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The title track from The Beatles’ movie A Hard Day’s Night topped the record charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The film was originally titled Beatlemania until producers heard an offhanded comment by Ringo Starr as he flopped into a canvas chair and said “It’s been a hard day’s night, that was.”
Jerry Garcia celebrated his 31st birthday by playing a concert at Roosevelt Stadium with The Grateful Dead. The rocker was surprised with a cake wheeled on stage containing a naked girl. He was, in his words, “embarrassed.”
The Rolling Stones turn down an invitation from President Bill Clinton to play at the White House.
A new television cable network called MTV (Music Television) started broadcasting music videos, 24 hours a day in the US. The show begins with the intro “Ladies and gentlemen, Rock and Roll.”