This Day in Music History
1945 : Elvis Presley, then just ten years old, makes his first public appearance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show singing "Old Shep" in a talent contest. He comes in second.
1954 : Elvis Presley bombs at the Grand Ole Opry, which does not approve of his take on traditional country music. The Opry's talent director, Jim Denny, famously tells Presley he should go back to driving a truck. Elvis swears never to return.
1965 : Manfred Mann plays Prague in Czechoslovakia, becoming the first Western band to take the stage behind the infamous Communist "Iron Curtain".
1967 : The entire Grateful Dead are arrested for marijuana possession in San Francisco.
1968 : Motown sues their most prolific songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, for their refusal to write more songs until their royalty rate is increased. The trio are eventually released from the label and go on to start their own Invictus and Hot Wax labels.
1977 : The LP "Gene Simmons" is certified platinum.
1977 : After a plot is uncovered to steal it, Elvis Presley's body is moved from its Memphis mausoleum to its final resting place in the Meditation Garden at Graceland.
1983 : ABBA's Agnetha Faltskog is involved in a car crash in Skane, Sweden, and suffers a concussion, but soon recovers.
1985 : Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA" tour ends with the last of four shows at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
1986 : The Everly Brothers are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1997 : Juanita L. Evans files suit against Wu-Tang members RZA and Method Man, rapper Redman, and a Pennsylvania university and its student government. Evans claims that she was distracted by Redman and therefore did not see Method Man when he leaped off stage and landed on her. Evans was knocked unconscious.
2002 : At the 2002 Jammy Awards, Trey Anastasio picks up two awards, his band Phish wins one.
2003 : For the third year in a row, Radiohead takes the "best act in the world today" honors at the Q Awards in London. Q Magazine hated on their "Hail to the Thief" album, however, so the band refused to appear.
2003 : The Del McCoury Band wins top honors at the 14th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards in Louisville, Kentucky. The group takes home the entertainer of the year award for the eighth time. Band members Mike Bub and Jason Carter win in the instrumentalist categories for bassist and fiddler of the year, respectively.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com