1955: The Everly Brothers made their first studio recordings at Nashville’s Hotel Tulane, cutting four tracks in 22 minutes—“Keep A’ Lovin’ Me,” “The Sun Keeps Shining,” “If Her Love Isn’t True,” and “That’s The Life I Have To Live.”
1961: Brian Epstein went to Liverpool’s Cavern Club to see for himself a performance by the Beatles, the group that had been getting so much buzz from young customers in his music store. He met with Paul McCartney and George Harrison after the show and just over two months later, Epstein became the group’s manager.
1962: “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” by the The Miracles was released on Motown Records’ Tamla label. It was the first production by Smokey Robinson and had been written by Robinson after hearing Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me,” which was currently on the charts.
1963: “Louie Louie” by the Kingsmen entered the Billboard Hot 100. The song became the group’s biggest hit, reaching #2 on the chart.
1966: John Lennon met future wife Yoko Ono when he attended a preview of her art exhibition at the Indica Gallery in London.
1967: The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine was published. Founded in San Francisco, the center of American counterculture, by 21-year-old Berkeley dropout Jann Wenner and 48-year-old San Francisco Chronicle music critic Ralph J. Gleason, the pair considered names like “Electric Typewriter” and “New Times” before settling on “Rolling Stone,” inspired by an essay Gleason had written for The American Scholar.
1967: Cream’s second studio album, Disreali Gears, entered the Billboard album chart. It was the group’s breakthrough hit, reaching #4 in the US, and peaked at #5 in the UK.
1968: After a handful of gigs in Denmark and Sweden, Led Zeppelin made their official UK stage debut at London’s Marquee Club. The band had played at the venue less than a month earlier in October while they were still performing as the Yardbirds. On the same day, lead singer Robert Plant married girlfriend Maureen Wilson, and the concert doubled as a wedding reception.
1969: Simon & Garfunkel recorded “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The song became the duo’s biggest hit, holding the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, topped charts around the world, eventually sold over six million copies worldwide, and won five awards at the 13th Annual Grammy Awards in 1971, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It also became one of the most performed songs of the twentieth century, with over 50 artists covering the song.
1973: Billy Joel released his breakthrough album, Piano Man. His second LP and first with Columbia Records, Piano Man emerged from legal difficulties with Joel’s former label, Family Productions.
1973: Cat Stevens made his US television debut on In Concert on ABC.
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive achieved their only #1 hit when “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” the group’s only single to enter the top 10 in the US, reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
1974: Carole King topped the Billboard pop chart with Wrap Around Joy, her sixth studio LP and third and final album to reach #1 in the US.
1981: The Cars released the lead single and title track from their fourth LP, Shake It Up. The song became their first top 10 hit in the US, peaking at #4.
2002: Santana’s nineteenth studio LP, Shaman, became the group’s fourth and final #1 album.
Mary Travers, singer-songwriter and member of folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, was born in Louisville, KY in 1936.
Tom Forgerty, rhythm guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival and older brother of John Fogerty, was born in Berkeley, CA in 1941.
Lee Graziano, drummer for the American Breed, was born in Chicago, IL
Dennis Provisor, singer, songwriter, keyboardist, and solo artist who joined The Grass Roots in 1969, replacing lead vocalist/songwriter Creed Bratton, was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1943.
Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, was born Philip Dennis Arthur Wadey in Dartford, Kent, England in 1944.
Joe Bouchard, bassist for Blue Öyster Cult, was born in Watertown, NY in 1948.
Susan Tedeschi, singer and guitarist, member of Tedeschi Trucks Band with husband Derek Trucks, was born in Boston, MA in 1970.