Join Us as We Look Back On Music History and Discover What Happened On This Day


It’s that time of the week again where we dive into the Music History books to find out what happened On This Day. this week our magical history tour kicks off in 1961 with The Beach Boys.

OTD Legend

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

On This Day…


🎙The Beach Boys first single ‘Surfin‘ was released on Candix Records, a small label based in Los Angeles. On the strength of the song’s performance in the Southern California market, Capitol Records signed the group. Other surfing songs would follow including ‘Surfin’ Safari‘, ‘Surfin’ U.S.A.’ and ‘Surfer Girl.’


🎙Frank Sinatra Jr was kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later after his father paid out the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers, who were later captured, and sentenced to long prison terms. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via a payphone the Frank Sinatra senior, carried a roll of dimes with him throughout this ordeal, which became a lifetime habit, he is said to have been buried with a roll of dimes.


🎙Working at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney overdubbed his lead vocal for ‘When I’m Sixty-Four‘. Then The Beatles set about remaking a new John Lennon song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever‘.


🎙Singer and guitarist Graham Nash left The Hollies and started work with David Crosby and Stephen Stills who went on to form Crosby Stills and Nash.


🎙On trial in Canada on drug possession charges, Jimi Hendrix told a Toronto court that he had only smoked pot four times in his life, snorted cocaine twice and took LSD on more that five times. Telling the jury that he had now “outgrown” drugs. They found the guitarist not guilty.


🎙Roxy Music had their first UK No.1 album when ‘Stranded‘ went to the top for one week. The sleeve featured Playboy’s Playmate of the Year, model Marilyn Cole, who was the famous magazine’s first full-frontal nude centrefold.


🎙Four people were arrested after a riot broke out when Blondie didn’t arrive for a gig in Brisbane, Australia. Over 1,000 Australian fans had waited over an hour for the group to appear on stage, but the gig was cancelled due to singer Debbie Harry being unwell.


🎙Styx wnt to No.1 on  the US singles chart with ‘Babe‘, the group’s  only US No.1, the song hit the UK singles chart at No.6.


🎙John Lennon was shot five times by 25-year-old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City where John and Yoko lived. Chapman had been waiting for Lennon outside the Dakota apartments since mid-morning and had asked for an autograph earlier in the day. Lennon was pronounced dead from massive loss of blood at 11:30pm.


🎙American country singer-songwriter Marty Robbins died at age 57 from complications following cardiac surgery. Robbins had the first No.1 of the 60’s in the US with ‘El Paso‘ which also so won him a Grammy AwardRobbins later portrayed a musician in the 1982 Clint Eastwood film ‘Honkytonk Man.’


🎙Frankie Goes To Hollywood were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Power Of Love.’ The group’s third No.1 of the year and final UK No.1. This made the first group since Gerry And The Pacemakers to have a UK No.1 with their first three singles.

🎙Vince Neil from Moley Crue was involved in at car accident in Redondo Beach, CA, which killed Nick Dingley from Hanoi Rocks and injured two other passengers. Neil was jailed for 20 days and paid $2.6 million in compensation.


🎙Courtney Love appeared on the ABC TV Show “10 Most Fascinating People”, telling the presenter that she wished she had done “eight thousand things differently” to have prevented the death of her husband Kurt Cobain.


🎙1960’s singer Heinz was given a formal caution by magistrates in Southampton for playing music too loud in his flat. The singer who scored 4 Top 40 singles in the 60’s is now wheelchair bound.


🎙A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Lennon’s  death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.

🎙Sting joined the ranks of Tinseltown’s greatest when his star was unveiled on the celebrated Walk Of Fame in Hollywood.


🎙BPI figures showed the UK sales of seven-inch singles had increased by 84% on the previous year. The report claimed that bands such as The DarknessThe Strokes and The White Stripes had boosted sales by releasing special limited edition seven-inch records.


🎙Former Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was one of five people killed after a man stormed the stage during a Damageplan show at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus. Nathan Gale, who was 25 at the time, began firing at the band and crowd, was then shot and killed by a police officer who arrived shortly after the first shots were fired.


🎙Metallica played a gig inside a dome at the Argentine Antarctic Carlini, making them the first band to play on all seven continents. During the concert audio was transmitted to an audience made up of competition winning fans from Latin America through headphones. Staged in conjunction with Coca-Cola Zero, it was only the second ever gig to take place on the continent, following a performance in 2007 from a group of musical scientists, called Nunatak at British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station as part of the Live Earth climate change awarness concerts.

Well, kids, that’s another OTD done and dusted for another week, keep an eye out for my Top 5 Chrismas albums for 2016, in a bid to get this grinch into the Christmas spirit, until next week kids you know what to do…. Turn It on and Turn It Up


picsart_11-16-11-57-57 Presh (@Presh81)

Head Music Writer at Skatronixxx

Born on Elvis Presley’s birthday, favourite film soundtrack is Dirty Dancing, I’m an old soul in a young body,  with an eclectic music collection including, John Farnham, No Doubt, Magic, Tupac, Paul Young, Eric Carmen, Conershop, Janis Joplin and David Bowie and more

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