This Day in Music History

In 1954 “Three Coins In The Fountain” by Frank Sinatra enters the U.S. top
40 chart.
In 1958 “Rave On” by Buddy Holly enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1962 “Stranger On The Shore” by Mr. Acker Bilk is #1 on the U.S. top 40
chart.
In 1965 The Rolling Stones appear on TV’s “Shindig!” along with Jackie
DeShannon, Sonny & Cher and Jimmie Rodgers.
In 1966 Bob Dylan’s often-bootlegged performance takes place at London’s
Royal Albert Hall.
In 1968 Guitarist Little Willie John dies of pneumonia in the Washington
State Penitentiary at age 30.
In 1969 At Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin
their second “Bed-in For Peace.”
In 1969 Janis Joplin appears on the cover of Newsweek magazine.
In 1970 The Beatles’ album “Let It Be” is certified gold.
In 1971 Don McLean records “American Pie.”
In 1973 Bruce Springsteen’s first single, “Spirit In The Night,” is
released. The Springsteen composition would be covered by Manfred
Mann in 1977.
In 1973 “Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1973 “Frankenstein” by Edgar Winter Group is #1 on the U.S. top 40
chart.
In 1973 “The Beatles 1967-1970” album hits #1 on the U.S. albums chart.
In 1974 Over 1000 people are treated at a first-aid station during a David
Cassidy concert at London’s White City stadium.
In 1976 Bob Marley and the Wailers play the L.A Roxy in a concert Rolling
Stone magazine proclaims as one of the best ever.
In 1977 The Sex Pistols’ “God Save The Queen” is released in the UK.
In 1979 Bette Midler performs on NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live.”
In 1979 “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1980 Mac Davis appears on the cover of People magazine.
In 1982 Bobby Darin is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1984 “Dancing In The Dark” by Bruce Springsteen, “Infatuation” by Rod
Stewart and “Sunglasses At Night” by Corey Hart all enter the U.S.
top 40 chart.
In 1984 “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Williams hits #1 on the U.S.
top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1988 The Beach Boys’ album “Made In The U.S.A” is certified gold.
In 1989 The estate of Roy Orbison is sued by a music publishing company,
which claimed the late singer had failed to meet his commitments
under a contract signed in 1985.
In 1990 David Bowie is sued by his ex-wife Angela for $56 million.
In 1990 Nikki Sixx and Brandi Brandt are married.
In 1990 “Step By Step” by New Kids On The Block enters the U.S. top 40
chart.
In 1990 For the first time, the top 5 on the U.S. top 40 chart are all
female: 1) “Vogue” by Madonna, 2) “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To
You” by Heart, 3) “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Sinead O’Connor, 4)
“Hold On” by Wilson Phillips and 5) “Alright” by Janet Jackson.
In 1993 Singapore lifts its longtime ban on Classic Rock songs by the
Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chicago and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
In 1993 An unauthorized biography claims that Mick Jagger’s bedmates have
ranged from Madonna to Princess Margaret to Eric Clapton.
In 1994 Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley are married in a secret
ceremony in the Dominican Republic. (Lisa Marie files for a divorce
20 months later citing irreconcilable differences.)
In 1994 The Temptations mark the 30th anniversity of the group’s first hit
song with a show at New York’s Apollo Theater.
In 1995 Rapper Flavor Flav of Public Enemy is sentenced to three months in
jail for firing a gun at a neighbor in his New York apartment.
In 1998 The Moody Blues launch a 27-city U.S. concert tour in San Diego.
In 2001 Loretta Lynn opens her Coal Miner’s Daughter Museum in Hurricane
Mills, Tennessee.
In 2001 Tom DeLonge of Blink 182 marries Jennifer Jenkins.
In 2001 The Backstreet Boys appear on the cover of TV Guide.
In 2004 Toby Keith is the big winner at the 39th annual Academy of Country
Music Awards, taking home four honors, including Entertainer of the
Year and Male Vocalist.
In 2004 Fantasia Barrino is named winner of the third edition of “American
Idol,” beating out Diana DeGarmo.

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