1958: "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters was the new #1 R&B song.
1962: Ray Charles made it six weeks in a row on top the R&B chart with "I Can't Stop Loving You".
1962: Charles' song was #1 on both the Popular chart and the Easy Listening chart for the fifth consecutive week.
1967: Vanilla Fudge made their live debut at Action House in Island Park, New York, in the first of three shows opening for the 5th Dimension. (Note: some websites claim the group made their live debut July 22, but according to the official website for Vanilla Fudge, their first show was June 30 in Island Park.)
1969: Fleetwood Mac performed in the show "Pop Proms" at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1971: CCR released the single "Sweet Hitch Hiker" on Fantasy Records.
1972: The Rolling Stones opened a tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The disease spread as 2,000 fans rioted, and the Stones walked off stage after only 30 minutes.
1973: The Spinners held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a fourth week with "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)".
1973: George Harrison returned to #1 as a solo artist with "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)", overtaking ex-Beatle teammate Paul McCartney & Wings, who fell to #2 with "My Love". Piano whiz Billy Preston, who played with the Beatles on "Get Back" as well as other songs, moved up to 3 with "Will It Go 'Round In Circles". Soul great Barry White had #4--"I'm Gonna' Love You Just A Little More Baby" while Paul Simon moved up to 5 with "Kodachrome". The rest of the Top 10: Sylvia was at 6 with "Pillow Talk", Clint Holmes had #7 with "Playground In My Mind", the Doobie Brothers slid up to #8 with "Long Train Runnin'", Dr. John was in the "Right Place Wrong Time" at #9 while Three Dog Night scored their 10th Top 10 song and 16th hit with "Shambala".
1975: A new female singer with a familiar last name released her first single. On this date, Natalie Cole released "This Will Be".
1975: The Jackson 5 announced they were leaving Motown for Epic Records. Since Motown owned their name, the group would change it to the Jacksons.
1975: Cher married Gregg Allman, four days after divorcing Sonny Bono.
1978: Jethro Tull, Robert Palmer and Flo & Eddie performed on the smash television show Midnight Special.
1979: Anne Murray remained at #1 for a third week on the AC chart with "Shadows In The Moonlight".
1981: Doctors discovered a gaping two-inch hole in the stomach of Jerry Lee Lewis after he was rushed to the hospital.
1983: The Everly Brothers announced they had reunited and would play a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall for the first time in 10 years.
1984: Lionel Richie's "Stuck On You" was the fastest-climbing song, rising from 72 to 49.
1984: "When Doves Cry from Prince took over at #1 on the R&B chart.
1984: Two remarkable lead singers--Heart's Ann Wilson and Loverboy's Mike Reno, combined for the new #1 Adult Contemporary song--"Almost Paradise" from the outstanding "Footloose" Soundtrack.
1984: Sports by Huey Lewis & the News became the new #1 album, topping the Soundtrack to "Footloose", which stepped down after 10 weeks. Bruce Springsteen was up to 3 after just two weeks on the chart with Born in The U.S.A. while the super Lionel Richie album Can't Slow Down was #4. The Cars had a super album at #5--Heartbeat City.
1986: Madonna released the outstanding album True Blue on Sire Records.
1986: Steve Winwood released the album Back in the High Life.
1989: The surviving members of the Beatles brought a suit against Dave Clark (formerly of the Dave Clark Five) to prevent him from selling copies of the television show Ready Steady Go! that featured the Beatles.
Billy Idol reached the Top 10...
1990: New Kids on the Block hit #1 with "Step By Step", moving the great Roxette song "It Must Have Been Love" out of the top spot. Bell Biv DeVoe remained at 3 while Phil Collins moved up with "Do You Remember?" and Wilson Phillips grasped on to #5 with "Hold On". The rest of the Top 10: A different "Hold On", this one by En Vogue, moved up to 6, After 7 had #7 with "Ready Or Not", Taylor Dayne was at 8 with "I'll Be Your Shelter", Glenn Medeiros moved into the Top 10 with "She Ain't Worth It" and Billy Idol reached the Top 10 for the fourth time in his career with "Cradle Of Love".
1992: Boyz II Men released the single "End Of The Road".
1994: Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam testified at a congressional hearing about rising concert ticket prices.
1999: Eric Clapton performed a concert to benefit his rehab center in Antigua.
2003: Fans everywhere were encouraged when Luther Vandross said his first words after his stroke that forced him into a coma. Sadly, Luther died two years later.
2004: Gloria Estefan announced that she would be through touring at the conclusion of her Live and Rewrapped Tour.
2004: Fantasia had the top song with "I Believe"/"Chain Of Fools".
2007: R.E.M. played the first of five concerts at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.
Born This Day:
1941: Larry Henley of the Newbeats ("Bread And Butter" from 1964), was born in Arp, Texas; died of Lewy Body Dementia in Nashville, Tennessee December 18, 2014.
1943: Florence Ballard of the Supremes was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1944: Glenn Shorrock, lead singer of the Little River Band, was born in Chatham, Kent, England. (Note: some websites report Shorrock was born in Rochester, Kent. While there are no credible sources for either place, our best research indicates he was born in Chatham.)
1946: Billy Brown of Ray, Goodman and Brown ("Special Lady" in 1980) was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
1949: Andy Scott, the great guitar player of Sweet, was born in Wrexham, Wales.
1951: Stanley Clarke, bass guitarist who teamed with George Duke for the 1981 hit "Sweet Baby", was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1953: Hal Lindes, who became the guitarist of Dire Straits in 1981 in time for their Making Movies album, was born in Monterey, California.
1956: Phillip Adrian Wright of the Human League was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. (Note: some websites report Phillip was born in Wakefield, England. According to 'MTV', he was born in Sheffield. Several websites naively say his county of birth was Yorkshire or South Yorkshire. Sheffield was located in the county of West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when its county became known as South Yorkshire. Since Phillip was born in 1956, 18 years before the change took place, you will never see South Yorkshire listed as Wright's County of Birth on his official birth certificate.)
1957: Doug Sampson, drummer of Iron Maiden, was born in Hackney, London, England.
1968: Philip Anselmo, lead singer of Pantera, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1969: Tom Drummond, bassist and vocalist of Better Than Ezra, was born in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1983: Cheryl Cole, singer/songwriter with Girls Aloud, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England.
1984: Fantasia Monique Barrino, winner of "American Idol" in the third season, was born in High Point, North Carolina.