1953 Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery audition for radio station KDAV’s Sunday Party. They will earn a time slot on Sunday afternoon that becomes known as The Bob and Buddy Show.
1955 Alan Freed’s First Anniversary Rock ‘n Roll Party kicks off at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn. Among those appearing on the bill are Chuck Berry, Tony Bennett, The Nutmegs, The Rhythmettes, The Cardinals and The Four Voices.
1956 19 year old Jerry Lee Lewis arrives at Sun Records hoping for an audition. Producer and engineer Jack Clement has Jerry Lee record some demos and will begin recording as a solo artist and session musician in early December.
1965 James Brown and Booker T. & the MG’s appear on Shindig!
1967 Following the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, The Beatles meet at Paul’s house to discuss their future. They later tell the press that they will handle their own affairs from now on.
1973 Paul and Linda McCartney, along with Denny Laine begin recording tracks for Wings’ upcoming album “Band On The Run” at EMI studios in Lagos, Scotland.
1976 Ode Records president Lou Adler and employee Neil Silver are kidnapped at Adler’s house in Malibu. The two are released after paying a $25,000 ransom. A week later, a California couple is charged with the crime, but a third accomplice got away.
1977 Blondie, featuring former Playboy Bunny Debra Harry, signs with Chrysalis Records.
1980 Fleetwood Mac ends a nine-month tour with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Lindsay Buckingham announces on stage, “This is our last show for a long time.”
2005 Barry Cowsill of The Cowsills, died on or about September 1st from injuries believed to be caused by Hurricane Katrina. His body was not recovered until December 28th. He was 51.
2006 The Isley Brothers leader, Ronald Isley, was sentenced to 37 months in prison for evading federal income taxes.
2008 Jerry Reed died of complications from emphysema at the age of 71. He is also remembered for his 1977 co-starring role in Smokey And The Bandit with Burt Reynolds which featured his song “East Bound and Down”.
2012 Hal David, the lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs, died at the age of 91.