On This Day

Events in Music on July 20

  • 1940 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is "I'll Never Smile Again" by Tommy Dorsey)

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1942 Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich on its cover

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1968 Jane Asher breaks her engagement with Paul McCartney on live TV

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney
  • 1968 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117
  • 1982 T Macauly & D Vosburghs musical "Windy City," premieres in London