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


Welcome back to another edition of On This Day, today we kick off our music history tour in 1961 with Elvis Presley. Sit down, buckle up and enjoy the music history tour we are about to embark on.


On This Day



Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight‘. Making it Presley’s sixth UK No.1. Did you know that the single also included a spoken passage loosely based on Shakespeare?


The Beatles played two gigs, and the first was at the El Rio Club/Dance Hall in Macclesfield, Cheshire, supported by Wayne Fontana and the Jets. They then drove 20 miles to their next gig at King’s Hall, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.


During a Rolling Stones tour of Australia and New Zealand, guitarist Keith Richards had his shirt torn off after 50 fans invaded the stage during the gig at the Town Hall in Brisbane.

Downtown‘ by Petula Clark was at No.1 on the US Singles chart, and a young Jimmy Page had played as a session guitarist on the track, giving him his first US No.1 hit, and a No.2 hit in the UK.


Pink Floyd played their first gig without Syd Barrett at Southampton University. Floyd was supported by Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) featuring Marc Bolan and percussionist Steve Peregrine Took.


Sweet were at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Blockbuster‘. It was the glam rockers only UK No.1 of 15 Top 40 hits.


Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US Singles chart with his version of the Johnny Burnette 1960 hit ‘Your Sixteen‘, and it was a No.3 hit in the UK.


The BBCOmnibus‘ documentary ‘Cracked Actor‘ a film about David Bowie was shown on UK TV. Shot in 1974 when Bowie was a cocaine addict, the documentary has become notorious for showing Bowie’s fragile mental state during this period.


Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital following an incident when his threatened his accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when he was trying to deliver a £30,000 ($51,000) royalty cheque to him.


Prince made his TV debut on the US show American Bandstand when interviewed after his performance the singer froze and struggled to reply to the questions he was being asked.


Allen Collins, the guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd, crashed his car, paralysing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend, Debra Jean Watts. Collins had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members.


American singer Donnie Elbert died of a stroke aged 52. He had the 1972 US No.22 & UK No.11 single ‘I Can’t Help Myself, Sugar Pie Honey Bunch‘, ‘Where Did Our Love Go?‘ and ‘A Little Piece of Leather‘.


Queen had their second UK No.1 with ‘Innuendo‘. At 6 minutes and 30 seconds. It exceeded their epic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody‘ by 35 seconds and became the third longest UK No.1 song of all time, behind The BeatlesHey Jude‘ and Simple MindsBelfast Child‘. (Subsequently, the 9 minutes 38 seconds ‘All Around The World‘ by Oasis took over the top spot and demoted ‘Innuendo‘ to fourth place). For ‘Innuendo’s flamenco guitar solo, Brian May was joined by Yes guitarist Steve Howe.


Billy Joel was airlifted to hospital after his car smashed into a tree. Joel lost control of his Mercedes S500 and skidded for 100 yards before crashing. The accident happened in The Hamptons, New York.


John Lydon was one of ten contestants to take part in the latest I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here UK TV show set in the Australian outback. The former Sex Pistols singer was seen by 11 million viewers on the first night covered in bird seed being pecked by giant ostriches. Lydon who was paid £25,000 ($42,500) to appear on the show, however, he walked off the set after four days.


The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making $150.6m (£76.2m) in 2006. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were second in the poll with a combined fortune of $132m (£67.2m) and American country band Rascal Flatts appeared third, having earnt $110.5m (£56.2m) in the past year.


Alicia Keys was at No.1 on the US Album chart with her third album ‘As I Am‘. The album sold over 742,000 copies in its first week, the largest ever first-week sales for any female R&B artist.


American singer Gladys Horton died aged 66. She was the founder and lead singer of the Motown all-female vocal group The Marvelettes who had the hits ‘Please Mr Postman‘, ‘Playboy‘, ‘Beachwood 4-5789‘ and ‘Too Many Fish in the Sea‘.


English singer-songwriter Colin Vearncombe who with Black had the 1987 UK No.8 single ‘Wonderful Life‘ died aged 53. Vearncombe was involved in a road accident, on Jan 10th 2016 near Cork Airport in Irland, he was placed in a medically-induced coma after sustaining serious head injuries. Vearncombe succumbed to his injuries at the intensive care unit of Cork University Hospital.

That’s  a wrap on today’s OTD, be sure to check out today’s OTD Playlist below, it a great mix! See you again soon and remember to keep it Turned On and Tuned Up!

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