1951-Ike Turner and his Rhythm Kings recorded “Rocket 88,” considered by some to be the first true rock-n-roll recording.
1956-Elvis Presley hits the charts for the first time with Heartbreak Hotel
1959-Domenico Modugno's "Volare" was named Record of the Year at the first ever Grammy ceremonies. Other winners included Henri Mancini's Peter Gun (Album of the Year) and The Champs Tequila (Best R& B Performance)
1963-The first lady of country music, Patsy Cline, was killed when her private jet struck the side of a mountain near Camden, Tennessee.
1965-The single “ I Pity The Fool” is released by a group called The Manish Boys, lead by a young David Jones, who two years later would officially changed his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with The Monkees' Davy Jones.
1968-28 year Frankie Lymon, lead singer of The Teenagers, dies of a heroin overdose while on leave from the army. Lymon first gained the spotlight at the age of 13 with the hit “Why Do Fools Fall In Love.” After Lymon's death, 3 separate women came forward claiming to be his widow. It seems Lymon had married all three women at different times.
1970--After the family of the late Ferdinand von Zeppelin threatens a lawsuit, Led Zeppelin performs in Copenhagen, Denmark as The Nobs.
1977-A man jumps on stage at a Ray Charles concert and attempts to strangle Charles with a rope before being apprehended by security.
1991-James Brown is released after serving two years of a six-year prison term for drug and gun possession, and leading police on a two state car chase.
1993-Little Richard is furious after learning that his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys will be part of a non-televised portion of the show.