1960 Aretha Franklin appears at the Village Vanguard club in New York, marking the first non-Gospel performance of her career.
1965 Gerry Marsden of Gerry And The Pacemakers marries the secretary of his fan club. When Jerry first asked her for a date, she was George Harrison’s girlfriend, but George was away in Hamburg and so she accepted.
1968 Dionne Warwick is awarded her first Gold record for Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “I Say a Little Prayer”.
1970 Elvis is sworn in as a Special Deputy Sheriff of Bel Air, California.
1975 Janis Ian performs “At Seventeen” on the very first broadcast of NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live.
1997 Elton John went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart with his world-wide hit “Candle In The Wind” (Princess Diana version), his eighth US chart topping single. The record would go on to become the largest selling single in history, replacing Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” for that honor.
1999 Michael Jackson’s wife, Deborah Rowe, filed for divorce after three years of marriage.
2003 The July, 1954 Sun Studio session for Elvis’ debut single “That’s All Right” was voted the most pivotal moment in Rock history by Mojo magazine readers. Bob Dylan’s switch from acoustic to electric guitars in 1965 came second, ahead of the release of The Clash’s debut single “White Riot” in 1977. The Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 was fourth and The Rolling Stones’ release of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” placed fifth.
2004 Buffalo Springfield bassist Bruce Palmer died of an apparent heart attack at the age of 58.
2016 Rod Stewart received knighthood from Prince William at Buckingham Palace in London.