Music Calendar...

In 1896 Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chenier" premieres in Milan, Italy.

In 1939 Hal Kemp & his Orchestra record "Three Little Fishies."

In 1943 Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff dies in Beverly Hills, CA.

In 1958 Buddy Holly headlines "Alan Freed's Big Beat Show," beginning a 6-week tour that also featured Chuck Berry, Paul Anka, the Drifters and the Everly Brothers.

In 1958 Blues songwriter W.C. Handy ("St. Louis Blues," "Memphis Blues" and "Beale Street Blues") dies at age of 84.

In 1958 Eddie Cochran records "Summertime Blues."

In 1960 "Stairway To Heaven" by Neil Sedaka enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1964 The Beatles are the first rock act cast in wax at Madame Tussaud's in London.

In 1964 Three Beatles' singles debut on the U.S. top 40 chart: "Do You Want To Know A Secret," "Can't Buy Me Love" and "All My Loving."

In 1966 Gary Lewis & the Playboys record "Green Grass."

In 1967 Van Morrison begins recording "Brown Eyed Girl" at A&R Studios in New York.

In 1969 Joe Cocker plays his first American concert at Bill Graham's Fillmore East in New York.

In 1969 Ringo Starr announces in London that there would be no further public appearances by the Beatles.

In 1970 "Vehicle" by the Ides Of March enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1974 Jim Bonfanti and Dave Smalley quit the Raspberries.

In 1974 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, who wrote "That's All Right Mama," dies at age 69.

In 1975 Wolfman Jack hosts NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests the Guess Who and the Electric Light Orchestra.

In 1976 Genesis begins its first tour with Phil Collins on lead vocals.

In 1980 Conway Twitty and Tom T. Hall join the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1981 "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield, "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes and "Watching The Wheels" by John Lennon all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1981 "Rapture" by Blondie hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.

In 1982 David Crosby is arrested in Los Angeles for possession of quaaludes, drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of cocaine and carrying a concealed .45-caliber pistol.

In 1983 "Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley is certified gold.

In 1984 Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood files for bankruptcy.

In 1985 Michael Jackson's wax twin is unveiled at Madame Tussaud's in London.

In 1987 The Doobie Brothers move a benefit concert from Phoenix to Las Vegas to protest Arizona Governor Evan Mecham's decision to rescind a state holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1987 "Heat Of The Night" by Bryan Adams, "Big Love" by Fleetwood Mac and "You Keep me Hangin' On" by Kim Wilde all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1990 The Go-Go's reunite in Los Angeles.

In 1990 Eddy Arnold undergoes heart bypass surgery in Nashville.

In 1991 Dick Clark receives a star on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame.

In 1991 Funeral services are held in England for Eric Clapton's son Conor, who had fallen to his death from a New York City high-rise.

In 1992 Ron Wood hosts a listening party at A&M Studios in Hollywood for his album "Slide On This." Izzy Stradlin and Phil Spector attended.

In 1993 Willie Nelson performs a benefit concert in Hillsboro, TX, to raise money to restore the Hill County Courthouse destroyed by fire.

In 1994 Police arrest 91 at a weekend series of Grateful Dead concerts in Long Island, NY.

In 1994 More New York dates are added to Barbra Streisand's upcoming tour. Previous shows had sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale.

In 1994 The riot squad is called to a Pearl Jam concert in Miami when 2000 fans without tickets swarm over fences and tossed bottles & rocks. Five people were injured and four were arrested.

In 1994 Ace Of Base's album "The Sign" is certified double platinum.

In 1995 Lyle Lovett and actress Julia Roberts announce they will divorce.

In 1995 Sheryl Crow's album "Tuesday Night Music Club" is certified quadruple platinum.

In 1996 Phil Collins announces he was leaving Genesis after 21 years as the group's lead singer.

In 1997 Elton John's album "Love Songs" is certified platinum.

In 1998 Paul Simon and Derek Walcott's musical, "The Capeman," closes on Broadway after receiving numerous bad reviews.

In 2000 Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page receives "substantial" libel damages and a public apology over a magazine article that accused him of contributing to the death of drummer John Bonham.

In 2000 Trisha Yearwood's album "Real Live Woman" is released.

In 2000 Britney Spears' "From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart" and Santana's "Maria Maria" are both certified platinum.

In 2000 The albums "Californication" by Red Hot Chili Peppers and "The Writing's On The Wall" by Destiny's Child both go double platinum.

In 2012 Earl Scruggs, a pioneering banjo player who helped create modern country music, dies at 88 of natural causes.


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