1955 The Chrysler Corporation introduces record players for their 1956 cars. The players would be discontinued in 1961.
1956 The movie Don’t Knock The Rock, featuring Little Richard and Bill Haley & His Comets, opens in US theatres. The movie tells the story of a disc jockey, Alan Freed, who tries to prove to teenagers’ parents that Rock ‘n’ Roll is harmless and won’t turn their kids into juvenile delinquents.
1957 While on tour in Sydney, Australia, Little Richard denounces Rock ‘n’ Roll. When his sax player, Clifford Burks, dares Richard to prove his “faith in God,” Little Richard tosses four diamond rings, valued at $8,000, into Sydney’s Hunter River and soon after launches a Gospel career. Alas, five years later, he sells his soul back to Rock ‘n’ Roll.
1962 The Beatles, still just an up and coming local group, open for Little Richard at a concert in Liverpool.
1965 The Beatles record “Run For Your Life” and “Norwegian Wood” for their upcoming “Rubber Soul” album.
1966 The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first major concert at the Olympia Theatre in Paris in front of an audience of 14,500. The British press call Hendrix “The wild man of Pop.”
1971 Gene Vincent died of a bleeding ulcer at the age of 36.
1975 Rod Stewart performs his last concert with The Faces in Long Island, New York.
1978 Nancy Spungen, the girlfriend of former Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious, is found dead of abdominal knife wounds in their room at Chelsea Hotel in New York. Vicious, nearly unconscious due to the effects of several different drugs, is charged with her murder, jailed and then released. He would die of a heroin overdose before the case ever comes to trial..
1980 Seven people are stabbed during a fight at a Blood, Sweat And Tears concert in Los Angeles. The concert was more blood and less sweat and tears
1985 Ricky Wilson of the B-52s, passed away at the age of 32.
1996 The film documentary The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was released. It had been taped in December 1968, but was held back for nearly 28 years, allegedly because The Stonesfelt that The Who had upstaged them.
1997 John Denver was killed when his experimental airplane ran out of gas and crashed off the coast of Monterey Bay, CA. He was 53.