Monday, January 8, 2018

Today in Music History...January 8, 2018 (Now with more info)

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Music History: January 8th:


2015 Gospel singer Andraé Crouch dies of complications from a heart attack at age 72.

2014 Reather Dixon Turner of The Bobbettes dies at age 69.

2013 Enigmatic pop icon David Bowie releases the single "Where Are We Now?," from his upcoming album The Next Day. The date of the release also coincides with his birthday. It is his first release in over a decade.

2013 Twenty One Pilots release their breakthrough album, Vessel.

2012 Blues singer Dave Alexander, who sometimes recorded as Omar Shariff, dies at age 73.

2012 Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard's FBI file is released. The report details nine arrests for the rapper, and says his group Wu-Tang Clan is "heavily involved in the sale of drugs, illegal guns, weapons possession, murder, carjacking and other types of violent crime."

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.

2002 Fabian is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7065 Hollywood Blvd.

1997 Chuck D guest stars on the NBC sitcom NewsRadio episode "Rap," to face off against Phil Hartman's Bill McNeal, who is convinced rap music will destroy society.

1991 Jeremy Delle, a 16-year-old student at Richardson High School in Texas, shoots himself in his English class. When Eddie Vedder reads about it, he writes the song "Jeremy" about Delle and other young people who have committed suicide in schools.

1981 Linda Ronstadt makes her Broadway debut alongside Rex Smith and Kevin Kline in the revival of The Pirates of Penzance, which runs for 787 performances.

1974 Kiss sign their first recording deal, with Casablanca Records.

1969 Jeff Abercrombie of Fuel is born in Tennessee.

1966 The last episode of Shindig on ABC features The Who and The Kinks.

1966 Rubber Soul becomes The Beatles' seventh #1 US album.

1960 Harry Gifford dies at his London home, aged 82. He co-wrote "When I'm Cleaning Windows" with Fred Cliffe & George Formby.

1960 Eddie Cochran records "Three Steps To Heaven," which turns out to be his final recording session and his only #1 hit single in the UK.

1955 Loverboy frontman Mike Reno is born Joseph Michael Rynoski in New Westminster, Canada.

1947 Terry Sylvester of The Hollies is born.

1946 The Doors guitarist Robby Krieger is born in Los Angeles.

1943 Lee Jackson of The Nice is born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

1943 Marcus Hutson of The Whispers is born in St. Louis, Missouri.

1940 Jerome "Little Anthony" Gourdine of Little Anthony & the Imperials is born in Brooklyn, New York.

1937 Shirley Bassey is born in Cardiff, Wales. Known for recording several of the James Bond themes in the '60s and '70s.

1903 The Copyright Office receives copies of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer."

David Bowie Is Born

David Jones is born in London. At age 18, he changes his name to David Bowie (after the Bowie knife) to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees.

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2016 David Bowie's Blackstar album is released on his 69th birthday. Bowie dies two days later, and it becomes clear that his ruminations on mortality are his parting words.

1993 Shortly after midnight on what would have been Elvis's 58th birthday, a 29-cent stamp with his image is officially dedicated at a Graceland ceremony. The design was chosen in a vote between an older Elvis from the '70s and a younger version from the '50s, which is the winner. In anticipation of the crush of orders for what is arguably the most famous stamp in US history, the USPS prints a half billion stamps.

1991 Steve Clark of Def Leppard dies of an accidental drug overdose at age 30.

1968 Stax Records releases Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" and Sam & Dave's "I Thank You." Both are very successful, but neither artist scores another hit (Redding had died about a month earlier).

1967 R. Kelly (Robert Kelly) is born in Chicago.

1935 The King is born: Elvis Aaron Presley arrives in Tupelo, Mississippi.

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