1957 : The Crickets started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘That’ll Be The Day’. It was also a No.3 hit in the US where it went on to sell over a million. The song was inspired by a trip to the movies by Holly, Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing and Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “that’ll be the day” inspired the young musicians. More On Buddy Holly
1957 : Police in Oakland, CA inform Elvis Presley that he is not allowed to swivel his hips onstage in tonight’s performance at the Oakland Auditorium; Elvis responds by sarcastically wiggling only his little finger while singing. The cops film the show anyway, just in case.
1960 : Recorded on this day, Ben E. King – “Spanish Harlem” & “Stand by Me”
1962 : The Rolling Stones record their first demos in London at Curly Clayton Studios, recording covers of songs by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Bo Diddley. The demos get little interest when they shop them to record companies.
1964 : Released on this day, The Supremes’ – “Come See About Me”
1964 : 31 year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18 year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years.
1966 : The Four Tops were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There.’ The group’s only UK No.1
1969 : Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car crash in Champagne, Illinois. Three people were killed in the accident.
1966 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: 96 Tears by Question Mark & The Mysterians
1969 : The Beatles’ Something b/w Come Together is certified gold
1969 : The Beatles’ LP Abbey Road is certified gold
1970 : Black Sabbath begin their first U.S. tour.
1973 : Gladys Knight and the Pips started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’. It was the group’s 18th Top 40 hit and first No.1. The record won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus and has become Knight’s signature song.
1973 : Aerosmith open for headliners Mott The Hoople at Boston’s Orpheum Theater.
1975 : After releasing the feted and successful single and album Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen had the rare honor of simultaneous covers on both Time and Newsweek magazines in the US.
1977 : Baccara were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’. They were the first Spanish act to score a UK No.1, and first female duo to do so. ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ is also one of the thirty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide.
1979 : During a US tour Elton John collapsed on stage at Hollywood’s Universal Amphitheatre suffering from exhaustion.
1980 : Former T Rex member Steve Took, choked to death on a cherry stone, after some magic mushrooms he had eaten, numbed all sensation in his throat, he was aged 31. Took was also a member of The Deviants with Pink Fairies members Twink and Mick Farren.
1980 : Mark Chapman bought a five-shot .38 special for $169. A little over six weeks later, he would use the gun to kill John Lennon outside his New York City apartment.
1984 : During a US tour, The Grateful Dead allocated a specific recording area for fans to bootleg the show; tonight’s gig was in Berkeley, California.
1987 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Bad by Michael Jackson
1988 : U2’s film ‘Rattle And Hum’, received its world wide premiere in the group’s hometown Dublin.
1988 : Def Leppard played the final show on their 232-date Hysteria world tour at the Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington.
1989 : U2 bass player Adam Clayton was convicted of a drink driving offence by a Dublin court after being found driving twice over the legal limit. He was fined £500 and banned from driving for 1 year
1990 : Michael Waite from Musical Youth was jailed for four years for his part in a robbery.
1990 : Paul Simon started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Rhythm Of The Saints’ his third UK No.1 solo album.
1992 : Bo Diddley took his ex-manager to court claiming he had taken $75,000 through unauthorized personal expenses.
1997 : 34-year old John Hector was arrested in Toronto, Canada and charged with criminal harassment after stalking U2 bass player Adam Clayton.
1999 : KoRn debuts its new single on the season premiere of South Park. Korn members Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, Brian “Head” Welch, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, and David Silveria lend their likenesses and voices – as well as the song Falling Away From Me – to the episode.
1999 : Tina Turner announces plans for her “final stadium tour,” the “Millennium 2000 Twenty Four Seven” tour, at a Paris press conference.
2000 : Lonnie Donegan went to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE for his services to pop music. Lonnie pioneered skiffle in the 1950’s and inspired a generation of teenagers to start bands.
2003 : Scott Weiland singer with The Stone Temple Pilots was arrested on his birthday in Hollywood, California, after being involved in a traffic collision. He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, but these charges were later dismissed after the singer successfully completed rehab and underwent subsequent drug tests.
2005 : The distributor of rapper 50 Cent’s new film said it would remove posters advertising the film after complaints they glorify gun violence. Posters for ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ showed 50 Cent holding a gun in his left hand and a microphone the other. Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich wrote to Paramount Pictures urging them to take down the posters. The company said it had taken down one poster near a Los Angeles nursery school, and planned to remove more.
2007 : Keith Richards marched with campaigners protesting against possible Sussex hospital cuts. The Stones guitarist joined 15,000 people for the walk through Chichester to oppose plans which could see St Richard’s Hospital downgraded. A spokeswoman for the guitarist said: “Keith is a long-standing member of the West Wittering community and is pleased to lend his support to local efforts to save St Richard’s Hospital.’
2009 : Eric Clapton pulled out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City after he underwent an operation to remove gallstones. His place at the Madison Square Garden gig was taken by Jeff Beck.
2011 : Beavis and Butthead returns to MTV.
2012 : According to new research by the Official Charts Company, Madonna was the UK’s best selling female artist with combined single sales of 17.8 million. Rihanna was in second place with 11.4 million and Kylie Minogue’s in third with 10.2 million.