Welcome to MusicDayz

The world's largest online archive of date-sorted music facts, bringing day-by-day facts instantly to your fingertips.
Find out what happened on your or your friends' Birthday, Wedding Day, Anniversary or just discover fun facts in musical areas that particularly interest you.
Please take a look around.

Random selection from around 2,200 Facts
Click to filter results

Filter to between years






Blues vocalist, guitarist and recording artist Johnnie Temple (nicknamed Geechie) is born in Canton, Mississippi, USA.
Country blues and Delta blues guitarist and singer Robert Belfour is born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, USA.
Muddy Waters records Manish Boy (aka Mannish Boy) for Chess Records, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The song is not just an arrangement of but also an "answer song" to Bo Diddley's March 1955 song I'm A Man, which was in turn inspired by Waters' and Willie Dixon's Hoochie Coochie Man.
The Miller Sisters, Hayden Thompson and Lloyd Arnold McCollough play in the Country Music Festival at The Von Theatre, Bonneville, Mississippi, USA.
The Hank Snow All Star Jamboree Tour begins in the City Auditorium, Norfolk, Virginia, but Elvis Presley is the headline act "by popular demand" according to the posters. Local boy Vincent Eugene Craddock attends the show and will go on to find success as Gene Vincent.
Sam Cooke, supported by Little Anthony And The Imperials and Aretha Franklin, plays the sixth of seven nights at The Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York City, USA.
Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, The Shirelles,The Drifters, Bo Diddley, Ben E. King and Chuck Jackson set off on a new package tour, The Biggest Show Of Stars for 1961, with its first show at the Uline Arena, Washington DC, USA.
US President Lyndon Johnson writes to Elvis Presley's manager, Col. Tom Parker, thanking both for the recent charity concert which raised funds for amemorial to the USS Arizona, which had been sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbour.
Sam Cooke, Hank Ballard And The Midnighters, Aretha Franklin, The Olympics and Clyde McPhatter play at the Keil Auditorium, St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Elvis Presley finishes filming studio-based scenes for his latest movie, Follow That Dream, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
John Lee Hooker plays the second of three nights at Hines Farm Blues Club, Swanton, Ohio, USA.
Elvis Presley continues filming scenes for his next movie, Fun In Acapulco, at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Having completed all of his work on his next movie, Fun In Acapulco, at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Elvis Presley returns to Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
Conway Twitty plays at The New Munich Ballroom, Albany, Minnesota, USA.
Major Lance records Um, Um, Um. Um, Um, Um, and Hey Little Girl, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for Okeh Records. The song is composed by Curtis Mayfield.
Little Richard gives a welcome boost to poor ticket sales when he joins The Everly Brothers UK tour at The Gaumont, Watford, England, UK, Europe. Other acts on the bill include, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones.
Read More
Elvis Presley travels from Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, to Big Bear, near San Bernardino, California, USA, where he will shortly begin location filming for his next film, Kissin' Cousins.
The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, Julie Grant, The Flintstones and The Rolling Stones play at The Odeon, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe
Bukka White records Alabama Blues for Arhoolie Records in Berkeley, California, USA.
In the office of the mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Elvis Presley hands over a $55,000 cheque, as a donation to local charities.
Read More
Teen pop idol Fabian is stopped for speeding by Patrolmen Wilbur Lartz, Harold Schaab and Leonard Garrison of the Rock Island (Illinois) Police Department, as he drives a rented white Cadillac automobile at 46 mph in a 30 mph zone on 6th Avenue in Rock Island on his way from Quad-City Airport to the Dick Clark Summer Caravan of Stars show in Davenport, Iowa, USA. The show features The Dixie Cups, The Crystals, Gene Pitney, Major Lance and Fabian.
Major Lance, Freddy Cannon, The Dixie Cups and The Hondells appear on syndicated tv pop show Shivaree, recorded for KABC in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ian Whitcomb records N-N-Nervous at RCA Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. His session band includes James Burton on guitar, Jim Horn on Sax, Delaney Bramlett on bass and Mickey Conway on drums. Despite the success of Whitcomb's previous disc, You Turn Me On, this one will bomb.
Frank Sinatra, Barbara Stanwyck and other celebrities attend a ceremony at Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA, to thank Elvis Presley for donating $50,000 to the Motion Picture Relief Fund.
Elvis Presley continues recording tracks for the soundtrack to the film Paradise Hawaiian Style at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley is filming his next movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley is filming his next movie, Paradise Hawaiian Style at Paramount Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Elvis Presley releases a new album, Elvis For Everyone, in the UK on RCA Victor.
Elvis Presley makes a donation of $50,000 to various charitable organisations in and around Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
MGM extends its existing three film contract with Elvis Presley to include four more movies at a fee of $850,000 each.
Elvis Presley releases a new single, Spinout, in the USA on RCA Records.
In Memphis, Tennessee, USA, Elvis Presley wraps up a selection of his favourite old 78s, to give to his guitarist Scotty Moore, who he has asked to copy them onto tape. The collection includes Ain't It A Shame by Fats Domino, Reconsider Baby by Lowell Fulson, Corrine Corrina by Joe Turner, Matchbox by Carl Perkins along with 22 others.
The second day of the three-day long Sky River Rock Festival, is held in fields near Sultan, Washington, USA. Acts playing over the three days include Santana, Big Mama Thornton, James Cotton, Country Joe And The Fish, Richard Pryor, Dino Valenti, Byron Pope, It's a Beautiful Day, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Alice Stuart Thomas, The Youngbloods, New Lost City Ramblers, and local groups such as Juggernaut and Easy Chair. On the last day, The Grateful Dead arrive unscheduled.
Elvis Presley continues with his four-week second season at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Amanda Blake, Charley Pride and Mickey Mantle appear on popular country music tv show Hee Haw in the USA.
Elvis Presley buys eleven Cadillacs from Madison Cadillac, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, to give to friends, relatives and associates.
Elvis Presley collapses while sitting on his toilet in Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, after ingesting a cocktail of drugs including Morphine, Demerol, Chloropheniramine, Placidyl, Valium, Codeine, Ethinamate, Quaaludes and an unidentified barbiturate. He dies later in the day at the Baptist Memorial Hospital.
His death will inspire numerous songs including Elvis Ain't Dead by Scouting For Girls, Elvis Is Dead by Peter And The Test Tube Babies, Elvis Is Dead by Living Colour, Dead Elvis by The Doug Anthony All Stars, Dead Elvis by Michael Daugherty and The Day Elvis Died by Boxcar Willie.
Read More
The first of three nights of the International Festival Of Country Music is held at Wembley Arena, London, UK. Artists appearing include Billy Armstrong, Bobby Bare, Moe Bandy, Boxcar Willie, Jeannie Denver, Ray Dexter, Lonnie Donegan, The Drifting Cowboys, Floyd Cramer, Dottsy, Buddy Emmons, Barbara Fairchild, Freddy Fender, Ken and Billie Ford, Crystal Gayle, Don Gibson, Gloria, Terri Hollowell, Jana Jay, Sleepy LaBeef, Ray Lynam & The Hillbillies, Charlie McCoy, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie Milsap, Vernon Oxford, Poacher, Ronnie Prophet, Marty Robbins, Lanie Smallwood, Billie Jo Spears, Joe Stampley, Conway Twitty, Frank Yonco and Tammy Wynette. The image appearing with this entry comes from the diary of Johnny Black, who was a press officer at CBS at the time.
An 85-page report, claiming that Elvis Presley's manager, Col Tom Parker, defrauded Presley out of $2.7m, is presented to a court in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
The Go-Go's play in Charlevois, Mississippi, USA.
A 13-mile stretch of Highway 23 in Itawamba County, Mississippi, USA, is renamed in honour of Tammy Wynette, who was born in the county.
Rhythm and blues singer Tyrone Davis dies aged 66 in Chicago, Illinois, USA, four months after suffering a stroke that had left him in a coma.
B.B.King plays the second of two nights in Pickens, Mississippi, USA.
Magic Slim and John Primer play at Buddy Guy's Legends Club, Chicago, illinois, USA.
Mose Allison begins a week of shows at Jazz Alley, Seattle, Washington, USA.
A temporary restraining order against Britney SpearS is lodged - allegedly - in the District Court of Tampa, Florida, USA by Christopher Federline, brother of Spears' ex-husband Kevin Federline. The legal action is reported to claim, among other things, that Christopher Federline slept with Britney while she was married to his brother and he is thus the biological father of her son Sean Preston.
Internationally successful German bandleader James Last dies, aged 86, in Palm Beach, Florida, USA. In a recording career that started in the 1960s, Last sold over 100m albums and scored 52 hit records in Britain alone between 1967 and 1986, a total only bested by Elvis Presley.
Mayor Adrian Perkins of the town of Shreveport, Louisiana, USA, issues an apology to the family of singer Sam Cooke. In 1963, while on a tour of the southern states, Sam Cooke was arrested in Shreveport, for trying to procure lodgings in a whites-only motel. He had tried both the local Holiday Inn and The Royal Hotel. When the press got wind of the story, Cooke found himself hailed as a civil rights spokesman. This encounter, and others in Memphis and Birmingham, inspired Cooke to write his anthemic A Change Is Gonna Come.
Country music's first black superstar, Charley Pride, dies aged 86 from complications of coronavirus in Dallas Texas, USA.