This Day in Music History: January 4

This Day in Music History: January 4January 4, 2017

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


Today: January 4.


1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of what would be more than 240 shows in this, year when they appeared at the Bromel Club, Bromley. (Many of the concerts were 2 shows per night).


1967: The Doors released their debut album titled 'The Doors'. The album features their 'Light My Fire' which was their breakthrough single and also the lengthy song 'The End' with its Oedipal spoken word section. The album was recorded at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, California over 6 days and unique packaging of the album included bio of each of The Doors band member.


1968: The University of California, Los Angeles announced that students who were interested in taking music degrees, would have to study the music of The Rolling Stones, because they had made such an important contribution to modern music.

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1970: Chauffeur Neil Boland was accidentally killed when Keith Moon, drummer of The Who's, ran over him. Keith Moon was trying to escape from a Gang of skinheads after a fight broke out at a pub in Hatfield, England. Keith Moon had never passed his driving test.

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1970: The Beatles (without John Lennon), re-record vocals and a new guitar solo for 'Let It Be', the Paul McCartney song, at Studio Two, EMI Studios, London. This session was the final studio appearance for The Beatles, as a group. (The final date that all four of The Beatles were in the studio together is August 20, 1969).

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1975: Elton John started a two week run at the top of the US singles chart with his version of The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds', which was his third US No.1. The song also featured John Lennon on guitar.

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1986: Irish singer, songwriter and bassist Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, died of heart failure and pneumonia after he was in a coma for 8 days, due to a drug overdose. Had the 1973 hit 'Whiskey in the Jar', (their version of the traditional Irish song), 1978 album 'Live and Dangerous' spent 62 weeks on the UK chart. A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin in 2005.


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