In 1942 Benny Goodman and His Orchestra along with Peggy Lee record "Why Don't You Do Right."
In 1955 The Count Basie Orchestra and Joe Williams record "Every Day I Have the Blues.
In 1955 Chuck Berry's first hit record, "Maybellene," enters the R&B charts.
In 1959 "Sleep Walk" by Santo & Johnny enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1963 "If I Had A Hammer" by Trini Lopez enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968 "Light My Fire" by Jose Feliciano and "1, 2, 3 Red Light" by 1910 Fruitgum Company both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1970 Sly & the Family Stone fail to appear for a concert in Chicago's Grant Park and a riot ensues.
In 1971 George Harrison announces a planned benefit for Bangladesh.
In 1972 "Song Sung Blue" by Neil Diamond is certified gold.
In 1974 "Then Came You" by Dionne Warwick & the Spinners and "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1974 "Annie's Song" by John Denver hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1976 John Lennon's long immigration battle with the U.S. ends and he receives a green card.
In 1976 Bruce Springsteen begins a 2-year court battle with manager Mike Appel for control of his career.
In 1978 Patti Smith appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1978 The Doobie Brothers' album "Takin' It To The Streets" is certified platinum.
In 1978 "Grease" by Frankie Valli is certified gold.
In 1979 A fire bomb destroys $200,000 worth of artifacts at Alice Cooper's Indian art store in Scottsdale, AZ.
In 1981 Stevie Nicks' album "Bella Donna" is released.
In 1984 Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor marries Giovanna Cantone in Italy.
In 1984 Prince's film "Purple Rain" opens in theatres nationally.
In 1985 "Freedom" by Wham! and "Pop Life" by Prince both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1985 "Every time You Go Away" by Paul Young is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1987 In an effort to get his film crew to turn the lights off his audience in the Soviet Union, Billy Joel overturns a mini-piano.
In 1989 The Commodores fire keyboardist/founding member Milan Williams when he refuses to join the group for a show at South Africa's Sun City.
In 1990 Members of the Grateful Dead announce they'll tour despite the death of keyboardist Brent Mydland the day before.
In 1990 An Indiana judge rules 2 Live Crew's "Nasty As They Wanna Be" album violates standards of decency and should not be sold to minors.
In 1991 Jani Lane of Warrant marries model Bobbie Brown.
In 1991 "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M. enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1991 "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams hits at #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 7 weeks.
In 1993 Paula Abdul testifies at the Virgin vs. Yvette Marine trial. Backup singer Marine had unsuccessfully claimed she shared lead vocals on Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" album.
In 1995 Four months after her murder, Selena's first English-language CD, "Dreaming Of You," debuts at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart.
In 1996 "You're Makin' Me High" b/w "Let It Flow" by Toni Braxton is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1998 Gloria Estefan's album "Gloria" is certified gold.
In 1999 Eric Clapton's album "Blues" is released.
In 2000 A federal judge issues preliminary injunction to Napster at the request of RIAA which sued for copyright infringement.
In 2001 Jazz saxophonist Harold Land dies in Los Angeles at age 73.
In 2002 The Who's John Entwistle, 57, is found dead in his hotel room in Las Vegas. He had cocaine in his system and his death was ruled accidental.