1955 : The movie Blackboard Jungle is released, giving new exposure to the song Rock Around The Clock, which is featured in the film. A few months later, the song becomes the first ever #1 rock song.
1957 : Elvis Presley buys the Graceland Mansion in Memphis for $102,500.
1958 : Having been sworn in as Private 53310761 the previous day Elvis Presley received the regulation short back and sides haircut from army barber James Peterson. Presley would earn $78 per month as an army private.
1958 : Buddy Holly appeared at The Gaumont Theatre in London, the final date on his only UK tour. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O’Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra.
1961 : Elvis Presley appears in concert for the last time in eight years (a benefit for the U.S.A. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii).
1964 : The Beatles made their debut on UK TV show Top Of The Pops singing ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That.’ The show had been recorded on March 19th.
1966 : At a photo session at Bob Whitaker’s studio in London, The Beatles posed in white coats using sides of meat with mutilated and butchered dolls for the cover of their next American album, ‘Yesterday and Today’. After advance copies were sent to disc jockeys and record reviewers, negative reaction to the cover photo was so strong Capitol recalled 750,000 copies from distributors to replace the cover. The total cost to Capitol to replace the cover and promotional materials was $250,000, wiping out their initial profit
1967 : The Turtles started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Happy Together’, it made No.12 in the UK.
1967 : The Who and Cream made their U.S. concert debut at RKO 58th Street Theatre, New York City as part of a rock & roll extravaganza promoted by DJ Murray the K.
1967 : The Rolling Stones kicked off a three-week European tour in Orebro, Sweden. Arriving in Copenhagen for the tour the group were delayed after customs officers search all their luggage for drugs.
1967 : Pink Floyd played three gigs in 24 hours. The appeared at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England, then the New Yorker Discotheque in Swindon and then played at the Shoreline Club in Bognor Regis (in the early hours 26 March).
1969 : John Lennon and Yoko Ono started their week long ‘bed-in’ in the presidential suite at The Amsterdam Hilton hotel. The couple invited the world’s press into their hotel room every day, to talk about promoting world peace.
1972 : America started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with their debut hit ‘Horse With No Name’, it made No.3 in the UK. The group scored eight other US top 40 hits during the 70’s.
1972 : Lindisfarne started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their debut album ‘Fog On The Tyne.’
1973 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Roberta Flack’s Killing Me Softly With His Song
1977 : Bob Seger’s Night Moves goes Platinum.
1983 : Motown Records celebrated its 25 anniversary with a concert in Pasadena, featuring; The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jr. Walker, The Commodores, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and The Jackson 5.
1986 : Guns N’ Roses signed a world-wide deal with Geffen Records. The band has now sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, their 1987 debut album, Appetite For Destruction has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide.
1989 : Mike And The Mechanics went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Living Years’, a No. 2 hit in the UK.
1990 : Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee was arrested for mooning at the audience during a gig in Augusta. Lee was charged with indecent exposure.
1999 : 73-year-old Country music singer Ray Price was arrested in his Texas home for possession of marijuana. He was fined $200 after pleading no contest to the charges. According to Price in a 2008 interview, old friend Willie Nelson – no stranger to marijuana arrests – phoned and told him he’d just earned $5 million in free publicity with the drug bust.
2001 : Bob Dylan wins the Best Original Song Academy Award for Things Have Changed from the movie Wonder Boys.
2002 : Bono from U2 made a appearance at the air rage trial of R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, telling the court ‘I came to court because Peter is actually famously known for being a peaceable person. I once had to twist his arm to get him to a boxing match’. Buck was later cleared of all charges. He had been accused of attacking two cabin staff and covering them in yoghurt, knocking over a trolley and trying to steal a knife. Come Fly With Me
2004 : “Suspicion,” the final ever episode of The Chris Isaak Show – an adult comedy starring Chris Isaak – airs on Showtime.
2005 : Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out as they slept. Ozzy and his wife were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped.
2007 : Elton John sets the record for the most performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden when he performs there for the 60th time – on his 60th birthday.
2007 : Proclaimers feat Brian Potter & Andy Pipkin went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’. The Scottish duo teamed up with the two comedians Peter Kay and Matt Lucas for this unofficial Comic Relief charity hit.
2008 : Richie Sambora was arrested in California on suspicion of drink driving. The 48 year-old Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested after a police officer noticed his black Hummer weaving in traffic lanes in Laguna Beach. He was ordered to appear in court on one count of driving under the influence.
2015 : Radiohead’s seminal album OK Computer became one of 25 recordings to be preserved by the US Library of Congress. It was joined by Ben E King’s ‘Stand By Me’ and recordings by Joan Baez, The Doors, The Righteous Brothers and Steve Martin.