This Day in Music History
1958 : After a series of disputes over money (and a fistfight with the manager of Harlem's famous Apollo Theater), Drifters manager George Treadwell fires the entire group and installs the existing group the Five Crowns in their place, renaming them The Drifters. This lineup, featuring a lead tenor named Ben E. King, would prove to be the most popular critically and commercially, releasing hits like "There Goes My Baby", This Magic Moment and Save The Last Dance For Me.
1969 : The Spencer Davis Group breaks up. Steve and Muff Winwood left the band in 1967, but the band continued on with less success without them before calling it quits.
1976 : Deep Purple break up. It will be eight years before they get back together.
1976 : The Beatles' "Rock 'N' Roll Music" is certified gold.
1980 : Billy Joel gets his first gold record, for "It's Still Rock And Roll To Me".
1980 : Laguna Beach, California's Vorpal Gallery opens a new exhibit featuring paintings by Joni Micthell, John Mayall, Klaus Voorman, and Ron Wood.
1981 : The mayor of Odessa, Texas, declares today Roy Orbison Day in honor of the singer. (Orbison was actually from Wink, a microscopic town about 35 miles west.)
1989 : After finding over $40,000 in cash and checks in his cell at the Stevenson Correctional Institute in South Carolina, James Brown is moved to a cell with tighter security.
2002 : "Movin' Out", a stage musical dedicated to the songs of Billy Joel, premieres in Chicago.
2002 : Philadelphia declares today Solomon Burke Day in honor of the native singer.
2004 : James Lowe and Mark Tulin of the Electric Prunes, famous for their 1967 garage-psych hit "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night", sue their former label and publishing company for over one million dollars in unpaid royalties.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com