This Day in Music History: January 15

This Day in Music History: January 15January 15, 2017

We cover all sorts of news, facts and historical and interesting facts that happened on this day in music history.


Today: January 15.


1961: The Supremes signed a world wide recording contract with Motown Records. Originally founded as the Primettes, the band became the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with no less than 12 No.1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

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1965: The Who released their debut single, 'I Can't Explain'. Jimmy Page played the guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals, the single reached the No.8 spot on the UK chart.

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1967: The Rolling Stones were forced to change the lyrics of 'Let’s Spend The Night Together' to Let’s Spend Some Time Together when they appeared on the US TV show of Ed Sullivan, because the producers objected to the content of the lyrics. Mick Jagger ostentatiously rolled his eyes at the TV camera when he sang the changed lyrics. As a result, the host, Ed Sullivan, announced that The Rolling Stones would be banned from his show and will never perform on his show ever again.

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1969: George Harrison spent five hours with John, Paul and Ringo and in that meeting he made it clear that he was fully prepared to quit The Beatles for good. Harrison wasn't happy with plans for live performances and also for the current 'Let It Be' film project.


1972: 'Black Dog' by Led Zeppelin made its debut on the US singles chart. The band's third single reached the No.15 spot and spent 8 weeks on the chart. The title of the song is a reference to a nameless, black Labrador retriever that wandered around the Headley Grange studios during recording.

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1976: 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd was on the UK album chart. The packaging and design for the album was made by Storm Thorgerson. It featured an opaque black sleeve inside which was hidden the album artwork. Thorgerson had noted that, in the US, Roxy Music's Country Life was sold in an opaque green cellophane sleeve - censoring the cover image - and because of that, he adopted the idea, and concealed the artwork for Wish You Were Here in a dark-coloured shrink-wrap (making the album art 'absent').

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1977: Eagles were at the top of the US album chart with 'Hotel California', the band's third US No.1 album. In the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, Don Henley said and I quote: "The song was about a journey from innocence to experience...that's all".

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1983: Men At Work started a four week run at the top of the US singles chart with 'Down Under', their second US No.1, and also a No.1 in the UK.

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1983: Phil Collins had his first UK No.1 single with his version of 'You Can't Hurry Love,' which was a great hit for The Supremes in 1966. The version of Phil Collins was the first track on the very first 'Now That's What I Call Music' CD.

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