The J.P. Seeburg Corporation introduces its new Dual Music System Jukebox, the first ever equipped to hold a hundred singles and two song per side Extended Play discs.
Elvis Presley made his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in front of 54 million TV viewers. Elvis sang “Don’t Be Cruel”, “Love Me Tender”, “Hound Dog” and “Ready Teddy” for host Charles Laughton who was filling in for Sullivan who was recovering from a recent car accident. The next day, record stores were swamped with requests for “Love Me Tender”, although its release date was weeks away.
The Johnny Burnette Trio appear on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour TV show. With Johnny on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Dorsey on stand-up bass and Paul Burlison on lead guitar, they won three weeks in a row, earning them a string of tour dates. It would take Johnny four more years to reach the US charts with “Dreamin” and “You’re Sixteen”.
A 16 year old Canadian lad named Paul Anka had the number one song in America with “Diana”. The year before, Paul had a crush on his younger brother and sister’s babysitter who wanted nothing to do with him. He wrote a poem for her and later set it to music. The record became an international hit that stayed at the top of the UK chart for nine weeks.
John Lennon’s “Imagine” LP is released. It would reach #1 on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named “Imagine” as #76 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” was named Best Male Video at the ninth annual MTV Video Music Awards.
An episode of the American TV show Judge Judy airs in which Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten (nee Lydon) appears as the defendant in a case involving drummer Robbie Williams, who sues Rotten for wrongful termination from a recent tour. Williams had claimed that the Sex Pistols owed him $7,000. Rotten said Williams quit and was owed nothing. Judge Judy apparently found Rotten was most credible and ruled in his favour
- 1926 – Bob Luman
- 1941 – Otis Redding
- 1945 – Dee Dee Sharp
- 1946 – Billy Preston
- 1963 – Peter Noone
- 1979 – Norrie Paramor