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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Music Calendar...

In 1936 Billboard Magazine publishes its first music chart, ranking records based on sales. The first #1 single was "Stop! Look! Listen!" by Joe Venuti, a 12-inch 78 rpm.

In 1945 "Rum & Coca-Cola" by the Andrews Sisters debuts on the charts.

In 1950 Two years after Columbia Records debuted the "album," RCA Victor announces that it would manufacture LP's (long playing records). It was RCA that introduced the LP in September of 1931.

In 1953 20,000 attend Hank Williams Sr.'s funeral in Montgomery, AL.

In 1954 Elvis Presley cuts two demos for his mother, his first ever, at Sun Studios in Memphis: "Casual Love" and "I'll Never Stand In Your Way."

In 1957 Fats Domino records "I'm Walkin'" in New Orleans.

In 1960 "El Paso" by Marty Robbins hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1964 "Java" by Al Hirt enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1965 CBS buys The Fender Guitar Company for $13 million.

In 1968 Jimi Hendrix is arrested for trashing his hotel room in Sweden.

In 1969 George Jones & Dolly Parton join the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1969 "Build Me Up Buttercup" by the Foundations and "You Showed Me" by the Turtles both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1971 "Performance," Mick Jagger's first film effort, is released in England, 2 years after its completion.

In 1973 The Allman Brothers name Lamar Williams to replace the late Berry Oakley on bass.

In 1974 Elton John's single "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is certified gold.

In 1975 George Harrison's first album on his Dark Horse label, entitled "Dark Horse," enters the U.S. albums chart.

In 1975 "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle and "Poetry Man" by Phoebe Snow both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1975 "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" by Elton John hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1978 Ossy Osbourne rejoins Black Sabbath for a short time.

In 1978 Fleetwood Mac founding member Peter Green marries Jane Samuel.

In 1979 Jazz pianist Charles Mingus collapsed and dies from a heart attack in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

In 1979 "Hot Child In The City" by Nick Gilder is certified platinum.

In 1984 The Rolling Stones' album "Undercover" is certified gold and platinum.

In 1986 Thin Lizzy singer/bassist Phil Lynott dies of heart failure and pneumonia following a drug overdose.

In 1991 The IRS holds the first of several auctions of property belonging to Willie Nelson to pay off $16.7 million in taxes and penalties.

In 1993 Fleetwood Mac say they'll reunite for a one-time concert on January 19th, one day before Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration.

In 1993 Gloria Estefan's album "Greatest Hits" is certified platinum.

In 1994 Richard Marx and wife Cynthia Rhodes become parents to son Jesse.

In 1996 Mariah Carey and Alanis Morissette topped the list of nominees, with six each, for the 38th annual Grammy Awards.

In 1996 Deborah Harry, Joan Jett, Joey Ramone and the Lunachicks are among the artists who perform in what was described at the first live rock concert on the Internet.

In 1996 Dove Books announces it would publish "McCartney: Yesterday And Today," a look at one of most popular Beatles songs and the man who wrote it.

In 1999 Black Sabbath's album "Reunion" is certified gold and platinum.

In 1999 The video "A Night Out With The Backstreet Boys" by Backstreet Boys goes triple platinum.

In 2000 Carlos Santana sweeps the nominations for the 42nd annual Grammy Awards, receiving 10 nods for his album "Supernatural," which also garnered an 11th nomination for songwriting.

In 2000 Reba McEntire's album "So Good Together" goes gold, while Enrique Iglesias' album "Enrique" is certified gold and platinum.

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