Jan 5 in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases Greetings From Asbury Park NJ, Prince makes his live debut

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Bruce Springsteen Greetings From Asbury Park NJ
1940 – The FCC hears the first demonstration of FM radio.

1961 – The Beatles play at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool. Two members Rory Storm & the Hurricanes are in the audience: Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr.

1963 – Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess records, tells Billboard magazine: “As it stands today, there’s virtually no difference between rock and roll, pop and rhythm and blues. The music has completely overlapped.”

1965 – The Supremes record “Stop! In The Name Of Love.”

1973 – Bruce Springsteen releases his debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Recorded in a single week, the album sells only ~25,000 copies within the first year. Both “Blinded By The Light” and “Spirit In The Night” are released as singles but neither make a dent on the charts.

1974 – Bruce Springsteen performs “Rosalita” for the first time at Joe’s Place in Boston. The song becomes a live favorite and The Boss often plays it as an encore.

1978 – The Sex Pistols’ US concert debut takes places in Atlanta, Georgia before an audience of about 500 people.

1979 – Jazz musician and bandleader Charles Mingus dies at age 56. His final project was Mingus, a collaboration with Joni Mitchell.

1979 – Prince makes his live debut at the Capri Theatre in Minneapolis. Warner Bros. executives attend the show but decide that The Artist needs more time to develop his music.

1998 – Sonny Bono dies in a skiing accident in Nevada, near South Lake Tahoe, California, at age 62.

Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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