Music Calendar...

In 1886 The Gramophone, the first practical phonograph, was patented.
In 1940 Duke Ellington first recorded "Cottontail" and "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."
In 1940 "The Woodpecker Song" by Glenn Miller was #1 on the charts.
In 1956 Gene Vincent recorded "Be Bop A Lula."
In 1959 John Coltrane recorded "Naima."
In 1959 The first annual Grammy Awards were held. Domenico Modugno's "Volare" is named Best Record, and Henry Mancini's "Music From Peter Gunn" wins Best Album.
In 1964 The Moody Blues were formed in Birmingham, England, with members Denny Laine, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge, and Clint Warwick.
In 1964 The Beatles' LP "Beatles' Second Album" hit #1 on the U.S. albums chart and stayed there for 5 weeks.
In 1967 "Happy Together" by the Turtles was certified gold.
In 1968 After seeing 16-year-old Mary Hopkin on the ITV Network talent show "Opportunity Knocks," model Twiggy asked Paul McCartney to sign Hopkin to the newly formed Apple Records.
In 1968 Steppenwolf performed "Born To Be Wild" on "American Bandstand."
In 1968 The Beatles and Mia Farrow in India with the Maharishi appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.
In 1968 "Angel Of The Morning" by Merrilee Rush and "Yummy Yummy Yummy" by Ohio Express both entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1969 John, Paul, and Ringo attended an end-of-filming party for Ringo's film "The Magic Christian" at Les Ambassadeurs Club in London.
In 1970 Neil Young wrote "Ohio" after National Guardsmen opened fire on Vietnam war protesters at Kent State University.
In 1970 The Beatles' album "In The Beginning: Early Years" was released.
In 1973 Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 U.S. tour in Atlanta.
In 1974 "The Loco-Motion" by Grand Funk hit #1 on the U.S. Top 40 charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1978 Jefferson Starship's album "Earth" was certified platinum.
In 1979 Amii Stewart hosted NBC-TV's "The Midnight Special" with guests Elvis Costello and G.Q.
In 1987 A San Francisco judge threw out a 21-year-old lawsuit filed by a former Jefferson Airplane manager, which kept the group from collecting $2 million in back royalties.
In 1987 Blues great Paul Butterfield is found dead in his Los Angeles apartment. He had died from a lethal mixture of drugs and alcohol.
In 1989 Columbia Pictures served Mickey Dolenz, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork with a court order to keep from calling themselves the Monkees.
In 1991 Phil Collins and Al Jarreau received Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
In 1992 Fans buying tickets for a Garth Brooks' show in Waterloo, IA, overloaded the phones, knocking out 911 service in a 3-county area.
In 1992 "Kiss Day" was proclaimed in Baltimore, as members of the group received the key to the city.
In 1993 BMI reported that Paul McCartney's "Yesterday" was the most recorded and played song in the U.S.
In 1994 Los Angeles prosecutors said no charges would be filed against Courtney Love, who'd been arrested on April 7 after police found syringes in her Beverly Hills hotel room. The needles turned out to be for prescription pain medication.
In 1994 Anita Baker and Walter Bridgeforth became parents to son Edward Carlton.
In 1995 A federal judge in San Francisco awarded Creedence Clearwater co-founder John Fogerty a record $1.35 million to cover legal expenses after winning a copyright lawsuit.
In 1995 Peter Paul & Mary performed Bob Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind" at a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the Kent State shootings.
In 1996 Whitney Houston appeared on the cover of TV Guide.
In 1996 "Always Be My Baby" by Mariah Carey hit #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart and stayed there for 2 weeks.
In 1999 Toto received a star on Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame.
In 2000 Billboard's Latin Music Awards are webcast for the first time.
In 2000 Kiss announced that it would auction off almost everything it owned from its touring days.

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