This Day in Music History
1949 : Hank Williams gets 6 encores at the Grand Ole Opry after performing his new single "Lovesick Blues".
1958 : Jerry Lee Lewis finds that the marriage scandal involving his 14-year-old second cousin has migrated back to the States when he is booed off a New York stage. The second show is canceled due to poor ticket sales, and Lewis' career, for the time being anyway, is ruined.
1966 : Britain's Melody Maker reports that one of the first "supergroups", Cream, has formed from former members of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, and the Graham Bond Organization.
1966 : European radio is abuzz with rumors that Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, has been killed in an auto accident days earlier. In fact, guitarist Pete Townshend was in the wreck, but survived with minor injuries.
1968 : During a recording session for "Sympathy For The Devil", a fire breaks out in the studio. While many are quick to blame Lucifer, the blaze was actually caused by a light being used by a camera crew documenting the sessions.
1971 : A drunken Dennis Wilson, drummer for The Beach Boy, accidentally puts his hand through the glass door of his home, severing nerves that keep him from his instrument for the better part of three years.
1988 : Alongside dozens of big-name acts like Sting, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder, UB40 rock the stage at the Free Nelson Mandela Concert. Held at Wembley Stadium in London, the show is broadcast to 67 countries and an estimated audience of 600 million people, breeding renewed interest in the group’s music stateside.
1990 : The United Nations appoints Olivia Newton-John as its first Goodwill Ambassador to the environment.
1992 : U2 has ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson join them onstage at their concert in Stockholm for a rendition of ABBA's 1976 smash Dancing Queen.
2000 : Busta Rhymes rides atop his own float in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York. "I'm here to thoroughly represent the entire spectrum of the urban community", Rhymes says.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com