1964 : The Beatles filmed the last day of train scenes for the movie A Hard Day’s Night. During their six days of filming aboard a moving train, The Beatles travelled a total of 2,500 miles on the rails.
1964 : Capitol Records released a song called ‘Letter To The Beatles’ by The Four Preps. The lyrics describe a boy lamenting the fact that he’s lost his girlfriend to The Fab Four. On its first day, the record shot to No.85 on the charts and it looked like The Preps were going to have another hit on their hands. Unfortunately they had included a few bars from ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ without permission and Capitol was forced to withdraw the single to avoid a lawsuit.
1966 : The Beach Boys started recording ‘God Only Knows’. It became a UK No.2 single in 1966 and the B-side of ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ in the US.
1967 : Pink Floyd and The Thoughts appeared at The Marquee Club London, England. The Marquee club has often been defined as ‘the most important venue in the history of pop music’, not only for having been the scene of the development of modern music culture in London, but also for having been an essential meeting point for some of the most important artists in rock music.
1968 : Bob Dylan started a ten week run at No.1 on the UK chart with John Wesley Harding. The album marked Dylan’s return to acoustic music after three albums of electric rock music and was exceptionally well received by critics, also reaching No.2 on the US charts. The commercial performance was considered remarkable, considering that Dylan had made Columbia Records release the album without much publicity.
1970 : Having recently changed their name from Earth to Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward made their concert debut at The Roundhouse, London.
1971 : Led Zeppelin appeared at Leeds University, Leeds, England, during their ‘Back To The Clubs’ tour. This was the first tour which saw Zeppelin performing ‘Stairway To Heaven’, ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Going To California.’
1972 : A George McGovern presidential fundraiser stars Carole King, James Taylor, Quincy Jones and Barbra Streisand (Cass Elliot, of The Mamas & the Papas, serves as a celebrity usher).
1975 : Elvis Presley begins his final recording session at RCA’s Hollywood studios.
1975 : Actor Telly Savalas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the David Gates (from Bread) song ‘If’. Savalas was currently high in the TV ratings playing the policeman Kojak.
1976 : Queen’s “A Night At The Opera” album is certified gold.
1976 : Keith Moon collapses onstage at the beginning of a Who concert at the Boston Garden.
1977 : The Jacksons CBS show was aired for the last time on US TV finishing at the bottom of the ratings.
1978 : Recorded on this day, The Eagles – “I Can’t Tell You Why”
1979 : ABC airs the John Denver And The Ladies special, featuring Tina Turner, Valerie Harper, Cheryl Tiegs, Erma Bombeck and Cheryl Ladd.
1981 : Robert Plant played a secret gig at Keele University, England with his new band The Honey Drippers.
1985 : Dead Or Alive were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record). It was the first No.1 for the production team of Stock, Aitken and Waterman who went on to produce over 100 UK Top 40 hits.
1985 : Mick Jagger released his solo single ‘Just Another Night’ a No. 12 hit in the US and No. 32 on the UK charts.
1985 : REO Speedwagon started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’, it made No.16 in the UK.
1986 : Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith go to Magic Ventures Studios in New York, where they record parts of their song “Walk This Way” so Run-D.M.C. can transform it into a Hip-Hop jam. Neither act is thrilled about the collaboration (Run-D.M.C.’s producer Rick Rubin spearheaded the effort), but the resulting track is a huge hit, revitalizing Aerosmith’s career and delivering a new (mostly white) audience to the rappers.
1987 : U2 releases their fifth studio album, Joshua Tree. The album would become their first number one album, produce two number one hits, and win the band their first two Grammy awards.
1987 : Sam Cooke, John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Carole King & Gerry Goffin, and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil are all inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
1991 : Chris Rea scored his second UK No.1 album with ‘Auberge’ the follow up to ‘The Road To Hell’, his 11th LP release.
1991 : ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ gave The Clash their only UK No.1 single after the track was used for a Levi’s TV advertisement. The track was first released in 1982 from their album Combat Rock album.
1996 : Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher walked off stage during a gig at the Vernon Valley Gorge ski resort in New Jersey because his hands were too cold to play.
2004 : Tom Jones was banned from wearing tight leather pants by his own son and manager Mark Jones. His son said it was time to ‘dress his age’ as he was in danger of becoming a laughing stock at 63.
2005 : 53-year-old Danny Joe Brown, the original lead singer of Molly Hatchet, died from renal failure due to complications from diabetes. Brown was the front man for the band’s self-titled album in 1978, which went Platinum.
2005 : The tour bus driver for The Dave Matthews Band pleads guilty to dumping sewage into the Chicago River, which hit a group of tourists cruising on an architectural tour. Stefan Wohl denied the charges at first, but admitted it when confronted with surveillance video. The band was not on the bus at the time.
2007 : Brad Delp lead singer of US rock band Boston committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in at his home in the New Hampshire town of Atkinson. He died from the smoke of two charcoal grills he’d lit inside his sealed master bathroom. He was found by police lying on a pillow on his bathroom floor with a note paper-clipped to his shirt which read: “Mr. Brad Delp. I am a lonely soul.” Boston had the 1977 UK No.22 single ‘More Than A Feeling’ and the 1986 US No.1 single ‘Amanda.’
2011 : Phil Collins clears up rumors about why he is retiring. Speculation has included health problems, bad reviews, depression and an interest in devoting time to his collection of Alamo memorabilia, but Collins states the real reason is: “So I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis.”
2012 : 76-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis gets married for the seventh time, taking his caregiver, 62-year-old Judith Brown, as his bride. Brown was previously married to Lewis’ cousin Rusty.