April 16 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
April 16

1955 : A young Roy Orbison sees Elvis Presley for the first time, performing at the Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas.

1965 : The Hollies make their US stage debut at New York's Paramount Theatre.

1969 : Elektra drops the MC5 after the retailer Hudson's pulls all Elektra album in retaliation for an ad the MC5 put in an underground paper that said "F--k Hudson's". The band was upset because they refused to stock their "Kick Out The Jams" album. Here's the song that gave its name to the album.

1972 : Electric Light Orchestra make their live debut at Croydon, England's Fox and Greyhound pub.

1974 : Queen make their US live debut at Regis College in Denver, Colorado.

1976 : Boz Scaggs goes to visit friend Bobby "Blue" Bland backstage at the famed Antone's in Austin, Texas, and is beaten unconscious by two bouncers.

1990 : The Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa concert is held in Wembley Stadium, London to celebrate the release of Mandela, who had been imprisoned since 1964. Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt all perform.

1993 : Billy Burnette leaves Fleetwood Mac to pursue a country music career.

1996 : Kiss perform at the Grammys in full makeup and glorious costumes. It's just the second time since 1980 (following their 1995 MTV Unplugged taping) that all four original members have been on stage together.

1997 : Elton John is awarded an honorary membership to his old alma mater, Britain's Royal Academy of Music.

2007 : Ornette Coleman wins the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2006 album, Sound Grammar, the first jazz work to receive the honor.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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