1954 Alan Freed begins broadcasting on New York’s WINS at an annual salary of $75,000. Although the phrase “rock and roll” had been around since the 1940s, Freed is generally given credit for making it popular.
1956 Eddie Cochran signs with Liberty Records.
1971 The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences presents Elvis with the Bing Crosby Award, given to performers who “during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic or scientific significance to the field of phonograph records.”
1977 Guitarist Jimmy McCulloch quits Paul McCartney And Wings to join a reformed line-up of the Small Faces. Sadly, he died on September 27th, 1979 at the age of 26.
1988 Elton John holds an auction of his stage costumes in London, England and nets $6.2 million.
2011 Jury selection began for the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray.