1957 – Elvis Presley is served his draft notice for the US Army. He goes on to join the 32nd Tank Battalion third Armor Corps based in Germany.
1940 – The industry publication Billboard combines their sales charts for the first time, including all major labels. The first #1 is Tommy Dorsey’s “I’ll Never Smile Again” with vocals by Frank Sinatra.
1897 – A US patent is granted to inventor Guglielmo Marconi for the radio.
1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets release their first record, “That’ll Be The Day,” which goes to #1 in the UK and #3 in the US. The song is inspired by John Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “That’ll be the day,” in his movie The Searchers, which Holly, Jerry Allison, and Sonny Curtis had seen in June 1956. It is also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently becomes The Beatles.
1938 – Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra record “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
1960 – Elvis Presley appears on Frank Sinatra’s variety TV special Welcome Home Elvis and the two artists perform one another’s hits. Elvis sings “Witchcraft” and Sinatra does “Love Me Tender.”
1936 – The SPEBSQSA (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America), now known as the Barbershop Harmony Society, is founded.
1939 – Frank Sinatra makes his first recording, a song called “Our Love,” with the Frank Mane band.
1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets record the version of “That’ll Be The Day” that goes on to be their first hit song.