This Day in Music History

In 1955
A Dot Records ad in Billboard introduces “A Great New Voice — Pat Boone” singing “Tra-La-La” and “Two Hearts.”
In 1958
Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records to become Columbia Record’s first rockabilly artist.
In 1958
The Miracles’ first single, “Got A Job,” is released.
In 1964
The UK ships a half ton of Beatle wigs to the U.S. to meet demands of the fans.
In 1964
Simon & Garfunkel complete work on the original version of “Sounds of Silence.”
In 1966
“Lightnin’ Strikes” by Lou Christie is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1967
John Lennon and Ringo Starr see Del Shannon in concert at the Saville Theatre in London.
In 1969
“Worst That Can Happen” by Brooklyn Bridge is certified gold.
In 1970
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart guest star on ABC-TV’s “Bewitched.”
In 1972
Paul McCartney’s single “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” isreleased and is immediately banned by the BBC.
In 1972
“A Horse With No Name” by America enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1972
“Without You” by Nilsson hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart andstayed there for 4 weeks.
In 1972
Elton John’s album “Madman Across The Water” is certified gold.
In 1974
Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller host the first “American Music Awards.”
In 1976
Singer Rick Stevens of Tower of Power turns himself into San Jose, California, police in connection with a triple murder case.
In 1977
Stevie Wonder wins his third straight Album of the Year Grammy for “Songs In The Key Of Life.” George Benson’s “This Masquerade” is named Best Record and Starland Vocal Band is Best New Artist.
In 1977
“Blinded By The Light” by Manfred Mann is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1980
After an all-night drinking binge, AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott dies of alcohol poisoning. (He would be replaced by Brian Johnson.)
In 1981
George Harrison is found guilty of subconsciously plagiarizing”He’s So Fine” when writing “My Sweet Lord.” He’s ordered to pay$587,000.
In 1981
Dolly Parton’s single “9 To 5” is certified gold.
In 1981
The Police appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1983
Kris Kristofferson weds Lisa Meyers.
In 1983
“She Blinded Me With Science” by Thomas Dolby enters the U.S. top40 chart.
In 1983
“Baby, Come To Me” by Patti Austin with James Ingram hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1985
Mick Jagger’s first solo album, “She’s The Boss” is released.
In 1987
Cinderella’s album “Night Songs” is certified double platinum.
In 1991
Public Enemy announces they will boycott the 1991 Grammy Awards because the rap award would not be presented during the live TV ceremony.
In 1992
Ray Charles is inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
In 1994
Crash Test Dummies perform on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.”
In 1994
“Streets Of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1995
Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee marries actress Pamela Anderson.
In 1995
Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea become parents to son Jesse James Louis.
In 1996
Singer Jarvis Cocker disrupts Michael Jackson’s Brit Awards performance in England to protest what he calls Jackson’s self-importance.”
In 1998
Everclear launches a concert tour in Sacramento.
In 1998
Louis Marshall “Grandpa” Jones, 84, co-star of TV’s “Hee-Haw” and host of the Grand Ole Opry, dies from complications of a strokehe’d suffered a month earlier.
In 1998
Melissa Etheridge’s album “Your Little Secret” goes doubleplatinum.
In 1999
Elton John begins his first-ever solo American tour, just him and a piano, in Roanoke, Virginia.
In 1999
Willie Nelson’s film “Red Headed Stranger” premieres in Austin.
In 2001
The Backstreet Boys take the stage at Denver’s Pepsi Center without Kevin Richardson, who couldn’t make it because of weather-related airport delays.
In 2002
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee.

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