Music History for

October 8


1585 - Composer Heinrich Schutz was born.

1870 - Composer Louis Vierne was born.

1892 - Sergei Rachmaninoff performed "Prelude in C-sharp Minor" publicly for the first time in Moscow.

1904 - "Little Johnny Jones" opened in Hartford, CT.

1935 - Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard were married.

1941 - The Benny Goodman Orchestra recorded "Buckle Down Winsocki" with Tom Dix as featured vocalist.

1956 - The show "Lawrence Welk’s Top Tunes and New Talent" debuted.

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song "Great Balls Of Fire."

1968 - Cass Elliot debuted as a solo act in Las Vegas, NV. She cancelled the two-week gig after one night because of a throat hemorrhage.

1980 - Prince released the album "Dirty Mind".

1984 - Anne Murray won the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year Award for "A Little Good News". Murray was the first woman to achieve this award.

1987 - Chuck Berry was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1987 - The Chuck Berry biographical film "Hail, Hail Rock & Roll" premiered.

1988 - Keith Richards appeared as a musical guest on "Saturday Night Live."

1992 - The U.S. Postal Service announced the commemorative stamp booklet that would include Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, Dinah Washington, and Otis Redding.

1994 - "Elvis Aaron Presley - The Tribute" was aired as a pay-per-view special.
Today in Elvis History

1996 - Jimmy Chamberlin, formerly of the Smashing Pumpkins, pled guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with the heroin related death of Jonathan Melvin.

2001 - Liza Minnelli performed at the White House at a Columbus Day celebration.

2002 - The Bon Jovi album "Bounce" was released.

2004 - Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a year in federal prison on a gun-possession charge that stemmed from a traffic stop in 2002.

2004 - It was announced that all legal documents for Britney Spears' marriage to dancer Kevin Federline had been filed. The marriage had taken place on September 18, 2004.

2002 - The Bon Jovi album "Bounce" was released in the U.S.