Music History for
March 20


1908 - In New York, Beethoven's Fidelio opened at the Metropolitan Opera.

1918 - Composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann was born.

1936 - Benny Goodman and his orchestra recorded "Christopher Columbus" in Chicago, IL.

1948 - Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra were featured in the first televised symphonic concert.

1959 - Bobby Rydell made his first TV appearance, on American Bandstand.
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1960 - Elvis Presley made his first post-Army recording.
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1961 - Ricky Nelson recorded "Hello Mary Lou."

1963 - Jan & Dean recorded "Surf City."

1965 - The first Motown tour of the U.K. began.

1968 - Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Messina were arrested on drug charges in Los Angeles, CA.

1969 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married in Gibraltar.

1972 - Ringo Starr released "Back Off, Boogaloo."
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1976 - "Young Blood" by Bad Company was released.

1977 - The final live T. Rex concert took place.

1982 - Buckner & Garcia performed "Pac-Man Fever" on American Bandstand.
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1984 - Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats) married Britt Ekland.

1990 - Gloria Estefan and her band are injured in a bus accident near Scranton, PA.

1991 - Eric Clapton's 4 year old son, Conor, died after falling from a 53rd story New York City apartment window.

1991 - It was announced that Michael Jackson and Sony signed a contract that gave an $18 million advance for the forthcoming album Dangerous. The contract also made Jackson the CEO of the newly formed Nation Records (which changed its name to MJJ). The deal was reported to be worth $1 billion.
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1995 - "Baby It's You," by the Beatles, was released.
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