The number one album today in 1961 was Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” …
… while the number one single was a request:
Today in 1968, filming began for the Rolling Stones movie “Rock and Roll Circus,” featuring, in addition to the group, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, The Who, Eric Clapton and Jethro Tull, plus clowns and acrobats.
The film was released in 1996. (That is not a typo.)
The number one British single today in 1971:
Today in 1972, James Brown was arrested for trying to incite riot at a concert in Tennessee. After Brown threatened to sue the city for $1 million, the charges were dropped.
Today in 1973, Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley got the Keith Richards Defiance of Death Award when he was knocked unconscious after touching a short-circuited light during a concert in Florida. Frehley was carried from the stage, but returned 10 minutes later to finish the concert.
The number one single today in 1982:
The number one British single today in 1993 was later voted the most irritating number one Christmas single in a poll:
Today in 1998, a bottle thrown from the crowd hit Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson at their concert in Tucson, Ariz. While trying to eject a man from the crowd, a security guard was stabbed.
Today in 2001, actor David Soul won a lawsuit against London theater critic Matthew Wright. Wright had written a review critical of Soul’s performance at, he said, a performance on a Monday. The play wasn’t performed on Mondays, which meant Wright had criticized Soul’s performance without actually seeing it.
Birthdays begin with Perez Prado:
Curtis Williams of Kool and the Gang:
Justin Currie played bass for Del Amitri: