In 1955 Billboard magazine reports that for the first time sales of 45 rpm singles had surpassed 78 rpm rivals.
In 1956 Little Richard's single "Long Tall Sally" is released.
In 1960 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles make their first TV appearance on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."
In 1961 "Pony Time" by Chubby Checker hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1967 Pink Floyd's first single "Arnold Layne" is released.
In 1969 "Stormy" by the Classics IV is certified gold.
In 1970 Simon & Garfunkel's single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" goes gold.
In 1970 Jefferson Airplane is fined $1000 for profanity on stage at a concert in Oklahoma City.
In 1971 "What Is Life" by George Harrison enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1974 Joni Mitchell's album "Court And Spark" is certified gold.
In 1975 Loggins & Messina appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1976 Mick Jagger is hospitalized with a respiratory infection.
In 1976 Peter Frampton's double live album "Frampton Comes Alive!" is certified gold.
In 1977 Keith Richards is busted in Toronto for heroin possession.
In 1978 "Night Fever" by the Bee Gees is certified gold.
In 1980 The Doobie Brothers win the Best Record and Best Song Grammys for "What A Fool Believes." Billy Joel wins Best Album for "52nd Street" and Rickie Lee Jones wins Best New Artist.
In 1981 Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record "Ebony & Ivory."
In 1981 The Police's album "Zenyatta Mondatta," containing the single "Da Doo Doo Doo, Da Da Da Da," is certified gold.
In 1982 Hall & Oates perform on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live."
In 1982 "'65 Love Affair" by Paul Davis enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1984 A Pepsi commercial with the Jacksons premieres on MTV.
In 1984 U2's album "Under A Blood Red Sky" is certified gold.
In 1988 "Father Figure" by George Michael hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1990 Milli Vannelli's Rob Pilatus tells Time magazine, "We're more talented than any Bob Dylan or Paul McCartney."
In 1991 James Brown is paroled after spending over two years in prison of a 6-year sentence imposed for resisting arrest after a car chase across two states, carrying a gun and persistent drug abuse.
In 1991 The British coroner rules the January 7 death of Def Leppard guitarist Steve Clark was due to an accidental drug overdose.
In 1991 "Motownphilly" by Boyz II Men is released. It wouldn't chart until the following June.
In 1992 Queen's album "Classic Queen" is released.
In 1993 "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1995 Nirvana's album "Bleach" is certified gold and platinum.
In 1996 Emmylou Harris is honored with the lifetime achievement award at the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards luncheon.
In 1996 Faith Hill's album "It Matters To Me" is certified platinum, while Green Day's CD "Insomniac" goes double platinum.
In 1997 James Brown asks talk show hostess Rolanda White to marry him during taping of her TV show. She turns him down.
In 1998 Bare Naked Ladies' album "Rock Spectacle" is certified gold.
In 1998 Fleetwood Mac's video "The Dance" is certified platinum.
In 2001 After a 46-year absence, guitarist Carlos Santana returns home and unveils a plaque in Autlan De Navarro declaring him the "favorite son" of the west-central Mexican town where his father was a well-known musician.
In 2001 Dave Matthews band's album "Everyday" is released.
In 2002 U2 wins four Grammy Awards including Record of the Year for "Walk On." Alicia Keys won five Grammys, including Song of the Year for "Fallin'."