1952 – Ahmet Ertegun begins recording his newest signing, 21-year-old Ray Charles, at Atlantic Records on West 56th St in New York City. Ertegun had purchased the singer’s contract from the Swingtime label for $2,500.
1968 – The Jackson 5 sign a one-year contract with Motown Records.
1969 – The Grateful Dead release Aoxomoxoa.
1958 – Fats Domino records “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday.”
1960 – Elvis Presley, who was recently discharged from the Army, appears on Frank Sinatra’s variety TV special, Welcome Home Elvis. The two artists perform “Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender” together.
1956 – The CBS Radio Network premiers the first regularly scheduled national broadcast rock & roll show, Alan Freed’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party.
1939 – Glenn Miller records his theme song, “Moonlight Serenade.”
1949 – RCA Victor introduces the 45rpm single record. The 7-inch disc is designed to compete with the Long Playing record introduced by Columbia a year earlier. Both formats offer better fidelity and longer playing time than the 78rpm record that is currently in use.