1958 : After receiving special permission from the US Army, Elvis Presley gave one last press conference at the Military Ocean Terminal in Brooklyn. He then joined the rest of the 3rd Armored Division on the USS General Randall for a voyage to Bremerhaven, Germany.
1962 : The Springfields (Dusty Springfield her brother Tom and their friend, Tim Field) had ‘Silver Threads and Golden Needles’, enter the US Top 20 and became the first British vocal group to chart that high in America.
1964 : Herman’s Hermits were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Carole King & Gerry Goffin song ‘I’m Into Something Good’, the group’s only UK No.1.
1965 : San Francisco band The Great Society, featuring Grace Slick and her then-husband Jerry Slick on drums, made their live debut at The Coffee Gallery, North Beach, California.
1967 : The Beatles appear (as an abstract drawing) on the cover of Time magazine.
1967 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: The Letter by The Box Tops. The Arbors took the song to No. 20 in 1969 and Joe Cocker hit No. 7 with it in 1970.
1967 : The Doors appeared on the Murray the K show on WPIX-TV in New York City performing ‘People Are Strange’ and ‘Light My Fire.’
1969 : A new weekly TV show ‘The Music Scene’ aired on ABC in the US for the first time. Stevie Wonder Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Tom Jones, Cass Elliot, James Brown, Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone were all booked to appear on the show.
1969 : Diana Ross, without The Supremes, is a guest on the comedy show Laugh In.
1969 : The Band released their self-titled album, which peaked at No.9 on the US chart, and included Rag Mama Rag, Up on Cripple Creek and The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. In 2009, the album was preserved into the National Recording Registry because the album was ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and reflects life in the United States.’
1972 : David Bowie kicked of the North American leg of his Ziggy Stardust world tour at the Music Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.
1973 : The Rolling Stones scored their eighth UK No.1 album when ‘Goats Head Soup’ started a two-week run at the top of the charts. Also a US No.1.
1975 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: I’m Sorry by John Denver.
1978 : Leif Garrett plays dual roles on ABC-TV’s Wonder Woman.x
1979 : Joe Walsh announces his bid for the U.S. presidency (he obviously doesn’t win but I would have voted for him, lol)
1979 : Gary Numan had his second and final UK No.1 single with ‘Cars’. Also on this day Gary Numan went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Pleasure Principle.’
1979 : Def Leppard had their first major live review when UK music weekly Melody Maker reviewed a gig the band had played in Wolverhampton. With a 15 year-old drummer the band had just released their debut 3-track single.
1980 : Geffen Records is formed.
1981 : American composer Harry Warren died aged 88. He wrote over 800 songs including ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, (a hit for The Flamingos and Art Garfunkel), ‘You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby’, ‘Jeepers Creepers’, ‘That’s Amore’ and ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’. Warren’s songs have been featured in over 300 films.
1983 : The Everly Brothers reunite, playing together for the first time in a decade, at Royal Albert Hall in London.
1984 : Echo And The Bunnymen, Spear Of Destiny, The Sisters Of Mercy, The Redskins and The Chameleons all appeared at the first York Rock Festival, York, England.
1984 : Former lead singer of the Babies, John Waite went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Missing You’.
1985 : Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty all appeared at the first Farm Aid concert. The event to help small farmers in the US was held at the Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois, Champaign.
1990 : Garth Brooks album ‘No Fences’ entered the US album chart. It went on to become the biggest selling country album of all time and sold over 13m copies in the first five years of release.
1990 : After parting with original drummer Chad Channing, Nirvana plays their one and only show with Dan Peters of Mudhoney on drums (at the Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle). Drummer Dave Grohl who would audition for the band in a few days time was in the audience of 15,000 people and he mans the kit henceforth.
1991 : Bryan Adams made chart history when ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You’, had its twelfth consecutive week as the UK No.1 single.
1992 : Def Leppard were forced to cancel two US shows after their sound-equipment truck was found abandoned, after one of the bands driver’s had attempted to rob a store. The driver was later charged of possessing drugs and criminal damage.
1995 : Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting System agree to a $7.5 million merger.
1998 : White Zombie calls it a night. Bassist Sean Yseult confirms that the 13-year-old hard rock group has decided to break up.
1999 : Diana Ross was arrested on Concorde after an incident at Heathrow Airport. The singer claimed that a female security guard had touched her breasts when being frisked; Ross retaliated by rubbing her hands down the security guard.
1999 : Screaming Lord Sutch’s Official Monster Raving Loony Party honored his memory with a two-minute scream at a pub in Ashburton, Devon.
2001 : ‘A Tribute to Heroes’ was aired commercial-free on most of the major US TV networks. The live program was organised to raise money following the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and New York’s World Trade Center. Neil Young, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, U2, Limp Bizkit, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam all performed. Manning the telephones to take pledges were celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Robin Williams, Meg Ryan, Cuba Gooding Jr., Kurt Russell, Adam Sandler and many more.
2002 : Sting receives an Emmy for the A&E documentary, Sting in Tuscany: All This Time. He dedicates his award to his “dear late friend Timothy White.”
2004 : Cat Stevens, who now went by the name of Yusuf Islam, was escorted from a diverted transatlantic flight and refused entry into America by FBI agents. His name showed up on a US watch list after United Airlines Flight 919 had taken off from London. The flight landed in Maine where Islam, who was traveling with his 21-year-old daughter, was detained and questioned.
2005 : Jimmy Page was made an honorary citizen of Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro for his work helping its street children. The Led Zeppelin guitarist had opened Casa Jimmy (Jimmy’s House) in 1998 which had so far supported more than 300 children.
2006 : The Big Bopper, who died in the plane crash with Buddy Holly, is honored with a historical marker in his home town of Beaumont, Texas.
2007 : Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) marries a former Miss Canada.
2011 : The world’s most prolific songwriter, Paul McCartney, adds another string to his bow when his ballet Ocean’s Kingdom is performed in New York.
2011 : Research conducted by car maker SEAT found that Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody was the song most likely to be found on British iPods, with more than 40% of owners having the hit on their players. The Beatles had four songs in the list, a feat also matched by Coldplay. Other favourites included U2, The Killers and Rihanna.