Lloyd Price cuts "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" for Specialty Records in New Orleans. It tops the R&B and Best Seller charts for seven weeks.
Alan Freed moves his rock and roll show to New York City at WINS and later WABC.
"Please, Please, Please," James Brown's first single for Syd Nathan's Federal label (a King subsidiary), is released, thereby launching the career of this legendary soul singer.
"Just Because," Lloyd Price's post-Army debut for the ABC-Paramount label, enters the singles charts, peaking at #3 R&B and #29 pop.
Roy Hamilton hits #2 on the R&B chart and #13 on the pop chart with "Don't Let Go".
"Maybe" by the Chantels hits #15.
Venus (Frankie Avalon) was a hit.
The Iketees hits #19 with "I'm Blue (the Gong Gong Song)".
"Twistin' Postman" by the Marvelettes goes to #34.
Bob Dylan hits #7 with "Lay Lady Lay."
Edward Bear hits #3 with "Last Song".
America hits #35 with "Don't Cross the River".
The Spinners hit #4 with "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love".
Slade hits #1 in the UK with "Cum On Feel the Noise."
John Denver hits #9 with "Rocky Mountain High".
Frank Zappa releases 'Sheik Yerbouti,' a double album that contains the disco parody single "Dancin' Fool."
Foreigner hits #15 with "Blue Morning, Blue Day".
Queen releases "Radio Ga-Ga," their last Top Forty hit in the U.S. until "Bohemian Rhapsody"'s renaissance in 1992. The leadoff single from 'The Works,' Queen's 12th studio album, hits #16 in the U.S. and #2 in the U.K.
Kajagoogoo hits #25 in the UK with "The Lion's Mouth".
Can't Fight This Feeling (REO Speedwagon) was a hit.
Richard Manuel of The Band hangs himself at a motel room in Winter Park, Florida.
Prince hits #1 with "Batdance"
MTV world premieres Madonna's "Like a Prayer" video.
Warrant hits #20 with "Sometimes She Cries".
MTV launches the network's "Free Your Mind: campaign with "Straight From the Hood," an MTV News Special Report which takes a probing, personal look at the young people of South Central Los Angeles in the wake of the April 1992 uprising. This is the first in a series of programs that will air in 1993 as part of MTV's pro-social campaign, "Free Your Mind." The campaign will look at racial mistrust, homophobia, sexism and religious intolerance, as well as the role that rock and roll plays in dispelling and perpetuating peoples' fear of things different.