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Music (0996-)

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Audible art from the classics to modern day music.
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    0995  CEGuido d'Arezzo (995-1049?), Italian monk and musical theorist, was born. He is generally credited with developing current musical notation.
    1260  CEIn China, musical productions known as Zaju became popular between 1260-1368 during the Yuan Dynasty. Zaju, an early form of opera, combined music, dance, song and speech into 4-act dramas with complex plots and characters.
    1290  CEPhilippe de Vitry (circa 1290-1361), French music theorist, composer and poet, was born.
c.    1396  CEThe tabla, a 600-year-old invention, was evolved from Arabian drums to accompany a fusion of Islamic Qawali singing and Dhrupad music composed for Sanskrit couplets usually recited in temples.
c.    1396  CEThe kirana style of Hindustani music began.
    1400  CE(1400-1500) Giovanni Spinetti of Venice built the first small piano called the spinet.
    1505  CEThomas Tallis (1505-1585), English organist and vocal composer, especially of church music, was born.
    1511  CESebastian Virdung, German musician, published the earliest manual for playing musical instruments.
    1516  CEMusic printed from engraved plates was used for the first time in Italy.
 26 Mar 1517  CEFlemish composer Heinrich Issac, whose music fused Flemish, Italian and Germanic styles, died.
    1523  CEHans Judenkonig published in Vienna the first manual of lute playing.
    1526  CEJohn Taverner, organist and composer, was appointed the Master of Choristers at Oxford University.
    1527  CEAdrian Willaert, Flemish composer, was made maestro di capella at St. Mark's, in Venice.
    1530  CEEtienne Briard introduced round characters in musical engraving.
    1536  CEThe first song book with lute accompaniment was published in Spain.
    1537  CEThe first conservatories of music were founded for girls in Venice, and for boys in Naples.
    1547  CEThe 'Dodekachordon' on the 12 church modes by Henricus Glareanus, Swiss music theorist, was published.
    1550  CEJohn Marbeck produced the first musical setting for the English liturgy.
    1551  CEPalestrina, Italian composer, was appointed director of music at St. Peter's in Rome.
    1555  CEBalthazar de Beaujoyeoux, violinist, introduced several fellow violinists to the court of Catherine de Medici. Under his influence the lute was replaced by the violin as France's most popular instrument.
    1556  CEOrlando di Lasso, Belgian composer, composed his first book of motets, among the earliest of 2,000 compositions.
    1562  CEGasparo Bartolotti, Italian violin maker, began his career.
    1563  CEWilliam Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral.
    1563  CEWilliam Byrd, English composer, was appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral.
    1564  CEAndrea Amati, Italian violin maker, made one of the first of his famous violins in Cremona. Stradivari was one of his students.
    1567  CEClaudio Monteverdi (1567-1642), Italian musician and composer, was born. His work marked the beginning of the Baroque Era in music.
    1568  CEGasparo da Salo began making violins at Brescia.
    1570  CESalamone Rossi (1570-1628), a Jewish court composer in Mantua, was born.
    1572  CEOne of the earliest cellos was made by Andrea Amati in Cremona.
    1575  CEThomas Tallis and William Byrd, English organists and composers, published their Cantiones, a collection of 34 motets, when they recieved a royal license to print and sell music giving them a monopoly on the printing of music.
    1575  CEThe Dresden Court Orchestra undertook its first concert tour.
    1577  CEJavanese fled the spread of Islam and reached Bali where they kept alive early traditions of Indonesian music.
    1587  CEAn early collection of Jewish songs was published in Zeminoth, Israel.
    1587  CEClaudio Monteverdi, Italian composer, published his first book of madrigals.
    1589  CEThoinot Arbeau published 'Orchesographie', an early treatise on dancing, with tunes.
    1597  CEGiovanni Gabrieli composed 'Sonata pian' e forte', a piece for two antiphonal brass quartets.
    1600  CEThe Baroque Era in music began (until 1750), as practiced by its greatest figures, has pronounced mannerist qualities: mysticism, exuberance, complexity, decoration, allegory, distortion, the exploitation of the supernatural or grandiose, all commingled.
    1607  CEClaudio Monteverdi's opera 'Orfeo', premieres in Mantua in Italy.
    1608  CEClaudio Monteverdi's 'Arianna' premieres in Mantua.
    1608  CEMonteverdi wrote his opera 'Arianna'. It was based on a libretto by Ottavio Rinuccini. Only fragments survived into the 20th century when Alexander Goehr composed a contemporary version that premiered in 1998 in St. Louis.
    1609  CEThe song 'Three Blind Mice' was published in London.
    1610  CEBaldassare Ferri (1610-1680), the first of the famous Castrato vocalists, was born. Some of them had ranges of four octaves, up to A or even B above high C in full voice. Some of them could sustain a note for well over a minute.
    1623  CEAvedis Zildjian, alchemist, noted that a particular combination of tin and copper rang very nicely and began making musical cymbals in Constantinople.
    1630  CEComposer Pier Cavalli marries rich widow Maria Sosomeno.
    1633  CEM Rossi's opera 'Erminia sul Giordano', premieres in Rome.
    1637  CEDietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707), German composer, was born. He was a transitional figure between early and later baroque. Bach and Handel both journeyed to see him. His works include Jubilate Domino and the Trio Sonata for violin, gamba and continuo.
    1638  CEMonteverdi composed the madrigal 'Il Combattimento de Tanncredi e Corinda'.
c.    1640  CEIn Sweden the violin was introduced, possibly by French musicians at the court of Queen Christina.
    1642  CEMonteverdi composed 'L'Incoronazione di Poppea'.
    1647  CE'L'Orfeo' was produced in France. It was composed by Luigi Rossi who was imported by Cardinal Mazarin who sought to bring the Italian operatic tradition to France and mate it with the court orchestra, Les Vingt-Quatre Vuiolons du Roi.
    1653  CEJohan Pachelbel (1653-1706), German organist and composer, was born. He is best known for his 'Canon in D'.
    1660  CEAlessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725), Italian musician and composer, father of Domenico, was born.
c.    1675  CEAntonio Vivaldi (circa 1675-1741), Italian violinist and composer.
    1680  CEIn Hamburg, Germany, a cymbal was used for the 1st time in an orchestra.
    1681  CEJohann Mattheson (1681-1764), German composer and friend of Handel, was born.
    1682  CEJohn Playford organized the Musick's Recreation on the Viol.
    1685  CEDomenico Scarlatti (1685-?), Italian musician and composer, son of Alessandro, was born. He composed over 550 short, keyboard sonatas or exercises.
    1687  CEIn France Jean Baptiste Lully, Paris Opera director, stabbed himself in the foot with a baton and died of blood poisoning.
    1690  CEThe clarinet is invented, in Nuremberg, Germany.
    1697  CEThe play 'Le Distrait' by Regnard was written and later accompanied by the music Joseph Haydn.
    1697  CEJohann Quantz (1697-1773), flutist-composer, was born.
    1699  CEJohann Adolph Hasse (1699-1783), popular composer of now-forgotten operas, was born.
    1705  CEGeorg F Handel's first opera 'Almira', premieres in Hamburg.
    1721  CEJohann Sebastian Bach opens his Brandenburgse Concerts.
    1723  CEGeorg Friedrich Handel's opera 'Ottone' premieres, London.
    1725  CEGeorg F Handels opera 'Giulio Cesare in Egitto', premieres in London.
    1726  CEAt the age of 16, Marie de Camargo premieres at the Opera of Paris.
    1731  CEGeorg F Handel's opera 'Poro', premieres in London.
    1743  CEGeorge Frideric Handel's oratorio 'Messiah' premieres in London.
    1753  CEJoseph Haydns 'Krumme Teufel' premieres.
    1753  CEVoltaire leaves the court of Frederik II of Prussia.
    1761  CEFranz Josef Haydn becomes court composer to Prince Esterhazy.
    1762  CEWolfgang Amadeus Mozart performs at the Imperial court in Vienna at age 6.
    1762  CEThe opera 'Orfeo Ed Euridice' is produced in Vienna.
    1762  CEThomas Arnes opera 'Artaxerxes', premieres in London.
    1765  CEFrisia bans Voltaires 'Traité sur la tolérance'.
    1769  CEThe Boston Gazette reports the first US piano (a spinet).
    1785  CEMozart completes 'Dissonantenkwartet' (opus 10).
    1786  CEMozart's opera 'Marriage of Figaro' premieres in Wien (Vienna).
    1792  CEIn Vienna, Ludwig van Beethoven, aged 22, receives the first lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn.
 
  1792  CEJoseph Haydn's 94th Symphony in G, premieres.
 
 
  1794  CEJoseph Haydn's 99th Symphony in E, premieres.
 
 
  1794  CEThe first performance of Joseph Haydn's 100th Symphony in D.
 
 
  1795  CEBeethoven, at age 24, debuts as pianist in Vienna.
 
 
  1795  CEJoseph Haydn's 102nd Symphony in B, premieres.
 
 
  1796  CEJames S McLean patents his piano.
 
 
  1796  CEJohann Wolfgang von Goethes 'Egmont', premieres in Weimar.
 
 
  1797  CEIn Vienna, Haydn's song 'Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser' is first performed.
 
 
  1799  CEFriedrich von Schiller's 'Die Piccolomini', premieres in Weimar.
 
 
  1799  CEJoseph Haydn's 'Die Schopfung', premieres in Vienna.
 
 
  1801  CEGerman composer Ludwig van Beethoven completed his Moonlight Sonata.
 
 
  1804  CEJohann von Schiller's 'Wilhelm Tell', premieres.
 
 
  1805  CEBeethoven Eroica Symphony was first perfomed.
 
 
  1805  CEThe opera 'Fidelio' is produced in Vienna.
 
 
  1807  CEThe first performance of Ludwig von Beethoven's 4th Symphony in B.
 
 
  1813  CEThe first concerto of Royal Philharmonic.
 
 
  1814  CEFrancis Scott Key inspired to write 'The Star-Spangled Banner'.
 
 
  1814  CELudwig von Beethoven's 8th Symphony in F, premieres.
 
 
  1815  CEAustrian composer Franz Shubert in 1815 produces two symphonies two masses twenty waltzes ans 145 songs.
 
 
  1816  CERossini's opera 'The Barber of Seville' premieres in Rome.
 
 
  1818  CEThe first US performance of Handel's Messiah took place in Boston.
 
 
  1818  CEThe song 'Silent Night' by Franz Joseph Gruber and Joseph Mohr was sung for the first time.
 
 
  1819  CEThe first public performance of a Schubert song, 'Schäfers Klageleid'.
 
 
  1822  CEComposer Gioacchino Rossini marries Spanish soprano
 
 
  1822  CEGioacchino Rossini marries Isabella Colbran in Bologna.
 
 
  1824  CEBeethoven's 9th (Chorale) Symphony, premieres in Vienna.
 
 
  1825  CEThe first Italian opera produced in the US, the Barber of Seville, is performed in New York City.
 
 
  1826  CEBeethoven's Quartet number 13 in B flat major (Opus 130) premieres in Vienna.
 
 
  1826  CEIn London, the opera 'Oberon' is first produced.
 
 
  1827  CE20,000 attend Ludwig von Beethoven's burial in Vienna.
 
 
  1828  CEItalian violinist Niccolo Paganini redefined the limits of instrumental virtuososity with his Vienna debut.
 
 
  1830  CEHector Berlioz's avant-garde and programmatic 'Symphonie Fantastique' starltled Paris concert-goers.
 
 
  1830  CEThe children's rhyme 'Mary Had A Little Lamb' was written.
 
 
  1831  CEGerman composer Giacomo Meyerbeer inaugerated grand opera with 'Robert elle Diable'.
 
 
  1832  CEFelix Mendelssohn's 'The Hebrides Ovature' premieres, Symphony No 5.
 
 
  1833  CEBoston Academy of Music, the first US music school, is established.
 
 
  1837  CEFelix Mendelssohn marries Cecile Jeanrenaud.
 
 
  1841  CEThe first performance of Robert Schumann's The first Symphony in B.
 
 
  1842  CEThe Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra gave its first concert.
 
 
  1842  CENew York Philharmonic's first concert.
 
 
  1843  CEGaetano Donizetti's opera 'Don Pasquale', premieres in Paris.
 
 
  1846  CEThe Saxophone is patented by Antoine Joseph Sax.
 
 
  1847  CEIn Florence, Dmitri Shostakovich's opera 'Macbeth' is produced.
 
 
  1847  CEIn Vienna, the opera 'Die Fledermaus' is produced.
 
 
  1848  CEThe ballet 'Faust' premieres in Milan.
 
 
  1851  CEGiuseppe Verdi's opera 'Rigoletto', premieres in Venice.
 
 
  1851  CERobert Schumann's 3rd Symphony 'Rhenisch', premieres in Düsseldorf.
 
 
  1853  CEGiuseppe Verdi's Opera 'La Traviata', premieres in Venice.
 
 
  1854  CEIn Weimar in Germany, Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt conducted the premieres of his first symphonic poems.
 
 
  1854  CEAnthony Foss patents the accordion.
 
 
  1854  CEComposer Robert Schumann is saved from a suicide attempt in the Rhine.
 
 
  1854  CEFranz Liszts symphony 'Orpheus', premieres.
 
 
  1858  CECharles Hallé founds Hallé Orchestra in Manchester.
 
 
  1858  CELeoncavallo's opera 'I Pagliacci' is produced in Naples.
 
 
  1858  CEMendelssohn's 'Wedding March' is first played, at the wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to the crown prince of Prussia.
 
 
  1858  CERoyal Italian Opera opens in Covent Garden, London.
 
 
  1858  CEThe first performance of the New York Symphony Orchestra.
 
 
  1859  CEBrahms' first piano concerto (in D minor) premieres in Hanover.
 
 
  1859  CECharles François Gounod's opera 'Faust' premieres in Paris.
 
 
  1864  CERossini's 'Petite Messe Solennelle', premieres in Paris France.
 
 
  1865  CEGerman composer Richard Wagner's opera 'Tristan and Isolde' scaled new heights using unprecedented chromaticism.
 
 
  1865  CESchubert's 'Unfinished Symphony' (1822) was premiered in Vienna.
 
 
  1865  CEWagner's 'Tristan und Isolde' first performance Munchen in Germany.
 
 
  1866  CEBedrich Smetana's 'Verkaufte Braut' (Sold Bride), premieres.
 
 
  1866  CEBedrich Smetana's opera 'Branibori vs Cechach', premieres in Prague.
 
 
  1867  CEJohann Strauss' 'Blue Danube' waltz premieres in Vienna.
 
 
  1867  CEThe opera 'Romeo et Juliette' is produced in Paris.
 
 
  1868  CEArrigo Boito's opera 'Mefistofele', premieres in Milan.
 
 
  1868  CEBedrich Smetana's opera 'Dalibor' premieres in Prague.
 
 
  1868  CEThe opera 'Hamlet' premieres in Paris France.
 
 
  1870  CEThe 'Coppelia' ballet presented in France by French composer Leo Delibes.
 
 
  1871  CEGiusseppi Verdi's 'Aida' premieres in Cairo, at the opening of the Suez canal.
 
 
  1874  CEThe first performance of 'Die Fledermaus' in Vienna.
 
 
  1875  CEGeorges Bizet's opera 'Carmen' premieres in Paris.
 
 
  1876  CEHenrik Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt', premieres in Oslo.
 
 
  1877  CEThe opera 'Samson et Dalila' is produced in Rouen.
 
 
  1878  CEGilbert & Sullivans opera 'HMS Pinafore' premieres in London.
 
 
  1878  CEPeter Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony in F, premieres.
 
 
  1878  CEThe Phonograph (gramophone) is shown for first time at the Grand Opera House.
 
 
  1879  CEAntonin Dvorák's 'Slavic Dancing' premieres.
 
 
  1879  CEGilbert & Sullivan's 'HMS Pinafore' debuts at Bowery Theatre New York City.
 
 
  1879  CEThe opera 'The Pirates of Penzance' is produced in New York.
 
 
  1880  CESteele MacKay's 'Hazel Kirke', premieres in New York.
 
 
  1881  CEBedrich Smetana's opera 'Libusa' premieres in Prague.
 
 
  1881  CEJohannes Brahms' 'Academic Festival Overture' premieres, Breslau.
 
 
  1882  CERichard Wagner completes his opera 'Parsifal'.
 
 
  1882  CERimski-Korsakov's opera 'Snyegurochka', premieres in St Petersburg.
 
 
  1885  CEThe opera 'Le Cid' is produced in Paris.
 
 
  1885  CEVincent d'Indy's 'Saugefleurie', premieres.
 
 
  1886  CEThe introduction the graphophone wax cylinder and sapphire stylus.
 
 
  1888  CEEdison's phonograph is manufactured for sale to the public.
 
 
  1888  CEVincent d'Indy's Wallenstein-trilogy, premieres.
 
 
  1890  CEThe opera 'Robin Hood' is produced in Chicago.
 
 
  1891  CECarnegie Hall opens in New York City with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor.
 
 
  1891  CEThe first jazz concert was held at Carnegie Hall.
 
 
  1892  CEThe first public appearance of John Philip Sousa's band (NJ)
 
 
  1893  CEAnton Dvorak's 'New World Symphony' premieres.
 
 
  1893  CEHermann Sudermanns 'Heimat', premieres in Berlin.
 
 
  1893  CERichard Drigo's ballet 'The Magic Flute' premieres, St Petersburg.
 
 
  1893  CEThe opera 'Falstaff' is produced in Berlin.
 
 
  1893  CEThe opera 'Hansel und Gretel' is produced (Weimar).
 
 
  1893  CEVerdi's opera 'Falstaff' premieres in Milan
 
 
  1894  CEBerliner's flat phonograph disc starts to compete with the cylinder.
 
 
  1894  CEGeorges Feydeau's 'Un à la Patte', premieres in Paris.
 
 
  1895  CEGustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony premieres in Berlin.
 
 
  1895  CETchaikovsky/Petipa's 'Swan Lake', premieres in St Petersburg.
 
 
  1896  CEEdward Macdowell's 2nd Suite in E, premieres.
 
 
  1896  CEGeorges Feydeaus' 'Le Dindon', premieres in Paris.
 
 
  1896  CEGiacomo Puccini's Opera 'La Boheme', premieres in Turin.
 
 
  1896  CEGilbert and Sullivan's last operette 'Grand Duke', premieres in London.
 
 
  1896  CEJohn Philip Sousa led his band's first performance in Plainfield, New Jersey.
 
 
  1896  CEPremiere of Mahler's 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen'.
 
 
  1896  CEUmberto Giordano's opera 'Andrea Chénier', premieres in Milan.
 
 
  1897  CEThe Irish Music Festival is first held, in Dublin.
 
 
  1897  CEPremiere of (parts of) Gustav Mahler's 3rd Symphony took place in Berlin.
 
 
  1897  CEVincent d'Indy's 'Istar' premieres in Amsterdam and Brussels.
 
 
  1897  CEVincent d'Indy's opera 'Fervaal', premieres in Brussels.
 
 
  1898  CERichard Straus' 'Don Quixote', premieres in Keulen.
 
 
  1899  CEThe loudspeaker is invented.
 
 
  1899  CESound is recorded magnetically by Poulsen of Denmark.
 
 
  1899  CEAmerican Marconi Company is incorporated, the forerunner of RCA.
 
 
  1899  CEThe first jukebox is installed at Palais Royal Hotel, San Francisco.
 
 
  1900  CEE Verlinger begins manufacturing 7 inch single-sided records in Montreal.
 
 
  1900  CEEdwin S Votey patents the pneumatic piano player.
 
 
  1901  CEThe phonograph disc (the first 'record') made of hard resinous shellac goes on sale.
 
 
  1901  CEGeorge Cohan's musical 'Governor's Son', premieres in New York City.
 
 
  1902  CEComposer Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler in Vienna.
 
 
  1902  CEEnrico Caruso becomes the first well-known performer to make a record.
 
 
  1903  CEEnrico Caruso's US debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, in 'Rigoletto'.
 
 
  1903  CEThe 'Wizard of Oz' premieres in New York City.
 
 
  1904  CEThe double-sided phonograph disc comes into use.
 
 
  1904  CEGiacomo Puccini's opera 'Madama Butterfly', premieres in Milan.
 
 
  1904  CEMaurice Ravel's 'Shéhérazade' premieres in Paris.
 
 
  1904  CEUS blues singer Gertrude Pridgett marries comic William Rainey.
 
 
  1905  CEThe juke box is introduced. It had just 24 choices.
 
 
  1905  CEThe first published blues composition goes on sale, WC Handy Memphis Blues.
 
 
  1907  CEDeForest begins regular radio music broadcasts.
 
 
  1908  CEArturo Tuscanini begins conducting New York's Metropolitan Opera.
 
 
  1909  CEGerhart Hauptmann's 'Griselda', premieres in Vienna.
 
 
  1909  CEGustav Mahler conducts New York Philharmonic for his first time.
 
 
  1909  CEJohn Galsworthy's 'Strife', premieres in London.
 
 
  1910  CELuisa Tetrazzini sings to 250,000 people at Lotta's Fountain.
 
 
  1910  CEThe first opera by an US composer (Converse) performed at the Met, New York City.
 
 
  1911  CEGustav Mahler conducts his last concerto (Berceuse élégique).
 
 
  1911  CEThe Society of Dutch Composers forms in Amsterdam.
 
 
  1913  CEThe portable phonograph is first manufactured.
 
 
  1915  CEThe electric loudspeaker is invented.
 
 
  1916  CEBaltimore Symphony Orchestra presented its first concert.
 
 
  1916  CEEnrico Caruso recorded 'O Sole Mio' for the Victor Talking Machine Company.
 
 
  1916  CEThe first published reference to 'jazz' appears in Variety.
 
 
  1917  CEThe first jazz record "Dixie Jazz Band One Step", recorded by Nick LaRocca Original Dixieland Jazz Band, released by RCA Victor in Camden NJ
 
 
  1917  CEThe first jazz record released (Dark Town Strutters Ball)
 
 
  1918  CEKern, Bolton & Wodehouse's musical premieres in New York NY
 
 
  1919  CEThe Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is created.
 
 
  1920  CEIn New York City, Enrico Caruso gives his last public performance.
 
 
  1922  CEThe song 'April Showers' by Al Jolson becomes a US number one.
 
 
  1923  CEFrank Silver and Irving Conn release 'Yes, We Have No Bananas'.
 
 
  1923  CEJean Sibelius' 6th Symphony, premieres.
 
 
  1924  CEThe song 'Happy Birthday To You' is published by Claydon Sunny.
 
 
  1924  CEGeorge Gershwin's 'Rhapsody In Blue' premieres at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
 
 
  1925  CELouis Armstrong records the first of Hot Five & Hot Seven recordings
 
 
  1926  CEDmitri Sjostakovitch's 1st Symphony, premieres in Leningrad
 
 
  1927  CE"Ain't She Sweet?" hits #1 on the pop singles chart by Ben Bernie
 
 
  1927  CEDmitri Shostakovitch' Octet opus 11, premieres in Moscow
 
 
  1927  CEDmitri Sjostakovitch' 1st Symphony, premieres in Berlin
 
 
  1927  CEDuke Ellington opens at the Cotton Club in Harlem
 
 
  1927  CEThe first automatic record changer introduced by His Master's Voice
 
 
  1928  CE"Bolero" by Maurice Ravel, 1st performed publicly, in Paris
 
 
  1929  CEDmitri Shostakovitch's 'The New Babylon', premieres in Leningrad.
 
 
  1929  CERudy Vallee recorded 'Deep Night'.
 
 
  1931  CE"Star Spangled Banner" officially becomes US national anthem
 
 
  1932  CEIrving Berlin's musical "Face the Music", premieres in New York NY
 
 
  1933  CEDmitri Shostakovitch's Preludes, premieres in Moscow
 
 
  1934  CE"Cocktails For Two" by Duke Ellington hits #1
 
 
  1934  CEDmitri Sjostakovitsj' opera "Lady MacBeth", premieres in Leningrad
 
 
  1934  CEThe first 33 1/3 rpm recording released (Beethoven's 5th)
 
 
  1936  CEBenny Goodman & orchestra record "Stompin' at the Savoy" on Victor Records
 
 
  1938  CEBenny Goodman refuses to play Carnegie Hall when black members of his band were barred from performing
 
 
  1939  CEBenny Goodman records "Let's Dance"
 
 
  1939  CEBMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) formed
 
 
  1939  CEDmitri Shostakovitch appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad
 
 
  1940  CEIn The Mood by Glenn Miller hits #1
 
 
11 Dec 1941  CEUS declares war on Germany and Italy
 
 
  1941  CEDmitri Shostakovitch receives the Stalin Prize.
 
 
  1941  CEDuke Ellington 1st records "Take the A Train"
 
 
  1941  CEGlenn Miller records "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for RCA
 
 
  1941  CESergei Rachmaninov's "Symphonic Dances" premieres in Philadelphia
 
 
  1941  CEXavier Cugat & his Orchestraestra record "Babalu"
 
 
  1942  CEBing Crosby records "White Christmas" one of the greatest selling records ever.
 
 
  1942  CECapitol Record Co opens for business
 
 
  1942  CECount Basie records "One O'Clock Jump"
 
 
  1942  CEDmitri Shostakovitch' 7th Symphony, premieres in Siberia
 
 
  1942  CEMusical "Star & Garter", premieres in New York City NY
 
 
  1942  CEStravinsky's "Danses Concertantes", premieres in Los Angeles
 
 
  1942  CEThe first broadcast of Roy Plomley's "Desert Island Discs" on BBC
 
 
  1943  CERodgers & Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" opens on Broadway
 
 
  1943  CESinger Frank Sinatra debuts on radio's 'Your Hit Parade'.
 
 
  1943  CEThe first telecast of a complete opera (Hansel & Gretel), Schenectady NY
 
 
  1944  CEBandleader, Major Glenn Miller, lost over English Channel
 
 
  1944  CEBing Crosby records "Swinging on a Star" for Decca Records
 
 
  1945  CEBillboard publishes its 1st album chart (King Cole Trio is #1)
 
 
  1945  CEElla Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys record "It's Only a Paper Moon"
 
 
  1947  CEDmitri Shostakovitch named professor at conservatory of Leningrad
 
 
  1949  CEDmitri Shostakovitch' "Song of the Woods", premieres in Leningrad
 
 
  1949  CERCA releases 1st single record ever (45 rpm)
 
 
  1950  CERag Mop by The Ames Brothers hit number 1.
 
 
  1950  CERichard Strauss' '4 Last Songs' (4 letzte Lieder) premiers in London.
 
 
  1951  CEFrank Sinatra recorded "I'm a Fool to Want You"
 
 
  1952  CEDmitri Shostakovitch completes his 5th string quartet
 
 
  1953  CEElvis Presley graduates from LC Humes High School in Memphis, Tenn
 
 
  1954  CEBilly Haley records "Rock Around the Clock"
 
 
  1954  CEDmitri Shostakovich's "Concertino opus 94" premieres
 
 
  1954  CEElvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way"
 
 
  1954  CEElvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville
 
 
  1954  CEElvis Presley records his debut single, "That's All Right"
 
 
  1954  CEJoe Turner releases "Shake, Rattle & Roll"
 
 
  1955  CEMusic is recorded on tape in stereo
 
 
  1955  CEBarbra Streisand's 1st recording "You'll Never Know" at age 13
 
 
  1955  CEBill Haley & Comets, "Rock Around the Clock" hits #1
 
 
  1955  CEElvis Presley makes his 1st TV appearance
 
 
  1955  CEElvis Presley's 1st TV appearance on "Louisiana Hayride" show
 
 
  1955  CEPerez Prado's "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" goes #1 for 10 weeks
 
 
  1955  CERCA demonstrates 1st music synthesizer
 
 
  1956  CEBuddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville
 
 
  1956  CEBuddy Holly's 1st formal recording session
 
 
  1956  CEElvis Presley appears on national TV for 1st time (Ed Sullivan)
 
 
  1956  CEElvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel"
 
 
  1956  CEElvis Presley records "Heartbreak Hotel" for RCA
 
 
  1956  CEElvis Presley records Heartbreak Hotel for RCA in Nashville
 
 
  1956  CEElvis Presley records his version of "Blue Suede Shoes"
 
 
  1956  CEElvis Presley releases "Don't Be Cruel"
 
 
  1956  CEElvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog", single goes to #1 & stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)
 
 
  1956  CEElvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" goes #1
 
 
  1956  CEElvis Presley's 1st hit in Billboard's top 10 "Heartbreak Hotel"
 
 
  1956  CEElvis Presley's 1st TV appearance (Dorsey Brothers Stage Show)
 
 
  1956  CEElvis Presley's releases "Heartbreak Hotel"
 
 
  1956  CEElvis records "Heartbreak Hotel"
 
 
  1956  CEGuy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues", single goes #1 for 10 weeks
 
 
  1956  CEJohn Lennon (15) & Paul McCartney (13) meet for the 1st time as Lennon's rock group The Quarrymen perform at a church dinner
 
 
  1956  CELittle Richard releases "Tutti Frutti"
 
 
  1957  CEBuddy Holly & the Crickets record "That'll Be the Day"
 
 
  1957  CECavern Club (home of Beatles' 1st appearance) opens on Mathew Street in England
 
 
  1957  CEDmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd Piano Concert
 
 
  1957  CEDmitri Sjostakovitsch 2nd Piano concert, premieres in Moscow
 
 
  1957  CEElvis Presley makes his 7th & final appearance on Ed Sullivan Show
 
 
  1958  CEStereo recording is introduced
 
 
  1958  CE"South Pacific" soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks
 
 
  1958  CECBS Labs announce new stereophonic records
 
 
  1958  CEDmitri Shostakovitch' 2nd Piano concert, premieres in NY
 
 
  1958  CEElvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761)
 
 
  1958  CEGibson patents the Flying V Guitar
 
 
  1958  CEJerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the country and r&b charts, #2 on the pop chart
 
 
  1958  CERIAA (Recording Industry Association of American)is created and certifies 1st gold record (Perry Como's Catch A Falling Star)
 
 
  1958  CERoyal Teens' "Short Shorts" enters Top 40 chart & peaks at #3
 
 
  1959  CEBuddy Holly releases his last record "It Doesn't Matter"
 
 
  1959  CEBuddy Holly's last performance
 
 
  1959  CECoasters's "Charlie Brown" peaks at #2
 
 
  1959  CEDmitri Shostakovich's "Moscow-Tsjerjomoesjki" premieres in Moscow
 
 
  1959  CEDmitri Shostakovitch's comedy "Cheryomushk", premieres in Moscow
 
 
  1959  CEElvis Presley's 1st entry on UK charts with "Heartbreak Hotel"
 
 
  1959  CEEverly Brothers record "Let It Be Me"
 
 
  1960  CEChubby Checker releases "The Twist"
 
 
  1960  CEDmitri Shostakovitch's 7th String quartet, premieres in Leningrad
 
 
  1960  CEElvis Presley ends 2-year tour of duty in US Army.
 
 
  1960  CEEverly Brothers "Cathy's Clown" hits #1.
 
 
  1960  CEJohnny Cash plays 1st of many free concerts behind bars
 
 
  1960  CERoy Orbison releases "Only the Lonely"
 
 
  1961  CEThe Beatles' first appearance at the Cavern Club.
 
 
  1961  CEBob Dylan's first New York performance.
 
 
  1961  CEChuck Berry's amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, opens.
 
 
  1961  CEFrank Sinatra launches Reprise label under Warner Brothers Records.
 
 
  1961  CESupremes signed with Motown Records.
 
 
  1961  CEThe first performance of the Beach Boys.
 
 
  1962  CEThe 'West Side Story' soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album.
 
 
  1962  CEBarbra Streisand signs her first recording contract (with Columbia).
 
 
  1962  CEBeach Boys introduced a new musical style with their hit 'Surfin'.
 
 
  1962  CEThe Beatles made their broadcasting debut on BBC radio.
 
 
  1962  CEBeatles meet their producer George Martin for the first time Beatles record 'Besame Mucho' with Peter Best on drums.
 
 
  1962  CEBeatles replaces Pete Best with Ringo Starr.
 
 
  1962  CEBeatles, with Pete Best, TV debut (perform 'Dream Baby' on BBC).
 
 
  1962  CEBenjamin Britten's 'War Requiem' premieres.
 
 
  1962  CEBishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker's 'Twist' is impure & bans it from all Catholic schools.
 
 
  1962  CEBrian Epstein signs a contract to manage the Beatles through 1977.
 
 
  1962  CEDmitri Shostakovitch becomes member of Supreme Soviet of USSR.
 
 
  1962  CEIsley Brothers release 'Twist & Shout'.
 
 
  1962  CEPeter, Paul & Mary release their first hit 'If I Had a Hammer'.
 
 
  1962  CEThe first recording session under the name 'Beatles'.
 
 
  1963  CEBeatles final performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool
 
 
  1963  CEBeatles form "Beatles Ltd" to handle their income
 
 
  1963  CEBeatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time
 
 
  1963  CEBeatles recieve their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)
 
 
  1963  CEBill J Kramer & Dakotas record Lennon & McCartney "I Call Your Name"
 
 
  1963  CEBob Dylan walks off Ed Sullivan Show
 
 
  1963  CEBrian Epstein & Ed Sullivan sign a 3 show contract for the Beatles
 
 
  1963  CEDecca signs the Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison
 
 
  1963  CEDmitri Shostakovitch' Katharina Ismailova, premieres in Riga
 
 
  1963  CERingo admits he wrote a song "Don't Pass Me By"
 
 
  1963  CEThe first million copy record prior to release "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
 
 
  1964  CEBarbra Streisand appears on the cover of New York Times Magazine section
 
 
  1964  CEDavie Jones & King Bees debut "I Can't Help Thinking About Me", group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie
 
 
  1964  CEDmitri Shostakovitch completes his 9th String quartet
 
 
  1964  CEGeorge Harrison changes his company's name from Mornyork to Harrisongs
 
 
  1964  CEGeorge Harrison forms Mornyork Ltd music publishing company
 
 
  1964  CEJohn Lennon is reunited with his father Freddie after 17 years
 
 
  1964  CEJohn Lennon's "In His Own Write" is published in the US
 
 
  1964  CERingo forms Brikley Building Company Ltd
 
 
  1964  CESupremes release "Baby Love"
 
 
  1965  CEBeatle Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox
 
 
  1965  CEBeatles receive MBEs at Buckingham Palace
 
 
  1965  CERighteous Brothers "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" hits #1
 
 
  1965  CERock group The Who releases 1st album "I Can't Explain"
 
 
  1965  CETemptations' "My Girl" reaches #1
 
 
  1965  CEThe Beatles are awarded the MBE
 
 
  1965  CEThe Byrds record "Mr Tambourine Man"
 
 
  1965  CEThe Who make their 1st appearance on British TV
 
 
  1966  CEBarry Sadlers' "Ballad of the Green Berets" becomes #1 (13 weeks)
 
 
  1966  CEBBC opens a relay radio station on Ascension Island
 
 
  1966  CEBeatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd
 
 
  1966  CEDavid Bowie releases his 1st record (Can't Help Thinking About Me)
 
 
  1966  CEDmitri Shostakovitch's 11th String quartet, premieres in Leningrad
 
 
  1966  CEDmitri Sjostakovitsj completes his 11th string quartet
 
 
  1966  CEJohn Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition
 
 
  1966  CEJohn Lennon, says "We (Beatles) are more popular than Jesus"
 
 
  1966  CELast Beatle concert tour of the US begins
 
 
  1966  CELast British concert by the Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
 
 
  1966  CEMamas & Papas "Monday Monday" hits #1
 
 
  1966  CEMonkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks
 
 
  1966  CESimon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence" reaches #1
 
 
  1967  CEAretha Franklin releases "Respect"
 
 
  1967  CEBBC bans Beatle's "A Day in the Life" (drug references)
 
 
  1967  CEBBC unofficially bans "I am the Walrus" by the Beatles
 
 
  1967  CEBeatles' Apple Music signs its 1st group-Grapefruit
 
 
  1967  CEBeatles sign a 9 year worldwide contract with EMI records
 
 
  1967  CEBeatles sign a contract to stay together for 10 years (they don't)
 
 
  1967  CEDmitri Shostakovitch completes his 2nd Violin concerto
 
 
  1967  CEElvis Presley & Pricilla Beaulieu wed in Las Vegas
 
 
  1967  CEJohn Lennon takes delivery of his psychedelic painted Rolls Royce
 
 
  1967  CEPaul McCartney & Jane Asher get engaged
 
 
  1967  CEPaul McCartney admits on TV that he took LSD
 
 
  1967  CEPink Floyd release their 1st single "Arnold Layne"
 
 
  1967  CEPink Floyd releases their 1st song (Arnold Layne)
 
 
  1967  CEPurple Haze recorded by Jimi Hendrix
 
 
  1967  CEWho & Cream make US debut at Murray the K's Easter Show
 
 
  1967  CEWild Thing hits #20 on the pop singles chart by Senator Bobby
 
 
  1968  CEBeatles announce formation of Apple Corp
 
 
  1968  CEBeatles form Python Music Ltd
 
 
  1968  CEBeatles George Harrison & John Lennon & wives fly to India for transcendental meditation study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
 
 
  1968  CEBeatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
 
 
  1968  CECynthia Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce on adultry
 
 
  1968  CEDmitri Shostakovitch completes his 12nd string quartet
 
 
  1968  CEGeorge Harrison forms Singsong Ltd
 
 
  1968  CEJohn Lennon & Yoko One fined œ150 for marijuana possession
 
 
  1968  CEJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono plant an acorn at Conventry Cathedral
 
 
  1968  CELIFE magazine calls Jimi Hendrix "most spectacular guitarist in the world"
 
 
  1968  CEMick Jagger & Marianne Faithfull arrested for drug possession
 
 
  1968  CERingo quits the Beatles over a disagreement, temporarily
 
 
  1968  CERock group Genesis release their 1st record "The Silent Sun"
 
 
  1968  CESimon & Garfunkel's "Mrs Robinson" hits #1
 
 
  1968  CEThe first record under Apple label (Beatle's Hey Jude)
 
 
  1968  CEYoko Ono announces she is having John Lennon's baby
 
 
  1969  CE300,000 attend the Altamont CA, rock concert feature Rolling Stones
 
 
  1969  CEAfter 88 weeks Sergeant Pepper drops off the charts
 
 
  1969  CEBeatle John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar
 
 
  1969  CEBeatles appoint Eastman & Eastman, as general counsel to Apple
 
 
  1969  CEBeatles perform their last gig together, a free concert on the roof of Apple
 
 
  1969  CEBrian Jones quits the Rolling Stones
 
 
  1969  CECreams' final concert (Royal Albert Hall)
 
 
  1969  CEDavid Bowie releases "Space Oddity"
 
 
  1969  CEDebut album of Led Zeppelin released in US
 
 
  1969  CEDmitri Shostakovitch completes his 14th Symphony
 
 
  1969  CEJohn & Yoko begin their 2nd bed-in (Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal)
 
 
  1969  CEJohn & Yoko stage their 1st bed-in for peace (Amsterdam Hilton)
 
 
  1969  CEJohn Lennon & Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance"
 
 
  1969  CEJohn Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar
 
 
  1969  CEJohn Lennon returns his MBE
 
 
  1969  CEJohn Lennon's "2 Virgins" album declared pornographic in New Jersey
 
 
  1969  CEPaul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London
 
 
  1969  CEStevie Wonder releases "My Cherie Amour"
 
 
  1969  CEThe Who release the rock opera "Tommy"
 
 
  1969  CEWoodstock Music & Art Fair opens in NY State (Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm)
 
 
  1969  CEZager & Evans release "In the Year 2525"
 
 
  1970  CEBeatles last recording session at EMI studios
 
 
  1970  CEDecca awards Bing Crosby a 2nd platinum disc for selling 300 million
 
 
  1970  CEJackson 5 make TV debut on "American Bandstand"
 
 
  1970  CEJohn Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting the South African rugby team playing in Scotland
 
 
  1970  CEPaul McCartney announces official split of the Beatles
 
 
  1970  CEPaul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve the Beatles
 
 
  1971  CEBenjamin Britten's opera "Owen Wingrave" premieres in Aldwych
 
 
  1971  CEJohn & Yoko release "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" in US
 
 
  1971  CEJohn Lennon leaves the UK for NYC, never to return
 
 
  1971  CEJohn Lennon meets Yoko Ono's parents in Japan
 
 
  1971  CEJohn Lennon releases the "Imagine" album
 
 
  1971  CEPaul McCartney announces the formation of his group Wings
 
 
  1971  CEThe Rolling Stones leave England for France to escape taxes
 
 
  1972  CEBBC bans "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" by Wings
 
 
  1972  CEBBC bans Wings "Hi, Hi, Hi"
 
 
  1972  CEDavid Bowie releases "Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust"
 
 
  1972  CEDmitri Shostakovitch' 15th Symphony, premieres in Moscow
 
 
  1972  CEJohn & Yoko are served with deportation papers
 
 
  1972  CEJohn Lennon says his phone is tapped by the FBI on Dick Cavett Show
 
 
  1972  CEMoody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
 
 
  1972  CEOfficial Beatles Fan Club closes down
 
 
  1972  CERingo releases "Back off Bugaloo" in UK
 
 
  1973  CEDr Hook's "Cover of "Rolling Stone"" enters Top 40 & peaks at #6
 
 
  1973  CEElvis & Priscilla Presley divorce after 6 years
 
 
  1973  CEJohn Lennon sues US govt to admit the FBI is tapping his phone
 
 
  1973  CEStevie Wonder releases "You are the Sunshine of my Life"
 
 
  1973  CEYoko Ono is granted permanent residence in US
 
 
  1974  CE"Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield hits #7
 
 
  1974  CEBarbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"
 
 
  1974  CECher files for separation from husband Sonny Bono
 
 
  1974  CEDmitri Shostakovitch completes his 15th String quartet
 
 
  1974  CEKeyboardist Rick Wakeman quits the rock group "Yes"
 
 
  1974  CESteely Dan releases "Rikki Don't Lose that Number"
 
 
  1975  CE10cc releases "I'm Not in Love"
 
 
  1975  CEApple records closes down
 
 
  1975  CEBarry Manilow's "Mandy" goes gold
 
 
  1975  CECher, just 4 days after divorcing Sonny Bono marries Gregg Allman
 
 
  1975  CEDavid Bowie's "Fame", single goes #1 for 2 weeks
 
 
  1975  CELed Zeppelin fans riot before Boston concert, causing $30,000 damage
 
 
  1976  CEGeorge Harrison sings the lumberjack song with Monty Python
 
 
  1976  CEQueen's Bhoemian Rhapsody goes gold
 
 
  1976  CEThe first quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen the Rolling Stones"
 
 
  1977  CEELO releases "Telephone Line"
 
 
  1977  CEElvis Costello releases his 1st record "Less Than Zero"
 
 
  1977  CEEMI records drop punk rock group Sex Pistols
 
 
  1977  CEFleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album released
 
 
  1977  CEGeorge & Patti Harrison divorce
 
 
  1977  CEIn The Mood by Henhouse 5 Plus Too (Ray Stevens) peaks at #40
 
 
  1977  CEThe first quadraphonic concert (Pink Floyd in London)
 
 
  1978  CEBee Gees' "Saturday Night Fever" album goes #1 for 24 weeks
 
 
  1978  CEGeorge Harrison marries Olivia
 
 
  1978  CESex Pistols' final concert (Winterland, San Francisco)
 
 
  1979  CEDa Ya Think I'm Sexy? by Rod Stewart peaks at #1
 
 
  1979  CEElton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel
 
 
  1979  CEElton John becomes 1st western rocker to perform live in the USSR
 
 
  1979  CEEmerson, Lake & Palmer disband after 10 years together
 
 
  1979  CEGuinness Book of Records presents Paul McCartney with a rhodium disc
 
 
  1979  CEGuitarist Eric Clapton marries Patti Boyd
 
 
  1979  CEPink Floyd premiered their live version of "The Wall" in Los Angeles
 
 
  1979  CERock group "Little Feat" disbands
 
 
  1979  CERock group, Emerson, Lake & Palmer break up
 
 
  1979  CEYMCA by Village People peaks at #2 on pop singles chart
 
 
  1979  CEYMCA files libel suit against Village People's YMCA song
 
 
  1980  CEAt 2 PM EST there is 10 minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon
 
 
  1980  CEBob Marley's last concert
 
 
  1980  CEBombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
 
 
  1980  CEBrian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
 
 
  1980  CECapitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks
 
 
  1980  CEDebut of the Pretenders
 
 
  1980  CEFormer Buggles members Geoff Downes & Trevor Horn replace Jon Anderson & Rick Wakeman in Yes
 
 
  1980  CEJohn & Yoko sign a recording contract with Geffen Records
 
 
  1980  CEPaul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession, later deported
 
 
  1980  CEPink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa
 
 
  1980  CEPink Floyd's "The Wall" hits #1
 
 
  1980  CERingo & Barbara Bach are involved in a car crash
 
 
  1981  CEBeatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach
 
 
  1981  CEBeatles McCartney, Starr & Harrison record a tribute to John Lennon
 
 
  1981  CEDuke Ellington-musical "Sophisticated Ladies", premieres in New York NY
 
 
  1981  CEOlivia Newton-John's "Physical", single goes #1 & stays for 10 weeks
 
 
  1982  CEPink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" is on the charts for 402nd week
 
 
  1982  CERock group Doobie Brothers split up
 
 
  1983  CECompact Disc recordings developed by Phillips & Sony introduced
 
 
  1983  CEWeird Al Yankovic gives live performance at Wax Museum in Washington DC
 
 
  1983  CEWeird Al Yankovic records "Ricky" & "Buckingham Blues" debut LP
 
 
  1984  CEBruce Springsteen releases "Born in the USA"
 
 
  1984  CECyndi Lauper's 1st #1 "Time After Times"
 
 
  1984  CEMadonna's "Like a Virgin", single goes #1 for 6 weeks
 
 
  1984  CEMichael Jackson awarded a 4-foot-high platinum disc by CBS
 
 
  1984  CEMichael Jackson is burned during filming for Pepsi commercial
 
 
  1984  CERock group Wings disbands
 
 
  1985  CE"Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9
 
 
  1985  CE"We are the World" is recorded
 
 
  1985  CEBilly Joel weds supermodel Christie Brinkley
 
 
  1985  CEHeart's "Heart", album goes #1
 
 
  1985  CEMichael Jackson buys ATV Music (every Beatle songs) for $47« million
 
 
  1985  CESinger Madonna weds actor Sean Penn
 
 
  1986  CEAIDS charity record "That's What Friends are For", hits #1
 
 
  1986  CEBarbra Streisand's 1st live concert in 20 years
 
 
  1986  CEGeffen records signs Guns & Roses
 
 
  1986  CEHeart's "These Dreams", single goes #1
 
 
  1986  CEThe "Chicken Song" by Spitting Image hit #1 on the UK pop chart
 
 
  1987  CEBB King donates his 7,000 record collection to University of Mississippi
 
 
  1987  CEGeffen records sign their 1st artist (Donna Summer)
 
 
  1987  CEMichael Jackson attempts to buy Elephant Man's remains
 
 
  1987  CEWeird Al Yankovic performs live at 72nd National Orange Show
 
 
  1989  CERocker Carol King gets a star in Hollywood's walk of fame
 
 
  1989  CEWeird Al Yankovic records "She Drives Like Crazy"
 
 
  1990  CEMichael Jackson hospitalized for chest pains
 
 
  1990  CEProducers confirm that Milli Vanilli didn't sing on their album
 
 
  1990  CERadio Berlin International's final transmission final song is 'The End' by the Doors. It had links to Deutsche Welles of West Germany.
 
 
  1990  CERocker Rod Stewart marries super model Rachel Hunter
 
 
  1991  CEMichael Jackson signs $65M six album deal with Sony records
 
 
  1991  CESinger James Brown is released from prison
 
 
  1992  CEI'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred peaks at #1
 
 
  1992  CEWeird Al Yankovic begins his Off The Deep End tour
 
 
  1993  CEBill Wyman announces he will leave Rolling Stones
 
 
  1994  CEBarbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years
 
 
  1994  CEMichael Jackson (35) weds Elvis' daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26)
 
 
  1996  CERadio Canada International's final shortwave broadcast.
 
 
  1997  CEBeatle Paul McCartney knighted Sir Paul by Queen Elizabeth II
 
 
  1997  CEBob Dylan hospitalized in England with histoplasmosis
 
 
  1997  CEHeart attacks sends Frank Sinatra back to hospital
 
 
  1998  CEElton John is knighted.
 
 
  1998  CELyrics to 'Candle in the Wind 1997', auctioned for $442,500.
 
 
  1998  CESpice Girl Victoria Adams (Posh) & soccer David Beckham gets engaged.
 
 
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