1959 – In one of the first outdoor rock festivals, Ray Charles, B.B. King and Jimmy Reed played to about 9,000 people at Atlanta’s Herndon Stadium.
1963 – Del Shannon’s cover of The Beatles’ “From Me to You” became the first song written by the Lennon /McCartney songwriting team to appear on U.S. charts.
1965 – Bob Dylan’s album Bringing It All Back Home rocketed to the top of the charts in the UK, knocking his own album Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan from the #1 spot.
1969 – Crosby, Stills and Nash released their self-titled debut album.
1971 – The Rolling Stones’ track “Brown Sugar” hit #1 on US charts.
1972 – Paul McCartney released his own take of “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”
1973 – The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn made his solo debut at New York’s Academy of Music.
1977 – Elvis Presley cut short a Baltimore gig by walking off the stage in the middle of a concert; this was the first time The King ended a show in this manner.
1981 – Prince played in Europe for the first time.
1982 – The Clash’s Combat Rock album was released.
1997 – While swimming with a friend off Mud Island in Memphis, Jeff Buckley drowned, ending his promising career.
1999 – Missing since 1995, Iron Butterfly’s Philip “Taylor” Kramer, was found in a valley in Malibu, CA.