1957 – Elvis Presley appears at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. This is the third and final time the King performs outside of the US.

1968 – Danny Kirwan joins Fleetwood Mac.

1969 – Bob Dylan makes his first paid appearance since his motorcycle accident three years earlier at England’s Isle of Wight Pop Festival.

1973 – The Rolling Stones release Goats Head Soup.

1974 – The final episode of Partridge Family airs on ABC-TV.

1974 – At the annual UK Reading Festival, Traffic perform together for the last time until they reunite 20 years later. Other acts playing the festival include Alex Harvey, 10cc, Focus, Steve Harley, and Procol Harum.

1976 – George Harrison is found guilty of “subconscious plagiarism” of the Ronnie Mack song “He’s So Fine” when writing “My Sweet Lord.” Earnings from the song are awarded to Mack’s estate, and The Chiffons record their own version of “My Sweet Lord.”

1986 – After living together for 10 years, Bob Geldof marries TV presenter Paula Yates in Las Vegas with Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon as the best man.

1987 – The largest preorder of albums in the history of CBS Records occurrs as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson’s Bad are shipped to record stores in the US. The album follows Thriller, the biggest Jackson-seller of all time with over 35 million copies sold (Bad goes on to sell over 13 million copies).

1990 – Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder sing “Amazing Grace” at a memorial service held for guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, who had been killed in a helicopter crash 4 days earlier.

2004 – The UK medical magazine Thorax issues a warning that listening to loud music in the car can do more than damage your hearing after a 19 year-old had been treated in Bristol when his left lung collapsed as his 1,000-watt bass box boomed out in his Fiat Panda.


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