Today in 1961, Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis.
Today in 1966, Gene Clark announced he was leaving the Byrds because of his fear of flying.
Today in 1969, Jim Morrison of the Doors was arrested on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior during a concert at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami.
Morrison was found guilty and sentenced to eight months hard labor.
He was appealing the charges when he died in 1971.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist gave Morrison a posthumous pardon in 2010.
Today in 1975, the Grammy Awards handed out Grammys for a Paul McCartney single and the Stevie Wonder album “Fulfillingness First Finale”:
The number one British single today in 1980:
Today in 1986, Mr. Mister had the number one album, “Welcome to the Real World,” and single:
Today in 1990, Janet Jackson began her Rhythm Nation 1814 tour in Miami with a live panther.
Jackson fired the panther later in the spring over crowd safety concerns and the fact the panther kept urinating on the stage.
The winner of three Grammys today in 1995
Today in 1997, a New Jersey judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Motley Crue concert-goer who claimed his hearing had been irreparably damaged.
The judge said the man, who had sat in front of the stage, knew the risk he was taking.
Birthdays begin with Harry Belafonte:
Jerry Fisher sang for Blood Sweat and Tears:
Mike d’Abo sang for Manfred Mann:
Roger Daltrey of the Who:
One death of note today in 2005: Chris Curtis, drummer for the Searchers: