In 1956 "Lisbon Antigua" by Nelson Riddle Orchestra hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1957 Buddy Holly records his first hit "That'll Be The Day" at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, NM.
In 1961 Elvis Presley plays a charity concert in Memphis, his first since leaving the Army.
In 1963 VeeJay releases the Beatles' U.S. debut single "Please Please Me." It doesn't hit the charts until the following year.
In 1966 Nancy Sinatra receives her first gold record for the single "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'."
In 1967 The Beatles' film clips "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry FieldsForever" air on TV's "Hollywood Palace."
In 1967 "Dedicated To The One I Love" by the Mamas & Papas and "Jimmy Mack" by Martha & the Vandellas both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968 The New York Times calls Jimi Hendrix "The Black Elvis."
In 1969 The Beatles begin recording their "Abbey Road" album.
In 1973 Stephen Sondheim's musical, "A Little Night Music," opens at Broadway's Shubert Theater.
In 1977 Loretta Lynn hosts NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Leo Sayer, Willie Nelson and Micky Gilley.
In 1978 Jefferson Starship declares "Earth Day" for the release of its new album, "Earth."
In 1980 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers' album "Damn The Torpedos" is certified gold.
In 1981 Pat Benatar wins the first of four straight Best Rock Female Grammys, while Christopher Cross wins five including Best Record and Best Song for "Sailing."
In 1983 Toto wins Grammys in six categories including Album and Record of the Year. Men At Work is voted Best New Artist.
In 1983 Men At Work's single "Down Under" is certified gold.
In 1984 "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)" by Phil Collins and "Hello" by Lionel Richie both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1984 "Jump" by Van Halen hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 5 weeks.
In 1985 Peter Bogdanovich sues Universal Pictures for $19 million for removing Bruce Springsteen's songs from the movie "Mask." Universal didn't want to pay Springsteen's price.
In 1985 U2's album "War" is certified platinum.
In 1986 Phil Collins' "No Jacket Required" wins the Best Album Grammy and Sade is named Best New Artist. "We Are The World" wins Grammys for Best Record and Best Song.
In 1989 Def Leppard's Joe Elliot is injured onstage in Spain when a coin thrown by a fan lodges in his head just above his eye.
In 1990 In a taped BBC interview, Stevie Nicks says that she will never have children and no man can stand her for long.
In 1992 Natalie Cole wins the Best Record and Best Album Grammys for "Unforgettable" and Marc Cohn wins Best New Artist. James Brown receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement.
In 1993 Carly Simon's first opera, "Romulus Hunt," opens in New York.
In 1995 Lyle Lovett breaks his collar bone riding a motorcycle in Mexico. The accident causes him to miss accepting two Grammy's.
In 1995 "Take A Bow" by Madonna hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 7 weeks.
In 1997 Bonnie Raitt is honored as the Best Female Rock Guitarist and Eddie Van Halen was named Best Male Rock Guitarist at the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards in New York.
In 1998 Elton John wins the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Grammy for "Candle in the Wind-1997." Shawn Colvin wins Song and Record Of The Year for "Sunny Came Home" and Bob Dylan wins Album Of The Year for "Time Out of Mind."
In 1998 Matchbox Twenty's album "Yourself Or Someone Like You" is certified platinum for the fifth time.
In 1999 Prince files a copyright infringement lawsuit against nine web sites for selling bootlegged recordings and offering unauthorized song downloads.
In 2000 Nat King Cole's album "Greatest Hits" is certified gold and platinum, while Santana's single "Maria, Maria" goes gold.