1961: Brook Benton had the top Easy Listening song with "The Boll Weevil Song".
1961: Bobby Lewis had the top R&B song for the third straight week with "Tossin' and Turnin'".
1965: Beatles VI was #1 for the second week in only its fourth week of release while Herman's Hermits On Tour was #2.
1965: It was a good time in music with "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones remaining at #1, the classic Four Tops song "I Can't Help Myself" still at #2 after reaching #1 itself, Herman's Hermits with the fun "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" at #3 and the Byrds at 4 with their classic "Mr. Tambourine Man". The rest of the Top 10: "Cara Mia" from Jay & the Americans, Barbara Mason's "Yes, I'm Ready", "Seventh Son" by Johnny Rivers at #7, Ian Whitcomb's "You Turn Me On", Jackie DeShannon with "What the World Needs Now is Love" at #9 and moving from 17-10, Tom Jones with "What's New Pussycat?".
1965: The Four Tops were spinning right as "I Can't Help Myself" was the #1 R&B song for the seventh consecutive week.
1967: The Monkees released the single "Pleasant Valley Sunday".
1968: The Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine premiered at the London Pavilion.
1971: Two solo artists debuted on the chart with their first singles. Rod Stewart's first song was "Maggie May".
1971. Bill Withers released his first single--"Ain't No Sunshine".
1971: Detroit D.J. Tom Clay's great rendition of "What the World Needs Now is Love/Abraham, Martin and John" moved from #84 to #49.
1971: Carole King had the top Adult Contemporary song for the fourth straight week with "It's Too Late".
Stanley, Idaho with majestic Sawtooth Mountains in the background
1971: Stanley, Idaho's Carole King remained at #1 on the album chart for the fifth week with Tapestry.
Carly Simon hit the Top 10 with her first single
1971: Carole King had one of the Top Songs of the Rock Era*, "It's Too Late" at #1 for a fourth week. Boise, Idaho's Paul Revere and the Raiders were at #2 with "Indian Reservation". James Taylor was making a strong move (6-3) with "You've Got a Friend" while the biggest career hit for Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds--"Don't Pull Your Love" edged up to #4. The rest of the Top 10: "Treat Her Like a Lady", the great song from Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose, Mr. Big Stuff from Jean Knight, the Carpenters on their way down with "Rainy Days and Mondays", Tommy James' first solo hit "Draggin' the Line" moving from 14-8, an even faster riser "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" from the Bee Gees and "That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be" from Carly Simon.
1972: The Who released the single "Join Together".
1974: The innovative Moody Blues opened their own recording studio in London which would be the first to allow recordings in quadrophonic sound.
1974: The Eagles performed at the Mississippi River Festival in Edwardsville, Illinois.
1974: The United States Office of Immigration and Naturalization Services ordered John Lennon to leave the country within 60 days. Let me get this straight--they're in a big hurry to get one of the most respected men ever to walk the planet out of the country but they're fine with 12 million illegal people getting free medical care? (socialized medicine).
1976: Neil Diamond achieved his fourth #1 Adult Contemporary song with "If You Know What I Mean".
1976: The Bee Gees stepped up from #51 to #25 with "You Should Be Dancing".
The great title track from Breezin'...
1976: Wings at the Speed of Sound was the #1 album, followed by the Beatles' Rock 'N' Roll Music, a #2 album released six years after their breakup. George Benson's superb Breezin' was #3 with Chicago X moving up to #4 and the self-titled Fleetwood Mac at 5. The rest of the Top 10: Aerosmith's Rocks at #6, Frampton Comes Alive! at #7, Beautiful Noise from Neil Diamond, Look Out for #1 at 9 and Changesonebowie by David Bowie rounding out the list.
Starbuck hit the Top 10
1976: "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band was #1 for the second week, with the Manhattans getting impatient waiting at #2 with "Kiss and Say Goodbye". The Brothers Johnson held on to #3 with their great summer smash "I'll Be Good to You", the Andrea True Connection was at position #4 with "More, More, More" and newcomer Starbuck moved up from 13-5 with "Moonlight Feels Right". The rest of a solid Top 10: Gary Wright's "Love Is Alive", the Captain & Tennille with "Shop Around", the Beatles' 65th hit "Got To Get You Into My Life" at #8, "Silly Love Songs" from Wings at #9 and the Beach Boys' 45th hit "Rock and Roll Music".
1977: Steve Winwood released his first solo self-titled album.
1978: A new rock group was trying to make a go of it on this date. Cheap Trick released their first single "Surrender".
1978: Simple Minds played their first gig at the Satellite Club in Glasgow, Scotland.
1979: Elite guitarist Gary Moore left the group Thin Lizzy.
1980: Led Zeppelin began their final tour.
1982: Ronnie Milsap maintained the #1 position on the AC chart for the fifth week with "Any Day Now".
1982: Asia owned the top album for the fifth week with their self-titled debut.
.38 Special reached the Top 10
1982: The Human League held on to #1 for a third week with "Don't You Want Me" while Toto's superior "Rosanna" remained second for the third week. "Hurts So Good" by John Mellencamp had #3 with "Hurts So Good" and Survivor were making their move with "Eye of the Tiger". The rest of the Top 10: "Let It Whip" from the Dazz Band, Fleetwood Mac moved up from 12 to 6 with "Hold Me", Juice Newton scored her fourth straight Top 10 with "Love's Been a Little Bit Hard On Me", Soft Cell moved up to #8 with "Tainted Love", the Motels were at 9 with "Only the Lonely" and once again .38 Special claimed the #10 spot with their great song "Caught Up in You".
1987: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones signed with Virgin Records as a solo performer.
1991: Lynyrd Skynyrd added several new members and began a world tour in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1991: James Brown was released after two years in prison.
1992: Cover your ears! Guns N' Roses, Metallica and Faith No More were on the same bill at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
1993: Take That reached #1 in the U.K. with "Pray".
1993: U2 had the top U.K. album with Zooropa.
1993: Music lovers had been craving for good music so much that Barbra Streisand's album Back to Broadway debuted at #1. Janet by Janet Jackson fell to #2. Core by the Stone Temple Pilots at #3 and Breathless from Kenny G at #7 are the only other Top 10 albums worth mentioning.
1993: Expose rose to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with their great song "I'll Never Get Over You (Getting Over Me)".
1994: Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss made a surprise visit to a Kiss Convention.
1995: Robbie Williams left the group Take That.
1995: Rod Stewart set a Wembley Stadium record with a concert crowd of 90,000.
1996: Jimmy Chamberlin was fired from the Smashing Pumpkins, a week after being arrested in connection with the drug death of touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin.
1996: Chas Chandler, bass guitarist for the Animals who later became Jimi Hendrix's manager, recruited musicians to be in the Jimi Hendrix Experience and managed Slade, died of a heart condition at Newcastle Hospital at the age of 58.
1996: The Eagles were in concert at Feyenoord Stadium in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
1997: Blink-182 released the album Dude Ranch.
1997: Michael Jackson performed at Wembley Stadium in London.
1999: Kevin Wilkinson, drummer with Howard Jones who also worked with Squeeze, hung himself at home at the age of 41.
2003: Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were interviewed on the NBC show Dateline.
2005: James Blunt controlled the U.K. with "You're Beautiful" and Back to Bedlam holding down the #1 positions on the single and album chart, respectively.
2005: R. Kelly rose to the top of the album chart in the U.S. with TP.3 Reloaded.
2006: Dave Navarro, guitarist with Jane's Addiction, and Carmen Elektra announced they were divorcing.
1939: Spencer Davis, founder, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with the Spencer Davis Group, was born in Bon-y-maen, Swansea, Wales.
1942: Gale Garnett ("We'll Sing in the Sunshine" from 1964) was born in Auckland, New Zealand.
1947: Wolfgang Flur, who played electronic drums for the group Kraftwerk (the great song "Autobahn" from 1975), was born in Frankfurt, Gemany.
1947: Mick Tucker, drummer of Sweet, was born in Harlesdon, England; died of leukemia on February 14, 2002.
1949: Mike Vale, bass guitarist for Tommy James & the Shondells
1949: John Wetton, singer/songwriter/bass guitarist and keyboardist who played in King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heap and Asia was born in Derby, England.
1950: Phoebe Snow (Phoebe Ann Laub) was born in New York City; died April 26, 2011 of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 60.1950: Damon Harris, member of the Temptations from 1971-1975, was born in Baltimore, Maryland; died of prostate cancer in a Baltimore, Maryland hospice.
1952: Nicolette Larson was born in Helena, Montana; died December 16, 1997 in Los Angeles at the age of 45 from cerebral edema brought on by liver failure.
1963: Regina Belle was born in Englewood, New Jersey.