Births1908: Russ Columbo
1917: Billy Butterfield
1929: Billy Walker
1931: Caterina Valente
1936: Clarence Carter
1937: Billie Jo Spears
1938: Jack Jones, Allen Toussaint
1948: T-Bone Burnett, Tim Harris (The Foundations)
Events1955: Legendary disc jockey and promoter Alan Freed debuts his first Rock and Roll Ball in New York City. Staged at the 6,000-seat Saint Nicholas Arena in Harlem, both shows sell out well in advance. Featured at the gig are Big Joe Turner, the Clovers, Fats Domino, the Moonglows, the Drifters and the Harptones.
1960: United States Army Corporal Elvis Presley (53310761) receives a promotion to Sergeant.
1964: The New Christy Minstrels perform for President Lyndon Johnson at the White House, along with his wife and Italian President Antonio Segni.
1966: Singer David Jones changes his last name to Bowie in order to avoid confusion with the Monkees' Davy Jones.
1967: The world's first "Be-In" takes place at Golden Gate Park's polo fields in San Franscisco, CA. Performers include Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, and Big Brother and the Holding Company.
1969: The Monterey Pop concert film opens in Los Angeles, CA.
1970: At the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, Diana Ross performs her last show with the Supremes. Miss Ross also introduces her replacement, Jean Terrell.
1970: John Lennon's erotic "Bag One" lithographs are exhibited publicly in London (and removed by Scotland Yard two days later).
1973: The Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh is arrested for possession of drugs in California.
1973: Elvis Presley draws the largest single television event audience ever for his "Aloha From Hawaii" concert, broadcast live via satellite to over one billion people in forty countries throughout the world. Originating from Honolulu's International Center Arena, the show is a major success, and is released as a hit double-album set later that year. However, the United States doesn't get to see the show until NBC airs it on April 4th.
1978: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album logs a record 31st week at the top of Billboard's album chart.
1988: Paul McCartney releases his album CHOBA B CCCP (translation: Back In The U.S.S.R.) exclusively in Russia, causing bootleg copies stateside to fetch upwards of $1000. (The album, a collection of oldies covers, is eventually released worldwide.)
1989: The soundtrack to the film Dirty Dancing, which consists mainly of classic oldies, reaches sales of ten million copies (now known as Diamond certification).
1997: The Beach Boys guest star on an epsiode of the ABC sitcom Home Improvement.
1999: Model Jerry Hall files for divorce from her husband, the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger.
2000: Rolling Stone magazine reports that David Crosby is the surrogate father of Melissa Etheridge and her partner Julie Cypher's two children.
Recording1936: Harriet Hilliard, "Get Thee Behind Me Satan"
1957: Elvis Presley: "Wearin' That Loved On Look," "You'll Think of Me," "I'm Movin' On"
Certifications1975: Three Dog Night's Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits is certified gold
Charts1950: The Andrews Sisters' "I Can Dream, Can't I?" hits #1
1956: Dean Martin's "Memories Are Made Of This" hits #1
1956: Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" enters the pop charts
1978: Player's "Baby Come Back" hits #1