16 January

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2016 Bruce Springsteen begins The River Tour with a show in Pittsburgh. His 1980 album The River is the centerpiece of the tour, played start to finish at many stops. The tour is the year's most successful, grossing over $268 million.

2015 Puddle of Mudd frontman Wesley Scantlin is arrested at the Denver International Airport after he takes a baggage carousel for a joyride into a restricted area. A local fan bails him out, but the band is still hours late for their performance, and an angry promoter tells the audience he will never book the act again.

2008 Radiohead is slated to perform a free gig at a small record store in London, but nearly 1,500 fans turn up, forcing the band to move the show to a nearby club.

2006 The Japanese government names female pop duo Puffy as goodwill ambassadors to the United States.

2002 A section of Interstate 80 in California is renamed the "Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway."

1999 At the inaugural ball for Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, America plays "Ventura Highway." Warren Zevon and Delbert McClinton also perform.

1996 Wayne Newton performs his 25,000th show in Las Vegas.

1992 Eric Clapton records Eric Clapton Unplugged for MTV. The album wins six Grammy Awards, including Record Of The Year.

1991 The Sixth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include LaVern Baker, The Byrds, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed, and Ike and Tina Turner.

1988 Tina Turner performs at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro to a sell-out crowd of 180,000 - at the time, this sets a new record for attendance at a performance of a solo artist.

1981 The TV series Harper Valley P.T.A., inspired by the Jeannie C. Riley song and the 1978 movie of the same name, airs on NBC. Barbara Eden reprises her role as scandalous single mom Stella Johnson.

1980 Paul McCartney packs about half a pound of marijuana in his luggage, which lands him 10 days in a Tokyo jail upon arrival. He had the weed in New York and wanted to bring it with him to smoke on tour, saying, "This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I'd take it with me."

1979 Aaliyah is born Aaliyah Haughton in Brooklyn, New York.

1979 Cher's divorce from Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers becomes final.

1979 Roger Miller sings a medley of songs on The Muppet Show. He also sings "In the Summertime" in a patch of musically skilled watermelons and drops the bombshell news that he, like the all-chicken cast of Vet's Hospital, once suffered from "Cluckitis."

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Benny Goodman Brings Jazz To Carnegie Hall


Clarinetist Benny Goodman, who many call an improvisational genius, breaks through cultural barriers to play the first-ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.

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