1961 – Chuck Berry opens the Berryland amusement park in Wentzville, Missouri, outside of St. Louis. The park has its own zoo, golf course, and Ferris wheel.

1961 – Jimi Hendrix enlists in the Army for 3 years and is stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky as a member of the Screaming Eagles fighting squad. He is honorably discharged a little over a year later after breaking his ankle during a parachute jump.

1964 – The family-friendly Dave Clark Five go on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time, performing “Glad All Over.” They’re a hit with the host, who has them on 18 more times.

1966 – Filming begins on “The Monkees (Here Come The Monkees),” the first filmed episode of the television series The Monkees (though not the first shown).


1967 – Big Brother & the Holding Company film a scene in the Richard Lester movie Petulia.


1968 – While recording vocals for “Revolution,” the final six minutes of the song evolve into a chaotic jam with John Lennon repeatedly shouting “all right” and Yoko Ono speaking random phrases. This becomes the basis for “Revolution 9.”

1969 – The Rolling Stones record “Honky Tonk Women.”

1969 – The Supremes host the variety show Hollywood Palace with guests The Jackson 5 and Sammy Davis Jr.


1976 – The Who set the record for “World’s Loudest Rock Band” when their show in London measures 126 decibels. Guinness later stops certifying the record, concerned about hearing loss.

1977 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer begin an American tour accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra.

1982 – R.E.M. sign a five-album deal with I.R.S. Records, an independent label based in California.

1986 – The Notting Hillbillies make their live debut when they appear at The Grove in Leeds. The group features Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), Steve Phillips (guitar and vocals), Brendan Croker (guitar and vocals), Guy Fletcher (keyboards and vocals), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), Marcus Cliffe (bass), and Ed Bicknell (drums). They are each paid $32.

1989 – David Bowie’s Tin Machine makes their live debut at the International Music Awards in New York.

1999 – VH1’s Behind the Music begins airing nightly. The premier episode is on the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


2005 – Strawberry Field (no s), the Liverpool orphanage which inspired The Beatles’ famous song, is closed by the Salvation Army after almost seventy years.


Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.