This Day in Music History
1952 : Eight-year-old prodigy Gladys Knight appears on the TV show Ted Mack's Amateur Hour, which was a precursor to shows like Star Search and American Idol. She wins the top prize of $2,000 for her performance of Nat King Cole's "Too Young".
1958 : John Lennon's mother Julia is killed when she's hit by a car driven by an off-duty police officer. Lennon would later write the songs "Julia" and "Mother" about her.
1966 : Percy Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman" is certified gold.
1968 : The Beatles' new enterprise, Apple, enters its new corporate headquarters on 3 Savile Row, London, later the site of their famous "rooftop concert".
1978 : Bob Dylan performs at what was the biggest open-air concert in history for a solo artist, playing for over 200,000 at "The Picnic at Blackbushe" at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, England.
1980 : Linda Ronstadt makes a well-received dramatic debut in Joseph Papp's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" in New York's Central Park, setting off a "Pirates" fad that would last for the next three years.
1986 : Run-DMC's "Raising Hell" becomes the first rap album certified platinum.
1986 : Columbia Records, Johnny Cash's home for 28 years, drops the singer from its roster of artists.
1989 : 200,000 people turn out for a free Pink Floyd concert in Venice, Italy.
1999 : The Rolling Stones report income of $337 million in the last two years, a result of 147 concerts in front of nearly six million fans.
2012 : "Gangnam Style" is unleashed upon the world. Performed by K-Pop singer PSY, the song debuts on YouTube and becomes its most-watched video in history, surpassing even Justin Bieber's hit "Baby" in that capacity. The song, partly in Korean, is about the lifestyle of the Gangnam district in Seoul, Korea. The video features PSY's now-famous signature dance moves and very tight editing along with several humorous scenes; it spawns several parodies, animated versions, and mash-ups. "Gangnam Style" goes on to become a worldwide phenomenon, with its dance moves attempted by US president Obama and British prime minister Cameron; it is also declared a "force for world peace" on the floor of the United Nations, no less.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com