Music Calendar...

In 1917 The first jazz record, "Indiana/The Dark Town Strutters Ball," is recorded in New York.

In 1956 Billy Lee Riley records "Red Hot" with Jerry Lee Lewis on piano.

In 1956 Elvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes."

In 1961 Bobby Darin becomes the youngest performer to headline a television special on NBC.

In 1961 "(I Wanna) Love My Life Away" by Gene Pitney enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1961 "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by the Shirelles hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1965 "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" by Herman's Hermits enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1968 Bobby Goldsboro records his biggest hit, "Honey."

In 1969 The Beatles play for the last time publicly on top of the Apple Records building in London, England. The set is filmed and appears in the "Let It Be" movie.

In 1971 "Me And Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin and "Proud Mary" by Ike & Tina Turner both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1973 Kiss plays their first concert at the Coventry Club in Queens, NY.

In 1974 Greg Lake is arrested for swimming nude at a Salt Lake City hotel.

In 1974 Bob Dylan records "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" at a New Yorkconcert.

In 1976 The album "Kiss Alive" by Kiss is certified platinum.

In 1982 "We Got The Beat" by the Go Gos enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1982 "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" by Daryl Hall & John Oates is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1988 "Angel" by Aerosmith and "Some Kind Of Lover" by Jody Watley both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1988 "Need You Tonight" by INXS is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1990 France declares Bob Dylan a "Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters."

In 1992 A University of Massachusetts music professor who worked with the New Kids On The Block sues the group's manager, Maurice Starr claiming he wasn't paid the fees and royalties promised.

In 1993 "Ain't Nuthin' A G Thang" by Dr. Dre enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1994 The original members of Jefferson Airplane join John Sebastian and Country Joe McDonald in Pepsi ads (spoofing rock concert reunions) that aired during the Super Bowl.

In 1994 Natalie Cole sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXVIII.

In 1995 Led Zeppelin receives the International Artists Award at the American Music Awards.

In 1996 Paul McCartney returns to Liverpool, England, to officially open a performing arts college he helped found at his old high school.

In 1996 Police's album "The Police Live" is certified gold and L.L. CoolJ's album "Mr. Smith" is certified platinum.

In 1998 Elton John receives a knighthood in British Prime Minister Tony Blair's first New Year's Eve Honors List.

In 1999 Janet Jackson ends her year-long Velvet Rope World Tour with a sold-out concert at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

In 1999 "All I Have To Give" by the Backstreet Boys enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 2000 Ringo Starr appears in a new TV commercial for the online investment broker Charles Schwab during the Super Bowl pre-game.

In 2002 2-time Grammy Award winner Freddy Fender (Baldemar Huerta), 64, is released from a San Antonio hospital following kidney transplant surgery a week earlier.


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