1964 – The Supremes make their first appearance on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.”
1964 – The Who appeared at the Ealing Club, Ealing Broadway, London, England.
1964 – Fans attending one of the Beatles’ London Christmas shows attack George Harrison’s girlfriend Patti Boyd.
1964 – The Beatles begin a second annual series of Christmas concerts at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Support comes from the Yardbirds, Freddie and the Dreamers, Jimmy Saville, Elkie Brooks, Mike Haslam, and the Mike Cotton Sound.
1964 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Feel Fine,” The Beatles. This song is the 30th by the group to hit Chart Toppers’s Hot 100 in 1964, the most songs in one year by any group.
1964 – The Beach Boys make their first appearance on Shindig. The group performs “Little Saint Nick,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and “Monster Mash.”
1964 – Radio London, one of England’s first offshore “pirate” radio stations, begins broadcasting. Ella Fitzgerald’s recording of “Can’t Buy Me Love” hits the English charts at No. 34. It’s the first time a Beatles cover has become a hit there.
1964 – Ode to a High Flying Bird, a picture book tribute to Charlie Parker by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, is published in England. Watts remembered, “”It was only available for a year, and no one would stock it at the time. It came out when the Lennon book, In His Own Write, did […]
1964 – Beatles for Sale spends its first week at No. 1 in the U.K. album charts. It knocks A Hard Day’s Night off the top spot, where it had spent the last 21 weeks.
1964 – Sam Cooke is buried in Chicago a week after he was shot to death in a Los Angeles motel. Over 200,000 fans view him in his glass-topped coffin at the A.R. Leak funeral home, with the crush actually smashing the home’s doors. Ray Charles sings “Angels Keep Watching Over Me” at the service.
1964 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Come See About Me,” The Supremes. The song is the third consecutive No. 1 single from the album “Where Did Our Love Go,” making the group the first to accomplish that feat.
1964 – Ringo Starr leaves hospital after having had his tonsils removed.