This Day In Music History
1970 – Elton John makes his American debut as he kicks off a legendary six-night sold-out run at the Troubadour in L.A. In the audience that night were Don Henley, Quincy Jones and Leon Russell. The six shows were the start of a 17 date tour which would propel Elton John into the spotlight. Robert Hilburn, music critic for the Los Angeles Times, wrote: “Tuesday night at the Troubadour was just the beginning. He’s going to be one of rock’s biggest and most important stars.”
1979 – The Knack started a five week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘My Sharona’. It would be the group’s only US hit. Lead singer Doug Fieger said that he wrote the lyrics in just 15 minutes and it was inspired by Sharrona Alperin his 17 year old girlfriend.
1994 – Jimmy Buffett crashes his Grumman G-44 Widgeon seaplane on take-off in Nantucket, Massachusetts. The airplane nosed over, and Buffett was able to swim to safety with only minor injuries.
He credits his survival to Navy survival training he had to complete before being able to ride in an F-14 Tomcat.
2000 – Jack Nitzsche dies suddenly of a heart attack. The Academy Award-winning film score composer was known for producing The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield and The Walker Brothers along with writing musical scores for The Exorcist and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.