Saturday, January 9, 2010

This Date In Music History-January 9


Joan Baez (1941)

Kenneth Kelley - Manhattans (1943)

Dick Yount - Harper's Bizarre (1943)

Jimmy Page - Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin (1944)

Scott Engel - Walker Brothers (1944)

David Johansen - New York Dolls (1950)

Crystal Gayle (1951)

Kenny McLean - Platinum Blonde (1959)

Eric Erlandson - Hole (1963)

Dave Matthews - Dave Matthews Band (1967)

Steve Harwell - Smash Mouth (1967)

Carl Bell - Fuel (1967)

A.J McLean - Backstreet Boys (1978)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1929, Bill Cowsill of the Cowsills - TV's Partridge Family was based on the Cowsills family (died February 17, 2006).

Irish singer, songwriter David McWilliams died of a heart attack at his home in Ballycastle, County Antrim in 2002 (age 56). Released over 10 solo albums.

In 2009, Dave Dee died at the age of 65, following a three-year battle with cancer. The UK singer had eight top 10 hits, with Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich including a UK number one single in 1968 with "The Legend of Xanadu," in which Dee famously cracked a whip. The singer, whose real name was David Harman, was originally a police officer and as a police cadet was called to the scene of the car crash that killed Eddie Cochrane during a UK tour in 1960.


In 1941, Muddy Waters first recordings were made by Alan Lomax and John Works for the Library of Congress. "Country Blues," "I Be's Troubled," and Burr Clover's "Farm Blues" were his first recordings.

Dion & The Belmonts performed "A Teenager In Love" on American Bandstand in 1959.

In 1960, Eddie Cochran arrived in England to begin a tour (he will die there in an April 17 car crash).

Bert Kaempfert started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1961 with "Wonderland By Night." Kaempfert produced The Beatles first recording session when they were in Hamburg.

Bob Newhart went to #1 on the US album chart in 1961 with 'The Button Down Mind Strikes Back!'

In 1963, drummer Charlie Watts joined the Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated.

The Beatles started a nine-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1965 with "Beatles 65," the group's fourth #1 album.

In 1973, Mick Jagger was refused a Japanese visa on account of a 1969 drug bust, halting the Stones' plans to tour the Orient. Asked by a reporter about his personal drug use, Jagger replied, "I don't take drugs. I don't approve of drugs and I don't approve of people taking drugs, unless they're very careful."

C.W. McCall's recording of "Convoy" reached the top of the country music charts in 1976. It's success leads to a long string of CB radio-related novelty records during the next year and a half.

The music for UNICEF concert took place in New York City in 1979 featuring Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees, Earth Wind and Fire, Abba and Donna Summer.

In 1981, Terry Hall and Jerry Dammers from The Specials were both fined $680 after being found guilty of using threatening words during a gig in Cambridge, England.

Singer Frank Sinatra was paid one-million dollars for a single performance to help launch a new resort on Australia's Gold Coast in 1988. It was Sinatra's first performance in the country in 14 years. He had been banned by Australian unions in 1974 after calling female reporters "hookers" and male reporters "drunks."

In 1988, Whitney Houston scored her sixth consecutive #1 in the US with "So Emotional."

In 1997, David Bowie performed his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, New York with guests Frank Black, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan and Placebo. All proceeds from the concert went to the Save The Children fund.

DMX were at #1 on the US album chart in 2000 with ‘...And Then There Was X.’

Winners at the 28th annual American Music Awards in 2001; Favourite Album, Creed, 'Human Clay', Male Artist, Kid Rock, Favourite Female Artist, Faith Hill, Favourite Group, Backstreet Boys, Favourite New Artist, 3 Doors Down.

A grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley was sold for $685,000 in 2003. Music producer Robert Johnson and partner Larry Moss sold the piano to the chairman of the Blue Moon Group, Michael Muzio who was planning to take the piano on a casino-sponsored promotional tour. He was then planning for the piano to be shown at the proposed rock museum at Walt Disney World.

Britain's Royal Mail issues a series of Beatles postage stamps in 2007.

Bon Jovi and Nickelback are winners at the 33rd annual People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles in 2007. The Favorite Rock Song is Bon Jovi's "Who Says You Can't Go Home," while Nickelback takes home the Favorite Group trophy.

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