Monday, January 29, 2018

Today in Music History...January 29, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 29th:


2015 Suge Knight, former bodyguard-turned-record producer, is the alleged perpetrator in a hit-and-run which leaves his friend Terry Carter dead and actor Cle Denyale Sloan injured. Knight was filming the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton when he reportedly fled the scene after an argument and plowed into the victims. Knight's lawyer confirms the incident, but refuses to say more as he's "waiting for a preliminary investigation for more information."

2015 Rod McKuen, songwriter, poet, and composer, dies during a bout of pneumonia at age 81. Frank Sinatra's 1969 A Man Alone album was a compilation of McKuen's songs, including "Love's Been Good To Me."

2014 Johnny Allen, a pianist and arranger for Motown and Stax Records, dies of complications from pneumonia at age 96. In 1971 he, along with Isaac Hayes, won a Grammy Award for his arrangement of the "Theme From Shaft."

2013 Kenneth Hodges (bass guitarist for Spanky & Our Gang) dies of pneumonia at age 76.

2008 Prog rock band The Mars Volta release their album The Bedlam in Goliath. As a promotion, the band also gives away a CD-vinyl single, a special format with an optical side readable in CD players and a vinyl side that plays on a turntable for about three minutes. Both sides contain a cover of Pink Floyd's "Candy and a Currant Bun."

The Bedlam in Goliath debuts at #3 on the Billboard 200.

1995 Ken Jensen (drummer for D.O.A.), age 29, dies of smoke inhalation while trying to escape a house fire.

1994 Mary Wilson (of The Supremes) is injured and her 14-year-old son is killed in a California auto accident.

1989 Billy Joel sings the US national anthem at Superbowl XXIII in Miami.

1981 Blues guitar prodigy Jonny Lang is born Jon Langseth, Jr. in Fargo, North Dakota.

1977 Rose Royce's "Car Wash" hits #1.

1974 Grand Funk records "The Loco-Motion" after Mark Farner comes into the studio singing the song.

1969 Peggy Lee records "Is That All There Is."

1964 The Beatles record "Sie Liebt Dich" (the German version of "She Loves You").

1962 Marcus Vere (of Living In A Box) is born in the UK.

1962 Peter, Paul and Mary sign with Warner Brothers Records.

1961 Bob Dylan visits Woody Guthrie at Greystone Park Psychiatric hospital in New Jersey, where Guthrie is being treated for Huntington's disease. Dylan plays him "Song To Woody," which appears on his first album the following year.

1961 Eddie Jackson (bassist for Queensryche) is born in Robstown, Texas.

1953 Louie Perez (drummer, lyricist for Los Lobos) is born in Los Angeles, California.

1949 Tommy Ramone (drummer for Ramones) is born Tamas Erdelyi in Budapest, Hungary, but is raised in Queens, New York.

1947 David Byron of Uriah Heep is born David Garrick in Epping, England.

1942 Claudine Longet is born in Paris. The French singer is the subject of the Rolling Stones song "Claudine."

1933 R&B singer Ron Townson (of The 5th Dimension) is born in St. Louis, Missouri.

1917 Singer/actor John Raitt, known for his roles in the stage musicals Carousel and Oklahoma!, among others, is born in Santa Ana, California.

1862 Composer Frederick Delius is born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England.

1728 The Beggar's Opera by John Gay premieres in London.

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1997 The Paul Simon musical The Cape Man, opens on Broadway (it lasts only 68 performances).

1991 At the American Music Awards, Gloria Estefan performs live for the first time since a tour bus accident 10 months earlier where she seriously injured her back. She debuts her new single, "Coming Out Of The Dark," which is inspired by her recovery.

1983 Stevie Nicks marries Kim Anderson in a union she later describes as "a terrible, terrible mistake."More

1979 16-year-old Brenda Spencer shoots at an elementary school, killing two adults and injuring nine kids. When asked why she did it, she replies, "I don't like Mondays," which the Boomtown Rats use as the title for a song about the incident.

1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour debuts on CBS. A homey variety show with Steve Martin on board as a writer, it lasts three seasons and draws impressive ratings. Campbell, who had been a regular guest on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, gets even more exposure later in 1969 when he stars in the John Wayne movie True Grit.

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