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



Welcome back guys and gals, I trust you all had a wonderful Christmas? This week’s edition of On This Day is the last one for 2016, and with the recent spate of deaths in the last few days, the New Year can’t come soon enough.


This edition of OTD is dedicated to all the legends we lost to the 2016 club.

OTD Legend

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

On This Day…





🎙Elvis Presley mad chart history by having 10 songs on Billboards Top 100 for the week ending December 19th.





🎙During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan performed at The Troubadour in London.





🎙The Liverpool Youth Employment Service  announced that some school leavers were finding it difficult to get jobs because their “Beatle” style haircuts and clothing were unacceptable to employers.





🎙The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their debut on the UK TV show  Top Of The Pops performing ‘Hey Joe.’

🎙Working at Abby Road studios, London, Paul McCartney began work on his new song ‘Penny Lane,’ recording six takes of keyboard tracks and various percussion effects. The song’s title is derived from the name of a street near John Lennon’s  house, in the band’s hometown, Liverpool. McCartney  and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction in the Mossley Hill area to catch a bus to the centre of the city.





🎙British guitarist and singer Dave Mason quit Traffic after differences of musical opinion. Mason wrote ‘Hole in My Shoe,’ a psychedelic pop song that became a hit for Traffic in 1967.





🎙Led Zeppelin appeared at the Civic Auditorium, Portland on their first North American tour opening for Vanilla Fudge.





🎙Jim Croce scored his second No.1 US Single of the year when ‘Time In A Bottle‘ went to the top of the charts. Croce was killed in a plane crash on the way to a concert on September 20th 1973.





🎙American singer, songwriter Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose. Hardin wrote the songs ‘If I Were A Carpenter‘ which was covered by Bobby DarinJohnny Cash and June CarterThe Four TopsLeon RussellSmall FacesRobert Plant and Bob Seger and ‘Reason To Believe,’ which was covered by Rod StewartHardin also appeared at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.





🎙Sets of commemorative stamps in memory of Bob Marley were issued in Jamaica.





🎙Band Aid was at No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?‘ and Madonna was at No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘Like A Virgin.’





🎙Three ferrets named Beckham, Posh Spice and  Baby Spice were used to lay power cables for a rock concert being held in Greenwich, London, England, as workers were not allowed to dig up the turf at the Royal Park. Organizers found that rods could not push the cables through the tiny tunnels, which frequently bend and dog-leg. The ferrets were eased into tiny nylon harnesses with wires which were then attached to a rope, the animals ran into a series of ducts which were under the stage like rabbit runs, leading the cables with them. The ferrets instinctively make for any hole in the ground and are enticed to the end of the duct by a slab of smelly meat . The New Years Eve concert featured Simply RedEurythmics and Bryan Ferry.





🎙Aretha Franklin was suing a US newspaper which alleged that the star had alcohol problems. The singer’s lawyers filed a federal lawsuit  against the Florida-based Star claiming she was defamed by an article in the paper in December 2000 and were seeking $50m (£35m) in damages.





🎙The wife of rock singer Marilyn Manson, Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese filed for divorce after just a year of marriage. The couple married in December 2005 in a ceremony held at a castle in Ireland.





🎙Pollstar reported the Bon Jovi were the highest earning touring act of the year, taking  in over $200 million (£130.7m). Australian rockers AC/DC landed at number two for the second year in a row, with ticket sales from their recent trek totaling $177m (£115m). U2 which was the top worldwide act in 2009, came in at third place, with ticket sales totaling $160.9m (£104.6m). Lady Gaga followed is fourth place, with Metallica coming in at number five.





🎙Robert Lee Dickey, who performed as Bobby Purify in the 60’s Soul Duo James And Bobby, passed away at the age of 72. The pair is most often remembered for their 1966, Billboard Top 10 hit, ‘I’m Your Puppet.’





🎙According to sales data, Adele’s 21 had overtaken Oasis‘ (What’s The Story)Morning Glory? to become the UK’s fourth biggest selling album of all-time. Latest data confirmed the Oasis’ 1995 second album had sold 4,555,000 copies to date, while Adele’s 21 has surged ahead with sales over 4,562,000 copies. The news came just over a year since 21 overtook Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black to become the UK’s  biggest-selling album of the 21st Century.





🎙A one-of-a-kind signed hardback copy of Autobiography by Morrissey, the only copy of the full-colour hardback signed by the author, sold on eBay for £8,300, with all proceeds going to PETA as a New Year’s present to help prevent the slaughtering of animals for meat. Morrissey signed only one copy of the book – the cover of which pictures the singer-songwriter bare-chested in a swimming pool.


Well, that brings us to the end of the last OTD for 2016, I just want to take the time and thank you for your support throughout this year and I look forward to bringing you more OTD in the New Year. So untill then I hope you all have a safe and Happy New Year! Don’t forget to check out this weeks OTD Spotify playlist below.


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

Head Music Writer at Pop Culture Pipe Bomb

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