January 24 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
Miscellaneous
January 24

1961 : On his first night in New York, Bob Dylan plays a show at the club Cafe Wha?, a venue that would become a focal point of the Folk scene.

1961 : Mel Blanc, who was the voice of Buggs Bunny, Daffy Duck and many other cartoon favorites, gets in a horrible car accident on a stretch of road in Los Angeles known as Dead Man's Curve. Hearing the news, Roger Christian is inspired to write a song about the treacherous turn.

1962 : The Beatles sign their first and only management contract with Brian Epstein at the manager's offices at 12 Whitechapel St. in Liverpool. Epstein is to receive a full one-quarter of the band's earnings, yet to prove his worth, he does not sign the contract until the following October.

1969 : Jethro Tull play their first American show, opening for Blood, Sweat & Tears at New York's Fillmore East.

1970 : Dr. Robert Moog unveils the "minimoog" synthesizer, one of the first portable synth keyboards, at a price of $2,000. The American Federation of Musicians at first opposes the instrument, fearing its "realistic" settings will put horn and string sections out of work. The minimoog becomes the first synth to go on tour with rock bands.

1973 : Donny Osmond's LP "Too Young" is certified gold.

1980 : Pink Floyd advertise their upcoming four-city world tour to promote their album The Wall with a special billboard on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip that was gradually covered up each day with a brick until an entire wall was built over it.

2000 : Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young open the first tour of the full quartet in 25 years with a show at Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan.

1980 : The Ants of Adam & the Ants leave to join Bow Wow Wow, whose manager, the punk godfather Malcolm McLaren, presents the offer. Adam Ant had paid McLaren £1000 for musical advice, for which he learned about African beats, but lost his band, which he quickly replaced.

1981 : Aerosmith's Steven Tyler gets in a nasty motorcycle accident with his 17-year-old babysitter riding on the back. He spends the remainder of the year recovering, which delays the band's next album, Rock In A Hard Place.

1982 : Diana Ross sings the national anthem at Superbowl XVI in Pontiac, Michigan.

2000 : Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young open the first tour of the full quartet in 25 years with a show at Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com

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