Florence Ballard was born.
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers hits #4 on the R&B chart with the Exclusive release of "Sunny Road."
Buddy Johnson hits #5 on the R&B chart with "They Say I'm The Biggest Fool."
Chuck Berry hits #2 on the R&B chart and #29 on the pop chart with the Chess single "Roll Over Beethoven."
Little Richard hits #2 on the R&B chart and #33 (6/30) on the pop chart with "Slippin' and Slidin' (Peepin' and Hidin')" and #1 on the R&B chart and #17 (8/04) on the pop chart with "Rip It Up". Both singles are released on Specialty Records.
Clyde McPhatter hits on the R&B chart with #2 "Seven Days" and #1 on the R&B chart and #16 on the pop chart with "Treasure Of Love." Both singles are released on Atlantic Records.
Chuck Willis hits #1 on the R&B chart and #9 on the pop chart with "What Am I Living For", #9 on the R&B chart and on the #24 pop chart (5/24) with "Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes".
Link Wray & His Ray Men hit #16 with "Rumble"
Link Wray's "Rumble" hits #16. The record, inspired by a dance-hall brawl, is considered the granddaddy of heavy metal because of its fuzzy, growly guitar sound, deliberately created by poking a pencil through the speaker of guitar amplifier.
The Miracles hits #39 with "I'll Try Something New".
Easier Said Than Done (The Essex) was a hit.
James Brown's 'Live at the Apollo, Vol. 1,' is released. Reaching #2 on the album charts, it the most successful album issued by Syd Nathan's King Records. This same year, King/Federal releases albums by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Freddy King, Earl Bostic and the Stanley Brothers.
Frank Zappa joins The Mothers, later to be ammended to the Mothers of Invention.
Frank Zappa releases 'Lumpy Gravy'.
Jethro Tull hits #7 in the US with 'Aqualung'.
Rock the Boat (The Hues Corporation) was a hit.
Hospitalized in Memphis, Jerry Lee Lewis nearly dies of a bleeding ulcer.
Human League hits #16 in the UK "Life on Your Own".
"State of Shock," which features shared lead vocals from Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, enters the charts. The leadoff single from the hotly anticipated Victory album reaches #3 on the pop chart and #4 on the R&B chart.
Sussudio (Phil Collins) was a hit.
L.A. Guns hits #33 with "The Ballad of Jayne".
Chet Atkins dies in Nashville, TN at the age of 77.
Chet Atkins dies of lung cancer at home in Nashville.