2002 A remixed version of Elvis Presley's 1968 single "A Little Less Conversation" hits #1 in the UK, released as part of a successful plan by his estate to claim the UK record for most #1 hits on the tally from The Beatles.
1980 The movie The Blues Brothers, adapted from John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's classic SNL skit, premieres in Chicago. A love letter of sorts to '60s R&B and soul, it will help re-establish the careers of its musical co-stars, including James Brown, Ray Charles, and Aretha Franklin.
1972 David Bowie unveils his landmark album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. His breakthrough LP, it sells over 7 million copies and is hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time.More
1969 Experimental avant-garde/free-jazz artist Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, releases Trout Mask Replica, a polyrhythmic, polytonal collection of noise that is either an unlistenable mess or a work of genius.More
2014 Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony divorce. They married in 2004 and welcomed twins Maximilian and Emme in 2008.
2007 Muse becomes the first band to sell out the rebuilt Wembley Stadium in London, when about 90,000 fans see them perform.
2007 61-year-old Rod Stewart marries his third wife, 35-year-old model Penny Lancaster, on board the yacht Lady Ann Magee in Portofino, Italy.
2006 The White Stripes win a lawsuit brought on by Ghetto Recorders studio owner Jim Diamond. Diamond claimed he produced the band's first two albums and that the band owed him royalties for his work. In reality, Jack White was the sole producer of those records and Diamond wasn't entitled to any more money as the band had already given him credit as engineer.
2004 The three surviving original members of the New York Dolls perform together for the first time since 1975 at the first of two shows at London Royal Festival Hall. The concerts are spearheaded by The Smiths' frontman, Morrissey, who was once the president of the Dolls' UK fan club. The band continues to record and perform in various incarnations after the reunion.
1999 Phil Collins gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1997 John Wolters (drummer for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show) dies of cancer at age 52.
1994 Kristen Pfaff (bassist for Hole) dies of acute opiate intoxication at age 27.
1993 The US Postal Service issues a booklet of commemorative rock and roll stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, and Dinah Washington.
1990 The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," re-released in the Netherlands as a single, climbs to the top of the charts 24 years after its initial release.
1987 Diana DeGarmo, runner-up on Season 3 of American Idol, is born in Birmingham, Alabama.
1984 Thanks to a ban by the BBC, "Relax," the debut single from Frankie Goes to Hollywood, hits #1 in the UK.
1983 Ringo Starr releases his ninth solo album, Old Wave.
The first Monterey International Pop festival begins at the County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. It's the first of many big Rock festivals, with The Who, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Animals among those performing. Many consider it the beginning of the "Summer of Love."
One week after the Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival - the first US rock festival ever held - crowds gather for the Monterey International Pop Music Festival. Estimates of the total number of attendees range from 25,000-90,000, with the second night's 8,500-strong audience managing to peacefully occupy a space intended for only 7,000. Some attendees are there for one day while others are there for the full three. Tickets go for $3 to $6.50.
At the entrance to the press section is a girl having a very public, very bad acid trip. A giant Buddha sits in one corner of the grounds. Merchants sell food and wares from booths. Pete Townshend and Jimi Hendrix flip a coin to see who gets to perform first, as each has planned to destroy their instruments onstage and wants to be the first to do so. The Who wins, smashes their instruments, and blows minds. Jimi Hendrix, driven to new heights by The Who's challenge, plays his guitar with his teeth and sets it on fire. Minds are again blown. Jerry Garcia fears that the Grateful Dead's performance is "lame" in comparison.
Eric Burdon assembles "New Animals" for a backing band.
Ravi Shankar plays for over three continuous hours. At his request, the audience refrains from smoking throughout the long set - no small feat considering the times.
Janis Joplin's Big Brother and the Holding Company rock the show so hard that they earn a Columbia Records deal. Otis Redding, Canned Heat, Steve Miller, and Laura Nyro also see their careers skyrocket. The Who succeed in their first major American live bid, while Jimi Hendrix takes one long stride towards musical immortality.
The event transcends music and entertainment, becoming an emblem of the counterculture that many hold as the beginning of the Summer of Love.
D.A. Pennebaker gets it all on camera and memorializes the event in Monterey Pop, the film that inspires Joel Rosenman to fund the Woodstock Music Festival two years later. It becomes regarded as one of the best films of its kind.
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