This Weekend in Music History
January 5th 1973 – Bruce 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, 1986 – Phil 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, 1964 – The 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.