This Day in Music History

In 1959
Blues great Billie Holiday dies of an herion overdose.
In 1965
ABC-TV airs a portion of the Beatles’ “Help!”
In 1965
“Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” by James Brown, “The Tracks Of My Tears” by the Miracles and “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1967
Jimi Hendrix opens for the Monkees in Forest Hills, New York.
In 1968
The Beatles’ animated film “Yellow Submarine” premieres in London.
In 1971
“Sweet Hitch-Hiker” by Creedence Clearwater Revival, “I Just Want To Celebrate” by Rare Earth and “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1972
The Rolling Stones cancel a Montreal concert when an equipment truck carrying their sound system is bombed.
In 1974
The Moody Blues open their own studio in London. It was the first studio designed for quadrophonic recording.
In 1974
The U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service Board denies John Lennon’s appeal and ordered him to leave the country within 60 days.
In 1975
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards appear on the cover of Rolling Stone.
In 1975
Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox are divorced.
In 1976
“Magic Man” by Heart enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1978
Carly Simon appears on the cover of People magazine.
In 1979
Gary Moore leaves Thin Lizzy again, and is replaced by Midge Ure.
In 1980
The album “The Boss” by Diana Ross is certified gold.
In 1982
Rick Springfield appears on the cover of TV Guide.
In 1986
About 15 people are injured outside a Run DMC show in Long Beach, California.
In 1987
Ozzy Osbourne begins a 16-week tour of prisons and debuts his metal version of “Jailhouse Rock.”
In 1987
Keith Richards signs a solo deal with Virgin Records.
In 1991
A revamped Lynyrd Skynyrd opens their world tour in Baton Rouge, LA.
In 1991
James Brown is honored by his home state of Georgia for his comeback following two years in prison.
In 1992
Guns N’ Roses launches a 25-concert tour with Metallica.
In 1994
Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley find some stolen Kiss costumes during a surprise visit to a Kiss convention in Pontiac, Michigan.
In 1995
Carole King’s album “Tapestry,” released in 1971, is certified platinum for the tenth time.
In 1996
Animals’ bassist Chas Chandler dies in a British hospital at age 57.
In 1996
The Smashing Pumpkins, a group known for their anti-drug stance, fires drummer Jimmy Chamberlin after he was arrested on a drug charge.
In 1996
Alice In Chains’ album “Unplugged” is released.
In 1996
Tony Braxton’s single “You’re Makin’ Me High” is certified gold and platinum while the Goo Goo Dolls’ album “A Boy Named Goo” goes double platinum.
In 1998
Marc Hunter, lead singer with Dragon, dies after a 9-month battle with throat cancer. He was 44.
In 1998
The Smashing Pumpkins perform a free show at a block party in downtown Minneapolis.
In 1998
Next’s album “Rated Next” is certified platinum.