Today in Music History: Stevie Wonder was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Stevie Wonder at his keyboard during a concert in 1973. (Evening Standard/Getty Images, via NPR)

History Highlight:

Today in 1989, at just 38 years old, Stevie Wonder became the youngest living person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At a ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, other inductees include The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Otis Redding and Dion DiMucci. Wonder is without a doubt one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century.

Also, Today In:

1964 - The Beatles' "I Want To Hold Your Hand" became the fastest-breaking and the fastest-selling single in Capitol Records' history when it entered the singles chart at No. 45.

1965 - The Rolling Stones recorded "The Last Time" and "Play With Fire" at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. Phil Spector played acoustic guitar on "Play With Fire."

1975 - Barry Manilow scored his first U.S. No. 1 single when "Mandy", (originally titled "Brandy" when it was recorded in 1972 by Scott English), went to the top of the charts.

1991 - During an AC/DC North American tour three fans were killed during a crush in a crowd at a gig in Salt Lake City.

1997 - Tori Amos was at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart with "Professional Widow (It's Got To Be)". The song had been remixed by Armand Van Helden and was rumoured to be about Courtney Love.

2010 - Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle, and mother to Rufus and Martha Wainwright, died of cancer at home in Montreal at the age of 63.

2011 - The largest collection of Beatles memorabilia went on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant, turned his mammoth Beatles collection into a museum with more than 8,500 objects - setting the new world record for the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia. Some of the items included a box of condoms bearing the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a brick from the Cavern Club, a chunk of the stage from the Star Club in Hamburg, and certified copies of the band members' birth certificates. Among his favorite items were 64 boxes of chewing gum in the form of Beatles records.

2016 - Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey died at the age of 67 in New York City from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia. Frey co-founded the Eagles in 1971 with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner. After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career and went on to score the Top 40 hits "The One You Love", "Smuggler's Blues", "The Heat Is On", and "You Belong to the City".

Birthdays:

David Ruffin of The Temptations was born today in 1941.

Luther Dickinson of The Black Crowes is 46.

Katie White of the Ting Tings is 36.

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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