This Day in Music History: Pink Floyd scores their first #1 album, John Fogerty’s trial against himself begins
1962 – James Brown plays a concert that is recorded and released the following year as the album Live at the Apollo.
1963 – Bob Dylan records “The Times They Are A Changin'” and “One Too Many Mornings.”
1963 – On the first day of their first foreign tour, The Beatles spend the day in Stockholm, Sweden. They record a performance for a radio program called “The Beatles popgrupp fran Liverpool pa besok i Stockholm” (translation: The Beatles pop group from Liverpool visiting Stockholm). Enthused by the chance to play before an audience that isn’t screaming, the band performs seven songs: “I Saw Her Standing There,” “From Me to You,” “Money,” “You Really Got a Hold On Me,” “She Loves You,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Twist and Shout.”
1970 – Pink Floyd lands their first #1 album on the UK charts with Atom Heart Mother.
1973 – John Lennon sues the US Government, alleging that he and his lawyer had been bugged and wiretapped while he was fighting deportation and during the government’s investigation of “radical” antiwar elements in society.
1978 – The film version of The Wiz, an African-American remake of The Wizard Of Oz starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, premieres in New York City.
1980 – The Guinness Book of World Records presents Paul McCartney with a special rhodium album for being the best-selling songwriter in the history of recorded music, having written 43 platinum songs and sold over 100 million records.
1988 – John Fogerty’s trial begins. He is accused of plagiarizing himself by using elements of his Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Run Through The Jungle” for his 1985 solo hit, “The Old Man Down The Road.” The suit is brought by his nemesis and former label boss Saul Zaentz, who owns the publishing on “Jungle.” Fogerty wins the case.
1995 – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band release It’s a Mystery.
2004 – Queen becomes the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran when a album of their greatest hits is released in the country. Western music is still strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime, but Freddie Mercury was proud of his Iranian ancestry, and illegal bootlegs had made Queen one of the most popular bands in Iran.