This Day In Music History

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1859 – Daniel Emmett introduced “I Wish I was in Dixie’s Land.” About two years later the song became the Civil War song of the Confederacy.

1938 – After seven years of singing on the radio, Kate Smith began a new noontime talk show.

1939 – Glenn Miller recorded his theme song, “Moonlight Serenade.”

1954 – Maestro Arturo Toscanini conducted his last concert with the NBC Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City ending a 17-year association with the orchestra.

1959 – Buddy Holly’s “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” hit #13. It was his first posthumous hit.

1960 – Elvis Presley recorded “Are You Lonesome Tonight.”

1964 – The Beatles made music history by holding the top five places in the singles charts with: “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Twist and Shout,” “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me.”

1964 – The Beatles “Can’t But Me Love” goes #1 and stays #1 for five weeks. 

1968 – James Brown made a national TV appeal for calm following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

1970 – Janis Joplin held a reunion concert with Big Brother & the Holding Company in San Francisco, CA.

1977 – British CBS released the Clash’s self-titled fist album.

1981 – The documentary film “This is Elvis” premiered at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, TX.

1990 – Gloria Estefan left the hospital after being injured in a bus crash on March 20.

1996 – Wilson Pickett was arrested for cocaine possession while on probation.

1998 – Eric Clapton’s first album of regular studio material since 1989 was released. The name was “Pilgrim.”

2000 – Diana Ross announced that she would reunite with the Supremes. The two members of the Supremes at the time had joined after Ross had left the trio.

2002 – It was announced that the 19-year-old band Megadeth had broken up. The break up was due to an injury to Dave Mustaine’s left arm and hand that had left him unable to play guitar.

The top 5 songs from 10 years ago:

1) TLC – No Scrubs

2) Cher – Believe

3) Sugar Ray – Every Morning

4) Busta Rymes featuring Janet – What’s It Gonna Be?

5) Whitney Houston feat. Faith Evans – Heartbreak Hotel


1925 – Erna Spoorenberg, Dutch singer
1933 – Seoirse Bodley, composer
1935 – Fran‡ois-Bernard Mache, composer
1936 – Margo J Sylvia, rocker (Tune Weavers)
1939 – Hugh Masekela, Wilbank South Africa, trumpeter (I Am Not Afraid)


1908 – Josef Sucher, composer, dies at 64
1931 – George Whitefield Chadwick, composer, dies at 76
1934 – Braulio Dueno Colon, composer, dies at 80
1943 – Raoul Laparra, composer, dies at 66
1944 – Karel Weis, composer, dies at 82


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