1957: Buddy Holly began recording "Peggy Sue" in Clovis, New Mexico.
1957: Dick Clark announced he was scheduling a series of Caravan of Stars.
1959: This artist would go on to score 30 hits in the Rock Era, but on this date he first appeared on the chart with his debut single--"Kissin' Time"--Bobby Rydell.
1959: "The Battle Of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton held down #1 for a 6th week. "Personality" by Lloyd Price was a strong #2 for a third week with "Lonely Boy" from Paul Anka closing to #3 and "Dream Lover" by Bobby Darin coming in at #4.
1961: Del Shannon had the top song in the U.K. with "Runaway".
1963: The Surfaris rode the wave from 86 to #51 with their great instrumental "Wipe Out".
1963: "Surf City" crashed the Top 10 for Jan & Dean, moving from 20 to 10.
1966: Neil Diamond made his national television debut on the ABC television show American Bandstand.
1966: The Beatles gave a concert in Tokyo and over 500 police were needed to keep fans from the stage.
1967: Graham Nash wrote the song "Marrakesh Express" while on tour with the Hollies in Yugoslavia.
1967: Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones was found guilty of allowing his property to be used for smoking marijuana and was fined and sentenced to one year in jail. Fellow jailbird Mick Jagger was found guilty of illegal possession of pep pills and was sentenced to three months behind bars.
1968: Pink Floyd performed a free show in London's Hyde Park to promote their new album A Saucerful of Secrets. Jethro Tull and T. Rex also performed.
1968: Aretha Franklin urged people to "Think" with her third week at #1 on the R&B chart.
1968: Herb Alpert owned the #1 Adult song for the fourth straight week--"This Guy's In Love With You".
"Old Friends"/Bookends Theme"...
1968: The great album Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel took over from the soundtrack to The Graduate as the #1 album. The Beat of the Brass from Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass was still 3, Disraeli Gears from Cream was #4 and Honey by Bobby Goldsboro was #5.
1969: Led Zeppelin played two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1969: Shorty Long ("Here Comes The Judge"), singer, songwriter, musician and producer for Motown Records, drowned at the age of 29 when his sailboat sank off of Sandwich Island in Ontario, Canada. (Note: some websites report Long died in Detroit, Michigan. He died on the Ontario side of the Detroit River.)
1970: Chicago released the single "25 Or 6 To 4".
1973: Vocalist Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover left Deep Purple following a concert in Osaka, Japan.
1974: Neil Peart replaced John Rustey on drums for Rush.
1974: Three superb songs made their first entry into the Top 10 on this date--it was a great summer for music. The Hues Corporation had "Rock The Boat" moving from 12-6, George McCrae's great song "Rock Your Baby" slid up from 15-9 and John Denver climbed up from 27 to 10 with "Annie's Song".
1974: Gordon Lightfoot scored his second #1 as "Sundown" hit the top spot in the country.
1975: The Doobie Brothers and Eagles performed in Oakland, California. Elton John dropped by to sing a song with each group.
1976: Elvis Presley Boulevard was dedicated in Memphis, Tennessee.
1976: Jefferson Starship released their album Spitfire.
1976: Boz Scaggs released the single "Lowdown".
1977: Fleetwood Mac performed in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York.
1978: Peter Frampton was injured in a serious car crash in the Bahamas, suffering a broken arm and cracked ribs.
1979: Lowell George died of a heart attack brought on by drugs at the age of 34 while on tour with Little Feat in Arlington, Virginia.
1980: The Eagles were in concert at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
1984: Motown Records shipped two million copies of the Jacksons' album Victory.
1984: Bruce Springsteen performed at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
1985: Mick Jagger and David Bowie began recording their remake of the Martha & the Vandellas classic "Dancing In The Street". (Note: several websites falsely say the song was recorded only on the 29th. The duo started recording on the 29th, but it was not completed until 13 hours later, which took them into the morning of the 30th.)
1985: U2 played at Droke Park in Dublin, Ireland.
The Eurythmics had another Top 10 song...
1985: Bryan Adams remained at #1 with "Heaven", holding off Phil Collins and "Sussudio". Duran Duran edged to #3 with "A View To A Kill" while Prince & the Revolution were stuck at 4 with "Raspberry Beret". The rest of the Top 10: Madonna had her seventh hit and sixth Top 10 in a row with "Angel", Survivor moved up nicely from 10-6 with "The Search Is Over", Tears for Fears were down to 7 with their former #1 "Everybody Wants To Rule The World", the Eurythmics entered the Top 10 with "Would I Lie To You?" (moving from 14-10), Howard Jones came in at #9 with "Things Can Only Get Better" and the Mary Jane Girls were "In My House".
1991: Paul Abdul commanded the top spot with "Rush, Rush" for a third week in a row.
1991: Cher had the top album in the U.K. with Love Hurts.
1991: When you're on top of both the Popular chart and the Adult Contemporary chart, you own about 2/3 of the rock audience. That's what Paula Abdul had when "Rush, Rush" reached #1 on the AC chart.
1994: Barbra Streisand garnered $16 million in sales from concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden, setting a record for the largest-grossing concert series of all-time.
1996: Record producer George Martin of the Beatles received Knighthood in Great Britain.
"Let It Flow"...
"You're Makin' Me High"...
1996: It was a pretty solid Top 10 other than the #1 song, which was highly overrated. Toni Braxton had a huge double-sided #2 smash with "You're Makin' Me High" and "Let It Flow". Tracy Chapman remained at 3 with "Give Me One Reason". The rest of the Top 10: "Always Be My Baby" from Mariah Carey was her 19th hit, her 15th Top 10 and, being a former #1, it was her 11th chart-topper, "Because You Loved Me" was another former #1 from Celine Dion at #6, Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen teamed up for the "Theme From 'Mission: Impossible", Los Del Rio entered the Top 10 for the first time after 28 weeks on the chart with "Macarena" (It would go on to become one of the biggest hits of the Rock Era), the Tony Rich Project slipped to #9 with their smash "Nobody Knows" and Alanis Morissette was at 10 with "Ironic".
1997: Sheryl Crow, Sting and Van Morrison highlighted the final day of the Glastonbury Festival in England.
1999: Michael Jackson suffered severe bruises as the result of a 50-foot fall when a bridge collapsed at Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany.
2000: Trouble was catchy once you joined the Rolling Stones. Ron Wood checked himself into a rehab center for alcohol addiction.
2000: Nine people were trampled to death and 26 were injured after falling in the mud in front of the stage at a Pearl Jam concert at the Roskilde Festival near Copenhagen, Denmark. (Note: some websites report that eight people died. The official count was nine, according to the magazine 'Rolling Stone'.)
2003: Robbie Williams performed in front of 62,000 fans in Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland.
2003: Beyonce had the top album in the U.K. with Dangerously in Love.
2003: Monica owned the #1 U.S. album with After the Storm.
2004: Beyonce captured Best Female R&B artist, Jay-Z won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and "Crazy In Love" won for Best Collaboration at the BET Awards. Outkast was named Best Group while their single "Hey Ya!" won for Video of the Year.
2006: In today's edition of "Inmates Run Rap Music", DMX was sentenced to return home (jail) in White Plains, New York after he failed to appear at a traffic violation hearing. Then he could be with all of his "homies"!
2008: Neil Diamond, John Mayer, Gilbert O'Sullivan and the Verve headlined the closing day of the U.K. Glastonbury Festival.
Born This Day:
1938: Billy Storm of the Alley Cats was born in Dayton, Ohio.
1940: L. Russell Brown, who wrote "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree", "C'mon Marianne" and others, was born in Newark, New Jersey.
1943: Little Eva was born in Belhaven, North Carolina; died April 10, 2003, 18 months after being diagnosed with cervical cancer.
1948: Ian Paice, drummer of Deep Purple and Whitesnake, was born in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England.
1953: Colin Hay of Men at Work was born in Saltcoats, Scotland. (Note: several websites mistakenly say he was born in Kilwinning, Scotland. According to Colin on his official website, he was born in Saltcoats.)
1960: Evelyn "Champagne" King ("Shame" from 1978) was born in the Bronx, New York.
1978: Nicole Scherzinger, lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, was born in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
1979: Tim McCord, bass guitarist for Evanescence, was born in Sacramento, California. (Note: some websites claim Tim McChord of Evanescence was born on this date. The group has never had a bass player by that name--the correct spelling is McCord.)
1979: Richard Breen, singer for Five, was born in London.