This Day in Music History: January 8

This Day in Music History: January 8January 8, 2017

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


Today: January 8.


1966: The Beatles started a six week run at the top of the US album chart with 'Rubber Soul', the band's seventh US chart topper. It spent 56 weeks on the chart. The Beatles also started a three week run at the No.1 spot on the US singles chart with 'We Can Work It Out', the band's 11th US No.1 single.

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1972: The New Seekers topped the UK singles chart with 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing, (in Perfect Harmony'). The song first started as a Coca Cola TV ad, and originally included the line, 'I'd like to buy the world a Coke.'


1979: Canadian rock band Rush, were named the country's official Ambassadors Of Music by the Canadian government.

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1991: Steve Clark, the guitarist of Def Leppard, was found dead at his Chelsea flat by his girlfriend, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption that was combined with prescription drugs. The autopsy revealed that Clark had died from an overdose of codeine and had Valium, morphine and a blood alcohol level of .30, which is three times the British legal driving limit. In 2007, Steve Clark was ranked No.11 on Classic Rock Magazine's "100 Wildest Guitar Heroes".

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2001: A woman who believed that Axl Rose was communicating with her via telepathy, was arrested after stalking Axl Rose, the singer of Guns N' Roses singer for a second time. Police detained Karen Jane McNeil after she was spotted loitering outside his house.

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2006: The Strokes reached the No.1 spot on the UK chart with 'First Impressions Of Earth', the group's third album and their first No.1.

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