On This Day

Today's Events in Music History

  • 1940 Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of Polish government in exile

Music History

1943 Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time

  • 1957 Wham-O Company produces the 1st Frisbee disc (originally called the "Pluto Platter" until 1958)
  • 1958 "Body Beautiful" opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 60 performances
  • 1965 Musical variety program "King Family Show", featuring big band vocal group The King Sisters, premieres on ABC TV

Album Release

1976 RCA releases "Station to Station", David Bowie's 10th studio album, recorded in Los Angeles; it peaks in the U.S. charts at No.3, and No. 5 in the U.K.

Music History

1986 "Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood" opens at Ritz Theater NYC for 13 performances

Hall of Fame

1986 Inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chuck Berry; James Brown; Ray Charles; Sam Cooke; Fats Domino; The Everly Brothers; Buddy Holly;. Jerry Lee Lewis; Elvis Presley; Little Richard; Robert Johnson; Jimmie Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey; Alan Freed; John Hammond; and Sam Phillips

  • 1992 "Visit" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 45 performances

Music History

2018 Singer Neil Diamond retires from touring abruptly, after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease