1899 : The Copyright Office receives Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag.”
1964 : At the end of the North American tour The Beatles played a Charity concert at the Paramount Theatre in New York City, the 3,682 audience each paid $100 a ticket.
1968 : Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of The Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782, with most of the tracks being recorded ‘live’ in the studio with very few overdubs.
1969 : On this day in 1969, John Lennon left the Beatles, but agreed to not make an official announcement. The recording of I Want You (She’s So Heavy) marks the last time all four Beatles were together in the same studio.
1969 : During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.
1969 : Based on the comic-book TV series Archie and his friends The Archie’s started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with Sugar Sugar. It became the longest running one hit wonder in the UK after spending eight weeks at the top of the charts. Read the full story
1969 : Blind Faith started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their self-titled debut album. The only release from the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker & Rick Grech line-up also reached No.1 in the US. The only UK gig was in Hyde Park, London on 7th Jun 1969.
1969 : UK music paper Melody Maker readers poll results were published. Winners included Eric Clapton who won best musician, Bob Dylan best male singer and best album for ‘Nashville Skyline’. Best group went to The Beatles, Best single went to Simon and Garfunkel for ‘The Boxer’ and Janis Joplin won Best female singer.
1970 : The Rolling Stones live album ‘Get Your Ya-Yas Out’ started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. Recorded at New York’s Madison Sq Gardens on 27th & 28th Nov 1969, featuring ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’, ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ and ‘Midnight Rambler’.
1970 : Jim Morrison of The Doors was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of exposing himself during a concert at The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove a year and a half earlier. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500, fine for public exposure and sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he would die in Paris France on July 3, 1971.
1971 : Peter Frampton leaves Humble Pie to begin a solo career.
1972 : Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for the second time in four weeks for possession of cannabis this time at their Scottish farmhouse in Campbeltown. The judge in his case had never seen a cannabis plant, so he took a good look at it and fined McCartney 100 pounds.
1973 : On his way to perform his second concert of the day, US singer, songwriter Jim Croce was killed with five others when his chartered aircraft hit a tree on take off in Louisiana.
1975 : ‘Fame’ gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US, the song was co-written with John Lennon.
1975 : The Bay City Rollers make inroads in America when they appear on the debut of Howard Cossell’s ill-fated Saturday Night TV show on ABC, appropriately performing their hit, Saturday Night.
1975 : Winners in this year’s Melody Makers Readers poll included, Robert Plant who won Best singer, Joni Mitchell, Best female singer, Yes won Best band, Genesis won Best live act, Best single, ‘I’m Not In Love, by 10cc, Best album Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin, and Brightest hope went to Camel.
1976 : The Captain & Tenille’s regular-season ABC-TV show begins its six-month run
1976 : The first of the two night 100 Club Punk Festival, Oxford St, London, featuring The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sub Way Sect, Suzie (spelling on the poster), And The Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Vibrators and Stinky Toys. Admission £1.50.
1976 : AC/DC released their third studio album ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States, which means that it has sold at least 6 million copies, becoming the third highest sold album by AC/DC in the US after ‘Highway To Hell’ and ‘Back In Black’.
1980 : Kate Bush scored her first UK No.1 album with ‘Never For Ever.’ It was the first ever album by a British female solo artist to top the UK album chart as well as being the first album by any female solo artist to enter the chart at No.1.
1980 : Queen started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Game’, the group’s only US No.1 album.
1986 : Huey Lewis and the News started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stuck With You’, a No.12 hit in the UK.
1993 : Just back from a tour of Japan, keyboard player with The Charlatans Rob Collins was with out with an old friend. They stopped at an off-licence and his friend went in, half-jokingly saying he could rob the place. When he came out with a loud bang, Collins stupidly picked him up. The police arrested the pair the next day and charged them both with attempted robbery and possession of a firearm (it was a replica gun).
1994 : The Dave Matthews Band released ‘Under the Table and Dreaming’, the album featured their first commercial hits ‘What Would You Say,’ ‘Satellite,’ and ‘Ants Marching.’ The album was dedicated to Matthews’ older sister Anne, who was killed by her husband in 1994 in a murder-suicide.
1997 : Elton John started a six week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Something About The Way You Look Tonight’, and ‘Candle In The Wind 97.’ A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version was raising funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.
1997 : Pearl Jam’s ‘Jeremy’ video was cited as one of the reasons American teenager Barry Loukaitis had snapped into a violent rage that left three people dead. Defense attorneys took the unprecedented step of playing the video in a Washington court.
2000 : Traditional country music singer and yodeler Don Walser receives the National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Award during ceremonies at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
2003 : Fire destroys a lodge on Chuck Berry’s Wentzville, Missouri estate (arson is the cause, but no one is ever arrested for the crime.)
2004 : Billy Joel gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2005 : The benefit concert “From The Big Apple To The Big Easy” is held in New York’s Madison Square Garden in order to raise funds for the Gulf Coast cities and towns devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Among others, Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz and Elton John perform at this charity concert.
2005 : Canadian JD Fortune, beat two other finalists to become the new lead singer with INXS after a worldwide search to replace the late Michael Hutchence. INXS held auditions in six continents as part of a reality TV series.
2009 : Muse went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Resistance’ the bands fifth studio album.
2012 : Carly Rae Jepsen releases the single “Call Me Maybe.” The song is an instant worldwide hit, scoring #1 on almost every international chart in existence, and going multi-platinum in Australia, Canada, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the US, as well as single-platinum and gold everywhere else. The song is also covered by everybody from Katy Perry to Lil Wayne to a parody version by the Cookie Monster character from Sesame Street. It’s also on every show and nominated for every award and receives every honor and plays on every station and gets all the views on YouTube. Aliens on Proxima Centauri are dancing to it right now.
2012 : The former north London home of the original band members of Pink Floyd was bought by a Singaporean developer. Sham Masterman, who admitted not being a big fan of the rock band, bought the Highgate house and the one next door for £1.2m each. Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett had all lived in the house in the 1960’s. The previous owner, lighting technician Mike Leonard, was landlord and friend to the band and even inspired their earliest name, Leonard’s Lodgers.