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1955 - Elvis Presley plays at the Odessa Senior High School in Odessa, Texas. A young Roy Orbison is in the audience.

Elvis held Roy Orbison is very high regard, publicly stating that Roy had ' most perfect voice' and referring to him as the 'greatest singer in the world' during one of his Vegas concerts.

And Roy's respect was mutual, he went to Elvis' concerts from 1954 to 1976.

Roy was the only artist to open for both The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

1964 - The Beatles made their second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, exactly one week after the first. Before an audience of 3,500 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, The Beatles performed ‘She Loves You’, ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘From Me to You’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’.

Remarkably, given the ratings success of their appearance on 9 February, The Beatles did not top the bill this time; Mitzi Gaynor was the headliner. Also on the bill was comedian Myron Cohen.

1974 - Bob Dylan started a four week run at No.1 with Planet Waves, his first US No.1. The album was originally set to be titled Ceremonies Of The Horsemen, a reference to the song 'Love Minus Zero / No Limit', from the 1965 album 'Bringing It All Back Home'. When Dylan decided to change the title at the last minute, the release was delayed for two weeks. The cover features Dylan's own artwork, complete with the phrase "Cast-iron songs & torch ballads."

"Forever Young" is the standout track, but Dylan nearly pulled the tune off the album after a friend's girlfriend said it sounded like he was getting "mushy." (Photo by DANIEL JANIN/AFP via Getty Images)

1975 - Cher started her own weekly music/comedy show on CBS-TV. The singer had co-presented "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" with her former husband. Cher's new show featured a female guest each week. The first guests are Elton John, Bette Midler and Flip Wilson.

1990 - The day before he turns 18, Billie Joe Armstrong drops out of high school. A week later, he releases the first album with his band Green Day: 39/Smooth.


Otis Blackwell, American songwriter and producer who wrote 'All Shook Up', 'Return To Sender', 'Don't Be Cruel', 'Great Balls Of Fire' and 'Fever', was born today in 1932.

Sonny Bono was born today in 1935.

Ice-T (Tracy Lauren Marrow) is 64.

Andy Taylor, guitarist with Duran Duran, is 61.

The Weeknd (Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) is 32.

On this Day In Music History is sourced from, This Day in Music, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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