Music History for

December 17


1749 - Composer Domenico Cimarosa was born.

1955 - Carl Perkins wrote "Blue Suede Shoes." Less than 48 hours later, he recorded it in Memphis, TN.

1965 - Judy Garland and The Supremes became first artists to perform at the Astrodome in Houston, TX.

1969 - Television history was made when Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki Budinger were married on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson.

1970 - The Beach Boys played a show for Princess Margaret at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1977 - Elvis Costello and the Attractions appear on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in place of the Sex Pistols. The Sex Pistols could not get visas to enter the U.S.

1982 - The Who play the last concert of their It's Hard Tour at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. The show was recorded and later released as "Live from Toronto." The show was also aired live on cable TV and FM radio across the U.S. and Canada.

1986 - The Doobie Brothers reunited for a benefit in Palo Alto, CA. The performance inspired a reunion tour in 1987.

1986 - Wayne "Danke Schoen" Newton won a $19.2 million suit against NBC News. NBC had aired reports claiming a link between Newton and mob figures. The reports were proven to be false.

1986 - Paul and Linda McCartney's limo caught fire en route to a TV taping in Newcastle, England. They were both unharmed.

1990 - Olivia Newton-John appeared in the TV movie "A Mom For Christmas."

1996 - Celine Dion said she was going to take a break from her career and concentrate on starting a family.

1997 - U.S. President Clinton signed the No Electronic Theft Act. The act removed protection from individuals who claimed that they took no direct financial gains from stealing copyrighted works and downloading them from the Internet.

1999 - Crossover jazz saxophonist, Grover Washington, collapsed and died in New York after taping a performance for CBS's "The Saturday Early Show." He was 56. The show aired the next day.