This Day in History: 2023-01-14

Less than two months after its release, Ozzy Osbourne’s career retrospective, “The Ozzman Cometh,” is certified platinum (sales over one-million). 1998
Nielson SoundScan reports that The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album is 2010’s best-selling vinyl album in the U.S. Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs” and Black Keys “Brothers,” are #2 and #3, respectively. “Abbey Road” was also #1 in ’09. 2011
Drummer Charlie Watts joins the Rolling Stones. The band’s original line-up is now complete. 1963
Bob Dylan starts recording “Bringing It All Back Home” in New York. The set is known for “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues” (Dylan’s first Top 40 hit, peaking at #39) and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” 1965
The ’60s man. Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service headline the Human Be-In – A Gathering Of Tribes at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. It’s one of the key events leading up to the Summer of Love. Groovy. 1967
Zakk Wylde (Jeffery Phillip Wiedlandt) of the Black Label Society is born in Bayonne, NJ. His first shot of notoriety comes as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist. 1967
Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters founder, David Grohl, is born. 1969
Geoff Tate (Jeffrey Wayne Tate), former frontman for Queenryche, is born in Stuttgart, West Germany.  1969
Elvis Presley nails the record for the largest worldwide audience (estimated at over one billion) for his “Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii” concert telecast. It is his last major shot, but what a shot! 1973
The Sex Pistols play the last stop of their brief (less than ten days) U.S. tour at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) famously leaves the audience with a parting shot. “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” Rotten bails shortly thereafter. 1978
Drummer Jack Irons makes his debut with Pearl Jam when the group plays the first of two Voters For Choice concerts in Washington, D.C. 1995
In Detroit, White Stripes’ Jack White pleads innocent to aggravated assault charges stemming from a December 13th run-in with Von Bondies singer Jason Stollsteimer. 2004
The Beastie Boys’ defunct record label Grand Royal LLC goes on the auction block. 2004
Late Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone (a.k.a. John Cummings) is honored with a bronze statue at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A. Ramone’s likeness stands near the gravesite of his former bandmate Dee Dee Ramone, who died of a drug overdose in ’02. Cummings died the previous September of prostate cancer at the age of 55. 2005
Blur’s biopic, “No Distance Left to Run,” debuts at London’s Leicester Square Odeon. Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the film covers the band from their founding to their ’09 reformation. 2010
Incubus DJ Chris Kilmore is granted another restraining order against former band DJ Gavin Koppell, who Kilmore replaced in ’98. Kilmore was granted an initial restraining order in ’03 and that appeared to be at the root of a 12/28/09 incident where Koppell confronted Kilmore and his girlfriend allegedly threatening “you will get killed if you don’t lift that (restraining) order, people get killed in the street for that.” 2010
Dire Straits ’85 hit “Money For Nothing” is banned by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council because a homophobic epithet in the song is no longer acceptable. “The panel concludes that, like other racially driven words in the English language, ‘faggot’ is one that, even if entirely or marginally accepted in earlier days, is no longer so,” says CBSC chair Ron Cohen in an official statement. Some Canadian stations ignore the ban. 2011
Stevie Wonder is recognized for his contributions to music and culture at the BET (Black Entertainment Television) Honors Awards in Washington, D.C. 2012
Original KISS drummer Peter Criss is honored with the Drum Legend award during the grand finals of Guitar Center’s annual Drum-Off event at Club Nokia in LA. The award goes to those who have “paved the way for today’s drummers.” 2012
After being leaked online less than two weeks earlier, Bruce Springsteen’s solo album “High Hopes” is released. The set is a mix of originals and covers, including the title track which was originally recorded by Havalina. 2014
Black Sabbath’s ’70s catalog is added to the iTunes store for the first time. “It’s about f*cking time,” says Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne. 2014
BuzzAngle Music‘s report on American music consumption trends, states that Metallica has sold more albums in the U.S. over the past five years than any other Rock group. Queen (thanks in a large part to the “Bohemian Rhapsody” soundtrack) is listed as the top-selling Rock act of ‘19 in the U.S. 2020