Friday, February 17, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1904 Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" premieres in Milan, Italy.

In 1952 Johnny Cash earns his first #1 record with "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen."

In 1955 Little Richard sends his first audition tape to Specialty Records.

In 1958 "Good Golly Miss Molly" by Little Richard and "Sweet Little Sixteen" by Chuck Berry both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1960 Elvis Presley receives his first gold album for "Elvis."

In 1962 "Surfin'" by the Beach Boys enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1962 "Duke Of Earl" by Gene Chandler hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.

In 1964 The first Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass concert is held in Los Angeles, CA.

In 1967 The Beatles' single "Penny Lane" b/w "Strawberry Fields Forever" is released in the UK.

In 1968 The Temptations perform on TV's "Hollywood Palace."

In 1969 Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash begin collaboration on a recording project in Nashville.

In 1970 Joni Mitchell announces at a concert at London's Royal Albert Hall that she would not perform live again. But before the year was out, she performed at the Isle of Wight Festival.

In 1971 James Taylor makes his primetime television debut on the "Johnny Cash Show," singing "Fire & Rain" and "Carolina On My Mind."

In 1972 Pink Floyd opens the first of 3 nights of performances at the Rainbow Theater in London during which they premiere selections from their upcoming album "Dark Side Of The Moon."

In 1972 "Sunshine" by Jonathan Edwards is certified gold.

In 1973 "Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando and Dawn enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1975 John Lennon's album "Rock 'N Roll" is released, his last LP until "Double Fantasy" in 1980.

In 1976 Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatrical society gives its annual "Woman of the Year" award to Bette Midler.

In 1976 The Eagles' album "Greatest Hits 1971-75" is released.

In 1979 The Clash open their first U.S. tour with the song "I'm So Bored With The U.S.A."

In 1982 Jazz great Thelonious Monk ("Round Midnight") dies at age 64.

In 1982 Simon & Garfunkel's album "The Concert In Central Park" is released.

In 1987 Sly Stone is jailed in Los Angeles on two warrants stemming from drug charges in Los Angeles and in Florida.

In 1988 A 12-year-old Motley Crue fan set his legs on fire trying to duplicate a stunt in the group's "Live Wire" video. The band issued a statement saying that their stunts should not be tried at home.

In 1989 Whitesnake's David Coverdale marries actress/model Tawny Kitaen.

In 1990 Aerosmith guests on "Saturday Night Live" and discusses politics on "Wayne's World."

In 1992 More than 50 fans are injured in a stampede at a New Kids On The Block concert in Seoul, South Korea. One teenage girl later died of her injuries.

In 1994 ZZ Top's album "Greatest Hits" by is certified double platinum.

In 1995 R.E.M's Michael Stipe forms Single Cell Pictures, a film production company in Hollywood.

In 1999 Whitney Houston's single "Heartbreak Hotel" is certified gold and Britney Spears' CD "...Baby One More Time" goes double platinum.

In 2000 Poison's album "Greatest Hits 1986-1996" goes platinum, while Santana's CD "Supernatural" is certified platinum foor the 8th time.

In 2001 Brad Paisley joins the Grand Ole Opry.

In 2006 Singer William Cowsill of The Cowsills ("The Rain, The Park & Other Things), which inspired "The Partridge Family," dies at 58.

In 2014 Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies from health complications that led to heart failure.

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