Thursday, January 5, 2017

Today in Music History...January 5, 2017

Music History: January 5


Births

1923: Sam Phillips
1929: Wilbert Harrison
1932: Johnny Adams
1945: Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
1949: George "Funky" Brown (Kool and the Gang)

Deaths

1998: Sonny Bono

Events

1940: The FCC hears the first demonstration of FM radio.
1957: Pat Boone begins filming his movie Bernardine.
1963: Leonard Chess, co-founder of Chess records, tells Billboard magazine, "As it stands today, there's virtually no difference between rock and roll, pop and rhythm and blues. The music has completely overlapped."
1967: In order to avoid the draft, folk singer Jesse Winchester moves to Canada.
1975: The Wiz premieres at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway to rave reviews.
1979: The double-album soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever reaches sales of 25 million worldwide, making it the best-selling LP in history.
2003: Little Richard guest-stars on the "Special Edna" episode of Fox's The Simpsons.

Releases

1959: Buddy Holly, "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" b/w "Raining in My Heart"

Recording

1941: Carmen Miranda, "Chica Chica Boom Chic"
1965: The Supremes, "Stop! In The Name Of Love"
1967: The Beatles, "Penny Lane"

Certifications

1968: Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits album is certified gold
1972: John Denver's Aerie album is certified gold

Charts

1952: Pee Wee King's "Slow Poke" hits #1
1955: LaVern Baker's "Tweedle Dee" enters the R&B charts
1974: The Carpenters' The Singles 1969-1973 album hits #1
1979: The Blues Brothers' Briefcase of Blues album hits #1

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