This Day in Music History
1958 : The first ever Gold Record is awarded for sales of a million copies. It goes to Perry Como's "Catch A Falling Star".
1960 : Sam Cooke begins an unprecedented tour of the West Indies with a concert in Jamaica's Montego Bay.
1963 : Gerry Marsden of The Pacemakers sneaks a custom-made guitar purchased in Germany through British customs and is fined sixty pounds.
1972 : Carole King's "Tapestry" takes Album of The Year at the Grammy Awards. Carly Simon wins for best new artist.
1974 : Stevie Wonder announces his intention to move to Ghana, Africa. He wouldn't actually move there for 21 years.
1980 : On the occasion of his forty-seventh birthday, Quincy Jones is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1500 Vine.
1981 : Eric Clapton has a brush with death as a severe ulcer sends him to the hospital. He's forced to cancel the remaining 47 dates on his tour and is out for 7 months.
1998 : A few weeks after winning a Grammy for Best Country Album, Johnny Cash's record company takes out a full page ad in Billboard featuring an old photo of Cash flipping the bird, and the text: "American Recordings and Johnny Cash would like to acknowledge the Nashville music establishment and country radio for your support."
2005 : In New York City, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Percy Sledge, The O'Jays, U2, Buddy Guy, and The Pretenders.
2008 : Stone Temple Pilots announce they are reuniting for one final tour.
2008 : In London, Ex-Foundations member Peter MacBeth is sentenced to six years on pedophilia and sexual assault charges.
2011 : Long neglected Neil Diamond is finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Leon Russell.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com