Today in Music History

May 9, 1949

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On this day in 1949, William “Billy” Martin Joel was born in the Bronx, New York, and raised in Hicksville, New York, in a Levitt home by his immigrant parents [...]

May 8, 1990

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On this day in 1990, Tom Waits won $2.5 million in a lawsuit against Frito-Lay. In an unusual case of voice theft, a Los Angeles court ruled that Frito-Lay unlawfully used a [...]

May 7, 1996

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On this day in 1996, Pantera released their eighth studio album, The Great Southern Trendkill. Written and recorded during a time when Pantera was having problems (singer [...]

May 6, 1965

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On this day in 1965, Keith Richards was amusing himself with his guitar and his new Gibson “fuzz box” amplifier in a hotel room in Clearwater, Florida, and [...]

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 [...]
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