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Remarkable Events In Music History: A 365 Day Timeline

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January 1: The Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Company perform at the New Year's Wail/Whale in San Francisco. Hell's Angels hosts the bash to thank Haight-Ashbury hippies for bailing Angel Chocolate George from jail (1967)

January 2: Five thousand people attend R&B Star, Johnny Ace's funeral in Memphis after he accidentally killed himself in a game of Russian roulette (1955)

January 3: Aretha Franklin was the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame (1987)

January 4: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of what would be over 240 gigs in this year when they appeared at the Bromel Club, Bromley (1967)

January 5: Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on holiday in New Orleans. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter was shot when running after two men who stole his girlfriend's purse at gunpoint (2004)

January 6: The Rolling Stones begin their first tour as a headline act (with the Ronettes) (1964)

January 7: San Francisco's underground FM station KMPX holds a ballot among its listeners to find out who would be the best candidate on a pro-grass ticket. The people say they want Bob Dylan for president, Paul Butterfield for vice-president, George Harrison as U.N. ambassador, Jefferson Airplane as the Secretary of Transportation (duh), and the Grateful Dead as attorney general. They had to make do with Nixon (1968)

January 8: Elvis Presley born (1935)

January 9: Mick Jagger was refused a Japanese visa because of a 1969 drug bust. This unfortunately halted the Rolling Stones' plan to tour the Orient (1973)

January 10: An Australian woman will face court today charged with repeatedly stabbing her partner with a pair of scissors in the back, shoulder and thigh because he played Elvis Presley's song "Burning Love" over and over again (2006)

January 11: . The Whiskey-a-Go-G0 nightclub opened in Los Angeles, CA. It is recognized as the first disco in the U.S (1963)

January 12: . The Supremes appeared in an episode of "Tarzan" on NBC-TV. The ladies played a group of nuns (1968)

January 13: Bobby Brown was arrested in Augusta, GA, for simulating a Sex act onstage. It was the second time that he had been arrested by the Augusta police department for the same offense (1993)

January 14: The term "rock & roll" is coined by Alan Feed (1955)

January 15: Sean Lennon's remake of his father's "Give Peace A Chance" was released to coincide with the United Nation's midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics were updated to reflect concerns of the 1990's (1991)

January 16: Paul McCartney was jailed in Tokyo for possession of a half pound of marijuana. He spent ten days behind bars before being kicked-out of the country by Japanese authorities. The remainder of his tour was canceled (1980)

January 17: NBC TV bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule (1966)

January 18: First jazz concert at the Met: Louis Armstrong and others (1944)

January 19: The soundtrack of the film, Easy Rider, the movie that made a star of Peter Fonda, became a gold record. It was the first pop-culture, film soundtrack to earn the gold award.(1917)

January 20: During an Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the audience threw an unconscious bat onto the stage. Thinking it was one of his rubber fakes, Ozzy picked it up and bit off it's head. The singer was taken to hospital to be given a rabies injection (1982)

January 21: David Palmer, former keyboard player for Jethro Tull changed his name to Dee Palmer after a successful Sex change operation. Palmer was the keyboard player for Jethro Tull between 1969 and 1980 (2003)

January 22: The Columbia Phonograph Company is formed in Washington D.C (1889)

January 23: Rock 'n' Roll fans under the age of 18 in Cleveland, Ohio, were banned from dancing in public (unless accompanied by an adult), after Ohio Police introduced a law Dating back to 1931 (1956)

January 24: The producer of the New Kids on the Block LP "Hangin' Tough"sues for a few million dollars for creative contributions and royalties. claiming that they only sang about 20% of the lyrics. The claim is eventually dropped (1992)

January 25: . . John Lennon and Yoko Ono completely shave their heads and declare 1970 as 'Year One'. Their hair is donated to 'Black House', an interracial community centre in North London for auction (1970)

January 26: Peter Green, guitar virtuoso, Fleetwood Mac's first lead guitar player, was committed to a mental hospital in England. He had fired a pistol in the general direction of a delivery boy. The depressive, Peter had left the band in May of 1970 (1977)

January 27: After controversy over Ice-T's song, "Cop Killer.", Warner Brothers Records announces that it is releasing him from his contract due to "creative differences" (1993)

January 28: By request, Ted Nugent carves his autograph into the arm of a fan using his bowie knife (1978)

January 29: Warner Bros. Records signs Peter, Paul and Mary (1962)

January 30: In the U.K., Virgin Megastores report that John Lydon's role on the TV game show I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here has bumped sales of the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks album up 20% (2004)

January 31: Cher sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXXIII (1999)


February 1: Neil Young, at age 17, performed his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg (1963)

February 2: Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New York. There had been a party in the flat to celebrate Vicious' release on $50, 000 bail pending his trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Nancy Spungen (1979)

February 3: Buddy Holly (22), Ritchie Valens (17), and the Big Bopper (28) died in a plane crash in Iowa (1959)

February 4: Alice Cooper is born (1948)

February 5: Due to a Musicians' Union ban, the Rolling Stones were not allowed to play their hit "Let's Spend the Night Together" when they appeared on an ITV show (1967)

February 6: Bob Marley is born (1945)

February 7: Stephen Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles' Record Plant Studio (1979)

February 8: Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" is certified gold (1973)

February 9: Oprah Winfrey announced that Garth Brooks had agreed to donate his earnings from sales from his album "Sevens" for a seven-day period. The money went to "Oprah's Angel Network (1998)

February 10: Michael Jackson granted his first interview in 15 years to Oprah Winfrey. In the interview, Jackson claimed that he has a disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin and that he had had very little plastic surgery (1993)

February 11: The Beatles record their entire deput LP in less than ten hours (1963)

February 12: David Bowie is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk (1997)

February 13: Led Zeppelin was forced to cancel a concert in Singapore when officials wouldn't let them off the plane because of their long hair (1972)

February 14: On CBS television Walter Cronkite reported that the Iranian government has banned rock & roll becausee it is against the concepts of Islam and also a hazard to health (1958)

February 15: Big Joe Turner recorded the original "Shake, Rattle & Roll" (1954)

February 16: Jerry Lee Lewis surrendered to federal authorities to answer income tax evasion charges. He was later acquitted (1984)

February 17: Kate Bush releases "The Kick Inside" (1978)

February 18: . David Gimour replaces Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd. Barret had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital and then went into seclusion (1968)

February 19: "Baywatch's" Pamela Anderson marries Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on a Cancun beach. The bride wears a white bikini (1995)

February 20: Four sets of Kiss footprints are placed in the sidewalk outside of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood (1976)

February 21: For the first time in seven years, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band. The New York City nightclub appearance was for a video for Jonathan Demme's film "Murder Incorporated." (1995)

February 22: The Beatles formed their Northern Music Publishing Company. Michael Jackson eventually purchased it (1963)

February 23: Ringo Starr guest starred on "Laugh-In." It was his first solo TV appearance (1970)

February 24: Lauryn Hill wins five Grammy's for her debut solo album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (1999)

February 25: Prince filed a copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against nine Web sites, with allegations that included selling bootlegged recordings and offering unauthorized song downloads (1999)

February 26: Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album hits No. 1 and stays for 37 weeks (1983)

February 27: Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder record "Ebony and Ivory" (1981)

February 28: Michael Jackson won a record eight Grammy awards connected to the album "Thriller." (1984)

February 29: The glasses that Buddy Holly had been wearing when he died were discovered in a police file in Mason, Iowa after being there for over 21 years (1980)


March 1: Queen begin their first headling UK tour in Blackpool (1974)

March 2: "Sound of Music" opens (1965)

March 3: Cab Calloway and his orchestra record "Minnie the Moocher" (1931)

March 4: John Lennon's statement that The Beatles were 'more popular than Jesus Christ' was published in The London Evening Standard. "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We're more popular then Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary." Lennon later apologized (1966)

March 5: Rod Stewart met Swedish actress, Britt Ekland at a party in Los Angeles, the couple went on to have a high profile love affair (1975)

March 6: Bonnie Raitt inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000)

March 7: The Beastie Boys became the first rap act to have a No.1 album in the US with their debut album, 'Licensed To Ill.' (1987)

March 8: Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "Star Spangled Banner" is broadcast by Radio Hanoi (1971)

March 9: Robert Plant played a secret gig at Keele University, England with his new band The Honey Drippers (1981)

March 10: Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde was arrested for leading an animal rights protest against the clothing firm Gap, who were accused of using leather from cows slaughtered 'illegally and cruelly'. The protest took place in a store in Manhattan (2000)

March 11: Paul McCartney is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II (1997)

March 12: . . A Philadelphia court sentenced jazz singer Billie Holiday to a year's probation after being found guilty of narcotics possession (1958)

March 13: Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds, dissatisfied with the group's 'too commercial' direction (1965)

March 14: "Grease" opened off-Broadway, where it ran for the next decade for a total of 3, 388 performances (1972)

March 15: Pretenders inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2005)

March 16: Trouble broke out during a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena when fans dangled an usher by his ankles from the balcony. The band was charged $38, 000 (22, 353) for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashed the building (1992)

March 17: Billboard reports that Ray Charles had started Tangerine, his own record label (1962)

March 18: Four guns and 25 boxes of ammo were confiscated from Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) after his wife, Courtney Love, called police fearing he was going to commit suicide. He did commit suicide about 3 weeks later (1994)

March 19: Elvis Presley buys "Graceland" (1957)

March 20: . . The first ever Motown package tour arrives in London, with Stevie Wonder, Martha and the Vandellas, Temptations and the Supremes (1965)

March 21: Dick Clark announced that he would no longer be hosting the show "American Bandstand." He had been the host for 33 years (1989)

March 22: Electric Circus club in New York, is damaged by a bomb (1970)

March 23: Pink Floyd release "Dark Side of the Moon" (1974)

March 24: During a Lou Reed show in Buffalo, New York, a fan jumped on stage and bit Lou on his bottom. The man was thrown out of the theatre and Reed completed the show (1973)

March 25: Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder was rescued after a riptide carried him 250 feet offshore in New Zealand (1995)

March 26: Diana Ross Born (1944)

March 27: Donnie Wahlberg of The New Kids on the Block was arrested in Louisville, KY, for first-degree arson. He allegedly poured vodka on a hotel carpet and set it on fire (1991)

March 28: More than 6, 000 radio stations play "We are the World" simultaneously (1986)

March 29: Led Zeppelin had all their six albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week (1975)

March 30: . . Jimi Hendrix set fire to his guitar on stage for first time at Finsbury Park at start of a 24 date UK tour with Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humberdinck (1967)


April 1: The first auto-change gramophone is introduced by HMV, price 125 (1928)

April 2: Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic & The Beatles finished recording the album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." the biggest selling album of the 60's in the UK (1967)

April 3: Bob Dylan made his first entry into the UK charts with his single 'The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964)

April 4: The Beatles hold the top five chart positions simultaneously (1965)

April 5: Kurt Cobain found dead from an apparent suicide (1994)

April 6: Carly Simon was introduced to James Taylor after her show at the Troubadour, Los Angeles. The couple married on 3rd November 1972 (1972)

April 7: Billie Holiday born (1915)

April 8: . BBC banned the song '100 Pounds of Clay' (Gene McDaniels and Craig Douglas) because it had reference to woman being created from building materials - considered to be blasphemous. The song reached No. 9 in the UK charts by April 20th (1961)

April 9: ABBA's "Dancing Queen" hits No. 1 (1977)

April 10: 27 year old Paul McCartney announces he's quit the Beatles with no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John Lennon. He also added he is forming 'McCartney Productions', and that he's bought the film rights to 'Rupert the Bear' (1970)

April 11: Bob Dylan makes his New York City debut at Gerde's Folk City (1961)

April 12: US Greyhound bus company begins a guided tour service of 'Hippyland' in San Francisco (1967)

April 13: Led Zeppelin became the first band to sell out the Montreal Forum (1970)

April 14: Motown Records and Stevie Wonder held a news conference to announce he had signed a "$13 million-plus" contract with the label (1976)

April 15: Tone Loc's Loc-ed After Dark becomes first black rap LP to hit No. 1 in US (1989)

April 16: Queen held its first U.S. concert at Regis College in Denver, CO (1974)

April 17: Johnny Cash played at the White house for President Nixon, who requested that he played 'A Boy Named Sue.' (1970)

April 18: The Neil Young movie "Journey Through the Past" debuted at the Dallas Film Festival (1973)

April 19: "The Music Man" starring Robert Preston, opens on Broadway (1957)

April 20: Robert Plant appeared at Disney's Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida to leave his handprints outside the theatre (2000)

April 21: Janis Joplin, accompanied by her newly formed band made her first London concert appearance at Royal Albert Hall. Janis Joplin & Her Kozmic Blues Band, which contained a horn section had a southern soul leaning and feeling. This performance was considered one of the best of her career.

April 22: John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first ever appearance as The Blues Brothers when they appeared on US TV's 'Saturday Night Live'. (NBS, 1978)

April 23: Whitney Houston becomes first artist to hit No. 1 on US Hot 100 with seven consecutive singles as 'Where Do Broken Hearts Go' hits the top. Previous record holders (with six each) were Beatles and Bee Gees. She becomes only the second artist to release four No. 1s from the same LP (1988)

April 24: The pipeless organ was patented by Laurens Hammond (1934)

April 25: The Beatles refused to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show because "Our decision would be the same no matter what the cause. We don't do benefits." (1968)

April 26: Rod Stewart is mugged; the gunman steals his $50.000 Porsche (1982)

April 27: Bee Gees debut on UK chart with "New York Mining Disaster" and Traffic debut on US charts with their LP "Mr. Fantasy" (1967)

April 28: Apple launches its Itunes Music Store (2003)

April 29: Jazz musician Duke Ellington receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1969)

April 30: BBC TV launched The Cilla Black Show, making Cilla the first British female performer to have her own TV show. The theme song, 'Step Inside Love', was written by Paul McCartney (1968)


May 1: The Mozart opera "The Marriage of Figaro" premiered in Vienna (1786)

May 2: Ed Sullivan announced he would never have Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stoneson his CBS-TV Sunday night show again. In time, he did invite them back (1965)

May 3: New York City's Philharmonic Hall at Lincoln Center announced that it would begin presenting rock, pop and jazz concerts as well as classical (1971)

May 4: Sony launches its Connect music store (2004)

May 5: Carnegie Hall opens in New York (1891)

May 6: In a Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Keith Richards starts writing for the Stones, he and Jagger worked out the opening riff of the song Satisfaction, following Richard's purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box that day (1965)

May 7: Ringo Starr, Brian Jones and members of The Beach Boys and The Moody Blues were in the audience to watch Jimi Hendrix who played two shows at London's Saville Theatre (1967)

May 8: Tom Waits won $2.5 million when a Los Angeles court ruled that Frito-Lay unlawfully used a Waits sound alike in its Doritos ads (1990)

May 9: The Guess Who hit No. 1 with "American Woman" (1970)

May 10: Frank Sinatra's version of 'My Way' made the British Top ten for the first time. Over the next three years it re-entered the Top 50 singles chart eight times (1969)

May 11: Reggae legend Bob Marley dies (1981)

May 12: Tiny Tim declared himself a New York City mayoral candidate. He did not win in the election (1989)

May 13: Forty-three people were arrested and more than fifty were injured after youths started throwing bottles outside a Jackson Five concert at RFK stadium in Washington DC (1974)

May 14: Led Zeppelin reunited for the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party in New York, appearing with the son of John Bonham, Jason on drums (1988)

May 15: Pink Floyd perform two-and-a-half-hour set at Crystal Palace, complete with fireworks and fifty-foot inflatable octopus. The concert is so loud that fish die in the lake (1970)

May 16: The Beach Boys release "Pet Sounds" (1966)

May 17: The first Monterey Folk Festival was held featuring Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Peter Paul and Mary (1963)

May 18: ACID 1.0 music creation software is released (1998)

May 19: Peter Gabriel releases "So" (1986)

May 20: Pete Cetera, bass player and singer with Chicago, undergoes five hours of emergency surgery after losing four teeth in a fight at a Dodgers-cubs baseball game. Four rednecks objected to the length of his hair (1971)

May 21: 1975 Elton John performs the first of eight concerts in the USSR - The first Western rock star to play there. 4, 000 people see the show (1975)

May 22: Jerry Lee Lewis arrives at Heathrow for start of UK tour, accompanied by his fourteen-year-old wife (and third cousin), Myra (1958)

May 23: The Who release "Tommy", the first rock opera (1969)

May 24: BBC television aired the first '33 & A Third Revolutions Per Monkee', guests included Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Julie Driscoll (1969)

May 25: Miles Davis born (1926)

May 26: In the Irish television guide; at 4.00 'Top Cat', 4.30 'Skippy' and at 5.30 'Youngline' (a series for young people highlighting their interests) featuring a new pop group U2 (alias Hype) (1978)

May 27: Siouxsie Sioux born (1957)

May 28: "Billboard" reported that "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" was the most popular song in the U.S (1955)

May 29: One of rock's first outdoor events takes place (in the rain) at Herndon Stadium in Atlanta. Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ruth Brown and Drifters are on the bill (1959)

May 30: Irish acts held No. 1 and No. 3 on Hot 100 with U2's 'With or Without You' and Chris de Burgh's 'Lady in Red' (1987)

May 31: Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice) leaves the Spice Girls (1998)


June 1: After leaving the political rock group the Clash, drummer Topper Headon was arraigned in London for stealing a bus stop sign and receiving stolen stereo equipment (1982)

June 2: The Beatles release "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" (1967)

June 3: The Rolling Stones began their "Exile on Main Street" tour before 17, 000 fans in Vancouver. I t was the Stones' first North American appearance in three years. Keith Richards blew out two guitars during the show, which was only tepidly received by the audience. Stevie Wonder was the opening act (1972)

June 4: "The Monkees" TV show won an Emmy award for outstanding comedy series (1967)

June 5: Cyndi Lauper hits No. 1 with "Time After Time" (1984)

June 6: Roy Orbison's "Only the Lonely" was released. It would reach number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and inspire Bruce Springsteen to write "Born to Run." (1960)

June 7: "The Johnny Cash Show" debuts on ABC-TV (1969)

June 8: Keyboards player Rick Wakeman left the progressive rock band Yes following completion of the album "Tales From Topographic Oceans." Wakeman openly expressed his bewilderment and disillusionment with the album and the band. Wakeman rejoined Yes in 1976, but split from the group again in 1980 (1974)

June 9: Les Paul born (1915)

June 10: The rock supergroup Asia was formed by Steve Howe and Geoff Downes from Yes, Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and John Wetton of Uriah Heep (1981)

June 11: Janis Joplin performed for the first time with Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco (1966)

June 12: Madonna arrived in Japan to begin her world tour (1987)

June 13: Live Aid concert is staged in London

June 14: The Rolling Stones announced the formation of their own record company. Rolling Stone magazine said the proposed name of the label was Pear, but it became simply Rolling Stones Records, a subsidiary of Atlantic (1969)

June 15: Egyptian officials cancelled a Peter Gabriel concert at a resort near the Israeli border. 7, 000 Israelis had been expected to cross the border for the show, and local officials on the Egyptian side feared there would be trouble (1994)

June 16: The Blues Brothers movie premieres in Chicago (1980)

June 17: Latin pop singer Jon Secada fell through the rostrum as he was approaching the stage to perform to an estimated one-billion television viewers during the opening ceremonies of the World Cup soccer tournament in Chicago. Secada was unable to extricate himself from the hole, and since the band had already started playing, he began singing with only his head above the stage level. He was eventually pulled from the hole, and moved to centre stage to finish his performance. Secada was later diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder (1994)

June 18: The Blues Brothers" movie opened in the US and Canada (1980)

June 19: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream announces new flavor Cherry Garcia ( 1987)

June 20: British synthesizer band Depeche Mode cancelled a concert at the Ottawa Civic Centre after asbestos fell from the ceiling as the group's crew was setting up equipment (1990)

June 21: Pete Townshend's use of the British slang term "bomb" to describe the success of the Who's rock opera "Tommy" caused him to be detained at the Memphis airport. FBI agents thought it was a bomb threat (1970)

June 22: Todd Rundgren born (1948)

June 23: Alice Cooper broke six of his ribs after he fell off the stage during a concert in Vancouver. Several dates on his "Welcome to My Nightmare" tour had to be cancelled (1975)

June 24: "Scream, " the first single from Michael Jackson's "HIStory" album, entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number five. It was the highest debut ever on the chart (1995)

June 25: Madonna donated the $300 thousand in profits from the final North American concert of her "Blond Ambition" tour to AIDS research. Twenty thousand people attended the show in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Madonna made a similar donation from a 1987 concert (1990)

June 26: Cher divorces Sonny Bono (1975)

June 27: the miliant black rap group Public Enemy disbanded following anti-Jewish remarks made by member Richard (Professor Grif) Griffin. Griffin, the group's so-called Minister of Information, had already been dismissed after he told a Washington newspaper that Jews were responsible for "the majority of wickedness that goes on across the globe." Public Enemy's record company said the decision to disband had nothing to do with reported pressure by the music industry. The group was back together within a matter of weeks (1989)

June 28: A week into their hugely-hyped reunion tour, the Sex Pistols stopped a show in Copenhagen after 15 minutes because fans wouldn't stop throwing bottles at them. One fan said, "in the old days, they would have returned the bottles." (1996)

June 29: Folk singer Tim Buckley died of a heroin and morphine overdose in Santa Monica, California at the age of 28. Testimony at the coroner's inquest indicated Buckley had snorted what he thought was cocaine. The man who owned the house where Buckley died was convicted of involuntary manslaughter (1975)

June 30: Cher marries Gregg Allman (1975)


July 1: Sony Walkman introduced (1979)

July 2: Elvis Presley recorded "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel." (1956)

July 3: Jim Morrison found dead in Paris (1971)

July 4: Casey Kasem hosted radio's "American Top 40" for the first time (1970)

July 5: Sarah McLachlan stages the first Lilith Fair Concert (1977)

July 6: The Damned made their debut performance at the 100 Club in London (1976)

July 7: The original lineup of Led Zeppelin gave its final show (1980)

July 8: "Playboy" and "Penthouse" magazines went on sale with nude pictures of Madonna (1985)

July 9: Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records (1958)

July 10: Eric Clapton announced that Cream would break up following a farewell tour (1968)

July 11: The Supremes hit No. 1 with "Where Did Our Love GO" (1965)

July 12: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan born (1948)

July 13: Eric Clapton's "I Shot The Sheriff" was released (1974)

July 14: Steve Miller got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1987)

July 15: Run-DMC's "Raising Hell" becomes the first rap album certified platinum

July 16: In London, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker formed the band Cream (1966)

July 17: 1st Newport Jazz Festival held (1954)

July 18: Metallica played at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA. The crowd was 1, 000 contest winners of the "Blind Date" competition organized by Miller Genuine Draft (2000)

July 19: Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler filed a lawsuit against the band. He claimed the other members had forced him to use heroin, then made him quit the band when he entered a rehabilitation program (1991)

July 20: Billboard Magazine publishes its first "Music Popularity Chart" (1940)

July 21: Roger Waters staged a production of "The Wall" at Potsdamer Platz, Germany. Sinead O'Connor, Bryan Adams, Phil Collins and Cyndi Lauper among others took part in the benefit (1990)

July 22: Little Richard, known as Reverend Richard Penniman, spoke at a revival meeting in North Richmond, CA. He warned the congregation about the evils of rock & roll music (1979)

July 23: Production began on the film, "Falling From Grace." The film marked John Mellencamp's acting and directing debut (1990)

July 24: Public Enemy postponed its televised farewell concert in Great Britain because Flava Flav broke his arm in a scooter accident (1995)

July 25: Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival (1966)

July 26: A U.S. federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, Inc. The injunction had been requested by the Recording Industry of Association of America (RIAA). The website was ordered to cease trade in music covered by RIAA member copyrights by midnight July 28, 2000 (2000)

July 27: Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" was released (1974)

July 28: Mary J. Blige releases influential hip-hop soul album "What's the 411?" (1992)

July 29: The Byrds left on their tour of South Africa without Gram Parsons. He had refused to set foot in a country where apartheid was official policy (1968)

July 30: The Rolling Stones fired Allen Klein as their manager (1970)

July 31: Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper" was released (1976)


August 1: MTV debuts on cable television (1981)

August 2: Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan (1972)

August 3: Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new band Wings (1971)

August 4: Yahoo Inc. announced that it was beginning a test of a new search engine feature that will search through millions of songs offered on popular Internet music services (2005)

August 5: Stevie Wonder signs $13 million, 7-year recording contract- the largest in the industry at the time (1975)

August 6: The last new episode of Magic Johnson's talk show, "The Magic Hour, " aired. The musical guests on the show were Boys II Men, Simply Red, Mary J. Blige and Hanson (1998)

August 7: The family of Jimi Hendrix won a case at an international panel to evict the holder of the Internet address www.jimihendrix.com (2000)

August 8: U.S radio labels The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" obscene

August 9: Muddy Waters performed at a White House picnic for U.S. President Jimmy Carter (1978)

August 10: Audiocassette sales in the U.S. surpass vinyl record sales (1983)

August 11: Richie Ramone (The Ramones) born (1957)

August 12: Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording (1877)

August 13: Jefferson Airplane play their first gig at the Matrix in San Francisco (1965)

August 14: The Grateful Dead met and decided to cancel their fall tour in the wake of Jerry Garcia's death (1995)

August 15: The Woodstock Music & Arts Fair commencs (1969)

August 16: Peter Gabriel announced that he was leaving the group Genesis. Phil Collins would be the new lead singer after the group auditioned more than 400 potential musicians (1975)

August 17: Mass production started on the first compact disc in Langenhagen, Germany (1982)

August 18: Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and Courtney Love (Hole) became parents to daughter Frances Bean(1992)

August 19: Kurtis Blow's "The Breaks" becomes the first rap single certified gold (1980)

August 20: The Rolling Stones release "Satisfaction" (1965)

August 21: The classic song "Ain't Misbehavin'" was recorded by Fats Waller(1938)

August 22: Former Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne sued to prevent the rest of the group from touring as "The Heads." The suit was settled out of court(1996)

August 23: Marie Ashton finishes playing a piano for a female record 133 hours (1958)

August 24: The Beatles released "Matchbox/Slow Down." (1964)

August 25: Emerson, Lake and Palmer made their world debut at Plymouth Guild Hall in Plymouth, England(1970)

August 26: Jimi Hendrix opens Electric Lady Studios (1970)

August 27: John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to "A Day In The Life" sold for $87, 000 at an auction (1992)

August 28: Bobby Pickett's "The Monster Mash" certified gold (1973)

August 29: Ella Fitzgerald and The Delta Rhythm Boys recorded "It's a Pity to Say Goodnight." (1946)

August 30: Legendary BBC Radio DJ John Peel born (1939)

August 31: Van Morrison born (1945)


September 1: U2 releases their first album, U2-3, in Ireland (1979)

September 2: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens in Cleveland, Ohio (1996)

September 3: Frank Sinatra started his solo singing career(1942)

September 4: Cat Stevens (Yusaf Islam) emerged to sign copies of his first album in 18 years (1996)

September 5: In New York, the NFL held a concert to celebrate its season opener. Eve, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias and 'N Sync's Joey Fatone performed. The event preceded the rare Thursday-night opener between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers (2002)

September 6: Georgia Gibbs sang "The Hula-Hoop Song" on "The Ed Sullivan Show." (1958)

September 7: Tupac Shakur fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting (1996)

September 8: The Knack hit No.1 with "My Sharona" (1979)

September 9: Otis Redding was born. His hit "(Sitting on) The Dock of the Bay" was recorded three days before he was killed in a plane crash in 1967 (1941)

September 10: Howard Stern appeared as Fartman on the MTV Video Music Awards (1992)

September 11: John Lee Hooker received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1997)

September 12: Elvis Presley, age 13, moved with his parents to Memphis, TN (1948)

September 13: Judy Garland was on the cover of "Life" magazine (1954)

September 14: Gene Austin recorded "My Blue Heaven." (1927)

September 15: Johnny Ramone dies at age 55 (2004)

September 16: B.B. King born (1925)

September 17: Frank Sinatra completed his final session with Mitch Miller and Columbia Records (1952)

September 18: Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, NY. It was the first country show at the venue (1947)

September 19: Chubby Checker's "The Twist" hits No. 1 (1961)

September 20: Jim Morrison was found guilty, in Miami, FL, of indecent exposure and profanity. He was acquitted on charges of "lewd and lascivious" behavior. The charges were related to a performance by the Doors (1970)

September 21: Dire Straits achieve a No. 1 hit with "Money for Nothing" (1986)

September 22: The Supremes made the studio recording of "I Hear a Symphony." (1965)

September 23: "People Are Strange" was released by the Doors (1967)

September 24: Nirvana release "Nevermind" (1991)

September 25: Liberace made his debut at Carnegie Hall for a sellout crowd (1953)

September 26: George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, NY. His works include "Swanee" and "Rhapsody in Blue." (1898)

September 27: The song "Thanks for the Memories" is heard for the first time on radio's "The Bob Hope Show"

September 28: "She Loves You" by the Beatles was played on the radio by Murry The K in New York. It is believed that this was the first time a Beatles song was played in the U.S. (1963)

September 29: The opera Pescatori di Perle is produced (Paris, 1863)

September 30: Jonny Lang, Slash (Guns 'n' Roses), Joey Ramone (Ramones) and Rick Nelson (Cheap Trick) and others appeared on "The Drew Carey Show". All the musicians were trying out for lead guitarist of Carey's band (1998)


October 1: John Philip Sousa was named the director of the United States Marine Corps Band. He composed the hymn "Semper Fidelis." (1880)

October 2: Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." tour ended in Los Angeles, CA (1985)

October 3: Sinead O'Connor rips up picture of Pope John Paul II on SNL (1992)

October 4: Thin Lizzy performed for the first time with Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson both in the lineup (1974)

October 5: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra was heard on the air over CBS radio from Carnegie Hall for the first time (1930)

October 6: The word "jazz" is coined (1917)

October 7: Cats opens on Broadway (1982)

October 8: John Lennon releases "Imagine" (1971)

October 9: John Lennon met Yoko Ono for the first time at an Indica Gallery in London's West End (1966)

October 10: The BBC banned the song "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett (1962)

October 11: The album "Hot in the Shade" was released by KISS (1989)

October 12: "Jesus Christ Superstar" premiers on Broadway (1971)

October 13: Pat Boone, the owner of the Oakland Oaks, sang the national anthem at the first game of the new American Basketball Association (1967)

October 14: Pearl Jam release five albums in one week (2001)

October 15: Fela Kuti born (1938)

October 16: Joan Baez and 123 other anti-draft demonstrators were arrested for blocking the entrance to the Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, CA (1966)

October 17: "She's Not There, " by the Zombies, was released (1964)

October 18: Kirk Hammett (Metallica) born (1962)

October 19: The Bob Crosby Orchestra recorded "I'm Free." (1938)

October 20: Rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson born (1937)

October 21: Buddy Holly recorded his last studio session. Holly and the Crickets recorded "True Love Ways, " "Moondreams, " "It Doesn't Matter Anymore, " and "Raining in my Heart." (1958)

October 22: Composer Franz Liszt was born (1811)

October 23: In Houston, TX, a jury convicted Yolanda Saldivar of the murder of Selena (1995)

October 24: In New York City, the lights of Broadway are turned off and traffic halted, in memory of Al Jolson (1950)

October 25: The Madonna album "Bedtime Stories" was released (1994)

October 26: Judy Garland, at the age of 12, sang on Wallace Berry's radio show on NBC (1935)

October 27: Bruce Springsteen appears on the covers of both "Time" and "Newsweek" (1975)

October 28: The studio recording of "My World Is Empty Without You" was made by the Supremes (1965)

October 29: The musical "Hair" opened off Broadway (1967)

October 30: John Lennon released the album "Mind Games." (1973)

October 31: Debbie Gibson held a sance at her Halloween party to contact the spirits of Liberace and Sid Vicious (1988)


November 1: Elvis Presley hit number one for the last time with "Suspicious Minds" (1969)

November 2: The Beach Boys' "Be True To Your School" was released (1963)

November 3: The U2 concert movie "Rattle And Hum" opened (1988)

November 4: Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" is No.1 (1959)

November 5: Ozzy Osbourne quit Black Sabbath only to rejoin a few weeks later. He later quit again to pursue a solo career (1977)

November 6: Britney Spears' album "Britney" was released (2001)

November 7: John Fogerty won his self-plagiarism court battle with Fantasy Records. The label claimed Fogerty copied his own song, "Run Through The Jungle" when he wrote "The Old Man Down The Road" (1988)

November 8: John Lennon's "How I Won the War" opened in the U.S. It was the first solo movie by a Beatle (1967)

November 9: The first issue of "Rolling Stone" published (1967)

November 10: The Clash's second album "Give 'Em Enough Rope, " was released in England. The album would be their first U.S. release (1978)

November 11: Berry Oakley, of the Allman Brothers, was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 24 years old (1972)

November 12: The album "Evita: The Complete Motion Picture Music Soundtrack" was released (1996)

November 13: The Beatles "Yellow Submarine" premiers in U.S. theaters (1968)

November 14: Composer Johann Georg Leopold Mozart was born (1719)

November 15: The Jackson 5, Partridge Family, and Carpenters top the charts (1970)

November 16: The musical "The Sound of Music" opened (1959)

November 17: Davey Jones of the Monkees opened a boutique, Zilch I, in Greenwich Village, NY (1967)

November 18: "Goldeneye" the James Bond movie, opened, featuring a title song by Tina Turner (1995)

November 19: First jazz concert at the White House (1962)

November 20: The Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" was released (1962)

November 21: Olivia Newton-John's "Physical" single hits No.1 & stays for 10 weeks (1981)

November 22: The Miles Davis Quintet debuted with a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City (1957)

November 23: Donald Bohana, 61, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the drowning death of Delores "DeeDee" Jackson, the ex-wife of Tito Jackson (Jackson 5) (1998)

November 24: Scott Joplin born (1868)

November 25: Saxophonist Albert Ayler was found drowned in New York's Hudson River. He was 34 years old (1968)

November 26: Sex Pistols release "Anarchy in the UK" (1977)

November 27: Jimi Hendrix born (1942)

November 28: Elton John and John Lennon sang a duet of "I Saw Her Standing There" at Madison Square Garden in New York. The show was John Lennon's last stage appearance (1974)

November 29: The Who released their first concert record, "The Who Sell Out." (1968)

November 30: The Save Rave '69 benefit concert, to aid the youth culture magazine Rave, took place in London (1969)


December 1: The Leonard Bernstein musical "Candide" opened on Broadway. The work was based on the book by Voltaire (1956)

December 2: The Temptations earn a No.1 hit with "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone" (1972)

December 3: The first Monkees concert was held, in Honolulu, HI (1966)

December 4: John Cale born (1940)

December 5: Little Richard born (1932)

December 6: Elvis Presley received one of 66, 000 letters that U.S. President Nixon sent out to potential administrative office holders (1968)

December 7: Jerry Lewis' white and red pinstriped devil suit was stolen from his dressing room at Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. Lewis needed the costume, valued at $9, 000, to play the role of Satan in the musical Damn Yankees (1996)

December 8: Jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton died of natural causes at the age of 80 (1991)

December 9: Richie Havens received a role in the orchestral stage version of "Tommy." (1971)

December 10:The Beach boys score a No.1 hit with "Good Vibrations" (1966)

December 11: Brenda Lee born (1944)

December 12: 22-year Ludwig Von Beethoven has first lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn (1792)

December 13: Phil Collins made his U.S. TV acting debut on "Miami Vice" playing a drug dealer (1985)

December 14: Chad & Jeremy and Don Ho guest on ABC-TV's "Batman." (1966)

December 15: The Beach Boys met Maharishi Yogi in Paris and learned transcendental meditation (1967)

December 16: George Harrison was deported from Germany for being too young to perform there with the Beatles (1960)

December 17: Tiny Tim marries Miss Vickie on "The Tonight Show" (1969)

December 18: Funeral services were held in Chicago for Sam Cooke (1964)

December 19: Paul Simon the musician, and Paul Simon, the presidential candidate, both host "Saturday Night Live." (1987)

December 20: Jethro Tull was formed (1967)

December 21: Liz Phair releases "Exile in Guyville" (1999)

December 22: The Chipmunks hit No.1 (1958)

December 23: Elton John and Bernie Taupin began writing songs together (1969)

December 24: Gian Carlo Menotti's "Amahl and the Night Visitors, " was first broadcast by NBC. It was the first opera written specifically for television (1951)

December 25: Harlem's Apollo Theater re-opened (1977)

December 26: Run D.M.C.'s Jason Mizell was hospitalized when his Jeep was hit head-on by a driver going the wrong-way (1987)

December 27: Hello, Dolly!" closed on Broadway after a run of 2, 844 performances (1970)

December 28: The Beatles (The White Album) hits No.1 in the U.S. (1968)

December 29: Jamaica issued a Bob Marley commemorative stamp (1982)

December 30: Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) and Shelli Dilley were married (1989)

December 31: The Beatles broke up (1971)

**Event dates and information derived from the following sources: This Date In Musical History Section of the Canoe Network, www.canoe.ca Music Trivia- All Our Yesterdays Section at Phil Brodie's Band Page, www.philbrodieband.com On This Day, www.on-this-day.com SonyMediaSoftware Promotional Mailing

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