Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1948 and 2001.
On this day in 1949 Gene Simmons, future bassist and singer of Kiss, is Born Chaim Weitz in Haifa, Israel.
On this day in 1954 future singer-songwriter Elvis Costello is born in London, England.
On this day in 1967 after a two-year bout with stage fright, Beach Boys founder and resident genius Brian Wilson returns to playing live with the band.
On this day in 1970 Elton John plays his first live show in the United States, opening for David Ackles at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. (Elton gets great reviews and a big career boost in America.)
On this day in 1975 Bruce Springsteen's third album and big breakthrough: Born to Run is released.
On this day in 1979 The Knack's “My Sharona” hits number one in the US.
On this day in 1994 Billy Joel is officially divorced from model Christie Brinkley. Their marriage lasted nine years. Also on this day Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin reunite in a London studio to record the concert that would become the MTV special “Unledded.”
On this day in 2001 Aaliyah dies in a plane crash at the age of 22. After shooting a music video in The Bahamas, the overloaded plane went down soon after takeoff.