1950 : CBS debuts The Frank Sinatra Show, a variety program and the first TV show for the crooner. Though he has a five-year contract, the show only lasts two seasons.
1952 : The Philadelphia dance show Bandstand, hosted by Bob Horn and later by Dick Clark as American Bandstand, debuts on WFIL-TV.
1957 : The idea of expanding his gospel album into a Christmas album works out when Elvis Presley’s Elvis’ Christmas Album attains pre-orders of 500,000 copies, going gold before it is even released. It eventually becomes the best-selling Christmas album of all time.
1963 : The Rolling Stones recorded the Lennon and McCartney penned song “I Wanna Be Your Man” at De Lane Lea Studios in London.
1964 : The Beatles appear (on tape) during a special British Invasion-themed episode of the popular ABC-TV variety show Shindig!, performing Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!, I’m A Loser and Boys.
1966 : Johnny Kidd was killed in a car crash while on UK tour in Radcliffe, Manchester, aged 27. Kidd had the 1960 UK No.1 single ‘Shakin’ All Over’.
1966 : Smiley Lewis, New Orleans R&B singer, died of stomach cancer. He wrote ‘One Night’ covered by Elvis Presley and ‘I Hear You Knocking’ 1955 US No.2 for Gale Storm plus UK No.1 & US No.2 for Dave Edmunds’.
1967 : Cass Elliot from The Mamas And The Papas spent the night in a London jail after being accused of stealing from a hotel. A TV and concert appearance had to be cancelled.
1967 : The Beatles rejected an offer of $1 million from promoter Sid Bernstein to make a second appearance at New York’s Shea Stadium. Bernstein had originally brought the group to Shea in August 1965. Sid Bernstein had actually successfully contracted the Beatles to play at Shea Stadium in both 1965 and 1966.
1968 : Long before the US National Anthem became a performance piece, the Puerto Rican singer Jose Feliciano makes waves when he does a slow, jazzy version of the song before game 5 of the World Series between the Tigers and Cardinals. Among those joining the uproar are Tigers starting pitcher Mickey Lolich, who complains that the overly long rendition screwed up his pregame routine.
1969 : The Youngbloods’ Get Together is certified gold.
1975 : John Lennon was awarded his Green Card – permanent residency status, at a hearing in New York which overturned previous efforts by the US Government to deport him. The three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals ruled that his 1968 arrest in Britain for possession of marijuana was “contrary to US ideas of due process and was invalid as a means of banishing the former Beatle from America.”
1976 : #1 on the Hot 100 is a disco version of a classical favorite: A Fifth Of Beethoven by Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band.
1976 : Dennis Edwards announces he is leaving The Temptations. Four years later, he would rejoin for the group’s successful Power album.
1978 : The Rolling Stones perform their new single, Beast Of Burden, on tonight’s episode of NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live.
1978 : US Music magazine Billboard reported that Marvin Gaye had twice filed bankruptcy papers earlier in the year, with debts of $7 million.
1978 : The film soundtrack to ‘Grease’ featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John started a 13 week run at No.1 on the UK chart.
1982 : Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page was given a 12-month conditional discharge after being found guilty of possessing cocaine.
1990 : Soundgarden performs at the Gathering of the Tribes festival in Costa Mesa, California. In the crowd is Eddie Vedder, who the next day flies to Seattle and meets what will become his Pearl Jam bandmates for the first time. Vedder and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden end up recording vocals together that day for the song “Hunger Strike” as part of the Temple of the Dog project.
1995 : Peter Frampton kicks off a tour in Boston three days before the release of Frampton Comes Alive II, the sequel to his 1975 smash Frampton Comes Alive – the best-selling live album in history.
1995 : Alanis Morissette went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Jagged Little Pill’. The album went on to become the biggest selling album ever by a female artist with sales over $30M
1996 : Bruce Springsteen, continuing his rash of amazing ticket sales for his solo acoustic tour, sells out at the 2,600 capacity Charlotte’s Ovens Auditorium in eight minutes flat.
1996 : Michael Jackson plays his first tour in Africa or the Arab world. Jackson performs at the El Menzah Stadium in Tunis where he plays to more than 60,000 spectators. No one under 14 years of age is allowed to attend the concert.
1999 : It was reported that four musicians who claimed they worked on her ‘Miseducation’ album were suing Lauryn Hill. The musicians were seeking unpaid royalties for co writers and producers.
1999 : Don Henley and Eagles Ltd. file a federal suit against Lovearth, a Sarasota, Fla.-based Internet company, alleging that its registration of the domain names don-henley.net, don-henley.org, donhenley.org, theendoftheinnocence.com, and e-a-g-l-e-s.com constitutes copyright infringement.
1999 : Winners at the Irish Hot Press awards included The Corrs for best Irish band, Andrea Corr won best female singer, Divine Comedy won best Irish band, the bands singer Neil Hannon won best male singer and Westlife won best pop act.
2002 : Mick Jagger donated £100,000 to his old Grammar school in Dartford to help pay for a music director and buy musical instruments. The new centre was also named after Mick Jagger.
2004 : 53 year old Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars had a hip replacement operation in a LA hospital.
2005 : Boy George was arrested in New York after Police found traces of drugs in his apartment. George had called the police after he thought somebody was breaking into his apartment. When police arrived and made a search they found traces of cocaine on a computer table.
2007 : Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Magic’, the singer, songwriter’s 15th studio album and 7th UK No.1. Also a US No.1 album.
2007 : Rascal Flatts were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Still Feels Good’ the American country pop bands fifth studio album and third No.1.
2009 : Monkees vocalist Davy Jones ruled out ever reuniting with his former band mates after launching a scathing attack on each of his old pals in The National Enquirer. “It’s not a case of dollars and cents. It’s a case of satisfying yourself. I don’t have anything to prove. The Monkees proved it for me.”