Monday, January 11, 2010

This Date In Music History - January 11


Clarence Clemons - E Street Band (1942)

Tony Kaye - Yes (left in 1971)(1946)

Frederick Dennis Greene - Sha Na Na (1949)

Vicki Peterson - Bangles (1958)

Tom Dumont - No Doubt (1968)

Mary Jane Blige - Sold over 60 million records world-wide, known as the "Queen of hip-hop soul." (1971)

Tom Rowlands - Chemical Brothers (1971)

They Are Missed:

Born today in 1895, Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond organ. The sound of the Hammond was used by many rock artists including; Procol Harum, Keith Emerson, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers and The Faces. Hammond died on July 3, 1973.

Born today in 1924, Slim Harpo, blues musician. Died of a heart attack on January 31, 1970 (age 46).

Barry Pritchard, guitarist and singer with The Fortunes, died of a heart attack in 1999.

Mickey Finn percussionist and sideman to Marc Bolan in Tyrannosaurus Rex (T Rex), died of kidney and liver problems in 2002 (age 55).

Maurice Gibb, bassist and keyboardist of the Bee Gees, died in 2003 after undergoing abdominal surgery in Miami. The singer was 53.

Former Bread guitarist and Academy Award-winning songwriter James Griffin died at his home in Nashville in 2005 at the age of 61 after suffering from cancer. Bread had the 1970's hits "Make It With You," "Baby I'm-a Want You," and "Everything I Own."

Jefferson Airplane drummer, Spencer Dryden, died of cancer in 2005 at age 66.


The release date for the Elvis Presley single "Jailhouse Rock" was put back a week in 1958 after Decca Records pressing plant in the UK were unable to meet the advance orders of 250,000 copies.

The Beatles recorded their first national TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' in 1963. They mimed to their new single "Please Please Me" which was released on this day.

The Whiskey-A-Go-Go opened its doors on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles in 1963, the first rock club in the city. In the next decade and beyond, the Whiskey will be a popular meeting place for the record industry and a good place to be seen if you want to get into the industry. The Doors, among others, got their start there.

In 1964, 'Ring Of Fire,' by Johnny Cash, became the first Country album to go to #1 in the US album chart.

Roger Miller recorded his ditties "Dang Me" and "Chug-A-Lug" on this date in 1964.

The Beach Boys recorded "Do You Wanna Dance" in 1965

The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded "Purple Haze" in 1967. Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day.

'This Was,' Jethro Tull's debut album, was released in 1969.

"#9 Dream," from John Lennon’s Walls and Bridges, entered the Top Forty in 1975, where it will peak, appropriately, at #9.

The Pretenders' debut LP was released in North America in 1980.

The album Thriller by Michael Jackson becomes the all-time bestselling LP in 1984.

In 1985, a Brazilian rock Festival held in Rio, claimed to be the biggest ever staged. The festival featured featuring; Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes and Iron Maiden.

Nirvana appeared on NBC-TV's Saturday Night Live in 1992. At the end of a song, Krist Novoselic hurls his bass into the air. Unfortunately, it comes down right on top of him. Also on this day 'Nevermind' went to #1 on the US album chart.

In 1992, Paul Simon became the first international star to perform in South Africa following the end of the UN cultural boycott. He began a concert tour in Johannesburg.

In 2000, Gary Glitter was released from prison after serving half of a four-month sentence for possessing child pornography downloaded from the internet. Glitter was told he would have to go on the sex offenders' register for seven years.

In 2003, Pete Townshend issued a public statement denying being a paedophile after his name was linked with a police Internet porn inquiry. But The Who guitarist did admit studying child pornography for research into a campaign against it.

Ted Nugent cut himself with a chainsaw in 2004 while filming his VH1 reality series “Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments. It takes 40 stitches to close the wound. The contest has city slickers living off the land and enduring Ted for a $100,000 prize.

Green Day is #1 according to Rolling Stone magazine's 2005 Readers' Poll. They are named Artist of the Year, Best Band and earn the nod for Best Single ("Boulevard of Broken Dreams"). Audioslave gets Best Hard Rock/Metal Band, U2 is awarded Best Tour and Fall Out Boy is the Best New Artist.

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