The original Magnavox

It Happened In Music: Introducing the loudspeaker

On this day in 1915, the first practical application of moving-coil loudspeaker was invented by Peter Jensen and Edwin Pridham in Napa, California. The design brought together an electroacoustic transducer that produced sound in response to an electrical audio signal input—the same electro-dynamic principle that drives virtually every modern loudspeaker you use in your car, […]

Rod Stewart at Copacabana

It Happened In Music: Record-breaking concerts

On April 30, 1977, Led Zeppelin broke the then-world attendance record for a solo indoor attraction when they played to a 76,229 person crowd at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan. The Who held the record prior to this show at the same venue with 75,962 people. While these iconic bands brought in the crowds in […]

100 years of Fenway Park

It Happened In Music: 100 years of Fenway

As the oldest operating Major League ballpark in the country, Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts is celebrating 100 years today. Currently home to the Boston Red Sox, Fenway has hosted some of the biggest triumphs and defeats in MLB history. Appropriately, we’re celebrating this momentous occasion with music. Music has long been a cornerstone of […]

Wham Make It Big

It Happened in Music: Western pop invades China

On this day in 1985, Wham!–the musical duo formed by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley–became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China. Of course, Make It Big (the album in question) was merely the opener of the floodgates–Western music has since invaded the expansive country. In honor of this musical […]

Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix

It Happened In Music: Jimi Hendrix’s inspiration

It’s easy to picture our greatest musical minds as utter geniuses, creating their own ideas and styles simply by drawing from some inexplicable inner wellspring. But like the rest of us, even the brightest have to take inspiration from somewhere–or someone else.  On March 1, 1964  Jimi Hendrix began recording and performing with Little Richard, […]

The Beatles last live performance

It Happened In Music: The End of an Era

On January 30, 1969, The Beatles play a lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes, it is the last time The Beatles perform live. The performance, which was filmed for the Let It Be movie, is stopped early by police after neighbors […]

Nirvana, circa 1988

It Happened In Music: The Birth of Grunge

On January 23, 1988, Nirvana records a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. It was this tape that made it into the hands of  Jonathan Poneman, one of the founders of Sub Pop records. After hearing the demo, he offers to put out a Nirvana single. This historic event set the Seattle sound into motion, […]

Beethoven

It Happened In Music: Follow in the Footsteps

On December 12, 1792, Ludwig van Beethoven received his first music lesson from renowned composer Joseph Haydn. They initially met almost two years earlier when Haydn, travelling from Vienna, stopped in Bonn on his way to perform in London. When Haydn saw Beethoven again on his return journey, he was so impressed with the young […]

Grand Ole Opry

It Happened In Music: Country music gains fame

The Grand Ole Opry has showcased country music’s biggest stars since 1925, when it was just a radio show called the “WSM Barn Dance.” After announcer George “Judge” Hay uttered the phrase “Grand Ole Opry” over the Nashville’s airwaves on December 10, 1927, the weekly country music show earned a new name. The birth of […]