Today In Music History – April 14th

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Every day on Radio Nova, just before 11am, we play a couple of songs key to “today in music history” Have a listen! But for now – here’s some light reading and watching. April 14th in Music History looks like this.

1967, A riot broke out at Warsaw’s Palace Of Culture as The Rolling Stones made their first appearance in a country behind the Iron Curtain.  Police used tear gas in a battle with 2,000 fans.


1969, The Beatles recording of ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ took place, with just Paul and John playing on it. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word ‘Christ’ was edited in backwards to avoid the ban.

1972, David Bowie released ‘Starman’ as a single in the UK. When Bowie played this on Top Of The Pops later in ’72, it was one of those “Where were you when” moments.

1975, After rumours that Jimmy Page,  Steve Marriott or Rory Gallagher  could  would replace Mick Taylor as guitarist in The Stones, a press release confirmed that Ronnie Wood, of The Faces, was in. Ronnie’s first show, a freebie, on a truck rolling down 5th Ave NYC.

1994, Kurt Cobain  was cremated in Seattle. The death certificate listed Cobain’s occupation as Poet/Musician and his type of business as Punk Rock.

2015, American R&B and soul singer Percy Sledge died of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge aged 73. Best known for this maybe?

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