This Day in Music History
1858 : Today marks the first performance of the New York Symphony Orchestra.
1956 : Buddy Holly begins his first solo tour, opening for country singers George Jones and Hank Locklin.
1958 : Elvis Presley's massive hit Hound Dog b/w Don't Be Cruel becomes only the third record in history to sell more than three million copies, following two seasonal favorites: Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" and Gene Autry's "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer".
1959 : Sam Cooke is guaranteed $100,000 by RCA if he chooses to leave his current home, Keen Records.
1961 : Liverpool record store owner Brian Epstein visits the local Cavern Club to check out the lunchtime show by a band he's heard a lot about... The Beatles. After weeks of soul-searching, he would become their manager.
1963 : The Beatles' new single, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" becomes the first-ever UK single to receive advance orders of one million copies.
1966 : John Lennon visits London's Indica Gallery to see the exhibit Unfinished Paintings and Objects and meets the artist behind the showing, Yoko Ono. She presents him with a card that simply says, "Breathe", and he responds by panting. He attempts to hammer a nail into one of her interactive artworks, which invites viewers to do just that; since the exhibit does not open to the public till the next day, however, Ono refuses, leading the gallery's owner to beg her to reconsider due to John's fame. Ono still refuses, claiming to have never heard of The Beatles, but says he can hammer one in for five shillings. John responds that he'll let her have an imaginary five shillings if he can hammer in an imaginary nail. Two years later, the two would meet again and quickly fall in love.
1966 : According to the "Paul Is Dead" rumors, this was the day Paul McCartney "blew his mind out in a car", meeting his doom and being replaced with a lookalike.
1967 : In a battle of egos, The Byrds's Roger McGuinn boots David Crosby from the group. Crosby is replaced by Gene Clark and goes on to form Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young instead.
1971 : Carly Simon attends James Taylor's concert at Carnegie Hall and the two fall madly in love.
1976 : Frank Zappa's LP "Overnite Sensation" is certified gold.
1976 : Fleetwood Mac's LP "Mystery To Me" is certified gold.
1977 : Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" is certified gold.
1990 : The IRS seizes Willie Nelson's bank accounts and real estate holdings to pay off $16 million in back taxes.
1996 : For the first time, Bob Dylan licenses one of his songs for commercial use, in this case, "The Times They Are A Changin'" to the Bank of Montreal.
1998 : Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby "Blue" Band receive lifetime achievement awards from the Blues Foundation at a ceremony held at the House of Blues in West Hollywood.
1998 : Rick James suffers a stroke after a blood vessel ruptures in his neck while he is head banging during a performance in Denver, Colorado. A spokesman later comments, "The doctor called it a result of rock'n'roll neck, the repeated rhythmic whiplash motion of the head and neck."
1998 : Michael Jackson settles a lawsuit over stories and pictures in the London Daily Mirror that say his face had been disfigured by cosmetic surgery. "The photographs were taken honestly and were not tampered with, but the Mirror has since met with the plaintiff in person and acknowledges that the photographs do not accurately represent the plaintiff's true appearance", says a lawyer for the publisher.
1999 : The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the biggest-selling artists of the century in the United States: The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), Garth Brooks is the best-selling male solo act, and Barbra Streisand the best-selling female. Elton John's "Candle In The Wind'97" is the best-selling single of the century, and the best-selling album is the Eagles's "Greatest Hits 1971-1975".
2004 : Kenny Chesney is the big winner at the Country Music Assn. (CMA) Awards, held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Chesney, who had never previously won a CMA award, scores both the entertainer of the year and album of the year trophy. The latter is for his "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" set.
2006 : The Rolling Stones's Bigger Bang tour is a big winner at the Billboard Touring Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. The awards, based on box-office figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, wrap up the third annual Billboard Touring Conference. The Stones' tour is recognized as the top tour, based on gross dollars, and top draw, based on ticket sales. The band grossed nearly $230 million for the period that the awards cover (Dec. 1, 2005-Sept. 29, 2006), and drew nearly 2 million fans to shows all over the world.
2007 : Ex-Mindbender Wayne Fontana is found guilty of arson after setting a police car on fire, then showing up to court dressed as Lady Justice. He is given 11 months sentence, but released after having already spent that time in a mental hospital since the incident.
2010 : Rapper Wiz Khalifa is arrested in Greenville, North Carolina on drug charges after authorities smelled marijuana coming from his tour bus. Police find 60 grams of pot after searching the vehicle. Khalifa is booked and released on a $300,000 bond. The rapper's lawyers are able to reduce the charge to personal possession and Khalifa avoids jail time.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com