1947 : Bing Crosby broadcasts the first ever pre-recorded radio show when he airs his Philco Radio Time show on the ABC network using magnetic tape. Crosby would become an investor in the technology, which meant he didn’t have to always do his shows live.
1956 : After test audiences gave a negative reaction to Elvis Presley dying at the end of the film Love Me Tender, The King was called back to re-shoot the scene. In the new ending, the hero lived.
1958 : Little Anthony and the Imperials record Neil Sedaka’s “The Diary,” and the results so displease the songwriter that he decides to record it himself, resulting in his first chart hit.
1958 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Tommy Edwards’ “It’s All In The Game”
1959 : Jimmy Driftwood, composer of “The Battle Of New Orleans” is the guest on CBS-TV’s To Tell The Truth.
1962 : Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show makes its debut. The theme song was written by Paul Anka, but Carson wrote the drum part at the beginning so he could get some royalties from the song.
1962 : The Beatles sign their first real management contract with Brian Epstein, with George and Paul’s fathers signing for their sons, who are still minors. Epstein gets 25 percent of the group’s earnings.
1964 : The Beatles’ debut film, A Hard Day’s Night, becomes the first movie to debut behind the “Iron Curtain” of Communist countries when it is shown in Prague.
1965 : Bob Dylan appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He introduced his new touring band on this tour, made up of guitarist Robbie Robertson, organist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manual and drummer Levon Helm. They will become known simply as The Band.
1965 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: The McCoys’ “Hang On Sloopy”
1966 : Jimi Hendrix appeared live for the first time in the UK when he jammed with Cream at their gig at London Polytechnic. Hendrix made his official UK live debut a month later on Friday 25 Nov 1966, when the Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Bag O’Nails Club, London.
1967 : The first edition of UK BBC Radio 1’s ‘Top Gear’ was aired. Presented by John Peel and Pete Drummond they featured The Move, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Tim Rose and Tomorrow featuring Keith West. Read the full story
1967 : Thieves broke into Mick Jagger’s London flat and stole jewellery and furs belonging to his then girlfriend Marianne Faithfull.
1967 : Traffic makes its stage debut at London’s Saville Theatre.
1968 : John Sebastian leaves The Lovin’ Spoonful.
1970 : Jimi Hendrix is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Seattle at the Dunlop Baptist Church. His headstone reads: “Forever In Our Hearts, James ‘Jimi’ Hendrix 1942 – 1970.” Among the mourners; Miles Davis, Eric Burdon, Johnny Winter and members of Derek and the Dominoes.
1970 : Curtis Mayfield leaves The Impressions.
1971 : John Lennon’s LP “Imagine” is certified gold.
1973 : The Simon Park Orchestra were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Eye Level,’ taken from the ITV series ‘Van Der Valk.’ It was the first TV theme to become a No.1 in the UK.
1974 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Olivia Newton-John’s I Honestly Love You
1975 : 39 year old Al Jackson, drummer for Booker T. And The MGs, was shot and killed by a burglar at his home. His wife was questioned about the killing because she was arrested in July for shooting her husband in the chest during a domestic dispute. He wasn’t badly hurt and the charges were dismissed when his wife claimed self-defense. Jackson had returned home to what police described as a botched robbery attempt. According to Jackson’s wife, an intruder made her answer the door and then threw her husband to the floor demanding money. Jackson was forced to lie face down and then was shot in the back five times. The identity of the culprit remains a mystery. Booker T had backed such artists as Otis Redding, Al Green and Sam and Dave.
1976 : David Bowie retreats to West Germany in an attempt to clean up his cocaine addiction. While in Germany, Bowie works with Iggy Pop and Brian Eno. The song “Heroes” comes from this stay.
1977 : Elton John became the first musician to be honored in New York City’s Madison Square Hall Of Fame.
1977 : Meco started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with a disco version of ‘Star Wars Theme’. Had other hits with versions of ‘Close Encounters’, ‘Wizard Of Oz’ and ‘Empire Strikes Back’.
1980 : Paul Simon’s semi-autobiographical film One Trick Pony, in which he stars, is released in the US. Critical and audience reaction is tepid.
1981 : The Pretenders were forced to cancel the last leg of a US tour after drummer Martin Chambers put his hand through a windowpane, cutting tendons and arteries.
1982 : John Cougar went to No.1 on both the US album and singles chart with the album ‘American Fool’ and the single ‘Jack And Diane’.
1982 : Sony introduces the world’s first digital compact-disc player in Tokyo, the CDP-101, for 168,000 yen ($730 USD). That’s the equivalent of about $1,630 today.
1983 : The first ever David Bowie convention is held in London’s Cunard Hotel. Speakers at the convention include Bowie’s former dance teacher, Lindsay Kemp, Bowie’s former manager, Ken Pitt, guitar player, John Hutchinson, Bowie archivist, Kev Cann and photographer, Ray Stevenson.
1986 : Andy McVann drummer with Liverpool band The Farm was killed in a car crash during a police chase.
1987 : Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg of their Hysteria world tour at Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York.
1988 : Bon Jovi scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘New Jersey’, their fourth release. The follow-up to Slippery When Wet produced five Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles, the most top ten hits to date for a hard rock album. ‘Bad Medicine’ and ‘I’ll Be There for You’ both hit No.1 on Billboard Hot 100.
1991 : The world’s most valuable golf glove – the original, crystal-studded one Michael Jackson wore – is stolen from the Motown Museum in Detroit. Police recovered the glove two days later. MC Hammer set up a phone line and offered a $50,000 reward for the glove’s return.
1998 : Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
1990 : Forbes Magazine listed New Kids On The Block as the fifth richest entertainers in the US with an income of $78 million.
1994 : Wilson Pickett begins serving a 1 year jail sentence for a 1992 incident where he hit a pedestrian with his car.
1994 : The Daily Mirror in the UK printed a photo of Michael Jackson in a scoutmaster’s uniform along with five young Boy Scouts. A Boy Scouts leader later made a statement saying that Jackson had no association with the organization.
1995 : Farm Aid 8 takes place in Louisville, Kentucky, with Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie & the Blowfish and The Dave Matthews Band raising over $1 million to support American farmers.
1996 : Released on this day Nirvana – “From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah”
1999 : Singer Lena Zavaroni died aged 35 after a long battle against anorexia. Zavoroni was discovered on TV talent show Opportunity Knocks, in 1974 she became the youngest British singer to earn a silver disc with ‘Ma He’s Making Eyes At Me’ and the youngest person to appear on TV’s Top of the Pops.
2000 : Madonna went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Music’ the singers fourth US No.1 album.
2002 : The White Stripes play a free show in New York’s Union Square Park, treating a large lunchtime crowd to asset full of covers and nuggets from the group’s three albums.
2002 : Barry White’s label reveals that the singer has been hospitalized with kidney failure.
2004 : The Lord Mayor of Melbourne officially opened ‘AC/DC’ Lane after the veteran rockers. The Lord Mayor erected the sign to cheers and bagpipes playing the bands song ‘Long Way To The Top’. The City of Melbourne had extra copies of the sign made, in anticipation of fans stealing them.
2005 : Pete Doherty was arrested during a police drugs operation in Shrewsbury where his band Babyshambles had been playing and held overnight. Police said a man and a woman were arrested for possession of class A drugs and 17 others searched during an operation in Telford. A gig in Norwich planned for the following night was cancelled.
2007 : Radiohead’s official website crashed after the band announced that their new album ‘In Rainbows’ would only be available to order via http://www.radiohead.com. Fans could pre-order the download at any price they choose or pay £40 for a “discbox”, which included two CDs, two records, plus artwork and booklets.