Music History for

January 24


1712 - Composer The Great Frederich was born.

1776 - Composer E. T. A. Hoffmann (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffman) was born.

1918 - Composer Gottfried von Einem was born.

1936 - Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded "Stompin' at the Savoy."

1957 - Elvis Presley recorded "Teddy Bear."
Today in Elvis History

1961 - Bob Dylan arrived in New York City. He made his professional singing debut when he opened for John Lee Hooker at Gerde's Folk City on April 11.

1962 - Brian Epstein signed with the Beatles as their manager and began to direct their image away from leather jackets. He led them toward a smarter stage presentation, with matching suits and bows to the audience.
Today in Beatles History

1969 - Jethro Tull played its first U.S. concert in New York City as the opening act for Led Zeppelin.

1970 - It was announced that John Lennon and Yoko Ono had shaven their heads to commemorate the start of Year One for Peace.

1970 - James "Shep" Sheppard of the The Heartbeats and Shep and the Limelites, was found murdered in his car on the Long Island Expressway.

1982 - Diana Ross sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XVI.

1989 - James Brown was sentenced to 6 years in jail for drug and and assault charges.

1992 - Greg McPherson, a music professor at the University of Massachusetts, filed a $21 million lawsuit against New Kids on the Block manager Maurice Starr. It was alleged that he was not paid for his work on the group's "Hangin' Tough Live" album. McPherson also charged that the group only sang 20 percent of the album and lipsynched in concert.

1995 - Van Halen released their "Balance" LP. It was the last album recorded with lead singer Sammy Hagar.

2002 - Freddy Fender underwent a kidney transplant. He was released on January 30.

2005 - The iTunes Music Store reached 250 million songs sold.