Billie Holiday's first commercial recording session, with bandleader Benny Goodman, is organized by John Hammond, who has brought her to Columbia Records.
Al Jackson was born.
Johnny Allen Hendrix is born at 10:15 a.m. at Seattle's King County Hospital. His mother is Lucille Jeter, 17. His father, James "Al" Hendrix, is in the U.S. Army, stationed in Camp Rucker, Alabama.
Nellie Lutcher hits #3 on the R&B chart and #23 on the pop chart with "The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On)."
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass hits #7 with "Taste of Honey".
Winchester Cathedral (The New Vaudeville Band) was a hit.
Bread hits #3 with "Baby I'm a Want You."
Parliament releases the breakthrough album Mothership Connection, whose audacious concept loosely hinges on the notion that Planet Earth was originally settled by a tribe of black outer-space aliens who would one day return to liberate their descendants.
The Commodores hit #7 with "Just to Be Close to You".
Supertramp hits #5 in the US with 'Famous Last Words'.
Adam & the Ants hit #33 with "Desperate But Not Serious".
Ozzy Osbourne hits #21 in the UK with 'Speak of the Devil'.
Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby) (Will To Power) was a hit.
ABC network celebrates MTV's 10th Birthday with "MTV 10."