Tuesday, January 19, 2010

This Date In Music History-January 19


Phil Everly - Everly Brothers (1939)

Joe Butler - Lovin Spoonful (1943)

British pop singer Laurie London - who was just 13 when he recorded his only hit, "He's Got the Whole World (In His Hands)." (1944)

Pop singer Shelley Fabares - On her 18th birthday, in 1962, Fabares's recording of "Johnny Angel" hit number one on the Billboard chart. (1944)

Rod Evans - original lead vocalist for Deep Purple (1945)

Dolly Parton (1946)

Harvey Hinsley - Hot Chocolate (1948)

Francis Buchholz - Scorpions (1950)

Martha Davis - Motels (1951)

Dewey Bunnell - America (1952)

Eric Leeds - jazz and funk musician (1952)

Michael Boddicker - film composer and session musician. Played synthesizer on Michael Jackson's albums, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous. (1953)

Mickey Virtue - UB40 (1957)

Caron Wheeler - Soul II Soul (1963)

Trey Lorenz (1969)

John Wozniak - Marcy Playground (1971)

A.J. McLean - Backstreet Boys (1978)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1943, Janis Joplin, had a 1971 US #1 single with "Me And Bobby McGee" and a 1971 #1 album with Pearl. She died on October 4th 1970 after an accidental heroin overdose.

The late Robert Palmer ("Bad Case Of Loving You") was born in 1949.

Born today in 1935, Johnny O’Keefe, singer known as “Australia’s King of rock ‘n’ roll”. He co-wrote and had the 1958 Australian hit with, "Real Wild Child," which was covered by Iggy Pop in 1986. Other hits included "Shout!" "Don't You Know Pretty Baby" and "She's My Baby." O’Keefe died on October 6th 1978.

In 1998, legendary rockabilly pioneer, Carl Perkins, died in Nashville from complications following a recent series of strokes. Perkins songwriting and guitar work influenced Elvis Presley and The Beatles, to name two. He wrote and recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" in 1956 and his version sold 2 million copies before Elvis' version became a hit.

Former School of Fish singer/guitarist Josh Clayton-Felt died of cancer in 2000, less than a month after his illness was diagnosed. He was 32.

In 2006, Wilson Pickett died in hospital near his Ashburn, Virginia home of a heart attack (age 64). Pickett recorded the soul classics "Mustang Sally," "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and "In The Midnight Hour" plus he scored 15 other Top 40 singles.

Canadian singer songwriter and former Mamas and the Papas singer Denny Doherty died at the age of 66 in 2007.

Singer songwriter John Stewart, who wrote the Monkees hit "Daydream Believer" died in 2008 (age 68) after he suffered a massive stroke or brain aneurysm in San Diego. Stewart was a member of folk group The Kingston Trio and went on to record more than 45 solo albums with his biggest solo success being a US top five single, "Gold," in 1979.


The Brill Building at 1619 Broadway opened in 1931, renting space to music publishers; songwriters, demo studios, record companies and artist managers soon join as tenants. By the early '60s Brill Building houses 165 music businesses.

Marty Robbins made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in 1953.

The Platters "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1959.

In 1963, the Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' performing "Please Please Me."

The Monkees were at #1 on the UK singles chart in 1967 with "I'm A Believer," the group's only UK #1.

Al Wilson went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1974 with "Show And Tell."

Black Oak Arkansas appeared at Kent State University, Kent Ohio in 1974. Supporting act was Bruce Springsteen. Tickets cost $4.00

In 1974, two Bob Dylan/The Band shows, cause a nine-mile-long traffic jam in Miami that keeps many ticket holders from entering the Sportsatorium until the show is half over.

Johnny Rotten was fired from The Sex Pistols in 1978 for 'not being weird enough anymore.'

Pink Floyd's 'The Wall', started a 15-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1980. The group's third US #1, it went on to sell over 8 million copies.

Metallica began recording their fourth full-length release, "And Justice For All" in 1988.

Janet Jackson went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1991 with "Love Will Never Do," her 5th US #1.

Fleetwood Mac reunited in 1993 to perform at Bill Clinton's inauguration. Clinton had used "Don't Stop" as the theme for his campaign.

John Lennon, the Animals, The Band, the Grateful Dead, Rod Stewart and Elton John were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Paul McCartney inducts his former Beatle bandmate. "I’m the number one John Lennon fan," says Big Mac. The Band perform "The Weight." It’s the first time guitarist/vocalist Robbie Robertson has played with the group in 15 years.

"Kurt & Courtney" makes its premiere at the Slamdunk Film Festival in Utah in 1998. The film on the Nirvana frontman and his wife, the ever-charming Ms. Love, was pulled from the Sundance Festival.

In 2001, it was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world’s first pop star billionaire. McCartney was said to be worth £725 million ($1,233) and was expected to become a billionaire after huge sales from The Beatles compilation hits album.

Norah Jones started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart in 2003 with ‘Come Away With Me.'

Dressed in Oakland Raider gear, Metallica performed a surprise concert in the Oakland Coliseum parking lot prior to the AFC Championship game in 2003. Raiders win (but lose the Super Bowl).

In 2003, original members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger revive the Doors with former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and Cult vocalist Ian Astbury - filling in for Jim Morrison. The new line-up debuts in Las Vegas. Due to a dispute with original drummer John Densmore and the Jim Morrison estate over the use of the Doors’ name, the group later bills itself as The Doors of the 21st Century before settling on Riders On The Storm (after the classic Doors song).

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