1958 : Recorded on this day, The Everly Brothers: “All I Have To Do Is Dream”.
1959 : Recorded on this day, The Drifters: “There Goes My Baby”.
1959 : #1 Billboard Pop Hit: Frankie Avalon’s “Venus”.
1965 : The Temptations went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Smokey Robinson penned song ‘My Girl’, making the group the first male act to have a No.1 for Motown, The single only reached No.43 in the UK but made No.2 when re-issued.
1966 : The Rolling Stones started recording sessions for their tenth UK single ‘Paint It, Black’ at RCA studios in Hollywood. It was originally titled ‘Paint It Black’ without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca.
1967 : The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at Abbey Road studios in London. The beginning audience murmurs and sounds of a band preparing for a performance are added, along with screams from a tape of the Beatles in concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
1970 : Charles Manson released an album called ‘Lie: The Love & Terror Cult’ to help raise money for his defence in the Tate-LeBianca murder trial. The album jacket was made to look like a cover of Life magazine with the letter f removed from the word Life. In the mid sixties, Manson had been a wanna-be musician who befriended The Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, eventually talking the group into recording one of his songs, ‘Cease To Exist’. The title was changed to ‘Never Learn Not To Love’ and was released as the B side of the single ‘Bluebirds Over The Mountain’, which eventually climbed to number 61 in the US in early 1969.
1970 : David Bowie released the single ‘The Prettiest Star’ in the UK as a follow-up single to ‘Space Oddity’. The track featured Marc Bolan on guitar, with whom Bowie would spend the next few years as a rival for the crown of the king of glam rock. Despite receiving good reviews, the single reportedly sold fewer than 800 copies, a major disappointment on the back of the success of ‘Space Oddity’.
1971 : Mungo Jerry were at No.1 on the UK singles chat with ‘Baby Jump’, the group’s second and final No.1.
1971 : Led Zeppelin appeared at the National Boxing Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, the group’s first show in Dublin, where they played ‘Stairway To Heaven’ live for only the second time.
1972 : Pink Floyd played the first night on a 7-date tour of Japan at the Tokyo-To Taiikukan, in Tokyo, Japan.
1973 : An attempt to bring Elvis Presley to the UK for shows at London’s Earl’s Court failed. Promoters had hoped that Elvis would be available during the summer but were told that Elvis now had US tour and filming commitments.
1973 : Slade scored their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’, the first single to enter the charts at No.1 since The Beatles ‘Get Back’ in 1969. Elton John had the No.1 album with ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player’.
1975 : Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti is certified gold.
1975 : Average White Band’s “Pick Up The Pieces” is certified gold.
1976 : Tina Charles was at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘I Love to Love’ (But My Baby Loves to Dance). The Miracles were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Machine (part 1)’ and Bob Dylan was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Desire’.
1976 : EMI Records reissues 23 singles by The Beatles – every one of them charts (again) in the UK.
1982 : Tight Fit were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Tokens hit ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight.’ It was first recorded by its writer, Solomon Linda, and his group, The Evening Birds, in 1939. In 2004, the song became the subject of a lawsuit between the family of its writer Solomon Linda and Disney. The suit claimed that Disney owed $1.6 million in royalties for the use of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’ in the film and stage production of The Lion King. A settlement was reached for an undisclosed amount in 2006.
1993 : Whitney Houston’s single “I Will Always Love You” reaches its 14th week at #1, a new record at the time.
1994 : Frank Sinatra collapses onstage during a concert in Richmond, Virginia. The aging crooner would retire the following year, at age 79.
2000 : Eric Clapton is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, making him the first person inducted three times. He also got in as a member of The Yardbirds and Cream.
2004 : Diane Richie, the estranged wife of singer Lionel Richie, went to court seeking $300,000 a month in maintenance support. Diane’s monthly costs included: $20,000 a year on plastic surgery; $15,000 a month for clothing, shoes and accessories; $5,000 on jewellery; $3,000 on dermatology; $1,000 for laser hair removal and $600 on massages.
2004 : David Crosby was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana after leaving his bag in a New York hotel. The luggage was found by a hotel employee looking for identification, finding instead a handgun and marijuana. The employee called authorities, and Crosby, discovering the missing luggage himself, telephoned to say he would return for it. He was met by New York police, who arrested him.
2008 : A UK charity warned that nine out of ten young people had experienced the first signs of hearing damage after listening to loud music. The RNID said more should wear ear plugs to protect their hearing, without spoiling their appreciation of music. Experts said prolonged exposure to noise over 85 decibels would harm hearing over time. Music played in concerts, bars and clubs was often above this level.