This Day in Music History
1961 : Liverpool record store owner Brian Epstein calls Liverpool's Cavern Club to see when The Beatles would next be performing, with the intent to see if their live show matched their reputation.
1962 : A bullet is fired at Motown's tour bus while traveling through Savannah, Georgia, but fortunately none of the (all African-American) stars are hurt.
1963 : Dick Clark begins his latest "Caravan of Stars" tour in Teaneck, New Jersey, featuring The Ronettes, Little Eva, Bobby Vee, Brian Hyland and the Dovells.
1964 : Judy Garland and Liza Minelli perform together at the London Palladium, a performance recorded for American television and the LP "Live At The London Palladium".
1965 : The Dave Clark Five perform for Queen Elizabeth II at London's annual Royal Variety Performance.
1968 : Diana Ross leaves The Supremes to begin her solo career, and is replaced by Jean Terrell.
1971 : Paul McCartney throws a party at London's Empire Ballroom to officially launch his new group, Wings.
1974 : After returning to her Howard Johnson's hotel room in Jericho, Connecticut, following a show at the nearby Westbury Music Fair, singer Connie Francis is attacked at knifepoint and raped. Francis successfully sues the chain for $3 million for neglecting to repair a broken lock and torn screen on her room before the attack. Her rapist is never brought to justice, and Francis finds herself so shattered by the incident she quits touring for seven years and eventually divorces her husband, Joseph Garzilli.
1975 : John Lennon names close friend Elton John the godfather of his new son, Sean.
1987 : Generating footage for their "Rattle and Hum" documentary, U2 plays a free "Save the Yuppie" concert at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. An arrest warrant is issued for Bono after he spray paints "Rock n Roll Stops Traffic" on a fountain sculpture.
1988 : Jerry Lee Lewis declares bankruptcy.
1994 : A memorial service is held for legendary guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, late of the MC5 and The Sonics, at Mariner's Church in Detroit, Michigan.
1995 : Sony gets control to the publishing rights to many Beatles songs when Michael Jackson merges his ATV Music Publishing with Sony Music Publishing. Jackson purchased the Beatles catalog in 1985.
1997 : Country entertainer Johnny Paycheck officially joins the Grand Ole Opry. The honky-tonk ace becomes the 72nd member of the radio show's cast.
2000 : The Secure Digital Music Initiative announces that two of its proposed technologies did not survive being attacked as part of the "Hack SDMI" challenge. The competition invited all comers to attempt removal of copyright protection from particular files, based on a specific set of criteria.
2001 : Hip-hop rockers Limp Bizkit and cartoon indie-beat band Gorillaz are the big winners at the eighth annual MTV Europe Music Awards. Limp Bizkit lands a one-two punch, winning in the group and album categories for their "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water".
2002 : David Gilmour, longtime guitarist for Pink Floyd, is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
2004 : Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois, Neil Thrasher, and Emmylou Harris and EMI Music Publishing are the top honorees at the 42nd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, held at Nashville's Opryland Hotel.
2005 : French female artist Camille receives the Prix Constantin during a show held at the Olympia venue in Paris. The 26-year-old singer-songwriter wins for her second album "Le Fil" (Virgin). The prize jury is comprised of 18 media and retail professionals and is chaired by French rocker Alain Bashung.
2007 : At the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Elvis Costello appeared live with members of the folk-rock band Clover for the very first time. Clover was the backing band from the original recording sessions of Costello's 1977 debut album "My Aim Is True". The Music Hall appearance benefited the Richard de Lone Special Housing Fund.
2011 : The singer, Charlotte Church, testifies to the Leveson Inquiry, which is investigating claims that reporters from News of the World hacked the phones of various celebrities.
2012 : Tragedy strikes at a Linkin Park concert in Cape Town, South Africa, when high winds cause scaffolding to collapse. This sent an advertisement tower plummeting into the crowd of fans in the parking lot after the show, killing one and injuring 19 more.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com