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Music of the 20th Century - Part 2

1961 to 1999


  • 1961 - Milton Babbitt published his Composition for Synthesizer.

  • 1962 - The album Please Please Me by the Beatles was released in the UK.

  • 1963 - The first solo album of Barbra Streisand was released.

  • 1964 - Bob Dylan's popularity increased and John Coltrane released his album A Love Supreme.

  • 1965 - In Washington, D.C., the National Endowment for the Arts was founded.

  • 1967 - Aretha Franklin was hailed as "Queen of Soul" and the Beatles released their album Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. That same year, Jimi Hendrix released his album Are You Experienced?.

  • 1969 - At La Scala in Milan, the tenor great Plácido Domingo made his debut. In Bethel, N.Y., millions flocked to watch the Woodstock music festival. Also, opera singer Jessye Norman debuts as Elisabeth in Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser.

  • 1970 - The Beatles disbanded.

  • 1971 -Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa shone on stage as Countess in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. In Paris, Jim Morrison died. Also, Duke Ellington was elected to the Royal Music Academy.

  • 1973 - The album Catch a Fire by Bob Marley introduced reggae to America and Europe.

  • 1974 - The single Hey Joe by Patti Smith was released, introducing the punk rock music style.

  • 1975 - The opera Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass premiered; an example of minimalist composition.

  • 1977 - Elvis Presley died.

  • 1978 - Sony unveils the Walkman.

  • 1980 - The compact disc first appeared and in New York City, John Lennon was killed.

  • 1981 - MTV made its TV debut.

  • 1982 - Michael Jackson released "Thriller."

  • 1984 - To raise funds for the children of Africa, Band Aid released their song "Do They Know It's Christmas."

  • 1985 - Madonna goes on her "Virgin Tour."

  • 1987 - The term "world music" was coined to describe eclectic music.

  • 1990 - The Grammy's revoked Milli Vanilli's award.

  • 1991 - The album Ten by grunge rock band Pearl Jam was released. Also, Nirvana released their song "Smells Like Teen Spirit." That same year, "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston topped the charts.

  • 1993 - Symphony No. 3: Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by Henryk Gorecki was a success.

  • 1995 - In Cleveland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opened and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead passed away.

  • 1997 - The all-girl group Spice Girls were a hit. Also, Sarah McLachlan founded Lilith Fair.

  • 1998 - Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire premiered at the San Francisco Opera. Also, Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack.

  • 1999 - Lauryn Hill won five Grammy Awards, Universal and Polygram merged and Latin music was made popular by artists like Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez. Also, the tenor great Andrea Bocelli topped the charts with his album Sogno

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