This Day in Music History: Creedence Clearwater Revival release their 3rd album of 1969, The Police release their debut - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart

1920 – KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. With consumers unsure about benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.

1963 – The British paper Daily Mirror coins the term “Beatlemania!” in a cover story reviewing The Beatles’ concert the night before in Cheltenham, England.

1963 – Kate Smith gives her first full concert to paying customers.

1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival releases Willy and the Poor Boys, the band’s third studio album this year.

1973 – Ringo Starr releases Ringo in the US.

1974 – George Harrison begins the first solo tour by a Beatle when he opens his Dark Horse tour in Vancouver, BC.

1978 – The Police release their debut album, Outlandos d’Amour.

1979 – The Who’s musical film Quadrophenia, featuring a small part played by Sting, opens in US theaters.

1984 – Marvin Gay Sr., father of singer Marvin Gaye (who added the e when he joined Motown), is found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of his son. The courts rule the action was taken in self-defense, and he is given five years’ probation.

1990 – Prince’s fourth film, Graffiti Bridge, opens in theaters. The film co-stars Tevin Campbell and Mavis Staples.

1999 – Drummer Taylor Hawkins makes his debut with the Foo Fighters when they release their third studio album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose.

2004 – Guitarist Eric Clapton collects his CBE from Buckingham Palace for his services to music.

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

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