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Year when the first cylinder phonograph, the precursor to the record, was invented: 18771

Year when the first gramophone, the precursor to the record player, was invented: 18872

Year when radio broadcasting was introduced: 19073

Year when the first 33 1/3 rpm (revolutions per minute) LP album was released: 19484

Year when the first 45 rpm record single was released: 19495

Year when the first compact audio cassette tape was introduced in the United States: 19646

Year when the first compact disc (CD) player was introduced: 19827

Year when MTV, Music Television, launched: 1981

The first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 1986: Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, and Robert Johnson.

The number of female artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year of existence, 1986: zero

The first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Aretha Franklin, in 1987

The first female "rock" artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Tina Turner, in 1991

Total number of albums released by The Beatles before the group split in 1970: 20

Total number of albums released by The Rolling Stones as of the year 2005: 38

Total number albums released by Elvis Presley, during his life and posthumously: 68

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