On This Day

Events in Music on July 20

Music release#1 in the Charts

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

Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader Tommy Dorsey
Jazz Trombonist and Big Band Leader
Tommy Dorsey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 Time puts Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich on its cover

HeartEngagement of Interest

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

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1984 Vanessa Williams is asked to resign as Miss America due to publication of nude photos of her

Singer and Actress Vanessa Williams
Singer and Actress
Vanessa Williams