1969 – A day before beginning his reputation-making stand at Las Vegas’ International Hotel, Elvis Presley plays a private concert for press and friends like Wayne Newton, Dick Clark, and Burt Bacharach.
1969 – The Beatles continued working on their forthcoming album Abbey Road, recording overdubs on ‘Come Together’, ‘Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window’, ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ and ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight’. The Beatles began to assemble the “medley” that would make up side two of the album. Paul McCartney told […]
1969 – Led Zeppelin and the Doors play the Seattle Pop Festival. But Robert Plant isn’t too impressed with Jim Morrison. He remembers, “He hung on the side of the stage and nearly toppled into the audience and did all those things that I suppose were originally sexual things, but as he got fatter and […]
1969 – Elvis Presley opens his first live engagement in nearly eight years. Las Vegas, Nev.
1969 – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young give their first live performance at the Fillmore East in New York.
1969 – Led Zeppelin play Milwaukee at the Midwest Rock Festival. Former Yardbird Eric Clapton, who is playing with Blind Faith the next day, catches the set by fellow former Yardbird Jimmy Page’s new band. “They were very loud,” he later remembers. “I thought it was unnecessarily loud. I liked some of it; I really […]
1969 – Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty had big plans to proclaim today “James Brown Day.” Brown shows up at his office at 10 a.m. to receive the honor. But when Yorty doesn’t turn up on time, he leaves and it turns out to be just another ordinary day after all.
1969 – The Who release their single “I’m Free” from Tommy. It goes to No. 37.
1969 – To celebrate Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon on July 20, Duke Ellington performs his specially commissioned composition “Moon Maiden” on ABC.
1969 – Pop vocalist Roy Hamilton, the former boxer who first had a hit with “Unchained Melody,” dies in New Rochelle, N.Y., after suffering a stroke.
1969 – Having just turned 28, Spencer Davis decides to break up the Spencer Davis Group.
1969 – Janis Joplin and her Kozmic Blues Band make their first appearance on The Dick Cavett Show.