This Day in Music History — December 5

1968 : Graham Nash quits The Hollies and a few days later forms Crosby, Stills and Nash.

1980 : Just 3 days before John Lennon is killed, U2 play their first show in the US when they perform at The Ritz Ballroom in New York City.

1998 : Billboard changes the way they calculate the Hot 100, finally accounting for airplay. Previously, if a song wasn’t available for purchase as a single, it couldn’t chart. As labels withheld singles to goose album sales, popular songs like “Don’t Speak” and “One Headlight” were conspicuously absent from the chart, prompting the change.

2001 : David Crosby and Don Henley headline a benefit concert that raises $300,000 for children of the victims of the 9/11 attacks.

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This Day in Music — August 19

1969 : Crosby, Stills and Nash appear on the Dick Cavett Show, giving a first-hand account of the Woodstock festival. Joni Mitchell also appears and performs her song about the festival, conveniently called Woodstock

1973 : They aren’t quite the Sony and Cher power couple, but Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge get married. They divorce in 1980.

1980 : A riot breaks out in Toronto when Alice Cooper cancels a concert due to illness.

1988 : Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog is named the most played song in the first hundred years of the jukebox’s existence.

1989 : Lou Reed breaks his ankle after a soundcheck in Cleveland, and is forced to cancel the remainder of his tour.