1957: The “Chirping’”Crickets, the debut album by Buddy Holly and the Crickets was released on the Brunswick Records label in the US.
1962: The Beatles had their first radio session, recording “Love Me Do,” “P.S. I Love You” and “Twist And Shout” at the BBC Paris Studio in London for The Talent Spot program.
1965: Marvin Gaye had his second #1 on the Billboard R&B chart with “Ain’t That Peculiar.”
1965: Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass started eight non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard pop chart with their fourth album and first #1 LP, Whipped Cream & Other Delights.
1967: Capitol Records released the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album in the US. The LP rose to #1 in the first week of 1968, stayed at the top for eight weeks, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Album in 1968.
1967: The Beatles’ single “Hello, Goodbye” backed with “I am the Walrus” was released in the US. On the same day, the first promo for the single premiered on The Ed Sullivan Show, featuring the band in their Sgt. Pepper outfits and accompanied by hula dancers. Paul McCartney later said that “Hello, Goodbye” originated when, in response to a question from Beatles aide Alistair Taylor about songwriting, McCartney sat down at a harmonium and asked Taylor to say the opposite of whatever he said.
1968: Wilson Picket recorded “Hey Jude” at Muscle Shoals, accompanied by Duane Allman on guitar, who had recommended the song to Pickett. Pickett’s rendition of the Paul McCartney song became his eleventh top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching #23, peaked at #13 on the R&B chart, and was his second of two top 20 singles in the UK, where it reached #16. Eric Clapton has said that Allman’s performance is the best rock guitar playing on an R&B record and Jimmy Johnson of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section credited Allman’s solo with creating Southern Rock.
1969: The Rolling Stones opened the first of three shows at Madison Square Garden. Portions of the recordings from all three shows were later issued on the Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out album.
1970: George Harrison’s breakthrough solo triple album All Things Must Pass was released in the US. His third solo album and the first since the breakup of the Beatles earlier that year, it includes hit singles “My Sweet Lord” and “What Is Life” as well as songs such as “Isn’t It a Pity” and the album’s title track which had been turned down for inclusion on releases by the Beatles. Early in 1971, the album went to #1 in both the US and UK.
1971: Don McLean’s “American Pie” entered the Billboard Hot 100, eventually becoming his first hit record and only #1 on the chart.
1978: The Eagles released their cover of the Charles Brown song “Please Come Home for Christmas.” It was the first song by the group to feature Timothy B. Schmit on bass and peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Christmas song to reach the top 20 since “Pretty Paper” by Roy Orbison in 1963.
1979: The Eagles released the second single and title track from their sixth studio album, The Long Run.
Al Jackson Jr., drummer, producer, songwriter, and founding member of Booker T. and M.G.’s, who was dubbed “The Human Timekeeper” for his drumming ability, was born in Memphis, TN in 1935.
Jimi Hendrix, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and one of the most influential guitarists and musicians of the 20th century, was born Johnny Allen Hendrix in Seattle, WA in 1942.
Trevor Ward-Davies, singer and bassist known as “Dozy” from British group Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, was born in Enford, Wiltshire, England in 1944.
Randy Brecker, flugelhornist, trumpet player, and original member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, who’s worked with many other artists including Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reeds, Frank Zappa, Dire Straits, Todd Rundgren, Richard Barone, and Parliament-Funkadelic, was born in Cheltenham, PA in 1945.
Dave Winthrop, sax and flute player for Supertramp, was born in Camden, NJ in 1948.
Kevin Kavanaugh, keyboardist and vocalist with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, was born in West Orange, NJ in 1951.
Charlie Burchill, guitarist and founding member of Simple Minds, was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1959.
Anthony D’Amato, singer-songwriter, was born in Blairstown, NJ in 1987.