This Day in Music History
1931 : Nine young black males are arrested at Paint Rock, Alabama and accused of raping two white women. The ensuing years long legal case inspires a song by Leadbelly and a musical, "The Scottsboro Boys".
1957 : Elvis Presley buys the Graceland Mansion in Memphis for $102,500.
1961 : Elvis Presley appears in concert for the last time in eight years (a benefit for the U.S.A. Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii).
1965 : Jeff Beck joins The Yardbirds.
1967 : The Who play their first live gig in the U.S. - at RKO 58th Street Theater in New York City.
1969 : John & Yoko's week-long Bed-In for Peace begins, in The Netherlands.
1977 : Bob Seger's "Night Moves" goes Platinum.
1985 : Prince wins an Oscar for best original score for the film "Purple Rain".
1991 : Michael Jackson escorts Madonna to the Academy Awards.
2001 : Bob Dylan wins the Best Original Song Academy Award for "Things Have Changed" from the movie "Wonder Boys".
2009 : Prince opens his new $77 subscription website Lotusflow3r to the public. Unfortunately, eager fans are greeted by a host of problems including bandwith issues and confusion on how to even get to the site's subscription page.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com