Today in Music History

May 4, 1959

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On this day in 1959, the first ever GRAMMY Awards were held. The awards would recognize and reward the musical accomplishments of performers during the year of 1958. Henry [...]

May 2, 1972

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On this day in 1972, Leslie “Les” Cameron Harvey, guitarist and founding member of Stone the Crow, was electrocuted on stage in Swansea, Wales. Harvey apparently [...]

May 1, 1967

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On this day in 1967, Carl Wilson, the youngest brother of fellow Beach Boys, Brian and Dennis Wilson, was arrested by the FBI for refusing to take an oath of allegiance to [...]

April 26, 1977

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On this day in 1977, Studio 54 opened their doors. Studio 54 was transformed into a nightclub by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager. It took six weeks to convert the theatre into [...]

April 20, 1992

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On this day in 1992, A Concert for Life: The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness took place at London’s Wembley Stadium. The concert was broadcast live [...]

April 19, 2002

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On this day in 2002, Layne Staley, lead singer of Alice In Chains, was found dead in his Seattle condo. Layne Thomas Staley, born on August 22, 1967, would become the lead [...]

April 18, 1952

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On this day in 1952, composer, cellist, and music teacher, Leo Smith passed away in Toronto at the age of 70. Smith was born in Birmingham in 1881, and was a child prodigy on [...]

April 14, 1945

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On this day in 1945, Richard ‘Ritchie’ Hugh Blackmore was born in Western-Super-Mare, England. His father was of Welsh ancestry and his mother of English. When [...]

April 13, 1959

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On this day in 1959, The Fleetwoods’ ‘Come Softly To Me’ hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The song was written when Fleetwoods members Gary [...]

April 12, 1994

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On this day in 1994, Hole released their second studio album, Live Through This. The record was released four days after frontwoman Courtney Love’s husband, Kurt [...]
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