January 22 – Today in Music History

1931 Sam Cooke born in Chicago. IIIinois. US soul singer (1957 US No.1 & UK No.29 single with ‘You Send Me’ and a 1986 UK No.2 single with ‘Wonderful World’ first released in 1960). He died on December 11th 1964. 
1940 Addie Harris – US Singer with The Shirelles, (1961 US No.1 & UK No. 4 single ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’). She died on 10th June 1982. 
1947 Malcolm Mclaren – Sex Pistols manager & as a solo artist, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Double Dutch’). 
1949 Nigel Pegrum born in Worcestershire, England. He joined UK Folk Group Steeleye Span in 1974 on drums/percussion/woodwinds. (1975 UK No.5 single ‘All Around My Hat’). 
1949 James P Pennington born in Berea, Kentucky. US Lead Singer/Guitarist and songwriter with Exile. 
1952 Teddy Gentry born in Fort Payne, Alabama. US Bass/Vocals with Alabama. 
1953 Steve Perry born in California. Lead Vocalist for US Rock Band Journey, (1982 US No.2 single ‘Open Arms’, solo 1984 US No.3 single, Oh, Sherrie’). 
1959 Jane Morgan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Day The Rains Came’. 
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. 
1960 Soul singer, Sam Cooke signed to RCA Records. 
1960 Michael Hutchence born in Sydney. Lead Vocalist with INXS, died 22/11/97. (1988 UK No.2 & US No.1 single ‘Need You Tonight’). 
1963 The Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dance On’, the group’s fourth UK No.1. 
1963 The Drifters recorded ‘On Broadway” & Little Peggy March recorded “I Will Follow Him’. 
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, Liverpool, England. 
1965 DJ Jazzy Jeff, (1993 UK No.1 single ‘Boom! Shake The Room’). 
1965 Roachford (Andrew Roachford) born in London, England. UK Singer/Songwriter. (1989 UK No.4 single ‘Cuddly Toy’). 
1965 Steven Adler born in Cleveland, Ohio. Drummer with Guns N’ Roses, (1988 US No.1 & 1989 UK No.6 single ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’). 
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. 
1966 The Beach Boys went into the studio to record ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, which would be the opening track on their forthcoming album Pet Sounds. 
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. 
1967 The Monkees performed live for the very first time at The Cow Palace, San Francisco to a sell-out crowd. 
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. 
1969 The Beatles moved from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording the “Get Back” LP. 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. 
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. 
1972 David Bowie ‘came out’ as bisexual during an interview in the British music weekly Melody Maker. 
1972 Don McLean’s album ‘American Pie’ started a seven week run at No.1 in the US album chart. 
1977 Stevie Wonder went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Wish’, his 5th US No.1, it made No.5 in the UK. 
1977 Wings went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wings Over America’, Paul McCartney’s sixth US No.1 after The Beatles. 
1980 This week’s US Top 5 singles: No.5, Rupert Holmes, ‘Escape, (The Pina Colada Song)’, No.4, Smokey Robinson, ‘Crusin’, No.3, Kenny Rogers, ‘Coward Of The County’, No.2, Captain and Tennille, ‘Do That To Me One More Time’, and No.1, Michael Jackson, ‘Rock With You’. 
1981 A picture of John Lennon naked appears in his obituary issue of Rolling Stone.
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, Los Angeles. 
1986 Frankie Goes To Hollywood appearing at Glasgow Exhibition Centre, Scotland were Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Tickets cost £8 ($13.60). 
1986 Starship went to No.1 in the Australian Singles Chart with ‘We Built This City’. Staying at the top spot for 1wk. 
1987 One hit wonder Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Jack Your Body’, the first ‘House’ record to top the UK chart. 
1988 Faith No More made their live UK debut at Dingwalls, London at the start of a 13-date tour. 
1992 Mariah Carey’s stepfather went to court seeking damages, claiming that he had paid for her Manhattan apartment, a car and dental work in her early years on the understanding that she would repay him when she became successful. 
1993 Metallica kicked off their 77-date Nowhere Else To Roam world tour at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 
1994 American actor and singer Telly Savalas died of prostate cancer aged 72. He scored the 1975 UK No.1 single ‘If’. Played Lt. Theo Kojak a bald New York City detective in the television series Kojak, with a fondness for lollipops and whose trademark line was “Who loves ya, baby?” 
1994 Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘All For Love’, a No.2 hit in the UK. Taken from the film ‘The Three Musketeers’. 
1994 D:Ream had their first UK No.1 single with ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, it stayed at No.1 for four weeks. In 1997 the track was adopted by the UK Labour Party as their theme for the 1997 UK General Election. Keyboard player Brian Cox became a renowned physicist and science broadcaster on the BBC. 
1994 Actor and singer Telly Savalas died of prostrate cancer the day after his birthday. . 
1994 Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘All For Love’, a No.2 hit in the UK. Taken from the film ‘The Three Musketeers’. 
1994 D:Ream had their first UK No.1 single with ‘Things Can Only Get Better’, it stayed at No.1 for four weeks. 
1996 La Bouche went to No.1 in the Australian Singles Chart with ‘Be My Lover’. Staying at the top spot for 1wk. 
2000 Savage Garden Savage Garden went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Knew I Loved You’. 
2001 Former rubbish collector Mark Oliver was found guilty by a London court of stealing luggage belonging to Victoria Beckham from Heathrow Airport. Police issued a list of the £23,000 ($39,100) worth of clothes, which included 14 pairs of shoes and a miniskirt worth £2,000 ($3,400).
2001 Leann Rimes went to No.1 in the Australian Singles Chart with ‘Can’t Fight The Moonlight’. Staying at the top spot for 5wks. 
2001 The Strokes released their first record ‘The Modern Age EP’ on Rough Trade records in the UK. 
2004 Ryan Adams broke a wrist after falling during a gig at the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool. Adam’s fell from the stage and suffered a fractured wrist. A fan said, ‘One minute he was on the stage and the next he had disappeared. He went down with a thud a
2006 Arctic Monkeys scored their second UK No.1 single with ‘When The Sun Goes Down’, from their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. The song contains the line, “and he told Roxanne to put on her red light,” a reference to The Police song, Roxanne. 
2012 Adele broke an American chart record that has stood for years after being set by The Beatles and Pink Floyd. The singers second album ’21’ clocked up 16 weeks at number one on the US chart matching the success of the Titanic original soundtrack. ’21’, released last January had now beaten The Beatles’ ‘Sgt Pepper’s and Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, which had previously held the accolade with runs of 15 weeks at Number 1. The London-born singer had now sold over 6 million copies of ’21’ in America bringing her sales to over 17 million copies worldwide to date. 
2015 In the first successful celebrity case of its kind, Rihanna won a legal battle against UK high street store Topshop over a T-shirt bearing her image. The Court of Appeal in London upheld a ban on the store selling a sleeveless T-shirt featuring a photo of the star without obtaining her permission. The star had sued Topshop’s parent company Arcadia for $5m (£3.3m) back in 2013 over the T-shirts, which featured a photo taken during a video shoot in 2011. 
2017 English bass guitar player Pete Overend Watts and founding member of the 1970s rock band, Mott the Hoople died from throat cancer aged 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. Watts continued with Dale Griffin, Morgan Fisher and Ray Major in the Mott successor British Lions. He later became a record producer, producing albums for artists including Hanoi Rocks and Dumb Blondes. 
2017 German drummer Jaki Liebezeit died of pneumonia aged 78. He was best known as a founding member of the experimental rock band Can who were hailed as pioneers of the German krautrock scene. He also worked with Jah Wobble, Depeche Mode and Brian Eno.

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