January 25 – Wedding March, Payola scandal, Rent

1858
German composer


Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn‘s Wedding March is played at the wedding of Queen Victoria‘s daughter.
 
Originally part of his orchestral incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for about 120 years an organ arrangement is the music played at the end of many church weddings.  
 ~ Select Classical Videos 

1960

Payola scandal!!
 
The National Association of Broadcasters proposes that disc jockeys

accepting payment from record labels for broadcasting particular songs should be charged a $500 fine and spend a year in prison.
 


Freed

It is no coincidence that, on May 9, the first indicted is rock DJ Alan Freed. To a great extent, ‘payola’ (the practice of paying to have records aired went back to the early 1930s) is a charge used in an attempt to curb the growing influence of rock (and by association, ‘race music’). Freed’s career is ruined.
 
Singers like Pat Boone, and prefabricated teen idols like Fabian and Frankie Avalon showcased in teen magazines, are drafted to make safe cover versions of ‘dangerous’ music.

See also: 1984 Patrick Montgomery film
Rock and Roll: The Early Days

1996

Off-Broadway debut of Jonathan Larson‘s musical Rent.
 
Set in the East Village‘s bohemian Alphabet City neighborhood, it wins a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, running for 5124 performances.
 
It tells the story of a group of young artists and musicians struggling to cope with life, love and AIDS so they can create art.
 
The movie version is released on November 23, 2005. Seasons of Love  La Vie Boheme 
 
 ~ List of the longest-running Broadway shows  

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