Join Me as We Look Back on Music History to Discover What Happened On This Day
Welcome to another magical music history tour that is On This Day. We kick off this week in 1956 with Tennessee Ernie Ford. Right, let’s do this!
Red = Artist & Bands // Light Black = Track Title // Black = Film Title // Green = Albums // Blue = Tour’s // Orange = Venues, Places, Concerts // Purple = Recording Studios & Lables // Maroon = Awards and Ceremonies
On This Day
🎙The Beatles played tow shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. The first show was attended mostly by Paris’ ‘top society’ members, who were all dressed in formal evening attire. The French press had little good to say about The Beatles in the next day’s papers, but The Beatles didn’t care, because they’d just received news that their single ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand‘ had hit No.1 in the US, selling 10,000 copies an hour in New York City alone.
🎙Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University, Philadelphia, to an audience of 25 people. Due to a strike at the time by Villanova’s school newspaper The Villanovan, this concert went unadvertised, so this probably this smallest crowd Bruce and The E Street Band have ever played in front of.
🎙One-Half of TV cop show “Starsky & Hutch”, David Soul went to No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Don’t Give Up On Us‘ which also was a No.1 in the US.
🎙Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival a Narita Airport in Japan. McCartney said in 2004 that “This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d take it with me.”
🎙David Bowie’s schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London. He was killed instantly by a passing train. He was 47.
🎙24 year after The Beatles first topped the chart, George Harrison went to No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘Got My Mind Set On You‘ an old favourite of George’s that was originally recorded by James Ray in 1962. In the UK, Harrison’s version spent four weeks at No.2.
🎙Former Go-Go’s singer Belinda Carlisle scored her first UK No.1 single with ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth.’ The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton and features an appearance of Carlisle’s husband Morgan Mason.
🎙Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist.
🎙Michael Jackson played the first of five nights at the in Los Angeles, California. These were the last shows on the singer’s Bad World Tour. Jackson donated more than $1m of the final concerts takings to an organisation fighting child cruelty.
🎙Ike Turner was convicted of driving under the influence of cocaine and being under the influence of cocaine and sentenced to a four-year prison term in California.
🎙Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV. The set which included his current hit single ‘Tears in Heaven‘ and a reworked acoustic version of ‘Layla‘, earned six Grammy Awards for the album including Record of the Year.
🎙Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was also aboard the plane; neither singer was injured in the incident. However, it did inspire Buffett to write the song ‘Jamaica Mistaica’.
🎙It was reported the Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways, the British Prime Minister Tony Blair had doubts about the message it would give about family values. The decision was changed on 12 December 2003, Mick Jagger was made a Knight Bachelor by the Prince of Wales for services to music, as Sir Michael Jagger.
🎙Michael Jackson appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to seven charges of child molestation. The singer who arrived 21 minutes late was told off by the Santa Barbara judge saying “Mr Jackson, you have started out on the wrong foot here, it is an insult to the court.”
🎙Elvis Presley’s single ‘One Night‘ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK No.1. Elvis, who led last week’s chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock‘, had now scored more number one UK hits than any other artist with 20 No.1’s and beating The Beatles’ who had 17 chart toppers.
🎙The Killers started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK Album chart with their debut album ‘Hot Fuss.’ The Las Vegas brand also entered the UK Singles chart at No.3 with ‘Somebody Told Me‘. Green Day was at No.1 on the US Album chart with ‘American Idiot‘.
🎙James “Pookie’ Hudson the lead singer of the 50’s doo-wop group The Spaniels died. Their 1954 hit ‘Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight‘ was featured in such films as Three Men and a Baby, Diner and American Graffiti.
🎙Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire
🎙Radiohead was forced to abandon an intimate gig at Rough Trade East records in London after police raised safety fears. The band moved the concert to a nearby club after over 1,500 fans turned up after the event was announced in the morning promising tickets to the first 200 fans.
🎙Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in prison after being convicted of falsely imprisoning a male escort. The Culture Club frontman denied the charge at Snaresbrook crown court and claimed the victim, Norwegian Audun Carlsen, 29, had stolen photos from his laptop. The singer told police he invited Carlsen back to his home after a cocaine-fuelled pornographic photo shoot on January 2007 because he suspected the Norwegian of stealing pictures from his computer. He admitted handcuffing Carlsen to a wall in April 2007 but said he did so to trace the missing property.
🎙It was announced that Joe Strummer was to have a city square named after him in Spain following a Facebook campaign. More than 2,000 residents of Granada, where The Clash frontman became a regular visitor, signed a petition calling for Strummer to be honored. City Hall officials agreed to the proposals and a square in the area was set to be renamed Plaza de Joe Strummer.
Well, that concludes today’s magical music history tour, be sure to check out today’s OTD’s Spotify playlist blow. See you the same time tomorrow for another music history tour