1958 – The first of Alan Freed’s Big Beat revues is held at Brooklyn, New York’s Fox Theatre. Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and his Comets, Frankie Avalon, The Elegants, Bobby Freeman, and Jimmy Clanton are all on the bill.
1958 – George Harrison joins the band Quarrymen (and John Lennon & Paul McCartney).
1964 – Thanks to the British Invasion, Billboard magazine notes that guitar sales are the highest they’ve been since the advent of Elvis Presley.
1966 – At Candlestick Park in San Francisco, The Beatles play their last concert before a paying audience to a sold out crowd of 25,000. John and Paul bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. They finishe the show with a version of Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally.”
1966 – The Youngbloods record “Get Together.”
1976 – The Clash, Buzzcocks, and the Sex Pistols all appear at a showcase event organized by Malcolm Maclaren at The Screen On The Green in Islington, London. It is only The Clash’s third gig and the first ever to be recorded, and is also a rare recording of The Sex Pistols with Glen Matlock.
1980 – UB40 release their seminal debut, Signing Off. The album climbs to #2 on the UK Albums Chart, and is the first ever reggae record to reach the Top 25 in the UK.
1986 – The studio in Philadelphia where American Bandstand was shot is entered into the US National Register of Historic Places.
1991 – WFNX DJ Kurt St. Thomas gives Nirvana’s album Nevermind its world premiere by playing the album from start to finish on the station in Boston, Massachusetts.
1994 – During the Meat Puppets’ set opening for Stone Temple Pilots at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, radio DJ Howard Stern joins them on stage to jam on “Lake of Fire.”
1994 – Oasis release their debut album, Definitely Maybe, which goes on to become the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK (spending 177 weeks on the charts there) and sells over eight million copies worldwide.
- Categorized Under: