This Day in Music History
1953 : Eddie Fisher is discharged from the US Army, having sold seven million records during his stint in the service.
1956 : Leo Fender patents the successor to his popular "Telecaster" model of electric guitar, this time called the "Stratocaster".
1956 : While performing at the Municipal Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama, Nat King Cole is assaulted by five segregationists and tackled on stage, although local police quickly arrest the perpetrators, who had originally planned to kidnap the singer. Cole bravely performs a second show later that night.
1968 : Bill Kreutzmanninvites Mickey Hart to join Grateful Dead as its second drummer.
1970 : At one of the band's last concerts, in Boston, Doors frontman Jim Morrison asks the audience if they'd like to see something of his "that rhymes with 'sock'", and then, more bluntly, screaming "Would you like to see my genitals?" The power in the stadium is switched off, and keyboardist Ray Manzarek pulls the singer, already facing similar charges from a Miami gig, off the stage.
1970 : The Beatles announce their breakup. It's a unanimous decision, but Paul McCartney takes most of the heat in the press, as he was the first to actually quit.
1970 : Keith Emerson of The Nice, Greg Lake of King Crimson, and Carl Palmer of Atomic Rooster join forces to form Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
1985 : Madonna begins her first tour, the Virgin Tour, in Seattle.
1999 : The all-star tribute concert Here There and Everywhere: A Concert For Linda is held at London's Royal Albert Hall, where Paul McCartney, George Michael, Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders), Elvis Costello and Sinead O'Connor raise money for animal charities while remembering Paul's wife Linda, who has recently succumbed to breast cancer.
2007 : Johnny Cash's last residence, a 14,000-square-foot house in Hendersonville, Tennessee, burns to the ground. It had been purchased after Cash's death by Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees, and planned for renovation.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com