- 1943 - Chris White (Zombies) (73)
- 1944 - Townes Van Zandt (d. 1997)
- 1945 - Arthur Lee (Love) (d. 2006)
- 1946 - Peter Wolf (J. Geils Band) (70)
- 1946 - Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum) (70)
- 1951 - Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power) (65)
- 1952 - Ernie Isley (Isley Brothers) (64)
- 1953 - Leon Frank Sylvers (Sylvers) (63)
- 1954 - Matt Frenette (Loverboy) (62)
- 1962 - Taylor Dayne (54)
- 1966 - Paul Davis (Happy Mondays) (50)
- 1967 - Randy Guss (Toad the Wet Sprocket) (49)
- 1977 - Paul Cattermole (S Club 7) (39)
- 1982 - Kelli Young (Liberty X) (34)
- 1966 - Mike Millward (Fourmost) - Leukemia (23)
- 1971 - Harold McNair (Jamaican saxophonist and flautist) - Lung cancer (39)
- 1988 - Gordon Huntley (Mathew's Southern Comfort) - Cancer
- 2000 - Pee Wee King - Heart attack (86)
- 2013 - Claude King (90)
- 2013 - Peter Banks (Yes, Flash) - Heart failure (65)
- 1917 - The Dixie Jazz Band One Step by Nick LaRocca's Original Dixieland Jazz Band, credited with being the first jazz record, was released in the U.S.
- 1964 - Cilla Black tops the British singles chart with Anyone Who Had a Heart, capping off the first time all of the records in the top ten were by British artists.
- 1965 - During a Rolling Stones concert, a girl fell from the balcony but escaped serious injury when the crowd below broke her fall.
- 1971 - The country mecca, Gilley's Club, opened in Pasadena, TX.
- 1973 - During a show at New York's Max's Kansas City where Columbia Records was to announce the signing of Bruce Springsteen, the label boss, John Hammond, had a heart attack.
- 1976 - A figure of Elton John was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London, the first rock figure made since the Beatles.
- 1980 - Coal Miner's Daughter, the biopic of Loretta Lynn, opened.
- 1983 - The Nashville Network (TNN) started broadcasting on cable.
- 1985 - We Are the World hit radio.
- 1986 - Randy Travis made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1987 - The first five Beatles albums are released for the first time on CD.
- 1987 - Janet Jackson's album Control becomes the first by a female vocalist to contain five top ten hits.
- 1994 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that parodies were considered “fair use” of a composition and did not require permission from the original artist or songwriter.
- 1998 - Sara Evans made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
- 2000 - Doug Stone was injured when he crashed his ultra-light plane near Nashville.
- 2003 - Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers signed with Hyperion Books to write his memoirs.
- 2006 - 30 Seconds to Mars started their first headlining tour in Tulsa, OK.
- 2009 - Coolio was charged with drug possession after being arrested at LAX Airport in Los Angeles.
- 1967 - Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee
- 1951 - Webb Pierce had first recording session for Decca
- 1957 - Happy Happy Birthday Baby - Tuneweavers
- 1966 - River Deep Mountain High - Tina Turner (vocals)
- 1966 - Caroline No - Brian Wilson (first solo single by any Beach Boy)
- 2010 - Academy Awards
- Best Song - The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart) - Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett
- 1962 - Teenager's Turn: Here We Go! (BBC Radio) - Beatles (radio debut)
- 1964 - Saturday Club (BBC Radio) - Dave Clark Five (radio debut, on tape)
- 1964 - Ed Sullivan Show (CBS) - Dave Clark Five (first appearance on show)
- 1983 - Living Proof (biopic of Hank Williams, Jr.)