The first of only two Robert Johnson recording sessions.
Sun Releases "Mystery Train" by Little Junior Parker.
Despite Presley's growing popularity, his five Sun singles fail to make a dent on the national charts. Phillips sells his contract to RCA Records for $35,000.
The Famous Flames record "Please Please Please" at the studio of WIBB in Macon, Georgia.
Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" hits Number One for Sun Records. Near the end of the year, he marries his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown.
'A Gene Vincent Record Date' is released. It is his fourth album in two years. The others are 'Bluejean Bop!' (September 1956), 'Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps' (March 1957) and 'Gene Vincent Rocks! And the Blue Caps Roll '(March 1958).
Ray Charles leaves Atlantic Records for ABC-Paramount, which offers him extremely favorable contract terms, including the eventual ownership of his master recordings. Atlantic releases "I'm Movin' On," Charles' cover of Hank Snow's country classic, a month later.
Local record store manager Brian Epstein is introduced to the Beatles. He soon signs a contract to manage them.
Now stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jimi Hendrix is training to become a paratrooper. Meanwhile, he forms a band, the King Kasuals, with a fellow soldier, Billy Cox.
Billy J. Kramer appears on the Ed Sullivan Show during a trip to New York City with manager Brian Epstein.
Bill Graham presents his first show, a benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
Poco, a band formed by former Buffalo Springfield members Richie Furay and Jim Messina, makes its debut at the Troubadour.
John Lennon pleads guilty to marijuana possession charges. He pays a nominal fine but insists that the drugs were planted by police.
Bonnie Raitt's debut album, Bonnie Raitt, is released, revealing a 21-year-old singer/guitarist with an uncanny grasp of old-time country blues.
'Cold Spring Harbor', Billy Joel's debut as a solo artist, is issued on the Family Productions label, a Paramount subsidiary. It didn't chart until being remixed and re-released by Columbia Records in 1984.
The Mamas and the Papas release 'People Like Us', an album recorded to fulfill their contractual obligations to Dunhill Records.
John Lennon appears at a benefit concert at the Apollo Theater for the families of inmates at Attica Prison.
Brian Eno releases collaboration with King Crimson's Robert Fripp, 'No Pussyfooting'.
Jefferson Starship's "Miracles" peaks at #3. It is the biggest hit single to date by either Jefferson Airplane or Jefferson Starship.
The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle', Bruce Springsteen's second album in less than a year, is released. Though neither album charts until 1975, Bruce Springsteen and his newly christened E Street Band steadily win fans on the road with their powerful two-hour sets.
John Lennon's 'Mind Games' is released. It peaks at #9, and the title track reaches #18.
Patti Smith's landmark debut album, Horses, is released. Beat poetry and garage rock meet in this early blueprint for rock and New Wave.
Elton John hits #1 with "Island Girl," from 'Rock of the Westies,' his seventh consecutive #1 album.
Bruce Springsteen hits #23 with "Born to Run".
"(I Belong to the) Blank Generation," by Richard Hell and the Voidoids, is released on Ork Records. "Blank Generation" defines the punks much as Beat Generation described an earlier movement of dropouts and literati.
James Taylor's 'Greatest Hits' album, featuring newly recorded versions of "Carolina in My Mind" and "Something in the Way She Moves," is released. A steady seller that never rose higher than #23, it has been certified platinum 11 times over and remains Taylor's best-selling album.
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols is released in the U.S. Ten years later, it is certified gold.
'52nd Street' tops the Billboard album char4a first for Billy Joel. He also finds success on AM radio with the singles "My Life" (#3), "Big Shot" (#14) and "Honesty" (#24).
'The River', Bruce Springsteen's sprawling double-album masterwork, enters the U.S. charts, which it tops for four consecutive weeks. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off another marathon tour on November 3. It ends ten and a half months later in Cincinnati, on September 14, 1981.
Private Eyes (Daryl Hall & John Oates) was a hit.
The album EB 84, produced by Dave Edmunds, is released. Paul McCartney contributes a song, "On the Wings of a Nightingale," which becomes a #4 single in Britain. The album fares well in both countries.
One of the first records released by an underground Seattle band, Green River's Come on Down appears on Homestead Records.
I Think We're Alone Now (Tiffany) was a hit.
Reunited after four years, Earth, Wind & Fire unveils Touch the World. Its lead single, "System of Survival," hits #1 on the R&B chart.
Nirvana's first single, "Love Buzz"/"Big Cheese," appears on Sub Pop.
New Zealander Pip Dann joins the team of MTV Europe VJs.
Tabitha Soren interviews President Bush on the "Spirit of America," a whistle stop train tour throughout Wisconsin, and Kurt Loder interviews Independent Presidential candidate Ross Perot in Tampa, Florida, during a 30 minutes election warm-up special "Choose or Lose: The Home Stretch."
Christmas Is a Special Day, Fats Domino's first major-label album in 25 years, is released on EMI/Right Stuff.
Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and MTV Networks, sign a global music video license deal. The agreement marks the first ever multi-year deal to give MTV Networks' music services worldwide rights to air videos created by Sony Music recording artists.
Goldie hits #13 in the UK with "Digital".