Music History for

December 18


1737 - Antonio Stradivari, died in Cremona, Italy. He is recognized as the most renowned violin maker in history.

1786 - Opera composer Baron Karl von Weberwas born.

1860 - Composer Edward Alexander MacDowell was born.

1892 - Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" publicly premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia.

1920 - Conductor Arturo Toscanini made his first recording for Victor Records.

1934 - Willie Smith sang with Jimmy Lunceford and his Orchestra on "Rhythm is Our Business."

1961 - Britain's EMI Records rejected the Beatles. They later signed them.
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1964 - Funeral services were held in Chicago for Sam Cooke.

1965 - U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler recorded "Ballad of the Green Berets."

1971 - Jerry Lee Lewis and his cousin Myra Brown were divorced. They were married when she was 13 years old.

1975 - Rod Stewart announced that he was leaving Faces for a solo career.

1981 - About 35 million people watched a Rod Stewart concert via satellite. The broadcast was televised in 23 countries.

1984 - Madonna's "Like a Virgin was the No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit. The song was Madonna's first No. 1 hit.

1997 - Tori Amos, offered 14 music videos, including a rare clip of "Cornflake Girl," for viewing over the Internet as part of a holiday charity effort for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). Users were allowed access to the clips for a four week period in exchange for a donation of $5.

1999 - Prince recorded "Rave Un2 The Joy 2000" at Paisley Park Studios.

2001 - Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) won a court battle with ex-wife Pamela Anderson. Anderson had filed the suit to gain full custody of the couple's two children. The judge denied a request by Anderson's lawyers to require monitoring of Lee's visits.

2003 - In Santa Maria, CA, Michael Jackson was charged with seven counts of molesting a child under 14 and two counts of supplying the child with "an intoxicating agent." Jackson's lawyer denounced the allegations and said they were driven by money and revenge.
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