This Day in Music History
1955 : Elvis Presley performs at the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas, billed as "The Be-Bop Western Star of the Louisiana Hayride". It is the first concert booked through Col. Tom Parker. Also on the bill that day: Buddy and Bob, a country duo featuring a eighteen-year-old Buddy Holly.
1969 : The Doors' "Touch Me" is certified gold.
1969 : Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" is certified gold.
1972 : Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a gig in Singapore when local officials, seeing their long hair, refuse to let them off the plane.
1982 : The 300-pound marble slab marking the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zant is stolen from a cemetery in Orange Park, California. Police find it two weeks later in a dry river bed.
1983 : Marvin Gaye performs a very memorable National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles. It was an early example of an artist putting his own spin on the song, which would become commonplace in the following years.
1992 : Motley Crue announces Vince Neil is leaving the heavy metal group.
2000 : Pop singer and songwriter Richard Marx makes a surprise appearance at the 2000 edition of Joe Diffie's annual "Country Steps in for First Steps," concert at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Marx performs his hit "Don't Mean Nothing".
2001 : Rock guitarist Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, considered the Oscar for the guitar industry. Frampton gets the award during ceremonies at L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum.
2005 : Wilco are awarded Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Recording Package for their fifth album, "A Ghost Is Born".
2005 : At the 47th Annual Grammy Awards, Robin Thicke earns his first gold-plated gramophone for his work on Usher’s 2004 album Confessions. Robin co-produced the track "Can U Handle It?"
2011 : Black Keys' "Brothers" wins Best Alternative Music Album, while their "Tighten Up" wins Best Rock Performance by a Group with Vocal. Other nominees included Jeff Beck & Joss Stone; Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and Muse.
2011 : Switchfoot's "Hello Hurricane" is awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album.
2011 : Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" scoops Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards, beating Eminem's hotly-tipped comeback, Recovery. Many people had not heard of the Canadian band at the time, prompting the internet meme, "Who Is Arcade Fire?"
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com