1936 Billie Holiday becomes the first major artist to record the classic song “Summertime,” which was featured in the musical Porgy and Bess a year earlier.
1937 Rockabilly singer Jumpin’ Gene Simmons is born in Mississippi. He begins his music career at Sun Records as an opening act for Elvis Presley. He is best known for his 1964 novelty single “Haunted House”. Simmons died at age 73 in his hometown on August 29, 2006, after a long illness.
1937 Singer and TV personality Sandy Stewart, known for the 1963 hit “My Coloring Book,” is born Sandra Galitz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1941 Ian Whitcomb born in Woking, Surrey. English entertainer, singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. As part of the British Invasion, his hit song “You Turn Me On” reached number 8 on Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965.
1942 Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, known professionally as Rodriguez born in Detroit, Michigan. American singer-songwriter from Detroit, Michigan. His career initially proved short lived in the United States, but unknown to Rodriguez his albums became extremely successful and influential in South Africa, where he is believed to have sold more records than Elvis Presley.
1943 Digger Revell (Gary Hildred) born in Dubbo, NSW. Australian Singer.
1943 Jerry Miller born in Tacoma, Washington. American songwriter, guitarist and vocalist with Moby Grape, (1967 album ‘Moby Grape’).
1944 John Dymond, (Beaky) born in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Uk Guitarist & Drummer with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, (1968 UK No.1 single ‘Legend Of Xanadu’).
1947 Arlo Guthrie born in New York City, New York. US singer, songwriter, son of folksinger Woody Guthrie, (1967 album ‘Alice’s Restaurant’, 1972 US No.18 single ‘The City Of New Orleans’).
1948 John Whitehead born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. R&B Singer, Composer & Producer of McFadden & Whitehead.On May 11, 2004, John Whitehead was murdered. In an apparent case of mistaken identity, he was shot while fixing a car outside his home in Philadelphia. The case remains unsolved. Whitehead was 55 years old. He is buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia.
1949 Dave Smalley born in Oil City, PENNSYLVANIA. US Guitarist with the The Raspberries. , (1967 US No.1 and UK No.8 single ‘Groovin’). The Raspberries, (1972 US N.5 single ‘Go All The Way’).
1948 Ronnie James Dio (Ronald Padavona) born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Former lead vocalist with English band Rainbow. & later Black Sabbath. He died on May 16, 2010, of metastasized stomach cancer.
1950 Greg Kihn born in Baltimore, Maryland. US singer with the Greg Kihn Band, (1983 US No.2 & UK No.63 single ‘Jeopardy’).
1950 The US music show Your Hit Parade premiered on NBC-TV. The program, which featured vocalists covering the top hits of the week, had been on radio since 1935. It moved to CBS in 1958 but was canceled the following year, unable to cope with the rising popularity of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
1950 The Victor Talking Machine Company trademarks the phrase “His Master’s Voice,” which refers to the dog in their logo (Nipper) listening to a record player because he thinks it is his owner. The company later becomes the record label RCA Victor
1954 Neil Tennant born in Northhumberland, England. He formed the Petshop Boys with Chris Lowe (1986 UK & US No.1 single ‘West End Girls’, plus 3 other UK No.1 singles and over 20 UK Top 40 hits), ex editor of music paper Smash Hits.
1954 Producer Sam Phillips took an acetate of Elvis Presley singing ‘That’s All Right’ to DJ Dewey Phillips at Memphis radio station WHBQ. After Dewey played the song on the air around 9:30 that evening, listeners flooded the phone lines, requesting to hear the song again.
1958 EVERLY BROTHERS RECORDING SESSION At RCA Victor Studios in Nashville, DON & PHIL cut “DEVOTED TO YOU”
1959 Sandy West born in born in Long Beach, California. Drummer, founding member of US all girl group The Runaways. In 2005, West, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer which later spread to her brain, and she died on October 21, 2006 at the age of 47.
1960 Martyn P Casey born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. English-born Australian rock bass guitarist. He has been a member of The Triffids, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. Casey plays either his Fender Precision Bass or Fender Jazz Bass.
1961 Bobby Lewis started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tossin’ and Turnin’, the longest running No.1 single of 1961, spending seven weeks at the top of the chart.
1961 “Every Beat Of My Heart” by Pips peaked at #6 on the US singles chart.
1961 “The Boll Weevil Song” by Brook Benton peaked at #2 on the US singles chart.
1962 Christopher “Play” Martin (of Kid ‘N Play) is born in Queens, New York City.
1963 LESLEY GORE RECORDING SESSION At A&R Studios in New York, working with Producer QUINCY JONES, she cuts “SHE’S A FOOL.”
1964 200,000 Liverpudlians took to the streets to celebrate The Beatles return to Liverpool for the northern premiere of the group’s first film ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ The group were honored in a public ceremony in front of Liverpool Town Hall and as The Beatles stood on a balcony looking at the large crowd gathered below, John Lennon, gave a few Nazi “Sieg Heil” salutes. Not everyone appreciated his sense of humor.
1964 Graham Lambert, guitar, Inspiral Carpets, (1990 UK No.14 single ‘This Is How It Feels’).
1964 The Beatles released the single “A Hard Day’s Night”/”Things We Said Today” in the U.K.
1964 The Beatles’ album “A Hard Day’s Night” was released in the U.K., hitting number one there, as well as in America after its U.S. release in August. That same day, 500,000 fans packed the route they took to a Liverpool civic reception.
1965 Peter DiStefano (guitarist for Porno For Pyros) is born in Santa Monica, California.(1993 US No.3 & UK No.3 self-titled album).
1965 The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Beatles VI’, the groups fifth No.1. Including ‘Eight Days A Week’.
1965 The Rolling Stones started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, the group’s first chart-topper there. In the UK, the song was initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.
1965 “Wonderful World” by Herman’s Hermits peaked at #4 on the US singles chart.
1965 Sonny and Cher release “I Got You Babe.” in the USA.
1965 Wilson Pickett releases “In The Midnight Hour.” in the USA.
1966 Johnny Tilotson, The Jive Five, The Tymes, The Shangra-Las and local band The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals) all appeared at the Surf ‘n See Club in Seabright New Jersey.
1967 Bobbie Gentry’s first single, “Ode To Billie Joe,” is released on this day in the USA. It would go on to top the Hot 100 for four weeks.
1967 Kenny Rogers leaves the The New Christy Minstrels and forms The First Edition, who have a hit the next year with “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).”
1968 Eric Clapton announced that Cream would break-up after their current tour.
1968 The Nice were banned from appearing at London’s Royal Albert Hall after burning an American flag on stage. Two years later, Keith Emerson, leader of the Nice, joined Greg Lake and Carl Palmer in Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
1969 The funeral of Rolling Stone Brian Jones took place in his home town at Hatherley Road Parish Church, Cheltenham. Canon Hugh Evan Hopkins read Jones’ own epitaph, ‘Please don’t judge me too harshly’. Bill Wyman, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts from The Stones attended the funeral.
1969 The Temptations Show, a Motown special featuring the group, airs in syndication. They perform, among other hits, “Get Ready,” “Cloud Nine,” and “Runaway Child, Running Wild.”
1970 Jason Orange born in Crumpsall in Manchester.Vocalist with Take That, (1995 UK No.1 single ‘Back For Good’ plus seven other UK No.1 singles).
1970 Gary LeVox, singer, Rascal Flatts, (2004 US country No.2 single ‘I Melt’, 2006 US No.1 album ‘Me And My Gang’).
1970 Johnny Cash recorded Sunday Morning Coming Down. After being ignored for weeks, the song’s composer Kris Kristofferson personally delivered the song one Sunday morning to Cash. He piloted a helicopter and landed on Cash’s front lawn!
1972 “A Song For You” album by Carpenters was certified Gold by the RIAA. Including Top Of The World, Hurting Each Other and Goodbye To Love.
1972 “School’s Out” album by Alice Cooper was certified Gold by the RIAA
1974 Imelda May, Irish singer who has worked with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour.
1974 David Bowie played the first of five dates at The Tower Theatre in Philadelphia the recordings of which made up the ‘David Live’ album released later that year.
1975 Gregg Allman and Cher’s famously rocky marriage almost ends in divorce after only 10 days, but Cher changes her mind three weeks later and the couple tough it out for a few more years, officially divorcing in 1979.
1975 Gladys Knight & the Pips debut their own summer variety music show on NBC TV. In America.
1976 One hit wonders Starland Vocal Band started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Afternoon Delight’, it was also their only hit in the UK making No.18 on the chart.
1976 “Shop Around” by Captain & Tennille peaked at #4 on the US singles chart.
1976 “I’ll Be Good To You” by Brothers Johnson peaked at #3 on the pop singles chart.
1976 Rod Stewart scored his sixth No.1 UK album when ‘A Night On The Town’ went to the top.
1977 Cher gives birth to Elijah Blue Allman, her first and only child with Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers.
1977 Queen release their “We Are The Champions”/”We Will Rock You” single in the UK, providing stadium anthems for sporting events the world over.
1978 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious after falling from the stage during a Stones concert at the Coliseum, St Paul, Minnesota.
1979 “Dynasty” album by KISS was certified Platinum by the RIAA
1979 Chuck Berry was sentenced to five months in jail after being found guilty of tax evasion.
1980 Jessica Simpson born in Waco, Texas. US singer, (2000 UK No.7 single ‘I Wanna Love You Forever’). Featured on MTV ‘Newlyweds’ show with her husband ex 98ø member Nick Lachey.
1980 Bob Marley and the Wailers began what would be Marley’s last ever UK tour when they appeared in Dublin, Ireland.
1980 “Sexy Eyes” single by Dr. Hook was certified Gold by the RIAA
1980 “Eat To The Beat” album by Blondie was certified Platinum by the RIAA
1980 During their 23 date ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ tour U2 appeared at The Clarendon Hotel in London.
1981 Rick James releases “Super Freak.” in Aneruca,
1982 “Any Day Now” by Ronnie Milsap peaked at #14 on the US singles chart.
1982 “Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard On Me” by Juice Newton peaked at #7 on the pop singles chart. Love’s also been hard on David Tanny all those years as well.
1982 “Do I Do” by Stevie Wonder peaked at #13 on the US singles chart.
1985 Playboy publishes nude photos of Madonna taken before she was famous
1985 Tina Turner stars opposite Mel Gibson in the post-apocalyptic action flick Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Turner sings two hit songs for the movie: “One Of The Living” and “We Don’t Need Another Hero.”
1986 Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia goes into a diabetic coma, forcing the band to cancel the rest of their tour. He’s in the coma for five days, and when he comes to, he has to learn how to walk and talk again. After months of rehab, he gets his faculties back and in December, and is once again on stage with his band.
1987 Producer and record company executive John Hammond died. He brought Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen to Columbia Records. Hammond also worked as a producer with Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.
1989 David F Pearsall age 18 from Manchester, New Jersey was charged with theft after stealing a guitar at a concert in Riverfront Park belonging to Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi.
1989 “Big Daddy” album by John Mellencamp was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA
1989 The Monkees get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, all four Monkees reunite for the first time – Mike Nesmith was a holdout on their reunion tour.
1989 “Toy Soldiers” single by Martika was certified Gold by the RIAA
1990 “Wilson Phillips” album by Wilson Phillips was certified Platinum by the RIAA
1990 “The Wild, The Innocent, & The E Street Shuffle” album by Bruce Springsteen was certified Platinum by the RIAA
1993 Girl trio SWV started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Weak’, a No.33 hit in the UK.
1993 “Dazzey Duks” by Duice peaked at #12 on the US singles chart.
1993 Bob Seger marries his third and wife, Juanita Dorricott.
1997 Chrissie Hynde married sculptor Lucho Brieva at Marylebone registry office.
2002 Wanda Day, drummer for 4 Non Blondes, dies of a drug overdose.
2002 David Bowie, Suede, Divine Comedy, Green Day, No Doubt, Paul Weller, Ian Brown, Joe Strummer, New Order, Doves and Shed 7 all appeared at the four day Move festival, Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, England.
2004 American Idol winner Fantasia’s “I Believe” hits #1 on the US singles chart.
2005 The four members of Led Zeppelin were voted the UK’s ideal supergroup after 3,500 music fans were asked to create their fantasy band for Planet Rock Radio. Jimmy Page won best guitarist, followed by Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore. John Paul Jones was named top bassist, with John Bonham, who died in 1980, winning best drummer and Robert Plant beat the late Freddie Mercuryto best singer
2005 George Strait was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Somewhere Down In Texas’, the US country singers third No.1 album.
2008 The drum skin used on the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper album sold for £541,250 ($1m) at Christie’s Memorabilia auction in London. Other items sold included John Lennon’s lyrics for ‘Give Peace a Chance’ which sold for £421,250 ($832,257) and a pair of tinted prescription sunglasses belonging to Lennon, which he wore for the cover of the single ‘Mind Games’, sold for £39,650 ($79,000). A rare 1/4 inch reel to-reel master tape recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at the Woburn Music Festival in 1968 went for £48,050 ($95,000), a Marshall amplifier used by Hendrix in concert fetched £25,000 ($50,000).
2009 Robert Plant is officially a Commander of the British Empire after being bestowed with the title by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace
2010 The audience attending a benefit for Palestinian children in Oxfordshire, England, knew they were going to be entertained by David Gilmour. What they didn’t know was that Gilmour’s onetime Pink Floyd bandmate Roger Waters was going to drop in for a surprise four-song set. Waters said in a Facebook posting that he agreed to do it after Gilmour agreed to join him for a performance of The Wall in March 2011 in Europe. The last time the two had been on stage together was at the 2005 Live 8 London concerts.
2011 A pub in Dundee, Scotland called Lennon’s Bar was forced to change the name of the venue and remove all Beatles memorabilia the former Beatles wife Yoko Ono threatened legal action for copyright infringement.
2012 Slash, of late Guns N’ Roses fame, gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Charlie Sheen is master of ceremonies at the event, and comments, “It seems quite fitting that Slash is getting a star on the very street Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on.” Oooooooooh, burn
2015 John Fogerty filed a countersuit alleging that his former bandmates in Creedance Clearwater Revival had breached their contract in which he allowed them to use the name Creedence Clearwater Revisited while touring and playing the music they recorded together four decades ago. Fogerty’s action, claimed that Creedence bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford had not paid him in more than three years under terms of the agreement they set up more than a decade ago.
2015 The documentary Amy is released. The film, directed by Asif Kapadia, chronicles the short life of British singer Amy Winehouse. Hard-living Winehouse won five Grammy awards for her 2006 album Back To Black. She died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning in 2011.
2016 Cliff Richard instructed lawyers to make formal legal complaints to South Yorkshire Police and the BBC over their handling of a police raid on his home in 2014. Police investigating historical sex allegations launched an investigation in 2014, which was filmed by the BBC.
2016 Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry suffers a cardiac arrest while performing with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, fellow members of the supergroup The Hollywood Vampires, in Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. The 65 year old is rushed to Coney Island hospital, where’s he’s listed in stable condition.
2017 With nearly 2.9 billion views, “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puthbreaks the record for most-viewed video on YouTube, overtaking “Gangnam Style” by PSY. In August, it is overtaken by “Despacito.”
1936 Billie Holiday becomes the first major artist to record the classic song “Summertime,” which was featured in the musical Porgy and Bess a year earlier.