1941 – The world’s first commercial FM radio station, Nashville’s W47NV, begins broadcasting.
1957 – The Everly Brothers sign with Cadence records and record “Bye Bye Love.”
1964 – Sam Cooke releases his final album, Ain’t That Good News.
1966 – Gene Clark announces he is leaving The Byrds due to his fear of flying. They do not replace him.
1967 – The Beatles start recording “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” at Abbey Road studios. The song is inspired by a drawing John Lennon’s son Julian made of a classmate.
1968 – Elton John’s first single “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” is released on the Phillips label in the UK but doesn’t chart.
1968 – Johnny Cash and June Carter marry.
1973 – Pink Floyd releases Dark Side of the Moon and Tom Waits releases his debut album, Closing Time.
1974 – Rush releases their self-titled, debut album.
1974 – Queen begin their first headlining tour.
1974 – Chris Difford places a wanted ad in a store window that says, “Lyricist seeks musician for co-writing.” Glen Tillbrook contacts him and the pair become Squeeze.
1975 – The Eagles go to #1 on the US singles chart with “Best Of My Love,” the first of five US chart-toppers for the band.
1980 – Patti Smith marries Fred “Sonic” Smith (formerly with MC5).
1981 – NBC airs Elvis And The Beauty Queen, starring Don Johnson as Elvis Presley. The TV special tells the story of his last years and his affair with Linda Thompson.
1985 – Ford licenses The Beatles’ “Help!” for a commercial, marking the first time one of their songs is used in a TV ad.
1991 – The Doors movie debuted. Val Kilmer plays the role of Jim Morrison.
1993 – The Cranberries release their debut album Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?
1994 – Beck releases his debut album, Mellow Gold.
1994 – Nirvana plays their final concert at a 3,000 capacity venue: an airport hanger called The Terminal Einz in Munich, Germany. They lose power during the show, so the band plays an impromptu acoustic set, which includes a cover of The Cars “My Best Friend’s Girl.”
1995 – Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” wins three Grammys: Song of the Year, Best Male Vocal Performance, and Best Rock Song.
1997 – “Bowie Bonds” are issued on the US Stock Exchange. They are linked to David Bowie’s back catalogue albums with money earned via interest from royalties. Investors expect to make an 8% profit in about 10 years.
2005 – Jack Johnson releases In Between Dreams.
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