This Day in Music History

In 1955
“Ballad Of Davy Crockett” by Tennessee Ernie Ford enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1957
Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.
In 1958
Simon & Garfunkel’s first single “Hey Schoolgirl” is released under the name Tom & Jerry.
In 1962
Elvis Presley records “She’s Not You” in Nashville.
In 1966
Nancy Sinatra sings “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” on TV’s “Hollywood Place.”
In 1966
“Gloria” by Shadows of Knight enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1966
“19th Nervous Breakdown” by the Rolling Stones peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1968
Donovan travels to India to study transcendental meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
In 1968
Dean Martin’s album “Houston” and Jimi Hendrix’s album “Are You Experienced?” are both certified gold.
In 1970
“Here come the flat top, he come groovin’ up slowly.” Rolling Stone among others report the opening lyrics to the Beatles’ “Come Together” are identical to Chuck Berry’s “You Can’t Catch Me.”
In 1970
David Bowie marries Mary Angela Barnett.
In 1970
Sly & the Family Stone appear on the cover of Rolling Stone.
In 1974
Jefferson Airplane becomes Jefferson Starship.
In 1976
Former Free guitarist Paul Kossoff dies on a London-to-New York plane flight of unknown causes.
In 1976
Helen Reddy hosts NBC-TV’s “The Midnight Special” with guests Melissa Manchester, Chaka Kahn (Rufus) and Peter Frampton.
In 1979
Billy Joel appears on the cover of People magazine.
In 1980
Elvis Presley’s autopsy is subpoenaed. Presley’s doctor, George Nichopoulos, is later found guilty of overprescribing drugs.
In 1981
tyx’s album “Paradise Theatre” is certified gold.
In 1982
Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist, is killed in a freak airplane accident. Rhoads and two others were in a light plane which buzzed Osbourne’s tour bus, clipped a wing and crashed into a house.
In 1984
Duran Duran plays to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden.
In 1985
Spin magazine publishes its first issue.
In 1985
Twisted Sister’s album “Stay Hungry” goes double platinum.
In 1988
Michael Jackson buys a $28 million ranch in Santa Ynez, CA, where he builds a small zoo and amusement park.
In 1990
Roxette’s single “It Must Have Been Love” is released.
In 1991
Eric Claptin’s album “Journeyman” is certified double platinum.
In 1993
Duran Duran’s single “Ordinary World” goes gold.
In 1994
Irlene Mandrell and Rob Pincus get married.
In 1994
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo become parents to daughter Anna Juliana.
In 1995
35,000 fans show up for a Pearl Jam concert in Melbourne, Australia, in a venue designed to hold only 13,000.
In 1996
The Beatles’ CD “The Beatles Anthology II” goes on sale.
In 1996
Monica’s “Before You Walk Out Of My Life” is certified platinum.
In 1999
Country singer George Jones, 67, leaves the hospital 13 days after a near fatal traffic accident.
In 2007
Luther Ingram (If Loving You Is Wrong I Don’t Want to Be Right) dies of heart failure. He was 69.