Friday, January 6, 2017

Today in Music History...January 6, 2017

Music History: January 6


Births

1924: Earl Scruggs (The Bluegrass Boys, The Foggy Mountain Boys)
1929: Wilbert Harrison
1934: Bobby Lord
1935: Nino Tempo
1937: Doris Troy
1941: Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention)
1944: Van McCoy
1946: Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd)
1951: Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
1953: Malcolm Young (AC/DC)
1959: Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge)

Deaths

1980: Georgeanna Marie Tillman Gordon (Marvelettes)
1993: Dizzy Gillespie

Events

1956: Lonnie Donegan's cover of "Rock Island Line" enters the UK charts, eventually selling over three million copies and kicking off the national skiffle craze.
1957: Elvis Presley makes his third, final, and most famous appearance on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show. After numerous "Elvis The Pelvis" complaints during his first two appearances, Sullivan decides that Presley is to be filmed from the waist up only. Elvis sings seven numbers: "Hound Dog," "Don't Be Cruel," "Love Me Tender," "Heartbreak Hotel," "Peace in the Valley" (at the request of the network), "Too Much," and "When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again." After the performances, Ed Sullivan attempts to fend off controversy yet again by declaring:"I just wanted to say that this is a real decent, fine boy.We want to say that we've never had a pleasanter experience with a big name than we've had with you."
1958: The film The Case Against Brooklyn, featuring Bobby Helms, begins photography.
1964: The Rolling Stones begin their first headlining UK tour. Opening act: The Ronettes.
1968: Dick Clark's rock show Happening '68 premieres on ABC.
1968: Gibson patents their "Flying V" electric guitar.
1969: Elvis Presley decides to record at Chips Moman's American Studio in Memphis. He would eventually record many of his "comeback" hits there.
1975: Boston Mayor Kevin White cancels Led Zeppelin's upcoming show at Boston Garden when approximately a thousand Zep fans riot while waiting for tickets to go on sale. Total damage to the facility: $30,000.
1987: After recent throat surgery, Elton John decides to cancel all live performances for the next year.
1993: Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman announces his upcoming departure from the group after thirty years.

Releases

none

Recording

1938: The Jimmy Lunceford Orchestra, "Margie"
1967: The Beatles, "Penny Lane"

Certifications

1966: The Beatles' "Day Tripper" b/w "We Can Work It Out" is certified gold
1977: KISS' Rock And Roll Over album is certified platinum

Charts

1958: Danny and the Juniors' "At the Hop" hits #1
1973: Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" hits #1
1979: The Bee Gees' "Too Much Heaven" hits #1
1979: Barbra Streisand’s Greatest Hits, Volume 2 album hits #1

 

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