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.
1960 – Elvis Presley, who was recently discharged from the Army, appears on Frank Sinatra’s variety TV special, Welcome Home Elvis. The two artists perform “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender” together.
1964 – The Beatles set a new record in the US when their fans place more than two million preorders for their latest single, “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
1961 – The Temptations (then known as the Elgins) audition for Motown Records.
1958 – Big Records releases “Our Song” by teenagers Tom and Jerry. The duo from Queens, New York will soon become famous under their real names, Simon and Garfunkel.
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.
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.