May 24 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
May 24

1930 : After taking off from Croydon, London on May 5, the British aviator Amy Johnson lands at Darwin, Australia, inspiring the songs "Amy" (by Horatio Nicholls) and "Flying Sorcery" (by Al Stewart).

1955 : Johnny Cash and his wife Vivian welcome their daughter, Rosanne Cash. She grows up to be a country singer like her dad.

1977 : Marc Bolan plays his last show with T. Rex. The concert takes place at Gröna Lund in Stockholm, Sweden, with Bolan the only original member of the band at that point. The singer would die in an auto accident on September 16 that year.

1979 : The three remaining members of Genesis give the fans a thrill by manning the box office and selling their own tickets to the upcoming show at the Roxy in Los Angeles.

1982 : Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Boz Scaggs and Country Joe & the Fish play a benefit concert for Vietnam vets at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

1986 : The Monkees, minus Mike Nesmith, begin their 145-date "20th Anniversary World Tour" at the Concord Hotel in the Catskill Mountains. The group has risen in popularity thanks to MTV, which started airing old episodes of their TV show.

1986 : Two reunions: Count Five, The Monkees.

2003 : Paul McCartney sits down for tea with Russian premier Vladimir Putin, then heads to Red Square for his very first performance behind the iron curtain, for an audience of 20,000.

2004 : An auction of Bruce Springsteen's birth certificate on eBay is shut down by the Boss' legal team.

2012 : Lionel Richie's album "Tuskegee" is declared the second-best-selling album of the year, right behind Adele's 21. It's notable that the soul/R&B singer and Motown alumnus began his career in 1967, and is still connecting with modern audiences a full five decades later.

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