1945 – The Bihari brothers found Modern Records. Over the years, the label will become an R&B powerhouse, releasing discs by John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, and Etta James.
1947 – Punk rock pioneer Iggy Pop (James Jewel Osterburg) is born in Michigan.
1956 – Elvis Presley: Heartbreak Hotel US 45 is no. 1 chart topper this day in rock.
1959 – Robert Smith of the Cure is born in Sussex, England.
1960 – Dick Clark admits that he had a financial stake in more than a quarter of the records played on American Bandstand.
1961 – The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1963-Beatles and Rolling Stones meet for the first time during a Rolling Stones performance at Crawdaddy Club. ‘We got all nervous’, says Bill Wyman, ‘but then we had a chat.
1967 – working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish.
1973 – Alice Cooper went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Billion Dollar Babies.’ Also a No.1 album in the UK.
1981 – A car crash in Seattle hospitalizes Eric Clapton with bruised ribs and a lacerated shin.
1982 – Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in The Clash cancelling a tour. He was found living rough in Paris.
1984 – Phil Collins started a three week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from ‘Against All Odds’. It was Phil’s first US No.1.
1993 – Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann saves a young surfer from a California riptide.
1994 – Courtney Love turns in the shotgun Kurt Cobain used to kill himself to a guns-for-tickets trade-in program.
2001 – R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport for allegedly assaulting two crew members on an overnight flight from Seattle to London.
2003 – Brother Records Inc. sues former Beach Boy Al Jardine for using the group’s name to promote his own tours as the Beach Boys Family & Friends.
2004 – A grand jury concludes that there is sufficient evidence to bring child molestation charges against Michael Jackson.
2005 – Onstage in Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen takes a stand against hunger by donating all of the proceeds from a tour rehearsal show to World Hunger Year .
2007 – Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday.
2010 – Pearl Jam Joins Team Conan on Tour, Covers Lennon and the Who.