This Day in Music History
1956 : Eleven teens are arrested at the "Rock & Roll Stage Show" featuring Frankie Lymon in Hartford, Connecticut.
1956 : Fats Domino headlines the first day of a 3-day concert organized by the DJ Alan Freed in Hartford, Connecticut. Over the course of the shows, 11 fans are arrested by over-zealous police. It's a litmus test for rock concerts and their effect on young people, as psychiatrist Francis Braceland testifies afterwards that rock music is "a communicable disease with music appealing to adolescent insecurity and driving teenagers to do outlandish things. It is cannibalistic and tribalistic."
1969 : Countering the counter-culture, about 30,000 people attend the "Rally For Decency" in Miami after Jim Morrison was charged with indecent exposure in the city. Celebrities at the event included Kate Smith, Jackie Gleason, The Lettermen and Anita Bryant.
1978 : A&M Records sign a new, young band called The Police.
1980 : U2 sign a worldwide deal with Island Records. They get about $100,000 for their first album.
1985 : Billy Joel marries the Uptown Girl Christie Brinkley. They remain married for 9 years.
1988 : Mick Jagger performs his first solo gig in Japan, 15 years after having been barred from entering the country due to prior drug convictions.
2002 : ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend of about 10 years, actress Charleen “Chuck” McCrory, get married in Houston.
2004 : With "Confessions", Usher becomes the first R&B artist to have an album sell 1.1 million copies in its first week.
2008 : The Jonas Brothers sing the national anthem at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington DC.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com