What does music history have for us this week? Learn up and boogie down.
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Led Zeppelin released their fifth studio record, Houses of the Holy, on this day in 1973. A song by the same name was recorded during the studio sessions for the album, but the band decided it didn’t fit with the rest of the material and it ended up on their following record, Physical Graffiti.
Sting Ray Davis, founding member of Parliament and Funkadelic, was born on this day in 1940. Davis’ iconic deep voice marinated funk in a bassy sauce of groove and grit, and it can be heard on the song that epitomizes the genre “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker).”
Paul Simonon and Topper Headon of The Clash were arrested in Camden Town on this day in 1978. The punk pair allegedly shot racing pigeons with air guns from the top of their rehearsal space. The police responded appropriately, sending a helicopter to make the arrest.
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff was born on this day in 1948. Cliff was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, an award that doesn’t hold a candle to the Order of Merit awarded by the Jamaican government in 2003, the nation’s third highest honor. Jimmy Cliff is undoubtedly a well-respected man.
The Doors‘ frontman, Jim Morrison, turned himself in to the FBI on this day in 1969. The eccentric singer allegedly exposed himself on stage in Miami, and some audience members weren’t too keen on lighting his fire.