1943 – Frank Sinatra starts his film career when he signs a 7-year contract with RKO Pictures.
1957 – The Everly Brothers record “Wake Up Little Susie.”
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.
1968 – The Jackson 5 sign a one-year contract with Motown Records.
1958 – Fats Domino records “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday.”
1957 – At the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, The Everly Brothers make their stage debut.
1962 – Sam Cooke records “Having A Party” and “Bring It On Home To Me.”
1969 – The Beatles record “Old Brown Shoe” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).”
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.