1954 Elvis quits his day job as a truck driver and signs a recording contract with Sun Records.
1957 Alan Freed’s show The Big Beat debuts on ABC-TV. The show was later canceled after an episode in which Frankie Lymon was seen dancing with a White girl, which reportedly offended the management of ABC’s local affiliates in the southern states.
1962 The Rolling Stones played their first concert at the Marquee club in London with Tony Chapman on drums. Charlie Watts completed the Stones’ line-up in January 1963.
1969 Blind Faith begins their one and only US tour with a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.
1970 Janis Joplin debuted with her new group, the Full Tilt Boogie Band, in Louisville, Kentucky.
1979 Disco Demolition takes place between games of a baseball doubleheader at Comiskey Park in Chicago.