Category Archives: On This Day

On This Day – Joe Hill Dies

Tweet On this day in 1915, Joe Hill was executed for a murder that he probably did not commit in Utah USA.  Joe Hill was an itinerant worker,and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).  As a socialist he was an enemy of  The State.  (Remember in the USA to this day being […]

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On This Day – ‘We Built This City’ Hits #1 (despite being absolute crap)

Tweet On this day in 1985 Starship (ex Jefferson Starship, ex Jefferson Airplane, ex Airplane, ex Jefferson, ex Jefferson Steamboat, ex Jefferson Ric Shaw) made it to number 1 with an abomination. ‘We Built This City’ was written by Bernie Taupin (words smith for Elton John), Martin Page (ex Q-Feel), Dennis Lambert (ex Lambert and […]

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On This Day – Bowie Makes it to US TV!

Tweet It seems strange now to think that it was not until this day in 1975 that Bowie made it to national US TV. He appeared on The Cher Show singing ‘Fame’. Looking back it is easy for us to think that Bowie’s rise to fame was easy and virtually instant but that is far […]

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On This Day – Elvis Hits 3,000,000!

Tweet On this day in 1958 “Hound Dog” by Elvis exceeded 3 million sales in the US alone. His was the 3rd record to sell more than 3 million copies in the States. Any Idea of what the other 2 were? While you think about it here a clip of Elvis. Worked it out yet? […]

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On This Day – Townshend Loses It

Tweet On this day in 1973 The Who were playing Quadrophenia at Newcastle City Hall, UK. That is they were until Townshend lost it completely attacking their long standing principal sound engineer, Bob Pridden. His crime? He started a prerecorded tape 15 seconds late. Townshend grabbed Pridden by the neck dragged him to wards the […]

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On This Day – Elvis Slapped and Fights Back!

Tweet “I’ll regret this day as long as I live. I guess lots of people were waiting for this kind of thing to happen. It’s getting where I can’t even leave the house without something happening to me.” (The New York Post, October 19, 1956) So said Elvis after having an altercation with a Petrol […]

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On This Day – The Kinks Hit The USA, at Last!

Tweet After a 4 year ban the inks started their second US tour on this day in 1969. The origins of the ban have been said to be the rowdy behaviour of the band and their fans during the first tour in 1964. There was some comment that the ban was in some way connected […]

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On This Day – Don’t Knock The Rock

Tweet On this day in 1957 (no I don’t remember it) A film called “Don’t Knock The Rock” opened. In the late 50s and during the 60s rock was regarded with suspicion (to say the least) by the establishment.  As a consequence films trying to show the positive side of real rock and blues tried […]

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On This Day – In Car Entertainment

Tweet On this day in 1955 Chrysler introduces a high fidelity record player that was to be available in some of their 1956 Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, and Plymouth models.  The unit played 7 inch discs played at 45rpm as well as the relatively new 16 2/3 rpm.  It was some 4 inches high and a […]

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On This Day – Eleanor Rigby Is Dead!

Tweet On this day in 1938 Eleanor Rigby died. She was 44 and died peacefully in her sleep. She is buried in the graveyard of St. Peter’s Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool. It is close to where Paul and John first met 19 years later. It would be nice to think that McCartney saw the […]

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