Music History for

April 4


1859 - Daniel Emmett introduced "I Wish I was in Dixie’s Land." About two years later the song became the Civil War song of the Confederacy.

1938 - After seven years of singing on the radio, Kate Smith began a new noontime talk show.

1939 - Glenn Miller recorded his theme song, "Moonlight Serenade."

1954 - Maestro Arturo Toscanini conducted his last concert with the NBC Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City ending a 17-year association with the orchestra.

1959 - Buddy Holly's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" hit #13. It was his first posthumous hit.

1960 - Elvis Presley recorded "Are You Lonesome Tonight."
Today in Elvis History

1964 - The Beatles made music history by holding the top five places in the singles charts with: "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist and Shout," "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Please Please Me."
Today in Beatles History

1968 - James Brown made a national TV appeal for calm following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

1970 - Janis Joplin held a reunion concert with Big Brother & the Holding Company in San Francisco, CA.

1981 - The documentary film "This is Elvis" premiered at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, TX.

1990 - Gloria Estefan left the hospital after being injured in a bus crash on March 20.

1996 - Wilson Pickett was arrested for cocaine possession while on probation.

1998 - In Glasgow, Scotland, the Spice Girls performed their first show in the U.K.

2000 - Diana Ross announced that she would reunite with the Supremes. The two members of the Supremes at the time had joined after Ross had left the trio.

2000 - Pink's debut album "Can't Take Me Home".

2002 - It was announced that the 19-year-old band Megadeth had broken up. The break up was due to an injury to Dave Mustaine's left arm and hand that had left him unable to play guitar.