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This Weekend in Music History

Bruce Springsteen – Photo by Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

January 5th 1973Bruce Springsteen releases his debut album ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ It was recorded in a single week and would only sell about 25,000 copies in its first year. ‘Blinded By The Light’ was released as a single but never made a splash in the charts.  Manfred Mann would later cover Bruce’s ‘Blinded By The Light’ on their album, ‘The Roaring Silence,’ which would reach #1 in 1977 claiming its spot as the most popular version of the song.

January 4th, 1986Phil Lynott, Irish singer songwriter and bassist of Thin Lizzy dies today of heart failure and pneumonia after being in a coma for eight days following a drug overdose. A tribute to Phil was revealed in 2005; a life-size bronze statue of him was erected on the busy Harry Street in Dublin.

January 4th, 1970 - Neil Boland, Chauffeur of The Who, was accidentally killed when drummer Keith Moon ran him over. Moon was trying to escape from an angry mob of skinheads after a fight broke out at a pub in Hatfield, England. Moon had never passed a driving test.

January 6th, 1964The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, Marty Wilde, and several other performers kick off the first of a 14 date tour in the UK at the Granada Theatre in Middlesex.

January 6th, 1975 – The mayor of Boston cancelled a Led Zeppelin concert after more than 2,000 fans rioted while trying to purchase tickets. The fans caused an estimated $75,000 worth of damage at Boston Garden.

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