Join Us As We Look Back On Music History To Discover What Happened On This Day…


Welcome back to yet another awesome edition of OTD, this week we kick off in 1955 with my main man Elvis Presley (he is also the inspiration behind my two cats names Elvis & Priscilla, yes I’m a crazy cat lady) The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Coldplay and Amy Winehouse also make an appearance in this edition. Right, let’s get down and dirty with music history

OTD Legend

Black = Film Title // Light Black = Track Title // Green = Albums // Blue = Tour’s // Orange = Venues, Places & Concerts // Purple = Recording Studios & Labels  // Maroon == Awards & Ceremonies

On This Day…


🎙Elvis Presley attended the fourth Country Music Disc Jockey Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Back at his hotel Mae Boren Axton played him a demo of at new song she had written with Tommy Durden called ‘Heartbreak Hotel‘. Presley released the track as a single on January 27, 1956, his first on his new record label RCA Victor. The song gave Presley his first No.1 pop record.


🎙Soul singer Sam Cooke was injured in a car crash in Marion, Arkansas. Unfortunately the driver was killed in the accident.


🎙Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘His Latest Flame/Little Sister.’ This made Presley’s ninth UK No.1.


🎙The Yardbirds, (with Eric Clapton on guitar) appeared at The Crawdaddy Club in RichmondSurreyEngland.


🎙The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye‘ at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their Sgt. Pepper uniforms, for the second The Beatles are wearing everyday clothes, the third film clip features shots from the first two films, plus additional shots of The Beatles (especially John) doing the twist. A Musician’s Union ban on lip-sync broadcasts prevented the film being used on British television.


🎙Elton John started an eight week-run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘, the singers third US No.1. The album which had the working titles of Vodka and TonicsSilent Movies and Talking Pictures, is his best-selling studio album with worldwide sales of over 15 million copies. Recorded at the Château d’Hérouville, the album contains the Marilyn Monroe tribute, ‘Candle in the Wind‘, as well as three successful singles: ‘Bennie and the Jets‘, ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting‘ and the title track ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road‘. This album is my all time favorite of Elton’s work.

🎙Former lead singer with The TemptationsEddie Kendricks started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Keep On Truckin.’


🎙David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Space Oddity‘ the track was first released in 1969 to tie in with the Apollo 11 moon landingRick Wakeman (former keyboard player with Yes) provided synthesizer backing. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs ‘Ashes to Ashes‘ and ‘Hallo Spaceboy‘.


🎙Fleetwood Mac scored their second UK No.1 album with the double set ‘Tusk‘, the 12th album by the British/American rock band.

🎙The Eagles went to No.1 on the US single chart with ‘Heartache Tonight‘, the group’s 5th and final US No.1. It made No.40 in the UK.


🎙After setting a new record for advanced orders, 1,099,500 copies, Frankie Goes To Hollywood went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP ‘Welcome To The Pleasure Dome‘. They also made their debut TV appearance on Saturday Night Live performing ‘Two Tribes‘ and ‘Born To Run‘.

🎙Former Rufus singer Chaka Khan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Feel For You.’ Written by Prince, the song featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica and the Rap was by Grandmaster Melle Mel. The repetition of Khan’s name by rapper Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin, who then decided to keep it.


🎙Mariah Carey started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Love Takes Time‘, her second US No.1, a No.37 hit in the UK.

🎙Vanilla Ice started a 16-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘To The Extreme‘.


🎙U2Public Enemy and the Sugarcubes all appeared at Jack Murphy StadiumSan DiegoCalifornia.


🎙American session guitarist Tommy Tedesco died of lung cancer, he was 67. Described by “Guitar Player” magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history, recording with The Beach BoysEverly BrothersThe SupremesThe MonkeesThe AssociationBarbra StreisandElvis PresleyElla FitzgeraldFrank ZappaSam CookeCher, and Nancy & Frank Sinatra. He played on many TV themes including  BonanzaThe Twilight ZoneM*A*S*H and Batman.


🎙Eighties hit making team StockAitken, and Waterman went to court fighting over song rights. Stock and Aitken claimed Waterman owed them hundreds of thousands of pounds as musicians and songwriters.


🎙Keyboard player Johnny Griffith died. Griffith had been a member of the Motown Records House Band, he also played on Marvin Gaye’s Heard It Through The Grapevine.’


🎙Police questioned Sugababe singer Mutya Buena after she was involved in a fight at a beauty contest. A scuffle broke out in the audience as points were being awarded to girls in the Miss Teen Philippines contest in which Mutya’s sister was competing.


🎙The mother of Kanye West died after complications following surgery, she was 58. She was taken to hospital in Los Angeles after she had stopped breathing at home and could not be resuscitated. Dr Donda West had managed her son’s businesses and educational foundations and was the subject of his song ‘Hey Mama‘.

🎙Carrie Underwood was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Carnival Ride‘, the US Country pop singers second album and first No.1.


🎙Coldplay were declared the biggest-selling act of 2008 at the World Music Awards held in Monaco. The band picked up the prize along with the Rock Act Of The Year award after their current album ‘Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends‘ topped the charts around the globe. Other winners at the awards included Leona Lewis for Best Pop Female and Best New ArtistAmy Winehouse was the winner in the Female Pop/Rock award, while Alicia Keys was named Best in the R&B categoryLil’ Wayne  bagged the Hip-Hop/Rap Artist award, while Akon was declared the Biggest Internet Artist Of The Year.

🎙After the anti-child-abuse group Kidscape filed a complaint, the British exam board recalled a high school music test that included convicted child molester Gary glitter’s 1973 hit ‘ I’m the Leader of the Gang‘ in it’s “suggested listening” section. Group head Michele Elliott said “The Role model is morally decrepit. It’s just inappropriate.”


🎙Areosmith guitarist Joe Perry confirmed that Steven Tyler had quit Aerosmith to pursue a solo career and was unsure whether the move was indefinite . no replacement was announced.


🎙Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan was arrested following an alleged air rage incident on a flight from the United States. Ms O’Riordan was detained after a stewardess was reportedly attacked in the business section on an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon, County Clare.

🎙The Rolling Stones faced a battle to win a $12.7m (£7.9m) insurance claim for concerts they postponed when Mick Jagger’s girlfriend died. L’Wren Scott took her own life in March, prompting the Stones to postpone a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The group had taken out a policy to be paid i the event shows were cancelled due to the death of family members or others, including Scott. But underwriters said Scott’s death may not be covered by the policy.


🎙Allen Toussaint the American Musician, songwriter/composer, record producer, and influential figure in New Orleans R&B died aged 77 while on tour in Madrid, Spain.

Well guys and gals, that brings us to the end this weeks trip down memory lane of music history, make sure you check out OTD’s Spotify Playlist its a cracker!! We friends see you here that same time next week, have a fantastic weekend!


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