In 1934 Ethel Merman records "I Get A Kick Out Of You," from Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes."
In 1944 Eddy Arnold holds his first recording session.
In 1954 "Mr. Sandman" by the Chordettes is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1955 Carl Perkins is inspired to write "Blue Suede Shoes," after watching a teen-age boy reprimand his date about stepping on his shoes at a Jackson, TN, high school dance.
In 1956 Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis make impromptu recordings in Memphis. They are dubbed the "Million Dollar Quartet" 25 years later when the recordings are released.
In 1961 Gene Chandler's single "Duke of Earl" is released.
In 1964 The Beatles fan club in England announces its current membership was over 65,000.
In 1965 Rolling Stone Keith Richards is knocked unconscious when he touches an ungrounded microphone with his guitar. He finished the show.
In 1965 "Just Like Me" by Paul Revere & the Raiders and "A Well Respected Man" by the Kinks both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965 "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by the Byrds hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1968 The New York Times quotes Soviet music critic A. Martinosa as saying the Beatles "have become rich idols of the Philistines."
In 1971 "Day After Day" by Badfinger enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1971 "Family Affair" by Sly & The Family Stone hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1972 Ike & Tina Turner are the musical guests on TV's "Bill Cosby Show."
In 1972 "Me And Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul is certified gold.
In 1975 The album "Alive!" by Kiss and the single "Island Girl" by Elton John are both certified gold.
In 1976 Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin dies of a heroin overdose.
In 1980 Two months after the death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin officially disbands.
In 1987 Madonna files for divorce from actor Sean Penn. She eventually changes her mind, but files again in January.
In 1988 Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart and Barbara Streisand make People magazine's "Best Dressed" list. Prince, George Michael and Madonna make the "Worst Dressed" list.
In 1988 Roy Orbison gives his last performance in Akron, Ohio. He dies two days later of heart failure in Nashville.
In 1989 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a ruling saying Prince did not steal the song, "U Got The Look" from his half-sister. Lorna Nelson claimed the lyrics were similar to ones she had written.
In 1989 Alice Cooper's single "Poison" is certified gold.
In 1990 Madonna appears on ABC-TV's "Nightline" to defend her "Justify My Love" video, which was banned by MTV and VH-1.
In 1990 The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said it would not give the 1989 New Artist Grammy to someone else after yanking the award from Milli Vanilli.
In 1991 The Judds -- Naomi and Wynonna -- give their last performance in Nashville. Mother Naomi retired because of hepatitis.
In 1991 Paula Abdul is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1991 Van Halen performs a free concert in Dallas. Lead singer Sammy Hagar had promised to do the show after he lost his voice during a concert there three and a half years earlier.
In 1993 Frank Zappa dies from pancreatic and prostate cancer at age 52.
In 1995 Michael Jackson appears with legendary mime Marcel Marceau at a New York news conference promoting a Jackson special airing on HBO.
In 1996 Tiny Tim, aka Herbert Khaury, is buried in Minneapolis with 400 fans in attendance.
In 1996 Alanis Morissette is named Artist of the Year at the 1996 Billboard Music Awards.
In 1997 The original Black Sabbath line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward reunite for 2 sold-out concerts in their hometown of Birmingham, England.
In 1997 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces that Led Zeppelin was second only to the Beatles as the all-time top-selling artist.
In 1998 Hanson's album "Live From Albertane" is certified gold, while U2's "Best Of 1980-1990/The B-Sides" goes certified gold, platinum and double platinum.