Sunday, January 8, 2017

Today in Music History...January 8, 2017

Music History: January 8


Births

1931: Bill Graham
1935: Elvis Presley
1937: Shirley Bassey
1940: Anthony Gourdine (Little Anthony and the Imperials)
1942: John Peterson (The Beau Brummels)
1943: Lee Jackson (The Nice)
1943: Marcus Hutson (The Whispers)
1946: Robby Krieger (The Doors)
1947: David Bowie
1947: Terry Sylvester (The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Hollies)
1948: Paul King (Mungo Jerry)

Deaths

2001: Laura Webb (The Bobbettes)

Events

1945: For his tenth birthday, Elvis Presley is taken to the Tupelo Hardware Company by his mother, Gladys. There, after being denied a rifle, he gets the gift of his first guitar. Price: $7.75.
1957: Bill Haley and His Comets play their first gig outside of the US, two sold-out shows in Newcastle, Australia. They were the first rock shows on the continent.
1957: The Memphis Draft Board holds a press conference to declare Elvis Presley a "1A," or fit for Army service.
1961: Robert Goulet makes his first TV appearance, singing "If Ever I Would Leave You" on CBS-TV's Ed Sullivan Show
 It would be the first of 17 appearances for the singer.
1974: After seeing one show in New York, Neil Bogart signs KISS to his Casablanca label.
1974: On the occasion of his thirty-ninth birthday, "Elvis Presley Day" is declared in both the city and county of Memphis, followed by a parade down Elvis Presley Boulevard. Seven years later to the day, it will also officially be declared "Elvis Presley Day" in nine other US states.
1979: Cher divorces Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers.
1985: The US Postal Service issues its first Elvis Presley commemorative stamp to celebrate The King's 50th birthday. Eight years later, it releases the winner of the controversial "thin Elvis" and "fat Elvis" contest, which remains the best-selling stamp of all time, with over 500 million sold.
2002: Fabian is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7065 Hollywood Blvd.
2004: George Harrison's estate sues Dr. Gilbert Lederman of Staten Island University Hospital for $10 million, alleging he forced a dying Harrison to sign souvenirs for him.

Releases

1975: Elvis Presley, Promised Land
1976: Elvis Presley, Elvis: A Legendary Performer, Volume 2

Recording

1940: Vincent Lopez and His Orchestra, "Nola"
1960: Eddie Cochran, "Three Steps To Heaven"
1966: Lou Christie, "Rhapsody In The Rain"

Charts

1966: The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out" hits #1
1966: The Beatles' Rubber Soul hits #1
1977: Marylin McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.'s "You Don't Have To Be A Star (To Be In My Show)" hits #1

Certifications

1973: Carly Simon's "You’re So Vain" is certified gold

 

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