This Day in Music History
1952 : Fixated on old war movies and wishing to join the fight in Korea while it was still in progress, seventeen-year-old Vincent Eugene Craddock enters the US Navy. He would later go on to fame as Gene Vincent.
1956 : Elvis Presley performs three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, Florida, billed as "Country Music's Mr. Rhythm".
1958 : Carl Perkins leaves Sun Records to sign with the Columbia label as their first rockabilly artist.
1965 : Rod Stewart plays his first major gig in a Harrow, England club, singing with his band, The Soul Agents.
1968 : Gerry Marsden (of Gerry and the Pacemakers fame) begins a 3 1/2 year run in the stage production of Charlie Girl in London's West End.
1974 : The First Annual American Music Awards, Dick Clark's answer to the Grammys, is broadcast on ABC. Hosts include Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller.
1976 : Donna Summer's "Love To Love You Baby" is certified gold.
1977 : Natalie Cole wins a Grammy for "Sophisticated Lady", Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. Barry Manilow wins a Grammy for "I Write The Songs", Song of the Year.
1981 : Five years after George Harrison is found guilty of "subconscious plagiarism" in appropriating the melody of The Chiffons'" He's So Fine" in his own hit "My Sweet Lord", Judge Richard Owen of New York State Supreme Court awards the plaintiff, ABKCO Music, the sum of $587,000 in damages.
1982 : Ozzy Osbourne is wearing a dress when police in San Antonio arrest him for urinating on the Alamo.
1987 : Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty, and Jesse Ed Davis join bluesman Taj Mahal onstage during his concert at Hollywood's Palomino Club.
1991 : Public Enemy and Sinead O'Connor are nominated for Grammy Awards, but skip the ceremony: PE has beef because the rap award isn't televised, and Sinead says they "respect mostly material gain".
1995 : Roxette performs in Beijing celebrating the Chinese New Year. It's the first time a western artist has performed a commercial concert in China since George Michael did in 1984.
1996 : During Michael Jackson's performance of "Earth Song" at the 1996 BRIT Awards, Jarvis Cocker of the band Pulp jumps on stage and makes demeaning gestures toward Jackson. Cocker later said he did it because Jackson was "pretending to be Jesus".
1999 : Marilyn Manson files a defamation countersuit against former Spin executive editor Craig Marks. Manson's action is in response to a multimillion-dollar suit Marks filed the month before against defendants that included the singer, label Nothing/Interscope, and Manson's bodyguard agency.
2002 : A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee, rejecting four of the five counts brought against the singer.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com