Archive for the ‘January’ Category

January 9

1955, Rosemary Clooney was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mambo Italiano’ the singers second No.1. The song was banned by all ABC owned stations in the US because it “did not reach standards of good taste”.

1957, On 9th January 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.

1961, Bert Kaempfert started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Wonderland By Night’. Kaempfert produced The Beatles first recording session when they were in Hamburg.

1961, Bob Newhart went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Button Down Mind Strikes Back!’

1963, Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated and his job working as a graphic designer.

1965, The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Beatles 65’, the group’s fourth No.1. Beatles ’65 includes eight of the fourteen songs from Beatles for Sale and also includes ‘I’ll Be Back’ from A Hard Day’s Night and the single ‘I Feel Fine’/’She’s a Woman’.

1969, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK album chart with The White Album, The Rolling Stones were at No.2 with Beggars Banquet and The Seekers were at No.3 with Best Of The Seekers.

1970, During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, 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.

1971, TV’s Dads Army star Clive Dunn was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Grandad’.

1973, Mick Jagger was refused a Japanese visa on an account of a 1969 drug conviction causing The Rolling Stones to cancel a forthcoming tour.

1976, Queen were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. The single enjoyed a nine week run on the chart selling more than a million copies by the end of the month. It reached No.1 again in 1991 for five weeks following Mercury’s death, eventually becoming the UK’s third best selling single of all time.

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

1981, Terry Hall and Jerry Dammers from The Specials were both fined £400 ($680) after being found guilty of using threatening words during a gig in Cambridge, England.

1982, The Human League went back to No.1 on the UK album chart for three weeks with ‘Dare’.

1988, Whitney Houston scored her sixth consecutive No.1 in the US with ‘So Emotional’. The song became her sixth consecutive No.1 in the US.

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.

2000, The chauffeur who drove Puff Daddy and his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez from a night-club after a shooting was reported to be co-operating with prosecutors. Puff Daddy faced up to 15 years in jail for allegedly pulling a gun in a New York club.

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

2002, Irish singer, songwriter David McWilliams died of a heart attack at his home in Ballycastle, County Antrim aged of 56. Released over 10 solo albums and wrote ‘The Days Of Pearly Spencer,’ 1992 UK No.4 for Marc Almond.

2003, A grand piano once owned by Elvis Presley was sold for $685,000 (£425,711). 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.

2005, Elvis Presley went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock.’ The single sold just 21,262 copies to reach No.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, The Scissor Sisters went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their self-titled album. They went on to win Best International Album as well as best international Group and International Breakthrough act at the 2005 Brit awards.

2008, Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah was arrested after an alleged attack on a car in Aldershot, Hampshire. She was bailed to appear at Aldershot police station later in the month.

2008, Spice Girl Victoria Beckham was named the worst dressed celebrity in an annual list of fashion disasters. Fashion critic Richard Blackwell, who had compiled the poll every year since 1960, said Beckham stepped out in “one skinny-mini monstrosity after another”. Amy Winehouse’s trademark beehive and tattoos helped earn her second place in the list.

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

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, and winning the poll was The Beatles – The White Album.

2015, Darren Partington, a member of 1980s and ’90s acid house pioneers 808 State, was jailed for 18 months for dealing heroin and crack cocaine. The court was told how Partington was pressured into dealing drugs after getting into debt with his own dealer.

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
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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 Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Rubber Soul the group’s seventh US chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. The group also started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Can Work It Out’ the group’s 11th US No.1 single.

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.

1972, The New Seekers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, (in Perfect Harmony’). The song started as a Coca Cola TV ad. It originally included the line, ‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke.’

1977, Queen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Day At The Races.’

1977, Taking time out from their group 5th Dimension Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You Don’t Have To Be A Star’, a No.7 hit in the UK.

1979, Canadian rock band Rush were named the country’s official Ambassadors Of Music by the Canadian government.

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. The autopsy revealed he had died from an overdose of codeine and had Valium, morphine and a blood alcohol level of .30, three times the British legal driving limit. In 2007 Clark was ranked No.11 on Classic Rock Magazine’s “100 Wildest Guitar Heroes”.

1994, Jamaican reggae/rap (ragga) duo Chaka Demus and Pliers were at No.1 in the UK with their version of ‘Twist And Shout.’ The song was originally recorded (and produced by Phil Spector) by the Top Notes in 1961 and then covered by The Isley Brothers. It was also covered by The Beatles on their first album Please Please Me.

1996, A Los Angeles court found Robert Hoskins guilty of five counts of stalking, assault and making terrorist threats to Madonna. Hoskins had twice scaled the walls of the singer’s estate and had threatened to slash her throat from ear to ear.

2000, Christina Aguilera started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘What A Girl Wants.’ She ended Santana’s 12- week run at No.1 with ‘Smooth.’

2000, It was reported that police foiled a £1 million ($1.7million) kidnap plot to snatch Victoria Beckham and her baby son. The plot was uncovered after a tip off to the police. The gang had planned to kidnap the pair when husband David was away playing football.

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.

2004, The estate of George Harrison started a $10 million (£5.8 million) legal action against Dr Gilbert Lederman of Staten Island University Hospital, claiming the doctor coerced Harrison to sign souvenirs. The main allegations of the legal action was that Dr Lederman got an extremely sick Harrison to sign his son’s guitar and autographs for his two daughters.

2006, The Strokes went to No.1 on the UK chart with ‘First Impressions Of Earth’ the bands third album and first No.1.

2010, Jimmy Page launched a new set of stamps in the UK which featured classic album covers from the last 40 years including Led Zeppelin IV, Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells, The Division Bell by Pink Floyd, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay, Power, Corruption And Lies, New Order, Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones, London Calling, The Clash, Screamadelica, Primal Scream, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie and Parklife by Blur.

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.

January 7

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 25m.

1961, Country singer Johnny Tillotson was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Poetry In Motion.’

1964, Harmonica player Cyril Davies died of leukaemia died aged 32. Davies was a driving force in the early 60’s blues movement forming Blues Incorporated with Alexis Korner.

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.

1970, Led Zeppelin kicked off an 8-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall. The set list included: I Can’t Quit You Baby, Dazed And Confused, Heartbreaker, Since I’ve Been Loving You, Thank You, Moby Dick, How Many More Times, Whole Lotta Love and Communication Breakdown.

1971, Black Sabbath released ‘Paranoid’ their second studio album in the US. The album features the band’s best-known signature songs, including the title track, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘War Pigs’. 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.

1974, Aerosmith played at the Michigan Theatre in Detroit, the first date on their 56 date North American Get Your Wings Tour.

1977, Andy Gibb was at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Just Want To Be Your Everything’ a song written by his Bee Gee brother Barry.

1980, Hugh Cornwall of The Stranglers was found guilty of possession of heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was fined £300 ($510) and sentenced to three months in Pentonville prison.
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1980, Pink Floyd released ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)’ in the US. The single peaked at No.1 on both the US and UK charts, giving Pink Floyd their first and only No.1 hit single. The single went to No.1 in many other countries, including Australia, Germany and Italy.

1981, The Police played the first night of a North American tour at The University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada during their Zenyatta Mondatta World Tour.

1982, Singles reviewed in this weeks Smash Hits included Haircut 100, ‘Love Plus One’, XTC ‘Senses Working Overtime’ and Robert Palmer ‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’. OMD had the front cover plus interviews with Adam Ant, Squeeze and Dollar.
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1989, Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Stock, Aitken & Waterman produced ‘Especially For You’.

1993, R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 watt Club, 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, (being surpassed in 2006 by Arctic Monkeys debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not). The album went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide.

2001, Rui Da Silva feat Cassandra went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Touch Me’, the first Portuguese act to top the UK charts.

2003, The Beatles Book Monthly closed down after 40 years. Author Sean O’Mahony who set up the magazine in 1963 said there was nothing more to say as the number of things the former Beatles were doing gets less and less as the years go on.

2004, Drummer John Guerin died of pneumonia aged 64. Worked with Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Linda Rondstadt, Gram Parsons, Todd Rundgren. He also played on the original title tune for the television series Hawaii Five-O.

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.

2006, Pink married her motocross racer boyfriend Carey Hart on a beach in Costa Rica. More than 100 people attended the singer’s big day, including Lisa-Marie Presley. Pink proposed to him during one of his races in Mammoth Lakes, California, by holding up a sign that read “Will you marry me?” Hart pulled out of the race to say yes.

2010, According to Nielsen SoundScan’s final 2009 figures, Michael Jackson was the best selling artist of the year, moving 8,286,000 units. Forty years after their break-up, The Beatles were still the best selling group, thanks to their remastered catalog which sold 3,282,000 copies. Digital downloads however, were a different story. Lady Gaga was the queen of the downloads, selling 15,297,000 digital tracks. The Black Eyed Peas, Michael Jackson and Taylor Swift all finished in the vicinity of 12 million digital units.

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.

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.

1962, Elvis Presley had his third UK No.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, Middlesex.

1967, The Who played their first gig of this year when they appeared at Morecambe, Central Pier in England. The band played over 200 gigs in this year, including their first ever US tour.

1968, Irish singer Val Doonican was at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Val Doonican Rocks, But Gently’.

1968, The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour started an eight week run at No.1 on the US album chart, the group’s 11th US chart topper.

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 No.1 on the US 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.

1975, Pink Floyd started sessions start at Abbey Road Studios London for their next album Wish You Were Here. Their ninth studio album was released on 12 September 1975 and features ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ a tribute to Syd Barrett whose mental breakdown had forced him to leave the group seven years earlier.

1975, The mayor of Boston cancelled a Led Zeppelin concert after over 2,000 fans rioted trying to buy tickets. The fans caused an estimated $50,000 to $75,000 damage at Boston Garden. The gig during the bands North American tour was rescheduled for Feb 4th.

1977, EMI Records dropped The Sex Pistols giving the band £40,000 ($68,000) to release them from their contract.

1979, The Bee Gees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Too Much Heaven’ the group’s 7th US No.1.

1979, The Village People scored their only UK No.1 single with ‘Y.M.C.A.’ At its peak the single was selling over 150,000 copies a day. In the gay culture from which the group sprang, the song was understood as celebrating the YMCA’s reputation as a popular cruising and hookup spot.

1980, Georgeanna Gordon singer with Motown girl group The Marvelettes died aged 46. (1961 US No.1 single ‘Please Mr Postman’).

1987, Eric Clapton started what became an annual event by playing six shows at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

1989, The biggest selling UK album artists of 1988 were, No.5, Dire Straits, No.4, U2, No.3, Michael Jackson, No.2, Kylie Minogue and No.1, Fleetwood Mac.

1990, Phil Collins started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘…But Seriously’.

1993, It was reported that David Bowie had lost over £2.5 million ($4.25 million) in unpaid royalties to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud.

1996, James Brown’s wife Adrienne died in a Los Angeles hospital aged 47 after suffering a heart attack during a major plastic surgery operation.

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.

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, US 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. R&B star Usher was the biggest-selling artist with his album ‘Confessions’ selling eight million copies. Other top sellers of the year were Norah Jones, Eminem and country stars Kenny Chesney and Gretchen Wilson. The UK recorded a record year for album sales in 2004, with 237 million sold The Scissor Sisters proved the most popular album of the year, followed by Keane and Maroon 5.

2006, Ms Dynamite was charged with assaulting a police officer and disorderly conduct. The singer allegedly punched a female officer in the face, bruising her nose, while in custody. She had been arrested after allegedly kicking the door to the Paragon Lounge night-club in London and was said to have been abusive towards officers who questioned her.

2006, American soul, jazz, singer Lou Rawls died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The 72-year-old, Grammy-winning artist had been battling lung cancer. Rawls had the 1976 US No.2 & UK No.10 single ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’.

2006, A collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia bought by a council worker who embezzled nearly £600,000 was set to be sold to compensate the local authority. Julie Wall, 46, from Rippon Drive in Sleaford, was jailed for three years for the offence last October. The collection – which included rare recordings and foreign pressings of Elvis songs, was to be auctioned off by a High Court receiver to provide compensation.

2006, Guitarist, trumpeter and drummer Alex St. Claire died. Member of The Omens, The Solid Senders and an original member of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band and Frank Zappa.

2007, US country-rock steel guitar player ‘Sneaky’ Pete Kleinow, died aged 72. He was one of the original members of the Flying Burrito Brothers with the Byrds’ Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons. Also worked with John Lennon and Joni Mitchell.

January 5

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. The Yardbirds were filmed performing in a recreation of the club built at MGM Studios in Borehamwood for Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 film Blow-Up.

1967, Pink Floyd and Eyes of Blue appeared at The Marquee Club London, England. A review in Queen magazine said: ‘The two guitarists looked moody, the drummer thrashed wildly about and the lights kept flashing. After about twenty minutes it became very boring and after half an hour I left.’

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.

1969, During the band’s first North American tour, Led Zeppelin played the last of four nights at the Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles, with Alice Cooper as the opening act. Zeppelin were billed as ‘Led Zeppelin featuring Jimmy Page, formerly of the Yardbirds’.

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. Manfred Mann’s Earth Band later released a version of ‘Blinded By The Light’ on their album ‘The Roaring Silence,’ which reached #1 on the US charts in 1977.

1976, Former The Beatles roadie Mal Evans was shot dead by police at his Los Angeles apartment. His girlfriend called police when she found Evans upset with a rifle in his hand; he pointed the gun at the 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.

1978, The Sex Pistols started a US tour in Atlanta, Georgia before an estimated audience of 500 people.

1979, Jazz musician and bandleader Charles Mingus died aged 56. His final project was ‘Mingus’ a collaboration with Joni Mitchell.

1979, Prince made his live debut at the Capri Theatre, Minneapolis. Warner Bros. executives attended the show but decided that Prince and the band needed more time to develop his music.

1980, Donna Summer scored her third US No.1 album with ‘On The Radio- Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & II.’

1980, KC and the Sunshine Band had their 5th US No.1 single and scored the first No.1 of the 80’s when ‘Please Don’t Go’ went to No.1 in the UK.

1983, Everything But The Girl made their live debut at the ICA in London. (They took their name from a second-hand furniture store in Hull).

1987, Alied Jones the young Welsh chorister announced his retirement from pop music at the age of 16, to study for his O level exams.

1989, Winners in music weekly Melody Makers Readers Poll results, The Mission won best band, best live act, best single and best album. Morrissey won best male singer, Julianne Regan from All About Eve best female singer, worst LP went to Bros with ‘Push’ and best new band was won by House Of Love.

1991, Iron Maiden went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter.’ It became the lowest selling No.1 since 1960, with just over 42,000 copies sold in its first week.

1991, Madonna went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Justify My Love’, a song co-written with Lenny Kravitz which was also No.2 hit in the UK.

1997, No Doubt went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Tragic Kingdom.’

1998, Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe, aged 62. Bono who was one half on Sonny and Cher scored the 1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Got You Babe’ and had become a US Congressman.

1998, Ken Forssi bassist with Love died of brain cancer aged 55. Love scored the 1966 US No.33 single ‘7 And 7 Is’, 1968 UK No.24 album Forever Changes.

2001, Kirsty MacColl was laid to rest at a private funeral ceremony, ahead of a public memorial to pay tribute to her life. The singer songwriter was killed in a boating accident on 18th Dec 2000.

2002, UK Pop magazine Smash Hits listed the Best singles of 2001 which had Kylie Minogue at No.3 with ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’, No.2, Shaggy, ‘It Wasn’t Me’ and at No.1 S Club 7 ‘Don’t Stop Movin.’

2003, Canadian singer Avril Lavigne went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut release ‘Let Go’.

2003, Green Day’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested on suspicion of drink 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 (£657) bail.
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2004, Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on holiday 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, New York group Scissor Sisters had the UK’s best-selling album of 2004 after overtaking Keane’s sales on the last day of the year. Scissor Sisters’ self-titled debut CD sold 1,594,259 copies in 2004 – 582 more than Keane’s ‘Hopes and Fears.’ Robbie Williams’ ‘Greatest Hits’ was the year’s third biggest-seller, followed by Maroon 5, Katie Melua and Anastacia.

2008, Josh Groban was at No.1 on the US album chart with his Christmas album ‘Noel’. The best selling US album of 2007 selling over 3.5 million copies in 10 weeks.

2015, Taylor Swift was at No.1 on the US album chart with her fifth studio album 1989 which was the best selling album of 2014 in the US market with over 5.5 million copies sold.

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 No.1.

1954, Elvis Presley made his second visit to the Memphis recording service and cut two songs onto a 10 acetate, ‘Casual Love Affair ‘and ‘I’ll Never Stand In Your Way’. Studio boss Sam Phillips asked Presley to leave his phone number.

1957, Elvis Presley had his pre-induction medical check up at Kennedy Veterans Hospital, a preliminary to his call up from the US Army.

1960, Marty Robbins started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘El Paso’. A No.19 in the UK.

1962, Liverpool’s Mersey Beat published its first popularity poll, with The Beatles coming in first place and Gerry and the Pacemakers voted second.

1965, The Fender guitar company was bought by CBS for $13 million (£7.6 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, Bromley. (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 members bio.

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, UK music weekly Disc and Music Echo reported that The Beatles were to release five new albums. One would be their first ever live album plus four separate LP’s, each one the choice of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr.

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).

1974, Bruce Springsteen played the first of a three night run at Joes’ Place in Cambridge Massachusetts. 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 No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of The Beatles ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’. His third US No.1, the song featured John Lennon on guitar.

1977, The Sex Pistols shocked passengers and airline staff at Heathrow Airport when they spat and vomited boarding a plane to Amsterdam.

1986, Irish singer, songwriter and bassist Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy died of heart failure and pneumonia after being in a coma for eight days following a drug overdose. Had the 1973 hit ‘Whiskey in the Jar’, (their version of the traditional Irish song), 1978 album ‘Live and Dangerous’ spent 62 weeks on the UK chart. A life-size bronze statue of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin in 2005.

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1992, Simply Red went back to No.1 on the UK album chart for a five week run with ‘Stars’ making it the third time it had been at the top of the charts.

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 £200,000, ($340,000) fee that went with it.

2001, Madame Tussaud’s waxworks in London revealed that Oasis singer Liam Gallagher had come third in ‘The Most Hated Characters’ list of exhibits, behind Adolf Hitler and Slobodan Milosevic.

2001, US rapper Vanilla Ice spent the night in jail after allegedly ripping out some of his wife’s hair. Ice (born Robert Van Winkle) told police he pulled out some of his wife’s hair to prevent her from jumping out of their truck’s window. He was released the following morning from Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale on $3,500 bail.

2004, Britney Spears had her surprise marriage annulled less than 55 hours after tying the knot at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas with childhood friend Jason Alexander. They couple married on Saturday morning, during a night out in Las Vegas, but immediately her lawyers filed for an annulment, saying Spears ‘lacked understanding of her actions to the extent that she was incapable of agreeing to the marriage.’

2005, The owner of a recording studio where Eminem recorded his ‘Slim Shady’ LP was found shot dead. AJ Abdallah, who was 36, was discovered by a business colleague at the Detroit studio, it was thought he had been dead for at least two days. Police suggested that a robbery may also have taken place. Mr Abdallah had lived in a apartment above the studio on Eight Mile Road, the Detroit street which inspired the title of Eminem’s 2002 film ‘8 Mile.’

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 $2.9m (£1.7m). Gibb said he planned to preserve the house to honour 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.

2007, Nikki Bacharach the daughter of songwriter Burt Bacharach and actress Angie Dickinson committed suicide by suffocation using a plastic bag and helium. She had suffered from Asperger’s disorder. 40 year old Nickki who was the couple’s only child died at her home in California.

2008, Beyonce won a long-running legal wrangle over claims her hit song ‘Baby Boy’ infringed the copyright of another artist’s work. The appeals court in Houston, Texas upheld a 2006 decision which dismissed musician Jennifer Armour’s claims that its lyrics were based on her work. Ms Armour claimed she had posted ‘I Got A Little Bit Of Love For You’ to Beyonce’s manager and record company in early 2003.

2008, Britney Spears was carried out of her home on a stretcher and taken into custody after police were called in a dispute involving her children. Police were called to Spears’ home over a family custodial dispute that they tried to resolve, after nearly three hours, Spears handed over her children, two-year-old Sean Preston and one-year-old Jayden James, to her ex-husband Kevin Federline.

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, MP3 players given as presents helped boost UK single sales to an all-time high in the week after Christmas. According to Official Charts Company figures, 4.22m singles were sold in the last week of 2009, beating the previous record of 4.03m over Christmas 2008. The Christmas chart battle between X Factor and Rage Against the Machine had helped boost sales.

2011, Scottish singer songwriter Gerry Rafferty died aged 63 after a long illness. Rafferty had been a member of Stealers Wheel, who had the 1973 US No.3 & UK No.8 single ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’ and had the solo 1978 UK No.3 and US No.2 single ‘Baker Street.’

January 3

1955, Elvis Presley appeared in Boonesville, Virginia. The 20 year-old singer was still a regional star, but by the end of 56′ he had become a national sensation, recording two albums, (which included ‘Heartbreak Hotel’and ‘Blue Suede Shoes’), appeared on national television 11 times, played over 100 concerts and signed a seven year contract with Paramount Pictures.

1957, Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Singing The Blues.’ (Tommy Steele and Marty Robbins had also released versions and Steele would replace this version at No.1). Also a US No.1.

1963, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Next Time / Bachelor Boy,’ both songs were from the film Summer Holiday. His sixth UK No.1.

1963, The Beatles began their first headlining tour with four nights in Scotland appearing at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom, Elgin. Two of the dates were cancelled due to bad weather.

1964, The Beatles were seen for the second time on US TV when a clip from the BBC’s ‘The Mersey Sound’ showing the group playing ‘She Loves You’ was shown on The Jack Paar Show. The first US airing showing The Beatles was on Nov 18, 1963, on the NBC news program “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” (albeit pre-recorded) of The Beatles in concert.

1964, The Rolling Stones appeared at Glenlyn Ballroom in Forest Hill, England, supported by The Detours (later to become The Who. )

1967, Having received a US army draft notice, The Beach Boys, Carl Wilson refused to be sworn in, saying he was a conscientious objector.

1967, The Bee Gees were at No.1 on the Australian singles chart with the single ‘Spicks and Specks’.

1969, Appearing live on The Lulu show on UK TV, The Jimi Hendrix Experience were booked to perform two songs, Voodoo Child, (which is performed in full), then he stopped performing his new single ‘Hey Joe’ after a verse and chorus and instead launched into a version of the Cream song ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ as a tribute to the band 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.

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1970, B J Thomas started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ The song was featured in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

1970, Working on the Get Back sessions at Studio Two of EMI Studios, London, three Beatles (Paul, George, and Ringo) record 16 takes of the George Harrison song ‘I Me Mine’. John Lennon was away in Denmark at the time. A decade later it became the title of George Harrison’s auto-biography.

1972, Two weeks of rehearsals for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon tour began at the Bermondsey in London, England, (the venue was owned by The Rolling Stones).

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, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, opening for the comedy rock duo Travis Shook & The Club Wow.

1974, Bob Dylan and The Band started a 39-date US tour, Dylan’s first live appearance for over 7 years. There were more than 5 million applications for the 660,000 tickets.

1976, The Bay City Rollers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Saturday Night.’ At the height of their US success, the Scottish group signed a deal to promote breakfast cereal.

1976, Bob Dylan’s song, ‘Hurricane’, peaked at No.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.

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. Famous for his drinking songs including, ‘Let Me Go Home, Whiskey’ and ‘One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer.’

1981, David Bowie made his final appearance as the Elephant Man at The Booth Theatre, Broadway in New York City.

1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2000, Luciano Pavarotti agreed to pay the Italian authorities £1.6 million ($2.72 million) after losing an appeal against tax evasion charges. It was reported that the singer was worth £300 million ($510 million) at the time.

2002, Zak Foley bassist with EMF died aged 31. The group had the 1990 world-wide hit single ‘Unbelievable.’

2002, Liam and Noel Gallagher topped a poll of celebrities you would least like to live next to, getting 40% of the vote. Readers of Your Home magazine voted the brothers from Oasis as ‘Neighbours From Hell’.

2004, It was reported that UK record companies were about to ditch up to 30 big names in the pop world due to poor record sales in the previous year. Gareth Gates, The Cheeky Girls, Mark Owen, Mel C and Samantha Mumber were among those listed.

2009, Commercial radio show Hit 40 UK announced that it would no longer use CD sales for its official figures. The networked Top 40 chart program, which broadcast across 130 stations in the UK, would now base its weekly charts solely on digital downloads.

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’ and influenced acts such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys.

January 2

1926, The first issue of The Melody Maker went on sale priced at 3d. The monthly magazine was for ‘all who are interested in the production of popular music’. In the first issue, Dance Band news, a feature on Ukuleles and how to read music by sight.

1954, Eddie Calvert started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK singles with ‘Oh, Mein Papa.’ This was the first No.1 to be recorded at Abbey Road studios in London and stayed at the top of the charts for 9 weeks.

1965, Elvis Presley went to No.1 on the US album chart with the soundtrack from ‘Roustabout,’ Presley’s eighth No.1.

1968, The entire shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’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.

1969, Filming began at Twickenham studios in England of The Beatlesrehearsing for the ‘Let It Be’ album. The project ran into several problems including George Harrison walking out on the group on January 10th.

1971, The George Harrison album ‘All Things Must Pass’ started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart, making Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a US No.1 album.

1971, BBC TV aired the first of a 13-week series, ‘Its Cliff Richard’ featuring resident guests singer and actress Una Stubbs and Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin.

1974, US country singer, actor and radio presenter Tex Ritter died of a heart attack when he was trying to bail a member of his band from a jail in Nashville. His song ‘High Noon’ won an Oscar for Best Song in 1952.

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. Tickets £3.50 ($5.95).

1979, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious went on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen three months earlier, when he claimed to have awoken from a drugged stupor to find Spungen dead on the bathroom floor of their room in the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York.

1980, US singer Larry Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head in his Los Angeles, California home aged 45. Williams had the 1957 US No.5 & UK No. 21 single ‘Short Fat Fannie.’ 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.

1980,

1981, American singer David Lynch of The Platters died of cancer. (1959 UK & US No.1 single ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’).

1981, ABBA were enjoying their sixth week at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Super Trouper.’

1985, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood married his girlfriend Jo in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England. Guests included Keith Richard, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck.

1988, Michael Jackson and Bono shared first place in an American poll of ‘The Most Beautiful Lips.’

1989, Record Mirror published a chart of last years Top UK singles artists. No.1 was Kylie Minogue, No.2, Bros, No.3, Yazz, No.4 Tiffany, No.5, Phil Collins, No.6, Cliff Richard, No.7, Erasure, No.8, Pet Shop Boys, No.9, Belinda Carlisle, and No.10, Wet Wet Wet.

1994, Dannii Minogue married Julian McMahon, (the son of Billy McMahon, Australia’s Prime Minister during the 1970s), in Melbourne, Australia. Dannii’s new mother in law, Lady Sonia McMahon was unhappy with the wedding and was quoted as saying, ‘I hope I break a leg so I don’t have to go.’

1994, Meat Loaf started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Bat Out Of Hell 2-Back Into Hell.’

1996, Arrested Development announced they had split up. The US group released two albums and scored the US No.1 single ‘Tennessee.’

1997, Guitarist Randy California from US group Spirit drowned when rescuing his 12-year old son when he was sucked into a riptide in surf off Hawaii.

1999, Chef went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with Chocolate Salty Balls (PS I Love You). Chef appeared in the cult TV series South Park, the voice was that of Isaac Hayes (who had a hit with Shaft in 1971).

2000, Travis started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Man Who.’

2002, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was arrested in a Tampa, Florida night-club after being involved in a fight. Police said that Carter was arguing with a woman and when they asked him to leave, he continued arguing. He was arrested on a misdemeanour count of resisting a law enforcement officer without violence.

2003, 50 Cent was arrested by police in New York after guns were found in his vehicle, after his SUV was searched when it had been left in a no-parking zone. Police found a .25-calibre handgun and a .45-calibre pistol in the vehicle, officers said both guns were loaded.

2004, Daniel Bedingfield suffered two fractured vertebrae in his neck after the jeep he was driving rolled over and crashed when on holiday in New Zealand. Emergency workers had to cut the singer free before he could be taken to hospital.

2005, Winner of TV talent show, X-Factor Steve Brookstein went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1984 Phil Collins song ‘Against All Odds’.

2005, Green Day were at No.1 on the UK album chart with their seventh album ‘American Idiot.’ The album went on to be nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning the Best Rock Album of 2005.

2007, Kylie Minogue played the first of two nights at Wembley Arena in London during her re-scheduled Showgirl world tour. The tour was postponed last year after Kylie was diagnosed with breast cancer, for which the singer had since received treatment.

2007, Cristin Keleher who once broke into former Beatle George Harrison’s Hawaii home was found dead after an apparent murder-suicide in California, aged 34. She made headlines in December 1999 by entering Harrison’s Maui estate and then cooking herself a frozen pizza. Police said her body had been found with that of a 48-year-old man in a car, both had gunshot wounds to their heads.

2007, Gnarls Barkley’s song ‘Crazy’ was confirmed as the biggest selling UK single of 2006 selling over 700,000 copies. The track, which was the first to reach number one on downloads alone, held off the challenge of X-factor winner Leone. Snow Patrol’s album ‘Eyes Open’ topped the album chart with estimated sales of 1.5m while Take That’s comeback release ‘Beautiful World’ came in just behind. Singles sales had doubled to over 65m since the download chart was launched in September 2004.

2008, Josh Groban was America’s top selling artist of 2007, the 26-year-old whose hits included ‘You Raise Me Up’, had the best-selling album of the year with the Christmas compilation Noel, which sold close to 3.7m copies. The second biggest seller was the soundtrack for Disney’s High School Musical 2. The Eagles were 2007’s biggest selling group with sales of 3.58m albums.

2009, According to official US sales figures AC/DC were the biggest sellers of 2008 with over 3.4m sales. To promote the groups latest album Black Ice, Columbia Records created “Rock Again AC/DC Stores” as well as “Black Ice” trucks which were dispatched on the streets of New York and Los Angeles playing AC/DC music aloud and making various stops each day to sell merchandise.

January 12

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 compere for the evening was Bruce Forsyth. When The Beatles appeared on this show on October 13, 1963, their fee had been £250, now, just three months later, their fee was £1,000.

1969, Led Zeppelin’s debut album was released in the UK. Recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, the album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of just £1,782, most of the tracks being recorded ‘live’ in the studio with very few overdubs. The album spent a total of 71 weeks on the UK chart.

1974, Jim Croce started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘You Don’t Mess Around With Jim’.

1974, The Steve Miller Band were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Joker’, the group’s first of three No.1’s. It reached No.1 on the UK chart in 1990.

1975, The first night of a UK tour kicked off under the banner of The Warner Brothers Music Show. It featured Little Feat, Montrose, Tower Of Power, The Doobie Brothers and Graham Central Station. Also released was an album sampler featuring all the acts that was priced at 69p ($1.17).

1977, EMI Records issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last two months.

1977, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £750 ($1,275) for possession of cocaine found in his car after the guitarist had been involved in a car crash.

1977, The Police had their first rehearsal, held at drummer’s Stewart Copeland’s London flat, with Henri Padovani on guitar.

1981, It was reported that the White House had expanded its record library by including albums by Bob Dylan, KISS and the Sex Pistols.

1983, Swedish percussionist with Traffic, Reebop Kwaku Baah died from a brain haemorrhage in Stockholm, Sweden. Also worked with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Can and The Rolling Stones.

1992, Bob Geldof was arrested after a disturbance on a Boeing 727, which had been grounded for 5 hours at Stansted Airport.

1993, Van Morrison failed to turn up at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction dinner, making him the first living inductee not to attend.

1995, Snoop Doggy Dogg was charged in Los Angeles with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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.

2000, Teenage diva Charlotte Church sacked her manager Jonathan Shalit. Shalit had won her a five album deal with Sony Records and helped the singer with her career, which had earn her £6 million ($10.2 million) to date.

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.

2002, Aaliyah had the posthumous UK No.1 single with ‘More Than A Woman’. Aaliyah was killed in Aug 2001 in a plane crash in the Bahamas aged 22. The Cessna plane crashed a few minutes after take off killing everyone on board. Aaliyah had been filming a video on the island for her latest release ‘Rock The Boat’.

2003, Singer-songwriter Maurice Gibb from The Bee Gees died aged 53 in Miami Hospital, Florida following a heart attack during abdominal surgery. The Bee Gees released over 20 albums and had the 1979 world-wide No.1 album ‘Spirits Having Flown’, and ‘How Deep Is Your Love, ‘Stayin’ Alive’, and ‘Night Fever’ from the soundtrack ‘Saturday Night Fever’ were all US No.1 singles. Gibb was married to the Scottish singer Lulu from 1969 to 1973. In 2002, Maurice was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE), along with his brothers.

2004, American songwriter and guitarist Randy VanWarmer died from leukaemia aged 48. (1979 US No.4 & UK No.8 single ‘Just When I Needed You Most’). Also wrote The Oak Ridge Boys No.1 US Country hit ‘I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes.’ VanWarmer’s had arranged for a space burial and his cremated remains were sent into space in 2007.

2005, It was announced that the Strawberry Field children’s home immortalised 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.

2007, Toni Braxton filed a lawsuit at the U.S District Court in Manhattan against her former manager Barry Hankerson for $10 million, alleging “fraud, deception and double dealing.” According to Braxton, Hankerson placed his own personal financial interests ahead of hers by using “double-talk” to compromise the relationship between Braxton and her former recording label, Arista Records.

2010, Shakin’ Stevens was found guilty of hitting a press photographer with a microphone stand during a concert at a hotel in Ballymena. The Welsh singer who scored No.1’s in the 80’s was fined £300 for assault and criminal damage and ordered to pay the photographer £479 to compensate for his damaged camera lens.

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.

January 11

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.

1962, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Young Ones’. It stayed at the top of the charts for six weeks and made Cliff the first UK artist to enter the chart at No.1.

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.

1964, Ring Of Fire The Best of Johnny Cash became the first No.1 album when Billboard debuted their Country Album Chart. It was his sixteenth album in total and the first compilations album by Cash.

1964, ‘Louie Louie’ by The Kingsmen was the No.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.

1965, The Righteous Brothers arrived in Britain for a promotional visit appearing on three TV shows, Ready Steady Go! Scene At 6.30. and Discs A Go-Go.

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).

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.

1975, The Alan Freeman BBC Radio 1 show broadcast a Pink Floyd show recorded at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England on 16th Nov 1974. The band had played four nights at Wembley on their The Dark Side of The Moon tour and tapes from these shows have been remixed.

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’.

1985, A Brazilian rock Festival held in Rio, claimed to be the biggest ever staged. The festival featured; Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes and Iron Maiden.

1986, The Pet Shop Boys scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘West End Girls.’ The first version of the song was released in April 1984, becoming a club hit in the United States, after the duo signed with EMI, the song was re-recorded with producer Stephen Hague.

1987, Frankie Goes To Hollywood started what would become their final tour at the G-Mex in Manchester, England.

1992, Nirvana appeared on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live performing two songs, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Territorial Pissings’. Also on this day the group’s Nevermind went to No.1 on the US album chart.

1998, Rolling Stone magazine readers poll picked ‘Be Here Now’ by Oasis as album of the year.

1999, Barry Pritchard guitarist and singer with The Fortunes died of a heart attack. The group’s biggest hit was ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ which was a UK No.2 hit in 1965, also reaching No.7 seven in the US.

1999, Ex Mighty Wah singer Pete Wylie appeared in a Liverpool Court charged with making threats to kill his ex girlfriend.

1999, *NSYNC won the Favourite Pop / Rock new artist award at the 26th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

2000, Gary Glitter was released from prison after serving half of a four-month sentence for possessing child pornography downloaded from the internet. Glitter was told he would have to go on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.

2000, It was reported that Whitney Houston was under investigation after allegedly trying to smuggle 15.2 grams of Marijuana out of Hawaii. A security officer found the drug in the singer’s handbag, Houston then walked away when he tried to detain her.

2002, Mickey Finn percussionist and sideman to Marc Bolan in Tyrannosaurus Rex (T Rex), died of kidney and liver problems aged 55. (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hot Love’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

2003, Britain’s oldest rockers came out winners in The Pollstar listing of the Top 10 grossing US tours of 2002: Paul McCartney $68m (£40m), The Rolling Stones $58m (£34m), Elton John $47m (£27.6m), The Who $20m (£11.8m), Ozzy Osbourne $18m (£10.6m), Peter Gabriel $10m (£5.88m), Yes $6m (£3.5m), Elvis Costello $5m (£2.94m), The Moody Blues $4m (£2.35m) and Jethro Tull $3m (£1.76m).

2003, Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy was arrested after an alleged attack in a nightclub in Guildford. The Popstars Rivals winner was accused of punching a lavatory attendant.

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.

2005, Former Bread guitarist and Academy Award-winning songwriter James Griffin died at his home in Nashville at the age of 61 after suffering from cancer. Bread had the 1970’s hits ‘Make It With You’, ‘Baby I’m-a Want You’, and ‘Everything I Own.’

2008, Robbie Williams’ manager told The Times newspaper that the singer would refuse to make another album for his record label EMI, saying he was unhappy after the label was taken over by Terra Firma. Tim Clark told the paper Williams would not deliver a new album because he had no idea how the label would handle it. Williams had sold 47 million albums around the world since leaving Take That in 1995, making him one of EMI’s most successful artists.

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, Lady Gaga & Colby O’Donis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Just Dance’, taken from her album The Fame.

2014, The third series of The Voice UK aired with will.i.am and Tom Jones returning as coaches, while Kylie Minogue and Ricky Wilson joined the show as replacements for former coaches, Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue.

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