1964 : On tour in the USA The Beatles appeared at The Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Days before the concert, Philadelphia had experienced race-riots, The Beatles, who were Civil Rights supporters, were shocked to see that their audience of 13,000 is completely white.
1964 : The Rolling Stones recorded their version of the Willie Dixon song ‘Little Red Rooster’ at Regent Sound Studios in London, England.
1965 : The Beatles’ Help! is certified gold.
1965 : Steam Packet with Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Julie Discoll and The Brian Auger Trinity appeared at the Marquee Club, London.
1965 : The Doors recorded their first demos at World Pacific Jazz Studios in Los Angeles, California, where they cut six Jim Morrison songs.
1970 : An unknown art-rock band named Genesis runs an ad in Britain’s Melody Maker magazine looking for a drummer, an audition 19-year-old Phil Collins will pass by mentioning that he played percussion on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass.
1971 : Grateful Dead’s former manager was arrested after disappearing with over $70,000 of the bands money.
1971 : The Rolling Stones sue former manager Andrew Loog Oldham for back royalties.
1972 : Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Wear It Well’, the singers second UK No.1 was taken from his album ‘Never A Dull Moment.’
1972 : The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival was held over three days on Bull Island, near Griffin, Indiana. The Promoters expected over 50,000 music fans over 200,000 attended the festival. Many bands pulled out as the festival drifted steadily into anarchy. Bands that did appear included Flash Cadillac & the Continental Kids, Black Oak Arkansas, Cheech and Chong, Foghat, Albert King, Brownsville Station, Canned heat, Flash, Ravi Shankar, Rory Gallagher, Lee Michaels and Frosty, The Eagles, The Amboy Dukes, and Gentle Giant. Three concert goers drowned in the Wabash River and as the festival ended, the remnants of the crowd burned down the music stand.
1978 : George Harrison married Arias at Henley-on-Thames register office.
1978 : Teddy Pendergrass, the former lead singer of Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, set out to promote his latest album ‘Life Is A Song Worth Singing’ by performing a concert for women only.
1984 : U2 played the second of two nights at the Logan Cambell Centre, Auckland, New Zealand during their Unforgettable Fire World tour.
1987 : Sonny Bono announces his run for mayor of Palm Springs, California, after running into problems trying to open a restaurant there. He wins, and later becomes a congressman.
1988 : The Human Rights Now!’ world tour kicked off at Wembley Stadium London with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Youssu n’Dour. Taking in five continents and claiming to be the most ambitious rock tour in history.
1989 : Ozzy Osbourne was charged with threatening to kill his wife Sharon. Ozzy was released on the condition that he immediately went into detox, the case was later dropped when the couple decide to reconcile.
1993 : Stone Temple Pilots win Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards for Plush.
1993 : Pearl Jam’s Jeremy video wins four awards, including Video of the Year, at the MTV Video Music Awards. Pearl Jam responds by not making any more videos until 1998.
1994 : Hootie & the Blowfish make their first of several appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman. They were still well under-the-radar at this point, but took off a few months later.
1994 : English dancer, singer, television presenter and musician, Roy Castle died of lung cancer two days after his 62nd birthday. In the mid 60’s he had his own TV show and presented the long running TV show Record Breakers in the 70’s until 1994.
1995 : The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland, with opening ceremony performances by Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Al Green, The Allman Brothers Band, Booker T. & the MG’s, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, The Pretenders, John Fogerty, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, George Clinton, The Kinks, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, The Animals’ Eric Burdon, and Boz Scaggs.
1995 : Michael Jackson went to No.1 on the US singles chart with a song written by R. Kelly ‘You Are Not Alone’. It holds a Guinness World Record as the first song in the 37 year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at No.1.
2000 : Madonna was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Music’, her 10th UK No.1 single, from her album of the same title. The video stars Madonna as well as comedian Sacha Baron Cohen as his famous character Ali G.
2001 : American saxophonist Jay Migliori died of cancer aged 70. As a session musician he recorded with The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and Frank Zappa and was the founding member of Supersax, a tribute band to Charlie Parker.
2001, Slipknot went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Iowa’.
2005 : Mariah Carey became only the fifth act ever to hold the top two positions in the US Hot 100 singles chart. The singer’s ‘We Belong Together’ notched a 10th consecutive week at number one on the Billboard chart while ‘Shake It Off’ jumped two places to second place. The feat puts Carey in a select group of acts to hold the top two with Nelly, OutKast, The Bee Gees and The Beatles. ‘We Belong Together’ was Carey’s 16th number one, giving her the third highest number of chart-toppers in the US behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley.
2005 : Kanye West criticised President Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina during a televised benefit concert in New York. The show, which was raising funds for relief efforts, featured Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Gere, Glenn Close, Harry Connick Jr and Wynton Marsalis. Appearing alongside comedian Mike Myers for a 90-second segment West told the audience: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” The comment went out live on the US east coast, but was cut from a taped version seen on the west coast.
2006 : Lead singer of the Isley Brothers, Ronald Isley was sentenced to three years in a US prison for multiple counts of tax fraud. The 64-year-old, was also ordered to pay more than $3.1m (£1.62m) to the US tax service for “pathological” evasion. The court heard he cashed royalty cheques belonging to his brother O’Kelly, who died in 1996 and also spent millions of dollars made from undeclared performances on a yacht and two homes.
2007 : This is not “Ike Turner Day” in St. Louis, as the mayor there refuses him the honor. Turner was playing the Big Muddy Blues Festival in the city, which asked the mayor to honor him.
2008 : At the GQ “Men of the Year” Awards, Lily Allen manages to drink herself into oblivion, insults her co-host Sir Elton John and ends the night by leaking news of her brother’s recent engagement in London.
2009 : Guy Babylon, keyboard player with the Elton John Band died of a heart attack while swimming in his pool at his home in Los Angeles, California.
2012 : Mark Abrahamian, the lead guitarist with Starship died of a heart attack aged 46. He collapsed following a concert in the US state of Nebraska where Starship had opened for fellow bands Survivor and Boston.