Today in history: May 20th

Music 20/05/2016
1954: The landmark single "Rock Around The Clock" was released by Bill Haley & the Comets. The song wouldn't officially begin the Rock Era until it reached #1 a year later after being featured in the movie The Blackboard Jungle and re-released.

1957: Frank Sinatra recorded "Witchcraft".

1957: Andy Williams had the #1 U.K. song with "Butterfly".

1957: A new duo began that would influence vocals for decades to come. The Everly Brothers debuted with the first hit of their careers and they picked a good song to start out with. "Bye Bye Love" was that song with gave the Brothers their start on this date, and it eventually reached #2 for four weeks.

1960: The Silver Beetles started a seven-day tour of Scotland at the Town Hall in Alloa, Clackmannanshire.

1961: Cliff Richard made his first appearance on television on the U.K. ITV show Thank Your Lucky Stars.

1964: Elvis Presley's movie Viva Las Vegas premiered at the Paramount Theatre in New York City.

1964: Rudy Lewis of the Drifters died of a brain seizure brought on by drugs at age 27 in Manhattan, New York.

1966: On a more peaceful front, George Harrison visited Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.