Music Calendar...

In 1953 Pro wrestler Fred Blassie records the novelty classic "Pencil Neck Geek."

In 1959 "The Battle Of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1959 "(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I" by Elvis Presley peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1963 "I Will Follow Him" by Little Peggy March hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.

In 1964 John Lennon's book "In His Own Write" is published in the U.S.

In 1968 John Lennon & Paul McCartney appear on the cover of Rolling Stone.

In 1968 "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1968 "Cry Like A Baby" by the Box Tops peaks at #2 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1972 Grand Funk Railroad fires manager Terry Knight. The band later sued him to recover $8 million in unpaid songwriting royalties.

In 1972 Blue Oyster Cult's Phil King is shot and killed while gambling.

In 1972 New York mayor John Lindsay makes an appeal that John Lennon not be deported.

In 1973 Nashville's Opryland entertainment complex opens.

In 1974 Rioting begins at the Cherry Blossom Music Festival featuring Boz Skaggs and Steve Miller in Richmond, VA, after police start arresting concert-goers for possession. 76 people were arrested.

In 1975 511 members of a Pink Floyd concert audience are arrested at the Los Angeles Arena for smoking marijuana.

In 1976 David Bowie is delayed for several hours on the border between Russia and Poland while customs officers confiscated Nazi memorabilia.

In 1976 "Right Back Where We Started From" by Maxine Nightingale is certified gold.

In 1979 Stevie Wonder makes a surprise appearance at a Duke Ellington tribute concert at UCLA's Royce Hall performing "Sir Duke."

In 1979 The Beach Boys host NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Blondie and Bad Company.

In 1981 Casey Kasem receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1981 Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach at the Marylebone Registry Office in London. They met while working on the film "Caveman."

In 1982 Frank Zappa and daughter Moon Unit release "Valley Girl."

In 1985 "Would I Lie To You" by the Eurythmics and "Angel" by Madonna both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1989 James Brown is given a furlough from prison to sign autographs at the Richland County Courthouse.

In 1990 Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose marries Erin Everly (daughter of Everly Brother, Don Every). They file for divorce 27 days later.

In 1991 "Baby Baby" by Amy Grant hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1992 Belinda Carlisle and husband Morgan Mason have their first child, James Duke.

In 1994 Aerosmith's Steve Tyler tells ABC-TV's "Turning Point" of his battle to overcome heroin addiction.

In 1994 The historic Fillmore club re-opens in San Francisco.

In 1994 John Mellencamp and wife Elaine become parents to son Hud.

In 1998 Billy Joel, Elton John, Sting and James Taylor perform at the 9th annual Rainforest Foundation International benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall.

In 1999 The single "Written In The Stars" by Elton John & Leann Rimes is certified gold, while the Beach Boy's album "20 Good Vibrations: The Greatest Hits" goes gold, platinum and double platinum.

In 1999 Al Hirt ("Java," "Cotton Candy") dies in New Orleans at age 76.

In 2000 Toby Keith's album "How Do You Like Me Now?!" goes gold.

In 2001 A highway in Monticello, Georgia, is renamed in honor of Trisha Yearwood, her hometown, when Highway 83 becomes Trisha Yearwood Parkway.


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