1956 – Elvis Presley signs with the William Morris Agency in order to make himself available to film studios.
1908 – The first two-sided vinyl record is offered for sale by the Columbia label in an ad running in this week’s Saturday Evening Post.
1965 – Bob Dylan releases Highway 61 Revisited.
1958 – The first of Alan Freed’s Big Beat revues is held at Brooklyn, New York’s Fox Theatre. Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and his Comets, Frankie Avalon, The Elegants, Bobby Freeman, and Jimmy Clanton are all on the bill.
1968 – The Jackson 5 sign a one-year contract with Motown Records. They make history in 1970 as the first recording act to have their first four singles to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100: “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There.”
1964 – At producers Phil Spector’s suggestion, The Rolling Stones record “It’s All Over Now,” “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” and “Time Is On My Side” at Chess studios in Chicago. The band gets to meet Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, and Chuck Berry during the day.
1963 – The Beatles record their first BBC radio program, Pop Go the Beatles. The bands’ guests for this first show are the Lorne Gibson Trio.
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1939 – Frank Sinatra makes his first recording, a song called “Our Love,” with the Frank Mane band.