Music Calendar...

In 1947 The musical fantasy "Finian's Rainbow," with music by Burton Lane and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, opens on Broadway.

In 1948 Atlantic Records, a R&B label, is formed by Herb Abramson.

In 1949 RCA announces it would introduce a new 7-inch, 45 rpm phonograph record to compete with 78 rpm records.

In 1956 Elvis Presley starts his first recording session for RCA. The result is "Heartbreak Hotel" and "I Got A Woman."

In 1960 Marty Robbins' single "El Paso" held the record for the longest #1 song to date, running 5 minutes and 19 seconds. (The average length at the time was around 2 1/2 minutes.)

In 1967 The Monkees' album "More Of The Monkees" is released.

In 1968 Aretha Franklin's "Chain of Fools" becomes her fourth gold single.

In 1971 Bob Dylan appears on television with Earl Scruggs.

In 1976 Bluesman Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett dies of kidney disease at age 65.

In 1976 "Convoy" by C.W. McCall is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1981 Linda Ronstadt's and Rex Smith's "Pirates of Penzance" opens on broadway.

In 1981 The album "Double Fantasy" by John Lennon & Yoko Ono is certified platinum, a little over a month after Lennon's murder.

In 1983 Tennessee's governor proclaims "Elvis Presley Day."

In 1984 Cyndi Lauper becomes the first female recording artist since Bobbie Gentry in 1967 to be nominated for five Grammy Awards.

In 1985 Ted Nugent makes his acting debut on TV's "Miami Vice."

In 1985 Madonna's single "Like A Virgin" is certified gold.

In 1989 Michael Jackson's "Moonwalker" video is released containing his self-parody "Leave Me Alone."

In 1989 "Wild, Wild, West" by Escape Club, "A Groovy Kind Of Love" by Phil Collins and "Desire" by U2 are all certified gold.

In 1990 Aerosmith's album "Pump" goes double platinum.

In 1991 The governor of Ohio commutes the prison sentence of JohnnyPaycheck to time served. Paycheck had been convicted in a 1985 barroom shooting that left one man wounded.

In 1991 Clint Black becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

In 1991 Quincy Jones is nominated for five Grammys, bringing his total nominations to a record 74. The previous frontrunner had been Henry Mancini.

In 1994 Tori Amos' album "Under The Pink" is released.

In 1996 "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey is certified gold, platinum and double platinum.

In 1997 Babyface's single "Every Time I Close My Eyes" is released.

In 1997 James Brown receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In 1997 Jewel's album "Pieces Of You" is certified double platinum.

In 1999 Garth Brooks is named Favorite Male Performer and Celine Dion Favorite Female Performer at the 25th Annual People's ChoiceAwards.

In 2000 Melissa Etheridge tells Rolling Stone magazine that the father of the children she shared with then partner Julie Cypher was David Crosby (through artificial insemination).

In 2000 Faith Hill's album "Breathe" is certified gold, platinum and double platinum, while Will Smith's "Big Willie Style" CD goes platinum for the eight time.

In 2001 Former Cramps' guitarist Bryan Gregory dies at age 46.

In 2003 British and Dutch police recover 500 Beatles master tapes missing since a theft some thirty or so years earlier.

In 2004 Former Jefferson Airplane drummer Spencer Dryden dies at age 66.


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