This Day in Music History: The Jam sign with Polydor Records UK, Frank Sinatra gives his last performance


1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets record the version of “That’ll Be The Day” that goes on to be their first hit song.

1964 – The Beatles finish recording “Can’t Buy Me Love” at Abbey Road Studios in London as well as the B-side, “You Can’t Do That,” and another new song, “I Should Have Known Better.”

1977 – The Jam sign with Polydor Records UK.

1995 – Frank Sinatra gives his last live performance. It is at a private party for 1,200 select guests on the closing night of the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic golf tournament. Last song? “The Best is Yet to Come.”

2010 – Apple announces that it has surpassed 10 billion song downloads from the iTunes Store. The 10 billionth song was “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash.



1943 – George Harrison

1947 – Dennis Diken (The Smithereens)

1957 – Mike Peters (The Alarm)


Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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