Seven Days in Music History brought to you by This Day in Music

This Day In Music

Our friends at This Day in Music are bringing us some of the most relevant events that happened this week, along with a playlist for each day. Read along and enjoy these musical flashbacks.

22nd March 2009, Lady Gaga Started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Poker Face”, her second UK chart topper and a No.1 hit in over 20 countries. The second single from her debut album topped the charts in twenty countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many European countries. “Poker Face” is also the most downloaded song in the British chart history.

The Gambler

23rd March, 1973, John Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days by the immigration authorities; he began a long fight to win his ‘Green Card’ which he was given on 27th July 1976.

The event ended a long battle with the US government, which had tried to deport the singer. The Nixon Administration had targeted him as a trouble maker, a lengthy court battle ensued that ended up lasting more than two years. Finally, after Nixon resigned in the wake of the Watergate scandal and Gerald Ford moved into the White House, Lennon was granted permanent residence and allowed to remain in the country, where Lennon settled in New York.

New York

24th March 1958, At 6.35am, Elvis Presley reported to the Memphis draft board. From there Elvis and twelve other recruits were taken by bus to Kennedy Veterans Memorial Hospital where the singer was assigned army serial number 53310761.

Army Dreamers

25th March 2005, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne were forced to flee their Buckinghamshire mansion after a blaze broke out as they slept. Ozzy and his wife were roused by a fire alarm and ran to safety in the garden, rescuing their pets as they escaped.

Burning Down The House

26th March 1956, Kay Starr was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock And Roll Waltz.’ The song is told from the point-of-view of a teenager who comes home early from a date, and catches her parents attempting to dance to one of her rock and roll records.

Let’s Dance

27th March 1971, New York radio station WNBC banned the song ‘One Toke Over the Line’ by Brewer & Shipley because of its alleged drug references. Other stations around the country followed.


28th March 1981, Elton John’s version of The Beatles “I Saw Her Standing Ther” was released as a tribute to John Lennon.

It almost never happened, but for a bet between Elton and Lennon. The two men had recorded a song – “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” – which would appear on Lennon’s Walls and Bridges record, Elton’s feeling was that it was a No.1 record. Lennon wasn’t so sure.
Elton threw down the gauntlet; if the record went toNo.1, which Elton suspected it would, Lennon would join Elton on stage to perform it with him. Lennon won: “Whatever Gets You Through the Night” did hit No.1. Lennon joined Elton on stage on American Thanksgiving, 1974 where they performed three songs together: “Whatever Gets You Through The Night”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, and “I Saw Her Standing There.” This became the last major live performance by John Lennon.

Great Beatles covers

More Apps for you to play with

Today we’re excited to present the latest, greatest batch of hot new apps. A total of 13 fantastic apps, brought to you from music labels including Universal, Sony, Warner, EMI, LEGACY, Def Jam, Domino, Matador, PIAS and X5.

Want to check out complete album booklets? Personalise playlists based on your Facebook likes? Delve more deeply into the history of legendary artists? Listen to the most popular songs being talked about on Twitter? All this and much, much more is coming to Spotify…

New apps include:

NOW: NOW has landed on Spotify! Rediscover old favourites and check out the latest hits with one of the UK’s biggest-ever music brands. Check out the NOW UK Top 20 chart; reminisce to a retro NOW album; create and share a playlist on the fly with the NOW Playlist wheel; pick your favourite genres, click go and get an instant NOW playlist, plus much more!

The Complete Collection: Browse rich images, lyrics, and liner notes to learn about iconic artists while listening to their music. Always wanted to know who wrote that Eminem song? Looking for the producer of your favourite beat? Curious who took those amazing Lady Gaga photos? Use The Complete Collection to immerse yourself in the music history while listening to legends you love!

Tweetvine: TweetVine is a perfectly formed little app that listens to all the tweets on Twitter with the hashtag #NowPlaying and creates charts from the results!

Classify: Classify opens the doors to the world of classical music. Browse by composers, eras, moods, instruments or genres. Our vast library of classical music is now intelligently organised for your listening pleasure.

The Legacy Of: A visual feast. Dig deeper into some of the world’s most acclaimed artists with hi-res photos, curated playlists, handpicked albums, biographies and more.

Filtr: Filtr is a playlist app, which allows you to build playlists based on the music tastes of your Facebook friends, people who’ve accepted invitations to Facebook events, music genres, your Spotify playlists and favourite artists. On top of generating awesome playlists, Filtr also recommends existing and live updated editorial playlists based on what you like.

Def Jam: For over 26 years, Def Jam Recordings has shaped culture and lifestyles by creating the very best in hip-hop, rap, R&B, and pop music. Def Jam’s new app enables an entirely new way to make your lives better through new experiences in music discovery and curation.

Domino: The Domino app is a discovery and listening destination for fans of Domino artists, the Domino label and the larger independent music community.

the warner sound: the warner sound features songs, albums, and playlists from Warner Music Group’s outstanding roster of artists including Green Day, Bruno Mars, Linkin Park, and Cee Lo Green, hot and emerging artists like Wiz Khalifa, Ed Sheeran, Kimbra, Birdy, and Fun., as well as legendary acts like The Doors, Grateful Dead, and Aretha Franklin. The app also spotlights genre-specific playlists such as Just Can’t Get Enough – The ’80s, Have A Nice Day – The ’70s, and Youth Gone Wild – Classic Heavy Metal, among many others. Additional features include Album Of The Day, Family Tree (where current artists are traced back to the classic roots), and artist-curated playlists from today’s hottest acts.

Hot or not: Hot or not? You decide. Vote for your favourite songs, either based on what you think is popular or what you wish to make popular. You’ll be rewarded with points and you can earn badges as well as see your scores compared to all your Facebook friends!

Digster: Digster has fresh playlists updated weekly. You can browse playlists by category, find playlists made by artists and match Digster playlists to your listening history and Facebook likes.

[PIAS]: The [PIAS] app helps music lovers discover the very best new albums and expertly curated playlists. Updated weekly, users can now rely on trusted voices to introduce and recommend great music to them, both past and present.

Matador: Matador’s app gives you the ultimate experience in new releases, tour dates, playlists and more. As well as keeping you clued up on Matador’s latest releases and tour dates, you can browse through the history of releases from Matador since 1992 – an interactive guide to music from the New York indie label.

The apps will be rolled out today – you can find them, along with the rest of our apps, in the App Finder.

Spotify Apps