This Day in Music History
1956 : The Coasters sign with Atlantic Records.
1959 : Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper play their last show as part of the "Winter Dance Party" tour, stopping this night at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Admission: $1.25. The last song of the night: "The Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace".
1963 : The Beatles begin their first British tour at the Gaumont in Bradford, opening up for singer Helen Shapiro.
1969 : It's "Carl Perkins Day" in Jackson, Tennessee, where Perkins moved when he was 18.
1973 : Elvis Presley meets Muhammed Ali in Las Vegas. The two exchange gifts, and Ali later says, "I felt sorry for him because he didn't enjoy life the way he should. He stayed indoors all the time. I told him he should go out and see people."
1973 : Emerson, Lake and Palmer keyboard player Keith Emerson injures his hands when a rigged piano explodes prematurely during a San Francisco gig, leaving him with minor cuts and a broken fingernail.
1999 : Freddy Fender is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2003 : Phil Spector is charged with murder after police are called to his home in Alhambra, California and discover Lana Clarkson dead from a gunshot wound. He was convicted of the crime in 2009.
2011 : The White Stripes break up. In a statement on the group's website, frontman Jack White and drummer Meg White write, "The reason is not due to artistic differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health. It's for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com