On this day in music history: January 6, 1977 …

On this day in music history: January 6, 1977 – EMI Records releases The Sex Pistols from their contract with the label. The company issues a statement to the press stating, “EMI feels it is unable to promote the bands’ records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the past two months.” Following the incident on the “Today Show w/ Bill Grundy” in December of 1976, the last straw is two days earlier on January 4, 1977. While waiting to board a flight to The Netherlands, the members of the band swear at Heathrow Airport staff, spit at each other and vomit in the flight lounge. Less than two months later, original bassist Glen Matlock leaves the band due to his deteriorating relationship with lead singer Johnny Rotten. Matlock is replaced by Rotten’s friend Sid Vicious (birth name John Simon Ritchie).