Music History for

October 20


1874 - Composer Charles Edward Ives was born.

1939 - "All the Things You Are" was recorded by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Jack Leonard as the featured vocalist.

1954 - The musical "Peter Pan" opened.

1955 - "Day-O" was recorded by Harry Belafonte. The name was changed to "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)."

1960 - The Elvis Presley film "G.I. Blues" premiered.
Today in Elvis History

1962 - The Four Seasons released "Big Girls Don't Cry."

1962 - The Irvin Berlin musical "Mr. President" opened on Broadway.

1969 - Plastic Ono Band released the song "Cold Turkey."
Today in Beatles History

1972 - Elton John's single "Crocodile Rock" was released in the U.S.

1973 - The Sydney Opera house officially opened.

1973 - "The Joker" was released by the Steve Miller Band.

1976 - Led Zeppelin's film "The Song Remains the Same" premiered in London.

1977 - Lynyrd Skynyrd vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines (Steve's sister) and road manager Dean Kilpatrick were killed when their plane crashed in Gillsburg, MS. The other four members of the band were seriously injured but survived the crash.

1978 - The Police made their U.S. performance debut in New York.

1980 - U2's first album, "Boy," was released.

1990 - Three members of 2 Live Crew were acquitted on obscenity charges in Hollywood, FL.

1991 - Clint Black and Lisa Hartman were married near Houston, TX.

1992 - The Madonna album "Erotica" was released.

1997 - Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine (Canned Heat) was found dead in a hotel room in France.