In 1960 In Britain, Decca Records destroyed 25,000 copies of the song "Tell Laura I Love Her" by Ray Peterson. The company refused to release the single about the last thoughts of a teenager dying from a car accident, saying it was "too tasteless and vulgar for the English sensibility."
In 1963 The Kingsmen's controversial single "Louie, Louie" was released.
In 1964 Nat "King" Cole guest hosted TV's "Hollywood Palace."
In 1964 The Beatles appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
In 1964 "House Of The Rising Sun" by the Animals entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1966 Newsweek featured an article about the Mamas & Papas.
In 1966 The Beatles' album "Revolver" was released in the U.S.
In 1969, The famous photo on the Beatle's "Abbey Road" album cover with Paul McCartney barefooted, holding a cigarette in the "wrong" hand, and the VW with the "28IF" license plate is taken.
In 1970 Janis Joplin bought a headstone for her inspiration, blues-legend Bessie Smith, who had been buried in an unmarked grave.
In 1970 Thousands of Americans are denied entry into Canada for the Strawberry Fields Rock Festival in Mosport, Ontario. Concertgoers were denied access because they "failed to produce adequate monies to support themselves."
In 1970 "Looking Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1974 Eric Clapton's album "461 Ocean Boulevard" was certified gold.
In 1975 While mountain climbing in Montana, Hank Williams Jr. falls off Mount Ajax and is nearly killed.
In 1975 Director Robert Altman's Country music film "Nashville" opened.
In 1976 Boston's debut album was released and became the fastest-selling premiere in recent history.
In 1977 Barry Manilow appeared on the cover of People magazine.
In 1980 Wendy O. Williams & the Plasmatics were banned by the London Council, who objected to the band's violent show.
In 1981 The Pretenders began their second U.S. tour in Fort Pierce, FL, to support their new album "Pretenders II."
In 1981 REO Speedwagon's show in Denver became the first concert broadcast by MTV.
In 1981 2 women went into labor during a Rick James concert in Birmingham, AL.
In 1982 Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship wedded Sara Kendrick.
In 1985 Keith Richards did guest session work with Phantom, Rocker & Slick in New York for the song "My Mistake."
In 1987 "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2 hit #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1991 Carlos Santana pleaded no contest to a marijuana possession charge.
In 1992 Metallica's James Hetfield was injured in an explosion at a concert in Montreal. At the same show, Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose loses his voice and cuts the set short. Many of the 53,000 fans rioted.
In 1992 "This Used To Be My Playground" by Madonna was #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1993 Billy Joel's album "River Of Dreams" was released.
In 1993 "Can't Help Falling In Love" by UB40 was certified platinum, while Janet Jackson's CD "Janet" goes gold, platinum, and triple platinum.
In 1994 Sarah McLachlan's album "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" was certified gold, while Phil Collins' album "But Seriously" went quadruple platinum.
In 1995 Weezer's CD "Weezer" was certified double platinum.
In 1996 Mel Torme was hospitalized after a stroke that affected his left side and speech.
In 1997, "Flaming Pie" by Paul McCartney and "The Colour And The Shape" by Foo Fighters were certified gold.
In 1998 Wearing a hat and yelling "Start Me Up," Mick Jagger brought the Rolling Stones to their first concert in Russia, playing through a driving rain storm before a crowd estimated at 70,000.
In 1999 About 3,000 people packed the stands of a Kenosha, WI, Little League field to watch 'N Sync play softball with a local men's team.
In 2017 Glen Campbell, the voice behind 21 Top 40 hits including "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman," and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," died at age 81. He had had Alzheimer's.