Today in Music History: The Sex Pistols mock the Queen

Sex Pistols in 1977
The Sex Pistols (Sid Vicious left, Steve Jones center, and Johnny Rotten right) performing in Trondheim, Norway, in 1977. (Riksarkivet (National Archives of Norway) / Billedbladet NA/Arne S. Nielsen)

History Highlight:

Today in 1977, The Sex Pistols made a mockery of Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee by playing punk rock from a boat on the Thames River, including their subversive hit, "Anarchy in the U.K."

Also, Today In:

1963 - Decca Records in the U.K. released "Come On," the first record by The Rolling Stones.

1969 - The Who's rock opera Tommy entered the Billboard charts at No. 96; it would peak at No. 4.

1978 - Tom Petty met Bob Dylan for the first time backstage after Dylan's show at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.

1979 - Chuck Berry was charged with three counts of tax evasion.

1995 - Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood was admitted to a hospital after his ear was leaking blood. The problem was diagnosed as being the result of continuous guitar playing.

2004 - AC/DC's Back in Black album went Double Diamond, becoming just the sixth album with RIAA-certified sales of over 20 million in America. In November, the Shania Twain album Come On Over became the seventh. Both albums were produced by Mutt Lange.

2007 - The funeral of guitarist, singer Bo Diddley took place in Gainesville, Florida.

2009 - After performing the Poison hit "Nothin' but a Good Time" at the Tony Awards, Bret Michaels had a run-in with the set, and the set won. He cut his lip and fractured his nose in the incident.

2012 - Bob Welch, an early member of Fleetwood Mac who enjoyed a successful solo career with hits such as "Ebony Eyes", was found dead after an apparent suicide at home in Nashville. He was 66.


Dean Martin was born today in 1917.

Tom Jones is 78.

Prince was born today in 1958.

Eric Kretz, Stone Temple Pilots drummer, is 52.

Guitarist Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 51.

Iggy Azalea is 28.

Rapper Fetty Wap is 27.

George Ezra is 25.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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