This Day in Music History: The Kinks record “Sunny Afternoon,” Tipper Gore indirectly creates the Parental Advisory sticker
1938 – Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra record “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
1955 – Elvis Presley’s performance in Jacksonville, Florida is the first of his shows at which a riot ensues after he tells the audience, “Girls, I’ll see you backstage.” Johnny Tillotson is the opening act and sees fans rip the shirt off Elvis’s back. He escapes unharmed.
1966 – The Kinks record “Sunny Afternoon.”
1970 – The Beatles film “Let it Be” premieres in New York.
1971 – Motown child prodigy Stevie Wonder turns 21, and is by law released from his recording contract and given $1 million of the $30 million he has earned while at the label. Nevertheless, after gaining complete artistic control, Wonder resigns to Tamla.
1975 – A radio station in Jacksonville, Florida knocks out the city’s phone service giving away tickets to an Elvis Presley concert.
1985 – Tipper Gore, who is the wife of Tennessee senator Al Gore, forms the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) with 3 other politically-connected women after listening to the Prince song “Darling Nikki.” The group pressures the RIAA to establish a ratings system for albums and concerts like there exists in movies, and also to keep offensive album covers out of view in record stores. They end up getting warning stickers on albums with offensive lyrics.
2008 – The U.S. Postal Service issues a 42-cent stamp in honor of Frank Sinatra.