Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1924 and 2011.
On this day in 1924 future singer and pianist Dinah Washington is born in Detroit, Michigan.
On this day in 1958 Michael Jackson is born in Gary, Indiana.
On this day in 1962 Elvis’ tenth movie, Kid Galahad, opens in US theaters, featuring the King as an amateur boxer. Charles Bronson also stars.
On this day in 1964 Roy Orbison releases “(Oh) Pretty Woman.” Also on this day in a clear case of rock and roll being saved by the British Invasion, Billboard magazine notes that guitar sales are the highest they’ve been since the advent of Elvis Presley.
On this day in 1966 The Beatles play their last real concert, wrapping up their tour at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Their last song is “Long Tall Sally”.
On this day in 1969 future singer-songwriter/bassist/vocalist Me’Shell NdegéOcello is born in Berlin, Germany.
On this day in 1970 Edwin Starr’s “War” hits number one. Also on this day The Kinks release “Lola.”
On this day in 1980 UB40 release their seminal debut Signing Off. The album would climb to number 2 on the UK Albums Chart, spending a total of 71 weeks on the charts. It is the first-ever reggae record to reach the Top-30 in the UK.
On this day in 1986 the studio in Philadelphia where American Bandstand was shot is entered into the US National Register of Historic Places.
On this day in 1990 Elton John enters rehab in Chicago to combat his bulimia and his various drug and alcohol addictions.
On this day in 2005 Fats Domino is rescued from his Ninth Ward home in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
On this day in 2011 blues guitarist and singer David “Honeyboy” Edwards dies at the age of 96.