This Week In Classic Rock History

Jan 19 – 25: Historic events this week from John & Yoko, Ozzy, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Paul McCartney

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JANUARY 20, 1970: JOHN & YOKO SHAVE THEIR HEADS FOR CHARITY

The Lennon’s shaved their heads while on holiday in Denmark. They traded the hair for a pair of Muhammed Ali’s boxing shorts. Ali’s shorts were then sold to raise money for John & Yoko’s peace campaign.

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JANUARY 20, 1975: BLOOD ON THE TRACKS

The masterpiece details immense pain and personal turmoil. Recorded towards the end of his second marriage, it’s widely believed to be an autobiographical album. Dylan refutes this, stating he doesn’t write “confessional songs”.

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JANUARY 20, 1982: OZZY BITES A BAT’S HEAD OFF

During a show in Des Moines, a fan threw a bat onto the stage. Reports differ as to whether it was dead or unconscious. What is known, is Ozzy bit its head off, believing it was made of rubber.

Immediately, something felt wrong. My mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid. I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin. Then the head in my mouth twitched. – Ozzy

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JANUARY 22, 1972: NEIL YOUNG’S DEBUT SOLO ALBUM

Betwixt Buffalo Springfield’s final album and CSN&Y’s classic Déjà Vu, Young released his self-titled debut as a solo artist. Despite being plagued with production issues, it resembled Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited and Young’s work with Buffalo Springfield.

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JANUARY 25, 1991: PAUL McCARTNEY UNPLUGGED

Paul appeared on the 21st episode of MTV Unplugged, but he was the first to release his performance as an album. Among a few cover songs, Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) contains six Beatles songs and “I Lost My Little Girl”; the first song Paul ever wrote, when he was 14 years old.

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