This Day in Music History
1947 : Dizzy Gillespie makes his Carnegie Hall debut.
1954 : The original musical version of "A Star Is Born", featuring Judy Garland, opens in Hollywood.
1956 : RCA Victor Co. announces that it has received over 856,327 advance orders for Elvis Presley's next single, "Love Me Tender".
1962 : After a wildly successful six-and-a-half-year run, the musical "My Fair Lady" closes on Broadway.
1963 : The Rolling Stones begin their first British tour at the New Victoria Theatre in London. They are the support act on a bill with the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley.
1966 : Jimi Hendrix meets the final member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, bassist Noel Redding, when Redding unsuccessfully auditions for Eric Burdon's new Animals lineup at the Birdland club in London.
1967 : The Rolling Stones formally split from longtime manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
1967 : Mickey Hart joins Grateful Dead as its new drummer.
1967 : John Lennon flips on the radio while working on "I Am The Walrus" and hears a BBC broadcast of the Shakespeare play King Lear, which he decides to mix into the song.
1976 : At his 41st birthday party, a drunk Jerry Lee Lewis attempts to shoot a soda bottle with his .357 Magnum and instead hits his bass player, Norman Owens, twice in the chest. Owens makes a full recovery.
1977 : In the middle of a tour, James Brown's backup band, the JBs, walk out before a gig in Hallendale, Florida, complaining of being underpaid. Most of the band would return to complete the tour.
1989 : Bruce Springsteen drops in at Matt's Saloon in Prescott, Arizona and jams with the local act The Mile High Band for about an hour. A few weeks later, Matt's bartender Brenda receives a $100,000 check from Springsteen to help cover her medical bills.
1994 : The Pointer Sisters receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star on Hollywood Boulevard was originally set to be unveiled in January, but an earthquake struck Los Angeles three days before the scheduled ceremony. The Pointers are the first African-American female music group to receive the honor.
1996 : Alanis Morissette finishes her first U.S. tour in Houston, Texas.
1997 : The Clinton White House awards Don Henley a National Medal of the Humanities for his work on the Walden Woods Project, which was set up to preserve the area in Massachusetts where Henry David Thoreau did his writing.
1997 : Epic's Sons of the Desert are caught in a hotel fire during the group's first trip to New York City. The group's bassist Doug Virden sees smoke and flames and reports the blaze at the front desk.
1997 : Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan is arrested for cocaine possession in Winnipeg. He is later released on $5,000 bond.
1998 : The family of Frank Sinatra files suit against Newark, Calif.-based discount clothing company Ross Stores Inc. for copyright infringement. The suit alleges that an album of 75 songs, The Sinatra Collection which the chain sells at its 500 Ross Dress For Less stores nationwide, is unauthorized.
2009 : After playing a gig at Club Academy in Manchester, England tens of thousands of pounds worth of Noah and the Whale’s equipment is stolen from a locked trailer in a car park near the venue. In December, police recover most of the gear, including items of great sentimental value to the band, nearly 100 miles away in a barn where the perpetrators had been storing it.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com