1954: The first interview with Elvis Presley was published in the Memphis Press-Scimitar.
1956: Gene Vincent appeared on The Perry Como Show.
1960: Cliff Richard and the Shadows topped the competition in the U.K. with "Please Don't Tease".
1962: A newcomer released his first single on this date--Tommy Roe gave us "Sheila".
1962: Ray Charles spent a 10th week at #1 on the R&B chart with "I Can't Stop Loving You".
1964: The Beatles played at the Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden.
1965: The Who appeared on the television show Ready Steady Go!.
1966: James Brown was in concert at the Apollo Theater in New York City.
1970: Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger, opened in theaters.
1973: The Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers and the Band performed at the Watkins Glen Summer Jam in Watkins Glen, New York.
1973: "Touch Me in the Morning" by Diana Ross was the new #1 song on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1973: Chicago VI moved from 18-1 to take over the #1 position on the album chart, leapfrogging Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon like it was standing still. The previous #1, George Harrison's Living in the Material World, was #3.
Everything about "The Poseidon Adventure" pointed to "blockbuster"
1973: Jim Croce controlled the chart with "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" for a second week. The Carpenters moved up to 2 with "Yesterday Once More while Three Dog Night's great song "Shambala" was at #3. Deep Purple was looking strong with "Smoke on the Water". The rest of the Top 10: Billy Preston with "Will It Go 'Round in Circles", Seals & Crofts entered the Top 10 at #6 with "Diamond Girl", Paul Simon was on his way down after peaking at #2 with "Kodachrome", Bette Midler remained at position #8 with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", Maureen McGovern climbed from 20-9 with "The Morning After" and George Harrison had the #10 song with "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)".
1975: Bob Dylan began sessions for the album Desire. Eric Clapton played dobro on the track "Romance in Durango" and Emmylou Harris played steel guitar on "Abandoned Love".
1979: Journey, Thin Lizzy and Ted Nugent performed at "The World Series of Rock" in Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
1979: "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats was the new #1 song in the U.K.
1979: "Good Times" by Chic was the new R&B #1 song.
1979: Spyro Gyra had the new #1 Adult Contemporary song with "Morning Dance".
One of the best live albums of the Rock Era
1979: Bad Girls from Donna Summer remained as the #1 album with Breakfast in America by Supertramp jostling for another turn at the top. I Am from Earth, Wind & Fire was #3 followed by Cheap Trick at Budokan and ELO's Discovery. The rest of the Top 10: Candy-O from the Cars, Teddy by Teddy Pendergrass at #7, Wings had Back to the Egg at #8, Dynasty from Kiss was stuck at #9 and the Knack moved into the Top 10 at #10 with Get the Knack.
1980: The Police, U2 and Squeeze shared a bill at the Dalymount Festival in Dublin, Ireland.
1982: Queen played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1982: Jackson Browne and wife Lynne became the parents of son Ryan Daniel Browne.
1984: Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson remained at #1 for a fourth week on the Adult Contemporary chart with "If Ever You're in My Arms Again".
1984: Tina Turner scored a gigantic comeback when "What's Love Got to Do With It" entered the Top 10 on this date.
1985: Portland, Oregon declared "Kingsmen" day, in honor of their hometown band.
1990: Sleeping With the Past by Elton John was the #1 album in the U.K.
1990: Gloria Estefan charted her sixth Adult Contemporary #1 with "Cuts Both Ways".
1993: Roger Waters married Priscilla Phillips at the romantic location of the Romsey Registry Office in England.
1996: Marge Ganser of the Shangri-Las died of breast cancer at the age of 48.
1999: Guitarist Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam came on stage at New York City's Supper Club to play "Magic Bus" and "Better Man" with Pete Townshend.
2000: Usher collapsed from exhaustion in a New York City recording studio.
2002: The Dave Matthews Band owned the #1 album with Busted Stuff.
2004: George Williams of the Tymes ("So Much in Love" from 1963) died of cancer.
2006: Manuela Testolini Nelson filed for divorce from Prince.
2008: Amy Winehouse was rushed to a hospital after having a reaction to a medication she was taking to help her off hard drugs.
Born This Day:
1938: George Cummings, steel guitarist and songwriter of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, was born in Meridian, Mississippi.
1943: Mike Bloomfield of the Butterfield Band who also played on the Bob Dylan album Highway 61 Revisited, was born in Chicago,Illinois.
1945: Rick Wright, keyboardist and vocalist of Pink Floyd, was born in Hatch End, Middlesex, England; died September 15, 2008 of cancer.
1946: Jonathan Edwards ("Sunshine" from 1971) was born in Aitkin, Minnesota.
1949: Simon Kirke, drummer of Free and Bad Company, was born in Lambeth, London.
1949: Peter Doyle of the New Seekers, was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
1949: Steve Took of T. Rex was born in Eltham, London; died of drugs October 27, 1980.
1954: Steve Morse, guitarist of Deep Purple, was born in Hamilton, Ohio.
1962: Rachel Sweet ("Everlasting Love" with Rex Smith in 1981) was born in Akron, Ohio.
1965: Nick Banks, drummer of Pulp, was born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.
1990: Soulja Boy (DeAndre Cortez Way) was born in Chicago, Illinois.