Join Us As We Look Back On Music History to Discover What Happend On This Day
Welcome back to this weeks edition of On This Day, where we look back on music history and are taken on a magical history tour. Let’s get stuck into it, this week we kick off in 1962 and finish up in 2014
Light Black = Track Title // Black = Film Title // Green = Albums // Blue = Tour’s // Orange = Venues, Places, Concerts // Purple = Recording Studios & Labels // Maroon = Awards and Ceremonies
On This Day…
🎙The Tornadoes started a three-week run at No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘Telstar.’ Produced and written by Joe Meek, it was the first major hit from the UK act on the American chart. The record was named after the AT&T communications satellite Telstar, which went into orbit in the July of 1962.
🎙During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan performed at the Singers Club in London. It was the singer-songwriters second UK gig.
🎙Acker Bilk’s ‘Stranger On The Shore‘ finally dropped off the UK charts after 55 weeks. The record would stand until 1968 when Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Release Me‘ stayed for 56 weeks. The current record is held by Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way‘, which charted for 75 non-consecutive weeks.
🎙The Beatles appeared at the Empire Theatre in London. This appearance was the second concert-only preview of their ‘The Beatles‘ Christmas Show‘, which would open in London in two days.
🎙The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric Burdon & The Animals, 1984 (featuring future Queen guitarist Brian May) and Soft Machine all appeared at The Olympia in London, at an all night festival ‘Christmas On Earth Continued.’ The DJ was John Peel plus the venue featured a paddling pool, light shows and a movie theater, tickets were £1.
🎙Little Jimmy Osmond was at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool.’ At nine years and eight months of age it made him the youngest person to have a No.1 record and it was also the biggest seller of 1972.
🎙Elton John started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK Album chart with ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘ (my personal favorite), the album also had a eight-week run at No.1 on the US Album chart. ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘ contains the Marilyn Monroe tribute, ‘Candle in the Wind‘ along with tree successful singles: ‘Bennie and the Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘, and ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.’
🎙Rupert Holmes started a two-week run at No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song).’ Which was his only US No.1 solo hit. The single reached No.23 on the UK Single chart.
🎙Stiff Records released an album in the UK called ‘The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan.’ The entire disc contained 40 minutes of silence.
🎙At a rock & roll memorabilia auction in London, a stage suit worn by John Lennon, sold for £2,300. A letter from Paul McCartney to a fan sold for £2,220 and a perspex sculpture of John & Yoko was brought by singer Kate Bush for £4,200.
🎙Madonna started a six-week run at No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘Like A Virgin‘, making it her first US No.1 and was produced by Nile Rodgers. Several family groups sought to ban the song as they believed that the song promoted sex without marriage.
🎙Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue was pronounced ‘dead on arrival’ in an ambulance when his heart stopped beating for two minutes. Sixx was given two shots of adrenaline in his chest to revive him. His band members were prematurely informed of his death.
🎙James Brown launched an unsuccessful lawsuit against the producers of the movie ‘The Commitments‘ claiming one of the characters too closely resembled him.
🎙Madonna married film director Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle, Scotland. Celebrities that attended the wedding included Jon Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Sting and fashion designers Donatella Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier and Stella McCartney. The couple divorced in the November of 2008
🎙Former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) died of a suspected heart attack he was only 50 years old. The Clash scored the 1979 UK No.11 single ‘London Calling‘, the 1982 US No.8 single ‘Rock The Casbah‘, the 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go‘, which was first released in 1982, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles . The Clash’s ‘London Calling‘ album was voted Best Album of the 1980s by Rolling Stone magazine. Strummer was also a member of The Mescaleros.
🎙The annual list of all-time music greats by the Guinness Book of hit singles was again topped by Elvis Presley. The list based on the number of weeks spent on the UK Singles chart looked like this: 1. Elvis Presley (1193), 2. Cliff Richard (1152), 3. The Shadows (771), 4. Elton John (623), 5. Madonna (606), 6. Diana Ross (560), 7. Michael Jackson (509), 8. Rod Stewart (477), 9. The Beatles (456), 10. David Bowie (452).
🎙Janet Jackson was the most-searched name during 2005 according to Google, the singer topped a list of searches with people looking for pictures from her infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl when her right breast was exposed.
🎙American songwriter Dennis Linde died aged 63 from a rare lung disease. Linde wrote one of Elvis Presley’s last major hits, ‘Burning Love‘ he also wrote ‘Goodbye Earl‘ for the Dixie Chicks and ‘Callin’ Baton Rouge‘ for Garth Brooks.
🎙A cassette tape of a “drunk” John Lennon recording a cover version of a rock ‘n’ roll song, sold at auction in Los Angeles for $30,000 (£20,2000). The six-minute recording, made in autumn 1973, is of Lennon performing Lloyd Price’s ‘Just Because.’ “Debauched lyrics” improvised by “a drunk Lennon” include “just a little cocaine will set me right“, and “I wanna take all them new singers, Carol and the other one with the nipples, I wanna take ’em and hold ’em tight.“
🎙The FBI released 333 pages of documents compiled about Michael Jackson between 1992 to 2005. The files revealed that they made several investigations into death threats against him made by obsessed fans, and alleged inappropriate involvement between Jackson and an underage male, as well as fears that he may have become the target for terrorists.
🎙The Abbey Road zebra crossing in north London, made famous after appearing on a Beatles album cover was given a Grade II listed status. The crossing, the first of its kind to be listed, was being recognised for it’s “cultural and historical importance” following advice from English Heritage. The Beatles were photographed on Abbey Road in Ian Macmillan’s iconic cover shot for the 1969 album ‘Abbey Road.’
🎙Marva Whitney, nicknamed by collaborator James Brown “Soul Sister Number 1”, died from complications from pneumonia. Whitney began her music career as a child, joining her family gospel group, the Manning Gospel Singers. She toured with James Brown in the late sixties .
🎙Joe Cocker died of lung cancer in Crawford, Colorado aged 70. The Sheffield-born singer had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including his cover of The Beatles ‘With A Little Help From My Friends‘, ‘Your Are So Beautiful‘ and ‘Up Where We Belong‘. He was made a OBE in 2011.
Well that brings us to the end of this weeks magical history tour, don’t forget to check out this weeks OTD Spotify playlist below.