Roger Daltrey was born.
Bill "Hoss" Allen and Gene Nobles play R&B on WLAC, Nashville, Dewey Phillips begins broadcasting on WHBQ, Memphis.
The Weavers score a double-sided hit with "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena" (#2) b/w Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene" (#1 for 13 weeks).
Sam Phillips records "Rocket 88" with singer Jackie Brenston and Ike Turner's band. for Chess records. This recording is widely considered the first rock and roll record.
Sam Phillips launches his own label, Sun Records, with the release of "Drivin' Slow" by saxophonist Johnny London.
WDIA disc jockey Rufus Thomas' "Bear Cat," an answer record to Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," becomes Sun's first national hit.
Little Willie John records his classic "Fever" at King Records studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. In May, it will enter the R&B chart, which it will top for five weeks.
'Rock and Rollin' With Fats Domino', his first long-playing album, is released on the Imperial label.
Gene Vincent auditions for 'Country Showtime,' a local radio-station talent in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He performs Elvis Presley songs and an original, "Be-Bop-A-Lula," a tape of which lands him a contract with Capitol Records.
"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," the second single by Jerry Lee Lewis, is released on Sun Records.
Sam Cooke, the singer's debut album, is released on the Keen label. It reaches #16 on Billboard's album chart.
Scotty Moore and Bill Black leave Presley in a dispute over money. Moore releases a single ("Have Guitar Will Travel"), credited to the Scotty Moore Trio.
George Jones reaches #1 on the Country chart with "White Lightning".
Loretta Lynn records "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl"; Jim Reeves stays at #1 for 14 weeks with "He'll Have To Go"
Recording sessions for the Vee-Jay label find Little Richard returning to his rock and roll roots with a then-unknown Jimi Hendrix on guitar.
Alan Freed convicted on payola charges.
The Byrds play Ciro's nightclub, galvanizing a new scene on the Sunset Strip.
London's 'Evening Standard' publishes an interview with John Lennon in which he states that the Beatles are "more popular than Jesus now." The comment provokes several protests, including the burning of Beatles records.
Number of British singles in 'Billboard's' Top 100: 4
Joni Mitchell's Ladies of the Canyon, featuring "Big Yellow Taxi," enters the Top 30 on the Billboard album chart.
Carole King's 'Tapestry', produced by Lou Adler, spends the first of fifteen weeks at the top of the album chart.
'Time' puts James Taylor on its cover shortly before the release of his hotly anticipated third album, Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. Its first single, "You've Got a Friend" (written by Carole King), hits #1 on July 31st.
Little Feat releases the classic album Sailin' Shoes.
The Eagles record their eponymous debut album with producer-engineer Glyn Johns in London.
The Session, an album of rerecorded oldies that finds Jerry Lee Lewis accompanied by such British luminaries as Peter Frampton and Alvin Lee, reaches #37. It is the highest-charting album of his career.
Carole King hits #9 with "Nightingale".
Bad Company hits #19 with "Movin' On"
"The Best of My Love" becomes the Eagles' first #1 hit and million-selling single. Four more will follow: "One of These Nights" (1975), "New Kid in Town" (1977), "Hotel California" (1977) and "Heartache Tonight" (1979).
Warren Zevon's "Werewolves of London" reaches Number 21 on the singles chart.
Chuck Berry plays himself in 'American Hot Wax', a film biography of seminal rock and roll deejay Alan Freed.
The Mamas and Papas reunion tour begins in New York. Phillips and Doherty have re-formed the group with MacKenzie Phillips and Spanky McFarlane replacing Michelle Phillips and Mama Cass.
Pete Townshend, Stevie Nicks, Mick Jagger, Adam Ant, Pat Benatar, the Police and David Bowie kick off the "I Want My MTV" advertising campaign.
Andrew Wood, singer of Mother Love Bone, dies of a drug overdose. A group of Seattle musicians, recording as Temple of the Dog, later cuts an album in tribute to Wood.
MTV Europe launches in Hungary.
'Rock On!', the album that Del Shannon had been working on at the time of his death, is posthumously released.
MTV Europe announces it will be the first non-Soviet channel to be broadcast 24 hours-a-day in Russia on Leningrad's Cable TV Network.
People Get Ready: A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield (Shanachie Records) is released. Mayfield favorites are covered by Jerry Butler, Don Covay, Steve Cropper (of Booker T and the M.G.'s) and others.
Ray Charles wins the 12th Grammy of his career, this one for Best Male R&B Performance ("A Song for You").
From the Cradle, an album of blues interpretations released the previous fall, wins Eric Clapton a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.
Pops Staples receives a Grammy for Best 'Father Father', released the previous year.