Today in Music History 10.12.18

Music Knowledge from Domino

October 12, 2018
Debbie Harry

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On this day in 1974, Blondie appeared at CBGB’s in New York City, under the name ‘Blondie’ for the first time. The name of the band actually came about from catcalls, made by drivers that would pass Debbie Harry and yell, "Hey Blondie." 

Let's go to 1978, when Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, who he found dead in the bathroom of their hotel room with a stab wound to her abdomen. Vicious dies of a heroin overdose before he can be tried for the murder.

On this day in 1979, Fleetwood Mac release their twelfth album Tusk, an experimental set of songs that cost the band over $1 million to record. The double album would achieve sales of over 2 million copies in the US, but was considered a major disappointment after the success of "Rumours." 

On this day in 1985, Ricky Wilson, guitarist and founding member of the B-52's, dies of complications from aids. He was 32 at the time.

And we lose another on this day in 1997. John Denver, an avid amateur pilot who loves flying experimental aircraft, is the victim of a fatal plane crash. He left the airport with one fuel tank low, when he tried to switch to the other tank, he crashed into the Pacific. Denver had 10 #1 songs between the pop chart and country chart.