Thursday, January 31, 2013

Music History - January 31st:

In 1949, country music singer Kitty Wells recorded her first sides for RCA Victor, including "Death At The Bar" and "Don't Wait For The Last Minute To Pray," neither of which charted. Wells was dropped from the label in 1950.

In 1957, Decca Records announced that Bill Haley And His Comets' "Rock Around The Clock" had sold over a million copies in the UK, mostly on 10 inch 78's.

In 1959, Bob Dylan is said to have been in the audience as Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper played Duluth, Minnesota less than three days before their fatal plane crash.

In 1961, at 24 years old, Bobby Darin becomes the youngest performer at that time to headline a TV special as Bobby Darin & Friends airs on NBC.

In 1962, Ray Stevens released the single "Ahab The Arab."

In 1963, Al Martino recorded "I Love You Because."

In 1963, the Beach Boys record "Surfin' USA", which will climb to number three in the US by mid-April. Although it was credited as being composed by Brian Wilson, the tune was a note-for-note cover of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen". Following a lawsuit, Berry was granted writing credit and royalties from the record.

In 1967, the Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the “Strawberry Fields Forever” promotional video. The film was shot in color for the benefit of the US market since UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white. Taking time out from filming, John Lennon bought an 1843 poster from an antiques shop in Surrey, which provided him with most of the lyrics for the song “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.”

In 1968, John Fred and His Playboy Band's single "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)" was certified Gold.

In 1968, the American Breed's single "Bend Me, Shape Me" was certified Gold.

In 1969, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Billy Preston signed with Apple Records.

Also in 1969, the Beatles recorded the master take of the song "Let It Be." Paul McCartney played piano, John Lennon played bass, newly signed Billy Preston played organ, with George Harrison on guitar and Ringo Starr on drums. Harrison overdubbed new guitar solos, one in late April 1969, another in early January 1970. The first overdub solo was used for the original single release, produced and mixed by George Martin, and the "more stinging" second overdub solo was used for the Phil Spector-mixed original album release.

Also in 1969, Crow recorded "Evil Woman Don't Play Your Games With Me."

In 1970, the Jackson 5 score the first of four straight Billboard number one hits with "I Want You Back". The song reached #2 in the UK.

In 1970, in New Orleans, members of the Grateful Dead were arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates. Reportedly the band had clashed with mob interests in Texas who alerted the New Orleans Police Department. The incident is alleged to be the inspiration for their song "Truckin,'" with lines in the song such as "Houston, too close to New Orleans" and "set up like a bowling pin."

Creedence Clearwater Revial (CCR) filmed a television special in 1970.

In 1970, Slim Harpo, who had a US Top 40 hit with "Baby Scratch My Back", died of a heart attack while recording in London. He was 46.

In 1971, in Gary, Indiana, the Jackson 5 were given "keys to the city" by their hometown Mayor Robert Pastrick.

In 1971, the Temptations performed "Get Ready" and "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1972, in Chicago's Great Salem Baptist Church, Aretha Franklin sang at gospel legend Mahalia Jackson's funeral, which was attended by thousands of mourners, including Coretta Scott King, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sammy Davis, Jr.

In 1972, Sonny & Cher released the single "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done."

In 1972, less than a day after an incident now known as "Bloody Sunday" in which British soldiers killed twelve Irish civil rights demonstrators, Paul McCartney writes and records "Give Ireland Back To The Irish". After some resistance from EMI, the song will finally be released on February 25th, but was immediately banned by the BBC, Radio Luxembourg and the Independent Television Authority. Despite the lack of air-play, the song would reach #1 on the singles charts in the Republic of Ireland and Spain, also climbing to #16 on the UK singles chart and #21 in the US.

In 1975, Barry Manilow's single "Mandy" was certified Gold.

In 1978, "Elvis: The Legend Lives!," starring Rick Saucedo, the Jordanaires, and D.J. Fontana, opened at New York's Palace Theatre for 101 performances.

In 1978, Blood Sweat & Tears saxophone player Greg Herbert died of an accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam during the band's European tour. He was just 30 years old.

In 1979, the Clash began their first US tour with Bo Diddley as their opening act.

In 1981, Jazz drummer Cozy Cole, who had a US #3 hit with "Topsy, Part II" in 1958, died of cancer at age 73.

Also in 1981, Blondie tops the Cashbox Best Sellers list and The Billboard Hot 100 with "The Tide Is High", a song written and recorded in 1967 by John Holt and his Kingston, Jamaica band, The Paragons.

In 1985, the mother of the group The Cowsills, Barbara Cowsill, passes away at the age of 56. She and her family were the real life inspiration for The Partridge Family TV show.

Also in 1985, at the Chaplin Stage in Hollywood, California, former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty gave his first live performance in 14 years.

On this day in 1985, "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner was the #1 song.

In 1987, Paul Simon's "Graceland" went to number 1 on the UK album chart. The LP would stay on the list for 101 weeks.

In 1988, at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, Herb Alpert played the U.S. national anthem and Chubby Checker performed during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXII. The Washington Redskins defeated the Denver Broncos, 42-10.

In 1993, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, country music singer Garth Brooks sang the U.S. national anthem and Michael Jackson performed with 3,500 local children in the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVII. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Buffalo Bills, 52-17.

In 1997, David Bowie released part of his holdings in intellectual property for sale on the stock market, becoming the first Rock star to offer Wall Street stock options on his career.

In 1998, at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, Bruce Springsteen, members of the E Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, and Southside Johnny performed at the "Come Together" benefit concert for the family of Sgt. Patrick King, a New Jersey police officer who had been killed in the line of duty.

In 1999, at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida, Cher sang the U.S. national anthem prior to Super Bowl XXXIII and Stevie Wonder performed in the halftime show. The Denver Broncos defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-19.

In 2001, it was announced that Peter Criss was leaving KISS and that he would be replaced by Eric Singer for the remainder of dates of the farewell tour. Criss' last show was on October 7, 2000.

In 2008, Natasha Bedingfield entered the U.S. charts at #3 for her album Pocketful of Sunshine, equaling the record set by soul singer Sade with the highest-ever U.S. chart debut for a U.K.-signed female. Bedingfield sold 50,000 copies of the record in its first week of release.

In 2009, Dewy Martin, drummer and backing vocalist for Buffalo Springfield on their 1967 hit "For What It's Worth", died from hardening of the arteries at the age of 68.

In 2010, Beyoncé set a Grammy record for females when she won six. The six awards were Song Of The Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Contemporary R&B Album.

In 2012, singer Leslie Carter, sister of singers Nick and Aaron Carter, died of a suspected drug overdose at the age of 25.

birthdays today include (among others): Charlie Musselwhite (69), Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) (62), Henry Wayne Casey (K.C. & the Sunshine Band) (62), Curly Smith (Jo Jo Gunne) (61), Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake) (59), John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd.) (57), Scott Ian (born Scott Rosenfeld) (Anthrax) (50), Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) (49), Chad Channing (Nirvana) (46) and Jason Cooper (Cure) (46), Marcus Mumford (Muford & Sons) (26) and Justin Timberlake (32)

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