➦In 1942..."The Better Half,", an early battle of the sexes type quiz show, debuted on the Mutual Broadcasting System (MBS). The show aired until 1950.
➦In 1949...Vinyl records were introduced by RCA (45 rpm). RCA’s entry was a new 7-inch, 45 rpm phonograph record. Soon, the 45, the record with the big hole in the middle, would change the pop music business. RCA even manufactured a record player that played only 45s — with a fat spindle that made “stacking wax” real simple.
➦In 1956...Elvis Presley recorded his first tunes as an RCA Victor artist in a marathon 8-hour session. Recording in Nashville, Elvis sang “Heartbreak Hotel”, “I Was the One”, “I’m Counting On You”, “I Got a Woman” and “Money Honey”. Elvis was backed by a drummer, D.J. Fontana, for the first time, in addition to guitarists Scotty Moore and Chet Atkins, bassist Bill Black and piano player Floyd Cramer.
➦In 1960...Marty Robbins‘ hit tune, “El Paso”, set the mark for the longest #1 song to that time. The song ran 5 minutes and 19 seconds, giving many radio Program Directors fits; because the average record length at that time was around 2 minutes, and formats and commercial loads didn’t allow for records much longer than that.
➦In 1965...Howard Cosell aired his first “Speaking of Everything” publica affairs-type show on 77WABC NYC.
➦In 1969... a frustrated George Harrison quit the Beatles, saying sarcastically as he walked out ‘see you around the clubs.’ With Eric Clapton being considered as his replacement, George came back a week later. George later stated that while he had a growing backlog of new material, he constantly had to work on Lennon and McCartney's songs before the group would work on his.
➦In 1987...NRSC-1 went into effect establishing AM radio emphasis/de-emphasis curves. Read more here.
➦In 2016…Music artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member David Bowie died of liver cancer at age 69.
- Singer Ronnie Hawkins of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks is 86.
- Actor William Sanderson (“Deadwood,” ″Newhart”) is 77.
- Singer Rod Stewart is 76.
- Singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is 73.
- Singer Pat Benatar is 68.
- Guitarist Michael Schenker (Scorpions) is 66.
- Singer Shawn Colvin is 65.
- Singer-guitarist Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets is 62.
- Actor Evan Handler (“Sex and the City”) is 60.
- Singer Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies is 57.
- Actor Trini Alvarado is 54.
- Singer Brent Smith of Shinedown is 43.
- Rapper Chris Smith of Kris Kross is 42.