Join Us As We Look Back on Music History to Discover What Happened On This Day


Welcome to the first edition of On This Day for 2017! Hope you all brought the New Year in, in style. You may also notice the new color, with the site it was only fitting to give OTD a makeover. Right, shall we see where our magical music history tour takes us this week? This week we kick off in 1961 with The Beatles.

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Light Black = Track Title // Black = Film Title // Green = Albums // Blue = Tour’s // Orange = Venues, Places, Concerts // Purple = Recording Studios & Labels // Maroon = Awards and Ceremonies

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🎙The Beatles played at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool. In the audience are two members from Rory Storm & the Hurricanes: Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr who have just returned from Hamburg, Germany.


🎙The Rolling Stones performed at the Ricky Tick club at the Olympia Ballroom in Reading, England. During the 1960s, the club was host to many famous acts such as The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream. The Yardbirds were filmed performing in a recreation of the club built at MGM studios in Borehamwood for Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 film Blow-up.


🎙Pink Floyd and Eyes of Blue appeared at The Marquee Club, London, England. A Review in Queen magazine said: “The two guitarists looked moody, the drummer thrashed wildly about, and the lights kept flashing. After about twenty minutes it became very boring, and after an hour I left.”

🎙During The Beatles Sgt. Pepper sessions at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney, recorded his vocal track on ‘Penny Lane.’


🎙Jimi Hendrix was jailed for one day in Stockholm, Sweden on drink charges after going berserk and destroying everything in his room at the Goteberg Hotel.


🎙During the band’s first North American tour, Led Zeppelin played the last of four nights at the Whisky A Go-GO, Los Angeles, with Alice Cooper as the opening act. Zeppelin was billed as ‘Led Zepplin featuring Jimmy Page, formerly of the Yardbirds.’


🎙Bruce Springsteen released his debut album ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.‘ Recorded in a single week the album only sold about 25,000 copies in the first year of its release. Both ‘Blinded By The Light‘ and ‘Spirit In The Night‘ were released as singles but neither mad a dent in the charts. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band later released a version of ‘Blinded By The Light‘ on their album ‘The Roaring Silence‘, which reached No.1 on the US charts in 1977.


🎙Former Beatles roadie Mal Evans was shot dead by police at his Los Angeles apartment. His girlfriend call police when she found Evans upset with a rifle in his hand; he pointed the gun at the police who opened fire. Friends later said that Evans were depressed about his separation from his wife Lil Evans – who had asked for a divorce before Christmas.


🎙The Sex Pistols started a US tour in Atlanta, Georgia before an estimated audience of 500 people.


🎙Jazz musician and bandleader Charles Mingus died aged 56. His final project was ‘Mingus‘, a collaboration with Joni Mitchell.

🎙Prince made his live debut at the Capri Theatre, Minneapolis. Warner Bros. executives attended the show but decided Prince and the band needed more time to develop his music


🎙Winners in music weekly Melody Makers Readers Poll results are; The Mission won the best band, best live act, best single and best album. Morrissey won best male singer, Julianne Regan from All About Eve won best female singer; the worst LP went to Bros with ‘Push’ and the best new band was won by House Of Love


🎙Iron Maiden went to No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter.’ The second single from their album No Prayer for the Dying, became the lowest selling No.1 since 1960, with just over 42,000 copies sold in its first week. The song was originally recorded and released by Bruce Dickinson for the soundtrack to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, but Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris liked it, so Iron Maiden re-recorded it.

🎙Madonna went to No.1 on the US Single chart with ‘Justify My Love‘, a song co-written with Lenny Kravitz, which was also a No.2 hit in the UK.


🎙Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe, aged 62. Bono who was one-half of Sonny and Cher scored the 1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Got You Babe‘ and had become a US Congressman.

🎙Ken Forssi bassist with Love died of brain cancer aged 55. Love scored the 1966 US No.33 single ‘7 And 7 Is‘ and the 1968 UK No.24 with Forever Changes album.


🎙Kirsty MacColl was laid to rest at a private funeral ceremony, ahead of a public memorial to pay tribute to her life. The singer-songwriter was killed in a boating accident on 18th December 2000.


🎙Green Day’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after being stopped in California, seeding in a black BMW convertible. He failed a breath test and was taken to Berkeley County Jail and later was released on $1,053 (£657) bail.


🎙Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on holiday in New Orleans. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter was shot when running after two men stole his girlfriend’s purse at gunpoint. Davies was admitted to the Medical Centre of Louisiana, but his injuries were not considered serious. New Orleans police said one person was arrested and they were still searching for the second person involved.


🎙New York group Scissor Sisters had the UK’s best-selling album of 2004 after overtaking Keane’s sales on the last day of the year. Scissor Sisters self-titled debut CD Sold 1,594,259 copies in 2004582 more than Keane’s ‘Hopes and Fears.’ Robbie Williams‘ ‘Greatest Hits‘ was the year’s third biggest-seller, followed by Maroon 5, Katie Melua and Anastacia.


🎙Taylor Swift was at No.1 on the US Album chart with her fifth studio album 1989, which was the best-selling album of 2014 in the US market with over 5.5 million copies sold.


🎙Donald Fagen, the lead singer and founder of Steely Dan, was arrested by New York police and charged with assaulting his wife at their home. Fagen was accused of pushing Libby Titus into a marble window frame, knocking her to the ground, at their Manhattan apartment.

Well that brings us to the end of our magical music history tour for this week. Be sure to check out our On This Day Spotify Playlist below. Until next week make sure you #TurnItOn and #TurnItUp!

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