This Day in Music History
1957 : Specialty Records hires a new A&R man named Sonny Bono.
1965 : Jan & Dean's upcoming debut movie, "Easy Come, Easy Go", is canceled after an on-set railroad accident which injures seventeen crew members, along with breaking the leg of Jan Berry.
1972 : '50s nostalgia picks up steam at the London Rock & Roll Show. Held at Wembley Stadium, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bill Haley, Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis perform.
1972 : Music mogul Clive Davis catches Aerosmith's act at Max's Kansas City in New York and immediately signs them with CBS Records for $125,000.
1975 : The first all-female hard-rock band is formed when producer Kim Fowley puts together The Runaways, featuring Joan Jett, future Bangle Michael Steele and Lita Ford.
1975 : Stevie Wonder signs the largest contract for a single artist in history: $13 million over seven years for seven albums with Tamla/Motown.
1979 : Phonogram Records signs Def Leppard.
1980 : The Osmonds officially disband.
1983 : After sleeping through much of his trial, David Crosby (The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) is sentenced to eight years for cocaine and firearm possession. Within a year, however, his conviction will be overturned.
1996 : Soul singer Wilson Pickett checks into a court-ordered rehab for cocaine addiction.
2000 : Legendary glam rocker Gary Glitter, awaiting trial on child pornography charges, revisits England for business and is harassed by a large crowd outside his West London home, causing the police to investigate.
2007 : DNA tests prove that at least two of the twelve claimants to the estate and fortune of recently deceased soul legend James Brown are found to be legitimate. His will had already named six known children.
2009 : Steven Tyler of Aerosmith falls off the stage at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, suffering injuries to his head and neck, which force the rest of their tour to be canceled. Tyler fell when he was entertaining the crowd with a dance while a technical problem was being sorted.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com