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ROCK AND ROLL

On January 23, 1986: The very first induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was held in New York City. Chuck Berry, a pioneer of Rock and Roll, was the inaugural honoree. Since then, inductions have been held annually between New York City, Los Angeles, and Cleveland.

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DUKE ELLINGTON

On January 23, 1943: Jazz musician Duke Ellington played at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time. Due to the success of his debut, Ellington performed at Carnegie Hall annually, where he premiered at least one new piece of work. He died in 1974 at age 75.

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AN ANTHEM IS BORN

On January 23, 1962: Singer Tony Bennett recorded “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” at Columbia Record’s studio located on 30th street. In 1962, it became a hit on the pop singles chart and spent close to a year on other charts, and ultimately achieved gold status.

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