Today in Music History
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1822: Composer Cesar-Auguste-Jean-Guillaume-Hubert Franck was born.
1927: The Grand Old Opry made its first radio broadcast from Nashville, TN.
1959: The four male members of the Platters were acquitted on charges of aiding and abetting prostitution, lewdness and assignation. The charges stemmed from their August 10, 1959 arrest in Cincinnati, OH.
1965: The Grateful Dead played their first concert. The show took place at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, CA.
1967: Otis Redding, at age 26, was killed when his tour plane crashed into a Wisconsin lake. Redding’s tour band, the “Bar-Kays,” was also killed.
1971: Frank Zappa was pushed from a London stage by the jealous boyfriend of a Zappa fan. Zappa spent months in a wheelchair recovering from a broken leg and ankle and fractured skull.
1976: “Wings over America,” by Paul McCartney’s was released.
1988: Bill Harris of the Clovers died of cancer at the age of 63.
1991: Alan Freed was posthumously awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star. He is accreditted with coining the phrase “Rock & Roll.”
1995: Darren Robinson (formerly with the Fat Boys) died unexpectedly at the age of 28.
1998: The Amnesty International Concert for Human Rights Defenders took place at Bercy Stadium in Paris, France. The lineup included Alanis Morissette, Radiohead, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman and Shania Twain.
2002: In Los Angeles, CA, the Oakwood Postal Station was renamed the Nat King Cole Post Office. U.S. President George W. Bush had signed the act for the change on October 30, 2002.
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