1957 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where Lennon’s band The Quarrymen are appearing. While the band is setting up for their evening performance, an eager McCartney snatches up a guitar and plays “Twenty Flight Rock” and “Be-Bop-A-Lula.” He further impresses Lennon when he teaches him and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.

1964 – The Beatles’ movie A Hard Day’s Night debuts in London.

1966 – Mike D’abo replaces Paul Jones as lead singer of Manfred Mann.

1971 – Louis Armstrong dies of a heart attack in his sleep in Corona, Queens, New York, a month shy of his 70th birthday.

1973 – Queen releases their debut single “Keep Yourself Alive” in the UK. It doesn’t make the charts.


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