Today In Music History – January 19th


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 19th in Music History looks like this.

1963, The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ performing ‘Please Please Me’.

1971, Tracks from The Beatles ‘White Album’ (including ‘Helter Skelter), were played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder.

1988, Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe manager Doc McGhee pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000lb of marijuana into the US from Colombia via a shrimp boat.

1998, American singer and songwriter Carl Perkins died aged 65 from throat cancer. He wrote ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, the first record on the Sun label to sell a million copies. Paul McCartney claimed that “if there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles.”

2006, American soul singer, Wilson Pickett died in Virginia of a heart attack aged 64.

2008, American songwriter and singer John Stewart, who wrote The Monkees 1967 hit ‘Daydream Believer’ died aged 68 after he suffered a brain aneurysm.

2017, The former business manager of Alanis Morrisette admitted stealing over $7m from the singer and other celebrities. Jonathan Schwartz was charged with fraud over claims he transferred the singer’s money into his own accounts.

2018, The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner announced that Tom Petty had died accidentally from mixed drug toxicity, a combination of fentanyl, oxycodone, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl (all opioids); temazepam and alprazolam (both sedatives); and citalopram (an antidepressant).


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