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It was one of the darkest moments in Rock and Roll history. On Jan. 19, 1971, prosecutors at Charles Manson’s murder trial played a recording of The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter,” in deference to the rumor that Manson saw the band’s “White Album” as a blueprint for violent revolution. The words “healter skelter” had been written […]

19th Jan 1967, The Beatles began recording ‘A Day In The Life’ at Abbey Road studios London, recording four takes of the new song. According to Lennon, the inspiration for the first two verses was the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune who had crashed his Lotus Elan on 18 […]

Today we are remembering the late Glenn Frey who left us two years ago today Jan. 18, 2016. Glenn was a founding member of the Eagles, a band he put together to originally tour with Linda Ronstadt. Prior to that, Glenn had also recorded with Bob Seger. In the Eagles, Glenn played guitar, piano, and […]

17th Jan 2016, English drummer Dale Griffin died aged 67. He was a founder member of the Mott the Hoople best known for classic tracks ‘Roll Away The Stone’ and ‘All The Young Dudes’. The band who made eight albums during their five-and-a-half year existence, reformed to mark their 40th anniversary in 2009 – but […]

John Lennon picked up a London Daily Mail newspaper 51 years ago today on Jan. 17, 1967. He read a story about potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire. It was this article that inspired the line in “A Day In The Life.” Many times the ideas for songs come from the strangest things. (This is the only […]

17th Jan 1966, NBC-TV in the US bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule. The series centered on the adventures of The Monkees, a struggling rock band from Los Angeles, California and introduced a number of innovative new-wave film techniques to television. More on The Monkees: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/daydream_believers Read it here

Simon & Garfunkel released their second LP “Sounds of Silence” on Jan. 17, 1966. The album’s title is a slight modification of the title of the duo’s first major hit, “The Sound of Silence”, which originally was released as “The Sounds of Silence”. The song had earlier been released in an acoustic version on the […]

On Jan. 16, 1964, the legendary Whisky A-Go-Go opened on Los Angeles’ famed Sunset strip. Johnny Rivers was the leader of the house band when it opened. The Whisky played an important role in many musical careers, especially for bands based in Southern California. The Byrds, Alice Cooper, Buffalo Springfield, Smokestack Lightning and Love were […]

On Jan. 16, 1971, a lil’ ole band from Texas released their first album. The band was ZZ Top and the LP was titled “First Album”. It didn’t do much and they only released one single from the record which failed to chart. But, as we all know, they didn’t give up. Can any of […]

15th Jan 1948, Born on this day, Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist with Lynyrd Skynyrd who had the 1974 US No. 8 single ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and the 1982 UK No. 21 single ‘Freebird’. Van Zant died in a plane crash between shows from Greenville, South Carolina to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 20th 1977 along […]


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