1964 The Beach Boys make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1972 Rory Storm, the leader of one of Liverpool’s earlier beat groups, takes his own life in what is presumed to be a suicide pact with his mother, who is also found dead at the scene. Rory Storm And The Hurricanes are most often remembered as the group that Ringo Starr left in 1962 to play drums for The Beatles.
1976 Ten days after its UK release, Ringo Starr’s LP, “Ringo’s Rotogravure” is issued in America. It would turn out to be the last album featuring active involvement from all four former Beatles. John Lennon played piano on “A Dose Of Rock And Roll”, Paul McCartney played bass on “Pure Gold” and George Harrison contributed a song called “I’ll Still Love You”, but because of previous commitments, did not actually play on the track. The album did not get good reviews and although it climbed to #28 in America, it did not chart at all in England.
2004 Phil Spector was formally charged with murder in the February 3rd, 2003 shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. He will be convicted in April, 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in the California State prison system.
2006 Jamie Lyons, lead singer of Music Explosion, died of a heart attack at the age of 57. The band is most often remembered for their garage-band classic “Little Bit o’ Soul”.
2011 14 time Grammy winner Tony Bennett achieved his first #1 album on the Billboard 200 with “Duets II”, making the 85-year-old singer the oldest living act to achieve that feat.
2012 Rapper Little Wayne became the new king of the Billboard Hot 100 by placing his 109th song on the chart. Elvis Presley, with 108 entries, held the title for 45 years, with his last appearance, “Rubberneckin'”, reaching #100 in 2003.