Today in Music History for Wednesday, June 19, 2013
1810 - Concertina is patented in England by Wheatstone.
1869 - Last day of a five-day "Great National Peace Jubilee" with an orchestra of 1000 and a chorus of 10,000. All organized by bandmaster Patrick Gilmore performing in a specially-constructed hall in Boston's Back Bay.
1899 - First performance of Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations. Halle Orch at Queen's Hall, a Hans Richter concert in London.
1926 - The first documented Grand Ole Opry appearance of DeFord Bailey ("The Harmonica Wizard"), the Opry's first black star, on the program
1936 - The Prairie Ramblers recorded "Maple On The Hill, Part 2"
1950 - Carl Smith released his first record "Guilty Conscience"
1957 - Vocalist Carmen McCrae records If Love Were All
1961 - Pat Boone went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Moody River'.
1965 - The Four Tops went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Can't Help Myself'.
1971 - First performance of Hoiby's "Summer and Smoke" St. Paul MN.
1971 - Carole King started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'It's Too Late / I Feel The Earth Move'. Both songs were from the album 'Tapestry', which also topped the US charts on this day.
1978 - The Rolling Stones played the Palladium, New York during their summer tour of North America.
1980 - Donna Summer became the first act to be signed by David Geffen to his new Geffen record label.
1982 - Riders in the Sky joined the Grand Ole Opry
1984 - First performance of L. Bernstein's opera A Quiet Place revision. La Scala Opera, John Mauceri conducting. The performance incorporating "Trouble in Tahiti".
1986 - Ricky Van Shelton auditioned for CBS Record label executives Rick Blackburn & Steve Buckingham
1998 - Pianist John Hicks records Impressions of Mary Lou (Williams)