1.23.2006

This Week in Music


1962 - Bishop Burke of the Buffalo, New York Catholic Diocese bans the Twist, in any form, from all of his school's functions.

1967 - General Motors begins installing 8 tracks as an option in their Buick line.

1970 - The mini-moog synthesizer is introduced by Dr. Robert Moog. Musicians can now have the sound of strings and horns on stage, without having a full orchestra with them. The American Federation of Musicians considers a ban on the $2,000 keyboard, fearing that its ability to simulate instruments could put musicians out of work.

1977 - Peter Green, who had earlier left Fleetwood Mac, is institutionalized after firing a pistol in the direction of a delivery boy attempting to deliver a $30,000 royalty check. Green had renounced rock and roll in 1970 and apparently didn't want the money. He later worked as a hospital porter and a gravedigger, but returned in 1979 to record "In the Skies."

1983 - Radio station WDHA in New Jersey claims to be the first US station to play music from a compact disc.

1986 - Buddy Holly is posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at it's inaugural ceremony. Other initial inductees are Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Fats Domino.

1993 - Warner Brothers Records announces it is releasing rapper Ice-T (real name Tracy Marrow) from his contract due to "creative differences." In summer 1992, the record company found itself in the middle of controversy over Ice-T's song, "Cop Killer". Marrow would go on to co-star in the police drama, Law and Order in 1999.

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