Born on this date:
1941, Jan Berry, singer, Jan and Dean
1942, Wayne Newton, singer
1943, Richard Manuel, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, The Band
1944, Tony Orlando, singer
1944, Barry Pritchard, guitarist, The Fortunes
1945, Billy Joe Royal, singer
1956, Elvis Presley appeared on ABC TV’s The Milton Berle Show live from the flight deck of the USS Hancock in San Diego, California, performing “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Shake, Rattle and Roll” and “Blue Suede Shoes.” It was estimated that one out of every four Americans with TVs saw the show.
1959, The BBC banned The Coasters’ “Charlie Brown,” because of its reference to “spitballs.” The ban was lifted two weeks later.
1960, Elvis Presley recorded “It’s Now or Never,” an English rewrite of the Italian standard, “O Solo Mio.”
1964, Bob Dylan made his first entry on the U.K. singles charts with “The Times They are A-Changin’.”
1967, The Beatles held their third and final recording session for George Harrison’s songwriting contribution to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, “Within You Without You.”
1979, Kate Bush kicks off the 28-date ‘Tour Of Life’ trek, making her concert debut at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre. Bush never undertook another tour again.
1983, after completing a 29-date U.K. tour, U2 appeared on Top of the Pops, performing their latest single, “Two Hearts Beat as One.”
1998, Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, was born.
2007, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denied that he snorted the ashes of his late father during a drug binge. Jane Rose, Richards’ manager, told MTV News the remarks were made “in jest” and she could not believe they had been taken seriously. Richards had said in an NME interview: “He was cremated and I couldn’t resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow.” But interviewer Mark Beaumont was convinced that Richards was not joking. “He did seem to be quite honest about it. There were too many details for him to be making it up,” Beaumont told BBC News.
2008, Mariah Carey scored her 18th U.S. chart-topper with “Touch My Body,” passing Elvis Presley for second place on the American number ones list, behind only The Beatles.