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 (December 4th-10th)

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12/4- On this day in 1964, The Beatles released their fourth studio album, Beatles for Sale. The album, which featured tracks like “Eight Days a Week” and “Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby”, spent 11 weeks at the top of the UK charts.

12/5- On this day in 1968, the Rolling Stones hosted a party in London to celebrate the release of their new album Beggar’s Banquet. Although Keith Richards was sick and unable to attend, the rest of the band and their guests participated in a custard pie food fight that became the highlight of the event.

12/6- On this day in 1969, Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart. The single, “Whole Lotta Love”, went on to become the first of six Top 40 singles for the band in the United States.

12/7- On this day in 1967, Otis Redding went in to the studio to record “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”. The track went on to be his all-time biggest hit. Redding, however, would never see the single’s success; he died in a plane crash just days later on December 10, 1967.

12/8- On this day in 1961, The Beach Boys’ first single, “Surfin’”, was released on Candix Records, a small record label based in Los Angeles. The song became extremely popular in Southern California, and the band was soon signed to Capitol Records.

12/9-  On this day in 1967, The Doors played at the New Haven Arena in New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show began, police caught frontman Jim Morrison kissing a girl in a backstage shower. Morrison mocked the incident onstage, and was dragged off and arrested by police.

12/10- On this day in 1983, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson began a six-week run at No. 1 on the US singles chart with “Say Say Say”. The song was Jackson’s 10th No. 1 hit and McCartney’s 29th.

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This Week in Music History (November 6th-12th)

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11/06- On this day in 1965, The Rolling Stones’ “Get Off of My Cloud” began a two-week run at the top of the US singles chart. The track was the group’s second No. 1 single to date, knocking The Beatles’ “Yesterday” from the top spot.

11/07- On this day in 1987, Bruce Springsteen shot to No.1 on the US album chart with Tunnel of Love. The album, The Boss’s eighth, went triple platinum, and the single “Brilliant Disguise” became one of his most popular tracks.

11/08- On this day in 2008, long-standing rockers AC/DC began a two-week run at No. 1 on the US album charts with Black Ice. The album, which was the band’s 15th, became the second-best selling album of the year.

11/09- On this day in 1958, Elvis Presley’s hit single “Hound Dog” passed three million copies sold in the US, becoming only the third single of all time to do so. Before “Hound Dog”, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and Gene Autry’s “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” hit the mark.

11/10- On this day in 1958, soul singer Sam Cooke was severely injured in a car crash in Marion, Arkansas that killed the car’s driver. Cooke is known for his major hits like “A Change is Gonna Come” and “Twistin’ the Night Away”.

11/11- On this day in 1969, Doors frontman Jim Morrison was arrested by the FBI in Phoenix, Arizona for drunk and disorderly conduct aboard a plane. The Doors singer, accompanied by actor Tom Baker, had been drinking and harassing stewardesses. Both were released after spending a night in jail.

11/12- On this day in 1977, The Sex Pistols released their debut LP Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. The album, which was met with a wave of controversy in the UK upon its release, went on to become the group’s only No. 1 UK album.

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This Week in Music History (July 3rd-9th)

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1142-large7/3- On this day in 1971, Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, passed away in his apartment in Paris. Known as the Lizard King, Morrison will be remembered as a wild front man with poetic lyrics.

56207-large7/4- On this day in 1984, Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne married his manager, Sharon Arden. Reportedly, Ozzy chose to have his wedding on Independence Day so that he wouldn’t forget his anniversary.

80882-large7/5- On this day in 1968, the American swamp rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival released their self-titled debut album—and we are forever grateful!

5901-large7/6- On this day in 1964, The Beatles released their film A Hard Day’s Night. Right at the height of Beatlemania, the film was incredibly influential, and depicted black-and-white scenes following the lives of the four band members over a few days. What’s on the soundtrack? I think you can guess.

12353-large7/7- On this day in 1965, Johnny Cash made his debut at the famous Grand Ole Opry. That night, he met the love of his life, June Carter, backstage.

36021-large7/8- On this day in 1954, Dewey Phillips of WHBQ in Memphis played the first commercial single released by Elvis Presley, titled “That’s All Right”. The record struck so much interest in listeners that Dewey played it 14 times before hunting down Elvis, who he convinced to come to the studio for a live interview later that evening.

b3c8d860-a053-11e1-b5a8-12313d1612b17/9- On this day in 1955, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets became the first rock n’ roll song to hit #1 on Billboard’s Pop Charts.

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This Week in Music History (May 8th-May 14th)

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12921-large5/8- The Beatles released their 12th and final studio album, Let it Be, on this day in 1970 before they officially broke up. The album brought hits like “Let it Be”, “Across the Universe”, and “Get Back”, but it was actually met with mixed reviews at the time.9525-large

5/9- On this day in 1998, Led Zeppelin‘s classic rocker Jimmy Page joined Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs (now P. Diddy) on the Saturday Night Live stage to perform Combs’ hit song, “Come with Me“. The song was to be used in the soundtrack to Godzilla, and it featured a riff from Led Leppelin’s “Kashmir”.

1142-large5/10- A riot erupted after a Doors concert at The Chicago Coliseum on this day in 1968. It’s been speculated Jim Morrison may have consciously created this riot—after all, he used to be a student in psychology. It was reported that he wildly performed the band’s most stirring songs, increasing crowd reactions by jumping around and falling to the ground while he sang. He successfully left fans wanting more, and they stormed the stage when the band ceased to perform, leaving a path of destruction behind them.29012-large

5/11- Claude “Butch” Trucks was born on this day in 1947. Trucks is drummer and a founding member of the great American rock band The Allman Brothers—and they continue to play together to this day!

250221-large5/12- Elvis performed on Frank Sinatra‘s TV Special on this day in 1960. Even though some considered Elvis’ comeback overrated, the special received very high ratings. Most notable was a duet performed by Elvis and Sinatra, where they each sang a bit of the other’s song (“Witchcraft” and “Love Me Tender”). 121-large

5/13- On this day in 1993, Fox aired the season 4 finale of The Simpsons, “Krusty Gets Kancelled”. Guest voices on the show included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Barry White and Bette Midler.

2852-large5/14- Frank Sinatra passed away from a heart attack after a life full of love on this day in 1998. He was 82 years old.

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