Music History for

May 4


1860 - Composer Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek was born.

1870 - Composer Sigismond Stojowski was born.

1886 - Chichester Bell and Charles S. Tainter patented the gramophone. It was the first practical phonograph.

1905 - Composer Matyas Seiber was born.

1920 - The Symphony Society of New York presented a concert at the Paris Opera House. It was the first American orchestra to tour in Europe.

1956 - Gene Vincent recorded "Be-Bop-A Lula" in Nashville, TN.

1957 - The "Alan Freed Show" premiered on ABC-TV. It was the first prime-time network rock show.

1959 - Dick Clark announced the first movie to be released from his production company. The film was "Harrison High."

1959 - The winners of the first annual Grammy Awards were announced. The ceremony was held on both American coasts simultaneously.

1964 - The Moody Blues formed in Birmingham, England.

1985 - The Apollo Theater reopened with a 50th Anniversary grand reopening celebration. There was an associated television special entitled "Motown Salutes the Apollo."

1987 - Paul Butterfield died of complications of a drug overdose at the age of 44.

1991 - Phil Collins and Al Jarreau received Honorary Doctor of Music Degrees from Berklee College of Music during cermonies in Boston.

1992 - Dudu Mntowaziwayo Ndlovu (Dudu Zulu), a band member of Johnny Clegg & Savuka, died of a gunshot wound in Zululand, South Africa, at the age of 33.

2000 - It was announced that KISS would auction off almost everything they own from its touring days. The auction was scheduled for June 24-25, 2000.