1973 – On ABC tonight you can watch the special Roberta Flack … The First Time Ever. She had already been to No. 1 in February with “Killing Me Softly With His Song.” Person Roberta Flack Right click for SmartMenu shortcuts
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 – Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash videotape a special to appear on ABC. They play Dylan’s “I Threw It All Away,” “Living the Blues,” and “Girl From the North Country.”
1965 – The Beatles record “Day Tripper” this day in rock history! “Day Tripper” is a riff-driven rock song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released by The Beatles as a “double A-side” single with “We Can Work It Out”. Both songs were recorded during the sessions for the Rubber Soul album. The […]
1965 – The Beatles’ Saturday-morning cartoon series premieres on ABC. It’s canceled in 1969. The series premiered on ABC on Saturday, September 25, 1965 at 10:30 am. Each show was a half-hour long and consisted of two “adventures” and two sing-a-long songs. Lyrics were flashed on the screen so that viewers could join in. The […]
1964 – The Rolling Stones, touring America for the first time, appear on ABC’s Hollywood Palace. The show is hosted by Dean Martin.
1963 – ABC Paramount record label signs Fats Domino, who has been with Imperial since the start of his career.
1961 – Runaround Sue (Dion) was a hit on this day in rock history! Dion Francis DiMucci (born July 18, 1939), better known as Dion, is an American singer-songwriter who blended elements of doo-wop, pop, and R&B styles. Early years Dion was born to an Italian-American family in the Bronx. As a child, he used […]
1960 – Frank Sinatra hosts a Welcome Home Elvis special on ABC to celebrate Presley’s return from the Army. He sings “Love Me Tender” while Elvis takes on Sinatra’s “Witchcraft.”
1957 – If you’re watching ABC tonight, performing on Alan Freed’s The Big Beat are Chuck Berry, Andy Williams, Frankie Lymon, and Bobby Darin.
1953 – Tom Petty is born in Gainesville, Fla. He wins a Grammy Award as part of the Traveling Wilburys for the 1989 album “Traveling Wilburys Volume One.” Thomas Earl “Tom” Petty (born October 20, 1950) is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and a […]
1947 – David Bowie (David Robert Jones) is born in London. He first records with the King Bees, Lower Third and the Mannish Boys in 1963 before going solo. His two No. 1 songs are “Fame” and “Let’s Dance.” David Bowie (IPA: Although he released an album and numerous singles earlier, David Bowie first caught […]