1957: Elvis Presley had the #1 R&B song with "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear".
1965: The Beatles earned a gold record for the single "Help!"
1965: The Rolling Stones performed on the BBC-TV show ReadySteadyGo!
1967: After five short weeks, "Ode to Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry was #1. The Beatles' former #1 "All You Need Is Love" remained at #2 but the Supremes were up big (8-3) with "Reflections". "Light My Fire" by the Doors completed as good a Top Four as you will ever find in music at the same time. The rest of the Top 10: "Baby I Love You" from Aretha Franklin, "Come Back When You Grow Up" moved from 14 to 6 for Bobby Vee, "Cold Sweat" remained at position #7 for James Brown, the Monkees slid down with "Pleasant Valley Sunday", the Temptations maintained at #9 with "You're My Everything" and Stevie Wonder was at 10 with "I Was Made to Love Her".
1967: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles was the #1 album for the 10th week in a row. Headquarters by the Monkees was second followed by Flowers from the Rolling Stones. The Doors was at #4 with Jefferson Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow at #5. The rest of the Top 10: The Young Rascals with Groovin', which moved from 18 to 6, Release Me from Engelbert Humperdinck, Insight Out from the Association at #8, Aretha Franklin's I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You at #9 and the Temptations jumped in at #10--With a Lot O' Soul.
1968: Music Directors at radio stations across the country received a new 45 from a new group called Creedence Clearwater Revival. They didn't know much about them other than their first single was called "Suzie Q". They played it, and the rest is history.
1970: Genesis put out an ad in Melody Maker, looking for applications. Drummer Phil Collins responded and eventually joined the group.
1971: Lenny Hart, the ex-manager of the Grateful Dead, was arrested for embezzling $70,000 from the group.
1972: The Eagles were on their first tour as a group; they played at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1972; Gilbert O'Sullivan had already spent four weeks at #1 but after a week away, "Alone Again (Naturally)" moved back to the top spot, one of the few times in the Rock Era that this has happened. The Hollies were up with "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)" and Al Green owned #3--"I'm Still in Love With You". The former #1 from Looking Glass ("Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)") was now at 4. The rest of the Top 10: Argent with "Hold Your Head Up", Mac Davis was up to #6 with his big crossover "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me", the Carpenters held down #7--"Goodbye to Love", Jim Croce had song #8 with "You Don't Mess Around with Jim", Gary Glitter moved from 17 to 9 with "Rock and Roll Part 2" and the O'Jays were in the Top 10 with "Back Stabbers".
1974: Elton John released the single "The Bitch is Back".
1974: Reunion released "Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)" on this date.
1979: Gilbert O'Sullivan spent a sixth week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Alone Again (Naturally)".
1978: Teddy Pendergrass gave a "Ladies Only" concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.
1978: Boston's second album Don't Look Back debuted at #10.
1978: The Commodores held on to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Three Times a Lady".
1978: Boston moved from 36 to 19 with the title track "Don't Look Back".
Ms. King had an exciting song in the Top 10 on this date
1978: Frankie Valli made it two weeks at #1 with "Grease" while the former #1 "Three Times a Lady" by the Commodores remained at #2. A Taste of Honey crawled up with "Boogie Oogie Oogie" and Foreigner was at #4 with "Hot Blooded". Another song from Grease, "Hopelessly Devoted to You" by Olivia Newton-John was #5. The rest of the Top 10: "Miss You" from the Rolling Stones, Exile's classic "Kiss You All Over" debuted in the Top 10, Andy Gibb was up to 8 with "An Everlasting Love", Walter Egan had song #9--"Magnet and Steel" and Evelyn "Champagne" King moved in with "Shame".
1978: George Harrison married Olivia Trinidad Arias.
1985: Starship released the single "We Built This City".
1986: Debbie Gibson (16 years old) began recording the album Out of the Blue.
1987: Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Tracy Chapman and Peter Gabriel performed at Wembley Stadium in London as part of the Amnesty International Tour.
1989: Ric Ocasek of the Cars married Paulina Prizkova.
1989: "It's No Crime" by Babyface was the #1 R&B song.
1989: "Right Here Waiting" from Richard Marx was #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for a fifth week. It ranks as the sixth top AC song of the 1980's.
Estefan was rapidly climbing the charts...
1989: Paula Abdul registered her third consecutive #1 song with "Cold Hearted" as Richard Marx slipped to 2 after three weeks at the top with "Right Here Waiting". New Kids on the Block were "Hangin' Tough" at #3 and Gloria Estefan's great song "Don't Wanna' Lose You" was #4. The rest of the Top 10: The Jeff Healey Band moved from 10-5 with "Angel Eyes", Warrant moved from 15-6 with "Heaven", Karyn White had a "Secret Rendezvous" at #7, Surface entered the Top 10--"Shower Me With Your Love", Don Henley's "End of the Innocence" was at 9 and Jody Watley with Eric B. & Rakim came in tenth with "Friends".
1989: The great album Repeat Offender moved into the #1 slot for Richard Marx.
1993: Neil Young and Pearl Jam performed Young's song "Rockin' in the Free World" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
1995: Michael Jackson reigned on the R&B chart with "You Are Not Alone".
1995: Michael Jackson debuted at #1 with "You Are Not Alone", holding off the hot song "Gangsta's Paradise" from Coolio and the great movie Dangerous Minds. Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" was #3 with TLC's "Waterfalls" completing an excellent Top Four. The rest of the Top 10: "Boombastic/Summer Time" from Shaggy, All-4-One with "I Can Love You Like That", Vanessa Williams at 7 with "Colors of the Wind", Blues Traveler secured the 8th spot with "Run-Around", "He's Mine" from MoKenStef and "Only Wanna' Be With You" by Hootie & the Blowfish gave the group their third Top 10 song from the album Cracked Rear View.
Toni Braxton takes top honor
2000: Toni Braxton won the Aretha Franklin Award for Entertainer of the Year at the Soul Train Lady of Soul show. Destiny's Child, Angie Stone and Mary J. Blige each captured two statuettes each.
2003: The Clash received a lifetime achievement award at the GQ Men of the Year awards in London.
2004: Ciara and Petey Pablo had the #1 song with "Goodies".
2005: Kanye West blasted U.S. President George W. Bush in his appearance at A Concert for Hurricane Relief, saying he "doesn't care about black people" and did not respond quickly enough to flooding as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
2012: Mark Abrahamian, guitarist who worked with Starship, Christopher Cross, John Cafferty, Pat Travers and Tommy Tutone, died of a heart attack at age 46.
Born This Day:
1939: Bobby Purify of the brother duo James & Bobby Purify ("I'm Your Puppet") was born in Tallahassee, Florida.
1939: Sam Gooden of the Impressions 1940: Jimmy Canton ("Just a Dream") was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1943: Joe Simon ("The Chokin' Kind") was born in Simmesport, Louisiana.
1943: Rosalyn Ashford of Martha and the Vandellas was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1951: Mik Kaminski, violin player of ELO, was born in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England.
1956: Fritz McIntyre, keyboardist of Simply Red, was born in Birmingham, England.
1958: Jerry Augustyniak, drummer of 10,000 Maniacs, was born in Sloan, New York.
1969: K-Ci Hailey of Jodeci was born in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1975: Tony Thompson, lead singer of Hi-Five, was born in Waco, Texas.