In 1951 Little Richard holds his first recording session in Atlanta.
In 1951 Johnnie Ray records "Cry."
In 1956 Elvis Presley's first movie "Love Me Tender" is released.
In 1957 Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" is released by Keen Records.
In 1961 "Goodbye Cruel World" by James Darren enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1962 The first Motown revue hits the road with the Miracles, Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and Little Stevie Wonder.
In 1964 Songwriter Cole Porter dies.
In 1965 Leslie Uggams marries Grahame Pratt in New York.
In 1966 Joan Baez is one of 124 anti-draft protestors arrested in Oakland.
In 1967 "Come Back When You Grow Up" by Bobby Vee is certified gold.
In 1968 Jay & the Americans record "This Magic Moment."
In 1968 The New Yardbirds play their first concert at a club in London. They later change their name to Led Zeppelin.
In 1969 Leonard Chess, founder of Chess records, dies of a heart attack.
In 1971 "Theme From Shaft" by Issac Hayes enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1974 Billy Preston's single "Nothing From Nothing" is certified gold.
In 1976 Stevie Wonder's album "Songs in the Key Of Life" is released.
In 1978 The Cars' self-titled album "The Cars" is certified gold.
In 1980 Pat Benatar appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1981 Bob Dylan begins his "Shot of Love" tour with a concert at the Milwaukee Auditorium.
In 1982 "Maneater" by Hall & Oates enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1986 Eric Clapton and Keith Richards perform at a birthday bash for Chuck Berry, who turned 60 two days later.
In 1986 Dizzy Gillespie donates his trumpet to the Smithsonian.
In 1986 Lionel Richie's "Dancing On The Ceiling" becomes the first album to be certified gold, platinum, double and triple platinum on the same day.
In 1990 2 Live Crew's Florida obscenity trial begins. The group is found innocent of violating obscenity standards four days later.
In 1991 Vanilla Ice makes his movie debut in "Cool As Ice."
In 1991 Tom Petty's album "Into The Great Wide Open" is certified platinum.
In 1992 Sinead O'Connor is booed off the stage at a show honoring Bob Dylan at Madison Square Garden. The crowd was reacting to O'Connor's attack on the Pope, whom she had torn up a picture of on "Saturday Night Live" two weeks earlier.
In 1993 Aretha Franklin sings the U.S. National Anthem at the World Series in Toronto, Ontario.
In 1996 A London tabloid reports Mick Jagger's wife, Jerry Hall, had retained Princess Diana's divorce lawyer to begin proceedings against him. The couple were divorced in July, 1999.
In 1997 Alice Cooper is honored with the first Eyegore Award from Universal Studios for contributions to the world of fantasy and horror.
In 1997 Bob Dylan accepts an award from the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize Trust in New York.
In 1997 Chicago's album "Heart Of Chicago 1967-1997" is certified gold, while Fleetwood Mac's album "The Dance" goes gold and platinum.
In 1999 Mariah Carey surpasses the Beatles for most cumulative weeks at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart when "Heartbreaker" marks a second week at #1, giving her a combined 60 weeks at the top.
In 2001 Jazz singer Etta Jones dies of cancer in New York at age 72.
In 2002 Dolly Parton begins her first tour of the UK and Ireland in some 19 years.
In 2003 Simon & Garfunkel reunite for their first concert tour in two decades, in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.