1965, The Beatles single “Ticket to Ride” was released on Capitol records in the US. The single’s label stated that the song was from the upcoming movie Eight Arms to Hold You, the original name for the movie Help!
1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon, Birmingham, England.
1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.
1968, Johnny Cash appeared at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
1969, Ten Years After played at The Rock Pile in Toronto, Ontario.
1969, Smile (later to be known as Queen), appeared at the Revolution Club in London, England.
1971, Hawkwind performed at the Playhouse Theatre, London.
1972, Genesis appeared at the Teatro Mostra Mediterraneo, Naples, Italy.
1973, Yes played at the Georgia Tech Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia.
1974, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by its promoter, who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, only 250 people attended. Tickets cost $4.50 and $5.50 in advance.
1974, While in New York, David Bowie sees Todd Rundgren’s band Utopia at Carnegie Hall, and attends the aftershow party.
1975, During a 29-date North American tour Pink Floyd appeared at the Tucson Community Center Arena, Tuscon, Arizona.
1975, Elton John fires his rhythm section, bassist Dee Murray and drummer Nigel Olsson. They would have to wait until the next decade for the pianist to rehire them.
1977, Led Zeppelin played at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio.
1978, Patti Smith releases her biggest hit, “Because the Night.” It was co-written by Bruce Springsteen.
1980, R.E.M. played their first gig as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club, Athens, Georgia, to 150 people. The show ended at 2 AM when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed.
1980, Blondie went to number one on the US singles chart with ‘Call Me,” featured in the Richard Gere movie American Gigolo. The track was also a chart topper in the UK.
1980, 32 year old English singer Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who had died after a drinking binge in February 1980.
1982, The Grateful Dead appeared at the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
1984, King Crimson played at The Vogue Theatre, Indianapolis, Indiana.
1990, On this week’s BBC- TV’s French and Saunders show, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King (Level 42,) and Gary Moore all appeared in a comedy courthouse sketch. The sketch ended with all the guitarist’s jamming together.
1995, The Stone Roses played their first gig in five years when they appeared at The Rockefeller Club, Oslo, Norway.
2012, Levon Helm, died of throat cancer aged 71. A drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17. He later joined The Hawks (who became Bob Dylan’s backing group) later changing their name to The Band. He sang on Band classics like ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” “Rag Mama Rag,” and “The Weight.”
Born on this day: Alexis Korner (1928); Alan Price, The Animals (1942); Bernie Worrell, keyboards, Parliament, Funkadelic (1944); Mark Volman, The Turtles, Flo and Eddie (1947); Rod Morgenstein, American drummer, Winger, Dixie Dregs, Platypus, The Jelly Jam (1953); Tony Martin, English singer-songwriter Black Sabbath, Giuntini Project, Empire (1957); Suge Knight, producer, co-founded Death Row Records (1965); Dar Williams, American singer-songwriter guitarist, Cry Cry Cry (1967)