Thursday, January 7, 2010

This Date In Music History-January 7


Paul Revere - Paul Revere and the Raiders (1937)

Dave Cousins - Strawbs (1945)

Andy Brown - Fortunes (1946)

Rolling Stone founder and editor Jann Wenner (1946)

Kenny Loggins (1948)

Kathy Valentine - Go- Go's (1959)

John Rich - Lonestar (1974)

Rhianna (Robin Hannah Louise Kenny) (1983)

They Are Missed:

The late Eldee Young of Young/Holt Unlimited ("Soulful Strut") and the Ramsey Lewis Trio ("Wade In The Water") was born in 1936.

The late Danny Williams ("White On White") was born in 1942.

Harmonica player Cyril Davies died of leukaemia in 1964 (age 32). Davies was a driving force in the early 60's blues movement forming Blues Incorporated with Alexis Korner.

Bob McFadden ("The Mummy") died of ALS in 2000.

Jon Lee, drummer with Feeder, was found hanged at his Miami home in 2002 (age 33).

Drummer John Guerin died of pneumonia in 2004 (age 64) Worked with Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Linda Rondstadt, Gram Parsons, Todd Rundgren. He also played on the original title tune for the television series Hawaii Five-O.


Charley Patton made his first recordings in 1929.

"Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley and his Comets, entered the UK chart for the first time in 1955.

In 1956, production began on the "Rock Around The Clock" movie with Bill Haley.

Harry Belafonte reaches # 5 in 1957 with "Banana Boat (Day-O)."

Gibson introduced the Flying V electric guitar in 1958.

Chubby Checker's "The Twist" returns to #1 in 1962 (the only rock song to do that by the same artist).

In 1964, the Beatles recorded a seven-song appearance for the BBC Radio program Saturday Club. They played "All My Loving," "Money," "The Hippy Hippy Shake," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode" and "I Wanna Be Your Man." The show was broadcast on February 15, while the Beatles were in the US.

David Gilmour was asked to join Pink Floyd in 1968, briefly making them a five-piece band.

Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood) gave their first concert in 1969. It’s free and it was in London’s Hyde Park.

In 1970, neighbors sued Max Yasgur for damages resulting from the Woodstock Festival the previous year (Yasgur owned the farm where the festival was held).

Led Zeppelin fans rioted before a Boston concert in 1975, causing $30,000 in damages and the concert to be cancelled.

Andy Gibb was at #1 on the US singles chart in 1977 with "I Just Want To Be Your Everything," a song written by his Bee Gee brother Barry.

R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show in 1993 at the 40 watt Club, Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar powered mobile recording studio.

Oasis started recording their debut album "Definitely Maybe," at Monrow studios in South Wales in 1994.

Pink Floyd was inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 by the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan. David Bowie, the Velvet Underground and Jefferson Airplane are also in.

In 2003, the Beatles Book Monthly closed down after 40 years. Author Sean O'Mahony who set up the magazine in 1963 said there was nothing more to say as the number of things the former Beatles were doing gets less and less as the years go on.

In 2004, Dr. Gilbert Lederman offered to donate a George Harrison autographed guitar to charity. This comes one day after Lederman was sued by Harrison’s estate for coercing the ex-Beatle into signing a guitar on his death-bed. The case was settled when its agreed that the guitar will be disposed of privately. Lederman was treating Harrison who died in November 2001.

In 2006, Gary Glitter was formally charged with committing obscene acts with two girls aged 11 and 12 in Vietnam, the prosecutor in the southern province of Ba Ria Vung Tau said the charges would carry prison terms of three to seven years. Glitter, (Paul Gadd), had been held since November as he tried to flee the country over child sex allegations.

Mary J. Blige was at #1 on the US album chart in 2006 with ‘The Breakthrough’ the R&B singer’s third US #1 album.

In 2010, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Rolling Stones, The Clash, Pink Floyd, Coldplay and Blur have their album artwork displayed on a set of Royal Mail (U.K.) stamps. The covers include "Zeppelin IV" (aka "Untitled"), "Ziggy Stardust" (David Bowie), "London Calling" (The Clash) and "Let It Bleed" (Rolling Stones), among others.

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