Monday, February 20, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1816 Rossini's opera "The Barber of Seville" premieres in Rome.

In 1939 Harry James records "Ciribiribin."

In 1959 The Platters make their debut on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand," performing "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes."

In 1959 Tennessee Ernie Ford's album "Hymns" is certified gold.

In 1960 Bill Haley & The Comets perform "Shake, Rattle & Roll" on Dick Clark's Saturday Night TV show.

In 1961 "Surrender" by Elvis Presley enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1965 The Moody Blues' first single "Go Now" enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1965 "Eight Days A Week" by the Beatles and "Stop! In the Name of Love" by the Supremes both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1965 "This Diamond Ring" by Gary Lewis and the Playboys hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1965 Al Hirt's album "Sugar Lips" is certified gold.

In 1967 Ringo Starr and John Lennon attend a Chuck Berry concert.

In 1968 Ringo Starr appears in his first non-Beatles movie, the X-rated "Candy." The soundtrack contained Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride."

In 1968 Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 appear on "The Joey Bishop Show."

In 1971 Marvin Gaye's classic "What's Goin' On" enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1974 Cher files for separation from Sonny Bono in Santa Monica, CA.

In 1974 "Until You Come Back To Me" by Aretha Franklin is certified gold.

In 1975 Alice Cooper's album "Welcome To My Nightmare" is released.

In 1976 The members of Kiss sink their feet into the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

In 1976 A New York court rules that John Lennon's verbal contract with Roulette Records to release an album of rock & roll hits from the 1950's was invalid since he was already under contract with Capitol.

In 1982 Carnegie Hall begins a $20 million renovation project.

In 1982 Pat Benatar weds her guitarist Neal Geraldo in Hawaii.

In 1982 "Freeze Frame" by the J. Geils Band enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1986 Stevie Wonder appears as himself on "The Cosby Show." His performance would be nominated for an Emmy Award.

In 1987 Cat Stevens settles a $5 million lawsuit with the London Globe over the headline "Cat Stevens Joins The Evil Ayatollah."

In 1988 Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner perform together for the first time since their 1974 breakup.

In 1988 "Seasons Change" by Expose is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1991 Mariah Carey wins Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and for Best Female Pop Vocal for her debut single "Vision of Love."

In 1992 Paula Abdul and actor Emilio Estevez announce their engagement.

In 1993 "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston logged its 14th and final week at #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart, beating Boyz II Men's "End Of The Road" for the longest stay there.

In 1995 Authorities in Westchester, NY, order Mariah Carey and her husband to apply for a dam permit after they built two huge twin ponds on their Long Island estate.

In 1996 Snoop Doggy Dogg and his former bodyguard are acquitted of murder in the shooting death of gang member.

In 1996 Almost 50 artists including Gloria Estefan sue Amway for using their work without permission on motivational tapes.

In 1996 Alanis Morissette's single "Ironic" is released.

In 1998 Sugar Ray's album "Floored" is certified double platinum.

In 2000 Garth Brooks begins training with the New York Mets.

In 2003 Great White guitarist Ty Longley is among the 96 people killed when the band's pyrotechnics display sets a West Warwick, RI, nightclub on fire destroying the building.

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