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This Day in Music History: David Bowie releases “Space Oddity” in the UK, Jerry Garcia releases line of neck ties

David Bowie Space Oddity

1951 – On WJW in Cleveland, Alan Freed broadcasts his first “Moondog House Rock and Roll Party,” marking the first radio show with the phrase “Rock and Roll” and giving Freed a claim on the origin of the term. More importantly, Freed plays R&B music, which introducing the sound to a new (and mostly white) audience.

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This Day in Music History: Bowie records David Live in Philadelphia, The Go Go’s release Beauty And The Beat

The Go Go's Beauty and the Beat

1954 – Producer Sam Phillips takes an acetate recording of Elvis Presley’s debut single, “That’s All Right,” to Memphis radio station WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips. He plays the song just after 9.30pm, and calls pour in asking for it to be played 14 more times that evening. Elvis himself, who knew of the airplay in advance, hides out at a local movie show until Dewey tracks him down for a live radio interview that same night.

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This Day in Music History: Rod Stewart signs with Mercury, The Who’s Tommy wins 5 Tonys

The Who Tommy

1962 : The Beatles record at Abbey Road for the first time, demoing three songs they wrote themselves: “Love Me Do,” “Ask Me Why,” and “P.S. I Love You.” The four musicians receive payments of $12.07 each for the session. This day in 1966, they record “Eleanor Rigby,” and they lay down “Don’t Pass My By” today in 1968.

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