1962: Kid Galahad starring Elvis Presley premiered in theaters. (Note: there are websites which report the film's release as July 25 (one quotes a 'Variety' magazine article about the movie premiere from July 25, 1962 which we cannot find. The official Graceland website reports that the film opened nationally in theaters on August 28 (some websites say August 29). Unfortunately, there are no sources which definitively decide the correct date for the premiere, but our best research indicates that the film premiered on August 11.)
The first hit for an all-female group that would take the world by storm, the premiere of a Beatles movie and the theme song from a disaster movie was at #1--all ahead on This Date in Rock Music History...
1963: The Rolling Stones and Long John Baldry performed at the National Jazz and Blues Festival, on the Richmond Athletic Grounds in Richmond, Surrey, England. The Stones were paid all of £30.
1963: The Kingston Trio were the mystery guests on the television show What's My Line?
1964: The Beatles began recording their album Beatles For Sale at EMI Studios in London.
1965: Sonny Bono performed "Laugh At Me" on the television show Shindig on ABC. The Rolling Stones, Donovan, the Ronettes and Bobby Goldsboro also performed.
1965: The Beatles' movie Help! premiered in the United States in New York City. The world premiere was at the Pavilion Theatre in London on July 6.
1966: The Beatles arrived at O'Hare Airport in Chicago for their final tour of the United States.
1967: Small Faces, the Move, Tomorrow, and Marmalade performed on the opening night of the seventh annual Jazz & Blues Festival at the Windsor Royal Racecourse in Windsor, England.
1968: It was an amazing conclusion to the 8th annual National Jazz & Blues Festival, which had moved to the Kempton Park Racecourse in Sunbury-on-Thames, England. Jethro Tull, the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Al Stewart, John Mayall, the Incredible String Band, and Chicken Shack (with Christine McVie) all performed.
1968: The Beatles announced the formation of Apple Records.
1969: Diana Ross invited 350 friends to a club in Beverly Hills, California to see a brand new act called the Jackson 5.
1972: The annual U.K. Festival, which began in 1961 as the National Jazz and Blues Festival in Richmond, had undergone several changes. The location had moved, first to Windsor, then to Sunbury, then to Sussex, before settling on Reading, now the permanent home of the event. It was now called the National Jazz, Blues, Folk & Rock Festival. Genesis, Nazareth and Mungo Jerry were among the acts on the opening day.
1973: Elton John was up big (74-34) with "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting".
Charlie Daniels and "Uneasy Rider"...
1979: Chic owned the top R&B song for the third week with "Good Times".
1979: ELO had a huge hit on their hands as "Don't Bring Me Down" motored up from #41 to #18.
1982: The Police performed at Stade Percival-Molson Stadium on the campus of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.1982: Donna Summer and husband Buce Sudano celebrated the birth of daughter Amada Grace Sudano.
1984: Lionel Richie had his second #1 on the AC chart from his great album Can't Slow Down as "Stuck On You" was #1 for a second week.
1984: Ray Parker, Jr. had his biggest career hit as "Ghostbusters" reached #1. That ended Prince's hold on the top spot with his great song "When Doves Cry".
1984: Purple Rain was in its fifth week of release with two at #1 on the Album chart. Sports by Huey Lewis & the News was now moving up after 45 weeks while Born in the U.S.A. fell to #3 after 8 weeks. The Jacksons had #4 with Victory and the Cars were back with another great album--Heartbeat City. The rest of the Top 10: Lionel Richie was still hanging around with Can't Slow Down after 40 weeks, Ratt couldn't climb with Out of the Cellar, the Soundtrack to "Ghostbusters", Tina Turner had a Top 10 album with Private Dancer and Billy Idol closed out the group with Rebel Yell.
1984: Prince made it seven weeks in a row with one of the top R&B songs of the 1980's--"When Doves Cry".
1990: Mariah Cary reached #1 on the R&B chart with her first single "Vision Of Love".
1992: Ray Charles sang "America The Beautiful" at the opening of the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1995: The funeral of Jerry Garcia was held in Belvedere, California.
2005: The Eagles performed at Harrah's Outdoor Arena in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.
1943: Kenny Gamble, who wrote so many great hits with Leon Huff, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1949: Eric Carmen of the Raspberries and a great solo star, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1954: Joe Jackson was born in Burton-on-Trent, England.