1955 After the staff of The Ed Sullivan Show requested he sing “Sixteen Tons”, Bo Diddley instead performs “Bo Diddley” live on the Sunday night TV show. Sullivan was so infuriated, Bo would never be invited back.
1959 Rock and Roll disc jockey Alan Freed is fired from WABC television in New York for refusing to say that he never accepted payola. Eight days later he would be canned from WNEW-TV New York.
1961 With the Twist craze sweeping across North America, Billboard reports that WOR-TV, New York, has shot a series of one and five minute Twist lessons with Chubby Checker, to be shown hourly every day.
1967 19 year old Arlo Guthrie released an album called “Alice’s Restaurant”. When the eighteen minute long title song premiered at the Newport Folk Festival, it helped foster a new commitment among the ’60s generation to social consciousness and activism.
1973 A 19 year old fan of The Who, Scot Halpin, got the thrill of a lifetime when he was recruited from the audience to replace an exhausted Keith Moon, who was suffering from jet lag. He lasted only three songs, when he also was too tired to continue.
1976 Paul Simon hosts Saturday Night Live where he duets with George Harrison on “Here Comes The Sun” and “Homeward Bound”. Paul McCartney and John Lennon are both in New York and watching the show on TV.
1984 Michael Jackson became star number 1,793 on the Hollywood Walk for Fame.
2001 Madonna’s childhood home in Oakland County Michigan, sold at an auction in just 12 minutes. The house, along with a few items of Rock memorabilia, was purchased for $331,000.
2003 Phil Spector, known for his creation of the Wall of Sound, was charged with murder in connection with the shooting of actress Lana Clarkson. Spector was first arrested on February 3, 2002 after police found Clarkson’s body in a pool of blood at the entrance to Spector’s mansion.
2013 Madonna topped Forbes list of the highest-paid musicians in the world with an estimated $125 million in earnings over the past year. Lady Gaga was second with $80 million, followed by Bon Jovi at $79 million, Toby Keith made $65 million, and Coldplay amassed $64 million.