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1891 – The Music Hall (later Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening. The first performer is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

1900 – “The Billboard” (later called “Billboard”) begins weekly publication instead of monthly after six years of publication.

1956 – Elvis Presley scores his first US #1 single and album when “Heartbreak Hotel” goes to the top of the charts. It also becomes his first million-seller, and is the best selling single of the year.

1963 – On George Harrison’s recommendation, Dick Rowe (Head of A&R at Decca records – and the man who turned down The Beatles) goes to see The Rolling Stones play at Crawdaddy Club in London. The band is signed to the label within a week.

1968 – Buffalo Springfield performs their final concert in Long Beach, CA and splits up. Richie Furay forms Poco, and Stephen Stills teams up with David Crosby and Graham Nash to form Crosby Stills & Nash.

1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival releases “Bad Moon Rising.”

1973 – David Bowie scores his first UK #1 album when Aladdin Sane starts a five-week run at the top of the charts.

1984 – Chrissi Hyde of the Pretenders and Jim Kerr of Simple Mind are married.

1986 – It is announced that Cleveland, Ohio had been chosen as the city where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame would be built.

1992 –  Radiohead releases The Drill EP, their first record in the UK. The band is still called “On a Friday” when the songs for this EP were recorded; they change their name to Radiohead the following month.

1992 – The Beach Boys appear on ABC-TV’s Full House.

1998 – Bad Religion release their tenth full-length studio album No Substance.


1898 : Blind Willie McTell

1937 : Johnnie Taylor

1942 : Tammy Wynette

1948 : Bill Ward (Black Sabbath)

1959 : Ian McCulloch (Echo & The Bunnymen)

1962 : Kevin Mooney (Adam and the Ants)

1988 : Adele

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

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