1960 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who had lost contact since they went to primary school together, run into each other on a train and renew their acquaintance. They soon start playing together and eventually form The Rolling Stones.
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono release their Wedding Album LP with a photo of their own wedding cake and a copy of their marriage certificate included.
1962 – Parlophone releases the first Beatles single, “Love Me Do.” The song gets its first radio spin that same day on Radio Luxembourg.
1968 – Led Zeppelin start recording their debut album at Olympic Studios in London. It takes just about 36 hours of studio time to complete, and cost around £1,780 ($2320). Most of the tracks are recorded live in the studio with very few overdubs.
1966 – The Monkees TV show makes its debut, with four actors chosen to portray a pop band based on The Beatles. The fictional band becomes very real and they eventually play on their own recordings instead of studio musicians.
1952 – Ray Charles records his first four songs for Atlantic Records after they buy out his contract with Swingtime.
1968 – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham make their live debut as Led Zeppelin but are billed as The New Yardbirds at Teen Club in Gladsaxe, Denmark.
1955 – Elvis Presley signs a contract that names Colonel Tom Parker his “special advisor” with control over virtually every aspect of Elvis’ career. Parker is not really a Colonel at all, but a Dutch immigrant named Andreas Cornelius van Kujik, whose honorary title was given to him in 1948 by Governor Jimmie Davis of Louisiana. Parker’s pre-Elvis experience includes promoting carnival and medicine shows such as The Great Parker Pony Circus and Tom Parker And His Dancing Turkeys. His management of Presley becomes the defining role of masterminding talent management, which involves every facet of the client’s life and is seen as central to the success of Presley’s career.
1877 – Thomas Edison invents the phonograph and makes the first sound recording.