RCA buys Elvis Presley’s contract from Sun Records for $40,000.
Miles Davis and Gil Evans team in the studio to record theirclassic collaboration “Sketches of Spain.”
Bob Dylan begins his first recording session for his self-titled debut album.
In Reading, England, 3000 copies of the new album “With TheBeatles” are stolen from a parked delivery van outside a record store.
For the second time in less than 4 months, the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger is fined by an English court for various driving offenses.
“The Sounds Of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
“I Hear A Symphony” by the Supremes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
The Rolling Stones open a 4-night stand at New York’s MadisonSquare Garden. The concerts yielded the “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out” album.
“Inner City Blues” becomes the third #1 R&B single from Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” album.
“Theme From Shaft” by Isaac Hayes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
Neil Diamond’s album “Hot August Night” is released.
Who drummer Keith Moon collapses twice onstage while performing in San Francisco. Pete Townshend pulls a 19-year-old out of the audience to play the last three songs.
Comedian/songwriter, Allan Sherman (Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh)dies of respiratory ailments at age 48.
The Who kick off a month-long American tour in Houston.
Ringo Starr’s album “Blast From Your Past” is released.
Paul Simon appears on “Saturday Night Live” in a turkey outfit.
“Blinded By The Light” by Manfred Mann enters the U.S. top 40chart.
“Don’t Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra is certifiedgold.
Ringo Starr’s album “Stop & Smell The Roses” is released.
Michael Jackson receives a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Sheena Easton guests as Don Johnson’s new lover on “Miami Vice.”
Prince’s third movie “Sign O’ The Times” opens.
The Rolling Stones sign a $45 million deal with Virgin Records making them the highest paid rock group.
Queen’s Freddie Mercury is cremated during a private funeral in London. He’d died of AIDS three days earlier.
Pink Floyd’s album “Shine On” is released.
Augusta, Georgia, dedicates “James Brown Boulevard.”
David Crosby undergoes a liver transplant operation at the UCLA Medical Center. (He makes a full recovery.)
The Beatles’ “Free As A Bird” video begins airing on MTV and VH-1.
“Actual Miles – Don Henley’s Greatest Hits” album is released.
Eric Clapton’s album “Cream Of Clapton” is certified gold.
Prince gives an unannounced concert at a Chicago, IL, album release party for his triple-CD album set “Emancipation.”
Alanis Morisette does an in store performance for the opening of a Tower records store in Buenos Aires. Proceeds from the sale of her album that day were donated to a local children’s hospital.
Patty Loveless travels aboard a CSX Transportation train bearing gifts to families along a route from her hometown of Pikeville, Kentucky, to Kingsport, Tennessee.
Celine Dion appears on the cover of TV Guide.
Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and Brian McKnight are among the performers who take part in the third annual “Soul Train” Christmas Starfest in Santa Monica, CA.
Deana Carter’s first holiday album, “Father Christmas,” is released on her own Deanatone Records.
Producer Phil Spector is charged with murder in the shooting death of a woman at his home the previous February.
Michael Jackson surrenders to police and was taken in handcuffs to the Santa Barbara County, CA, jail to face multiple counts of child molestation.
George Harrison is among those to be inducted into the 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Also in the class were Prince, Jackson Browne, Bob Seger, Traffic, ZZ Top and the Dells.