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1957 – Jackie Wilson makes his US chart debut with “Reet Petite.”
1960 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who had lost contact since they went to primary school together, run into each other on a train and renew their acquaintance. They soon start playing together and eventually form The Rolling Stones.
1966 – The Monkees TV show makes its debut, with four actors chosen to portray a pop band based on The Beatles. The fictional band becomes very real and they eventually play on their own recordings instead of studio musicians.
1942 – In response to what it sees as a threat from a new fad, phonograph records, the American Federation of Musicians goes on a recording strike (but not live gigs).
1952 – Eight-year-old prodigy Gladys Knight appears on the TV show Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour, which was a precursor to shows like Star Search and American Idol. She wins the top prize of $2,000 for her performance of Nat King Cole’s “Too Young.”
1954 – Elvis Presley’s first professional recording session is held at Sun Records in Memphis, TN with Scotty Moore and Bill Black. The future King records his first release for the label, “That’s All Right (Mama),” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
1948 – The Columbia label announces its new technological breakthrough, a “long-playing” vinyl phonograph record that can hold up to 23 minutes of music on a side. They begin the first mass production of the 33 1/3 RPM LP.
1965 – Bob Dylan records “Like A Rolling Stone.”
1963 – The Rolling Stones make their British TV debut on Thank Your Lucky Stars the same day they release their first single, “Come On.” Recorded the previous month, the track was originally written and released by Chuck Berry in 1961. The B-side was also a cover; of Willie Dixon’s “I Want to Be Loved.” Continue reading →