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1957 in music

November 25–27 – The first two Hollywood motion pictures starring Pat Boone, Bernadine and April Love, are released. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel name themselves Tom and Jerry and begin their recording career, signing with Sid Prosen of Big Recor ...

1958 in music

January – Maria Callas, due to open the Rome Opera House season with Norma, with Italys president, Giovanni Gronchi, in the audience, cancels after the first act because of voice problems. Billie Holiday is given a years probation by a Philadelph ...

1959 in music

April 24 – The Your Hit Parade television series airs its last episode Jimi Hendrix buys his first electric guitar: a White Single pickup Supro Ozark 1560 S. Dalida receives a Music Oscar for Best Song and a first foreign award a "Golden Lion" in ...

1960 in music

Renato Carosone announces his retirement, at the height of his popularity. April 17 – Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and Cochrans girlfriend Sharon Sheeley are injured in a car accident near Chippenham in England. Cochran dies in a hospital in Bath, ...

1960s in music

For music from a year in the 1960s, go to 60 | 61 | 62 | 63 | 64 | 65 | 66 | 67 | 68 | 69 This article includes an overview of the events and trends in popular music in the 1960s. In North America and Europe the decade was particularly revolution ...

1961 in music

October – John Cages book Silence: Lectures and Writings is published in the United States. July 1 – French composer Olivier Messiaen marries pianist Yvonne Loriod privately in Paris. The score of Haydns Cello Concerto No. 1 is discovered by musi ...

1962 in music

October 20 – Peter, Paul and Marys self-titled debut album reaches No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. August 17 – Telstar is released in the UK. The song will eventually be the first song by a British group ever to reach the top spot on the ...

1963 in music

February 16 January 7 – Gary U.S. Bonds files a $100.000 lawsuit against Chubby Checker, claiming that Checker stole "Quarter to Three" and turned it into "Dancin Party." The lawsuit is later settled out of court. January 4 – At Cortina dAmpezzo ...

1964 in music

January 1 – Top of the Pops is broadcast for the first time, on BBC television in the U.K. January 18 – The Beatles appear on the Billboard magazine charts for the first time. January 15 – Vee Jay Records files a lawsuit against Capitol Records a ...

1965 in music

January 17 – The Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts book Ode to a High Flying Bird, a tribute to jazz great Charlie Parker, is published. The Animals show at New Yorks Apollo Theater is canceled after the U.S. Immigration Department forces the ...

1966 in music

May 17 – Bob Dylan and the Hawks later The Band perform at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England. Dylan is booed by the audience because of his decision to tour with an electric band, the boos culminating in the famous "Judas" shout. The Metro ...

1967 in music

The year 1967 was an important one for psychedelic rock, and was famous for its "Summer of Love" in San Francisco. It saw major releases from The Beatles, Small Faces, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Big Brother and The Holding Company, The Doors, Jef ...

1968 in music

January 13 – Johnny Cash performs his famous concert at Folsom State Prison in California. February 18 – David Gilmour joins Pink Floyd, replacing founder Syd Barrett, who had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital. February 21 – McGraw-Hill ...

1969 in music

Eric Burdon & The Animals disband. January 18 – Pete Best wins his defamation lawsuit against The Beatles. Best had originally sought $8 million, but ended up being awarded much less. John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr hire Allen Klein ...

1970 in music

Randy Bachman leaves the Guess Who to start up Brave Belt. April 17 – Johnny Cash performs at the White House at the invitation of President Richard M. Nixon. February 13 – English band Black Sabbath release their self titled debut album in the U ...

1970s in music

For music from a year in the 1970s, go to 70 | 71 | 72 | 73 | 74 | 75 | 76 | 77 | 78 | 79 This article includes an overview of the major events and trends in popular music in the 1970s. In North America, Europe, and Oceania, the decade saw the ri ...

1971 in music

February 3 – Davy Jones announces he is leaving the Monkees. March 5 – Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, sees the first live performance of Led Zeppelins iconic song "Stairway to Heaven". June 20-24 – The first Glastonbury Festival to take ...

1972 in music

January 17 – Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, is renamed "Elvis Presley Boulevard." Paul McCartneys single "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" inspired by the "Bloody Sunday" massacre in Ireland on January 30, 1972 is banned by the BBC. ...

1973 in music

Musica Antiqua Koln formed. Approximate date – Salsa music originates in New York City. U.F.O. signs a contract with Chrysalis Records. Royal Manchester College of Music and the Northern School of Music merge to create the Royal Northern College ...

1974 in music

Eric Bogles "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" comes to prominence when he enters it in a National Folk Festival songwriting competition in Brisbane, Australia. Journey signs to Columbia Records. Lord Shortys Endless Vibrations is the first s ...

1975 in music

October 3 – The Who release their seventh studio album, The Who By Numbers. October 7 – John Lennon finally wins his battle to stay in the United States after the New York Court of Appeals overturns Lennons 1972 deportation order. Rock band Kiss ...

1976 in music

The Chinese Music Society of North America is founded. Tenor Franco Corelli retires from the stage at the age of 55. Eddie Money signs a contract with CBS. Peter Toshs solo career begins. Gabin Dabire embarks on a tour of Italy. Cheryl Byron perf ...

1977 in music

Midnight Oil sign a contract with CBS Records The Police sign a contract with A&M Records Luigi Sagrati becomes president of the Unione Musicisti di Roma Van Halen signs a contract with Warner Bros "Bohemian Rhapsody" named "The Best Single O ...

1978 in music

In the UK, singles sales are at their all-time high this year, boosted by the simultaneous peak of the disco and punk phenomena and the success of singles from the movie Grease. New Edition formed in 1978 in Massachusetts, USA. Kenny Rogers conti ...

1979 in music

Michael Schenker leaves Scorpions during their tour in France and is replaced by Matthias Jabs. Disco reigns supreme this year, with several number-one hits from The Bee Gees and Donna Summer. Several artists who were not regarded as disco acts, ...

1980 in music

Phil Collins signs a contract with Atlantic Records to distribute his solo records in the US and in Europe outside the UK on WEA label. Record labels disestablished in 1980 Record labels established in 1980 British comedy group The Hee Bee Gee Be ...

1981 in music

Hal Willner "invents" the modern tribute album with Amacord Nino Rota. Brad Whitford leaves Aerosmith and is replaced by Rick Dufay. The organ at the famous Heinavesi Church in Finland is renewed, using locks from the original organ. Menudos gold ...

1982 in music

This is a list of notable events in music from 1982, a year in which Madonna made her debut and Michael Jackson released Thriller, which still holds the title for the worlds best selling album.

1983 in music

Michael Jacksons 14-minute music video for Thriller is premiered on MTV. September – Bonnie Tyler releases the album Faster Than the Speed of Night in United States November 26 – Quiet Riots Metal Health album tops the US album charts, the first ...

1984 in music

Motley Crue member Vince Neil is involved in a serious car accident. He is drunk at the time, and Razzle Nicholas Dingley of Hanoi Rocks is killed in the accident. October 23 – A report on the Ethiopian famine by BBC journalist Michael Buerk is b ...

1985 in music

Roger Waters announces his intention to leave Pink Floyd; describing the band as "a spent force creatively," he would spend the next two years in a legal battle with his now-former bandmates over the rights to the "Pink Floyd" name and other asso ...

1986 in music

September 27 – A tour bus carrying the heavy metal band Metallica crashes in Sweden, killing their influential bassist, Cliff Burton. June 10 – Bob Geldof is awarded with a knighthood in recognition of his work in organizing Live Aid and other co ...

1987 in music

Andreas Kisser replaces Jairo Guedes in Sepultura. Prince cancels The Black Album just before its release. It becomes officially available in 1994. Naxos Records is established as a budget classical music CD label by Klaus Heymann, a German-born ...

1988 in music

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine" experiences a surge in popularity in the USA sparked by television commercials featuring claymation raisin figures dancing to the song. The California Raisins version of the song peaks at number 84 on the Billbo ...

1989 in music

Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith leaves the band and is replaced by ex-Gillan guitarist Janick Gers who had most recently worked with Bruce Dickinson on his solo project. Ars Musica, an annual contemporary music international festival, founded

1990 in music

After a hiatus of 7 years, rock group Styx reform to record a new album and tour without long-time guitarist Tommy Shaw, who was committed to Damn Yankees at the time. Tapes of the original William Walton score for the 1969 film Battle of Britain ...

1991 in music

Approximate date – Mangue Bit is originated in Recife, Brazil. Tupac Shakurs solo career begins with his first album, 2Pacalypse Now. Six-year-old Qaid Walker-Teal is shot dead by a stray bullet during a confrontation between Tupacs entourage and ...

1992 in music

The MP3 file format is developed as part of a video compression standard. Vibe, a new magazine focusing on R&B and hip-hop music, launches with a special Fall preview issue. David Isberg quits Opeth from his vocalist position. Current guitari ...

1993 in music

Christian rock label Tooth & Nail Records is formed. Anders Friden quits Dark Tranquillity from his lead vocalist position. Then guitarist/vocalist, Mikael Stanne fills in Fridens position while abandoning his guitarist position. The band hires F ...

1994 in music

Social Distortion manager Jim Guerinot forms the label Time Bomb Recordings in joint-venture agreement with Arista. The label actually exists mostly as an imprint for current releases from Social Distortion and solo albums by Mike Ness, along wit ...

1995 in music

Paul DAmour leaves Tool. Three members of R.E.M., Bill Berry, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe, fall ill while on the bands "Monster Tour". Berry suffers an aneurysm which required immediate surgery, Stipe suffers a hiatal hernia and Mills undergoes ...

1996 in music

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is passed in the United States, deregulating the number of radio and TV stations that any one broadcaster can own. House of Pain breaks up which leads to DJ Lethal joining Limp Bizkit. Coal Chamber signs with Ro ...

1997 in music

Derrick Green replaces Max Cavalera in Sepultura. Glenn Ljungstrom and Johan Larsson leave In Flames. The companies Memorex, Maxell, and TDK introduce blank recordable CDs. Big Audio Dynamites final album Entering a New Ride, which features Ranki ...

1998 in music

Singers Brandy and Monica dominate the Billboard charts with the duet, "The Boy Is Mine", holding the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 spot for 13 weeks. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra launches its own recording label, RLPO Live. Six Feet Unde ...

1999 in music

Vocalist Lawrence Mackrory quits Darkane. The band hires by Andreas Sydow as his replacement after.

2000 in music

The Smashing Pumpkins played what was to be their final concert at the Metro Club in Chicago. The band would reunite in 2005. November 18 – A new musical adaptation of Georg Buchners Woyzeck by Robert Wilson and Tom Waits opens in Copenhagen. Tri ...

2001 in music

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2002 in music

Salt-n-Pepa disbands. Fergie joins The Black Eyed Peas during their recording of the Elephunk album.

2003 in music

November 4 – Aaron Carter releases his first compilation album fifth overall album under Jive Records Most Requested Hits Cryptopsy rehires Lord Worm. Evanescences lead guitarist and founding member Ben Moody leaves the band on their first world ...

2004 in music

November 11 – Eric Clapton receives a CBE at Buckingham Palace. November 30 – Jay-Z and Linkin Parks album "Collision Course" debuts at number #01 in the Billboard 200, later becoming the best-selling CD/DVD of that year. November 17 – Within Tem ...