Sun Records in Memphis releases its first record, “Drivin’ Slow” by Johnny London. He was a 16-year-old black saxophone player.
12-year-old Brenda Lee debuts on the Country charts with “One Step At A Time.”
CBS Laboratories announces a new stereophonic record that was mono compatible, playable on both mono and stereo phonographs.
“I Can’t Explain” by the Who and “The Last Time” by the Rolling Stones both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
“Stop! In The Name Of Love” by the Supremes is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
The Rolling Stones are pelted with bottles, chairs and fireworks while performing in Sweden.
The Young Rascals record “Groovin’.”
The British music industry awards John Lennon & Paul McCartney the Ivor Novello Award for writing “Michelle.”
Tom Jones performs on TV’s “Jonathan Winters Show.”
1950’s Blues giant Little Willie John dies of pneumonia while in prison at age 31.
“If” by Bread, “I Am I Said” by Neil Diamond, and “Sweet & Innocent” by Donny Osmond all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
Elvis Presley records hs last major hit, “Burning Love.”
The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia is stopped for speeding and LSD possession.
Rolling Stone says Carlos Santana changed his name to Devadip, which meant “The Lamp of the Light of the Supreme.” Santana had become a disciple of Sri Chinmoy.
Alice Cooper’s album “Billion Dollar Babies” is certified gold.
Linda Ronstadt appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
“Dream Weaver” by Gary Wright peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd in Tucson, Arizona. She was Beatle George Harrison’s ex-wife and inspired Clapton’s song, “Layla.”
Ronnie Lane, formerly of Small Faces, Faces and Chance, is admitted to the hospital for treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.
Cyndi Lauper’s single “Time After Time” is released.
Van Halen plays its first show with Sammy Hagar as lead singer.
A South River, New Jersey, high school student is suspended for wearing a t-shirt that said “To Hell With The Devil,” promoting the Christian rock group Stryker.
U2 recreates the Beatles’ famous rooftop concert while shooting the video for “Where The Streets Have No Name” in downtown Los Angeles.
Tina Turner gave what she called her last live performance in Osaka, Japan. It included a surprise performance by Mick Jagger who sang “Honky Tonk Women” with her.
Revolutionary Comics features an issue with Guns N’ Roses.
Donnie Wahlberg of the New Kids on the Block is arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, on arson charges. He allegedly poured vodka on a hotel carpet and set it on fire. The singer pleaded innocent and was freed on bail.
At a concert in Detroit, U2 orders 10,000 pizzas for the audience, but only about 100 arrived.
Bruce Springsteen’s albums “Human Touch” and “Lucky Town” are released.
Wynonna earns her first #1 single as a soloist with “She Is His Only Need.”
Alabama’s “Greatest Hits Volume 2” is certified gold.
Elton John and Tim Rice win the Best Song Oscar for “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” from “The Lion King.”
The Cranberries’ album “No Need To Argue” goes triple platinum.
The Rolling Stones’ video “Rock And Roll Circus” is certified gold and platinum.
Alice Cooper breaks ground for his sports and rock & roll-themed restaurant in Phoenix.
The Backstreet Boys’ single “Everybody” is released.
Van Morrison’s album “Avalon Sunset” is certified gold, while Marcy Playground’s CD “Marcy Playground” goes platinum.
The Bee Gees wrap up their “One Night Only” tour by playing the inaugural concert at Sydney’s new Olympic Stadium.
UK pub-rocker Ian Dury, 57, dies after a long battle with cancer.
Lyle Lovett suffers a compound fracture to his lower right leg when he is trampled by a bull at his uncle’s farm near Houston.
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