In 1940 Duke Ellington first records "Cottontail" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."
In 1940 "The Woodpecker Song" by Glenn Miller is #1 on the charts.
In 1956 Gene Vincent records "Be Bop A Lula."
In 1959 John Coltrane records "Naima."
In 1959 The first annual Grammy Awards are held. Domenico Modugno's "Volare" is named Best Record and Henry Mancini's "Music From Peter Gunn" wins Best Album.
In 1964 The Moody Blues are formed in Birmingham, England, with members Denny Laine, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge and Clint Warwick.
In 1964 The Beatles' LP "Beatles' Second Album" hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 5 weeks.
In 1967 "Happy Together" by the Turtles is certified gold.
In 1968 After seeing 16-year-old Mary Hopkin on the ITV Network talent show "Opportunity Knocks," model Twiggy asked Paul McCartney to sign Hopkin to newly formed Apple Records.
In 1968 Steppenwolf performs "Born To Be Wild" on "American Bandstand."
In 1968 The Beatles and Mia Farrow in India with the Maharishi appear on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
In 1968 "Angel Of The Morning" by Merrilee Rush and "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by Ohio Express both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1969 John, Paul and Ringo attend an end-of-filming party for Ringo's film "The Magic Christian" at Les Ambassadeurs Club in London.
In 1970 Neil Young writes "Ohio" after National Guardsmen open fire on Vietnam war protesters at Kent State University.
In 1970 The Beatles' album "In The Beginning: Early Years" is released.
In 1973 Led Zeppelin opens their 1973 U.S. tour in Atlanta.
In 1974 "The Loco-Motion" by Grand Funk hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1978 Jefferson Starship's album "Earth" is certified platinum.
In 1979 Amii Stewart hosts NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Elvis Costello and G.Q.
In 1987 A San Francisco judge throws out a 21-year-old lawsuit filed by a former Jefferson Airplane manager, which kept the group from collecting $2 million in back royalties.
In 1987 Blues great Paul Butterfield is found dead in his Los Angeles apartment. He had died from a lethal mixture of drugs and alcohol.
In 1989 Columbia Pictures serves Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones and Peter Tork with a court order to keep from calling themselves the Monkees.
In 1991 Phil Collins and Al Jarreau receive Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
In 1992 Fans buying tickets for a Garth Brooks' show in Waterloo, IA, overload the phones, knocking out 911 service in a 3-county area.
In 1992 "Kiss Day" is proclaimed in Baltimore, as members of the group received the key to the city.
In 1993 BMI reports that Paul McCartney's "Yesterday" was the most recorded and played song in the U.S.
In 1994 Los Angeles prosecutors said no charges would be filed against Courtney Love who'd been arrested April 7, after police found syringes in her Beverly Hills hotel room. The syringes turned out to be for prescription pain medication.
In 1994 Anita Baker and Walter Bridgeforth become parents to son Edward Carlton.
In 1995 A federal judge in San Francisco awards Creedence Clearwater co-founder John Fogerty a record $1.35 million to cover legal expenses after winning a copyright lawsuit.
In 1995 Peter Paul & Mary perform Bob Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind" at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the Kent State shootings.
In 1996 Whitney Houston appears on the cover of TV Guide.
In 1996 "Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1999 Toto receives a star on Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame.
In 2000 Billboard's Latin Music Awards are webcast for the first time.
In 2000 Kiss announces that it would auction off almost everything they owned from their touring days.