Mahalia Jackson begins a 10-year stint as Thomas Dorsey's vocalist and chief collaborator.
Steve Cropper was born.
Juke Box record label is formed in Los Angeles by Art Rupe.
Brent Mydland, keyboardist with the Grateful Dead from 1979 to 1990, is born in Munich, West Germany.
The Kingpins hit #28 with "Ode to Billie Joe".
Lulu reaches #1 with "To Sir With Love".
10cc hits #2 in the UK with "Donna".
Leon Russell hits #11 with "Tight Rope".
Hot Butter hits #9 with "Popcorn".
Chuck Berry's only #1 hit, the novelty song "My Ding-a-Ling," reaches the top of the charts. He'd originally recorded it as "My Tambourine" back in 1958.
'Superfly' tops the Billboard's album chart for the first of four weeks. This soundtrack to a film about a Harlem drug dealer's attempt at a final "big score" delivers two major hits: "Freddie's Dead" (#2 R&B, #4 pop) and "Superfly" (#5 R&B, #8 pop).
Midnight Train To Georgia (Gladys Knight and the Pips) was a hit.
Frank Zappa hosts 'Saturday Night Live.'
Brian Eno releases 'Music For Films'.
Al Stewart hits #10 in the US with 'Time Passages'.
Can releases 'Rite Time'.
Living Colour hits #31 with "Glamour Girls".
Tennessee Senator and Vice President candidate Al Gore appears on an MTV "Choose or Lose" individual forum. The Senator takes questions from a group of 150 18-24 year olds in New York City who are the Senator about his positions on the issues which concern them the most.
MTV "Bootleg" premieres as a new music series which takes viewers behind-the-scenes and into the crowds of their favorite artists. "Bootleg: Boyz II Men" is the first in the series to air and includes interviews with the bands, the fans ticket collectors and others.