This Day in Music History
1959 : Ray Charles leaves his old label, Atlantic, for ABC-Paramount Records.
1963 : The Beatles make their first appearance as a tour headliner at a show in Gloucestershire, England. On the set list: "I Saw Her Standing There", "From Me To You" and "All My Loving".
1964 : The Beach Boys begin their first UK tour in London.
1966 : Elvis Presley's LPs "Elvis Presley", "Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 2", and "Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3" are certified gold.
1970 : ABBA, then known as the Festfolk Quartet, play their first-ever concert at a Gothenburg, Sweden restaurant.
1975 : Due to lead singer Karen Carpenter's struggle with anorexia, The Carpenters are forced to cancel their upcoming European tour.
1979 : Bob Dylan debuts the songs from his new album, a Christian polemic called "Slow Train Coming", on the first night of his new tour in San Francisco, California. A shocked audience boos the new material throughout the set.
1991 : After having a cancerous lung removed, former Temptation Eddie Kendricks is released from an Atlanta hospital.
1993 : Rapper Flavor Flav of the group Public Enemy is arrested for allegedly trying to shoot another man in a dispute over a woman. Police charge the rapper, whose real name is William Drayton, with attempted murder, possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
1998 : Madonna presents director Alan Parker with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Director's Guild of Great Britain. The ceremony takes place aboard a boat on the river Thames in London.
1999 : Celine Dion is inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame during the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Gold Ribbon Awards gala in Montreal. Dion joins Bryan Adams and Anne Murray for the accolade.
1999 : With getting music over the internet still a novel concept and technical challenge, Third Eye Blind offers their single "Anything" exclusively online. It's free, but can only be played for 3 weeks.
2000 : Ben Folds Five announces they're breakup. Folds continues as a solo artist.
2002 : T.I. is arrested and convicted in Georgia for carrying a 10mm pistol. This is the rapper's second arrest for gun possession charges in less than a year.
2003 : After a dozen years as a successful country singer, Tracy Byrd's career finally gets cooking, as he serves his fans in a whole new way. Byrd launches a line of spices, rubs and marinades bearing his name and likeness. The products, which will be sold under the brand name Tracy Byrd's Tiny Town Products are available in 1,350 Wal-Mart stores.
2004 : EMI pays tribute to Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who celebrates 50 years recording for the company. In a rare appearance at a private party at EMI's London headquarters, Rostropovich is presented with a golden Neumann microphone and a plaque commemorating the 100 recordings he has made with the company since 1954.
2005 : Black Sabbath is inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Brian May of Queen. The band played "Paranoid" at the ceremony and Ozzy mooned the crowd, feeling that they weren't rocking hard enough.
2006 : Apple Computer launches a new mini-store within the U.S. version of the iTunes Music Store dedicated to Latin music and entertainment. iTunes Latino features top Latin music, music videos, television shows, audiobooks and podcasts.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com