This Day in Music History: Albums outsell singles for the first time in the UK, Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” hits #1 in the US
1964 – Bob Dylan makes his first major concert UK appearance when he plays a Sunday afternoon show at the Royal Festival Hall in London listed as a “Folksong Concert.” Dylan’s 18-song set includes the live debut of “Mr. Tambourine Man.” In the interval, Dylan receives a telegram from John Lennon seeking a meeting which never materializes.
1967 – Don’t Look Back, a documentary on Bob Dylan’s 1965 British tour, premieres in San Francisco, CA.
1969 – It is reported that for the first time ever, album sales had overtaken single sales in the UK: 49,184,000 albums were produced during 1968, compared with 49,161,000 singles.
1974 – The Elton John TV special Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things airs on ABC.
1978 – The TV special The Carpenters: Space Encounters airs on ABC.
1980 – Just weeks after his harrowing incarceration in Tokyo, Paul McCartney appears (with wife Linda) as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
1983 – David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” tops the US chart, his second and last #1 in the country.
1989 – Rolling Stone ex-bassist Bill Wyman opens the first of his Stones-themed restaurants, Sticky Fingers, in London.
1990 – Nirvana plays their last show with drummer Chad Channing. Dave Grohl replaces him in September of this year after his band Scream splits up.
1995 – Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Fats Domino appear together for the first time in Sheffield, London.