This Week in Music History (December 11th-17th)

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12/11- On this day in 1964, soul legend Sam Cooke was shot and killed by the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Courts later ruled the shooting a justifiable homicide, but the ruling and the circumstances of Cooke’s death have been widely debated since.

12/12- On this day in 1970, The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with frontman Jim Morrison. The show was played at The Warehouse in New Orleans.

12/13- On this day in 1997, kids’ TV characters The Teletubbies reached No. 1 on the UK singles chart with “Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh!”. The single spent a total of 32 weeks on the charts, but continues to haunt parents to this day.

12/14- On this day in 1968, Marvin Gaye scored his first US No. 1 hit single when “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” began a five-week run at the top of the charts. The song had previously been recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and Gladys Knight & the Pips.

12/15- On this day in 1977, The Sex Pistols were refused entry into the United States two days before they were scheduled to appear on NBC TV. Johnny Rotten was turned away because of a drugs conviction, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious because of “moral turpitude”, and Steve Jones because of his criminal record.

12/16- On this day in 1974, guitarist Mick Taylor announced that he was leaving The Rolling Stones. Taylor said the time had come to “move on and do something new”.

12/17- On this day in 1968, The Who played their Christmas party at the Marquee Club in London. Also on the bill was a new and largely unknown group called Yes, which would go on to produce several number one singles, including “Owner of a Lonely Heart”, and tour the world.

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This Week in Music History (June 5th-11th)

What’s music history got for us this week? Learn up and boogie down!

83805-large6/5- A modest wedding? I think not. On this day in 1974, Sly Stone married model/actress Kathy Silva during his concert at Madison Square Garden in front of thousands of people.62052-large

6/6- The last Ed Sullivan show aired on this day in 1971, concluding the show’s 23-year run, packed with unforgettable performances by the biggest names in music history. The last musical guest? Gladys Knight & the Pips.

9898-large6/7On this day in 1993, Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol in an act of defiance against his contract with Warner Brothers. Seven years later, in 2000, Prince held a party to celebrate the re-claiming of his former name. The event was called “Prince: A Celebration”.6800-large

6/8- Brian Jones officially announced that he was leaving The Rolling Stones on this day in 1969, saying, “I want to play my kind of music, which is no longer the Stones music.” Jones died less than one month later, and the cause of his death is still under much debate.

5840-large6/9- The Doobie Brothers kicked off their tour at Red Rocks Ampitheater in Colorado on this day in 1989. It was their first national tour in about 8 years, and it included their most famous lineup.39287-large

6/10- While we’re on topic, Red Rocks erupted with violence during a Jethro Tull concert on this day in 1971. Reportedly, “hill people” were climbing over fences to get closer to the stage, and police reacted by dropping tear gas on the crowd. Then, Jethro Tull fans reacted by throwing rocks and bottles back at the police, starting a dangerous riot with numerous injuries. Some speculated, “there will never be another rock concert at Red Rocks Park.”

26275-large6/11- Hank Williams, a country legend, made his unforgettable debut at the Grand Ole Opry on this day in 1949. The crowd loved him so much that they called him back for six encores. Now that’s how it’s done!

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