This Day in Music History

In 1955
RCA buys Elvis Presley’s contract from Sun Records for $40,000.
In 1959
Miles Davis and Gil Evans team in the studio to record theirclassic collaboration “Sketches of Spain.”
In 1961
Bob Dylan begins his first recording session for his self-titled debut album.
In 1963
In Reading, England, 3000 copies of the new album “With TheBeatles” are stolen from a parked delivery van outside a record store.
In 1964
For the second time in less than 4 months, the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger is fined by an English court for various driving offenses.
In 1965
“The Sounds Of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965
“I Hear A Symphony” by the Supremes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1969
The Rolling Stones open a 4-night stand at New York’s MadisonSquare Garden. The concerts yielded the “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out” album.
In 1971
“Inner City Blues” becomes the third #1 R&B single from Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” album.
In 1971
“Theme From Shaft” by Isaac Hayes hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1972
Neil Diamond’s album “Hot August Night” is released.
In 1973
Who drummer Keith Moon collapses twice onstage while performing in San Francisco. Pete Townshend pulls a 19-year-old out of the audience to play the last three songs.
In 1973
Comedian/songwriter, Allan Sherman (Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh)dies of respiratory ailments at age 48.
In 1975
The Who kick off a month-long American tour in Houston.
In 1975
Ringo Starr’s album “Blast From Your Past” is released.
In 1976
Paul Simon appears on “Saturday Night Live” in a turkey outfit.
In 1976
“Blinded By The Light” by Manfred Mann enters the U.S. top 40chart.
In 1979
“Don’t Bring Me Down” by Electric Light Orchestra is certifiedgold.
In 1981
Ringo Starr’s album “Stop & Smell The Roses” is released.
In 1984
Michael Jackson receives a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
In 1987
Sheena Easton guests as Don Johnson’s new lover on “Miami Vice.”
In 1987
Prince’s third movie “Sign O’ The Times” opens.
In 1991
The Rolling Stones sign a $45 million deal with Virgin Records making them the highest paid rock group.
In 1991
Queen’s Freddie Mercury is cremated during a private funeral in London. He’d died of AIDS three days earlier.
In 1992
Pink Floyd’s album “Shine On” is released.
In 1993
Augusta, Georgia, dedicates “James Brown Boulevard.”
In 1994
David Crosby undergoes a liver transplant operation at the UCLA Medical Center. (He makes a full recovery.)
In 1995
The Beatles’ “Free As A Bird” video begins airing on MTV and VH-1.
In 1995
“Actual Miles – Don Henley’s Greatest Hits” album is released.
In 1995
Eric Clapton’s album “Cream Of Clapton” is certified gold.
In 1996
Prince gives an unannounced concert at a Chicago, IL, album release party for his triple-CD album set “Emancipation.”
In 1998
Alanis Morisette does an in store performance for the opening of a Tower records store in Buenos Aires. Proceeds from the sale of her album that day were donated to a local children’s hospital.
In 1999
Patty Loveless travels aboard a CSX Transportation train bearing gifts to families along a route from her hometown of Pikeville, Kentucky, to Kingsport, Tennessee.
In 1999
Celine Dion appears on the cover of TV Guide.
In 2000
Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and Brian McKnight are among the performers who take part in the third annual “Soul Train” Christmas Starfest in Santa Monica, CA.
In 2001
Deana Carter’s first holiday album, “Father Christmas,” is released on her own Deanatone Records.
In 2003
Producer Phil Spector is charged with murder in the shooting death of a woman at his home the previous February.
In 2003
Michael Jackson surrenders to police and was taken in handcuffs to the Santa Barbara County, CA, jail to face multiple counts of child molestation.
In 2003
George Harrison is among those to be inducted into the 2004 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Also in the class were Prince, Jackson Browne, Bob Seger, Traffic, ZZ Top and the Dells.