In 1951 Les Baxter's single "Because Of You" is released.
In 1959 "Dedicated To The One I Love" by the Shirelles enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1959 "Lonely Boy" by Paul Anka hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1964 The Supremes record "Come See About Me."
In 1967 Herman's Hermits begin an 8-week North American tour in Calgary, AB, with support from the Who and Blues Magoos.
In 1968 "Born To Be Wild" by Steppenwolf and "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Vanilla Fudge both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1971 David Cassidy has his gallbladder removed at Mount Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
In 1973 The Everly Brothers break up when Phil, angered at brother Don's performance, smashes his guitar and walks offstage. They reunite 11 years later.
In 1973 Smokey Robinson & the Miracles host NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special."
In 1973 "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)" by the Spinners is certified gold.
In 1974 "I Shot The Sheriff" by Eric Clapton and "Nothing From Nothing" by Billy Preston both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1974 "Rock Your Baby" by George McCrae hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1978 Willie Nelson appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1979 "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson is released.
In 1980 Bryan Ferry collapses in France with a severe kidney infection.
In 1984 Eddie Van Halen joins the Jacksons onstage in Dallas to perform "Beat It."
In 1984 Steve Perry's album "Street Talk" is certified platinum.
In 1985 Elton John re-signs with MCA Records for a 5-album deal worth $8 million, the biggest advance at the time.
In 1985 "Live-Aid," an international concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, raises $70 million for African famine relief.
In 1985 "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits and "You're Only Human (Second Wind)" by Billy Joel both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1985 "A View To A Kill" by Duran Duran hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1986 Coke Escovedo, Sheila E's uncle and influence on Santana's salsa sound, dies at age 45.
In 1987 A federal judge throws out Bette Midler's $10 million suit against the Ford Motor Co, who used a sound-a-like voice for their TV commercials.
In 1988 Sting performs at a benefit concert for tropical rain forests at Washington's Kennedy Center.
In 1989 Performing in Los Angeles, Dolly Parton announces a backup singer would help her on "Islands in the Stream," and is shocked when Kenny Rogers begins singing. She almost forgets the words.
In 1990 "Cradle Of Love" by Billy Idol is certified gold.
In 1993 A stretch of Tennessee Highway 56 near McMinnville is named for the late Dottie West.
In 1994 "You Mean The World To Me" by Toni Braxton is certified gold.
In 1995 Sony announces it had released George Michael from his recording contract.
In 1996 Alan Jackson, Alabama and Pam Tillis headline Country Fest in Atlanta drawing 275,000 fans.
In 1996 "California Love" by Tupac Shakur featuring Dr. Dre & Roger Troutman hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1998 Tayana Ali's single Daydreamin'" is released.
In 1998 'N Sync's self-titled album "'N Sync" is certified gold.
In 1999 Smash Mouth's album "Astro Lounge" is certified gold.
In 2000 Veruca Salt, Less Than Jake and Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise are among the bands that took part in a coast-to-coast concert event on the web.
In 2003 Cuban musician Compay Segundo dies in Havana at age 95.