In 1954 Gene Autry makes his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1955 After promising to play "Sixteen Tons," Bo Diddley pulls a switch and plays "Bo Diddley" on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1955 RCA buys Elvis Presley's contract from Sun Records for $40,000.
In 1959 Miles Davis and Gil Evans team in the studio to record their classic collaboration "Sketches of Spain."
In 1961 Bob Dylan begins his first recording session for his self-titled debut album.
In 1963 In Reading, England, 3000 copies of the new album "With TheBeatles" are stolen from a parked delivery van outside a record store.
In 1964 For the second time in less than 4 months, the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger is fined by an English court for various driving offenses.
In 1965 "The Sounds Of Silence" by Simon & Garfunkel enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965 "I Hear A Symphony" by the Supremes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1969 The Rolling Stones open a 4-night stand at New York's MadisonSquare Garden. The concerts yielded the "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out" album.
In 1971 "Inner City Blues" becomes the third #1 R&B single from Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On" album.
In 1971 "Theme From Shaft" by Isaac Hayes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1972 Neil Diamond's album "Hot August Night" is released.
In 1973 Who drummer Keith Moon collapses twice onstage while performing in San Francisco. Pete Townshend pulls a 19-year-old out of the audience to play the last three songs.
In 1973 Comedian/songwriter, Allan Sherman (Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh) dies of respiratory ailments at age 48.
In 1975 The Who kick off a month-long American tour in Houston.
In 1975 Ringo Starr's album "Blast From Your Past" is released.
In 1976 Paul Simon appears on "Saturday Night Live" in a turkey outfit.
In 1976 "Blinded By The Light" by Manfred Mann enters the U.S. top 40chart.
In 1979 "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra is certified gold.
In 1981 Ringo Starr's album "Stop & Smell The Roses" is released.
In 1984 Michael Jackson receives a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
In 1987 Sheena Easton guests as Don Johnson's new lover on "Miami Vice."
In 1987 Prince's third movie "Sign O' The Times" opens.
In 1991 The Rolling Stones sign a $45 million deal with Virgin Records making them the highest paid rock group.
In 1991 Queen's Freddie Mercury is cremated during a private funeral in London. He'd died of AIDS three days earlier.
In 1992 Pink Floyd's album "Shine On" is released.
In 1993 Augusta, Georgia, dedicates "James Brown Boulevard."
In 1994 David Crosby undergoes a liver transplant operation at the UCLA Medical Center. (He makes a full recovery.)
In 1995 The Beatles' "Free As A Bird" video begins airing on MTV and VH-1.
In 1995 "Actual Miles - Don Henley's Greatest Hits" album is released.
In 1995 Eric Clapton's album "Cream Of Clapton" is certified gold.
In 1996 Prince gives an unannounced concert at a Chicago, IL, album release party for his triple-CD album set "Emancipation."
In 1998 Alanis Morisette does an in store performance for the opening of a Tower records store in Buenos Aires. Proceeds from the sale of her album that day were donated to a local children's hospital.
In 1999 Patty Loveless travels aboard a CSX Transportation train bearing gifts to families along a route from her hometown of Pikeville, Kentucky, to Kingsport, Tennessee.
In 1999 Celine Dion appears on the cover of TV Guide.
In 2000 Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and Brian McKnight are among the performers who take part in the third annual "Soul Train" Christmas Starfest in Santa Monica, CA.
In 2001 Deana Carter's first holiday album, "Father Christmas," is released on her own Deanatone Records.
In 2003 Producer Phil Spector is charged with murder in the shooting death of a woman at his home the previous February.
In 2003 Michael Jackson surrenders to police and was taken in handcuffs to the Santa Barbara County, CA, jail to face multiple counts of child molestation.
In 2003 George Harrison is among those to be inducted into the 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Also in the class were Prince, Jackson Browne, Bob Seger, Traffic, ZZ Top and the Dells.