1963 – The Beatles make their only two appearances ever in Ireland, playing at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin. The group hooks up with screenwriter Alun Owen, who has been appointed to write the screenplay for their as-yet-untitled first motion picture. Owen spends three days with them, observing their hectic lifestyle.
1955 – Chrysler introduces the world’s first in-car sound systems – record players, complete with an assortment of classical vinyl, mounted under the dashboard. The unit measures about four inches high and less than a foot wide. The seven inch discs spin at 16 2/3 rpm and require almost three times the number of grooves per inch as an LP. The players are discontinued in 1961.
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.
1906 – The Victor Talking Machine Company, headquartered in Camden, NJ, begins manufacturing the world’s first mass-market home record player, the Victrola. Price: $200.
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1940 – The industry publication Billboard combines their sales charts for the first time, including all major labels. The first #1 is Tommy Dorsey’s “I’ll Never Smile Again” with vocals by Frank Sinatra.
1965 – Bob Dylan records “Like A Rolling Stone.”
1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets release their first record, “That’ll Be The Day,” which goes to #1 in the UK and #3 in the US. The song is inspired by John Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “That’ll be the day,” in his movie The Searchers, which Holly, Jerry Allison, and Sonny Curtis had seen in June 1956. It is also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently becomes The Beatles.