Join Us as We Look Back On Music History to Discover what Happened On This Day
Welcome to PCPB’s On This Day for 20th Jan, let’s see where our music history tour will take us, today we kick off in 1965 with Alan Freed, but it wouldn’t be OTD without the appearance from our usual suspects including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Bruce Springsteen.
Red = Artist’s Name // Light Black = Track Title // Gray = Film Title // Green = Albums // Blue = Tour’s // Orange = Venues, Places, Concerts // Purple = Recording Studios & Lables // Maroon = Awards and Ceremonies
On This Day
🎙American disc-jockey Alan Freed died from uraemia aged 42. Freed called himself the “father of rock and roll”. He appeared in movies such as ‘Rock Around the Clock‘ and ‘Don’t Knock the Rock‘. His career was destroyed by the payola scandal that hit the broadcasting industry in the early 1960’s.
🎙One hit wonders John Fred and the Playboy Band started a two-week run at No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘Judy In Disguise, (With Glasses)‘, the single made No.3 in the UK. The song was inspired by The Beatles ‘Lucy In The Sky‘.
🎙Led Zeppelin appeared at the Wheaton Youth Center, Wheaton, during their first North American tour. Some reports suggest that only 55 fans attended this show. (if this is right, this will make it the smallest audience they ever played to). The show was on a Monday night, and it was also the night of Richard Nixon’s inauguration. The band were paid $250 to appear.
🎙Bruce Springsteen had two of his poems published in the Ocean County College Literary Yearbook Seascapes. Springsteen was in his second semester at the Toms River, New Jersey College.
🎙On the first date of a UK tour at The Dome, Brighton, England, Pink Floyd attempted to premiere their new album ‘The Dark Side of The Moon ‘, but due to technical problems, this was abandoned after a performance of the track ‘Money ‘.
🎙During an Ozzy Osborne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the audience threw a bat onto the stage. Stunned by the light, the bat lay motionless, and thinking it was a rubber fake, the singer picked it up and attempted to bite its head off. As he did this, the bat started to flap its wings and Ozzy soon realised it wasn’t fake but in fact a living thing. After the show, Ozzy was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for rabies shots.
🎙The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Yoko, Sean, Julian Lennon all attended. Paul McCartney did not attend, sending instead a letter stating that continuing business differences with the other ex-Beatles was the reason for his absence.
🎙Bobby Brown was fined 1,000 (£560), sentenced to two years probation and ordered to attend anger management classes after assaulting a security guard.
🎙Bill Albaugh drummer from the 1960’s psychedelic group The Lemon Pipers died aged 53. The Lemon Pipers scored the 1976 US No.1 single ‘Green Tambourine ‘.
🎙Ray Jones, bass player with Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas died. They had the 1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 single ‘Little Children.’
🎙Tourism chiefs in Liverpool were banned from putting up motorway signs saying ‘Liverpool, the Birthplace Of The Beatles because the Highways Agency thought the signs would distract motorists.
🎙A memorial service was held for Kristy MacColl who was killed in a boating accident off the coast of Mexico in December 2000. Bono from U2 and Billy Bragg were among friends and fans that packed St Martin-in-the-fields church in London.
🎙George Harrison had the posthumous UK No.1 single with the re-release of the 1971 former No.1 ‘My Sweet Lord ‘. Harrison’s single replaced Aaliyah’s ‘More Than A Woman ‘, the only time in chart history that one deceased artist had taken over from another at No.1.
🎙8Mile starring Eminem toppled The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers from its four-week hold at the top of the UK box office, The Story of a Detroit rapper too £4,440,334 at 423 cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
🎙American music executive Johnny Bienstock died of complications from heart disease aged 83. He owned Moss Rose Music and worked with Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Elvis Presley, The Bee Gees, Eric Clapton, Del Shannon and Meat Loaf.
🎙Etta James most often remembered for her signature song ‘At Last ‘, which reached No.2 on the Billboard R&B chart, died from complications of Leukaemia at the age of 73. She also placed nine other songs in the American Top 40, won three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
Well, that’s a wrap for today’s OTD, make sure you check out the OTD Spotify Playlist below. Have a fantastic weekend!