31st JANUARY

1953: Perry Como was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes’. 1957: Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & His Comets, ‘Rock Around More »

30th JANUARY

1956: Elvis Presley started recording what would be his first album at RCA’s New York Studios. Songs recorded included his version the Carl Perkins song ‘Blue Suede Shoes’. 1958: On the first More »

29th JANUARY

1942: BBC radio aired a new program ‘Desert Island Discs’ presented by Roy Plomley, which went on to become the longest running UK radio show. 1944: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: More »

28th JANUARY

1956: Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), made his first National Television appearance on the Dorsey brother’s “Stage Show”. 1963: Touring the UK The Beatles played at the Majestic Ballroom More »

27th JANUARY

1956: Elvis Presley’s single, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was released by RCA Records, who had just purchased Presley’s contract from Sun Records for $35,000. The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and More »

 

15th SEPTEMBER

1956: Elvis Presley started a five-week run at No.1 on the US charts with ‘Don’t Be Cruel’.

1959: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Sleep Walk,” Santo & Johnny.

1961: A group from Hawthorne, California called The Pendletones attend their first real recording session at Hite Morgan’s studio in Los Angeles.

1962: An early Beatles press call doesn’t go too well. After meeting the band members, the Daily Mirror‘s Peter Jones decides they are “a nothing group.”

1962: The Four Seasons started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sherry’, it made No.8 in the UK. They became the first American group to have three No.1’s in succession.

1963: The Rolling Stones perform at the Great Pop Prom at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

1964: The Beatles, on tour in the USA, appeared at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio.

1965: The Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles on sale in the US.

1966: The Small Faces were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Or Nothing’, their only No.1 hit.

1966: John Lennon makes his first appearance away from the Beatles in the role of Private Gripweed in Richard Lester’s film ‘How I Won the War’. He writes “Strawberry Fields Forever” during the filming.

1967: Filming continued for The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’.

1968: The Doors were forced to perform as a trio at a concert in Amsterdam after singer Jim Morrison collapsed while dancing during the Jefferson Airplane’s performance.

1969: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Sugar, Sugar,” The Archies. Chart Toppers ranks the song as the No. 1 single of the year.

1969: Ed Sullivan, a great patron of rock, makes his own stab at musical stardom with his recording “The Sulli-Gulli.” Credited to the Ed Sullivan Singers & Orchestra, it fails to chart. Pictured: Ed Sullivan with the Beatles

1978: Bob Dylan kicked off his longest and most continuous US tour of his career in Augusta, Maine, playing the first of sixty-five gigs in sixty-two cities.

1979: Bob Dylan releases his album Slow Train Coming.

1979: Led Zeppelin scored their sixth US No.1 album when ‘In Through The Out Door’ started a seven-week run at the top of the charts.

1984: Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Relax’ became the longest running chart hit since Engelbert Humperdink’s ‘Release Me’, after spending 43 weeks on the UK singles chart.

1987: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” Michael Jackson with Siedah Garrett.

1998: The Band’s tenth and final studio album, ‘Jubilation,’ is released on the River North label. Original members Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson are joined by such friends as Eric Clapton and John Hiatt.

1990: George Michael scored his second UK No.1 solo album with his second release ‘Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1’.

1990: The Steve Miller Band had a UK No.1 with ‘The Joker’ 16 years after it’s first release.

1990: Wilson Phillips had their second US No.1 with ‘Release Me’, a No.36 hit in the UK.

1998: Reba McEntire joins the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2003: Abba tribute acts overtook Elvis impersonators in the battle of British covers singers according to a survey. The Swedish group jumped from third most tributed act in 2001 to top in 2002 with imitators like Abba Fever and Voulez Vous putting on Abba shows.

2006: The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool where The Beatles played their first gig was given a Grade II listed building status after a recommendation from English Heritage.

2014: Apple released a tool to remove U2’s new album from its customers’ iTunes accounts six days after giving away the music for free.

2004: With three awards each, Usher and OutKast are the top winners at the 16th annual World Music Awards.