The Jubilee label is formed in New York City by Jerry Blaine.
Buddy Holly performs at Brooklyn's Paramount Theater as part of a bill that includes Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. It is the kickoff date for a two-month tour billed as "Alan Freed's Big Beat Show."
Opening night of "Alan Freed's Big Beat Show," a two-month tour, finds Jerry Lee Lewis arguing with Chuck Berry over who will close the show. Freed decides Berry will get to go last, inciting a literally incendiary performance by Lewis, who torches his piano during his set-closing "Great Balls of Fire."
Blue Moon (The Marcels) was a hit.
The Swinging Blue Jeans reach #24 with "Hippy Hippy Shake".
Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) (The Temptations) was a hit.
Disco Lady (Johnnie Taylor) was a hit.
An accident at Three Mile Island, a nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, results in a near reactor core meltdown and the evacuation of 144,000 residents as a precautionary measure, although little radiation is released.
Mike Rutherford of Genesis releases 'Mike & the Mechanics'. It reaches #26 in the US.
Phil Collins leaves Genesis.