1957 : Recorded on this day, The Everly Brothers – “Bye Bye Love”.
1958 : In what would prove to be a major influence on the burgeoning British rock scene, Buddy Holly and the Crickets begin their first and only UK tour at London’s Trocadero Club, playing 25 dates of two sets a night. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O’Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra.
1958 : Elvis Presley begins filming the movie King Creole in New Orleans.
1961 : Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis. During his career, Elvis made over 30 feature films.
1963 : Filming begins in Hollywood for Elvis Presley’s 13th film, Fun In Acapulco.
1964 : Recorded on this day, The Beatles – “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You”, “Long Tall Sally”, “I Call Your Name”.
1966 : A hundred Beatles fans stage a sit-in at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, the first live home for the group, when it closes its doors due to bankruptcy.
1966 : Gene Clark announces that he is leaving The Byrds, citing fear of flying as the reason. He is not replaced, since the group has 3 other vocalists: David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman.
1967 : When Eric Burdon & The “New” Animals cancel their Ottawa, Ontario gig at the last minute due to a pay dispute, fans at the Ottawa Coliseum riot.
1967 : Recorded on this day, The Beatles – “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”. The song was inspired by a drawing his 3 year-old son Julian returned home from school with one day. The picture, which was of a little girl with lots of stars, was his classmate – Lucy O’Donnell, who also lived in Weybridge, and attended the same school as Julian.
1968 : Johnny Cash marries June Carter of the gospel stars The Carter Family.
1969 : Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested on stage at a Miami show after allegedly exposing himself to the audience. He was convicted and sentenced to jail, but died while the case was under appeal. In 2010, the governor of Florida granted Morrison a posthumous pardon (so nice of them 40 years after his death don’tcha think, lol).
1970 : The Beatles make their last appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show when music videos for their songs “Let It Be” and “Two Of Us” are aired.
1970 : Mott The Hoople supported by Genesis appeared at The Northcote Arms, Middlesex, England.
1973 : Elvis Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker renegotiates Elvis into a 50-50 split on new royalties, and lands another seven-year, fourteen-album deal with RCA for $3.5 million.
1973 : Tom Waits releases his debut album, Closing Time, on Asylum Records to lukewarm sales but warm critical reception.
1974 : Chris Difford placed an advert in a shop window saying: ‘lyricist seeks musician for co-writing’. Glen Tillbrook answered the ad and the pair went on to form Squeeze and had hits with ‘Cool for Cats’, ‘Up the Junction’, ‘Tempted’, ‘Labelled With Love’, and ‘Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)’.
1974 : Queen begin their first tour as headliners with a show at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.
1975 : The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Best Of My Love’, the first of five US No.1’s for the band. The highest chart position in the UK for the group was No.8 with the 1977 single ‘Hotel California.’
1975 : Bob Dylan’s LP Blood On The Tracks hits #1.
1975 : Winners at this year’s Grammy Awards included; Paul McCartney for Best pop vocal on ‘Band On The Run’, Olivia Newton-John won Record Of The Year for ‘I Honestly Love You’ and Stevie Wonder won Album of the year for ‘Fulfillingness First Finale.’
1977 : Iggy Pop and David Bowie plus The Vibrators appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England.
1977 : Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s Blinded By The Light is certified gold.
1991 : Director Oliver Stone’s biopic The Doors, starring Val Kilmer, opens in Los Angeles.
1994 : Nirvana played their final ever concert when they appeared at The Terminal Einz in Munich, Germany. The 3,000 capacity venue was a small Airport Hanger. The power went off during the show so they played an impromptu acoustic set including a version of The Cars ‘My Best Friend’s Girl.’
1994 : Frank Sinatra receives a Living Legends Award and Aretha Franklin is given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy’s.
1995 : Bruce Springsteen’s Streets of Philadelphia won three Grammys for Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song.
1995 : During a gig at the Patinoire Auditorium in Lausanne, Switzerland, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry collapsed on stage from a ruptured brain aneurysm. He recovered and later re-joined the band.
1997 : A Motley Crue fan who claimed his hearing had been irreparably damaged after a show in New Jersey had his lawsuit thrown out of court. The judge told Clifford Goldberg who had sat near the front of the stage, knew the risk he was taking.
1997 : ‘Bowie Bonds’ were issued on the US Stock Exchange. Linked to David Bowie’s back catalogue albums with money earned on the bonds via interest from royalties, investors could expect to make an 8% profit in about 10 years.