This Day in Music January 19

1853 – Verdi’s opera “Il Trovatore” premiered in Rome. 

1934 – Laurens Hammond filed for a patent for the pipeless organ with the tonewheel generator. The patent was granted on April 24. 

1957 – Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on CBS’ “Jackie Gleason Show.” 

1957 – Pat Boone sang at Dwight Eisenhower’s presidential inauguration ball. 

1967 – Lesley Gore appeared on ABC-TV’s “Batman” as Catwoman’s sidekick, Pussycat. 

1971 – At the Charles Manson murder trial, the Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter” was played. At the scene of one of his gruesome murders, the words “helter skelter” were written on a mirror. 

1976 – The Beatles turned down an offer of $30 million to play together again on the same stage. The offer was made by rock promoter Bill Sargent. 

1977 – Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band played for Jimmy Carter’s inauguration. 

1977 – Aretha Franklin sang “God Bless America” at a special inaugural concert for President-elect Jimmy Carter. 

1981 – Styx released the album “Paradise Theater.” 

1993 – Fleetwood Mac reunited to perform at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. 

1993 – Tom Waits was allowed to keep the $2.5 million that a judge awarded him after he sued Frito-Lay for using a sound alike in a 1988 commercial. The U.S. Supreme Court supported the amount of the damages. 

1998 – Pat Boone was awarded the first annual Michael the Archangel Award by the National Assn. of Chiefs of Police. 

1999 – The U.S. Supreme Court without comment refused to hear a 1998 lawsuit brought by ticket buyers against Ticketmaster. The suit charged that the firm engaged in anticompetitive behaviour and price-fixing with promoters. 

1999 – Bizzy Bone (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) went on trial in Columbus, Ohio, on charges that he dragged a student barber down a flight of stairs. 

1999 – Jean-Michel Jarre delivered a petition to the European Parliament signed by hundreds of leading European recording artists asking for better legal protection against music piracy on the internet. 

2002 – Rapper C-Murder (Corey Miller, 30) was arrested in the shooting death of 16-year old Steve Thomas at a nightclub on January 12. 

2012 – The documentary Searching for Sugar Man premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film traces the seemingly unbelievable-but-true musical career of Sixto Rodríguez.

1998 – Carl Perkins dies at age 65 after suffering three strokes over the last two months.

1994 – The Ninth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Rod Stewart. Axl Rose performs “Come Together” at the ceremony with Bruce Springsteen – it is Axl’s last public appearance until 1998.

1961- The night before John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, Frank Sinatrathrows a star-studded gala to eradicate the Democratic Party’s $2 million campaign debt. With the help of Peter Lawford, fellow Rat Packer and husband of JFK’s sister Patricia, Sinatra enlists elite entertainers for the evening, including Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, and actors Laurence Olivier, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, and Bette Davis.More

1957 – Johnny Cash appears for the first time on national TV when he appears on The Jackie Gleason Show.

1943 – Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas.

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