Today in Music History: Tina Turner set attendance records at a live show

Tina Turner
Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" (Patrick Riviere/Getty Images, via NPR)

History Highlight:

Today in 1988, Tina Turner performed at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro to a sold-out crowd of 180,000, setting a new record for attendance at a performance by a solo artist. One of the best-selling recording artists of all time, she has been referred to as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll and has sold more than 200 million records worldwide. She is currently 80 years old, and last fall "Tina: The Tina Turner Musical," based on her life and scored with her hits debuted on Broadway and is currently running at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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1938 - Clarinetist Benny Goodman, who many called an improvisational genius, broke through cultural barriers to play the first-ever jazz concert at Carnegie Hall.

1965 - Beatles manager Brian Epstein, in Britain's Melody Maker magazine, was quoted as saying "I give The Beatles two or three years more at the top."

1973 - Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University, Philadelphia to an audience of 25 people.

1978 - Sex Pistol Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital. In other words, it was a typical Tuesday.

1979 - Cher's divorce from Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers became final.

1979 - Roger Miller sang a medley of songs on The Muppet Show. He also sang "In the Summertime" in a patch of musically-skilled watermelons and dropped the bombshell news that he, like the all-chicken cast of Vet's Hospital, once suffered from "Cluckitis."

1980 - Paul McCartney was jailed in Japan for marijuana possession after bringing a half pound of pot into the country.

1988 - George Harrison hit No. 1 with "Got My Mind Set On You," becoming the act with the longest time between No. 1 hits as it had been 24 years since "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)." The Beach Boys broke this record when "Kokomo" hit No. 1.

1992 - Eric Clapton recorded Eric Clapton Unplugged for MTV. The album won six Grammy Awards, including Record Of The Year.

1996 - Wayne Newton performed his 25,000th show in Las Vegas.

1996 - Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured in the incident. The lesson, clearly, is don't go anywhere near Jimmy Buffett, ever.

1999 - At the inaugural ball for Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, America played "Ventura Highway." Warren Zevon and Delbert McClinton also perform.

2000 - It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways. British Prime Minister Tony Blair had second thoughts about the message it would give about family values.

2002 - A section of Interstate 80 in California was renamed the "Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway."

2008 - Radiohead was forced to abandon an intimate gig at Rough Trade East records in London after police raised safety fears. The band moved the gig to a nearby club after over 1,500 fans turned up after the event was announced in the morning promising tickets to the first 200 fans.

2016 - Alanis Morissette debuted her advice column for The Guardian, answering questions from a woman on the brink of an emotional affair.

2016 - Bruce Springsteen began The River Tour with a show in Pittsburgh. His 1980 album The River is the centerpiece of the tour, played start to finish at many stops. The tour is the year's most successful, grossing over $268 million.

2019 - At the Forum in Los Angeles, the surviving members of Soundgarden played their first show together since Chris Cornell's passing as part of the star-studded I Am the Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell concert.


Robert Lenard "Bob" Bogle, a founding member of the instrumental combo The Ventures, was born today in 1934.

Helen Folasade Adu, known better as Sade, is 61.

Maxine Jones of En Vogue is 55.

Brendan O'Hara, drummer for Teenage Fanclub and Mogwai, is 50.

Aaliyah was born today in 1979.

Nick Valensi, guitarist for The Strokes, is 39.

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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