1954 - Jermaine Jackson, the older brother of Michael & Janet Jackson, a member of Jackson Five and known for his solo work is born in Gary, Indiana
- The Marvelettes, Motown’s first successful female vocal group, scores a #1 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “Please Mr. Postman”
- Sam Cooke, considered one of the founders and pioneers of soul music, dies from a gunshot wound at the age of 33
- DJ Yella, one of the founding members of iconic rap group N.W.A. is born Antoine Carraby in Compton, California
- NBC broadcast a musical-variety special entitled Movin’ With Nancy. In addition to the Emmy Award-winning musical performances, the show is notable for Nancy Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. greeting each other with a kiss, one of the first black-white kisses in U.S. television history
- Janet Jackson’s “Again” begins a two week run atop Billboard’s Hot 100, her second number one single of the year
- Snoop Doggy Dogg’s debut album “Doggystyle” debuts at number-one on the Billboard 200 album chart.
- Donna Summer performs at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, in honor of United States President Barack Obama. She was backed by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra.
- Billboard Magazine list Beyoncé Knowles as the most successful female artist and the top Radio Artist of the decade of the 2000s.