1956 : Anne Shelton was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lay Down Your Arms.’ Shelton was a British vocal star of the 40s & 50s and one time singer with the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
1959 : Dick Clark’s first “Caravan of Stars” tour opens in New York, featuring The Coasters, The Drifters, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Duane Eddy, Paul Anka and Annette Funicello.
1963 : ‘She Loves You’ by The Beatles was released by Swan Records in the US. Although the song was currently No.1 in the UK, ‘She Loves You’ was ignored in the US until 1964 when it would reach the top of the US Pop chart.
1964 : ABC-TV premieres the musical variety show Shindig!, featuring The Everly Brothers, The Righteous Brothers, and Bobby Sherman.
1965 : The Dean Martin Show makes its debut, with Martin using his hit Everybody Loves Somebody as the theme song. The popular variety show runs until 1975, and introduces us to a group of backup dancers called The Golddiggers.
1965 : The Beatles’ Eight Days a Week is certified gold.
1966 : Pete Quaife, bassist for The Kinks, leaves the band after injuries from a recent car crash threaten his ability to play. He will eventually return and stay with the band through 1969.
1966 : Member of Parliament Tom Drilberg asked Britain’s House of Commons to officially “deplore” the action of a magistrate who’d earlier called the Rolling Stones “complete morons…who wear filthy clothes.”
1967 : Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles recorded 11 takes of ‘Your Mother Should Know’, giving the song a stronger beat, but this version of the song was discarded in favour of the original recording.
1968 : Recorded on this day, The Beatles – “I Will”
1970 : After eight straight years, The Beatles are finally knocked from their perch as England’s top act in the Melody Maker fan poll… by Led Zeppelin.
1970 : Jimi Hendrix joined Eric Burdon on stage at Ronnie Scotts in London for what would become the guitarist’s last ever public appearance.
1972 : Former Herd and Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton plays his first solo gig, opening for The J. Geils Band in New York.
1972 : Three Dog Night’s Black And White hits #1.
1972 : Wishbone Ash, Family, Steppenwolf, John Kay Band, Slade, Uriah Heep, Roy Wood and Wizzard, Wild Angels, Glencoe, Sunshine and Cold Comfort Farm all appeared at this years Buxton Festival in Derbyshire, England.
1974 : Recorded on this day, Bob Dylan – “Meet Me In The Morning”
1977 : 29-year-old former T Rex singer Marc Bolan was killed instantly when the car driven by his girlfriend, Gloria Jones, left the road and hit a tree in Barnes, London. Miss Jones broke her jaw in the accident. The couple were on the way to Bolan’s home in Richmond after a night out at a Mayfair restaurant. A local man who witnessed the crash said, ‘When I arrived a girl was lying on the bonnet and a man with long dark curly hair was stretched out in the road – there was a hell of a mess.’
1978 : The Stranglers headline an open-air gig at Battersea Park, over Peter Gabriel, who is one of the day’s special guests. During a rendition of their early classic, “Nice and Sleazy,” a group of strippers join The Stranglers on stage.
1978 : Boston’s LP Don’t Look Back hits #1.
1988 : Former Clash drummer Topper Headon was released from jail after serving 10 months of a 15-month sentence on a narcotics charge.
1989 : Gloria Estefan went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Wanna Lose You’, a No.6 hit in the UK.
1989, U2 jammed with B.B. King on a boat rented for the blues legends 64th birthday in Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia.
1996 : Pearl Jam played the first night on their ‘No Code’ tour at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Because of the band’s refusal to play in Ticketmaster’s venue areas, they were forced to use alternate ticketing companies for the shows which fans complained were to be out-of-the-way and hard to get to.
1998 : Lou Reed plays at a White House reception for Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel.
1998 : At a Sotheby’s auction a notebook belonging to former Beatles roadie Mal Evans containing the lyrics to ‘Hey Jude’ sold for £111,500, a two-tone denim jacket belonging to John Lennon went for £9,200 and the Union Jack dress worn by Spice Girl Ginger Spice sold for £41,320.
2001 : Austrian act DJ Otzi went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hey Baby’, a Euro-dance version of Bruce Channel’s No.2 hit from 1962.
2004, Weather Girls singer Izora Armstead died aged 62 of heart failure at a hospital in San Leandro, East San Francisco. Also member of Two Tons O’ Fun featured on four Sylvester albums, including ‘(You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real.’
2006 : Bob Dylan was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Modern Times.’ Entering the U.S. charts at No.1, making it Dylan’s first album to reach that position since 1976’s Desire, 30 years prior. At 65, Dylan became the oldest living musician to top the Billboard albums chart. (85 year-old Tony Bennett broke this record in 2011 with his Duets album). The record also reached number one in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland.
2008 : Norman Whitfield died in Los Angeles, California from diabetes and other illnesses. The Motown songwriter and producer collaborated with Barrett Strong on such hits as ‘I Heard It through the Grapevine’, ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’, ‘(I Know) I’m Losing You’, ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘War’, ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’, and ‘Car Wash’.