This Day in Music History
1889 : The Columbia Phonograph Company is formed in Washington, DC. The record label would eventually morph into the Columbia Broadcast System, better known today as CBS.
1960 : Sam Cooke leaves the tiny Keen label to sign with RCA Records.
1966 : After a rare four-inch snowfall in Memphis, Elvis Presley and members of his "Memphis Mafia" build a snowman in front of Graceland (and have a snowball fight as well).
1969 : The Beatles' George Harrison, meeting Billy Preston at the Apple offices, persuades him to join the Get Back sessions (later released as Let It Be).
1972 : In an interview with Melody Maker, David Bowie says, "I'm gay and I always have been."
1974 : Carly Simon's album "Hotcakes" is certified gold.
1981 : The John Lennon tribute issue of Rolling Stone is published with the famous Annie Leibovitz photo of a naked Lennon embracing a fully-clothed Yoko Ono. Lennon's full interview was not published by the magazine until 2010.
1984 : Barry Manilow sings the national anthem at Superbowl XVIII in Tampa, Florida.
2008 : Amy Winehouse is taken to a London clinic by her father after video surfaced depicting her allegedly getting wack on the crack.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com