Music Calendar...

In 1845 The first American grand opera, "Leonora," composed by William Henry Fry, is first presented at the Chestnut Street Theater in Philadelphia.
In 1942 Glen Wallichs launches Capitol Records and begins the practice of sending promotional records to disc jockeys.
In 1962 The Beatles sign a recording contract with EMI Parlophone in Britain.
In 1963 The Searchers' debut single, "Sweets For My Sweet," is released.
In 1964 The Beatles kick off a 27-day world tour with 2 concerts in Denmark.
In 1966 "Along Comes Mary" by the Association and "Hanky Panky" by Tommy James & the Shondells both enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1967 The Monkees' TV Show wins an Emmy for "Outstanding Comedy Series."
In 1969 Nicky Hopkins quits the Jeff Beck Group.
In 1969 The Beatles' single "The Ballad Of John And Yoko" is released in the U.S.
In 1973 Murray Wilson, father and manager of the Beach Boys, dies at age 55.
In 1974 Paul McCartney receives gold records for both the single and the album "Band On The Run."
In 1975 The first rock royalties from Russia are paid to the Rolling Stones.
In 1977 "Give A Little Bit" by Supertramp enters the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1979 An article in People magazine features Gloria Gaynor.
In 1979 Chic's single "Good Times" is released.
In 1983 "Every Breath You Take" by Police, "Stand Back" by Stevie Nicks and "China Girl" by David Bowie all enter the U.S. top 40 chart.
In 1984 Bruce Springsteen's album "Born In The USA" is released.
In 1986 A Los Angeles judge rules that the movie and Broadway show "Beatlemania" were too much like the real Beatles and orders the producers to pay about $10 million.
In 1986 Bryan Adams, Sting, U2, Peter Gabriel and Lou Reed draw 14,000 to San Francisco's Cow Palace for the first of six "Amnesty International: A Conspiracy of Hope" concerts.
In 1987 While the Eurythmics perform in West Berlin, over 1000 East Berlin fans gather at the wall and chant "the wall must go."
In 1987 Rolling Stone magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary.
In 1991 Natalie Cole's single "Unforgettable" is released.
In 1992 The U.S. Postal Service announces the results of a nationwide vote on the Elvis Presley stamp, saying more people preferred the "younger Elvis" design.
In 1994 Janet Jackson wins two MTV Movie Awards for her role in "Poetic Justice," while brother Michael wins Best Song from "Free Willy."
In 1996 Russian President Boris Yeltsin, campaigning for re-election, indulges in a bit of onstage boogie at a concert for young voters.
In 1997 Former Small Faces (later the Faces) bassist Ronnie Lane, 51, dies at his home in Colorado from Multiple Sclerosis.
In 1998 Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire and Hanson team up for a private concert to benefit Children's Miracle Network hospitals.
In 1998 Ray Charles celebrates his 50th year in the music industry by performing with an all-star reunion band at the 15th annual Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park.
In 1998 "Everybody" by the Backstreet Boys is certified platinum.
In 1998 Pink Floyd's album "Dark Side Of The Moon" is certified platinum for the fifteenth time.
In 1999 Country singer Tim McGraw and more than 400 listeners are forced to evacuate his charity concert at the 7th House in Pontiac, MI, after a woman uses pepper spray against a man she claims groped her.
In 1999 Pearl Jam's single "Last Kiss" is released.
In 1999 Ricky Martin's single "Livin' La Vida Loca" goes platinum, while Bob Dylan's greatest hits album goes triple platinum.
In 2000 Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker suffers a broken pinky finger after being attacked by two men outside a fast food restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. The injury sidelined him during the band's tour.
In 2000 Eminem is arrested outside a club in Warren, Michigan, on two felony weapons counts. Police say he used an unloaded pistol to hit a man kissing his wife. (He was later sentenced to probation and fines.)
In 2001 Spinal Tap performs a a 20-song, 90-minute set at New York's Carnegie Hall as part of the annual Toyota Comedy Festival.
In 2001 Singer/songwriter John Hartford ("Gentle On My Mind) dies at age 63.
In 2002 Kiss introduces its novelty Kiss Kondomes to consumers.


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