01st AUGUST

1963: The first ‘Beatles Monthly’ was published. A magazine devoted to the group, it continued for 77 editions until 1969.

1964: The Beatles scored their fifth US No.1 single in seven months when ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ went to the top of the charts.

1964: Billboard Magazine reported that the harmonica was making a comeback in a big way.

1965: During a UK tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at the London Palladium supported by The Walker Brothers, The Fourmost, Steampacket featuring Rod Stewart and Sugar Pie Desanto with The Shevelles.

1969: The three day US Atlantic City Pop Festival took place at the Atlantic City race track with BB King, Janis Joplin, Santana, Three Dog Night, Dr John, Procol Harum, Arthur Brown, Iron Butterfly, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Little Richard, Tim Buckley, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, The Mothers Of Invention and Canned Heat.

1970: The film ‘Performance’ featuring Mick Jagger in his acting debut, had its UK premiere in London.

1971: George Harrison’s Bangladesh concert benefit at Madison Square Garden.

1980: Def Leppard made their US live debut when they appeared at the New York City concert opening for AC/DC.

1981: MTV cable channel is launched. The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star” is the first music video shown.

1981: Australian singer Rick Springfield started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Jessie’s Girl’, which later won the singer a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

1981: Welsh singer Shakin’ Stevens had his second UK No.1 single with his version of ‘Green Door’, which had been a hit in the US for Jim Lowe in 1956.

1987: Bob Seger scored his first US No.1 single with the Harold Faltermeyer penned ‘Shakedown’, which was taken from the film ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’.

1987: Los Lobos were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Ritchie Valens song ‘La Bamba’, which was also a No.1 hit in the US.

1987: MTV Europe was launched, the first video played being ‘Money For Nothing’ by Dire Straits.

1998: The Spice Girls scored their seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Viva Forever’.

1999: Ronan Keating scored his first UK No.1 solo single with ‘When You Say Nothing At All’.

2000: AC/DC kicked off their 140 date Stiff Upper World Lip Tour at the Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

2004: Red Hot Chili Peppers top the UK albums chart with Live at Hyde Park.

2004: Ashlee Simpson started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Autobiography.’

2004: Busted scored their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Thunderbirds / 3am.’

2007: Prince kicked off a series of 21 sold out UK shows at London’s O2 arena.

2007: The Police played the first of two sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City on their Reunion Tour.

2009: Daughtry went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Leave This Town’, the bands second studio album.

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