- 1966 - The Byrds played the first of an 11 night engagement at the Whisky-A-Go-Go, West Hollywood, California. (Legacy Recordings)
- 1968 - The first Isle of Wight was held on 31 August and 1 September 1968, with Jefferson Airplane, Arthur Brown, The Move, Smile, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Plastic Penny and The Pretty Things.
- 1973 - Rolling Stones release "Goat's Head Soup."
- 1974 - John Lennon testified in U.S. federal court that former President Richard M. Nixon attempted to have him deported over his involvement in anti-war protests.
- 1976 - George Harrison lost the lawsuit accusing him of unconsciously plagiarizing his song My Sweet Lord from the Chiffons' song, "He's So Fine."
- 1969 - Written by Rick Evens in 1964, Zager and Evans hit No.1 on the charts with 'In The Year 2525.'
- 1972 - John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Elephant's Memory, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, and Sha Na Na headlined two One To One benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden.
- 1988 - Bruce Springsteen's wife Julianne filed for a divorce.
- 1958 - Alan Freed's "Big Beat Show" opened at the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.
- 1958 - George Harrison joined John Lennon and Paul McCartney in the band Quarrymen.
- 1964 - Rob Orbison's ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ was released. It took four weeks to reach the top of the charts.
- 1966 - The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California
- 1967 - The final episode of "The Fugitive" aired.
- 1976 - Mathis James "Jimmy" Reed died at the age of 50 in San Francisco, following an epileptic seizure.
- 1811 - Percy Bysshe Shelley and Harriet Westbrook eloped.
- 1931 - "You Rascal You" was recorded by Henry Allen, with the Luis Russell Band.
- 1955 – Black teenager Emmett Till is brutally murdered in Mississippi, galvanizing the nascent American Civil Rights Movement.
- 1957 – U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond begins a filibuster to prevent the Senate from voting on Civil Rights Act of 1957; he stopped speaking 24 hours and 18 minutes later, the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single Senator.
- 1961 - Tamla Records released the Marvelettes first single, ‘Please Mr. Postman’.
- 1963 – March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech.
- 1964 - After playing a show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York, The Beatles meet Bob Dylan for the first time at The Delmonico Hotel. Dylan and mutual journalist friend Al Aronowitz alter rock history when they introduce the Fab Four to ummm... their friend Mary Jane.
- 1965 - The Rolling Stones signed a five-year recording deal with Decca Records, and announced Allen Klein would co-manage the band.
- 1965, Bob Dylan played Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York City. Dylan played the first set solo acoustic, the second electric set featured with Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Harvey Brooks and Al Kooper.
- 1968 – Riots in Chicago, Illinois, during the Democratic National Convention.
- 1968 - Simon & Garfunkel began a five-week stay at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Bookends'. The duo's fourth studio album featured 'America', 'Mrs. Robinson' and 'A Hazy Shade of Winter'.
- 1972 - Alice Cooper had the no. single with 'School's Out.'
- 1981 - Producer Guy Stevens died at the age of 38 years old.
- 1996 - Issac Hayes, who co-wrote the Sam and Dave's classic 'Soul Man', sent a protest letter to Bob Dole, requesting the presidential candidate to stop using his song, which supporters had changed to 'I'm A Dole Man.'
- 1970 - Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studio opened in New York City.
- 1970 - Duane Allman started recording with Eric Clapton's new band, Derek & the Dominoes.
- 1980 - Tom Peterson quit Cheap Trick due to the "personal and musical differences," but returned to the group in 1988.
- 1967 - Brian Wilson returned to performing live with The Beach Boys in Honolulu after after taking two years off.
- 1970 - Elton John made his first live appearance in the U.S. at "The Troubadour" in Los Angeles, CA. He was the support act for David Ackles. Among those in the audience were Don Henley, Quincy Jones and Leon Russell.
- 1970 - The celebrate to opening of Jimi Hendrix's new studio, a party was held in 'Electric Ladyland' studios in New York City.
- 1975 - Bruce Springsteen's album "Born to Run" was released.
- 1963 - Stevie Wonder became the first artist ever to score a No.1 album and single in the same week.
- 1966, The Doors started recording their first album in Los Angeles.
- 1968 - The Who's drummer, Keith Moon,drove a Lincoln into the pool of a Holiday Inn in Flint, MI, during a celebration of his birthday.
- 1969 - The motion picture based on Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" premiered in New York and Los Angeles.
- 1990 - Sinead O'Connor refused to perform if the United States National Anthem was played before her Homdel, N.J., concert.
- 1962 - John Lennon married Cynthia Powell at the Mount Pleasant Registry Office in Liverpool, England.
- 1968 - Ringo Starr temporarily quit The Beatles during the White Album sessions.
- 1932 - The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) began its first TV broadcast in England.
- 1938 - Count Basie recorded "Jumpin’ at the Woodside."
- 1956 - Elvis began work on his first movie, "Love Me Tender," originally entitled "The Reno Brothers."
- 1962 - The first TV appearance of The Beatles
- 1964 - Martha & The Vandellas' "Dancing In The Streets" was released.
- 1964 - The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go" hit number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart. It was their first number-one single.
- 1964 - Liberty Records reported the album "The Chipmunks Sing the Beatles" was selling 25,000 copies a day.
- 1966 - Jerry Lee Lewis was signed to play Iago in "Catch My Soul," a rock version of Shakespeare's "Othello."
- 1969 - The Beatles met at John Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park home in England for their final ever photo session.
- 1978 – The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FLSN) occupies national palace in Nicaragua.
- 1998 - "The Howard Stern Radio Show" premiered on CBS to about 70% of the U.S.
- 1938 - Fats Waller records "Ain't Misbehavin'."
- 1961 – Motown releases "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes, the label's first #1, later covered by the Beatles.
- 1994 - John Denver was charged with drunken driving after crashing his Porsche into a tree.
- 1995 - R.E.M. sued Hershey Foods, claiming the company exploited its name when it ran a "Kit Kat - R.E.M. Concert" sweepstakes in Hershey candy bars. The suit was eventually dropped.
- 1996 - Ex-Talking Heads lead singer and main songwriter David Byrne sued to prevent the rest of the band from touring under the moniker "The Heads." The suit was settled out of court.
- 1965 - Andrew Loog Oldham, manager of the Rolling Stones, and his partner Tony Calder launched Immediate records.
- 1967 - The New York Times reported about a noise reduction system for album and tape recording developed by technicians R. and D.W. Dolby.
- 1968 - The University of Tennessee reported that a guinea pig subjected to days of rock music played at 120 decibels had suffered acute hearing damage.
- 1969 - Last time John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr gathered together at London's Abbey Road studios.
- 1969 - Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers of Invention right after an eight-day tour in Canada. Zappa said that he was "tired of playing for people who clap for all the wrong reasons."
- 1973 - Bruce Springsteen performed the first night of a seven night run at Oliver's in Boston, Massachusetts.
- 1972 - NBC-TV presented "The Midnight Special" for the first time, hosted by John Denver. It became a regular series the following February. Guests included Mama Cass, The Everly Brothers, The Isley Brothers, Harry Chapin, Linda Ronstadt, Argent and Helen Reddy.
- 1973 - Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson were married.
- 1977 - The Sex Pistols began an undercover UK tour as The SPOTS (Sex Pistols On Tour Secretly).
- 1937 - The first FM radio construction permit was issued in Boston, MA. The station went on the air two years later.
- 1966 - Paul Jones left Manfred Mann, and was replaced by singer Mike D’Abo.
- 1969 - During the filming of 'Ned Kelly' in Australia, Mick Jagger was accidentally shot in the hand.
- 1977 – Steve Biko is arrested.
- 1978 - The Who's "Who Are You" was released.
- 1979 - Nick Lowe and Carlene Carter were married.
- 1959 – "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis, the much acclaimed and highly influential best selling jazz recording of all time, is released.
- 1970 - Christine (Perfect) McVie joined Fleetwood Mac.
- 1973 - Paul Williams of the Temptations was found dead by police. It was later ruled a suicide.
- 1974 - Rick Wakeman was replaced Patrick Moraz in the Prog Rock band Yes.
- 1982 – The first Compact Discs (CDs) are released to the public in Germany.
- 1986 - Rick Allen played his first concert with Def Leppard since losing his left arm in a car accident.
- 1938 - American blues musician Robert Johnson died at the age of 27.
- 1962 - Ringo Starr was picked to replace Pete Best as the drummer for the Beatles.
- 1966 - The Monkees' first single, "Last Train to Clarksville," was released on Colgems.
- 1974 – Punk Rock pioneers The Ramones play their first show in a local New York club named CBGB.
- 1975 - Peter Gabriel announced that he was leaving the group Genesis.
- 1977 - Elvis Presley dies.
- 1983 - Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher were married.
- 1985 - Madonna and Sean Penn were married.
- 1939 – The Wizard of Oz premiered at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California.
- 1958 - Buddy Holly and Maria Elena Santiago were married in a private ceremony at his parents home in Lubbock, Texas.
- 1965 – The Beatles play to 56,000 fans at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York.
- 1969 – The three day Woodstock music festival opens in Bethel, New York.
- 1958 - Elvis Presley's mother Gladys died.
- 1962 - Pete Best loses job as Beatles drummer. Last gig following night at The Cavern.
- 1965 - The McCoys' "Hang On Sloopy" was released on Bang Records.
- 1967 - All U.K. offshore pirate radio stations were closed down due to the marine broadcasting act. Radio Caroline continued until the following March.
- 1970 - Stephen Stills was arrested on cocaine possession charges at a motel in La Jolla, CA.
- 1971 - Rod Stewart released "Maggie May."
- 1975 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running release in film history, opens at the USA Theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.
- 1976 - The Steve Miller Band's "Rock 'N Me" was released on Capitol.
- 1976 - Nick Lowe's debut solo single, "So It Goes," was released on Stiff Records.
- 1985 - Michael Jackson outbid Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono for the ATV music-publishing catalog.
- 1988 - Roy Buchanan committed suicide by hanging himself in a jail in Fairfax, VA.
- 1938 - Robert Johnson played a show at a roadhouse outside Greenwood, Mississippi. According to legend, Johnson was poisoned by the bar owner, and died several days later.
- 1952 - The Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton recorded the original version of "Hound Dog."
- 1965 - Stage debut for The Jefferson Airplane at San Francisco's Matrix Club.
- 1965 - The Beatles soundtrack album "Help!" was released in the United States.
- 1971 - King Curtis was stabbed to death outside his New York home. He recently played on John Lennon's "Imagine" LP. He was only 37.
- 1990 - Curtis Mayfield was paralyzed after a light rack fell on him before a concert in Brooklyn, N.Y.
- 1995 - R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe has surgery for a hernia.
- 1877 - Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.
- 1940 - Will Bradley and his trio recorded "Down the Road Apiece."
- 1952 – The Night of the Murdered Poets: 13 prominent Jewish intellectuals are murdered in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union.
- 1958 – Art Kane photographs 57 notable jazz musicians in the black and white group portrait "A Great Day in Harlem" in front of a Brownstone in New York City.
- 1960 - The Silver Beetles recruited drummer Pete Best.
- 1964 - The Beatles first film, ‘A Hard Days Night,’ directed in black and white by Richard Lester, opened in 500 American cinemas.
- 1966 - John Lennon apologized at a news conference in Chicago, IL, for his remark that "the Beatles are more popular than Jesus."
- 1967 - Fleetwood Mac made their stage debut in Great Britain at the Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival.
- 1970 - A Woody Guthrie memorial concert held at the Hollywood Bowl.
- 1971 - John & Yoko donated £1,000 to the Clyde Shipbuilders Scottish Union fighting fund. The workers refused to stop work after losing their jobs.
- 1988 - "The Last Temptation of Christ" opened.
- 1952 - Hank Williams was fired from the Grand Ole Opry and told not to return until he was sober.
- 1966 - At a press conference held at The Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago, John Lennon apologized for his remarks that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus"
- 1969 - Diana Ross invited 350 guests to The Daisy Club in Beverly Hills to see the newest Motown act, The Jackson 5.
- 1972 - Elvis and Pricilla Presley filed for divorce after five years of marriage.
- 1970 - Jim Morrison's trial for allegedly exposing himself onstage in Miami, FL, began.
- 1972 - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for drug possession after a Wings concert in Gothenburg Sweden. Paul was fined $1,000 and Linda $200.
- 2002 - Lisa Marie Presley married actor Nicolas Cage at a resort in Hawaii.
- 1930 - Betty Boop had her beginning in "Dizzy Dishes," created by Max Fleischer.
- 1936 - Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. He was the first American to win four medals in one Olympics.
- 1942 - Mohandas K. Gandhi was arrested Britain. He was not released until 1944.
- 1974 - U.S. President Richard Nixon formally resigned. Gerald R. Ford took his place, and became the 38th president of the U.S.
- 1978 - Muddy Waters performed at a White House picnic for U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
- 1995 - Jerry Garcia guitarist and singer from The Grateful Dead dies from a heart attack at the Serenity Knolls rehabilitation clinic in San Francisco aged 53
- 1923 - Benny Goodman, at the age of 14, took a job as a clarinet player on a Chicago-based excursion boat on Lake Michigan.
- 1960 - 25,000 copies of "Tell Laura I Love Her" were destroyed by U.K.'s Decca Records. It was said that the song was "too tasteless and vulgar for English sensibility."
- 1963 - The Oregon band the Kingsmen release "Louie Louie." Many radio stations ban the song when they decide the indecipherable lyrics must be obscene.
- 1964 - The single by The Young World Singers called 'Ringo For President' was released in the U.S.
- 1969 - The photo session for the cover of The Beatles 'Abbey Road' album took place on the crossing outside Abbey Road studios
- 1970 - Janis Joplin bought a headstone for the grave of blues singer Bessie Smith. Smith was one of Joplin's idols.
- 1974 – President Richard Nixon, in a nationwide television address, announces his resignation from the office of the President of the United States effective noon the next day.
- 1957 - The Quarry Men played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, (without Paul McCartney who was away at Boy Scout summer camp). The Cavern was still a jazz club, but skiffle was tolerated, but when John Lennon dared to play ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, the club owner sent a note to the stage saying, "Cut out the bloody rock!"
- 1964 - The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Scott, Tuby Hayes, Manfred Mann, Yardbirds and Mose Allison all appeared at the fourth Richmond Jazz Festival held over three days in Richmond, England.
- 1965 - Herman's Hermits went to No.1 on the singles chart with 'I'm Henry VIII I Am'. The single was only released in the US.
- 1965 - The Turtles' remake of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" was released.
- 1974 - Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band) and Faye Dunaway were married. They divorced in 1979.
- 1987 - A Los Angeles judge threw out a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The lawsuit had been filed by the parents of a teenager who had committed suicide while listening to Ozzy's song, "Suicide Solution.
- 1940 - Columbia Records cut the price of its 12-inch classical records. The records were priced $1.00. RCA Victor followed two weeks later.
- 1965 - The Voting Rights Act was signed by U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson
- 1970 - An anti-war rock festival was held at Shea Stadium in New York. Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Steppenwolf and Johnny Winter were the acts. During the concert, Janis sang a duet of "What the World Needs Now" with Dionne Warwick and reunited with Big Brother & The Holding Company.
- 1971 - Procul Harum recorded a concert with the Edmonton Symphony in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Portions would later be included in the album "Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra."
- 1973 - Stevie Wonder was seriously injured in a car accident. He permanently lost his sense of smell. He was in a coma for four days.
- 1987 - The Beastie Boys sued the city of Jacksonville, FL for including the phrase "mature audience" on their concert tickets and ads.
- 1957 – American Bandstand, a show dedicated to teenagers by playing the songs and showing popular dances of the time, debuts on the ABC television network.
- 1962 – Nelson Mandela is jailed. He would not be released until 1990.
- 1965 - Jan Berry of Jan and Dean was accidentally knocked off a camera car and broke his leg on the first day of filming a new film Easy Come, Easy Go. Several other people were also hurt, causing Paramount to cancel the movie entirely.
- 1966 - The Beatles album "Revolver" (14 track version) was released in the U.K.
- 1969 - George Harrison had his new Moog synthesizer brought into the studio for The Beatles to use in finishing their forthcoming album ‘Abbey Road’. Moog overdubs were recorded onto ‘Because.’
- 1975 - Stevie Wonder signed a $13 million contract to cover seven years. The contract was the largest contract in the recording industry at the time.
- 1980 - The Osmonds split up.
- 1983 - Crosby Stills Nash & Young member David Crosby was sentenced to five years in jail in Texas for cocaine and firearms offenses. Crosby had slept through most of his trial.
- 1984 - Bruce Springsteen played the first of ten nights at the Meadowlands in New Jersey to mark the homecoming of the Born in the USA Tour.
- 1985 - Bruce Springsteen kicked off the fourth leg of his Born in the USA world tour at the Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington D.C.
- 1927 - Jimmy Rodgers recorded "Sleep Baby Sleep" and "Soldier's Sweetheart."
- 1956 - Elvis Presley's RCA 45 r.p.m. single, "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" was released.
- 1957 - The Everly Brothers made their second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and introduced their upcoming single, "Wake Up Little Susie" and the song "Bye Bye Love."
- 1958 – The Billboard Hot 100 is published for the first time.
- 1967 - Pink Floyd released their debut album "The Piper At the Gates of Dawn," on which most songs were penned by Syd Barrett.
- 1980 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began recording their album "Double Fantasy."
- 1963 - The Beatles made their final appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. They had performed nearly 300 shows at the club since 1961.
1963 - The first ever edition of 'Ready Steady Go! was shown on UK TV.
- 1963 - The Beach Boys released "Surfer Girl."
- 1963 - Allan Sherman released "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadda."
- 1966 - The Rolling Stones recorded "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby" in L.A.
- 1971 - Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new band Wings
- 1974 - Jeff Baxter quit Steely Dan and joined the Doobie Brothers.
- 2007 - Queen guitarist Brian May handed in his astronomy PhD thesis - 36 years after abandoning it to join the band. May had recently carried out observational work in Tenerife, where he studied the formation of "zodiacal dust clouds".
- 1961 - The Beatles began their engagement as regular headliners at Liverpool's Cavern Club. They performed about 300 shows over the next two years.
- 1962 - Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan.
- 1963 - Eric Clapton quits The Roosters to form Casey Jones and the Engineers.
- 1964 - The Beatles appeared at the Gaumont Cinema in Bournemouth. One of the supporting acts was The Kinks.
- 1969 - Bob Dylan attends his high school reunion in Hibbing, Minn.
- 1977 - The Who buy the Shepperton film studios in London.
- 1980 - CBS UK finally releases The Clash's single 'Bank Robber' after it been available as an import only.
- 1960 - Chubby Checker's "The Twist" was released.
- 1960 - Elvis Presley was named Public Enemy #1 by the East German newspaper, "Young World.
- 1963 - "Beatles Monthly" publishes first issue this month.
- 1971 - Two Concerts For Bangla Desh took place at Madison Square Garden.
- 1973 - The movie "American Graffiti" opened.
- 1977 - The book "Elvis: What Happened?" went on sale. The book was written by two of Elvis' ex-bodyguards.
- 1980 - George Harrison formed a production company called "Hand Made Films Productions."
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