Music History for

May 7


1704 - Composer Carl Heinrich Graun was born.

1833 - Composer Johannes Brahms was born.

1840 - Composer Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky was born.

1901 - Composer Marcel Poot was born.

1824 - Beethoven's Ninth Symphony was performed for the first time.

1941 - Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "Chattanooga Choo Choo."

1958 - Van Cliburn signed an artistís contract with RCA Victor Records.

1968 - Aretha Franklin recorded a live album in Paris.

1968 - Reginald Dwight decided to change his name to Elton John.

1971 - The Rolling Stones released "Brown Sugar"in the U.S. It was the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records.

1978 - Bob Dylan sold 90,000 tickets in less than eight hours for upcoming concerts at London's Wembley Empire Pool.

1982 - Diana Ross received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1984 - The Cars released the single "Magic."

1991 - A judge in Macon, Georgia dismissed a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne. A local couple failed to prove their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy's music.

1998 - Thousands of fans shut down central Tokyo after the suicide of Hideto "Hide" Matsumoto (X-Japan).

1998 - Steve Perry left Journey.

1999 - Lisa Stansfield made her film debut in the U.K. The film was the comedy "Swing."

2003 - Pete Townshend was cleared of possessing pornographic images of children. He was placed on a national register of sex offenders for five years. Police determined that he did not possess images of child abuse but that he was guilty of accessing a child pornography Internet site in 1999.