The Pendletones of Hawthorne, California were recording their first single Surfin‘ today in 1961. They would become quite famous after they changed their name to The Beach Boys.
The Beatles were ordered off stage by police in Cleveland Ohio today in 1964 after a large group of fans overpowered the cops providing security and made it on stage with the fab four.
The Ford Motor Company became the first vehicle Manufacturer to offer 8-track tape players in it’s Mustang, Thunderbird, and Lincoln cars today in 1965. Chrysler had sold a car record player in the 50’s, but the needle skipped anytime the driver hit a hole or bump. The 8-track would lose favor to the Compact Cassette in the late 70’s, but both formats are nowadays nowhere to be found.
The Beatles were mired in day four of filming their TV special Magical Mystery Tour today in 1967. They stopped for lunch at a fish and chip shop in Somerset. Normally watching people eat isn’t that exciting, but the Beatles entire lunch was filmed as they stuffed tasty bits of deep-fried cod and mushy peas in their mouths.
The Doors performed as a three-piece band in Amsterdam tonight in 1968 after Jim Morrison collapsed dancing during opener Jefferson Airplane’s set.
Vice President Spiro Agnew blasted America’s youth in a speech today in 1970, saying they were being “brainwashed into a drug culture” by rock music, movies, and underground newspapers. Agnew himself had been brainwashed into a tax-evading and bribery-accepting culture, for which he was disbarred as a lawyer and gave up the Vice Presidency three years later.
Pink Floyd released their 9th studio album today in 1975, Wish You Were Here. The man they wished was there, Floyd founder Syd Barrett, showed up during the recording sessions, but the band didn’t recognize him at first because he had shaved all of his hair off, including his eyebrows. The meeting was awkward, and Syd left without saying goodbye. They never saw him again.
Mark Knopfler announce the demise of his band Dire Straits today in 1988. They would re-form in 1991, then break up again.
The Steve Miller Band went to #1 in England today in 1990 with a song they had recorded 16 years prior: The Joker had recently been used in a jeans commercial.
Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) died today in 2004 at 55 after a five-year battle with prostate cancer.
Pink Floyd’s keyboard player Rick Wright died today in 2008 of an undisclosed form of cancer. He was 65.