1947 On his twenty-first birthday, Chuck Berry leaves jail after serving three years for armed robbery.
1956 21 year old Elvis pulls into a Memphis gas station where he starts to attract a crowd of autograph seekers. After repeatedly asking Elvis to move on so he can resume normal business, the manager slaps Presley on the head and receives a punch in the eye from Elvis. Police charge the manager with assault and is fined $25.
1957 Paul McCartney makes his first appearance with The Quarry Men at a gig in Liverpool. The band’s line-up was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton and Len Garry.
1959 The evils of Rock ‘n’ Roll were front page news again when 75 teenagers were arrested at a concert in Kansas City after a drunken brawl broke out at the Municipal Auditorium.
1964 The Animals’ first UK tour as headliners opens in Manchester, England, with Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Tommy Tucker and The Nashville Teens as supporting acts.
1967 The movie, How I Won the War, starring John Lennon premiered in London with all four of The Beatles in attendance.
1968 The Scotland Yard Drug Enforcement Squad search John Lennon’s Montague Square home and find a quantity of marijuana. Lennon and Yoko Ono are promptly charged with possession and willful obstruction of a search. The pair were released on bail the same afternoon and later paid a 150 Pound fine.
1969 The Jackson 5 makes their US network TV debut on Hollywood Palace.
1975 Paul Simon hosts Saturday Night Live and is joined by Art Garfunkel for a duet of their hits “Scarborough Fair” and “The Boxer”.
2009 A clump of hair trimmed from Elvis head when he joined the Army in 1958, sold for $15,000 at auction.
2012 Barbra Streisand became the first act to take multiple new albums into the Billboard 200 chart’s Top 10 in every decade since the 1960s when “Release Me,” debuted at #7.
2016 On his 90th birthday, Chuck Berry announced his first new album in 38 years. He dedicated the LP, simply called “Chuck”, to his wife of 68 years, Thelmetta.