Join Pop Culture Pipe Bomb as We Look Back On Music History to Discover What Happened On This Day
Todays OTD is the first one for February, so let’s get stuck into it. Today we kick off out music history tour in 1959, with Buddy Holly, Richard Valens and The Big Bopper along with the usual OTD suspects making an appearance.
On This Day
The Beatles played their first professionally organised gig outside of Liverpool at The Oasis Club, Manchester. The groups set started with their version of ‘Hippy Hippy Shake ‘.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Blue Pad Club in Darlington, England which was part of the Imperial Hotel Complex on Grange Road. The show was advertised as “Don’t miss this man who is Dylan, Clapton and James Brown all in one”. After the show, as the roadies were loading up a van, one of Hendrix’s Fender guitars was stolen.
The Carpenters started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK Album chart with ‘The Singles 1969-73 ‘, featuring 12 hits and the US No.1 ‘Top Of The World ‘ hit the top of the charts on three separate occasions.
Genesis released ‘A Trick Of The Tail ‘, their seventh studio album and first to feature drummer Phil Collins as full-time lead vocalist following the departure of original vocalist Peter Gabriel. After auditioning over 400 vocalists, which saw Collins teaching the potential lead singers the songs, the band decided that Collins should be the new vocalist.
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose in New Your City. There had been a party to celebrate Vicious’ release on $50,000 (£29,412) bail pending his trial for the murder of his former girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, the previous October. Party guests, said that Vicious had taken heroin at midnight. An autopsy confirmed that Vicious died from an accumulation of fluid in the lungs that was consistent with a heroin overdose. A syringe, spoon and heroin residue were discovered near the body.
The Specials were at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘The Specials A.K.A. Live E. P ‘. The Lead track ‘Too Much Too Young ‘ was the shortest song to reach No.1 on the UK Singles chart in the 1980s at 2’04.
George Michael received undisclosed damages for more than £100,000 ($170,000) from The Sun newspaper over articles printed that stated Michael had gatecrashed a party given by Andrew Lloyd Webber and was drunk and abusive.
Willie Nelson agreed to pay $9 million of the $16.7 million to the Internal Revenue Service. His accountants, Price Waterhouse, had not been paying Nelson’s taxes for years and in addition to the unpaid taxes, Nelson’s situation was worsened by the weak investments he made during the early 1980s.
Bad Manners singer Buster Bloodvessel was told he was ‘too fat’ to survive an urgently needed operation. Buster collapsed on stage during a show in Italy, but Doctors felt that his heavy 30 stone frame might not make it through surgery.
The Phonographic Performance Ltd launched performersmoney.com for artists to check if they were owed any of the £10 million ($17 million) in unclaimed money. It showed that Michael Jackson was owed over £100,000 ($170,000) for ‘Say, Say, Say ‘, Stevie Wonder had money owing for ‘Ebony And Ivory ‘ and Ray Davies of The Kinks was owed a six-figure fee for ‘You Really Got Me ‘. Director Dominic McGonigal said, “if anyone has seen Rick Astley, please let him know, he is still earning money for his hits.”
Russian girl duo T.A.T.u. Started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘All The Things She Said ‘ The song had been a hit on the Russian charts three years earlier. T.A.T.u. was the first Russian act to score a UK No.1.
TV network CBS apologised for its broadcast of the American Super Bowl after Janet Jackson was left exposed when Justin Timberlake ripped off her top. The pair had been performing a raunchy half-time duet when one of Jackson’s breasts was exposed. CBS quickly cut away from the scene, but it was still flooded with calls from angry viewers about the half-time entertainment, produced by MTV. Timberlake insisted it had been an accident saying “I am sorry that anyone was offended by the wardrobe malfunction during the halftime performance of the Super Bowl.”
Billy Henderson, one of the founders of the US soul group The Spinners, died aged 67 after complications from diabetes. The Spinner’s had the 1980 UK No.1 and the US No.2 single ‘Working My Way Back To You ‘.
US keyboardist Joe Hunter, a veteran session musician as one of The Funk Brothers who helped craft the distinctive Motown sound, died in Detroit, Michigan, aged 79. Hunter performed with such legendary Motown acts like Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Martha and the Vandellas.
The Spice Girls cut short their reunion world tour, blaming “Family and personal commitments”. The band said they would end their tour in Toronto on 26 February, with planned shows in Beijing, Sydney, Cape Town and Buenos Aires being axed. A spokesman for the group confirmed the tour would at the end of February.
A 1960’s Beatles Record Player, produced for fans as a commercial Beatles memorabilia item, fetched $12,100 in an online auction. The Record Player, which was highly-sought after by Beatles collectors worldwide, was manufactured in a limited quantity. Because of this, some believed there was still a strong possibility a few remaining players to be discovered.
Skinny Puppy sent the US Government an invoice after finding out their music was used as a torture device in Guantánamo Bay. Despite the band’s aggressive sound, they said they had never envisioned their music being used in such a way. When asked how they felt about their songs allegedly being used in the detention camp, singer cEvin Key replied: “Not too good. We never supported those types of scenarios, because we make unsettling music, we can see it being used in a weird way. But it doesn’t sit right with us”.
That my friends conclude’s today’s music history tour, be sure to check out today’s OTD Spotify playlist below. Until next time, keep it turned on and turned up!