Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1950 and 2008.
On this day in 1950 Dan Peek, future singer-songwriter for America is born in Panama City, Florida.
On this day in 1959 Elvis Presley’s current stint in the Army means that for the first time in nearly five years, no Elvis single resides on the Billboard charts.
On this day in 1963 The Beatles make their first appearance as a tour headliner at a show in Gloucestershire, England. On the set list: “I Saw Her Standing There”, “From Me To You” and “All My Loving”.
On this day in 1964 The Beach Boys begin their first UK tour in London, England.
On this day in 1965 The Rolling Stones’ concert in Rochester, NY, ends abruptly when 3,000 rabid fans storm the stage after just seven minutes. After three more attempts to resume the show, it’s canceled by police, with only six songs having been played.
George Harrison and Elvis Presley
On this day in 1968 George Harrison releases Wonderwall Music, becoming the first member of The Beatles to release a solo platter
On this day in 1969 Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” hits number one in the US. It is his first chart-topper since his hit “Good Luck Charm” in 1962.
The RIAA and the PMRC
On this day in 1985 The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) agrees to some demands made by another initialed organization, the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC). As a result, any album deemed to contain offensive lyrics must be issued with a warning label, or the lyrics must be printed on the sleeve. Most record companies go with the labels, which don’t seem to hurt sales.
Nirvana , Ben Folds Five and Shakir Stewart
On this day in 1994 Nirvana releases MTV Unplugged in New York. Two tracks not aired on the MTV Broadcast appear on the album.
On this day in 2000 Ben Folds Five announces they’re breakup. Folds continues as a solo artist.
On this day in 2008 Def Jam executive Shakir Stewart dies at the age of 34.