January 24th: Brian Epstein, The Doors, The Clash, Steve Tyler and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1958: The Quarry Men performed at the Cavern Club, in Liverpool, (this was the bands only performance at the club). It was three years later when they appeared again at the Cavern but under their new name as The Beatles.

1962: Brian Epstein signed a management deal with The Beatles. Epstein was to receive 25 per cent of the bands gross earnings, the normal management deal was 10 per cent.

1969: New Jersey state prosecutors issue a warning to US record dealers that they would be charged with distributing pornography if they were caught selling the John Lennon / Yoko Ono LP 'Two Virgins'. The front cover of the album showed the pair frontally nude, while the back cover showed them from behind. The album still managed to reach No. 124 on the US, but failed to chart at all in the UK, where only 5,000 copies were ever pressed.

1969: The Doors appeared at Madison Square Garden, New York City, They were paid over $50,000 for the gig making them one of the highest paid acts this year.

1969: During their first North American tour, Led Zeppelin played the second of four nights at the Boston Tea Party, Boston.

1976: Bob Dylan started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Desire' his third US No.1.

1979: The Clash released their first single in the US, 'I Fought The Law' (written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly's Crickets).

1980: A billboard was erected on Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, California to promote Pink Floyd's new album 'The Wall'. Every day workmen added another brick to the wall until it was finished.

1981: Steve Tyler of Aerosmith was hospitalized after being involved in a crash on his motorbike.

1992: Nirvana played their first ever show in Australia at the Phoenician Club in Sydney. Also on the bill, Tumbleweed and The Meanies.

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