A Dot Records ad in Billboard introduces “A Great New Voice — Pat Boone” singing “Tra-La-La” and “Two Hearts.”
Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records to become Columbia Record’s first rockabilly artist.
The Miracles’ first single, “Got A Job,” is released.
The UK ships a half ton of Beatle wigs to the U.S. to meet demands of the fans.
Simon & Garfunkel complete work on the original version of “Sounds of Silence.”
“Lightnin’ Strikes” by Lou Christie is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
John Lennon and Ringo Starr see Del Shannon in concert at the Saville Theatre in London.
“Worst That Can Happen” by Brooklyn Bridge is certified gold.
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart guest star on ABC-TV’s “Bewitched.”
Paul McCartney’s single “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” isreleased and is immediately banned by the BBC.
“A Horse With No Name” by America enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
“Without You” by Nilsson hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart andstayed there for 4 weeks.
Elton John’s album “Madman Across The Water” is certified gold.
Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller host the first “American Music Awards.”
Singer Rick Stevens of Tower of Power turns himself into San Jose, California, police in connection with a triple murder case.
Stevie Wonder wins his third straight Album of the Year Grammy for “Songs In The Key Of Life.” George Benson’s “This Masquerade” is named Best Record and Starland Vocal Band is Best New Artist.
“Blinded By The Light” by Manfred Mann is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
After an all-night drinking binge, AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott dies of alcohol poisoning. (He would be replaced by Brian Johnson.)
George Harrison is found guilty of subconsciously plagiarizing”He’s So Fine” when writing “My Sweet Lord.” He’s ordered to pay$587,000.
Dolly Parton’s single “9 To 5” is certified gold.
The Police appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Kris Kristofferson weds Lisa Meyers.
“She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby enters the U.S. top40 chart.
“Baby, Come To Me” by Patti Austin with James Ingram hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
Mick Jagger’s first solo album, “She’s The Boss” is released.
Cinderella’s album “Night Songs” is certified double platinum.
Public Enemy announces they will boycott the 1991 Grammy Awards because the rap award would not be presented during the live TV ceremony.
Ray Charles is inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
Crash Test Dummies perform on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.”
“Streets Of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee marries actress Pamela Anderson.
Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea become parents to son Jesse James Louis.
Singer Jarvis Cocker disrupts Michael Jackson’s Brit Awards performance in England to protest what he calls Jackson’s self-importance.”
Everclear launches a concert tour in Sacramento.
Louis Marshall “Grandpa” Jones, 84, co-star of TV’s “Hee-Haw” and host of the Grand Ole Opry, dies from complications of a strokehe’d suffered a month earlier.
Melissa Etheridge’s album “Your Little Secret” goes doubleplatinum.
Elton John begins his first-ever solo American tour, just him and a piano, in Roanoke, Virginia.
Willie Nelson’s film “Red Headed Stranger” premieres in Austin.
The Backstreet Boys take the stage at Denver’s Pepsi Center without Kevin Richardson, who couldn’t make it because of weather-related airport delays.
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee.
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