1963: Stevie Wonder became the first artist of the Rock Era to have the #1 single ("Fingertips, Pt. 2") and the #1 album (The Twelve-Year-Old Genius) at the same time and the first to be #1 on those two as well as #1 on the R&B chart. "Fingertips" was #1 on the R&B chart for the fourth straight week.
1964: The Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.
1965: The Toys released the single "A Lover's Concerto".
1968: Deep Purple moved from 83 to 38 with "Hush".
1969: Arlo Guthrie's film of his legendary song "Alice's Restaurant" premiered in New York and Los Angeles.
1971: Lighthouse released the single "One Fine Morning".
1973: Commander Cody and Rory Gallagher ushered in the National Jazz, Blues and Rock Festival in Reading, England.
1974: Chicago took over the #1 spot on the Easy Listening chart with "Call On Me".
1974: Eric Clapton held on to the #1 album with 461 Ocean Boulevard. John Denver was still at #2 with Back Home Again, Elton John remained third with Caribou, Stevie Wonder moved up with Fulfillingness' First Finale, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive II was #5. The rest of the Top 10: Bad Company rocked up from 18 to 6 with their self-titled release, On Stage from Loggins & Messina was #7, Robin Trower had #8--Bridge of Sighs, Bob Dylan & the Band fell hard with Before the Flood and Paul McCartney & Wings remained at #10 after 36 weeks with Band on the Run.
1975: Queen began recording "Bohemian Rhapsody" at Rockfield Studio in Monmouth, Wales.
1976: A promising group from Australia, the Little River Band, released "It's a Long Way There" (but we'll always feature the long version above!). (Note: some websites naively say the single was released November 15. The song debuted on the 'Billboard' Singles chart on September 18, according to 'Billboard'. It is physically impossible for a song to be included on the Singles chart if it has not yet been released as a single.)
1978: Louis Prima, who had a hit with "That Old Black Magic" in 1958 with wife Keely Smith, died of pneumonia in New Orleans, Louisiana at age 67.
1979: B.B. King celebrated his 30th year in the music business in a special event at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Note: some websites claim the show was at the Roxy in Los Angeles. The Roxy Theatre is located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.)
1979: The Police, the Cure and Motorhead performed on the opening day of the annual Reading Festival in Reading, England.
1979: The Cars appeared at Central Park in Manhattan, New York.
John Parr was in the Top Five...
1997: Metallica, Bush, and the Verve performed on the final day at the three-day Reading Festival in Reading, England.
1998: Shania Twain had to cut her concert short in Syracuse, New York when lightning hit the ground 40 yards behind the stage.
1998: Gene Page, producer of Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Roberta Flack, Barry White, the Righteous Brothers and Dobie Gray, among others, died after a long illness in Westwood, California at the age of 58.
1999: Christina Aguilera released her self-titled debut album.
2003: Blur, the White Stripes and Beck headlined the final day of the U.K. Reading Festival in Leeds and Reading, England.
2005: Hilary Duff had the top album with Most Wanted, a compilation of her hits.
2008: Metallica, Slipknot, Feeder, Avenged Sevenfold, and the Plain White T's performed on the last day of the Carling Weekend Reading Festival in Leeds and Reading, England.
2007: Kings of Leon, Razorlight, and Jimmy Eat World were among the performers on opening day of the U.K. Carling Weekend Reading Festival in Leeds and Reading, England.
2014: Beyoncé captured four awards, including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, while Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball" at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Born This Day:
1938: David Freiberg, bassist of Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. (Note: several websites falsely report he was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Freiberg was born in Boston and later lived in Cincinnati, according to the band's official website and 'Billboard' magazine.)
1938: Mason Williams was born in Abilene, Texas.
1941: Ernie Wright of Little Anthony and the Imperials was born in Brooklyn, New York. (Note: some websites show his birth as 1939 or 1940. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was born in 1941.)
1942: Jimmy Soul ("If You Wanna' Be Happy") was born in Weldon, North Carolina; died of a heart attack June 15, 1988 in Spring Valley, New York.
1943: John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service was born in Berkeley, California; died May 29, 1989 in San Francisco of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a condition he had suffered with most of his life.
1944: James Brady of the Sandpipers was born in Los Angeles, California.
1945: Malcolm Duncan, saxophone player with the Average White Band, was born in Montrose, Scotland.
1945: Ken Hensley, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of Uriah Heap, was born in Plumstead, London, England. (Note: several websites report he was born in Hertfordshire, England. Although there are no reliable sources, our best research indicates that Ken was born in Plumstead, then moved with his family later that year to Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.)
1947: Jim Fox, drummer and organist of the James Gang
1951: Danny Joe Brown, lead singer of Molly Hatchet, was born in Jacksonville, Florida; died March 10, 2005 of renal failure in Davie, Florida.
1951: Mike Derosier, drummer of Heart
1955: Jeffrey Daniel of Shalamar was born in Los Angeles, California. (Note: Some websites report Daniel was born in 1957. According to United Press International and 'Soul Tracks', he was born in 1955.)
1961: Mark Bedford, bass guitarist for Madness ("Our House") was born in Islington, London, England.
1963: John Bush, lead singer of Anthrax, was born in Los Angeles, California.