Music History for

January 26


1911 - The Richard Strauss opera "Der Rosenkavalier" premiered in Dresden, Germany.

1940 - In Rockford, IL, Frank Sinatra made his first public appearance with the Tommy Dorsey band at the Coronado Theater.

1956 - At Decca Records' Nashville studios, Buddy Holly's first official recording session took place. "Blue Days, Black Nights" was recorded and became his debut single.

1966 - Eric Burdon (The Animals) sang lead vocals for Manfred Mann at a London concert.

1970 - Australia's first rock festival ended. The Ourimbah Rock Festival had begun the previous day.

1970 - John Lennon wrote and recorded "Instant Karma."
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1974 - The Doobie Brothers opened their first European tour in London.

1975 - The BBC showed a documentary on David Bowie called "Cracked Actor."

1977 - Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac's first lead guitar player, was committed to a mental hospital in England. He had fired a pistol in the general direction of a delivery boy. Green left the band in May of 1970.
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1988 - The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera" opened at Broadway's Majestic Theater.

1995 - Joni Mitchell made a rare concert appearance at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum theater in Los Angeles. She was promoting material from "Turbulent Indigo," her newest album.

1997 - ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers performed at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show.
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1999 - The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that John Denver died in a 1997 airplane crash because he took off with too little fuel in one tank, had trouble switching to his backup tank and inadvertently put his plane into a roll while his attention was diverted.

2003 - Billy Joel was hospitalized for several hours after crashing his car into a tree in Sag Harbor, NY. He was released early the next morning.

2010 - Lady Antebellum album "Need You Now" was released.