This Day in Music History
1965 : George Martin puts together the final running order of the songs on The Beatles's "Rubber Soul" album.
1970 : Anne Murray's "Snowbird" is certified gold.
1977 : Rush's LPs "2112", "All The World's A Stage", and "A Farewell To Kings" are certified gold.
1978 : Replicating their infamous promo stunt for the single, Queen are joined onstage at Madison Square Garden by several dozen nude, semi-overweight women during their performance of "Bicycle Race". (Overweight because the single mentions "Fat Bottomed Girls", the title of the other half of the A-side).
1988 : Stan Love, brother and manager of Beach Boy Mike Love, is sentenced to five years' suspended sentence after being found guilty of embezzling over $300,000 from the group.
1995 : As part of the shaping of Time Warner's merger with Turner, Michael Fuchs is ousted from his position as head of Time Warner's record labels as well as cable channel HBO.
1996 : All 3,500 tickets for Michael Jackson's January 3, 1997 show at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu sell out in under four hours. The tickets go so fast that tickets for a second show go on sale immediately.
1998 : Discount department store chain Kmart launches an online music store, Music Favorites. Offering more than 100,000 music titles, the site is located at www.MusicFavorites.com.
1998 : Having suffered a seizure while performing in Hollywood a few weeks earlier, Roland Alphonso of the Skatalites slips into a coma.
2000 : Madonna and Eminem top the winners at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2000, presented at Stockholm's Globen venue. Madonna's worldwide smash "Music" helps her pick up prizes for best dance artist and best female artist, while Eminem wins for best hip-hop artist, and sees his LP "The Marshall Mathers" named best album.
2001 : The city of Palm Springs, California unveils a statue in its downtown area honoring the late Sonny Bono, half of Sonny And Cher, and mayor of the city for a time in the Eighties.
2005 : Pink Floyd, The Kinks and Eurythmics are among the honorees inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. The second annual show, which takes place in a ceremony at London's Alexandra Palace, features some momentous reunions, including the gathering of the original Kinks and a performance by the classic line-up of Black Sabbath, featuring Ozzy Osbourne.
2006 : The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sends 417 more letters to sixteen college administrators threatening mass lawsuits if file-sharing is found happening on university servers.
2010 : For the first time, The Beatles music is made available for digital download, as iTunes adds most of their catalog. Apple Computer spent decades battling the Beatles' Apple Corps record label over the rights to sell music using the Apple name, but a 2007 agreement allowed the companies to work together, setting the stage for the deal.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com