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Happy Friday, listeners! Just as it’s been a beautiful week here in Boston, it’s been a lovely week in the world of music history. Here’s a couple fun facts to get you through yet another gorgeous, sunny weekend (total pain, right?).
Today marks the birthday of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and possibly complete musical opposite Enya, whose music is as smooth as Reznor’s is staccato. This Sunday, the celebration ramps up with the birthdays of two WERS favorites, the mighty Pete Townshend of The Who and Joey Ramone of The Ramones. If you needed an excuse for weekend cake, you’re welcome.
There’s no shortage of event history this weekend, either– today alone, we remember one of the first stage appearances of both Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at the Monterey Folk Festival along with Pete Seeger in 1963, shortly before the artists burst into the mainstream On this day in 1975, Elton John’s latest Captain Brown and the Brown Dirt Cowboy sold over a million copies on its first day on release, awarding him yet another Platinum Record, the same day Mick Jagger accidentally punched his right hand through a window and needed twenty stitches to get repaired. Tom Petty was having an even worse day in 1987, when his L.A. home was damaged by an arsonist and resulted in over $800,000 in damage. Even superstars have bad days, kids.
That’s it for this week, everyone! Come back next week for your weekly fix of the peaks and valleys of the musical scene, and keep it tuned to WERS for your weekend music fix. Til then!