This Day in Music History: The Concert for Bangladesh is held, MTV debuts - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

1942 – In response to what it sees as a threat from a new fad, phonograph records, the American Federation of Musicians goes on a recording strike (but not live gigs).

1958 – With his contract up at Sun Records, Johnny Cash leaves Memphis, moves to Los Angeles, and signs with Columbia Records.

1960 – Aretha Franklin makes her first secular recordings, which include “Today I Sing the Blues.”

1963 – Beatles Monthly magazine debuts. It will continue for six years.

1964 – A brand new group called “The Steampacket,” featuring lead vocals by Rod Stewart, opens for the Rolling Stones at the London Palladium.

1970 – After two years of sitting on the shelf (mostly due to shocking sex and violence scenes), the gangster movie Performance, featuring the acting debut of the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, premieres in London.

1971 – Tony Kaye quits Yes to form Badger. He is replaced by Rick Wakeman.

1971 – The Concert For Bangladesh is held at Madison Square Garden in New York, organized by George Harrison to help victims of famine in the country. A-list performers included Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, and Ringo Starr.

1971 – The Sonny And Cher Comedy Hour, starring the popular duo, premieres on CBS television.

1980 – George Harrison forms a movie production company called Handmade Films, which goes on to produce films like Monty Python’s Life of Brian, The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits, and Shanghai Surprise.

1987 – Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart marries Bananarama founding member Siobham Fahey.

1987 – “I want my MTV …” the Music Television network signs on air.

1987 – Guns N’ Roses head to Park Plaza and 450 South La Brea in Hollywood to shoot their first video, which is for “Welcome To The Jungle.”

1996 – MTV launches another channel known as MTV2.

2007 – The Police play the first of two sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City on their Reunion Tour.

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

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