1968 Cilla Black's BBC show Cilla debuts, adding another Britgirl to the UK television lineup. Unlike the shows of Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, and Lulu, Cilla has longevity, lasting until 1976. This series makes her one of the most popular television personalities in the UK until her death in 2015.
1968 Bobby Goldsboro records "Honey," a song written by Bobby Russell. It becomes one of the biggest hits of 1968, spending five weeks at #1 in the US.
1961 Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller announce that they are forming their own independent production company.
1961 The Shirelles' "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?" hits #1 for the first of two weeks.
1959 Jody Watley is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1956 Billy Lee Riley records "Red Hot."
1956 Elvis Presley records "Blue Suede Shoes," "My Baby Left Me," "One-Sided Love Affair," and "So Glad You're Mine."
1954 Big Joe Turner's "TV Mama" enters the R&B charts.
1952 Steve Bartek (lead guitarist for Oingo Boingo) is born in Garfield Heights, Ohio.
1951 Marv Ross (guitarist for Quarterflash) is born in Oregon.
1949 William King (multi-instrumentalist for Commodores) is born in Birmingham, Alabama.
1942 Marty Balin (vocalist for Jefferson Airplane/Starship) is born Martyn Jerel Buchwald in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1941 Joe Terranova (baritone/bass singer of Danny & the Juniors) is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Beatles stage their famous rooftop concert on the roof of Apple Records in London. After performing a few songs, including "Get Back" and "Don't Let Me Down," the police shut them down as a large crowd gathers. It is The Beatles' last public performance.Read more
2016 David Bowie's Blackstar album hits #1 in America, 20 days after his death. It's Bowie's first #1 album in the States.
1973 Kiss play their first concert, performing at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York. They wear makeup onstage, but not the look they become known for.
1972 British soldiers open fire on 26 unarmed civilians during a peaceful protest march in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in 14 deaths. The incident inspires Paul McCartney to write "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" (Wings' debut single) and gives rise to the U2 song "Sunday Bloody Sunday."
1958 Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" enters the UK chart at #1, the first single ever to do so.
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