This Day in Music History: Albums outsell singles for the first time in the UK, Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” hits #1 in the US


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1964 – Bob Dylan makes his first major concert UK appearance when he plays a Sunday afternoon show at the Royal Festival Hall in London listed as a “Folksong Concert.” Dylan’s 18-song set includes the live debut of “Mr. Tambourine Man.” In the interval, Dylan receives a telegram from John Lennon seeking a meeting which never materializes.

1967 – Don’t Look Back, a documentary on Bob Dylan’s 1965 British tour, premieres in San Francisco, CA.

1969 – It is reported that for the first time ever, album sales had overtaken single sales in the UK: 49,184,000 albums were produced during 1968, compared with 49,161,000 singles.

1974 – The Elton John TV special Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things airs on ABC.

1978 – The TV special The Carpenters: Space Encounters airs on ABC.

1980 – Just weeks after his harrowing incarceration in Tokyo, Paul McCartney appears (with wife Linda) as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

1983 – David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” tops the US chart, his second and last #1 in the country.

1989 – Rolling Stone ex-bassist Bill Wyman opens the first of his Stones-themed restaurants, Sticky Fingers, in London.

1990 – Nirvana plays their last show with drummer Chad Channing. Dave Grohl replaces him in September of this year after his band Scream splits up.

1995 – Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Fats Domino appear together for the first time in Sheffield, London.


Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.



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