13 January

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2022 "Baby Shark" becomes the first video to reach 10 billion views on YouTube.

2022 Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes dies of cancer at 78.

2011 Ed Sheeran announces he has been signed to Atlantic Records.

2008 Over five months after its release, Amy MacDonald's This Is The Life album reaches the top of the UK albums chart.

2003 British police arrest The Who guitarist Pete Townshend as part of their "Operation Ore" sting operation to crack down on child pornography. Townshend admits to having indecent images of children, but insists that he was doing research for an upcoming book dealing with his own experience with sexual abuse. He is placed on the sex offenders' register for five years.

1979 Donny Hathaway commits suicide at age 33 by jumping from the balcony of his 15th floor room at the Essex House hotel in New York City.

1978 Elvis Presley's cover of "My Way" is certified Gold.

1976 Bic Runga is born Briolette Kah Bic Runga at Christchurch, New Zealand.

1976 Seven employees of Brunswick Records and Dakar Records are tried on charges of withholding more than $184,000 in artist royalties. The case is eventually thrown out, but the reputations of the defendants are irreparably damaged.

1973 Carly Simon's album No Secrets, featuring the hit single "You're So Vain," hits #1 in America.

1972 Aretha Franklin performs the first of two concerts at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles that are recorded for her live album Amazing Grace, which sells over 2 million copies when it is released in June. Film footage is also shot, but the documentary doesn't appear until 2019, after Franklin's death.

1970 John Lennon and Yoko Ono have their hair cut and donate it to a charity auction.

1968 Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida audio laboratory reports that tests have determined rock and roll concerts cause noise damage in teenagers' ears.

1965 Bob Dylan records "Farewell, Angelina," a landmark song in the evolution of his surrealist songwriting process. The recording, however, doesn't see the light of day until it's released on The Bootleg Series Volume 1-3: Rare & Unreleased over 25 years later.

1963 A pre-famous Bob Dylan appears in a British television play called The Madhouse on Castle Street, playing an itinerant musician. No recording exists, but Dylan supposedly played "Blowin' In The Wind" during the show, marking the first broadcast of the song.

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Frankie Gets Banned


The BBC bans the Frankie Goes to Hollywood song "Relax" due to sexual content. The controversy generates tremendous interest in the song, which reaches #1 in the UK the following week.

Two days earlier, the song entered the UK chart at #77, but BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read refused to play it, telling listeners about the scandalous nature of the song. The controversy powers it forward, sending the song to #1 in June and making Frankie Goes To Hollywood the top UK act of 1984.



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