This Day in Music History: The Beatles release Sgt Pepper’s and David Bowie releases his debut album, both in 1967
1957 – Sam Cooke records “You Send Me.”
1964 – The Rolling Stones land in the United States for their first American tour.
1964 – Dolly Parton moves to Nashville, TN one day after graduating high school.
1965 – Art Garfunkel graduates from Columbia University in New York.
1967 – Fairport Convention make their live debut at St. Michael’s Hall.
1967 – The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in England (and in the US the next day).
1967 – David Bowie releases his self-titled debut album, David Bowie. It bares little resemblance to future work.
1969 – The Plastic Ono Band records “Give Peace A Chance” during a bed-in at the Hotel La Reine in Montreal, Canada. Producer Phil Spector, poet Allan Ginsberg, and writer Timothy Leary all sing on the song.
1970 – Black Sabbath releases their self-titled debut LP in the US.
1972 – Pink Floyd begin recording Dark Side Of The Moon.
1975 – Ronnie Wood performs his first gig as the Rolling Stones’ guitarist on his 28th birthday.
1985 – Sting releases his first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles.
1995 – Alan Wilder leaves Depeche Mode.
2006 – The UK Albums chart turns 50 years old. In a celebratory anniversary survey by the book of British Hit Singles and Albums and NME, Definitely Maybe by Oasis is voted the greatest album of all time. The Beatles come in second and third place with Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Revolver, OK Computer by Radiohead is fourth and Oasis also claims the 5th spot with (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
2007 – Contemporary musicians including Oasis, Travis, The Fray, Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight, Bryan Adams, and The Magic Numbers record their own versions of songs from The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s album to mark its 40th anniversary. The artists all work with Geoff Emerick, the engineer in charge of the original 1967 sessions, using the original analoge 4-track equipment to demonstrate the techniques employed for the recording at Abbey Road studios in 1967.