On this day in 1968, Elvis Presley appeared on an NBC TV show that was billed as his “comeback special”. It was the first time he had performed live in almost 7 years. The show featured the king performing on a small, square stage, surrounded by a mostly female audience. That set up inspired the MTV “unplugged” series of concerts.
Freddie Mercury made his live debut, on this day in 1970 in Cornwall, England, with a band called Smile. The band was renamed a few months later to Queen.
On this day in 1980, Ambrosia hosted “The Midnight Special” with guest performers Paul McCartney, Pete Townshend, the Pretenders, Rocky Burnette, and Gerry Rafferty.
On this day in 1982 “Don’t You Want Me” by Human League was the #1 song.
Let’s roll to this day in 1987. Whitney Houston became the first woman in U.S. recording history to enter the album chart at #1, with “Whitney.” When “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, she also became the first woman to top the singles chart with four consecutive releases.
Tom Jones received his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on this day in 1989.
Who was first? Aerosmith was. It was on this day in 1994, that Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet.
We lost one of the great rock bass players on this day in 2002. Just a day before the first show of the Who’s 2002 American tour, John Entwistle, a founding member of the Who, died of heart failure induced by cocaine at age 57.
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