This Day in Music History
1963 : When The Beatles play The Royal Variety Performance in London in front of an audience that includes the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, John Lennon says, "Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. All the rest of you, rattle your jewelry."
1968 : Cream perform their last US concert (in Providence, Rhode Island) prior to their breakup.
1976 : A bomb threat delays the start of Bruce Springsteen's concert at the Palladium in New York; Springsteen jokes that the threat was made by former manager Mike Appel, who's currently suing him.
1978 : Former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young bassist Greg Reeves sues the group for a million dollars in alleged unpaid royalties from sales of the hit 1970 album Déjà Vu.
1978 : Boston plays in the city of Boston for the first time, a sold-out show at the Boston Garden.
1980 : An ailing Bob Marley is baptized a "Christian Rastafarian" at Kingston, Jamaica's Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
1990 : The musical tribute "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" opens on Broadway.
1991 : The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its inductees, including The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, Booker T. & the MG's, Sam & Dave, The Yardbirds, The Isley Brothers, Johnny Cash and Bobby "Blue" Bland.
1992 : Elton John and Bernie Taupin sign a $39 million songwriting deal with publishing giant Warner/Chappell, the largest such deal up to that time.
1993 : At a memorial service for the actor River Phoenix, Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys has a run in with a videographer and is later charged with battery and grand theft (for stealing his tape). He is sentenced to 200 hours of community service.
1998 : Amazon.com forms a program, "Advantage For Music", which allows unsigned artists and independent labels to sell music online.
1998 : Michael Jackson announces that wife Debbie Rowe is pregnant with his first child, denying tabloid reports that Rowe was paid to be artificially impregnated and carry the child to term.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com