1969, David Bowie releases ‘Space Oddity” in the UK. This is the original video from 1969.
1971, The Bruce Springsteen Band opened for Humble Pie at the Sunshine Inn, Asbury Park in New Jersey. After the show an impressed Peter Frampton from Humble Pie, tells Springsteen and the band he’d like to have them open for them on a national basis. Frampton also said he would be happy to get the band an audition with his record label, A & M Records. For no logical reason Springsteen’s manager Tinker West declined both offers on the spot. From This Day in Music.com
For those who need a reminder about what a great artist this guy was…..
1964, The Beatles release ‘A Hard Day’s Night.
1965, The Rolling Stones ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction starts a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart.
1966, the Surf’n Sea Club in Seabright, NJ features Johnny Tilotson, The Jive Five, The Tymes, The Shangra-Las and local band The Castiles. The Castiles features a young Bruce Springsteen on vocals.
1987, John Hammond dies. Over his long career, he discovered or worked with Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among others.
1975, Born on this day, Jack White, (John Gillis), guitar, vocals, The White Stripes, (2003 UK No.1 album ‘Elephant’ spent 46 weeks on the UK chart). Also a member of The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. (From This Day in Music.com)
1946, Born on this day in Forfar, Scotland, Bon Scott (Ronald Belford Scott), singer with Australian rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was brought up in Kirriemuir before moving to Melbourne, Australia, with his family in 1952 at the age of six. Having arrived from ‘Bonnie Scotland’, he was dubbed ‘Bon’, and the nickname stuck. From This Day in Music.com
1971, David Bowie started recording sessions at Trident Studios in London, for what would become the concept album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. The character of Ziggy was initially inspired by British rock ‘n’ roll singer Vince Taylor, whom Bowie met after Taylor had had a breakdown and believed himself to be a cross between a god and an alien. From This Day in Music.com
1962, Bob Dylan recorded ‘Blowin’ In the Wind’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City during an afternoon session. Dylan originally wrote and performed a two-verse version of the song, as in its first public performance, at Gerde’s Folk City on April 16th, 1962. Shortly after this, he added the middle verse. From This Day in Music.com.
1956 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock,” Bill Haley & His Comets. The song is the opening theme for the film “The Blackboard Jungle,” starring Glenn Ford. From This Day in Rock.com
And just because:
1976 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Afternoon Delight,” Starland Vocal Band. The song’s title is taken from a menu at a Washington, D.C., restaurant. From This Day in Rock.com (extra points if you can make it through the whole video)
1984, Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Born In The USA’. The album went on to spend a total of 139 weeks on the US chart. Its also one of three albums (Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814) to produce seven Top-ten US singles. From This Day in Music.com
Bonus points if you can name all seven top 10 singles. I’ll give you one: