Joplin makes her singing debut with Big Brother & the Holding Company at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom.
1966 : Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrates its 20th anniversary with a concert in their hometown of Denver, Colorado.
1967 : Recorded on this day, The Monkees – “Pleasant Valley Sunday”
1967 : Outdoor rock: California’s Magic Mountain Music Festival features Jefferson Airplane, The Doors and The Byrds – the crowd of 15,000 will be dwarfed by the 200,000 at the Monterey Pop Festival the following weekend.
1969 : With his father Jerry Lewis as guest host, Gary Lewis performs “This Diamond Ring” on The Tonight Show with his band Gary Lewis and the Playboys.
1971 : Police fire tear gas into the rowdy crowd at tonight’s Jethro Tull concert in Denver, but the band continues playing even though some of them have trouble seeing their instruments.
1972 : Sammy Davis Jr started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Candy Man’, his only US No.1. The song was taken from the film ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’.
1972 : The Rolling Stones double album ‘Exile On Main Street’ went to No.1 on the UK chart, the bands seventh UK No.1 album. In 2010, the re-released album entered the UK chart at No.1, almost 38 years to the week after it first occupied that position. The Rolling Stones are the first act to ever have a studio album return to No.1 after it was first released.
1972 : Sammy Davis, Jr.’s “The Candy Man” hits #1.
1975 : Released on this day, The Eagles – “One Of These Nights” album
1976 : Paul McCartney and Wings set a new indoor concert attendance record of 67,100 at the newly-opened Kingdome in Seattle.
1977 : Joe Strummer and Nicky Headon from The Clash were each fined $8.50 by a London court for spray-painting The Clash on a wall.
1978, John Travolta and Olivia Newton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You’re The One That I Want’ also No.1 in the UK.
1982 : Addie Harris from The Shirelles died of a heart attack after a show in Atlanta. 1961 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’. Became the first all girl group to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.
1983 : Chris Sievey of UK group The Freshies released the first computer game single. When played on a Sinclair ZX 81 computer via a record deck the lyrics of the song came on the screen.
1986 : Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead went into a five day diabetic coma, resulting in the band withdrawing from their current tour.
1988 : George Michael played the first of 6 sold-out nights at Earls Court in London, England, during his 137-date Faith World Tour. Tickets cost $25 and $21.25
1989 : Bette Midler went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’, taken from the film ‘Beaches’, a No.5 hit in the UK.
1989 : Jason Donovan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Brian Hyland 1962 hit ‘Sealed With A Kiss’. Donovan became the first Australian act to enter the UK charts at No.1.
1989 : Madonna’s ‘Express Yourself’, became her 18th UK Top 5 hit, a new record for a female artist.
1990 : Members of the rap group 2 Live Crew are arrested on charges of public obscenity after performing songs from their album As Nasty As They Wanna Be in a Hollywood, Florida nightclub. A few days earlier, a federal court ruled the album obscene, and therefore performing it was against the law. It got even more ridiculous when a cover band performed the songs for the purpose of getting arrested, which they did. Eventually, the ruling was overturned and charges against the rappers (and cover band) were dropped.
1991 : In his first public appearance since being released from prison in February, James Brown stars in the Pay-Per-View concert special James Brown: Living in America. For $19.95, viewers could see Brown perform at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles along with M. C. Hammer, Bell Biv Devoe, C + C Music Factory, Kool Moe Dee and En Vogue.
1991 : Temptations member Eddie Kendricks was arrested while attending the funeral of soul singer David Ruffin in Detroit on charges of owing $26,000 in child support.
1991 : Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr kicked off an 8-date tour at the Gothic Theater in Denver.
1993 : Irish singer Sinead O’Connor took out a full-page ad in the Irish Times asking the public to “stop hurting me please.” She blamed her troubles on abuse she suffered as a child. O’Connor was still being criticized for ripping up a picture of the Pope during an appearance on Saturday Night Live the previous October.
1997 : INXS kicked off a seven date UK tour at Aberdeen Exhibition Centre. Tickets cost £17.50 ($30).
2001 : Radiohead went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Amnesiac’. The band’s fifth studio album debuted at No.2 on the US Billboard 200 and produced three singles, ‘Pyramid Song’, ‘I Might Be Wrong’ and ‘Knives Out’.
2003 : Kim Mathers, the ex-wife of rapper Eminem, was arrested and released pending further investigation in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, for driving with a revoked license. Two Ziploc bags containing a ‘white powdery substance’ were found in the glove box of her white Cadillac.
2004 : US singer, songwriter Ray Charles died aged 73. Glaucoma rendered Charles blind at the age of six. Had the 1962 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ plus over 30 US Top 40 singles and the 2005 US No.1 album ‘Genius Loves Company.’ Appeared in the 1980 hit movie, The Blues Brothers, Charles was married twice and fathered twelve children by nine different women. Winner of 17 Grammy Awards.
2005 : Ottawa Governor General Adrienne Clarkson officially makes Paul Anka an Officer of the Order of Canada.
2006 : The surviving members of Led Zeppelin met at a secret rehearsal space in England to run through songs for the forthcoming 02 Arena benefit tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder, the late Ahmet Ertegun. It was the first time the three members had been in the same room with instruments since their four-song set at Led Zeppelin’s 1995 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
2007 : The Rolling Stones played their first UK festival in over 30 years when they appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival. The Stones arrived at the Isle of Wight on their own privately chartered ferry for their 200-strong entourage including five Winnebago trailers and private security team. The Stones last UK festival appearance was Knebworth Fair in 1976.
2007 : The Rolling Stones performed for the first time ever at the Isle of Wight Festival in Newport, England, where they appear as headliners. Paolo Nutini and Amy Winehouse both guest with the band onstage.
2009 : The daughter of Cher, Chastity Bono was set to undergoing a sex change to become a man. The gender-swap process began shortly after Bono’s 40th birthday in March and more than a decade after she came out as a lesbian.
2009 : Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was inducted into the Mojo Hall Of Fame at the magazine’s award ceremony. Singer Richard Hawley won the best album prize, while Kasabian’s single ‘Fire’ was named song of the year. Mojo had become the best-selling music magazine in the UK, selling more than twice as many copies as NME. A further 16 honorary prizes were handed out. They included the classic album award, which went to The Stone Roses for their 1989 self-titled debut LP and veteran space rockers Hawkwind accepted the Mojo Maverick honour. A number of other acts from the 1980s were also honoured, including Marc Almond, Jean Michelle Jarre and Teardrop Explodes.
2010 : Appearing at Milan’s PalaSharp Arena to promote his self-titled solo record, Slash , in the midst of performing the Guns N’ Roses classic “Sweet Child o’ Mine” is tackled by a concertgoer. The guitarist bravely keeps on rocking, eventually switching guitars and finishing the song. Afterward, Slash described the night as “a kick-ass rock show.”