1931 : Cab Calloway records “Minnie The Moocher” on the Brunswick label in New York City. It would become the first jazz recording to sell a million copies.
1957 : Samuel Cardinal Stritch bans rock ‘n’ roll from Chicago Archdiocese Roman Catholic schools.
1963 : The Beatles played the last show on a UK tour supporting Helen Shapiro at The Gaumont Cinema, Hanley, Stoke.
1965 : #1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Temptations’ “My Girl”
1965 : Eric Clapton plays his last show with The Yardbirds, leaving to join John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He is replaced by Jeff Beck.
1966 : Neil Young Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. Among the first wave of American bands to become popular in the wake of the British invasion, the group combined rock, folk, and country music into a sound all its own. Its million-selling song ‘For What It’s Worth’ became a political anthem for the turbulent late 1960’s.
1967 : The Jeff Beck Group, with an unknown vocalist named Rod Stewart, make their live performance debut, in London.
1967 : A twice-nightly tour kicked off in the UK at The ABC in Romford Essex featuring, Small Faces, Jeff Beck, Roy Orbison and Paul and Barry Ryan.
1968 : This week’s UK Top 5 singles: No.5, Don Partridge, ‘Rosie’, No.4, Manfred Mann, ‘Mighty Quinn’, No.3, The Move, ‘Fire Brigade’, No.2, ‘Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, ‘Legend Of Xanadu’, No.1, Esther and Abi Ofarim, ‘Cinderella Rockefella.’
1969 : Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC Radio 1 ‘Top Gear’ session during the afternoon at the Playhouse Theatre in London, England. Songs recorded were ‘Dazed And Confused’, ‘Communication Breakdown’, ‘You Shook Me’ and ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’. Free, The Moody Blues and Deep Purple were also in session on the show.
1973 : The live album The Concert for Bangla Desh, taken from the Madison Square Garden benefit concert organized by George Harrison, and featuring Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, wins the Grammy for Album of the Year.
1973 : #1 Billboard Album: Elton John’s “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player”.
1973 : Slade’s ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’, entered the UK at No.1, making Slade the first act to achieve this since The Beatles.
1973 : Winners at this year’s Grammy Awards included, Roberta Flack who won Song of the year and Record of the year with ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ and Harry Nilsson won Best pop vocal performance for ‘Without You.’
1978 : Van Halen start their first ever US tour in Chicago as the opening act for Journey. Even then, they had the legendary “brown M&Ms” provision in their contract.
1979 : The Bee Gees scored their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Tragedy.’ Also today The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the US album chat with ‘Spirits Having Flown’, the brother’s second US No.1 album.
1980 : Sotheby’s hold their first auction of rock memorabilia — four dollar bills signed by The Beatles sell for $528.
1981 : U2 begins their first major tour of the US with two shows at a Washington, DC, club called The Bayou.
1985 : Michael Jackson visited Madame Tussauds Waxworks in London, England to unveil his waxwork look-alike.
1990 : During a world tour Paul McCartney played the first of 6 sold-out nights at the Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The final night was broadcast live to venues in 10 other Japanese cities; Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kumamoto, Matsuyama, Nagoya, Niigata, Osaka, Sapporp, Sendai and Takamatsu.
1995 : Foo Fighters made their live debut during a benefit show at The Satyricon in Portland, Oregon.
1999 : US music professor Peter Jeffrey went to court to sue The Smashing Pumpkins, their promoters and a company who make ear plugs after claiming his hearing was damaged at a concert in Connecticut.
2000 : Tom Jones won the Best male artist at this year’s Brit Awards. Other winners included Travis for Best band and Best album ‘The Man Who.’ Best single went to Robbie Williams for ‘She’s The One’, Five won Best pop act, TLC won Best International group, Beck won Best International Male, Macy Gray won Best newcomer and Outstanding Contribution went to The Spice Girls.
2003 : Ray Jackson who found fame with Lindisfarne took out legal action against Rod Stewart over his 1970s hit song ‘Maggie May.’ Jackson claimed he came up with the worldwide hit’s classic mandolin melody and claimed he may have lost at least £1m because he was not credited for the track’s distinctive “hook.” Jackson was paid just £15 for the recording session by Stewart in 1971.
2004 : Elton John announced he was planning to marry his long-term partner David Furnish if new UK laws allowed it. A Civil Partnership bill was being passed through Parliament which would give gay couple’s greater rights.
2008 : Beatles engineer Norman Smith died at the age of 85. Smith who worked on every studio recording the band made between 1962 and 1965 was nicknamed “Normal Norman” by John Lennon. As a producer in 1966, he signed Pink Floyd and produced their early albums including Saucerful of Secrets and as Hurricane Smith had the 1971 UK No.2 hit ‘Don’t Let It Die’.
2009 : To celebrate the release of U2’s twelfth studio album and their appearance every night for a week on The Late Show with David Letterman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renamed part of 53rd street in Midtown Manhattan U2 Way.
2012 : American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound aged 64. The guitarist who led the bands Montrose and Gamma had been ill suffering from prostate cancer. Montrose had also worked with Edgar Winter, Van Morrison, Dan Hartman, Sammy Hagar and many other artists.
2015 : Keith Richards objected to a planned £1.5million cafe being built on a beachfront near his country mansion. The guitarist lodged an objection against the new development which is near his Redlands estate where he was famously arrested with band mate Mick Jagger in 1967 in a drug raid. Richards is opposed to the planned restaurant which was earmarked for West Wittering beach in West Sussex.