In 1954 Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records in Memphis, signed 19-year-old truck driver Elvis Presley to a recording contract.
In 1957 Frankie Lymon, the Everly Brothers, and Connie Francis appeared on Alan Freed's first "Friday Night Rock 'n Roll" show on ABC-TV.
In 1962 The Rolling Stones played their first gig at London's Marquee Club.
In 1964 Clips of the Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night" was broadcast on CBS-TV's "Ed Sullivan Show."
In 1968 Monkees singer Mickey Dolenz married Samantha Juste in Los Angeles.
In 1969 Blind Faith made their U.S. performing debut with a show at Madison Square Garden.
In 1969 Elvis Presley appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1969 "Laughing" by the Guess Who and "Lay Lady Lay" by Bob Dylan entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1969 "In The Year 2525" by Zager & Evans hit #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart and stayed there for 6 weeks.
In 1970 Johnny Cash presented an autographed gold record of "A Boy Named Sue" to South Dakota judge Sue Hicks, who inspired the tune.
In 1970 Janis Joplin debuted the Full Tilt Boogie Band in Louisville, KY.
In 1972 "Last Night I Didn't Get To Sleep At All" by the Fifth Dimension was certified gold.
In 1978 "Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb was certified platinum.
In 1979 Ian Palce joined Whitesnake.
In 1979 Minnie Ripperton ("Lovin' You") died of cancer at age 31.
In 1979 Paul McCartney appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1980 "I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1985 The film "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," co-starring Tina Turner, opened nationally.
In 1985 Nude photos of Madonna appeared in Penthouse magazine.
In 1986 "Holding Back The Years" by Simply Red was #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1988 A Houston jury sided with Mickey Gilley against his former manager, Sherwood Cryer, and ordered him to pay $17 million and remove Gilley's name from the famous Pasadena, TX, nightclub.
In 1988 Paul McCartney was given an honorary doctorate in music from Sussex University in England.
In 1988 Brian Wilson's first-ever solo album, "Brian Wilson," was released.
In 1988 Guns N' Roses' album "Appetite For Destruction" was certified double platinum.
In 1991 Rapper Ice Cube made his acting debut playing ex-con "Doughboy" as "Boyz N The Hood" premieres.
In 1992 Police arrested Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose at New York's Kennedy Airport on charges related to a 1991 incident at a concert in St. Louis. He allegedly started a melee by diving into a crowd during the show.
In 1994 Sheryl Crow's single "All I Wanna Do" was released.
In 1994 "Stay" by Lisa Loeb was certified gold.
In 1996 Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins was charged with heroin possession.
In 1996 Fiona Apple's album "Tidal" was released.
In 1996 Alanis Morissette's album "Jagged Little Pill" was certified platinum for the eleventh time.
In 1997 John Denver's drunk driving trial in Aspen, CO, ended in a hung jury.
In 1999 Smash Mouth performed its new single "All-Star" at Major League Baseball's All-Star game in Boston's Fenway Park.
In 1999 "The Hardest Thing" by 98 Degrees was certified gold.
In 2000 Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) was denied entry into Israel because he allegedly gave money to the militant Islamic group Hamas in 1998.
In 2000 A statue erected in memory of John Lennon was unveiled in London's Trafalgar Square.
In 2003 Jazz great Benny Carter dies at age 95.