This Day in Music History
1942 : Johnny Mercer's label Capitol Records becomes the first record company to give an album to a radio station, when he gives one to a Los Angeles DJ. It's a brilliant move, as the station plays the record and promotes it. In coming years, labels will try all sorts of tricks to get their records played on radio.
1956 : Gene Vincent makes his stage debut, performing in his hometown of Norfolk, Virginia.
1962 : The Beatles sign their first record contract with EMI, though it's merely to produce a series of demos. The band will have to pass its upcoming audition to get signed to make actual records.
1964 : The Beatles begin their first world tour, playing the K.B. Hallen Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. Session drummer Jimmy Nicol, wearing Ringo's suit, sits in for the ailing drummer for this and the next five dates.
1966 : Janis Joplin arrives in San Francisco, having been invited there by Big Brother & the Holding Company in order to become their new lead singer.
1967 : The Monkees win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
1967 : Procol Harum, Jimi Hendrix' Experience and Denny Laine all appear at The Saville Theatre London, England.
1969 : Nicky Hopkins leaves The Jeff Beck group.
1969 : Hundreds of people in Glenrowan, Australia signed a petition protesting against the casting of Mick Jagger in the role of the Australian folk hero, Ned Kelly.
1974 : David Bowie's "Diamond Dogs Tour" begins in Montreal. As part of the elaborate stage show, a giant diamond opens up to reveal Bowie.
1975 : The Rolling Stones become the first rock band to receive royalties for sales of their records in Russia.
1976 : Blondie, Mink DeVille, Talking Heads, Laughing Dogs and Tuff Darts perform at the new wave venue GBGB. Live recordings are made of the performances and are featured on the album Live At CBGB'S New York.
1979 : US President Jimmy Carter hosts Chuck Berry, who plays a concert for The First Family at the White House.
1985 : Elton John begins a high court battle with Dick James Music, seeking the rights to early songs and recordings plus damages estimated at more than $51 million.
1986 : After a years-long court battle, the producers of The Beatles' tribute Beatlemania! are forced to pay Apple $10 million in royalties.
1986 : The first of a six date Conspiracy of Hope Tour is held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The concerts benefit Amnesty International and celebrate the human right organization's 25th anniversary. The shows are headlined by U2 and Sting, and also feature Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Joan Baez, and The Neville Brothers.
1992 : Iron Maiden plays a gig at the Oval pub, Norwich before 400 fans as The Nodding Donkeys, as a thank you to the pub's landlord Chris Hiles.
1992 : When the United States Post Office decided to do an Elvis stamp, they put it up for a vote: a young Elvis or an old Elvis image. On this day, Priscilla Presley announced that young Elvis won by a landslide, getting more votes by a factor of three to one.
1992 : Smokey Robinson's half sister, Rose Ella Jones files a suit against Smokey claiming she had been cheated out of royalty payments from songs written during the 1980's.
1993 : Police are called to a domestic dispute at the house of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, and the Nirvana's lead singer is arrested. Cobain claimed that reports of him chocking his wife were false, and that police were called because they were playing music too loud.
1994 : The alt-rock supergroup who performed The Beatles' songs in the biopic Backbeat reconvenes for a performance at the MTV Music Awards.
1996 : Crowded House announce they have split up.
1998 : Ray Charles reunites with his legendary touring band to perform in celebration of his 50th year in show business at the 15th annual Chicago Blues Festival in Grant Park.
2000 : A teenage Sisqo fan is shot in the leg at a concert by the R&B star in Phoenix, Arizona when violence erupted after punters began objecting to parking fees of $30 at the venue.
2002 : George Michael is jeered and heckled by the audience of a CNN news show as he takes part in a phone interview. George was defending the content of the video to his new single Shoot The Dog in which US President George Bush was shown in bed with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. George said this was an attack on Blair and not President Bush.
2002 : Wyclef Jean is one of ten people arrested for disorderly conduct in a New York rally protesting cuts to education. Jean is arrested and led away in handcuffs following an attempt to perform, which was forbidden by the event’s permit. Puff Daddy, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Erykah Badu, Foxy Brown and Wu-Tang Clan were also at the rally to show their support and protest a proposed $1.2 billion cut to New York’s public education system.
2003 : A grandfather who set up his own pirate radio station in Wakefield, Yorkshire is under investigation by local broadcasting authorities. The man known as Ricky Rock had erected a 32 feet transmitter in his garden and had been playing hits by The Beach Boys, Beatles and Elvis Presley. Ricky said he set the station up because 'talent-less boy bands and dance music' featured on local stations did not cater to the tastes of his generation.
2004 : Nathan Moore, former singer with Brother Beyond and Worlds Apart appears at Highbury Corner magistrates court and pleads guilty to a charge of kerb crawling in central London. He is fined £250 and ordered to pay £50 costs. The former pop singer was arrested on 27th May in the Kings Cross area after he approached a woman he thought was a prostitute and requested a sexual favour. He then rode away on his moped before being arrested.
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