Friday, April 7, 2017

Music Calendar...

In 1927 Duke Ellington first records "Black & Tan Fantasy."

In 1949 The musical "South Pacific" opens on Broadway.

In 1956 Columbia Records announces that all pop singles will be released solely on 45 rpm.

In 1956 The first national rock & roll show, "Rock & Roll Dance Party" with Alan Freed premieres on CBS Radio.

In 1956 "Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1958 "Return To Me" by Dean Martin and "There's Only One Of You" by the Four Lads both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1962 Mick Jagger, Mick Taylor and Keith Richards, who called their group "Elmo Lewis," meet Brian Jones at Alexis Korner's Eating Club, a London blues hangout.

In 1962 "Johnny Angel" by Shelley Fabares hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1973 "Daniel" by Elton John enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1973 "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" by Vicki Lawrence hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1975 Guitarist Richie Blackmore quits Deep Purple to form Rainbow.

In 1978 KC & the Sunshine Band, Raydio, Herb Albert and Gene Cotton appear on NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special."

In 1979 The Police give their first U.S. performance at Boston Paradise Theatre.

In 1979 Rickie Lee Jones makes her TV debut on "Saturday Night Live" singing "Chuck E's In Love."

In 1980 "Call Me" by Blondie is certified gold.

In 1981 Bruce Springsteen arrives in Hamburg for his first European tour.

In 1981 Steve Winwood's album "Arc Of A Diver" is certified gold.

In 1984 "Oh Sherrie" by Steve Perry and "Let's Hear It For The Boy" by Denice Williams both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1985 Wham! becomes the first Western group to play in China when they appeared before 12,000 fans in Peking.

In 1985 Prince announces, after a show at Miami's Orange Bowl, that he was retiring from live performing.

In 1986 John Mellencamp's albums "American Fool" and "Scarecrow" are both certified triple platinum.

In 1987 Ozzy Osbourne sends Oral Roberts $1.00 for "psychiatric treatment" after Roberts announced God would take his life unless he received $1 million in donations.

In 1988 During a rehearsal, Alice Cooper's safety rope breaks while simulating hanging himself. A quick reacting roadie saves his life.

In 1990 Elton John dedicates "Candle In The Wind" to AIDS patient Ryan White during his set at Farm Air IV. White dies later that night.

In 1990 "Love Will Lead You Back" by Taylor Dayne is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1994 Courtney Love is arrested on drug charges in Beverly Hills, CA.

In 1995 "Bad Boys," a feature film co-starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, opens.

In 1995 Meat Loaf's album "Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell" is certified platinum for the fifth time.

In 1995 Airport police seize a loaded pistol from Eddie Van Halen's carry-on luggage. No charges were filed.

In 1997 The University of Amsterdam begins offering a course titled "Madonna 101," a pop culture class studying the singer's lyrics, song stylings and films.

In 1998 Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee pleads "no contest" to felony spousal abuse charges filed by his wife Pamela Anderson 2 months earlier.

In 1998 George Michael is arrested and charged with "engaging in a lewd act" in a Beverly Hills park restroom. He would later plead "no contest" to the charges.

In 1998 "You're Still The One" by Shania Twain is certified gold.

In 1999 Ricky Martin's single "Livin' La Vida Loca" is released.

In 1999 Sugar Ray's single "Every Morning" and Stevie Nicks' album "Enchanted" are both certified gold.

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