A couple of important debuts hit record stores on this day in 1973 - Aerosmith's self-titled debut and Brce Springsteen's Greetings From Asbury Park, New Jersey. Elvis Costello released his 3rd album, Armed Forces on 5/5/1979.
Sam Phillips, the pioneering producer behind Sun Studios and Sun Records in Memphis was born on this day in 1923. He produced material for Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and countless others. He was also largely responsible for Presley's rise to prominence and stood against segregation factions within the recording industry.
Prince made his live performing debut on this night in 1979 at The Capri Club in Minneapolis.