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 […]

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, […]