Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Today in Music History...January 25, 2017

Music History: January 25

Births (10)
1913 : Witold Lutoslawski
1925 : Barbara Carroll
1934 : Elizabeth Allen
1938 : Etta James
1950 : Michael Cotten (The Tubes)
1954 : Richard Finch (KC and the Sunshine Band)
1956 : Andy Cox (Fine Young Cannibals)
1958 : Gary Tibbs (Roxy Music)
1971 : Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane welcome a baby girl they name "God." Her name is later changed to "China," and as "China Kantner" becomes a VJ on MTV.
1981 : Alicia Keys

Deaths (2)
1983 : Lamar Williams (The Allman Brothers Band)
1986 : Albert Grossman

Charts (5)
1958 : Elvis Presley gets his first UK #1 when Jailhouse Rock tops the chart.
1964 : The Beatles score their first #1 single on the U.S. charts (I Want To Hold Your Hand). The Beatles' She Loves You enters the pop charts
1969 : Creedence Clearwater Revival's Proud Mary enters the pop charts
1969 : Nina Simone's "Ain't Got No; I Got Life" peaks at #94, where it will stay for one week.
1975 : The Carpenters' Please Mr. Postman hits #1

Certifications and Milestones (1) 1963 : EMI awards the US record label Vee Jay the right to distribute Beatles records in America.

Debuts (2)
1909 : The opera Elektra by Richard Strauss premieres at the Dresden Hofoper.
1963 : Cilla Black makes her stage debut at Liverpool's Cavern Club.

Incidents (1) 2003 : Billy Joel crashes his Mercedes while driving in Long Island, New York. The singer would later say that he was in a "mental fog" around this time, caused by relationship issues and a lingering depression after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Miscellaneous (2)
1964 : Phil Spector appears as a panelist on Britain's Juke Box Jury program. Earlier in the day, he calls famous English producer Joe Meek to arrange a meeting. Meek accuses Spector of stealing his ideas and hangs up the phone so hard he breaks the receiver.
1987 : Neil Diamond sings the US national anthem at Superbowl XXI in Pasadena, California.


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