Music History for July 31


1845 - The French Army introduced the saxophone to its military band. The musical instrument was the invention of Adolphe Sax of Belgium.

1847 - Composer and pianist Ignacio Cervantes was born.

1942 - Harry James and his Orchestra recorded "Iíve Heard that Song Before." Helen Forrest provided vocals.

1969 - A Moscow police chief reported that thousands of Moscow telephone booths had been made inoperable by thieves who had stolen phone parts in order to convert their acoustic guitars to electric.

1976 - Blue ÷yster Cult's song "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" was released

1979 - James Taylor played a free concert in New York's Central Park to help the city's campaign to restore the park's Sheep Meadow.

1981 - Debbie Harry released the solo album "Koo Koo" in the U.K.

1995 - Selena's "Dreaming of You" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. It was her first English album. Selena became the first Latin artist to debut at No. 1.

2007 - The iTunes Music Store reached 3 billion songs sold.

2015 - Led Zeppelin released remastered verions of 1976's Presence, 1979's In Through the Out Door and 1982's Coda.