Monday, January 25, 2010

This Date In Music History-January25


Etta James (1938)

Michael Cotten - Tubes

Mal Green - Split Enz (1953)

Richard Finch - KC and the Sunshine Band (1954)

Andy Cox - Fine Young Cannibals (1956)

Gary Brian Tibbs - Adam and the Ants (1958)

Alicia Keys (1980) Has sold over 25 million albums and singles worldwide and won numerous awards, including nine Grammys.

They Are Missed:

(Sleepy) John Estes, an important early bluesman, was born in Ripley, Tennessee in 1903. He played on the streets of Memphis in the 1920's, supporting himself by working the night shift at a trainyard. His tendency to doze off on the job earned him his nickname. (died June 5, 1977)

In 1983, the Allman Brothers bassist Lamar Williams died of lung cancer (age 34). He joined the band in 1972 after the death of original bassist Berry Oakley.

Albert Grossman, who managed the careers of Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan, died in 1986 on a flight from the US to Britain.

Born today in 1915, folk singer songwriter Ewan MacColl, composer of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," a hit for Roberta Flack in 1971. MacColl died on October 22, 1989.

Born on this day in 1931, Stig Anderson, songwriter, producer and Abba's manager. Co-wrote some of Abba’s biggest hits, such as "Waterloo," "Mamma Mia," "S.O.S," "Fernando," "Dancing Queen," "Knowing Me, Knowing You." Died of a heart attack on 12th Sept 1997.


Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" became the first single ever to enter the U.K. pop chart at Number One in 1958.

The original cast recording of 'The Sound Of Music 'started a 16-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1960.

Sam Cooke recorded "Chain Gang" in 1960.

Sam Cooke's "Twistin' the Night Away," was released on RCA Records in 1962. It will make it up to #9 on the pop chart.

In 1964, producer Phil Spector appeared as a panelist on the British rate-a-record TV program "Juke Box Jury."

In 1967, the Beatles made a last-minute remix of "Penny Lane" before the pressing of their next double A sided single"Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane." Both songs were originally intended for forthcoming Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

David Gilmour played his first show with Pink Floyd at Southampton University in 1968. He replaced Syd Barrett whose behavior had become increasingly unpredictable.

Creedence Clearwater Revival released their classic “Born On The Bayou” LP in 1969.

In 1971, Charles Manson and three female members of his "family" are found guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit murder and seven counts of murder in the first degree and are sentenced to life imprisonment. During one of the most sensational trials in history, it was revealed that Manson regarded the Beatles as angels who communicated to him through their music. In particular, "Helter Skelter," "Piggies," "Revolution 9" and other songs on the "The White Album."

Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane become the proud parents of a baby girl in 1971, which the they originally wanted to name God, but settled on China. Good move.....

The Carpenters went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1975 with their version of The Marveletts 1961 hit "Please Mr. Postman."

In 1978, Bob Dylan headlined a seven-hour benefit concert for imprisoned boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. The show at the Houston Astrodome also featured Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, Carlos Santana, Steve Stills and Ringo Starr.

Nanci Griffith releases her debut album, 'There's a Light Beyond These Woods' in 1978.

In 1979, the Cars won the Rolling Stone magazine annual readers' poll as the best new band of the year.

Paul McCartney was released from a Tokyo jail in 1980 where he'd been imprisoned for ten days after trying to carry a half pound of marijuana through customs at the Tokyo airport. He was immediately deported.

The day after his birthday, comedian John Belushi of "Saturday Night Live" and Blues Brothers fame jams with punk rockers, the Dead Boys, at The Whiskey in Los Angeles in 1980.

Yoko Ono donated $425,000 to Liverpool old people’s home Strawberry Fields in 1984.

Barbra Streisand started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1986 with 'The Broadway Album.'

Paul McCartney recorded an acoustic set in London for MTV Unplugged in 1991.

Color Me Bad scored their second US #1 single in 1992 with "All 4 Love."

Today in 1992 the song "Don't Let the Sun Go Down" by George Michael & Elton John topped the charts and stayed there for a week.

In 1994, singer Markey Mark was sued by a Portland, Oregon woman who said she was trampled during one of his shows. She said he invited the crowd to rush the stage after he stripped down to his underwear.

Also in 1994 - Lawyers for Michael Jackson and a 14-year-old boy announced a multi-million-dollar settlement of a civil lawsuit. The boy had accused Jackson of sexually molesting him — the superstar denied it. Reports put the settlement at anywhere from 5 million to 24 million dollars.

Billy Joel totals his Mercedes on a Long Island, New York highway in 2003 (but receives only facial cuts).

In 2007, Ted Nugent (who is never at a loss for words) claimed reports by the "hyper-liberal media" stating he made racially offensive remarks during his performance at Texas Governor Rick Perry's inauguration ball are untrue. "In total defiance to the vicious lies and hateful allegations of 'racism' leveled at me by irresponsible, unprofessional and downright goofy media punks, I never said a word . . . against 'illegal immigrants' or 'non-English-speaking' anyone," writes Nuge in a Waco Tribune-Herald guest column. "I will intensify my fight for a united America by demanding all Americans speak English."

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young attended the Sundance Film Festival in 2008 for the premiere of CSNY Deja Vu documentary about the quartet's antiwar-themed '06 tour. Neil Young directed (under his Bernard Shakey alias) and co-wrote the film which focuses on CSNY's '06 Freedom of Speech tour and examines the group's opposition to the Iraq war.

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