This Day In Music History
1971 – David Bowie begins his recording sessions at Trident Studios in London for the concept album ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’. The album is loosely based on a story of a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust. The character of Ziggy was initially inspired by British rock ‘n’ roll singer Vince Taylor. Bowie had met Taylor during a mental breakdown where he believed himself to be a cross between a god and an alien.
1978 – Keith Moon, drummer with The Who, died of an overdose of heminevrin which he was prescribed to combat alcoholism. A autopsy would confirm there were 32 tablets in his system. He had attended a party the night before organized by Paul McCartney for the launch of the ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ movie. The Who had just released their 1978 album ‘Who Are You’ two weeks prior to his death.
1997 – Fleetwood Mac hits No.1 on the album charts with ‘The Dance’. The album would go on to sell over 5 million copies. They had not released an album together since 1987.
2010 – It’s official, Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is voted the greatest ‘lighter in the air song’ in a poll sponsored by Zippo, the lighter company. Coming in at second and third was Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ at No. 2 and Meat Loaf’s ‘I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ at No. 3.