Rock N’ Roll Diary: January 5

Carter Alan /

Bruce Springsteen released his first album Greetings From Asbury Park New Jersey on this day in 1973. How long did it take to sell a million copies?

Answer: Two and a half years – July 1975

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

  • 1969: The album Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits was certified gold nine months after its release.
  • 1973: Bruce Springsteen released his first album, Greetings from Asbury Park.
  • 1976: When called onto the scene of a domestic dispute, Los Angeles police fatally shot longtime Beatles road manager Mal Evans after he threatened his live-in companion with a rifle during an argument. The police said Evans turned the rifle on them when asked to surrender. The rifle in question turned out to be unloaded.
  • 1979: Southside Johnny was hospitalized with cuts from a broken cocktail glass after stumbling over a stage monitor during a concert encore in Sacramento.
  • 1980: John Mellencamp made his first appearance on “American Bandstand.” He performed the song “I Need a Lover.”
  • 1987: Elton John entered a hospital in Sydney, Australia for throat surgery. As a result, he had to cancel his concert schedule for the entire year.
  • 1991: ZZ Top was honored by the state of Tennessee as well as Shelby County and the City of Memphis for, quote, “Keeping the blues alive.”
  • 1998: Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident in South Lake Tahoe, California. He was 62.
  • 2008: Actress Cate Blanchett got the nod for best supporting actress from the National Society of Film Critics for her portrayal of Bob Dylan in the film I’m Not There.

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