In 1937 Blues singer Bessie Smith is killed in an auto accident.
In 1956 Elvis Presley Day is declared in Tupelo, Mississippi.
In 1957 The musical "West Side Story" opens on Broadway.
In 1960 "Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1961 Bob Dylan starts a 2-week stay as the opening act for the Greenbriar Boys at Gerde's Folk City in Greenwich Village, NY.
In 1964 "You Really Got Me" by the Kinks enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1964 "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1968 The Rolling Stones' Brian Jones is fined 50 pounds for marijuana possession.
In 1968 "Sunshine Of Your Love" by Cream is certified gold.
In 1969 San Francisco's Fillmore West opens.
In 1969 The Beatles release "Abbey Road," the last album they recorded together.
In 1973 Focus receives a gold record for its album "Focus 3."
In 1974 John Lennon releases "Walls & Bridges," his last album for 6 years before "Double Fantasy."
In 1975 Isaac Hayes, Barry Manilow and a salute to Chuck Berry are featured on NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special."
In 1976 Marvin Gaye performs at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show is recorded and later released as a live album.
In 1976 Neil Diamond appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1977 Leo Sayer is profiled in Newsweek magazine.
In 1981 "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by Police enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1984 Paul Anka receives a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame.
In 1984 An appeals court in Berlin, West Germany, upheld previous verdicts clearing Paul McCartney in a paternity suit brought by the mother of Bettina Huebers.
In 1987 "Didn't We Almost Have It All" by Whitney Houston hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1988 Keith Richards' first ever solo album, "Talk is Cheap," is released.
In 1989 At a Don Henley concert in Los Angeles, members of Sam Kinison's entourage punch out people dancing in front of them.
In 1989 Paul McCartney begins his first world tour in 13 years in Drammen, Norway.
In 1992 Gloria Estefan gives a benefit concert for Miami hurricane victims with Paul Simon and Whoopi Goldberg.
In 1995 The Cranberries' interactive CD "The Cranberries: Doors and Windows" is released.
In 1996 A federal judge in Los Angeles rules that Weezer can use the name "Pinkerton" for its new CD over the objections of the security company of the same name.
In 1996 A Los Angeles judge declares a mistrial in a production company's lawsuit against the Jackson family over the "Jackson Family Honors" TV special.
In 1997 Bob Dylan's album "Time Out Of Mind" is released.
In 1998 Paul McCartney drives his daughter, 27-year-old Mary, to her wedding. She married TV producer Donald Alistair at St. Peter and St. Paul's church in Peasmarsh, a village south of London.
In 1998 Grammy-winning jazz singer Betty Carter dies at age 69.
In 1999 Vanessa Williams and Rick Fox get married.
In 2000 Songwriter Carl Sigman ("It's All In The Game") dies at age 91.
In 2003 Robert Palmer ("Addicted To Love") dies suddenly of a heart attack at age 54 in Paris.