John & Yoko, porn artists! -- Coolest way to advertise an album that we've ever heard of... -- He may not be yer cup of tea, but we gotta say "Happy Birthday!" to...

(Courtesy of Columbia Records)

1/24/1969 (50 years ago today) - New Jersey state prosecutors issued a warning to record dealers that they would be charged with "distributing pornography" if they were caught selling the album "Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono -- The front cover was a stark black and white photo of the pair facing the camera, arms around each other, absolutely/100% totally nude! And yes, the back cover showed them naked from behind {there's sort of a joke here if you think about it}. It wasn't much of a musical statement: two sides clocking in at just over 29 minutes with most of it dedicated to the result of one all night long session of avant-garde experimentation and indecipherable "dialogue", although the inclusion of "Together" by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadian Orchestra was a nice touch. Still, it became quite the collector's item in England where only 5,000 copies (thankfully?!?!) were ever pressed. Pretty abhorrent stuff all around...

1/24/1980 (39 years ago today) - Must say, it got the job done: A billboard was erected on Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, California, to promote Pink Floyd's new release "The Wall" -- A blank wall was pasted up and each day a brick was 'removed' to slowly reveal the inside spread and title of the album. Effectively nifty!

1/24/1941 - Born this day, Happy 78th Birthday to pseudo-iconic singer-songwriter Neil Diamond -- While we've grown more-than-weary with the whole "Cracklin' Rosie" shtick, we remind you that it was Neil who wrote "I'm A Believer" (which went to No. 1 for The Monkees in 1967) and "Kentucky Woman" (Deep Purple's psychedelized version remains a monstrous sounding epic) -- With his 2008 release "Home Before Dark", Neil became the oldest artist to have a U.S. No. 1 album; that record was previously held by (none other than) Bob Dylan in 2006 with "Modern Times". Okay, we seriously like "Cherry Cherry" though...

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