This Day in Music History: Marty Balin and Paul Kantner form Jefferson Airplane, Björk releases Debut
1954 – Elvis Presley’s first professional recording session is held at Sun Records in Memphis, TN with Scotty Moore and Bill Black. The future King records his first release for the label, “That’s All Right (Mama),” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”
1958 – Ray Charles’ performance at the Newport Jazz Festival is recorded for a live album.
1965 – Marty Balin and Paul Kantner form a folk rock group that evolves into Jefferson Airplane, the premier San Francisco psychedelic band of the late ’60s. The band makes its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury club, and is signed to RCA later in the year.
1966 – On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards’ girlfriend, Chas Chandler of The Animals sees Jimi Hendrix perform at the Cafe Wha? in New York. Chandler goes on to become Jimi’s manager and takes him to London, where The Jimi Hendrix Experience forms.
1968 – Bill Graham opens The Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA.
1993 – Björk releases her first post-Sugarcubes solo album, Debut.
2003 – Johnny Cash makes his last ever live performance when he appears at the Carter Ranch.