This Day in Music History
In 1954 Elvis Presley makes one of his first professional appearances at
Overton Park in Memphis, TN, singing "That's All Right (Mama)."
In 1959 Four members of the Platters are arrested after being found in the
company of alleged prostitutes.
In 1959 "A Big Hunk Of Love" by Elvis Presley hits #1 on the U.S. top 40
chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1963 "Blue Velvet" by Bobby Vinton enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1963 "Fingertips Pt. 2" by Little Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the U.S. top
40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1964 Louis Armstrong's album "Hello, Dolly!" is certified gold.
In 1966 The Young Rascals appear on TV's "Where The Action Is."
In 1968 "Magic Bus" by the Who enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968 Mick Jagger appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1970 Jim Morrison is tried on charges of profanity and indecent exposure
while performing at a Doors concert in Miami. He is eventually found
guilty and receives 6 months in jail.
In 1971 The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band begins recording their triple album "Will
The Circle Be Unbroken" in Nashville.
In 1971 "Don't Pull Your Love" by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds is
In 1972 Paul & Linda McCartney are arrested for drug possession in
Gothenburg, Sweden. Paul is fined $1000 and Linda $200. Paul said,
"This will make good publicity for our concert tonight."
In 1974 Tavares opens for the Jackson Five in St. Louis.
In 1974 "Feel Like Makin' Love" by Roberta Flack is #1 on the U.S. top 40
In 1975 Manhattan Transfer begins a summer variety series on CBS-TV.
In 1976 Elton John opens a sold-out 7-night series of concerts at Madison
Square Garden in New York.
In 1982 Frank & Moon Unit Zappa appear on "Late Night With David Letterman."
In 1982 "Southside" Johnny Lyon, leader of the Asbury Jukes, marries Jill
Glassner in Asbury Park, NJ.
In 1985 Duran Duran's lead singer Simon LeBon's boat capsizes off the coast
of England during a race. He's rescued by the Royal Navy.
In 1985 "Like A Virgin" by Madonna becomes the first solo album by a female
artist to be certified for sales of five million copies.
In 1985 Madonna appears on the cover of TV Guide.
In 1993 Long Island songwriter Gary Zimmerman files a $10 million lawsuit
against Billy Joel, claiming the hit song "River of Dreams" was
stolen from one of his tunes.
In 1993 Al Hirt undergoes gallbladder surgery in Metairie, LA.
In 1994 Sting announces a world tour that would open in Jerusalem.
In 1995 Van Halen appears on the "Late Show With David Letterman."
In 1995 Jimmy Buffett sings at a birthday celebration for President Clinton
at the White House.
In 1995 Michael Jackson's single "You Are Not Alone" and Brandy's single
"Broken Hearted" are both released.
In 1996 AT&T software problems caused some Pearl Jam fans to get busy
signals when they tried to buy tickets for a concert at the
University of Toledo.
In 1998 Cher's album "Heart of Stone" is certified triple platinum.
In 1999 Carnie Wilson has gastric bypass surgery and broadcast it on the
In 1999 Destiny Child's album "Writing's On The Wall" is released.
In 1999 "Genie In A Bottle" by Christina Aguilera is certified gold and
In 2000 Dave Matthews marries Ashley Harper.
In 2001 Cyndi Thomson makes her Grand Ole Opry debut.
In 2001 Martie Seidel of the Dixie Chicks marries Ireland-based college
professor Gareth Maguire.