Why January 1st Matters In Rock History

It’s January 1st and here are some reasons why this day matters in rock history:


In 1967, The Doors made their first live television appearance on the Los Angeles show, Shebang.  For their set, the band lip-synched their first single, “Break on Through.” The single would only peak at number 126 on the chart mostly due to lack of airplay after censors took issue with the drug use implied by the lyric “she gets high,” which is repeated in the song.


In 1989, Nirvana signed a one-year record contract with Sub Pop Records.


In 2002, a 56-year-old Eric Clapton married 25-year-old Melia McEnery, the mother of his baby daughter. The ceremony took place at a 15th century church in Surrey, England.


And in 1968, Billboard magazine reported that for the first time, albums had outsold singles in America, with album sales reaching over 192-million units. 

And that’s what happened today in rock history.

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