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Today In Music History – October 26th

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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. Oct 26th in Music History looks like this.

1958, Bill Haley and his Comets played the first rock ‘n’ roll concert in Germany. Over 7,000 rock ‘n’ roll fans turned the show into a riot.

1962, The Rolling Stones (known as The Rollin’ Stones), consisting of Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman recorded their first demo tape in London.

1965, Queen Elizabeth II invested The Beatles with their MBE’s at Buckingham Palace, London. According to an account by John Lennon the group smoked marijuana in one of the palace bathrooms to calm their nerves.

1970, A wake was held in California to celebrate the life of Janis Joplin. The singer who died of an accidental drugs overdose had left $2,500 in her will to throw a wake party in the event of her demise.

2004, Apple launched the U2 Special Edition iPod as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group. The new U2 iPod held up to 5,000 songs and featured a red Click Wheel and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures. The iPod was being introduced as the band released their new album ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.’

2011, Aerosmith were forced to delay a concert in South America after Steven Tyler fell in his hotel bathroom. The singer suffered cuts to his face and lost two of his teeth ahead of a concert in Asuncion, Paraguay. He was said to have received stitches and had emergency dental work, forcing the gig to be postponed by 24 hours.

2011, A coroner’s inquest on the death of Amy Winehouse reached a verdict of misadventure.

2019, An olive green acrylic and mohair cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s appearance on MTV Unplugged become the most expensive garment sold at auction after fetching £260,388. Never been washed since Kurt wearing it.

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