In 1955 "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart, signaling the beginning of the rock era. It stayed there for 8 weeks.
In 1956 "Bandstand" hosted by Dick Clark debuts on a Philadelphia TV station. It later became "American Bandstand" on ABC-TV.
In 1957 Elvis Presley's second movie, "Loving You," featuring the single "Teddy Bear," premieres in Memphis.
In 1966 "Red Rubber Ball" by Cyrkle peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968 The Temptations make their first appearance without lead singer David Ruffin.
In 1969 Gladys Knight & the Pips perform on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" with guest host Flip Wilson.
In 1970 Van Morrison is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1971 Jim Morrison's death is revealed and he is buried at P'ere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
In 1972 Paul McCartney & Wings, traveling aboard their double-decker bus, open a 26-stop European tour with a stop in Chateauvillon, France.
In 1974 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's reunion tour begins in Seattle.
In 1977 Elvis Costello quits his day job as a computer operator at a cosmetic factory.
In 1977 "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1977 "Undercover Angel" by Alan O'Day is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1979 Olivia Newton-John (on rollerskates) appears on the cover of People.
In 1981 The Jacksons begin a 36-city tour.
In 1982 Stevie Wonder's "Original Musiquarium" double album is certified gold.
In 1983 Stevie Nicks' "The Wild Heart" enters the U.S. albums chart.
In 1983 "Every Breath You Take" by The Police hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 8 weeks.
In 1986 Billy Joe Royal is hospitalized in Bessemer, Alabama, for severe exhaustion and dehydration.
In 1988 Elton John's "Reg Strikes Back" and Steve Winwood's "Roll With It" both enter the U.S. albums chart.
In 1988 "The Flame" by Cheap Trick hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1989 New Edition production manager Ronald Byrd is jailed for suspicion of murdering security guard Anthony Bee.
In 1990 Keith Richard's right index finger becomes inflamed after Glasgow concert and the upcoming week's shows are postponed. It's the first time that the Stones miss a show due to illness or injury.
In 1991 President Bush presents a National Medal of Art to Roy Acuff.
In 1991 The Doors' video "Live In Europe 1968" is certified gold.
In 1992 Mick Jagger presents the Video of The Year Award to Van Halen at the 9th Annual MTV Video Music Awards.
In 1993 The Rolling Stones begin a month of sessions at Ron Wood's house in Ireland.
In 1994 Meat Loaf is awarded a star on the Walk of Fame at Chicago's Hard Rock Cafe.
In 1994 John Mellencamp's "Dance Naked" album, containing "Wild Night," a duet with MeShell NdegeOcello, enters the U.S. albums chart.
In 1995 The Grateful Dead give their last concert with Jerry Garcia at Chicago's Soldier Field. Garcia dies a month later while in drug rehab of a heart attack.
In 1996 Leann Rimes' album "Blue" is released.
In 1997 Hanson's album "Middle Of Nowhere" is certified gold and platinum, and Billy Joel's album "Streetlife Serenade" is certified platinum.
In 1998 Alice Cooper, Dave Koz and Kenny G play in a golf tournament to benefit children's cancer research at a club near Los Angeles.
In 1998 Eagle Eye Cherry's album "Desireless" is released.
In 1998 Janet Jackson's Velvet Rope tour sets a gross revenue record for MCI Center in Washington, DC, at more than $875,000. The previous record was held by Yanni with $860,300.
In 1998 K-ci & Jojo's album "Love Always" goes triple platinum.
In 1999 Kenny Chesney becomes the first artist in 5 years to sell outCowboy's in Arlington, TX.
In 1999 Mary Chapin Carpenter cancels a concert in Springfield, MO, to fly home and tend to a very ill Golden Retriever.
In 1999 Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall are divorced. They were together for 21 years. The court hearing took 12 minutes.
In 2000 Britney Spears reportedly accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, singer Justin Timberlake. (They would later call it off.)
In 2001 The Backstreet Boys postpone their tour after singer A.J. McLean entered rehab.
In 2006 Commodores founding member Milan Williams dies after a struggle with cancer. He was 58.