Tuesday, January 5, 2010

This Date In Music History-January 5


Athol Guy - Seekers (1940)

Grady Thomas - Funkadelic (1941)

George Brown - Kool & The Gang (1949)

Chris Stein - Blondie (1950)

Grant Young - Soul Asylum (1964)

Phil Thornalley - Johnny Hates Jazz, The Cure (1964)

Kate Schellenbach - Luscious Jackson (1966)

Brian Warner (Marilyn Manson) (1969)

Troy Van Leeuwen - Queens of the Stone Age (1970)

Matthew Walter Wachter - Angels & Airwaves, 30 Seconds to Mars (1976)

They Are Missed:

Born today in 1923, Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records, the first label of Elvis Presley's recordings. Recorded Carl Perkins, Ike Turner, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis. Phillips died on July 30, 2003.

The late Wilbert Harrison ("Kansas City") was born in 1929.

Jazz musician and bandleader Charles Mingus died in 1979 (age 56). His final project was 'Mingus' a collaboration with Joni Mitchell.

Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe, in 1997 (age 62). Bono who was one half on Sonny and Cher scored the 1965 UK & US #1 single "I Got You Babe" and had become a US Congressman.

Ken Forssi, bassist with Love, died of brain cancer in 1998 (age 55).

Doors’ manager Danny Sugarman died in 2005 at age 50. Involved with the band since 1967, Sugarman, co-author (with Jerry Hopkins) of the Jim Morrison tome No One Here Gets Out Alive, had been fighting brain cancer for several years.


Coral Records released Buddy Holly's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" in 1959 (the last release before his death).

The Supremes recorded "Stop! In The Name Of Love" in 1965.

During The Beatles Sgt Pepper sessions at Abbey Road in London in 1967, Paul McCartney recorded his vocal track on "Penny Lane."

Jimi Hendrix was jailed for one day in Stockholm, Sweden in 1968 on drinking charges after going berserk and destroying everything in his room at the Goteberg Hotel.

Bruce Springsteen released his debut album ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ. in 1973.

The Carpenters went to #1 on the US album chart in 1974 with 'The Singles 1969-1973'.

In 1974, Yes scored their first UK #1 album with the double set 'Tales From The Topographic Oceans'.

"The Wiz" opened on Broadway in 1975.

Beatles road manager Mal Evans was killed in 1976 during a confrontation with Los Angeles police.

In 1978, The Sex Pistols started a US tour in Atlanta, Georgia before an estimated audience of 500 people. "Where’s my beer?" Those are Johnny Rotten’s first words to the packed house.

Prince made his live debut at the Capri Theatre, Minneapolis in 1979.

Donna Summer scored her third US #1 album in 1980 with 'On The Radio- Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & II.'

In 1980, KC and the Sunshine Band had their 5th US #1 single and scored the first #1 of the 80's when "Please Don't Go" went to #1 in the UK.

Everything But The Girl made their live debut at the ICA in London in 1983. (They took their name from a second-hand furniture store in Hull).

In 1984, the Police, announced a farewell concert for March 2 in Australia. The group had been together for 9 years.

Madonna went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1991 with "Justify My Love," a song co-written with Lenny Kravitz.

No Doubt went to #1 on the US album chart in 1997 with 'Tragic Kingdom.'

In 2001, Kirsty MacColl was laid to rest at a private funeral ceremony, ahead of a public memorial to pay tribute to her life. The singer songwriter was killed in a boating accident on Dec 18, 2000.

Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on holiday in New Orleans in 2004. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter was shot when running after two men who stole his girlfriend's purse at gunpoint. Davies was admitted to the Medical Centre of Louisiana but his injuries were not considered serious. New Orleans police said one person had been arrested, and police were still searching for the second.

In 2008, Josh Groban was at #1 on the US album chart with his Christmas album ‘Noel’. The best selling US album of 2007 selling over 3.5 million copies in 10 weeks.

During halftime at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ in 2009, the Texas marching band pays a tribute to Led Zeppelin, playing “Kashmir” and “Stairway To Heaven.” That performance totally overshadows the Texas win over Ohio (24-21).

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