This Day in Music History
1900 : Scott Joplin signs a contract for a royalty of 1c per copy.
1959 : Four members of The Platters -the male four- are arrested in Cincinnati and charged with "aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation" after local police found the singers in a Sheraton Gibson Hotel after-show party entertaining four scantily-clad nineteen-year-olds, including three white girls. The members would be acquitted of the charges in December, but in the meantime, the arrest led to the Platters being banned in several major radio markets.
1964 : On his way to visit two injured fans in Liverpool, England, Mick Jagger is pulled over and fined 32 pounds for speeding and driving without insurance.
1972 : Paul and Linda McCartney are arrested backstage in Gothenburg, Sweden, for possession of six ounces of marijuana, which was mailed to them by someone in McCartney's office who thought they would like some weed on the road. The couple are released after paying a combined fine of $1,200.
1976 : Elton John begins a historic record-breaking ten-night run of concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
1987 : "A Chorus Line", the Broadway smash that had become the longest-running show on Broadway four years earlier, celebrates a historic 5,000th performance
1987 : Wilson Pickett is found guilty of threatening patrons at a New Jersey bar with a loaded shotgun after a brawl inside the club. He is given two years' probation and fined $1000.
2007 : Laura Marling shares the stage with other indie artists like Crystal Castles and Mystery Jets at the first ever Underage Festival in Victoria Park, London. The festival, which grew out of a series of club nights in the Elephant and Castle district of South London, is only open to 13-17 year olds—no one outside that age limit is permitted inside the gates. At just 17 years young, Marling fits right in.
2007 : Jon Foreman, front man of Switchfoot, announces the band have left Columbia Records. Switchfoot will soon go on to create their own record label, lowercase people records.
2012 : Insane Clown Posse takes exception to the FBI naming their fans, collectively known as 'Juggalos,' as a criminal gang in the FBI's "2011 National Gang Threat Assessment Report". At the annual Gathering of the Juggalos event in Illinois, they announce intentions to sue the FBI. Despite this, the FBI continues to list Juggalos as an organized gang in later years.
2012 : The bands Kiss and Motley Crue donate $100,000 together to the families of the victims of the Aurora, Colorado "Dark Knight" shooting. The mass massacre occurred Friday, July 20th, at a movie theater showing of The Dark Knight Rises when James Eagan Holmes burst into the theater with guns blazing, killing 12 and wounding 58. The story rocks the United States and the ensuing trial of shooter Holmes, who was inspired by the actions of 'The Joker,' a famed villain in the Batman franchise played by Heath Ledger, is to generate top headlines for many months yet.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com