2008-41 years into his solo career, Van Morrison finally lands a Top 10 album in the U.S. as Keep It Simple enters the Billboard chart at number-10.

2008-Steve Miller is honored for his career achievements at ASCAP’s annual awards ceremony at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. He receives the Golden Note Award, emblematic of songwriters, composers and artists who’ve achieved “extraordinary career milestones.”

1999-Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band kick off their reunion tour in Barcelona, Spain.

1976-Singer-songwriter Phil Ochs hangs himself at his sister’s home in Queens, New York. He was 35.

1973-Paul McCartney releases “My Love,” which becomes his biggest solo hit, spending four weeks at number-one. Three years later, “Silly Love Songs” bests that record by topping the singles chart for five weeks.

1970-The Beatles aren’t breaking up, says a press release from Apple. While admitting that no further recordings are scheduled, publicist Mavis Smith notes that a new L-P will soon be released and says she “hoped The Beatles would get together for another recording session after the summer.” That night, Paul McCartney performs “Maybe I’m Amazed” on London Weekend Television.

1969-Bob Dylan releases Nashville Skyline. The now-classic album, recorded with country session players on Music Row, spins off the hit single “Lay Lady Lay.”

1969-David Bowie meets his future ex-wife, American model Angela Barnett, at a King Crimson concert.

1965-The Rolling Stones make their first live appearance on British TV’s Ready Steady Go!


Carl Perkins – Died in 1998
The late rockabilly legend, best known for “Blue Suede Shoes,” blended the bluegrass, blues and gospel he grew up with in rural Tennessee. The Beatles (especially George Harrison) were big fans: they covered Perkins’ “Matchbox,” “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby” and “Honey Don’t.” Carl spent a decade (1965-’75) touring as a member of Johnny Cash‘s backup band, The Tennessee Three, before resuming his solo career in the ’80s, peaking with an acclaimed Cinemax special, Carl Perkins & Friends. After winning a long battle with alcoholism and throat cancer, he died — following a series of strokes — aged 65 on January 19th, 1998. Born 1932.


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