Music Calendar...

1927 The Duke Ellington Band first performed at the Cotton Club in Harlem.
In 1934, Ethel Merman recorded "I Get A Kick Out Of You" from Cole Porter's musical "Anything Goes."In 1944, Eddy Arnold held his first recording session.
In 1954, "Mr. Sandman" by the Chordettes was #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1955, Carl Perkins was inspired to write "Blue Suede Shoes" after watching a teenage boy reprimand his date about stepping on his shoes at a Jackson, TN, high school dance.
1956, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis made impromptu recordings in Memphis. They are dubbed the "Million Dollar Quartet" 25 years later when the tapes are released.
In 1961, Gene Chandler's single "Duke of Earl" was released.
In 1964, The Beatles fan club in England announced its current membership was over 65,000.
In 1965, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was knocked unconscious when he touched an ungrounded microphone with his guitar. He finished the show.
In 1965, "Just Like Me" by Paul Revere & the Raiders and "A Well Respected Man" by the Kinks entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1965, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by the Byrds hit #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1968, The New York Times quoted Soviet music critic A. Martinosa as saying the Beatles "have become rich idols of the Philistines."
In 1971, "Day After Day" by Badfinger entered the U.S. Top 40 chart.
In 1971, "Family Affair" by Sly & The Family Stone hit #1 on the U.S. Top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.
In 1972, Ike & Tina Turner were the musical guests on TV's "Bill Cosby Show."
In 1972, "Me And Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul was certified gold.
In 1975, Kiss's album "Alive!" and Elton John's single "Island Girl" were both certified gold.
In 1976, Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin died of a heroin overdose.
In 1980, Two months after the death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin officially disbanded.
In 1987, Madonna filed for divorce from actor Sean Penn. She eventually changed her mind but filed again in January.
1988, Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, and Barbara Streisand made People magazine's "Best Dressed" list. Prince, George Michael, and Madonna make the "Worst Dressed" list.
In 1988, Roy Orbison gave his last performance in Akron, Ohio. He died two days later of heart failure in Nashville.
In 1989, The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a ruling saying Prince did not steal the song "U Got The Look" from his half-sister. Lorna Nelson claimed the lyrics were similar to the ones she had written.
In 1989, Alice Cooper's single "Poison" was certified gold.
In 1990, Madonna appeared on ABC-TV's "Nightline" to defend her "Justify My Love" video, which was banned by MTV and VH-1.
In 1990, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences said it would not give the 1989 New Artist Grammy to someone else after yanking the award from Milli Vanilli.
In 1991, The Judds -- Naomi and Wynonna -- performed their last in Nashville. Mother Naomi retired because of hepatitis.
In 1991, Paula Abdul was awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
In 1991, Van Halen performed a free concert in Dallas. Lead singer Sammy Hagar had promised to do the show after he lost his voice during a concert there three and a half years earlier.
In 1993, Frank Zappa died from pancreatic and prostate cancer at age 52.
1995 Michael Jackson appeared with legendary mime Marcel Marceau at a New York news conference promoting a Jackson special on HBO.
In 1996, Tiny Tim, aka Herbert Khoury, was buried in Minneapolis with 400 fans in attendance.
1996 Alanis Morissette was named Artist of the Year at the 1996 Billboard Music Awards.
In 1997, The original Black Sabbath line-up of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward reunited for 2 sold-out concerts in their hometown of Birmingham, England.
In 1997, The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that Led Zeppelin was second only to the Beatles as the all-time top-selling artist.
In 1998, Hanson's album "Live From Albertane" was certified gold, while U2's "Best Of 1980-1990/The B-Sides" became certified gold, platinum, and double platinum.

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