1960: Chubby Checker performed his smash hit "The Twist" on American Bandstand.
Elvis closed in on #1 with "It's Now or Never"...
1961: Elvis Presley released the single "Little Sister".
1964: Bob Dylan released his album Another Side of Bob Dylan on Columbia Records.
1965: The Animals, the Spencer Davis Group, and Long John Baldry helped conclude the three-day National Jazz and Blues Festival in Richmond, Surrey, England.
1966: The Beatles released the double-sided single "Eleanor Rigby"/"Yellow Submarine".
1969: But the place to be in 1969 was at the Plumpton Race Track in East Sussex, England, for the ninth annual National Jazz and Blues Festival. Sussex was the fourth location in the event's history, following Richmond, Windsor, and Sunbury. Pink Floyd and Soft Machine were among the acts on opening night.
1970: Black Sabbath, Cat Stevens, Peter Green, the Chicago Climax Blues Band, Fotheringay, and the Strawbs thrilled fans at the 10th annual National Jazz and Blues Festival at the Plumpton Race Track in East Sussex, England. The Festival spread to four days for the first and final time.
1970: Blood, Sweat & Tears 3 moved into the #1 slot on the Album chart with CCR's great Cosmo's Factory close behind. The Soundtrack to "Woodstock" was the previous #1, followed by Let It Be from the Beatles and McCartney by Paul McCartney. The rest of the Top 10: ABC from the Jackson 5, Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Self Portrait by Bob Dylan, Chicago II moving into the Top 10 and the Who with Live at Leeds.
Alive & Kicking had one of the great-sounding songs of the summer...
1975: Cannonball Adderley ("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy") died of a stroke at the age of 46 while performing on stage in Gary, Indiana.
1981: The Pretenders began a second American tour in Fort Pierce, Florida.
1981: "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield held on to #1 but Diana Ross & Lionel Richie were gaining fast with "Endless Love", which moved from 14 to 2 on this date. Joey Scarbury's "Theme From 'Greatest American Hero' (Believe It Or Not)" was at 3 while Kenny Rogers remained at #4 with "I Don't Need You".
1983: The Police released the single "King Of Pain".
1986: David Crosby was released from prison after serving his sentence for drug and weapons possession in Huntsville, Texas.
T'Pau had one hit, but it was a great one...
1992: TLC had the #1 R&B song with "Baby-Baby-Baby".
2000: The head of security for James Brown was arrested in connection with an Augusta, Georgia fire that destroyed Brown's offices.
2005: Marc Cohn (the great 1991 song "Memphis") was shot in the head after his tour van was stopped in Denver, Colorado--he miraculously survived.
2005: In today's "Inmates Run Rap Music" segment, rapper Young Buck and Lloyd Banks were arrested for possessing a handgun and loaded gun.
2006: Travis Barker of Blink-182 filed for divorce from wife Shanna Moakler.
1949: Keith Carradine, actor and Oscar winner of best song from the movie Nashville ("I'm Easy) was born in San Mateo, California. (Note: some websites report that Keith was born in Modesto, California. According to the newspaper 'The New York Times', he was born in San Mateo.)
1949: Airrion Love, singer with the Stylistics, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1952: Anton Fig, who was the drummer for Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper, was born in Cape Town, South Africa.
1952: Ali Score, drummer with of A Flock of Seagulls, was born in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. (Note: some websites report he was born in 1956. Although there are no credible sources for his birth year, our best research indicates he was born in 1952. Some sites incorrectly state he was born in Beverley, Yorkshire, England. Yorkshire did not become a county until 1974, long after Ali was born. In 1952, Beverley was in the county East Riding of Yorkshire.)
1957: Dennis Drew, founding member and keyboardist of 10,000 Maniacs was born in Jamestown, New York. (Note: some websites report Drew was born on August 7, but the correct date of birth, according to the newspaper 'The New York Times', is August 8.)
1958: Christopher Foreman, guitarist with Madness, was born in London. (Note: some websites report Foreman was born in St. Pancras, London. St. Pancras is an area of London, and although there is a branch of the University College Hospital in St. Pancras, Christopher was born at the Hospital on Euston Road, which is in London, according to the book 'House of Fun: The Story of Madness' by John Reed.)
1961: The Edge (David Evans), guitarist of U2, was born in Barking, Essex, England. (Some websites claim Evans was born in Dublin, Ireland, but according to 'The Biography Channel', he was born in Barking.)
1961: Paul Jackson, bassist with T'Pau ("Heart And Soul" from 1987), was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England. (Note: some websites state Jackson was born in Telford, England. The town of Telford was named in 1968 when the Dawley New Town Amendment Order was made on November 29. Thus, in 1961, when Jackson was born, Telford did not exist.)
1968: Ian Moore, guitarist who has appeared with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and ZZ Top, was born in Berkeley, California.