In 1956 "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for five weeks.
In 1957 The singles "Great Balls Of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis and "At The Hop" by Danny & the Juniors are released.
In 1958 "Beep Beep" by Playmates enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1961 Hank Williams Sr. and Jimmie Rodgers are elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 1962 Billboard magazine drops the "Western" from its Country chart title.
In 1962 "Telstar" by the Tornadoes enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1962 "He's A Rebel" by the Crystals hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1972 James Taylor marries Carly Simon in her New York City apartment. They separated in 1982 and later divorced.
In 1973 "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)" by Helen Reddy enters the U.S.top 40 chart.
In 1976 Firefall's self-titled debut album, which contained the single "You Are The Woman," is certified gold.
In 1977 Elton John announces at a London concert that he was retiring from live performances blaming the flack he received over being bisexual. He resumed touring on February 3, 1979 in Sweden.
In 1978 The Cars begin a tour in Europe including Germany, France, Belgium and Britain.
In 1979 "Send One Your Love" by Stevie Wonder and "Rock With You" byMichael Jackson both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1979 "Pop Muzik" by M is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1980 Paul Simon appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1984 "Run To You" by Bryan Adams enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1984 "Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1986 Madonna starts filming the movie "Who's That Girl."
In 1987 George Harrison's album "Cloud Nine" is released.
In 1988 U2's concert-movie "Rattle And Hum" opens at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
In 1989 Alice Cooper's album "Trash" is certified gold.
In 1990 "After The Rain" by Nelson enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1990 "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice hits #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, the first rap artist ever to top the chart.
In 1991 More than 300,000 people attend a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park in memory of rock promoter Bill Graham.
In 1992 Bon Jovi's first album in 5 years, "Keep The Faith" is released.
In 1993 Little Richard guest stars on the CBS-TV sitcom "Hearts Afire."
In 1993 Mariah Carey begins her first tour.
In 1994 Regina Belle and husband John Battle become parents to daughter Sydney Milan.
In 1995 Hootie & the Blowfish and Bob Dylan reach an out of court settlement for the group's unauthorized use of Dylan's lyrics in their song "Only Want To Be With You."
In 1997 Billy Preston is sentenced to three years in prison in SantaMonica, CA, for parole violation from a cocaine possession conviction.
In 1998 Alanis Morissette's album "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" is released. It sold 469,562 copies in its first 7 days of release, making it the biggest opening week for a female artist.
In 1998 The Bee Gees' album "One Night Only," Duran Duran's "Greatest" and U2's CD "Best of 1980-1990/The B-Sides" are all released.
In 1999 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band postpone two concerts in Minneapolis because Springsteen's wife, singer/guitarist Patti Scialfa, was suffering from a perforated eardrum.
In 1999 Creed's album "Human Clay" is certified gold, platinum, and double platinum, while their CD "My Own Prison" goes quadruple platinum.
In 2001 Phil Vassar is named Songwriter-Artist Of The Year at the 39th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards.
In 2002 Lonnie Donegan, known as the "king of skiffle," dies in England at 71.