In 1877 Thomas Edison demonstrated the phonograph for the first time.
In 1944 Count Basie recorded "Red Bank Boogie" for Columbia Records.
In 1946 The "Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole debuted on the charts.
In 1952 "The Glow-Worm" by the Mills Brothers was #1 on the charts.
In 1965 The Rolling Stones entered RCA's Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles to record "19th Nervous Breakdown."
In 1965 The Beatles' single "We Can Work It Out" b/w "Day Tripper" was released.
In 1968 James Taylor released his debut album on the Beatles' Apple Records.
In 1969 During a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Speedway near San
In 1969 Big Band singer Cab Calloway turned actor in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation of "The Littlest Angel" on NBC-TV.
In 1969 "Arizona" by Mark Lindsay entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1969 "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1970 "Gimme Shelter," a film documenting the Rolling Stones 1969 tour of the U.S., debuts in New York on the anniversary of the Altamont concert.
In 1973 Greg Allman appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1973 Jim Croce's album "I Got A Name" was certified gold.
In 1975 C.W. McCall's "Convoy" and "Love To Love You Baby" by Donna Summer entered the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1976 Electric Light Orchestra's album "A New World Record" went platinum.
In 1977 Jackson Browne's album "Running On Empty" was released.
In 1978 On the day Paul McCartney's album "Wings Greatest" went gold and platinum, he left Capitol Records after 15 years for Columbia.
In 1979 AC/DC's last album with lead singer Bon Scott, "Highway To Hell," is certified gold. Scott dies from alcohol poisoning the following February.
In 1984 Paul McCartney's film "Give My Regards to Broad Street" debuts.
In 1984 Bruce Springsteen appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1985 John Cougar Mellencamp suffered two sound system failures during a show and refunded half of the box office receipts.
In 1985 Producer Terry Lewis marries singer Gwen Taylor.
In 1986 Sun Country Classic Wine Coolers announced Ringo Starr would be featured in their wine commercials.
In 1986 "Open Your Heart" by Madonna and "We're Ready" by Boston entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1986 "The Next Time I Fall" by Peter Cetera with Amy Grant was #1 on the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1988 Roy Orbison died of heart failure at age 52 in Nashville, TN.
In 1993 The Eagles reunited for the first time in 13 years to appear in Travis Tritt's "Take It Easy" video.
In 1994 Madonna's single "Take A Bow" was released.
In 1994 The Beatles' album "Live At The BBC" was released in the U.S., containing 30 previously unreleased songs.
In 1995 Michael Jackson suffered from dehydration and collapsed onstage while rehearsing for an HBO special.
In 1995 TLC was named Artist Of The Year, and "Cracked Rear View" by Hootie & the Blowfish was named Album Of The Year at the 1995 Billboard Music Awards. "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio wins Single Of The Year.
In 1996 "No Diggity" by Blackstreet was certified gold and platinum, as was Nirvana's album "From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah."
In 1999 M2M's single "Don't Say You Love Me" was certified gold.
In 2003 David Bowie postponed the start of the North American leg of his A Reality tour in Atlanta City, NJ, after contracting the flu.
In 2004 Legendary radio/TV host Dick Clark suffered a stroke.
In 2011 Dobie Gray ("Drift Away") died at 69 after a long battle with cancer.