This Day in Music History: July 23rd
2003: Sun Studios in Memphis was declared a national landmark by the U.S. National Registry of Historic Places.
1993: Nirvana played a surprise concert at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City showcasing material from their upcoming album In Utero.
1989: Ringo Starr kicked off his first solo tour with his All-Starr band in Dallas, TX, which featured Joe Walsh, Billy Preston, Clarence Clemons & Dr. John.
1988: Def Leppard reached number one of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with Hysteria. Hysteria went on to spend six non-consecutive weeks at number one & sell twenty million copies worldwide. They also peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart on this day with “Pour Some Sugar on Me”.
1983: The Police kicked off the North American leg of their tour in support of Synchronicity at Comiskey Park in Chicago.
1981: Billy Squier received his first Gold album for Don’t Say No his second solo album which went on to sell three million copies in the U.S.
1980: Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux died from injuries sustained from a car accident. He was 32 years old.
1977: Foreigner released their second single “Cold as Ice” which went on to peak at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1963: Neil Young participated in his first recording session at the CKRC-FM radio studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba.