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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: January

by on Jan.01, 2017, under ROCK B-DAYS/TODAY IN ROCK

Rock Birthdays
Jan. 1
Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe and the Fish) – 75
Morgan Fisher (Mott The Hoople, Love Affair, Hybrid Kids, Morgan) – 67
Andy Johns (producer and engineer: Led Zeppelin, (Led Zeppelin II and all albums through to Physical Graffiti), the Rolling Stones, (Sticky Fingers, Exile On Main Street, Jimi Hendrix (Axis: Bold as Love), Van Halen and more) – b. 1952 – d. 4/7/13
David Wayne (Metal Church, Reverend, Wayne) – b. 1958 – d. 5/10/05
Richie Faulkner (Dirty Deeds, Voodoo Six, Ace Mafia, Lauren Harris, Judas Priest) – 37

Jan. 2
Richard Cole (UK tour manager: Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Black Sabbath, Lita Ford, Ozzy Osbourne, Three Dog Night and more) – 71
Chick Churchill (Ten Years After) – 71
Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, Tackhead, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Waddy Wachtel, Little Axe, IMF’s, solo) – 58
Doug Robb (Hoobastank) – 42

Jan. 3
Sir George Martin (producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician) – b. 1926 – d. 3/8/16
Stephen Stills (CSNY, CSN, Buffalo Springfield, Manassas, The Rides, The Stills-Young Band, Au Go Go Singers, The Continentals, solo) – 72
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin, Them Crooked Vultures, Donovan, Seasick Steve, solo, producer, session work + more) – 71
Ross the Boss/Ross Friedman (Manowar, The Dictators, Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom + more) – 63
David C. Lewis (Ambrosia, Shadowfax, Edgar Winter, Billy Preston, Al Stewart, Stephan Bishop, Gary Wright, Terry Sylvester (The Hollies), John Ford Coley, The Doobie Brothers, Heart, Michael Hedges, Missing Persons, Dale Bozzio) –
Tracy “G” Grijalva‬ (WWIII, ‎Dio‬, Love/Hate) – 58

Jan. 4
John McLaughlin (Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clark, Jaco Pastorius + more) – 75
Brian Ray (Paul McCartney, solo + more) – 62
Michael Stipe (R.E.M., The Golden Palominos) – 57
Peter Steele (Type O Negative, Carnivore, Fallout) – b. 1962 – d. 4/14/10
Till Lindemann (Rammstein) – 54
Michael Olivieri (Leatherwolf) – 53
Michael Fast (Pretty Maids) – 53
Benjamin Darvill aka Son of Dave (Crash Test Dummies, solo) – 50

Jan. 5
Sam Phillips (founder of Sun Records + more) – b. 1923 – 7/30/03
Phil Ramone (Legendary recording engineer, record producer, composer. Among those whose music he has produced are Ray Charles, B. B. King, Paul McCartney, Chicago, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, The Guess Who, Julian Lennon, Clay Aiken, Burt Bacharach, Laura Branigan, Karen Carpenter, Peter Cincotti, Natalie Cole, Sheena Easton, Melissa Errico, Gloria Estefan, Quincy Jones, Patricia Kaas, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Richard Marx, George Michael, Liza Minnelli, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sinéad O’Connor, Fito Páez, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Paul and Mary, Andre Previn, Diane Schuur, Dionne Warwick and many more. He is also credited with recording Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of “Happy Birthday to You” to President John F. Kennedy) – b. 1941 – d. 3/30/13
Chris Stien (Blondie) – 65
Kelly Nickles (Sweet Pain, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat) – 55
Grant Young (Soul Asylum) – 54
Ted Poley (Danger Danger) – 53
Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) – 48
Robbie Crane (Lynch Mob, Ratt, Vince Neil, Vertex, Adler’s Appetite, Angel City Outlaws, Tuff, Black Star Riders) – 47
Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age, Desert Sessions, Enemy, Failure, The Wondergirls, A Perfect Circle, The Gutter Twins, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, Sweethead, Puscifer) – 47
Matt Wachter (30 Seconds to Mars, Angels & Airwaves) – 41

Jan. 6
Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) – b. 1946 – d. 7/7/06
Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo) – 66
Malcolm Young (AC/DC, Marcus Hook Roll Band) – 64
Neil Simpson (Climax Blues Band) – 58
Muzz Skillings (Living Colour, Medicine Stick) – 57
Michael Houser (Widespread Panic) – b. 1962 – d. 8/10/02
Pete Loran (Trixter) – 50
Gary Wiseman (Bowling for Soup) – 46
Eric Taylor (Saving Abel) –
‪Morgan Lander‬ (‎Kittie) – 35
James Durbin – 28

Jan. 7
Paul Revere (Paul Revere and The Raiders) – b. 1938 – d. 10/4/14
Rory Storm / Alan Caldwell (Rory Storm & The Hurricanes) – b. 1938 – d. 9/28/72
Jann Wenner (Founder, editor, publisher; Rolling Stone magazine) – 71
Kenny Loggins (Loggins & Messina, USA for Africa, Michael McDonald, Blue Sky Riders, solo) – 69
Ivan Moody (Motograter, Five Finger Death Punch) – 37
Jinxx (Black Veil Brides) – 31

Jan. 8
Elvis Presley – b. 1935 – d. 8/16/77
Bill Graham (concert promoter) – b. 1931 – d. 10/25/91
Robby Kreiger (The Psychedelic Rangers, The Doors, The Butts Band, Manzarek–Krieger, Robby Krieger Band, Experience Hendrix, solo) – 71
David Bowie (The Riot Squad, Tin Machine, The Hype, The Lower Third, The Konrads, solo) – b. 1947 – d. 1/10/16
Terry Sylvester (The Escorts, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Hollies, solo) – 69
Mike Reno (Loverboy, Moxy, solo) – 62
Alan Krigger (Ike & Tina Turner, Carl Wilson, Giuffria, London, D’Priest, Hollywood Allstarz + more) –
Andrew Wood (Malfunkshun, Mother Love Bone) – b. 1966 – d. 3/19/90
Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) – 47
Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch, W.A.S.P.) – 44
Torry Castellano (Donna C. – The Donnas) – 38
Maya Ford (Donna F. – The Donnas) –

Jan. 9
Joan Baez – 76
Jimmy Page (The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Honeydrippers, The Firm, solo, Coverdale/Page, Page and Plant, Herman’s Hermits, XYZ, Joe Cocker, The Edge, Jack White, Donovan, The Black Crowes) – 73
Cassie Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Honkettes) – b. 1948 – d. 10/20/77
David Johansen (New York Dolls, solo) – 67
Steve McRay (38 Special, Ted Nugent, Mose Jones, Atlanta Rhythm Section + more) – 67
Phil Lewis (Girl, L.A. Guns, New Torpedos, Tormé, Liberators, Filthy Lucre) – 60
Eric Erlandson (Hole, Rodney & the Tube Tops + more) – 54
Janis Tanaka (Femme Fatale) – 54
Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, Cro-Mags) – 53
Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Dave Matthews & Friends+ more) – 50
Carl Bell (Fuel) – 50
Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth) – 50

Jan. 10
Jerry Wexler (producer and record company executive. One of the main record industry players behind music from the 1950s through the 1980s. He coined the term “rhythm and blues”, and was integral in signing and/or producing many of the biggest acts of the last 50 years, including Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Chris Connor, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Wilson Pickett, Dire Straits, Dusty Springfield and Bob Dylan. Wexler was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987) – b. 1917 – d. 8/15/08
Scott McKenzie (The Singing Strings, The Journeymen, solo) – b. 1939 – d. 8/18/12
Jim Croce – b. 1943 – d. 9/20/73
Rod Stewart (Shotgun Express, The Steampacket, The Jeff Beck Group, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Faces, solo) – 72
Anysley Dunbar (The Jeff Beck Group, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, UFO, Whitesnake, Journey, Jefferson Starship, Lou Reed, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Sammy Hagar, Michael Schenker, Jake E. Lee, The Mojos, Flo & Eddie) – 71
Donald Fagen (Jay and the Americans, Steely Dan, New York Rock and Soul Revue, The Dukes of September, solo) – 69
Scott Thurston (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jackson Browne, The Cult, Melissa Etheridge, Glenn Frey, Hokus Pokus, Iggy Pop And The Stooges, Jump, Nils Lofgren, The Motels, Ron Asheton’s The New Order, Bonnie Raitt, John Trudell) – 65
Pat Benatar – 64
Michael Schenker (MSG, Scorpions, UFO, McAuley Schenker Group, Ratt, Contraband, Schenker Pattison Summit, The Plot) – 62
Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets, Eyes Adrift, Volcano) – 58
Parramore McCarthy (Warrior, Rough Cutt, Steve Steven’s Atomic Playboys) – 54
John Fenton “Johnny Dwarf” (Killer Dwarfs) – 46
Matt Roberts (3 Doors Down) – 39
Brent Smith (Shinedown) – 39
Mark Menghi (Metal Allegiance) – 37

Jan. 11
Laurens Hammond (inventor of the Hammond organ. The sound of the Hammond was used by many rock artists including; Procol Harum, Keith Emerson, Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers and The Faces) – b. 1895 – d. 7/3/73
Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, solo) – b. 1942 – d. 6/18/11
Tony Kaye (Yes, Badfinger, Circa, Yoso, Badger, The Iveys, Detective, Cinema, Flash) – 71
Terry Williams (Dire Straits, Bob Dylan, Rockpile, Tina Turner + more) – 69
Frederick Dennis Greene (Sha Na Na) – 68
Vicki Peterson (The Bangles, Continental Drifters, Psycho Sisters) – 59
Tom Dumont (No Doubt) – 49

Jan. 12
Long John Baldry – b. 1941 – d. July 21, 2005
Howard Stern – 63
Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows) – 57
Rob Zombie (White Zombie, solo) – 52
Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) – 47
Matt Wong (Reel Big Fish) – 44
Jason Freese (performed on over 50 albums by more than 35 different artists, including albums by Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day, Jewel, NOFX, and Zebrahead) –

Jan. 13
Cornelius Bumpus (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) – b. 1945 – d. 2/32/04
Trevor Rabin (Yes, Rabbitt, Mr. Mister, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Roger Hodgson, solo, film composer) – 63
Don Snow (Squeeze) – 60
James LoMenzo (Clockwork, Rondinelli, White Lion, Megadeth, Pride & Glory, Slash’s Snakepit, Lynch Mob, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Black Label Society, HAIL!, Hydrogyn, John Fogerty) – 58
Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips, solo) – 56
Tim Kelly (Hellion, Slaughter) – b. 1963 – d. Feb. 5, 1998
Malcolm Foster (Pretenders, Simple Minds, others) –

Jan. 14
Johnny Grande (Bill Haley and The Comets) – b. 1930 – d. 6/3/06
T-Bone Burnett (singer, songwriter, Producer) – 69
Geoff Tate (Queensryche, Hear N’ Aid, Operation: Mindcrime) – 58
Mike Tramp (White Lion, Freak Of Nature, solo) – 56
‎Ian Mayo‬ (Stoned Alice, Hericane Alice, Bangalore Choir, Bad Moon Rising, Burning Rain‬) – 51
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, Black Label Society, Steel Dragon) – 50
Steve Bowman (Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, John Wesley Harding, Penelope Houston, Luce) – 50
Dave Grohl (Scream, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, session work) – 48
Kenn Jackson‬ (Pretty Maids‬) – 45
Caleb Followill (Kings Of Leon) – 35

Jan. 15
Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) – b. 1941 – d. 12/17/10
Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – b. 1949 – d. 10/20/77
Biff Byford (Saxon, Fastway, Freedom Call) – 66
Melvyn Gale (Electric Light Orchestra, Wilson Gale & Co) – 65
Conrad Lant / Cronos (Venom, Probot) – 65
Adam Jones (Tool) – 52
Chris Julke‬ (‎Helix‬) – 50

Jan. 16
Bob Bogle (The Ventures) – b. 1934 – d. 6/14/09
Bob Kulick (Lou Reed, KISS, Paul Stanley, Skull, W.A.S.P., Murderer’s Row, Michael Bolton, Doro, Alice Cooper, Balance, Meatloaf, Blackthorne) – 67
Tommy Crain (Charlie Daniels Band + more) – b. 1951 – d. 1/13/11
Paul Raven (Ministry, Killing Joke) – b. 1961 – d. 10/20/07
Kane Roberts (Robert William Athas) (Alice Cooper, solo) – 55
Rich Ward‬ (Fozzy‬) – 48

Jan. 17
Jim Ladd (Legendary DJ “The Lonesome Cowboy” – KMET, KLOS, KLSX, SiriusXM) – 69
Mick Taylor (John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Rolling Stones, The Gods, Angel Witch, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, solo) – 68
Fernando Von Arb (Krokus) – 64
Steve Earle – 62
John Crawford (Berlin, The Big F) –
Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray) – 54
Kid Rock (solo, Uncle Kracker, Yelawolf) – 46
Jon Wysocki (Staind) – 46

Jan. 18
Dave Greenslade (Colosseum, Greenslade, Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds, solo) –
Steve Lynch (Autograph, Network 23) – 62
Chris Hager (Mickey Ratt, Sarge, Rough Cutt, Woop and the Count, Stephen Pearcy) – 58
Jonathan Davis (Sexart, Korn, Jonathan Davis and the SFA, Killbot) – 46
Quinn Allman (The Used) – 35

Jan. 19
Phil Everly (The Everly Brothers) – b. 1939 – d. 1/3/14
Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company, solo) – b. 1943 – d. 10/4/70
Rod Evans (Deep Purple, Captain Beyond, The Maze, The Horizons) – 70
Robert Palmer (Power Station, Vinegar Joe, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Duran Duran, Chic, solo) – b. 1949 – d. 9/26/03
Martha Davis (Motels, solo) – 66
Dewey Bunnell (America) – 66
Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, War & Peace, Foreigner, Steel Dagon, McAuley Schenker Group, T&N, producer) – 58
Gina Stile (Vixen) – 52
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, Another Animal, Life of Agony, Medication, Hail!) – 49
Zyon Cavalera (Soulfly) – 24

Jan. 20
Eric Stewart (Mindenders, Hotlegs, 10cc, Paul McCartney) – 72
George Grantham (Poco) – 70
Herman Frank (Accept, Victory, Hazzard) – 67
Ian Hill (Judas Priest) – 66
Paul Stanley (KISS, Wicked Lester, solo) – 65
Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group, Micheal Schenker Group, Grand Prix, Far Corporation, Survivor, Raiding the Rock Vault) – 64
Scott Thunes (Frank Zappa, Wayne Kramer, Steve Vai, Andy Prieboy, Mike Keneally, The Mother Hips, Fear, The Waterboys, Big Bang Beat + more) – 57
Phil Hilborne (performed with many artists including: John Entwistle, Glen Hughes, Keith Emerson, Bruce Dickinson, Brian May, Narada Michael Walden, Uli Jon Roth and many others, solo + more)
Greg K. (Greg Kriesel) (The Offspring) – 52
Tracii Guns (Guns N’ Roses, L.A. Guns, Contraband, Hollywood Rose, Brides of Destruction, Quiet Riot, Devil City Angels) – 51
Derrick Green (Sepultura, Musica Diablo + more) – 46
Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) – 38
Matt Tuck‬ (‎Bullet For My Valentine) – 37

Jan. 21
Wolfman Jack – b. 1938 – 7/1/95
Richie Havens – b. 1941 – d. 4/22/13
Edwin Starr (The Future Tones, Blinky Williams, solo) – b. 1942 – d. 4/2/03
Chris Britton (Troggs) – 73
Jimmy Ibbotson (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Wild Jimbos, John McEuen, solo) – 70
Richie Ranno (Starz, Stories, Ian Lloyd, Fallen Angels, solo) – 67
Rob Brill (Berlin, Big F, solo) – 61
Cordell Crockett (Ugly Kid Joe) – 52
Chris Kilmore (Incubus) – 44

Jan. 22
Sam Cooke – b. 1931 – d. 12/11/64
Steve Perry (Journey, Ice, Alien Project, solo) – 68
Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols manager, writer, solo artist) – b. 1946 – d. 4/8/10
Steven Riley (W.A.S.P., L.A. Guns, Steppenwolf, Keel, Cherry People) – 61
Michael Hutchence (INXS) – b. 1960 – 11/22/97
Steve Adler (Guns N’ Roses, Hollywood Rose, Adler’s Appetite, Adler) – 52
Ben Moody (Evanescence, We Are the Fallen, The Halo Method) – 36
Orianthi Panagaris (Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson, solo) – 32

Jan. 23
Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) – b. 1950 – d. 4/17/08
Bill Cunningham (The Box Tops) – 67
Robin Zander (Cheap Trick, solo) – 64
Greg Hinz (Helix) – 57
Kirk Arrington (Metal Church) – 55
Louis Clemente (Testamment) – 52

Jan. 24
David Getz (Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe and the Fish) – 77
Neil Diamond – 76
Warren Zevon – b. 1947 – 9/7/03
Michael DesBarres (Detective, Silverhead, Chequered Past, solo, Power Station, Michael Des Barres Band, actor) – 69
John Belushi (Blues Brothers) – b. 1949 – 3/5/82
Nigel Glockler (Saxon) – 64
Clive Edwards (Rococo, UFO, X-UFO, Bronz, Wild Horses, Pat Travers, Phil Lynott, Dave Stewart, Annie Lennox, John Cale, Ollie Halsall, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden, SOS, Chris Thompson, Lionheart, Uli Jon Roth, Electric Sun, Neil Merryweather,Grand Prix, others) – 64
Jools Holland (Squeeze, Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) – 59
John Myung (Dream Theater, Platypus, The Jelly Jam + more) – 50
Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic) – 49
Beth Hart (singer, songwriter, solo, collaborations) – 45

Jan. 25
Etta James – b. 1938 – d. 1/20/12
Michael Cotten (Tubes) – 67
Tony Catania (Jason Bonham, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, The Tony Catania Project, solo)
Jesse Harte‬ (‎South Gang‬) –
Mercedes Sherida Lander (Kittie) – 33

Jan. 26
Corky Laing (Mountain, West, Bruce & Laing, Corky Laing & The Memory Thieves) – 69
Chris Rhyne (Santana, Jean-Luc Ponty, Gino Vannelli, others)
Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band, Foxhole) – 68
Andy Hummel (Big Star) – b. 1951 – d. 7/19/10
Billy Greer (Kansas, Streets, Seventh Key, Native Window) – 66
Christopher North (Ambrosia + more) – 66
Edward Van Halen (Van Halen) – 62
Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows, Train, Matt Nathanson, Low Stars, Feeder + more) – 57
Tom Keifer (Cinderella) – 56
Mark Trojanowski (Sister Hazel) – 47
William Adler (Lamb Of God, Megadeth) – 41
Matt Heafy (Trivium) – 31

Jan. 27
Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) – 73
Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy, Funky Junction, Gary Moore, Phil Lynott) – 66
Seth Justman (J Geils Band) – 66
Janick Gers (Gillen, Iron Maiden, White Spirit, Gogmagog, Fish, Bruce Dickinson) – 60
Jaime St. James (Black ‘N Blue, Cold Gin, Warrant, Freight Train Jane, Let It Rawk) – 57
Tim Smith (Jellyfish + more) –
Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) – 56
Marc Ferrari (Keel, Cold Sweat, Medicine Wheel, Ferrari) – 55
Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fantomas) – 49

Jan. 28
Dick Taylor (The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things) – 74
Rick Allen (Box Tops) – 71
Dan Spitz (Anthrax, Red Lamb, Overkill, DeuxMonkey, Paige-Spitz) – 54
Ashley Purdy (Black Veil Brides) – 33

Jan. 29
Andrew Loog Oldham (record producer, manager, author, The Rolling Stones) – 73
David Byron (Uriah Heap, Spice, solo) – b. 1947 – d. 2/28/85
Tommy Ramone (Ramones, Uncle Monk) – b. 1952 – d. 7/11/14
Richard Manitoba (The Dictators, Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom, MC5, Manitoba, The Dictators NYC) – 63
Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) – 56
Ron Young (Little Caesar) – 54
Jeff Duncan (Odin, Lost Boys, Armored Saint, DC4, Let It Rawk) –
Jonny Lang – 36
‎Eloy Casagrande‬ (Sepultura) – 26

Jan. 30
Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, KBC Band) – 75
Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie, Majik Mijits, Packet of Three, solo) – b. 1947 – 4/20/91
Phil Collins (Genesis, Flaming Youth, Brand X, solo) – 66
Bill Leverty (Firehouse, solo) – 50

Jan. 31
Charlie Musselwhite – 73
Terry Kath (Chicago) – b. 1946 – d. January 23, 1978
William “Curly” Smith (Jo Jo Gunne, Spirit, Boston, solo, sessions) – 65
Adrian Vandenberg (Vandenberg, Teaser, Manic Eden, Little Caesar, solo, Whitesnake, Vandenberg’s Moon Kings) – 63
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd, The Lydons and The O’Donnells, Time Zone, solo) – 61
Jeff Warner (Black ‘N Blue) – 55
Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) – b. 1964 – d. 5/2/13
Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars, The Fire Ants, Redband, East Of The Equator, The Methodists) – 50
Jeff Cooper (The Cure) – 49

Today In Rock History:
January 1
1940: W2XDG in New York becomes the first licensed FM station and begins broadcasting from the Empire State Building.
1955: Elvis Presley appeared at The Eagles Hall in Houston Texas. Presley went on to play over 250 shows in 1955.
1956: Carl Perkins ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ 45 single is released. Written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in 1955 and is considered one of the first rockabilly (rock and roll) records and incorporated elements of blues, country and pop music of the time. The song was notably covered by Elvis Presley.
1956: Bill Haley’s ‘Rock Around the Clock’ went to #1 on the UK singles chart for the second time. The single is often cited as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time with sales over 25 million.
1959: For the first time, ABC-TV’s teen dance program ‘American Bandstand’ leads the U.S. daytime television ratings.
1960: Johnny Cash plays the first of several shows (over the years) at San Quentin Prison in CA. He later records a live album there. Among those in the captive audience is Merle Haggard, who was serving time for burglary.
1962: Beatles flunk their audition when Decca Records A&R man Dick Rowe isn’t impressed with Fab Four version of ‘Please Mr. Postman’ and several other songs. Rowe tells manager Brian Epstein that “Guitar groups are on the way out”!|
1963: Beatles begin a tour of Scotland to promote ‘Love Me Do.’
1964: Top Of The Pops premieres on British T.V. with Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies and The Swinging Blue Jeans. Over the years, this landmark weekly music program presents nearly all the major British Rock groups.
1965: The Yardbirds (with Eric Clapton,) played two shows at The Odeon Cinema, Hammersmith in London. One at 6:15 and 8:45pm.
1965: The Beatles (on Capitol Records) have three albums in the Billboard Top 10.
1966: The Beach Boys, with help from Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean), hit #2 on the charts with ‘Barbara Ann.’
1966: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound Of Silence’ started a two week run at #1 on the charts.
1967: The Doors made their first live television appearance lip-synching their first single ‘Break on Through’ on ‘Shebang,’ airing on KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles.
1967: As a thank you to the citizens of San Francisco who helped raise bail money for two of their members who were jailed the previous day during a parade, the Hell’s Angels stage a concert at Golden Gate Park with performances by the Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Company. The event is christened ‘The New Year’s Wail.’
1968: Billboard magazine reported that for the first time albums had outsold singles in the US with album sales reaching over 192 million units.
1969: Following a New Year’s Eve concert featuring the Grateful Dead and The Blues Brothers, the Winterland Theatre closes. The San Francisco venue, run by Bill Graham, featured The Dead no less than 48 times.
1970: Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys appeared at the Fillmore East in New York.
1971: Radio Luxembourg aired over seven hours of continuous Beatles music to celebrate the group’s tenth year in the music business. Every track played was a single or LP track by The Beatles plus tracks from solo albums.
1972: Carole King started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Music,’ her second chart topper.
1972: Marc Bolan signed a deal with EMI to release records in the UK on his own T Rex Wax co. label.
1972: Three Dog Night becomes the first rock band to ride on a float in the Rose Bowl parade. Three of their hits (including ‘Joy To The World’) play on a loop as they traverse the route.
1972: The Rolling Stones release ‘Hot Rocks.’
1973: The Allman Brothers Band performed at The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1975: Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham join Fleetwood Mac.
1976: Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant walks for the first time following his horrible car accident in Greece the previous year. “I’m going to need physiotherapy so I should think it’ll be the beginning of the next soccer season before I’m running about again,” Plant tells reporters.
1976: Procol Harum, John Miles, Barclay James Harvest, Baker Gurvitz Army and Snafu all appeared at the Great British Music Festival, London.
1976: Fleetwood Mac release ‘Go Your Own Way’ in the U.S. It goes on to become their first American Top 10 hit.
1977: The Clash opens the Roxy Club in London’s Covent Garden.
1977: Genesis played the first of three nights at the new-look Rainbow Theatre in London.
1977: Wings were at #1 on the singles chart in the UK with ‘Mull Of Kintyre.’
1979: Bill Graham closes the San Francisco Winterland Theatre. Grateful Dead have played there 48 times.
1979: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Darkness At The Edge Of Town’ Tour ends in Cleveland after 109 shows in 86 cities.
1980: RUSH release their 7th studio album, ‘Permanent Waves.’ It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and featured the stand out hits ‘The Spirit of Radio’ and ‘Freewill.’
1982: Black Sabbath played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1983: U2’s ‘New Year’s Day’ b/w ‘Treasure (Whatever Happened To Pete The Chop)’ 45 single is released in the UK. It is on their 1983 album ‘War’ and it was released as the album’s lead single on this date in January 1983. New Year’s Day was voted #6 in the Best Single category in the New Musical Express poll and #9 in the Best Single category in the Sounds poll and became U2’s first top 10 single in the UK. It reached #53 on the Billboard charts. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed the single at #427 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
1984: Alexis Korner died of lung cancer aged 55. He was known as “the Founding Father of British Blues”, he was a major force behind the UK early 60’s R&B scene. Formed Blues Incorporated; members at various times included Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond and Charlie Watts. Had hits with CCS, including a version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ which was used as the theme for BBC’s Top Of The Pops for several years. Became a radio host in the ’70s.
1985: VH1 makes its debut.
1986: Metallica release their classic ‘Master Of Puppets.’
1986: Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley have a daughter, Alexa Ray. She will eventually become a singer like her dad.
1987: In Sydney, Australia, Elton John announces that he is canceling the remainder of his tour to undergo throat surgery to remove a non-malignant tumor. It’s four months before he’s on stage again.
1987: Anthrax released the EP ‘I’m The Man.’
1988: The ‘classic’ lineup of Skid Row play their 1st show at Toronto’s Rock N’ Roll Heaven.
1988: Prince played an after midnight New Years Eve charity gig in aid of the homeless in Minnesota. Miles Davis joined him on stage.
1989: Nirvana signed a one-year recording contract with Sub Pop records. The Seattle based label began not as a record label but as a fanzine (called Subterranean Pop), in the early 80’s. They are also notable for having signed Soundgarden and Mudhoney.
1990: New American radio station WKRL in Florida played the Led Zeppelin track ‘Stairway To Heaven’ for 24 hours, as a prelude to an all Zeppelin format.
1990: ‘Fleetwood: My Life and Adventures in Fleetwood Mac,’ written by Mick Fleetwood and Stephen Davis (‘Hammer Of The Gods’), is in bookstores.
1993: Melissa Etheridge performs at the Voters For Change benefit then appears at the Triangle Ball, a gay and lesbian event. At the latter, Etheridge announces she’s gay.
1993: Elton John cracks the Top 40 with ‘The Last Song,’ making it 23 consecutive years he’s had a song on the charts. It breaks Elvis Presley’s previous record of 22.
2000: George Harrison is informed that he will be able to play guitar again following knife injuries to his hand during Michael Abram’s recent home invasion.
2002: 56-year-old Eric Clapton marries the 25-year-old American graphic designer Melia McEnery, who will be the mother to three of his children: Julie Rose, Ella, and Sophie. It’s a surprise wedding which takes place at St. Mary Magdalen church near London, where his 16-year-old daughter Ruth and 6-month-old Julie Rose are getting baptized. After the baptism, the vicar turns around and marries the couple to the astonishment of the 20 guests.
2006: Godsmack singer Sully Erna performs the national anthem prior to the New England Patriots – Miami Dolphins game in Foxborough, MA.
2006: Green Day are named Male Artist of the Year in a poll conducted by AOL Music.
2009: Ron Asheton, guitarist and bassist (1972-74) for Iggy Pop And The Stooges, dies in Ann Arbor, MI. at age 60.
2010: The Flaming Lips ring in the New Year by performing Pink Floyd’s 1973 classic, ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ in its entirety at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City.
2010: Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell confirms via Twitter that the band is reuniting. The group originally disbanded in 1997.
2011: An 84-year-old Chuck Berry collapses on stage in Chicago at a New Year’s Day concert. He makes a full recovery.
2011: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong reprises his role as St. Jimmy in the musical American Idiot (based on the Green Day albums ‘American Idiot’ and ’21st Century Breakdown’) on Broadway. Armstrong appeared in the musical for one week a few months earlier and that resulted in a 93.4 percent increase in ticket sales.
2011: The Ted Lapidus-designed white suit that John Lennon wore on the cover of ‘Abbey Road’ is auctioned at the Braswell Galleries in Norwalk, CT. It sells for $46,000.
2012: Steven Tyler’s interview with Oprah Winfrey airs on the premiere episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter on OWN TV.
2014: Black Label Society announce that they have selected Lizzy Borden guitarist Dario Lorina as a replacement for Nick Catanese, who left the previous month.
2015: Billy Idol performs during the pre-game festivities at the outdoor NHL Winter Classic where the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Washington Capitals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Idol sings ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Rebel Yell.’

January 2
1926: The first edition of the legendary British music magazine Melody Maker is published, promising news and information for “all who are interested in the production of popular music.”
1950: Sam Phillips opens the Memphis Recording Service, which he will later rename Sun Studio. Among the artists to record there is Elvis Presley, who gets his start recording with Phillips.
1964: The Rolling Stones perform ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ (written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney) on the first edition of the landmark British TV music show ‘Top Of The Pops.’
1965: Elvis Presley’s soundtrack album ‘Roustabout’ hits #1. It was Presley’s eighth #1.
1965: ‘The Beatles Story,’ yet another US-only collection of Fab Four releases, goes to #7 in the album charts. The Beatles are currently #1 in the singles charts with “I Feel Fine.”
1966: ‘We Can Work It Out’ by the The Beatles takes over the top spot from Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Sounds of Silence.’ It remains for two weeks, then falls to second once again behind “Sounds of Silence,” after which it reclaims the top spot for one more week.
1968: The entire shipment of John and Yoko’s album ‘Two Virgins’ was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of four nights at the Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles during the bands first North American tour. Support group was the Alice Cooper band. The group is billed as “Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page, formerly of the Yardbirds.” Page suffers from a fever and is forced to eliminate the 2nd set from this series of shows.
1969: Filming began at Twickenham studios in England of The Beatles rehearsing for the ‘Let It Be’ album. The project ran into several problems including George Harrison walking out on the group on January 10th. The sessions are later described by George Harrison as “the low of all-time” and by John Lennon as “hell … the most miserable sessions on earth.” The Beatles leave it to producer Phil Spector to salvage things while they start over with ‘Abbey Road.’
1970: Poco appeared at the Terrace Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.
1971: The George Harrison album ‘All Things Must Pass’ started a seven week run at #1 on the US album chart, making Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a US #1 album.
1972: Syd Barrett plays an unannounced solo gig at King’s College Cellar in Cambridge.
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at City Hall in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1975: U.S. District Court judge Richard Owen allows John Lennon and his counsel access to his FBI files in his ongoing deportation case, on Lennon’s suspicion that the deportation attempt is politically motivated because of his remarks about President Richard Nixon.
1976: Bad Company, Nazareth, Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, The Pretty Things and Be Bop Deluxe all appeared at the second day of the Great British Music Festival at London’s Olympia.
1977: Genesis played at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1978: Ozzy Osbourne rejoins Black Sabbath.
1979: Sex Pistol’s bass player Sid Vicious went on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen three months earlier. The former Sex Pistol ODs before the verdict is in.
1980: Singer Larry Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head in his Los Angeles, California home. He was 45. Williams had the 1957 #5 and UK #21 single ‘Short Fat Fannie.’ He was also known for ‘Bony Moronie’ and ‘Dizzy Miss Lizzy.’ The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dr. Feelgood, Flying Burrito Brothers, Johnny Winter, Little Richard, The Who, Ritchie Valens and Bill Haley & His Comets all covered his songs.
1982: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
1985: Aerosmith appeared at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton, New York.
1985: Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones marries his second wife, Jo Karslake, in Buckinghamshire, England, with guests Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, and the other members of the Stones (except Mick).
1994: Meat Loaf started a three-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with ‘Bat Out Of Hell 2-Back Into Hell.’
1997: Spirit’s founding guitarist Randy California drowns while surfing off the coast of Hawaii. His son gets caught in the riptide and though California is able to push him to safety, the guitarist ends up losing his own life.
2005: Green Day were at #1 on the UK album chart with their 7th album American Idiot. The album went on to be nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning the Best Rock Album of 2005.
2006: The Rolling Stones are recognized for having the highest grossing ’05 North American tour. According to Pollstar magazine, the Stones took in $162 million from 42 shows. The average ticket price was $134. U2 lands in second place with $138.9 million from 78 concerts.
2007: Rod Stewart is named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his musical contributions.
2007: Guitarist Jason Truby says he’s “no longer a member of P.O.D.” He claims that he decided to leave before founding guitarist Marcos Curiel announced he was rejoining the group.
2008: The Smashing Pumpkins issue ‘American Gothic,’ a four-track acoustic EP, via iTunes.
2009: The Eagles tour in support of their album ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’ ranks #3 in Pollstar’s 2008 tally of the highest-grossing North American tours of the year (behind Madonna and Celine Dion). The trek earned more than $73 million. Bon Jovi landed at #5. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and the Police are at #6 and #8
2010: Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer confirms that he has joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, replacing John Frusciante. Klinghoffer previously worked with Gnarls Barkley and Beck and was recording with RHCP prior to the announcement.
2012: Slash receives the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar International Magazine, with Joe Bonamassa getting the Guitarist of the Year honor.
2012: Iron Butterfly/Captain Beyond guitarist Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt dies at the age of 63, due to sclerosis of the liver.
2014: A judge dismisses a lawsuit over the rights to Tommy Lee’s rollercoaster drum set. Howard Scott King claimed he originated the design and sought $400,000 in damages from the Motley Crue drummer. The judge rules that King never had exclusive rights to the idea and that Lee designed his version on his own.
2015: Arizona’s departing state superintendent of public education, John Huppenthal, claims the Tucson Unified School District has violating the state’s ban on ethnic studies by using Rage Against The Machine’s 1992 song ‘Take The Power Back’ in a Mexican-American history class. Huppenthal threatens to reduce state funding for the district by 10 percent if they do not comply with the law. Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello tweets that his band’s lyrics are “only dangerous if you teach [them] right.”

January 3
1956: Elvis Presley plays a show at the Von Theater in Booneville, Mississippi, where he is advertised as ‘The Folk Music Fireball.’
1957: Fats Domino records ‘I’m Walkin’ in New Orleans.
1963: Rick Nelson signs a twenty year deal with Decca Records.
1963: The Beatles began their first headlining tour with four nights in Scotland appearing at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin. Two of the dates were cancelled due to bad weather.
1964: A month before the Beatles’ historic appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ NBC-TV’s ‘The Jack Paar Show’ showed a portion of a Beatles concert filmed at the Winter Gardens Theatre in Bournemouth, England.
1964: The Beatles get an early positive review from Billboard magazine for ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand.’
1964: The Rolling Stones appeared at Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill, England, supported by The Detours (later to become The Who).
1966: First Acid Test held at Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1966: The Beatles appear on NBC’s ‘Hullabaloo!’ in a taped performance of ‘Day Tripper’ and ‘We Can Work It Out.’
1967: Declaring himself a conscientious objector, The Beach Boys’s Carl Wilson refuses to be sworn in after receiving an induction notice from the US Army.
1969: Appearing live on UK TV’s ‘Lulu Show,’ Jimi Hendrix was booked to perform two songs, ‘Voodoo Child,’ which is performed in its entirety. Then, he stopped midway through the performance his new single “Hey Joe,” announcing, “We’d like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate this song to The Cream.” The Experience then launched into a version of “Sunshine Of Your Love” as a tribute to the group who had split a few days earlier. Hendrix then proceeded to continuing jamming, running over their allocated time slot on the live show, preventing the show’s host Lulu from closing the show properly.
1970: Four days after learning that their movie ‘Let It Be’ will be released in theaters, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr meet at Abbey Road Studios and record ‘I Me Mine’ for the film and soundtrack. John Lennon was away in Denmark at the time. A decade later it became the title of George Harrison’s auto-biography.
1970: Davy Jones announces that he’s leaving The Monkees, essentially dissolving the group, which had dwindled to a duo.
1970: Syd Barrett’s first solo album, ‘ The Madcap Laughs is released
1972: Two weeks of rehearsals for Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ tour began at the Bermondsey in London, England (the venue was owned by The Rolling Stones).
1972: Don McLean’s “American Pie” is certified gold.
1973: Two thousand international fashion editors and experts voted Mick and Bianca Jagger two of the top dozen best-dressed men and women of 1972.
1973: Bruce Springsteen played the first of a 4 night run at The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, opening for the comedy rock duo Travis Shook & The Club Wow.
1973: After seeing an ad in the Village Voice for a lead guitarist with “flash and ability,” Paul “Ace” Frehley auditioned to play guitar in a band called Wicked Lester. Ace showed up wearing different colored sneakers and despite being unimpressed with his visual appearance, Ace’s playing got him hired (they reportedly jammed to ‘Deuce’ during the session). Shortly thereafter, the foursome officially changed their name to KISS.
1974: Jim Croce’s ‘Time In A Bottle’ is certified gold.
1974: Bob Dylan begins a 6-week tour in Chicago with The Band, who do double duty: backing Dylan and then playing their own set. On the tour’s opening night in Chicago, Dylan performs ‘All Along The Watchtower’ live for the first time, even though he recorded the song seven years earlier. In July, the double album ‘Before The Flood’ is released, featuring highlights from the shows.
1976: Bob Dylan’s song, ‘Hurricane’, peaks at #33 on the Billboard singles chart, helping to cause enough publicity to eventually get former boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter released from jail. The song promoted Carter’s innocence and a movie about Carter’s life, starring Denzel Washington, was released in 2000.
1976: Gary Wright (formerly of Spooky Tooth) hits US chart for first time with ‘Dream Weaver.’
1977: Rush performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1978: Angel released their 4th album, ‘White Hot.’
1979: The Hype, (later to be known as U2) appeared at McGonagils in Dublin, Ireland.
1980: American rhythm and blues singer Amos Milburn died aged 52. He was famous for his drinking songs including, ‘Let Me Go Home, Whiskey’ and ‘One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer.’
1981: It’s the final night of David Bowie’s performance of ‘The Elephant Man’ on Broadway.
1981: The New York chapter of NOW (the National Organization of Women) begins a call-in campaign against Bruce Springsteen. They find his music “sexist” due to his use of the term “little girls” in his music.
1987: The second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announced, and it includes the first woman: Aretha Franklin. The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, and Jackie Wilson also enter.
2007: A pair of Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes are on the soundtracks of rollercoasters at two Disney SoCal amusement parks. A remix of the Peppers’ 1989 cover of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Higher Ground’ is heard at Disneyland’s Space Mountain in Anaheim while riders of the California Screamin’ coaster at California Adventure Park hear a customized version of the 1999 track ‘Around The World.’ The songs are used through April.
2007: A live rendition of Pink Floyd’s ‘Arnold Layne’ recorded at a London concert by Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, with vocals by David Bowie, gets to #19 on the U.K. chart, one place higher than the original version did in 1967.
2008: Gene Simmons is one of 14 contestants on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice. He ends up hearing “you’re fired” by Donald Trump.
2008: Stephen Stills undergoes prostate-cancer surgery in Los Angeles. “Stephen’s procedure went remarkably well and he couldn’t be better,” says Stills’ wife, Kristen.
2009: 3 Doors Down perform during halftime of the NFL playoff game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Atlanta Falcons in Glendale, AZ. Singer Brad Arnold also sings the national anthem.
2010: U2 frontman Bono writes in the New York Times about illegal music downloading. “A decade’s worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators…benefits are rich service providers, whose swollen profits perfectly mirror the lost receipts of the music business,” Bono states. He suggests tracking down file-sharers, something he says has been proven possible by China.
2011: Rob Zombie Hellbilly Brew coffee starts shipping to customers. Zombie’s coffee comes in French Roast Organic and Peru Organic varieties. It’s 100% Fair Trade Certified.
2013: Jack White’s solo debut album, ‘Blunderbuss,’ is named the biggest selling vinyl album of 2012 according to Nielsen Soundscan’s vinyl charts. Selling 33,000 copies, ‘Blunderbuss’ knocks The Beatles “Abbey Road” from the top spot, which it had held the previous three years.
2014: 2014, Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, died of complications from lung disease aged 74, in California. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, the Everly Brothers had 19 Top 40 hits, including ‘Bye Bye Love,’ ‘Wake Up Little Susie,’ and ‘All I Have to Do Is Dream.’ They influenced acts such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel.
2015: Kid Rock states he’s in favor of legalizing and taxing “pot, cocaine,(and) heroin,” in an interview published in the Guardian. “Has it not been proven that people will always find a way to get what they want,” asks Rock.

January 4
1936: Billboard Magazine introduced the first ever-pop music chart that ranked records on national sales; big band violinist Joe Venuti was the first #1.
1950: Two years after Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record, RCA announces its intention to follow suit.
1954: A young truck driver named Elvis Presley enters the Memphis Recording Service in Memphis, TN., to record a song for his mother’s birthday. He records ‘Casual Love Affair’ and ‘I’ll Never Stand in Your Way.’ It was this recording that would lead MRS head Sam Phillips to call Presley back to record for his Sun Records label.
1957: Elvis Presley reports for his pre-induction Army physical in Memphis. He gets his draft notice later in the year and begins his two-year Army hitch in 1958.
1965: Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars to CBS for $13 million.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of what would be over 240 gigs in this year when they appeared at the Bromel Club in Bromley, England. (Many of the concerts were two shows per night).
1967: The Doors released their self-titled debut album ‘The Doors.’ Unique packaging of the album included each band member’s bio. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The single, ‘Light My Fire,’ topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for three weeks in the summer of 1967. The album is #42 on “Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and is on “The Rolling Stone Hall Of Fame”.
1968: Jimi Hendrix spends the night in a Swedish jail after trashing a hotel room, reportedly during a fight with his bandmate Noel Redding.
1968: The University of California, Los Angeles announced that students taking music degrees would have to study the music of The Rolling Stones saying they had made such an important contribution to modern music.
1969: Jimi Hendrix Experience played on the BBC show ‘Happening For Lulu.’ His refusal to go along with the programming caused him to be banned from the network. Hendrix sing his first song and, at the end, the camera goes to Lulu in the audience to introduce the second song. Right in the middle of the intro, Hendrix lets out a blast of feedback then launches into his second song but, in the middle, stopped and said “We’d like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate a song to Cream” launching into ‘Sunshine of Your Love.’
1970: Chauffeur Neil Boland was accidentally killed when The Who’s drummer Keith Moon ran over him. Moon was trying to escape from a Gang of skinheads after a fight broke out at a pub in Hatfield, England. Moon had never passed his driving test.
1970: The Beatles (without John Lennon) re-record vocals and a new guitar solo on the Paul McCartney song ‘Let It Be’ at Studio Two, EMI Studios, London. This session will be the final studio appearance for The Beatles, as a group. (The final date that all four of The Beatles were in the studio together is August 20, 1969).
1971: The film ‘Performance,’ starring Mick Jagger, premieres in London two years after its completion.
1971: At London’s Abbey Road studios, Pink Floyd begin sessions for ‘Meddle,’ the follow-up to their 1970 album ‘Atom Heart Mother.’ The same month director Stanley Kubrick asks the band if he can use ‘Atom Heart Mother’ as the soundtrack for his movie ‘A Clockwork Orang’e. The band say no.
1972: Yes’ ‘Roundabout” b/w “Long Distance Runaround’ 45 single is released. It’s the opening track from the 1971 album ‘Fragile.’ The song was written by singer Jon Anderson and guitarist Steve Howe. In January 1972, an edited version of the song was released as a single. With its #13 peak on the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Roundabout’ ranks as the second highest charting US single for Yes, after their 1983 #1 hit ‘Owner of a Lonely Heart.’ The single version was edited down to 3:27 for American pop radio airplay, although many stations played the full version of the song. Anderson has said the lyrics to the song were inspired by a long tour van ride from northern Scotland to north England, which featured many traffic-clogged roundabouts along with mountain and lake scenery.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band publicly announce Lamar Williams as their replacement for recently deceased bassist Berry Oakley.
1973: Roxy Music appeared at My Mother’s Place in Washington, DC.
1974: Elton John goes gold with ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.’
1974: Bruce Springsteen played the first of a three night run at Joes’ Place in Cambridge MA., supported by Peter Johnson & The Manic Depressives. On the ticket it stated: Because of the energy crisis all our outside lights except for one will be shut off.
1975: Elton John started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with his version of The Beatles ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’. His third US #1, the song featured John Lennon on guitar.
1976: Longtime Beatles roadie/bodyguard Mal Evans is shot and killed by police in Los Angeles, who apparently mistake his air gun for the real thing. Evans’ girlfriend had called the police, claiming he was upset and despondent.
1976: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1977: The Sex Pistols shocked passengers and airline staff at Heathrow Airport when they spat and vomited boarding a plane to Amsterdam.
1978: Rush performed at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio.
1979: Due to renewed interest in The Beatles, the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany reopens to the public. The club had been an important stepping stone for the band. The Beatles do not attend.
1980: ZZ Top played at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, New Jersey.
1983: Aerosmith performed at the Neal S. Blasidell Center Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1984: Judas Priest release their 9th studio album ‘Defenders of the Faith.’
1984: Motley Crue released their 3rd single, ‘Looks That Kill.’
1986: Guitarist Andy Summers joins former Police bandmate Sting on his ‘Dream of the Blue Turtles’ World Tour.
1986: Thin Lizzy singer/bassist Phil Lynott died at the young age of 36. His longtime abuse of cocaine, heroin and booze led to his collapse on Christmas day, at his home in London. Kidney and liver infections complicated by pneumonia and, finally, heart failure took his life too soon. A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin in 2005.
1988: L.A.Guns released their self-titled debut album.
1991: Nirvana signs with Geffen Records. In September, their album ‘Nevermind’ is released.
2001: Courtney Love filed a lawsuit against her alleged stalker claiming that Lesley Barber, the ex-wife of her current boyfriend Jim Barber, drove over her foot. This had forced her to forfeit her role in a forthcoming film and lost her the $340,000 fee that went with it.
2006: The house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years was bought by Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb. The rustic house near Nashville, Tennessee went on the market in June 2005 with an asking price of $2.9 million. Gibb said he planned to preserve the house to honor the Cash memory. Unfortunately Gibb’s ownership of the house was short-lived. In April 2007, the house burned to the ground. Gibb was having the house renovated when a flammable spray sealer caused fire to break out during construction.
2008: The Eagles ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’ is the best-selling album issued by any band in 2007 according SoundScan’s annual tally. Released on Oct. 30, the album sells 2.6 million units before the year’s end.
2009: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant was voted the Greatest Voice In Rock by listeners of radio station Planet Rock. Plant beat Queen’s Freddie Mercury, Free’s Paul Rodgers and Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan to the top spot in the UK poll.
2010: Godsmack’s Sully Erna reaches a multimillion-dollar court settlement with an accident victim. In 2007, 27 year-old Lindsay Taylor was riding in the back seat of a car that was rear-ended by Erna’s Hummer. According to court documents, Taylor suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.
2010: Pollstar.com says the Dave Matthews Band was the top North American concert money earner between 2000-2009 taking in $529.1 million. Pop singer Celine Dion and Country vocalist Kenny Chesney are second and third. Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones round out the Top 5.
2010: Marilyn Manson proposes to his girlfriend, Evan Rachel Wood, while onstage in Paris. The 22-year-old accepts. But the pair call off the engagement eight months later.
2010: Bono’s lyrics get the approval of Pope Benedict XVI. L’Osservatore Romano, a newspaper tied to the Vatican publishes an article praising the Christian themes in U2 songs.
2011: Jane’s Addiction announces that TV On The Radio guitarist Dave Sitek is the band’s bassist, replacing Guns ‘N Roses/Velvet Revolver vet Duff McKagan who left in 2010 citing creative differences.
2011: Gerry Rafferty dies of liver failure in England at 63. Rafferty was a member of Stealers Wheel, who had the 1973 hit ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ and then also went on to solo success with ‘Baker Street’ and ‘Right Down the Line.’
2011: It’s announced that Pink Floyd has resigned with EMI. The group and label overcame long standing differences, including how digital music services would sell Floyd songs, to ink a five year deal.
2013: Rob Caggiano, longtime lead guitarist for the band Anthrax, announces he’s quitting the band. The split was affirmed by all members to be amicable, with Caggiano hinting that he’d like to work on other projects. He soon joined Volbeat.
2014: U2 receives the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), “for their unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice” and for the song ‘Ordinary Love’ from the film ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.’

January 5
1940: The FCC hears the first demonstration of FM radio.
1959: Coral Records releases ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ which turns out to be Buddy Holly’s last record issued while he is alive. The plane crash in Clearwater, Iowa (“the day the music died”), is just weeks away.
1961: The Beatles played at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool. In the audience are two members from Rory Storm & the Hurricanes: Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr who have just returned from Hamburg, Germany.
1964: The Rolling Stones performed at the Ricky Tick club at the Olympia Ballroom in Reading, England. During the 1960s, the club was host to many important acts such as The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream.
1967: Pink Floyd and Eyes of Blue performed at The Marquee Club in London.
1967: During The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’ sessions at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney recorded his vocal track on ‘Penny Lane.’
1968: Jimi Hendrix was jailed for one day in Stockholm, Sweden on drink charges after going berserk and destroying everything in his room at the Goteberg Hotel.
1968: Bob Dylan’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album is certified gold.
1968: Status Quo’s ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men’ b/w ‘Gentleman Joe’s Sidewalk Café’ 45 single is released in the UK. It was the first hit single by Status Quo. It reached #7 on the UK charts, and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their only hit single in the United States.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 2nd studio album, ‘Bayou Country’ album is released. It was the first of three albums CCR released in that year. It reached both the Billboard 200 Top LP’s (#7) and Top R&B LP’s (#41) charts. The single ‘Proud Mary,’ reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1969: During the band’s first North American tour, Led Zeppelin played the last of four nights at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, with Alice Cooper as the opening act. Zeppelin were billed as ‘Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page, formerly of the Yardbirds’.
1973: Aerosmith release their self-titled debut studio album.
1973: Bruce Springsteen released his debut album ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.’ Recorded in a single week the album only sold about 25,000 copies in the first year of its release. Both ‘Blinded By The Light’ and ‘Spirit In The Night’ were released as singles but neither made a dent in the charts. It entered the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart in 1975 and reached #60. It was ranked at #379 by Rolling Stone on its list of 500 greatest albums of all time.
1974: Bruce Springsteen performs ‘Rosalita’ for the first time at a concert at Joe’s Place in Boston. The song would become a live favorite and Bruce would often play it as an encore.
1976: Former roadie for The Beatles Mal Evans was shot dead by police by police at his Los Angeles apartment. His girlfriend called police when she found Evans upset with a rifle in his hands, he later pointed the gun at police who opened fire. Friends later said that Evans was depressed about his separation from his wife Lil Evans, who had asked for a divorce before Christmas.
1976: Bob Dylan’s 17th studio album, ‘Desire’ was released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for five weeks, while reaching #3 in the UK. In 2003, Rolling Stone named Desire #174 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1978: Sex Pistols start their only US tour in Atlanta, Georgia before an estimated audience of 500 people.
1979: The Blues Brothers’ ‘Briefcase Full of Blues’ album hits #1.
1979: Joe Jackson’s debut album,’Look Sharp!’ is released in the UK. Being released in the US in April 1979, it reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. The single, ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him?’ reached #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1979: Elvis Costello and the Attractions 3rd album, ‘Armed Forces’ is released. It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #482 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album had the working title ‘Emotional Fascism.’The US version of the album deleted ‘Sunday’s Best’ and substituted Costello’s version of ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,’ which had been released the previous November as the B-side of Nick Lowe’s ‘American Squirm’ single.
1995: Offspring launch their first tour of Japan. The five-stop trek begins in Nagoya.
1997: Johnny Cash plays Coyote, Homer Simpson’s imaginary guru on The Simpsons. Coyote tells Homer to buy more material possessions.
1998: Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) dies in a skiing accident in Nevada, near South Lake Tahoe, California, at age 62.
1998: Ken Forssi (original bassist for Love) dies of a brain tumor in Tallahassee, Florida, at age 54. He was also in the late-period lineup of The Surfaris and worked on a record with Jimi Hendrix.
2003: Green Day’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being stopped in California speeding in a black BMW convertible. He failed a breath test and was taken to Berkeley county jail and was later released on $1,053 bail.
2003: Little Richard guest stars on the ‘Special Edna’ episode of The Simpsons.
2004: Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on vacation in New Orleans. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter was shot when running after two men who stole his girlfriend’s purse at gunpoint. Davies was admitted to the Medical Centre of Louisiana but his injuries were not considered serious. New Orleans police said one person had been arrested, and police were still searching for the second.
2005: Danny Sugerman, longtime manager of the Doors, dies in Los Angeles of lung cancer. He was 50. Sugerman became the manager of The Doors at the young age of 17, after working with them for five years answering fan mail. He was a prolific writer, penning ‘No One Here Gets Out Alive’ about the Doors, and ‘Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns N’ Roses.’ In 1991, he married Fawn Hall (who shred documents for Lt. Colonel Oliver North in the Iran-Contra affair) and allegedly got her hooked on crack cocaine. Sugerman himself was a former heroin addict.
2005: Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland and ex-Alice In Chains guitarist-singer Jerry Cantrell are guest performers during Camp Freddy’s show in Las Vegas. Camp Freddy, with Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and ex-Jane’s Addiction members Dave Navarro and Chris Chaney, performs at the release party for Sony’s PSP portable game system.
2006: Coheed and Cambria postpone a portion of their European tour after frontman Claudio Sanchez breaks his hand while at home over the holidays. The injury occurs during a sparring match between the Coheed singer and his younger brother, boxer Matthew Sanchez.
2007: Journey guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain and the group’s current lead singer, Jeff Scott Soto, are among the musicians who take part in the ARF Rocks benefit concert in Walnut Creek, CA. The show, which also features Ronnie Montrose, benefits the Animal Rescue Foundation, a charity founded by baseball manager Tony La Russa (St. Louis Cardinals) that aids abandoned and abused pets.
2009: Carlos Santana launches the website, Architects Of A New Dawn (www.aoand.com), that promotes positive global change through online social interaction. “My vision for [the website] is a multi-tiered media company whose approach to building a new reality for the planet is based on inspiration, creativity, love and forgiveness,” says the guitarist. “I wish to bring it forth by combining music, sacred thoughts and inspirational media.”
2009: During halftime at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ, the Texas marching band pays tribute to Led Zeppelin, playing ‘Kashmir’ and ‘Stairway To Heaven.’ That performance totally overshadows the Texas win over Ohio (24-21).
2011: Nielsen SoundScan reports that Nickelback’s ‘Dark Horse’ is the best-selling Hard Rock album of 2010, even though the set was released in Novemberof 2008. At #2 is Linkin Park’s ‘A Thousand Suns,’ followed by AC/DC’s ‘Iron Man 2.’ Godsmack, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown and Them Crooked Vultures make the Top 10. At #10 is the Jimi Hendrix album ‘Valleys Of Neptune.’
2011: Elton John is a presenter at People’s Choice Awards. He hands the Favorite Country Artist trophy to Taylor Swift. Otherwise, Queen Latifah is the only bright spot in an evening cluttered with pop stars and reality show celebrities.
2012: Jon Bon Jovi, a member of the Summer Jobs initiative, visits the White House to brainstorm ways to put the nation’s youth to work. “The White House Council met with youth, corporate representatives, various White House staff and the President as we discussed the Summer Jobs initiative…good day,” writes Bon Jovi on Facebook.
2015: Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden marries actress Cameron Diaz.
2016: Donald Fagen, lead singer and founder of Steely Dan, was arrested by New York police and charged with assaulting his wife at their home. Fagen was accused of pushing Libby Titus into a marble window frame, knocking her to the ground at their Manhattan apartment.

January 6
1956: Elvis Presley performed in the gym at Randolph High School, Mississippi. This was the last time he ever appeared in a small auditorium.
1957: Elvis Presley makes his third and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, where he performs seven songs in three segments, ‘Hound Dog,’ ‘Don’t Be Cruel,’ ‘Love Me Tender,’ ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ ‘Peace in the Valley,’ ‘Too Much’ and ‘When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again.’ He is only seen from the waist up, leaving viewers to speculate as to what the screams in the audience are about.
1958: Gibson guitars launched it’ ‘Flying V’ electric guitar. Guitarists who played a Flying V include, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. Shipping records show that only 81 Flying V guitars shipped in 1958 and only 17 in 1959. In early 1959, the Flying V was phased out of production.
1958: Danny and the Juniors’ ‘At The Hop’ hits #1.
1958: Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Great Balls of Fire’ hits #2, where it would stay for four weeks before dropping down. It is held out of the top spot all four weeks by ‘At The Hop’ by Danny & the Juniors.
1962: Elvis Presley had his 3rd #1 album with Blue Hawaii. It spent a total of 18 weeks at the top of the charts.
1964: The first night of a 14 date UK tour ‘Group Scene 1964,’ featuring The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, Marty Wilde, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Dave Berry and The Cruisers, played at the Granada Theatre, Harrow on The Hill in Middlesex.
1966: The Beatles’ ‘Day Tripper’ b/w ‘We Can Work It Out’ single is certified gold.
1967: The Who played their first gig of this year when they appeared at Morecambe, Central Pier in England. Pete Townshend failed to show up after he was involved in an accident on the M6. Mike Dickinson, guitarist with support group The Doodlebugs sat in for him for part of the set and Roger played guitar too. John remembered that they performed ‘Boris The Spider’ twice that night and for the closing number, ‘My Generation.’ Pete’s guitar part was played by Who roadie Alan Oates while Roger and Keith smashed up a bit of stage gear.The band played over 200 gigs in this year, including their first ever U.S. tour.
1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the UFO Club, 31 Tottenham Court Road in London.
1968: Dick Clark’s rock show ‘Happening ’68’ premieres on ABC.
1968: The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ started an eight week run at #1 on the US album chart, the group’s 11th U.S. chart topper.
1969: Elvis Presley decides to record at Chips Moman’s American Studio in Memphis. He would eventually record many of his “comeback” hits there.
1970: Crosby Stills Nash & Young made their UK live debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
1973: Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’, (with Mick Jagger on backing vocals), started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart. In 2015, after keeping quiet for more than 40 years, Carly Simon admitted that ‘You’re So Vain’ was about Warren Beatty, but only one verse of it. Simon said the other verses were about two other men.
1973: David Bowie appeared at the Empire Theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
1974: Hawkwind played at the New Theatre in Oxford, England.
1975: Boston Mayor Kevin White cancels a Led Zeppelin show after over 2,000 fans rioted trying to buy tickets, causing an esimated $50,000 to $75,000 damage at Boston Garden when they riot, breaking seats and doors. The gig during the bands North American tour was rescheduled for Feb 4th.
1975: Pink Floyd started sessions start at Abbey Road Studios London for their next album ‘Wish You Were Here.’
1976: Peter Frampton’s ‘Frampton Comes Alive!’ album is released. It would go on to sell over 8 million copies. The double live album reached #1 on the Billboard 200 the week ending April 10, 1976, and was in the top spot for a total of 10 weeks. It was voted Album of the Year in the 1976 Rolling Stone readers poll. It stayed on the chart for 97 weeks and was still #14 on Billboard’s 1977 year-end album chart.The album was recorded in summer and fall 1975, primarily at Winterland in San Francisco, California and the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York.
1977: EMI Records dropped The Sex Pistols giving the band $68,000 to release them from their contract.
1977: KISS go platinum in the U.S. with ‘Rock and Roll Over’ album.
1978: Rush played at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
1979: Boston performed at the Hollywood Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
1980: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1984: John Lennon’s ‘Nobody Told Me’ b/w ‘O’Sanity’ 45 single is released. It was was recorded (but uncompleted) shortly before Lennon’s death in 1980, the song was later completed by Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in 1983 and released as the first single from Lennon and Ono’s album ‘Milk and Honey’ in 1984. It was originally written for Ringo Starr to include on his 1981 album ‘Stop and Smell the Roses,’ but Lennon died before the song could be used. It was Lennon’s last new single to reach the UK Top 10, peaking at #6 (although a reissue of ‘Imagine’ reached #3 in December 1999). The single was also Lennon’s last US Top 10 hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was his 3rd single to enter the US Top 10 posthumously.
1987: Eric Clapton started what became an annual event by playing six shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
1989: Blue Oyster Cult appeared at The Ritz in New York.
1990: Phil Collins started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘…But Seriously’.
1993: It was reported that David Bowie had lost over $4.25 millio n in unpaid royalties to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud.
1993: Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman announces his upcoming departure from the group after thirty years.
1997: Two bronze busts worth £50,000 were stolen from a garden at George Harrison’s estate in Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire. Thieves had climbed a 10 foot wall and cut the figures of two monks from their stone plinths.
1997: Metallica release their 16th single, ‘King Nothing.’
2001: Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour won the right to his dot com name. Dave took legal action in his battle to reclaim davidgilmour.com from Andrew Herman who had registered the URL and was selling Pink Floyd merchandise through the site.
2005: U.S. CD sales rose for the first time in four years. The CD format accounted for 98% of the 666 million albums sold, according to research company Nielsen Soundscan. A total of 140 million digital tracks were legally downloaded during 2004, equivalent to 14 million albums.
2006: Alex St. Clair (born Alexis Clair Snouffer) dies of a massive heart attack. He was 64. St. Clair was an original member of Captain Beefheart and a contemporary of Frank Zappa who he met in his high school.
2007: Peter E. “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow dies in California after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 72. Kleinow was best known as a member of the band the Flying Burrito Brothers but was also a busy session musician, recording with such artists as Jackson Browne, The Byrds, Joe Cocker, the Eagles, The Everly Brothers, George Harrison, The Steve Miller Band, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Spencer Davis and many others. Kleinow was one of the first pedal steel players to work in a rock context, and his style of playing influenced players such as Jerry Garcia.
2009: Ron Asheton is found dead at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, apparently having died of a heart attack a couple of days earlier. He was 60. Asheton formed the Stooges with Iggy Pop and was the lead guitarist on the Stooges’ first two albums, and later appeared as the bassist on their third release, before being replaced.

January 7
1946: A tornado rips through Tupelo, Mississippi, forcing a ten-year-old Elvis Presley into the cellar with his mother, Gladys.
1954: In Chicago, Muddy Waters recorded ‘Hoochie Coochie Man,’ a blues standard written by Willie Dixon. The song references hoodoo folk magic elements and makes novel use of a stop-time musical arrangement. It became one of Waters’ most popular and identifiable songs and helped secure Dixon’s role as Chess Records’ chief songwriter.
1955: ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley and his Comets, entered the UK chart for the first time. The original full title of the song was ‘We’re Gonna Rock Around the Clock Tonight!’ and is often cited as the biggest-selling vinyl rock and roll single of all time with sales over 25 million.
1958: Gibson introduces the Flying V electric guitar.
1963: Gary “U.S.” Bonds sues Chubby Checker for copyright infringement to the tune of $100,000, claiming that Checker’s ‘Dancing Party’ is a thinly veiled rewrite of Bonds’ recent hit ‘Quarter To Three.’ The suit is eventually settled out-of-court for an undisclosed sum.
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.
1966: The Dave Clark Five’s ‘At The Scene’ b/w ‘I Miss You’ 45 single is released in the US. Written by Dave Clark and Lenny Davidson, “At The Scene” reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. From the LP, ‘More Greatest Hits.’ ‘I Miss You’ is a non-LP B-side written by Clark and Denis Payton, and features vocals from Payton.
1967: The Young Rascals, The Doors, and Sopwith Camel play at Winterland in San Francisco.
1968: San Francisco’s influential underground FM station KMPX holds a ballot among its listeners to find out who would be the best candidate on a pro-grass ticket. The people say they want Bob Dylan for president, Paul Butterfield for vice-president, George Harrison as U.N. ambassador, Jefferson Airplane as the Secretary of Transportation, and the Grateful Dead as attorney general.
1968: Jimi Hendrix appears at Tivolis Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1970: Max Yasgur, whose farm in upstate New York played host to the original Woodstock Festival, is sued for $35,000 in property damages by neighboring farmers.
1970: Led Zeppelin kicked off an 8-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Georgia Southern Gym in Statesboro, Georgia.
1971: Black Sabbath released their 2nd studio album in the U.S.’Paranoid.’The album was originally titled ‘War Pigs,’ but allegedly the record company changed it to ‘Paranoid,’ fearing backlash from supporters of the ongoing Vietnam War.
1972: The St. Cleve Chronicle reports that a “Major Beat Group” will put music to the epic poem ‘Thick As A Brick,’ written by 8-year-old Gerald Bostock. The Society for Literary Advancement and Gestation (SLAG) had disqualified Bostock’s poem from their competition, citing an “extremely unwholesome attitude towards life, his God and Country.”
1972: Badfinger’s ‘Day After Day’ b/w ‘Sweet Tuesday Morning’ 45 single is released in the UK. The song was written and sung by Pete Ham and produced by George Harrison, who plays some of the slide guitar parts of the song along with Ham. The record also features Leon Russell on piano. As the song was unfinished at the time Harrison left the ‘Badfinger’ album to produce the Concert for Bangladesh, the final mix was done by Todd Rundgren, who took over ‘Straight Up’ after Harrison’s departure. Released as a single in the US in November 1971 (January 1972 elsewhere), it would become the group’s highest charting single there, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. It also peaked at #10 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1972. It remains the band’s best-known song, most notably for the slide guitar solos. It went Gold in March 1972, becoming the band’s first and only gold single.
1972: David Bowie released ‘Changes’ as a single in the UK. The track peaked at #49 on the UK chart and later at #41 on the US chart. The lyrics are often seen as a manifesto for his chameleonic personality, the frequent change of the world today, and frequent reinventions of his musical style throughout the 1970s. This was the last song Bowie performed live on stage before his retirement from live performances at the end of 2006.
1972: Cat Stevens ‘Morning Has Broken’ b/w ‘I Want To Live In A Wigwam’ 45 single is released in the UK. It is a popular and well-known Christian hymn first published in 1931. It has words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and is set to a traditional Gaelic tune known as “Bunessan” (it shares this tune with the 19th century Christmas Carol ‘Child in the Manger’). It is often sung in children’s services. Cat Stevens included a version on his 1971 album ‘Teaser and the Firecat.’ The song became identified with Stevens when it reached #6 on the US pop chart and #1 on the US easy listening chart in 1972.
1973: David Bowie appeared at City Hall, in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.
1973: Black Sabbath performed at The Great Ngaruawahia Music Festival in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand.
1974: Carly Simon and James Taylor’s daughter Sarah Maria was born.
1974: Aerosmith played at the Michigan Theatre in Detroit, the first date on their 56 date North American ‘Get Your Wings’ Tour.
1975: KISS performed at the Pavilion, Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.
1976: Former record exec Kenneth Moss is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and four years probation for his role in the accidental overdose death of Average White Band drummer Robbie McIntosh.
1977: Jefferson Airplane release ‘Flight Log (1966–1976),’ a compilation of Jefferson Airplane and Airplane-related tracks, including tracks by Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna, as well as solo tracks by Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, and Jorma Kaukonen.
1978: The Rod Stewart album ‘Foot Loose And Fancy Free’ peaks at #2. It contains ‘You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)’ and ‘Hotlegs.’
1978: Rush played at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
1979: Def Leppard released their debut EP ‘The Def Leppard E.P.’ The first pressing was limited to a run of only 1000 copies, which the band sold for $1/each at their shows (they also gave them away to anyone who could help give them more exposure). The EP was sold out by the summer of ’79, and after a few reissues, the band was signed to a major label and asked to re-record ‘Getcha Rocks Off’ and ‘The Overture’ for On Through The Night (‘Getcha Rocks Off’ was renamed ‘Rocks Off’ for the LP). The original pressing of the EP, however, continues to be a highly collectible item among hardcore Leppard fans.
1980: Led Zeppelin’s ‘In Through the Out Door’ album goes platinum. it will be the last Zep album issued while drummer John Bonham is alive.
1980: Foreigner’s ‘Head Games’ album goes gold.
1980: Pink Floyd released the ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’single in the U.S. The single peaked at #1 on both the US and UK charts, giving Pink Floyd their first and only #1 hit single. The single also went to #1 in many other countries, including Australia, Germany and Italy.
1981: The ‘Eagles Live’ album goes platinum. It will be 13 years until the next Eagles album is released.
1981: The Police played the first night of a North American tour at The University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada during their ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ World Tour.
1981: Cheap Trick appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1984: The ‘Metal Health’ single from Quiet Riot debuted at number #72 on the Billboard charts.
1987: Elton John undergoes throat surgery at a hospital in Sydney, Australia, to remove nodules on his vocal cords. He cancels his upcoming American tour, but is thrilled with the results, later claiming that his voice became stronger and more resonant after the procedure.
1993: R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 watt Club in Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar powered mobile recording studio.
1994: Oasis started recording their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ at Monnow Valley Studio in South Wales. When released in August 1994, it became the fastest selling debut album of all time in the UK, and went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide.
1994: Nirvana plays the Seattle Arena. It is the band’s last US show.
1999: Rod Stewart and supermodel Rachel Hunter publicly announce the dissolution of their eight-year marriage.
2004: Guitar World readers name Limp Bizkit the “worst band of 2003” in the magazine’s annual poll. Creed and the Strokes check in at #2 and 3 respectively.
2004: Drummer John Guerin died of pneumonia at age 64. He worked with Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Linda Rondstadt, Gram Parsons, Todd Rundgren and more. He also played on the original title tune for the television series ‘Hawaii Five-O.’
2004: Dr. Gilbert Lederman offers to donate a George Harrison autographed guitar to charity. This comes one day after Lederman is sued by Harrison’s estate for coercing the ex-Beatle into signing a guitar on his death-bed. The case is settled when its agreed that the guitar will be disposed of privately. Lederman was treating Harrison who died in November ’01.
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.
2008: Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood receives the Best Composer trophy for his soundtrack to the film ‘There Will Be Blood’ at the Critics’ Choice Awards held in Santa Monica, CA.
2008: Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder makes his first solo video appearance in the clip for ‘Guaranteed’ when it premieres on VH1. The Golden Globe Award winning track (Best Original Song) is from the movie ‘Into The Wild.’
2009: Kid Rock wins Favorite Rock Song award for ‘All Summer Long’ at the 35th annual People’s Choice Awards in L.A.
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.
2011: Bassist Phil Kennemore died at the age of 57 after a short battle with lung cancer.
2012: Original KISS drummer Peter Criss is honored with the Drum Legend award during the grand finals of Guitar Center’s annual Drum-Off event at Club Nokia in LA. The award goes to those who have “paved the way for today’s drummers.”
2016: A plaque is unveiled in honor of drummer Cozy Powell in his hometown of Cirencester, U.K. Powell died in a 1998 car crash. His resume includes stints with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Jeff Beck and Thin Lizzy. “Cozy really helped to define the whole genre of rock drumming as we know it today,” says Queen’s Brian May.
2016: Megadeth released the single ‘Dystopia.’
2016: Autograph released the EP ‘Louder.’

January 8
1957: Bill Haley & His Comets started the first ever ‘rock & roll tour’ of Australia, playing two sold out nights in Sydney.
1958: The Everly Brothers kicked off a 17 date North American tour at the Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Buddy Holly, The Rays, Royal Teens, Shepherd Sisters, Paul Anka, Margie Rayburn and
Danny & The Juniors.
1960: Eddie Cochran makes his last recording, ‘Three Steps To Heaven.’ He dies in a car accident later in the year.
1963: The Beatles appeared live on Scottish TV’s ‘Round Up,’ transmitted live from The Theatre Royal, Glasgow. They mimed to ‘Please Please Me.’
1966: The Who and The Kinks perform on the last showing of ‘Shindig’ on ABC-TV.
1966: The Beatles ‘We Can Work It Out’ tops the Billboard pop chart (the group’s 11th US #1 single) and the ‘Rubber Soul’ album started a six week run at #1 on the US album charts. It jumps 59 slots, from #60 to #1 and is the group’s seventh US chart topper.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Mojo Club in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.
1968: David Gilmour rehearsed for the first time with Pink Floyd prior to recording and touring commitments.
1969: Mike Jagger and Keith Richards were both barred from an exclusive hotel for wearing “op art” pants and nothing else. They were both asked to leave the Hotel Crillen in Lima, Peru after refusing to change clothes.
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
1971: Black Sabbath played at Town Hall in Birmingham, West Midlands, England.
1971: Yes played at Stadsschouwburg in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
1973: The Beach Boys’ 19th studio album, ‘Holland’ is released. It reached #36 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #20 in the UK. At the end of the year, Rolling Stone named Holland as one of their picks for Album of the Year. It was famously (and expensively) recorded in Baambrugge, Netherlands over the summer of 1972 using a reconstructed studio sent from home, and with two Brian Wilson tracks rush-recorded in Los Angeles and added to the album at the last minute.
1973: Yoko Ono releases ‘Approximately Infinite Universe,’ a double album whose highlights include songs like ‘I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass Window.’ Ono explains she felt she should make a double LP because “if George Harrison can put out a triple album, then I can put out a double album.”
1974: KISS is signed to its first recording contract. KISS drum up some press by performing a “dress rehearsal” shortly after signing to Casablanca Records and honing their carnival-esque image. Rolling Stone‘s reporter says, “The group plays very heavy, loud and ultimately monotonous rock in the Black Sabbath tradition. …A sure crowd-pleaser. The crowds of kiddies, that is.”
1975: Three Led Zeppelin concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden sell out in a record four hours. 60,000 tickets sell in all.
1976: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
1976: Queen’s ‘A Day At The Races’ is the U.K.’s #1 album.
1977: ‘Radio Ethiopia,’ from the Patti Smith Group, is released.
1978: Black Sabbath made their only live performance with Dave Walker on vocals, playing an early version of the song ‘Junior’s Eyes’ on the BBC Television program ‘Look! Hear!’
1979: Rush are named Official Ambassadors of Music by the Canadian Government.
1980: Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick In The Wall Part II’ b/w ‘One Of My Turns’ 45 single is released in the US. ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ is the title of three songs set to variations of the same basic theme, on Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock opera, ‘The Wall,’ subtitled Part 1 (working title ‘Reminiscing’), Part 2 (working title ‘Education’), and Part 3 (working title ‘Drugs’). All parts were written by Pink Floyd’s bassist, Roger Waters. Part II is a protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in the UK in particular. It was also released as a single and provided the band’s only #1 hit in the United Kingdom, the United States, West Germany and many other countries.
1981: Linda Ronstadt makes her Broadway debut alongside Rex Smith and Kevin Kline in the revival of ‘The Pirates of Penzance,’ which runs for 787 performances.
1983: ZZ Top appeared at the Riverside Centroplex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1985: The U.S. Postal Service begins selling Elvis stamps on what would have been The King’s 50th birthday.
1991: Steve Clark guitarist with Def Leppard, was found dead at his Chelsea flat by his girlfriend, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs. Clark, who was 30 at the time of his death, had been in and out of rehab a half-dozen times.
1994: Nirvana’s last U.S. show is a hometown gig at the Seattle Center Arena.
1997: Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled debut has sold over 2 million copies since its release four years earlier.
2001: Creed wins Favorite Artist Alternative Music and Favorite Album Pop/Rock (for ‘Human Clay’) at the 28th American Music Awards.
2001: A woman who believed that Axl Rose communicated with her via telepathy was arrested for stalking the Guns N’ Roses singer for a second time. Police detained Karen Jane McNeil after she was spotted loitering outside his house.
2002: The Black Crowes announce they are on hiatus.
2004: George Harrison’s estate sues Dr. Gilbert Lederman of Staten Island University Hospital for $10 million, alleging he forced a dying Harrison to sign souvenirs for him.
2005: Aussies to the rescue. Jet frontman Nic Cester, members of the Living End and ex-Silverchair vocalist Daniel Johns (with his band the Dissociatives) perform at Reach Out To Asia, a tsunami-relief benefit concert and telethon in Sydney, Australia.
2006: Santana is a surprise guest performer at a star-studded San Francisco benefit concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of late legendary promoter Bill Graham’s birth. Graham is the one who launched the legendary Fillmore West in San Francisco and the Fillmore East in New York. Santana often performed at both venues.
2007: On his 60th birthday, David Bowie’s wife, Iman, claims her husband “isn’t freaking out” about his age. “I guess that’s because he’s happy,” she says. “We just lead a very simple family life.”
2007: It’s announced that Van Halen, R.E.M. and Patti Smith will be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Five Van Halen members are honored: the original four (brothers Alex and Eddie, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth) plus second frontman Sammy Hagar. The official ceremony takes place the following March at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
2008: The Police beat out Van Halen and Genesis to win the Favorite Reunion Tour trophy at the 34th annual People’s Choice Awards in Hollywood. There is no live ceremony because of the ongoing writers strike. Earlier, guitarist Andy Summers makes an in-store appearance in Hollywood to promote his photo book ‘I’ll Be Watching You.’
2008: U2’s Bono meets with French president Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris to discuss France’s monetary contributions to developing countries. The U2 frontman lobbies the president to make good on his country’s ’06 promise to the DATA advocacy organization, which Bono co-founded, that it will raise its financial aid to 0.7 percent of its gross national product by 2012.
2009: Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel vie for the Best Song honor at the 14th Annual Critic’s Choice Awards in Santa Monica, CA. Springsteen wins for ‘The Wrestler,’ from the film of the same name.
2009: An exhibition of art paying tribute to the Beastie Boys titled ‘Under the Influence’ opens at Gallery 1988 in L.A.
2010: KISS founding members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley speak out against drug use saying it’s for “losers” and blame drugs for destroying the band’s original line-up. “All of the bullshit we had to go through with the drugs and booze and lack of self esteem that Ace and Peter had just sucked the life out of us,” says Simmons.
2011: The Black Keys are the musical guest for their first time on Saturday Night Live’s first episode of 2011.
2013: Newsted released their debut EP ‘Metal.’
2013: U2’s the Edge launches a charitable fund, through the existing Music Rising effort, to help rebuild the music programs in schools throughout the area affected by Hurricane Sandy.
2013: David Bowie releases the single ‘Where Are We Now?,’ from his upcoming album ‘The Next Day.’ The date of the release also coincides with his birthday. It is his first release in over a decade.
2014: Allman Brothers guitarists Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks announce that they will be leaving the band at the end of 2014. “We’ve had the honor and pleasure of playing, living, learning, and traveling with the Allman Brothers Band, one of the truly legendary Rock and Roll bands,” says Haynes and Trucks in a joint statement.
2014: It was reported that vinyl record sales had increased 32% in 2013, while CD sales declined 14.5% in the last last year, vinyl sales grew 32% from 4.5 million units sold in 2012 to 6 million sold in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
2015: Courtney Love (Hole) begins a ten-day run in the “experimental opera” Kansas City Choir Boy at the Manhattan Art Centre.
2015: On what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday, an acetate of Presley’s versions of ‘My Happiness’ and ‘That’s When Your Heartaches Begin’ is sold at auction for $300,000 to an unknown bidder who turns out to be Jack White (White Stripes). The songs were recorded in 1953 by an 18-year-old Presley at Sam Phillips’ Sun Records in Memphis.
2016: David Bowie released his 25th and final studio album ‘Blackstar,’ on Bowie’s 69th birthday and two days before his death. It became his first and only album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the U.S.

January 9
1956: A trio known as Buddy Holly And The Two-Tunes kick off a two week tour of the Southern United States as a supporting act for George Jones and Hank Thompson.
1957: On the very first rock n roll tour of Australia, Bill Haley and the Comets The Platters LaVern Baker Big Joe Turner Freddie Bell and the Bell Boys played the first of two nights at Brisbane Stadium.
1959: Dion & The Belmonts perform ‘A Teenager In Love’ on ‘American Bandstand.’ The song will reach #5 in the US and #28 in the UK.
1960: Eddie Cochran makes his last recording, ‘Three Steps To Heaven.’ He flies to England to tour with Gene Vincent. He dies in a car accident later in the year.
1961: Orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert knocked Elvis Presley out of the #1 spot on the US charts after six weeks with a sleepy instrumental called ‘Wonderland By Night.’ Later in the year, Kaempfert would hire The Beatles to back Tony Sheridan on their first commercial recording, ‘My Bonnie.’
1963: Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated.
1965: The Beatles started a nine week run at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with ‘Beatles 65,’ the group’s 4th US #1 LP. The record jumped from #98 the week before, making the biggest gain in chart history to that point.
1965: John Lennon makes a guest appearance on the British satirical TV show ‘Not Only,’ opposite comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
1966: The Who played at the Cosmopolitan Club in Carlisle in Cumbria, England.
1967: The Monkees also release ‘More of The Monkees,’ the 2nd full-length album by The Monkees, released on this date in January 1967. It topped the chart in the US (Billboard 200 Top LP’s for 18 weeks) and on the UK Album chart. The second single, “I’m a Believer”, written by Neil Diamond, topped the Billboard Hot 100.
1967: The Beatles record the flutes, trumpets, piccolos and flugelhorn for ‘Penny Lane.’
1967: The Byrds ‘So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’ b/w ‘Everybody’s Been Burned’ 45 single is released. It reached #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 but failed to chart in the United Kingdom.
1969: Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Concert House in Stockholm, Sweden.
1970: During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London, the night of Jimmy Page’s 26th birthday. (John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were all in the audience). The two and a quarter hour set was recorded and filmed but shelved for several decades, eventually seeing a release on a 2003 official DVD.
1970: Black Sabbath released their first single ‘Evil Woman.’
1971: The Allman Brothers Band score their first chart single. It’s ‘Revival (Love Is Everywhere).’ The song climbs all the way to #92.
1971: Pink Floyd are at EMI Studios in London recording the forthcoming album ‘Meddle.’
1971: Santana peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Black Magic Woman’ which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1971: The Jaycees name Elvis Presley one of the “ten outstanding young men of America.”
1973: Lou Reed marries a cocktail waitress named Betty. Not much is known of this union, but apparently it doesn’t last very long.
1973: The Rolling Stones’ plans for a Far Eastern tour are disrupted when Mick Jagger is refused a Japanese visa on account of a 1969 drug bust. Jagger is quoted as saying, “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.”
1973: Bob Dylan and The Band performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1974: The L.P. ‘The Early Beatles’ turns Gold nine years after its release and nearly four years after the group split up.
1975: Nearly five years after The Beatles’ break up, the group’s partnership is officially dissolved in court proceedings. Meanwhile, Paul McCartney & Wings start work on the ‘Venus And Mars’ album in New Orleans.
1975: Elton John’s version of The Beatles’ ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ is #1 in the US. John Lennon makes good on a promise to Elton for appearing on his recording of ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Night.’ He is credited on the record as Dr. Winston O’Boogie, Winston being Lennon’s middle name.
1975: Bad Company’s ‘Movin’ On’ b/w ‘Easy On My Soul’ 45 single is released in the US. Written by Mick Ralphs – from the LP, ‘Bad Company,’ It reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. B-side is a non-LP track written by Paul Rodgers, and was first recorded by Free.
1975: Deep Purple gets a gold record for ‘Strombringer,’ their 11th album and first with vocalist David Coverdale (taking over from Ian Gillan).
1975: KISS played at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada.
1976: Graham Parker of Graham Parker & the Rumour signs his first recording contract.
1976: Queen were at #1 on the on the UK singles chart with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’ The single enjoyed a nine week run on the charts, selling more than a million copies by the end of the month. It reached #1 again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury’s death, eventually becoming the UK’s third best selling single of all time.
1977: Peter Frampton releases the ‘I’m In You’ album, the follow up to ‘Frampton Comes Alive.’
1977: Rush appeared at Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.
1979: A fund-raising concert for UNICEF, the world hunger organization, was held in New York at the United Nations General Assembly. Performers included Rod Stewart, ABBA, The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Rita Coolidge, Olivia Newton-John, Earth, Wind And Fire, Kris Kristofferson, John Denver and others. The show raised about half a million dollars, but an album of the concert was a flop.
1980: Carl White, a member of The Rivingtons and co-writer of ‘Papa Oom Mow Mow’ and ‘The Bird Is The Word,’ died of acute tonsillitis at the age of 47. A group called The Trashmen combined his two songs into ‘Surfin’ Bird’ and gained a #4 hit in 1964.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland.
1983: Blue Oyster Cult played at My Father’s Place in Roslyn, New York.
1984: Van Halen’s ‘1984’ album is released. It’s one of Van Halen’s most popular albums in terms of sales (12 million copies sold in the U.S. alone). It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and features four singles which reached the Billboard Hot 100: ‘Jump’ (#1), ‘I’ll Wait’ (#13), ‘Panama’ (#13), and ‘Hot for Teacher’ (#56) It’s the last, full-length Van Halen album to feature frontman David Lee Roth until 2012’s ‘A Different Kind Of Truth.’
1988: Whitesnake’s ‘Is This Love” peaks at #4 on the singles chart.
1989: Rush ‘A Show of Hands’ album is released. It’s the band’s 3rd live album.
1992: Sting made a guest appearance on ‘The Simpsons’ as himself recording a charity single. Sting’s appearance to this day is credited as one of the best celebrity guest appearances on the program.
1996: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson released his first solo album under the name Victor. The album reached #99 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1996: Melissa Etheridge and Courtney Love make Mr. Blackwell’s annual Worst Dressed List.
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. Proceeds from the concert went to the Save The Children fund. Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan sings ‘All The Young Dudes’ and ‘The Jean Genie’ with Bowie who closes the show with ‘Space Oddity.’
1998: Cher gives an emotional eulogy at Sonny Bono’s funeral in Palm Springs, California, where she praised the man who had been a husband, friend, partner, father figure and rival, calling him “the most unforgettable character I’ve ever met.” The event was broadcast live to millions of people on CNN.
2001: Apple Inc. introduces the iTunes media player.
2001: Rush began recording what became their 17th studio album ‘Vapor Trails’ at Reaction Studios in Toronto. It took approximately 14 months to finish, which was the longest time they spent writing & recording an album.
2001: Winners at the 28th annual American Music Awards: Favorite Album – Creed, ‘Human Clay’, Male Artist – Kid Rock, Favorite Female Artist – Faith Hill, Favorite Group – Backstreet Boys, Favorite New Artist – 3 Doors Down.
2002: Elton John was honored in London by the UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS, which presented the artist with its Hero award. The honor acknowledged his contributions to the fight against HIV and AIDS through the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
2003: A grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley was sold for $685,000. 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.
2004: Jon Bon Jovi and football legend John Elway appear in an Arena Football promo that runs in movie theaters. Bon Jovi owns the Philadelphia Soul while Elway has the Colorado Crush.
2004: Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres became a father for the first time when his third wife Maria Alejandra gave birth to a son named Hector Alexander.
2004: Ozzy Osbourne cancels a 20-date British tour because he is still recovering from a near-fatal ATV accident a month earlier. “I am deeply disappointed, but it’s out of my control,” says Ozzy. Meanwhile, Osbourne and his daughter Kelly go gold in Britain with their version of Black Sabbath’s ‘Changes.’
2004: Sammy Hagar and his band, the Waboritas, part ways with keyboardist Jesse Harms who wants to spend more time songwriting and producing. The Waboritas continue as a quartet.
2005: Elvis Presley went to #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock.’ The single sold just 21,262 copies to reach #1, the lowest sales ever for a UK chart topper since data began in 1969. The single was released to celebrate the 70th anniversary of his birth, a previous Elvis chart topper was re-released each week.
2005: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil marries longtime girlfriend Lia Gerardini in Las Vegas. Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx attend, and the wedding ceremony was performed by Neil’s fellow Surreal Life cast member MC Hammer. The couple would separate in 2010.
2005: U2 nabs the Favorite Group honor at the 31st annual People’s Choice Awards in Pasadena, CA.
2007: Green Day’s first two albums, 1991’s ‘1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours’ and ’92’s ‘Kerplunk!,’ are re-issued. The albums were originally on the Lookout imprint.
2007: The Beatles appear on British postage stamps for the first time. The Royal Mail (the British postal system) begins distribution of an initial set of six stamps depicting Beatles album covers including ‘Revolver,’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Abbey Road.’
2007: Bon Jovi and Nickelback are winners at the 33rd annual People’s Choice Awards in Los Angeles. The Favorite Rock Song is Bon Jovi’s ‘Who Says You Can’t Go Home,’ while Nickelback takes home the Favorite Group trophy.
2007: Evanescence’s Amy Lee announces she’s engaged (to a psychiatrist named Josh). “I got engaged last night,” Lee gushes during an appearance on MuchMusic’s Live@Much that airs from the Canadian cable-music network’s studios in Toronto. “It was awesome.”
2007: John Mayer joins Apple CEO Steve Jobs onstage at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco to introduce the new iPhone.
2008: Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ tops the Billboard 200 Album Chart moving 122,000 copies during its first official week of release in the CD format. The song was originally available only as a download.
2009: Saxon released their 18th studio album, ‘Into the Labyrinth.’
2010: Long lost Pink Floyd footage, including two episodes from the BBC’s Top Of The Pops program, is shown at the British Film Institute’s Missing and Presumed Wiped event. Originally taped in 1967, there’s a performance of ‘See Emily Play.’ “Footage of Pink Floyd from this era is extremely rare,” says Steve Bryant, curator of the British Film Institute. “This is an enormously significant discovery that will generate huge interest amongst music fans all over the world.”
2010: Radiohead’s Phil Selway, the Police’s Stewart Copeland and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason contribute to Beat for Peace, a movement aimed at raising awareness of the perilous political situation in Sudan. They perform at a London demonstration near the offices of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
2010: Gilby Clarke, a former Guns N’ Roses guitarist, is hospitalized following a hit-and-run crash while riding his motorcycle. Clarke, who joined Guns N’ Roses in 1991 and stayed three years, suffers a broken leg.
2012: The White Stripes frontman Jack White appears on the History Channel show American Pickers. In the episode, White buys a stuffed elephant head for the sticker price of $12,500.
2012: Stern Pinball announce an AC/DC pinball machine complete with 12 classic AC/DC songs (including ‘Back In Black,’ ‘Highway To Hell’ and ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’). “The combination of Classic Rock and pinball can’t go wrong,” says Gary Stern, founder, CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball, in a release.
2012: Former CCR frontman John Fogerty told Billboard.com that contrary to his 2011 overture about a reunion with his former band mates, “I’ve heard through the grapevine the other fellas were really upset or something over that. So I sent back, ‘Oh. I guess there’s no reunion then.'”
2012: It’s revealed that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the “early stages of lymphoma.” “His bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time,” reads Sabbath’s statement.
2013: The estate and family of late guitarist Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot) file a lawsuit in L.A. Superior Court against the authors and publisher of an unauthorized coffee table book titled ‘Randy Rhoads.’ The family contends that documentary film producer Peter Margolis and author Andrew Klein stole materials to create the book which was co-authored by Klein and Steven Rosen with the assistance of Margolis.
2013: Three Days Grace announce that singer Adam Gontier has left the group due to an undisclosed health issue and that Matt Walst (My Darkest Days) has replaced him for the group’s co-headlining North American tour with Shinedown.
2014: Dream Theater release their first 360 App (iOS) on iTunes. The app offers an interactive experience of a concert recorded at Luna Park in Buenos Aires using multi-camera video technology.
2014: Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ tops a best car song poll conducted by Insurance.com. Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and AC/DC’s ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ round out the Top 3. Isurance.com offered a list to choose from but write-ins were allowed. AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell,’ Golden Earring’s ‘Radar Love’ and ‘I Can’t Drive 55’ by Sammy Hagar top the submissions.
2014: Rolling Stone magazine published their Readers Poll: The 10 Greatest Double Albums of All Time. The top 5 were: 5. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti, 4. Bruce Springsteen – The River, 3. The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street, 2. Pink Floyd – The Wall, #1 was The Beatles – The White Album.
2015: Timothy B. Schmit rejoins Poco, his pre-Eagles group, for a one-night-only reunion in Denver. The performance celebrates the Country Rock group’s induction into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
2016: Puddle Of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin is arrested on vandalism and trespassing charges after he trashes the Hollywood Hills house he lost in foreclosure the previous year. He is released on bail.
2016: Tool launch their U.S. tour in San Diego. For $500, fans get a ticket to the concert, admission into a VIP event, a VIP merchandise pack, early purchase of tour merchandise, refreshments, a photo opportunity and a live question-and-answer session with guitarist Adam Jones. Such a deal.
2016: A memorial service for Motorhead frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister is held at the Rainbow Bar & Grill (a favored haunt) in West Hollywood. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) and Slash are among those who pay tribute.

January 10
1949: Columbia and RCA introduce vinyl albums and singles. RCA introduces the 45 RPM, 7 inch record. It would eventually replace the 78 RPM record for “singles” – one song on each side. The format takes off in the early years of the rock era.
1955: Alan Freed hosted his first New York stage show, featuring The Clovers, The Drifters and Fats Domino.
1956: Elvis Presley has his first recording session for RCA Records. He records ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ his first hit. Along with Scotty Moore and Bill Black, guitar-great Chet Atkins participates in the Nashville session. Floyd Cramer is on piano.
1958: The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, and Len Garry) played at the New Clubmoor Hall in Norris Green, Liverpool.
1959: Jerry Lee Lewis has his only UK #1 single with ‘Great Balls Of Fire.’
1963: On his second visit to the UK in less than a month Bob Dylan played at the Troubadour Club in London.
1964: The Rolling Stones recorded ‘Not Fade Away’ at Regent Sound Studios in London.
1964: The Rolling Stones’ ‘The Rolling Stones (EP)’ is released in the UK. It reached #1 in the UK EP charts in February 1964. It was released both to capitalize on their first Top 20 hit ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ and to test the commercial appeal of the band before their UK label Decca Records would commit to letting them record an album. It includes four songs recorded at two separate sessions in August and November 1963 and R&B covers of some of the band’s favorite artists, and some recent American hits. Impact Sound is officially listed as the EP’s producer. Eric Easton is possibly involved, Andrew Loog Oldham produced the opening track ‘Bye Bye Johnny.’ The tracks ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money’ did not see official US release until 1972’s retrospective ‘More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies).’
1964: The first US Beatles album, ‘Introducing The Beatles’ was released on Vee-Jay records. The album cover showed John, Paul and George with their now famous “mop top” haircuts, but Ringo had yet to convert. Vee-Jay would be forced to stop selling the disc by the end of the year because of legal complications, but by then over 1.3 million copies had been sold and it reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1965: American promoter Sid Bernstein telephones Beatles manager Brian Epstein to propose the Fab Four play Shea Stadium.
1965: John Lennon appeared on the UK TV Peter Cook and Dudley Moore show, ‘Not Only But Also.’
1966: The Byrds ‘Set You Free This Time” b/w ‘It Won’t Be Wrong’ 45 single is released.
1967: The Beatles record ‘Penny Lane.’
1968: In New Delhi, India, the General Secretary for the Movement for the Spiritual Regeneration announces that the Beatles are coming to India to study transcendental meditation. George Harrison is currently in Bombay recording the soundtrack to ‘Wonderwall.’
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Falkoner Centret in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1969: Frustrated at Paul McCartney’s dominance during the filming of ‘Let It Be,’ George Harrison nonchalantly tells the rest of the band that he is quitting immediately and sarcastically says as he walked out, “See you around the clubs.” George would later say that while he had a growing backlog of new material, he constantly had to work on Lennon and McCartney’s songs before the group would work on his. John Lennon suggests getting Eric Clapton as Harrison’s replacement. Harrison returns less than a week later.
1970: The Amboy Dukes, featuring Ted Nugent played at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre‎ in Birmingham, Michigan.
1971: Bob Dylan appears on an NBC documentary accompanying bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs on Dylan’s ‘East Virginia Blues’ and ‘Nashville Skyline Rag.’
1971: The suit to officially dissolve The Beatles as a group gets underway in London’s High Court. Ringo testifies, “Paul behaved like a spoiled child.”
1972: R.E.O. Speedwagon ‘Sophisticated Lady’ b/w ‘Prison Women’ 45 single is released.
1973: The Edgar Winter Group release the ‘Frankenstein’ b/w ‘Hangin’ Around’ 45 single is released. It topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for a week starting in May 1973, and sold over one million copies.
1973: Bob Dylan and The Band appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto.
1974: Rod Stewart/Faces ‘Coast to Coast: Overture and Beginners’ live album is released. It reached #63 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It was recorded live in October 1973 at the Anaheim Convention Center and Hollywood Palladium, and was mixed at Island Studios in London.
1975: Genesis performed ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ at the Convention Centre, in West Palm Beach, Florida, a show popular among tape collectors.
1976: Deep Purple break up (but will get back together eight years later.)
1976: Blues artist Howlin Wolf, (Chester Burnett), died of cancer at the age of 66. The guitarist, singer and harmonica player’s well known songs included ‘Smoke Stack Lightning’, ‘Little Red Rooster’ and ‘Spoonful.’ Although he never gained mainstream popularity, the legendary American Blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at #51 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
1976: Foghat’s ‘Slow Ride’ becomes the first of their five Billboard chart entries and the only one to crack the Top 20.
1977: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is found guilty of cocaine possession.
1977: The Ramones release their 2nd studio album, ‘Leave Home.’
1977: The litigation between Beatles, Apple, Allen Klein and ABKCO is declared settled in court.
1978: The Sex Pistols make their US TV debut on the show ‘Variety’.
1978: Mr. Blackwell speaks. Linda Ronstadt nails the #2 spot on the Worst Dress List behind Farrah Fawcett Majors.
1981: John Lennon’s ‘Double Fantasy’ album goes platinum, a month after Lennon’s assassination. The album stays at #1 for eight weeks. ‘Just Like Starting Over’ was also at #1 on the US singles chart.
1981: The Police sell out Madison Square Garden in New York to kick off the first stop on their two month North America/Japan/Australia/New Zealand tour.
1981: Heart peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of Aaron Neville’s ‘Tell It Like It Is,’ their 2nd top 10 single.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Ocean State Theater in Providence, Rhode Island.
1984: Motley Crue played their opening show on the first leg of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Bark At The Moon’ tour in front of 9,500 in Portland, Maine. Ozzy instantly took a liking to them and he rarely spent an evening on his own tour bus because he preferred to travel on the Crue’s party bus instead. This is the infamous tour in which Nikki Sixx and Ozzy decided to have a contest to see who could gross the other one out the most. Nikki set himself on fire. Ozzy snorted a line of ants off the sidewalk. Then Nikki decided to pull out all the stops (and his dick) and piss all over the sidewalk where Ozzy had just snorted the ants. As soon as he holstered his love gun, he bent down to try and drink his own pee, but before he could do it, Ozzy threw himself on the ground and started lapping it up.
1985: The eleven-day Rock In Rio gets underway. AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, B-52s, and the Go-Go’s appear.
1985: Chris Isaak releases his debut album, ‘Silvertone.’
1986: Ted Nugent made a guest appearance on ‘Miami Vice’ where he played the villainous Charlie Basset.
1989: U.D.O.’s 2nd studio album, ‘Mean Machine’ is released.
1989: Metallica released their 7th single, ‘One.’ The B-Side is ‘The Prince’ (Diamond Head cover).‬
1990: Bon Jovi played the first of seven sold-out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on their ‘New Jersey Syndicate Tour.’
1990: Bill Ward of Black Sabbath’s debut solo album, ‘Ward One: Along the Way” is released.
1995: Rory Gallagher plays his last concert, in the Netherlands. Five months later he will be dead after complications from a liver transplant.
1997: James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1999: The Moody Blues made a guest appearance as themselves on ‘The Simpsons’ where they recited a poem based of Late Lament from their song ‘Nights in White Satin.’
2000: Singer Melissa Etheridge announced that David Crosby was the sperm donor of her two children with girlfriend Julie Cypher.
2000: While on tour in Kelowna, BC, a thief broke into Def Leppard’s tour bus. The thief stole $5000 worth of personal items, including singer Joe Elliot’s videotapes.
2003: British and Dutch police recover 500 stolen Beatles master tapes in the Netherlands. They were from the ‘Let It Be’ period and were missing since a theft some thirty or so years earlier.
2005: A woman was suing Gene Simmons from Kiss for slander, alleging a documentary made her out to be a “sex-addicted nymphomaniac”. Georgeann Walsh Ward, 53, of New York, said during a VH1 documentary her photo was flashed up as Simmons talked about his past sexual encounters. Ms Walsh Ward had dated Simmons for three years when he was a student. In the documentary, Simmons boasted of having sex with over 4,600 women.
2005: American drummer Spencer Dryden died from colon cancer at his home in California at age 66. He was the drummer for Jefferson Airplane, (replaced Skip Spence), New Riders of the Purple Sage and The Dinosaurs. Dryden was the Nephew of Charlie Chaplin.
2005: Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart receive the Best Song Honor for ‘Old Habits Die Hard’ from the film Alfie at the 10th annual Critic’s Choice Awards in L.A.
2006: Green Day is named America’s Favorite Group at the 32nd annual People’s Choice Awards. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt are on hand to accept the trophy. U2 nabs the Favorite Tour award.
2006: System Of A Down’s ‘Hypnotize’ claims the #1 position on Billboard’s Modern Rock singles chart, beating out the Foo Fighters’ ‘DOA.’ Shinedown’s ‘Save Me’ tops the Mainstream Rock chart.
2006: The ‘Underworld: Evolution’ soundtrack is unveiled. It has a solo recording from Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, a song by My Chemical Romance, a version of Slipknot’s ‘Vermillion Pt. 2’ remixed by former Nine Inch Nails programmer Chris Vrenna and a tune by Puscifer, a project featuring Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and ex-NIN guitarist Danny Lohner.
2007: The Recording Academy announces the year’s additions to the Grammy Hall of Fame. Albums inducted are ‘Who’s Next’ by The Who, ‘London Calling’ by the Clash and ‘Cheap Thrills’ by Big Brother & the Holding Company. Singles getting the nod are Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and Van Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl.’
2007: The Eagles’ Don Henley and Glenn Frey file a $537,000 lawsuit against a South Korean insurance company that they accuse of using their group’s ballad ‘Desperado’ illegally. A representative for Korea Life Insurance claims that the company believed an agreement with the Eagles had been reached when it aired a commercial featuring the song. “We thought the deal was closed.” the official said.
2008: Airbourne’s ‘Stand Up For Rock ‘n’ Roll’ is the theme song for World Wrestling Entertainment’s 21st annual Royal Rumble.
2008: The first of the two part concert film ‘Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live From Gainesville’ is broadcast on PBS. It documents the group’s 30th anniversary celebration in 2006. The second part is shown a week later.
2008: A deluxe, 40th anniversary edition of Jethro Tull’s 1968 debut effort, ‘This Was,’ is released. The two-CD set features remastered stereo and mono mixes of the 10-song album and rare singles.
2008: Genesis’ three-disc ‘When in Rome ’07’ DVD which is sold exclusively via Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club outlets (plus the band’s website). The DVD was filmed at the historic Circo Massimo at the close of the group’s European comeback tour.
2009: Shinedown’s ‘Second Chance’ tops Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
2009: 22-year-old Jerome Flood II of Atlanta wins Guitar Center’s Drum-Off 2008 Grand Finals in Hollywood. Jane’s Addiction stickman Stephen Perkins hosts the event while Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins, Tool’s Danny Carey and Avenged Sevenfold’s the Rev are the judges. Papa Roach perform and late Jimi Hendrix Experience member Mitch Mitchell is inducted into Guitar Center’s “Drum-Legends” Hall of Fame.
2009: “Fully inhabiting the moment during that tiny dot of time after you’ve pressed ‘record’ is what makes it eternal,” writes U2’s Bono about Frank Sinatra in the first in a series of op-ed columns for the New York Times.
2009: The Stamford, CN, home owned by Rich Robinson is sold at a foreclosure auction for $1.2 million. The Black Crowes guitarist and his ex-wife, who divorced in ’08, purchased the five-bedroom house five years earlier. Foreclosure proceedings were initiated after the couple had run up more than $400,000 in outstanding federal and local property taxes.
2010: Ronnie Wood’s relationship with his 26-year-old Russian girlfriend, Hannah Kamelmacher, ends after only one week. His previous Russian love interest, Ekaterina Ivanova, lasted over a year before the romance disintegrated amid assault charges.
2011: Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor again speaks out in defense of illegal music downloading, insisting that no one wants to pay for “crap” new music. “People wanna blame the decline of album sales on downloading,” says Taylor. “I think it’s actually the record companies’ fault. If record companies would stop giving any f**king mook on the street with a fringe a record deal or their own record label, maybe you would sell more f**king albums, dipshits.”
2012: Van Halen issue ‘Tattoo,’ the lead track from the album ‘A Different Kind Of Truth.’ It’s also the group’s first single with singer David Lee Roth in 28 years.
2012: An AC/DC fan beats out 27 other bidders and pays $1,225 for a copy of “Can I Sit Next To You Girl,” the debut single from AC/DC (released in ’75). Only released in the band’s native Australia, it features lead vocals by original singer Dave Evans. The b-side is another original, ‘Rockin’ In The Parlour.’ AC/DC re-recorded ‘Can I Sit Next To You Girl’ for their second album ‘TNT.’
2012: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Weston is found dead at 64 in his North London home. He joined Fleetwood Mac in late 1972, replacing Danny Kirwan. Weston’s departure in 1974 paved the way for the arrival of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
2013: Claude Nobs the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival died at age 76. During a 1971 Frank Zappa concert, at the Montreux Casino the venue caught fire. Nobs saved several young people who had hidden in the casino, thinking they would be sheltered from the flames. This act earned him a mention (as Funky Claude in the line “Funky Claude was running in and out pulling kids out the ground”) in the Deep Purple song Smoke on the Water, which is about the incident.
2013: Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) is named chief creative officer of the music streaming service Daisy, created in collaboration with Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics. “(Reznor will) bring an emotional connection back to the act of music discovery,” says Beats CEO Jimmy Iovine in a statement.
2013: Asia co-founder Steve Howe announces he has left the group in order to devote his attention to other projects.
2014: “All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman” is held at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The tribute concert features the Allman Brothers Band, Jackson Browne, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Widespread Panic.
2015: The AC/DC single, ‘Play Ball,’ is featured in commercials for Beats By Dre headphones. The ads, which feature NFL players, debut during the NFL playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.
2016: David Bowie died two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the studio album ‘Blackstar,’ Bowie died from liver cancer in New York City. He had been diagnosed 18 months earlier, but chose to not disclose his illness to the public.

January 11
1956: After changing their name from The Robins, The Coasters record their first single, ‘Down In Mexico,’ for Atlantic Records in Hollywood. The L.A. quintet would crack the Hot 100 the following year with the double sided hit ‘Young Blood’ / ‘Searchin’ and place six consecutive hits in the Top 10.
1958: The release date for the Elvis Presley single ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was put back a week after Decca Records pressing plant in the UK were unable to meet the advance orders of 250,000 copies. Some of the characters named in the song are real people. Shifty Henry was a well-known LA musician, not a criminal. The Purple Gang was a real mob. “Sad Sack” was a U.S. Army nickname in World War II for a loser.
1963: The legendary Whiskey-A-Go-Go opens on the Sunset Strip. The club serves as a launching pad for several L.A. bands including The Doors & Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Johnny Rivers, Alice Cooper and Kansas have recorded live albums there. Rivers also recorded two Top 10 singles, ‘Memphis’ and ‘Seventh Son,’ live at The Whiskey.
1963: The Beatles recorded their first national TV show ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’ They mimed to their new single ‘Please Please Me’ which was released on this day.
1963: The Beatles ‘Please Please Me’ b/w ‘Ask Me Why’ 45 single is released in the UK. The second single released by The Beatles in the United Kingdom, and the first to be issued in the United States. It was also the title track of their first LP, which was recorded to capitalize on the success of the single.
1964: ‘Louie Louie’ by The Kingsmen was the #1 song on the US Cash Box music chart. For a while, the record was banned by a handful of US radio stations because of its indecipherable lyrics, which were rumored to contain some naughty words. Even the F.B.I. investigated the song, but finally concluded that they could find nothing wrong.
1964: ‘Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash’ becomes the first album to top Billboard’s new Country L.P. chart. It would peak at #17 on the Hot 200.
1966: Herman’s Hermits receive a Gold record for the album ‘The Best of Herman’s Hermits.’
1966: The Who were at BBC Lime Grove Studios taping an appearance which was later inserted into that Thursday’s edition of ‘Top Of The Pops.’ They performed their current single, ‘Happy Jack.’ After the taping Pete and John were at the Bag O’ Nails club in Kingly Street to watch the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Jimi and his group had that day signed a contract at New Action’s offices with Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp’s record label Track Records. Pete went to the Bag O’ Nails with Eric Clapton.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded ‘Purple Haze’ at De Lane Lea studios in London. Hendrix later stated ‘The Purple Haze,’ was about a dream he had and that he was walking under the sea.” In concert, Hendrix sometimes substituted lyrics for comic effect; “‘scuse me while I kiss the sky” was rendered “‘scuse me while I kiss this guy” (while gesturing towards his drummer Mitch Mitchell). Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day.
1968: Jimi Hendrix moves into the London townhouse where George Frederick Handel is believed to have composed ‘Water Music’ and the ‘Messiah.’ Hendrix says that he “will not let the tradition down.” and will also compose in the house.
1969: Jethro Tull’s debut album ‘This Was’ released in US.
1969: The Rolling Stones go to #5 in the American album charts with their new release ‘Beggars Banquet.’
1969: Led Zeppelin played at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1969: ‘Love Is,’ by Eric Burdon and The Animals, enters the US charts shortly after the band performs a farewell concert in the British city of Newcastle, where The Animals had begun seven years earlier.
1970: Yes performed at The Olympia Theatre in Paris.
1971: Janis Joplin’s 4th album, ‘Pearl’ is released posthumously. It topped the Billboard 200 LP’s chart, holding that spot for nine weeks. ‘Pearl’ was the final album with her direct participation, and the only Joplin album recorded with the Full Tilt Boogie Band, her final touring unit.
1971: Chicago’s ‘Chicago III’ album is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart during a chart stay of 63 weeks, and #9 on the UK chart. It is also the band’s third consecutive double album of new studio material in less than two years, a feat that has yet to be repeated by any major artist or group.
1972: A notice in the British Government publication The London Gazette states that Reginald Dwight is abandoning his name and taking the name Elton Hercules John.
1973: It was confirmed that the forthcoming Rolling Stones tour of Japan had been cancelled, despite record breaking ticket sales. Mick Jagger had earlier been informed that he was banned from entering the country because of a drugs conviction.
1974: Released the previous October, ‘The Joker,’ by the Steve Miller Band goes gold.
1974: Mike Bloomfield appeared at The Egress in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1975: The Alan Freeman BBC Radio 1 show broadcast a Pink Floyd show recorded at the Empire Pool in Wembley, London, England on Nov. 16, 1974. The band had played four nights at Wembley on their ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ tour and tapes from these shows have been remixed.
1975: Genesis appeared at the Lakeland Theater in Lakeland, Florida on the ‘Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ tour.
1975: Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 18 months when they appeared at the Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland, playing one of two warm-up shows for their forthcoming North American tour. The set list included some new songs: ‘Sick Again,’ ‘The Rain Song,’ ‘Kashmir,’ ‘No Quarter’ and ‘Trampled Under Foot.’
1977: AC/DC played at Town Hall in Horsham, Australia.
1978: Elvis Costello and the Attractions appeared at Newcastle City Hall in England.
1979: The Grateful Dead performed at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1980: Foreigner appeared at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1985: The first ever ‘Rock In Rio,’ the Brazilian rock Festival held in Rio, claimed to be the biggest ever staged. The 10 day festival featured Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes and Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden performed to over 400,000 people. About 1.4 million people attend the shows.
1990: Motley Crue and Warrant played in Tulsa, OK during the Dr. Feelgood World Tour.
1992: Nirvana appeared on NBC-TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ performing two songs, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Territorial Pissings’. At the end of a song, Krist Novoselic hurls his bass into the airand it comes down right on top of him. Also on this day ‘Nevermind’ went to #1 on the US album chart. It returns to #1 on Feb. 1st for a 2nd and final week. ‬
1992: Paul Simon becomes the first international performer to perform in Johannesburg, South Africa, since the lifting of the UN boycott. Simon had violated the UN ban by working with South African musicians years earlier.
1993: Ted Nugent was fined $1,000 for shooting off two flaming arrows during a Damn Yankees concert at Cincinnati Gardens. Nugent was also given a three-day suspended sentence for a misdemeanor fire-code violation.
1996: In an ominous preview of his demise, Sonny Bono collides with another skier near Big Bear Lake, California, causing a chin injury that would require eleven stitches.
1998: Rolling Stone magazine readers poll picked ‘Be Here Now’ by Oasis as album of the year.
1999: Blondie make their first network T.V. appearance in 16 years on the American Music Awards.
2000: Sharon Osbourne resigns as the Smashing Pumpkins manager for ‘medical reasons.’ “(Frontman) Billy Corgan was making me sick,” says Osbourne, who was the group’s manager for less than four months.
2000: Gary Glitter is released from prison in Britain after serving half of a four month sentence on child pornography charges. He is driven to Heathrow Airport and then flown to Cuba.
2002: Mickey Finn percussionist and sideman to Marc Bolan in Tyrannosaurus Rex (T Rex), died of kidney and liver problems at age 55.
2003: Britain’s oldest rockers came out winners in The Pollstar listing of the Top 10 grossing US tours of 2002: Paul McCartney $68 million, The Rolling Stones $58 million, Elton John $47 million, The Who $20 million, Ozzy Osbourne $18 million, Peter Gabriel $10 million, Yes $6 million, Elvis Costello $5 million, The Moody Blues $4 million and Jethro Tull $3 million.
2003: Pete Townshend issued a public statement denying being a paedophile after his name was linked with a police Internet porn inquiry. But The Who guitarist did admit studying child pornography for research into a campaign against it.
2004: Ted Nugent cuts himself with a chainsaw while filming his VH1 reality series ‘Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments.’ Nugent was cutting down a tree to create a stump when the tree fell in an unexpected direction. It takes 40 stitches to close the wound. The contest has city slickers living off the land and enduring Ted for a $100,000 prize.
2005: A federal appeals court dismisses a 2001 lawsuit filed against Kid Rock by former business associates sought half of Rock’s earnings and accused him of violating trademark and copyright-infringement laws.
2005: Jefferson Airplane and New Riders of the Purple Sage drummer Spencer Dryden dies after a long battle with colon cancer at age 66. Dryden, nephew of Charlie Chaplin, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of Jefferson Airplane in 1996, playing with the band for the first time since 1970.
2006: Green Day are named Artist of the Year, Best Band and earn the nod for Best Single (‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’) in Rolling Stone magazine’s 2005 Readers’ Poll. Audioslave gets Best Hard Rock/Metal Band, U2 is awarded Best Tour and Fall Out Boy is the Best New Artist.
2006: The Beach Boys launched a law suit seeking millions of dollars in damages from two California men, claiming they stole a collection of photos, recordings and other band memorabilia from a warehouse with the intent to put the items up for auction.
2007: Sammy Hagar becomes a co-owner of Team KMA Racing. “I’ve been a car fanatic for as long as I can remember, and I’m really looking forward to being a part of Indy Racing,” says Hagar.
2007: Grace Slick’s artwork is presented at the first of several showings at a gallery near Washington D.C. The ex-Jefferson Airplane/Starship singer says she’s given up performing in favor of painting. “I sort of have to be doing some form of the arts, but I don’t really care which one it is,” volunteers Slick. “If you said, ‘You can’t paint anymore,’ I’d be a character actress.”
2007: My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero bails on the Japanese leg of the group’s world tour and returns to the U.S. after suffering “a sudden attack of illness.” He’s replaced by Drive By’s Todd Prince.
2008: Ringo Starr helped launch the celebrations for Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture. He was joined by acrobats who dangled on wires from cranes as the opening party kicked off a year-long programme of more than 350 events. Organisers hoped the Capital of Culture tag would attract an extra two million visitors to Liverpool and boost the economy by £100m.
2009: Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel are Golden Globe Award nominees for the Best Original Song – Motion Picture category. Springsteen gets the award the title track from ‘The Wrestler’ (the song also picked up a Critic’s Choice Award just days earlier).
2009: Styx perform the national anthem and an acappella version of ‘Renegade’ in Pittsburgh at the NFL playoff game between the Steelers and the San Diego Chargers. Steelers fans embraced “Renegade” as an anthem for their team’s defense.
2011: Bon Jovi takes the top spot on the Los Angeles Times’ “Ultimate Top 10” list for 2010. The list combines the overall earnings from touring and album sales, both physical and digital. The group garnered an impressive $120.5 million in earnings.
2011: AMA Supercross announces that they have teamed with Bret Michaels (Poison) for the ‘Rock Hard – Ride Hard’ award. Michaels has survived both career and health crashes.
2011: Cake’s ‘Showroom Of Compassion’ album is released.
2011: Handwritten Beatles lyric sheets are included in the British Library’s Treasures app for iPhone, iPad and Android.
2012: The 38th annual People’s Choice Awards is held at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Beastie Boys, Coldplay, Florence + the Machine, Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Maroon 5 and Radiohead are nominated for Favorite Band of the Year. Maroon 5 wins it. U2 and Bon Jovi are nominees for the Favorite Tour Headliner honor. They lose to Katy Perry.
2012: The Velvet Underground file a lawsuit in a Manhattan federal court against the Andy Warhol Foundation over the iconic banana image on the cover of the band’s 1967 debut album, ‘The Velvet Underground And Nico.’ Band leaders Lou Reed and John Cale claim the foundation has illegally licensed the image in an attempt to “deceive the public” into believing that the band has given their “sponsorship or approval” to the merchandise.
2013: Just a day after announcing the departure of founding member Steve Howe, Asia names guitarist Sam Coulson as Howe’s replacement.
2013: Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish became parents for the second time after their California-based surrogat gave birth to a baby boy. The child was named Daniel Furnish-John.
2013: John Wilkinson, a guitar player who accompanied Elvis Presley for more than a thousand shows as a member of the TCB Band, died at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer.
2014: Linkin Park, Offspring and Bad Religion perform at Club Nokia in L.A. to raise money for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the central Philippines. Linkin Park’s Music for Relief works with the International Medical Corps to deliver food, water and medical assistance.
2015: Iron Maiden, Bullet For My Valentine, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead publish an open letter in the Independent On Sunday calling on the U.K. government to crack down on secondary sales of concert and event tickets.
2016: Food and Beverage magazine officially renames a Jack & Coke “The Lemmy” in honor of Motorhead’s recently deceased legendary bassist Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister. He made the drink famous at the Rainbow Bar And Grill on the Sunset Strip.
2016: David Bowie topped the UK album chart with his latest release ‘Blackstar’ less than 24 hours after his death. With sales of over 43,000 units the collection outpaced its nearest competitor, Elvis Presley’s ‘If I Can Dream,’ by 25,000.

January 12
1962: The Beatles second single ‘Please, Please Me’ is released in England. It hits #2. Written mostly by John Lennon, the song made it to the top in just three weeks and would sell over 1.5 million copies world wide. Despite this success, the record wouldn’t appear on the US charts for another year.
1963: ‘The Madhouse on Castle Street’ was broadcast on the BBC as part of the ‘Sunday Night Play’ series on this night in 1963. The play featured a young Bob Dylan performing the part of the Greek chorus, singing three folk songs with altered lyrics plus his own ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ -one of the first times it was ever heard.
1964: The Beatles appeared on the ATV show ‘Sunday Night At The London Palladium’ performing ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand,’ ‘This Boy,’ ‘All My Loving,’ ‘Money,’ and ‘Twist And Shout.’ The compare for the evening was Bruce Forsyth. When The Beatles appeared on this show on October 13, 1963, their fee had been £250 ($400.) Three months later, their fee was £1,000 ($1600.)
1965: A Rock ‘n’ Roll variety show called ‘Hullabaloo’ premieres on NBC TV. Hosted by Jack Jones, the show’s guests include the New Christy Minstrels and a comedian called Woody Allen. In a taped segment, Beatles manager Brian Epstein introduced performances by the Zombies and Gerry & the Pacemakers from London.
1968: The Doors sophomore album ‘Strange Days’ goes gold.
1968: The Beatles Film Productions changed its name to Apple Film Limited and Apple Music Limited changed its name to Apple Corps Limited.
1968: Pink Floyd appeared at the University of Aston in Birmingham, England. It is generally accepted that this was the first show to include David Gilmour as a permanent part of the group. They performed as a five-piece band until Syd Barrett’s dismissal.
1968: Manfred Mann’s ‘Mighty Quinn’ b/w ‘By Request – Edwin Garvey’ 45 single is released in the UK. It reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart for the week of February 14th and remained there the following week. It also peaked at #10 on the Billboard chart and reached #4 in Cash Box.
1969: Led Zeppelin released their self-titled, debut album in the UK, which is now seen as one of the most impressive and important debuts in Rock music history. Recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, the album was completely funded by Jimmy Page (who was also the producer) and the album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of just £1,782 ($2851). Most of the tracks being recorded “live” in the studio with very few overdubs. Page also picked out the image of the burning Hindenburg (the “lead zeppelin”) on the cover.Rolling Stone wrote that “The cover of Led Zeppelin … shows the Hindenburg airship, in all its phallic glory, going down in flames. The image did a pretty good job of encapsulating the music inside: sex, catastrophe and things blowing up.” It reached #10 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart during its 73 weeks stay, and held a 79-week run on the British charts. In 2003, the album was ranked #29 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The name of the band had recently been changed from The New Yardbirds after drummer Keith Moon of The Who predicted the band’s music would “go over like a lead zeppelin.”
1970: Badfinger’s ‘Come And Get It’ b/w ‘Rock Of All Ages’ 45 single is released. Composed by Paul McCartney for the 1969 film ‘The Magic Christian,’ was a hit single for the band, peaking at #7 in the United States, and #4 in the United Kingdom. It was the opening theme for the film starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr (it was also repeated during the movie’s closing credits, with an additional string arrangement added).
1971: Alice Cooper released their 3rd album ‘Love It to Death’ which went on to become their breakthrough album reaching #35 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & selling one million copies in the U.S.
1971: Deep Purple performs at Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1971: Janis Joplin’s ‘Me And Bobby McGee’ b/w ‘Half Moon’ 45 single is released. The song written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, originally performed by Roger Miller. It topped the charts to become her only #1 single and only the second posthumous #1 single in rock & roll history (the first was ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding). In 2004, the Janis Joplin version of this song was ranked #148 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1974: The Steve Miller Band were at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Joker’, the group’s first of three #1’s.
1974: Jim Croce started a 5 week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘You Don’t Mess Around With Jim.’
1975: KISS appeared at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, Washington.
1975: The Warner Bros. Looney Tunes package tour kicks off in Europe, featuring the Doobie Brothers, Little Feat, Graham Central Station, Bonaroo, Montrose and Tower of Power. Also released was an album sampler featuring all the acts that was priced at 69p ($1.17).
1977: The ‘Long May You Run’ album from he short-lived Stills-Young Band goes gold.
1977: Keith Richards is fined £1000 for possession of cocaine found in his wrecked car. At the same court appearance, he is found not guilty of possession of LSD.
1977: EMI Records issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols’ records in view of the adverse publicity the band had generated over the last two months.
1977: The Police had their first rehearsal, held at drummer’s Stewart Copeland’s London flat, with Henri Padovani on guitar.
1978: Rush performed at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
1981: The Record Industry Association of America donates 800 albums, including Bob Dylan’s ‘Blonde On Blonde,’ KISS ‘Alive’ and ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ to the Library of Congress.The Recording Industry Association of America donated to the White House library.
1981: Determined to blast into bankruptcy court, Casablanca Records releases ‘The Best of the Solo Albums.’ It culls tracks from the solo efforts of KISS members released three years earlier.
1981: The Allman Brothers Band played at Calderone Concert Hall in Hempstead, New York.
1981: John Lennon & Yoko Ono ‘Woman’ b/w ‘Beautiful Boys’ 45 single is released. It was the second single released from the Double Fantasy album, and the first Lennon single issued after his death on December 8, 1980. The B-side of the single is Ono’s song ‘Beautiful Boys.’ The single debuted at #3 in the UK, then moving to #2 and finally reaching #1, where it spent two weeks, knocking off the top spot his own re-released ‘Imagine.’ In the US the single spent three consecutive weeks at #2.
1981: April Wine released their 9th studio album, ‘The Nature of the Beast.’
1981: KISS release ‘Best Of Solo’ Albums in Europe. It had been previously released in others territories. ‬
1983: Rebop Kwaku Baah, percussionist for Traffic died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Stockholm. He was 38 years old. He also worked with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Can and The Rolling Stones.
1987: Deep Purple released their 12th studio album, ‘The House of Blue Light.’
1987: Malice released their 2nd studio album, ‘License to Kill.’
1991: The Damn Yankees reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘High Enough.’ The song was their only top 10 single in the U.S. It was also the highest charting single of Ted Nugent’s career.
1992: Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall have their 3rd child, Georgia May Jagger.
1992: Bob Geldof was arrested after a disturbance on a Boeing 727, which had been grounded for 5 hours at Stansted Airport.
1993: Triumph released their last studio album ‘Edge Of Excess.’ It includes current Bon Jovi guitarist, Phil X.
1993: The original members of Cream reunite to perform at the 8th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony held for the 1st time in Los Angeles. Other inductees include Van Morrison, CCR, Sly and the Family Stone, Frankie Lymon, The Doors (inducted by Eddie Vedder), Dinah Washington and Etta James. The Doors performed with Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder & John Fogerty performed Creedence Clearwater Revival songs with Bruce Springsteen & Robbie Robertson as his fellow surviving bandmates were barred from the stage. Robbie Robertson inducts Van Morrison into the Hall as Morrison is the first living inductee not to attend the ceremony. Instead, he sends a fax saying, “I am unable to attend this induction dinner, and personally receive my award. However, thank you very much for inviting me, and I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a very enjoyable evening, and hope that everything goes well. Best Wishes, from Van Morrison.”
1995: At the Rock and Roll Induction Ceremonies the inductees include Neil Young, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Al Green, Martha and the Vandellas and Frank Zappa. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry do the honors for Zeppelin. The pair also jam with Zep’s surviving members (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones). Melissa Etheridge inducts Joplin and sings ‘Piece Of My Heart.’ “I just really wish she was up here instead of me,” says Michael Joplin, the late singer’s brother, who accepts the accolades on her behalf.
1996: AC/DC played the first date on their ‘Ballbreaker’ World Tour in Greensboro, North Carolina. The world tour would last for 11 months finishing on November 30, 1996 in Christchurch, New Zealand. This tour featured the return of drummer Phil Rudd who previously left the band in 1983.
1998: Gene Vincent, Carlos Santana, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with The Mamas And The Papas, Lloyd Price, Allen Toussaint and Jelly Roll Morton. One of the highlights is Fleetwood Mac founding member, guitarist Peter Green, performing ‘Black Magic Woman,’ a song he wrote that Santana covered. The Eagles Don Henley and Glenn Frey add a few “priceless” comments. “I want to thank (manager) Irving Azoff, without whom we wouldn’t be here today,” says Henley. “Well, we might still be here,” blurts out Frey. “But we wouldn’t have made as much money.” The event marked the first time that all seven current and past members of The Eagles were photographed together. Former band mates Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, who had quit the group, were virtually ignored by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and were forced to the extreme edges of the stage when the band played a short set of past hits.
1998: On his birthday, Rage Against The Machine’s vocalist, Zach de la Rocha, joins a protest against the Mexican government and paramilitary repression in Chiapas. The previous month, 45 people were murdered in the town.
1999: The Black Crowes release their 5th studio album, ‘By Your Side.’
2001: The 3rd Rock in Rio festival kicked off in Rio de Janeiro. The seven day festival featured artists such as Guns N’ Roses, Rob Halford, Iron Maiden, James Taylor, Neil Young, R.E.M., & Sting.
2001: British Airways staff complained about Oasis singer Liam Gallagher after he had grabbed a stewardess’ bottom, refused to stop smoking and threw objects around the cabin during a flight from London to Rio De Janeiro.
2004: Metallica released the single ‘The Unnamed Feeling.’
2004: Gail Zappa, Frank Zappa`s widow, appears in a Canadian court to sue Tanguay, a 10-store Quebec furniture chain. The suit is over the unauthorized use of Zappa’s instrumental ‘Watermelon In Easter Hay’ in a 1995 Tanguay commercial. Tanguay claims it is all a misunderstanding. The lawsuit would be settled out of court the following day.
2005: Green Day donates royalties earned from the iTunes sale of ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ through the end of the year to the American Red Cross. The funds aid Asian and African tsunami victims.
2005: A Los Angeles Juvenile Court judge grants Courtney Love full custody of her daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Love lost custody of the 12-year-old, daughter of Nirvana’s late Kurt Cobain, following an October 2003 arrest for suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
2005: It was announced that the Strawberry Field children’s home immortalized by The Beatles was to close. The home in Woolton, Liverpool was made famous when John Lennon wrote ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ after playing there as a child.
2006: Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose sues a Beverly Hills auto dealer. The lawsuit against Beverly Hills Classic Cars, alleges that the enterprise violated an oral agreement with Rose by failing to deliver two luxury vehicles. Rose also charges the dealership with not paying $135,000 it owes after selling his 1999 Ferrari on consignment.
2008: Kid Rock performs at an invitation-only General Motors-organized event in Detroit as part of the run-up to the North American International Auto Show.
2008: Liverpool is designated the European Capital of Culture. Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr (who was born in Liverpool) is on hand for the opening ceremonies.
2010: Ringo Starr’s ‘Y Not’ is out. Former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney plays on the album’s lead single ‘Walk With You’ which was co-written by Ringo and Van Dyke Parks (best known for his work with the Beach Boys).
2010: Fans get to choose which song Bon Jovi will perform at the 52nd Grammys (two-and-a-half weeks later). ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ wins, it’s the first Grammy appearance by the group.
2011: Rage Against The Machine announce their support for dismissed workers in South Korea – many of whom have been protesting the loss of their jobs since 2007. Guitarist Tom Morello meets with the workers, who produced parts for guitar companies, including Fender and Gibson. They claim that they were “padlocked out of their factory and forced to sign resignation papers,” after they tried to form a trade union.
2011: Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a bass player in addition to being a politician and TV show host (FOX News), jams with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen at the opening of the National Association of Music Merchants convention in Anaheim, CA.
2012: Eddie Van Halen, in collaboration with the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, donates 75 guitars to L.A.-area schools. “Music education and families are dealing with the economic times,” says the guitarist in a statement. “I wanted to help them.”
2012: Bob Dylan performs at the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in honor of film director Martin Scorsese, who is awarded the Music + Film Award. Dylan was the subject of Scorsese’s 2005 documentary ‘No Direction Home.’ Also, Scorsese’s ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World’ wins the Best Documentary Feature award.
2012: Scott Weiland rejoins his Velvet Revolver band mates, for the first time in four years, for a one-off charity show titled ‘Love You Madly: A Concert for John O’Brien’ at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. O’Brien, who passed away on 8/20/11, composed music for the films (Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Pineapple Express and Four Christmases) and had several television credits.
2012: Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is arrested after police discover narcotics on him when he’s stopped for a traffic violation in Culver City, CA. Police suspect Scantlin is intoxicated but a search leads a felony possession of a controlled substance charge. Scantlin makes the $10,000 bail a few hours later.
2013: David Bowie’s first album in 10 years, ‘The Next Day,’ is released.
2013: Eric Clapton releases ‘Old Sock,’ his 21st studio album. Essentially a covers set, Clapton gets help from Paul McCartney, JJ Cale, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, and Jim Keltner.
2013: The Beatles first single, ‘Love Me Do,’ entered the pubic domain in Europe, thanks to copyright laws in the European Union that said copyright for recorded music expires after 50 years.
2013: The 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow used by Freddie Mercury until his death in November 1991, sold at auction for £74,000 to a Russian businessman. The 62,000-mile classic Rolls-Royce which had a guide price of just £9,000-£11,000 features grey leather, wood trim, electric windows, automatic gearbox, a car phone and radio cassette player and a 6.75-litre V8 engine. It was sold as part of the Coys auction at Autosport International.
2013: Bon Jovi’s 12th album, ‘What About Now?’ is released. The lead single ‘Because We Can’ serves as the title of the group’s 15th major tour.
2013: Black Sabbath, complete with their newly reunited original frontman Ozzy Osbourne, officially announce the upcoming release of the album ’13,’ the first Black Sabbath album in 18 years (since 1995’s ‘Forbidden’).
2014: U2 play ‘I Will Follow,’ ‘Desire’ and ‘Vertigo’ at Sean Penn’s third annual Help Haiti benefit at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.
2014: Bruce Springsteen’s songs ‘High Hopes,’ ‘Hunter Of Invisible Game’ and a rerecorded ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad’ are heard during the CBS legal drama ‘The Good Wife.’ The tracks are from the album ‘High Hopes.’
2015: Milwaukee Rock radio station 94.5 The Lake launches ‘Say No to Seattle!’, which bans Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jimi Hendrix and Heart from being played during the run up to the NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. Doesn’t help. Seahawks win the game later in the week.
2016: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson is one of the guest speakers the ATTI technology conference in Santiago, Chile.

January 13
1958: Radio station KWK in St. Louis declares Rock n’ Roll dead. After giving their Rock records a final play, the station staff breaks them.
1958: Little Richard’s ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ 7” 45 rpm single and 10” 78 rpm single is released. The song, a 12-bar blues, was written by John Marascalco and producer Robert “Bumps” Blackwell. Although it was first recorded by Little Richard, Blackwell produced another version by The Valiants, who imitated Little Richard, but sang the song even faster. Although the Valiants’ version was released first, Little Richard had the hit. Like all his early hits, it quickly became a rock ‘n’ roll standard and has subsequently been covered by hundreds of artists. The song is ranked #94 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1962: Chubby Checker went back to #1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Twist’. The song first went to #1 in Sept 1960 and became the only record in American chart history to top the charts on two separate occasions.
1963: Bob Dylan appears on British television in a play called ‘The Madhouse on Castle Street,’ where he has the role of a wandering musician. We’ll have to take the word of those who saw it since no recording exists, but Dylan supposedly played ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ during the show, which would be the first media appearance of the song.
1963: The Beatles recorded a TV appearance on the ABC Television program ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ in Birmingham playing their new single, ‘Please Please Me’ The show was broadcast on January 19.
1964: Beatles release ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ in the U.S.
1964: Bob Dylan’s 3rd studio album, ‘The Times They Are a-Changin’ is released. It reached #20 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1965: The first day of recording sessions for Bob Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ album were held at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan recorded ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ and ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue’.
1966: George Harrison and his girlfriend Patti Boyd met up with Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton at Dolly’s nightclub on Jermyn Street in London’s west End.
1966: Ringo Starr and John Lennon leave England for a vacation in Trinidad.
1967: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both went to the Bag O’Nails Club, London, England to see the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1967: Pink Floyd plays the UFO, at The Blarney, Tottenham Court Road, in London with Marilyn Monroe films and Dave Tomlin’s The Giant Sun Trolley. The set was filmed by Peter Whitehead.
1968: Cream debut on US chart with ‘Sunshine of Your Love.’ Their biggest American hit, it peaks at #5.
1968: Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida reports that tests have found that the noise generated at rock & roll concerts is harmful to hearing.
1968: Against the advice of Columbia Records executives, Johnny Cash visits Folsom State Prison in California to record a live album. The resulting LP, ‘Live At Folsom Prison’ would become one of Johnny’s biggest selling records, reaching #1 on the Country album chart and #13 on the Hot 200. It also produced one of his most memorable hit singles, ‘Folsom Prison Blues.’ In 2003, ‘Live At Folsom Prison’ was certified Triple Platinum by the RIAA for sales of over three million and was ranked #88 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1969: Elvis Presley began a ten day recording session that would produce his final US #1 record, ‘Suspicious Minds’. The tracks were laid down at American Sound Studios in Memphis and marked the first time Presley had recorded in his hometown since his Sun Records days in 1956.
1969: The Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’ soundtrack album is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, kept from the top by ‘The Beatles’ (White Album), which had been released two months before.
1970: Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played at The Matrix in San Francisco, California. Boz Scaggs was the scheduled headliner but he cancelled at that last minute due to illness. Rock critic Philip Elwood, who turned up intending to review Scaggs ended up writing a highly favorable review of Steel Mill for The San Francisco Examiner.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono have their hair cut and donate it to a charity auction.
1970: Led Zeppelin played at Guildhall, in Portsmouth, England.
1971: Yes appears at Greens Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland.
1971: Poco’s 3rd album and 1st live album, ‘Deliverin’ is released. It reached #26 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1973: Pete Townshend of The Who helped Eric Clapton to overcome some personal problems by getting him involved in a show at the Rainbow Theatre in London he called The Rainbow Concert. Pete had discovered Clapton’s heroin addiction the previous August and devises a scheme with Clapton’s girlfriend’s father, Lord Harlech, to force Clapton to work so he can escape his narcotic-induced reclusion. Townshend recruited Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood, Jim Capaldi, Jim Karstein. Jim Capaldi and Rick Grech with support from The Average White Band and others. Clapton is late but manages to make it through both shows. They are recorded by Glyn Johns and later released on album.
1973: Aerosmith release their self-titled debut album. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, but not until 1976. The single, ‘Dream On’ also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 (#6) after being released for the second time (It was released as a single on June 27, 1973 and reached #59 on the Billboard Hot 100).
1973: Deep Purple release their 7th studio album, ‘Who Do We Think We Are.’
1973: Slade scored their first #1 album with ‘Slayed.’
1973: Carly Simon’s album ‘No Secrets’ hits #1.
1974: Genesis performs at the Hippodrome in Bristol, England.
1976: Black Sabbath plays at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1977: Queen kicked off a 59-date world tour at Dane County Coliseum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Opening act was Thin Lizzy.
1978: The Police begin recording their debut album at Surrey Sound Studios, Surrey, England with producer Nigel Gray. The album ‘Outlandos d’Amour’ which was released in November of ’78 featured the hits ‘So Lonely,’ ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Can’t Stand Losing You.’
1978: Elvis Presley’s version of Paul Anka’s ‘My Way’ goes Gold five months after the King’s death.
1980: An Oakland Coliseum concert to benefit the people of Kampuchea has the Grateful Dead, the Beach Boys and Jefferson Starship.
1980: Bob Dylan appears at the Paramount Northwest Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1983: Todd Rundgren’s 10th studio album, ‘The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect’ is released. It reached #66 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It was an album as well as the broadcast of the documentary of the same name. The documentary was filmed for UK Televisions Channel 4 and compiled and written by Todd, with interview footage and song visuals that illustrated Todd’s career and personal life until this point. The album was very much a straight forward rock album and contained ‘Bang the Drum All Day’ – a popular hit for Todd and a song still played at concerts.
1984: ‎W.A.S.P‬. and ‪Slayer‬ played ‪The Troubadour‬ in ‎West Hollywood‬ on a Friday the 13th.
1985: KISS release their 33rd single, ‘Thrills in the Night.’
1986: Ozzy Osbourne is taken to court by the parents of John McCollum, a depressed teenager who shot himself while listening to Ozzy’s song ‘Suicide Solution.’ The parents claim that their son was driven to suicide by Ozzy’s song. The court later throws the case out.
1986: Sex Pistols members John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, as well as the mother of Sid Vicious, sued former manager Malcom McClaren for £1 million ($1.7 million). They later settled out of court.
1987: Iron Maiden filmed their ‘Somewhere In Time’ concert in Philadelphia, PA.
1988: ‘Need You Tonight’ is INXS’ first #1 U.S. single.
2003: British police arrest The Who guitarist Pete Townshend as part of their “Operation Ore” sting operation to crack down on child pornography. Townshend admits to having indecent images of children, but insists that he was doing research for an upcoming book dealing with his own experience with sexual abuse. He is placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years.
2005: A report showed that more songs had been written about Elvis Presley than any other artist. It listed over 220 songs including: ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon, ‘A Room At The Heartbreakhotel’ by U2, ‘Calling Elvis,’ Dire Straits, ‘Happy Birthday Elvis,’ Loudon Wainwright III, ‘There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis,’ Kirsty MacColl, ‘I Saw Elvis in a UFO,’ Ray Stevens. ‘Elvis Has Left the Building’ by Frank Zappa and ‘My Dog Thinks I’m Elvis’ by Ray Herndon.
2005: Crossfade appears on NBC’s ‘Tonight Show With Jay Leno.’ Their breakthrough single, ‘Cold,’ also claims the top spot on Billboard Radio Monitor’s Most-Played Active Rock Song list for 2004.
2005: Rush headline a Canada for Asia tsunami-relief telethon in Toronto. Proceeds go to several charities.
2006: Rush’s ‘R30’ DVD makes its television debut on VH1 Classic as part of a weekend of Rush-related programming. R30 documents an 2004 concert in Frankfurt, Germany, that was part of the trio’s 30th anniversary tour.
2006: KoRn holds a press conference at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles to unveil the dates and cities of their upcoming North American tour which gets under way the following month.
2006: It’s announced that The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ albums will be added to the Grammy Hall of Fame. The inductees represent “the most significant recorded musical masterpieces that have had a profound impact on our culture,” says Recording Academy president Neil Portnow.
2007: Eddie Van Halen won the Best Music trophy at the Adult Video News (AVN) Awards in Las Vegas for his musical contributions to the X-rated movie ‘Sacred Sin.’
2007: Killswitch Engage postpone the first of three European dates (in London, Bristol and Paris) because guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz aggravated his injured back and has to undergo emergency surgery. Also, singer Howard Jones is hampered with a chest infection. The tour continues when Jones recovers. Peter Wichers fills in for Dutkiewicz.
2007: Hinder’s North American tour, with Black Stone Cherry, begins in Ketchum, ID, as part of the Ski Tour/Base Camp Music Experience trek.
2007: Grammy Award winning jazz saxophonist, Michael Brecker, dies in New York after battling leukemia. Over the course of his lengthy career Brecker was heard on albums by Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.
2008: Eddie Vedder’s ‘Guaranteed,’ from the ‘Into The Wild’ soundtrack, wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
2008: Elton John tours South Africa for the first time. The trek starts in Cape Town.
2008: Glen Drover‬ left ‎Megadeth‬ to focus time with his family.
2009: Pearl Jam partners with Verizon Wireless to release remastered tracks from the band’s 1991 debut, ‘Ten,’ to users of the V Cast With Rhapsody service. Starting with ‘Once,’ one song from the album is available each week for ten consecutive weeks.
2009: The Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band compilation ‘Greatest Hits,’ is released exclusively via Wal-Mart. After receiving criticism, Springsteen admits the deal was a mistake.
2009: The soundtrack for ‘Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans’ with remixed versions of songs by Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, Deftones, AFI, ex-Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland’s Black Light Burns and Tool singer Maynard James Keenan’s side band Puscifer, is in stores.
2010: A plaque of The Beatles iconic yellow submarine, which was stolen six months prior from Liverpool’s Albert Dock, was set to be replaced by a new creation. The 5 foot design featured the faces of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison peering through its portholes. The new submarine would hang outside the museum dedicated to the band, ‘The Beatles Story.’
2010: Nickelback’s ‘Dark Horse’ is #1 (again) on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart. The band’s 6th studio release made its debut in 2008 and charted for 61 weeks, with much of that time spent at #1.
2011: Tommy Crain, guitarist for The Charlie Daniels Band on their Grammy-winning single ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’ and more than twenty albums, died in his sleep at the age of 59.
2011: Dire Straits 1985 hit ‘Money For Nothing’ is banned by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council because a homophobic epithet in the song is no longer acceptable. “The panel concludes that, like other racially driven words in the English language, ‘faggot’ is one that, even if entirely or marginally accepted in earlier days, is no longer so,” says CBSC chair Ron Cohen in an official statement. Some Canadian stations ignore the ban.
2011: The Who, guitarist Jeff Beck, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry and former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft appear at the Killing Cancer charity concert at London’s Hammersmith Apollo.
2011: Just two months after The Beatles back catalogue became available on iTunes, their sales figures topped 5 million songs according to Hudson Square Research. During that period, the legendary group also moved more than a million full-length albums.
2011: Five days after a Tucson assassination attempt on US Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D), AZ, that left six people dead (including a nine-year old girl) and over a dozen wounded, the critically injured Congresswoman among them, Drowning Pool responds to widespread suggestions that their song ‘Bodies’ inspired the nutcase shooter Jared Loughner. In a statement they explain that the track was never intended to have a violent message. “‘Bodies’ was written about the brotherhood of the mosh pit and the respect people have for each other in the pit,” writes the band. “If you push others down, you have to pick them back up. It was never about violence. It’s about a certain amount of respect and a code.” The band concludes by stating, “We support those who do what they can to keep America safe. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy.”
2014: Switchfoot singer Jon Foreman is treated for a face wound sustained while surfing. “I had a little conversation with my board and it turned into an argument. The board won,” jokes Foreman. Though he makes a full recovery the injury forces the cancellation of a hometown appearance.
2014: U2 win the Best Original Song Award for ‘Ordinary Love’ at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards. The track is from the Nelson Mandela biopic, ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.’
2014: Oasis’ back catalog is available on the streaming services Spotify, Deezer and Rdio. Oasis was one of the more famous holdouts from free music streaming.
2016: Led Zeppelin top Rolling Stone magazine’s Reader’s Poll of band’s they would like to see reunite.
2016: Avenged Sevenfold is sued for breach of contract by their label, Warner Bros. Records. The suit claims the band has refused to honor its contract.
2016: Nickelback sues Lloyd’s Of London for non-payment of $13 million dollars after the group’s tour was cancelled due to singer Chad Kroeger’s medical issues. A month earlier, Lloyd’s sued Kroeger for allegedly failing to disclose that he had a pre-existing throat condition.
2016: The Heavy Metal documentary ‘Hair I Go Again’ opened in Denver, Colorado.
2016: The Rolling Stones’ first manager, Giorgio Gomelsky, passed away at the age of 82. After he was replaced by Andrew Loog Oldham in May, 1963, Gomelsky went on to manage The Yardbirds, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger before moving to New York in 1978 and opening The Green Door nightclub. Those who knew him said that he never quite got over losing his job as The Stones’ manager.

January 14
1956: Little Richard’s ‘Tutti Frutti’ enters the pop charts, giving him his first hit. Pat Boone’s version of the song ends up charting higher, peaking at #12 to Richard’s #17.
1960: United States Army Corporal Elvis Presley receives a promotion to Sergeant. He receives a pay increase of $22.94 per month.
1963: Charlie Watts made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at The Flamingo Jazz Club in Soho in London. Before joining the Stones, Watts played regularly with Blues Incorporated.
1964: The Beatles (minus Ringo Starr who was fog-bound in Liverpool) left from Liverpool for Paris for an 18-day run at the Olympia Theatre. Arriving in Paris, John, Paul, and George were met by 60 fans. Ringo, accompanied by roadie Neil Aspinall, arrived the next day.
1965: Bob Dylan starts recording ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ in New York. The set is known for ‘Mr. Tambourine Man,’ ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ (Dylan’s first Top 40 hit, peaking at #39) and ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.’
1966: David Jones changes his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees, just in time for the release of his single, ‘Can’t Help Thinking About Me.’ The single is credited to David Bowie and the Lower Third. would later say that he chose “Bowie” because he likes that “big American bear-killin’ knife.”
1966: The Who play Municipal Hall in Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom.
1967: Over 25,000 people attend The Human Be-In-A Gathering Of The Tribes at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The event was a forerunner of major, outdoor rock concerts and featured The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother and The Holding Company. It’s one of the key events leading up to the ‘Summer of Love.’
1967: The Rolling Stones ‘Ruby Tuesday’ b/w ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’ 45 single is released. The US release was one day later than the UK. Due to the then-controversial nature of the lyrics (with its suggestion of casual sex) most radio stations opted to play the flip side ‘Ruby Tuesday’ instead. The two songs charted separately on the US Billboard Hot 100, ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’ stalling at #55 while ‘Ruby Tuesday’ became a #1 hit.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Coming-Up Hop, held at The Great Hall, University of Reading in Whiteknights, Reading England.
1969: The Monterey Pop Concert film opens in Los Angeles.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Halle Münsterland in Muenster, Germany.
1970: John Lennon’s erotic ‘Bag One’ lithographs are exhibited publicly in London (and removed by Scotland Yard two days later).
1971: Black Sabbath performed at City Hall in Sheffield, England.
1972: Paul Simon’s self-titled solo album is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and topped the charts in the UK and Japan.
1972: Yes played the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre, London.
1972: Jefferson Airplane landed at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
1973: Pink Floyd played two shows at the Palais des Sports de la Porte de Versailles in Paris.
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, Merseyside, England.
1973: Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is charged with possession of drugs in California.
1973: Elvis Presley nails the record for the largest worldwide audience for his ‘Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii’ concert telecast. It is broadcast live on the Intelsat IV satellite to an estimated one billion people in forty countries around the world, but not the United States or England. The concert is released as a double album later in the year. American fans had to wait until April to watch the program.
1975: ‘So What’ from Joe Walsh goes gold. Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner of The Eagles contributed background vocals.
1975: Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits’ is certified gold. It’s their 12th and final Gold record.
1976: The Allman Brothers Band played at Municipal Auditorium Music Hall in Kansas City, Missouri.
1977: Bob Seger performed at Cobo Arena in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.
1977: David Bowie released his 11th studio album ‘Low,’ the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno termed the “Berlin Trilogy.” It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #2 on the UK Album chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 249 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The track ‘Sound and Vision’ was released as a single and used by the BBC in the UK on trailers at the time, providing much needed exposure, as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself, and helped the song reach #3 on the UK charts.
1978: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ album logs its 31st week at #1 in America. It’s the longest run for an album until ‘Thriller’ in 1984.
1978: Sex Pistols play their last live gig at Winterland in San Francisco. Johnny Rotten yelled to the crowd at the outset, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated.” It was the last time the band played with bassist Sid Vicious.
1978: The Grateful Dead appeared at Municipal Auditorium in Bakersfield, California.
1979: Rush played at The Palladium in New York.
1980: Rush release their 7th studio album, ‘Permanent Waves.’ It was recorded at the now defunct Le Studio in Morin Heights, Quebec.‬
1980: Bob Dylan performed at the Paramount Northwest Theatre in Seattle, Washington.
1981: Roxy Music appeared at the Apollo in Manchester, England
1982: The Kinks played at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.
1984: Paul McCartney was at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pipes Of Peace.’ With this release McCartney made chart history by becoming the first artist to have a #1 in a group, (The Beatles), in a duo, (with Stevie Wonder) in a trio, (with Wings) and as a solo artist.
1989: U2 goes platinum with the ‘Rattle and Hum’ album.
1989: Paul McCartney releases his album ‘Back In The U.S.S.R.’ exclusively in Russia. Bootleg copies sold for as much as $1,000 in the U.S.
1992: Jerry Nolan of The Heartbreakers and New York Dolls died at the age of 45. He was being treated for bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, when he suffered a stroke and went into a coma from which he never recovered.
1995: Drummer Jack Irons makes his debut with Pearl Jam when the group plays the first of two Voters For Change concerts in Washington, D.C.
1996: Oasis went to #1 on the UK album chart with ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’, the group’s second UK #1 spent a total of 145 week’s on the chart.
1996: Ruby Starr, vocalist for Black Oak Arkansas on their 1974 hit ‘Jim Dandy’ as well as having her own solo career, died of cancer at the age of 45.
1997: The Beach Boys guest star on an episode of ABC-TV’s Home Improvement. They played the cousins of Wilson, Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor’s next door neighbor and sang ‘Barbra Ann’ with the show’s cast.
1998: Less than two months after its release, Ozzy Osbourne’s career retrospective, ‘The Ozzman Cometh,’ is certified platinum.
1999: Model Jerry Hall files for divorce from her husband, The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger. They had been together since 1977 & married since 1990.
1999: Metallica file suit in L.A. federal court vs. Victoria’s Secret seeking injunctive relief and damages after VS used the name Metallica on lip pencils without permission. ‬
2000: ‎Marty Friedman‬ played his last concert with ‪Megadeth‬.
2000: Rolling Stone magazine reveals that David Crosby is the biological father of Melissa Etheridge and her partner Julie Cypher’s child.
2001: Guns N’ Roses perform before 200,000 fans at the Rock In Rio Festival.
2003: Linda Gail Lewis the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, dropped a claim of sex discrimination against Van Morrison. Lewis had claimed that Morrison had ‘publicly humiliated’ her on stage and had tried to ruin her life by asking her for sex. She withdrew her claim after discussions with her lawyer. Morrison denied all the allegations.
2004: White Stripes frontman Jack White pleads innocent to aggravated assault charges stemming from a December 13th run-in with Von Bondies singer Jason Stollsteimer.
2004: The Beastie Boys defunct record label Grand Royal LLC goes on the auction block.
2005: A $100,000 statue honoring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow Linda at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Johnny died from prostate cancer in September 2004 at the age of 55. Hundreds turned out for the ceremony, including Tommy Ramone. Nicolas Cage, Rob Zombie and Eddie Vedder are among those who commemorate his life. He died the previous September of prostate cancer at the age of 55. Dee Dee Ramone died of a drugs overdose in 2002 and Joey died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer.
2005: Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ reclaims the #1 spot on the Billboard Album chart, with U.S. sales exceeding 100,000 in the previous week. The last time the album topped the chart was a week after its September 2004 debut.
2005: A show is held in Columbus, OH, to benefit the victims and their families of the 12/8/04 shooting at the Alosa club that took the life of Damageplan guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott and two others.
2006: Former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek performs with poet Michael McClure and flutist Larry Kassin at a spoken word and music event in San Francisco. The show marks the start of the 25th annual Noe Valley Music Series.
2008: Daughtry creates an uproar when he bad-mouthes American Idol, saying the show is on the “decline.” Randy Jackson refutes Daughtry’s comment, but the show would later suffer yet another season of declining ratings.
2009: Scott Weiland kicks off his U.S. tour in support of his solo album, ‘Happy In Galoshes,’ in Kansas City, MO.
2010: The BBC admitted coverage of the launch of U2’s album ‘No Line On The Horizon’ in 2009 went too far – giving “undue prominence” to the band. RadioCentre, the trade body for commercial radio companies, had made a formal complaint over the coverage saying the BBC had given U2 “the sort of publicity money can’t buy”.
2010: Guitarist Jimmy Page was honored with the United Nations’ first ever Pathways To Peace Award. Pathways To Peace is an international peace building, educational and consulting organization which has consultative status with the United Nations.
2010: Incubus DJ Chris Kilmore is granted another restraining order against former band DJ Gavin Koppell, who Kilmore replaced in 1998. Kilmore was granted an initial restraining order in 2003 and that appeared to be at the root of a 12/28/09 incident where Koppell confronted Kilmore and his girlfriend allegedly threatening “you will get killed if you don’t lift that (restraining) order, people get killed in the street for that.”
2011: SoundScan reports that The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album is 2010’s best-selling vinyl album in the U.S. Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’ and Black Keys ‘Brothers,’ are #2 and #3, respectively. ‘Abbey Road’ was also #1 in 2009.
2012: Roger Waters weds his fiancee of seven years, Laurie Durning, in a private ceremony at the pair’s home in Southampton, NY.
2014: Altitudes & Attitude members David Ellefson (Megadeth), Frank Bello (Anthrax) and Jeff Friedl (A Perfect Circle) release their self-titled debut EP.
2014: After being leaked online less than two weeks earlier, Bruce Springsteen’s solo album ‘High Hopes’ is released. The set is a mix of originals and covers, including the title track which was originally recorded by Havalina.
2014: Black Sabbath’s 1970’s catalog is added to the iTunes store for the first time. “It’s about f*cking time,” says Ozzy Osbourne.
2014: Bruce Springsteen appears on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,’ where he performs a reworked version of ‘Born To Run’ titled ‘Gov. Christie Traffic Jam.’ In the song, Springsteen mocks a scandal where New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s staff shut down parts of a road to retaliate against a mayor who didn’t endorse him. “You’re killing the working man who’s stuck in the Governor Chris Christie Fort Lee, New Jersey, traffic jam,” Springsteen sings.
2015: According to a poll conducted by Forbes magazine, Fleetwood Mac tickets were the highest priced by scalpers.
2016: The National Music Publishers’ Association announce that Aerosmith frontman and songwriter Steven Tyler has joined the NMPA SONGS (Supporting Our Next Generation of Songwriters) foundation board of directors. “Everyone knows about Steven Tyler’s music, but not everyone knows what a passionate advocate he is for the people behind the songs,” says NMPA SONGS foundation president David Israelite.

January 15
1958: The Everly Brothers made their debut on British TV appearing on ‘The Perry Como Show.’
1958: Elvis Presley records ‘Hard Headed Woman,’ ‘Trouble,’ ‘New Orleans,’ ‘King Creole,’ and ‘Crawfish.’
1962: Drummer Charlie Watts joins the Rolling Stones. The band’s original line-up is now complete.
1964: Capitol Records, Vee-Jay and Swan Records go to court over the rights to The Beatles. Capitol, a subsidiary of EMI, The Beatles label in England, had passed on the group resulting in Vee-Jay and Swan releasing, unsuccessfully, several Beatles tracks in the U.S. In the end, Capitol wins.
1964: Johnny Rivers begins a one year stand at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in L.A.
1964: The Beatles performed live at the Cinema Cyrano in Versailles, France, before an audience of 2,000. The show was a warm-up for a three-week engagement at the Olympia Theatre that would start the next day in Paris.
1965: The Who release their first single, ‘I Can’t Explain’ in the UK. With Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals, it went on to reach #8 on the UK chart. While oldies stations in America still give it a fair amount of air-play, the song only made it to number 93 on Billboard’s Hot 100. In a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, Pete Townshend referred to “I Can’t Explain” as “a song, written by some 18-year-old kid, about the fact that he can’t tell his girlfriend he loves her because he’s taken too many Dexedrine tablets.” The song is ranked #9 on Pitchfork Media’s list of the “200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s”, #59 on Spin’s list of the “100 Greatest Singles of All Time”, and #371 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
1965: The Rolling Stones’ ‘The Rolling Stones No. ‘2 is released in the UK. It spent 10 weeks at #1 in early 1965, during its 37 week run, becoming one of the year’s biggest sellers in the UK.
1965: The Kinks ‘Tired of Waiting for You’ single is released in the UK. It was released in the U.S. on February 17.
1965: Bob Dylan completed recording his 5th studio album ‘Bringing it all Back Home’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. It went on to be Dylan’s first album to reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 Album Chart, peaking at #6.
1966: The Beach Boys enter Billboard’s Hot 100 for the 23rd time with their version of ‘Barbara Ann,’ previously a #13 hit for the Regents in 1961. The song was recorded ‘live’ at a party staged in a recording studio and actually features the voice of Dean Torrence of Jan And Dean on lead vocal. The record will peak at #2 in the US and stay on the charts for 11 weeks. In the UK, it reached #3.
1966: The Who play at The Two Puddings Club in Stratford and the In Crowd Club in Hackney, London, England.
1966: ‘December’s Children’ by the Rolling Stones goes gold. The album features ‘Get Off My Cloud.’
1967: US television censorship hits Rolling Stones when they appear on Ed Sullivan show singing ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together.’ They change the lyrics to “let’s spend some time together.” Jagger rolls his eyes derisively when he sings the altered line, resulting in host Ed Sullivan announcing that The Rolling Stones would be banned from performing on his show ever again.
1967: The Who, with Eric Burdon and The Animals, flew to Hamburg, Germany to appear on Radio Bremen’s ‘Beat Club’ TV special ‘Dag Swing Time Party.’ The Who mimed to ‘I’m A Boy,’ ‘Heat Wave’ and their current single ‘Happy Jack.’ The show was presented by Uschi Nerke and The Who’s appearance helped get them their only #1 in Germany. The show was broadcast on January 21st.
1967: The film ‘The Fastest Guitar Alive,’ starring Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley, premieres in New York City. In his only acting role, Orbison is a Confederate spy who carries a bullet-shooting guitar and a bag of gold to smuggle across the Wild West.
1967: Donovan appeared at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Paul McCartney and George Harrison both attended the show.
1967: Jimi Hendrix played in Kirklevington, North Yorkshire, England.
1968: The Byrds 5th album, ‘The Notorious Byrd Brothers’ released. It reached #47 on the Billboard 200 Top LPs chart, and #12 on the UK Album Chart. In 2003, the album was ranked at #171 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and #32 on the NME’s list of the “100 Best Albums”.
1969: After George Harrison announced he was quitting The Beatles and failed to show up for recording sessions on January 13th, 14th or 15th, the band held a meeting at Ringo Starr’s house, where they urged Harrison to come back. George agreed to re-join the band under the provision that the they give up on the idea a live concert and move the filming of ‘Let It Be’ to the Beatles’ new studio in their Apple headquarters.
1969: Atlantic Records trades CBS Records – Richie Furay for Graham Nash. Furay is now free to work with Poco and Graham can partner with David Crosby and Stephen Stills for CS&N.
1970: MC5’s ‘Back in the USA’ 1st studio album and 2nd overall is released. It reached #137 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1970: ‘Bag One,’ an exhibition of John Lennon’s lithographs, opens at the London Arts Gallery.
1971: The Allman Brothers Band performed at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
1971: George Harrison releases ‘My Sweet Lord.’ It’s sometimes referred to as “He’s So Fine – Take II” since Harrison is later found guilty of “unconscious plagiarism” of the Chiffon’s tune.
1971: John Lee Hooker and Canned Heat’s ‘Hooker ‘n Heat’ double album is released. It reached #78 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1972: Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ hits #1 in the US for the first of four weeks. The single runs 8:36 and you have to flip the 45 over to hear all of it. The song is a recounting of “The Day the Music Died” (a term taken from the song) the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), and the aftermath. The song was listed as the #5 song on the RIAA project Songs of the Century. Although Don McLean never actually said so, most assumed he was singing about Buddy Holly’s death as “The day the music died”. When asked what ‘American Pie’ meant, McLean replied, “It means I never have to work again.” He later said “You will find many interpretations of my lyrics, but none of them by me… sorry to leave you all on your own like this, but long ago I realized that songwriters should make their statements and move on, maintaining a dignified silence.”
1972: Led Zeppelin’s ‘Black Dog’ made its debut on the US singles chart. The group’s third single peaked at #15 and spent 8 weeks on the chart. The song’s title is a reference to a nameless, black Labrador retriever that wandered around the Headley Grange studios during recording.
1973: Led Zeppelin appeared at Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
1973: The Rolling Stones announce a benefit concert for Managua, Nicaragua. The hometown of Bianca Jagger had been recently devastated by an earthquake.
1973: Genesis performed at Stadthalle, Heidelberg, Germany.
1974: Brownsville Station’s ‘Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room’ is certified gold. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart & later covered by Motley Crue in 1985, which became the Crue’s first top 40 single.
1974: With ’50s nostalgia trending, ‘Happy Days’ premieres on ABC with ‘Rock Around The Clock’ as its theme song.
1976: Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ was on the UK album chart. The album’s packaging, designed by Storm Thorgerson, featured an opaque black sleeve inside which was hidden the album artwork. Thorgerson had noted that, in the US, Roxy Music’s ‘Country Life’ was sold in an opaque green cellophane sleeve – censoring the cover image – and he adopted the idea, concealing the artwork for ‘Wish You Were Here’ in a dark-colored shrink-wrap.
1976: Paul Simonon auditioned for The London SS, the band went on to become The Clash.
1976: Guitarist Joe Walsh makes his debut with the Eagles. He’s joins the group for an Australia/Japan tour. Glenn Frey would later say “I personally thought that adding Joe Walsh was a dangerous move. 90% of the people who heard about it couldn’t figure out how it was ever going to work.”
1977: David Bowie releases ‘Low.’ It the first of three albums produced with the help of Brian Eno in which Bowie explores electronic music. Much of the album is instrumental.
1977: Eagles ‘Hotel California’ is the Top US Album. It was the group’s third US #1 album. In the 2013 documentary History of the Eagles, Don Henley said the song was about “a journey from innocence to experience…that’s all”. The L.P. was nominated for album of the year, but lost to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours.’
1979: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center Arena in Springfield, Massachusetts.
1979: Scorpions released their 6th studio album, ‘Lovedrive.’
1980: The Ramones appeared live on UK BBC TV music show’ The Old Grey Whistle Test’.
1980: Aerosmith played at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
1981: Roxy Music performed at the Odeon in Birmingham, England.
1982: The Police kicked off the North American leg of their 119-date ‘Ghost In The Machine’ world tour at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, supported by The Go-Go’s.
1982: In what turned out to be Ace Frehley’s last live ever appearance with Eric Carr and ultimately KISS (until 1996), the band did a trio of songs from ‘The Elder’ on ABC’s ‘Fridays.’
1982: Hall And Oates album, ‘Private Eyes’ was awarded a Platinum disc. The Top 5 LP featured the title track as well as the Top 10 hits ‘I Can’t Go For That’ and ‘Did It In A Minute.’
1983: Phil Collins had his first UK #1 single with his version of ‘You Can’t Hurry Love,’ a hit for The Supremes in 1966. Collins’ version was the first track on the very first ‘Now That’s What I Call Music’ CD.
1984: Ozzy Osbourne‬, ‎Motley Crue‬ and Waysted played at ‪The Spectrum‬ in ‪Philadelphia‬.
1985: AC/DC‬ headlined the “Rock In Rio” festival at the Rockdrome.
1985: John Fogerty’s ‘Centerfield’ album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart and reached #7 on the Top Country Albums chart.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne‬ with special guest ‎Anthrax‬ played the Oakland Coliseum Arena.
1991: Slayer‬ and ‪Testament‬ performed at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
1991: Sean Lennon’s updated version of his father John’s ‘Give Peace A Chance’ was released to coincide with the United Nation’s midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. The lyrics were updated to reflect the concerns of the day.
1991: David Lee Roth‬ released 3rd full-length studio album, ‘A Little Ain’t Enough.’
1992: Neil Young inducts Jimi Hendrix Experience into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Band’s guitarist/vocalist, Robbie Robertson, does the honors for Blues great Elmore James. Johnny Cash, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Booker T. & the MG’s, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave, and The Yardbirds also make it into the Hall.
1992: On an episode of the TV variety show Entertainment Tonight, pop star Brenda Lee criticizes the selections for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, noting the lack of female talent – such as The Shirelles, Dionne Warwick, and Connie Francis. She calls them “the women who pioneered rock and roll” and points out that they’re just as important as the men. Lee’s remarks and others like her do eventually break the “glass ceiling” of rock recognition and Lee herself goes on to be included in several halls of fame recognizing her music talents. It never hurts to ask, does it?
1992: Elton John’s early bass player Dee Murray dies in Nashville after suffering a stroke at age 45. He first appeared with Elton on the 1970 album ‘Tumbleweed Connection’ and the milestone albums ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.’
1994: Harry Nilsson dies of heart failure at the age of 52, nearly one year after suffering a massive heart attack. His wife would later say that the last thing he ever said to her was “I love you so much.” He recorded ‘Everybody’s Talkin’ from the film ‘Midnight Cowboy’ and wrote hits for Three Dog Night and The Monkees. He also had the UK & US #1 single with his version of the Badfinger Evans & Ham song ‘Without You.’ When John Lennon and Paul McCartney held a press conference in 1968 to announce the formation of Apple Corps, John was asked to name his favorite American artist. He replied, “Nilsson”. Paul was then asked to name his favorite American group. He replied, “Nilsson.”
1994: Counting Crows are the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing ‘Mr. Jones’ and ‘Round Here.’ The appearance sparks sales of their debut album and sends radio stations scrambling to add the songs to their playlists. Despite this breakthrough appearance, the band was never asked back for the show.
1994: Bryan Adams began a two night stand at the Le Let Theatre in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Adams was the first major Western artist to perform in Vietnam since James Brown in 1971.
1996: Accept released their 11th studio album, ‘Predator.’
1998: Harmonica player Junior Wells died, (born Amos Blakemore). He worked with Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and The Rolling Stones.
2004: KoRn’s ‘Play Me,’ a track from ‘Take A Look In The Mirror,’ is featured on the ‘NFL Street’ video game. The game also features Fuel.
2005: ‘Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope’ airs on NBC. The program features Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Lenny Kravitz, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. Showbiz celebrities include Halle Berry, Kevin Spacey, George Clooney and Uma Thurman.
2007: A lyric sheet to the Beatles ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ handwritten by George Harrison, goes for $300,000 at an auction in Scottsdale, AZ. Producer George Martin’s score for the version of ‘Weeps’ created for The Beatles ‘Love’ soundtrack album is also sold. A military tunic worn by John Lennon sells for $350,000 while a set of Beatles suits dating from 1964 go for $30,000.
2008: Ronnie Wood was recovering following an operation for a hernia after he sustained the injury during the band’s recent ‘Bigger Bang’ tour. The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was told to rest for two months after the procedure.
2008: Ringo Starr’s ‘Liverpool 8’ is issued. The former Beatles drummer co-wrote all the tracks and co-produced with Mark Hudson and Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart.
2009: Jon Bon Jovi performs at a New York fundraiser to help Hillary Clinton pay off the debt she amassed during her failed 2008 presidential campaign. According to reports she’s over $6 million in the red. The Secretary of State and Bon Jovi are longtime friends.
2009: Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon, wins a libel suit brought against British newspaper The Sun. An 2007 article claimed that she was driving her husband “to destruction.” Sharon receives an apology and undisclosed monetary damages from The Sun.
2009: ESP Signature Series guitars from Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett make their debut at the NAMM Show conference in Anaheim, CA. The limited edition guitars are replicas of custom-made instruments played by the two musicians.
2010: 73 year old Charlie Daniels is rushed to hospital after suffering a stroke while snowmobiling in Durango, Colorado. Daniels will recover and be released from the hospital two days later.
2011: Kid Rock’s birthday concert at Detroit’s Ford Field takes place. The venue is renamed ’40 Field’ for the day in honor of Rock’s 40th birthday. Over 45,000 attend the show, which sold out in 19 minutes.
2013: Something Unto Nothing (S.U.N.), a group with singer Sass Jordan and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, release their debut full-length, self-titled album on CD (the set was already available digitally).
2013: ‘From Can To Can’t’ a song from the Dave Grohl directed documentary ‘Sound City,’ the legendary recording studio located in Van Nuys, CA. The track features Grohl, Slipknot/Stone Sour’s Corey Taylor, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and Kyuss’ Scott Reeder.
2014: Black Sabbath’s ‘War Pigs’ is heard in a commercial promoting the film ‘300: Rise Of An Empire.’
2014: The Eagles play the first of three shows to reopen the remodeled Los Angeles Forum. “The building is a grand dame of all these [arenas],” states guitarist/vocalist Glenn Frey. The Forum is the largest venue built in the U.S. specifically for music and live entertainment.
2015: Following years of internal strife, guitarist Rich Robinson issues a statement announcing the end of the Black Crowes after 24 years.
2015: California Breed call it quits. Formed in 2013, the group’s line-up was bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Andrew Watt.
2015: Legendary record producer and music business maven Kim Fowley dies at age 75 following a long battle with bladder cancer. Fowley is best known for his work with the Runaways, which included Joan Jett and Lita Ford. Starting in the early 1960s, he produced a string of successful records such as ‘Alley Oop’ by The Hollywood Argyles, ‘Nut Rocker’ for B. Bumble And The Stingers and ‘Popsicles and Icicles’ by The Murmaids. He also co-wrote songs for KISS, Helen Reddy, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell and Kris Kristofferson. During his career, he was involved with records that sold over 102 million copies.
2015: During a Dead Kennedys show a pair of fans at the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego perform a sex act onstage. “Of course, we don’t condone this activity in our establishment and security stopped it right away,” states the tavern’s management.
2015: Marilyn Manson released is the 9th studio album ‘The Pale Emperor.’
2016: Five Finger Death Punch’s single, ‘Wash It All Away,’ tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart, marking the band’s fourth #1 on the list but their first since ‘Battle Born’ in 2013.
2016: David Bowie’s album ‘Blackstar,’ which was released just days before the artist’s death, goes to #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 181,000 copies in its debut week. Just days after his death on January 10th, albums by David Bowie made up 25% of the UK album chart and thirteen of his singles were in the Top 100. In total, Bowie sold 241,000 albums and 167,000 singles in less than a week, while his tunes were streamed more than 19 million times on services like Spotify and Apple Music, jumping by 2,822% following news of his passing.

January 16
1957: Little Richard records ‘Lucille.’
1957: The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool, England in a cellar that had been used as an air raid shelter during World War II. It became the home of many Liverpool bands including The Beatles who appeared at the club 292 times. The place starts as a Jazz hang-out but in the early ’60s The Beatles become the house band.
1961: Del Shannon records his hit ‘Runaway’ in New York.
1964: The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. This first show was attended mostly by Paris’ ‘top society’ members (all dressed in formal evening attire). The French press had little good to say about The Beatles in the next day’s papers, but The Beatles didn’t care, because they’d just received news that their single ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ had hit #1 in the US, selling 10,000 copies an hour in New York City alone.
1965: The Beatles played the last of a 16 night run billed as ‘Another Beatles’
Christmas Show’ that had started on Jan. 1st at The Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1965: Beatles manager Brian Epstein, in Britain’s Melody Maker magazine, is quoted as saying “I give The Beatles two or three years more at the top.”
1965: The Guess Who release ‘Shakin’ All Over.’
1967: The Young Rascals ‘I’ve Been Lonely Too Long’ b/w ‘If You Knew’ 45 single is released in the US. Wriiten by Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, from the LP ‘Collections,’ the song reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1969: Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Albert Collins all perform at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.
1970: Two days after it opened, the Bag One Gallery in London, England was raided by Scotland Yard. The police remove eight John Lennon lithographs under the Obscene Publications Act.
1971: At a press conference in Memphis, TN., Elvis Presley declares that “I don’t go along with music advocating drugs and desecration of the flag. I think an entertainer is for entertaining and to make people happy.”
1971: ‘ZZ Top’s First Album’ is released. Although the album did not chart, the single ‘(Somebody Else Been) Shakin’ Your Tree’ reached #50 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1972: Blue Oyster Cult released their self-titled debut album. Despite positive reviews, it only reached #172 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1973: Bruce Springsteen performs at Villanova University in Philadelphia to an audience of 25 people. Due to a strike at the time by Villanova’s school newspaper The Villanovan, this concert went unadvertised, so this is probably the smallest crowd Bruce and The E Street Band have ever played in front of.
1975: Paul McCartney & Wings arrive in New Orleans to record ‘Venus and Mars’ at Allen Toussaint’s Sea Saint studios. They would stay through Mardi Gras.
1976: The Who’s ‘Squeeze Box” b/w ‘Success Story’ 45 single is released in the US. It peaked at #10 on the UK charts and #16 in the US.
1978: Sex Pistol Sid Vicious falls through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, due to a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital.
1978: Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Poor Poor Pitiful Me’ b/w ‘Simple Man, Simple Dream’ 45 single is released. Written by the Warren Zevon, it first appeared on Zevon’s eponymous 1976 album ‘Warren Zevon’ with backing vocals by Lindsey Buckingham. Ronstadt recorded a gender-altered version of the song during 1977. Ronstadt’s interpretation was released on her multi-platinum album ‘Simple Dreams.’ Released as a single, Linda’s passionate version of the song debuted on the Hot 100 charts the week of January 28, 1978, and reached #31 position in several weeks. It had already been a hugely popular radio hit as an album cut.
1979: Gregg Allman and Cher are divorced.
1979: Accept released their self-titled debut album.
1980: Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219 grams on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan. The tour is cancelled. He had the weed in New York and wanted to bring it with him to smoke on tour, saying, “This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d take it with me.”
1984: Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Barbados for drug possession and were each fined $200.
1984: The Rolling Stones venture to Mexico City to film the videos for ‘She Was Hot’ and ‘Too Much Blood.’ The tracks appear on the ‘Undercover’ album.
1985: David Bowie’s schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London. He was killed instantly by a passing train. He was 47.
1986: KISS and W.A.S.P. play the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1988: Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist.
1988: George Harrison becomes the act with the longest span of #1 US hits in the rock era as ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ tops Billboard chart 24 years after he hit the top with Beatles ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand.’ George’s record is subsequently broken by Beach Boys when “Kokomo” hit #1. It’s his first solo #1 in 13 years, since he hit the top spot with ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth).’
1988: Elton John gets his 22nd US Top 10 hit as ‘Candle in the Wind’ moves to #7.
1989: The Rolling Stones, Phil Spector and Stevie Wonder are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Stevie Wonder is the youngest inductee ever at age 38.
1990: Joan Jett released her 7th studio album, ‘The Hit List. It was her 1st cover album.
1991: The Sixth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include LaVern Baker, The Byrds, John Lee Hooker, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett, Jimmy Reed, and Ike and Tina Turner. Bonnie Raitt inducts John Lee Hooker into the Hall and during the post-ceremony jam session, Raitt performs with John Fogerty and Bruce Springsteen. A pall was cast over the evening when a declaration was issued by President George Bush, informing Americans that the nation’s military forces had entered into armed conflict in Iraq and Kuwait.
1992: Mick Jagger attends the premiere of his film ‘Freejack’ at Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
1992: Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV. The subsequent album earned six Grammy Awards for the album including Record of the Year.
1993: Nirvana release ‘Incesticide,’ a collection of early material, live recordings, out-takes and BBC sessions.
1996: Jimmy Buffett and U2 singer Bono escape unhurt when Jamaican authorities open fire on Buffetts’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. The incident inspired Buffett to write a song called ‘Jamaica Mistaica’.
1997: As part of the ‘Big Day Out,’ Soundgarden tours Australia and New Zealand.
1999: At the inaugural ball for Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, America plays ‘Ventura Highway.’ Warren Zevon and Delbert McClinton also perform.
2000: It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways. British Prime Minister Tony Blair was having doubts about the message it would give about family values. This decision was changed and on December 12, 2003, Mick Jagger was made a Knight Bachelor by The Prince of Wales for services to music, as Sir Michael Jagger.
2001: Black Label Society released their ‘Alcohol Fueled Brewtality Live!! +5’ album.
2004: Linkin Park kick off their ‘Meteora Tour’ in Washington D.C. with P.O.D. and Hoobastank as the opening acts.
2004: Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee says Cold guitarist Terry Balsamo is the permanent replacement for departed guitarist Ben Moody.
2004: The estate of George Harrison settles its lawsuit against Dr. Gilbert Lederman, who treated the ex-Beatle. He is accused of coercing the dying Harrison into signing a guitar belonging to his son. The settlement comes 10 days after the lawsuit was filed against Dr. Gilbert Lederman, his three children and his employer, Staten Island University Hospital.
2007: Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire.
2007: ‘Rock Star: Supernova,’ the manufactured TV supergroup (with the contest winning lead singer Lukas Rossi) featuring Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted (Johnny Colt temporarily filling in until Newsted recovers from a recent accident) and ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, begin a six week arena tour in Hollywood, FL. The Panic Channel, with ex-Jane’s Addiction/Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro, is the opening act.
2007: Godsmack frontman Sully Erna is presented with the key to his hometown of Lawrence, MA. “There is always going to be a place in my heart for Lawrence,” says an emotional Erna. “It molded me into the man I have become.” The singer grew up in the trouble-plagued area and expressed his desire to be a positive role model.
2007: Carlos Santana and his wife, Deborah, open Santana House in Los Angeles. The facility, run by the Violence Intervention Program, aids victims of physical abuse. It’s named after the couple to honor their support of the VIP.
2008: KoRn guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer bows out of the group’s ongoing European tour for “family and personal reasons.” “We fully support Munky’s need to be home right now,” writes frontman Jonathan Davis. “The tour will go on. It’s what Munky wants us to do, too.”
2008: The Foo Fighters start their U.S. tour in Miami (actually Sunrise, FL). Against Me! opens all dates while Jimmy Eat World are on select stops.
2009: Disturbed, with Sevendust as opener, begin a month-and-a-half-long U.S. tour in Milwaukee.
2011: Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor wins the Best Score trophy at the Golden Globes (Hollywood’s Foreign Press Association) in Beverly Hills. Reznor composed the film score for ‘The Social Network’ with Atticus Ross.
2012: Marilyn Manson announces that Jason Sutter is the band’s drummer, replacing Chris Vrenna who left a few months earlier.
2013: Heart’s performance of the Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven,’ recorded at Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Zeppelin, is released. “My main goal was to please Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones…especially Plant, since all these many years he has taught me so much about singing from the soul,” says Heart vocalist Ann Wilson.
2013: It was announced that Joe Strummer was to have a city square named after him in Spain following a Facebook campaign. More than 2,000 residents of Granada, where The Clash frontman became a frequent visitor, signed a petition calling for him to be honored. City hall officials agreed to the proposals and a square in the area was set to be renamed Plaza de Joe Strummer.
2014: Neil Young’s four-city concert run to benefit ‘Honor The Treaties’ came to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, where the singer grew up.
2015: Puddle of Mudd frontman Wesley Scantlin is arrested at the Denver International Airport after he takes a baggage carousel for a joyride into a restricted area. A local fan bails him out, but the band is still hours late for their performance, and an angry promoter tells the audience he will never book the act again.

January 17
1963: The Beatles played at The Cavern Club at lunchtime and then an evening show at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead. At the Majestic, every ticket had been sold in advance, leaving 500 disappointed fans waiting outside.
1963: The Velvets appeared at The Marquee Club London with the Cyril Davies All Stars. At the bottom of the bill is The Rolling Stones. Tickets cost 4 shillings, ($0.56).
1964: The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, ‘You Better Move On,’ ‘Poison Ivy,’ ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money.’
1964: The Rolling Stones record ‘The Last Time’ and ‘Play With Fire’ in Hollywood.
1966: NBC-TV bought The Monkees series, placing it on their 1966 autumn schedule.
1966: Simon & Garfunkel release their 2nd album, ‘Sounds of Silence’ album. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1967: John Lennon picked up a London Daily News newspaper and read a story about potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire. It was this article that inspired the line in ‘A Day In The Life.’
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a bar bill of £2.5 shillings, ($6.21), which they were unable to pay.
1967: A 40-year-old David Mason recorded the piccolo trumpet solo for The Beatles ‘Penny Lane’ at Abbey Road Studios in London. He was paid £27, 10 shillings ($42) for his performance. In August, 1987, the trumpet he used was sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $10,846.
1969: ‘Led Zeppelin I’ is released coinciding with the band’s first headlining US concert tour. It was to peak at #10 in the US chart, and at #36 in the UK. The RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 10 million copies in the US alone.
1969: Elton John’s ‘Lady Samantha’ b/w ‘All Across the Havens’ 45 single is released in the UK. It was released six months before his first album, ‘Empty Sky’ came out. It appeared on its 1995 reissue as a bonus track. Recorded in December 1968 along with its b-side, ‘All Across the Havens,’ it was performed on several radio broadcasts (including John’s first BBC radio airing) in 1969, but forgotten afterward. John has apparently never played it in concert.
1970: The Doors played the first of foundshows at the Felt Forum in New York City. The shows were recorded for the bands forthcoming ‘Absolutely Live’ album.
1972: A section of Bellevue Boulevard in Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. The remaining length of road kept its original name after protests from the Bellevue Baptist Church.
1972: Neil Young ‘Heart Of Gold’ b/w ‘Sugar Mountain’ single is released. It was Young’s only U.S. #1 single. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it #297 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
1973: Ace Frehley auditions for KISS.
1974: Bad Company is formed, with Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke from Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson.
1974: Joni Mitchell’s 6th studio album, ‘Court and Spark’ is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. The album was kept from the top spot by three #1 albums—in order Bob Dylan’s Planet Waves, Barbra Streisand’s ‘The Way We Were’ and John Denver’s ‘Greatest Hits.’ In 2003 it was listed at #111 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1975: Bob Dylan’s 15th studio album, ‘Blood on the Tracks’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart for two weeks in the beginning of March 1975. The single “Tangled Up in Blue” peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #16 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1976: Sweet peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Fox on the Run’ which was their third top 10 single in the U.S.
1978: Warren Zevon released his third album ‘Excitable Boy.’ Besides the title track, the record included ‘Werewolves of London’ as well as ‘Lawyers, Guns and Money.’
1981: Wendy O’Williams of the Plasmatics is arrested during performance in Milwaukee for ‘simulating masturbation with a sledgehammer in front of an audience’.
1981: Cheap Trick made their first and only appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ where they performed ‘Baby Loves to Rock’ & ‘Can’t Stop it But I’m Gonna Try.’
1981: The Police get their first Top 10 album in the U.S. as ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ hits #5.
1981: Mötley Crüe formed when bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist, guitarist Greg Leon, (who later left). Sixx and Lee then added guitarist Bob “Mick Mars” Deal. Vince Neil accepted an offer to join (after turning them down) in April of this year.
1984: Pretenders ‘Learning to Crawl’ album is released. It reached #5 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart. It came out after a two-year hiatus, during which time James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon both died of drug overdoses.
1985: Iron Maiden play the first of five sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1989: ‘Addicted to Love’ by Robert Palmer was certified Gold by the RIAA, making it Palmer’s only Gold certified single.
1990: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. The inductees include The Who, Hank Ballard, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, Simon and Garfunkel, the Platters and The Kinks.
1993: President William Jefferson Clinton’s Inauguration ceremonies feature a free outdoor concert at which Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Michael Bolton, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross and others perform.
1994: Guns N’ Roses release their 15th single, ‘Estranged.’
1996: David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Jefferson Airplane, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles, Tom Donahue, Little Willie John and the Velvet Underground are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Pink Floyd is inducted by the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, who performs ‘Wish You Were Here’ with the group.
1999: At the American Music Awards, Billy Joel is given the Special Award of Merit for his “inspired songwriting skills” and “exciting showmanship.”
2001: Metallica bassist Jason Newsted leaves the band. Newsted’s statement revealed his departure was based on “private and personal reasons and the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love.”
2001: Iron Maiden surprise former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page with an autographed Fender guitar during a Rock In Rio press conference in Brazil.
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 released because the two artists were both signed to different record companies.
2003: The All-American Rejects released their self-titled debut album.
2005: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Queens Of The Stone Age leader Josh Homme and Beck perform at a tsunami-aid benefit concert in Los Angeles. Proceeds go to Music For Relief, an organization founded by Linkin Park to assist the Red Cross.
2005: Incubus announces they will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund via their nonprofit Make Yourself Foundation.
2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put their Beverly Hills mansion up for sale. It’s the house where The Osbournes MTV series was filmed.
2006: A piece of paper on which John Lennon first wrote the lyrics to The Beatles’ tune ‘A Day in the Life’ goes on the block in New York via a sealed-bid auction.
2006: Zakk Wylde is inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk.
2006: Nickelback kick off their North American tour in support of ‘All the Right Reasons’ in Prince George, Canada. Live (for the first nine dates) and Trapt are the opening acts.
2006: The puppet-animation movie ‘Live Freaky! Die Freaky!’ premieres at a private party in Los Angeles. The film features the voices by members of Green Day, Blink 182, A Perfect Circle and Rancid, who perform live. The movie opens in select theaters 10 days later.
2006: Gene Simmons delivers the keynote speech at ‘The Next Big Idea: The Future of Branded Entertainment’ in Hollywood, CA. His address is filmed for the A&E reality series, ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels.’
2007: ‘Snow (Hey Oh)’ FROM THE Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Stadium Arcadium” album, is #1 on Billboard’s Modern-Rock Singles Chart. It’s the Peppers’ 11th chart-topping song, more than anyone else. Their first was ‘Give It Away’ from their multiplatinum 1991 album, ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik.’
2007: Ted Nugent performs in a cutoff T-shirt adorned with a Confederate flag at the inaugural ball for second-term Texas Governor Rick Perry. Using machine guns as props, Nugent shouts offensive remarks about illegal aliens at the Austin event. A spokesman says the Governor does not approve.
2007: Slash, Ronnie James Dio and Missing Persons drummer Terry Bozzio are inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk on Sunset Blvd.
2008: The Police played the first nine dates in Australian and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on their 152-date Reunion tour.
2008: Custom model Gibson guitars are introduced at the NAMM music-equipment trade show in Anaheim, CA. A series of instruments are designed to look like guitars played by Jimmy Page, Slash, Alex Lifeson and Steve Jones.
2008: Gene Simmons is fired at the end of the third episode of NBC’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ after his team fares poorly in the week’s task to create and manage a mobile printing station for Kodak.
2009: The Doors documentary ‘When You’re Strange,’ directed by Tom DiCillo, makes its world premiere at Utah’s Sundance Film Festival.
2010: Paul McCartney presents the award for the best-animated feature at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in L.A. “Hello, I’m Paul McCartney. Or as I’m now known, that guy from Rock Band.” McCartney, whose likeness is also in The Beatles cartoon classic Yellow Submarine says animation isn’t just for kids. “It is also for adults who are on drugs.”
2011: Don Kirshner, who hosted the late night TV program Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert from 1973 to 1981, passes away in Boca Raton, FL., at age 76. The songwriter, manager, publisher and music executive helped launch the careers of The Monkees,Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, The Archies and Kansas.
2011: John Mellencamp filed for divorce from his wife Elaine after 18 years.
2012: The Cure, Linkin Park and Evanescence are featured on the soundtrack album for the film ‘Underworld: Awakening.’ The film is in theaters three days later.
2012: Van Halen’s single ‘Tattoo,’ from the band’s ‘A Different Kind Of Truth’ album, enters the Billboard Rock Songs chart at #16. It’s the band’s first single with singer David Lee Roth in 28 years.
2012: Johnny Otis, bandleader and songwriter who was often called the “Godfather of R & B,” dies at his suburban Los Angeles home. Otis, best-known for the song “Willie And The Hand Jive,” helped pave the way for Rock n’ Roll in the early ’50s. He was 90.
2013: Original Lacuna Coil guitarist, Claudio Leo, passes away. He left after performing on the group’s self-titled debut EP.
2015: Bruce Springsteen performs at the 15th Annual Light of Day Concert at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ. The event raises funds to battle Parkinson’s Disease.
2016: David Bowie’s final album, ‘Blackstar,’ debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, giving the late music legeas released.
2016: Dale Griffin, drummer and founding member of Mott The Hoople, passed away at the age of 67.

January 18
1960: Johnny Preston’s Indian love song ‘Running Bear’ reached #1 and became the first song to do so after it had fallen off the Billboard chart completely. Penned by J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), the tune originally entered the chart in October 1959, then quickly vanished, but re-entered in November and slowly climbed to the top. It was also #1 in the UK.
1964: The Beatles made their US chart debut when ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ entered the chart at #45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend 7 weeks at the #1 position. Capitol had earlier turned down “Love Me Do,’ ‘Please Please Me,””From Me to You’ and ‘She Loves You,’ which were then released by Vee Jay Records. After a nasty lawsuit, Capitol Records was granted an injunction, restraining Vee Jay Records from further manufacturing, distributing, advertising or otherwise disposing of recordings by the Beatles.
1964: ‘Glad All Over’ by The Dave Clark Five rose to the top of the UK chart, replacing The Beatles’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand.’ Keyboard player Mike Smith wrote the song after he came across an old Carl Perkins’ record with the same title. It would reach #6 in the US.
1965: Paul Simon drops out of law school to pursue music full-time.
1965: The Rolling Stones recorded ‘The Last Time’ and ‘Play With Fire’ at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. Phil Spector played acoustic guitar on ‘Play With Fire.’
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded an appearance on UK TV show Top Of The Pops performing a live version of ‘Hey Joe.’ They also played a show at the Seven and a Half Club in Mayfair in London that evening.
1969: The Beatles’ album ‘Yellow Submarine’ enters the charts.
1969: Former Beatles drummer Pete Best wins a defamation suit against his former group. Best sued over remarks Ringo made in an interview implying that Best was kicked out of the band because of drug use. He had sought 8 million dollars, but won a considerably less, though undisclosed amount.
1969: Yes appeared at the Portsmouth College Of Education in Portsmouth, England
1969: Pink Floyd plays two gigs. An afternoon show at Homerton College in Cambridge, and an evening performance at the London College of Printing, Elephant and Castle, London.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy played at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1970: Pink Floyd appeared at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, England.
1971: In a move to help promote Canadian musicians in their own country, Canada passes a law known as CanCon, that requires that from 6 am to 12 am, 30% of all music aired on the radio must be by a Canadian artist. They count as Canadian if two of the following four characteristics are met: *Music composed entirely by a Canadian, *Artist is Canadian, *Produced in Canada, *Lyrics written entirely by a Canadian.
1973: Pink Floyd complete sessions for ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ at EMI studios, Abbey Road.
1973: Rolling Stones hold benefit for Nicaraguan earthquake victims at Los Angeles Forum. Santana are also on the bill. Mick Jagger’s wife Bianca is from Nicaragua. The concert raises $200,000 and the Stones add $150,000 of their own money.
1974: Bad Company is formed, featuring Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke from Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson. The band went on to score a #1 album with their self-titled debut release.
1975: Elton John’s ‘Greatest Hits’ remain atop the US album charts for the 8th consecutive week.
1975: KISS played at Swing Auditorium San Bernardino, California.
1976: President-elect Jimmy Carter has his Inaugural Concert. Linda Ronstadt, Paul Simon, Gregg Allman, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band all appear. John Lennon is in the audience.
1977: Rush performed at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas.
1978: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Auditorium in Stockton, California.
1978: Warren Zevon’s ‘Excitable Boy’ is released. It reached #8 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1980: Famous Southern-rock record label Capricorn files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
1981: Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics was arrested on stage at Milwaukee and was charged with the offence of simulating sex with a sledgehammer. Williams later filed a multimillion dollar civil suit against the Milwaukee Police, claming they sexually assaulted and beat her during the arrest, but a jury rejected her claims.
1981: Styx appeared at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1982: The Allman Brothers Band played at University of Miami in Miami, Florida.
1983: Bryan Adams 3rd album, ‘Cuts Like a Knife’ is released. Three singles, that hit the Top 10, were released from the album: ‘Straight from the Heart’ (#10), ‘Cuts Like a Knife’ (#15) and ‘This Time’ (#24).
1984: Van Halen kicked off their 103-date ‘1984’ North American tour at Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1985: USA Today readers select Cleveland, Ohio, as their choice for the permanent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1985: Deep Purple’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ tour open. It’s first Mk II show in 11 years.
1986: The Replacements play ‘Bastards Of Young’ and ‘Kiss Me On The Bus’ on Saturday Night Live. The drunken, chaotic performances get the group banned from the show “for life.” It’s 28 years (2014) before The Replacements appear on the NBC network again (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).
1986: Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Gladys Knight saw their recording of ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ hit #1 in the US. The song was originally on the soundtrack to the movie, ‘Night Shift,’ as performed by Rod Stewart. Warwick suggested doing it as a duet with Stevie Wonder and then Gladys Knight was added to the mix. To finish off the song, Elton John was asked to sing the final chorus. It became the biggest selling song of the year and all proceeds raised were donated to AIDS research.
1986: Tina Turner set a world record when 182,000 people attended one of her concerts at Maracana Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Paul McCartney broke Turner’s record two years later on his ‘Flowers in the Dirt’ tour.
1987: Steve Winwood got married for the second time. He married Eugenia Crafton with whom he remains married to this day.
1988: AC/DC release their 11th studio album, ‘Blow Up Your Video.’
1989: Ink Spots, Soul Stirrers, Bessie Smith, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, Dion, Otis Redding and Temptations join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the ceremony held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. The Who’s Pete Townshend does the honors of inducting The Stones but claims they “ripped off” Blues musicians. “So much of what I am I got from you, the Stones, and I had no idea most of it was already secondhand.” Stevie Wonder becomes the youngest living person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the age of 38. Later, in 2012, Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers becomes the youngest Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ever inducted at the age of 32.
1990: Eric Clapton kicks off an unprecedented 18 night concert stay at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1991: AC/DC’s show in Salt Lake City, UT is catastrophic when a general admission audience of 13,000 stampede, killing three individuals. One of the fathers brings suit against the band, but by spring of ’91 the case is dismissed.
1991: Guns N’ Roses, Joe Cocker, Santana, Prince, INXS, Billy Idol, Judas Priest, Faith No More, Queensrÿche and Sepultura are among the performers as the 10 day ‘Rock In Rio Two’ festival opens in Brazil.
1992: Bob Dylan performed ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ at the taping of David Letterman’s 10th anniversary special at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1993: Elton John resigned his directorship of Watford Football Club. Having supported Watford Football Club since growing up locally, Elton John became the club’s chairman and director in 1976, investing large sums of money as the club rose three divisions into the English First Division.
1994: King’s X release their 5th studio album, ‘Dogman.’
1994: ZZ Top release their 11th studio album, ‘Antenna.’
1995: Jerry Garcia escapes without a scratch as he crashes his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California.
1996: Lisa Marie Presley divorced Michael Jackson after less then two years of being married.
1998: The Nick Broomfield documentary ‘Kurt and Courtney’ premieres at the Slamdunk Film Festival in Utah. The film about the Nirvana frontman and his wife, the ever-charming Ms. Love, had been pulled from the earlier Sundance Festival.
2000: Spencer Goodman was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Goodman was convicted of kidnapping and murdering the wife of ZZ Top manager Bill Ham in 1991. Ham was present for the execution.
2001: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher was granted a quickie divorce from Meg Matthews at the High Court in London. The couple had split the previous September, eight months after Meg had given birth to their daughter, Anais.
2002: Gerry Marsden of Gerry And The Pacemakers flew to America after his youngest daughter, Victoria, was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Miami Beach, Florida the day before. She was released from an area hospital but her female companion suffered serious head injuries in the accident.
2005: Fuel’s Brett Scallions shouts “Welcome to the greatest f**king country in the world,” at the America’s Future Rocks concert, a Washington D.C. pre-inaugural event aimed at a young people. He quickly apologizes. Hillary Duff and Ruben Studdard are also on the bill. Kid Rock was originally selected but he got axed due to his ‘inappropriate’ songs. Later, President Bush takes the stage saying he thought Duff was fantastic. He also thanks 3 Doors Down (who are performing a couple nights later) for their appearance.
2005: Fozzy released the album ‘All That Remains.’
2006: The 2nd annual Raven’s Heart Foundation Benefit Concert in Los Angeles features a long list of Rockers including former Eagles guitarist Don Felder and ex-Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner. Also on hand are members or ex-members of Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, Queens Of The Stone Age, Danzig, Whitesnake and Dio. The Raven’s Heart charity gives support to children with heart illnesses and their families.
2006: Members of Metallica, Linkin Park, KoRn, Foo Fighters, Godsmack, Audioslave and Disturbed contribute to an art exhibit in remembrance of late Damageplan/Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. “Six-String Masterpieces: The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute,” features 50 guitars hand-painted by numerous Rock stars and artists. It debuts at the NAMM Show music-products conference in Anaheim, CA.
2007: Islington Green School in North London was fighting plans to turn it into an academy. The school, which found fame when some of its pupils sang on Pink Floyd’s hit ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ wrote a new version of the song to sing outside Islington Town Hall as part of their protest. They hoped lyrics such as ‘We don’t need no business control’ and ‘Hey bankers leave our kids alone’ could persuade authorities to reject the proposal.
2007: Social Distortion bassist Brent Liles is killed when he’s hit by a truck while riding a dirt bike in Placentia, CA. Liles played on Social Distortion’s debut album, before quitting and forming the band Agent Orange. Strangely, Liles is the 4th member of Social Distortion to have died.
2007: Ted Nugent caused a stir at the inaugural ball of Texas Governor Rick Perry when he appeared on stage wearing a T-shirt adorned with the Confederate flag and then embarking on an angry monologue about people who don’t speak English. The 58-year-old rocker also brought a fake machine gun on stage with him.
2009: U2, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Pete Seeger, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp and more perform at the ‘We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration’ at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The event kicks-off the celebration of President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration (two days later).
2009: Donovan is awarded the distinguished medal as an officer of arts and letters by France’s Minister of Culture Christine Albanel at the MIDEM Music Fair in Cannes.
2011: Pearl Jam release the compilation ‘Live On Ten Legs.’ The 18 songs, recorded by the band’s engineer John Burton between 2003 and 2010, is the follow-up to Pearl Jam’s ’98 live album, ‘Live On Two Legs,’ and also marks the 20th anniversary of the Seattle-based band. The set has live favorites plus covers of songs by Public Image Limited and Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros.
2011: The largest collection of Beatles memorabilia went on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant, turned his mammoth Beatles collection into a museum with more than 8,500 objects, setting the new world record for the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia. Some of the items included a box of condoms bearing the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a brick from the Cavern Club, a chunk of the stage from the Star Club in Hamburg, and certified copies of the band members’ birth certificates. Among his favorite items were 64 boxes of chewing gum in the form of Beatles records.
2011: Social Distortion’s ‘Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes’ album was released.
2011: Gregg Allman releases ‘Low Country Blues.’ Allman says that the album was largely influenced by listening to late night radio as a kid growing up in Florida.
2011: R.E.M. offers a download of ‘Mine Smell Like Honey,’ the first single from their 15th studio album ‘Collapse Into Now.’
2011: Helix released the album ‘Smash Hits….Unplugged!’
2013: Helloween release their 14th studio album, ‘Straight Out of Hell.’
2013: Soundgarden begin their reunion tour in support of their comeback studio album, ‘King Animal,’ in Washington D.C.
2013: Pennywise play the first of two reunion shows with singer Jim Lindberg (who left the group in 2009) at the Palladium in L.A. The shows commemorate the group’s 25th anniversary and lead to a full-fledged tour.
2013: Dave Grohl’s (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) directorial debut, ‘Sound City,’ premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary examines the Van Nuys recording studio’s relatively obscure yet important history. Grohl’s first experience with Sound City came in 1991 when Nirvana laid down the tracks for ‘Nevermind.’
2014: Former Toto frontman Dennis Hardy ‘Fergie’ Frederiksen dies at age 62 after succumbing to inoperable liver cancer. He sang on Toto’s 1984 album, ‘Isolation,’ taking over from Bobby Kimball. He also was a studio singer with Angel, Survivor and others.
2015: Alice In Chains perform during halftime of the Green Bay Packers/Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship.
2015: Dallas Taylor, a key sideman for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, dies at age 66. He played Woodstock and appeared on seven top-selling albums and he also played with The Doors, Van Morrison and others.
2016: The Eagles’ Glenn Frey passes away at age 67 due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia, while recovering from gastrointestinal tract surgery. Frey started his career with the help of his friend, Bob Seger, playing acoustic guitar and performing background vocals on ‘Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.’ After moving to Los Angeles from Detroit and playing with Don Henley in Linda Ronstadt’s backup band, Frey and Henley formed the Eagles. Frey was also a successful solo artist and occasional actor. “Glenn was the one who started it all,” says bandmate Don Henley. “He was the spark plug; the man with the plan.” Along with helping the band place 18 songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1972 and 1995, Frey also reached the chart seven times as a solo artist.
2016: ‘American Pie’ singer Don McLean was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred at his home in Camden, Maine. He was later released on $10,000 bail.
2017: The First annual Hall Of Heavy Metal awards show happens in Anaheim, California.
2017: Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit against Sony/ATV seeking to regain the publishing rights to 267 of The Beatles’ classic tunes. As part of the US 1976 Copyright Act, songs in the Lennon-McCartney catalogue, composed between September 1962 and June 1971, become eligible for copyright termination in the US after 56 years.

January 19
1957: Johnny Cash appears for the first time on national TV when he appears on ‘The Jackie Gleason Show.’
1959: Arbitron ratings reveal that ABC’s ‘American Bandstand’ is now the nation’s most popular daytime show.
1963: The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the UK on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ performing ‘Please Please Me’.
1967: The Beatles began recording ‘A Day in the Life’ at Abbey Road studio’s London, recording four takes of the new song. According to Lennon, the inspiration for the first two verses was the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune who had crashed his Lotus Elan on December 18, 1966 in Redcliffe Gardens, London.
1966: Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Homeward Bound” b/w ‘Leaves That Are Green’ 45 single is released. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart on February 12, 1966, peaking at #5 and remained on the charts for 12 weeks.
1967: Pink Floyd and Marmalade played at The Marquee Club in London.
1970: ‘Easy Rider’ starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper is released. The soundtrack album features Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf and The Byrds.
1971: The Beatles ‘White Album’ was played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder.
1971: During court proceedings held to dissolve The Beatles’ partnership, Ringo testifies under oath that “Paul behaved like a spoiled child.”
1974: Black Oak Arkansas appeared at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. The support act was Bruce Springsteen. Tickets cost $4.00.
1974: Two Miami shows featuring Bob Dylan and The Band prove so popular that they cause a nine-mile-long traffic jam. Many ticket holders only get to see half of the show(s).
1974: Brownsville Station peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Smokin’ in the Boys Room’ which was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1976: American promoter Bill Sargent issues a $30 million offer to The Beatles to re-unite for one show. He proposes that the band play together for at least twenty minutes at any venue they choose on July 5th. The former members of the group wasted no time in turning him down, but Sargent would later say that he was shocked by the refusal.
1977: Charlie Daniels and The Marshall Tucker Band perform at President Jimmy Carter’s inauguration ceremonies.
1978: Johnny Rotten was fired from the Sex Pistols for ‘not being weird enough anymore.’
1980: ‘Pink Floyd: The Wall’ started a 15-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart. The group’s third U.S. #1, it went on to sell over 23 million copies in the US alone. The Wall is still the third largest grossing album in the US, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Eagles’ ‘Greatest Hits.’
1980: The self-titled debut album from The Pretenders is released. It topped the UK Album charts, and reached #9 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album #155 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and, in 1989, ranked it the 20th best album of the 1980’s.
1980: The Pretenders reached #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first and only time with ‘Brass in Pocket,’ which spent two weeks on top of the chart. It peaked #14 in the U.S.
1981: Styx’s 10th album ‘Paradise Theatre’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart for three non-consecutive weeks beginning April 4, 1981. ‘The Best of Times,’ written by Dennis DeYoung, went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. ‘Too Much Time on My Hands,’ written by Tommy Shaw, went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, Shaw’s only top 10 hit for Styx. ‘Rockin’ The Paradise,’ written by DeYoung, Shaw and James Young went to #1 on the Top Rock Track Chart.
1985: Bruce Springsteen peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Born in the U.S.A.,’ Springsteen’s 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1985: Metallica and Armored Saint opened for WASP in Toronto, Canada.
1985: Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, Scorpions and Whitesnake played at Rock In Rio 1985 in Rio De Janeiro.
1988: Doc McGhee current manager for Kiss & former manager for Bon Jovi & Motley Crue pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000 lbs. of marijuana into the U.S.
1988: Megadeth’s ‘So Far, So Good… So What!’ album is released.
1993: The US Supreme Court rules that Tom Waits can keep all of the $2.5 million awarded him by a lower court. Waits had sued Frito-Lay for using a soundalike of him in a 1988 snack commercial.
1993: Fleetwood Mac reunites to perform at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. The band’s ‘Don’t Stop’ was used as the theme for his campaign. Others appearing were Aretha Frqnklin, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Judy Collins, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.
1994: The Ninth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Rod Stewart. Stewart can’t make it there due to the massive earthquake that hit LA that week, and Jerry Garcia and Eric Burdon are also no-shows. Axl Rose inducts Elton John, and then performs ‘Come Together’ with Bruce Springsteen in honor of Lennon. Paul McCartney inducts John Lennon, saying “The thing you must remember is, that I’m the number one John Lennon fan. I love him to this day and I always did love him.”
1995: Extreme released the album ‘Waiting For The Punchline.’
1998: Carl Perkins died at age 65 from throat cancer. He wrote ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, the first record on the Sun label to sell a million copies. Blue Suede Shoes’ went to #2 for him in 1956, selling 2 million copies. The Elvis Presley version topped out at #20 the same year.
1998: Joey Ramone from the Ramones was admitted to hospital in New York suffering from a blood related illness.
2000: Tourism chiefs in Liverpool were barred from placing signs on highways in Liverpool saying “Liverpool, Birthplace of the Beatles.”
2001: It was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world’s first pop star billionaire. McCartney was expected to become a billionaire after huge sales from The Beatles compilation hits album.
2006: Wilson Pickett died in hospital near his Ashburn, Virginia home of a heart attack at age 64. Pickett recorded the soul classics ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’ and ‘In The Midnight Hour’ plus Pickett scored 15 other US Top 40 singles.
2007: Denny Doherty, the angelic voice that carried the ’60s Folk-Pop group The Mamas And Papas through such memorable hits as ‘California Dreamin’ and ‘Monday, Monday,’ died after suffering an aneurysm in his abdomen. He was 66.
2008: John Stewart, singer/ songwriter who was a member of The Kingston Trio in the early ’60s, but more often remembered for writing The Monkees’ hit,'”Daydream Believer,’ died following a brain aneurism. Stewart also had a successful solo career which included four dozen albums and a Billboard #9 hit single with ‘Gold’ in 1979.
2009: The 12th annual Maple Blues Awards, the event honoring excellence among Canadian blues artists, is held by The Toronto Blues Society in Toronto, Canada. Jeff Healey sweeps three Maple Blues Awards including Entertainer of the Year.
2012: The documentary ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ is premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul, the film traces the seemingly unbelievable-but-true musical career of Sixto Rodríguez.
2016: After 8 years, ‘That Metal Show’ with Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson & Jim Florentine on VH1 Classic was cancelled.

January 20
1958: The management of St. Louis radio station KWK had all Rock ‘n’ Roll music removed from its play list. The disc jockeys gave every Rock ‘n’ Roll record in the station library a “farewell spin” before smashing it to pieces. The station manager, Robert T. Convey felt that Rock ‘n’ Roll had dominated the airwaves long enough and called the action “a simple weeding out of undesirable music.”
1958: Elvis Presley receives his draft notice in Memphis, Tennessee. It allows a sixty-day deferment for the King to finish his film ‘King Creole.’
1958: ‘Get A Job’ by The Silhouettes was released. The song will climb to #1 in the US and is considered to be a Rock and Roll classic, although the Philadelphia quartet who sang it never had another Top 40 hit.
1958: Rick Nelson started a two-week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with ‘Ricky,’ which featured his #3 hit single ‘Be-Bop Baby.’
1962: Dick Dale’s guitar instrumental ‘Let’s Go Trippin’ hits #60, becoming the first Surf Rock song to chart. Many groups, including The Beach Boys, would subsequently cover the song.
1964: ‘Meet the Beatles’ album is released in the U.S. It reached the #1 on the Billboard 200 Top album charts on February 15th, 1964 and remained there for 11 weeks before being replaced by ‘The Beatles’ Second Album,’ In 2003, ‘Meet The Beatles!’ was ranked #59 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1965: The Byrds cover Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr. Tambourine Man.’ However, only group leader/guitarist Jim McGuinn is allowed to play on the track. CBS Records decides to use Hollywood session musicians rather than the group.
1965: The Rolling Stones appear on the season premiere of ABC’s pop music show ‘Shindig.’ They bring Blues great Howlin’ Wolf along as special guest. The Kinks also make their debut on Shindig! along with guests Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Bobby Vee, Bobby Sherman and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1965: Alan Freed dies from uremia and cirrhosis brought on by alcoholism at 43. Freed was a Cleveland disc jockey who started promoting dances that featured the top artists of the day, including, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. He coined the term “rock and roll” and was extremely influential in the careers of early rock stars, in particular African-American artists. After moving to New York and appearing in the movies ‘Rock Around the Clock,’ ‘Go, Johnny Go!’ and others, he was caught up in the payola scandal of 1959 for accepting money for playing certain records on his radio show. His career was destroyed by the scandal. Freed’s brother says he “died of a broken heart because they took his microphone away.” In 1986, he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1967: The Rolling Stones ‘Between the Buttons’ is released in the UK. It was the 5th British and 7th American studio album (US version released in February 1967). It reached #3 on the UK Album chart.
1967: The Monkees TV show was shown for the first time in the UK.
1968: Bob Dylan makes his first public appearance since his motorcycle accident in 1966. He appears with the Band at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1969: Bruce Springsteen had two of his poems published in the Ocean County College Literary Yearbook Seascapes. Springsteen was in his second semester at the Toms River, New Jersey College.
1969: Led Zeppelin allegedly play a live show at the Wheaton Youth Center in Wheaton, Maryland during their first North American tour. Some reports say only 55 fans attend the show, making it the smallest U.S. audience Zeppelin ever played for. Tickets were only sold at the door, fliers weren’t produced and no one can definitively prove that this did or did not happen as there are conflicting reports. Zeppelin were paid $250 to appear. It was also on the same night as Richard Nixon’s inauguration.
1970: Janis Joplin’s ‘Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)’ b/w ‘One Good Man’ 45 single is released.
1972: On the first date of a UK tour, Pink Floyd premiered their new album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ at The Dome in Brighton, England. Due to technical problems this was abandoned after a performance of the track ‘Money.’
1973: Jerry Lee Lewis makes his first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, telling the crowd at the end of his set: “Let me tell ya somethin’ about Jerry Lee Lewis, ladies and gentlemen; I am a rock ‘n’ rollin’, country-and-western, rhythm ‘n’ blues-singin’ motherf—er.”
1977: Jimmy Buffett’s ‘Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes’ album is released. It reached #12 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Two singles from the album charted including ‘Margaritaville’ (#8 on the Billboard Hot 100; #13 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart; #1 on the Billboard Easy Listening chart) and ‘Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes’ (#37 Hot 100; #24 Country; #11 Easy Listening).
1978: Gerry Rafferty’s ‘City to City’ album is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart and reached #9 on the UK album chart. The single, ‘Baker Street,’ reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1978: Journey’s 4th album, ‘Infinity’ is released. It reached #21 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1979: Eric Clapton peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Promises’ which was Clapton’s 3rd top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1980: The Police launch their first world tour in Buffalo, NY.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a live bat at a show in Des Moines, Iowa, thinking it was a rubber bat thrown on the stage. In his memoir, he says, “Immediately, though, something felt wrong. Very wrong. For a start, my mouth was instantly full of this warm, gloopy liquid, with the worst aftertaste you could ever imagine. I could feel it staining my teeth and running down my chin. Then the head in my mouth twitched.” After the show Ozzy was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for rabies shots.
1983: Def Leppard release their third album ‘Pyromania.’ It contains the hits ‘Photograph.’ ‘Foolin’ and ‘Rock of Ages’ and goes on to sell over ten million copies in the U.S. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and #18 on the UK Albums Chart. In 2004, the album ranked #384 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2006, Q magazine placed the album at #35 in its list of “40 Best Albums of the ’80s”.
1984: Metallica released their 2nd single, ‘Jump in the Fire.’
1986: Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder appeared at a concert to celebrate the first Martin Luther King day in the US.
1988: Mike Love of the Beach Boys insulted just about everybody in the music business, including Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger at the third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Of Jagger, he says, “I know Mick Jagger won’t be here tonight…because he’s always been chickenshit to get on stage with the Beach Boys.” Jagger was actually in the audience. Paul McCartney was a no-show, stating, “After 20 years, the Beatles still have some business differences, which I had hoped would have been settled by now. Unfortunately, they haven’t been, so I would feel like a complete hypocrite waving and smiling with them at a fake reunion.” The Beach Boys were inducted along with the Beatles (George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Yoko, Sean, and Julian Lennon all attend. Paul McCartney does not attend, sending instead a letter stating that continuing business differences with the other ex-Beatles was the reason for his absence), the Drifters, Bob Dylan, Berry Gordy, Jr., Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Les Paul and the Supremes. Due to continuing legal issues among the ex-Beatles, Paul McCartney does not attend but George Harrison does. “I don’t have much to say ’cause I’m the quiet Beatle’,” deadpans Harrison in his speech.
1990: Tesla peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Love Song’ which was their first top 10 single in the U.S.
1993: Soundgarden’s ‘Badmotorfinger’ album goes platinum.
1996: KISS announce that there will be a reunion tour the upcoming spring featuring the original lineup with make-up. The band plan to use the vintage Love Gun stage show and won’t play anything past 1983. The KISS unplugged record is scheduled for March, but a current legal battle between the band and MTV saw that date get pushed back again.
1997: Ben and Jerry’s introduced ‘Phish food’, a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. The ingredients were chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge.
1999: Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland was arrested for failing to provide a urine sample to his live-in drug treatment center. Weiland was on probation for a 1997 heroin case.
2001: The Ozzfest ’99 documentary film, ‘We Sold Our Souls For Rock & Roll,’ directed by Penelope Spheeris, premiers at the Sundance Film Festival.
2002: George Harrison had the posthumous UK #1 single with the re-release of the 1971 former #1 ‘My Sweet Lord’. Harrison’s single replaced Aaliyah’s ‘More Than A Woman’, the only time in chart history that one deceased artist had taken over from another at #1.
2005: A New York federal court rules that former Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson had relinquished his share of the group’s royalties in a prior agreement. Ellefson sued the group’ founder and frontman Dave Mustaine for $18.5 million claiming he deserved a greater share of the group’s royalties.
2005: Members of AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Disturbed, Danzig and Ministry appear at a concert in West Hollywood, CA. The proceeds benefit the Raven’s Heart Foundation, a charity organization that raises money to aid a 4-month-old girl who was born with a serious heart defect.
2005: 3 Doors Down perform at the RIAA’s (Record Industry Association of America) inauguration party (for President Bush) in Washington, D.C.
2006: U2 are named the top-earning music act of 2005, according to Billboard’s inaugural Money Makers chart which ranks the most profitable artists of the past year based on album sales, digital downloads and box-office receipts. The group earns more than $255 million. The Rolling Stones are #2.
2009: Bon Jovi sings the civil rights anthem ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in D.C. The Dead continues the celebration by giving a headlining performance at the Mid-Atlantic Inaugural Ball. “[Obama] picked us specifically, so it was quite an honor,” said Mickey Hart. During the campaign, the group (which features four founding Grateful Dead members), played benefit shows to raise funds for Obama. Across town, Graham Nash and Jackson Browne co-headline the Health For All Blue Diamond Ball. The event seeks to encourage the President to make domestic and international health care a priority during his term of office.
2010: Three Days Grace’s ‘Break,’ the lead single off the band’s third album, ‘Life Starts Now,’ tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart for the eighth straight week.
2010: Weezer returns to the stage at Florida State University seven weeks after frontman Rivers Cuomo was seriously injured in a tour bus accident. Cuomo suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and cut spleen in the 12/6/09 accident that occurred while the band was traveling from Toronto to Boston.
2011: Avenged Sevenfold announce via Facebook that Arin Ilejay, formerly of the Christian group Confide, will join them on tour. Mike Portnoy temporarily replaced original A7X drummer “The Rev” Sullivan, who died of a drug overdose in 2009. Portnoy’s departure was announced the previous December, just three and a half months after becoming a full band member.
2010: T-Mobile teams with Eric Clapton to promote the myTouch 3G Fender phone. The android phone ships preloaded with ‘Layla’ and other Clapton classics.
2010: Linkin Park, Slash and Dave Matthews Band donate songs to raise funds for Haiti earthquake relief efforts. The Music for Relief organization, founded by Linkin Park – joins the United Nations foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Dave Matthews Band’s BAMA Works to offer the music in exchange for donations.
2012: Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins) dies from complications of leukemia. She was 73. James is most often remembered for her signature song, ‘At Last,’ but also won three Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. James dated B.B. King when she was a teenager, was discovered by Otis Redding, and was a heroin addict for over a decade.
2013: P.O.D. perform ‘Higher’ during the halftime show at the Falcons vs. 49ers NFC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
2014: Ex-Machine Head bassist Adam Duce files a lawsuit against his former bandmates alleging trademark infringement, breach of partnership agreement and defamation. Duce was fired by the band nearly a year earlier.
2014: Ringo Starr receives the David Lynch Foundation’s Lifetime of Peace and Love Award at L.A.’s El Rey Theater.
2014: Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ is featured in a video promoting the MV Agusta’s Dragster 800 motorcycle.
2015: Marilyn Manson’s 10th album, ‘The Pale Emperor,’ is released.
2015: Linkin Park cancel the remaining dates on their Hunting Party tour following frontman Chester Bennington’s leg injury. The leg requires immediate medical attention. “I’m really disappointed this injury has made it impossible to continue with this tour,” the singer says in a statement.
2015: KISS release the animated/live action video for ‘Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina,’ their collaboration with Japanese band Momorio Clover Z.
2015: A memorial concert for late Static-X frontman Wayne Static at the Whisky-a-Go-Go in West Hollywood is streamed online. Static passed away a few months earlier (11/1/14).
2015: Motley Crue announced that they would perform for the last time on New Year’s Eve in Los Angeles. The band went so far as signing a Cessation of Touring contract during a press conference to promise they will play no more gigs after 2015.
2016: Black Sabbath embark on the North American leg of their farewell tour in Omaha. Tommy Clufetos replaces original drummer Bill Ward who is sidelined due to any one or all of the following: a) ill health, b) a contractual dispute, and/or c) bitter exchanges with frontman Ozzy Osbourne.
2016: Sixx: AM, the band featuring Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael, announce that Dustin Steinke is their permanent drummer. Steinke made his live debut with the band nearly a year earlier.

January 21
1957: Filming begins on Elvis Presley’s second movie, ‘Loving You.’ The soundtrack contains ‘(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear.’
1961: Del Shannon records his first single, “Runaway”, which will top the US charts by April. The song was written by Shannon and keyboardist Max Crook, and would later be rated as #466 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1963: The Beatles made their third appearance on the Radio Luxembourg program ‘The Friday Spectacular.’ The Beatles were interviewed by the host and played two tracks, ‘Please Please Me’ and ‘Ask Me Why.’
1964: Peter And Gordon record the Lennon / McCartney tune ‘A World Without Love,’ which will top the UK chart next June. Peter Asher’s sister Jane was currently dating Paul McCartney.
1965: The Animals are forced to cancel a show at New York City’s famous Apollo Theater after US Immigration officials force the group to leave the country. Instead, the English group appears on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’
1965: Over 3,000 screaming fans met The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison at Sydney Airport when they arrived for a 16 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.
1965: The Byrds record Bob Dylan’s ‘Mr. Tambourine Man.’ The only actual member of the band who performs on the record is lead guitarist/singer Jim McGuinn. Musicians from the fabled “Wrecking Crew,” including Larry Knetchel on bass, Leon Russell on piano, Hal Blaine on drums, Jerry Cole and Bill Pittman on guitar, replace the rest of the band. These musicians provided the backing track over which McGuinn, Crosby, and Clark sang. By the time the sessions for their debut album began in March 1965, however, producer Terry Melcher (Doris Day’s son) was satisfied that the band was competent enough to record its own music.
1966: Them’s 2nd album, ‘Them Again’ is released in the UK. In the U.S. it was released in April 1966 (with different tracklisting) where it peaked at #138 on the Billboard charts.
1966: George Harrison married Patti Boyd at Leatherhead Register Office in Surrey with Paul McCartney as Best man. George had first met Patti on the set of The Beatles movie ‘A Hard Days Night.’ Eric Clapton would later fall in love with Pattie, inspiring the song ‘Layla.’
1967: The Rolling Stones hit the USA charts with ‘Ruby Tuesday’ on way to #1.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the Birdcage Club in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1967: It was to have been The Who’s first performance at Leeds University, but Pete Townshend doesn’t make it, because his car ran out of gas and the date was canceled. ‘Happy Jack’ reaches its U.K. peak at #3. Brian Epstein’s NEMS officially announces their amalgamation with the Robert Stigwood Organization taking over concert bookings for Stigwood’s acts including The Who.
1968: Canned Heat’s 2nd album, ‘Boogie with Canned Heat’ is released. It reached #16 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. And features the single, ‘On the Road Again,’ reached #16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1968: Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ at Olympic Studios in London. Rolling Stone Brian Jones and Dave Mason from Traffic both played on the session. The track was released in the US as a single in 1968, peaking at #20.
1969: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1970: Elvis Presley’s last film ‘Change Of Habit’ was released.
1971: Neil Young performed at the Music Hall in Boston.
1972: Pink Floyd appeared at The Guildhall in Portsmouth, England. This was the first time that they were able to perform the whole of what became the ‘The Dark Side of The Moon’ album in its entirety, the previous night’s performance in Brighton having been halted for technical reasons.
1973: Led Zeppelin performs at Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England. Tickets cost £1 ($1.60).
1973: The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11-date Pacific tour at Honolulu International Centre.
1974: Bob Dylan meets future president Jimmy Carter at a gathering in Georgia, where Carter is serving as governor. “Carter has his heart in the right place,” Dylan would later say. “He has a sense of who he is.” Carter later remarks, “He never initiates conversation, but he’ll answer a question if you ask him.”
1975: Led Zeppelin played at Chicago Stadium in Chicago. A floor seat cost $8.50.
1977: Genesis performed at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England.
1979: The Grateful Dead perform at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan.
1979: Lynyrd Skynyrd reunite at the Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the first time the band have played since the 1977 plane crash which killed three of their members. Lynyrd Skynyrd perform an instrumental version of ‘Free Bird’ alongside The Charlie Daniels Band.
1980: Rush appeared at the Forum in Montreal.
1981: Black Sabbath took the stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.
1982: B.B. King donates his entire record collection to the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The 20,000-record collection includes 7,000 discs King aired as a disc jockey at Memphis’ WDIA in the 50’s.
1984: Jackie Wilson passed away at the age of 49. He had suffered a heart attack while singing ‘Lonely Teardrops’ at the Latin Casino in New Jersey during a performance in 1975 and hit his head in the fall. Wilson suffered brain damage and required permanent care the rest of his life.
1984: Bon Jovi’s debut album is released. It reached #43 on The Billboard 200 Top albums chart.
1984: Yes score their first (and only) Top 10 U.S. single, ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart,’ which spent two weeks at #1. They also peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘90125’ which went on to become their biggest selling album in the U.S. where it sell three million copies. It reached #28 on the charts in the UK.
1985: Loudness released their 5th studio album, ‘Thunder in the East.’
1987: The Second Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Clyde McPhatter, Rick Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, and Jackie Wilson. Roy Orbison inducted by Bruce Springsteen. Keith Richards inducted Aretha Franklin and later took part in a jam with Bruce Springsteen, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Roy Orbison, Sting, and Daryl Hall.
1989: Steve Wahrer, drummer and vocalist for The Trashmen on their 1964 hit ‘Surfin’ Bird,’ died of throat cancer at the age of 47.
1989: Guns N’Roses becomes the first act for six years to have two Top 10 American LPs, with ‘Appetite for Destruction’ at #2 and ‘Guns N’Roses Lies’ at #10.
1989: Def Leppard peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Armageddon It’ which was their 4th and final top 10 single in the U.S.
1991: Squeeze are the first performers as the MTV show ‘Unplugged’ makes its debut.
1992: Billy Idol pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges after an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He was fined $2,700 and ordered to appear in a series of anti-drug commercials.
1995: The Melissa Etheridge tune, ‘I’m The Only One’ cracks the Top 10, peaking at #8.
1997: ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager and agent died of a stroke in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 87. Born Andreas van Kuijk, a Dutch immigrant who changed his name as soon as he arrived in the US, Parker never applied for a green card and feared deportation his entire life. He briefly managed country singers Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow.
1999: Gary Glitter appeared at Bristol crown court charged with eight sexual offences on girls dating back to 1976 and 50 charges relating to indecent photographs.
2001: During the 58th Golden Globe Awards, Bob Dylan took home a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for ‘Things Have Changed’ from the movie ‘Wonder Boys.’
2003: David Palmer, former keyboard player for Jethro Tull changed his name to Dee Palmer after a successful sex change operation. Palmer was the keyboard player for Jethro Tull between 1969 and 1980.
2004: Following the departure of guitarist Terry Balsamo, who left to join Evanescence, Cold singer Scooter Ward insists his group will continue. “We are looking for a new guitarist,” says Ward. Evanescence’s Amy Lee adds she’s sorry for implying earlier that Balsamo’s absence meant the end of Cold.
2004: The MTV reality series ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave’ premieres. The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro’s wedding to Baywatch actress/Playboy model Carmen Electra.
2004: Courtney Love is sued by the California law firm that represented her in a two-year legal battle against her former record label. The Cappello & McCann firm files a $228,926 breach-of-contract suit alleging they haven’t been paid for their services.
2005: Journey gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Past and present band members, including vocalist Steve Perry, are on hand. 2005: System Of A Down kick off a two year road trip to support their ‘Mesmerize/Hypnotize’ CD in Auckland, New Zealand, at the annual Big Day Out festival.
2006: A chartered plane carrying Bon Jovi skidded off the runway at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport in Hamilton, ON. Nobody was injured.
2007: The Who’s Pete Townshend and the Eagles’ Joe Walsh appear in London at concert paying tribute to late Traffic drummer-singer Jim Capaldi. The event, dubbed Dear Mr. Fantasy, also features appearances by Capaldi’s Traffic bandmate Steve Winwood, former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, founding Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke. The show benefits the U.K. charity Julilee Action, a group that supports children at risk and families in need.
2007: To promote his album ‘Liverpool 8,’ Ringo Starr guests on CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman. It’s the first of several telly appearances by the ex-Beatle.
2009: Five Finger Death Punch announce that guitarist Darrell Roberts has exited the group and has been replaced by Jason Hook, who previously played with Alice Cooper and Vince Neil. According to a statement the split “was a mutual agreement between the band and Darrell. It was a swift and smooth transition and we all remain good friends.”
2010: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry issued a statement that said global government legislation is essential to the survival of recorded music. The IFPI said that “Copyright holders cannot hope to micro-manage the behavior of every consumer” and “there is a growing threat to local artists posed by piracy.”
2011: Marilyn Manson appears as a guest judge and coach on an Austrian talent show ‘Helden von Morgen’ (Tomorrow’s Heroes).
2011: Mr. Big release their 7th full-length studio album, ‘What If…’
2013: Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell performs at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball as part of President Barack Obama’s second term inauguration. The Ball recognizes Medal of Honor recipients and Wounded Warriors. Then Soundgarden plays ‘Been Away Too Long,’ ‘Outshined’ and ‘Rusty Cage’ at the Inaugural Ball.
2014: Neil Young is honored by the Recording Academy Producers and Engineers in L.A. “We pay tribute to a musical icon who has been tireless in his own efforts to draw attention to the importance of hearing music as the artists who created it intended,” says Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow in a statement.
2014: Casino game developer NetEnt unfurls a Guns N’ Roses-themed slot machine. The game’s set list includes ‘Welcome To The Jungle,’ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine,’ ‘Paradise City’ and ‘November Rain.’

January 22
1889: Columbia Phonograph Company, later to become CBS formed in Washington.
1959: Alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York City apartment Buddy Holly made his last recordings, including ‘Peggy Sue Got Married,’ ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping,’ ‘That’s What They Say,’ ‘What To Do,’ ‘Learning The Game’ and ‘That Makes It Tough.’ The recordings would be overdubbed posthumously and were later released by Coral Records.
1963: The Beatles appeared on three UK radio programs. First The Beatles recorded a session for the show Pop Inn at the BBC Paris studio, they then went to the Playhouse Theatre also in London, to tape a radio appearance on Saturday Club, recording five songs. Then the Beatles went back to the BBC Paris studio to record an appearance on The Talent Spot recording ‘Please Please Me’, ‘Ask Me Why’ and ‘Some Other Guy’ before a live audience.
1964: The Yardbirds featuring Eric Clapton appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1965: The Rolling Stones began a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Manufactures’ Auditorium in Sydney with Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders.
1965: The Animals were set to record their live album ‘The Animals at the Apollo at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.’ Before the concert, the U.S. Immingration Department ordered the concert to be cancelled.
1965: The Who pre-tape their first appearance on Radio Luxembourg’s ‘Ready Steady Radio!’ at the Marquee Club. The show is broadcast on January 31st.
1966: The Beatles peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Day Tripper.’
1966: Brian Wilson produced the instrumental track for the Beach Boys’ ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ at Gold Star Studios in Hollywood. None of the Beach Boys played on the session. Most of those who participated were members of the L.A. group of studio musicians known as the “Wrecking Crew.” Vocals were added on March 10 at Columbia Studios and the track was completed on April 11.
1966: After a rare four-inch snowfall in Memphis, Elvis Presley and members of his “Memphis Mafia” build a snowman in front of Graceland (and have a snowball fight as well).
1966: The Grateful Dead, the Loading Zone and Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters all perform at the Trips Festival, held in San Francisco’s Longshoremen’s Hall. Also on the bill, Big Brother, who plays their first official gig. Aided by Donald Buchla’s synthesizer, their repertoire consists of freak jazz – Sun Ra, Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders – R&B, music of the Mystic East and fuzz tone/feedback distortion.
1967: Janis Joplin and her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, appeared at the Matrix in San Francisco.
1967: The Monkees performed live for the very first time at The Cow Palace in San Francisco to a sell-out crowd.
1967: The Rolling Stones appear on the British TV program ‘Sunday Night at the London Palladium,’ performing ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together,’ ‘Ruby Tuesday,’ ‘It’s All Over Now,’ and ‘Connection.’ However, they refuse to join the rest of the line-up for the closing credits, during which the band were supposed to wave to the audience from a revolving stage. Press outrage follows.
1968: During the bands first Australian tour The Who played the first of two nights at Sydney Stadium with the Small Faces and Paul Jones.
1968: Apple Corps (home of the boutique and the label) opens its offices at 5 Wigmore Street in Marylebone, London.
1968: Spirit released their self-titled debut album. It reached #32 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1969: The Beatles moved from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording the ‘Get Back’ album. Billy Preston was brought into the sessions (John, Paul, and George knew Preston from 1962, when he was a member of Little Richard’s backing group). The Beatles were determined to record the album “live”, flaws and all.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria.
1970: Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) opened for The Elvin Bishop Band at The Matrix in San Francisco, California. Steel Mill were paid only $5 for the gig, The Elvin Bishop Band received $90 as headliner.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1971: The Joe Cocker film ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen,’ featuring performances by Cocker, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge, and others, premieres at London’s Festival Palace.
1972: David Bowie ‘came out’ as bisexual during an interview in the British music weekly Melody Maker. Bowie says, “I’m gay and I always have been.”
1972: Don McLean’s album ‘American Pie’ started a seven week run at #1 in the US album chart.
1973: Led Zeppelin performed at Southampton University in Southampton, England. A popular Zeppelin bootleg show.
1974: Carly Simon’s album ‘Hotcakes’ is certified gold.
1975: Genesis appeared at the Community Theater in Berkeley, California.
1977: EMI Records and the Sex Pistols part company. The group receives a cash settlement (around $75,000).
1977: ‘Best Of The Doobie Brothers,’ a compilation of the group’s early and mid-70s work, peaks at #5.
1977: Wings triple live album ‘Wings Over America’ is #1 in the US. It was Paul McCartney’s 6th US #1 after The Beatles.
1977: James Taylor and Carly Simon celebrate the birth of their second child, a son, Ben Taylor. Ben would later become a singer/songwriter, and sometimes have both his mother and father tour with him, and on occasions, his older sister, Sally.
1977: Rush appeared at the Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas.
1977: Peter Green, who had earlier left Fleetwood Mac, was institutionalized after firing a pistol in the general direction of a delivery boy who was attempting to deliver a $30,000 royalty check. Green had renounced Rock and Roll in 1970 and didn’t want the money. He later worked as a hospital porter and a gravedigger, but came back in 1979 to record “In the Skies,’ which did manage some moderate success.
1978: Ted Nugent played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1981: The John Lennon tribute issue of Rolling Stone is published with the famous Annie Leibovitz photo of a naked Lennon embracing a fully-clothed Yoko Ono. Lennon’s full interview was not published by the magazine until 2010.
1983: The new 24-hour music video network MTV started broadcasting to the West Coast of America after being picked up by Group W Cable in Los Angeles.
1983: The Clash peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Rock the Casbah’ which was their first and only top 10 single in the U.S.
1984: ZZ Top performed at the Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, Kansas.
1985: Queensryche appeared at Slipped Disc Records in Valley Stream, New York for a meet and greet to promote the album ‘The Warning.’
1988: Faith No More made their live UK debut at Dingwalls in London at the start of a 13-date tour.
1989: KISS’ Gene Simmons and former Playboy model Shannon Tweed have a son named Nicholas.
1990: Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash swore numerous times on live television while accepting an American Music Award. Viewers swamped the ABC-TV switchboard with irate calls and the network apologized. Due to this incident, every subsequent American Music Awards show was on broadcast delay.
1991: Twenty-three years after it was released in America, the LP ‘Elvis’ Gold Records’ is made available in China on cassette only.
1991: Sting’s 3rd studio album, ‘The Soul Cages’ is released. It reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Top albums chart, and topped the UK chart. The title track won the 1992 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.
1993: Metallica kicked off their 77-date ‘Nowhere Else To Roam’ world tour at Wings Stadium in ‘alamazoo, Michigan.
1994: Rush kicked off their tour in support of ‘Counterparts’ at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, FL.
1994: Rhett Forrester of Riot was shot and killed at a Northwest Atlanta intersection on the corner of Lovejoy and Merrit off Techwood Drive after he refused to give up his vehicle in an attempted carjacking. He was just 37 years old.
1994: The #1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 was ‘All For Love’ by Bryan Adams, Sting and Rod Stewart. The tune was the first #1 for Sting since 1983’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police and the first for Stewart since ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ from 1978. The track was written for the movie ‘The Three Musketeers.’
1996: Offspring’s ‘Ignition’ earns a gold record.
1998: Rolling Stone’s Reader’s Poll names Jakob Dylan Sexiest Male Artist.
2001: Chubby Checker guest stars on Fox’s ‘Ally McBeal.’
2001: Santana started a three week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart with ‘Supernatural.’ The album spent a total of 9 weeks at the top during the year.
2002: Bad Religion release their twelfth full-length studio album ‘The Process of Belief.’ This is their first recording with Brett Gurewitz on guitar since 1994’s ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ and their debut with current drummer Brooks Wackerman. It’s also their first studio album released on Epitaph Records since 1993’s ‘Recipe for Hate.’
2004: Famed New York nightclub the Bottom Line closes the doors forever at its Greenwich Village location. Opened nearly 30 years previously by Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowski, the club is forced to close after failed negotiations with its landlord, New York University.
2004: Metallica conducts a satellite press conference for the launch of their ‘Some Kind Of Monster’ documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
2005: One of the biggest charity concerts since Live Aid raised $2 million for victims of the tsunami disaster in Asia. The concert held at The Millennium Stadium, Cardiff featured Eric Clapton, Manic Street Preachers, Keane, Charlotte Church, Snow Patrol, Embrace, Feeder, Craig David and Liberty X, who appeared before 60,000 fans at the sold-out concert.
2005: The SnoCore 2005 Tour with headliner Chevelle logically starts in Vail, CO. Helmet, Crossfade, Future Leaders of the World and Strata are also on the trek.
2008: Burnout Paradise, a road-racing video, with Guns N’ Roses ‘Paradise City’ on the soundtrack is released on PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 systems. Tunes by Seether, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Operator, Airbourne, Killswitch Engage and Jane’s Addiction are also heard on the in-game soundtrack.
2008: Linkin Park’s Music for Relief charity funds the planting of 100,000 trees to help the environment. The donation goes to the ecologically minded American Forests organization on behalf of the band’s LP Underground fan club.
2008: Ringo Starr walks off the set of Live With Regis and Kelly rather than radically edit (shorten) the title track of his album ‘Liverpool 8.’ The TV people want the song to come in at two-an-a-half minutes. Ringo, rightfully, feels the tune deserves more time. “We still love Regis,” is Ringo’s parting line.
2009: Peter Gabriel scores his first-ever Oscar nomination (in the Music: Song category) for his musical contribution to the animated film ‘WALL-E.’ ‘Down to Earth,’ which Gabriel co-wrote.
2009: AC/DC is #2 on Forbes magazine’s Top-Selling Musicians of 2008 (behind Taylor Swift). Metallica (#5), Kid Rock (#6) and Nickelback (#9) also make the Top 10.
2009: Prosecutors in the Phil Spector murder trial rested their case after testimony from Donna Clarkson, mother of 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson, who died of a gunshot at Spector’s California mansion in February 2003.
2010: Bono, The Edge (U2), Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Sting appear on the Hope for Haiti Telethon. The commercial-free live telecast of the fundraiser for the earthquake ravaged country runs on MTV, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CNN, among others, without commercial interruption.
2010: Evanescence and frontwoman Amy Lee announce they have teamed with the United Nations to raise money for Haiti. A previously unreleased track, ‘Together Again,’ is sold via download to support the effort. “I am deeply moved by the tragic loss and devastation in Haiti,” says Lee.
2012: A Volkswagen Jetta commercial uses Ted Nugent’s ‘Stranglehold.’ The ad shows a young man’s the vehicle purchases before becoming a mature father buying a Volkswagen.
2012: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler embarrasses himself singing the National Anthem prior to the AFC Championship game in Foxborough, MA. New England squeaks out a victory over Baltimore to go to the Super Bowl.
2013: Voivod release their 13th studio album, ‘Target Earth.’
2013: Camper Van Beethoven release ‘La Costa Perdida.’ “The songs have great energy, but we’re more relaxed and stately and a lot more confident,” claims the band’s Victor Krummenacher. “The songwriting here has elements of vintage Camper along with grown-up Camper.”
2013: Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page appears in a spread for menswear designer John Varvatos. The photos were shot at London’s Rivoli Ballroom.
2014: Bruce Springsteen scores his 11th #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with ‘High Hopes.’ Opening week album sales totaled 99,000 copies.
2015: A ’65 Mosrite Ventures V1 guitar once owned by the late Johnny Ramone (Ramones) is auctioned for $71,875 by Boston-based RR Auction.
2015: Former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and his Anthrax counterpart Charlie Benante are named thrash legends at the annual Bonzo Bash in California. The event honors Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham.
2016: Megadeth release their 15th studio album, ‘Dystopia.’ “I knew from the start that I wanted to go back to my roots, and I wanted to make a thrash record,” says frontman Dave Mustaine. This is first record with guitarist Kiko Louriero and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler.
2016: Pearl Jam launch an effort that raises $300,000 for the victims of the Flint, MI water crisis, where for two years dangerous amounts of lead contaminated the drinking water. The group also starts crowdfunding campaign to help Flint residents purchase water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts.
2016: Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss co-hosts the Women’s International Music Network’s (the WiMN) She Rocks Awards in Anaheim, CA. The event honors women who stand out as role models in the music industry.
2016: The Monster Energy Ride For Dime Dimebash 2016, a benefit honoring late Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, takes place at the Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood. Proceeds benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund. However, there is controversy. Ex-Pantera singer Philip Anselmo’s “white power” salute, while performing Pantera’s “Walk,” has some calling Anselmo a racist. Anselmo later states that he “deserves completely” the “heat” that he has taken and apologizes for his actions.
2017: Peter Overend Watts, the original bassist for Mott the Hoople who played on the band’s only Billboard Top 40 hit, ‘All The Young Dudes”, died of throat cancer at the age of 69. Watts helped start the Buddies with guitarist Mick Ralphs, a band that evolved into Mott the Hoople after periods in which it was known as the Doc Thomas Group, the Shakedown Sound, then Silence. They became Mott the Hoople after Ian Hunter joined in 1969.

January 23
1956: Rock ‘n’ Roll fans in Cleveland aged under 18 were banned from dancing in public (unless accompanied by an adult), after Ohio Police introduced a law dating back to 1931.
1957: Bill Haley & his Comets attend the Australian premiere of their movie ‘Don’t Knock The Rock’ while on tour there.
1958: The Crickets featuring Buddy Holly ‘Maybe Baby’ is released.
1959: 6,000 teenagers attend the first night of the 24 date ill-fated Winter Dance Party with Buddy Holly (with Richie Valens and The Big Bopper) at the Million Dollar Ballroom in Milwaukee (despite temperatures of 17 below and 13 inches of snow). Holly’s backing band included
1964: The Searchers were at #1 on the singles chart with the Sonny Bono song ‘Needles And Pins.’
1965: The Who play the Corn Exchange at Chelmsford and then an all-night rave at the Club Noreik in Tottenham. Opening for The Who at the all-night rave is The Muleskinners featuring future Small Faces’ keyboardist, Ian McLagan.
1966: Big Brother & the Holding Company play their first gig on the second day of the Trips Festival at San Francisco’s Longshoreman’s Hall, this show did not include Janis Joplin, who would join the band in June of that year.
1966: The Who appeared at Coop Hall in Warrington, Cheshire, England.
1967: Pink Floyd spent the first of three days recording the Syd Barrett songs ‘Arnold Layne’ and ‘Candy And A Current Bun’ at Sound Techniques Studios in Chelsea, London. According to Roger Waters, Arnold Layne was based on a real person – a transvestite whose primary pastime was stealing women’s clothes and undergarments from washing lines in Cambridge.
1968: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers performed at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan
1969: Working at Apple studios in London, The Beatles, with Billy Preston on keyboards, recorded ten takes of a new song called ‘Get Back.’ Alan Parsons makes his debut as the Beatles’ engineer.
1969: Led Zeppelin played at Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.
1969: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Sportpalast in Berlin, Germany.
1970: Yes appeared at King’s Hall, Stoke, England.
1971: ‘My Sweet Lord’ gives George Harrison the distinction of being the first former Beatle with a #1 solo single. The song from his ‘All Things Must Pass’ album stayed at #1 for five weeks.
1971: Steel Mill played their final show when they appeared at the Upstage Club, Asbury Park, New Jersey. Singer Bruce Springsteen formed new bands during the rest of the year known under such names as the Bruce Springsteen Jam, Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, and finally the Bruce Springsteen Band.
1972: Pink Floyd performed ‘Dark Side of The Moon’ at Guildhall, in Southampton, England. The entire show was filmed by the BBC in an effort to test some new equipment. However, the film was not supposed to be broadcast, and the tapes were wiped clean.
1973: Neil Young announces at a concert in New York that the Vietnam War had ended, reading a note that says ‘an accord has been reached for peace in Vietnam.” Young tells the Madison Square Garden crowd, “Peace has come.” Of course, like most things in the world, it doesn’t last. North Vietnamese troops overrun South Vietnam in two years.
1973: Rick Wakeman’s 1st solo album, ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ is released. It reached #7 on the UK charts, and #30 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1974: Bob Dylan and The Band played at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1975: Supertramp kick off a 13 date British tour to promote their 3rd album ‘Crime Of The Century.’ The LP will spawn the single ‘Dreamer,’ which will reach #13 in the UK and #15 in the US.
1976: David Bowie’s 10th studio album, ‘Station to Station’ is released. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. In 2003, the album was ranked #323 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1976: The Sex Pistols played at Watford College in Watford, England. The first of 65 gigs for band in 1976.
1976: Roxy Music performed at Konserthaus in Stockholm, Sweden.
1977: Pink Floyd’s 10th studio album, ‘Animals’ is released in the UK (February 10, 1977 in the US). It reached #2 on the UK Albums chart, and #3 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1977: Carole King’s landmark LP, ‘Tapestry’ became the longest-running album of all time on the Billboard chart, as it reached its 302nd week on the list.
1977: While on tour opening for Bob Seger, Patti Smith broke her vertebra when she fell off the stage at a gig in Tampa, Florida. She also suffers cuts to her head and is rushed to the hospital for 22 stitches. The accident takes Smith off the tour.
1978: Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago accidentally shot himself dead while cleaning (with what he believed) was an unloaded gun. Kath’s last words were “Don’t worry it’s not loaded” as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The guitarist and singer was killed instantly.
1979: Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys divorces his wife Marilyn (one-time member of the Honeys and mother of W”ndy and Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips).
1979: Rush played at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.
1980: The B-52’s ‘Rock Lobster’ b/w ‘6060-842’ 45 single is released. It was the band’s first single to appear on Billboard’s Hot 100, where it reached #56. A major hit in Canada, the single went all the way to #1 in the RPM national singles chart. It placed at #147 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
1981: Joan Jett released her debut solo studio album ‘Bad Reputation.’ Originally self-released in 1980 as ‘Joan Jett’ after The Runaways disbanded, then re-issued on Boardwalk Records
1982: ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You” is Foreigner’s first Top 10 U.K. hit. It makes it to #8.
1982: The Allman Brothers Band appeared on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ playing ‘Midnight Rider,’ ‘Southbound,’ and ‘I’m Leaving.’ It was to be their last performance until 1986.
1982: Stevie Nicks and Don Henley peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their duet ‘Leather and Lace.’
1984: The Rolling Stones’ ‘She Was Hot’ b/w ‘I Think I’m Going Mad’ 45 single is released.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Sporthalle in Augsburg, Germany.
1986: The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in New York City. Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis are selected from a nominee list of forty-one performers. “It’s hard for me to induct Chuck Berry,” says Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones’ guitarist. “Because I lifted every lick he ever played!”
1988: George Harrison peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with ‘Cloud Nine’ which was Harrison’s 6th and final top 10 album as a solo artist in the U.S.
1988: Nirvana recorded a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. Sub P’p records boss Jonathan Poneman hears the tape and offers to put out a Nirvana single.
1990: Allen Collins guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd died of pneumonia after being ill for several months. Collins who was one of the founding members also co-wrote most of the band’s songs (including ‘Free Bird’), with late front man Ronnie Van Zant. He survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He later pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.
1990: David Bowie announced his forthcoming and final world tour, ‘Sound And Vision 1990,’ during which he will invite each local audience to decide on a ‘greatest hits’ running order, organised through local radio stations.
1991: John Sebastian, owner and general manager of KLSK FM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, played the Led Zeppelin song ‘Stairway To Heaven’ for 24 solid hours to inaugurate a format change to Classic Rock. It played more than 200 times, eliciting hundreds of angry calls and letters. Police showed up with guns drawn after a listener reported that the DJ had apparently suffered a heart attack, later because of suspicion that, this being 8 days into the Gulf War, the radio station had been taken hostage by terrorists dispatched by Zeppelin freak Saddam Hussein. Weirdest of all, lots of listeners didn’t move the dial: “Turns out a lot of people listened to see when we would finally stop playing it.”
1993: The Van Halen video for ‘Live: Right Here, Right Now’ was released.
1994: Rage Against The Machine headlined the Rock For Choice benefit at The Palladium, Hollywood, California. Also appearing: Screaming Trees, Eddie Vedder, Mary’s Danish, 7 Year Bitch and Green Apple Quick Step.
1994: Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘All For Love.’
1995: William Horton of the Philadelphia vocal group, The Silhouettes, died at the age of 65. The group topped the Billboard chart in 1958 with ‘Get A Job.’
1996: The City Council in Johnson City, Tennessee, withdrew permission for White Zombie to hold a show there. Several town residents had complained that the band advocated Satan worship.
1996: The Smashing Pumpkins single ‘1979’ is released. It goes on to top the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks and Modern Rock Tracks Charts.
1997: Rage Against The Machine is named Best Hard Rock/Metal Band in Rolling Stone magazine’s critic poll. Garbage is named Best New Artist in the poll.
1997: 63 year old Richard Berry, who wrote The Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie,’ died from an aneurysm while sleeping at his home in South Central Los Angeles.
1998: Bret Michaels attorney files a temporary restraining order against the Internet Entertainment Group to halt the release of a Michaels/Pam Anderson home video sex tape.
2000: Heart guitarist Nancy Wilson gave birth to twin boys, Willia3rdes Crowe & Curtis Wilson Crowe. These were her first two children with husband Cameron Crowe.
2000: Santana started a three week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Supernatural’, the album which went on to win 8 Grammy awards spent a total of 9 weeks at #1 during this year.
2001: A lawsuit alleging Slayer’s music caused a trio of the band’s fans to commit murder was dismissed by a California court.
2004: Jethro Tull keyboardist David Palmer announced that he had undergone a sex change & now goes by the name Dee.
2004: A ju’ge in Pasadena, CA. orders Scott Weiland to return to a live-in drug detoxification facility after it is learned that he left, or was discharged, only one month into the program. He is to stay in the facility until July and then participate in a six-month program.
2007: John Mellencamp releases his ‘Freedom Road’ album with the single ‘Our Country,’ used in a commercial campaign for Chevy trucks.
2007: Panic Channel officially announced that bassist Chri Chaney has left the group after “family obligations” prevented him from touring. A post on the group’s website says the split was amicable. Powerman 5000’s Siggy Sjursen is tapped to replace Chaney during Panic Channel’s trek supporting Rock Star Supernova.
2007: Saliva release ‘Blood Stained Love Story.’ The disc’s first single, ‘Ladies And Gentleman,’ is heard in promotional spots for Wrestlemania 23. “We wrote (the song) for sports and movies,” says singer Josey Scott. “It’s got that real violent dynamic to it. It was premeditated. I’m not going to lie.”
2007: The Grateful Dead’s historic New Year’s Eve ’76 concert at the Cow Palace near San Francisco is officially issued as a three-CD set. ‘Grateful Dead: Live at the Cow Palace’ features the band’s entire 22-song performance (previous available only as a bootleg).
2009: Slipknot’s headlining U.S. arena tour in support of ‘All Hope Is Gone’ starts in St. Paul. “2009 is the 10-year anniversary of the world’s first taste of this band,” says frontman Corey Taylor, referring to Slipknot’s ’99 self-titled debut. “To celebrate, we are coming back out with a killer tour.” Coheed & Cambria are among the opening acts.
2009: Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea plays trumpet with the Caltech Jazz Band during a concert at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.
2009: Doro released her 11th studio album, ‘Fear No Evil.’
2010: While Aerosmith is actively looking for a lead singer, Steven Tyler, the man who held the job for over three decades, performs ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ and ‘I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing’ over the loudspeaker of a Home Depot in Rancho Mirage, CA. This bizarre moment follows a karaoke performance in a bar a few days earlier. Aerosmith decide to keep Tyler.
2011: Former Beatles drummer Richard Starkey filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office to register the name “Ringo.”
2012: Exhibit A Gallery’s ‘Obey Your Master: A Tribute to Metallica,’ opens in L.A. The exhibit features artists’ interpretations of Metallica songs.
2013: Jimmie Vaughan suffers a heart attack in Mumbai, India where he is scheduled to perform at a festival. He is later released from the hospital and recovers at his home in Texas.
2015: Representatives for Bob Dylan announced that 50,000 copies of his latest album, ‘Shadows in the Night,’ would be randomly included in the February issue of AARP The Magazine.
2016: ’31,’ written and directed by Rob Zombie, makes its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film tells the story of five carnies kidnapped and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell.
2016: Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is joined onstage by the band’s former members Jeff Young (guitar) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) at the ‘Ronnie Montrose Remembered’ memorial celebration at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA.
2016: Bassist Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow, Last In Line) dies of lung cancer, while in his cabin on Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria on the High Seas’ cruise. He was due to perform on the cruise with his group Last In Line the following day.

January 24
1961: Bob Dylan arrives in New York. The 19-year-old Folk singer (who had recently dropped out of the University of Minnesota) traveled by car to the Big Apple with other seekers. In his 2004 memoir ‘Chronicles: Volume 1.’ Dylan wrote, “I didn’t know a single soul in this dark freezing metropolis but that was all about to change-and quick.”
1962: The Beatles signed a contract to have Brian Epstein manage the group, giving him 25% of what they earned. Epstein never added his signature to the document.
1962: Chubby Checker had four albums in the Top Ten of the Billboard LP chart. They were ‘For Twisters Only,’ ‘Your Twist Party,’ ‘Bobby Rydell / Chubby Checker’ and ‘Let’s Twist Again.’ The single, ‘The Twist’ sat at the top of Cashbox Best Sellers chart.
1965: The film ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ premieres at the Liverpool Odeon. It was the first to be shot on location in Liverpool after the city’s emergence into the music mainstream For authenticity, many scenes were shot in clubs near the home of Gerry and the Pacemakers’ frontman Gerry Marsden. Marsden wrote nine new songs for the film which also starred Julie Samuel, Cilla Black, Jimmy Savile, and The Fourmost.
1966: The Byrds make a second attempt at recording ‘Eight Miles High’ at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. They finish the song the next day. This version is released as a single and appears on the album ‘Fifth Dimension.’ The original version, which band members claim is superior, was rejected because it wasn’t recorded at a Columbia owned studio.
1967: The Doors self-titled debut is released.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performed at the Marquee Club in London.
1969: The Beatles work on recording ‘On Our Way Home,’ ‘Teddy Boy,’ ‘Maggie Mae,’ ‘Dig It,’ ‘Dig A Pony,’ and ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ at the Apple Studios in London.
1969: New Jersey state prosecutors issue a warning to US record dealers that they would be charged with distributing pornography if they were caught selling the John Lennon / Yoko Ono album ‘Two Virgins.’ The front cover of the album showed the pair frontally nude, while the back cover showed them from behind. The album still managed to reach #124 on the US, but failed to chart at all in the UK, where only 5,000 copies were ever pressed.
1969: The Doors appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City, They were paid over $50,000 for the gig making them one of the highest paid acts of the year.
1969: Jethro Tull plays their first show in the US. They are openers for Led Zeppelin at New York City’s Fillmore East.
1970: The Who play in Copenhagen at Det Kunglige Teater. They had been turned down for hotel reservations at the Copenhagen Inn because of that establishment’s policy against “long-haired pop groups.” The Dutch Royal family does not have a problem with The Who’s hair as they attend that night’s show. Due to the cold weather Pete announces their opera as “Tommy On Ice!”
1970: Led Zeppelin appeared at Leeds University, Leeds, England. It was at this show when Zeppelin had a meeting with fine arts lecturer Zacron to discuss their ideas for the album sleeve of the band’s next album, ‘Led Zeppelin III.’ Zacron, born Richard Drew, had studied at Kingston College of Art with members of the Yardbirds.
1970: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Auditorium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1970: The mini-moog synthesizer was introduced by Dr. Robert Moog. Artists could now have the sound of strings and horns on stage without having a full orchestra with them. The American Federation of Musicians considered banning the $2,000 keyboard, fearing that its ability to simulate acoustic instruments could put musicians out of work, but later relented.
1971: Neil Young performed at the Peabody Opera House in St. Louis, Missouri.
1972: Black Sabbath played at Town Hall in Birmingham, England.
1973: Ringo Starr has the #1 song in the U.S. with ‘Photograph.’
1974: Emerson, Lake & Palmer appeared at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia.
1975: Genesis performed ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The show was included in the Genesis box set release.
1976: Bob Dylan started a 5 week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Desire’ his 3rd US chart topper.
1976: The live version of KISS’ ‘Rock & Roll All Nite’ (from ‘Alive I’), peaks at #12 on the chart.
1977: George Harrison’s ‘Crackerbox Palace’ b/w ‘Learning How to Love You’ 45 single is released.
1979: The Clash released their first single in the US, ‘I Fought The Law’ (written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets).
1979: Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys divorced his wife Marilyn after 15 years together. She was a member of the Honeys, and mother of Wendy and Carnie Wilson, who would go on to sing in Wilson-Phillips.
1980: A billboard was erected on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California to promote Pink Floyd’s new album ‘The Wall’. A blank wall was pasted up and each day a brick was ‘removed’ to slowly reveal the inside spread and title of the album.
1981: Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler is hospitalized for two months after being involved in an accident on his motorcycle.
1982: ZZ Top appeared at the Huntington Civic Center in Huntington, West Virginia.
1982: The Beach Boys’ cover of The Dell-Vikings 1957 hit, ‘Come Go With Me,’ peaks at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. They would have to wait four more years until they cracked the Top 40 again with ‘Getcha Back.’
1984: Bon Jovi release their self-titled debut album.
1984: Eric Clapton performed at the Teatro Tenda Lampugnano in Milan, Italy.
1989: Skid Row’s self-titled debut album is released.
1989: Dark Angel released the album ‘Leave Scars.’
1990: The Black Crowes release their debut studio album, ‘Shake Your Money Maker.’
1992: Nirvana played their first ever show in Australia at the Phoenician Club in Sydney. Also on the bill, Tumbleweed and The Meanies.
1995: Van Halen released their 10th studio album ‘Balance,’ their final album with Sammy Hagar singing for them. The album would reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart & sell three million copies in the U.S.
1997: ‘Louie Louie’ composer Richard Berry dies.
1998: Oasis went to #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Around The World.’ The longest running-time for a UK chart topper with a total duration of 9 minutes 38 seconds. It was one of the first songs to be written by Noel Gallagher.
1999: The Offspring went to #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pretty Fly, For A White Guy.’ Taken from their 5th studio album ‘Americana’ the single was a #1 hit in ten other countries.
2000: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young kicked off their reunion tour at the Palace of Auburn Hills outside of Detroit. This was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s first tour together since 1974.
2001: AC/DC made-up their scheduled show from the previous night in Adelaide, Australia. The previous night’s concert was postponed due to drummer Phil Rudd being diagnosed with a kidney infection.
2004: In New York, an overzealous concertgoer throws a beer that lands on the mixing board, blowing out the sound system, ending Iron Maiden’s performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom. The concert is only one of six U.S. performances the group makes in support of their ‘Dance Of Death’ CD. Fans exit the venue without incident.
2008: KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons appears on an episode of ABC’s ‘Ugly Betty.’
2008: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry reported that although music downloads rose by 40% in 2007, global music sales fell by an estimated 10%.
2009: Queen drummer Roger Taylor performs with his son, Rufus, at a concert in London headlined by Queen touring keyboardist Spike Edney’s SAS Band. This is the first time the father-son team play drums onstage together.
2010: A Beatles iPhone app is available. It’s the first official Beatles content to be featured on iTunes. The program includes lyrics and chords to more than 160 Beatles songs.
2011: Bret Michaels (Poison) undergoes surgery to close a hole in his heart. Doctors insert a closure device that remains in Michaels’ heart permanently to stop abnormal blood flow between two chambers of his heart which is thought to have caused a warning stroke. The operation is deemed a success.
2012: ‘Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years Of Amnesty International,’ is released. The 4-CD compilation has Dylan covers performed by Patti Smith, Pete Townsend (The Who), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Sting (The Police) and Elvis Costello. The collection recognizes the organization’s fight against censorship and activities on behalf of free speech.
2012: ‘Mr. Mojo Risin’: The Story of L.A. Woman,’ a documentary about the making of The Doors’ last album with Jim Morrison, is released. The film contains interviews with the three surviving Doors: Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore plus contributions from their manager and the album’s engineer/co-producer.
2012: Lamb Of God released the album ‘Resolution.’
2013: Steven Tyler and Roger Daltrey appear at the ‘Raise Your Voice’ charity benefit for the Voice Health Institute. The Beverley Hills event honors VHI founder Dr. Steven Zeitels’ work in voice restoration.
2013: Fleetwood Mac announced that the re-issue their 1977 album ‘Rumours’ would be packed with unreleased material from the studio and live versions of old favorites. They were slated to hit the road for their first tour since 2009, starting in April.
2014: Todd Rundgren receives the Les Paul Award at the 29th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards in Anaheim during the NAMM (the National Association of Music Merchants) Show. The award honors outstanding progress in professional audio technology.
2015: The premiere of the documentary ‘Cobain: Montage Of Heck’ is at the Sundance Film Festival. Courtney Love, and her and Kurt’s daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, the executive producer on the project, attend. Directed by Brett Morgen, the film is the first authorized film about the late Nirvana frontman.
2015: ‘The Last Ship,’ the Broadway musical written by Sting closes after a three month stint at NYC’s Neil Simon Theater. The show ran for 105 performances.
2015: INXS guitarist and founding member Tim Farriss catches his hand in an electric boat anchor winch. “The accident has caused permanent damage to Tim’s left hand and one of his fingers has been severed. He has undergone two extensive operations to reattach his finger,” posts the group’s label.
2016: David Bowie was at #1 on both the UK & US album charts with his 25th and final studio album ‘Blackstar,’ Bowie’s only album to top the Billboard 200 in the US. Bowie was the biggest-selling vinyl artist of 2016 in the UK, with five albums in the vinyl Top 30, including ‘Blackstar’ as the #1 selling vinyl album of the year.
2017: Butch Trucks, a drummer and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away at the age of 69. His real name was Claude Hudson Trucks.
2017: The Ludwig drum set used by Andy White to record The Beatle’s first hit, ‘Love Me Do,’ while Ringo played a tambourine, was scheduled to be sold at an auction. The kit, which included the bass drum head with White’s name and The Beatles’ logo, was expected to bring a bid of $75,000.

January 25
1957: Elvis Presley’s ‘Strictly Elvis’ EP is released in the US.
1958: Elvis Presley’s ‘Jailhouse Rock’ becomes the first single to enter the U.K. pop chart at #1.
1961: The House of Representatives Special Sub-committee on Legislative Oversight opens hearings on disc jockey payola. Legendary Cleveland DJ Alan Freed would eventually be convicted, while Philadelphia’s Dick Clark would be cleared.
1963: EMI awards the US record label Vee Jay the right to distribute Beatles records in America.
1963: The Rolling Stones played at the Ricky Tick Club at the Star and Garter Hotel, Windsor, Berkshirehire, UK. This was the first time The Rolling Stones, including Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman, played at this venue. All the walls in the club were painted black and the lighting was made out of old ice-cream tins.
1963: Janis Joplin performs in San Francisco for the first time, singing at the North Beach coffeehouse. In lieu of money, Janis passes the hat for beers. She often sings a cappella at the Coffee Confusion and the Coffee Gallery, occasionally accompanied by Jorma Kaukonen (future guitarist with Jefferson Airplane). Joplin sings Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey blues with folksingers Roger Perkins and Larry Hanks, and hangs out with David Crosby and Nick Gravenites.
1964: The Beatles score their first #1 single on the U.S. charts with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand.’ The Beatles ‘She Loves You’ also enters the pop charts. The Fab Four would eventually rack up 25 number ones in America.
1964: Phil Spector appears as a panelist on Britain’s ‘Juke Box Jury’ program. Earlier in the day, he calls famous English producer Joe Meek to arrange a meeting. Meek accuses Spector of stealing his ideas and hangs up the phone so hard he breaks the receiver.
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 the forthcoming Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’
1967: The Who played at the Kingsway Theatre in Hadleigh, Essex, supported by The Roulettes, Sound Around, the She Trinity, and the Sovereigns.
1967: Jimi Hendrix perfromed at Oxford Cellar in Norwich, Norfolk, England.
1968: David Gilmour plays his first show with Pink Floyd at Southampton University. He replaces Syd Barrett whose behavior had become increasingly unpredictable.
1968: The Who played at Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia.
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival hit the US charts for third time with ‘Proud Mary.’
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival releases their ‘Born On The Bayou’ album.
1969: The Grateful Dead perform at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1969: Pink Floyd appeared at the Sixty Nine Club, Royal York Hotel, Ryde, Isle of Wight, England. Support band was The Cherokees, who had had a minor hit single in 1964 with ‘Seven Golden Daffodils’ produced by Mickie Most. They later changed their name to New York Public Library.
1970: Yes performed at Fox At Greyhound in Croyden, England.
1970: The Allman Brothers Band played at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono completely shave their heads and declare 1970 as ‘Year One’. Their hair is then donated to ‘Black House’, an interracial community centre in North London, and is auctioned.
1971: Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane welcome a baby girl they name “God.” Her name is later changed to “China,” and as “China Kantner” becomes a VJ on MTV.
1972: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia.
1973: The Kinks ‘The Great Lost Kinks Album’ is released. The album of unreleased material was issued by Reprise Records after The Kinks had moved to RCA. It reached #145 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. Davies and the Kinks management first learned of the album’s existence from the US Billboard record chart. Davies instituted legal action against Reprise, which resulted in Reprise discontinuing the album in 1975.
1973: David Bowie finished a week of rehearsals at the Royal Ballroon in Tottenham, London, for the forthcoming UK leg of his Ziggy Stardust tour. Bowie had already played dates in North America and Japan, the tour saw the singer playing a total of 182 dates.
1974: Bob Dylan performed at the Tarrant County Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
1974: Led Zeppelin perform at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana in front of 17,000 fans. Tickets cost $8.50.
1975: The last Sunbury Rock Festival in Victoria, Australia was held. The promoters who had made heavy losses only paid Deep Purple. AC/DC were scheduled to play after Deep Purple but a fight started on stage between road crews after Purple’s set when they began packing up the lights and PA and denied AC/DC use of them, who then left the festival site without playing at all.
1975: A year and a half after its initial release, Lynyrd Skynyrd peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Free Bird,’ which became the band’s anthem.
1976: KISS played at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
1978: Elvis Costello and Rockpile (featuring Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds) tour the U.S. Austin is the first stop.
1978: Ted Nugent autographs a man’s arm with a bowie knife as the the fan requested it.
1979: Rolling Stone magazine’s Reader’s Poll names The Cars as the year’s best new band.
1980: Paul McCartney is released and deported from Japan after spending 9 days in a Tokyo jail. He was busted at the airport after officers find a half-pound of marijuana in his luggage. Paul’s Japan tour is cancelled and the government requests he not return. After his release McCartney flew to Amsterdam.
1981: Black Sabbath appeared at Bingley Hall in Stafford, England.
1983: Lamar Williams dies of lung cancer at 34. Williams replaced original Allman Brothers bassist Berry Oakley in the band in 1972. Williams was thought to have contracted his cancer by exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam.
1984: John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, donates $375,000 to Liverpool’s Strawberry Field, an orphanage which served as the inspiration for the Beatles song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever.’
1984: Van Halen performed at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee.
1985: Metallica, WASP and ArmoredSaint played the legendary L’Amour night club in Brooklyn.
1985: Phil Collins 3rd solo album, ‘No Jacket Required’ is released. It topped the Billboard 200 Top Album chart for seven weeks throughout 1985, and reached #26 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1985.
1986: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘My Hometown’ climbs from #11 to #6, giving him his 7th top 10 single released from the album ‘Born in the USA,’ equalling the record set by Michael Jackson with ‘Thriller.’
1986: Albert Grossman dies of a heart attack while flying on the Concorde from New York to London at 59. Grossman managed Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Band, Janis Joplin, Gordon Lightfoot and Todd Rundgren. He also built the Bearsville Recording Studio near Woodstock in 1969 and in 1970 he founded Bearsville Records.
1986: Dire Straits reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Walk of Life,’ their final top 10 single in the U.S.
1987: Neil Diamond sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXI (21).
1988: Bon Jovi take top honors at The American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group. ‬
1988: Nearly twelve years after its release, ‘Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers,’ the group’s debut album, goes gold.
1988: George Harrison’s ‘When We Was Fab’ b/w ‘Zig Zag’ 45 single is released. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at #25 in the UK Singles Chart, and in the United States, the song peaked at #23 in Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 singles chart. It is Harrison’s last Top 40 hit in the U.S., and the second such hit in which the lyrics reflect on his years as a Beatle – the other being ‘All Those Years Ago.’
1989: Gary Moore released his 8th studio album, ‘After the War.’
1990: CBS TV’s ’48 Hours’ program profiles Paul McCartney.
1990: Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers appears on NBC-TV’s ‘Cheers.’
1991: Paul McCartney records an acoustic set in London for ‘MTV Unplugged.’ He performed such Beatles songs as ‘Here, There and Everywhere’ & ‘And I Love Her’ for the first time.
1992: U2 peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Mysterious Ways’ which was their 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1993: Metallica win the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist over Def Leppard & Red Hot Chili Peppers.
1994: ‘Jar Of Flies,’ the 2nd studio EP by Alice in Chains is released. It becomes the first EP in music history to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200. The set contains ‘No Excuses’ and is later certified double-platinum by the RIAA.
1996: Tom Petty’s career retrospective ‘Playback 1973-1993’ is certified gold.
1997: The Red Hot Chili Peppers cover of the Ohio Player’s classic ‘Loverollercoaster’ peaks at #20 on the U.S. pop chart.
1999: The Rolling Stones kick off their ‘No Security Tour’ at the Oakland Coliseum. This was their first arena tour in twenty years.
2003: Billy Joel crashes his Mercedes while driving in Long Island, New York. The singer would later say that he was in a “mental fog” around this time, caused by relationship issues and a lingering depression after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
2004: Bob Dylan was paid by ladies underwear company Victoria’s Secret to fly to Venice in Northern Italy, to film a TV advertisement in an ancient palazzo with a scantily dressed model.
2005: Adrian Belew, former singer guitarist with King Crimson, releases “Side One” with help from Primus bassist Les Claypool and Tool drummer Danny Carey. “You’re only as good as your rhythm section,” says Belew. “I can’t imagine a better rhythm section than Les and Danny.”
2005: The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex, led by the Smashing Pumpkins drummer, release their debut album, ‘Life Begins Again.’
2005: Breaking Benjamin announce they’ve added drummer Chad Szeliga.
2005: The DVD of Metallica’s ‘Some Kind of Monster’ documentary is released.
2006: Metallica perform at a private party in Park City, UT, to celebrate the premiere of the movie ‘The Darwin Awards’ at the Sundance Film Festival. The group appears in footage shot at a 2004 concert in Salt Lake City.
2006: Motley Crue receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The group and 600 fans turn out for the ceremony. “We’re across the street from the Erotica Museum and Frederick’s of Hollywood. This is a perfect place for us to be,” says bassist Nikki Sixx.
2007: Jon Bon Jovi and designer Kenneth Cole co-host the ‘R.S.V.P. To Help’ in New York. Bon Jovi performs an acoustic set to raise funds for Habitat For Humanity, Help USA and the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation. This is Bon Jovi’s second initiative with Cole to benefit homeless charities.
2007: Roger Waters kicked off the Australian leg of his 119-date The Dark Side of The Moon Live world tour at Acer Arena in Sydney.
2007: The Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and Bruce Hornsby perform on the tribute album ‘Endless Highway – The Music Of The Band.’ An Allmans’ rendition of ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,’ Hornsby’s version of ‘King Harvest (Has Surely Come)’ and Gov’t Mule’s take on ‘The Shape I’m In’ are among the set’s 19 tracks.
2007: Ted Nugent claims 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 Nugent in a Waco Tribune-Herald guest column. “I will intensify my fight for a united America by demanding all Americans speak English.”
2007: Satellite Party, with ex-Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, perform at the Winter X Games 11 in Aspen, CO.
2008: Kid Rock’s ‘Rock N’ Revival Tour’ starts in Evansville, IN. Run DMC’s Rev. Run and J. Geils Band frontman Peter Wolf are on the bill of the package tour. Later in the tour, founding Allman Brothers Band singer-guitarist Dickey Betts is a supporting act.
2008: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young attend the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of ‘CSNY Deja Vu’ documentary about the quartet’s 2006’s antiwar-themed ‘Freedom of Speech tour.’ Neil Young directed (under his Bernard Shakey alias) and co-wrote the film. It examines the group’s opposition to the Iraq war.
2010: KISS ring the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange.
2010: Eddie Vedder’s (Pearl Jam) cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘My City Of Ruins’ is available as a digital download with proceeds benefiting Artists for Peace and Justice Haiti Relief (raising funds to aid earthquake victims). The track was recorded at the 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors in ’09 when Springsteen was recognized for his lifetime contributions to American culture.
2011: A former Miss Canada finalist became the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in The Beatles. Canadian singer Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy, 53, was one of the first students to sign up for the course on the Fab Four when it launched at Liverpool Hope University in March 2009. The ground-breaking course looked at the studio sound and composition of The Beatles and how Liverpool helped to shape their music as well as examining the significance of the music of The Beatles and their impact on Western culture.
2011: Rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson releases ‘The Party Ain’t Over.’ The Jack White (White Stripes/The Raconteurs) produced set was recorded at White’s Nashville studio with help from his fellow Raconteurs.
2012: Van Halen’s single, ‘Tattoo,’ hits #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Singles chart. The track is also the Most Played Song at Classic Rock Radio and the Most Added song at Mainstream and Active Rock Radio. It’splayed on more than 160 stations across the U.S. “Tattoo” is also heard on the CBS television series ‘CSI.’
2012: A viral infection sends Anthrax’s Scott Ian to the hospital and temporarily off the group’s tour. Also, drummer Charlie Benante leaves to be near his terminally-ill mother in New York. Members of Testament (Alex Skolnick, Eric Peterson and Gene Hoglan), Anthrax tour mates, fill in.
2012: Riot founder and guitarist Mark Reale dies in San Antonio following a near lifelong battle against Crohn’s Disease. He was just 56 year old.
2013: Without offering an explanation, Tina Turner revealed that she was giving up her US citizenship to become a citizen of Switzerland. Her reasons were probably was not tax related, as Switzerland itself is a high tax environment for its citizens.
2013: Aria Guitars introduce the Cliff Burton Aria Pro II signature bass at the NAMM Show in Anaheim.
2013: The Who’s Pete Townshend receives the Les Paul Award at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards in Anaheim, CA. The award recognizes people or institutions that have made a significant impact on the world of audio production and technology.
2013: Esquire magazine presents ‘The 10 Craziest Drummers Ever’. Ginger Baker (Cream), Keith Moon (The Who), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Topper Headon (The Clash), Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Lars Ulrich (Metallica), Josh Freeze (Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle), Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa/Missing Persons) and Vinnie Paul (Pantera) make the list.
2014: A US jury decided that a tweet posted by Courtney Love about a lawyer she hired was not defamatory. The case against Love claimed she had committed libel by falsely suggesting in a 2010 tweet that Rhonda Holmes had been “bought off.” Jurors found that Love’s tweet included false information, but the singer did not know it was not true.
2014: KISS perform during the pre-game festivities and at the end of the first period of the first outdoor classic NHL game in L.A. at Dodger Stadium.
2014: ‘Randy Rhoads Remembered – A Celebration of a Legend,’ a tribute honoring the late iconic Ozzy Osbourne guitarist takes place at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA.
2015: In an interview for Australian TV Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan says Pop and Rock should go their own way. “Everybody belongs on their own side of the street for a good reason. By definition a Rock star is supposed to be an independent individual who pursues a vision to an end; an Axl Rose, an Elton John. And a Pop star is supposed to do whatever they can do to pray at some horrible idol of fame which is ubiquitous and fleeting.”
2016: ‘Red White & You’ by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler’s goes to radio. His label calls the track an “American up-tempo Country anthem.”

January 26
1956: In Nashville, Buddy Holly has his first recording session for Decca Records. Backing Buddy on four songs are Grady Martin on guitar and Doug Kirkham on drums.
1958: Buddy Holly performs ‘Oh Boy!’ on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York.
1961: Elvis Presley was at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’. The singers sixth UK #1.
1962: Bishop Burke of the Buffalo, New York Catholic Diocese bans the Twist, in any form, from all of his school’s functions.
1963: The Beatles played two gigs, the first was at the El Rio Club/Dance Hall in Macclesfield, Cheshire, supported by Wayne Fontana and the Jets. Then The Beatles drove 20 miles to their next gig at King’s Hall, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.
1963: The Four Seasons’ ‘Walk Like A Man’ is released. Five weeks later, it will become their 3rd Billboard #1 single.
1965: During a Rolling Stones tour of Australia and New Zealand, guitarist Keith Richards had his shirt torn off after 50 fans invaded the stage during the gig at The Town Hall in Brisbane.
1966: The Byrds finish recording ‘Eight Miles High’ at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. The song is release a couple months later.
1966: When Manfred Mann’s lead singer, Paul Jones, falls ill, The Animals’ Eric Burdon fills in at this evening’s concert at the Marquee in London.
1966: The Who played at the Locarno Ballroom in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.
1968: Pink Floyd played their first gig without Syd Barrett at Southampton University. They were supported by Tyrannosaurus Rex, featuring Marc Bolan and percussionist Steve Peregrine Took. Members of Floyd decided not to pick up Syd Barrett on the way to the show due to his ongoing troubles and a mere two weeks after David Gilmour officially became a member of the band. That was the end of Syd Barrett as part of Pink Floyd.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the last of three nights at Boston Tea Party in Boston.
1970: John Lennon, wrote, recorded and mixed ‘Instant Karma!’ which was produced by Phil Spector and released 11 days later.
1970: Ringo Starr’s film ‘The Magic Christian’ premieres in Beverly Hills, CA.
1970: Chicago ‘Chicago II’ album is released. It reached #4 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and #6 on the UK Album chart. While The Chicago Transit Authority was a success, Chicago is considered by many to be Chicago’s breakthrough album, yielding a number of Top 40 hits, including ‘Make Me Smile’ (#9), ‘Colour My World’ (#7), and ’25 or 6 to 4′ (#4).
1970: Simon & Garfunkel’s 5th and final studio album, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ is released in the US. It topped the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart on March 7 and remained there for ten consecutive weeks. It won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, as well as for Best Engineered Recording, while its title track won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in the Grammy Awards of 1971. In 2003, it was ranked at #51 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.
1970: The Who play the Stadt Opera House in Cologne, Germany. Their $2500 salary for the two nights is donated to the Save The Children Fund and the taxes on their shows are also excused as the German government declares The Who to be a “cultural attraction.” Both German President Heinemann and Chancellor Willie Brandt attend the show and visit The Who backstage afterwards.
1970: Elvis Presley played the first night of a four-week engagement playing 2 shows every night at The International Hotel in Las Vegas.
1971: Elvis Presley kicked off a 31 date stint at The Las Vegas Hilton. Elvis played an 8:30 and midnight show.
1972: Elvis Presley begins wearing one-piece jumpsuits during his gigs at the International Hotel, Las Vegas.
1973: Deep Purple’s 7th studio album, ‘Who Do We Think We Are’ is released. It reached #15 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart. It was Deep Purple’s last album with the Mark II lineup of the group until ‘Perfect Strangers’ in 1984.
1973: Elton John’s 6th studio album, ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player’ is released. It was Elton’s second straight # 1 album on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart, and yielded his first # 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 – ‘Crocodile Rock.’
1974: Ringo Starr hits #1 on the pop chart with the Richard Perry produced cover of Johnny Burnette’s ‘Your Sixteen.’ It’s Ringo’s second chart topper (‘Photograph’ was the first). The track featured Paul McCartney on kazoo and Harry Nilsson on background vocals. It reached #3 in the UK.
1974: The Doobie Brothers launch their first European tour in London.
1974: Genesis appeared at the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium.
1975: The BBC airs the David Bowie documentary ‘Cracked Actor.’ At the time of filming, Bowie was addicted to cocaine and the footage shows Bowie’s fragile mental state.
1975: In Austin, Texas, Bob Dylan makes a surprise guest appearance at a Joni Mitchell concert.
1976: The Beatles’ nine-year contract with EMI expires.
1977: The Clash sign a six-album deal with CBS Records. The Clash sign a 100,000 Pound contract with CBS Records, a remarkable amount for a band that had played a total of about thirty gigs and very few as a headliner.
1977: Patti Smith falls off the stage during a performance, sustaining a head injury that requires 22 stitches.
1977: Ginger Alden, who was Elvis Presley’s fiance at the time of his death, claims that Elvis proposed to her on this day.
1977: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital following an incident when he threatened his accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when he was trying to deliver a $51,000 royalty check to him. Green became the ultimate acid casualty and spent years in mental hospitals and clinics undergoing electroconvulsive therapy. He gave away much of his money and has since acknowledged that his illness was brought on by hallucinogenic drugs.
1978: Rush played at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1979: Bob Dylan formed his record label Accomplice Records.
1980: Three years after signing with Warner Brothers Records, 21 year old Prince makes his US television debut on ‘American Bandstand’ where he performs his R&B chart topping hit, ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover.’
1984: Blue Oyster Cult performed at Friedrich Ebert Halle in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
1986: Allen Collins, guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed his car, paralyzing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts. Collins had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. He can’t play with the re-formed band the next year, but chooses his replacement: Randall Hall.
1988: David Lee Roth‬ released his 2nd full-length album, ‘Skyscraper.’
1989: Bon Jovi kicked of the North American leg of their ‘New Jersey Syndicate Tour’ at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas. Skid Row was the opening band.
1991: Queen had their second UK #1 with ‘Innuendo.’ At 6 minutes 30 seconds, it exceeded their epic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by 35 seconds and became the third longest UK number song of all time, behind The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ and Simple Minds’ ‘Belfast Child,’ At a later date, ‘All Around The World’ by Oasis, at 9 minutes 38 seconds took over the top slot and demoted ‘Innuendo’ to 4th place. For ‘Innuendo’s’ flamenco guitar solo, Brian May was joined by Yes guitarist Steve Howe.
1993: The Grateful Dead appeared at the Oakland-Alemeda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
1994: Dio‬ released their 6th studio album, ‘Strange Highways.’
1995: Soundgarden is named the Best Metal Band in Rolling Stone magazine’s 1995 Music Awards. The group nails both the Readers and Critics’ Polls.
1997: The halftime show at Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans is titled ‘Blues Brothers Bash’ and features actors Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman, and James Belushi as the Blues Brothers, along with ZZ Top and singer James Brown.
2001: There are serious injuries and at least one death when Limp Bizkit perform at the Big Day Out Festival in Sydney, Australia. The group delays their performance for 15 minutes while police and festival staff try to sort out and rein in the mosh pit chaos. A later investigation places blame squarely on the concert promoters for not providing adequate security but also singles out Bizkit frontman Fred Durst for not taking the situation seriously.
2003: Billy Joel was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital after he lost control of his car in Long Island & smashed it into a tree.
2004: Sex Pistols singer John Lydon appeared on the U.K. reality show ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out Of Here’ set in the Australian outback. Lydon left after four days earning $42,500 to appear on the program.
2004: Yes release the Roger Daltrey narrated film ‘YESSPEAK.’ It was recorded during their 35th anniversary tour.‬
2004: Yes record and eventually release ‘Yes Acoustic: Guaranteed No Hiss.’
2005: Members of Papa Roach, P.O.D., A Perfect Circle, Trapt and Static-X perform on the tsunami-relief charity single ‘Forever In Our Hearts.’ Proceeds from the track, which is sold via Apple’s iTunes Music Store, benefit the Linkin Park-established Music For Relief organization.
2005: It’s announced that drummer Ryan Vikedal had left Nickleback after five years.
2006: U2 frontman Bono introduces Product Red to help raise funds to combat HIV and AIDS in Africa. He teams up with several companies to sell a range of items, including T-shirts, shoes and sunglasses, with proceeds going toward anti-AIDS programs.
2007: The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making $150.6 million in 2006. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were second in the poll with a combined fortune of $132 million and country band Rascal Flatts appeared third, having earned $110.5 million in the past year.
2007: ‘Screamers,’ a movie that documents System Of A Down’s ongoing campaign for the recognition of Armenian genocide, opens in New York.
2007: Nickelback announce they are donating profits from their single, ‘If Everyone Cared,’ to charity. For six months, proceeds from download sales and accompanying video, which features humanitarians Nelson Mandela and Bob Geldof, go to Amnesty International and International Children’s Awareness Canada.
2007: Tommy Dee, who reached #11 on the Billboard chart in 1959 with ‘Three Stars,’ a song dedicated to Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, died at the age of 70 after a long illness.
2008: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo scores a goal during the Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra Celebrity Soccer Challenge charity game in Carson, CA. “It was a dream come true,” said Cuomo. “It’s just unreal.” The match raises money for L.A.’s Children’s Hospital.
2008: The first of a two-part Jimi Hendrix exhibition premieres at Seattle’s Experience Music Project. ‘Message To Love,’ features two iconic Hendrix guitars housed in a gallery with blank walls on which visitors are encouraged to write their thoughts about the guitar great. ‘Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound,’ offers an interactive look at the guitarist’s influence on popular music.
2008: Billy Joel performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra to mark the 151st anniversary of the city’s Academy of Music. It’s Joel’s first time fronting a major orchestra. He plays his hits plus a classical piece he composed. A portion of the proceeds benefit the orchestra’s Billy Joel Endowment Fund for Education.
2010: Fozzy released the album ‘Chasing The Grail.’
2010: iTunes issues Wanda Jackson’s cover of Amy Winehouse’s ‘You Know I’m No Good’ and Johnny Kidd And The Pirates’ ‘Shakin’ All Over.’ The Rockabilly legend’s single was produced by Jack White (White Stripes) and is also available on vinyl via White’s Third Man Records.
2011: Motley Crue’s Vince Neil pleads guilty to a Las Vegas drunk driving charge from the previous summer and is sentenced to fifteen days in jail. “He pled guilty to DUI. The vast majority of people facing a first offense DUI in Nevada don’t face jail time,” says Clark County, Nevada District Attorney David Roger.
2012: Staind frontman Aaron Lewis earns a Country Music Association (CMA) nomination for Vocal Event of the Year. ‘Country Boy,’ from his EP ‘Town Line,’ featured Charlie Daniels and George Jones.
2013: ‘Muscle Shoals,’ a documentary about the music that was recorded at the Alabama city’s legendary studios (FAME Recording Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio) premieres at the Sundance Film Festival.
2013: Green Day screen their documentary ‘Cuatro!’ at the X Games in Aspen. The film chronicles the making of the band’s album trilogy, ‘Uno!,’ ‘Dos!,’ and ‘Tre!’
2014: Motley Crue’s ballad, ‘Home Sweet Home,’ premieres in a commercial for Coldwell Banker Real Estate on the Grammy Awards broadcast. The track first appeared on 1985’s ‘Theatre Of Pain.’
2014: At the 56th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. Paul McCartney nabs five Grammy trophies, including Best Rock Song for ‘Cut Me Some Slack,’ his collaboration with the surviving members of Nirvana. Black Sabbath gets the Best Metal Performance award for their song ‘God Is Dead?’ And Led Zeppelin is handed the Best Rock Album Grammy for their documentary ‘Celebration Day.’ Imagine Dragons takes home Best Rock Performance for their track ‘Radioactive.’
2014: Black Sabbath win a Grammy – Best Metal Performance for the song ‘God Is Dead?”‘
2015: Tom Petty and E.L.O.’s Jeff Lynne are given a song writing credit for Sam Smith’s hit ‘Stay With Me,’ because of the similarities to Petty’s 1989 song ‘I Won’t Back Down,’ co-written by Petty and Lynne. Smith ‘acknowledged the similarity’, but the likeness was ‘a complete coincidence’. ‘I Won’t Back Down’ was released three years before Smith was born.
2015: Blink-182 announces Tom DeLonge’s resignation, the same day that bandmates Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker slam DeLonge in a tell-all Rolling Stone interview. They claim the vocalist/guitarist will only communicate with them via email or through his manager, and his constant flakiness has kept them from recording new music. Barker adds: “It’s hard to cover for someone who’s disrespectful and ungrateful.”
2016: Enfield High School in Connecticut cites sex, drugs and foul language as the reasons for cancelling a production of the musical ‘American Idiot,’ based on the Green Day album of the same name. “This production tackles issues in a post-9/11 world, and I believe the kids should be heard and most of all be creative in telling a story about our history,” states Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

January 27
1956: Elvis Presley’s RCA Records debut, ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ is released. RCA had just purchased Presley’s contract from Sun Records for $35,000. The song sold 300,000 copies in its first week and would eventually sell over a million.
1958: Little Richard entered The Oakwood Theological College in Huntsville, where he was ordained as a seventh day Adventist Minister. Richard explained that while flying over the Philippines on tour, the wing of his plane caught fire and his prayers that the flames go out were answered, so he decided to dedicate the rest of his life to God. Some of the members of his touring band found work with James Brown’s Famous Flames. During his four years in school, Richard still had hit records with previously recorded material like ‘Good Golly Miss Molly.’ By the time he returned to music in 1962, the British Invasion had started and the best Richard could do was a minor UK hit, ‘He Got What He Wanted.’ In 1965, Jimi Hendrix backed him on ‘I Don’t Know What You’ve Got, But It’s Got Me,’ but the song barely cracked the US Hot 100, topping out at #92.
1962: Elvis Presley received his 29th Gold record for ‘Can’t Help falling in Love,’ just weeks after getting one for the soundtrack to his seventh movie, ‘Blue Hawaii.’
1962: The Beatles performed at the Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool. The group had played here many times before but this was their last performance at the venue. Brian Epstein became infuriated when the promoter paid The Beatles’ fee (£15 pounds) with handfuls of loose change. Epstein took this as an insult to the group, and made sure that The Beatles never played for that promoter again.
1964: The Rolling Stones appear on the BBC’s ‘Juke Box Jury’ show as panelists. Their impolite behavior, including referring to Elvis’ latest single as “dated,” causes a furor in the British press.
1965: John and Cynthia Lennon fly to the Alps for a ten-day-long skiing vacation.
1967: The Beatles signed a new, 9 year contract with EMI Records.
1967: The Grateful Dead played at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco.
1967: Jimi Hendrix appeared at Chislehurst Caves in London, England.
1967: Pink Floyd played at the UFO, held at the Blarney Club, Tottenham Court Road in London. Also on the bill were AMM, Five Acre Light, Dave Brown, Plight of the Erogenius, and Chapter 1. The Floyd’s performance was filmed and clips of two songs were used in a Granada TV documentary program.
1967: Donovan’a ‘Epistle To Dippy’ b/w ‘Preachin’ Love’ 45 single is released. Musicians featured are Donovan on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jimmy Page on electric guitar, John Cameron on keyboards and arrangement, Danny Thompson on bass and Tony Carr on drums. Strings provided by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Chart positions were: # 19 (USA Billboard), # 10 (USA Cashbox), # 10 (USA Record World)
1967: General Motors begins offering an eight-track tape player as an option in their Buick line. They had been available from Ford since September, 1965. Although they were very popular for awhile, the tapes would be phased out of US retail stores by late 1982.
1968: Melody Maker became the first music publication to report that David Gilmour had become a member of Pink Floyd.
1968: Otis Redding’s ‘Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay’ is released, six weeks after he was killed in a plane crash. It will become the first posthumous #1 single in US chart history. Otis had intended to return to the studio at a later date to add lyrics in place of the whistling that is heard during the closing bars.
1969: The Who begin five days of rehearsals at the Whitehall Theatre working on a new set.
1970: John Lennon’s ‘Instant Karma!’ was written, recorded and released within a period of ten days, making it one of the fastest-released songs in pop music history. The UK release was on February 6th, while the US release took place fourteen days later. The recording was produced by Phil Spector, marking a comeback for the American producer after his self-imposed retirement in 1966, and leading to him being offered the producer’s role on the Beatles’ ‘Let It Be’ album (1970). The song was recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios, ‘Instant Karma!’ employs Spector’s signature Wall of Sound technique and features contributions from George Harrison, Klaus Voormann, Alan White and Billy Preston.
1970: The Who played at the Operettenhaus in Hamburg, Germany.
1971: Neil Young performed at Macky Auditorium, at the University Of Colorado in Boulder.
1971: David Bowie arrives in US for his first visit. He’s held up for hours by Customs officials, “maybe because I look so strange.” He does not play live, but does multiple interviews. In order to cultivate an attention-getting androgynous look, Bowie wears a purple maxi-coat and white chiffon scarf, and his luggage contains two dresses.
1972: Pink Floyd performed ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ at City Hall, in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England. Also in the performance was ‘One of These Days / Set The Controls For The Heart of The Sun / Echoes,’ and the encore was ‘A Saucerful of Secrets.’
1973: Originally given to guitarist Jeff Beck but not immediately released, Stevie Wonder’s take on his own song, ‘Superstition’ hits #1 on the charts.
1975: The J Geils Band appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1976: David Bowie sues his former agent, attorney Michael Lippman, for charging too much and withholding funds. Bowie claims Lippan took a 15% fee instead of the customary 10% and adds that after his dismissal, Lippan withheld $475,000 from the musician.
1976: Glam rocker Gary Glitter announces his retirement, which he is forced to end when he files bankruptcy.
1976: Queen kick off a four month tour of the U.S., Japan and Australia. The first show is in Waterbury, CT.
1977: The Clash sign with CBS Records in the UK.
1977: AC/DC performed at The Haymarket in Sydney, Australia.
1980: Def Leppard played the first of two nights at The Marquee Club in London. Tickets cost £2 ($3.40).
1980: At the Gaumont theater in Southampton, England, AC/DC play their last show with Bon Scott. Bon would die on February 19 after a night of excessive drinking.
1980: Bob Dylan performed at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri.
1984: John Lennon and Yoko Ono ‘Milk and Honey’ is released. It is the first posthumous release of Lennon’s music, having been recorded in the last months of his life during and following the sessions for their 1980 album Double Fantasy. It reached #11 on the Billboard 200 Top Albums chart, and #3 in the UK. ‘Nobody Told Me,’ a song Lennon had intended for Ringo Starr’s 1981 ‘Stop and Smell the Roses,’ was released as a single and became a worldwide Top 10 hit.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Ausstellungshalle, Sindelfingen, Stuttgart, Germany.
1987: Alice Cooper with Megadeth rocked the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland, California.
1990: Tom Petty Day was declared in Petty’s birthplace of Gainesville, FL. Petty also peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Free Fallin’ which was Petty’s only top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1990: Eric Clapton peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Journeyman’ which went on to sell two million copies in the U.S. & was heralded as a return to form.
1990: Foreigner singer Lou Gramm peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Just Between You and Me’ which was Gramm’s second and final top 10 single as a solo artist in the U.S.
1990: Slaughter‬ released their debut album ‘Stick It To Ya.’
1992: Van Halen win the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album for ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge,’ beating Guns NR & Metallica‬.
1992: Firehouse win Favorite Heavy Metal new artist at the American Music Awards, beating out Nirvana & Alice In Chains.
1993: Warner Brothers Records announces that it is releasing rapper Ice-T (real name Tracy Marrow) from his contract due to “creative differences.” The previous summer the record company found itself in the middle of controversy over Ice-T’s song, ‘Cop Killer.’ Marrow would go on to co-star in the police drama, ‘Law and Order’ in 1999.
1994: Oasis made their London live debut when the played at King’s Cross Water Rats. The UK gig was by invite only.
1997: The reunited Motley Crue perform on the American Music Awards.
1997: At the 24th annual American Music Awards, Pat Boone and Alice Cooper present Metalica the award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock artist. Boone appears in leather pants and a studded collar to promote his new album, ‘In a Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy,’ which features cover songs of metal and hard rock songs. The show also featured performances by Metallica & Motley Crue, performing with Vince Neil for the first time since 1991. Metallica win the award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist over The Smashing Pumpkins & Stone Temple Pilots‬.
2002: Brian Wilson played the first of four sold-out nights at The Royal Festival Hall in London.
2004: The Offspring closes out the 2004 edition of the ESPN Winter X Games with a free outdoor concert in Aspen, Colorado.
2004: The Osbournes publish their book ‘Ordinary People: Our Story’ which chronicles the lives of Ozzy, Sharon and the kids.
2005: U2’s Bono joins British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to address the issue of poverty in Africa.
2005: R.E.M. had to cancel a concert for the first time in ten years due to their crew and gear being held up at the Estonia/Russia border. They were scheduled to play the Ice Arena in St. Petersburg, Russia.
2008: Marilyn Manson rocks the Electric Factory in Philadelphia.
2009: Bruce Springsteen releases ‘Working On A Dream,’ his 16th studio album. Produced by longtime collaborator Brendan O’Brien, the set was recorded with the E Street Band during downtime on their tour. The album contains ‘The Last Carnival,’ a song that pays tribute to late E Street Band member Danny Federici.
2009: Seether’s cover of Wham!’s ’80’s pop hit ‘Careless Whisper’ is available on Rhapsody and Verizon Wireless (V Cast Music With Rhapsody service).
2009: Paul McCartney’s ‘Amoeba’s Secret’ vinyl EP, recorded in 2007 at L.A.’s Amoeba Music store, is released.
2009: ‘The Secret Policeman’s Balls,’ a three-DVD set featuring Eric Clapton, Sting, Mark Knopfler, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Jackson Browne, The Who’s Pete Townshend and Lou Reed is released. The collection has footage from a series of comedy and music events held in London during the 1970s and ’80s to raise money for the Amnesty International organization.
2010: ‘Hope For Haiti Now,’ a compilation album designed to raise money for Haitian earthquake victims tops the Billboard 200 with debut week sales in excess of 150,000. It’s the first digital-only production to top the chart. The set includes songs by Bono and The Edge, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Sting.
2012: Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir celebrates the opening of his Sweetwater Music Hall. The original Sweetwater closed in 2007 but Weir decided the area’s local arts scene needed to be revamped.
2014: Legendary Folk singer Pete Seeger dies of natural causes in New York. He had a string of hit records during the early 1950’s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s ‘Goodnight, Irene.’ The song was a #1 for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. As a member of The Weavers, he recorded other hits as ‘On Top of Old Smokey’ and would go on to write ‘If I Had a Hammer,’ ‘Turn, Turn, Turn,’ ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone’ and ‘Kisses Sweeter Than Wine.’ In the 1960’s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causesHe influenced countless musicians including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Seeger wrote the music and adapted the lyrics for ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’ from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Originally released as ‘To Everything There Is a Season’ by The Limeliters in 1962, the song became a #1 hit for The Byrds three years later. Seeger was 94.
2015: Papa Roach release their eighth album, ‘F.E.A.R.’
2015: Sweet & Lynch, featuring Michael Sweet of Stryper and George Lynch of Dokken/ Lynch Mob, unfurl their debut album ‘Only To Rise.’ The group also has James Lomenzo and Brian Tichy.
2015: Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne were given a song writing credit on Sam Smith’s hit ‘Stay With Me,’ because of the similarities to his 1989 track ‘I Won’t Back Down.’ ‘Stay With Me’ had been nominated for three Grammy awards, including Song of the Year. The parties made an out of court settlement.
2015: Black Sabbath bassist, 65-year-old Geezer Butler, was arrested in California after a bar fight following an argument that escalated into a physical confrontation. Police said he was released after detox and citation.
2015: Sweet And Lynch released their self-titled debut album.
2017: Stephen Pearcy releases his solo album ‘Smash.’
2017: Jack Russell’s Great White releases their debut album ‘He Saw It Comin.’

January 28
1956: Elvis Presley makes his television debut on CBS’ ‘Dorsey Brothers Stage Show.’ Program producer, comedian Jackie Gleason, flatly predicts Elvis won’t last. Backed by the house band, he sings ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’ It was the first of six appearances on the show and the first of eight performances recorded and broadcast from CBS TV in New York City. After the success of their first appearance they were signed to five more in early 1956. The national furor over Presley would not erupt, however, until subsequent appearances on Milton Berle and Steve Allen’s shows.
1963: Touring the UK The Beatles played at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Northumberland.
1965: The Who make their TV debut on ‘Ready Steady, Go.’ They play ‘I Can’t Explain’ on the British pop program. The hand-picked audience consisted only of teens dressed in the current Mod fashion.
1965: The Moody Blues were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Go Now!’
1966: The Cavern Club in Liverpool closes, having run up debts of 10,000 pounds. The club became world famous as one of The Beatles’ earliest venues.
1968: During a tour of Australia, a plane carrying members of The Who & the Small Faces landed in Melbourne en route from Adelaide to Sydney & was delayed for three hours amidst claims of drunkenness & unruly behavior. The flight continued with two security guards on board.
1968: Jim Morrison of The Doors was arrested and charged with public drunkenness after harassing a security guard at a Las Vegas adult movie theater.
1969: After the Beatles cut versions of ‘Get Back’ and ‘Don”t Let Me Down’ for single release, John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet Allen Klein for the first time at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
1970: Jimi Hendrix performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1970: The Who played at the Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany.
1971: Genesis appeared at St. George’s Hall in Bradford, England.
1972: Pink Floyd played at Town Hall in Leeds, England.
1972: Deep Purple performed at Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino, California.
1973: Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University appearing to an audience of 25 people.
1974: Paul McCartney And Wings ‘Jet’ single is released in the US. The song peaked at #7 in both the British and American charts on March 20, 1974.
1975: Genesis performed at Civic Hall in Phoenix, Arizona.
1978: The Doobie Brothers guest star on an episode of ABC’s ‘What’s Happening!’
1978: ‪Van Halen‬ released their first single ‘You Really Got Me.’
1978: The Fleetwood Mac album ‘Rumours’ went to #1 on the album chart. The album sold over 15 million copies worldwide and spent over 440 weeks on the album chart.
1978: Ted Nugent was approached by a fan to autograph his arm with a Bowie knife, in which Nugent obliged.
1978: Styx peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Come Sail Away’ which was their second top 10 single in the U.S.
1980: J. Geils Band’s 11th album, ‘Love Stinks’ is released. It reached #38 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1982: AC/DC appeared at the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida.
1983: Triumph’s 6th studio album, ‘Never Surrender’ is released.
1983: The first Narara Music Festival was held near Somersby, New South Wales over the Australia Day weekend, the line-up included Men At Work, The Church, The Choirboys, Cold Chisel and INXS.
1983: Radio station WDHA, 105.5 in New Jersey, claims to be the first US station to play music from a compact disc.
1983: Billy Fury, the British rock-a-billy artist who scored a major hit in Great Britain in 1961 with ‘Halfway To Paradise,’ died from heart and kidney problems at the age of 42. Fury was a major star in his homeland, but couldn’t catch the break he needed to become a part of the British Invasion.
1984: The Romantics peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Talking in Your Sleep’ which was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1984: Billy Idol made his first and only appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ where he performed ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Rebel Yell.’
1984: Van Halen’s album ‘1984’ (including the hit ‘Jump’) hits the US charts.
1984: Backstage after a Motley Crue show in Buffalo, New York, Tommy Lee found out that his girlfriend has posed for the current issue of Penthouse magazine without his knowledge, after a fan passes comment on the pictures. Tommy punched the fan unconscious with one hit, Motley’s manager Doug Thaler convinced the fan not to press any charges.
1985: David Lee Roth releases the ‘Crazy from the Heat’ EP.
1985: With the stars in town for the American Music Awards, ‘We Are The World’ is recorded in Los Angeles, with cameras rolling for the video. Among those taking part: Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, The Jacksons, Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Bette Midler, Willie Nelson, The Pointer Sisters, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder and Bob Geldof.
1986: Black Sabbath release their 12th studio album, ‘Seventh Star.’
1987: The Grateful Dead played at the Civic Center in San Francisco.
1988: Eleven years after it was released, The Sex Pistols album ‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols,’ went Gold in the US with sales over 500,000.
1988: Metalica enters One On One Studios in Los Angeles to begin recording of ‘…And Justice for All.’
1989: The ‘Traveling Wilburys’ album hits the Top 3 in the U.S.
1991: ‎Motley Crue‬ won favorite Hard Rock/Metal album at the American Music Awards for ‘Dr. Feelgood.’ Slaughter grab the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock New Artist. Aerosmith take home the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist, beating Poison & Mötley Crüe. ‬
1993: Geffen Records files a $30 million breach of contract suit against Don Henley, claiming that he failed to deliver the final two albums that he agreed to in his contract. The suit would be settled before coming to trial with undisclosed terms.
1994: Paul and Linda McCartney attended the premiere of ‘Wayne’s World II’ in London. The couple then went on to Hard Rock Cafe, where the film star Mike Myers presented them with a cheque for LIPA (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) for £25,000 ($42,500) from the sale of Linda’s vegetarian burgers.
1995: Yoko Ono recorded ‘Hiroshima Sky is Always Blue’ at Paul McCartney’s Mill Studio in Sussex, U.K with Paul, Linda McCartney & Sean Lennon.
1996: Chris Isaak guest-stars in the ‘Friends’ episode ‘The One After the Superbowl.’ Isaak plays Phoebe’s date, Rob Donnen.
1997: Pat Boone releases an album of Heavy Metal tunes called ‘In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy,’ a tongue-in-cheek collection of tunes like ‘Smoke on the Water’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ When the religious community failed to get the joke, he was dismissed from his Trinity Broadcasting Network program, ‘Gospel America.’ He would later make an appearance on TBN with the president of the network, Paul Crouch, and his pastor, Jack Hayford, where he explained that the album was a “parody of himself.” Trinity Broadcasting then reinstated him and ‘Gospel America’ was brought back
1997: MCA Records announces that it has come to an agreement with Jimi Hendrix’s family to acquire the rights to the entire Jimi Hendrix catalog.
1998: Guitarist Chris DeGarmo leaves Queensryche. He begins working with Peter Cornell (Chris Cornell’s brother) on a future project.
1998: Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher played a 20-minute solo gig at the King Head, an English pub in Santa Monica in front of 250 fans.
2001: Aerosmith are joined onstage by pop stars ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Nelly and Mary J. Blige to sing ‘Walk This Way’ during the Super Bowl Halftime Show Sunday in Tampa, FL.
2001: Limp Bizkit started a two-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with ‘Chocolate Starfish.’
2004: Elvis Presley fans expressed their anger at plans to cut up a rare tape of the singer’s early songs and sell the snippets at auction. The tape, which featured a recording made by Presley during the early 1950s, was now too fragile to play. US firm Master Tape Collection said the tape would be cut into two-inch snippets and sold for $460 each.
2004: Tony Iommi is named the World’s Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarist according to a Guitar World tally of the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.
2005: Traffic drummer/vocalist/songwriter Jim Capaldi, dies of stomach cancer at age 60. He was a co-founder of the group (along with Steve Winwood, Dave Mason and Chris Wood).
2006: Long standing issues cause keyboardist Eddie Hawrysch to part ways with the Black Crowes. The rift takes place before the group’s concert in Orlando, FL.
2008: The reunited Police top Forbes magazine’s list of 2007’s top musical earners, bringing in more than $140 million in U.S. music sales and concert tickets.
2008: Papa Roach announce, via an online post, that they have parted ways with drummer Dave Buckner. “It was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do,” writes Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix. “He’s taking this time to get his life together.” Buckner bailed on the group’s ’07 tour to enter a rehab facility. “The road is a hard place to live and if you’re falling apart it will destroy you,” concludes Shaddix.
2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Powell had missed a doctor’s appointment on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart. He played piano on Kid Rock’s ‘All Summer Long’ (which sampled the Lynyrd Skynyrd song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’).
2009: Halloween Jack makes its live North American debut in Los Angeles. The ‘supergroup’ features ex-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke, Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, ex-Alice Cooper/Slash’s Snakepit singer-guitarist Eric Dover and former Garbage bassist Daniel Schulman. According to their press release, “Halloween Jack are laying down an old-school glitter party that will cook your eardrums, blow your mind, and Rock your world.”
2009: Duff McKagan announces that he’s a financial columnist for Playboy magazine. The former Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist says the column is “just some no-nonsense plain talk about things that can usually get real confusing.” McKagan adds that he wants to “shed some light and maybe even bring down some of the criminals on Wall Street.”
2009: Rise Against is named 2008’s Most Animal-Friendly Band by U.S. animal-rights organization peta2. Weezer’s song “Pig” nabs the Best Animal Rights Song prize.
2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Powell had missed a doctor’s appointment on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart. He played piano on Kid Rock’s ‘All Summer Long’ (which sampled the Lynyrd Skynyrd song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’). Powell, who joined Skynyrd in 1972, survived the band’s tragic 1977 plane crash.
2011: Foo Fighters Dave Grohl uses Twitter to announce a surprise Santa Barbara show that evening at Velvet Jones, a small club, where the band debuts new songs, along with their classics. The concert quickly sells out.
2014: Motley Crue announce their farewell tour at an event in L.A. billed as ‘RIP: All Bad Things Must Come To An End.’ “It’s time for us to throw the towel in,” says guitarist Mick Mars. The tour features Alice Cooper as the opening act.
2015: Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler was arrested after officers were called to the Corkscrew Saloon on the Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley National Park, CA. The 65 year-old bassist was arrested for misdemeanour assault, public intoxication and vandalism after a fight broke out in the bar.
2015: Sly Stone was awarded $5 million in missed royalties by a Los Angeles court. The singer claimed his former manager, Gerald Goldstein, and lawyer, Glenn Stone, had cheated him out of earnings dating back more than 20 years. In 2011, it was reported he was homeless and living in a camper van after falling on hard times, and fighting drug addiction problems.
2016: Jefferson Airplane co-founder/vocalist/guitarist Paul Kantner dies at the age of 74 due to multiple organ failure following a heart attack. And in a strange coincidence, original Jefferson Airplane vocalist Signe Anderson (later replaced by Grace Slick) also dies at the age of 74. In the 1960s, he and Grace Slick led the band to five Gold albums including 1967’s ‘Surrealistic Pillow’ and 1968’s ‘Crown of Creation.’ Even greater success came in the 1970s as Starship with the Double Platinum ‘Red Octopus’ LP.
2017: Longtime Black Sabbath keyboardist James “Geoff” Nicholls passed away. He played on the following Black Sabbath albums: Heaven And Hell, Mob Rules, Born Again, Seventh Star, The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, Tÿr, Dehumanizer, Cross Purposes, Forbidden, Live At The Hammersmith Odeon, Live Evil, Cross Purposes Live, and Reunion.

January 29
1958: A band called The Champs release ‘Tequila,’ an instrumental that will hit #1 in mid-March. The group included sax player Jim Seals and drummer Dash Crofts, who would go on to score several hits in the seventies, including ‘Summer Breeze’ as Seals And Crofts.
1961: Bob Dylan visits Woody Guthrie at Greystone Park Psychiatric hospital in New Jersey, where Guthrie is being treated for Huntington’s disease. Dylan plays him ‘Song To Woody,’ which would appear on his first album the following year. Dylan told him; “I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox.” Guthrie gave Dylan a card which said: “I ain’t dead yet.”
1962: Warner Brothers Records signed Peter, Paul And Mary to their first recording contract. Their self-titled album would stay in the US Top 10 for ten months, remained in the Top 20 for two years and did not drop off the Hot 100 album chart until three-and-a-half years after its release. Their only single to make it all the way to number one was 1969’s, Leaving On a Jet Plane, written by John Denver.
1964: The Beatles’ ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart – their first #1 in America.
1964: The Beatles record ‘Sie Liebt Dich’ (the German version of ‘She Loves You’), spenting the day at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, France, The Beatles’ only studio recording session for EMI held outside the UK. They recorded new vocals for ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, after EMI’s West German branch persuaded Brian Epstein that they would be unable to sell large quantities of records in Germany unless they were recorded in the German language. A translator coached John, Paul, and George, although their familiarity with the German language from their Hamburg days made things much easier.
1966: ‘I Fought The Law’ by The Bobby Fuller Four is released. It will enter the Hot 100 two weeks later and eventually reach #9 during an eight week chart run.
1967: The Monkees self-titled debut album started a 7 week run at #1 on the UK album chart.
1967: Jimi Hendrix and The Who appeared at The Saville Theatre in London. 20 year-old future Queen guitarist Brian May was in the audience.
1968: The Doors appeared at The Pussy Cat A Go Go in Las Vegas. 
After the show singer Jim Morrison taunts a security guard in the parking lot by pretending to smoke a joint, resulting in a fight. The police arrive who arrest Morrison and charge him with vagrancy, public drunkenness, and failure to possess sufficient identification.
1969: Fleetwood Mac had their only UK #1 single with the instrumental ‘Albatross’ which was composed by guitarist Peter Green. ‘Albatross’ is the only Fleetwood Mac composition with the distinction of having inspired a Beatles song, ‘Sun King’ from 1969’s Abbey Road.
1971: Deep Purple kicked of a 21-date UK tour at Leeds Town Hall in Yorkshire.
1971: Hot Tuna, The Allman Brothers Band, and the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band played the first of a three night engagement at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1972: Henry McCulloch joins Wings.
1972: David Bowie performed at Borough Assembly Hall in Aylesbury, England.
1972: The triple album ‘The Concert For Bangla Desh’ went to #1 on the UK album chart. The event was organized by George Harrison to raise funds for the people caught up in the war and famine from the area. The set featured; Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger.
1973: Johnny Rivers received a Gold record for the Billboard #6 hit single, ‘Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu.’ Huey “Piano” Smith And The Clowns had a #52 hit with it in 1957.
1974: Grand Funk records ‘The Loco-Motion’ after Mark Farner comes in singing the song.
1974: Genesis played at Eulachhalle in Winterthur, Switzerland.
1975: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. A total of 39 people were arrested, mostly on drug charges.
1977: The Runaways 2nd studio album, ‘Queens of Noise’ is released. It reached #172 on the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart.
1977: Aerosmith hit the top 10 on the charts with ‘Walk This Way,’ peaking at #10. The song is inspired by a line in Mel Brooks’ comedy ‘Young Frankenstein.’ It was their 2nd ever Top 10 on the chart. ‬
1977: Aerosmith played at Gunma Sports Center in Maebashi, Japan.
1977: Pink Floyd appeared at Deutschlandhalle, West Berlin, Germany.
1978: Whitesnake is formed by David Coverdale.
1978: Rush performed at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1979: 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School. Spencer fired the shot’s from a .22-caliber rifle her father had given her for Christmas. When asked why she did it, she answered “I don’t like Mondays.” Bob Geldorf of The Boomtown Rats went on to write and recorded a song based on the event.
1979: Emerson, Lake and Palmer disband following a financially disastrous tour of America.
1980: Rush played at Boutwell Memorial Auditorium in Birmingham, Alabama.
1981: Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
1982: ZZ Top performed at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
1982: Joe Walsh, backed by a band billed as the Hollywood Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue performed a benefit concert in Santa Barbara, CA. The benefit was the Pacific Alliance Presents A Water For Life Benefit Concert For A Non-Nuclear Future.
1983: Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks marries the husband (Kim Anderson) of her deceased best friend (Robin Anderson). The couple would be divorced in April 1984.
1983: ‘Shock the Monkey’ by Peter Gabriel peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, which was Gabriel’s first top 40 single & his first single to chart higher in the U.S. than the U.K.
1983: Men At Work top the UK and US singles charts with ‘Down Under’ and the UK and US album charts with ‘Business As Usual.’ This feat had not been accomplished since Rod Stewart did it in 1971.
1984: Members of ‪Motley Crue‬ received a Gold album for ‪’Shout At The Devil‬’ at the Limelight Club in ‪New York City.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Hydepark Circus in Osnabrück, Germany.
1986: Pete Townshend performed at Gala du Midem in Cannes, France.
1989: Billy Joel sings the US national anthem at Superbowl XXIII in Miami.
1991: Pearl Jam enters a Seattle recording studio to cut a handful of demos. These tracks eventually help them land a deal with Epic Records.
1992: Blues legend Willie Dixon passes away. A musician, songwriter (‘Back Door Man,’ ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ and ‘I Ain’t Superstitious’), arranger and record producer, Dixon is recognized as one of the founders of the Chicago Blues sound and his influence on Rock, especially the British vein, is immeasurable. Dixon was a major influence on The Rolling Stones, Cream, The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.
1997: The Paul Simon musical ‘The Cape Man,’ opens on Broadway (it lasts only 68 performances).
2001: A New York based data company issued a chart listing sales of posthumous albums. The idea came about after radio stations wanted to distinguish between proper recordings when the artists were alive and CD’s released after they died. Mike Shalett founder of SoundScan said there was only one problem. What to call the chart. The Top 5 chart had The Doors at #5, Eva Cassidy at #4, Jimi Hendrix at #3, Bob Marley at #2 and 2Pac at #1.
2002: Dream Theater’s 6th full-length studio album, ‘Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence’ album is released.
2002: King Diamond released his 10th studio album, ‘Abigail II: The Revenge.’
2005: David Lerchey, a founding member of The Dell-Vikings who reached the Billboard Top 40 with ‘Come Go With Me’ (#4), ‘Whispering Bells’ (#9) and ‘Cool Shake’ (#12), all in 1957, died of cancer at the age of 67.
2006: Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry appears on Animal Planet’s ‘Trail MIX.’ The TV show focuses on “the special bond that some musicians have with horses.”
2006: Bryan Adams became the first Western artist to perform in Karachi, Pakistan, where he performed a benefit concert to raise money for underprivileged children to go to school and for victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.
2007: ‘The Paths We Choose,’ written by Sully Erna, ships to bookstores. In the memoir, Godsmack’s frontman recalls his youthful experiences with drugs, crime and spent dreams. He says he feels grateful for his tough upbringing.
2007: KISS’ ‘Rock The Nation Live!’ DVD is certified 2x platinum by Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). ‬
2008: Carlos Santana helps lead a campaign to have late United Farm Workers Union founder Cesar Chavez’s birthday, March 31, recognized as a U.S. holiday.
2008: Airbourne release ‘Runnin’ Wild’ in the U.S. The debut set from the Aussie band includes the title track, ‘Stand Up For Rock n’ Roll’ and ‘Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast.’
2008: Nickelback, Green Day, U2, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, White Stripes and Daughtry are featured on the 21-track ’08 Grammy Nominees compilation.
2009: Singer-songwriter John Martyn died in the hospital in Ireland at the age of 60. The folk, blues and funk artist was widely regarded as one of the most soulful and innovative singer-songwriters of his generation and had been cited as an influence by artists as varied as U2, Portishead and Eric Clapton.
2009: Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready appears in front of the Washington state legislature to promote a bill that would require local businesses to give sufferers of Crohn’s disease and other digestive disorders emergency access to private restrooms.
2010: Roy Orbison gets a posthumous star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame (on Vine Street in front of the Capitol Records building, next to John Lennon and George Harrison) at a ceremony attended by Jeff Beck, Chris Isaak, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh & Dwight Yoakam.
2010: MusiCares 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center pays tribute Neil Young for his achievements in both music and philanthropy (Farm Aid and the Bridge School benefit concerts). During the Grammy-related awards show, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer makes his first public appearance as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A string of artist including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Forgarty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crowe performed his songs as he was honored by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
2010: The Gillette UNCUT music film series premieres on Fuse TV. Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus is one of the subjects. “I’m not a high fashion guy,” claims Hoppus in his documentary. “There are a lot of dudes who can pull off the scruffy look, but I’m not one of them. Every night before I go onstage, I have a moment where I think, ‘Can I pull this off tonight?'”
2010: Sly Stone filed a $50 million lawsuit against his former manager Jerry Goldstein, alleging fraud and 20 years of stolen royalties. Goldstein later filed a countersuit for slander following a rant by Stone at the Coachella Festival in California.
2010: Pete Townshend’s 2003 child pornography scandal came back to haunt him just days before he was to perform during the half-time show at The Super Bowl in Miami, Florida. Protect Our Children officials distributed flyers to local homes, warning parents that The Who’s guitarist admitted using his credit card to view images on a child porn website. Townshend was placed on a British sex offenders list following his arrest, but was not convicted after protesting that he was only researching a book.
2010: Overkill released their 15th full-length studio album, ‘Ironbound.’
2010: Keel released their 7th studio album, ‘Streets of Rock & Roll.’
2011: ‘Tighten Up’ by the Black Keys tops the Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart.
2012: Elton John took another swipe at his Pop rival Madonna. When asked if he had any advice for her before she played the half-time show at The Super Bowl, Elton replied “Make sure you lip-sync good. Of course you have to play live, but I don’t think you can.”
2013: Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) and Country’s Lady Antebellum perform together in L.A. for the CMT series ‘Crossroads.’ The show includes the Fleetwood Mac classics and selections from Nicks’ solo career. It airs eight months later.
2016: Dream Theater’s 13th album, ‘The Astonishing,’ is released.
2016: Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 3rd album, ‘Let Me Get By’ is released.
2016: KISS’ Gene Simmons grants a dying teenager’s wish by visiting him at the Children’s Hospital of Nevada in Las Vegas. Dilan Kohn, who idolized Simmons and saw the bassist as an inspiration, passes away just days after Simmons’ visit.
2016: Three weeks after his death, David Bowie had twelve albums in the UK top 40, equaling a record set by Elvis Presley in 1977.
2016: Resurrection Kings released their self-titled debut album. The band features Craig Goldy (guitar), Vinny Appice (drums), Sean McNabb (bass) and Chas West (Red Dragon Cartel, Tango Down)

January 30
1955: Although more than half a million jukeboxes were scattered around North America, US manufacturer AMI finally introduces the pay-for-play devices in the UK. Company president John Haddock says he intended to target the ever growing coffee house market first.
1956: Elvis Presley started recording what would be his first album at RCA’s New York Studios. Songs recorded included his version the Carl Perkins song ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’ Johnny Cash planted the seed for the song in the fall of 1955, while Perkins, Cash, Elvis Presley, and other Louisiana Hayride acts toured throughout the South. Cash told Perkins of a black airman, C. V. White, whom he had met when serving in the military in Germany, who had referred to his military regulation airmens shoes as “blue suede shoes.”
1958: On the first nig’t of a six date Australian tour, Buddy Holly Paul Anka, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jodie Sands and Johnny O’Keefe all appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney, New South Wales.
1959: Elvis Presley had his third UK #1 single ‘One Night / I Got Stung’ a double A side, (originally written and recorded under the title ‘One Night of Sin’) a revival of the Smiley Lewis’s R&B hit. Presley was in the army by the time this song reached #1.
1961: Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller announce that they are forming their own independent production company.
1964: Muddy Waters 4th album, ‘Folk Singer is released. In 2003, the album was ranked #280 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album features Waters on acoustic guitar, backed by Willie Dixon on string bass, Clifton James on drums, and Buddy Guy on acoustic guitar. The record is Waters’ only all-acoustic album. The recording took place at the Tel Mar Recording Studios in Chicago, Illinois on September 1963, and was produced by Willie Dixon.
1967: The Beatles shoot a promotional clip for ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ in Kent, England.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience are filmed at London’s Saville Theatre to promote their next single.
1967: The Beatles went to Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, for the first day of filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. The film was shot in color, for the benefit of the US market, (UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white).
1968: The Velvet Underground’s 2nd studio album, ‘White Light/White Heat’ is released. It just made the Billboard 200 Top LP’s chart (#199) in 1968, however, despite its poor sales, the distorted, feedback-driven, and roughly recorded sound on White Light/White Heat became a notable influence on punk and experimental rock. In 2003, the album was ranked #293 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, alongside other releases by the group.
1969: The Beatles played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live. A portion appears in the film ‘Let It Be.’ They played ‘Get Back,’ ‘Don’t Let Me Down,’ ‘I’ve Got A Feeling,’ ‘The One After 909’ and ‘Dig A Pony.’ The session is stopped when the law arrives responding to neighbors complaints about the noise. It is the last public performance by the group. John Lennon ended the performance by saying “I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition.”
1970: The Who performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
1970: The Flock, Fleetwood Mac, and The Grateful Dead appeared at the opening of The Warehouse in New Orleans.
1970: T. Rex singer & guitarist Marc Bolan married girlfriend June Child at the Kensington Registry Office in the U.K. They would divorce in 1975.
1971: Bob Seger played at the Uptown Palladium 12 Theatre‎ in Birmingham, Michigan.
1971: George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a #1 when ‘My Sweet Lord’ went to the top of the singles charts. The song from his ‘All Things Must Pass’ album stayed at number one for five weeks. The track returned to the top of the UK charts in 2002, following his death.
1972: Paul McCartney wrote and recorded his protest song ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish’ within 24 hours of Bloody Sunday, when 13 Catholics were killed by British paratroopers.
1973: After recently changing their name from Wicked Lester, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made their first appearance as Kiss at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York (soon to be renamed the Coventry). The group’s make-up and identity is a ‘work in progress.’ They have the make-up but it’s leaning toward Glam (eye shadow, glitter and rouge). Less than ten people catch the show.
1973: The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
1974: Aerosmith played at The Brewery in East Lansing, Michigan.
1974: Greg Lake arrested for swimming nude in a Salt Lake City hotel pool, clearly visible from the street.
1977: Pink Floyd performed at Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany.
1978: The Grateful Dead played at Chicago’s Uptown Theatre.
1980: Rush appeared at the Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia.
1981: Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ wins Favorite Pop/Rock Single at the American Music Awards in Hollywood.
1982: American blues guitarist, singer Sam Lightnin’ Hopkins died of cancer aged 70. Influenced Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. R.E.M. recorded a song named after him on their ‘Document’ album.
1982: Hall And Oates’ ‘I Can’t Go for That’ hit #1 on the Billboard Pop chart and the R&B chart simultaneously, one week after reaching number one on the Disco chart. It becomes only the 4th single by a white act to reach the top of the R&B chart since 1965. The record was also a #8 hit in the UK.
1982: Paul McCartney guested on BBC radios ‘Desert Island Discs.’ His selections include, Elvis Presley’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel,’ Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen,’ John Lennon’s ‘Beautiful Boy’ and Little Richard’s ‘Tutti Frutti.’
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Markthalle in Hamburg, Germany.
1988: KISS single their ‘Reason To Live.’ It reaches #64 on Billboard Hot 100 chart.
1988: ‘Need You Tonight’ by INXS is the #1 song in the U.S.
1988: ‘Everywhere’ gives Fleetwood Mac their 4th Top 10 single from the ‘Tango in the Night’ album in U.S.
1988: Robbie Robertson of The Band appears on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ It’s his first live TV appearance in 12 years.
1989: During Guns N’ Roses’ performance of ‘Patience’ at the 16th annual American Music Awards at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, Don Henley filled in on drums due to drummer Steven Adler having the flu.
1989: Def Leppard win the American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Album for ‘Hysteria’ and the award for Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist, beating Van Halen & Guns N’ Roses
1989: Exodus releases their 3rd studio album, ‘Fabulous Disaster.’
1990: The Black Crowes released their debut album ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ which went on to reach #4 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell five million copies in the U.S.
1990: Bob Dylan is awarded France’s highest cultural honor when he is named Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by The Minister of Culture, Jack Lang.
1990: Unhappy with the re-issue of the bands early single ‘Sally Cinnaman,’ The Stone Roses trashed their former record company Revolver FM’s offices and threw paint over cars. The band were arrested and charged with criminal damage.
1992: Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the The Barton Theater in Adelaide.
1992: Soundgarden earns a platinum record for ‘Badmotorfinger.’
1995: Led Zeppelin received the International Artist Award at the 22nd American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Jimmy Page & Robert Plant performed ‘Black Dog’ via satellite from London on the program.
1998: Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens‬ performed first concert as lead singer of ‪Judas Priest‬ in ‪Norfolk‬, ‎Virginia‬.
1999: Offspring’s ‘Pretty Fly For A White Guy’ makes it to #1 in the U.K.
2007: Jim Morrison was enlisted to help fight global warming more than 35 years after his death. ‘Woman in the Window’, a previously unreleased poem written and recorded by The Doors frontman shortly before he died in 1971 was being set to music and used to publicise the Global Cool campaign. The Global Cool campaign, from ex-Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell’s Satellite Party project, serves as the theme song for the initiative aimed at fighting global warming.
2007: ‘Freedom’s Road’ lands at #5 becoming John Mellencamp’s best chart debut.
2007: Saliva’s ‘Blood Stained Love Story’ enters the Billboard 200 at #19 making it the group’s highest-ever first-week showing on the album chart.
2008: System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian announces that he is working with Reverb, a nonprofit group, to help make his upcoming solo tour as environmentally friendly as possible. Green measures include recycling backstage garbage, offsetting the carbon produced by tour buses and encouraging the use of local products.
2008: The song and video, ‘Fired Up, Ready To Go,’ inspired by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, makes its debut. Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron worked with a gospel choir on the track.
2010: Sting plays songs from the Police catalog and his solo career with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music’s 153rd Anniversary concert. The performance takes place in the Academy of Music’s restored ballroom with proceeds helping with the continued restoration of the venue.
2010: Neil Young was named the Musicares person of the year for his “influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work.” A string of artist including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Fogerty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crow performed his songs as he was honored by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
2011: Publishing industry insiders reported that Bob Dylan had signed a six-book deal with Simon & Schuster that includes two follow-ups to his 2004 best-selling memoir ‘Chronicles: Volume One.’
2011: Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil said that he was ready to serve his 15-day jail term for a driving under the influence conviction, insisting he’s learned his lesson. “I just have to move on and get past it and get it behind me.” Neil was to surrender to authorities at the Clark County Detention Center on February 15th.
2012: “Listening to Metallica could help stimulate the brain,” claims Professor Galina Mindlin of New York’s Columbia University. “It’s (about) how music affects you, how it can improve your memory, how it can relieve anxiety, enhance your mood, how we can use playlists for specific tasks,” explains Mindlin. “The idea is to activate as many brain areas as you can.”
2012: Noel and Liam Gallagher (both formerly of Oasis) are nominated for XFM New Music Awards, which are chosen by a panel of music industry insiders to honor the best album by a British act for the previous year. Noel’s High Flying Birds are nominated for their self-titled debut while Liam’s Beady Eye earns a nod for their first album, ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding.’ A month later, The Vaccines and their album ‘What Do You Expect From The Vaccines?’ wins.
2013: Even though two members of Pussy Riot already languish in prison, Russian authorities order Internet providers to block videos of the group’s February, 2012 anti-Putin protest performance in a Moscow cathedral. Pussy Riot videos are banned under Russia’s ‘extremism’ law.
2013: Mick Jagger was named the most stylish rock star of all time by lifestyle website Complex. Jagger lead their top 50 list ahead of Prince, David Bowie, Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious and Keith Richards. Complex stated “Even today, he wears silk scarves and suits with more rakish appeal than most men – and he’s pushing 70.
2014: Metallica’s IMAX 3D concert film, ‘Metallica Through The Never,’ wins the Best 3D Documentary award at the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s Creative Arts Awards.
2015: Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, accompanied by former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagen, perform with the Seattle Symphony. Later in the show, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron appear for a near complete, except without Eddie Vedder, reunion of Temple Of The Dog. The Sonic Evolution series features local Pop, Rock and Hip-Hop musicians playing with the symphony to provide a different perspective on the music.
2015: Metal Hammer readers name Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris the greatest bassist of all time. Cliff Burton (Metallica) and Geddy Lee (Rush) round out the top 3.
2016: Puddle Of Mudd’s concert at The Adelphia Music Hall in Marietta, OH ends abruptly when lead singer Wes Scantlin walks off stage after berating an audience member for “stealing” his house. Earlier in the year, Scantlin was arrested for trespassing on a property he once owned. To help assuage fan’s disappointment, the venue issues concertgoers a ticket to the next show of their choice.
2016: David Bowie left an estate valued at about $100 million, according to his will which was filed in New York. Half would go to his widow, Iman, along with the home they shared in New York. The rest was shared between his son and daughter. Bowie’s personal assistant, Corinne Schwab, was left $2m and another $1m went to a former nanny, Marion Skene.

January 31
1956: Elvis Presley signs with the William Morris Agency in order to make himself available to film studios.
1957: Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & His Comets, ‘Rock Around the Clock’ had sold over a million copies in the UK, mostly on 10 inch 78’s. The version of ‘Rock Around the Clock’ that was used in the movie ‘Blackboard Jungle’ differs from the hit single version. The difference is in the two solo breaks.
1959: 17-year-old Bob Dylan (known then as Robert Zimmerman) sees Buddy Holl, yRitchie Valens & the Big Bopper played at The Armory in Duluth, MN. Three days later, the three die in a plane crash.
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.
1963: A 17-year-old Neil Young makes his stage debut at a country club in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1963: The Beach Boys record ‘Surfin’ USA,’ which will climb to #3 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. ‘Shutdown’ was also recorded on this day.
1964: Sales figures show that the Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ has sold 1.3 million copies in England, while ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ has sold 1.5 million.
1967: While in Sevenoaks, Kent, England, John Lennon visits an antique shop and purchases a circus poster from 1843. It is this poster which inspires most of the lyrics to The Beatles ‘Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite.’ 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.
1968: The Who performed at Town Hall in Wellington, New Zealand.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City during the band’s first North American tour. Porter’s Popular Preachers opened the night, then Led Zeppelin took the stage. Zeppelin opened for the Iron Butterfly and kicks ass so much that the headliners refuse to go on.
1969: Billy Preston signs with Apple Records.
1969: The Beatles record ‘Two Of Us,’ the opening track on ‘Let It Be,’ at Apple Studios in London. This version is used in the ‘Let it Be’ film and on the album.
1970: Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ peaks at #4 on the U.S. pop chart. It was their only top 10 single in the U.S.
1970: In New Orleans, the Grateful Dead are arrested for possession of LSD and barbiturates, an incident which would inspire one of their most famous songs, ‘Truckin’.’ (Apparently the band had fun afoul of mob interests in Texas, and the mob alerted the NOPD. This explains lines like “Houston, too close to New Orleans” and “Set up, like a bowling pin.”)
1970: American blues musician Slim Harpo died of a heart attack while recording in London aged 46. Had the 1966 #16 single ‘Baby Scratch My Back.’ The Rolling Stones, Pretty Things, Yardbirds and Them all covered his songs.
1971: Bobby Darin walks off the ‘Jackie Gleason Show’ set when he is not allowed to sing ‘Long Line Rider,’ a song about the poor treatment of prisoners in America.
1971: Genesis appeared at City Hall in Newcastle, England.
1972: Yes played at Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
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.
1974: Bob Dylan performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.
1975: Led Zeppelin played at Olympia Stadium in Detroit.
1976: Black Sabbath’s double album ‘We Sold Our Souls For Rock N’ Roll’ peaks at #48 on the U.S. chart.
1976: Daryl Hall & John Oates’ ‘Sara Smile’ b/w ‘Soldering’ 45 single is released. It was the duo’s first Top Ten hit, reaching #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at #23 on Hot Soul Singles (now Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) and #18 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks charts. ‘Sara Smile’ was the second single released from Hall & Oates’ 1975 self-titled album for RCA Records. It was written about Hall’s then-girlfriend, Sara Allen.
1977: Elton John won awards for Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Single (‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ with Kiki Dee), at the 4th American Music Awards held in California.
1978: Greg Herbert, saxophone player with Blood Sweat & Tears died of an accidental drug overdose in Amsterdam, Holland at the age of 30.
1977: Aerosmith headlined at the famous Budokan in Tokyo.
1978: Talking Heads made their UK TV debut on the ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test.’
1979: The Clash kicked off their first North American tour in Vancouver, with Bo Diddley as the support act throughout the tour.
1980: Bob Dylan appeared at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee.
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. It was the group’s 3rd U.S. #1. It was also a #1 in the UK.
1984: Blue Oyster Cult played at Hall Polyvalent in Schifflange, Luxembourg.
1985: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty gives his first live performance in fourteen years at the Chaplin Stage in Hollywood, California.
1987: Paul Simon went back to #1 on the UK album chart with Graceland, the album stayed on the chart for a total 101 weeks. Graceland later won the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, while the title song won the 1988 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
1987: Genesis peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with ‘Land of Confusion’ which was their 4th top 10 single in the U.S.
1987: Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ went to #1 on the UK album chart. The LP would stay on the list for 101 weeks.
1989: Warrant release their debut studio album, ‘Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich’
1994: Black Sabbath released their 17th studio album, ‘Cross Purposes.’
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.
1998: The ‘Come Together’ benefit concert becomes an E Street Band reunion, with Max Weinberg, Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons joining in. The show, held at a small New Jersey theatre, was a benefit for the family of Sgt. Patrick King, a Long Branch, NJ, police officer killed in the line of duty. It turns into a 3 1/2 hour jam with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, Little Steven and other New Jersey musicians.
1998: The Presidents of the United States of America play their last show before disbanding. It’s a charity gig at Seattle’s Paramount Theater. They eventually get back together.
1998: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett gets married to his wife Lani in Kailua, Hawaii.
1999: After a performance by the classic lineup of KISS during the pregame ceremonies, Cher sings the national anthem at Superbowl XXXIII. Stevie Wonder provided half-time entertainment.
2001: Asia release their 9th studio album, ‘Aura.’
2001: Avenged Sevenfold released their debut album ‘Sounding The Seventh Trumpet.’
2001: KISS announce that Eric Singer will finish the band’s Farewell tour replacing without explanation about Peter Criss.‬ The band issues the following statement via their official website: “Eric has been a member of our family, and his drumming and singing have been the cornerstone of past KISS tours. We are stoked that we can bring our ultimate spectacle to KISS fans worldwide.” Singer’s first show with the band since 1995 takes place in Japan in March.
2005: The Edge takes Ireland’s Sunday World newspaper to court over its naming a seriously ill relative in an article about U2 postponing the start of its tour. The Edge gets a temporary injunction keeping the tabloid from printing the relative’s name again.
2005: It takes Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker) a mere two hours to sell out four shows (May 2nd through 6th) at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The last time the group played together was at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
2007: Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Eric Burdon And The Animals are part of a lineup for the ‘Beat It Wally’ concert in Glendale, CA. The event benefits veteran drummer Wally Ingram who is fighting throat cancer.
2007: The widow of Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia files a civil lawsuit in a California Superior Court against the corporation that manages her late husband’s estate. Deborah Koons Garcia seeks access to unreleased Garcia recordings, which she wants to have professionally restored. Koons Garcia belongs to the limited-liability group she is suing, which is made up of Garcia’s beneficiaries, some of whom oppose her plans.
2007: An unreleased poem written and recorded by Jim Morrison titled ‘Woman in the Window’ was set to music & given to Global Cool to raise awareness of global warming.
2008: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton donates a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and other memorabilia to the Hard Rock Boston. In return, the Hard Rock company presents $30,000 to Massachusetts General Hospital’s YouthCare behavioral-therapy program, which Hamilton and his wife support.
2008: The Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde participates in a PETA demonstation in New York. The animal-rights organization is protesting the use of horse-drawn carriages in the city. “I love horses and hate seeing them reduced to beasts of burden,” says Hynde.
2009: AC/DC win the Major Tour of the Year trophy at the 20th annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in L.A. The duo of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Bluegrass singer Alison Krauss (‘Raising Sand’) receive the Most Creative Tour Package prize.
2009: VH1 airs a documentary on the recording of Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band’s ‘Working On A Dream’ album.
2009: Dewey Martin dies in his Van Nuys, CA, home at 68. The drummer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Buffalo Springfield in 1997. The Canadian musician had worked with The Monkees as well. In 1971, Martin retired from the music industry to become a car mechanic.
2009: David Gilmour appeared at Coldfall Primary School in Muswell Hill, London, during a charity show with The Seat Of The Pants Band. The black-tie dinner dance, at which Bob Hoskins, Suggs from Madness and comedian Les Dennis also appeared, raised over £50,000 for a cancer charity.
2010: The 52nd Grammy Awards ceremony at Staples Center in L.A. opens with a duet by Lady Gaga and Elton John, doing her ‘Speechless’ and his ‘Your Song.’ Green Day and the cast of American Idiot perform ’21 Guns’ and Bon Jovi play ‘We Weren’t Born To Follow.’ The fan-selected song (through online voting), ‘Living On A Prayer’ closes their performance. Kings Of Leon win Record of the Year, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance honors for ‘Use Somebody.’ Green Day’s ’21st Century Breakdown’ lands the Best Rock Album award. Jeff Beck is honored for the Best Rock Instrumental Performance and AC/DC earns the trophy for Best Hard Rock Performance.
2011: A torn bicep and subsequent surgery on the right arm of Kings Of Leon drummer Nathan Followill forces the group to cancel dates in Australia and South Africa. The dates are rescheduled.
2012: Metallica release their four-track ‘Beyond Magnetic’ EP on CD in the U.S. (the set was originally available as a download only release). The songs are leftovers from the 2007 and ’08 “Death Magnetic” sessions.
2012: Former Mountain guitarist Leslie West plays his first public performance since his lower right leg was amputated as a result of complications from diabetes. West, who performs while sitting in a wheelchair, gets a standing ovation at New York’s BB King Blues Club.
2013: Dave Grohl’s directorial debut, ‘Sound City’ opens in theaters. The film chronicles the story of the legendary Van Nuys, CA, recording studio. Nirvana, Grohl’s old band, recorded 1991’s ‘Nevermind’ at Sound City.
2014: The Spin Doctors frontman Chris Barron offers to buy fans a pint if they are not impressed with the group’s U.K. shows to promote the Blues oriented album, “If The River Was Whiskey.” “If you come to one of our shows you can expect us to play our guts out and if you honestly don’t think we played our hearts out, I’ll buy you a pint,” states Baron.
2015: Phil Anselmo (Pantera) receives the Musical Artist Of The Year Award at the 10th annual President’s Arts Awards in his hometown of Covington, LA.
2015: R&B singer and songwriter Don Covay passed away at the age of 78. Among the songs he wrote were Chubby Checker’s hit, ‘Pony Time,’ Aretha Franklin’s ‘Chain Of Fools’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘Mercy Mercy.’
2017: English singer, bassist, and songwriter John Wetton died in his sleep at his home in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK from colon cancer. He rose to fame with bands Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash. After his period with King Crimson, Wetton formed UK, and later he was the frontman and principal songwriter of the supergroup Asia. Their biggest hit ‘Heat of the Moment,’ reached #4 in the US in 1982.
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