1960: Aretha Franklin recorded her first non-gospel songs "Today I Sing the Blues", "Over the Rainbow", "Love is the Only Thing" and "Right Now".
1960: Elvis Presley was named Public Enemy #1 by the East German newspaper Young World.
Brian Hyland had his biggest hit
1960: Brenda Lee remained at #1 for a third week with "I'm Sorry". Brian Hyland had the #2 song--"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" while Elvis Presley moved from #14 to #3 with "It's Now or Never".
1963: Beatles Monthly, a magazine devoted to the group, was first published on this date.
1964: Ringo Starr was a panelist on the British television show Jukebox Jury.
1964: Johnny Burnette, who had the original hit with "You're Sixteen", drowned at the age of 30 in a boating mishap at Clear Lake in California.
1964: Dean Martin had the #1 Easy Listening song with "Everybody Loves Somebody".
1964: "A Hard Day's Night" by the Beatles was the new #1 song, taking over from "Rag Doll" by the 4 Seasons. Jan & Dean were up strong with "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena", Dean Martin jumped up from 11 to 4 with "Everybody Loves Somebody", the Supremes exploded from 18-5 with "Where Did Our Love Go" and Dusty Springfield had song #6--"Wishin' and Hopin'".
1965: The Rolling Stones, the Moody Blues, the Walker Brothers and Steam Packet (with lead singer Rod Stewart) were in concert at the London Palladium.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Three Dog Night, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Joni Mitchell, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Little Richard, Canned Heat, Procol Harum, Dr. John, and Iron Butterfly performed at the Atlantic City Pop Festival.
1970: It was one of the great events in music history and people were still celebrating. The Soundtrack to "Woodstock" was #1 on the album chart. Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 rose to #2 while Cosmo's Factory from CCR moved from 14 to 3. Self Portrait by Bob Dylan stayed at #4 and McCartney was at #5. The rest of the Top 10: Let It Be from the Beatles, Closer to Home by Grand Funk Railroad was at #7, Live at Leeds by the Who, Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young dropped to #9 and ABC from the Jackson 5 was #10.
1970: "Patches" by Clarence Carter moved from #60 to #29 on this date.
1970: The Carpenters remained at #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the fourth week with "Close To You".
The Five Stairsteps had a winner with "O-o-h Child"
1970: "Close To You" was an across-the-board smash, staying at #1 for the second week. Bread moved to #2 with "Make It With You" and Three Dog Night's former #1 "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" was at 3 in a fantastic Top 10. Freda Payne was at the #4 position with "Band of Gold" while Stevie Wonder had the original hit of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered ("I'm Yours)". The rest of the Top 10: The Jackson 5's former #1 "The Love You Save", Eric Burdon had himself a new group (War) and they moved from 14-7 with "Spill the Wine", the Temptations' great song "Ball of Confusion" was at #8, an awesome summer song from Alive & Kicking--"Tighter, Tighter" entered the Top 10 and the great Five Stairsteps song "O-o-h Child" was at #10.
1971: Tony Kaye left the group Yes to form Badger, with legendary Rick Wakeman taking his place.
1971: Black Sabbath released the album Master of Reality.
1971: George Harrison set a shining example by hosting the Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and Ravi Shankar joined him in the benefit concert to fight famine in that country.
1972: Drummer Bill Bruford left Yes to join King Crimson.
1972: The Carpenters were the guests of U.S. President Richard Nixon at the White House.
1973: The rock & roll movie American Graffiti, with Ronny Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss and so many more opened in theaters.
1973: The Grateful Dead performed at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, New Jersey.
1974: Drummer Keith Moon and guitarist Pete Townshend of the Who joined Eric Clapton on stage at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia for the song "Layla".
1976: Gladys Knight gave birth to her third child Shanga-Ali.
1977: Meco released his version of "Star Wars".
1978: George Harrison and wife Olivia gave birth to son Dhani.
1980: George Harrison started his own production company called "Hand Made Films Productions".
1984: Jermaine Jackson appeared on the television soap opera As the World Turns.
1986: Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead was released from a hospital, three weeks after falling into a diabetic coma.
Suzanne Vega's powerful song "Luka"
1989: Eric Clapton performed in Mozambique in front of 100,000 fans with all proceeds going to help the struggling country.
1992: Elton John's 43rd Adult Contemporary hit was another chart-topper for one of the Rock Era's top superstars--"The One" was #1 for a second week.
1992: En Vogue took over at #1 on the R&B chart with "Giving Him Something He Can Feel".
1992: Boyz II Men jumped from #32 to #8 on this date with "End of the Road".
Born This Day:
1898: Morris Stoloff, arranger ("Moonglow and Theme from 'Picnic'" from 1958), was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died April 6, 1980.
1942: Gerry Garcia, leader and guitarist of the Grateful Dead, was born in San Francisco, California; died August 9, 1995 of a heart attack while in a drug rehabilitation facility.
1946: Boz Burrell, bass guitarist of Bad Company and King Crimson, was born in Lincoln, England.
1947: Rick Coonce, drummer of the Grass Roots, was born in Los Angeles, California.
1947: Rick Anderson, bassist of the Tubes, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1951: Tim Bachman, guitarist and co-founder of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1951: Tommy Bolin, elite guitarist with Deep Purple and the James Gang, was born in Sioux City, Iowa; died of drugs December 4, 1976.
1953: Robert Cray ("Smoking Gun") was born in Columbus, Georgia.
1958: Michael Penn ("No Myth" from 1989) was born in Greenwich Village, New York City.
1959: Joe Elliott, lead singer of Def Leppard, was born in Sheffield England.
1960: Chuck D. of Public Enemy was born in Roosevelt, New York.
1963: Coolio (Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.) who had a smash #1 with the remake of Stevie Wonder's "Gangsta' Paradise", was born in Monesson, Pennsylvania.
1964: Adam Duritz, lead singer of the Counting Crows, was born in Baltimore, Maryland.
1968: Dan Donegan, guitarist of Disturbed, was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois.
1970: Kenwyn House, guitarist of Reef
1981: Ashley Parker of O-Town was born in Redding, California.