This Day in Music History: December 26th

1991: Ted Nugent gave an anti-drug message to fans before a concert in Saginaw, MI telling fans “Jimi Hendrix thought I was stupid, and I thought he was a god. Now he’s dead, & I’m still Ted.”

1981: AC/DC reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) which began a three-week run on top of the chart. They didn’t top the album chart again until 2008’s Black Ice.

1976: The Sex Pistols recorded “God Save the Queen” at Wessex Studios in London. The song went on to reach number two on the U.K. Singles Chart the following year.

1970: George Harrison reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time as a solo artist with “My Sweet Lord” which topped the chart for four weeks. 

1968: Led Zeppelin began their first North American tour at the Denver Auditorium supporting Vanilla Fudge and the MC5.

1967: The Doors and Chuck Berry began a three night stand at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom.

1967: The BBC premiered The Beatles’ self-directed movie Magical Mystery Tour. The following day the British press & viewing public pronounced the movie a disaster. The U.S. television deal for broadcasting the movie was cancelled soon afterwards. 

1966: Jimi Hendrix wrote the lyrics to “Purple Haze” in the dressing room of The Uppercut Club in London before a concert.

1966: John Lennon appeared on the British television show Not Only…But Also as a men’s room attendant.

Phil Spector born in 1940
Lars Ulrich-drummer for Metallica born in 1963

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