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This Day in Music History: January 27th

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1971: David Bowie arrived in the U.S. for the first time. Bowie couldn’t perform live, but he did gain publicity for wearing a dress during a promotional event.

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This Day in Music History: January 26th

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1977: Founding Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was committed to a British mental institution after he fired a pistol at a messenger who attempted to deliver a royalty check.

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This Day in Music History: January 23rd

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1973: Neil Young was handed a piece of paper during a concert at Madison Square Garden & read the message that a peace accord had been reached in Vietnam.

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This Day in Music History: January 22nd

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1965: The Animals were set to record their live album The Animals at the Apollo at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. Before the concert, the U.S. Immingration Department ordered the concert to be cancelled.

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This Day in Music History: January 21st

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1992: Billy Idol pled guilty to assault & battery charges stemming from an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He was fined $2,700.

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This Day in Music History: January 20th

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1968: Bob Dylan made his first public appearance in nearly two years performing with the Band at a memorial concert for Woody Guthrie at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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This Day in Music History: January 19th

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1974: Fans en route to the Bob Dylan and the Band concert in Miami found themselves in a nine-mile long traffic jam, which caused many to miss half of the show.

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This Day in Music History: January 16th

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2005: Mick Jagger & David. A. Stewart won the Best Original Song Golden Globe for the song “Old Habits Die Hard” from the Alfie soundtrack. MORE

This Day in Music History: January 15th

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1998: Harmonica player Junior Wells, who played with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & Buddy Guy died of lymphoma. He was 63 years old. MORE

This Day in Music History: January 14th

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2005: Linda Cummings, widow of Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone unveiled a bronze statue at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery honoring the late guitarist who died the previous September. MORE

This Day in Music History: January 13th

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2007: An unreleased poem written and recorded by Jim Morrison titled “Woman in the Window” was set to music & given to Global Cool to raise awareness of global warming. MORE

This Day in Music History: January 12th

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1974: The Steve Miller Band reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “The Joker” which spent one week on top of the chart.

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This Day in Music History: January 9th

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1973: The Rolling Stones’ Asian tour was cancelled when Japan refused to issue a visa for Mick Jagger due to a 1969 drug convication.

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This Day in Music History: January 8th

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1977: Queen reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart with A Day at the Races which spent one week on top of the chart. It reached number five in the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

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This Day in Music History: January 7th

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1980: Foreigner’s third album Head Games was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA & later went on to sell five million albums in the U.S. alone.

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This Day in Music History: January 6th

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1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young made their U.K. live debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

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This Day in Music History: January 5th

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1967: Paul McCartney recorded his vocal track for The Beatles’ “Penny Lane” at Abbey Road Studios in London.

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This Day in Music History: December 31st

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2004: The Who’s Roger Daltrey was named a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors List.


2003: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and his son were arrested at a hotel in Naples, FL for allegedly assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and drunken violent behavior at a New Year’s Eve party. Charges were dropped in 2005.

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This Day in Music History: December 30th

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1999: George Harrison was stabbed by an intruder who broke into his home in the U.K. His wife Olivia hit the intruder over the head with a lamp & son Dhani detained him until police arrived. Harrison suffered a collapsed lung, but eventually recovered.


1999: Dire Straits singer & guitarist Mark Knopfler was awarded Order of the British Empire status by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music.

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This Day in Music History: December 29th

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2000: Bryan Ferry and his family were among passengers on a flight from London to Nairobi that was disrupted in a hijack attempt. The pilots recovered the aircraft and all passengers landed safely.


2000: A federal appeals court ruled that former Steppenwolf bassist Nicholas Kussbaum could continue to bill himself as a former member of Steppenwolf. Steppenwolf singer John Kay had invoked a 1980 contract where Kussbaum had agreed not to emphasize his former ties with the group.

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This Day in Music History: December 24th

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2005: Iggy Pop was fined by the city of Lucerne, Switzerland for performing too loud during a Stooges concert at the Blue Balls festival in July.


1994: Pearl Jam’s third album Vitalogy reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for one week, the group’s second number one album. The album debuted at number fifty-five two weeks earlier when they issued it on vinyl two weeks prior to the CD & cassette release.

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This Day in Music History: December 23rd

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2009: Metallica’s self-titled fifth album became the biggest selling album of the Soundscan era since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking album sales for the Billboard 200 album chart in May of 1991. Since its release in August of 1991, it’s sold over 15,620,000 copies.


2006: It was reported that U2 singer Bono would receive honorary knighthood from the U.K. in recognition of his contribution to music & humanitarian work.

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This Day in Music History: December 22nd

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2002: Joe Strummer, singer & guitarist for The Clash died of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect after walking his dog in Broomfield, U.K. He was 50 years old.


1991: The movie Rush opened in theatres across the U.S. It starred Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Gregg Allman in his big screen debut as a drug dealer. The soundtrack was written by Eric Clapton, which contained “Tears in Heaven”.

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This Day in Music History: December 9th

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2006: U2 ended their year and a half tour in support of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI. Pearl Jam opened the concert & during U2’s set, there were guest appearances from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong & Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready.


2000: U2 made their first appearance on Saturday Night Live where they performed “Beautiful Day” & “Elevation”.

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This Day in Music History: December 8th

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2003: Ozzy Osbourne was rushed into emergency surgery at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, U.K. Osbourne broke his collarbone & several ribs after he crashed an ATV on the grounds of his Buckinghamshire estate.


2000: Sting received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant declared the day Sting Day in Hollywood.

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