2016Geri Horner, Emma Bunton and Mel B of the Spice Girls announce that they are forming a new group called GEM, which is what you want. What you really, really want.More
1997Weezer fan club founders Mykel Allan, 31, and her sister Carli, 29, are killed along with their younger sister, Trysta, in a car accident in Colorado on the way back from one of the band's shows. The girls, who had befriended many up-and-coming Los Angeles-based bands, are honored through many tribute songs, including Weezer's "Mykel and Carli" and Jimmy Eat World's "Hear You Me."
1996Spice Girls release their debut single, "Wannabe," in the UK. It shoots to #1, setting Spice-mania in motion. The single is released in the US in January 1997, and climbs to the top spot there as well.
1981The Go-Go's release their debut album, Beauty and the Beat. The album reaches #1 on the US charts, becoming the first by an all-girl band to do so.
1954Dewey Phillips of Memphis' WHBQ radio plays a new song, "That's Alright Mama," and its flip, "Blue Moon Of Kentucky," on his Red Hot & Blue R&B show. An instant hit, the song is immediately played 14 more times. Callers to the station insist that the singer, a local boy named Elvis Presley, must be a black man. Elvis himself, who knew of the airplay in advance, hides out at a local movie show, but response is so immediate and positive that Dewey tracks him down for a live radio interview later that evening.
1947New Mexico's Roswell Daily Recordreports an alien aircraft has crashed near a local ranch with the headline "RAAF Captures Flying Saucer In Roswell Region." Although the Air Force explains the UFO was actually a downed weather balloon, the Roswell Incident spurs numerous conspiracy theories about alien activity and government cover-ups. In the coming decades, extraterrestrials and flying saucers invade several songs.More
2011Troubadours: The Rise Of The Singer-Songwriter is screened by the BBC.
2003A tooth from the mouth of Elvis Presley, once the property of former girlfriend Linda Thompson, goes up for auction on eBay. Along with a lock of his hair and a gold record, it fetches over $100,000.
2002Michael Jackson unleashes a sudden tirade on the music industry, accusing several music execs of racism and calling Sony head Tommy Mottola in particular "very, very, very devilish."
1971A mini-riot during a Mott The Hoopleconcert prompts London's Royal Albert Hall to temporarily ban rock groups from the venue.
1970Beck is born Bek David Campbell in Los Angeles, California. He adopts the surname Hansen from his mom, former Andy Warhol protege Bibbe Hansen.
1969Singer/actress Marianne Faithfull, girlfriend of Mick Jagger, attempts suicide with barbiturates while on the set of the film Ned Kelly (also starring Mick). She is dropped from the cast of the movie, eventually recovers, and when awaking from her coma, tells friends that "wild horses couldn't drag me away." The Rolling Stones song "Wild Horses" is built around that phrase.
Gerry Rafferty's City To City Supplants Saturday Night Fever At #1
After a disco-rific six months at #1, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is finally bumped off the top spot by Gerry Rafferty's City To City.
With disco hits like "Stayin' Alive" and "How Deep Is Your Love," the Bee Gees-centric Saturday Night Fever soundtrack is a worldwide sensation and will become the best-selling album in history (later surpassed by Michael Jackson's Thriller). But - like disco - nothing lasts forever, especially on the Billboard charts. Music fans are ready to leave their polyester at the discotheque and head to "Baker Street" for some jazz-infused rock courtesy of Gerry Rafferty's City To City. The album is Rafferty's second solo effort, but his first in six years because of legal issues with his former band, Stealers Wheel.
City To City is also a hit in the UK, where it peaks at #4. The single "Baker Street" is an international success, landing at #2 in the US and peaking in the Top 10 around the world.