1958 Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog” became only the third record in history to sell over three million copies, joining “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby and Gene Autry’s “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer”.
1961 Brian Epstein went to Liverpool’s Cavern Club to see The Beatles perform for the first time. After several more visits, Epstein would offer to manage the group, which he did until his death in 1967.
1966 John Lennon first met Yoko Ono at a showing of her work at a London art gallery.
1967 The cover of the first issue of Rolling Stone featured John Lennon from his movie, How I Won The War.
1969 Simon And Garfunkel record “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, with future member of Bread, Larry Knechtel on piano. Art wanted Paul to sing the song, but Paul insisted that Art’s voice was better suited for it. It was a decision that Paul would later say he regretted.
1973 Billy Joel releases what will ultimately be his breakthrough album, “Piano Man”.
1999 The Recording Industry Association of America announces their Artists Of The Century. The Beatles top the list for US sales of over 106 million albums. Garth Brooks was named most successful male artist (89 million albums sold) and Barbra Streisand the most successful female artist. (62 million albums sold). Elvis Presley had the most Gold and Platinum singles with 77, to go along with his 80 Gold and Platinum albums. Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind” (Princess Diana version) is the best selling single of all time and the Eagles “Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975” is the record holder for best selling album.
2000 – The Beatles launched their official internet web site, www.thebeatles.com
2015 Andy White, the studio musician who producer George Martin hired to play drums on The Beatles’ “Love Me Do” and its B-side, “P.S. I Love You”, died following a stroke at the age of 85.
2016 Al Caiola, the guitarist who recorded the theme songs for Bonanza (#19) and The Magnificent Seven (#35) in 1961, passed away at the age of 96.