First blues recording is made, "Crazy Blues" by Mamie Smith.
Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family sign recording contracts with Victor Records.
Jerry Garcia, lead guitarist and guiding light of the Grateful Dead, is born in San Francisco.
"Gotta Let You Go"/"Boogie In the Park" by Joe Hill Louis is released on Phillips, a label launched by Sam and Memphis deejay Dewey Phillips. It is the only single released by the label.
The Orioles' biggest hit, "Crying in the Chapel," enters the R&B chart, which it will go on to top for eight weeks.
The Drifters, featuring Clyde McPhatter on lead vocals, record "Money Honey" on Atlantic Records.
Sh-Boom (The Crew-Cuts) was a hit.
Fats Domino performs as part of the Alan Freed-promoted "Moondog Jubilee of Stars Under the Stars" at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Other acts on the bill: Muddy Waters, the Clovers, the Orioles, Little Walter.
"Maybellene" by Chuck Berry reaches #5 on Billboard's Best Sellers chart and tops the R&B chart for eleven weeks.
"Lotta Lovin'" peaks at #13 while Gene Vincent and a changeable cast of Blue Caps crisscross the country on tour.
The Beatles make their debut in Hamburg, West Germany, with Stu Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums.
Jerry Wexler strikes a handshake deal giving Atlantic distribution rights to Memphis-based Stax Records. The labels' eight-year association will yield scores of hits by such artists as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave and Booker T. and the MGs, literally shaping the sound of Sixties soul music.
"Do I Love You" by the Ronettes charts at #34.
The Beatles perform in front of 56,000 fans at New York's Shea Stadium.
The Beach Boys' "California Girls," a last gasp of the L.A. surf-pop sound, reaches Number Three.
I'm Henry VIII, I Am (Herman's Hermits) was a hit.
The Beatles play their final concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.
Beatle George Harrison and his wife, Patti, stroll through the streets of Haight-Ashbury, bringing more international attention to the scene.
Little Richard's Greatest Hits, a live collection of older classics cut for the Okeh label, becomes his first LP in ten years to make Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart.
Having recruited Gram Parsons, the Byrds go country with Sweetheart of the Rodeo, recorded in Nashville.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono move to Tittenhurst Park, a 400-acre estate in Ascot.
Eric Clapton is released, peaking at #13. This same month, Clapton begins recording in Miami with his new band, Derek and the Dominos. They record the monumental double album Layla...and Other Assorted Love Songs in ten days. One writer called it "the most valid double since [Bob Dylan's] Blonde on Blonde."
'The Rill Thing', the first of three fine albums for the Reprise label, is released. It is followed by 'The King of Rock and Roll' (October 1971) and 'The Second Coming' (September 1972). The last of these reunites Little Richard with the core crew from his historic Fifties sessions in New Orleans.
Christine McVie officially joins Fleetwood Mac on keyboards and vocals. The wife of bassist John McVie had already guested on 'Kiln House' and painted that album's cover.
The concert for Bangladesh, featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, takes place in New York's Madison Square Garden.
After signing to David Geffen's fledgling Asylum label, the Eagles tighten up their act during a month-long residency at the Gallery Club in Aspen, Colorado.
Curtis Mayfield makes the pop Top Forty for the last time with "Kung Fu," which precedes Carl Douglas's "Kung Fu Fighting" by two months. However, he'll crack the R&B Top Forty a dozen more times between 1974 and 1981.
John Lennon records his 'Walls and Bridges' album. He claims to have written ten of the songs in a single week. The album goes to #1, as does its leadoff single, "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night."
Stiff Records, the most significant independent label of the era, releases its first single: "So It Goes"/ "Heart of the City," by Nick Lowe.
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John & Kiki Dee) was a hit.
Moody Blues hit #12 with "Gemini Dream".
Soft Cell hits #1 in the UK with "Tainted Love".
MTV launches in the United States at 12:01am. The first broadcasted video is "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter, J.J. Jackson and Martha Quinn become MTV's first VJs.
Longtime fans the Pet Shop Boys enlist Dusty Springfield to duet on "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" It reaches #2 in both the U.S. and U.K.
MTV announces the line-up of Euro-VJs: Ray Cokes (UK); Steve Blame (UK); Chris Salewicz (UK); Maiken Wexo (Denmark); Sophie Bramly (France); Marcel Vanthilt (Belgium).
MTV Europe celebrates its first birthday with 3.5 million subscribers.
MTV Europe celebrates its second birthday by topping 10 million subscribers.
MTV Europe celebrates its fourth anniversary with a reach of over 25 million homes.
'River of Dreams', Billy Joel's 12th studio album, is released. Featuring a cover painted by then-wife Christie Brinkley, it yields hits in "All About Soul" and the title track.
MTV launches sister channel M2: Music Television on the 15th Anniversary of MTV's launch. M2 is a 24 hour free-form music format targeting 12-34 year olds. Interactive elements and local programming elements are exclusive features of the new channel.