1885 : Chichester Bell and Charles Tainter applied for a patent on their invention the gramophone.
1960 : Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Edd Byrnes and Anita Bryant all apear on the Coke Time TV special on ABC.
1964 : Peter & Gordon’s “A World Without Love” – written anonymously by Paul McCartney goes to #1 on the U.S. singles chart. Peter Asher went on to become James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt’s manager.
1967 : Mick Jagger was found guilty of illegal possession of two drugs found in his jacket at a party given by Keith Richards. He was remanded overnight at Lewes jail, England (prison number 7856). Jagger requested books on Tibet and modern art and two packs of Benson & Hedges cigarettes.
1967 : The Doors appeared at The Paramount Theatre Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Paramount became an early home of rock ‘n’ roll, with Alan Freed’s rock ‘n’ roll shows playing at the theater. It also helped introduce Brooklyn to jazz, with artists like Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington.
1968 : Elvis Presley appeared on an NBC TV show that was billed as his “comeback special”. The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. Presley was outfitted in black leather and performed many of his early hits.
1968 : Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles recorded seven takes of ‘Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey’ for their forthcoming White album.
1969 : The Moody Blues, Colosseum, Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band and Orange Bicycle all appeared at Exeter University Summer Ball, in Exeter, England
1970 : The 3-day Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music in Bath, England took place. The line-up included, Santana, The Flock, Led Zeppelin (headlining act), Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald, Colosseum, Jefferson Airplane (set aborted), The Byrds (acoustic set), Dr. John, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Canned Heat, It’s a Beautiful Day, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, John Mayall with Peter Green, Pink Floyd, (who premiered their new suite, “Atom Heart Mother”, which at that time was announced as the “Amazing Pudding”), Pentangle, Fairport Convention, and Keef Hartley.
1970 : The Jackson Five started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Love You Save’, the group’s third No.1 of the year, it made No.7 in the UK.
1970 : During a North American tour Jimi Hendrix appeared at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts.
1970 : The Trans-Continental Pop Festival (better known as the Festival Express) set off. The tour was unique in that rather than flying to each city, most of the acts travelled on a chartered CN train. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Buddy Guy Blues Band all travelled together on the train playing shows in Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Calgary.
1970 : Freddie Mercury made his live debut with Smile (guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor) who changed their name to Queen and perform for the first time with that name at Truro City Hall, Cornwall, England.
1971 : The Allman Brothers Band, Edgar Winter, Country Joe McDonald and the Fish and The Beach Boys are on the bill for the last show at Fillmore East in New York City.
1971 : New York’s Fillmore East concert hall closes.
1975 : Fandango becomes ZZ Top’s second gold album.
1976 : John Lennon receives his “green card” from the U.S. Department of Naturalization.
1980 : Led Zeppelin appeared at Messehalle, Nuremberg, Germany during their last ever tour. After the group had played just three songs, drummer John Bonham collapsed on stage, causing the remainder of the show to be cancelled.
1981 : Michael Jackson had his first solo UK No.1 with ‘One Day In Your Life’ a song recorded by Jackson for his 1975 album, Forever, Michael.
1981 : Motorhead scored their only UK No.1 album with ‘No Sleep Til Hammersmith’. The live album was recorded at Leeds and Newcastle shows during their Short, Sharp Pain In The Neck tour in 1981. The name of the tour was a reference to the injury sustained by Phil Taylor when he was dropped on his head during some after-show horseplay. Despite the title of the album, the London venue the Hammersmith Odeon was not played on the tour.
1986 : Black Flag play their final ever gig in Detroit, Michigan. The band will go on to confirm their split two months later, in August 1986.
1987 : Whitney Houston became the first women in US history to enter the album chart at No.1 with ‘Whitney’ she also became the first woman to top the singles chart with four consecutive releases when ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ hit No.1.
1987 : Madonna played the first date on the North American leg of her Who’s That Girl World Tour at the Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida. The 39 date tour supported her third studio album, True Blue (1986), as well as the soundtrack Who’s That Girl.
1988 : The Fat Boys filed a $5 million (£2.94 million) lawsuit against The Miller Beer Company following a TV commercial featuring three overweight rappers clad in Fat Boys-style Davy Crockett hats.
1989 : Tom Jones gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1991 : Carlos Santana was arrested at Houston Airport when officials found Cannabis in his luggage.
1992 : Michael Jackson played the first night on his Dangerous World tour at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany. The tour consisted of 69 concerts to approximately 3.9 million fans across three continents. All profits made from the tour were donated to various charities including the Heal the World Foundation, Jackson’s main reason for conducting the tour.
1994 : Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet.
1995 : Circle Jerks release their sixth and final studio album, Oddities, Abnormalities, & Curiosities. It is the band’s first release on a major label, although Mercury Records will go on to drop Circle Jerks after they fail to reach mainstream success.
1996 : During a free concert by The Fugees in Harlem a man started to fire shots from a gun injuring 22 people.
1997 : Radiohead, Cast, The Bluetones, Manson, The Chemical Brothers, Ash, The Seahorses, Smashing Pumpkins, The Prodigy, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Sting, Dodgy, Travis, Ray Davies, Kula Shaker, Steve Winwood all appeared at the 3-day Glastonbury Festival.
1998 : After spending 30 weeks on the UK album chart The Corrs went to No.1 with ‘Talk On Corners’. It went on to be the best selling UK album of 1998 spending 142 weeks on the chart.
1998 : Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot and Bryan Adams each officially received a granite star on Canada’s Walk of Fame, on King Street in Toronto. They were the first three pop artists to be honoured into the newly recognized group of Canadian stars.
1999 : Brian O’Hara, singer and guitarist with The Fourmost hung himself aged 56. The Liverpool group who were managed by Brian Epstein had the 1964 UK No.6 single ‘A Little Loving’.
2000 : Following months of speculation, ex-Take That star Gary Barlow was dropped by his record label. A RCA spokesperson said the decision was made by ‘mutual consent’.
2002 : One day before the scheduled first show of The Who’s 2002 US tour, bass player John Entwistle, died aged 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Entwistle had gone to bed that night with a stripper, who woke at 10am to find Entwistle cold and unresponsive. The Las Vegas medical examiner determined that death was due to a heart attack induced by an undetermined amount of cocaine.
2003 : R.E.M. David Gray, Suede, The Music, Mogwai, De La Soul, Echo and The Bunnymen, Inspiral Carpets and The Darkness all appeared at this years UK Glastonbury Festival.
2004 : Beastie Boys were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘To The 5 Boroughs’ the rappers fourth US No.1. Mike Skinner scored his first UK No.1 album when The Streets album ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ went to the top of the charts.
2008 : Kings of Leon, The Fratellis, Editors, The Gossip, The Feeling, KT Tunstall, Kate Nash, Jay Z, Amy Winehouse, The Raconteurs, James Blunt, Crowded House, Seasick Steve, Martha Wainwright, The Verve, Leonard Cohen, The Ting Tings, Goldfrapp, Neil Diamond, Pete Doherty, Scouting for Girls, Mark Ronson, Duffy, The Zutons, Groove Armada and John Mayer all appeared at this years 3 day UK Glastonbury Festival.
2009 : Neil Young performs in London’s Hyde Park. He is joined on stage by Paul McCartney for a duet of “A Day In The Life”.
2009 : Black Eyed Peas went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘The E.N.D.’ the group’s fifth studio album. The album’s lead single, ‘Boom Boom Pow’ topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 consecutive weeks, the second single, ‘I Gotta Feeling’ replaced ‘Boom’ and spent 14 weeks at No.1. giving the group 26 consecutive weeks at the top of the charts.
2012 : In what is probably the only case of a musician being said to cause someone’s death while performing onstage, police in Czechoslovakia arrest Randy Blythe, frontman for heavy metal band Lamb of God, for manslaughter. The arrest alleges that when Blythe pushed a fan off the stage during a 2010 concert, said fan hit his head and died from the injury two weeks later. Blythe had not been aware that there was an arrest warrant for him until returning to Czechoslovakia on a later concert tour. Blythe is held and released on bail, with a later trial set.
2012 : Pop star Rihanna is very lucky to escape with her life after being among 300 people evacuated from a motel during a fire in an elevator shaft. It takes ten firefighters to put out the resulting blaze at the Corinthia Hotel in London, where Rihanna was performing at the Hackney Weekend concert.
2012 : The chief medical officer of Russia said that The Beatles were to blame for the country’s drug problem. Yevgeny Bryun, the nation’s medical chief, said that the country’s youth first got introduced to the idea of drug-taking when The Beatles traveled to India to “expand their minds”. Bryun added that it was after this news entered public consciousness that people in Russia realized you could make money from the sale of drugs. When business then realized it was possible to make money from this, goods associated with pleasure, that was when the growth in the demand for drugs started.”