Bob Dylan was born.
Wynonie Harris hits #4 on the R&B chart with "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee".
Buddy Johnson hits #8 on the R&B chart with "Because, Pts. 1 & 2".
Chuck Berry hits #2 on the R&B chart with the Chess single "Thirty Days."
Ricky Nelson hears James Burton playing guitar in the office of Imperial Records in Los Angeles. Burton is asked to join Nelson's backup band and regularly appears in the closing musical segments on the Ozzy and Harriet TV sitcom.
Beset with heart problems exacerbated by heavy drinking and chronic asthma, James died of a heart attack in Chicago.
Love Me Do (The Beatles) was a hit.
Pioneering San Francisco album-rock deejay Tom Donahue moves from KMPX-FM to KSAN-FM, taking the station's entire staff with him. KSAN thereupon becomes the top progressive-rock station in town, it not the entire country.
Donovan hits #7 with "Atlantis".
The Beatles reach #1 with "Get Back".
Gordon Lightfoot hits #26 with "Rainy Day People".
"Shining Star,' from Earth, Wind & Fire's 'That's the Way of the World', reaches #1 on Billboard's singles chart. It earns the first of many Grammys for the group, winning Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group.
James Last Band hits #28 with "The Seduction (Love Theme)".
Peter Gabriel releases "Sledgehammer" with an acclaimed and innovative claymation video. The single hits #4 in the UK and #2 in the US.
MTV announces plans to give away a tropical island in "The MTV/Coca-Cola Island Giveaway" contest.
Hanson, three brothers who write and play their own music, hit #1 in the US for 4 weeks with "MMMBop".