14 January

Pick a Day


In Music History

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2014 Bruce Springsteen appears on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where he performs a reworked version of "Born To Run" titled "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam." In the song, Springsteen mocks a scandal where New Jersey governor Chris Christie's staff shut down parts of a road to retaliate against a mayor who didn't endorse him. "You're killing the working man who's stuck in the Governor Chris Christie Fort Lee, New Jersey, traffic jam," Springsteen sings.

2012 Little-known Lana Del Rey takes heaps of social media abuse for her lethargic performance on Saturday Night Live. She gets retribution when her Born To Die album, released two weeks later, earns her a global fanbase.

2008 Daughtry creates an uproar when he bad-mouths American Idol, saying the show is on the "decline." Randy Jackson refutes Daughtry's comment, but the show later suffers yet another season of declining ratings.

2000 Nashville-based country fan magazine Music City News closes its doors after 37 years of publication.

1999 Jerry Hall files for divorce from Mick Jagger, who contests it, claiming they were never actually married. Hall claims adultery, as the Brazilian model Luciana Morad is pregnant with Jagger's baby.

1998 After a three-year legal battle, Shirley Bassey is cleared of charges brought against her by her longtime assistant, Hilary Levy, who claimed Bassey slapped her and used an anti-semitic slur against her.

1997 The Beach Boys guest star on the "Karate Kid Returns" episode of the ABC sitcom Home Improvement.

1992 Jerry Nolan of The Heartbreakers and New York Dolls dies from a stroke at age 45 while being treated for meningitis and pneumonia.

1992 Tommy Page sings at Stephanie Tanner's birthday party on the Full House episode "Crushed."

1992 R. Kelly and Public Announcement release the album Born Into The 90's, with the hits "She's Got That Vibe" and "Honey Love."

1989 The soundtrack to the film Dirty Dancing reaches sales of ten million copies, which is now known as Diamond certification. The movie was set in 1963, and the soundtrack contained songs from that era along with new ones like "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," which were written for the film.

1980 Rush release Permanent Waves, their seventh studio album. "The Spirit of Radio" and "Freewill" help make it their first to reach the Top 5 on the US albums chart, where it peaks at #4. The album represents a new direction for the band, with songs becoming denser and more radio friendly, setting the stage for the upcoming Moving Pictures.

1978 Player's "Baby Come Back" hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

1978 At the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, The Sex Pistols lead singer, Johnny Rotten, ends the show by telling the crowd, "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated? Goodbye." It is their final concert until their 1996 reunion.

1978 Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album hits #1 for a record 31st week on the US chart.

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Tribes Gather For A "Human Be-In"


Upwards of 25,000 people turn up at Golden Gate Park for "A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In" - a prelude to the Summer of Love.

Thousands of beatniks, hippies, Hells Angels and other counterculture types gather together on an unseasonably sunny day in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The meeting is partly in response to California banning LSD on October 6, 1966, but it also provides an opportunity to discuss topics like radical politics, communes, and ecological awareness. The term "Be-In" is a play upon the term "sit in," which has become quite familiar in the country due to student protests over the Vietnam War and various civil rights issues. At the start of the festivities, Timothy Leary, wearing yellow flowers in his hair, tells the audience, "whatever you do is beautiful" and instructs them to "turn on, tune in, and drop out." Several attendees decide to obey the command; several others have already done so long before arriving at the scene. A fellow named Steve the Gemini Twin parachutes into the crowd just as the Grateful Dead starts the music. Big Brother & the Holding Company, Jefferson Airplane, and Quicksilver Messenger Service also play, while Owsley Stanley provides another kind of entertainment in the form of large quantities of (the recently banned) White Lightning and Orange Sunshine LSD. Also spotted: A Hells Angel named Freewheelin' Frank watching the afternoon's scene from atop a bus while playing a tambourine and crying with a head full of Owsley's acid. The six-hour, free event provides glimpses into the scene that will later become the Summer of Love.


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Geraldine Osullivan from Athlone IrelandWow!!! What a beautiful experience this must have been! Music unites everybody on every level!! It breaks through every barrier regardless of gender creed or spiritual backround. Rock on and unite the World through Music!!!

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