In 1956 Bill Haley is paid a $250,000 guarantee to perform at 21 U.S. gigs.
In 1961 The first French International Rock and Roll Festival is held.
In 1965 The Beach Boys record "Help Me Rhonda."
In 1968 Pete Seeger sings all 6 verses of "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy" on the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." It had been censored because it was critical of President Johnson's Vietnam policy.
In 1968 Janis Joplin appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1969 "Love Is All Around" by the Troggs enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1969 The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays its last British concert at London's Royal Albert Hall before breaking up.
In 1969 "Hooked On A Feeling" by B.J. Thomas is certified gold.
In 1971 Four months after her death, Janis Joplin receives a gold record for the "Pearl" album.
In 1973 "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray, "Sing" by the Carpenters and "Masterpiece" by the Temptations all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1973 "Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and remained there for 5 weeks.
In 1975 Olivia Newton-John appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1976 "The Eagles Greatest Hits" becomes the first album to be certified gold and platinum.
In 1977 Boz Skaggs appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1978 "The Second Barry Manilow Special" airs on ABC-TV with guest Ray Charles.
In 1979 Delbert McClinton is the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live."
In 1979 "Roxanne" by the Police enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1979 "Gold" by Jefferson Starship enters the U.S. albums chart.
In 1982 John Lennon's "Double Fantasy" wins the Album of the Year Grammy, while "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes wins Best Record and Sheena Easton wins Best New Artist.
In 1987 Tina Turner wins the third of four straight Rock Female Grammys while Paul Simon wins his third Best Album for "Graceland." Steve Winwood's "Higher Ground" takes Best Record and Bruce Hornsby & the Range are named Best New Artist.
In 1988 Campaigning as a member of the "Wild Party," Alice Cooper announces he is going to run for Governor of Arizona.
In 1989 Cat Stevens publicly supports the Ayatollah Khomeini's death sentence for "Satanic Verses" author Salman Rushdie. Radio stations drop, mass-burn and even steamroll Stevens' records.
In 1990 The Byrds reunite at a Roy Orbison tribute in Los Angeles. BobDylan joins them onstage for "Mr. Tamborine Man."
In 1990 Johnnie Ray ("Cry") dies of cancer at age 63.
In 1992 The U.S. Postal Service unveils two versions of its proposed Elvis Presley stamp, a younger 1950's Elvis and an older 1970's Vegas Elvis. Fans preferred the younger Elvis.
In 1992 Nirvana's Kurt Cobain marries Hole's Courtney Love in Hawaii.
In 1993 Eric Clapton sweeps the Grammy Awards winning Best Record and Best Song for "Tears in Heaven" and Best Album for "Unplugged." Arrested Development wins Best New Artist.
In 1994 "Papa" John Creach, the violinist who toured with JeffersonStarship in the 1970's, dies of natural causes at age 76.
In 1995 Bruce Springsteen's album "Greatest Hits" is released.
In 1995 "Runaway" by Real McCoy is certified gold.
In 1998 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is arrested after his wife Pamela Anderson told police he'd attacked her during an argument at their Malibu, CA, home.
In 1998 Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
In 1998 John Fogerty receives the 1998 Orville E. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1999 Hip-hop star Lauryn Hill breaks a record for female artists winning five Grammy Awards, and the "Titanic" ballad "My Heart Will Go On" wins four awards, including Song and Record Of The Year.
In 1999 Shakira's album "Donde Estan Los Ladrones" is certified gold, while Cher's CD "Believe" goes gold and platinum.
In 1999 Garbage's first album "Garbage" goes double platinum and the group's second CD "Version 2.0" is certified platinum.
In 2003 Fleetwood Mac previews a new song, "Peacekeeper," on the NBC series "Third Watch."