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Events in Music

  • 1942 1st performance of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Chôros 6/9/11
  • 1947 "Barefoot Boy with Cheek" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 108 performances
  • 1954 Singer Elvis Presley's 1st professional recording session (with guitarist Scotty Moore & bass player Bill Black) takes place at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, Tennessee. The trio record four songs including their historic cover of Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup's song "That's All Right". [1]
  • 1963 1st Beatles' tune to hit US charts, Del Shannon's cover of "From Me to You" at no. 87
  • 1965 Greek-American soprano Maria Callas makes her final opera stage appearance in the title role of Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca" at Convent Garden, London, England
  • 1968 John Lennon sells his psychedelic painted Rolls-Royce
  • 1969 Rolling Stones play a free concert in London's Hyde Park
  • 1975 At Knebworth Festival in England, Pink Floyd debut their album "Wish You Were Here" with pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage
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Birthdays in Music

  • 1546 Johann Steuerlein, German composer, born in Schmalkalden, Germany (d. 1613)
  • 1654 Antonio Maria Pacchioni, Baroque composer, born in Modena, Italy (baptized date) (d. 1738)
  • 1764 János Lavotta, Hungarian violinist and composer, born in Pusté Úľany, Slovakia (d. 1820)
  • 1775 William Crotch, English composer, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1847)
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Deaths in Music

  • 1803 William Jackson [Jackson of Exeter], English composer and organist, dies at 73
  • 1852 Johann Baptist Weigl, German composer and clergyman, dies at 69
  • 1883 Frederick Scotson Clark, English organist and composer, dies at 42
  • 1884 Victor Massé, French composer(Les Noces de Jeannette), dies at 62
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Weddings in Music

  • 1943 Actress Betty Grable (26) weds big band leader Harry James (27)
  • 2014 American pop singer Jessica Simpson (33) weds American NFL football player Eric Johnson (34) in Montecito, California

Divorces in Music

  • 1957 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and movie star Ava Gardner divorce after 6 years of marriage
  • 2007 Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese (34) divorces rocker Marilyn Manson (38) due to irreconcilable differences after a year of marriage