~ 1925 – Bill Haley was born
~ 1957 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney were introduced to each other
~ 1940 – Ringo Starr was born Richard Starkey
~ 1967 – The Monkees opened a national tour with Jimi Hendrix as the opening act.
~ 1958 – The first gold record album was presented by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The award went to the soundtrack “Oklahoma!”
~ 1998 – The Roy Orbison Estate filed a $12 million royalty suit against Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
~ 1995 – Grateful Dead perform their final show,at Chicago’s Soldier Field
~ Jack White was born
~ 1955 – The Bill Haley & His Comets single “Rock Around the Clock” hit #1 on Billboard’s Pop charts. This was the first time a rock and roll recording accomplished this feat.
~ 1947 – Arlo Guthrie was born – 1942 – Ronnie James Dio was born
~ 1968 – Eric Clapton announced that Cream would break up following a farewell tour.
~ 1975 – Fleetwood Mac released their self titled album
~ 1993 – The Ike and Tina Turner film biography “What’s Love Got To Do With It” opened. It stars Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishburne as Ike Turner.
The screenplay was adapted by Kate Lanier from the book I, Tina written by Tina Turner and Kurt Loder. Both Ike and Tina Turner assigned rights to Lanier for their lives to be dramatized in the film. The film’s soundtrack featured the hit song “I Don’t Wanna Fight”, which went to number one in seven countries. In the United States, the film grossed almost $40 million.
Angela Bassett recalls meeting Tina Turner for the first time so the singer could see for herself who would be playing her; when Tina appeared, she walked up to Angela, looked her up and down, smiled, and said out loud, ‘She’s perfect!’
~ 1935 – At age 17, Ella Fitzgerald recorded her first songs. The two songs were “Love and Kisses” and “I’ll Chase the Blues Away.”
~ 2015 – In Gothenburg, Sweden, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) fell off the stage and broke his leg. He had his leg set backstage and returned to perform more songs.