Today In Music History – January 5th

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1968, Jimi Hendrix was jailed for one day in Stockholm, Sweden on drink charges after going berserk and destroying everything in his room at the Goteberg Hotel.

1973, Bruce Springsteen released his debut album ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ Recorded in a single week the album only sold about 25,000 copies in the first year of its release.

1979, Prince made his live debut in a club in Minneapolis. Talent agents from Warner Music were there. Decided he needed more time to develop.

1991, Iron Maiden went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter.’ The second single from their album No Prayer for the Dying.

1998, Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe, aged 62. Bono who was one half on Sonny and Cher and Cher’s ex husband.

2004, Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on holiday in New Orleans. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter was shot when running after two men who stole his girlfriend’s purse at gunpoint.

2016, Donald Fagen, founder of Steely Dan, was arrested by police in New York and charged with assaulting his wife at their home.

Born today in 1923, Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records, the first label of Elvis’ recordings.


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