1958: During his first weekend furlough from the US army, Elvis Presley recorded “A Fool Such As I,” “A Big Hunk of Love,” and “I Got Stung” at RCA’s Nashville studios.
1967: The title track from Stevie Wonder’s seventh studio album, “I Was Made to Love Her,” entered the Billboard Hot 100. The record later reached #2 on the pop chart and by the end of July went to #1 on the R&B chart.
1967: Bob Dylan and the Band began recording their collaborative album The Basement Tapes in Woodstock, New York. A year earlier, Dylan had suffered injuries from a motorcycle accident. Members of the Hawks, Dylan’s backing band from his 1965 and 1966 world tour, who later became famous as the Band, joined Dylan at his home in Woodstock to work on music and film projects. During this time while Dylan was out of the public eye, he and the Hawks recorded over one hundred songs, ranging from original compositions to covers and traditional material. Eight years later, twenty-four songs, eight of which were recorded solely by the Band, were prepared by Columbia Records to be released in June of 1975.
1967: The first day of The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival was held at Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. Attended by 15,000 people, the charity concert featured acts that included Canned Heat, The Byrds, The Seeds, Blues Magoos, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Every Mother’s Son, Spanky and Our Gang, and Country Joe and the Fish. Considered to be the first pop music festival, it was later eclipsed in attendance and stature by the Monterey Pop Festival held the following week.
1968: A fire broke out at Olympic Sound Studios in London while The Rolling Stones were recording “Sympathy for the Devil” during sessions for their Beggars Banquet album. The fire left a hole in the roof after the fire department had put out the blaze, and the Stones resumed recording beneath the open sky.
1970: “War” by Edwin Starr was released. The song was originally recorded by the Temptations for their Psychedelic Shack LP, but Motown Records withheld releasing their version as a single so as not to risk the image of the label’s most popular male group and alienate their more conservative fans. Producer Norman Whitfield re-recorded the song with Starr, and the resulting single became an instant hit, resonating with the public’s growing opposition to the war in Vietnam. The song became Starr’s third top 40 hit, first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and highest charting entry on the R&B chart, where it reached #3.
1974: The Who wrapped up their concert tour supporting their Quadrophenia album with four dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Tickets had sold out in sixty hours a full two months before the concerts.
1975: The Eagles released their fourth studio album, One of These Nights.
1978: Joe Walsh’s satirical depiction of rock stardom “Life’s Been Good” entered the Billboard Hot 100. The song became his biggest solo single, reaching #12.
1980: Bob Marley and the Wailers released, Uprising, the last studio album released during Marley’s lifetime.
1983: Stevie Nick’s second solo studio album, The Wild Heart, was released. The album features several guest musicians including Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Howie Epstein, Stan Lynch, Mick Fleetwood, Steve Lukather, Don Felder, Prince, and Sandy Stewart.
1983: The Kinks released their twentieth studio album, State of Confusion. The LP became their third to enter the top 20 on the Billboard pop chart and peaked at #12.
1983: Rod Stewart released his twelfth studio album, Body Wishes.
1984: Frankie Goes To Hollywood had their second UK #1 single with “Two Tribes”, making them the first band to have their first two singles go to the top of the UK chart. During the record’s nine week run at #1, the group’s previous single, “Relax,” climbed back up the chart to the #2 spot.
1985: R.E.M.’s third studio album, Fables of the Reconstruction, was released. Produced by Joe Boyd, it was the group’s first album recorded outside the United States.
1985: Bob Dylan released his twenty-third studio album, Empire Burlesque. Dylan self-produced the album and was joined by several session musicians that included Mike Campbell, Alan Clark, Sly Dunbar, Howie Epstein, Jim Keltner, Al Kooper, Mick Taylor, Benmont Tench, and Ronnie Wood.
1985: Talking Heads released their sixth album, Little Creatures. It has since become the band’s best-selling studio LP, with over two million copies sold in the US.
1985: The Beach Boys released their self-titled twenty-fifth studio album. It was the band’s first recording after the death of founding member Dennis Wilson. It was also their first digitally recorded album and last with James Guercio’s Caribou Records label.
2003: Steely Dan released Everything Must Go, their ninth studio album, second after a twenty-year studio hiatus, and last studio album with founding member Walter Becker before his death in 2017.
2008: Walter Becker released his second and final solo album, Circus Money.
Howlin’ Wolf, influential Chicago blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, was born Chester Arthur Burnett in White Station, MS in 1910.
Shirley Owens, lead singer of the Shirelles, was born Shirley Alston Reeves in Henderson, NC in 1941.
Jimmy Chamberlin, drummer for the Smashing Pumpkins, was born in Joliet, IL in 1964.