1952: Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles’ contract from Swingtime Records, where Charles had been recording in the mellower, bluesy style of Nat King Cole and Charles Brown.

1953: The Texas duo of Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery auditioned for radio station KDAV’s Sunday Party.

1956: Elvis Presley was at No.2 on the US singles chart with ‘Hound Dog’ being held off the top by The Platters ‘My Prayer’.

1956: 19 year old Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at Sun Records hoping for an audition, only to find that owner Sam Phillips was on vacation in Florida. Jerry Lee recorded some demos that Phillips would hear when he returned.

1957: The Biggest Show Of Stars package tour kicked off at Brooklyn Paramount featuring: Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Drifters, The Everly Brothers and Frankie Lymon.

1962: Tommy Roe went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sheila’, a No.3 hit in the UK.

1966: The Who’s single ‘I’m A Boy’ entered the UK chart peaking at No.2 giving the band their second No.2 hit.

1966: The Byrds played the first of an 11-night run at the Whisky-a-go-go, Hollywood, California.

1967: David Bowie released the single ‘Love You Till Tuesday’ which failed to reach the charts.

1967: Boz Scaggs joins the Steve Miller Band on guitar. After recording two albums with the group, Scaggs left in 1968. Since then he’s enjoyed solo success with hits like 1976’s “Lowdown.”

1974: The Osmonds were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Johnny Bristol song ‘Love Me For A Reason’, the group’s only UK No.1.

1975: No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Rhinestone Cowboy,” Glen Campbell.

1976: ‘Wish You Were Here’ was close to spending one year on the UK chart.

1977: Blondie, featuring former Playboy Bunny Debra Harry, signed their first major record company contract with Chrysalis Records.

1979: U2 released their very first record, an EP titled ‘U2-3.’

1979: INXS makes its performance debut in Sydney, Australia.

1980: Fleetwood Mac ended a nine-month world tour with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl.

1984: After a 25-year career, Tina Turner had her first solo No.1 single in the US with ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’.

2000: The Spice Girls had five places in a list of the UK Top 20 earning celebrity directors.

2002: Atomic Kitten started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the 1980 Blondie hit, ‘The Tide Is High.’

2002: Coldplay scored their second UK No.1 album with A Rush Of Blood To The Head.

2003: Sir Elton John tops the U.K. singles charts with “Are You Ready for Love.”

2010: Apple launches social network for music called Ping Steve Jobs: “It’s a social network all about music” Apple has launched a social network (ping) as part of the latest version of its iTunes software.

2013: Classic Beatles albums finally went platinum after the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) changed its sales award rules. Gold or platinum status has become synonymous with record success but the system has only been in place since 1973. This made Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club a triple-platinum album, having sold more than 900,000 copies since 1994.

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