1938 : Comedian Bob Hope premieres a new song, “Thanks For The Memory,” on his eponymous NBC radio show.
1942 : Glen Miller plays what was to be his last concert as a civilian, performing at the Central Theatre in Passaic, NJ. In December 1944, Miller’s plane would disappear over the Atlantic Ocean en route to play for fellow soldiers in liberated Paris.
1947 : Johnny Ace’s “My Song” hits #1 R&B.
1952 : Patti Page’s “I Went To Your Wedding” hits #1
1954 : The first national Tonight Show with Steve Allen, is telecast.
1963 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Bobby Vinton’s Blue Velvet
1963 : The Rolling Stones appeared at the Floral Hall Ballroom in Morecambe, Lancashire with The Merseybeats, Dave Beery & the Cruisers and The Doogle-bugs.
1964 : The Beach Boys made their TV debut on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ on US TV where they performed ‘I Get Around’ and ‘Wendy’.
1966 : Elvis Presley begins shooting his twenty-third film, entitled Easy Come, Easy Go.
1967 : Working on new songs The Beatles recorded various parts for the new John Lennon song ‘I Am The Walrus’ and the new Paul McCartney song ‘Fool On The Hill.’
1968 : Pink Floyd appeared at the Queen’s Hall in Dunoon, Scotland. Due to bad weather, all the ferries to Dunoon were cancelled, so Pink Floyd hired their own boat from Gourock and risked the rough seas to make the crossing, eventually appearing in front of 400 fans.
1972 : Rory Storm singer from UK 60’s group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes died aged 32 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with his mother. Ringo Starr played drums with Storm before joining The Beatles.
1973 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Grand Funk’s We’re An American Band
1973 : After becoming a devotee of the guru Sri Chinmoy, Carlos Santana starts using the name Devadip, which means “the Lamp of the Light Supreme.”
1975 : John Denver’s “I’m Sorry” hits #1.
1976 : Dolly Parton’s short-lived television variety show, entitled simply Dolly!, premieres on ABC.
1978 : Eric Clapton sponsored a West Bromwich Albion UEFA cup-tie against Galatasarey of Turkey. After the game, Eric presented each player with a gold copy of his latest album ‘Slowhand”
1979 : While onstage at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, CA, Elton John collapses from “exhaustion.” The song he’d been performing, ominously, was entitled “Better Off Dead”.
1979 : Scottish guitarist Jimmy McCullough died from a heroin overdose in his flat in Maida Vale, London, aged 26. Member of Stone The Crows, Thunderclap Newman and Wings (1974 to 1977). When ‘Something in the Air’ by Thunderclap Newman went to No.1 in 1969, it made McCulloch the youngest guitarist to ever play on a UK No.1 single, as he was was just sixteen years old at the time.
1980 : David Bowie scored his fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Scary Monsters And Supercreeps’. The album featured the singles ‘Ashes to Ashes and ‘Fashion’.
1986 : Metallica bass player Cliff Burton was crushed to death after the bands tour bus crashed between Stockholm and Copenhagen. During a European tour members from the band drew cards for the most comfortable bunk on the tour bus, Burton had won the game with an Ace of Spades and was asleep when the tour bus ran over a patch of black ice and skidded off of the road. He was thrown through the window of the bus, which fell on top of him.
1986 : The Beatles’ ‘Twist and Shout’ re-entered the US singles chart over twenty-five years after it first appeared, after the song was featured in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
1990 : Marvin Gaye receives a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine Street.
1990 : Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones was arrested for possessing marijuana during a drug bust in New York’s Greenwich Village.
1994 : Egyptian-Canadian singer-songwriter Raffi releases Bananaphone, an album of children’s music. Nothing very notable at the time seems apparent; however, the title song becomes a viral Internet craze in 2004 when a Flash animation featuring the song is posted on the website Newgrounds. After this, Raffi becomes internationally famous, and “Bananaphone” makes it onto the radio and later radio and TV shows including The Opie & Anthony Show, The Colbert Report, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
1997 : Bob Dylan plays “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” and “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” for Pope John Paul II and an audience of 200,000 at concert/mass in Bologna, Italy. For the 77 year old Pope, it was a chance to connect with young people. The pontiff invoked Dylan’s song “Blowin’ In The Wind” during his sermon.
1998 : The Manic Street Preachers scored their first UK No.1 album with their fifth album ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’.
2000 : Thieves broke into Jerry Hall’s Richmond home and stole jewellery worth £7000 and a laptop computer. Two of Jerry’s children were asleep at the time while the ex Mrs Jagger was on stage appearing in the West End Show, The Graduate.
2000 : U2 perform two songs from its upcoming album on the roof of Dublin’s Clarence Hotel, a property owned by the band. The performance of the single Beautiful Day and album track Elevation is videotaped for an Oct. 6 episode of the U.K. music show Top Of The Pops. Over 4,000 fans gathered on the streets below.
2003 : Carly Simon sues the owners of New York’s famous Dakota apartment complex, claiming they kept her $59,000 down payment after rejecting her rental application.
2004 : Legendary rock producer Phil Spector, best known for creating the “Wall Of Sound” on hits like The Ronettes’ Be My Baby and The Righteous Brothers’ You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, is indicted for the February 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson at his estate in Alhambra, California. He was convicted in April, 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in the California State prison system.
2005 : The White Stripes webcast a concert for the first time when their show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland is streamed on NPR.org.
2006 : Jamie Lyons, lead singer of Music Explosion, died of a heart attack at the age of 57. The band scored the garage-band classic ‘Little Bit o’ Soul’, which spent 16 weeks on the Billboard Pop chart in 1967, peaking at #2.
2008 : Pink Floyd’s manager Bryan Morrison died after spending over two years in a coma. Morrison suffered severe brain injuries in a polo accident at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club, England in 2006, and never recovered. He also managed The Pretty Things and was a music publisher for Syd Barrett, The Bee Gees, Elton John, The Jam, T-Rex and Wham!
2008 : Metallica started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Death Magnetic’, the bands ninth studio album.
2009 : Madonna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Celebration’ the singers third Greatest Hits album.
2011 : Tony Bennett became the oldest living person to top the US album chart when the 85-year-old’s ‘Duets II’ album went to No.1. The record, which featured collaborations with Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga, was also his first US No.1 in his 60 year career. The previous oldest performer to top the chart was Bob Dylan in 2009 with ‘Together Through Life’. At the time he was 67-years old.