In 1877 Thomas Edison demonstrates the phonograph for the first time.
In 1944 Count Basie records "Red Bank Boogie" for Columbia Records.
In 1946 The "Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole debuts on the charts.
In 1952 "The Glow-Worm" by the Mills Brothers is #1 on the charts.
In 1965 The Rolling Stones enter RCA's Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles to record "19th Nervous Breakdown."
In 1965 The Beatles' single "We Can Work It Out" b/w "Day Tripper" is released.
In 1968 James Taylor releases his debut album on the Beatles' Apple Records.
In 1969 During a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway near San to death by a Hell's Angel security guard.
In 1969 Big Band singer Cab Calloway turns actor in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "The Littlest Angel" on NBC-TV.
In 1969 "Arizona" by Mark Lindsay enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1969 "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1970 "Gimme Shelter," a film documenting the Rolling Stones 1969 tour of the U.S., debuts in New York on the anniversary of the Altamont concert.
In 1973 Greg Allman appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1973 Jim Croce's album "I Got A Name" is certified gold.
In 1975 C.W. McCall's "Convoy" and "Love To Love You Baby" by Donna Summer both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1976 Electric Light Orchestra's album "A New World Record" goes platinum.
In 1977 Jackson Browne's album "Running On Empty" is released.
In 1978 On the day Paul McCartney's album "Wings Greatest" goes gold and platinum, he leaves Capitol Records after 15 years for Columbia.
In 1979 AC/DC's last album with lead singer Bon Scott, "Highway To Hell," is certified gold. Scott dies from alcohol poisoning the following February.
In 1984 Paul McCartney's film "Give My Regards to Broad Street" debuts.
In 1984 Bruce Springsteen appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1985 John Cougar Mellencamp suffers two sound system failures during a show and refunds half of the box office receipts.
In 1985 Producer Terry Lewis marries singer Gwen Taylor.
In 1986 Sun Country Classic Wine Coolers announces Ringo Starr would be featured in their wine commercials.
In 1986 "Open Your Heart" by Madonna and "We're Ready" by Boston both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1986 "The Next Time I Fall" by Peter Cetera with Amy Grant is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1988 Roy Orbison dies of heart failure at age 52 in Nashville, TN.
In 1993 The Eagles reunite for the first time in 13 years to appear in Travis Tritt's "Take It Easy" video.
In 1994 Madonna's single "Take A Bow" is released.
In 1994 The Beatles' album "Live At The BBC" is released in the U.S. containing 30 previously unreleased songs.
In 1995 Michael Jackson suffers from dehydration and collapsed onstage while rehearsing for an HBO special.
In 1995 TLC is named Artist Of The Year and "Cracked Rear View" by Hootie & the Blowfish is named Album Of The Year at the 1995 Billboard Music Awards. "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio wins Single Of The Year.
In 1996 "No Diggity" by Blackstreet is certified gold and platinum, as is Nirvana's album "From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah."
In 1999 M2M's single "Don't Say You Love Me" is certified gold.
In 2003 David Bowie postpones the start of the North American leg of his A Reality tour in Atlanta City, NJ, after contracting the flu.
In 2004 Legendary radio/TV host Dick Clark suffers a stroke.
In 2011 Dobie Gray ("Drift Away") dies at 69 after a long battle with cancer.