Today in Music History
Awards and Honors (4)
- 1975 : "Johnny Cash Day" is declared in Los Angeles.
- 1976 : Kiss immortalize their hand prints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
- 1991 : Public Enemy and Sinead O'Connor are nominated for Grammy Awards, but skip the ceremony: PE has beef because the rap award isn't televised, and Sinead says they "respect mostly material gain." She wins anyway, taking the trophy for Best Alternative Music Performance for her album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got.
- 2008 : The Brit Awards take place, with Amy Winehouse performing two songs.
- 1944 : Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat & Tears)
- 1946 : Jerome Geils (The J. Geils Band)
- 1951 : Randy California (Spirit)
- 1951 : Kathie Baillie
- 1954 : Jon Brant (Cheap Trick)
- 1956 : Walter Becker (Steely Dan)
- 1963 : Ian Brown (The Stone Roses)
- 1967 : Kurt Cobain
- 1975 : Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys)
- 1985 : Julia Volkova (t.A.T.u.)
- 1961 : Percy Grainger
- 1995 : Bob Stinson (The Replacements)
- 2003 : At a Great White show in The Station Nightclub,West Warwick, RI, while the band opens with "Desert Moon," a fire erupts when pyrotechnics ignite the soundproof insulation at back of the stage, which spread to the ceiling. In the ensuing chaos, fans rush toward the main entrance. Of the 462 concertgoers, 100 are killed (including Great White guitarist Ty Longley, and WHJY DJ Mike "The Doctor" Gonsalves, the concert's MC). In addition, 230 are injured from smoke inhalation, burns or being trampled in crowd. As a result, Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele is sentenced to 10 years for involuntary manslaughter (he was paroled in 2008). The nightclub owners also receive criminal sentences.
Marriages and Breakups (1)
- 1974 : Cher files for divorce from Sonny.
- 1895 : Scott Joplin's "Please Say You Will" is copyrighted.
- 1969 : Ringo Starr's X-rated film, Candy, premieres.
- 1982 : Death Wish II is released in the USA with a soundtrack by Jimmy Page.
- 1964 : The Beach Boys, Don't Worry Baby.
TV, Radio, Press (3)
- 1949 : Rick Nelson joins the cast of his parents' radio show.
- 2000 : The biographical TV movie, Little Richard airs on NBC.
- 2009 : The White Stripes play the final episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien in New York City.
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