1962 : The BBC bans Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s Halloween novelty single Monster Mash, finding it in poor taste. However, in 1973 the radio giant lifts the ban, sending a re-release of the holiday favorite to #3.
1963 : During a chance meeting between The Rolling Stones at Studio 51 Jazz Club in London with Paul McCartney and John Lennon, the two played the Stones a partly finished song ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ which the Stones later record.
1963 : The Daily Mirror published a two-page article about The Beatles. Written by Donald Zec, the feature is entitled ‘Four Frenzied Little Lord Fauntleroys Who Are Earning 5,000 Pounds A Week’ Zec, who had attended a Beatles concert in Luton on Sept. 6 and then invited them to his home to complete the interview, referred to The Beatles’ haircuts as ‘A stone-age hair style’. The article provided a major boost to their career.
1964 : The Kinks third single ‘You Really Got Me’, was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. Future Led Zeppelin founder and guitarist Jimmy Page played tambourine on the track.
1964 : Rod Stewart recorded his first single, a version of Willie Dixon’s ‘Good Morning Little School Girl.’ Future Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones played on the session.
1965 : The Byrds begin recording ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’. Unlike their first hit, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, members of the group itself were permitted to play instead of session musicians.
1965 : Beatles manager Brian Epstein begins negotiating for a cartoon series on ABC-TV bearing the name and likenesses of the group.
1966 : The Beatles started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Revolver’, the group’s ninth US chart topper. The title ‘Revolver’, like ‘Rubber Soul’ before it, is a pun, referring both to a kind of handgun as well as the “revolving” motion of the record as it is played on a turntable.
1966 : The Supremes started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’, the group’s sixth US No.1. It made No.3 in the UK and gave Phil Collins a UK No.1 in 1982.
1967 : Elvis Presley recorded ‘Guitar Man’ at RCA studio, Nashville, Tennessee. The Jerry Reed song became the last of eleven number one country hits for Presley.
1968 : The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hey Jude’, the group’s 15th UK No.1 and the longest chart topper ever at seven minutes and ten seconds. The single was the first release on the group’s Apple records label.
1973 : The BBC banned The Rolling Stones single ‘Star Star’, from their Goat’s Head Soup album because it contained the word “Star-fucker” in the chorus a dozen times.
1974 : The New York Dolls spit up. The influential American band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, the 1973 ‘New York Dolls’ and 1974 ‘Too Much Too Soon’.
1975 : Elton John’s Someone Saved My Life Tonight is certified gold.
1975 : Released on this day, KISS – “Alive!”
1975 : Bob Dylan performs three songs as tribute to the Columbia A&R man who discovered him during the PBS-TV special The World Of John Hammond.
1983 : Former Stevie Wonder guitarist Michael Sembello, started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Maniac’. The track was featured in the film ‘Flashdance’. A No.43 hit in the UK.
1988 : Guns N’ Roses started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’, the group’s first US No.1, a No.24 hit in the UK.
1988 : Phil Collins was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love.’ Taken from his film ‘Buster’ the song had been a No.2 hit for The Mindbenders in 1966.
1991 : Nirvana’s single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was released in the US. The unexpected success of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ in late 1991 propelled Nevermind to the top of the charts at the start of 1992, an event often marked as the point where alternative rock entered the mainstream.
1994 : REM were at No.9 on the UK singles chart with ‘What’s The Frequency Kenneth’. The song’s title refers to an incident in 1986 when two unknown assailants attacked journalist Dan Rather while repeating “Kenneth, what is the frequency?”
1995 : Kiss played the first date on their 117 date Alive World Tour at Chattanooga Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
1996 : Music journalist Ray Coleman died of cancer. Coleman had worked with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and had been the editor of the UK music weekly Melody Maker throughout the heyday of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, into the era of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.
1997 : An electric chair, which was used in Alcatraz and once owned by Andy Warhol, sold for £4,800 at an auction in Bristol. Warhol used to sit in the chair and watch horror movies.
1999 : Paul McCartney made headline news after being seen at a New York City party minus one of his front teeth after a crown broke off when he was eating. He’d lost the tooth in a motorcycle accident in 1967.
1999 : Standin’ On The Corner Park opens in Winslow, Arizona. Inspired by the city’s famous mention in the Eagles song “Take It Easy,” the park features a statue of a man with a guitar standing on the corner. The park quickly becomes a popular photo op for folks passing through Winslow.
2002 : Chris Cowey the man behind the UK’s longest running music TV show Top Of The Pops, accused record bosses of controlling the singles chart with marketing scams and as a result the chart lacked credibility and was ‘full of crap records.’
2005 : The 1967 Beatles track ‘A Day In The Life’ from Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was voted the best British song of all time by music experts. The survey by Q magazine called the track “the ultimate sonic rendition of what it means to be British”. The Kinks’ song ‘Waterloo Sunset’ came second in the poll and ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis was voted in third place.
2006 : Scissor Sisters were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, the American’s band first UK No.1. The song was co-written with Elton John, who also played piano on the song.
2007 : Girls Aloud broke the record for most consecutive top 10 hits in the U.K. singles chart by a female act. Their latest single ‘Sexy! No No No’ entered the chart at number five giving them a run of 16 top 10 hits.
2007 : Pamela Anderson’s ex-husband Kid Rock was involved in an alleged assault on drummer Tommy Lee, (who was also married to the actress up until 1998). Police interviewed witnesses to a tussle involving the pair at the MTV Music Video Awards in Las Vegas. Lee was removed from the ceremony while Rock, was allowed to stay.
2008 : Abingdon Street in Peoria, Illinois is designated “Fogelberg Parkway” after their native son Dan Fogelberg. The street is where the events of his song Same Old Lang Syne took place.
2009 : A harmonica owned by Bob Dylan sold for £2,700 at auction in Norfolk, England, more than four times the guide price. The singer-songwriter had presented the chromonica harmonica, made by Hohner, to a member of his wardrobe department in 1974. Lifetime Dylan fan John Fellas, of Gorleston, Norfolk, who wore Dylan-style sunglasses while bidding, outbid fans from across the world for the instrument. The inside of the harmonica case was signed and dedicated by Dylan. It had is expected to fetch more than £600 at the sale by Barnes Auctioneers. Fellas told reporters he was still plucking up the courage to tell his wife about what he had done.