In 1956 Paramount Pictures signs Elvis Presley to a 3-picture deal.
In 1957 Brenda Lee makes her debut on the U.S. Country chart with "One Step At A Time." She was just 12 years old.
In 1957 "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley and "School Day" by Chuck Berry both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1957 "Round And Round" by Perry Como is #1 and "Little Darlin'" by the Diamonds is #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965 The Beach Boys begin recording "California Girls."
In 1968 The Beatles launch Apple Corps Ltd., their new record company and management and publishing firm, in London.
In 1968 Pink Floyd founder and lead guitarist Syd Barrett leaves the group.
In 1968 "Mony Mony" by Tommy James & the Shondells enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1970 The members of Led Zeppelin are declared honorary citizens of Memphis, Tennessee, and receive the key to the city.
In 1971 The Rolling Stones launch Rolling Stones Records. "Brown Sugar" was their first hit on the new label.
In 1971 James Taylor meets future wife Carly Simon, backstage after her concert at the Troubador Club in Los Angeles.
In 1971 Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky dies in New York City.
In 1973 The Bee Gees host NBC-TV's "Midnight Special" with guests Jerry Lee Lewis and Gladys Knight & the Pips.
In 1974 The film "Ladies And Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones" premieres in New York.
In 1974 200,000 attend the California Jam rock festival to see Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and the Eagles.
In 1974 "Hooked On A Feeling" by Blue Suede is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1977 A judge rules that the Beatles 1962 "Hamburg" album could be released.
In 1979 Rod Stewart marries Alana Collins (George Hamilton's ex-wife) at Tina Sinatra's Beverly Hills home.
In 1979 The Babys host NBC-TV's "Midnight Special" with guests George Harrison, Tavares and Gloria Gaynor.
In 1979 "Heart Of Glass" by Blondie is certified gold.
In 1982 The Oak Ridge Boys' album "Bobbie Sue" is certified gold.
In 1983 Saying rock and roll bands attract "the wrong element," Interior Secretary James Watt declined to invite the Beach Boys to perform in Washington at a 4th of July celebration, a decision he later reversed.
In 1984 Thomas Dolby makes his U.S. concert debut in Poughkeepsie, NY.
In 1984 Barbra Streisand's "Yentl" wins the Best Original Score Oscar and Irene Cara wins Best Original Song for "Flashdance."
In 1984 Steve Perry's album "Street Talk" is released.
In 1984 Duran Duran's single "The Reflex" is released.
In 1984 Billy Idol's album "Rebel Yell" goes gold.
In 1985 Gilbert O'Sullivan wins a multi-million dollar lawsuit against his former manager Gordon Mills for unpaid royalties.
In 1985 Little Steven announces he'll leave Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
In 1987 Singing cowboy Gene Autry receives his fifth star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1987 Cream's album "Strange Brew-The Very Best Of Cream" is released.
In 1988 Guitarist Larry Carlton is shot in the neck after he surprises thieves in his home. He fully recovers in 8 months.
In 1990 James Brown is transferred from a Georgia prison, where he was serving a 6-year sentence for a variety of charges, to a minimum-security facility, where he counseled drug abusers.
In 1991 Guitarist Vernon Reid (ex-Living Colour) marries Mia McLeod.
In 1991 "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. and "I Don't Wanna Cry" by Mariah Carey both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1992 George Harrison holds his first full-length concert in Britain since 1969, when he performed on the roof of Apple Records with other Beatles in London.
In 1992 Voting begins in the first-ever election of a postage stamp honoring Elvis Presley. Over one million people voted, and by a 3-1 margin, the winner was the younger Elvis over the older Elvis.
In 1993 LaToya Jackson avoids an IRS auction by paying back taxes on her interest in parents' home in Encino, California.
In 1993 The tabloid Star settles out of court with ex-Kiss drummer Peter Criss over a story that claimed he was a homeless alcoholic.
In 1996 "The Beatles Anthology II" debuts at #1 on the Billboard albums chart.
In 1997 Michael Jackson's 3D musical space movie "Captain EO" had its final performance at the Tomorrowland Theater at Disneyland.
In 1998 Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Fabian and Lesley Gore all guest on the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown."
In 1998 Wendy O'Williams (The Plasmatics) shoots herself to death near her home in Connecticut at age 48.
In 1998 Country singer Tammy Wynette dies at her Nashville home at age 55.
In 1999 Paul Simon & Bob Dylan announce plans to tour together for the first time. PaulBob'99 kicked off the following June in Colorado Springs.
In 1999 Johnny Cash made an unannounced appearance at a tribute concert in his honor in New York, and performed "Folsom Prison Blues."
In 2000 The Beach Boys' album "Pet Sounds" is certified platinum.
In 2003 Shania Twain picks up the Artist of the Year Award along with the Fan Choice Award at the 32nd annual Juno Awards, held in Ottawa.
In 2016 Legendary Country singer Merle Haggard dies of pneumonia at age 79.