Music History for

April 6


1660 - Composer Johann Kuhnau was born.

1672 - Composer Andre-Cardinal Destouches was born.

1815 - Composer Friedrich Robert Volkmann was born.

1925 - Eddie Cantor recorded "If You Knew Susie."

1956 - Paramount Pictures signed Elvis Presley to a three-movie deal.

1956 - Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, was dedicated. It was the first circular office tower designed in America. It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter.

1960 - The Everly Brothers opened their first British tour in London.

1962 - The Russian newspaper "Pravda" warned youths about the dangers of twisting.

1963 - The Kingsmen recorded their version of the song "Louie Louie."

1965 - The Beach Boys recorded the music for "California Girls." The vocals were recorded on June 4.

1968 - Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett has officially left the group due to his suffering from psychiatric disorders compounded by drug use.

1971 - Carly Simon and James Taylor first met at the Troubador nightclub in Los Angeles.

1971 - Rolling Stone Records was formed to promote the hits of The Rolling Stones.

1974 - "Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones" opened at New York City's Ziegfeld Theatre. It was the first concert film to feature a soundtrack in quadraphonic sound.

1974 - In Sweden, ABBA's song "Waterloo" won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.

1979 - Rod Stewart married Alana Hamilton in Beverly Hills. She was the ex-wife of actor George Hamilton.

1983 - U.S. Interior Secretary James Watt banned the Beach Boys from the 4th of July celebration on the Washington Mall. He said rock 'n' roll bands attract the "wrong element."

1985 - Miami Steve Van Zandt announced that he's leaving the E Street Band. Springsteen hired guitarist Nils Lofgren as the replacement.

1985 - Gilbert O'Sullivan won a $2 million lawsuit against his former manager for unpaid royalties.

1990 - Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) suffered a mild concussion in New Haven, CT. when he fell after swinging from scaffolding above his elevated drum kit.

1998 - A group of 27 country artists filed suit against Los Angeles resident Jim Salmon who registered the names of the plaintiffs as Website domain names.

1998 - Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, Fabian and Lesley Gore appeared on CBS-TV's "Murphy Brown."

1998 - Wendy O. Williams (The Plasmatics) committed suicide.