Jan 26 in Music History: John Lennon writes & records “Instant Karma,” Simon and Garfunkel release Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Simon and Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
1934 – Formerly home to burlesque shows, The Apollo Theater in Harlem becomes a music venue.

1956 – At Decca Records’ Nashville studios, Buddy Holly makes his first official recording at Decca Records’ Nashville studios. He lays down his debut single, “Blue Days, Black Nights.”
1966 – When Paul Jones of Manfred Mann falls ill, The Animals’ Eric Burdon covers vocal duties at this evening’s concert at the Marquee in London.
1968 – Pink Floyd play their first gig without Syd Barrett at Southampton University. They are supported by Tyrannosaurus Rex, later to be renamed T Rex.
1970 – John Lennon writes and records “Instant Karma” in one day, calling in Phil Spector to produce the song.
1970 – Two classic albums are released: Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water and Chicago – Chicago II.
1970 – The Ourimbah rock festival, Australia’s first, opens to an audience of 11,000.
1973 – Elton John releases Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player.
1974 – The Doobie Brothers begin their first European tour in London.
1975 – The BBC premieres a documentary on David Bowie called Cracked Actor.
1980 – Prince makes his TV debut on American Bandstand.
2011 – Wilco announce the launch of their own label, dBpm Records, stating it will put out all future Wilco releases “and more.”
Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.

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