1983 - Vanessa Williams, Miss New York, was crowned Miss America. Williams was the first black woman in the 62-year history of the Miss America Pageant to win the coveted title. Williams relinquished her crown during her reign when nude pictures of her were published in Penthouse magazine. She went on to enjoy popularity as a singer (Dreamin, Save the Best for Last) and an actress (Candyman, Another You, Under the Gun).
1994 - II, by Boyz II Men, debuted at number one on the Billboard U.S. album chart. Cuts on the LP: Thank You, All Around the World, U Know, Vibin, I Sit Away, Jezzebel, Khalil [Interlude], Trying Times, Ill Make Love to You, On Bended Knee, 50 Candles, Water Runs Dry, Yesterday. II was #I for IV weeks.
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1941 - Skinnay Ennis and his orchestra recorded the tune Dont Let Julia Fool Ya.
1964 - The Beatles received a gold record for their hit single A Hard Days Night. It was the third gold record for the Fab Four. They would collect 18 more through 1970.
1970 - British singer and pianist Elton John made his U.S. concert debut at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. Some of his opening night numbers: Your Song, Country Comfort, Take Me to the Pilot, Honky Tonk Women and Bad Side of The Moon.
1979 - Ooh, my little pretty one, my pretty one; When you gonna give me some time, Sharona. My Sharona/>, by The Knack, hit #1 on the Hot 100. It was a solid #1 for six straight weeks.
1982 - The group, Fleetwood Mac, received a gold record for the album Mirage.
1937 - The cover of LIFE magazine showed the latest in campus fashions of the times which included saddle shoes.
1939 - Larry Clinton and his orchestra recorded In a Persian Market on Victor Records.
1945 - The NBC radio program The Adventures of Topper was heard for the first time. Later, the popular program would move to TV and continue with rave reviews.
1953 - Kukla, Fran (Allison) and Ollie, along with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler, were featured on the first network telecast in compatible color. The program was broadcast from Boston, MA.
1955 - NBC radio presented The Lux Radio Theatre for the final time. The program had aired for 21 years.
1965 - Sony Corporation unveiled its first consumer 1/2-inch format helical scan VTR (video tape recorder). It was priced under $3000 (and only in black & white, yet).
1969 - The rock group Blind Faith made its British debut at a free concert at Londons Hyde Park. Over 100,000 fans attended what was called the most remarkable gathering of young people ever seen in England. The group was composed of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Stevie Winwood and Rick Grech.
1974 - The Entertainer, the original music from the motion picture The Sting, earned a gold record for pianist and conductor, Marvin Hamlisch.
1985 - Kevin Koch quit as the Pirate Parrot, the mascot of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He felt his feathers had been ruffled enough, since 1979.
1996 - The Rock, starring Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, was released in the U.S. Harris plays Brigadier General Francis Xavier Hummel, whose commandos seize control of Alcatraz Island and hold a group of tourists hostage. Cage plays FBI nerve-gas weapons expert Stanley Goodspeed, who is called in to disarm Hummel's rockets before they can be fired at San Francisco. Connery is federal prisoner John Patrick Mason, who knows his way around Alcatraz, having been the only prisoner to have successfully escaped the joint. The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced flick got favorable reviews (especially among action-movie buffs) and brought in a solid $25.07 million at the box office its opening weekend.
1939 - Ray Eberle recorded Stairway to the Stars with the Glenn Miller Orchestra for Bluebird records.
1962 - The Beatles inked their first recording contract. George Martin was hired to be the groups producer and the band would record for EMI Parlophone.
1965 - Vladimir Horowitz played his first public concert in 12 years at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The audience applauded the piano virtuoso with a standing ovation that lasted for 30 minutes.
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1925 - Eddie Cantor recorded the standard, If You Knew Susie, for Columbia Records. There was none classier.
1931 - Little Orphan Annie, the comic strip character developed by Harold Gray, came to life on the NBC Blue network. About 5 decades later, the comic strip inspired a Broadway play and a movie, both titled, Annie.
1945 - This is Your FBI debuted on ABC radio. Frank Lovejoy served as narrator for the following eight years.
1956 - Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, was dedicated. The building was the first circular office tower designed in America. It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter. At night, a light at the tip of the tower blinks the letters "H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D" in Morse Code.
1971 - Rolling Stones Records was formed to promote the hits of The Rolling Stones. The famous Stones trademark, the lips logo, became widely used. Brown Sugar was the first hit by the Rolling Stones on the new label, followed by Wild Horses, Tumbling Dice and Bill Gates favorite song, Start Me Up.
1973 - The Stylistics received a gold record for their ballad hit, Break Up to Make Up. The Philadelphia soul group placed 10 hits on the pop charts in the 1970s. More of their gold record winners include: You Are Everything, Betcha By Golly Wow, Im Stone in Love With You and You Make Me Feel Brand New.
1985 - The country group, Alabama, went five-for-five as the album 40 Hour Week grabbed the top spot on the Billboard country chart. The group had a number one album for each of the previous five years. The popularity of the quartet (three are cousins from Fort Payne, AL) continues today.
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1943 - Blue Ribbon Town was first heard on CBS radio. The show lasted only a year, but it became widely known as the program that introduced audiences to the one, the only, Groucho Marx.
1945 - Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys recorded the classic, Its Only a Paper Moon for Decca Records.
1950 - Jazz pianist Erroll Garner became one of the first jazz instrumentalists to give a solo concert.
1951 - Frank Sinatra recorded Im a Fool to Want You for Columbia. This was one of the last songs Sinatra recorded for Mitch Miller, who had taken over as head of recording for the label.
1939 - Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians recorded one of the most popular songs of the century. The standard, Auld Lang Syne, was recorded for Decca Records ... about two months and a week late, wed say.
1956 - Lonnie Donegans hit song, Rock Island Line, was doing well on the pop music charts from across the big pond. The popular music from Great Britains King of Skiffle ushered in the new music craze called skiffle. Donegan was born in Glasgow, Scotland and was a member of Chris Barbers Jazz Band. He had one other major hit on the U.S. pop charts even bigger than Rock Island Line. In 1961, Donegans Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Over Night) made it to the top five in America. The song was a top-10 hit in 1924 by Ernest Hare and Billy Jones. However, instead of "Chewing Gum" in the original title, it was "Spearmint". Donegan recorded his version of the song in 1959, two years before it became a hit. Incidentally, John Lennon and George Harrison of The Beatles both started their careers in skiffle bands. Im Casey Kasem in Hollywood and the countdown continues...
1985 - The song We Are the World, from the album of the same name, was played on the radio for the first time. Forty-five of pop musics top stars had gathered together to combine their talents to record the music of Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson. Richie and Jackson sang, too, while Quincy Jones did the producing of the USA for Africa record. The proceeds of the multimillion-selling recording went to aid African famine victims. The project, coordinated by Ken Kragen, was deemed a huge success.
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1735 - The first opera performed in America, known as either Flora or Hob in the Well, was presented in Charleston, SC.
1927 - Singer Jessica Dragonette starred on radios Cities Service Concerts (sponsored by the oil company of the same name) and literally, sang her way into radio immortality. She also sang on the Palmolive Beauty Box Theatre in the 1930's. In 1940 she starred on Pet Milks Saturday Nite Serenade. Her many fans referred to her as the first great voice of the air.
1942 - The Mills Brothers waxed one of their three greatest hits. In addition to Paper Doll, the other two classics by the Mills Brothers are: You Always Hurt The One You Love (1944) and Glow Worm (1952).
Mills Brothers Paper Doll
Nancy, this is really a wonderful thread!
My congrats to you!!
1928 -Vladimir Horowitz debuted as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall in New York City. It was the very same night that Sir Thomas Beecham gave his first public performance in the United States.
Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Carmen - Suite
1939 - The Ink Spots gained national attention after five years together as they recorded, If I Didnt Care.
Ink Spots - If I Didn't Care
1949 - Arthur Godfrey and His Friends was first seen on CBS-TV this day. The program stayed on the network for seven years.
1949 - The Chicago-based childrens show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, made its national debut on NBC-TV. Fran Allison was hostess. The show was phenomenally successful.
Kukla, Fran, and Ollie
1963 - Songwriter Bob Dylan sang Blowin in the Wind on the BBC radio presentation of The Madhouse on Castle Street. The song soon became one of the classics of the 1960s protest movement.
Bob Dylan Blowin' In the Wind
1965 - The NBC-TV pop-music show Hullabaloo made its debut. A competitor of ABCs successful Shindig show, Hullabaloo tried to attract a wider audience by featuring both rock music and Las Vegas-type acts. Guests on the first show included the New Christy Minstrels, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Zombies and Woody Allen. Hullabaloo lasted on the air through Aug 29, 1966.
1966 - Batman debuted -- on ABC-TV. Adam West starred as Batman and Burt Ward was the Bat-Boy, Robin. Pow! Zork! Crunch! Holy hot cakes, Batman!
1967 - This is the city... One of broadcastings greatest hits, Dragnet, returned to NBC-TV after being off the network schedule for eight years. Harry Morgan was Jack Webbs sidekick in the renewed series. Just the facts, maam.
1971 - All In the Family debuted on CBS-TV. Carroll OConnor starred as Archie Bunker, Rob Reiner as Meathead, Sally Struthers as Gloria and Jean Stapleton as Edith, The Dingbat. Stifle yourself! Originally, ABC had plans to broadcast the series under the title, Those Were the Days.
1955 - A tune used in a Studio One production became the #1 song on the pop music charts this day. Joan Webers song, Let Me Go, Lover, rode the hit parade as the most popular record in U.S. for four weeks straight. Before being aired on television, the song had only been heard on a limited basis. In fact, the title was even different. It used to be known as Let Me Go, Devil. Such romantics, those TV people...
Joan Weber - Let Me Go Lover
1972 - John Denver received a gold record for the album Aerie on this day.
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1975 - The Broadway premiere of The Wiz received enthusiastic reviews. The show, a black version of The Wizard of Oz, ran for 1,672 shows at the Majestic Theatre. Moviegoers, however, gave a thumbs down to the later cinema version of the musical that starred Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. One memorable song from the show is Ease on Down the Road.
1953 - Frank Sinatra recorded Young at Heart. The song was turned down by Nat King Cole and other artists, believe it or not. It became a top hit in the U.S. in March of 1954.
1972 - Keith Moon, Rod Stewart and Roger Daltrey opened the rock opera Tommy in london. The show featuring Tommy, Pinball Wizard and other tunes, was so hot that tickets sold for $50 and up.
1995 - The Beatles Anthology 1 was #1 in the U.S. The double CD contained 60 Beatles songs and was the their sixteenth number-one album. It also set a record for the longest time span for a run of number-one albums: 31 years and 10 months between Meet the Beatles and Anthology 1.
Anthology 1 is a compilation album by The Beatles and the first of a three-volume collection. It was released in November 1995 (tying in with a televised special - The Beatles Anthology- that aired in three parts) and includes rarities and alternative tracks from the period 1958-1964, including their days as "The Quarrymen", through the Decca auditions to the album Beatles for Sale. Also included on this album was the Jeff Lynne produced track "Free as a Bird", which was billed as the first "new" Beatles song in 25 years.
1956 - Holding the #1 spot on the music charts: Guy Mitchell singing Singing the Blues. The song remained at the top of the Hit Parade for 10 weeks. Heres a bit of trivia: Ray Conniff whistled the intro to Singing the Blues.
Guy Mitchell (February 22, 1927 - July 1, 1999) was a Croatian-American pop singer, was successful in his homeland as well in the United Kingdom and Australia. As an international recording star of the 1950's he achieved record sales in excess of 44 million units and this included six million-selling singles.
Singing The Blues
1966 - Oh-bo-de-o-do... The New Vaudeville Band received a gold record for Winchester Cathedral this day.
The New Vaudeville Band was a group created by songwriter Geoff Stephens (born October 1, 1934 in New Southgate, North London) in 1966 to record his novelty composition "Winchester Cathedral", a song inspired by the dance bands of the 1920's. To his surprise, the song became a massive transatlantic hit that fall, reaching the Top 10 in the UK and rising to #1 in the US.
The New Vaudeville Band - (Peek-A-Boo & Winchester Cathederal)
1967 - Lulus To Sir with Love, from the movie of the same name, started its fifth and final week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Lulu was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie (November 3, 1948). She changed her name to Lulu (and The Luvvers) in Scotland, early in her career.
1975 - John Denver received a gold record for Im Sorry.
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1940 -Cabin in the Sky opened for the first of 156 shows. Taking a Chance on Love is the one big hit that came from the musical.
Benny Carter and his orchestra recorded Poinciana on the Capitol label. The real title, incidentally, is Poinciana (Song of the Tree).
And now, rrrrright here on this stage.... The Rolling Stones were introduced to American audiences on The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS-TV.
Canadas The Guess Who got a gold record for the single, Laughing.
1974 - The single, Skin Tight, by The Ohio Players, went gold on this day.
Barbra Streisands Woman in Love, from the number one album, Guilty, was the number one song in the U.S. Both the album and the single were #1 for three weeks.
John Cougar Mellencamp reached the two-million-dollar sales mark with his album, Uh-Huh. Also, country group Alabama went to the three-million-dollar mark with two albums this day:Feels So Right and Mountain Music.Feels So Right
New Jersey-based rock band Bon Jovi rose to number one in the U.S. with their Slippery When Wet album. It was the number one album for eight weeks.
Bon Jovi - Without Love
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Wilbur Schwichtenberg (July 12, 1912 July 15, 1989) was an American trombonist and bandleader who performed under the name Will Bradley. He was known for swing and sweet dance music, as well as boogie woogie songs.
1940 - One year before recording that memorable song, Fry Me Cookie, with a Can of Lard, Will Bradleys orchestra recorded Five OClock Whistle, also on Columbia Records.
Leopold Stokowski (born Leopold Anthony Stokowski though on occasion in later life he amended his middle name to Antoni and added the family names Stanisław Bolesławowicz) (April 18, 1882 September 13, 1977) was a famous orchestral conductor, well known for his free-hand performing style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from many of the great orchestras he conducted.
1953 - The first concert of contemporary Canadian music presented in the U.S. was performed by conductor Leopold Stokowski at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1962 - Though the Fab Four would appear on both radio and television, on what they would call Auntie Beeb (the BBC), The Beatles made their first appearance this day on Great Britains Granada TV Network. The show from Manchester, England was "People and Places".
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