1919 : Irving Berlin copyrights “You’d Be Surprised.”
1950 : Patti Page’s “All My Love” hits #1
1956 : Elvis Presley made his second appearance on US TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show, where the host presents him with a gold record for ‘Love Me Tender’.
1957 : After a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police told Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage, the local press also ran headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act. The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert, to study his performance.
1958 : Buddy Holly appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, where he lip-synched ‘It’s So Easy’ and ‘Heartbeat’. It would be Holly’s last major TV appearance.
1961 : Raymond Jones went into Liverpool’s NEMS Record store trying to buy Beatles records that had been released in Germany. Shop manager Brian Epstein promised to investigate further.
1962 : The Beatles played at the Empire in Liverpool, their first gig at Liverpool’s top theatre. Eight acts were on the bill including Little Richard, Craig Douglas, Jet Harris and Kenny Lynch & Sounds Incorporated.
1964 : The first of two nights billed as the ‘Tami Show’ took place at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica with; Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and The Rolling Stones.
1964 : Details of Lawrence Wright’s will are published in the London Times; he leaves an estate of £348,117 net. Wright was best known for founding Melody Maker.
1967 : ‘Diana Ross and the Supremes Greatest Hits’ started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. Although original member Florence Ballard is pictured on the cover and sings on all the tracks, by the time the LP was released, she had been fired from the group and replaced by Cindy Birdsong.
1972 : The United States Council for World Affairs announced it was adopting The Who song ‘Join Together’ as it’s official theme tune.
1973 : David Cassidy was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Daydreamer / The Puppy Song’, the singers second No.1. ‘The Puppy Song’ was Cassidy’s version of the Harry Nilsson song.
1974 : Jamaican reggae artist Ken Boothe was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of a song by David Gates (from Bread), ‘Everything I Own.’ Boy George also took the song to No.1 in 1987.
1978 : Nick Gilder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hot Child In The City’, not a hit in the UK.
1978 : Queen played the first night on their 79-date ‘Jazz’ tour at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas. Many other acts have appeared here, including, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Santana and Led Zeppelin
1982 : The Jam announces it is breaking up. Bandleader Paul Weller forms the Style Council with Mick Talkbot shortly thereafter.
1985 : Lots of Dylan is now available in one place as his 5 album Biograph set is released.
1989 : Janet Jackson started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814’. Only one of three albums to produce seven Top-ten US singles, (the other two being Thriller by Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA).
1997 : R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announced that he was leaving the group after 17 years, becoming a farmer.
1999 : Performing at the Adams Mark hotel in Dallas, Kenny Rogers throws a frisbee that hits a chandelier. Audience member Kevin O’Toole claims the resulting broken glass left his face scarred and ruined his sex life. Both he and his wife sue Rogers, claiming the singer “deprived her of the services, love and guidance of her husband.”
2001 : Afroman (Joseph Foreman), started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Because I Got High.’ The song about how cannabis use was degrading his quality of life, rose from obscurity to popularity after it was circulated around the Internet.
2001 : The various artists album ‘God Bless America’ went to No.1 on the US chart, featuring tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Bill Withers, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra.
2003 : Tonight’s The Night, a musical play written around the hits of Rod Stewart, opens in London’s West End.
2003 : David Bowie and his wife, the supermodel Iman, sign up as the new spokes models for Tommy Hilfiger. Bowie says: “I very much admire Tommy’s ability to weave so many influences into his work. Iman and I are thrilled to be working with him.”
2004 : Courtney Love was ordered to stand trial on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon after Kristin King told a Los Angeles court Ms Love threw a bottle and a lit candle at her after turning up at the home of a former boyfriend in the early hours. Ms King told the court Ms Love was “vicious” and “erratic” when she allegedly attacked her while she slept on a sofa on 25 April. She said Ms Love then sat on her, pulled her hair and pinched her left breast in the “worst pinch I ever had”, before managing to flee.
2005 : A former producer of the rap group So Solid Crew was jailed for at least 30 years for murdering a love rival. Earlier this month a jury found Carl Morgan, 24, of Battersea, south London, guilty of shooting Colin Scarlett in Tooting, south London, last year. They failed to reach a verdict on the same charge faced by rapper Megaman, real name Dwayne Vincent, who would face a retrial next March. The judge said the life sentence showed gun crime would not be tolerated. Morgan appeared in the band’s video for the track 21 Seconds.
2007 : X Factor winner Leona Lewis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with the first track from her debut album ‘Bleeding Love.’ Lewis had the biggest week one sales so far in 2007 this year outselling the rest of the top five put together, with 218,000 copies. She beat Take That’s ‘Rule The World’ into second place.
2007 : Country musician Porter Wagoner died in Nashville aged 80 from lung cancer. Wagoner helped launch the career of Dolly Parton and had his own US TV show, which ran for 21 years until 1981. Wagoner signed his first record deal in 1955, and had hits including Carroll County Accident and Green Green Grass of Home.
2008 : A statue honouring AC/DC’s Bon Scott was unveiled at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia. Although born in Scotland, Scott grew up in Fremantle after his family emigrated to Australia in 1952. Bon started out his newfound Australian life in Melbourne, his family lived in the suburb of Sunshine for 4 years before moving to Fremantle. Scott was born in 1946 died on 20th February 1980. He is buried in Fremantle cemetery.
2011 : The organizers of a planned Metallica concert in India were arrested after the show was called off, leading fans of the band to destroy the stage and vandalize equipment. Metallica had been booked to play in Delhi on Friday, but they postponed the show after a security barrier in front of the stage collapsed. The four promoters of the gig, were arrested on fraud charges after they refused to refund tickets. Around 25,000 people had purchased tickets to see what would have been Metallica’s first-ever concert in India.