1959 – Elvis Presley meets his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu at a party at his house in Germany, where he is serving in the US Army.
1960 – As the result of a scandal involving Dick Clark and Alan Freed (among others), the FCC bans payola, the practice of artists/labels paying DJs to play their songs on the radio.
1969 – John Lennon introduces the Plastic Ono Band at the Rock and Roll Revival Show. The supergroup members Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, and drummer Alan White were put together so late that they had to rehearse on the plane from England to Canada. Their set is later released as Live Peace In Toronto 1969.
1972 – Yes releases Close to the Edge.
1974 – Supertramp releases Crime of the Century. I’ve Got My Own Album to Do, the appropriately titled first solo album from Ronnie Wood, is also released this day.
1979 – ABBA starts their first and only tour of North America with a show at the Edmonton Sports Arena.
1989 – Bruce Springsteen records “Viva Las Vegas” for The Last Temptation of Elvis.
1990 – Eddie Vedder does some surfing, writes some lyrics, and adds his vocals to three instrumental tracks recorded by the guys he would later join in Pearl Jam. The songs become “Alive,” “Once,” and “Footsteps.”
1991 – Geffen Records throws a party to launch Nirvana’s debut single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The band ends up being thrown out of their own party after starting a food fight.
1993 – Max Weinberg, drummer with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, begins his new job as bandleader for Late Night With Conan O’Brien.
1994 – The same day Blues Traveler releases their breakthrough album Four, The Notorious B.I.G. releases his debut solo album, Ready to Die. It’s the first album issued on Sean Combs’ Bad Boy label.
2008 – Come Dancing, a musical devoted to The Kinks, opens in London.
2013 – The Village People lead singer Victor Willis wins a landmark lawsuit and regains the copyright to 33 songs he co-wrote for the band. Like many writers, Willis had signed away the rights to his songs, and is the first songwriter to go public with his case, which deals with a 1978 law that reverts copyrights to songs back to their original owners after 35 years.
2013 – Hozier releases “Take Me to Church,” the lead single from his self-titled debut album.
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