Saturday, January 21, 2017

Today in Music History...January 21, 2017

Music History: January 21


Births (15)
1833 : Peter Dodds McCormick, the man who is best known for the patriotic tune, "Advance Australia Fair", is born in Glasgow, Scotland. Though his date of birth is usually given as being on an unknown date in 1834, this is a little off. Twenty-two years later, he would emigrate to Sydney, Australia, where in 1878, he would compose his famous tune, as well as many other patriotic songs, most of which were Scottish tunes. A little side note, one of Peter's siblings, most likely a brother, was credited as having invented the life jacket.
1917 : Billy Maxted
1927 : Frank Virtue (The Virtues)
1936 : Snooks Eaglin
1938 : Wolfman Jack
1941 : Richie Havens
1941 : Placido Domingo
1942 : Mac Davis
1942 : Edwin Starr
1945 : Chris Britton (The Troggs)
1948 : Peter Kircher (Status Quo)
1950 : Billy Ocean
1956 : Rob Brill (Berlin)
1978 : Emma Bunton (The Spice Girls)
1979 : Nokio (Dru Hill)


Deaths (7)
1984 : The Soul singer Jackie Wilson dies after spending more than 8 years in a vegetative state caused by a heart attack he suffered on stage in 1975.
1984 : Jackie Wilson
1993 : Helno (Les Negresses Vertes)
1996 : Francisco Garcia (Cannibal and the Headhunters)
1997 : Colonel Tom Parker
1999 : Charles Brown
2002 : Peggy Lee


Marriages and Breakups (1) 1966 : George Harrison marries Pattie Boyd in Surrey, England, with Paul McCartney as best man. The couple met on the set of The Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night. Eric Clapton would later fall in love with Pattie, inspiring the song "Layla."

Recordings (5)
1942 : Count Basie, "One O’Clock Jump"
1957 : Chuck Berry records "School Day."
1957 : Elvis Presley, "Party"
1965 : The Byrds, Mr. Tambourine Man

1969 : Elvis Presley: "Gentle on My Mind," "Rubberneckin'," "Hey Jude," "My Little Friend," "Inherit the Wind," "Mama Liked the Roses"

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