The number one single today in 1961 was based on the Italian song “Return to Sorrento”:
Today in 1964, the Beatles appeared on the BBC’s “Ready Steady Go!”
During the show, Billboard magazine presented an award for the Beatles’ having the top three singles of that week.
Today in 1968, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Messina were all arrested by Los Angeles police not for possession of …
… but for being at a place where marijuana use was suspected.
Clapton was acquitted; the others paid fines.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono got married today in 1969:
Today in 1971, the Rolling Stones paid for this ad in British music publications:
The number one single today in 1971, sung by a singer who had died five months earlier:
The number one British single today in 1973:
Today in 1977, Lou Reed was banned from appearing at the Palladium in London because of his punk image.
Today in 1978, a 28-year-old man held up the office of Asylum Records in New York, demanding to see either Jackson Browne or the Eagles so he could ask them to fund his trucking company.
The man was told none were in the office, so he surrendered.
The number one single today in 1982:
Birthdays begin with Jerry Reed:
Jimmie Vaughan of the Fabulous Thunderbirds:
Carl Palmer played drums for Emerson Lake & Palmer and Asia:
Richard Drummie of Go West:
Slim Jim Phantom played drums for the Stray Cats:
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand:
One death of note today in 1991: Conor Clapton, Eric’s 4-year-old son: