This Day in Music History: January 20

This Day in Music History: January 20January 20, 2017

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


Today: January 20.


1969: Led Zeppelin performed at the Wheaton Youth Center, Wheaton, during their first North American tour. There were reports that suggested that only 55 fans attended this concert, (if so, this would make it the smallest audience they ever played to). This concert was on a Monday and the night of Richard Nixon's inauguration. The band were paid $250 to appear.

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1969: Two poems by Bruce Springsteen were published in the Ocean County College Literary Yearbook Seascapes. At that time, Bruce was in his second semester at the Toms River, New Jersey College.

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1972: On the first date of a UK tour at The Dome, Brighton, England, Pink Floyd tried to premiere their new album 'The Dark Side of The Moon', but because of technical problems, this was abandoned after they performed the song 'Money'.

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1982: During an Ozzy Osbourne show in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the audience threw a bat onto the stage. Stunned by the light, the bat lay motionless, and thinking it was a rubber fake, Ozzy picked it up and attempted to bite its head off. As he did so, the bat started to flap its wings and Ozzy soon realized it was a real bat. After the concert, Ozzy was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for rabies shots.

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1983: Def Leppard released 'Pyromania', their third studio album. The album featured new guitarist Phil Collen and was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The album has now sold more than 10 million copies in the US.

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1988: The Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Yoko, Sean, and Julian Lennon attended the ceremony. Paul McCartney did not attend, and instead he sent a letter that stated that continuing business differences with the other ex-Beatles was the reason for his absence.

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