On Air

By: sonofabeach96

Mar 01 2016

Category: Uncategorized

36 Comments

There are a few interesting items to mention from this date in music history.  Lets get to it.

On this date, in 1941, the first “commercial” FM radio station began broadcasting as W47NV-FM in Nashville.  The station was owned and operated by The National Life and Accident Insurance Company, who also owned a TV station, WSM-TV.  Eventually the name of the radio station changed  to WSM-FM.  The station was in existence for ten years but wasn’t deemed commercially successful due to a lack of FM receivers in homes at the time.  National Life shuttered the radio station in 1951 and returned the broadcast license back to the FCC.  Little did they know that nearly everyone would soon have access to FM radio at home and in their cars.

On this date, in 1944, Roger Daltrey was born in London.  He’s, of course, best known as the legendary front-man for The Who, but also produced 8 studio albums, 5 compilation albums, and 1 live album as a solo artist in a career that’s spanned 50 years.

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He’s been one of the most recognizable voices in the rock era, and The Who sold over 100 million records with his big voice and charisma, along with the bad-ass Pete Townsend, out in front.  Rolling Stone ranked him no. 61 on their list of 100 Greatest Singers of All-Time.  He’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.  He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 2001.

On this date, in 196, Jim Morrison was arrested in Miami for allegedly exposing himself to the crowd during a gig at what was then known as The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove, FL.  Morrison attempted to start a riot among the crowd but that effort failed.  Dade County Police, however, would file an arrest warrant three days later charging him with indecent exposure.

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Morrison was convicted in Sept. of 1970 and was sentenced to 6 months in prison and a $500.00 fine.  He remained free on $50,000.00 bond while appealing the conviction.  The Lizard King died before resolution of the case, in July of 1971, but he was posthumously pardoned by the Florida Governor in 2010.  Drummer John Densmore has sworn that Morrison did not expose himself that night.

On this date, 1974, Queen kicked off their first tour, of the UK, as headliners.

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The tour was in support of their album QueenII and included roughly 20 dates throughout the UK ahead of a North American tour as support band to Mott the Hopple (bonus points if you know this band).

And, speaking of Jim Morrison, on this date, in 1991, Oliver Stone’s film The Doors opened in L.A.  I thought Val Kilmer put on a pretty convincing role as Morrison.

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Just my opinion.  🙂

So, in honor of all that, my songs of the day are:

“5.15” by The Who

“Hello, I Love You” by The Doors

“FM” by Steely Dan

“You’re My Best Friend” by Queen

“Free Me” by Roger Daltrey

“All Night Radio” by Tim Kreckel and The Groovebillies

“Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

“Riders On The Storm” by The Doors

“Without Your Love” by Roger Daltrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

36 comments on “On Air”

  1. As always….interesting….LOL I remember when Queen started off….and have always loved Jim Morrison…k

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  2. There is something enigmatic about Jim Morrison =)
    Bohemian Rhaspody one of my favorite songs ❤

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  3. 👊👊✌️✌ good song choices SOB!

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  4. I was obsessed with Jim Morrison in high school. I credit him with fueling my interst in writing. I tried to write all these grotesquely trippy poems which in hindsight are just ridiculous! Nevertheless, at least I started putting pen to paper… Daltrey is awesome!

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  5. If your kids don’t know all the words to Bohemian Rhapsody, you’re doing parenting wrong.

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  6. I miss Jim Morrison 😦

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  7. And he was never in my lifetime!

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  8. I agree Val Kilmer did a pretty good job. The list is super!

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  9. Great song choices! I listen to The Doors and Queen sometimes. I went to Jim Morrison’s grave some years back. I have a photo somewhere.

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  10. Jim Morrison’s antics put to shame the publicity ploys of today’s muscians.

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