In 1959 Duke Ellington wins the Springarn Medal for his musical achievements.
In 1960 Tommy Sands marries Nancy Sinatra. (They divorce in 1965.)
In 1961 "Hit The Road Jack" by Ray Charles enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1962 The Beatles begin their first recording session with Ringo Starr as drummer. They record "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You."
In 1964 Then Beatle George Harrison forms his own song publishing company, Harrisonsongs.
In 1965 "Keep On Dancing" by the Gentrys enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965 The Beatles soundtrack "Help!" hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 9 weeks.
In 1966 The Rolling Stones perform on the "Ed Sullivan Show." Guitarist Brian Jones plays with a cast on his broken right hand.
In 1967 The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" bus cruises the English countryside carrying the group and other actors and friends, all involved in making the short film.
In 1967 "Light My Fire" by the Doors is certified gold.
In 1968 Arriving in London for a tour of the UK, Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham is picked up by police for possession of cannabis. The BBC cancels the group's television appearance.
In 1971 The Jackson Five's animated series premieres on ABC-TV.
In 1971 "Yo-Yo" by the Osmonds enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1971 "Go Away Little Girl" by Donny Osmond hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1972 "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)" by the Hollies is certified gold.
In 1974 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Band and Joni Mitchell play London's 80,000 plus seat Wembley Stadium.
In 1975 Mick Jagger appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1975 Aerosmith's self-titled debut album is certified gold.
In 1975 Janis Ian earns her first gold record for the album "Between The Lines," which contained the single "At Seventeen."
In 1976 Bob Dylan appears on the cover of TV Guide (his "Hard Rain" special aired that week).
In 1976 "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" by K.C. & The Sunshine Band is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1977 Songwriter Bernie Taupin makes his TV acting debut on ABC's "The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew Meet Dracula."
In 1979 Kenny Jones makes his first appearance with the Who as their new drummer, replacing the late Keith Moon, in Passaic, New Jersey.
In 1982 "American Fool" by John Cougar Mellencamp hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 9 weeks.
In 1982 "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1984 Bruce Springsteen breaks the attendance record at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, entertaining 16,800 fans.
In 1984 In Hendersonville, TN, Barbara Mandrell and her two children are seriously injured when a wrong-way driver crashes into her car.
In 1987 Reggae star Peter Tosh and two others are shot and killed when they surprise two burglars attempting to rob Tosh's Jamaica home.
In 1987 Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" wins MTV's Best Video award.
In 1989 Hank Williams Jr. reworks his tune "All My Rowdy Friends" for ABC's "Monday Night Football." ("Are you ready for some football?")
In 1990 George Michael's second solo album, "Listen Without Prejudice," is released.
In 1991 Alice In Chains' album "Face Lift" and Guns N' Roses' single "You Could Be Mine" are both certified gold.
In 1992 The Rolling Stones' video "Gimme Shelter" goes gold.
In 1993 Conductor Erich Leinsdorf dies in Zurich, Switzerland, at age 81.
In 1993 Merle Haggard and Theresa Ann Lane are married.
In 1993 "Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 8 weeks.
In 1995 AC/DC's album "Ballbreaker" is released.
In 1995 Janet Jackson's "Runaway" is the first single by a female performer to debut in the top 10 (at #6) of Billboard's Hot 100.
In 1996 INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence pleads guilty to hitting a photographer and was fined $600.
In 1996 David Bowie's single, "Telling Lies," is released on his web site. It was the first time ever a new single by a major recording artist was released exclusively on the Internet.
In 1996 Los Del Rio's single "Macarena" is certified triple platinum.
In 1997 Blues musician John Lee Hooker receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1998 Deborah Cox's single "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here" is released.
In 2003 Johnny Cash dies of complications from diabetes. He was 71.
In 2004 Famed songwriter/lyricist Fred Ebb dies of a heart attack at his home in New York. He was 71. Ebb is best known for co-writing the songs for the musicals "Chicago" and "Cabaret" with John Kander.