1965 – Bob Dylan releases Highway 61 Revisited.
1962 – Unhappy with drummer Pete Best’s role in The Beatles, Brian Epstein and the other three members decide to sack him. Best plays his last gig the following night at The Cavern in Liverpool. Ringo Starr, who is nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, receives a call from John Lennon asking him to join the band. Ringo gives Rory Storm three days’ notice and makes his first appearance with the Fab Four on August 18.
1952 – Cleveland stakes a claim on Rock history when the Moondog Coronation Ball is held at the Cleveland Arena. Organized by the WJW DJ Alan Freed (“Moondog” on the air), it is widely considered the first Rock concert, with Billy Ward and The Dominoes, Tiny Grimes, and Paul Williams on the bill. The crowd goes over capacity and police shut down the show because of fire code violations after just one song by Williams. The event proves to the music industry that this type of R&B music has widespread appeal.
1948 – Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra are featured in the first televised symphonic concert.
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their Wedding Album LP with a photo of their own wedding cake and a copy of their marriage certificate included.
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