Music Calendar...

In 1955 RCA demonstrated the first music synthesizer.
In 1958 Little Richard quit music at the height of his fame to attend evangelism college, where he stayed for 4 years.
In 1959 Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper play Duluth, Minnesota, three days before their fatal plane crash.
In 1963 17-year-old Neil Young performed his first professional gig at a country club in Winnipeg, Canada.
In 1963 Tony Sheridan & the Beat Brothers recorded "What'd I Say" and "Ruby Baby."
In 1963 The Beach Boys recorded "Surfin' USA."
In 1968 "Judy In Disguise With Glasses" by John Fred & his Playboy Band and "Bend Me, Shape Me" by the American Breed were certified gold.
In 1969 Bobby Darin walked off the "Jackie Gleason Show" when he was not allowed to sing "Long Line Rider."
In 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival began work on a TV special.
In 1970 Phil Leash and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead were arrested on drug charges after a show in New Orleans.
In 1970 "Travelin' Band" by Creedence Clearwater Revival entered the 40 chart.
In 1970 "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5 was #1 on the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1972 More than 40,000 mourners filed past Mahalia Jackson's open coffin in Chicago's Great Salem Baptist Church. Funeral services were held the next day.
In 1974 Paul & Linda McCartney appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.
In 1975 "Mandy" by Barry Manilow was certified gold.
In 1976 "Sara Smile" by Hall & Oates and "Let Your Love Flow" by the Bellamy Brothers entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1976 "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players was #1 on the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1978 Greg Herbert, saxophonist for Blood, Sweat & Tears, died of a heroin overdose during a tour of Europe.
In 1979 Paul McCartney signed with CBS Records for $20 million.
In 1979 The Clash began their first U.S. tour.
In 1980 Michael Jackson's single "Off The Wall" was released.
In 1981 "The Rapture" by Blondie, "Hello Again" by Neil Diamond, and "What Kind Of Fool" by Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb all entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1981 "The Tide Is High" by Blondie was #1 on the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1982 The Doobie Brothers officially dis-band.
In 1985 Barbara Cowsill (The Cowsills) died in Tempe, AZ, at age 56.
In 1985 John Fogerty returned to live performances on the A&M soundstage with Albert Lee and Booker T. Jones.
In 1986 "Down And Out In Beverly Hills," starring Bette Midler and Little Richard, opened in theatres.
In 1987 "Nothing's Going To Stop Us Now" by Starship entered the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1988 Herb Alpert performed the National Anthem at SuperBowl XXII.
In 1989 A Playboy nude photo spread featuring Latoya Jackson posing with snakes hit the newsstands.
In 1993 Garth Brooks sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXVII, while Michael Jackson performed at halftime.
In 1995 Boyz II Men's album "II" was certified platinum for the seventh time.
In 1997 Leann Rimes' album "The Early Years" was released.
In 1997 Pink Floyd's album "The Final Cut" went double platinum.
In 1998 The Presidents of the United States of America played their final show at Seattle's Paramount Theatre.
In 1998 The "Come Together" benefit concert in New Jersey featured Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and others to raise money for the family of slain Long Branch, NJ, police officer Patrick King.
In 1998 "Together Again" by Janet Jackson was #1 on the U.S. top 40 charts.
In 1999 Reba McEntire closed her first European tour with a sold-out performance in Munich, Germany.
In 2000 The Smashing Pumpkins began a national in-store tour in Lawrence, Kansas, in support of the band's upcoming CD.
In 2000 Santana's album "Supernatural" went platinum for the seventh time.


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