The Starlite Wranglers, a country dance band that includes Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on standup bass, records a single ("My Kind of Carryin' On") for Sun Records.
"Bye Bye Love," the first of many songs by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant that will be made famous by the Everly Brothers, enters the Top Forty. A million seller, it holds at #2 for four weeks.
Billie Holiday gives her final performance in New York City.
Ray Charles hits #8 with "Take These Chains From My Heart".
Sam Cooke hits #10 with "Another Saturday Night".
The Beach Boys score their first Top Ten hit with "Surfin' USA," Brian Wilson's reworking of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen."
Percy Sledge hits #11 with "Take Time To Know You."
David Bowie releases Diamond Dogs which will eventually peak at #5.
David Bowie releases the decadence-themed 'Diamond Dogs,' a true solo album on which he sings and plays most of the instruments.
Sweet hits #27 in the UK with 'Sweet Fanny Adams'.
Before the Next Teardrop Falls (Freddie Fender) was a hit.
Rick Wakeman of Yes releases solo effort 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. It peaks at #3 in the US.
Funkytown (Lipps, Inc) was a hit.
A fully reformed Yes releases 'Union' which peaks at #15 in the US.