On This Day 8th September In Music History


Welcome back to the latest edition of OTD, this week we kick off in 1952 with Ray Charles but it wouldn’t be OTD without the usual suspects making an appearance, including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie just to name a few. Right let’s get into this weeks OTD.

Colour meaning:

Purple = Record LablesOrange = Place + ConcertsGreen = AlbumsBlue = ToursBlack = Singles.

On This Day…


🎙 After Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles‘ contract from Swingtime, Charles recorded his first session for Atlantic, cutting four songs. Over the next seven years, he will record such classics as ‘Mess Around, ‘I Got a Woman, ‘HallelujahI Love Her So‘ and ‘What’d I Say‘.


🎙 Eddie Cochran signed a one year contract with Liberty Records, Cochran went on to give Liberty three top 40 hits over the next several years including ‘Summertime Blues‘, ‘Twenty Flight Rock‘ and ‘C’mon Everybody‘.


🎙 ‘Reet Petite‘ by Jackie Wilson was released for the first time, it became a UK No.1, 29 years later. During a 1975 benefit concert, Wilson collapsed on-stage from a heart attack and subsequently fell into a coma that persisted for nearly nine years untill his death in 1984.


🎙 The Beatles performed ‘Hey Jude‘ on the UK television show Frost On Sunday in front of an invited audience. The song was the first single from The Beatles’ record label Apple Records and at over seven minutes in length, ‘Hey Jude‘ was, at the time, the longest single ever to top the British charts. It also spent nine weeks at No.1 in the United States – the longest run at the top of the American charts for a Beatles’ single.

🎙 Led Zeppelin appeared at Raventlow Parken Nykobing, Falster, Denmark supported by The Beatnicks and The Ladybirds, (who were an all girl topless go-go dancing outfit). This was the group’s third ever live gig.


🎙 The Trams were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me‘, a reissue of a 1964 US hit.


🎙 Marvin Gaye started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Get It On‘, his second  US No.1, however it only reached No.31 in the UK.

🎙 The Allman Brothers started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Brothers And Sisters‘, the group’s only US No.1.


🎙 Joni MitchellCrosbyStillsNash & Young and The Beach Boys all appeared at the New York Summersault 74′ at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury.


🎙 Guitarist Jimmy McCulloch left Wings to help re-form the Small Faces. Mcculloch had played with Paul McCartney band on the Venus and Mars and Wings At the Speed of Sound albums, as well as on the Wings Over America tour. He died two years later at the age of 26. Drummer Joe English also left Wings at this time, joining Sea Level.


🎙 Led Zeppelin scored their eighth UK No.1 album when In Through The Out Door went to the top of the charts for two-weeks.


🎙 Stevie Wonder had his first UK No.1 with ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You‘. Taken from the film ‘The Woman In Red’, it was 18 years after Wonder’s chart debut in 1966. The song stayed at No.1 for six weeks.


🎙 Jon Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Blaze Of Glory‘, a No.2 in the UK. The track appeared in the motion picture ‘Young Guns II” for which it was originally recorded.


🎙 Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love appeared on stage together at a show in Hollywood. The performed a song they wrote together ‘Penny Royal Tea‘.


🎙 Derek Taylor the publicist for The Beatles died aged 67. Taylor had been responsible for many of the legends surrounding their career and had also worked with The Beach Boys and The Byrds. In 1976 he helped organise the Monterey Pop Festival together with Lou Adler and John Philips. He helped launch The Beatles Anthology trilogy in the 90’s.

🎙 29 years after the band first formed, Led Zeppelin released ‘Whole Lotta Love‘, their first ever single in the UK. The track recorded in 1969 and featured on the bands second album was issued to promote their re-issued back catalogue.


🎙 Sean Puffy Combes and his bodyguard Paul Offered both pleaded guilty to harassment in a New york court. The pair faced charges of assaulting record company executive Steve Stoute with a champagne bottle a chair and a telephone.


🎙 Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson started his new job as an airline pilot. the heavy metal singer qualified as  a £35,000 – a year first office with Gatwick based airline Astraeus who holidaymakers to Portugal and Egypt.


🎙 David Bowie performed the first interactive concert when his performance was beamed live into 21 cinemas from Warsaw to Edinburgh. Members of the audience talked to Bowie via microphones linked to ISDN lines and took requests for songs from fans.


🎙 Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant was guest of honor at the unveiling of a statue of the 15th century rebel leader Owain Glyndwr and Pennal Church, near Machynlleth in Wales. Plant, who owns a farmhouse in the area had donated money towards a bronze sculpture of the Welsh Prince.


🎙 Rod Stewart was ordered to pay a Las Vegas casino $2m (£1.1m) for missing a New Year concert in 2000. Stewart had said he was unable to play at the Rio Hotel and Casino because his voice disappeared after an operation to remove a cancerous thyroid tumor. The singer said his voice only recovered in time to begin a world in June 2001 and he had since performed 150 shows.

🎙 A charity album featuring some of the biggest bands in the UK wa thought to be the fastest ever produced. ColdplayRadioheadKaiser ChiefsAntony and the JohnsonsThe Magic NumbersThe CoralBloc Party and Gorillaz were among those who recorded tracks for Help: A Day in the Life. The whole 22-track album was made available for download from the War Child website the following day.


🎙 Foxy Brown was sent to jail for a year in New York for violating her probation terms after she travelled outside New York without the court’s permission and  had missed anger management classes. The rapper (real name Inga Marchand), was arrested for allegedly assaulting a neighbour and in October 2006 she was put on probation for allegedly assaulting two nail salon workers in August 2004.

🎙 A commemorative plaque dedicated to Don Arden and the Small Faces was unveiled at 52-55 Carnaby Street, London, Arden’s formers offices. Arden achieved notoriety in Britain for his aggressive, sometimes illegal business tactics and looked after the career’s of Small  Faces, the Move, the Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath. He was the father of Sharon Osbourne ( and father-in-law of Ozzy Osbourne).


🎙 Jury selection began for the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray. Prospective jurors were asked to fill out a 30-page questionnaire to determining their level of knowledge of the case and any strong views about Jackson or Murray.

Well my friends that concludes another crackin’ On This Day for another week, don’t forget to check out this weeks OTD Spotify playlist below. Join me the same time next week to discover what happened On This Day, In Music History.



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