Music History for
1778 - Composer Fernando Sor was born.
1870 - Composer Leopold Godowsky was born.
1914 - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (known as ASCAP) was formed in New York City. The society was founded to protect the copyrighted musical compositions of its members.
1940 - Earl 'Fatha' Hines and his orchestra recorded the classic "Boogie Woogie on St. Louis Blues".
1961 - Frank Sinatra unveiled his own recording label, Reprise.
1965 - Gary Lewis recorded "Count Me In."
1966 - The Rolling Stones appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The appearance had been taped the day before.
1970 - Black Sabbath's self-titled first LP was released in the U.K.
1972 - Led Zeppelin was forced to cancel a concert in Singapore when officials wouldn't let them off the plane because of their long hair.
1976 - The album, "Frampton Comes Alive", was released by Herb Alpert's A&M Records in the U.K.
1978 - "Al Green Day" was declared in Los Angeles, CA.
1982 - The 300 pound gravestone on the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant was stolen from an Orange Park, FL, cemetery. Police found it two weeks later in a dry river bed.
1983 - Marvin Gaye sang the U.S. national anthem at the NBA All-Star game.
1988 - Michael Jackson bought a ranch in Santa Ynez, California that he called "Neverland."
Today in Michael Jackson History
1992 - It was announced that Vince Neil was leaving Motley Crue.
2005 - Ray Charles won eight posthumous Grammy awards for his final album, "Genius Loves Company."