Music History for

July 12


1861 - Composer Anton Stepanovich Arensky was born.

1885 - Composer George Sainton Kaye Butterworth was born.

1954 - Elvis Presley signed his first recording contract and quit his job as a truck driver. The contract was with Sun Records.
Today in Elvis History

1959 - Alan Freed began a 13 week Rock & Roll show on ABC-TV.

1961 - Pat Boone began a 10-day tour of South Africa.

1962 - Rolling Stones made their performance debut at the Marquee Jazz Club in London.

1965 - The Beach Boys' "California Girls" was released.

1969 - Blind Faith began their one and only tour in the U.S. with a sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1992 - A memorial to Buddy Holly was unveiled in Dallas, TX.

1992 - Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses) was arrested at New York's JFK airport on a warrant from St. Louis, MO. Rose was wanted on charges stemming from a 1991 Guns N' Roses concert.

1996 - Jonathan Melvoin (Smashing Pumpkins) was found dead in a New York City hotel of a heroin overdose.

1997 - Anthony Keidis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) suffered a broken wrist in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, CA.

1998 - It was announced by Toronto's Mayor Mel Lastman that the Spice Girls had backed out of a promise to perform at a free outdoor event at Toronto's City Hall. The Spice Girls had decided instead to appear on the Canadian TV show MuchMusic.

1999 - DMX was arrested in Trinidad in mid-concert for using obscene language.

1999 - Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit) was arrested in St. Paul, MN, for allegedly kicking a local securit guard in the head during the band's performance.

2010 - In Los Angeles, CA, Jewel performed her songs "Who Will Save Your Soul" and "Foolish Games" undercover at a karaoke bar.