This Day in Music History
1961 : The Beatles join Gerry and the Pacemakers for a show in Liverpool, where both bands are from.
1963 : The Greatest Record Show, a package tour of American rock and pop acts, begins at London's Finsbury Park Astoria, featuring Lesley Gore, Brook Benton, Dion, Trini Lopez and Timi Yuro.
1964 : The incredibly influential English concert called the "American Negro Blues Festival" kicks off, featuring Howlin' Wolf, Willie Dixon, Lightnin' Hopkins and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others. It is the first glimpse of these bluesmen for many upcoming British R&B and rock legends.
1966 : The Yardbirds arrive in New York City to start their first American tour. After two gigs, the brilliant but erratic guitarist Jeff Beck leaves the band to form the Jeff Beck Group, leaving Jimmy Page to take over on lead guitar.
1970 : Working from a design sketched out by his wife and himself, Elvis Presley orders a dozen 14-karat gold pendants from a Beverly Hills jeweler featuring the letters "TCB" set around a lightning bolt. Designed as totems for the Memphis Mafia (and also for security issues), the symbol stands, in Elvis' words, for "Taking Care of Business in a Flash". They would eventually come to symbolize the '70s era for Presley.
1977 : In Greenville, South Carolina, Lynyrd Skynyrd play their last show before the plane crash that would kill three of their members. Nazareth is the opening act.
1981 : Debbie Harry's (ex-Blondie) first solo album, "Koo Koo" is certified gold.
1994 : Pink Floyd play Earl's Court in London - a section of seats collapses, but there are no serious injuries.
1997 : Vince Gill honors John Denver with a performance of "Take Me Home Country Roads" at the Grand Ole Opry. Denver died a week earlier in a plane crash.
2000 : The Del McCoury Band is named entertainer of the year for the fourth consecutive year at the International Blue grass Music Association Awards in Louisville, Kentucky.
2001 : Luciano Pavarotti is acquitted of tax evasion in a trial in his home town of Modena, Italy. The opera star, who was accused of owing the government $18 million for income earned from 1989-95, faced a nominal 18-month prison sentence.
2005 : The MTV Video Music Awards Latin America are canceled. The awards show, derailed by Hurricane Wilma, is originally scheduled to take place the day earlier, but is then moved up a day. Ultimately the show is postponed.
2005 : Yusuf Islam, the singer/songwriter formerly know as Cat Stevens, is named songwriter of the year at the ASCAP Awards in London. Islam also receives the song of the year honor for "First Cut Is The Deepest", which was first released in 1967.
2007 : Trini Lopez is given the Lifetime Achievement honor at the Latinos of Distinction Awards in Ontario, California.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com