1969, Based on the comic book and TV seriesArchie, The Archies started a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Sugar, Sugar.” It became the longest-running one-hit wonder in the U.K. after spending eight weeks at the top of the charts.
1969, The Melody Maker readers poll results were published. Winners included Eric Clapton, who won best musician, and Bob Dylan, who won best male singer and best album for Nashville Skyline. Best group went to The Beatles, best single went to Simon and Garfunkel for “The Boxer” and best female singer went to Janis Joplin.
1969, During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.
1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of exposing himself during a concert at The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove a year and a half earlier. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500 (£270), fine for public exposure and sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he would die in Paris, France on July 3, 1971.
1975, “Fame” by David Bowie hit #1 on the Billboard Singles Charts. For more on this story, see This Day in Music Spotlight.
1976, The first night of the two-day 100 Club Punk Festival took place on Oxford St., London. It featured the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sub Way Sect, Siouxie and the Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Vibrators and Stinky Toys. Admission: £1.50.
1997, Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” video was cited as one of the reasons American teenager Barry Loukaitis had snapped into a violent rage that left three people dead. Defense attorneys took the unprecedented step of playing the video in a Washington court.
2005, Canadian JD Fortune beat two other finalists to become the new lead singer with INXS after a worldwide search to replace the late Michael Hutchence. INXS held auditions in six continents as part of a reality TV series.