Music Calendar

In 1944 "Swinging On A Star" by Bing Crosby hits #1 on the charts and stayed there for 9 weeks.
In 1957 American Bandstand, hosted by Dick Clark, debuts on ABC-TV and becomes the longest-running show in TV history. The first guest were the Chordettes. Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin'" was the first record played.
In 1964 The Beach Boys record "When I Grow Up."
In 1967 Pink Floyd's first album "The Piper At Gates Of Dawn" is released.
In 1967 "Ode To Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1972 "American Bandstand" celebrates its 15th anniversary with performances from Looking Glass ("Brandy") and Luther Ingram ("If Loving You Is Wrong").
In 1972 The re-release of "Nights in White Satin" by the Moody Blues enters the U.S. top 40 chart. It was originally released in 1967.
In 1972 "Saturday In The Park" by Chicago and "Ben" by Michael Jackson both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1974 Joan Jett forms the Runaways.
In 1975 At the time, Stevie Wonder signs the biggest ever recording deal ($13 million) with Motown.
In 1978 "Summer Nights" by Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1978 "Miss You" by the Rolling Stones is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1981 Olivia Newton-John receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1981 A futuristic rock 'n roll animated movie, "Heavy Metal" opens.
In 1982 The Go-Gos appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
In 1983 After sleeping through most of his trial, David Crosby is sentenced to 8 years in prison for drugs and firearms possession.
In 1984 Bruce Springsteen launches the first of 10 nights of concerts at the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
In 1986 Ruling in Ozzy Ozbourne's favor in a wrongful death suit, a Los Angeles judge comments "Ozzy's music may be objectionable to many, but it can be given first amendment protection too."
In 1989 "Batdance" by Prince is #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1990 Madonna, ends her global "Blonde Ambition" tour in Nice, France.
In 1992 Michael Jackson collapses 3 times during a concert in Wales.
In 1992 Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro dies of a heart attack at age 38. An allergic reaction to insecticide triggered the attack.
In 1992 Guns N' Roses' single "November Rain" is certified gold.
In 1993 Poison cancels the remainder of its summer tour.
In 1994 Billy Idol is admitted to the hospital after drug overdose.
In 1994 Michael Jackson, and new wife Lisa Marie Presley, arrive in Budapest, Hungary, for a music video shoot.
In 1996 An Edgartown, MA, couple donates $13,000 to charity to sail around Martha's Vineyard with James Taylor.
In 1996 Bruce Springsteen sues two alleged bootleggers in London who planned to release a bootleg album of his songs entitled "Unearthed."
In 1997 Dick Clark returns to Philadelphia to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "American Bandstand"'s first nationwide broadcast.
In 1997 The Cult's album "Electric" goes platinum.
In 1998 A Tucson, AZ, man is sentenced to 10 months in prison for stalking Linda Ronstadt.
In 1998 George Strait lead the list of nominees for the 32nd annual Country Music Awards with five nominations.
In 1998 'N Sync's self-titled album is certified platinum, while Dave Matthews Band's CD "Before These Crowded Streets" goes double platinum.

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