1968: The Beatles laid down the bed tracks for "Hey Jude" during the first of a two day session in London. A 36 piece orchestra would be added the following day.
1986: The show business newspaper Variety reported that RCA dumped John Denver from its roster after the release of his single, "What Are We Making Weapons For". Variety said the song upset the record company's new owner, General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the US. GE sold RCA two months later.
1963: Peter, Paul And Mary's version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" is released. It will enter the Hot 100 two weeks later on its way to #2. In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and in 2004 it was ranked #14 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1962: Tommy Roe's "Sheila" enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #93, on its way to #1 by September 1st. The slow buildup of global sales of the record kept the R.I.A.A. from awarding Tommy a Gold record until 1969.
1955: Chuck Berry's first hit record, "Maybellene" enters the Billboard R&B chart where it will reach #1 during an 11 week run. The song, adapted from the traditional fiddle tune "Ida Red", tells the story of a hot rod race and a broken romance. It also climbed to #5 on the Pop chart.