Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This Date In Music History-January 13


Robert ‘Squirrel’ Lester - Chi-Lites (1930)

John Lees - Barclay James Harvest (1948)

Trevor Rabin - former Yes guitarist (1954)

Fred White - Earth, Wind and Fire (1955)

Don Snow - Squeeze (1957)

Jim Paris - Carmel (1957)

James Lomenzo - White Lion/Megadeth (1959)

Graham McPherson - Madness (1961)

Tim Kelly - Slaughter (1967)

Zach de la Rocha - Rage Against The Machine (1970)

They Are Missed:

In 1979, soul pop singer Danny Hathaway, known for his duets with Roberta Flack ("Where Is the Love?") died after jumping, (or falling - police couldn't reach a conclusion) from a 15th floor hotel room in New York City. According to his record company, Atlantic, Hathaway had been having some psychological problems and hadn't done much in the way of music lately. He was 34 years old.

The late Bobby Lester of the Moonglows ("Sincerely") was born in 1930.

Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist, Michael Brecker, died in New York in 2007 after battling leukemia. Over the course of his lengthy career Brecker was heard on albums by Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.


In 1906, the first advertisement for a radio, a Telimco selling for $7.50, appeared in the magazine "Scientific American."

Elvis Presley recorded "All Shook Up" and "That’s When Your Heartaches Begin" in Hollywood in 1957.

Radio station KWK in St. Louis declared Rock n’ Roll dead in 1958. After giving their Rock records a final play, the station staff break them. No word on if they ordered more.....

The Beatles recorded a TV appearance on the ABC Television program 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' in Birmingham in 1963, playing their new single, "Please Please Me." The show was broadcast on January 19.

The Beatles released "I Want To Hold Your Hand" in the US in 1964.

The first day of recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home album were held at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City in 1965.

In 1968, Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida audio lab reported that tests have found that the noise generated at rock & roll concerts is harmful to teenage ears.

Johnny Cash recorded a live album at Folsom Prison in 1968.

In 1969, Elvis Presley recorded in Memphis for the first time since his early days with Sun records; the session eventually produces his 18th Number One hit single, "Suspicious Minds."

John Lennon and Yoko Ono cut their hair and donated it to a charity auction in 1970.

Carly Simon started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1973 with 'No Secrets'.

Aerosmith's self-titled debut was released in 1973. It contains the band staples "Dream On" and "Mama Kin."

Eric Clapton has spent the last couple of years troubled by drug addiction. However, on this night in 1973, he makes a triumphant comeback at London's Rainbow Theater. He sells out two shows as the set opens and closes with "Layla." Afterward Clapton told a reporter, "I was very nervous, felt sick, the whole bit." Referring to the audience he responded, "They don't know how much it helped me."

The trial of seven Brunswick Records and Dakar Records employees on charges of bilking artists out of more than $184,000 in royalties began in 1976. The charges had been brought during a federal investigation for possible instances of payola.

In 1978, the Police started recording their first album at Surrey Sound Studios, Surrey, England with producer Nigel Gray.

Also in 1978, Elvis Presley's version of Paul Anka's "My Way" goes gold in five months after the King's death. Earlier, it had become one of Presley's 78 Top Twenty-five hits.

The Y.M.C.A. files a lawsuit in 1979 against the Village People over their song, "Y.M.C.A." The suit was later dropped.

The Grateful Dead, Beach Boys and Jefferson Starship were the featured acts at a benefit concert for the people of Kampuchea, held at the Oakland Coliseum in 1980.

In 1984, BBC Radio 1 announced a ban on "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, after DJ Mike Read called it 'obscene', a BBC TV ban also followed. The song went on to become a UK No.1 and spent a total of 48 weeks on the UK chart.

In 1993, singer Bobby Brown was arrested in Augusta, GA for simulating a sex act onstage. It was the second time that the Augusta police department booked him for the same offense.

Christina Aguilera had the US #1 single in 2000 with "What A Girl Wants."

In 2005, a report showed that more songs had been written about Elvis Presley than any other artist. It listed over 220 songs including: "Graceland" by Paul Simon, "A Room At The Heartbreakhotel" by U2, "Calling Elvis," Dire Straits, "Happy Birthday Elvis," Loudon Wainwright III, "There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis," Kirsty MacColl, "I Saw Elvis in a UFO," Ray Stevens. "Elvis Has Left the Building" by Frank Zappa and "My Dog Thinks I'm Elvis" by Ray Herndon.

It's announced in 2006 that The Jimi Hendrix Experience's "Axis: Bold as Love" and Bob Dylan's "Bringing It All Back Home" albums will be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame. The inductees represent "the most significant recorded musical masterpieces that have had a profound impact on our culture," says Recording Academy president Neil Portnow.

"Greatest Hits," a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band compilation, was released exclusively via Wal-Mart in 2009. After receiving criticism, Springsteen admits the deal was a mistake.

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