Today’s Most Notable!
On this day in 1931 RCA Victor unveils its new invention, the 33 1/3 rpm long-playing or “LP” record, at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York. The venture was doomed to fail however due to the high price of the record players, which started around $95 (about $1140 in today’s dollars) and wasn’t revived until 1948 by Columbia records. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski, was the first 12-inch recording issued. The New York Times wrote, “What we were not prepared for was the quality of reproduction…incomparably fuller.”
Today’s Life and Death In Music!
1923 Country musician Hank Williams is born Hiram King Williams in Mount Olive, Butler County, Alabama.
1929 Jazz saxophonist Sil Austin is born in Dunnellon, Florida, and was best Known for his signature tune, “Danny Boy.”
2006 American guitarist Al Casey died aged 69. Casey is noted for his work as a session musician and as a member of the Wrecking Crew and worked with The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell,The Association, The Monkees, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, 5th Dimension, Harry Nilsson, The Partridge Family, Frank Sinatra , and Nancy Sinatra just to name a few.
On this day in 2014Country singer George Hamilton IV dies at age 77. A fixture on the country chart throughout the ’60s and ’70s, he hit #1 with “Abilene” in 1963.
Recorded On This Day!
1960 The Everly Brothers record “Walk Right Back.”
s1968 The Supremes record “Love Child”
1973 Billy Joel records “Piano Man”
1974 Bob Dylan records “Shelter From the Storm” and “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”
1984 “Missing You” by John Waite hits #1 in America.
2011 Adele went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Someone Like You’. The track was also No.1 in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
This Dates Side Notes!
1955 After DJs keep complaining that Les Paul’s “Magic Melody” single ends abruptly, Capitol Records releases the shortest single of all time, Les Paul’s “Magic Melody Part 2,” which is merely the final two notes of the old “shave and a haircut” tag. Released only as a promo, it lasts exactly one second.
1956 Bill Haley’s new single “Rockin’ Through The Rye,” based on the 17th-century Scottish tune “Comin’ Through The Rye,” is ban by The BBC to avoid offending its Scots listeners.
1964 Charles Finley, who owns the Kansas City Athletics baseball team, pays The Beatles $150,000 to play a show at his Municipal Stadium. The Beatles add their version of “Kansas City” to the set list, marking their only American performance of the song.
1975Mayor Stephen Juba of Winnipeg, Canada, declares today “Guess Who Day” in honor of its native sons.
1978 Queen stage a bicycle race with 65 naked models at Wimbledon stadium in England to provide the video and cover art for their “Bicycle Race” single.
1983Star Search debuts on CBS. Hosted by Ed McMahon, the TV talent competition introduces scores of future superstars, many from the music realm, including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Alanis Morissette, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Tiffany, LeAnn Rimes, Usher, Aaliyah, and Destiny’s Child. The first season’s musical winner’s were Sawyer Brown, (Vocal Group,) and Sam Harris, (Male Vocalist.)