This Day in Music History: Pink Floyd release A Saucerful of Secrets, David Bowie and Mick Jagger record “Dancing in the Street”
1957 – Buddy Holly records “Peggy Sue.”
1966 – Neil Diamond plays American Bandstand for the first time, performing his hit “Cherry, Cherry.”
1967 – While on tour with The Hollies, Graham Nash writes a song called “Marrakesh Express” which will later find a home (and a hit) with his new band, Crosby Stills and Nash.
1968 – Pink Floyd release A Saucerful Of Secrets in the UK. To coincide with the release, the band plays the first free concert in London’s Hyde Park with Jethro Tull, T- Rex, and Roy Harper.
1969 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its last US concert and then breaks up when Noel Redding announces he has quit the band.
1973 – “Mark II,” the most famous incarnation of Deep Purple, comes to an end after a show in Osaka, Japan when lead singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover abruptly quit the group.
1974 – Neil Peart replaces John Rutsey as the drummer for Rush.
1984 – Bruce Springsteen kicks off the first leg of his Born in the USA Tour with a three night run at the Civic Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Springsteen plays a total of 156 shows ending on October 2, 1985 in Los Angeles.
1985 – Mick Jagger and David Bowie record a version of Martha & the Vandellas’ 1964 hit “Dancing in the Street” at Abbey Road Studios in London for the Live Aid charity. The original plan was to perform a track together live, with Bowie performing at Wembley Stadium and Jagger at John F. Kennedy Stadium, until it was realized that the satellite link-up would cause a half-second delay that would make this impossible unless either Bowie or Jagger mimed their contribution, something neither artist was willing to do.
1998 – George Harrison announces that he is undergoing chemotherapy for throat cancer with assurances that, “I’m not going to die on you folks just yet.” He succumbs to the disease three years later.
2001 – Dream A Little Dream: The Almost-True Story of the Mamas & the Papas, a stage musical penned by former Papas member Denny Doherty, premieres in Toronto.