August 19 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
August 19

1980 : "The Breaks" by Kurtis Blow becomes the first rap single certified gold.

1980 : A riot breaks out in Toronto when Alice Cooper cancels a concert due to illness.

1988 : Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" is named the most played song in the first hundred years of the jukebox's existence.

1989 : Lou Reed breaks his ankle after a soundcheck in Cleveland, and is forced to cancel the remainder of his tour.

1990 : Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert.

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