Sunday, January 17, 2010

This Date In Music History-January 17


Chris Montez (1943)

William Hart - Delfonics (1945)

Mick Taylor - John Mayalls Bluesbreakers, Rolling Stones from '69 to'74 (1948)

Sheila Hutchinson - Emotions (1953)

Cheryl Bentyne - Manhattan Transfer (1954)

Steve Earle (1955)

Paul Young (1956)

Susanna Hoffs - Bangles (1957)

John Crawford - Berlin (1960)

Andy Rourke - Smiths (1963)

Kid Rock (1971)

Jon Wysocki - Staind (1971)

Ricky Wilson - Kaiser Chiefs (1978)

They Are Missed:

In 1970, Chicago R&B singer Billy Stewart and three of his band members were killed when their car goes out of control and off a bridge over the River Neuse in North Carolina. Stewart is best know for his 1966 hit "Summertime." He was 32 years old.

In 1982, Tommy Tucker, author of "Hi Heel Sneakers" and a bunch of other R&B hits, died of carbon tetrachloride poisoning sustained while he was finishing floors in his home. He was 48 years old.


In 1963, the Beatles played at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening played at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead. At the Majestic, every ticket had been sold in advance, leaving more than 500 disappointed fans waiting outside.

The Rolling Stones released their first EP in 1964, which included, "You Better Move On," "Poison Ivy," "Bye Bye Johnny" and "Money."

Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts' book, Ode to a High Flying Bird, a tribute to jazz great Charlie Parker, was published in 1965. Also, the same day the Stones recorded "The Last Time" and "Play with Fire."

In 1967, The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey finding 4,000 holes in the road in Lancashire inspiring John Lennon's contribution to The Beatles song "A Day In The Life."

Also in 1967 - Lesly Gore appeared on ABC-TV's "Batman" as Catwoman's sidekick, Pussycat.

Genesis was formed in 1967 by Charterhouse School mates Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks.

Led Zeppelin's debut album was released in 1969.

"Lady Samantha" was released in England in 1969. It was one of the very first recordings by Reginald Kenneth Dwight, better known as Elton John.

A display of John Lennon's erotic "Bag One" lithographs opened in London in 1970. Scotland Yard seizes prints 2 days later as evidence of pornography.

The Doors' two-night stand at the Felt Forum in New York in 1970 was recorded for their forthcoming album, "Absolutely Live." Several other shows around the country will also be recorded for the album.

At the Charles Manson murder trial in 1971, the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" was played. At the scene of one of his gruesome murders, the words "helter skelter" were written on a mirror.

Highway 51 South in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Blvd in 1972.

Dino Martin, singer and son of Dean Martin, was arrested in 1974 on suspicion of possession and sale of two machine guns. He was arraigned and released the next day on $5,000 bail.

Bob Dylan’s 'Planet Waves,' which reunited him with The Band as his backing group, was released in 1974.

Television and Blondie appeared at GBGB's, New York City in 1975.

Barry Manilow scored his second #1 single in 1976 with "I Write The Songs," which was written by Beach Boy Bruce Johnson.

Earth Wind and Fire started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1976 with 'Gratitude'.

The Blues Brothers make their first appearance on NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" in 1976.

In 1976, the Beatles turned down an offer of $30 million to play together again on the same stage. The offer was made by rock promoter Bill Sargent.

In 1977, the Marshall Tucker and Charlie Daniels bands headlined a benefit concert for Scooter Herring, an ex-roadie for the Allman Brothers Band. Herring was facing a cocaine trafficking conviction based, in part, on testimony from Greg Allman. It was Allman's move to give evidence that caused the breakup of the Allman Brothers. Herring, meanwhile, was sentenced to 75 years in prison.

Blondie reached #1 in 1981 with "Rapture."

Chuck Berry sued High Society magazine for $10-million in 1989 after it published nude photographs of him. Berry said the photos were stolen from his office in St. Louis. He told reporters he had taken photos of himself and his female companions over the past 30 years in case the women tried to defame him. Um, Ok Chuck.....

In 1990, Hank Ballard, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, The Kinks, Simon and Garfunkel, the Platters and The Who are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame during ceremonies at New York's Waldorf Astoria.

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington in 1993 for a free outdoor concert that was part of the presidential inauguration ceremonies. Among those performing are Aretha Franklin and Michael Bolton.

In 1994, Donny Osmond took part in a charity boxing match held in Chicago against former Partridge Family member Danny Bonaduce, Donny lost 2-1.

In 1996, David Bowie, Tom Donahue, The Jefferson Airplane, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles and the Velvet Underground are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Savage Garden started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1998 with "Truly Madly Deeply."

In 2003, a long-lost recording featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger was set to spark a biding war at a London auction. The acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song 'Too Many Cooks' and Lennon playing guitar. The track had never been release because the two artists were both signed to different record companies.

Gene Simmons of Kiss was fired by Donald Trump from NBC-TV's "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2008.

Custom model Gibson guitars were introduced at the NAMM music-equipment trade show in Anaheim, CA in 2008. A series of instruments are designed to look like guitars played by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Velvet Revolver's Slash, Rush's Alex Lifeson and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones.