Pat Boone appears on the cover of Newsweek.
Jerry Lee Lewis performs “Whole Lotta Shakin'” on ABC-TV’s American Bandstand.
The Beatles open thir first U.S. tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
“Everybody Loves Somebody” by Dean Martin is certified gold.
“I Dig Rock & Roll Music” by Peter, Paul & Mary enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
“All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
Miles Davis records his classic album “Bitches Brew” with Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter.
Keith Richards appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Cindy Birdsong, the last original member of the Supremes, is replaced by Linda Lawrence.
Harry Chapin performs “Taxi” on ABC-TV’s “American Bandstand.”
“Burning Love” by Elvis Presley enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
Kris Kristofferson marries Rita Coolidge in Los Angeles.
“Why Can’t We Be Friends” by War is certified gold.
“Don’t Look Back” by Boston enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
Dorsey Burnette dies of a heart attack at age 42.
A crowd of 1400 riots in Toronto when Alice Cooper cancels a show due to illness.
Ike Turner is arrested in West Hollywood for making an illegal turn and possession of cocaine.
The Amusement & Music Operators Association names Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog” as the all time most played jukebox song.
Elton John’s album “Reg Strikes Back” is certified gold.
Lou Reed breaks his ankle in Cleveland during a rehearsal for his “New York” tour.
Bob Seger’s album “The Fire Inside” is released.
Rod Stewart files a $40 million lawsuit against the Star for reporting he had a throat ailment that would end his career.
Aaliyah’s single “At Your Best” is released.
“Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
Melissa Etheridge announces that her lover, Julie Cypher, was pregnant and expecting a baby in January.
The albums “No Code” by Pearl Jam and “Test For Echo” by Rush are both released.
Tracy Chapman’s self-titled album “Tracy Chapman” is certified quadruple platinum.
Fleetwood Mac’s reunion album “The Dance” is released.
David Crosby appears with CPR (Crosby, Pevar & Raymond) on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Raymond was James Raymond, Crosby’s biologicial son.
Van Halen’s album “Van Halen 3” and Aretha Franklin’s album “A Rose Is Still A Rose” are both certified gold, while Elton John’s album “The Big Picture” goes gold and platinum.
Dwight Yoakam’s album “Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.” is certified double platinum, and ZZ Top’s “Afterburner” goes platinum for the fifth time.
Reba McEntire performs live in Brazil at the annual Barretos Rodeo.
Betty Everett (“Shoop Shoop Song”) dies at age 61.
Shania Twain’s concert in Chicago airs on NBC-TV.
Sting is named the 2003 recipient of the Century Award, Billboard’s highest honor for creative achievement.
Dave Matthews Band founding member and saxophone player LeRoi Moore dies from injuries he sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident the previous June. He was 46.