This Day in Music History
1958 : The first rock concert is held in Berlin, Germany, and it doesn't go well, as agitated youth fight during a performance by Bill Haley and his Comets. By the time police cleared the Berlin Sportpalast, where the concert was held, five policemen and six audience members were seriously injured.
1959 : The Everly Brothers leave their old label, Cadence, for Warner Brothers.
1961 : Bob Dylan signs with Columbia Records, his first recording contract.
1962 : In Dallas, Texas, Bobby Rydell reprises his role as host of the annual Miss Teenage America Pageant.
1964 : On the last day of recording their fourth album, "Beatles For Sale", The Beatles are visited by rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, an early idol of theirs. The group decides then and there to cover Perkins' Honey Don't. At one point, Ringo calls the Sun records artists "Mr. Perkins", to which he replies, "Son, I wish you'd just call me Carl. Mr. Perkins is my daddy."
1965 : The Beatles are awarded Members of the British Empire (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace. John Lennon claims they smoked marijuana in the bathroom before receiving the awards, although George Harrison said it was just tobacco. Harrison and Paul McCartney put the awards on their jackets for the Sgt. Pepper album cover; Lennon sent his back in 1969.
1970 : Mrs. Alta Mae Anderson, mother of Meredith Hunter, The Rolling Stones concertgoer murdered by Hell's Angels at their Altamont show, sues the band for hiring the infamous biker club as security.
1971 : Al Green's "Tired Of Being Alone" is certified gold.
1980 : Paul Kantner of Jefferson Starship suffers what is thought to be a stroke while recording the band's latest album but is later revealed to be a brain embolism. He recovers after two weeks' hospitalization.
1996 : Tragedy strikes at Ozzfest in Devore, California when police officer Ruben Rios is struck and killed by a motorist while directing traffic.
1998 : Marilyn Manson begins their Mechanical Animals tour with a show in Kansas City.
1998 : Fats Domino is awarded the National Medal of Arts from US President Bill Clinton.
1998 : US Federal courts refuse to issue an injunction against makers of mp3 players, one which the RIAA has been pushing for in light of rampant piracy.
2000 : Capitol Records honors Garth Brooks with a lavish party, marking Brooks' status as the only artist to sell more than 100 million albums in a decade and the only artist to sell 10 million copies of four different albums.
2000 : Ontario Attorney-General Jim Flaherty requests that Canada's federal government, which handles immigration matters, prevent Eminem from entering the country for a concert at Toronto's SkyDome. The request stems from a complaint filed to the Toronto police hate crimes squad by a community activist who claims that the Interscope rapper's lyrics advocate violence toward women.
2000 : The tree from U2's song "One Tree Hill" is taken down. Located in Auckland, New Zealand, the tree had been attacked by activists and had to be removed.
2001 : Courtney Love plays her first-ever solo show at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, California.
2007 : Acting on the advice of director David Lynch, folk-pop icon and former student of the Maharishi, Donovan, begins drawing up plans for The Invincible Donovan University, a college for studying transcendental meditation.
2010 : Results of Ozzy Osbourne's genome sequencing are revealed. The study shows that Ozzy has a very high predisposition for alcohol and cocaine addiction, and that he was partly descended from Neanderthals.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com