Thursday, March 23, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1743 George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" is performed in London.

In 1792 Joseph Haydn's Symphony Number 94 in G Major, also known as the "Surprise Symphony," is performed for the first time in London.

In 1891 The first jazz concert is held at Carnegie Hall.

In 1923 Frank Silver & Irving Cohn release "Yes, We Have No Bananas."

In 1963 Dion ("Runaround Sue") marries Sue Butterfield.

In 1963 "Surfin' USA" by the Beach Boys and "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1963 "Our Day Will Come" by Ruby & The Romantics is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1964 "In His Own Write," John Lennon's first poetry book, is published in Britain.

In 1965 Jr. Walker & the All Stars, Gene Pitney and the Moody Blues perform on TV's "Hullabaloo."

In 1968 "Lady Madonna" by the Beatles, "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro and "The Unicorn" by the Irish Rovers all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1969 Anita Bryant, Jackie Gleason and Kate Smith along with 30,000 others "Rally For Decency" in Miami, Florida, in reaction to Jim Morrison's arrest for indecent exposure.

In 1969 Donovan and Peter, Paul & Mary appear on CBS-TV's "Smothers Brothers Show."

In 1973 The Grass Roots, Dr. Hook and the O'Jays perform on NBC-TV's "Midnight Special."

In 1973 The 2-record album set, "Derek and the Dominos in Concert," is certified gold.

In 1973 Yoko Ono is granted permanent residence in U.S.

In 1974 "You Make Me Feel Brand New" by the Stylistics enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1974 "Dark Lady" by Cher is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1978 Donna Summer appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 1979 Van Halen's album "Van Halen II" is released.

In 1983 ZZ Top's "Eliminator" album is released.

In 1985 Julian Lennon performs his first concert in San Antonio, Texas.

In 1985 Billy Joel marries model Christie Brinkley in New York. She had appeared in the video for his song "Uptown Girl."

In 1985 Jeanine Deckers, 52, better known as "the Singing Nun" ("Dominique") kills herself in a suicide pact with another woman.

In 1985 "Everything She Wants" by Wham! and "Suddenly" by Billy Ocean both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1987 Whitesnake releases their self-titled debut album.

In 1987 Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross and Cameo take top honors at the first annual "Soul Train Music Awards."

In 1988 Mick Jagger begins his first solo tour in Japan.

In 1991 "One More Try" by Timmy T is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1992 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds a $400,000 judgment awarded to Bette Midler filed against an ad agency that used a Midler sound-a-like in a car commercial.

In 1995 Duran Duran's album "Thank You" is released.

In 1995 Tupac Shakur's album "Me Against the World" debuts at #1 on the Billboard albums chart and stayed there for 4 weeks.

In 1996 "Real Love" by the Beatles enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1996 "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, knocking "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men out of the top spot after a record-setting 16 weeks.

In 1998 Harvey Danger's album "Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?" is released.

In 1999 Postage stamps commemorating what would have been the 30th wedding anniversary of John Lennon & Yoko Ono are issued in Gibraltar.

In 1999 Pope John Paul II's "Abba Pater" CD is released in Italy, selling 50,000 copies on the first day.

In 1999 Elton John's album "Aida" and Usher's album "Usher Live" are both released.

In 2002 ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend for the past decade, actress Charleen "Chuck" McCrory, finally tie the knot. ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard was best man.

In 2002 Opera & pop singer Eileen Farrell dies at age 82.

In 2003 Eminem wins the Best Original Song Oscar for "Lose Yourself" from "8 Mile."

In 2004 An album Paul Simon recorded in 1965 is released in America for the first time. "The Paul Simon Songbook," was previously only available as an import.

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