Thursday, January 12, 2017

Today in Music History...January 12, 2017

Music History: January 12


Births

1904: Mississippi Fred McDowell
1905: Tex Ritter
1926: Ray Price
1928: Ruth Brown
1930: Glenn Yarbrough (The Limeliters)
1939: William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys)
1941: Long John Baldry
1945: Maggie Bell (Stone the Crows)
1946: Cynthia Robinson (Sly and the Family Stone)
1951: Chris Bell (Big Star)
1956: George Duke
1957: Tommy Ardolino (NRBQ)

Deaths

2003: Maurice Gibb (The Bee Gees)
2004: Randy VanWarmer

Events

1959: Berry Gordy borrows $800 from his family to start a record label and rents an eight-room house on 2648 W. Grand Blvd, the future home of Motown Records.
1963: On his way back from Italy in a search for estranged girlfriend Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan records the radio play Madhouse on Castle Street in London for the BBC. It features his first recorded rendition of "Blowin' In The Wind" and his only recorded version of the original "Swan on the River." In the drama, Dylan plays a folk singer.
1965: NBC television airs the first episode of the pop show Hullabaloo! which was designed to compete with ABC's popular Shindig show. The first broadcast featured guests The New Christy Minstrels, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Zombies (introduced by Brian Epstein), and Woody Allen.
1965: The Supremes guest star on an epsiode of NBC's Tarzan, playing a trio of nuns.
1975: The nine-city, eighteen-date Warner Brothers Music Show European package tour begins, featuring Little Feat, Tower of Power, the Doobie Brothers, and more. Little Feat develop a large cult following during this tour.
1979: Drummer Aynsley Dunbar replaces John Barbata in Jefferson Starship.
1981: The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) donates several rock record albums to the Library of Congress, including Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and KISS' Alive!
1991: Johnny Paycheck is released from prison after serving two years of a seven-year sentence for a barroom shooting. Ohio Governor Richard Celeste had commuted his sentence upon leaving office.
1992: The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and wife Jerry Hall become the proud parents of their third child, Georgia May Ayeesha.
1993: The Eighth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in Los Angeles. Inductees include Cream (who reunite on stage for the event), Ruth Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Etta James, Van Morrison, and Sly and the Family Stone.
1995: The Tenth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York. Inductees include The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Martha and the Vandellas, Neil Young, and Frank Zappa.
1998: The Thirteenth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York. Inductees include The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Mamas and the Papas, Lloyd Price, Santana, and Gene Vincent.

Releases

1955: Etta James, "Wallflower"

Recording

1939: The Ink Spots, "If I Didn’t Care"
1957: Elvis Presley: "All Shook Up," "Got a Lot o' Livin' to Do," "I Believe," "Tell Me Why"
1958: Eddie Cochran, "Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie"
1964: Elvis Presley: "Memphis, Tennessee," "Ask Me," "It Hurts Me"
1967: The Beatles, "Penny Lane"
1968: The Beatles, "The Inner Light"

Certifications

1968: The Doors' album Strange Days is certified gold
1977: Stephen Stills and Neil Young's album Long May You Run is certified gold

Charts

1963: The Cascades' "Rhythm of the Rain" enters the pop charts
1963: Steve Lawrence's "Go Away Little Girl" hits #1
1974: Steve Miller's "The Joker" hits #1
1974: Jim Croce's album You Don't Mess Around with Jim hits #1

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