Jan 12 – 18: Historic events this week from Ozzy Osbourne, Fleetwood Mac, Harry Nilsson, and Eric Clapton
JANUARY 12, 1986: “SUICIDE SOLUTION” LAWSUIT
A family’s lawsuit alleges the lyrics of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution” lead to their son’s death by suicide.
It’s solution as in liquid, not a way out. The song’s about the dangers of alcoholism. It’s just a terrible case of misinterpretation. Ozzy Osbourne
It was determined the fan’s suicide was not a “foreseeable result” of the song, and the case was dismissed.
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JANUARY 14, 1978: RUMOURS IS #1 FOR 31 WEEKS
Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours spent 31 non-consecutive weeks at #1 in the 49 weeks after its release. The albums that briefly surpassed Rumours during that time were: Hotel California, Barry Manilow Live and Simple Dreams by Linda Ronstadt.
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JANUARY 15, 1994: HARRY NILSSON DIES
The Grammy winning singer of “Everybody’s Talkin'” and “Without You” was born with congenital heart problems and had suffered a heart attack a year before his death. His fatal heart attack was made public by his friend, Dustin Hoffman, during Comic Relief VI. He was 52.
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JANUARY 16, 1992: CLAPTON UNPLUGGED
Eric Clapton’s iconic Unplugged performance was recorded before a small audience in England. Unplugged is currently the best selling live album of all time with 26 million copies sold worldwide. The album also won six Grammy awards including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.