This Day in Music History: January 5

This Day in Music History: January 5January 5, 2017

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


Today: January 5.


1967: Pink Floyd and Eyes of Blue appeared at The Marquee Club London, England. A review that was published in Queen magazine said: 'The two guitarists looked moody, the drummer thrashed wildly about and the lights kept flashing. After about twenty minutes it became very boring and after half an hour I left.'

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1973: Bruce Springsteen released 'Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.', which was his debut album. It was Recorded in a single week the album only sold about 25,000 copies in the first year of its release. Both 'Blinded By The Light' and 'Spirit In The Night' were released as singles but neither of the songs made a dent in the charts. Manfred Mann's Earth Band later released a version of 'Blinded By The Light' on their album 'The Roaring Silence,' and their version reached the No.1 spot on the US charts in 1977.

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1976: Former roadie of The Beatles, Mal Evans, was shot dead by police at his Los Angeles apartment. His girlfriend called police when she found him upset and with a rifle in his hand. Evans pointed the gun at the police and they opened fire. Friends later said that Evans was depressed about his separation from his wife Lil Evans, who had asked for a divorce before Christmas.

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1979: Prince made his live debut at the Capri Theatre in Minneapolis. In the audience were Warner Bros. executives who saw the show, yet decided that Prince and the band needed more time to develop his music.


1991: Iron Maiden topped the UK singles chart with 'Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter.' The second single from their album 'No Prayer for the Dying', became the lowest selling No.1 since 1960, when only a little more than 42,000 copies were sold in its first week. The song was originally recorded and released by Bruce Dickinson for the soundtrack to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, but Steve Harris, bassist of Iron Maiden, liked it so Iron Maiden rerecorded it.

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1991: Madonna reached the No.1 spot on the US singles chart with 'Justify My Love', a song that was co-written with Lenny Kravitz. The song was also her No.2 hit in the UK.

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1998: Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe. He was 62 years old. Bono who was one half on Sonny and Cher, he scored the 1965 UK & US No.1 single 'I Got You Babe' and was also a US Congressman.

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