This Day in Music History
1937 : Benny Goodman brings his swinging Jazz sound to the Paramount Theatre in New York City, where adoring (mostly teenage) fans dance in the aisles. A newspaper report says that kids were "Jitterbugging" to the music, the first time the phrase is used to describe the new dance style.
1955 : Trumpeting their new signing, RCA Victor places a half-page ad in Billboard announcing Elvis Presley as the "new singing rage".
1961 : Jeff Barry, later half of the famous Brill Building songwriting team Barry-Greenwich, lands his first big gig with a publisher, signing to Trinity Music.
1972 : America's self-titled debut album is certified gold.
1979 : James Brown appears at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, where he performs "You're Cheatin' Heart", "Tennessee Waltz" and the very un-Country "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag".
1981 : Jimmy Page takes the stage for the first time since the breakup of Led Zeppelin when he joins Jeff Beck for some encores at a London show.
1984 : Ian Gillan leaves Black Sabbath after a year with the band. He later says, "I was the worst singer Black Sabbath ever had".
1991 : Mookie Blaylock goes on the Seattle radio station KISW and announces they are changing their name to Pearl Jam, inspired by the jamming they saw at a Neil Young concert a few weeks earlier.
2000 : Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) leads an animal rights rally at a GAP store in Manhattan protesting the chain's sale of "illegally and cruelly" obtained leather products.
2003 : The Righteous Brothers, AC/DC, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, The Clash, The Police, and Floyd Cramer are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City.
2005 : Michael Jackson, on trial for child molestation, shows up to court an hour late and in his pajamas. He appears sickly and frail during most of the ordeal.
2008 : Inducted as the 22nd class in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are: Leonard Cohen, The Dave Clark Five, Madonna, John Mellencamp and The Ventures.
2008 : Dapperly dressed in a classic black tuxedo, Leonard Cohen appears on stage in New York for his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with Madonna, John Mellancamp, The Dave Clark Five and others. In his acceptance speech, Cohen paraphrases a famous quote by record producer and current chairman of the Hall's nominating committee, Jon Landau: "I have seen the future of rock & roll, and it is not Leonard Cohen."
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com