11th AUGUST

1954: Bill Haley & the Comets crash into the top 40 with “Shake, Rattle and Roll.”

1956: Elvis Presley’s double sided hit ‘Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog was released.

1957: Tonight on The Big Beat, Jerry Lee Lewis guests for the second time, performing “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”

1962: Stax Records releases Booker T. & the MG’s “Green Onions.” The timeless instrumental peaks at No. 3 on the pop chart.

1962: The Beach Boys release “Surfin’ Safari,” which becomes their first top 40 single.

1962: The Isley Brothers hits #2 on the R&B chart and #17 on the pop chart with “Twist and Shout”.

1962: Neil Sedaka started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’, his first US No.1 as an artist.

1963: The Rolling Stones perform at the third National Jazz & Blues Festival in Richmond, England.

1964: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Everybody Loves Somebody,” Dean Martin. The song becomes the theme song to NBC’s “The Dean Martin Show” the following year.

1964: The Beatles started recording their fourth album (‘Beatles For Sale’, not yet titled), at EMI studios in London, England.

1964: The High Numbers, (later to become The Who), played at The Railway Hotel in Harrow, England.

1967: The Small Faces, The Move, Marmalade, Paul Jones, Pink Floyd, Amen Corner, Donovan, Zoot Money, Cream, Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown all appeared at this years UK Reading festival.

1967: Pink Floyd spend the day at Abbey Road Studios, where they work on recording “Apples and Oranges.” The song would later become their third single.

1974: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “The Night Chicago Died,” Paper Lace. The song is written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander.

1979: The Knack started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Get The Knack’.

1979: Led Zeppelin played their last ever UK show when they appeared at Knebworth House, England.

1984: Ray Parker JR. started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘Ghostbusters’.

1986: Monkee mania as the band’s first four LPs re-enter the Billboard albums chart.

1999: Kiss arrived on Hollywood Boulevard to unveil their star on The Walk Of Fame. The band had released over 30 albums and sold over 80 million records world-wide.

2001: Black Sabbath, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson all appeared at the Ozzfest at PNC Bank Arts Centre, New Jersey.

2002: Nelly and Kelly Rowland started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dilemma.’

2002: Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Rising’, the singers fifth US No.1.

2005: Mariah Carey sits atop the U.S. singles chart for a staggering 11th week with “We Belong Together.”

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