In 1956 "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley hit #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 were released.
In 1958 "Beep Beep" by Playmates entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1961 Hank Williams Sr. and Jimmie Rodgers were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 1962 Billboard magazine dropped the "Western" from its Country chart title.
In 1962 "Telstar" by the Tornadoes enters the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1962 "He's A Rebel" by the Crystals hit #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for two weeks.
In 1972 James Taylor married 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 entered the U.S.top 40 chart.
In 1976 Firefall's self-titled debut album, which contained the single "You Are The Woman," was certified gold.
In 1977 Elton John announced 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 began a tour in Europe, including Germany, France, Belgium, and Britain.
In 1979 "Send One Your Love" by Stevie Wonder and "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1979 "Pop Muzik" by M is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1980 Paul Simon appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1984 "Run To You" by Bryan Adams entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1984 "Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean hit #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for two weeks.
In 1986 Madonna started filming the movie "Who's That Girl."
In 1987 George Harrison's album "Cloud Nine" was released.
In 1988 U2's concert movie "Rattle And Hum" opened at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
In 1989 Alice Cooper's album "Trash" was certified gold.
In 1990 "After The Rain" by Nelson entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1990 "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice hit #1 on Billboard's Hot 100, the first rap artist ever to top the chart.
In 1991 More than 300,000 people attended 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," was released.
In 1993 Little Richard guest starred on the CBS-TV sitcom "Hearts Afire."
In 1993 Mariah Carey began her first tour.
In 1994 Regina Belle and her husband, John Battle, became parents to daughter Sydney Milan.
In 1995 Hootie & the Blowfish and Bob Dylan reached 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 was sentenced to three years in prison in Santa Monica, CA, for parole violation from a cocaine possession conviction.
In 1998 Alanis Morissette's album "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie" was released. It sold 469,562 copies in its first seven 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" were all released.
In 1999 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band postponed 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" was certified gold, platinum, and double platinum, while their CD "My Prison" went quadruple platinum.
In 2001 Phil Vassar was named Songwriter-Artist Of The Year at the 39th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards.
In 2002 Lonnie Donegan, known as the "king of skiffle," died in England at 71.