Music Calendar

In 1922 WSB in Atlanta was the first radio station to feature country music.

In 1930 WEAF in New York broadcasts the first opera directly from a stage in Europe (Dresden, Germany), Beethoven's "Fidelio."

In 1942 Fats Waller recorded "The Jitterbug Waltz."

In 1945 "Rum & Coca-Cola" by the Andrews Sisters was #1 on the charts.

In 1956 Carl Perkins made his first TV appearance on the "Ozark Jamboree."

In 1957 "Little Darlin'" by the Diamonds and "Why Baby Why" by Pat Boone entered the U.S. top 40 charts.

In 1963 "Puff The Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul & Mary entered the U.S. top 40 charts.

In 1964 The Beatles' single "Can't Buy Me Love" b/w "You Can't Do That" was released in the U.S.

In 1964 Pioneering rock 'n roll DJ Alan Freed was indicted for income tax evasion.

In 1968 "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" by Otis Redding hit #1 on the U.S. top 40 and stayed there for two weeks.

In 1969 "1776," a musical about the Declaration of Independence, opens on Broadway.

In 1969 Janis Joplin performed "Maybe" on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1970 Singer Tammi Terrell died at age 23, following a sixth brain tumor operation.

In 1971 The Who recorded "Won't Get Fooled Again" in Berkshire, England.

In 1971 Simon & Garfunkel won Best Album, Best Record, and Best Song Grammys for "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The Carpenters are named Best New Artist.

In 1972 The U.S. immigration department served John Lennon & Yoko Ono with deportation papers.

In 1973 Paul Anka hosted NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Bobby Darin, Fanny, and the Doobie Brothers.

In 1974 Roy Acuff gave President Nixon yo-yo lessons at the opening of Nashville's new Opry House.

In 1974 "(I've Been) Searchin' So Long" by Chicago, "The Show Must Go On" by Three Dog Night, and "Help Me" by Joni Mitchell all entered the U.S. top 40 charts.

In 1975 London's historic Rainbow Theater closed its doors following a show that featured Procol Harum, John Martyn, and Kevin Coyne.

In 1979 CBS aired the TV special "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney, featuring highlights of his 1976 World Tour.

In 1979 After Elvis Costello makes racist remarks about Ray Charles and James Brown, singer Bonnie Bramlett punches him, starting a brawl.

In 1979 Rick James hosted NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Nicolette Larson, Anne Murray, and Chuck Mangione.

In 1981 "Keep On Loving You" by REO Speedwagon was certified gold.

In 1985 "Some Like It Hot" by Power Station entered the U.S. top 40 charts.

In 1985 "The Heat Is On" by Glenn Frey peaked at #2 on the U.S. top 40 charts.

In 1989 Mike and the Mechanics' album "Living Years" was certified gold.

In 1991 Eddie Van Halen and Valerie Bertinelli have a son, Wolfgang.

In 1991 Seven members of Reba McIntire's band, along with her road manager and two pilots, were killed when their chartered plane crashed in the California mountains near the border of Mexico. Reba had taken a separate plane.

In 1991 "Rhythm Of My Heart" by Rod Stewart entered the U.S. top 40 charts.

In 1993 The album "Coverdale Page" by David Coverdale and Jimmy Page was released.

In 1994 En Vogue's Cindy Herron and husband, baseball player Glenn Braggs, became parents to son Donovan Andrew.

In 1995 Rapper Eazy E (Eric Wright) announced he had AIDS. He dies a few weeks later.

In 1996 "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men remained at #1 for the 16th week, setting a new record for the longest-running single at the #1 position on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

In 1998 Donna Summer performed at New York's Carnegie Hall at a benefit concert for the Gay Men's Health Crisis.

In 1998 "Blue" by Leann Rimes was certified gold.

In 1999 Honoring a roster of music artists that range from the Beatles to the Backstreet Boys, the RIAA presented the first Diamond Awards for albums and singles that had sold a million copies or more.

In 2000 The albums "Cosmic Thing" by B-52s and "Ray Of Light" by Madonna were both certified quadruple platinum, while Fleetwood Mac's CD "The Dance" goes platinum for the fifth time.

In 2004 Steve Winwood received a lifetime achievement award at the 2004 Jammys.


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