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This Day in Music History: March 3rd

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2008: Norman Smith, the engineer on all of The Beatles’ recordings which took place between 1962 through 1965 & the person credited with discovering Pink Floyd died of cancer in East Sussex, U.K. He was 85 years old. MORE

This Day in Music History: March 3rd

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2009: U2 began a week long residency at the musical guest on The Late Show with David Letterman to promote the release of the album No Line on the Horizon which was released the following day. MORE

This Day in Music History: February 27th


1970: Jefferson Airplane was fined $1,000 for obscenity during a concert in Oklahoma City for using profanity onstage.

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This Day in Music History: February 26th


1977: The Eagles reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the third time with “New Kid in Town”, their first single off of Hotel California which spent one week on top.

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This Day in Music History: February 25th


1980: Bob Seger released his eleventh studio album Against the Wind which was his third album with The Silver Bullet Band. The album went on to reach number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell five million copies in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: February 24th


1988: As a joke, Alice Cooper announced plans to run for Governor of Arizona as a member of the “Wild” Party.

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This Day in Music History: February 23rd


1970: The Doors received their fifth Gold album for Morrison Hotel which went on to sell one million copies in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: February 20th


1969: Goodbye Cream, the documentary film of Cream’s farewell concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall premiered in Baltimore.

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This Day in Music History: February 19th


1980: AC/DC singer Bon Scott died of acute alcohol poisoning in London while sleeping in a friend’s car. He was 33 years old.

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This Day in Music History: February 18th


1972: Neil Young received his third Gold record for Harvest, which went on to sell four million copies in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: February 17th


1988: A 12 year old boy in Hollywood, FL set his legs on fire & suffered burns over 10 percent of his body while trying to imitate a stunt in Motley Crue’s music video “Live Wire”. Motley Crue issued a statement saying their stunts should not be tried at home.

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This Day in Music History: February 16th


1972: John Lennon performed with Chuck Berry on The Mike Douglas Show, performing Memphis & Johnnie B. Goode during Lennon & Yoko Ono’s week-long stint hosting The Mike Douglas Show.

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This Day in Music History: February 13th


1970: Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album was released in the U.K. They recorded and mixed the album in just three days & to this day, the album is recognized as one of the main albums credited with the development of heavy metal music. 

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This Day in Music History: February 12th


1966: The Who peaked at number seventy-four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “My Generation” which was their second single to chart in the U.S. The song reached number two on the U.K. Singles Chart the previous November.

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This Day in Music History: February 11th


1964: The Beatles performed their first concert in the U.S. at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C.

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This Day in Music History: February 10th


1978: Van Halen released their self-titled debut album. It peaked at number nineteen on the Billboard 200 album chart & went on to sell ten million copies in the U.S. alone.

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This Day in Music History: February 9th


1972: Paul McCartney made his live debut with Wings with a surprise concert at Nottingham University in the U.K. 

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This Day in Music History: February 6th


1980: Dream Police by Cheap Trick was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies.

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This Day in Music History: February 5th


1971: Black Sabbath began recording their third album Master of Reality at Island Studios in London. The album would go on to become their first top ten album in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: February 4th


1966: The Rolling Stones released “19th Nervous Breakdown”. The song would go on to peak at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

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This Day in Music History: February 3rd

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1973: Wings peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Hi, Hi, Hi” which was their second top ten single in the U.S.

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This Day in Music History: February 2nd

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1993: Willie Nelson settles his $17 million tax debt with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service by paying them nine million dollars in cash and assets already seized. 

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This Day in Music History: January 30th

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1969: The Beatles performed their final concert on the rooftop of Apple offices in London. The concert was halted 42 minutes into their set due to noise complaints.

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This Day in Music History: January 29th

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1983: “Shock the Monkey” by Peter Gabriel peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, which was Gabriel’s first top 40 single & his first single to chart higher in the U.S. than the U.K.

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This Day in Music History: January 28th

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1956: Elvis Presley made his American television debut on the Dorsey Brothers Stage Show. Jackie Gleason predicted “He can’t last. I tell you flatly, he can’t last”.

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