Births1901: Wayne King
1916: Bill Doggett
1920: Patty Andrews (The Andrews Sisters)
1931: Otis Blackwell
1935: Sonny Bono
1939: Herbie and Harold Kalin (The Kalin Twins)
1949: Lyn Paul (The New Seekers)
Deaths2002: Billy Ward
2004: Doris Troy
Events1955: Elvis Presley performs two shows at the Odessa Senior High School Field House in Odessa, TX. In the audience is local singer Roy Orbison, who would later recall: "His energy was incredible. His instinct was just amazing."
1957: The 6.5 Special, Britain's first pop music program, debuts on the BBC.
1963: The Beatles' "Please Please Me" goes to the top of the charts in the UK, fulfilling producer George Martin's prophecy: "Gentlemen, you have just recorded your first Number One."
1963: Paul Anka marries Marie-Ann Alison DeZogheb in Paris.
1964: The Beatles perform at the Deauville Hotel's Mau Mau Club in Miami Beach, FL, a performance that is broadcast live on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show just one week after their historic first appearance.
1968: Detroit, MI mayor Jerome P. Cavanagh declares today "Aretha Franklin Day."
1971: Hell's Angel biker Alan David Pasaro sues the Rolling Stones, claiming that the group's documentary film Gimme Shelter, a document of the infamous 1969 Altamont concert, constitutes invasion of privacy. The film depicts the stabbing of Meredith Hunter by members of the biker group, but Pasaro himself his later acquitted of the crime.
1972: Rick Nelson begins his first British tour.
1972: During his week-long stint as host of the syndicated Mike Douglas Show, John Lennon performs "Memphis" and "Johnny B. Goode" with Chuck Berry, who Lennon refers to as "my hero."
1978: The film Abba - The Movie has its UK premiere at Leicester Square's Warner Theatre.
1984: Jerry Lee Lewis surrenders to federal authorities on charges of income tax evasion, charges of which he is eventually acquitted.
1990: Ike Turner is sentenced to four years in prison on eleven separate charges, including possession and transport of cocaine. In prison when he and ex-wife Tina are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is released after serving eighteen months.
1993: At London's Brit Awards, Rod Stewart invites former members of his old band, The Faces, onstage for an impromptu reunion. Original members Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones join Stewart for renditions of "Stay With Me" and "Sweet Little Rock and Roller." Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman sits in for original Faces bassist Ronnie Lane, who is ill with Multiple Sclerosis.
Releases1974: Elton John, "Bennie and the Jets"
Recording1942: Shep Fields and His Orchestra, "Jersey Bounce"
1965: The Beatles: "I Need You," "Another Girl," "Yes It Is"
1966: Elvis Presley: "Smorgasbord," "Stop, Look and Listen," "Am I Ready?," "Beach Shack," "Never Say Yes"
1967: The Beatles, "Good Morning Good Morning"
1971: Aretha Franklin, "Spanish Harlem"
Certifications1968: Elvis Presley's album How Great Thou Art is certified gold
Charts1957: The Del Vikings' "Come Go With Me" enters the pop charts
1957: Tab Hunter's "Young Love" hits #1
1974: Bob Dylan's album Planet Waves hits #1