Births1937: "Jumpin'" Gene Simmons
1937: Sandy Stewart
1941: Ian Whitcomb
1943: Jerry Miller (Moby Grape)
1944: John Dymond (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich)
1947: Arlo Guthrie
1949: Dave Smalley (Young Rascals, Raspberries)
1949: Ronnie James Dio
Events1950: The Victor Talking Machine Company, later to become RCA Victor and the world's first great record label, trademarks its slogan "His Master's Voice," which referred to the iconic image of the Victor dog, Nipper, cocking an ear to the gramophone as if his master were actually in the room.
1950: The nation's favorite popular music countdown, "Your Hit Parade," gets its own home on NBC TV to match its longtime radio counterpart.
1954: WINS AM in New York hires legendary DJ Alan Freed away from his home at Cleveland's WJW, where, among other things, he helped popularize the term "rock and roll." Freed would move across town to WABC two years later, where he would eventually be fired for his participation in the "payola scandal."
1959: One of the most popular Fifties "rock and roll movies," Alan Freed's Go, Johnny, Go! opens nationwide, featuring Chuck Berry, Jackie Wilson, Eddie Cochran, Sandy Stewart, the Cadillacs, Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows, Jimmy Clanton, and -- in his one and only film appearance -- Ritchie Valens.
1964: The Beatles A Hard Day's Night film has its Liverpool premiere, with over 200,000 locals (!) turning up to celebrate their hometown boys making good.
1966: A young Cat Stevens begins his recording career by cutting the minor UK hit "I Love My Dog."
1967: Singer Kenny Rogers leaves the folk group The New Christy Minstrels and, the next day, forms the First Edition.
1968: Eric Clapton announces the breakup of the supergroup Cream, currently finishing up its last tour.
1968: Early prog-rockers The Nice are banned from London's Royal Albert Hall after burning an American flag on stage.
1969: The Rolling Stones founding member, Brian Jones, is laid to rest at Hatherley Road Parish Church in his hometown of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, after drowning (or, some say, being drowned) in a swimming pool a few days earlier. Brian is buried 12 feet in the ground so as to discourage trophy-seeking fans. His epitaph: "Please don't judge me too harshly."
1974: Mac Davis debuts his own summer variety music show on NBC TV.
1975: Gregg Allman and Cher's famously rocky marriage almost ends in divorce after only ten days.
1975: Gladys Knight and the Pips debut their own summer variety music show on NBC TV.
1976: Vernon Presley, at the behest of his son Elvis, fires longtime "Memphis Mafia" members Sonny West, his cousin Red West, and Dave Hebler -- not coincidentally the three most adamant about getting him off his addiction to prescription drugs. Red would eventually write a book called Elvis: What Happened? which would alert the public to the King's drug problem for the first time.
1977: Cher gives birth to Elijah Blue Allman, her first and only child with Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers.
1978: Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman falls from the stage at a gig St. Paul, MN and is knocked unconscious.
1979: Chuck Berry is sentenced to jail for the second time, this time a tax-evasion charge that nets him four months (for allegedly bilking Uncle Sam out of $200,000 back in 1973).
1981: Jerry Lee Lewis enters a Memphis hospital for the first of two emergency operations to counteract a bleeding ulcer.
1986: Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead slips into a diabetic coma. He recovers a five days later.
1989: The Monkees get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, all four Monkees reunite for the first time.
1993: Bob Seger marries his third and current wife, Juanita Dorricott.
2000: A much-ballyhooed Supremes "reunion" tour, "Return To Love," which features only Diana Ross from the original group, is canceled after initial ticket sales don't match expectations.
Releases1963: Martha and the Vandellas, "Heatwave"
1965: Wilson Pickett, "In The Midnight Hour"
1965: Sonny and Cher, "I Got You Babe"
1971: Three Dog Night, "Liar"
1972: Harry Nilsson, Son of Schmilsson
Recording1936: Billie Holiday, "Billie’s Blues"
1967: Bobbie Gentry, "Ode To Billie Joe"
1968: The Beatles, "Revolution"
1969: The Beatles, "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
Charts1961: Bobby Lewis "Tossin' and Turnin'" hits #1
1965: The Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" hits #1
1976: England Dan and John Ford Coley's "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" enters the charts
1976: The Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight" hits #1