1957 : Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ A UK No.1 and US No.3 hit. The song had its genesis in a trip to the movies by Holly, Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing. Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “that’ll be the day” was the Inspiration behind the song. It was also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently became The Beatles.
1960 : Frank Sinatra appears on TV for the first time when he performs on the Star Spangled Revue special, hosted by Bob Hope.
1961 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit – Ricky Nelson’s “Travelin’ Man”
1962 : At the Grammy Awards in New York, Andy Williams’ Moon River from the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is named both Record and Song of the Year.
1963 : The Beatles, touring the UK with Roy Orbison played at the Capitol Cinema, Cardiff in Wales.
1963 : Released on this day, The Beatles – “From Me to You”
1963 : The album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was released by Columbia in the USA. Establishing Dylan as a leader in the singer-songwriter genre and a supposed spokesman for the youth-orientated protest movement, it reached No.22 in the US charts and No.1 in the UK charts. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan showcased Dylan’s songwriting talent for the first time and propelled him to national and international fame.
1964 : Eleven schoolboys are suspended from a grammar school in Coventry, England, for showing up with Mick Jagger-style haircuts.
1964, Pirate radio station ‘Sutch’ was started by Screaming Lord Sutch, broadcasting from former army fort ‘Shivering Sands’ in The Thames Estuary.
1966 : The Exploding Plastic Inevitable show, featuring The Velvet Underground and the Mothers of Invention, plays its first gig on the West Coast, at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium.
1967 : To celebrate Cilla Black’s birthday, her manager Brian Epstein organised illuminated greetings at London’s Piccadilly Circus and sites in Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham.
1967 : The Bar-Kays’ “Soul Finger” enters the charts.
1972 : David Bowie appeared at Ebbisham Hall, Epsom, England on his Ziggy Stardust tour.
1972 : The Chi-Lites’ Arcadium. Oh Girl hits #1
1977 : Declan McManus made his ‘live’ debut at the Nashville in London as Elvis Costello.
1977 : The Sex Pistols single ‘God Save The Queen’ was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts behind Rod Stewart’s ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’. There have been persistent rumours, (never confirmed or denied), that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it off the No.1 slot.
1983 : The Smiths were at No.1 on the UK independent chart with their debut single ‘Hand In Glove.’ The Smiths recorded the track after their manager Joe Moss paid £250 for a one-day recording session at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, England.
1987 : U2’s concert in Rome sets off earthquake alarms as a result of the noise level.
1988, Def Leppard kicked off the third leg of their North American Hysteria world tour at George M. Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska.
1989 : Cliff Richard released his one hundredth single, ‘The Best Of Me’, which became his 26th Top 3 UK hit.
1990 : The Stone Roses played at Spike Island, Widnes, Cheshire, England to a capacity crowd of 30,000. The event, considered a failure at the time due to sound problems and bad organisation, has become legendary over the years as a “Woodstock for the baggy generation.”
1994 : After a 14 year hiatus, The Eagles reunite for a show in Burbank, California, closing the show with “Desperado”. They will soon launch their “Hell Freezes Over” tour, which becomes the first tour to charge more than $100 for a substantial number of tickets.
1995 : Cracked Rear View by Hootie & the Blowfish becomes the #1 album about 10 months after it was first released.
1997 : Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was left with cuts and bruises after a scuffle with a youth at the Tower Thistle Hotel in east London. Members of the band had been drinking at the bar when the fight broke out.
1999 : Winners at the Ivor Novello song writing awards included Rod Stewart who won a Lifetime Achievement Award, Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers won songwriters of the year and Chrissie Hynde won outstanding contribution to British Music.
2000 : Paula Yates was awarded $680,000 in an out-of-court settlement from her boyfriend Michael Hutchence fortune. Hutchence had died in 1997 INXS singer Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney in 1997 aged 37.
2004 : The Bee Gees are made Commanders of the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace; Maurice’s son Adam accepts on behalf of his father, who’d just died six months earlier.
2005 : Robbie Williams was voted into first place beating Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie (SERIOUSLY?)to be named the best live solo artist. A UK nation-wide survey of 5,000 people saw the former Take That star beat music icons including Madonna, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan. U2 were named best live band, ahead of Queen and Oasis, in a poll by Carling to celebrate the UK’s live music scene.
2006 : For the first time in their 22-year career, Red Hot Chili Peppers score a #1 album on The Billboard 200: The two-disc set Stadium Arcadium.
2007 : Saatchi & Saatchi were fired by Dr Martens for running an advertising campaign featuring dead rock stars such as Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious wearing the brand’s boots in heaven. David Suddens, the chief executive of Dr Martens parent company Airwear, said the brand had not commissioned the series of four print ads. “Dr Martens are very sorry for any offence that has been caused by the publication of images showing dead rock icons wearing Dr Martens boots.”
2008 : Sir Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in the United States. Yale’s president, Richard Levin, said; The former Beatle had ‘awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock and roll and to rhythm and blues’. A band played Hey Jude as Sir Paul, 65, walked on stage to accept his degree.
2008 : UK High street chain Woolworths announced it would stop selling CD singles in its stores saying that the format was in “terminal decline” and would be removed from the shelves from August. Sales of CD singles had fallen sharply as the popularity of downloading music from the internet had increased.
2009 : A credit card company sued Courtney Love, claiming she owed more than $350,000. In court papers filed in Los Angeles, American Express said it had suspended Love’s Amex Gold card after she “failed and refused” to make payments.
2010 : Dozens of AC/DC fans needed treatment after complaining of burning eyes during a concert on the runway of Wels Airport, Wels, Austria. Around 150 fans had to be treated. Doctors found that the fans showed allergic reactions to bark mulch spread at the venue – the runway of Wels Airport, to avoid the soil getting too muddy after hours of massive rainfall.
2012 : Lady Gaga is forced to cancel a scheduled concert performance in Jakarta, Indonesia, after Islamic protesters threaten to stop the show themselves. Bearing banners saying “Go to hell, Lady Gaga,” Islamic protesters cite that the singer’s alleged loose morals and revealing costumes would corrupt their youth. It should be noted that the island of Bali remains a predominantly Hindu enclave within Indonesia, with much of the rest of the population Islam, Christian, or Sikh.