1960 Chubby Checker’s version of “The Twist” reached the top of the Billboard Pop chart for a one week stay. The same record would make a return to number one in January, 1962, becoming the first single in history to accomplish that feat.
1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their only UK #1 single with “Bad Moon Rising”. They never had a #1 hit in the U.S.
1973 26 year old Gram Parsons, formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death is attributed to heart failure, but later is officially announced as due to a drug overdose. His coffin was stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and is taken to Cap Rock in the California desert where it’s set afire. The two were later arrested by police.
1981 Simon And Garfunkel got back together for a concert in New York’s Central Park, eleven years after splitting up. The concert was so successful, the duo decided to embark on a year-long, world tour. They split again after it was completed.
1993 Michelle Phillips of The Mamas And The Papas was robbed at gunpoint outside a West Hollywood restaurant.
2004 Skeeter Davis, most famous for 1963 Top Ten hits, “The End Of The World” and “I Can’t Stay Mad At You”, died at age 73 after a 16 year battle with breast cancer.
2006 Danny Flores, who played saxophone on The Champs’ 1958, #1, “Tequila” passed away at the age of 77.
2015 The Beatles’ first recording contract, signed in 1961 by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best, sold at a New York auction for $75,000. The contract led to the recording of “My Bonnie” under the name Tony Sheridan And The Beat Brothers, which would later catch the attention of Brian Epstein.