This Day in Music History

In 1952
Sun Records in Memphis releases its first record, “Drivin’ Slow” by Johnny London. He was a 16-year-old black saxophone player.
In 1957
12-year-old Brenda Lee debuts on the Country charts with “One Step At A Time.”
In 1958
CBS Laboratories announces a new stereophonic record that was mono compatible, playable on both mono and stereo phonographs.
In 1965
“I Can’t Explain” by the Who and “The Last Time” by the Rolling Stones both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1965
“Stop! In The Name Of Love” by the Supremes is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1967
The Rolling Stones are pelted with bottles, chairs and fireworks while performing in Sweden.
In 1967
The Young Rascals record “Groovin’.”
In 1967
The British music industry awards John Lennon & Paul McCartney the Ivor Novello Award for writing “Michelle.”
In 1968
Tom Jones performs on TV’s “Jonathan Winters Show.”
In 1968
1950’s Blues giant Little Willie John dies of pneumonia while in prison at age 31.
In 1971
“If” by Bread, “I Am I Said” by Neil Diamond, and “Sweet & Innocent” by Donny Osmond all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1972
Elvis Presley records hs last major hit, “Burning Love.”
In 1973
The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia is stopped for speeding and LSD possession.
In 1973
Rolling Stone says Carlos Santana changed his name to Devadip, which meant “The Lamp of the Light of the Supreme.” Santana had become a disciple of Sri Chinmoy.
In 1973
Alice Cooper’s album “Billion Dollar Babies” is certified gold.
In 1975
Linda Ronstadt appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1976
“Dream Weaver” by Gary Wright peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1979
Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd in Tucson, Arizona. She was Beatle George Harrison’s ex-wife and inspired Clapton’s song, “Layla.”
In 1982
Ronnie Lane, formerly of Small Faces, Faces and Chance, is admitted to the hospital for treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.
In 1984
Cyndi Lauper’s single “Time After Time” is released.
In 1986
Van Halen plays its first show with Sammy Hagar as lead singer.
In 1987
A South River, New Jersey, high school student is suspended for wearing a t-shirt that said “To Hell With The Devil,” promoting the Christian rock group Stryker.
In 1987
U2 recreates the Beatles’ famous rooftop concert while shooting the video for “Where The Streets Have No Name” in downtown Los Angeles.
In 1988
Tina Turner gave what she called her last live performance in Osaka, Japan. It included a surprise performance by Mick Jagger who sang “Honky Tonk Women” with her.
In 1989
Revolutionary Comics features an issue with Guns N’ Roses.
In 1991
Donnie Wahlberg of the New Kids on the Block is arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, on arson charges. He allegedly poured vodka on a hotel carpet and set it on fire. The singer pleaded innocent and was freed on bail.
In 1992
At a concert in Detroit, U2 orders 10,000 pizzas for the audience, but only about 100 arrived.
In 1992
Bruce Springsteen’s albums “Human Touch” and “Lucky Town” are released.
In 1992
Wynonna earns her first #1 single as a soloist with “She Is His Only Need.”
In 1992
Alabama’s “Greatest Hits Volume 2” is certified gold.
In 1995
Elton John and Tim Rice win the Best Song Oscar for “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” from “The Lion King.”
In 1995
The Cranberries’ album “No Need To Argue” goes triple platinum.
In 1997
The Rolling Stones’ video “Rock And Roll Circus” is certified gold and platinum.
In 1998
Alice Cooper breaks ground for his sports and rock & roll-themed restaurant in Phoenix.
In 1998
The Backstreet Boys’ single “Everybody” is released.
In 1998
Van Morrison’s album “Avalon Sunset” is certified gold, while Marcy Playground’s CD “Marcy Playground” goes platinum.
In 1999
The Bee Gees wrap up their “One Night Only” tour by playing the inaugural concert at Sydney’s new Olympic Stadium.
In 2000
UK pub-rocker Ian Dury, 57, dies after a long battle with cancer.
In 2002
Lyle Lovett suffers a compound fracture to his lower right leg when he is trampled by a bull at his uncle’s farm near Houston.