Rock N’ Roll Diary: January 4

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Traveling Wilburys Vo. 1 (Courtesy Wilbury/Warner Bros. Records)

Traveling Wilburys Vo. 1 (Courtesy Wilbury/Warner Bros. Records)

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listenlive listicle Rock N Roll Diary: January 4

The first album from the Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1, was certified platinum on this day in 1989. The second album also went platinum; what was that one named?

Answer: Vol. 3

Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!

  • Happy Birthday: Michael Stipe of R.E.M.
  • 1962: “Mersey Beat” magazine’s music poll rated The Beatles as the most popular group.
  • 1968: A drunken Jimi Hendrix was arrested in Gothenberg Sweden after trashing his hotel room.
  • 1970: Keith Moon’s chauffeur, Neil Boland, was run over and killed after a gig in Hatfield England – moon, who had never learned to drive, ran into his chauffeur after he jumped behind the wheel while trying to escape a gang of attacking skinheads.
  • 1978: Ozzy Ozbourne rejoined Black Sabbath, replacing his own replacement Dave Walker – Ozzy would soon quit again though.
  • 1986: Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, who had been in an overdose induced coma for a week, died of heart failure and pneumonia.
  • 1989: The first album from the Traveling Wilburys was certified gold and platinum in the same day.
  • 1999: Gold & platinum honors were bestowed on Black Sabbath for the double Reunion album.

From the WZLX ticket stash: Bruce Springsteen played Joe’s Place in Cambridge in 1974 for the first of three nights.

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