This Day in Music History
1957 : The Everly Borthers sign with Cadence Records.
1958 : In what would prove to be a major influence on the burgeoning British rock scene, Buddy Holly and the Crickets begin their first and only UK tour at London's Trocadero Club, playing 25 dates of two sets a night.
1965 : Petula Clark's "Downtown" is certified gold.
1966 : A hundred Beatles fans stage a sit-in at Liverpool's Cavern Club, the first live home for the group, when it closes its doors due to bankruptcy.
1966 : Gene Clark announces that he is leaving The Byrds, citing fear of flying as the reason. He is not replaced, since the group has 3 other vocalists: David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman.
1967 : When Eric Burdon & The "New" Animals cancel their Ottawa, Ontario, gig at the last minute due to a pay dispute, fans at the Ottawa Coliseum riot.
1969 : Jim Morrison of The Doors is arrested on stage at a Miami show after allegedly exposing himself to the audience. He was convicted and sentenced to jail, but died while the case was under appeal. In 2010, the governor of Florida granted Morrison a posthumous pardon.
1973 : Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, sells all of Elvis' back catalog recordings to RCA for a lump sum of $5.4 million, forgoing all future royalties, in an apparent attempt to garner the King some quick, much-needed cash.
1974 : Queen begin their first tour as headliners with a show at Blackpool's Winter Gardens.
1975 : At the Grammy Awards, Olivia Newton-John takes Record of the Year for "I Honestly Love You", Barbra Streisand wins Song of the Year for "The Way Were", and Stevie Wonder gets Album of the Year for "Fulfillingness' First Finale".
1975 : Elvis Presley wins a Grammy for Best Inspirational Performance for his live version of "How Great Thou Art".
1976 : Claudine Longet, singer and ex-wife of Andy Williams, is arrested for shooting her live-in lover, Vladimir "Spider" Sabich, as he attempted to kick her and her children out of his home in Aspen. Errors in obtaining evidence led to no more than a 30-day prison sentence for the singer, who claimed the gun was discharged accidentally.
1977 : Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "Blinded By The Light" is certified gold.
1994 : Frank Sinatra receives a Living Legends Award and Aretha Franklin is given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.
1994 : Tony Bennett's "Unplugged" wins Album of the Year at tonight's Grammy Awards.
1994 : Branford Marsalis and Bruce Hornsby take home the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for their song "Barcelona Mona", which was penned for the Barcelona Olympics.
1994 : Ozzy Osbourne wins Best Metal Performance with Vocal for "I Don't Want to Change the World" from his album "No More Tears".
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com