1965 - A half-hour Saturday morning cartoon show featuring real songs by the Beatles but not their actual voices (same as the Yellow Submarine movie three years later) debuted on ABC. The first episode, titled "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," had the boys exploring the ocean floor in a diving bell, discovering a love-sick octopus. The series ran through September of 1969.
1967 - Little-known country singer Dolly Parton made her first appearance on The Porter Wagoner Show. She sang two songs from her debut album: "Dumb Blonde" and "Something Fishy" Parton soon became the full-time replacement for the program's longtime singer, Norma Jean.
1970 - The first episode of The Partridge Family was shown on U.S. TV, featuring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce.
1970 - Janis Joplin records "Me And Bobby McGee" at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood. She dies nine days later from a drug overdose at age 27.
1989 - New wave duo Tears for Fears release their third album, The Seeds Of Love. The album was created during a profound period of catharsis. Curt Smith was going through a divorce while Roland Orzabal was in primal therapy. Musically, it's their most sophisticated outing.
Standout tracks, Sowing the Seeds of Love". It borrows heavily from the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus," but ends up as a spiritual, sociopolitical anthem in its own sonic universe. The album's Muse is American vocalist/pianist Oleta Adams. Orzabal caught her set in a hotel bar in 1985 and asked her two years later to duet on the transcendent album-opener "Woman in Chains." It set the tone for the entire proceeding.
1990 - Drummer Dave Grohl auditioned for Nirvana and was instantly given the job. A year later, the band recorded Nevermind which exceeded all expectations and became a worldwide commercial success.
2017 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California. The concert, which would ultimately be the Heartbreakers' final show, ended with a performance of 'American Girl'. Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose a week later on October 2, 2017.(Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
1930 - Shel Silverstein, American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books, was born on this day. He wrote Tompall Glaser's highest-charting solo single 'Put Another Log on the Fire', 'One's on the Way' (a hit for Loretta Lynn), and wrote one of Johnny Cash's best known whimsical hits, 'A Boy Named Sue.' Other songs co-written by Silverstein include 'The Taker' by Waylon Jennings and hits for Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, "On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone" and Sylvia's Mother".
1980 - The drummer for Led Zeppelin, John Bonham, died after consuming the equivalent of 40 shots of vodka in four hours on the eve of embarking on a U.S. tour. "Bonzo" had been an intrinsic part of the Zeppelin sound, and the group decided it could not continue, deciding to disband shortly thereafter. Bonham is thought of as some to be the greatest and most influential rock drummer in history,