This Day in Music History
1967 : Tired of his latest hobby, Elvis Presley auctions off several items of horse-riding paraphernalia at his Circle G ranch in Horn Lake, Mississippi. 2,000 fans attend the auction.
1967 : A passenger train derails at Hither Green near London, killing 49 people and injuring 78. Among the passengers who escaped with no injuries: The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb, who helps injured passengers from the car for three hours and is nevertheless taken to a nearby hospital in a state of shock.
1970 : Long since retired from touring with his group, Brian Wilson joins The Beach Boys on stage at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles only to suffer inner ear damage in his good ear from an excessively loud sound system. After losing his balance a few times, he is helped backstage.
1971 : Two firsts at tonight's Elvis Presley show at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Minneapolis, Michigan: comic Jackie Kahane begins his lifelong stint as opening act, and Elvis ends the show with cape outstretched in a bizarrely Christlike pose -- another gimmick that will become a staple of Elvis' live act.
1973 : Who guitarist Pete Townshend storms off the stage at tonight's gig in Newcastle, England, after discovering that the backing track the band plays along to is running 15 seconds behind.
1977 : A record store manager in Nottingham, England is arrested for displaying a poster promoting The Sex Pistols' album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols.
1982 : Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys part ways on the orders of Wilson's new psychiatrist and caretaker, Dr. Eugene Landy.
1999 : Van Halen announces that lead singer Gary Cherone is leaving the band. All parties claim the split is amicable.
2005 : Beach Boys singer Mike Love sues the group's mastermind Brian Wilson, who love claims is "shamelessly misappropriating Mike Love's songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark" in promotion for his album SMiLE. The lawsuit was later dismissed.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com