1952 – The Philadelphia dance show Bandstand, hosted by Bob Horn and later by Dick Clark as American Bandstand, debuts on WFIL-TV.
1942 – Glenn Miller and his Orchestra perform together for the last time. Miller volunteers for the US Army and disappears December 15, 1944 over the English Channel.
1963 -The Beach Boys release their 3rd album, Surfer Girl.
1961 – The Pendletones (later known as The Beach Boys) audition for the Stereo Masters publishing house, leading to the release of their first single, “Surfin’.”
1963 – The Beach Boys release “Surfer Girl,” the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote and the first one he produced.
1953 – Truck driver Elvis Presley makes his first ever recording when he pays $3.98 to lay down two songs at Memphis Recording Service (later renamed Sun Studios): “My Happiness'” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” The so-called vanity disc is a gift for his mother. It would surface 37 years later as part of an RCA compilation called Elvis – the Great Performances.
1960 – The Everly Brothers record “Cathy’s Clown.”
1965 – The Rolling Stones appear with Chuck Berry on the television show Hollywood A-GO-GO.
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.”