Music Calendar...

In 1956 RCA releases its first Elvis Presley record, "Heartbreak Hotel" b/w "I Was The One."

In 1957 Buddy Holly records "That'll Be The Day" in Clovis, New Mexico.

In 1958 Pat Boone appears on TV's "The Perry Como Show."

In 1962 Sam Cooke's single "Twistin' The Night Away" is released.

In 1963 The Classics record "Till Then."

In 1963 The Beatles sign a contract with Vee Jay records to release two of their British hits, "Please Please Me" and "Do You Want To Know A Secret," in the U.S.

In 1964 Producer Phil Spector appears as a panelist on the British rate-a-record TV program "Juke Box Jury."

In 1964 "She Loves You" by the Beatles enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1969 "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1970 John Lennon & Yoko Ono shave their heads for peace.

In 1970 Sly & The Family Stone appear on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1971 Charles Manson says his murder spree was inspired by "secret messages" he heard on the Beatles so-called "White" album.

In 1974 Steve Miller hosts NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Brownsville Station and the James Gang.

In 1975 Neil Sedaka performs "Laughter In The Rain" on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1975 "Have You Never Been Mellow" by Olivia Newton-John enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1975 "Please Mr. Postman" by the Carpenters is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1977 "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" by Elton John is certified gold.

In 1978 Bob Dylan headlines a 7-hour benefit concert for imprisoned boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter at the Houston Astrodome. The show also featured Stevie Wonder, Stephen Stills and Ringo Starr.

In 1979 "Y.M.C.A." by Village People is certified platinum.

In 1979 The Cars win Rolling Stone's annual readers' poll as the best new band of the year.

In 1980 John Belushi jams with punk rockers, the Dead Boys, at The Whiskey in Los Angeles.

In 1980 Paul McCartney is released from a Japanese prison after spending 10 days there for marijuana possession.

In 1984 Yoko Ono makes a $375,000 donation to Liverpool old folks' home Strawberry Fields, the institution that inspired the song written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney.

In 1984 Cyndi Lauper's album "She's So Unusual" is released.

In 1986 "Manic Monday" by the Bangles enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1988 George Harrison's single "When We Was Fab" is released.

In 1990 Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers appears on NBC-TV's "Cheers."

In 1990 CBS-TV's news magazine "48 Hours" profiles Paul McCartney, who is on tour in Chicago.

In 1992 "Remember The Time" by Michael Jackson enters the U.S. top 40chart.

In 1992 "All 4 Love" by Color Me Badd is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1993 Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men and Billy Ray Cyrus are the big winners at the 20th American Music Awards.

In 1994 Michael Jackson pays millions in an out-of-court settlement to a 14-year-old who accused him of child molestation.

In 1995 "On Bended Knee" by Boyz II Men is certified gold & platinum.

In 1995 The Eagles' video "Hell Freezes Over" is certified gold & platinum.

In 1996 Rolling Stone readers choose Live as Artist Of The Year.

In 1998 Stevie Wonder, the Temptations and Diana Ross perform during halftime at Super Bowl XXXII.

In 1998 Spice Girl Victoria Adams (Posh) and soccer David Beckham get engaged.

In 1999 Paul McCartney launches a crusade against British radio and TV over the banning of "The Light Comes From Within," the final song by his late wife Linda, because it contained language deemed offensive.

In 2000 Santana's single "Maria, Maria" is released.

In 2005 Ray Peterson ("Tell Laura Love Her") dies at age 65 of cancer.


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