Join PCPB as We Look Back on Music History to Discover What Happened On This Day

Welcome back to another music history tour we like to call OTD. On This Day looks back on music history to find out what went down on this particular day in music. Today we kick off the tour in 1957 with the disc jockey Pete Murray, and of course, the usual OTD suspects make an appearance.


On This Day


Disc jockey Pete Murray began hosting BBC television’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll music program The Six-Five Special, named for the time the show started, five minutes after six. The show was given air-time immediately after the abolition of what was called the Toddlers’ Truce, which had seen television stop between 6 and 7 pm so children could be put to bed.


The Beatles made their second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, exactly one week after the first. Before an audience of 3,500 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. They performed ‘She Loves You‘, ‘This Boy‘, ‘All My Loving‘, ‘I Saw Her Standing There‘, ‘From Me to You‘, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand‘.


Petula Clark was at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with the Charlie Chaplin-penned song, ‘This is My Song‘, it was the singer’s second and last UK No.1.


Led Zeppelin made their Australian live debut when they kicked off a six-date tour at the Subiaco Oval, Perth. Police battled with over 500 fans who rammed locked gates trying to get into the concert. Over 4,000 fans stood outside the venue without tickets, and residents jammed the police phone lines complaining about the noise.


Bob Dylan started a four week run at No.1 on the US Album chart with Planet Waves, his first US No.1. The album was initially set to be titled Ceremonies Of The Horsemen, a reference to the song ‘Love Minus Zero / No Limit‘, from the 1965 album ‘Bringing It All Back Home‘. When Dylan decided to change the title at the last minute, the release was delayed for two weeks.

During a tour of America, the members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer were arrested in Salt Lake City after swimming naked in the hotel pool. They were reached fined $75 (£44) I bet it was worth it, though.

The winners in the UK music weekly Disc Readers Awards Poll On This Day; Top UK Group went to Slade, and Top Musician went to Roy Wood. David Bowie won the UK and World Male Singer, Top Single was ‘Jean Genie ‘, and Top Album was ‘Aladdin Sane‘. Top Female Singer was Lynsey De Paul, and Brightest Hope was taken out by David Essex.


Cher started her own weekly hour of music and comedy show on CBS-TV. The singer had a co- presented The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour with her former husband, and also featured a female guest each week.


The Jam was at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘A Town Called Malice‘, and ‘Precious‘, their third No.1 spent three weeks at the top of the chart.


Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK Album chart with ‘Born In The USA‘, his first UK No.1 album. The singer’s seventh studio album was the best-selling album of 1985 in the United States. It was also Springsteen’s most successful album ever, and it produced a record-trying string of seven Top 10 singles.


The Simpsons were at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Do The Bartman‘. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Bryan Lorenand, and The Simpsons became the first cartoon characters to make No.1 since The Archies hit ‘Sugar, Sugar‘ in 1969. Jackson was a massive fan of The Simpsons and had called the producers one night offering to write Bart a number one single and guest star on the show.


Robbie Williams won three awards at this year’s Brit’s. The singer won Best British Solo Artist, Best Single for ‘Angels‘ and Best Video for ‘Millennium.’ Manic Street Preachers won Best British Group, Natalie Imbruglia won Best International Female Artist and Best Newcomer, and The Corrs took out Best International Group.


Thieves broke into George Michael’s London home and stole over £100,000 ($170,000) worth of paintings, jewellery and designer clothes and nicked off with his £80,000 ($136,000) Aston Martin DB7. They also caused £200,000 ($340,000) worth of damage to his home.


US singer Doris Troy died, she had been a session singer with Dionne Warwick and sang on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, she also released an album on The Beatles Apple label. Troy had a 1964 UK No. 37 single with ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It‘ and a 1963 US No.10 hit with ‘Just One Look.’


Kid Rock was arrested for allegedly punching a DJ at a strip club. Shortly after, he was pulled over by an officer who got an autograph but did not do a breath test despite smelling alcohol, and the officer was fired. Rock was eventually arrested a few hours later and taken to the night court then released on $3,000 (£1,600) bail.

Yusuf Islam, the formerly known as Cat Stevens was awarded substantial damages from The Sunday Times and The Sun after they had printed articles alleging he was involved in terrorism. Both newspapers apologise to the 56-year-old musician for the “False and highly defamatory allegations.” The papers also paid his legal bills and pledged not to repeat the allegations. The money awarded was given to the tsunami relief projects.


Chris Brown talked about his recent arrest for the first time. The R&B singer was being investigated by police over claims he attacked a woman. In a statement Brown said, “I am seeking the counselling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerge a better person.” The had been speculation that his girlfriend Rihanna was the woman he attacked as she had been seen with bruises on her face.


American singer-songwriter, actress and activist, Lesley Gore, who had the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘It’s My Party‘, died at the NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, New York City, of lung cancer.

Well, my friends, that concluded PCPB music history tour for today, but keep your eyes peeled for the next OTD music history tour to see where it may take us. Until then Turn It On and Turn It Up

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