Today In Music History – January 18th

The Eagles frontmen Glenn Frey, left, and Joe Walsh
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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.  January 18th in Music History looks like this.

 1964, The Beatles made their US chart debut when ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ entered the chart at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded an appearance on Top Of The Pops performing a live version of “Hey Joe”.

1974, Former members from Free, Mott The Hoople, and King Crimson, formed Bad Company.

1989, At just 38 years old, Stevie Wonder became the youngest living person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2001, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was granted a quickie divorce from Meg Matthews at the High Court in London.

2011, The largest collection of Beatles memorabilia went on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Some of the items included a box of condoms bearing the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a brick from the Cavern Club, a chunk of the stage from the Star Club in Hamburg, and certified copies of the band members’ birth certificates. Among his favorite items were 64 boxes of chewing gum in the form of Beatles records.

2015, American session drummer Dallas Taylor died of complications from viral pneumonia and kidney disease, aged 66. He is best known as the drummer on Crosby, Stills and Nash’s debut album, Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) and their follow-up with Neil Young, Déjà Vu

2016, The Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey died at the age of 67 in New York City from complications arising from rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.

2023, At age 81, David Crosby died. A founding member of The Byrds & Crosby Stills and Nash.

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