We begin on this day in 1968. The Beatles record “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” written mostly by Paul McCartney, who sang lead on the track. John Lennon openly hated the song and left the studio during the session. When he returned, reportedly high on marijuana, Lennon went immediately to the piano and played the opening chords much louder and faster than before. He claimed that was how the song should be played, and that is the version they ended up using.
One year later, 1969, Brian Jones drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool, at 27. This happened just 3 weeks after being kicked out of The Rolling Stones. The coroner’s report stated “Death by misadventure.”
On this day in 1971, Jim Morrison, leader of the Doors, was found dead in a Paris bathtub. He died of heart failure and acute respiratory distress. He is also a member of the infamous 27 club of musicians and artists that have died at the age of 27.
On this day in 1972 “Song Sung Blue” by Neil Diamond was the #1 song.
We jump all the way to this day in 2012, KISS announced that they were set to release a guitar size book containing unseen photographs from their 40-year career. The limited edition called Monster would have a $4,299 price tag and at 3 feet tall, 2.5 feet wide, was reported to be the largest music book ever published.
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