This Day in Music History: Jackie Wilson performs for the last time, Rush releases All The World’s A Stage
1966 – Jimi Hendrix meets the final member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, bassist Noel Redding, when Redding unsuccessfully auditions for Eric Burdon’s new Animals lineup at the Birdland club in London.
1967 – The Rolling Stones formally split from longtime manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
1967 – Mickey Hart joins Grateful Dead as the band’s new drummer.
1973 – Grand Funk Railroad scores their first #1 record when “We’re An American Band” tops the Billboard Hot 100 on lead singer Mark Farner’s 25th birthday.
1975 – Jackie Wilson suffers a heart attack and collapses in the middle of performing “Lonely Teardrops” on Dick Clark’s Good Ol’ Rock and Roll Revue, hosted by the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He is rushed to a nearby hospital, but the lack of oxygen to his brain causes him to slip into a coma. He never fully recovers.
1976 – Rush releases the live double-LP All The World’s A Stage. It is their first Top 40 album.
1984 – Prince’s single “Let’s Go Crazy” tops the charts. He becomes the second artist to hold the #1 single, album, and film simultaneously (the first was the Beatles).
1989 – Bruce Springsteen drops into Matt’s Saloon in Prescott, Arizona, and jams with local act The Mile High Band for about an hour. While there, he overhears a bartender talking about her financial problems concerning medical bills. A week later, she receives a check for $100,000 from him.
1997 – The Verve’s critically acclaimed album Urban Hymns is released.