Music Calendar...

In 1924 The Country music program "National Barn Dance" begins on WLS in Chicago, later to be renamed "The National Barn Dance." ("The Grand Ole Opry" on WSM in Nashville didn't begin until 1925.)
In 1945 Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "Carousel" opens on Broadway.
In 1956 Clyde McPhatter (Drifters) is released from the U.S. Armed Forces.
In 1967 The Beatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years. However, they split up three years later.
In 1967 "Something Stupid" by Frank & Nancy Sinatra is certified gold.
In 1968 George Harrison and John Lennon leave Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram 2 weeks early. (Paul & Ringo had already left. Later, all four would renounce their association with the Maharishi.)
In 1972 "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack goes gold.
In 1973 The Beatles' albums "The Beatles 1962-1966" and "The Beatles 1967-1970" are released.
In 1974 Sugarloaf, Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions, and Gladys Knight & the Pips appear on NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special."
In 1975 The day before the release of "Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy," Elton John fires Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray. He re-hires them 2 years later.
In 1974 "Love Will Keep Us Together" by the Captain & Tennille enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1978 Over 40 rock & roll performers, including Jackson Browne, the Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty, Carly Simon and Bruce Springsteen, petition President Jimmy Carter to end America's commitment to nuclear power.
In 1979 The Village People appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1980 Brian Johnson joins AC/DC replacing the band's late lead singer Bon Scott, who died the previous February of alcohol poisoning.
In 1980 The Specials are musical guests on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live."
In 1980 "Call Me" by Blondie hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for six weeks.
In 1980 For the first time ever, the top five artists on the Billboard Country chart were all female. In order they were: Crystal Gayle, Dottie West, Debby Boone, Emmylou Harris, and Tammy Wynette (dueting with ex-husband George Jones).
In 1982 Simon & Garfunkel announces that if the fans wanted them to, they would stay together.
In 1986 "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) by Billy Ocean and "Tuff Enuff" by the Fabulous Thunderbirds both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1986 "Kiss" by Prince and the Revolution hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1988 Sonny Bono is inaugurated as mayor of Palm Springs, California.
In 1988 Guns N' Roses' album "Appetite For Destruction" is certified platinum.
In 1990 "Summer Dreams: the Story of the Beach Boys" airs on ABC-TV.
In 1991 Tammy Wynette is hospitalized in St. Louis after suffering abdominal pains.
In 1991 "Drift Off To Dream" by Travis Tritt is #1 on the U.S. Country chart.
In 1993 Saxophonist Steve Douglas, 55, dies of heart failure in Los Angeles during a recording session with Ry Cooder.
In 1995 Faith No More launches its first North American tour in 2 years in Vancouver, BC.
In 1998 Paul McCartney announces that Linda McCartney, his wife, had died two days earlier at age 56.
In 2000 Phil Collins wins a royalties lawsuit against two former members of Earth Wind and Fire who were part of Collins's backup band on his "Serious Hits -- Live" CD.
In 2000 'N Sync's album "No Strings Attached" goes gold and platinum.


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