Today in Music History
Awards and Honors (3)
- 1965 : Tennessee Waltz is declared the state's official song.
- 1976 : Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society votes Bette Midler "Woman of the Year."
- 2004 : The Darkness confirms its status as Britin's new favorite rock band at the Brit Awards at London's Earls Court, taking three major trophies. The band - which led the nominations going into the awards, with four - won for best British group, British rock act and British album for Permission to Land (Must Destroy/Warner). However, The Darkness does not take the British breakthrough award. That honor goes to Busted, which is also named best pop act.
- 1653 : Arcangelo Corelli
- 1922 : Tommy Edwards
- 1933 : Bobby Lewis
- 1935 : Johnny Bush
- 1940 : Gene Pitney
- 1946 : Dodie Stevens
- 1969 : Jon Randall
- 1970 : Timothy Mahoney (311)
- 1972 : Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)
- 1974 : Bryan White
- 1991 : Ed Sheeran
- 1996 : Eazy-E's posthumous album Str8 off tha Streetz of Muthaphukkin Compton debuts at number three on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Concerts and Festivals (5)
- 1964 : The first Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass concert is held, in Los Angeles.
- 1972 : Pink Floyd performs "Eclipse" at the Rainbow Theatre in London. A year later, this music becomes the Dark Side Of The Moon album.
- 1973 : Free play their final live gig in Hollywood, Florida as Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers leave to form Bad Company.
- 1979 : The Clash opens its first U.S. tour at the Palladium in New York City.
- 2001 : Brad Paisley joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry.
- 1982 : Thelonious Monk
- 1998: Songwriter Bob Merrill commits suicide aged 76. His compositions include the #1 UK hits "(How Much Is) That Doggie In The Window?" and "She Wears Red Feathers (And A Huly-Huly Skirt)."
- 2006 : Bill Cowsill (The Cowsills)
- 2006 : Ray Barretto
- 1970 : Bee Gee Maurice Gibb opens in the London stage musical, Sing A Rude Song.
- 2010 : Mumford & Sons make their US TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman.
- 1960 : The Everly Brothers sign with Warner Bros. Records in a 10-year contract worth $1 million.
- 1990: Emma Anderson admits in an interview that her band Lush is the "Most hated band in London."
- 1998 : Ani DiFranco fascination peaks as the singer ships 250,000 copies of her latest album on her own label, Righteous Babe Records. DiFranco's DIY business model earned her a great deal of media coverage.
- 1966 : Brian Wilson begins recording The Beach Boys' Good Vibrations.
- 1969 : Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash record some duets in Nashville, with Girl From The North Country eventually ending up on Dylan's Nashville Skyline album, which Cash writes liner notes for.
- 1976 : Eagles, Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)
TV, Radio, Press (3)
- 1971 : Johnny Cash is the subject of TV's This Is Your Life.
- 1971 : James Taylor makes his TV debut on ABC's Johnny Cash Show.
- 1999: More than 9.1 million viewers tune in to the Brit Awards broadcast on the U.K.'s ITV commercial network.
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