1966, The Small Faces appeared live at the Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London. Admission cost $1.05
1967, Pink Floyd performed at The Dance Hall, Eel Pie Island Hotel, Twickenham, England.
1968,The Beatles were at Studio Two at Abbey Road studios, where they recorded “Good Night,” John Lennon’s lullaby for his 5-year-old son Julian. It was said to be inspired by Cole Porter’s “True Love.” Ringo singing the lead vocal. It was completed after two more sessions in July, and appeared on the White Album.
1968, Ten Years After played at the Fillmore West, San Francisco.
1968, Pink Floyd released their second album A Saucerful Of Secrets in the UK. It is both the last Pink Floyd album on which Syd Barrett would appear, and the only studio album to which all five band members contributed. That same day the band performed A Saucerful of Secrets for the program Release on BBCTV2. It would air the following evening. That night, Floyd played for the Students Celebration Dance – The End Of It All Ball, at the Music Hall in Shrewsbury, England.
1968, The Who performed at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles.
1968, Aretha Franklin appears on the cover of Time magazine.
1969, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Nice, John Mayall, Ten Years After, Taste, Liverpool Scene and Chicken Shack, Keef Hartley, Taste and Savoy Brown, all appeared at The Bath Festival of Blues in England, the DJ was John Peel. Over 12,000 fans attended.
1969, Pink Floyd played at the Winter Gardens Pavilion, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England. Supporting acts were The Ken Birch Band and the Mike Slocombe Combo.
1969, Henry Mancini started a two week run at number one on the US singles chart with “Love Theme from Romeo And Juliet.” The film’s love theme was used as the backing for “Our Tune” by DJ Simon Bates on his BBC Radio 1 show.
1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash release their self-titled debut album.
1970, Ten Years After performed at the Canadian National Exhibition Stadium, Toronto.
1971, Yes appeared at the Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, California.
1972, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at The Dome in Brighton, England. These were makeup shows for a concert performance at the same venue in January that had to be stopped in the middle of “Money” due to technical difficulties.
1972, Led Zeppelin performed at the Community Arena in Tucson, Arizona. Tickets cost $4 – $6 (£2.67 – £4.)
1973, The Searchers, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Herman’s Hermits, and Wayne Fontana appear at a revival show at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
1974, The Grateful Dead play at the Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
1975, The Eagles started a five-week run at number one on the US album chart with ‘One Of These Nights’.
1975, Wings went to number one on the UK charts with the album Venus And Mars, featuring the US chart topping single “Listen What The Man Said.”
1975, American singer songwriter Tim Buckley completed the last show of a tour in Dallas, Texas, playing to a sold-out crowd of 1,800 people. This was Buckley’s last ever show, he died the following day of a heroin and morphine overdose at age 28.
1975, Cher marries Gregg Allman.
1977, Elton John achieved a life long ambition when he became the Chairman of Watford Football Club.
1978, The Clash supported by The Specials appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England.
1980, Roxy Music scored their second number one album with Flesh And Blood. It would return to the top spot again in August for another three weeks, in total spending 60 weeks on the albums chart in the United Kingdom. The album also peaked at number 35 in the United States and number ten in Australia.
1986, Wham! were at number one on the UK singles chart with their fourth and final UK chart topper “The Edge Of Heaven.” Also on this day Wham! played their farewell concert in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, London.
1997, Radiohead went to number one on the UK album chart with their third album OK Computer. The British group’s first self-produced album later appeared in many critics’ lists and listener polls for best album of the year, and also won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance.
2005, 2 Pac featuring Elton John was at number one on the UK singles chart with “Ghetto Gospel.” It was written by Tupac Shakur and produced by Eminem. The song uses samples from the Elton John song “Indian Sunset” from his 1971 album Madman Across the Water.
2007, The Spice Girls confirmed they would reform for a world tour to take place in December 2007 and January 2008 with the original line-up, who had not performed on stage since Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell quit in May 1998. The 11 dates announced included a London show on December 15th, eight days after the first date in Los Angeles. Other dates included Cologne, Madrid Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney and Cape Town. The tour was being put together by Simon Fuller, whose 19 company masterminded the group’s global success more than a decade earlier.
Born on this day: David Knights, Procol Harum (1945); Steven J. Morse, Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple (1954); Clint Boon, English singer, keyboards, Inspiral Carpets, The Clint Boon Experience (1959); Charlie Clouser, American keyboard player, songwriter, producer, Nine Inch Nails (1963); Steve Williamson, English saxophonist, composer, Jazz Warriors (1964); Mark Stoermer, The Killers (1977); Michael Crafter, Australian singer-songwriter, Confession, I Killed the Prom Queen, Carpathian, Bury Your Dead (1981)