Barry Gibb was born.
Gregg Errico was born.
Ruth Brown records "Teardrops from My Eyes," the first major hit of her career. In 1950 it will hit #1 on the R&B chart for Atlantic Records.
On the eve of his 15th birthday, Jerry Lee Lewis enrolls at Southwestern Bible Institute in Waxahatchie, Texas. He is expelled three months later.
Atlantic Records buys Ray Charles' contract from Swingtime, where Charles had been recording in the mellower, bluesy style of Nat King Cole and Charles Brown.
Best friends Buddy (Holly) and Bob (Montgomery) audition for radio station KDAV in Lubbock. The teenage duo is given a half-hour show on Sunday afternoons, during which they perform country and bluegrass standards.
The Platters hit #1 on the R&B chart and #1(2/18/56) on the pop chart with "The Great Pretender".
The Platters hit #1 on the R&B chart and #1 (2/18/56) on the pop chart with the Mercury single "The Great Pretender."
Jerry Lee Lewis, hoping to audition for Sun Records, travels to Memphis with his father, Elmo. As owner Sam Phillips is out of town, Lewis plays for engineer Jack Clement, who advises him to learn some rock and roll.
The Moonglows' second-biggest hit, "See Saw," enters the singles charts. It reaches #6 on the R&B side and #25 on the pop side.
Chuck Berry tours with the "Biggest Show of Stars for '57," sharing stages with Buddy Holly, the Drifters, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, the Everly Brothers, Clyde McPhatter and more.
Jimi Hendrix goes to see Elvis Presley perform at Sicks Stadium.
Sam Phillips opens a new studio at 639 Madison Avenue in Memphis.
The Springfields, a British folk trio that includes Dusty and brother Tom Springfield, has a Top Twenty hit in the U.S. with "Silver Threads and Golden Needles."
With their cover of "House of the Rising Sun," the Animals become the first British group to top the American charts with a song not written by Lennon and McCartney.
Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood form Fleetwood Mac after leaving John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. The blues-based quartet is rounded out by guitarist Jeremy Spencer.
John Lennon writes "I Am the Walrus" while under the influence of LSD. He also anonymously sponsors Yoko Ono's Half a Wind Show (subtitled Yoko Plus Me) at London's Lisson Gallery.
Fats Domino's last single to make Billboard's Top 100 Pop Singles chart is a cover of the Beatles' "Lady Madonna," a song that had been affectionately written in the Domino style by Paul McCartney.
John Lennon returns his MBE. He says it is to protest the British government's involvement in Biafra, its support of the U.S. in Vietnam and the poor chart performance of his latest single, "Cold Turkey."
John Lennon's Imagine album, featuring King Curtis on several tracks, is released.
Bobby Fischer becomes the first American to win the world chess title.
Carole King hits #28 with "Believe in Humanity".
Sly in the Family Stone hit #12 with "If You Want Me To Stay".
John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin an 18-month separation, during which Lennon embarks on his infamous "lost weekend" in Los Angeles.
Lloyd Price stages a music festival in Zaire, Africa, with boxing promoter Don King. The event attracts 120,000 people and offers James Brown, B.B. King, Etta James, Bill Withers, the Spinners and others.
Sweet begins their three-month US tour.
'Fleetwood Mac' peaks at #1, setting a record for the longest time between an album's release and its topping the charts. Three singles drawn from the album mark Fleetwood Mac's debut in the U.S. Top Forty: "Over My Head" (#20), "Rhiannon" (#11) and "Say You Love Me" (#11).
'The Stranger', which inaugurates a ten-year association between Billy Joel and producer Phil Ramone, is released. This milestone makes a superstar of Billy Joel and launches four hit singles: "Just the Way You Are" (#3), "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)" (#17), "Only the Good Die Young" (#24) and "She's Always a Woman" (#17). It is certified platinum in January 1978.
James Brown, who has watched his sales figures slip in the disco era, attempts to move in on that market with The Original Disco Man, which only reaches #152 in the album chart.
Gary Numan hits #1 in the UK with "Cars".
Blackfoot hits #26 with "Highway Song".
Korean Airlines flight 007 is shot down over Sakhalin Island by the USSR.
Heaven 17 hits #24 in the UK with "Sunset Now".
The Smiths hit #17 in the UK with "William, It Was Really Nothing".
Depeche Mode hits #9 in the UK with "Master and Servant".
Bronx rapper Afrika Bambaataa teams up with James Brown to record the anthemic single "Unity."
The Staple Singers' version of the Talking Heads' "Slippery People" reaches #22 on the R&B chart (#109 pop).
St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) (John Parr) was a hit.
Bonnie Raitt's ninth album, Nine Lives, comes in the midst of a time or personal turmoil for the artist. A poor seller, it is her last album for Warner Bros.
"We Didn't Start the Fire" is released as the leadoff single from Storm Front, and the catchy tune-cum-history-lesson becomes Billy Joel's third #1 hit.
Poison hits #3 with "Unskinny Bop".
Nirvana releases Nevermind, their major-label debut, and Pearl Jam issues Ten, their first album.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens in Cleveland, OH.
Woody Guthrie is honored with at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame American Music Masters Series.
Jimmie Rodgers honored in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's American Music Masters series.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors Robert Johnson in annual American Music Masters series.
Muddy Waters is honored in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's American Music Masters series.