Music History for

December 26


1678 - Composer Johann Georg Pisendel was born.

1762 - Composer Franz Wilhelm Tausch was born.

1931 - George Gershwin’s musical, "Of Thee I Sing," opened at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. It became the first American musical to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

1939 - W.C. Handy recorded the classic "St. Louis Blues."

1955 - Bill Haley and the Comets' "See You Later Alligator" was released by Decca Records.

1961 - Jay & the Americans recorded "She Cried."

1963 - Capitol Records released the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" backed with "I Saw Her Standing There."
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1967 - The Dave Brubeck Quartet formally disbanded after Paul Desmond left the group.

1967 - The Beatles film, "Magical Mystery Tour," premiered on BBC-TV.
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1968 - Led Zeppelin began its first U.S. tour in Denver.

1987 - Run D.M.C.'s Jason Mizell was hospitalized when his Jeep was hit head-on by a driver going the wrong-way.

1997 - The movie "Spice World" was released in the United Kingdom.