Music Calendar...

In 1956 Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood, was dedicated. The 13-story building was the first circular office tower designed in America.
In 1956 Paramount Pictures signed Elvis Presley to a 3-picture deal.
In 1957 Brenda Lee debuted on the U.S. Country chart with "One Step At A Time." She was just 12 years old.
In 1957 "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley and "School Day" by Chuck Berry entered the U.S. Top 40 charts.
In 1957 "Round And Round" by Perry Como was #1, and "Little Darlin'" by the Diamonds was #2 on the U.S. Top 40 charts.
In 1965 The Beach Boys began recording "California Girls."
In 1968 The Beatles launched Apple Corps Ltd., their new record company and management and publishing firm, in London.
In 1968 Pink Floyd founder and lead guitarist Syd Barrett left the group.
In 1968 "Mony Mony" by Tommy James & the Shondells entered the U.S. Top 40 charts.
In 1970 The members of Led Zeppelin were declared honorary citizens of Memphis, Tennessee, and received the key to the city.
In 1971, Rolling Stones launched Rolling Stones Records. "Brown Sugar" was their first hit on the new label.
In 1971 James Taylor met their future wife Carly Simon backstage after her concert at the Troubador Club in Los Angeles.
In 1971 Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky died in New York City.
In 1973 The Bee Gees hosted NBC-TV's "Midnight Special" with guests Jerry Lee Lewis and Gladys Knight & the Pips.
In 1974 The film "Ladies And Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones" premiered in New York.
In 1974 200,000 attended the California Jam rock festival to see Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and the Eagles.
In 1974 "Hooked On A Feeling" by Blue Suede was #1 on the U.S. Top 40 charts.
In 1977 A judge ruled that the Beatles' 1962 "Hamburg" album could be released.
In 1979 Rod Stewart married Alana Collins (George Hamilton's ex-wife) at Tina Sinatra's Beverly Hills home.
In 1979 The Babys hosted NBC-TV's "Midnight Special" with guests George Harrison, Tavares, and Gloria Gaynor.
In 1979 "Heart Of Glass" by Blondie was certified gold.
In 1982 The Oak Ridge Boys' album "Bobbie Sue" was certified gold.
In 1983 Saying rock and roll bands attract "the wrong element," Interior Secretary James Watt declined to invite the Beach Boys to perform in Washington at a 4th of July celebration, a decision he later reversed.
In 1984 Thomas Dolby made his U.S. concert debut in Poughkeepsie, NY.
In 1984 Barbra Streisand's "Yentl" won the Best Original Score Oscar, and Irene Cara won Best Original Song for "Flashdance."
In 1984 Steve Perry's album "Street Talk" was released.
In 1984 Duran Duran's single "The Reflex" was released.
In 1984 Billy Idol's album "Rebel Yell" went gold.
In 1985 Gilbert O'Sullivan won a multi-million dollar lawsuit against his former manager Gordon Mills for unpaid royalties.
In 1985 Little Steven announced he'll leave Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
In 1987 Singing Cowboy Gene Autry received his fifth star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 1987 Cream's album "Strange Brew-The Very Best Of Cream" is released.
In 1988 Guitarist Larry Carlton was shot in the neck after he surprised thieves in his home. He fully recovers in 8 months.
In 1990 James Brown was transferred from a Georgia prison, where he served a 6-year sentence for various charges, to a minimum-security facility, where he counseled drug abusers.
In 1991 Guitarist Vernon Reid (ex-Living Colour) married Mia McLeod.
In 1991 "Losing My Religion" by R.E.M. and "I Don't Wanna Cry" by Mariah Carey entered the U.S. Top 40 charts.
In 1992 George Harrison held his first full-length concert in Britain since 1969 when he performed on the roof of Apple Records with other Beatles in London.
In 1992 Voting began in the first-ever election of a postage stamp honoring Elvis Presley. Over one million people voted, and by a 3-1 margin, the winner was the younger Elvis over the older Elvis.
In 1993 LaToya Jackson avoided an IRS auction by paying back taxes on her interest in her parents' home in Encino, California.
In 1993 The tabloid Star settled out of court with ex-Kiss drummer Peter Criss over a story that claimed he was a homeless alcoholic.
In 1996 "The Beatles Anthology II" debuts at #1 on the Billboard Albums chart.
In 1997 Michael Jackson's 3D musical space movie "Captain EO" had its final performance at the Tomorrowland Theater at Disneyland.
In 1998 Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Fabian, and Lesley Gore all guest on the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown."
In 1998 Wendy Williams (The Plasmatics) killed herself near her home in Connecticut at age 48.
In 1998 Country singer Tammy Wynette died at her Nashville home at age 55.
In 1999 Paul Simon & Bob Dylan announced plans to tour together for the first time. PaulBob'99 kicked off the following June in Colorado Springs.
In 1999 Johnny Cash made an unannounced appearance at a tribute concert in his honor in New York and performed "Folsom Prison Blues."
In 2000 The Beach Boys' album "Pet Sounds" was certified platinum.
In 2003 Shania Twain picked up the Artist of the Year Award and the Fan Choice Award at the 32nd annual Juno Awards, held in Ottawa.
In 2016 Legendary Country singer Merle Haggard died of pneumonia at age 79.


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