In 1954 Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records in Memphis, signs 19-year-old truck driver Elvis Presley to a recording contract.
In 1957 Frankie Lymon, the Everly Brothers and Connie Francis appear on Alan Freed's first "Friday Night Rock 'n Roll" show on ABC-TV.
In 1962 The Rolling Stones play their first gig at London's Marquee club.
In 1964 Clips of the Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night" are broadcast on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1968 Monkees singer Mickey Dolenz marries Samantha Juste in Los Angeles.
In 1969 Blind Faith make their U.S. performing debut with a show at Madison Square Garden.
In 1969 Elvis Presley appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1969 "Laughing" by the Guess Who and "Lay Lady Lay" by Bob Dylan both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1969 "In The Year 2525" by Zager & Evans hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 6 weeks.
In 1970 Johnny Cash presents a autographed gold record of a "A Boy Named Sue" to South Dakota judge Sue Hicks, who inspired the tune.
In 1970 Janis Joplin debuts the Full Tilt Boogie Band in Louisville, KY.
In 1972 "Last Night I Didn't Get To Sleep At All" by the Fifth Dimension is certified gold.
In 1978 "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb is certified platinum.
In 1979 Ian Palce joins Whitesnake.
In 1979 Minnie Ripperton ("Lovin' You") dies of cancer at age 31.
In 1979 Paul McCartney appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1980 "I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1985 The film "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" co-starring Tina Turner opens nationally.
In 1985 Nude photos of Madonna appear in Penthouse magazine.
In 1986 "Holding Back The Years" by Simply Red is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1988 A Houston jury sides with Mickey Gilley against his former manager, Sherwood Cryer, and ordered him to to pay $17 million as well as remove Gilley's name from the famous Pasadena, TX, nightclub.
In 1988 Paul McCartney is given an honorary doctorate in music from Sussex University in England.
In 1988 Brian Wilson's first-ever solo album, "Brian Wilson," is released.
In 1988 Guns N' Roses' album "Appetite For Destruction" is certified double platinum.
In 1991 Rapper Ice Cube makes his acting debut playing ex-con "Doughboy" as "Boyz N The Hood" premieres.
In 1992 Police arrest Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose at New York's Kennedy Airport on charges related to a 1991 incident at a concert in St. Louis. He allegedly started a melee by diving into a crowd during the concert.
In 1994 Sheryl Crow's single "All I Wanna Do" is released.
In 1994 "Stay" by Lisa Loeb is certified gold.
In 1996 Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins is charged with heroin possession.
In 1996 Fiona Apple's album "Tidal" is released.
In 1996 Alanis Morissette's album "Jagged Little Pill" is certified platinum for the eleventh time.
In 1997 John Denver's drunk driving trial in Aspen, CO, ends in a hung jury.
In 1999 Smash Mouth performs its new single "All Star" at Major League Baseball's All-Star game in Boston's Fenway Park.
In 1999 "The Hardest Thing" by 98 Degrees is certified gold.
In 2000 Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) is denied entry into Israel because he allegedly gave money to the militant Islamic group Hamas in 1998.
In 2000 A statue erected in the memory of John Lennon is unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square.
In 2003 Jazz great Benny Carter dies at age 95.