This Day in Music History
1955 : In the music equivalent to the Babe Ruth trade, Sun Records owner Sam Phillips sells Elvis Presley's contract to RCA for $35,000. It wasn't all bad for Phillips: Presley had just one year left on his contract, and Phillips invested the money in a local hotel chain called the Holiday Inn, which made him a bigger fortune than anything he did in music.
1959 : Alan Freed, who is an influential DJ on the radio station WABC and host of the TV show Alan Freed's Big Beat Party, is fired from both outlets when he refuses to sign a statement saying he took payola, which was the practice of record companies paying for airplay.
1966 : The Kander-Ebb musical "Cabaret", featuring Joel Grey and Bert Convy, opens on Broadway.
1968 : Janis Joplin manager Albert Grossman approaches Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites about creating her new backup group, which will eventually be known as the Kozmic Blues Band.
1973 : 19-year-old Who fan Scot Halpin has his dream come true when the group invites him onstage to play the last three songs of their set at San Francisco's Cow Palace. Drummer Keith Moon, who was said to be suffering from "jet lag", was in a near-coma after ingesting seven horse tranquilizers and passing out on his kit. Halpin performs "Smokestack Lightning", "Spoonful", and "Naked Eye" with the group, then takes a bow with them. Later, Rolling Stone awards Halpin their "Pick-Up Player Of The Year Award".
1984 : Michael Jackson is awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame directly in front of Mann's famous Chinese Theatre, creating the largest-ever crowd for such an unveiling.
1991 : Randy Jackson of The Jacksons is sentenced to a month in a Los Angeles jail for violating his probation for spousal abuse.
1993 : Part of Ninth Street in Augusta, Georgia is renamed James Brown Boulevard in honor of their famous native.
1994 : Former Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young member David Crosby receives a liver transplant.
1998 : A three-day World Conference on Music and Censorship begins in Copenhagen with aims to establish a support organization for musicians, similar to writers' free speech body PEN.
2000 : Aretha Franklin, Snoop Dogg, and Brian McKnight are among the performers who take part in the third annual "Soul Train" Christmas Starfest at the Santa Monica (California) Civic Auditorium. The show features top R&B artists performing holiday favorites.
2001 : Charlie Daniels undergoes surgery in Nashville for prostate cancer.
2002 : Stevie Wonder threatens to sue his mother, Lula Hardaway, for a passage in her new autobiography where she claims Stevie lost his virginity to a prostitute. The story was deleted from future copies.
2003 : The Dells, George Harrison, Bob Seger, Traffic, ZZ Top, Jackson Browne, and Prince are revealed as the inductees for the 19th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2003 : 50 Cent scores three awards at the inaugural Vibe Awards in Santa Monica, California. Receiving statuettes for artist of the year, dopest album, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" and hottest hook, "In Da Club", the rapper heads a winners' circle that includes double honorees Beyonce and Jay-Z.
2003 : Famed "Wall of Sound" producer Phil Spector is formally charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of b-movie actress Lana Clarkson at his Los Angeles home. Spector enters a plea of "not guilty".
2003 : After returning to his Neverland home after a raid on it a few days before, and in response to an arrest warrant, Michael Jackson is charged with child molestation in Santa Barbara, California. The singer is immediately released after posting three million dollars' bail.
2012 : In yet another questionable career move, Fiona Apple decides to cancel her remaining tour dates to stay at home and care for her sick dog. In typical self-righteous style, she explains this as "I am not the woman who puts her career ahead of love and friendship. I am the woman who stays home and bakes Tilapia for my dearest, oldest friend." No word on how the fans feel about being put behind the pooch.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com