In 1940 Harlem's famous Cotton Club closes its doors.
In 1943 "All Or Nothing At All" by Frank Sinatra enters the charts.
In 1957 "Suzie-Q" by Dale Hawkins enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1964 The Rolling Stones record tracks for their "12x5" album at Chicago's Chess Studios, the headquarters of Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Chuck Berry.
In 1966 The Monkees begin their first recording session, laying down tracks for "Let's Dance On."
In 1966 "Monday, Monday" and "I Saw Her Again" by the Mamas & The Papas are certified gold.
In 1967 Bob Dylan and the Band begin recording what becomes known as the "Basement Tapes."
In 1967 "I Was Made To Love Her" by Stevie Wonder enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968 "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel is certified gold.
In 1969 Gary Lewis & the Playboys perform on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson."
In 1971 Elton John appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine for the first time.
In 1971 Denver police shoot tear gas into a crowd scaling a fence to see Jethro Tull.
In 1972 "The Candy Man" by Sammy Davis Jr. hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1972 Elvis Presley plays his first ever concert in New York. The shows were recorded for the album "Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden."
In 1976 Paul McCartney & Wings sets a record for an indoor concert crowd (67,100) at the Kingdome in Seattle, WA.
In 1977 Joe Strummer and Topper Headon of the Clash are arrested for painting the band's name on a London wall.
In 1978 After a 5-year recording hiatus, the Moody Blues release the album "Octave."
In 1978 "Life's Been Good" by Joe Walsh enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1978 "You're The One That I Want" by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1982 Micki Harris (the Shirelles) dies of a heart attack at age 42.
In 1986 Queen Elizabeth awards an honorary knighthood to Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats.
In 1986 The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrates their 20th anniversary with a show at Denver's Red Rocks stadium.
In 1989 "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1990 Two members of 2 Live Crew are arrested on obscenity charges in Hollywood, FL. (They were acquitted in October.)
In 1991 In Los Angeles, James Brown performs his first show since being released from prison.
In 1991 David Ruffin of the Temptations is buried. His funeral was attended by Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.
In 1992 A Los Angeles judge throws out a $25 million palimony suit brought against Rod Stewart by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kelly Emberg, his longtime girlfriend. She had claimed the couple lived together as husband and wife from 1985 to 1990.
In 1993 Don Henley, Sting and Paul McCartney are among the 21 people to receive the first annual Earth Day International Awards.
In 1995 "Waterfalls" by TLC enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1998 Former Oak Ridge Boys member Steve Sanders, 45, is found dead early in Coral Gables, FL, from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
In 1998 Patty Loveless' album "Long Stretch Of Lonesome" goes gold, while Matchbox Twenty's album "Yourself Or Someone Like You" is certified platinum for the sixth time.
In 1999 John Berry, Larry Gatlin and Michael W. Smith perform "O Sole Mio" at former President and Mrs. George Bush's "Milestones and Miracles" birthday celebration in Houston.
In 2004 Ray Charles, dubbed the "Genius of Soul" during an acclaimed six-decade career, dies of liver disease at age 73.