1961 A group from Hawthorne, California called The Pendletones, attend their first real recording session at Hite Morgan’s studio in Los Angeles. The band later became as The Beach Boys.
1964 At Cleveland’s Public Auditorium, police inspector Carl Bear takes the microphone from John Lennon while he is still singing and The Beatles are asked to leave the stage for fifteen minutes so that the screaming crowd can calm down.
1965 The Ford Motor Company becomes the first auto maker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores, as home 8-track equipment was still a year away.
1969 Ed Sullivan releases his first and only Rock ‘n’ Roll record, “The Sulli-Gulli”, credited to The Ed Sullivan Singers And Orchestra. The song failed to crack the Billboard Hot 100.
1970 US Vice-President Spiro Agnew says the youth of America are being “brainwashed into a drug culture” by Rock music, movies, books and underground newspapers.
1994 A reel to reel tape of The Quarry Men appearing at St Peter’s Parish Church garden party in July, 1957, sells for $125,000 at Sotheby’s.
2004 Johnny Ramone, co-founder of The Ramones, passed away after a five year battle with prostrate cancer. He was 55.
2008 Rick Wright, keyboardist and founding member of Pink Floyd died of cancer at the age of 65. Wright will be remembered primarily for “The Great Gig In The Sky”, his stately song on 1973’s million-selling “Dark Side Of The Moon”.
2016 A company called Sid Bernstein Presents brought suit against Apple Corps and Subafilms, Ltd for using footage of the 1965 concert at Shea Stadium which they say is their property. Promoter Sid Bernstein produced the 1965 show and booked The Beatles and the other artists who played on the bill and, although the Beatles’ business enterprises obtained the copyright to the concert footage in that year, he always disputed their copyright claim.