1957 Scotty Moore and Bill Black quit Elvis’ backup band in a salary dispute with Colonel Tom Parker. Black went on to form Bill Black’s Combo and placed eight songs in the US Top 30 before his death in 1965.
1962 A song called “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” by The Springfields became the first British record to crack the US Top 20.
1968 Janis Joplin announced that she would be leaving Big Brother And The Holding Company at the end of the year.
1971 Paul McCartney is awarded a pair of Gold records for “Another Day” and “Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey”.
1974 Walter Brennan, a well known actor who reached number five on the Hot 100 in 1962 with a spoken word hit called “Old Rivers”, died at the age of 80.
1979 Madison Square Garden played host to The No Nukes concert that featured Poco, Tom Petty, The Doobie Brothers, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.
1986 Michael Jackson is shown on the cover of The National Enquirer in what is said to be an oxygen chamber, along with the headline: “Michael Jackson’s Bizarre Plan To Live To 150”. Jackson refuted the story, saying the picture of him was taken in a burn victim machine that he donated to the Brotman Memorial Hospital.
2001 America: A Tribute to Heroes, a commercial-free, live TV program was broadcast on all of the major US TV networks to raise money following the September 11th terrorist attacks. The show featured performances by Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, U2, Celine Dion and Willie Nelson. The broadcast and soundtrack album helped raise over $128 million for the victims and their families.
2011 A contract revealing that The Beatles refused to perform in front of a segregated audience at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California on August 31st, 1965, sold for $23,033 at an auction in Los Angeles. In addition to the desegregation clause, the contract guaranteed the band $40,000 and at least 150 police officers to provide security at the show.