1961 – The Temptations (then known as the Elgins) audition for Motown Records.
1965 – Eric Clapton leaves The Yardbirds, complaining that the band is becoming too commercial.
1966 – Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to work as a solo artist.
1976 – The Jackson 5 move from Motown to Epic Records and change their name to the Jacksons.
1977 – Iggy Pop begins a North American tour with David Bowie on keyboards and backing vocals, and Blondie as the opening act.
1988 – Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” hits #1 in the US. The video, which shows a buttoned-up Astley singing his way around London, does well on VH1, but really takes off two decades later with the Rickrolling trend.
2006 – The Sex Pistols refuse to attend their own induction into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. The band posts a handwritten note on their website calling the institution “urine in wine,” adding “We’re not your monkeys, we’re not coming. You’re not paying attention.”
2007 – Amy Winehouse’s second album, Back to Black, is released in the US.
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