1960 – Eddie Cochran is killed when the taxi he is traveling in crashes into a lamppost on Rowden Hill in Chippenham, England. Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survive the crash. Cochran was 21.
1963 – The Beatles release their debut album, Please Please Me.
1961 – The Supremes release their first single, “I Want A Guy.”
1941 – The world’s first commercial FM radio station, Nashville’s W47NV, begins broadcasting.
1965 – The Beach Boys record “Help Me Rhonda.”
1957 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets release their first record, “That’ll Be The Day,” which goes to #1 in the UK and #3 in the US. The song is inspired by John Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “That’ll be the day,” in his movie The Searchers, which Holly, Jerry Allison, and Sonny Curtis had seen in June 1956. It is also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently becomes The Beatles.
1958 – Bobby Darin’s single “Splish Splash” is released as the first eight-track master recording pressed to a plastic 45-RPM disc.