This Day in Music History
1954 : Elvis Presley performs live on Grand Ole Opry, singing Blue Moon Of Kentucky.
1956 : Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" becomes the first single to sell a million copies before its release.
1975 : Jackie Wilson has a heart attack while performing "Lonely Teardrops" at the Dick Clark "Good Ol' Rock 'n' Roll" revue in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. When he falls, he hits his head and goes into a coma for four months. He would regain consciousness, but suffers brain damage that leaves him unable to walk or talk. He would die in 1984.
1981 : The Rolling Stones start their US tour with a concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, where they play to a crowd of 90,000.
1990 : Dave Grohl, former drummer of the Washington DC band Scream, joins Nirvana.
1990 : Mercer University Drive in Macon, Georgia is renamed "Little Richard Penniman Boulevard" after the famous singer who grew up there.
1993 : The U.S. Postal Service issues a Patsy Cline commemorative stamp.
1998 : Johnny Cash suffers a relapse of pneumonia and is admitted to a Nashville hospital.
2001 : Rapper Erick Sermon sustains serious injuries when, according to his publicist, he is involved in an auto accident. It is announced by police one week later that the injuries are actually the result of a plunge out a third-story window.
2003 : Aftermath/Interscope artist 50 Cent dominates the Music of Black Origins (MOBO) Awards in London. The rapper is on hand to collect awards for best hip-hop artist, album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" and single "In Da Club".
2010 : Bush performs at the second Epicenter Music Festival in Fontana, California. This concert marks the band's first live appearance since 2002.
2012 : Two con artists, Alpha Lorenzo Walker and Tamara Diaz, are sentenced to 292 days in jail and 3 years' probation after an attempt to blackmail Stevie Wonder. The pair had somehow obtained or created a video portraying Wonder in a negative light and were demanding $5 million under threat of releasing it to the public. The pair were caught in a sting operation.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com