Let’s kick it off, on this day in 1973, in Philadelphia, Bruce Springsteen performed at Villanova University for an audience of 25 people. The concert was not promoted due to a strike at the schools newspaper.
On this day in 1976, the television variety show Donny and Marie, starring Donny and Marie Osmond, debuts on ABC. Bob Hope and Lee Majors appeared on the first show.
David Soul, one half of TV cop show Starsky & Hutch, went to No.1 on this day in 1977, with his song “Don’t Give Up On Us.” The track hit #1 in five other countries as well.
On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney packs about half a pound of marijuana in his luggage leaving New York. He was quoted as saying, “This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d take it with me.” The no flush landed him in a Tokyo jail for 10 days followed by deportation.
Let’s jump to this day in 1988. Tina Turner performs in front of a crowd of more than 184,000 people in Rio De Janeiro, which is (up to that date) the largest audience ever for a single artist. Rod Stewart holds the record now with a crowd of more than 3 million seeing his show in the same city.
And finally, it was on this day in 1992, that Eric Clapton recorded his Eric Clapton Unplugged for MTV. The album won six Grammy Awards, including Record Of The Year. It features the acoustic version of “Layla” and the million selling “Tears in Heaven.” The album has sold more than 26 million copies world wide and is Clapton’s best selling album ever.
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