James Brown is born in Barnwell, South Carolina. He is raised in poverty in Augusta, Georgia, 40 miles away.
Frankie Valli was born.
Booker T. and the M.G.s hit #6 with "Time Is Tight".
The Isley Brothers hit #2 with "It's Your Thing".
The Edwin Hawkins Singers hit #4 with "Oh Happy Day".
American Woman (The Guess Who) was a hit.
Kraftwerk hits US #25 with "Autobahn".
"Old Man," by Neil Young, peaks at #31 on the pop chart. It is the third and last time Young will crack the Top Forty
Bruce Springsteen auditions for Columbia Records A&R man John Hammond at his office in New York. He signs with the label a month later.
Led Zeppelin launches their Swan Song label, which releases their albums and ones by handpicked artists like Bad Company and the Pretty Things.
Kraftwerk hits #25 with "Autobahn".
Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of Britain.
Def Leppard makes its US debut with 'On the Night'.
MTV announces it will launch MTV Productions to produce projects for theatrical release, network syndication and the international marketplace.
'Tellin' Stories' by Charlatans reaches #1.
James Brown turns 70 years old.