1957 The Everly Brothers make their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show and perform “Wake Up Little Susie”.
1958 Billboard magazine changed the name of its weekly music chart from the Top 100 to the Hot 100. Their first number one was “Poor Little Fool” by Ricky Nelson, his sixth hit record in the US.
1963 The Beatles appear on the US record charts for the first time as “From Me To You” debuts at #116.
1966 John Lennon’s comment that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus Christ” was re-printed in an American teen magazine called Datebook and was widely reported in North America. The statement, made to London Evening Standard journalist Maureen Cleave several months earlier, caused a public outcry in the US and led to mass destruction of Beatle records. Thirty five radio stations banned all Beatles songs and even the Ku Klux Klan made threats against the group. What Lennon actually said was “Christianity will go. It will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that, I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus Christ now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
1970 Dennis Wilson married Barbara Charren in LA. They would divorce four years later.
1980 After a five year hiatus, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording their album “Double Fantasy”.
Lee Hazlewood, duet partner of Nancy Sinatra, died after a three-year battle with renal cancer. He was 78.