This Day in Music History
1955 : Elvis Presley sends a telegram to his new manager, Colonel Tom Parker, which reads: "Dear Colonel, Words can never tell you how my folks and I appreciate what you did for me. I've always known and now my folks are assured that you are the best, most wonderful person I could ever hope to work with. Believe me when I say I will stick with you through thick and thin and do everything I can to uphold your faith in me. Again, I say thanks and I love you like a father."
1963 : U.S. president John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The Beach Boys song "Warmth of the Sun" is inspired by the incident.
1965 : The musical "Man Of La Mancha", starring Richard Kiley, opens on Broadway.
1969 : Fairport Convention vocalist Sandy Denny leaves the band (only to return in 1974).
1976 : Jerry Lee Lewis is arrested for drunk driving in Memphis after driving his Rolls Royce into a ditch.
1979 : Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" is certified platinum.
1979 : After taking 3 months off after the suicide death of his friend, the actor Freddie Prinze, Tony Orlando starts performing again when he plays a concert in San Carlos, California.
1982 : The British rock group Japan announces it is breaking up.
2000 : Ted Gardner, former manager of Tool, sues the members of the L.A. band, their corporation, and their publishing company, alleging breach of contract and fraud.
2002 : Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors announce plans to reform with The Cult lead singer, Ian Astbury and The Police drummer, Stuart Copeland. They initially tour as The Doors of the 21st Century, but a lawsuit by original drummer, John Densmore (who declined to tour citing hearing loss), forces them to stop using the "Doors" moniker. They change their name to Riders on the Storm as a result of the litigation.
2003 : The Compaq Center in Houston closes with a final concert by ZZ Top, who performed there when it was known as The Summit. The venue would be acquired by Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church.
2005 : Sixteen pages of poetry written by University of Minnesota student Robert Zimmerman - using his new name, Bob Dylan, for the first time - are auctioned off for $78,000 in New York.
2006 : After decades of living in California, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood is finally naturalized as a citizen of the United States.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com