January 2 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
January 2

1955 : Johnny Ace's funeral is held in Memphis, Tennessee, attracting an unprecedented 5,000 mourners. Junior Parker and Roscoe Gordon, fellow blues/R&B stars, are among his pallbearers.

1962 : An upcoming appearance by The Weavers on NBC-TV's influential Tonight Show, with host Jack Parr, is canceled after the left-leaning folkies refuse to sign a statement denying any involvement with the US Communist Party.

1968 : John Lennon and Yoko Ono's new experimental album, "Two Virgins", is seized by New Jersey authorities after viewing the front cover, a non-sexual full-frontal nude shot of the couple. Apple eventually gets around the problem by issuing the LP in a plain brown wrapper, like pornography.

1969 : The Beatles begin work on what will be their "Let It Be" album and accompanying film. The project is filled with tension as the band quarrels over the songs and the direction of the band. Both the film and the album are eventually released after the band breaks up.

1978 : Two months after quitting the band, Ozzy Osbourne rejoins Black Sabbath.

2008 : With talk of a Kinks reunion in the air, the band's guitarist, Dave Davies, takes to the Internet to share his feelings: "It would be like a poor remake of Night Of The Living Dead."

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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