THIS DAY IN MUSIC

2006:

Prince received a Webby Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his visionary use of the Internet. Prince was the first major artist to release an entire album, 1997’s Crystal Ball, exclusively on the internet.

           

THIS DAY IN MUSIC

2004:

US singer, songwriter Ray Charles died aged 73. Glaucoma rendered Charles blind at the age of six. He had the 1962 UK & US No.1 single “I Can’t Stop Loving You” plus over 30 US Top 40 singles and the 2005 US No.1 album Genius Loves Company. He also appeared in the 1980 hit movie, The Blues Brothers. Charles was married twice and fathered twelve children by nine different women. He was awarded 17 Grammys.


THIS DAY IN MUSIC

1956:

Elvis Presley appeared on ABC-TV’s Milton Berle Show. While singing ‘“Hound Dog,” Elvis performed his infamous and suggestive “gyrating” movements for the first time on television. It was the uproarious response to this performance that caused Presley to be filmed from the waist up for his future TV appearances.

THIS DAY IN MUSIC

1942:

Glenn Wallichs launched Capitol Records in the US. The label became home to such artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Glen Campbell, Steve Miller, Dr. Hook, Bob Seger, Tina Turner, Heart and countless others. Wallichs was the man who invented the art of record promotion by sending copies of new releases to disc jockeys.

 

THIS DAY IN MUSIC

2005:

Franz Ferdinand’s frontman, Alex Kapranos was detained by Russian police after being suspected of being a spy. Kapranos was attempting to board a plane in Moscow when the altercation took place. Travelling under his actual surname, Huntley, Alex was accused of being an MI6 agent who was previously suspected of stealing information on Russian weaponry. Unlucky for Alex that the surname Huntley was also used by actual former MI6 agent Richard Tomlinson who did steal secrets in the early 90s. The singer was freed after he pointed out that the Huntley they were so concerned about was 42, 13 years older than him.