In 1959 Alan Freed's last rock & roll movie, "Go, Johnny, Go," premieres featuring Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens and Jackie Wilson.
In 1961 The first annual Country Music Festival is held in Jacksonville, FL.
In 1966 The Troggs' single "Wild Thing" is released.
In 1967 "Groovin'" by the Young Rascals enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968 Herb Alpert sings "This Guy's In Love With You" on a TV special as something special for his audience, but after the program ended the demand was so great that it became a million seller.
In 1968 The Monkees' album "The Birds, The Bees, and The Monkees" is released.
In 1969 The Carpenters sign with A&M Records.
In 1969 The Who perform "Tommy" in its entirety for the first time at an unannounced concert in Dolton, England.
In 1969 "The Ballad Of John & Yoko" is recorded by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released on Apple by The Beatles.
In 1969 John Lennon changes his name to John Ono Lennon.
In 1969 Donovan's album "Donovan's Greatest Hits" is certified gold.
In 1972 "Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast" by Wayne Newton enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1972 "Rockin' Robin" by Michael Jackson peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1974 Tina Turner begins filming her role of the Acid Queen in the Who's film "Tommy."
In 1976 Peter Frampton appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1976 "Disco Lady" becomes the first single to be certified platinum.
In 1976 The album "Destroyer" by Kiss is certified gold.
In 1978 Bob Marley returns to Jamaica and persuades opposing political party leaders to shake hands onstage.
In 1978 "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1979 The Rolling Stones play two benefit shows in Toronto to pay for Keith Richards heroin bust.
In 1979 "Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1981 Days after being treated for bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton is hospitalized for injuries in a car crash.
In 1987 Don Williams undergoes back surgery in Nashville.
In 1988 Mick Jagger plays tapes of his songs in a White Plains, NY, courtroom, defending against a copyright suit brought by a Bronx reggae artist. Jagger won the suit.
In 1989 "Like A Prayer" by Madonna hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1990 750,000 people attend an Earth Day show in New York's Central Park featuring Hall & Oates, Edie Brickell, the B-52s and Ben E. King.
In 1994 The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary.
In 1994 Faith Hill tops the U.S. Country chart with "Piece Of My Heart."
In 1995 Mick Fleetwood marries Lynn Frankel.
In 1997 "Step By Step" by Whitney Houston is certified gold.
In 1998 Faith No More announces its break up.
In 1998 Roger Daltry kicks off a world tour with the British Rock Symphony in New York.
In 1998 Eric Clapton's album "Pilgrim" and Madonna's album "Ray Of Light" are both certified gold and platinum.
In 1999 Steve Wariner performs "Holes in the Floor of Heaven" at a vigil in Nashville honoring the memory of the Columbine High School victims.
In 2000 Amy Grant joins new husband Vince Gill on stage at the Grand Ole Opry and performs "How Great Thou Art."
In 2000 The Dixie Chicks appear on the cover of TV Guide.
In 2000 Carlos Santana kicks off a world tour in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2003 Songwriter Felice Bryant, who, with her late husband, Boudleaux, wrote "Bye Bye Love" and other Everly Brothers hits, dies at age 77.
In 2013 The Backstreet Boys get a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2013 Richie Havens, the folk singer who opened Woodstock, dies after suffering a heart attack at his home.