Today in Music

August, 4

  • 2000 Although not yet 18 years old, LeAnn Rimes is seen barhopping (literally) in Touchstone Pictures’ “Coyote Ugly.” Rimes makes a cameo appearance as herself, singing the song “Can’t Fight The Moonlight,” as she dances on top of the bar at the end of the David McNally-directed film.
  • 2000 Following a successful one-day music festival in New York’s Central Park in 1998, the Montreux Jazz Festival launches its first U.S. tour at the Chicago Theatre, featuring Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, and musical director George Duke.
  • 1999 Stymied at every level in court, the nation’s leading record labels, through the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), drop all litigation against Diamond Multimedia, makers of the Rio a portable digital player they feared would increase music piracy of copyrighted materials.
  • 1998 MTV switches off its channel feed to 500,000 homes in Amsterdam after network provider A2000 demands that MTV share its previously separate channel with two other operators and pay for distribution.
  • 1996 Icelandic performer Bjork along with Kent Nagado make a surprise performance at the Verbier Festival & Academy in Switzerland. The duo performs several songs from their “Pierrot Lunaire” collaboration.
  • 1974 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” Roberta Flack.
  • 1964 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “A Hard Day’s Night,” The Beatles.
  • 1958 The first ever Billboard Hot 100 chart appears. The number one song is Ricky Nelson’s “Poor Little Fool.”
  • 1957 The Everly Brothers appear on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show,” singing “Bye Bye Love” and “Wake Up Little Susie.”
  • 1954 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Sh-Boom,” The Crew-Cuts.
  • 1944 No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Swinging on a Star,” Bing Crosby.
  • 1936 Singer Elsbeary Hobbs is born.
  • 1901 Trumpeter Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong is born in New Orleans. He wins a Grammy in 1965 as Best Male Vocal Performance for “Hello Dolly,” a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1972, and is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 as a forefather of rock music.