1958 : Recorded on this day, Ritchie Valens – “Come On, Let’s Go”
1960 : Recorded on this day, The Drifters, “Save The Last Dance For Me”
1960 : American DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.
1961 : The Everly Brothers form their Calliope Records label (its first release is Don performing “Pomp And Circumstance” as “Adrian Kimberley”).
1965 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Beatles’ “Ticket To Ride”
1965 : FBI agents visit Wand Records investigating the lyrics to “Louie Louie”
1967 : The Beatles held a press party at manager’s Brian Epstein’s house in London for the launch of the ‘Sgt Pepper’s’ album. Linda Eastman was hired as the press photographer.
1973 : Stevie Wonder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’. His third US No.1, won Wonder a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. This song was the second single released from the album ‘Talking Book’.
1973 : Wizzard were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘See My Baby Jive,’ Roy Wood’s (from The Move), latest group spent four weeks at the top of the charts.
1973 : Paul Simon released the single ‘Kodachrome’ named after the Kodak 35mm film Kodachrome which became a No.2 hit in the US. It was not released as a single in Britain, because the BBC would not play the trademarked name.
1974 : The Rubettes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sugar Baby Love’, the group’s only UK No.1.
1976 : Rolling Stone Keith Richards crashed his car near Newport Pagnell, Bucks, after falling asleep at the wheel; marijuana and cocaine were found by the police resulting in another fine for the guitarist.
1978 : Dire Straits released their first major label single ‘Sultans Of Swing’, recorded on a £120 budget. The song was first recorded as a demo at Pathway Studios, North London, in July 1977, and quickly acquired a following after it was put on rotation at Radio London.
1979 : Abba started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Voulez-Vous’ the group’s fourth No.1 LP.
1979 : Eric Clapton held a party at his Surrey house celebrating his recent marriage to Patti Boyd. Clapton had set-up a small stage in the garden and as the evening progressed, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr ended up jamming together (for the first time in almost 10 years) along with Clapton, Ginger Baker and Mick Jagger. The all-star band ran through old Little Richard and Eddie Cochran songs.
1979 : Supertramp went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Breakfast In America’, the group’s only US No.1. It featured three US Billboard hit singles: ‘The Logical Song’, ‘Goodbye Stranger’ and ‘Take the Long Way Home’.
1980 : Ringo Starr and his future wife were involved in a car crash less than half a mile from where Marc Bolan was killed, the car was a write-off but Starr and Bach were not seriously injured.
1981, Sting was named songwriter of the year at the 26th Ivor Novello Awards.
1984 : Bob Marley and the Wailers started a 12-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the compilation album ‘Legend’, released to commemorate the third anniversary of Marley’s death.
1988 : James Brown was arrested for the fifth time in 12 months, following a car chase near his home, he was charged with assault, resisting arrest and being in charge of illegal weapons, he was given a 6 year jail sentence.
1990 : Madonna started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Vogue’. Originally planned as a B-side, it became the singers eighth US No.1 and seventh UK No.1 hit.
1998 : Sonny And Cher get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For Sonny, who died January 5, 1998, it’s a posthumous honor.
2000 : The Allman Brothers Band announce that founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be a part of their summer tour. Reason: “sadly, there are creative differences.”
2000 : Folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary celebrate their 40th year together with a U.S. tour that kicks off with a three night stand in Las Vegas.
2001 : Mike Sammes founder of The Mike Sammes Singers died aged 73. He worked with Tom Jones, Cliff Richard and featured on The Beatles, ‘I Am The Walrus’ and ‘The Long And Winding Road.’
2007 : Lawyers for Michael Jackson dropped an effort to block an auction of the star’s personal belongings and other Jackson family items. An agreement was reached with representatives of an auctioneer, who was the current owner of the materials, and a New Jersey man who claimed to own a warehouse full of Jackson memorabilia after a failed business venture wound up in bankruptcy court.
2007 : At Porter Wagoner’s 50th anniversary celebration at the Grand Ole Opry, Dolly Parton sings “I Will Always Love You” to Wagoner, who she wrote the song about in 1974.
2010 : ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was named the UK’s favourite rock song in a survey by listeners to radio station Absolute Classic Rock. The band had two other tracks in the top 10; ‘Whole Lotta Love’ was voted at No. 4 and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’, from the group’s fourth album, was at No. 7