This Day in Music History: Phil Collins responds to Genesis' ad in Melody Maker, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

1964 – The Beatles appear at The Convention Hall in Philadelphia, their first of only two shows in this city. Read more on this concert here.

1964 – The Rolling Stones record their version of the Willie Dixon song “Little Red Rooster” at Regent Sound Studios in London, England.

1965 – The Doors record their first demos at World Pacific Jazz Studios in Los Angeles, where they cut six Jim Morrison songs.

1970 – Genesis runs an ad in Melody Maker magazine, looking for musicians who are “determined to strive beyond existing stagnant music forms.” Phil Collins answers the ad and eventually joins the group.

1976 – Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five become the first rap act to play a theater when they perform at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. They introduce various DJ techniques along with rap interplay and choreography in their shows.

1976 – The first issue of Musician magazine is published.

1978 – Teddy Pendergrass plays a midnight “For Women Only” concert at Avery Fisher Hall in New York to promote his album Life Is A Song Worth Singing. The ladies are treated to white chocolate and lollipops, the concept proves very popular, and more female-only shows are held to capitalize on Pendergrass’ appeal to the opposite sex.

1978 – George Harrison marries Olivia Trinidad Arias, a secretary at his Dark Horse record company.

1995 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens in Cleveland. The ceremony features performances by Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Al Green, The Allman Brothers Band, Booker T. & the MG’s, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, The Pretenders, John Fogerty, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, George Clinton, The Kinks, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, The Animals’ Eric Burdon, and Boz Scaggs.

2013 – Sir Elton John wins the first ever Brits Icon award in a gala concert that marks his return to the stage after surgery for appendicitis. Elton is presented with the prize by his friend Rod Stewart, who describes him as “the second-best rock singer ever” (we’re guessing Freddie Mercury is #1).

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

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