This Day in Music History: The First Grammy Awards, The Clash release their debut in the UK - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

1959 – The first Grammy Awards are held. Domenico Modugno’s “Volare” wins Record of the Year; Henry Mancini’s Peter Gunn wins Album of the Year, and The Champs’ “Tequila” wins Best R&B Performance.

1967 – Steve Winwood and his brother Muff announce they are leaving the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic.

1970 – Bob Dylan records “Days Of ’49,” “Early Morning Rain,” and “Wigwam.”

1976 – Hall & Oates record “Rich Girl.”

1977 – CBS releases the self-titled, debut album by The Clash in the UK. Because CBS refuses to release it in the US until 1979, Americans buy over 100,000 imported copies of the record, making it one of the biggest-selling import records of all time.

1977 – The Rolling Stones record their Love You Live album in Toronto.

1996 – A second song from The Beatles is released as part of their first reunion since the band’s breakup 26 years earlier. The song is a finished version of “Real Love,” a John Lennon demo from 1980.

2012 – Nielsen SoundScan announces vinyl sales in the US had increased 36% in 2011 compared to the previous year, concluding that vinyl records are making a big comeback for music fans.


1936 – Eric Allandale (The Foundations)

1944 – Bobby Womack

1948 – Chris Squire (Yes)

1951 – Chris Rea

1966 – Patrick Hannan (The Sundays)

1967 – Evan Dando (The Lemonheads)

1971 – Fergal Lawlor (The Cranberries)

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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