1957 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Jimmie Rodgers’ Honeycomb
1960 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Connie Francis’ My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own
1962 : The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. That night they performed aboard the vessel MV Royal Iris on the River Mersey. The Beatles’ third and final “Riverboat Shuffle”.
1963 : Murray The K becomes the first American DJ to play a Beatles song on the air when he spins their UK hit, She Loves You, on WINS in New York. Murray would get exclusive interviews with the group when they came to America, and would refer to himself as “The Fifth Beatle.”
1965 : The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, Wales. During the 1960s The Capitol Theatre saw all the major acts of the era performing here including The Beatles and The Kinks.
1968 : American radio DJ Dewey Phillips died of heart failure aged 42. He was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s pioneering disk jockeys. In July 1954, he was the first DJ to play the young Elvis Presley’s debut record, ‘That’s All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky.’
1968 : The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hey Jude’. The Paul McCartney song written about Lennon’s son Julian gave the group their 16th US No.1 and the biggest selling single of 1968. In 1996, Julian paid £25,000 for the recording notes to the song at an auction.
1968 : Bruce Springsteen and a local folk rock group The Founders appeared at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey.
1968 : Janis Joplin manager Albert Grossman announces that his client is leaving her band Big Brother And The Holding Company, feeling that they weren’t “growing together.”
1972 : David Bowie has generated so much publicity with his Ziggy Stardust concerts that he sells out a show in Carnegie Hall.
1973 : The Rolling Stones appear on the premiere of Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert on ABC, performing It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll, marking their first appearance on US television in six years.
1974 : Bad Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut album. Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke had come out of Free, while Mick Ralphs had played guitar with Mott the Hoople and Boz Burrell was bass player for King Crimson before the group formed in 1973. They produced six albums together before disbanding in 1983.
1974 : Canadian singer Andy Kim went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Me Gently’, it made No.2 in the UK. Kim was the co-writer of The Archies ‘Sugar Sugar’.
1976 : George Harrison, currently ill with hepatitis, is sued for $6M by his American label, A&M, for failing to deliver his latest album, 33 1/3, on time.
1980 : The Police were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Stand So Close To Me’ the group’s third No.1. Taken from their album ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ and the best selling single of 1980.
1985 : Kate Bush scored her second UK No.1 album with ‘Hounds Of Love’. The singers second No.1 album featured the tracks ‘Running Up That Hill’, ‘Cloudbusting’, ‘Hounds of Love’ and ‘The Big Sky’.
1987 : The British newspaper The Sun reports that Elton John has had the larynxes removed from his guard dogs so they can’t bark, which was untrue. Elton fought back, suing the paper and reaching a settlement for about a million pounds and a front page apology.
1989 : Jimmy Buffett publishes his first book, a collection of short fiction entitled Tales From Margaritaville.
1991 : American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis died of a stroke and pneumonia. His 1959 album ‘Kind of Blue’, is a major influence on jazz music. Davis is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
1991 : Bryan Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia. Other Canadian musicians who have been given the award include Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen and the members of Rush.
1991 : Garth Brooks went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Ropin’ The Wind’. The album spent a total of eighteen weeks at the No.1 position and 70 weeks on the chart selling over 11m copies.
1991 : Guns N’ Roses released 2 albums ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’ which debut at number 1 and number 2 on the UK album chart. Both albums make No.1 & No.2 in the US.
1991 : On the week of their album ‘Nevermind’ being released, Nirvana made an appearance at the Tower Records store in New York City and then played a show at The Marquee Club in New York. Their single ‘Smell’s Like Teen Spirit’ had also entered the US Top 20 this week.
1997 : The 103rd convention of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), featuring the official U.S. debut of the DVD audio format, is held in New York.
1999 : Jean-Michel Jarre announces during a press conference at the Cairo Opera House that he has been commissioned by the Egyptian government to create and perform “The Twelve Dreams Of The Sun,” a three-act “electronic opera” to mark the millennium night in the Egyptian desert.
2000 : Ballet For Life, a ballet tribute to late Queen singer and AIDS casualty Freddie Mercury, premiers at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre.
2000 : As part of their UK ‘Under A Big Top Tour’, Radiohead played the first of two nights at Glasgow Green in Scotland.
2000 : Barbra Streisand sings her farewell concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
2001 : Celine Dion and Peter Gabriel perform at an American Red Cross benefit concert at Montreal’s Molson Centre for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S.
2002 : Madonna was voted the greatest female singer of all-time by 75,0000 music fans in a VH1 poll. But critics and music fans were unhappy with the position of Kylie Minogue who was voted into second place beating Diana Ross, (12th) and Annie Lennox, (14th). The highest placed UK act was Kate Bush who was voted No. 10.
2002 : Tina Turner’s hometown, made famous in her song ‘Nutbush City Limits,’ named a stretch of State Highway 19 the ‘Tina Turner Highway.’ Turner lived in Nutbush, a small town about 50 miles northeast of Memphis, until she was 17.
2003 : Muse were at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Absolution’ the bands fourth album and first No.1.
2004 : A Beverly Hills tribute concert in honor of Ray Charles, featuring Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, James Ingram, and Patti Austin, raises $15 million for Atlanta’s African-American institution, Morehouse College.
2004, Producer Phil Spector was charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson in an unsealed indictment. Spector was in attendance at a Los Angeles court as the indictment about the slaying of 40-year-old Clarkson was read. He remained free on $1 million bail.
2007 : The John Lennon Northern Lights Festival was held in Durness, Scotland, the most northwesterly and remote village on mainland Britain. Lennon spent his childhood holidays between the ages of nine and 13 in the village and returned with his son Julian, Yoko Ono and her daughter Kyoko in 1969.
2007 : 9th Annual “Standin’ on the corner festival” in Winslow, Arizona.
2007 : An ad for P Diddy’s Unforgivable Woman perfume range, featuring a lingerie-clad model cavorting with the rapper in a New York hotel stairwell, was shown on Channel 4 in the UK. The ad had been banned in the US by the Federal Communications Commission, for being too sexually explicit for US audiences.
2007 : Michael Jackson’s spokeswoman, Raymone Bain, denied that the Pop star had married his children’s nanny, Grace Rwaramba. A statement issued to the press read: “Wide-spreading reports regarding Michael Jackson being married are not true. Documents stating otherwise are a hoax.” Jackson had already been married twice and had three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II.
2009 : Adam Goldstein (DJ AM.), American club DJ and musician died of an accidental drug overdose at home in New York City aged 36. Had worked with Blink 182, Crazy Town, Madonna. Goldstein had surrived a plane crash along with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker in September 2008.
2009 : Lucy Vodden, the childhood pal of John Lennon’s son Julian, passed away at the age of 46 after losing her battle with auto-immune disease lupus. She was the inspiration for The Beatles’ track ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’, written mostly by John after Julian showed his father a nursery school drawing he called Lucy – in the sky with diamonds, depicting his classmate.
2010 : Souvenir hunters were being condemned for “wanton vandalism” after sections of masonry were hacked off the house of Ringo Starr’s birthplace. Fans who are campaigning to halt town hall plans to demolish 9 Madryn Street found that chunks of brickwork had been removed from the house.