28 April

Pick a Day


In Music History

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1976 Bob Dylan performs "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" live for the first time.

1976 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play the Grand Ole Opry at the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville. It's the first time a rock band has played the Opry since The Byrds in 1968.

1975 Rock 'n Roll DJ Tom Donahue, who also formed the San Francisco-based Autumn Records, dies of a heart attack at age 46. In 1996, Donahue becomes just one of three disc jockeys to ever be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1975 Two ex-Beatles are on NBC: Ringo Starr performs "No No Song" on The Smothers Brothers Show; John Lennon guests on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

1972 Violent J (Joseph Bruce) of Insane Clown Posse is born in Michigan.

1969 The self-titled, debut album by Chicago Transit Authority is released. For their next album, the group shortens their name to Chicago.More

1968 Daisy Berkowitz (lead guitarist for Marilyn Manson) is born Scott Mitchell Putesky in Florida.

1968 The Seeds guest star as "The Warts" on the "How Not To Manage A Rock Group" episode of the NBC-TV sitcom The Mothers-In-Law.

1967 The Mamas and the Papas' "Mama" Cass Elliot gives birth to her only child, a daughter named Owen Vanessa, whose father is never made public.

1966 Rapper Too Short, known for hits like "The Ghetto" and "Blow the Whistle," is born Todd Anthony Shaw in Los Angeles, California.

1966 The Beatles record "Eleanor Rigby."

1965 Barbra Streisand's first television special, My Name Is Barbra, airs on CBS.

1964 Elvis Presley releases "Viva Las Vegas," the title song to his movie, which opens six weeks later.

1963 19-year-old Andrew Loog Oldham, who did some PR work for The Beatles, checks out The Rollin' Stones at a show in Richmond, England. He becomes their manager a little later and makes them add the "g."

1963 Cliff Richard and The Shadows are #1 on the UK albums chart for the 14th week with the soundtrack to the movie Summer Holiday. It's the last time an artist other than The Beatles or The Rolling Stones tops the chart for two years.

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Apple Launches iTunes Store Selling 99-Cent Songs


Apple launches the iTunes store, the first widely successful legal music download app, thanks to the emergence of the iPod, which lets people take their music with them. At first, the service is available only to Mac users, with the music files encoded in Apple's proprietary format (AAC) restricting where they can be played.

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