1957: American Bandstand, with 26 year old host Dick Clark, premiered on the ABC television network. The program had been broadcast locally on Philadelphia station WFIL since 1952. The first record Clark played on the network debut show was "That'll Be the Day" by Buddy Holly and his first guests were The Chordettes. The smooth talking Clark hosted the show until 1989 when he was replaced by David Hirsch, but the program would be canceled five months later.
1984: Prince started a 24 week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 chart with his sixth album, "Purple Rain". The RIAA lists it as having gone Platinum 13 times over.
1963: The Beach Boys release "Surfer Girl", which would climb to #7 in the US by September. It was the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote and the first one he produced. Its flip-side, "Little Deuce Coupe", proved to be The Beach Boys' most successful B-side, reaching #15 in America and becoming a hot rod classic.
1975: The Eagles enjoy the second of their five Billboard #1 hits with "One Of These Nights", as the album of the same name led the Hot 200 Albums chart. The single, which featured Don Felder's classic guitar solo, reached #23 in the UK.
1987: Bob Seger's "Shakedown" hits #1 on the US Pop singles chart. The song would be nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but lost both to Dirty Dancing's "(I've Had) The Time of My Life".