Kristopher Neil Allen was born on this day in 1985. He won the title of “American Idol” on the show’s eighth season beating out Adam Lambert in 2009. His first album was released in November of that same year and his single, “Live Like We’re Dying” peaked at #18. On New Years Day in 2013, Allen and his pregnant wife got into a head-on collision. Allen’s wife and their baby survived the crash, but Allen’s wrist was shattered. He went through three surgeries which only helped him regain 30 percent of his wrist’s movement. He had to learn how to play the guitar all over again. “Thank God nothing worse happened,” he says regarding the accident. “My wife was in the car with our son, and it could've been so much worse. You fight through things and get through them, and I'd like to say I'm a better person for it." Allen released his fifth studio album, Letting You In, on March 18, 2016.
The First Long-Planning Record Spins
On this day in 1948, Columbia Records introduced the Long Playing "microgroove" LP record format which rotated at 33⅓ revolutions per minute. The album? A re-issue of The Voice of Frank Sinatra which had been released two years earlier as a four 78 RPM record set. Although the standard size of the LP became 12 inches, the first came out at a size of 10 inches. The majority of the first LPs were of classical music given their longer pieces of music. The success of Columbia records prompted Captiol Records to release their own LPs in 1949 and RCA Victor in 1950.