In 1927 "Me And My Shadow" by Whispering Jack Smith is #1 on the charts.
In 1952 Big Mama Thornton records "Hound Dog."
In 1959 Bobby Darin signs a 6-picture deal with Paramount, worth an estimated $1 million.
In 1962 "Roses Are Red" by Bobby Vinton is certified gold.
In 1964 The Supremes record "Baby Love."
In 1963 Elvis Presley's albums "Elvis' Christmas Album" and "Girls, Girls, Girls" are both certified gold.
In 1965 The Beatles' soundtrack to the film "Help!" is released in the U.S.
In 1965 Jefferson Airplane makes its first public appearance at the Matrix Club in San Francisco.
In 1966 "You Can't Hurry Love" by the Supremes and "Black Is Black" by Los Bravos both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1966 "Summer In The City" by The Lovin' Spoonful hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1967 The Daughters of the American Revolution refuse to allow Joan Baez to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, because of her opposition to the Vietnam War.
In 1971 Saxophonist King Curtis is stabbed to death in New York.
In 1972 John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Stevie Wonder and Sha-Na-Na perform at the "One-to-One Concert" to aid the retarded in New York.
In 1973 "Yesterday Once More" by the Carpenters is certified gold.
In 1975 Bruce Springsteen begins his "Born To Run" tour in New York.
In 1975 "Magic" by Pilot is certified gold.
In 1976 The Clash give their first public performance at a rehearsal hall in London, England.
In 1980 Todd Rundgren's home in Woodstock, NY, is robbed by four masked men. Rundgren, his girlfriend and three houseguests are bound and gagged while the masked men strip the house of valuables.
In 1982 Soul giant Joe Tex dies from a heart attack at age 47.
In 1985 Dire Straits' album "Brothers In Arms" is certified platinum.
In 1986 Jerry Lee Lewis' estranged wife, Kerry (age 23) announces she is pregnant. The divorce was called off and she later gave birth to a boy, Jerry Lee Lewis III.
In 1987 Madonna's arrival at London's Heathrow Airport causes fan mania not seen since the Beatles, the Osmonds and David Cassidy.
In 1989 James Brown is penalized when officials find $40,000 cash in his cell, exceeding the $50 limit.
In 1990 Curtis Mayfield is paralyzed from the neck down when a lighting scaffold falls on him at an outdoor concert in Brooklyn, New York.
In 1990 Jon Bon Jovi's "Young Guns II" soundtrack album is released.
In 1994 It's the second day of the 25th anniversary Woodstock '94 festival in Saugerties, NY. 200,000 fans showed up, but it rained most of the weekend.
In 1994 "I'll Make Love To You" by Boyz II Men enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1995 R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe has surgery for a hernia, the day after the group finishes a European tour.
In 1996 Drummer Alex Van Halen ends a 2-year separation from his estranged wife, Kelly, by filing for divorce.
In 1997 Oasis' album "Be Here Now" is released.
In 1999 A judge rules that Mick Jagger's marriage to Jerry Hall is null and void, both in England and in Indonesia where the two had a 1990 wedding ceremony.
In 1999 Scott Weiland, lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, is sent to jail for violating his probation again with illegal drug use.
In 1999 Vitamin C's self-titled album "Vitamin C" is released.