This Day in Music History — December 6

1877 : With his new invention, the phonograph, Thomas Edison records “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” what was believed for over a century to be the first known recording of the human voice. In February 2008, an earlier recording of “Au Claire De La Lune” came to light.

1969 : The Rolling Stones headline the Altamont concert at a speedway in California. It’s a free event with Jefferson Airplane and Santana also on the bill, but it turns violent when the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, who were hired by security, kill a crowd member. The concert is documented in The Stones movie Gimme Shelter.

1977 : Jackson Browne releases Running On Empty, a live album compiled from performances at various stops on his summer tour. Live albums typically rely on songs that have already been released, but this one was comprised of all new songs, the first major rock album to do so.

1995 : Coolio wins Single Of The Year for “Gangsta’s Paradise” at the Billboard Music Awards. When he performs the song at the ceremony, he is joined by Stevie Wonder, whose “Pastime Paradise” is the basis for Coolio’s track.

1995 : Michael Jackson collapses in a New York theater during a rehearsal for an upcoming TV special and is hospitalized.

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