This Day in Music History

In 1962
Ricky Nelson records “Teenage Idol.”
In 1964
Johnny Rivers makes his first network TV appearance when he sings “Memphis” on ABC’s “American Bandstand.”
In 1964
“Wishin’ & Hopin'” by Dusty Springfield enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965
The Beatles begin the first show of their European tour at the Palais des Sports in Paris, France.
In 1966
The New York Times reports George Harrison of the Beatles and Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones had taken up the sitar. Jones would use the instrument on “Paint It Black.”
In 1969
Jimi Hendrix accepts what was then the largest fee paid to a rock act for a single performance, $125,000 to play the Newport Jazz Festival.
In 1969
David Bowie signs with Mercury Records, which releases the single “Space Oddity.” The single was re-released by RCA in 1973.
In 1970
“Cinammon Girl” by Neil Young is certified gold.
In 1972
The Tallahatchie bridge made famous by Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode To Billie Joe,” collapses.
In 1973
Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand” celebrates its 20th anniversary with a show that featured Little Richard, Paul Revere & the Raiders and Three Dog Night.
In 1975
Herb Alpert hosts NBC-TV’s “The Midnight Special” with guests Billy Preston, Captain & Tennille and Supertramp.
In 1977
Steve Winwood releases his first solo album, “When The Eagle Flys.”
In 1980
Bob Dylan’s first all religious album, “Saved,” is released.
In 1980
“The Blues Brothers” film, featuring cameos by James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker and Booker T. & the MG’s, opens.
In 1983
Duane Eddy opens his first U.S. tour in 15 years in San Francisco.
In 1986
Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tina Turner, Paul Young and Phil Collins perform at the Prince’s Trust Concert at Wembley in England.
In 1987
Boston ends its 8-year seclusion when they perform at the 10th annual Texas Jam at the Cotton Bowl.
In 1987
Frank Sinatra loses his voice after performing “Singing In The Rain” in the rain at Verona, Italy. His Milan appearance was canceled.
In 1987
Teddy Pendergrass weds Karen Still.
In 1987
“Head To Toe” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1988
Elton’s John’s album “Reg Strikes Back” is released.
In 1989
Cher’s single “If I Could Turn Back Time” is released.
In 1992
“Please Don’t Go” by K.W.S. enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1992
“I’ll Be There” by Mariah Carey hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1994
It’s reported the former Beatles have recorded new material for the first time in 24 years. The songs are to be part of an upcoming documentary about the Fab Four to air on ABC-TV.
In 1994
The Rolling Stones begin rehearsing for their “Voodoo Lounge” tour at a compound just outside of Toronto.
In 1995
The albums “Foo Fighters” by Foo Fighters and “Tigerlily” by Natalie Merchant are both released.
In 1996
The members of the Grateful Dead perform together for the first time since the death of Jerry Garcia at the Furthur Festival in Atlanta.
In 1997
“Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace)” by Bob Carlisle hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart. It was the first contemporary Christian album to make it to #1 on the Billboard Hot 200.
In 1997
“You Were Meant For Me” by Jewel is certified platinum.
In 1997
Lawrence Payton (the Four Tops) dies from liver cancer at age of 59.
In 1998
Pearl Jam opens its North American tour in Missoula, Montana.
In 2000
Bruce Springsteen helps police arrest some scalpers outside Madison Square Garden, when before the show he and security guards walked through the crowd pointing out illegal ticket sellers.
In 2006
Claydes “Charles” Smith, co-founder and lead guitarist of Kool & The Gang, dies after a long illness. He was 57.