Today in Music History: Patsy Cline tops the charts

Patsy Cline
Patsy Cline. (GAB Archive/Redferns/Getty Images, via NPR)

History Highlight:

Today in 1961, Patsy Cline was seriously injured in a car accident. During her two-month hospital stay, her song "I Fall to Pieces" gave the singer her first Country No. 1 and also became a huge country-pop crossover hit. Cline passed away in 1963 when her flight crashed in heavy weather. Millions of her records have sold since, and she became the first female solo artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1973, ten years after her death.

Also, Today In:

1965 - Along with a string quartet, Paul McCartney recorded what would turn out to be the most recorded song of all time - "Yesterday."

1965 - Bob Dylan made his first electric recording at Columbia's Studio A in New York. The song was "Like A Rolling Stone."

1970 - Derek and the Dominos performed their first gig at the Lyceum Theatre in London.

1970 - Eric Clapton's new band was introduced as "Derek and the Dominos" when they took the stage at the Lyceum in London. They told the promoter they were "The Dynamics," but he convinced them to add the "Derek," which was a nickname for Clapton. His mangled name interpretation stuck.

1980 - Peter Gabriel reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with his third self-titled album which spent two weeks on top.

1995 - Police in Columbus, OH received 20 noise complaints from a Ted Nugent concert. But Nugent didn't turn down the volume, claiming he was within the legal noise limits.

1995 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were interviewed together on ABC, insisting their marriage was not fake. They get divorced in January 1996.

2002 - Mick Jagger became a Sir when he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honors.

2016 - Irish guitarist Henry McCullough died after never fully recovering from a severe heart attack he had suffered four years earlier. He recorded with Paul McCartney and Wings and was featured on "Live and Let Die" and "My Love", the solo which he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. He was also a member of Spooky Tooth and The Grease Band.


Motown saxophone great Junior Walker was born on this day in 1931.

Zombies founder Rod Argent is 74.

Alan White, drummer for Yes, is 70.

George Alan O'Dowd, better-known as Boy George, is 58.

Joshua Radin is 45.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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