1959 : Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Travellin’ Light’. Their 6th release and second No.1 hit.
1961 : Two days after Beatles fan Raymond Jones asked for The Beatles’ German single ‘My Bonnie’ (recorded with Tony Sheridan) at Brian Epstein’s NEMS record store in Liverpool, two girls asked for the same record. Epstein’s difficulty in locating the record was due to him not knowing that the record was released, not by The Beatles, but by Tony Sheridan and ‘The Beat Brothers’ (‘Beatles’ resembles a vulgar slang word in German, so The Beatles’ name was changed for this single).
1963 : On the final day of their Swedish tour, The Beatles recorded an appearance for the Sverige Television program ‘Drop In’ in Stockholm. They performed ‘She Loves You’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, and ‘Long Tall Sally.’
1967 : Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones admitted in court to possession of cannabis and allowing his flat to be used for the smoking of the drug. His plea of ‘not guilty’ to the charge of possessing methedrine and cocaine was accepted. Jones was sentenced to nine months in Wormwood Scrubs prison. He was released on bail the following day.
1967 : Tyrannosaurus Rex recorded a session for the UK Radio 1 ‘Top Gear’ show, the first group to do so without a recording contract.
1970 : Hotlegs made their live debut supporting The Moody Blues at the Festival Hall, London. Their only hit ‘Neanderthal Man’ made No. 2 in July 1970. The members from the group went on to become 10cc.
1970 : Jim Morrison of The Doors was fined and sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of exposing himself during a gig in Miami.
1971 : John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Imagine’. The album contained two tracks attacking Paul McCartney, ‘How Do You Sleep’ and ‘Crippled Inside.’
1971 : Pink Floyd released their sixth studio album ‘Meddle’ in the US. The album features One Of These Days and the 23-minute track Echoes which took up all of side 2 on the vinyl record. The cover image was photographed by Bob Dowling. The image represents an ear, underwater, collecting waves of sound, represented by ripples in the water.
1972 : Elton John becomes the second rock star to play a Command Performance for Britain’s royalty, nine years after The Beatles became the first.
1978 : The animated cartoon, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, was shown on NBC-TV in the U.S. The four rock stars had to deal with a mad scientist who went crazy in an amusement park. All four members of Kiss had just released their individual solo albums.
1982 : Australian band Men At Work went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Who Can It Be Now” the group’s first US No.1, a No.45 hit in the UK.
1984 : Linda Ronstadt makes her operatic debut in La Boheme in New York.
1988 : Nirvana appeared at The Evergreen State College (dorm party), Olympia, Washington, where Kurt Cobain, lead singer, smashes his very first guitar.
1990 : Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was released on $10,000 bail, after being arrested for allegedly hitting a neighbor over the head with a bottle. The incident happened after a complaint to the police about loud music coming from the singer’s house.
1998 : All four original members of Black Sabbath reunited momentarily to play ‘Paranoid’ on US TV’s David Letterman Show.
1998 : Bon Jovi kicked off a 232-date world tour at the RDS Arena in Dublin, Ireland. The bands New Jersey Syndicate Tour ran until 1990.
1999 : It’s an early attempt at video over the web, as Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit concert is “cybercast” to a few brave souls trying to get their modems to work. The Who, Pearl Jam, and Brian Wilson perform at the show.
2003 : Steve O’Rourke suffered a stroke and died in Miami, Florida. O’Rourke had managed Pink Floyd since 1968, and was the executive producer for their 1982 film The Wall.
2004 : An arrest warrant was issued for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil after he allegedly knocked a soundman unconscious during a concert. Neil was said to have punched Michael Talbert in the face at Gilley’s nightclub in Dallas after he asked the soundman for more volume on his guitar but attacked Talbert as he adjusted it, leaving him unconscious for 45 seconds.
2005 : Hundreds of people queued outside the Sheffield Arena to make sure of getting tickets to see a Sir Cliff Richard. By the time the tickets went on sale some fans had been outside the Arena for nine days, the concert was not until November 2006.
2007 : Forbes.com reported that Elvis Presley had regained his crown as the highest-earning dead celebrity, with an annual income of $49m during the past year. John Lennon ranked second with $44m, while Peanuts cartoon creator Charles M Schulz was third on the list, Beatle George Harrison was fourth with $22m. Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain topped the list in 2006.
2007 : Linda Stein, former co-manager of punk band The Ramones, was found beaten to death at her Manhattan apartment. Mrs Stein was the ex-wife of Seymour Stein, former president of Sire Records, which was the launching pad for the Ramones, Talking Heads and Madonna. Mrs. Stein had become one of New York’s leading estate agents, her clients included Sting and Billy Joel, long-time friend Sir Elton John told the New York Times he was “absolutely shocked and upset”.
2007 : Eagles – Long Road Out of Eden; Available from the The Bands Website, Wal-Mart, and Sam’s Club stores.
2008 : The makers of Rock Band secure the rights to produce the first-ever Beatles music video game.
2008 : American producer and saxophonist Mike Terry died in Detroit aged 68. Worked with Martha And The Vandellas, Jackie Wilson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops, The Supremes, Kim Weston, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers and Edwin Starr.