In 1956 Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash, aka the "Million Dollar Quartet," record together at Sun Studios.
In 1956 James Brown records "Please Please Please" at King Studios in Cincinnati.
In 1959 The day the music died... Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson are killed in a plane crash outside of Mason City, Iowa.
In 1961 Bob Dylan holds his first recording session, laying down "San Francisco Bay Blues" in New York.
In 1962 "Her Royal Majesty" by James Darren enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1964 The Beatles' album "Meet the Beatles" and the single "I Want ToHold Your Hand" are both certified gold.
In 1967 Jimi Hendrix records "Purple Haze."
In 1968 Paul McCartney records "Lady Madonna" at the Abbey Road studios. Although the recording is credited to the Beatles, all parts, except McCartney's, are played by anonymous session musicians instead of the other three Beatles.
In 1968 "La La Means I Love You" by the Delfonics enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968 "Green Tambourine" by the Lemon Pipers is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1969 All of the Beatles, except Paul McCartney, hire Allen Klein as their new manager.
In 1969 "Dean Martin's Greatest Hits Volume I" album by Dean Martin is certified gold.
In 1971 "Rose Garden" by Lynn Anderson is certified gold.
In 1973 Diana Ross opens a week long stint at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
In 1973 "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" by Deodato and "Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)" by the Four Tops both enter the U.S. top40 chart.
In 1973 "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1976 David Bowie begins his first U.S. tour in over a year in Seattle.
In 1977 Led Zeppelin postpones its planned tour when Robert Plant contracts tonsillitis.
In 1978 Harry Chapin meets with President Jimmy Carter to discuss hunger in America.
In 1979 "YMCA" by the Village People peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1982 Memphis declares "Bar-Kays Day" in honor of Otis Redding's frequent backup road band.
In 1983 "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, featuring Eddie Van Halen on guitar, is released.
In 1984 A ZZ Top concert in Vancouver, BC, ends in turmoil when two fans are hospitalized and 149 chairs destroyed.
In 1987 The Country Music Foundation gives Willie Nelson an award for his work in "Farm-Aid."
In 1990 "Keep It Together" by Madonna enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1991 Sinead O'Connor announces she would not accept any Grammy Awards or attend the ceremony because the show reflects "false and destructive materialistic values." She was nominated in four categories.
In 1992 Michael Jackson announces a concert tour that would begin in June and raise money for his new "Save The World" foundation.
In 1993 Gloria Estefan receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1993 Paul McCartney records a concert for MTV at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. He played songs never before performed live, including "Penny Lane."
In 1993 Harry Connick Jr. enters a plea bargain with New York authorities and avoids jail time for his arrest in December for having a gun in his carry-on luggage at New York's Kennedy Airport.
In 1994 Reportedly, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley have their first date. They attended a Temptations concert.
In 1995 Tony Bennett's album "MTV Unplugged" is certified gold.
In 1995 The Beatles' album "Live At The BBC" is certified gold, platinum and double platinum.
In 1997 Graham Nash is honored by the New York Institute of Technology with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree for his work in bridging arts and technology.
In 1998 'N Sync's single "I Want You Back" is released.
In 1998 Jonny Lang's album "Lie To Me" goes platinum.
In 1999 Trace Adkins seriously injures his ankle stepping out of his truck and undergoes surgery the following day.
In 1999 Creed appears on CBS's "The Late Show with David Letterman."
In 1999 Third Eye Blind's album by "Third Eye Blind" is certified quadruple platinum.
In 2000 The album "The Basement Tapes" by Bob Dylan & The Band goes gold, while "Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits" by Simon & Garfunkel is certified platinum for the tenth time.
In 2003 Record producer Phil Spector is arrested in the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion in Alhambra, California.
In 2009 Tom Brumley, the legendary steel guitarist who contributed to the "Bakersfield sound" of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos in the 1960s before spending 10 years performing with Rick Nelson, dies of heart failure. He was 73.