1992 The British band Verve, dispatched to America to promote their debut album, perform their song "A Man Called Sun" for over two hours from a flatbed truck driving around New York City at night. America takes little notice of the band until their 1997 single "Bitter Sweet Symphony."
1991 In Peoria, Illinois, Metallica launch their mammoth Wherever We May Roam tour, which runs for 224 shows, wrapping up on December 18, 1992.
1990 The inductees for the sixth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced, a list which includes Wilson Pickett, Ike & Tina Turner, The Byrds, The Impressions, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, and John Lee Hooker.
1987 Woody Herman, jazz musician and big band leader, dies at age 74.
1987 Rolling Stones guitarist and sometime painter Ron Wood gets his first public presentation, Decades, in London, featuring mostly portraits of Wood's famous friends over the past two decades.
1979 Legendary bebop trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie appears on The Muppet Show and performs with The Electric Mayhem. It's the only time that the otherwise all-muppet band features a bongo player.
1978 Rush's Hemispheres hits stores. The album is ambitious even by Rush standards, and the work put into recording it nearly gives the band members nervous breakdowns.
1977 Paul Davis's "I Go Crazy" enters the charts.
1976 Bruce Springsteen brings long-forgotten Gary U.S. Bonds on stage at The Palladium in New York City to perform Bonds' 1961 hit "Quarter To Three." Five years later, Springsteen engineers a comeback for Bonds, working on his album Dedication and supplying the hit "This Little Girl."
1976 Elvis Presley records "It's Easy For You," "Way Down," and "Pledging My Love."
1973 John Lennon releases "Mind Games" and the LP of the same name in the US.
1971 Duane Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band) dies in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Georgia, at age 24.
1970 Toby Smith (keyboardist for Jamiroquai) is born in London, England.
1970 Neil Diamond's "Cracklin' Rosie" is certified gold.
1969 Douglas "SA" Vincent Martinez (vocalist, DJ for 311) is born in Omaha, Nebraska.
2012 While campaigning for the 2012 election, president Barack Obama takes time out to interview with radio station WIZF Cincinnati, to talk about his favorite music artists. Asked "what's on the presidential iPod?," Obama names Stevie Wonder, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan as his "old school" choices, Jay-Z, Eminem, and Fugees for newer artists, and John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Gil Scott-Heron amongst his favorite jazz artists.
1983 Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon album breaks the record for most weeks on the Billboard albums chart when it eclipses Johnny's Greatest Hits by Johnny Mathis with 491 weeks. Dark Side remains on the chart until 1988, when it drops off with 724 weeks. Thanks to reissues and promotions, it returns from time to time, notching over 880 weeks on the chart in total.
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